Sunday, 24 February 2013

David Tennant: project news and updates

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  • Broadchurch
BAFTA hosted a Broadchurch Q&A on Tuesday evening, which David Tennant attended. More details here.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

The ITV Press Centre has confirmed that Broadchurch will start on Monday 4th March at 9pm on ITV. More details here.

Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Amazon have posted the front cover of the Broadchurch DVD. It is released on 27th May. 
According to makers Acorn Media the Broadchurch DVD will be a 3-DVD set. They are currently selling it for £19.99 including postage.

Broadchurch was reviewed on the BBC Radio Four programme Saturday Review from 7.15pm today. The reviewers were Tom Sutcliffe and guests artist Grayson Perry, playwright Laura Wade and writer Susan Jeffreys. 
Click here for a MP3 of the six minute review but they all enjoyed the drama and said that they would be watching the series. The MP3 contains a clip of the drama. The first part of it is from the video posted yesterday but this audio is slightly longer. More information here.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Richard II
The latest Barbican newsletter for its members says that Michael Pennington will play John of Gaunt in Richard II and that booking at The Barbican for RSC Shakespeare Supporters will start on Tuesday 5th March.

Also at The Barbican there will be 10 seats for £5 at each performance for people aged between 16 and 25, plus 30 stalls tickets for only £10 for each performance which will go on sale at 10.30am at The Barbican each day. These day seats will be limited to one per person.
All other tickets at The Barbican will be £55, £45, £35 and £25. There are no reduced prices before the Press Night.

The website of the Royal Shakespeare Company now lists a Richard II performance for Saturday 7th December. This was previously listed by the RSC and then removed. It is not listed on the Barbican Centre website.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed that Thursday 12th December is the London Press Night for Richard II. The performance starts at 7pm that evening. The RSC has also confirmed that Wednesday 15th January is a rare London weekday matinee performance and not an understudy performance. This confirms that David will play 85 performances in total - 39 in Stratford-Upon-Avon and 46 in London.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

An article in The Telegraph about theatre membership schemes mentions the high RSC membership sales to buy tickets for David Tennant's production of Richard II. However there are still lots of tickets available. For example, for the final Stratford-Upon-Avon performance there are 25 in the stalls, 35 in the circle and over 100 in the upper circle currently free.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter 
  • Tree Fu Tom

The region-free DVD of Tree Fu Magic was released on Monday. Available from Amazon and other outlets.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Penguins - Spy In The Huddle

A worldwide link to watch episode 2 in here.

  • Newspaper interview: The Times
The full transcript of David Tennant's Broadchurch interview in The Times has been posted to Tumblr. David also speaks about Richard II (it says that rehearsals start in August) and Doctor Who.

Kevin McKidd: ebay auction in support of Save The Children

From WetPaint:

One of Kevin's most beloved charities is Save the Children, an organization devoted to — you guessed it! — helping children in need. He's supported the charity for years, and even donated the proceeds from his folk album to it.

Now, he's hosting a charity auction that his fans can take part in!

Now through Monday, February 25, you can bid on items ranging from message cards to keychains to photo frames on eBay. They're all hand crafted items from The Scrappy Tree, and each one is signed by Kevin himself. As of now, it looks like most items are in the $10-20 range.

The proceeds will go to Save the Children's international emergency response campaigns. According to Kevin's website, the funds will help "recovery and life saving support efforts involving USA Hurricane Sandy, Philippine flooding, South Sudan shelter aid, African food and hunger crises, and Haiti earthquake relief, to name a few."
Read more at Wet Paint

James McAvoy: Macbeth reviews, and 'Neverwhere' cast photo

James McAvoy in Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios, review
Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, packs a powerful punch says Charles Spencer.
4 out of 5 stars
James McAvoy and Claire Foy in Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios
James McAvoy and Claire Foy in Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios. Photo: Johan Persson
James McAvoy, best known as a film actor, proves a commanding Macbeth, and the relationship with his wife is powerfully caught. The text makes it clear that the couple had a child who died in infancy and McAvoy and Claire Foy as Lady Macbeth suggest both an undertow of grief and the sense that their murderous ambition is some kind of sick compensation for their loss.
At the start it is Foy’s Lady Macbeth who leads the way, like a bossy schoolgirl who has set her heart on becoming head-girl. Unlike his morally blind wife, however, Macbeth knows what murder will cost, and initially at least, has a strong sense of what is right. McAvoy thrillingly suggests a man on the rack of his own guilty mind who learns that the only way to secure his position and silence his conscience is to become inured to atrocity with further killings.
He also does full justice to the haunting poetry of the last act in which Macbeth realises just what he has lost - not least himself and any sense of purpose or meaning in life. It is the reason that Macbeth is a genuinely tragic character and not just a serial killer.
Read more here
Source (including photo): Telegraph

More reviews at
The Independent
Contact Music
Herald Scotland
Entertainment Wise
London Theatre 

Macbeth-related interviews with James McAvoy at
London Evening Standard
Time Out

First photo and air date revealed
An exclusive look at the first official cast shot for the Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Okonedo and David Harewood

Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of Neverwhere - first photo and air date revealed

From Radio Times:
As anticipation mounts among fantasy fans ahead of the Radio 4/4 Extra co-production of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, can reveal the first exclusive shot of the star-studded cast, which reads like a who's who of cult TV and film.
Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and X-Men's James McAvoy are joined by Game of Thrones and former Fades star Natalie Dormer, Doctor Who alumnus Sophie Okonedo and Homeland's David Harewood for the tale of London Below, an alternate reality beneath the capital where famous landmarks take on a life of their own.
Screen legends Christopher Lee and Bernard Cribbins also star in an adaptation that is being described as an "audio film".
The six-part series begins with an hour-long episode at 6pm on Saturday 16 March on Radio 4 and continues with five 30-minute instalments stripped across the week on Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18 March.
More photos and news to follow in the coming weeks...
Source (including photo): Radio Times

Henry Ian Cusick: 'The Hundred' and 'Body of Proof' casting news

From Seattle PI:
Lost's Henry Ian Cusick may be found on The CW next season.
Cusick, who portrayed Desmond on the ABC island mystery series and also starred on Scandal's first season, has joined the cast of The Hundred. In the drama, nearly a century after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing. Cusick will portray Kane, an ambitious officer aboard the spacecraft who has his eye on the top job.
The Hundred is based on the forthcoming Kass Morgan book of the same name.
Read more at Seattle PI

From They Need News:
A bit more of Henry Ian Cusick on Body of Proof
Previously I wrote about the character actor, Henry Ian Cusick, who will be appearing as a guest-star in the medical-crime drama Body of Proof. The Scottish performer will portray Trent Marsh, a therapist who will help Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) in a homicide investigation that involves some of his patients.
Henry Ian Cusick as Trent MarshHenry Ian Cusick as Trent Marsh
Cusick’s character will appear in two episodes of the medical-crime drama, the first one, episode 7, titled ‘Eye for an Eye‘ would premiere on February. Episode 13, titled ‘Daddy Issues‘ would air on May 7, 2013. Information on these episodes is rather scarce, but one thing is certain Cusick has kept himself busy.
The actor from Lost is set appear in the police-drama CSI: Las Vegas in episode 16, titled “Last Woman Standing” which will premiere on Wednesday, February 27.
Among other projects the famous actor is wrapping up Neo noir mystery/thriller titled “The Girl on the Train,” Cusick works alongside Stephen Lang (White Irish Drinkers), and Nicki Aycox (The Employer).
Source (including photo): They Need News!

Tony Curran: new 'Defiance' pictures

Source: @DefianceWorld (Twitter)

From Blastr:
20 intriguing pics from Syfy's epic new series Defiance
The premiere date for one of Syfy’s biggest shows ever is getting closer, and we have 20 revealing new pics to help make the wait a little more bearable. Welcome to the world of Defiance.

Set on a post-alien-invasion Earth, the series will follow characters of all kinds just trying to survive and protect their freedom. In addition to the TV series, the storyline will also advance in a shared universe videogame of the same name.

The massive cast is loaded with science fiction alums, including Grant Bowler (True Blood), Julie Benz (Dexter), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), Tony Curran (Blade II) and several others.
Read and see more at Blastr

From Hollywood Spy:
Hollywood Spy spotlight on spectacular new epic SF show "Defiance" 
I am sure that you will agree with me that there aren't many science fiction series on the small screens, so we are looking forward to all new shows of that genre. Probably the only new sf show to premiere this Spring is DEFIANCE which is ready to start its television life April 15th over at SyFy channel in US and UK, and Showcase in Canada! The innovative serial drama from the minds behind "Battlestar Galactica" and "Farscape" will follow a mysterious man who, drifting through a terramorphed American landscape, settles in a border town where aliens and humans fight against the fragility of peace.
Read more at Hollywood Spy

James Cosmo: interview at the Glasgow Film Festival

James Cosmo talks Citadel, Game of Thrones, his career and Scottish film
From STV:
James Cosmo has appeared in some of the country’s best known films including Braveheart, Trainspotting and Highlander, and received considerable acclaim throughout his career including a recent Scottish Bafta for Donkeys.

Speaking at the Glasgow Film Festival, where he had appeared to talk about his career, the 64-year-old Scottish actor revealed to STV about what he thinks set those films apart.
He said that Highlander director Russell Mulcahy had “brought something new to the business”, while having worked with Trainspotting director Danny Boyle on TV before he knew “the quality that Danny would bring to the game”.

Meanwhile Cosmo explained how Braveheart had come at exactly the right time for him, while he was going through a rough patch getting enough work to look after his wife and baby.

Of new film Citadel, an Irish/Scottish co-production by Bl!nder Films and Scotland’s Sigma Films, he spoke effusively about writer-director Ciaran Foy.
After revealing that he chose to work on Citadel because of its “terrific script”, of its claustrophobic nature he added: “It was great fun to do, really good – and by goodness it makes you jump.”

He has also appeared in two of the most acclaimed US TV shows of recent years – Sons of Anarchy and most recently in Game of Thrones, and explained to us how it was to work on those much loved series.

Read much more, and watch the video, at STV

Billy Boyd and John Barrowman in a Dogs Trust advertisement

From Boyd-oh-Boyd:
Swingcats find purr-fect way to help out their canine friends
Scottish girl group enlist stars to help make video to raise money for The Dogs Trust.
A Scottish group called the Swingcats are raising cash for dogs.
All profits of the trio’s new single The One are being donated to The Dogs Trust.
And they persuaded dog-lovers John Barrowman, Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd and Still Game’s Paul Riley to star in the video.
The song was inspired by singer Alyson Orr’s dog Angus, who died a month ago.
Alyson said: “Angus was a second-hand dog and I wanted to give something back. Many dogs need loving new homes – often after suffering terrible cruelty.”
Once the Swingcats – Alyson, Laura Ellis and Nicola Auld – had finished the song they pulled in some favours to make the video.
Alyson added: “I knew John was a big supporter of the Dogs Trust so when he was in Glasgow doing panto I asked if he’d be willing to help and he gave up his time in between shows.
“Billy is a friend of mine and I also wanted someone to play a traffic warden and asked Paul, who said yes.”
Original source: Daily Record
Source: Boyd-oh-Boyd

Weekly schedule for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 2/25: Keith Olbermann, Coco Rocha
Tu 2/26: Sharon Osbourne, Matthew Lillard
We 2/27: Tom Lennon, Mike Tyson
Th 2/28: David Duchovny, Ashley Madewke
Fr 3/1: Trace Adkins

Sunday, 17 February 2013

David Tennant: project news and updates

David Tennant and Arthur Darvill in new pictures and trailer from ITV's Broadchurch
photo courtesy of Radio Times
  • Richard II
Barbican dates announced for Richard II
The Royal Shakespeare Company website has announced the exact dates and times for the 46 performances that David Tennant will play Richard II at the Barbican Centre in London. Tickets for the Barbican start to go on sale on 7th March.
Read more at David Tennant on Twitter (blog)
Source: David Tennant on Twitter  

  • Broadchurch
Worldwide link to watch the Broadchurch trailer:

Original source: YouTube
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

The Radio Times has a new gallery of photos from Broadchurch, including several of David Tennant, here.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

The Broadchurch DVD is now available to pre-order from Amazon. It will be a 3-DVD set which will be released in the UK on Monday 27th May.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Celebritain has an interview with David Tennant about Broadchurch here.

  • The Politician's Husband
The first (short!) clip of David Tennant from The Politician's Husband is included in the BBC drama showreel which was posted online on Tuesday.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

The DVD of The Politician's Husband is now available to pre-order on It will be released on Monday 29th April.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Every Seventh Wave
David Tennant and Emilia Fox performed in Every Seventh Wave which was broadcast on 14th February on BBC Radio Four at 2.15pm. The 45 minute drama was recorded on Tuesday 15th January. It is is the sequel to Love Virtually.
More information (including an MP3 of the drama) here.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Doctor Who
The Doctor Who News website has confirmed that David Tennant will be interviewed during the BBC America programme Doctor Who Revisited: The Second Doctor which airs in the US on Sunday 24th February at 8pm.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

A new official Doctor Who figurines website has been opened, which includes a magazine. There is a David Tennant's Tenth Doctor figurine.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

There will be a free screening of the Human Nature episode of Doctor Who in Chicago on Saturday 23rd February. Tickets can be booked at this link.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Diary dates

Sun 17 Feb - MPSE Golden Reel Awards are announced: The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists is nominated for Best Sound Editing Award.
Mon 18 Feb - Tree Fu Magic is released on region-free DVD.
Mon 18 Feb - Episode two of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle premieres on BBC One at 9pm.
Tue 19 Feb - BAFTA preview screening of Broadchurch followed by a Q&A.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Ewan McGregor: Broadway aspirations, and 'Star Wars' ideas

Ewan McGregor eyeing Broadway debut

Scottish star Ewan McGregor is seriously considering a stint on the Broadway stage - and he'd love the project to be a musical.
The Star Wars actor showed off his singing skills in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Down With Love and he also hit the stage for a 2005 West End revival of hit show Guys and Dolls, in which he played Sky Masterson, and now he's got his sights set on making his New York debut.
McGregor was quizzed about his theatre aspirations during a question and answer session with fans via, during which he replied, "I'm considering options on Broadway... I'd love to do another musical. There's nothing quite like it on stage or in film."
Source (including photo): Express

'Star Wars' Spin-Offs: Ewan McGregor totally 'Up For' Obi-Wan movie
Prequel actor rolled with the 'good idea' by adding suggestions of his own.
Last week, when the possibility of "Star Wars" spin-offs and standalone films became a reality instead of nerdy conjecture, minds began racing to figure out which characters from the galaxy far, far away might get the call. There were rumors of a Boba Fett film and the adventures of young Han Solo, but Harrison Ford doesn't exactly fit into that black vest anymore.
Many of the actors from the prequel films, however, are thankfully still close enough in age to their characters to allow a standalone movie. And if we're comparing that list with yet uncovered portions the "Star Wars" mythos, Ewan McGregor certainly springs to mind, and, guess what, he's totally up for it.

MTV News sat down with McGregor and his "Jack the Giant Slayer" co-star Stanley Tucci during a press event for the new film, and the former Obi-Wan Kenobi shared his thoughts on a possible spin-off movie.
"I think it's a good idea," McGregor said of getting his own film. "The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, 'Episode III,' before Alec Guinness, there's that period where he's in the desert."

Read more, and watch the interview, at MTV

James McAvoy: 'Welcome to the Punch' screening and QA, plus 'Trance' trailer

Welcome to the Punch + Q&A with James McAvoy
3 March, 2013 at 5:45 pm
BFI, London

Eran Creevy’s second feature brings together a superb British cast for this high-octane thriller.
With James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan

Courtesy of eOne Momentum
After his highly acclaimed, micro-funded debut, Shifty (2008), writer-director Eran Creevy’s second feature brings together a superb British cast for this high-octane thriller. Jacob Sternwood (Strong) is forced out of hiding when his son is hospitalised, presenting detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) with one last chance to put this notorious criminal behind bars. However, as Lewinsky draws in on his target, both he and Sternwood find themselves entwined in a conspiracy that runs much deeper than their own conflict.
Source: BFI

Danny Boyle's 'Trance': James McAvoy Blows Minds, Literally...and Gorily — NSFW Trailer
James McAvoy in Trailer for Danny Boyle's 'Trance'
And now for something completely crazy: the trailer for Danny Boyle’s upcoming hypnotism/art-world thriller, Trance (in limited release April 5). The Slumdog Millionaire director seems to be creating a psychotic hybrid of Inception and The Thomas Crown Affair in which James McAvoy plays a sap who undergoes hypnosis by a scheming Rosario Dawson.
He’s either hypnotized into unwittingly helping Dawson and her fellow baddies steal a painting or he’s undergoing a second round of hypnosis to unpack and recover memories from a heist he’s already had purged from his consciousness. If you ask us, McAvoy’s cryptic response to whether he’s ever submitted to hypnosis before—“Uh, no, at least not that I can remember”—favors the latter interpretation. Either way, Boyle is abandoning his Slumdog and 127 Hours Oscar-bat schmaltz and heading back into nasty, gnarly Shallow Grave and Trainspotting territory. Blood spurts. Fingernails are ripped out. Nubile bodies are on display. And people can still talk even after having half their noggin blown off. (Be forewarned, that list image, occurring at the 1:12 is really grisly.)
Thought that Boyle couldn’t get any crazier than when he had a Mary Poppins army battle a giant, inflatable Voldemort at the Olympics Opening Ceremony last summer? Looks like he’s topped himself.

Check out this slightly NSFW (courtesy of the bloody mayhem) clip:


Daniel Kerr: set for big award

Bearsden 'Wee Man' actor set for big award
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A young star of the silver screen is in the running for the accolade of best new actor of the year.
Following his staring role in the film The Wee Man about former Gangland hardman Paul Ferris’ life, Daniel Kerr (12) - who plays a young Ferris - has been nominated as part of the Scottish Variety Awards.
The budding Bearsden actor is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with actors who have become household names such as John Hannah and Denis Lawson.
The Bearsden Academy pupil has been a member of Scream Management Kids agency for the past two years ago and has also acted alongside The Royle Family’s Ricky Tomlinson in the ITV’s Great Night Out.
Daniel’s step-dad Iain said: “This is great news. Daniel was nominated on-line by quite a few member of the public and we are looking for as many people in the community to get behind him. This is a fantastic accolade just to be nominated. In my eyes it’s almost as important as getting a BAFTA.”
Daniel is one of five young actors up for the award. Online voting is now open and runs until March 8.
The winner will be announced at a star-studded, glitz and glamour evening at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday, March 23.
To vote for Daniel go to
Read more here.

Source (including photo): Milngavie and Bearsden Herald 

More information at Daniel's official website

Karen Gillan: BAFTA 2013 photoshoot (video)

Karen Gillan: BAFTA 2013 Photoshoot ~ Behind The Scenes

Published on Feb 3, 2013
Behind the scenes look at Karen Gillan during a brand new shoot to celebrate the BAFTAs for 2013
Source: YouTube

Tony Curran: 'Defiance' character photos and interviews

Defiance: Exclusive New Images
Check out new characters pics from the Syfy series.
As we get closer to the April 15th debut of Defiance, IGN has the exclusive debut of new character photos from the Syfy series.

Defiance takes place in a future where the arrival of seven alien races has changed society forever. In the wake of a great war, an uneasy peace has been found and Defiance centers on life in a town where humans and aliens coexist.

Defiance is part of an ambitious plan to launch a TV series and game simultaneously, with the game taking place in the same continuity. The game is set in San Francisco and the TV series in what was once St. Louis, MO, though at least a couple of the TV show characters will be seen in the game.

Source (including above image, and many more): IGN

Defiance Character Photos Show Us The Humans And Aliens In Syfy's New Series
Coming up in April, Syfy's Defiance will premiere, along with the video game which will interconnect the world between two mediums, for those TV viewers who also also manage to find time to do a bit of gaming. And for those of us who prefer one over the other, we hear the series and video game will work independently enough so that you aren't required to follow one in order to follow the other. That's thinking a bit ahead though. For now, what we really have to look forward to is a sci-fi series on Syfy.

The character photos released for the series make it very clear that we're dealing with science fiction here. The drama is set on earth where humans now live with seven other unique alien races. They're all trying to get along and reform society in the transformed landscape. As you can see in the cast photo below, St. Louis, Missouri is the backdrop for Defiance's story - or the new version St. Louis, now known as Defiance.
Read more at CinemaBlend

‘Defiance’ Cast Photos Introduce Viewers To An Exciting New Sci-Fi World
Even though we’re still two months away from the premiere, it is already apparent that Syfy’s upcoming multiplatform series Defiance is the cable channel’s most ambitious project in years. Syfy has released a collection of character photos that introduce us to the series’ sprawling cast while also giving us a glimpse of the impressive amount of detail that has gone into constructing the futuristic world inhabited by humans and aliens alike.

Set on Earth after it has been ravaged, terraformed and colonized by seven alien races collectively known as Votans, Defiance focuses on the town formerly known as St. Louis and its inhabitants. The series is part of a larger world that also comprises a MMO video game that will also debut April, but viewers won’t have to play the game in order to understand the series.

Defiance premieres Monday, April 15th at 9/8c on Syfy
Read more (and view photos) at TV Equals

DEFIANCE Cast Photos
In April of 2013, Syfy will present a revolution in storytelling: Defiance, an epic drama that will unfold as both an original series and a multi-platform video game. An unprecedented collaboration between Syfy and Trion Worlds, “Defiance” is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story.

The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

Set in the near future, “Defiance” introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”). Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series. “Defiance” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

"Defiance" Against The Aliens
Sneak Peek Syfy's upcoming action adventure TV series "Defiance" debuting April 15, 2013, starring Grant Bowler, Nicole Muñoz, Jessica Nichols, Julie Benz, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Stephanie Leonidas, Graham Greene, and Mia Kirshner:
"...aliens known collectively as 'Votans' have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth, they discovered despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth, they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home.
"During the war, the Votans drop 'terraformers' on the planet, transforming the surface, scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris.
"After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realize they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet.
"Jeb Nolan' was only ten years old when the Votans arrived and he served in the military during the war. With the war now over, he returns to his hometown of St Louis to find it’s is no longer the city he left; it is little more than refugee camp. Deciding his services are needed, Jeb takes up a position as the 'Chief Lawkeeper' so he can protect the town from dangerous clashes between humans, aliens, military scavengers and other dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town..."
Read more at SneakPeek

On the set of Syfy Defiance in Toronto with actor Tony Curran
(Part 2 of 2)
On the Toronto set of the new Syfy TV series, Defiance, actor Tony Curran talks about his role as Datak Tarr in this exclusive video interview.

Source: YouTube

And if somebody missed the first part of the interview... 
Actor Tony Curran talks about his character Datak Tarr on the set of Defiance
(Part 1 of 2)

Source: YouTube 

Alan Cumming: Macbeth preparations in New York

image source: Broadway World
BWW TV: Chatting with Alan Cumming about his one-man Macbeth!
From Broadway World:
Direct from acclaimed, sold-out engagements at The National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival, Tony and Olivier Award winner ("Cabaret") and two-time Emmy nominee ("The Good Wife") Alan Cumming will return to Broadway this spring in a one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Cumming just helped intsall the marquee at the Barrymore Theatre and BroadwayWorld was there to chat with the leading man about the show. Check out what he had to say below!
Produced by Ken Davenport, The National Theatre of Scotland's Macbeth will play a strictly limited 73-performance engagement at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).
A tour-de-force performance directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany ("Once") and Andrew Goldberg ("Black Watch"), this Macbeth is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. Closed circuit television cameras watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural.
For more about the production, visit

Macbeth Articles
Source (including video interview, and the above image): Broadway World

Many photos of the marquee installation here

Robert Carlyle: 'Once Upon A Time' cast at Paleyfest

Robert Carlyle appearing with 'Once Upon a Time' cast and writers at Paleyfest

Once Upon a Time fans will be able to interact with Robert Carlyle as well as many other actors at the Once Upon a Time panel at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA March 3, 2013.

Carlyle joins his colleagues Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla and Colin O'Donoghue as well as writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the masterminds behind the hugely successful 'Lost' series. As of Feb 5th 2013, Emilie de Ravin had also been confirmed as attending the 'Once Upon a Time' Panel. Emilie portrays 'Belle', romantic interest to Carlyle's characters 'Rumplestiltskin/Mr Gold'.

More information on other panels at Paleyfest can be seen in the links below:
Information on Paleyfest and attending:
ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' can be seen Sundays at 8 pm.

Read more at Examiner

Peter Capaldi: new role as Leonardo Da Vinci

Peter Capaldi to play Leonardo Da Vinci for Sky Arts

Peter Capaldi
© WENN / Daniel Deme
The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi will play Leonardo Da Vinci in a new 3D dramatised documentary based on the Italian's journals.

Da Vinci's journals feature over 6,000 pages of notes and drawings and chronicle the life of the world's most renowned inventor, philosopher, painter and genius.

The show will use stunning visual effects and 3D technology to recreate the polymath's mindscape and ideas.

"Leonardo's journals are an extraordinary body of work, highlighting Da Vinci's position at the vanguard of ideas, thought and design. It's wholly fitting therefore, that his works are being brought to life in such a creative way with the use of Sky's cutting edge 3D technology," said James Hunt, channel director of Sky Arts.

Inside the Mind of Leonardo airs on Sunday, March 24 at 9pm on Sky Arts 2 and Sky 3D.

Read more at Digital Spy 

Gerard Butler: 'Olympus Has Fallen' trailer and photos, 'Gamer 3D' release on Blu-Ray

Olympus Has Fallen featurette
Source: Huffington Post

The trailer, and a selection of photos, can be seen at Huffington Post

Gamer set for 3D release on Blu-Ray

GAMER with Gerard Butler Set for 3D Release on Blu-ray, 5/7See the world in a whole new dimension when Gamer 3D arrives on 3D Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download and Video on Demand May 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Highlighted by eye-popping 3D effects and a "making of" featurette, Gamer 3D co-stars Michael C. Hall (Showtime's "Dexter"), Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (Crash) and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick (TV's "The Closer").

Gamer 3D will be available on 3D Blu-ray for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Butler stars as Kable, condemned criminal and globally famous super-soldier in the ultimate multi-player game, "Slayers." Human controllers direct each thought and move of real-life prison inmates battling in hyper-intense environments - where the goal is freedom and the penalty is death. But when Kable suddenly decides he wants out, his rebellion threatens the twisted plans of game creator Ken Castle (Hall), who will stop at nothing to crush the renegade commando in this taut, adrenaline-packed action-thriller.

- "Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer" featurette

Read more at Broadway World

Billy Boyd: convention appearances

Billy Boyd at Wales Comic Con and Melbourne Armageddon Expo

Billy Boyd will be attending Wales Comic Con in Wrexham (Wales) on April 28, 2013, according to Boyd-oh-Boyd.
For more information, check out the official page of the event.
Read more at Boyd-oh-Boyd

Billy will also be attending Armageddon Expo in Melbourne (Australia) on October 19/20, 2013, according to Basically Billy Boyd.
For more information, check out the official page of the event.
Source: BasicallyBillyBoyd


Weekly schedule for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 2/18: Jacki Weaver, Nicola Benedetti
Tu 2/19: Jon Cryer, Melissa Benoist
We 2/20: Lisa Kudrow, Bonnie Raitt
Th 2/21: Molly Shannon, Kunal Nayyar
Fr 2/22: William Shatner, Alona Tal

Monday, 11 February 2013

David Tennant: project news and upates

  • Richard II
"One less performance of Richard II for David Tennant?" 

From David Tennant on Twitter:
Eagle-eyed Paksena on the GallifreyBase forum has spotted that the Richard II performance on Wednesday 13th November is no longer showing on the Royal Shakespeare Company website.

It has been removed in two places on the website including the ticket purchase link but there is nothing to say why or even whether there will be no performance on that day.

When the dates were first announced Monday 11th November was not listed so it now means that during the final week in Stratford-Upon-Avon there will be performances on Tuesday 12th, matinee and evening on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and then matinee and evening on Saturday 15th. The production then moves to the Barbican Centre in London from 9th December.

One suggestion (and we stress that this is only a suggestion) is that POSSIBLY David Tennant could be involved in some promotion for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary on those two days. Nothing has been announced about David doing anything for the 50th on 23rd November but even so various media may wish to interview him.

Another alternative could be that on Monday 11th and / or Wednesday 13th November they will be playing a private or corporate performance which will not go on sale to the public.

This means that David Tennant is now playing 39 performances of Richard II. Tickets to Full RSC Members go on sale tomorrow online at 10am.

Source (including image): David Tennant on Twitter (blog)
  • Penguins - Spy In The Huddle
Penguins - Spy In The Huddle broadcasts today!  
David Tennant narrates the three part nature documentary Penguins - Spy In The Huddle which will be broadcast on consecutive Mondays from 11th February at 9pm on BBC One. The programme uses state of the art camera techniques to film penguins in their natural enviroment in Antarctica and Peru.
More info here
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • The Escape Artist
It seems that David Tennant has been reported a couple of times this week filming the BBC drama The Escape Artist in Surrey this week which may explain why there have been less sightings than if the production was filming in London.
Both of these reports only come from one person so are unsubstantiated but on Wednesday he was reported filming in Guildford and yesterday in a horse yard near Cranleigh in Surrey.
These dates have been added to the Known Filming Dates and Locations section of  The Escape Artist page on (which also includes David's prep word and costume fittings).
Source: David Tennant on Twitter (blog)

  • Broadchurch

New clips of David Tennant in Broadchurch are shown in the new ITV trailer called Where Life Lives, It also includes the first chance to hear David Tennant using his own accent as this character. 
ITV have published their press pack for Broadchurch. It includes an interview with David Tennant
A little tidbit about Broadchurch is that David Tennant uses his own Scottish accent in the drama. In the ITV press kit he says that he presumes his character comes from Glasgow. 
David Tennant's interview from the Broadchurch ITV press pack has been reproduced on the blog.
Source (including image): David Tennant on Twitter (blog) 

  • Every Seventh Wave

BBC Radio Four's website now has a page for Every Seventh Wave which airs next Thursday.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Shakespeare Uncovered
WETA has a preview video of Shakespeare Uncovered which plays worldwide.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter 

  • The Politician's Husband
Amazon lists the DVD of The Politician's Husband with a release date of 29th April. However there is no pre-order link or cover photo yet. The BBC have not announced yet when the three part series will be broadcast.  
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Fright Night
Some new (old, as they are from from April 2011!) photos of David Tennant from his Fright Night / Disney shoot have been posted to GettyImages.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

  • Doctor Who
This week's issue of Radio Times will have a free Doctor Who postcards offer. There will be two sets and one of them will include a photo of David Tennant.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Watch are to repeat Series Four of Doctor Who (starring David Tennant)

Series Four of Doctor Who will start being repeated on the satellite station Watch from Friday 15th February.

Starting on Tuesday 15th January Watch started a new run of repeats of David Tennant's episodes of Doctor Who following a repeat of Christopher Eccleston's series at the beginning of 2013.

Although there were 13 episodes in Series Two, Watch only showed 10 of the episodes on weekdays between Tuesday 15th and Monday 28th January. Due to the nature of the episodes Watch do not show Tooth & Claw, The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit during the day but instead reserve them for late night slots.

Watch started repeating series three on Tuesday 29th January and that series ends on Thursday 14th February.

Each episode is broadcast at 8am and again at 5pm plus it is repeated an hour later on Watch + 1.
Source (including image): David Tennant on Twitter (blog) 

  • Diary dates
Mon 11 Feb - Booking opens for RSC Full Members (web) for Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Mon 11 Feb - Episode one of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle premieres on BBC One at 9pm.
Wed 13 Feb - Booking opens for RSC Full Members (phone) for Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Thurs 14 Feb - Every Seventh Wave premieres on BBC Radio Four.
Source: David Tennant on Twitter

Source of all David Tennant news: David Tennant on Twitter, the most frequently updated website about the actor David Tennant.

Dougray Scott joins cast of new comedy 'Wrong Mans'

James Corden new comedy 'Wrong Mans': Dougray Scott joins cast

Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott is the latest actor signed up for James Corden's new TV comedy project The Wrong Mans.

Scott, whose credits include Mission Impossible II, My Week with Marilyn and Desperate Housewives, joins an all-star cast.

Previously confirmed for the series are Dawn French, who will play Corden's mum, Silent Witness star Emilia Fox and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Nick Moran.

Read more at Digital Spy

Douglas Henshall: BBC Media interview ('Shetland')

Shetland: new crime drama for BBC one starring Douglas Henshall
As a curiosity it’s worth taking a look at Shetland and you’ll discover it’s a truly beautiful place. But, above all else, Shetland is a really good crime story.
Douglas Henshall
Douglas Henshall
Douglas Henshall plays Jimmy Perez

What kind of person is Perez?
In terms of his character, he’s not one of those haunted types with lots of problems, he’s actually a straightforward man who would just like a quiet life. Perez is a slightly idealistic guy who thinks Shetland is a safe haven - a nice, safe place to raise his daughter.
Why does he return to Shetland?
Essentially he moves back for his daughter. Cassie’s real father lives in Shetland and Perez wants her to be close to her dad because her mother has died. I think he’s got a slightly idealised view of Shetland - a place where people don’t lock their front doors.
What is Perez’s relationship with his police partner, Tosh, like?
I suppose Perez is something of a mentor towards Tosh. She’s bright and focused and together they have quite a quirky relationship where she’s very sharp and funny and Perez is the straight man, if you like. I think they rub along nicely together.
What attracted you to the role?
It's always such a cliché but it was simple – the script. If the script’s good it makes it interesting. I really like David Kane’s writing and I’ve worked with him before [This Year’s Love] so there was a draw there for me. And Ann Cleeves’ sense of Shetland is fantastic – the way she describes the location is incredible.
What makes the island location so unique to film a crime drama such as Shetland?
Shetland is such a unique place it’s impossible to double somewhere like that. The communities are quite spread out so when a murder happens in a location like Shetland it affects everyone. With that there’s an instant sense of tension because everyone will inevitably know who the murderer is. That immediately ratchets up the tension because you think “who can I trust?” Those little things make Shetland a unique location to set a crime drama.
What was it like filming in Shetland?
It’s such a beautiful place, so stark and unique – the sky is huge, the air is fresh, the sea is clear... it’s a lovely place. I’d never been before but I’d love to go back. Everyone worried about the weather but we really didn’t have it that bad – it was lovely actually.
Everybody was incredibly helpful and they honestly couldn’t do enough for us. Shetland was the biggest film production to ever be shot on the islands so I think everyone was really excited about us being there.
We didn’t leave any mess behind so hopefully they’d be happy for us to go back.
Was it good returning to Scotland to film Shetland?
Oh absolutely, yes. I don’t get the opportunity very often so it’s always nice to get back. Glasgow [where some of the Shetland shoot was filmed] is my home city and I’m always happy to go back whenever I can.
Any memorable filming experiences?
Well I got to go back to my hometown of Barrhead which was lovely. The old Health Centre where we shot the hospital scenes was where my mother worked as a district nurse so I knew the place. There were lots of ghosts walking around.
And the old council building which doubles as our police station was where my granddad worked so it was all very interesting. But also slightly surreal.
Are you a fan of crime dramas?
There’s such a proliferation of them but if they’re well done then I’ll watch. I can’t watch for the sake of it.
But I loved The Wire – it was fantastic – and I really liked The Killing and The Bridge and, years ago, Cracker. The thing about The Wire is you could have an hour-long episode and the only thing you’d discover is they’d find a phone number but it had power.
Talking of The Killing, Sarah Lund has her jumpers... what is Perez’s chosen attire?
Whatever’s functional for Perez, really. I was thinking about jumpers for my character but everyone around about me told me to avoid any kind of jumper. Sarah Lund has cornered the jumper market.
Why should viewers tune into Shetland?
I always thought of Shetland as being a place that was so remote it was always in a wee box during the weather. Sometimes I wonder if people really know where it is or what it’s like, what the people are like and what goes on there. As a curiosity it’s worth taking a look at Shetland and you’ll discover it’s a truly beautiful place. But, above all else, Shetland is a really good crime story.
What’s next for you work-wise?
I’m currently in 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre until the end of November which is a Howard Brenton play where I’m playing Oliver Cromwell.
And then who knows? Hopefully I’ll be going back to Shetland again for more of this drama...

Source (including photo): BBC Media

David Hayman: 'Sawney: Flesh of Man' screening at GFF

David Hayman sinks his teeth into notorious Scots cannibal film role
Actor plays the title role in Sawney: Flesh of Man, a modern-day take on the depraved Scots cannibal Sawney Bean, and he admits the ancient tale has terrified and fascinated him since he was young.

The new film, Sawney, starring David Hayman
The new film, Sawney, starring David Hayman

He's spent a lifetime ­preparing for his most bloodthirsty role – and David Hayman could not wait to get tore in.
The award-winning actor plays the title role in Sawney: Flesh of Man, a modern-day take on the depraved Scots cannibal Sawney Bean.
In the film, Bean is a religious ­psychopath who captures, kills and devours his victims with the help of his insane, inbred family.
It is based on the story of 16th century monster Sawney Bean and his clan, who were said to have lived in a cave at ­Bennane Head in Ayrshire.
David told the Sunday Mail that the ancient tale is a gruesome story that has terrified and fascinated him since he was young.
He said: “When I was a wee boy, we used to spend our summer holidays down the Ayrshire coast in ­Girvan. My dad had told us the stories of Sawney Bean and about all the ­terrible things they had done.

“During the holidays, he would take me to the cave near Ballantrae where it was said the Bean clan lived.
“I remember it vividly. There was a skinny wee entrance and I was ­surprised how small it was. But when you were inside the cave, it was really scary. The memories from my ­childhood are really clear.”
So when the star of Trial and ­Retribution was asked if he would like to be in a ­modern-day film ­version of the story, there was no ­hesitation.
“I jumped at the chance,” said David. “It’s a low-budget film. There was no money and a very small film crew but I think they might have pulled off a major coup. It is gory, bloodthirsty and, I hope, funny as well.”
Others share David’s view because Sawney: Flesh of Man has landed an US distribution deal and there is already talk of making a film ­prequel, which would focus on the 16th century legend.

Sawney Bean was Scotland's ultimate bogeyman
Sawney Bean was Scotland's ultimate bogeyman
Tales of the Sawney Bean saga might have scared David witless when he was a boy but the actor reckons there is a very obvious reason why the tale of the Scots cannibal has fascinated folk over the centuries.
He said: “It is because it deals with one of the ultimate taboos of ­humanity … cannibalism.
“Just look at the scandal that has been created this week because it has been discovered that people have eaten horse meat when they thought it was beef.
“Now, that has created a national fuss, and I appreciate the health concerns, but really it is nothing compared with eating human flesh.
“For proof of that, you just need to look at 1972 when a plane crashed in the Andes and, in order to survive, ­people ate the flesh of those who had died.
“That is something many folk would do under those circumstances. I would have done it to stay alive.
“But because of what they did, the survivors still live with the stigma.”
David has known the Sawney Bean story for years and is fascinated by many aspects of it.
Among them is the claim that the Bean clan did most of their vile deeds in winter because food was more scarce then.
But he is well aware that nobody knows for sure if Sawney Bean and his clan even existed at all.
“Whether the legend of Sawney Bean is true or not, it is a great story,” David added. “It just shows that there is ­nothing like a legend.”
  • Sawney Bean: Flesh of Man will be screened at the Glasgow Film Festival on Friday, February 22.
 Source (including images): Daily Record
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