Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Gobetweenies

David Tennant
will be in a new four-part BBC Radio 4 comedy called The Gobetweenies. The first episode will be broadcast on Friday 6th May at 11.30am.

The Gobetweenies is a candid look at contemporary family through the prism of two North London siblings, Lucy and Tom, as they schlep between their determinedly hands-on parents.

Source, and more details: BBC

Kafka: the musical

Murray Gold's new play starts from the suitably Kafkaesque premise that Franz Kafka (played by David Tennant) finds he has to play himself in a musical about his own life. The play - or is it the musical? - introduces Kafka and the audience to some of the key characters in his life, Milena Jesenska, Dora Diamant and Felice Bauer.

Read more at BBC

Kafka The Musical aired on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 24 April. It is available, worldwide, on the BBC iPlayer

Decoy Bride premiere screening at Cannes

HanWay Films have posted a new still from Decoy Bride starring David Tennant.
They have also confirmed that it will screen in Cannes on Saturday 14th May at 12.00pm and on Monday 16th May at 4pm

More information at Hanway Films

Dougray Scott on playing Sir Matt Busby

Dougray Scott attended a preview screening of United last Monday evening (18 April), followed by a Q&A session. He was interviewed briefly before the event:

Read more at Manchester Evening News

United aired on BBC2 in the UK on Sunday 24 April, and is scheduled for cinema screening elsewhere. A DVD is planned, but no details have been announced.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Love's Kitchen / No Ordinary Trifle - DVD release

Love’s Kitchen - also known as No Ordinary Trifle - is to be released on DVD in June 2011. Starring Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, it tells the story of a widowed chef who learns to live, love and cook again, when he opens a pub in the country and falls for an American food critic.

Source: VideoETA

James McAvoy's next projects - rumours

James McAvoy certainly has more than a few options for films. The star of the upcoming “X-Men: First Class” will be filming the British crime thriller “Welcome to the Punch” this summer and is being courted by Joe Wright for “Anna Karenina” which will shoot this fall. But he’s now eyeing another project that has been generating some heat among young actors around town.

The script is out to McAvoy for My Dinner With HervĂ©. The actor is one of a handful interested, but Indie Wire reports that he’ll be reading soon and a decision on a lead should be locked down shortly.

Read more at Indie Wire

Cinema Blend discuss the same rumour here

James McAvoy is also believed to be a contender for The Bourne Legacy, along with Shia LaBeouf, according to MovieWeb.
Read more at Movie Web

Final concept art for 'Brave'

Following their report of the first concept artwork for the Disney • Pixar feature, Brave starring the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Harry Potter alum Robbie Coltrane, The Fan Carpet have revealed the final concept art for the 13th feature from Pixar Animation Studios.

Brave is in UK cinemas August 17, 2012.

Read more at The Fan Carpet

The Debt Collector released on DVD

Originally screened in 1999 on Film4, The Debt Collector, starring Billy Connolly, has been digitally remastered for DVD, and released on Amazon last week. The film also stars Ken Stott, Francesca Annis, Iain Robertson, and Annette Crosbie

Ex-loan shark and convicted murderer Nickie Dryden (Connolly) has served his sentence in one of Britain's toughest prisons. He's happily married and hailed as a talented sculptor by the art world. 18 years on, Keltie (Stott), the policeman responsible for his conviction, cannot except Dryden's rehabilitation and embarks on a campaign to ensure his violent crimes are not forgotten or forgiven. As Dryden and Keltie clash, a disturbed teenager is goaded by his hero worship for Dryden into violent acts which are the catalyst for the final confrontation between the policeman who has stepped outside the law and the ex-criminal who cannot ignore the past.

Source: Amazon

Alan Cumming set for Classic Stage Company's TWO CHARACTER PLAY reading

Alan Cumming and Jessica Hecht will appear in a one night only staged reading of Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play on Monday evening, May 9 at 8 pm at CSC (136 East 13th Street).
As a Brit, I'm guessing that that's in New York ;)
Read more, including ticket information, at Broadway World

Alan will also be performing his one man cabaret show I Bought a Blue Car Today on May 28th in Chicago - see wbez for details.

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/25: Wanda Sykes, Kevin McKidd (R 3/10/11)
Tu 4/26: Larry King, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (R 3/29/11)
We 4/27: Matthew McConaughey, Amy Smart (R 3/30/11)
Th 4/28: Tom Selleck, Odette Annable
Fr 4/29: Bob Saget, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Mo 5/2: Mindy Kaling, Matt Lucas
Tu 5/3: Geoffrey Rush, Reese Waters, OK Go
We 5/4: Patton Oswalt, Pauley Perrette
Th 5/5: Juliette Lewis, Phil Rosenthal

With apologies for posting this later than usual

Sunday, 17 April 2011

United preview screening

BAFTA and BBC2 will be hosting a preview screening of United, starring David Tennant and Dougray Scott, tomorrow (18 April) at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester

Read more at BAFTA

First Look: ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Set Pics

Slash Film has a first look at ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ including set pictures with Ewan McGregor and Eddie Marsan

See more at Slash Film

James McAvoy rumoured to star in 'Cloud Atlas'

Actor Tom Hanks has signed up to star in Cloud Atlas, costarring Oscar winner Halle Berry (X-Men: The Last Stand) with the possibility of James McAvoy (the upcoming X-Men: First Class, Atonement), Hugo Weaving (Transformers films, Matrix) and Natalie Portman.

The Wachowskis (Matrix films, Speed Racer) are writing the script and co-directing with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume), reports Deadline Hollywood.

Based on David Mitchell's Booker-shortlisted novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas is an epic story that follows the actions and consequences of lives impacting others through the past, present and future. The book tells six interconnected stories, such as a single act of kindness rippling out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

Source, and more info: The Independent

New FRIGHT NIGHT poster, featuring David Tennant

The Daily Blam was one of many sites that featured this fan-made poster as an "official" release by Dreamworks last week. It was made by the artist known as Seduff, and probably copied directly from the artist's blog.

Although several official images have been released, none of them include David Tennant's character, Peter Vincent, which Dreamworks seem keen to keep under wraps.

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In other unsubstantiated news, The Sun is keen to perpetuate the rumour that David Tennant is still set to star in The Hobbit

James McAvoy joins Welcome to the Punch

James McAvoy is in final talks to star in the U.K. crime thriller Welcome to the Punch, which will likely be his follow-up to X-Men: First Class.

Eran Creevy (Shifty) will direct from his own screenplay. Little is known about the plot, except that it's a crime thriller which is being compared to Heat and Internal Affairs. Rory Aitken, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Ben Pugh will all produce. Production is scheduled to start in July, and is scheduled to reach theatres in 2012.

Source and more info: Movie Web

Dark Horizons report similar details.

Ewan McGregor narrates new Dynamic Earth film feature

It is the latest attraction to launch at the Capital's Our Dynamic Earth - and it features a film star touch.

New movie Astronaut, which is now being shown at the science centre's full dome theatre in Edinburgh, is narrated by actor Ewan McGregor.

The 23-minute film takes the audience on a journey into outer space through the eyes of test astronaut Chad.

The latest feature, which is part of the general tour of Our Dynamic Earth, tells the story of what it takes to become an astronaut through computer-generated graphics. From training, to lift-off and beyond, visitors can feel the impact of the full dome technology as they are taken through the physical and mental effects of space travel, and are given a glimpse into the International Space Station.

The film was created by NSC Creative, a Leicester-based computer animation studio which specialises in immersive films for full dome and stereoscopic 3D.

Marketing manager of Our Dynamic Earth, Eilidh Massie, said: "We are always looking to develop our galleries and enhance the customer experience, and Astronaut offers a stunning climax to the Dynamic Earth tour."

Source: The Scotsman

David Tennant and Catherine Tate do Shakespeare - The Graham Norton Show

David Tennant and Catherine Tate appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday 15 April, to promote their appearance from next month in the stage production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/18: Tina Fey, Joe DeVito, Everest
Tu 4/19: Kathy Griffin, Derrick Pitts
We 4/20: Michael Clarke Duncan, Lena Headey
Th 4/21: Alfred Molina
Fr 4/22: Diane Lane, Karen Gillan

Mo 4/25: Wanda Sykes, Kevin McKidd (R 3/10/11)
Tu 4/26: Larry King, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (R 3/29/11)
We 4/27: Matthew McConaughey, Amy Smart (R 3/30/11)
Th 4/28: Tom Selleck, Odette Annable
Fr 4/29: Bob Saget, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Well Plaid: Dressed to Kilt brings out the stars in New York

Big names such as Brian Cox, Billy Connolly, Chris Noth and Kiefer Sutherland joined in a charity celebration of Scottish fashion in New York, Dressed to Kilt, as part of Scotland Week.

Dundee actor and Hollywood star Brian Cox led a celebrity line-up from his Broadway show in a uniquely Scottish salute at the Dressed to Kilt fashion event in New York on Tuesday.

Read more at The Scotsman

The Daily Record also covers the story, with an impressive picture gallery:
The 9th annual 'Dressed to Kilt' fashion show was last night held in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The event is now in it's ninth year and raised money for Scottish veterans living at Erskine Hospital.

Read and see more at Daily Record

Movie legend inspires city filmmaker

A comment from film legend Sir Sean Connery inspired a Glasgow filmmaker.

Last year the former Bond star said at the Edinburgh International that filmmakers don’t make movies about friendship anymore.

And it was that comment made after the 35th anniversary screening of The Man Who Would Be King that inspired Paul Darroch to pursue his most recent project.

Having made 24 films, the new short called Making Contact is about two best friends who after one night out on the town, decide to stop at a park bench and enter a conversation about life and death.

The first official film premiere was held in the 13th Note Cafe last month.

Paul, from Newton Mearns, said: “The film is based on a dream I had around a year ago. Hopefully the story told in the film will speak for itself but since it is about friendship then it means anyone can relate to it.”

Glasgow Media Access Centre, based at Trongate 103, and a supporter of independent films, nominated the 39-year-old for the best film of the year in 2008 along with an award for film of the month in the same year.

The film and television graduate from Glasgow University also won the best film award for the world development movement film competition at the Scottish climate change march three years ago.

Making Contact was mainly filmed in Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock last September and features Simon Weir, a former Monarch of the Glen star, along with newcomer PJ Barnard.

Source: Evening Times

John Barrowman - Your Country Needs Blue

John Barrowman will be on BBC 1 on April 16th for Your Country Needs Blue, a documentary where John joins others to mentor the pop group, Blue, as they prepare for the Eurovision song Competition.

More information at BBC

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" news

Bill Pullman and John Barrowman were in Cannes last week to promote the show. While there they did a really interesting interview about Miracle Day.

Source: Anglotopia

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Torchwood star John Barrowman has claimed that the upcoming fourth series will be “bigger and better” than before.

Barrowman was in Cannes, southern France, to present the 10-part series, which was filmed in Wales and Los Angeles.

“The move to America has been amazing,” said Barrowman. “There is so much more we can do with Torchwood now having made the leap to America.”
He added that the action sequences in the series, which is subtitled Miracle Day, are “unbelievable”.
“The audience is going to need a forklift truck to pick their jaws off the ground,” he said. “I used to do quite a lot of stunts but now I’m not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I’m much more valuable in America!”

Barrowman and co-star Eve Myles will be joined by Hollywood actors Bill Pullman, from Independence Day and Mekhi Phifer, who played Tom Hanks’ friend Bubba in Forrest Gump.

Barrowman also insisted that the sexual nature of his character Jack Harkness will not be toned down for US audiences.

“Jack will have his little dabblings and the audience will get exactly what they want,” he claimed.

Torchwood: Miracle Day will premiere in July on BBC One.

Read more at Wales Online

Tickets on sale for 'Betrayal' starring Douglas Henshall

Tickets are now on sale for Ian Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.

Betrayal, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, will have its first preview at the Comedy Theatre on 27 May 2011 with press night on 16 June and is booking until 20 August 2011.

Source: London Theatre Direct

"United": interview with David Tennant

The BBC Press Office have released an interview with David Tennant regarding his role in the upcoming movie, "United"

What attracted you to United?
I've worked with James Strong (director) and Chris Chibnall (writer) several times before and James sent me the script. I knew it would be worth reading because it came from him. I'm not a football expert but I was completely bowled over by the incredible story and journey that Manchester United went on. I thought that if it had grabbed and moved me as much as that, then clearly the story must be universal, worth telling and something I wanted to be part of.

What is United about?
The film is about all sorts of things because what happened is so extraordinary. On a very basic level it's a true story but it also looks at the arbitrary nature of fate, the capriciousness of life and the triumph of the human spirit. The film deals with how we pull ourselves together after tragedy, because people cope with grief in so many different ways. We're telling an utterly compelling and dramatic story as it happened. As I started to research this, I realised there's a fair amount of quibbling over detail but the basic facts of the story are indisputable.

The film also follows the relationship between Jimmy and Bobby Charlton. You see him finding Bobby, nurturing and bringing him through. It was a hugely important relationship for both of them. Bobby Charlton said he learnt everything from Jimmy Murphy and credits his career to him.

We try to tell the story and honour it, because it's a story that should be told. It's extraordinary that this hasn't been dramatised before. There's never been a straightforward film or TV drama about this extraordinary dramatic story and it's long overdue.

Read more – BBC

Billy Connolly to reprise Boondock Saints role in Game

Billy Connolly is going to appear in the game of the cult movie, Boondock Saints.

According to The Daily Record, "The Glaswegian comedian will appear as assassin Il Duce in a game based on the Boondock Saints films.

"The films' director Troy Duffy confirmed he is in talks with game developers for an IOS-based game. He comments that, "The Boondock fan base wants to have a beer with the MacManus brothers and Il Duce and then pick up a weapon and fight. With a video game you can increase that kind of intimacy."

Source: Spong

Alan Cumming set for reading of "I Want to Be Evil"

A starry cast has been assembled for a private industry reading of David Brind's new play, I Want To Be Evil, which will be held in Manhattan tomorrow (April 11).

Directed by Will Frears (Still Life, The Water's Edge), the cast will boast Tony Award winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret, CBS' "The Good Wife"), Sandra Bernhard (I'm Still Here... Damn It, Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"), Golden Globe nominee Tom Cavanagh ("Yogi Bear," NBC's “Ed”), Ashlie Atkinson (Fat Pig, The Bridge Project) and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Ritz).

David Brind wrote the acclaimed film "Dare," which premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and stars Emmy Rossum ("Shameless"), Zach Gilford (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") and Rooney Mara ("The Social Network"). "Dare" was released theatrically in 2009 and is available both digitally and on DVD/Blu-Ray. Brind's recent projects include the screenplay adaptation of the newly released book "Leverage" for Academy Award-winning producer Stanley Jaffe. He is a graduate of Yale (BA) and Columbia (MFA) Universities.

Shane Marshall Brown and Charly Seamon will produce the reading.

Source: Playbill

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/11: Isabella Rossellini, Casey Wilson

Tu 4/12: Wynonna Judd, Ariel Tweto

We 4/13: Ashley Judd, Evan Michelson, Maz Jobrani

Th 4/14: Kristen Bell, Jason Aldean

Fr 4/15: Robin Wright, Dan Riskin

Mo 4/18: Tina Fey, Joe Devito, Everest

Tu 4/19: Kathy Griffin, Derrick Pitts

We 4/20: Michael Clarke Duncan, Lena Headey

Th 4/21: Alfred Molina

Fr 4/22: Diane Lane, Karen Gillan


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