Tuesday, 31 July 2012

David Tennant: project updates, news, reviews

  • Broadchurch
Although filming on David Tennant's new ITV serial Broadchurch is not expected to start until mid August, it was reported that he was already doing some preparation work on Thursday. Read more at David Tennant on Twitter (blog)

  • Doctor Who documentaries
BBC America will broadcast four new Doctor Who documentaries this summer. The press release is accompanied by photos of the episodes which include two of David Tennant.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter (blog)

  • 2012 Television Critics Association Tour
David Tennant MAY appear at the 2012 Television Critics Association Tour in Beverley Hills this week (not confirmed). 
Read more at David Tennant on Twitter (blog)  

  • Twenty Twelve
The BBC have uploaded three video clips for the final ever episode of the David Tennant narrated Twenty Twelve.
The episode is called Loose Ends and premièred on BBC Two at 10pm on Tuesday (24th) which was just 3 days before the actual opening ceremony of London 2012.
David Tennant's voice can be heard in all three of these clips (which may only play within the UK).
Source: DToT (blog) 

  • Doctor Who retrospective
Doctor Who TV looks back on the Tennant era of Doctor Who here 

  • Shakespeare Uncovered: review
The Hamlet Weblog has a review of Shakespeare Uncovered here 

Kevin McKidd: new movie project, and Greys Anatomy season 9 promo

New movie project
Actor Kevin McKidd (Grey's Anatomy, Brave) has attached his name to a new film project according to Screen Daily. The movie, Indian Summer, will be written and directed by Brian Ward (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), and is scheduled to begin shooting next May in the Scottish Highlands. The story surrounds a romance set in the same location in the year 1967.

Greys' Anatomy season 9 Promo
View the promo at Kevin McKidd Online 

Neve McIntosh: video interview and set photos

VIDEO INTERVIEW! Blogtor Meets Neve McIntosh!
Included in the player above is an EXCLUSIVE interview with actress Neve McIntosh (Alaya and Restac in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood and Madame Vastra in A Good Man Goes To War) conducted at the recent 11th Hour Convention. During the interview she chats about her time on Doctor Who, action figures and her return...
Read more at Blogtor Who 

Doctor Who set photos can be found at Screen Rant and Daily Mail

Monday, 30 July 2012

'Welcome To The Punch' with James McAvoy gets 15 March 2013 U.K. release date

For fans of gritty British crime dramas, of which there are many, Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch looks very promising. It’s got a top-notch cast of talent including James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan, and a pretty crackerjack story, with the ingredients lining up for a promising picture. And while we wait for a stateside date, things are moving right along overseas.

While IFC Films picked up the rights for the film in the United States last week, Creevy has tweeted that Welcome to the Punch will hit cinemas on March 15, 2013 in the U.K. No word on what that means for the U.S. and other territories, but chances are pretty good we could see this one at Sundance or even SXSW in 2013. 

Based on Creevy's Brit List script, the story follows an ex-criminal who is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives a dogged detective one last chance to catch the man he’s always been after.

Read more at IndieWire 

Scottish actor en route to Hollywood film première after pals organise a whip-round in local pub

An actor who stars with Tom Hanks in his latest film could be off to Hollywood – as pals in his local plan to turn a digital whip-round into a movie and send him to the première.

Marty Docherty, 38, landed the role of Hanks’s brother in the Warner Bros movie Cloud Atlas.

He spent days in Berlin shooting for the film alongside an all-star cast including Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon.

But he admitted to pals Ian Bustard and Martyn Robertson over a pint in Glasgow’s Griffin Bar that he couldn’t afford the trip to Los Angeles for the star-studded opening night.

The pair – both documentary film-makers – have hatched a plan to get him there so he can become Scotland’s next blockbuster star.

They are making their own movie charting his journey, titled Marty Goes To Hollywood, and have launched a Facebook appeal, getmartytohollywood.

They hope the Scottish public will get behind Marty by donating to the project to help raise the £10,000 needed to send him to LA in October. Last night, Marty, 38, said: “I can’t believe they have done all of this after just a wee conversation in the pub.

“Obviously, going to the première doesn’t guarantee me anything but it definitely won’t hinder me and I think it could open doors.

“I have been acting for 15 years so, if I’m ever going to get to Hollywood and really make it there, then now’s the time. When I was in Berlin filming, I shot scenes with Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving, who was in The Matrix. I met Hugh Grant in make-up and he was so nice.

“They were interested in what I was doing and who I was playing. I couldn’t quite believe I was there.

“I really hope I can go to the première. It’s such an all-star line-up and I’m sure it will be spectacular.”

Ian and Martyn, who between them have 30 years’ experience in the film and entertainment industry, have set up meetings for Marty with a host of Scots-born stars including Robert Carlyle, Gerard Butler and Brian Cox.

They will also organise for him to speak with casting directors and producers.

Ian, 41, said: “When you are part of the hottest property in town, you soon become the hottest property in town yourself. That’s why he has to be at that première.

“When Tommy Flanagan was in Braveheart, he went over to LA for the première and never came back.

“We want the Scottish public to see the great opportunity Marty has and support him. He is well known here having had parts in Dear Green Place and Still Game.

“But Hollywood is the next step and we want to follow his journey as he tries to get there. He will be swapping the hills of Castlemilk for the hills of LA.”

Martyn, 31, said: “He has a good chance here and we want the public – both here and in America – to get behind him.

“We have set up a crowd-funding website where people can buy things like the chance to have their name on the credits of the film or a signed DVD from Marty.

“The items for sale vary from about £4.50 to £800. We want people to have fun with it.

“Yes, this is about a local boy who has done well but it’s much more than that too.”

The Cloud Atlas crew shot some of the scenes for the film in Glasgow last September.

Source: Daily Record

Alan Cumming: outstanding actor award, Macbeth audiobook, Goodspeed Tribute

Alan Cumming named Outstanding Actor at OUTFEST
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming has won the Grand Jury Award at Los Angeles' Outfest for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film for Any Day Now.
The film, which received the Audience Award for Outstanding Feature Film, features Cumming as a gay man who, along with his partner, takes in an abandoned, mentally handicapped teenager.
Cumming won the Tony Award for his performance as the Emcee in Cabaret. His many other stage credits include Design for Living, The Threepenny Opera, Elle and Macbeth. He currently co-stars on CBS' The Good Wife as Eli Gold, and appeared in the television movie of Annie
Source: Theater Mania 
Alan says on his blog:
I just got back from LA where I won the Best Actor award at Outfest for Any Day Now. The movie also won the audience award, as it has at every festval it has screened at: Tribeca, Proveincetown and Seattle. I also won the Best Actor at Seattle. I am really proud of this film and so excited that it will be released late 2012.
The blog also includes this Red Carpet interview with Alan Cumming at the screening of his new film Any Day Now:

Read more at Alan Cumming's blog

Alan Cumming Talks Macbeth, Audiobooks
Simon & Schuster Audio earlier this month released the audio edition of Alan Cumming’s amazing solo interpretation of Macbeth.
And now, in the following behind-the-scenes video, Cumming himself talks about his performance, how his interpretation of Macbeth came to be, and the recording of the audiobook.

Source: Publishers Weekly 

Alan also spoke to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about playing every role in the production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at New York City's Lincoln Center Festival, and his role in the CBS drama The Good Wife. Watch the video at Metacafe 

Goodspeed Musical's Annual Gala

Alan Cumming will present Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater at Goodspeed Musical's annual gala.

The fund raising event, which supports the theater's education programs, will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bride Road in Haddam, across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.

Read more at Courant.com 

The Big Music

From Canongate TV:
We're loving this beautiful film, narrated by the actor Brian Cox, made to celebrate publication of Kirsty Gunn’s ambitious new novel, The Big Music.
Published by our good friends at Faber, The Big Music is getting plenty of attention in the press and deservedly so. As the fabulous review in the Sunday Times says, "This novel, like the music it emulates, is thunderous, dissonant and beautiful."

Source: Canongate TV 

Second season ordered for BBC Two’s Line of Duty

World Productions is producing a second season of the critically acclaimed drama Line of Duty for BBC Two.

The  thriller series, starring Lennie James, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, examines the world of police corruption. It is the most successful new show on BBC Two since 2005, averaging 3.2 million audiences in season one.

Line of Duty was written and produced by Jed Mercurio and executive produced for the BBC by World Productions’ Simon Heath and Stephen Wright.

Ben Stephenson, the controller for BBC Drama, commented: “Jed Mercurio and World Productions have realized a brilliant series for BBC Two with Line of Duty that encapsulates my vision for bold, authored and utterly original drama on the channel.”

“I’m so pleased to have this brilliantly realized thriller on BBC Two; it is a wonderful addition to the channel’s rich landscape of drama,” added Janice Hadlow, the controller for BBC Two. “With fantastic writing from Jed Mercurio, great characterization, tightly plotted detail and riveting performances from a stand-out cast, I’m thrilled that this complex, contemporary drama has captured the imagination of such a loyal and appreciative audience.”

Source: World Screen

Peter Capaldi to join The Hour?

According to Oh No They Didn't, Peter Capaldi will join the cast of The Hour
The Hour 2
Most of the original cast - including Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw - will return to the story of a '50s BBC newsmagazine show, and the ensemble is getting one hell of an addition in Peter Capaldi as the new Head of News. The sequel will take place in 1957. It won't have the espionage component that drove so many of the first season's stories.
Read more at ONTD

Chasing Mavericks Poster, Official site, Trailer

Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.

Read more and see the poster at Gerard Butler Gals 

Win Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy DVD and Novel

To mark the release of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th August, Filmoria are offering you the chance to win Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy on DVD as well as a copy of his book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.  

Read more at Filmoria

John Barrowman's 'Tonight's The Night' has been axed

The BBC Saturday night show - which began airing in April 2009 - has been on screens for three series, but has now come to an end, much to the 45-year-old actor's disappointment.

"John's very disappointed. He loved the show and knows it was popular."

The show - which is filmed in Glasgow, Scotland - picked up around four million viewers per episode, and those who watched were treated to members of the public singing with big-named artists and daredevil stunts performed by unsuspecting people.

A BBC spokesperson has confirmed 'Tonight's The Night' would not be making a comeback this year.

John recently landed a role in a US TV series branded as the country's answer to 'Downton Abbey', although it is not known if it has been commissioned for a full run by network ABC.

A source said: "This is a big role for John. If it is successful, it would mean spending most of the year filming in the States."

Source: Mark Meets 

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 7/30: Emma Roberts, Paula Poundstone

Tu 7/31: Rosie Perez

We 8/1: Selma Blair, Adam Savage

Th 8/2: Rashida Jones, Julie Delpy

Fr 8/2: Edward Norton, Malin Akerman

Monday, 23 July 2012

David Tennant: project updates

  • Shakespeare Uncovered
David Tennant was one of the hosts for the documentary Shakespeare Uncovered which is part of the BBC Shakespeare Unlocked season.

David Tennant's episode was about Hamlet and he explored the different approaches actors have taken to the role of the Danish prince. Alongside interviews with Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, he looked at why the play is often regarded as Shakespeare's finest work. He also explained why he believes its popularity has endured to the present day.
David's episode premièred on UK television on Tuesday 17th July 2012 at 11.20pm on BBC Two, with a repeat the following evening on BBC HD at 11.50pm
A DVD of the series will be released on 27th August in the UK and Europe

David Tennant's episode of Shakespeare Uncovered has been uploaded to YouTube.com in four parts, here

Links for both UK and non-UK people to download David Tennant's episode of Shakespeare Uncovered about Hamlet are here 

More information on David Tennant in Shakespeare Uncovered is here

It was announced last night (21 July) at the Television Critics Press Tour (Summer 2012) that Shakespeare Uncovered would be show on US television by PBS during the next season. The exact broadcast date is not known yet. See here for more information.
  • Nativity 2
In London on Tuesday (17 July) there was a preview screening of David Tennant's movie Nativity 2. Currently there appears to be some doubt regarding the name of the movie, as some industry websites are calling it Nativity Two: The Second Coming (which was the working title while it was being filmed) but other industry websites are calling it Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger
Source: David Tennant on Twitter (blog) 
  • The Story Of The Costume Drama 
This DVD will be released by Acorn Media on 31st July in the US and includes a look at behind the scenes of David Tennant's drama Casanova. A review of the DVD can be found here 

  • The Politician's Husband
Some new locations and scene details have been added for the filming of The Politician's Husband here 

  • The Spies Of Warsaw
Adverts for The Spies Of Warsaw are already being screened on BBC America in the US. Typically US TV stations screen future programme advertisements earlier than UK television. The Spies Of Warsaw is currently still expected to be shown in UK and Poland first. The adverts show a brief shot of David Tennant wearing a cap, and the name of the programme. 
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Diary dates:
Tues 24 Jul - Twenty Twelve Series 2 Episode 7 (Loose Ends) is on BBC Two at 10pm.
Wed 25 Jul - True Love is available to rent from LoveFilm in the UK and Europe.
Thurs 26 Jul - Doctor Who Magazine 450 is published with a poster of David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and Matt Smith
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Radio Scotland is looking for a Scottish ‘older mum’ to take part in new series

Seen at NetMums:
Radio Scotland is looking for a Scottish ‘older mum’ to take part in new series
In this major new series for BBC Radio Scotland, Elaine C Smith explores the complex, at times contradictory relationship that exists between a mother and her child. We’re looking for a first time mum in her forties to take part in this 6 part series.

Nowadays there are many reasons for women choosing to have children in their forties. Would you like to share your experience with Elaine C Smith and explore the challenges, joys and tribulations of being an older mum in Scotland?
If so we’d love to hear from you. Please contact producer Philip Sime.  email:philip.sime@bbc.co.uk to express your interest. 

Source: NetMums 

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Ewan McGregor: 'The Impossible' updates

The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts will hit theaters on December 21st
With production on the film beginning way, way back in 2010, we've been starting to get a little worried about "The Orphanage" director Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible. But with a lengthy post-production required for the special effects work, we got our first taste of the film in December with a promising teaser followed up this spring with a full trailer -- could the movie now be Oscar bound?

It seems Lionsgate is throwing their hat in the ring, dating The Impossible for a New York and Los Angeles release in the thick of awards season on December 21st, an already crowded slot that has "This Is 40," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Jack Reacher" all opening that weekend. But what those flims won't have is Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts starring in what looks like an extraordinarily visceral drama set against the devastating tsunami of 2004. We're guessing it'll be like that opening sequence of Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter"... but like, for a whole movie (and better). Here's the official synopsis:

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.

This hopefully means (fingers crossed) a fall festival circuit première will be in order to help get the buzz out not only in advance of its stateside bow, but also the Spanish release on October 11th.
Read more at Indie Wire 

New Poster for Tsunami drama The Impossible with Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts
A new Spanish poster has been released for the upcoming drama based on one family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible, this week.

From the crew of The Orphanage, including director Juan Antonio Bayona who will be making his English-language début and scribe Sergio G. Sánchez, the film follows the true account of a family – Henry (Ewan McGregor), Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons – who begin their winter vacation in Thailand but who find themselves caught with tens of thousands of strangers in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

Set to be released in the UK on 4th January, 2013, the new poster is quite intense, already highlighting the horrific effects that tsunami caused and the dramatic situations that the cast are set to face.
Source: Hey U Guys

The poster is featured at the top of this article

James McAvoy: movie updates

  • Welcome To The Punch
IFC Films acquires rights to James McAvoy-led Welcome To The Punch
FC Films announced today the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to director Eran Creevy’s action thriller Welcome To The Punch from Worldview Entertainment. The film, which was also written by Creevy, stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong, and Andrea Riseborough. The project was produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of Between the Eyes and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson Redlich executive produced with Ridley Scott and Liza Marshall of Scott Free Productions, Xavier Marchand of Momentum Pictures, and Stuart Ford of IM Global.

In Welcome To the Punch, former criminal Jacob Sternwood (Strong) is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Welcome To the Punch is an ingenious action thriller featuring some of the best actors working today including James MacAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough. Eran Creevy made a huge mark with Shifty but he's really arrived with Welcome To The Punch. We could not be more excited to partner with him and a who's who of international partners including Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of Between the Eye Productions, Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik, our friends at Scott Free Productions, Stuart Ford and his team at IM Global, Alliance Films and Worldview Entertainment.”

Read more at Broadway World

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Glamour Magazine have shared another photo of James McAvoy filming in New York here 

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