Monday, 30 May 2011

MTV to screen Fright Night

Can’t wait to see upcoming flicks like Horrible Bosses, The Help, and 30 Minutes or Less? If you live in Los Angeles, you might not have to. MTV tells EW exclusively that from Monday, May 30 through Friday, June 3, it’s hosting screenings of five of summer’s hottest movies — including the three named above, Fright Night (starring David Tennant), and The Art of Getting By. Each screening will be followed by a 30-minute-long Q&A between MTV news correspondent Josh Horowitz and talent from the film; Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aziz Ansari, and cast members from Horrible Bosses are all scheduled to make appearances. Those interviews will all stream live at as well.

But wait, there’s more! EW will also be the only news outlet present at the screenings, so be sure to check back at to see what scoop we manage to get from the stars in attendance. And even if you’re not one of the lucky few average Joes present at the screenings, you can still see exclusive clips from all five movies on MTV itself. The network will premiere one new clip each day from each movie. Here’s the schedule of the clips, as well as a list of the talent being interviewed:

Monday, May 30, 10:59pm ET: Fright Night
Talent: star Christopher Mintz-Plasse, director Craig Gillespie

Tuesday, May 31, 10:59pm ET: The Art of Getting By
Talent: stars Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, and Elizabeth Reaser; director Gavin Wiesen

Wednesday, June 1, 10:59pm ET: Horrible Bosses
Talent: Cast members; director Seth Gordon

Thursday, June 2, 10:59pm ET: The Help
Talent: stars Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard

Friday, June 3, 11:00pm ET: 30 Minutes or Less
Talent: stars Aziz Ansari, and Michael Peña; director Ruben Fleischer. Plus: A special message from Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride

Source Inside Movies

Much Ado About Nothing - updates

As the final preview performance approaches (tomorrow: 31 May) and the company prepares for the launch of the main run with Press Night on 1st June, several sources have been made available to fans in the last week or so:

Official website: Much Ado On Stage

Official merchandise on Ebay

Official photos for Press Night by Geraint Lewis Photography

David Tennant to appear in This Is Jinsy

David Tennant will be appearing as a guest in an episode of the new series of the Sky television programme This Is Jinsy. The pilot was originally made for BBC Three but declined to commission a series so Sky instead snapped it up.

This Is Jinsy
is described as:
“A surreal sitcom set on Jinsy, an island whose 762 residents are monitored by 1,067 tessellators. These tessellators include video cameras for surveillance as well as little screens to allow the residents to watch important island events, such as the tri-annual island cow wash (live from Glotters field). They also include a handy slot for paying fines, and a sphincter nozzle for product and pill downloads. Arbiter Maven (the 17th Arbiter and 'Wearer of the Hat') is assisted by Operative Sporall (nice hair and 'Wearer of the Beige Suit'). From the Great Tower in the parish of Veen, they observe video feeds from the tessellators and keep a watchful eye on the residents.”

The eight part series is directed by Matt Lipsey and will air on Sky's new channel Sky Atlantic HD in the summer. Chris Bran and Justin Chubb write and star in the series.

David Tennant has already recorded his one episode of the series which is listed in his CV for Much Ado About Nothing.

Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Alex Lifeson joins Billy Boyd in Ecstacy

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson will make his first appearance as a movie actor in a Canadian movie of Irving Welsh’s drug drama Ecstacy.

He plays a Scottish doctor with a novel approach to dealing with pain issues – and delivers his lines with an accent that Rock News Desk’s Scots staff are finding difficult to identify.

The movie will be released in September, featuring Canadian TV actress Kristin Kreuk and Scottish star Billy Boyd.

Read more at Rock News Desk

Betrayal - run dates and official website

The new production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Miles and Douglas Henshall, began performances on May 27, prior to an official opening on June 16, for a run through August 20 at the Comedy Theatre.
Read more at Playbill

The production now has its own official website here

Ewan McGregor coming to Edinburgh Film Festival for Perfect Sense premiere

Ewan McGregor will be attending the Edinburgh International Film Festival next month to attend the European Premiere of Perfect Sense, his new movie with Scottish director David Mackenzie.

The pair previously teamed up for 2003’s critically acclaimed Young Adam, and the Glasgow-set sci-fi drama tells the tale of a chef, Michael (McGregor) and a scientist, Susan (Eva Green) who fall in love just as the world begins to fall apart.

Read more at STV Entertainment

McGregor film ticket sell-out forces move

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that the European premiere of Ewan McGregor's new movie has been forced to move to a 1500-seat venue after tickets sold out.

The premiere of Perfect Sense was due to take place at the Cameo, which holds around 400, during the Edinburgh International Film Festival but has now moved to the Festival Theatre due to a sell-out of advanced tickets.

McGregor will be in attendance at the premiere on June 18 which now will fill the Festival Theatre.

He said: "I'm delighted to be able to come to Edinburgh to support the film festival and the European premiere of Perfect Sense and look forward to seeing the film in such an amazing venue."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

James McAvoy tipped to play Tommy Sheridan

The Scots actor is the first choice of author Denise Mina, whose forthcoming novel is based on the politician. James McAvoy has made a name for himself as an action hero in Wanted and X-Men First Class, but it’s his roots in British drama Shameless that could see him playing disgraced politician Tommy Sheridan.

The actor is the first choice of author Denise Mina, who is in the middle of discussing film rights ahead of the release of her new novel based on the turbulent life of the Solidarity leader.

Speaking to STV’s Grant Lauchlan, McAvoy originally laughed at the thought before admitting that “quite possibly” it could work.

“Quite possibly, quite possibly,” he said. “You think to yourself: ‘Aw, I don’t think that would make a good movie’. I’ll be honest with you, that’s what I’m thinking right now. But, sometimes it’s the oddest things in life that make the best stories.

“So maybe it would be the best thing to come out of Britain in the last 20 years. Or maybe it would be rotten.”

Read more at STV Entertainment

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/30: Adam Goldberg, Lucy Punch
Tu 5/31: Ray Romano, Dr. Lisa Masterson
We 6/1: David Beckham, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Th 6/2: Dick Van Dyke, Kristin Gore
Fr 6/3: Carla Gugino

Mo 6/6: Don Cheadle, Brooklyn Decker
Tu 6/7: Howie Mandel, Wendy Booker, the Goldberg Sisters
We 6/8: Heather Graham, Chris Gorham
Th 6/9: Morgan Freeman, Carson Kressley
Fr 6/10: Kevin Bacon, Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Dougray Scott Goes Back To School With FilmClub

Dougray Scott has been speaking to education charity FILMCLUB, as part of its nationwide campaign ‘Power of Film’, which highlights films huge capacity to educate and inspire young people.

The actor - whose numerous film credits include Enigma, Ripley’s Game, Mission Impossible 2, Dark Water and Ever After - spoke to 150 young film fans, who are members of the film club school scheme, about his extensive film career, what inspired him to be an actor, what it was like to work in the film industry and why he believes that watching a wide variety of films is so important for young people.

The actor said, "It’s inspirational and you see people from different parts of the world, not to dissimilar to you as you perhaps thought. It can help break down prejudices and social barriers as well, and it’s an incredibly exciting event to go to watch these wonderful stories unfold before your eyes that you can be engaged with emotionally or you can just sit back and get lost for a couple of hours."

Read more at Female First

Official Trailer and promo photos for "Scandal"

Spoiler TV have a gallery of cast and episode promotional photos for the new series, Scandal, including this one of Henry Ian Cusick
See more at Spoiler TV

The series’ official trailer, on YouTube, gives us a lot more to look at, in order to get a better feel for the series…

Read more and see the preview clip at Indie Wire

Honorary degree for John Barrowman

John Barrowman is to receive an honorary drama degree.

The Torchwood actor will be made an honorary Doctor of Drama by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in July. Others to be recognised this summer include actor, writer and producer David MacLennan and singers Moira Anderson and Judith Howarth.

Born in Glasgow, John moved to the USA with his family and later studied musical theatre at the US International University in San Diego, California. He has starred in many West End shows, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard.

The ceremonies will take place in the RSAMD in Glasgow on Tuesday July 5.

Source: MSN TV UK

Watch The Explosive Trailer For Torchwood: Miracle Day

After taunting fans with a couple of blink-and-you-miss-them teasers, Starz has released the first honest-to-goodness trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day, the eagerly awaited fourth season of the hit BBC series.

Read more and watch the trailer at Spinoff Online

I believe that the trailer is only viewable in the US; if you find a version that's viewable elsewhere, please let me know!

DVD Review: Circles of Deceit

Circles of Deceit is a gritty realistic spy thriller in the vein of Callan. It went on sale last week in North America from Acorn Media and it has a great cast starting with Dennis Waterman, playing former special-forces operative John Neil that freelances for the British government in four tightly plotted and suspenseful full length dramas, including in this DVD set.

Others starring in this action spy thriller includes Derek Jacobi, John Hannah, Peter Vaughan, Kate Buffery, Clare Higgins, Corin Redgrave, Susan Jameson and Leo McKern.

Read more at Blogger News Network

First look at Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin!

ABC have released the first trailer for "Once Upon A Time", plus photos of the cast.

Robert Carlyle plays the dual character of Mr. Gold in the real world of Storybrooke, and the infamous Rumplestiltskin in the world of fairy tales — both of whom appear in the trailer.

Read more, and see the cast photos, at GateWorld

'Young Hearts Run Free' + Director Q&A and Networking

Scottish Actors received an email this week from the producer of a new independent Scottish film. The content of the email is reproduced here:

I am Andy Mark Simpson the writer, director and producer of independent feature film 'Young Hearts Run Free' which was made on a tiny budget with my own money but has been getting attention in the national press (*** Total Film, *** The Telegraph, 'Heartfelt' The Guardian), has won awards at festivals in Britain, USA and India and has been released in UK cinemas. The special screening events are more involving and have a Q&A so audiences can meet the team and ask anything they like about the award-winning performances, directing, production and innovative new distribution strategy and can learn how this film (which features 1970s period detail, scenes down a coal-mine and a full riot) was made for 'less than the price of a family car'.

'Young Hearts Run Free'
Friendship, First Loves, Rebellion!
1974; during a violent coal-miners strike in a quiet village a teenage artist falls in love with the gorgeous new girl but their attempts to escape cause him to betray his family, community and best friends. This award-winning coming of age story is an uplifting and soulful mix of cool 1970s styles, warm-hearted romance, teenage angst and gritty social realism.
(Rated 12A)

‘Young Hearts Run Free’ screening, director Q&A and networking
Micro-budget self-funded feature and discussion of innovative distribution strategy
EDINBURGH(Dominion Cinema , 18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4RT)
Tues 31st May 6pm
0131 447 4771
Film lasts 94 mins then Q&A follows. BBFC certificate 12A.
(***Total Film, ***The Telegraph, 'Heartfelt' The Guardian)

View Trailer

KIRKCALDY(Adam Smith Theatre,Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET)
Wed 8th June
Tickets £4-£5
01592 583302
Film lasts 94 mins then Q&A follows. BBFC certificate 12A.
(***Total Film,***The Telegraph, 'Heartfelt' The Guardian)
View Trailer

Feel free to get in touch any time and spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. I hope to meet a lot of actors and filmmakers at the events.


Andy Mark Simpson
Director and Producer 'Young Hearts Run Free'
Bede Films
Twitter @YoungHeartsFilm

‘canny enough to stand comparison with coming-of-age Brit-flicks like SoulBoy and Cemetery Junction.’–***Total Film
'closer in kind to Brassed Off and The Full Monty, fusing politics and romance’–***The Telegraph
‘Heartfelt’ and ‘warmhearted, with evidence that Simpson will have more to offer in his next film.’-The Guardian.
'This has probably been the most enjoyable evening of everyfilmin2011 so far'
'Young Hearts Run Free is a fascinating, passionate, revelatory tale of what it is to be young and in love. This is a wonderfully realised debut from a seriously talented newcomer.’ 4/5 – Project Bootleg (Bootleg Film Festival)
'it's more like coal of a rough-hewn quality-the producers have the potential to produce a diamond. See it and contribute' -The Morning Star

Much Ado About Nothing - DVD Appeal

As many of you know, there’s an appeal going around to get Catherine Tate and David Tennant’s production of Much Ado About Nothing onto DVD for posterity but also because, quite frankly, many, many fans of both actors will never get a chance to see this amazing production.

The lovely folks at Illuminations, who were involved with Tennant’s Hamlet DVD, have informed me that the appeal for the Hamlet DVD grossed approximately 7,500 signatures which clearly made all the difference in the world and helped give us Hamlet on DVD.

I urge you to please sign the Much Ado appeal HERE, and reblog or pass on the url to other Catherine Tate and/or David Tennant fans. We are currently at 5,700ish signatures and it would be awesome if we could get at least the 7,500 or so that Hamlet got. Thanks!

UPDATE: According to @_ophelia, Hamlet received a total of 7,892. COME ON!

Source: McFangirl on Tumblr

Update: as at 21.30 this evening (24 May 2011), the total number of signatures had reached 7496.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Schedule: Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/23: Jack Black, Rampage Jackson
Tu 5/24: Courteney Cox, Carrot Top
We 5/25: Norm MacDonald, Julie McCarthy
Th 5/26: Seth Green, Lance Burton
Fr 5/27: Drew Carey

Mo 5/30: Adam Goldberg, Lucy Punch
Tu 5/31: Ray Romano, Dr. Lisa Masterson
We 6/1: David Beckham

Monday, 16 May 2011

Much Ado About Nothing - first preview performance

David Tennant takes to the stage with Catherine Tate this evening in a run of preview performances of “Much Ado About Nothing

They were interviewed last week in The Telegraph; read the full interview here.

The Financial Times also shares some info about the production: FT

BILLY CONNOLLY LIVE Plays Richardo Montalban Theatre One Night Only

Some call him a genius; some say he is the finest comedian working today. Some refer to his concerts as otherworldly; some define his honesty as terrifyingly insightful. Then there are those who simply find him funny. They number in the millions.

Uncensored, uncut and unpredictable, internationally renowned comedian/actor Billy Connolly exposes Los Angeles audiences to his hilarious, oxygen-depriving show Billy Connolly LIVE. Presented by Westbeth Entertainment, Connolly performs one night only at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 N. Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood, on Saturday, June 4 at 8PM.

Read more: Broadway World

Cannes screening of David Tennant's romantic comedy

A Scottish movie starring former Dr Who actor David Tennant was screened at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

The romantic comedy Decoy Bride is set on the fictional Scottish island of Hegg, but was filmed in Nithsdale in Dumfries and other locations.

The film stars Tennant, Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve, Michael Urie - who plays Marc in Ugly Betty - and Federico Castelluccio from The Sopranos. It was being shown to possible distributors.

Decoy Bride tells the story of a superstar actress marrying her British boyfriend, played by Tennant, away from the glare of the world's media. But when an ingenious paparazzo tracks them down, the diva must find a decoy bride and chooses a local girl, played by MacDonald.

Source: The Scotsman

Fright Night Trailer!

DreamWorks Pictures has unleashed the first trailer for director Craig Gillespie's remake of the 1985 cult thriller Fright Night.

Anton Yelchin stars as Charlie, a high school student living with his single mother who comes to suspect that his next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is actual a vampire. Check out the trailer below, which is suspiciously missing any footage of David Tennant as the magician-turned-vampire hunter Peter Vincent.

David Tennant is in the trailer, but blink and you’ll miss him!

Screenwriter Marti Noxon shares her thoughts on 'Fright Night' (and David Tennant) in an interview with Collider

Betrayal - this spring's 'Must See' and cast photos

The cast photos above have been released for Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Douglas Henshall and Kristin Scott Thomas.
More photos and further information at What’s On Stage

City AM lists Betrayal as one of this spring’s must-see shows:
Kristin Scott Thomas and Douglas Henshall will star in Harold Pinter’s dark classic Betrayal (Comedy Theatre, from 16 June), while the Wire’s Dominic West leads in a revival of the cruel comedy Butley (Duchess Theatre, from 6 June) by Pinter’s late friend Simon Gray.

Source: City a.m.

FilmDistrict picks up Gerard Butler’s rom-com 'Playing The Field'

FilmDistrict picks up US rights to Gerard Butler’s rom-com Playing The Field.

Shooting is underway in Louisiana now for an expected spring 2012 release. Butler plays a broke former footballer and playboy who moves back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged wife and neglected son. He ends up coaching his son’s football team as a host of adoring soccer mums and desperate housewives look on. Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones round out the cast.

Source, and more info: Screen Daily

ABC picks up Scandal (formerly Damage Control)

ABC has picked up the pilot of Scandal (formerly Damage Control)

The drama revolves around the life and work of a professional fixer (Kerry Washington) and her staff. Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick co-stars as her right-hand man and Tony Goldwyn plays the president. It is based on the career of crisis management consultant Judy Smith, who serves alongside producers including Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy). From ABC Studios, the pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin). Though buzz surrounding the project cooled some in the recent days, Rhimes is a very valuable producer for the network and her voice has connected with its viewers.

More info at Hollywood Reporter

'Torchwood' series on DVD and 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' character photos & bios

TV Shows On DVD reveals that Torchwood - The Complete Original UK Series arrives on DVD and Blu in time for Miracle Day

Many fans of the BBC series are counting the upcoming Starz production of Torchwood: Miracle Day this summer as the "fourth series" (or season) of the popular show which was spun off from Doctor Who. There were two traditional-length series/seasons at 13 episodes each, followed by the five-episode "third series" titled Torchwood: Children of Earth. After that adventure, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) left Earth for a bit...which is why we saw him in an alien bar in a brief cameo for David Tennant's final episode of Doctor Who ("The End of Time, Part 2"). Jack is reuniting this summer with Gwen (Eve Myles) and others in the new 10-episode production, which also stars Mekhi Phifer (ER's "Dr. Gregory Pratt") as "Rex Matheson", a CIA agent who gets caught up in events beyond his previous experience.

To celebrate the new adventures, which premiere on the Starz cable channel this July 8th, the BBC has announced today that Torchwood - The Complete Original UK Series will be available on DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc this July 19th.

Taken from: TV Shows on DVD

Meanwhile, Starz have released character photos and bios for "Torchwood: Miracle Day"
See the full list at Examiner

Kevin McKidd in romantic heist film “Comes A Bright Day”

Intandem Films has snapped up international rights to Comes A Bright Day, the new British love story/thriller starring Craig Roberts and Imogen Poots.

Revered British fashion designer Paul Smith is dressing the lead cast for the film. Shooting begins next week on location around Mayfair and at London’s Elstree Studios. The film is being made through Smudge Films, Matador Pictures, Lost Tribe Productions and Ipso Facto Films.

Comes A Bright Day is written and directed by Simon Aboud. Roberts (Submarine) and Poots (28 Weeks Later) play hostages during a Mayfair jewellery store heist. The cast also features Kevin McKidd as the robber and Timothy Spall as the store owner.

Read more at Screen Daily

More information at UpAndComers and

ABC picks up Robert Carlyle’s "Once Upon A Time"

Great news for Robert Carlyle fans! Just days after the actor bid his farewell to the Destiny as Stargate Universe‘s Dr. Nicholas Rush, ABC has picked up his newest project, sending Once Upon A Time to series.

Carlyle plays the fairy tale character of Rumplestiltskin in the show’s pilot. No word yet on whether he will have a full-time role in the ongoing series.

Read more at GateWorld

Names to watch : Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland announce 2011 shortlist

Kate Dickie, David Birrell and David Greig feature on CATS 2011 shortlist

The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland judges have announced the 2010-11 shortlists for Scotland's leading theatre awards, following an all-day meeting at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

A highlight of the Scottish theatre calendar, the CATS celebrates the actors, directors, playwrights and other theatre artists who have made the most significant contributions of the year.

Previous winners include actors David Tennant and Cara Kelly, works including Blackbird and Black Watch and companies Wee Stories to the National Theatre of Scotland.

Blythe Duff, star of STV's Taggart, is up for Best Female Actor for her role as Helen in David Harrower's Good with People, produced as part of the A Play Pie and A Pint series at Oran Mor, Glasgow. Her portrayal of a frustrated hotel receptionist who embarks on a strange relationship with a younger man earned her rave reviews when it opened in September last year.

Other nominations for Best Female Actor include rising star Gemma McElhinney for her performance as Duck in David Greig's The Monster in the Hall, which was produced as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

David Birrell is up for Best Male Actor for his enigmatic performance as Sweeney Todd at the Dundee Rep, which received 5 star reviews virtually across the board, but he faces tough competition from Ian Smith, Peter Forbes and Alex Ferns.

Meanwhile, Dundee's Rep Theatre and The Traverse Theatre Company in Edinburgh have much to celebrate as they are in the running for five awards each, just behind the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum, who both appear in six categories.

The winners will be announced at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on Sunday 12 June and tickets for the awards ceremony can be purchased now.

See the full list of nominations at The List

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/16: Robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson, Simon Helberg
Tu 5/17: Betty White, Patton Oswalt
We 5/18: Julie Andrews, Little Big Town
Th 5/19: Tony Shalhoub, Sloane Crosley
Fr 5/20: Carrie Fisher

Mo 5/23: Jack Black, Rampage Jackson
Tu 5/24: Courtney Cox, Carrot Top
We 5/25: Norm MacDonald, Julie McCarthy
Th 5/26: Seth Green, Lance Burton
Fr 5/27: Drew Carey

Monday, 9 May 2011

Aardman Animation’s ‘The Pirates, Band of Misfits’ casts David Tennant , Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman and more

Sony and Aardman Animation have teamed for a new 3D stop-motion animated film, called The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based in part on Gideon Defoe‘s book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists. (Which is also the film’s title in the UK, I believe.) That isn’t news, but the first still, above, and the announcement of the full cast definitely is.
Aardman co-founder and Chicken Run co-director Peter Lord is directing the film, which is animated in the now-classic Aardman clay figure style, and he’s got Hugh Grant making his clay debut as the chap you see above.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits, in addition to Hugh Grant, will feature: Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen. That’s all via a press release, which also gives up this synopsis booty, complete with a rundown of who’s playing whom:

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Source, with more information: Slash Film

Theater Mania and This is Bristol carry the same story, with similar details.

Billy Connolly set to entertain kids with poetry readings on Disney Junior channel

DISNEY have asked Billy Connolly to read poetry to pre-school children.
The veteran comedian will read two pieces on their new channel, Disney Junior, this Sunday.
He is one of several celebrities such as Ashley Jensen, Catherine Tate and Simon Pegg who will take part in A Poem Is.
They will narrate poems on Disney Junior to iconic images from the firm's animation history.
Billy kicks off the series on Sunday at 10am when he reads Robert Louis Stevenson's My Shadow while a scene from Peter Pan is shown.
Later this month, he will read John Howard Payne's Home, Sweet Home to scenes with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
It's a far cry from 1974 when a routine called The Crucifixion - where he likened the Last Supper to a drunken night out in Glasgow - was banned by radio stations.
Now a grandfather, 68, Billy has become a favourite in family films such as Gulliver's Travels and Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
He will star in Disney and Pixar's Scottish movie Brave, released next year.

Source, and more information: Daily Record

Dougray Scott joins 'Last Passenger'

Dougray Scott has been cast as the lead role in "Last Passenger" a low-budget Brit train thriller that Pathe International is shopping to buyers in Cannes next week.

The $2 million pic, which is produced by Brit shingle NDF Intl., marks the debut feature for helmer Omid Nooshin. The story follows an overworked doctor trapped on a runaway train leaving London during the Christmas holidays.

Source, and more details: Variety

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/9: Jeff Goldblum, Sarah Chalke
Tu 5/10: Kenneth Branagh, Edward Conlon
We 5/11: Tim Meadows, Colin Hay
Th 5/12: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lawrence Block
Fr 5/13: Paul Reiser, Melissa McCarthy

Mo 5/16: Simon Helberg
Tu 5/17: Betty White, Patton Oswalt
We 5/18: Julie Andrews
Th 5/19: Tony Shalhoub
Fr 5/20: Carrie Fisher

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Empire Magazine preview 'Fright Night'

Empire Magazine feature Fright Night in their June issue, out now in UK shops. The article includes an exclusive look at David Tennant as Peter Vincent.

More info at Empire Magazine

Robert Carlyle becomes a With Kids ambassador

The charity With Kids helps hundreds of disadvantaged children and families in the east end of Glasgow.

Robert Carlyle has become one of the With Kids Ambassadors. Below is Part 1 of 3 interview with Robert. In this video, he talks about why he still lives and works in Glasgow and what his worst and happiest childhood memories were.

Source, and more information: With Kids

Bunraku scheduled for release later this year

ARC Entertainment and Barry Gordon's XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Snoot Entertainment’s Bunraku.

The martial arts film premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Among its stars are Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd and Jordi Mollà as well as Japanese actors Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata.

Read more at The Wrap

ARC Entrainment and XLrator reps confirmed that they plan to release Bunraku later this year.

Source: Kevin McKidd Online

Similar details can also be found at HitFix

Goodnight Burbank introduces 30-minute format on Hulu

Goodnight Burbank will become the first ever web series to become a scripted half-hour comedy to debut on the internet.

It stars Laura Silverman, Dominic Monaghan and a host of familiar faces from TV including John Barrowman, Juliet Landau and Miracle Laurie. The first six episodes will be distributed on Hulu.

Read more at PRWeb

Torchwood: Miracle Day Unveils Second Official Teaser

Starz continues to tease with their new promo for Torchwood: Miracle Day, which offers no new footage but elaborates on the premise.

Source, and more info at Ugo

Movie stars will be taking over the Wells Cathedral

A multi-million pound blockbuster film will be shooting in Wells, Somerset, this week.

Jack the Giant Killer, a special effects showcase, is directed by Bryan Singer, who was also responsible for X-Men and produced The Usual Suspects. It features some of the biggest acting talents in the UK, including Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, and Ian McShane, as well as Nicholas Hoult in the title role.

Ewan McGregor is playing a giant-killing expert who leads his majesty's guards, while Bill Nighy and John Kassir are teaming up to play the two heads of the giants' leader.

Filming will take place at Wells Cathedral and in Cheddar at a number of secret and secluded locations around the village.

Read more at This is Somerset

Billy Connolly producing segment on Route 66

Scottish comedian, musician and actor Billy Connolly and three cameramen were in Pontiac on Monday, taping a segment on Old Route 66 that Connolly is producing and hopes to sell to Independent Television Authority. ITA is a United Kingdom public service network.

While in Pontiac, he filmed the Walldog murals and Bob Waldmire’s bus, and at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. He planned to continue his trip along Route 66 to Atlanta on Monday afternoon, he said.

“Route 66 is the most famous road in the world,” said Connolly. He said he became interested in the Mother Road from the song, "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," which was composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup.

Read more at Pontiac Daily Leader

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/2: Mindy Kaling, Matt Lucas
Tu 5/3: Geoffrey Rush, Reese Waters, OK Go
We 5/4: John Waters, Pauley Perrette
Th 5/5: Juliette Lewis, Phil Rosenthal
Fr 5/6: Will Ferrell, Olivia Munn

Mo 5/9: TBA
Tu 5/10: Patton Oswalt
We 5/11: Tim Meadows, Colin Hay
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