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Nora playing in Montreal

"Nora" is playing at the AMC Forum this week in Montreal.
2313 St. Catherine Street West, Montréal
Every day: 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

UPDATE (July 29th 2001): Nora is still playing at the AMC Forum at 7pm and 9:30pm (check local listings) after four weeks.

Makes one wonder why this beautiful film was not released throughout North America.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, June 30, 2001 // 11:10 p.m.


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October 16th is the day Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace will be released on DVD (2-disc set).

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, June 28, 2001 // 06:50 p.m.


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The official Star Wars site has a new "making of" video that features mostly Hayden (Anakin) but has a bit of Ewan in it. You can see the video here.

Thank you xcbug for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, June 28, 2001 // 07:50 a.m.


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Ewan's happy ending for cinema

by Indira Das-Gupta

Some big stars can claim to have rescued a film, but not many can say they helped save a cinema.

But Star Wars, Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge star Ewan McGregor went to Camden Town Hall, to make a special plea for the independent Everyman cinema in Hampstead. As in all the best movies the good guys won and Mr McGregor - with writer and director Anthony Mingella - helped save the cinema.

The Everyman took on Camden Council after having an application for a public entertainment licence refused. Without it the cinema would not be able to sell alcohol and would have had to restrict opening hours. After a campaign to allay fears that a licence would generate too much noise, the council finally gave the go-ahead.

Mr McGregor said: "I am absolutely delighted as I love the Everyman. My wife Eve helps out with the cinema's Kids Club every Saturday."


Source: This is London


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 // 07:51 a.m.


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Ewan to set his sights on somewhat more... "low profile" projects in his native Scotland. His new film seems to be along the same vein as Ewan classics like Brassed Off! and Little Voice. Book those tickets for "holiday" to coincidentaly coincide with Ewan's filming! From Empire Online:

Ewan’s Coming Home

19/06/2001

After from twirling his lightsaber in space for Episode II and coming under fire in Somalia for Black Hawk Down, Ewan McGregor will be returning to his native Scotland for a new British project. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Young Adam will see McGregor will play a drifter who finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, where he comes across the body of a woman floating in the river.

The £4 million feature Marks something of a change in pace for McGregor, who has been building considerable momentum recently with a string of big budget spectacle films like musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge. co-starring The Beach’s Tilda Swinton, Young Adam is due to begin shooting in Glasgow at the end of August.


Posted by bridgeny productions on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 // 07:22 a.m.


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Ewan did appear on Regis and also made an appearance on the Today show. Ewan finally confirmed that Eve is expecting. Their second child is due in about 4 months. Congrats to Ewan and Eve!


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Friday, June 22, 2001 // 11:24 a.m.


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The Force.Net reports that Ewan will also be appearing on Friday's (June 22nd) Live with Regis and Kelly.

That show airs in syndication throughout North America in the mornings, usually at 9am.

A note of caution: Ewan is not listed in the TV listings so it may be a false alarm. Still, program those VCRs just in case!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, June 21, 2001 // 05:15 p.m.


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Ewan is finally going to do a US late night talk show! He will be appearing on the David Letterman show this Thursday, June 21. Moby is also set to be on the show that night. Well, if Robert DeNiro can go on Letterman, I guess it's about time Ewan did.


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 // 05:08 p.m.


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Fox Forcing "Star Wars" DVD bow in crowded fall

Tuesday June 19 2:19 AM ET

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Another big title is coming to DVD.

Fox will announce Tuesday plans for the Oct. 16 DVD release of "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace."

The 1999 picture is the first of George Lucas' "Star Wars" films to be distributed on the digital format.

A confirmation of sorts, Oct. 16 has been bandied about on several unofficial "Star Wars"-related Web sites as the projected date of release.

"Phantom Menace" is the third-biggest theatrical release of all time, with $431 million in U.S. box office receipts. An additional $176 million has been generated in consumer spending on the picture's video rental and purchase.

October is shaping up to be a major month for DVD fans and studio ledger sheets: "The Godfather" "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Mummy Returns" will also be released during the month.

Reuters/Variety REUTERS

Source: Yahoo News


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 // 07:51 a.m.


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Check out Fametracker's fame audit on Ewan.


Posted by bridgeny productions on Tuesday, June 19, 2001 // 05:18 a.m.


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Ewan McGregor - Chieftain of the Highland Gathering

The various Highland Games around Scotland each summer usually appoint a celebrity to be their Chieftain for the day. Often, they are minor TV or media personalities but the Highland Games at Crieff has scored a spectacular coup by signing up Hollywood star Ewan McGregor. The fact that Crieff is his home town may well have been a factor - he says he will visit his family at the same time. McGregor's latest role was in the film Moulin Rouge, co-starring with Nicole Kidman. The film was recently launched at the Cannes Film Festival.

Source: about.com

Thank you Mara Jade for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, June 9, 2001 // 12:08 p.m.


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Ewan Mourns 'Moulin'

07/06/2001

Ewan McGregor has been bemoaning the tight schedules at Twentieth Century Fox's Australian studios which forced the Moulin Rouge set to be destroyed to make way for Episode II. 'That was awful,' Ewan tells this week's Entertainment Weekly. 'I resent [Star Wars] for that. [The set] could have been put up somewhere else and used as a club or something. It was that fabulous.'

As members of the cast of Moulin Rouge do the junket circuit, plugging the musical - both Ewan and his co-star Nicole Kidman have been plagued with rumours of an on-set romance. 'We just got on,' says McGregor. 'We were singing to each other from the moment we met. There's something beautiful about that.'


Source: Empire Online

Thank you Catherine from Empire Online for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, June 7, 2001 // 07:46 a.m.


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Baz Lurhmann in Montreal Thursday

According to Showbizz.net, Baz Lurhmann (Moulin Rouge director), Catherine Martin (production and costume design), Anton Monsted (music supervisor) and "other Moulin Rouge artists" will attend a special screening at the Forum AMC theater.

The evening will begin at 9pm, where it will be possible to mingle with the special guests, followed by a screening of Moulin Rouge at 10:30pm. The cost of admission is the same as a movie ticket.


Thank you akanoway for the heads up!

Update:
Wonderful evening, great crowd. Thank you to Baz Lurhmann who signed my book, Catherine Martin, Anton Monsted, the staff of the AMC Forum and the very nice Fox rep who was there and gave out those great Moulin Rouge hardcover books!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 // 06:11 p.m.


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Ewan Rocks in 'Rouge'

By MEGAN TURNER and CAROLINE PEAL
May 31, 2001

It's a brave actor who's willing to expose his vocal cords to the world, but Ewan McGregor emerges from "Moulin Rouge" looking like a newly minted rock star.

The surprisingly strong and versatile voice he shows off in Baz Luhrmann's unorthodox musical, which opens wide Friday, has been winning generally glowing reviews.

And the 30-year-old Scottish actor is keen to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Elvis.

"He said he'd love to record an album," says Andrew Ross, who coached McGregor and co-star Nicole Kidman in Sydney during a six-week rehearsal prior to filming "Moulin Rouge." "He loves singing - it's as big a part of Ewan as acting is."

Ross, who taught Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette to sing at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, goes so far as to say McGregor has what it takes to be "the next David Bowie."

"Ewan walked in the door, and it was like there was a sign above his head saying, 'Rock god! Rock god!'" Ross says. "And as soon as he opened his mouth, he just blew me away."

"Moulin Rouge" director Luhrmann maintains his leading man "could be the Frank Sinatra of this new period."

He's even been given the seal of approval by Elton John, whose "Your Song" he covers in the film.

"Elton had to approve the song for Ewan," Luhrmann recalls. "He said, 'Oh, my God, he's a real singer!'"

Even Kidman can see the boyishly handsome Scot in the role of rock star.

"He'll end up with a Top 10 hit, believe me," she says. "I can actually see him giving up acting and becoming a rock star. He's totally, completely suited to it, so don't be surprised if he does."

Growing up, McGregor played drums, guitar and the French horn, and was in the school's pipe band as well as a traditional Scots ceilidh band and a rock group called Scarlet Pride.

"Elvis Presley was his idol. He fashioned himself on him," recalls McGregor's aunt, Isabel McWilliam. "He had teddy boy shoes."

When his acting career took off with a role as a skinhead junkie in the hit British film "Trainspotting," his musical aspirations were put on hold.

Like Kidman, McGregor knew he was taking a risk singing in "Moulin Rouge."

"They were all very nervous about the singing, but they all really wanted to do it," Luhrmann says, adding that he created an environment where his actors could be "fearless" and "go to heights they've never been before."

McGregor, who plays a young poet who falls in love with Kidman's Satine, the star of Paris' famously decadent Moulin Rouge, even sings a capella on a number of love ballads.

"He's capable of doing extraordinary things with his voice," says Ross, who was first struck by McGregor's vocals in "Velvet Goldmine," in which he played a glam rocker.

"He has a beautiful, clear upper register - it's breathtakingly pure. And in the lower register, he can really get a bit of growl in his voice."

And how about that first album? If McGregor makes one, expect the unexpected from this screen chameleon. His roles have veered wildly, from a period-costumed fop ("Emma") to a bisexual translator ("The Pillow Book") to a Jedi knight ("Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.")

He's currently shooting Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down" in Morocco, and will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars Episode II."

"He loves traditional Scottish folk music, but he could do anything - a rock album, a pop album," Ross says. "Knowing Ewan, and his inventive persona, he could create a completely new breed of music."

Source: New York Post


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, May 31, 2001 // 08:02 a.m.


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Ewan’s top of the pops

SCOTS actor Ewan McGregor has taken the American music market by storm, entering the pop charts ahead of U2 and Jennifer Lopez.

McGregor, 30, is the highest new entry into the official Billboard album chart with songs from his forthcoming film, Moulin Rouge.

The film is set in the Montmartre era of artist Toulouse Lautrec in the 1890s, and features a number of songs performed by McGregor and co-star Nicole Kidman.


Source: The Scotsman


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, May 25, 2001 // 07:45 a.m.


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Hollywood.com has a review of Moulin Rouge with some interesting passages:

Hunky Ewan McGregor as the heartbreakingly honest Christian is truly outstanding, with a radiant smile and surprisingly beautiful singing voice to boot (who knew?).

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A shiny, sparkling pinwheel of a production, Moulin Rouge might be the most gorgeous movie you'll ever lay eyes upon. The costumes are fabulous (dolled up, Nicole Kidman makes them positively breathtaking), as are the fairy tale sets and Goya-esque makeup.


Thank you Darth Mystique for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 // 07:24 a.m.


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Two heads up:

First, the movie review show Ebert & Roeper and the Movies will review Moulin Rouge this weekend.

Second, Ewan is scheduled to be on the Today show on NBC on May 28th.

Check your local listings!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, May 19, 2001 // 09:13 a.m.


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With the sheer quantity of reviews for Moulin Rouge being printed all around the world, it's impossible and impractical to start posting all of them here. Of course I'll post the better ones that I find or are brought to my attention but I'll only post parts of them (since many basically repeat the same things) and as usual I'll post the link so you can read the complete review if you so desire.

From: Salon.com

"Moulin Rouge"
Baz Luhrmann's messy musical will get you drunk on romance and whimsy. A few days later, you won't even mind the hangover.

By Stephanie Zacharek

Some of the musical numbers blaze with unnecessary garishness. That would be less troublesome if it didn't detract from the work of the movie's two leads, whose mere presence is enough to fill the screen sufficiently. McGregor underplays his character's suffering -- he understands the distinction between melodrama and camp, in that the former can easily encompass nobility while the latter can only caricature it. His charm enfolds everything from the way he stammers when he's trying to open Satine to his love, to the suffering he holds like a noble vessel, chiefly in his eyes and in the roll of his shoulders, when tragedy sinks down upon him. McGregor's profound inner dignity always keeps him grounded; it also seems to be the underpinning to his appealing goofiness and humming sensuality.

He lavishes both of those things, with tenderness and generosity, on his costar Kidman as Satine. Kidman has rarely looked so beautiful. Pale, luminous, cracklingly sexual and with a protective veneer that's both as hard and as delicate as an eggshell -- she's a cross between Rita Hayworth and a John Singer Sargent painting. When she's playing the showgirl, she cannily navigates the psychology of the biz with all its attendant bravado and feigned vulnerability: Her eyes look catlike and calculating, peeking out from behind those devilish Titian waves. But when she's playing the lover, the girl who's become enchanted by a handsome boy with no money, she's heartbreakingly girlish. Even her glamorous showgirl clothes seem to sit differently on her body. She makes a satin gown look like a tailored shirtwaist, a repository of warmth and womanly secrets.

Head on over to Salon.com to read the full review.

Thank you Darth Mystique for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, May 18, 2001 // 07:51 a.m.


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McGregor in Love - Moulin Rouge

By Ross Anthony

A vivacious conductor directs the familiar 20th Century Fox theme. A splendidly apropos addition to their logo and a charming introduction to a film that lavishly mixes the old with the new, musically, lyrically, visually, from film to tape, from the 1890's to 1990's.

1890-something, Paris, Ewan haps into a playwright/composer opportunity that cusps upon the approval of Nicole Kidman, prize prostitute at the indulgently adorned brothel "Moulin Rouge." Ah, but a rich unlikable duke holds the cash that can turn the "Rouge" into a legitimate theater making Kidman's dreams come true - but at the cost of her future. At first sight of her, Ewan falls in love.

Noisy, bumbling and dissonant, the picture opens sporting painfully quick cuts and an annoying band of thespians. I sigh and brace myself for a rough ride ... and then Ewan sings. My God, the purity of his voice cuts through this clamor like hot honey through ice. My worries melt, the foolish actors pause, jaws lowered too, then they reprise their fumbling, only to be stopped again by Ewan's enchanting melodies. To add to the luscious oddity, Ewan's poetry is 20th century: From Elton John, to the Beatles, to "The Sound of Music" selections. The cuts lengthen, the bumbling gives way to juicy drama and eccentric humor. From which, this eclectic mix of time and tunes pulls its sparkles together like the shiny elements in a kaleidoscope.

Constructing surreal Parisian cityscapes with cameras and computers instead of plasterboard and nails, director Baz Lurhmann paints aggressively with blues and whites; accenting the mix with seductive red.

But it's the audio pallet that orchestrates all intentions. Jim Broadbent grunts out Madonna's "Like a Virgin," his big baritone vaudevillian voice giving the piece a new sense. A bohemian fiddle cries, weaving in and out of a variation to Sting's "Roxanne." And then, gorgeously directed, the visuals and scores climax beautifully at the end of a disciplined second act.

Ewan's undying belief in love, "Love is like oxygen, it's a many splendored thing, it lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love," and his magical mystery vocals power this abstract painting like Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

Though they lie impotent at the feet of so much artistic energy, this extravagant spectacle has but a few flaws. First, as mentioned, the blotchy opening act and silly acting troupe distract (even if it may have been an aesthetic choice). John Leguizamo, a fantastic dramatic actor, feels horribly miscast as the dwarf. An early scene inside the elephant (bedroom) has McGregor hiding behind Kidman from the duke... these sitcom antics fall far below the might, resourcefulness, and whit of this edgy-production. Lastly, though aptly chosen and perfectly sung, Elton John's "Your Song" reprises just one two many times.

Again, these are mere weeds between the toes of a splendidly costumed Indian elephant of a film fit to carry royalty (or theater-going audiences). Speaking of which, ours gave the picture a robust round of applause.

Grade..........................A-

The site also has a free tickets contest

Source: RossAnthony.com

Thank you kici for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 // 06:37 p.m.


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Stars outshone in Baz's brilliant folly

Right chemistry ... Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor make a glamorous pair.

Metropolitan's film team saw Moulin Rouge yesterday. Two of the three were unmoved by all the movement.

Eighteen months after its filming started in Sydney, Moulin Rouge finally was screened in Australia yesterday.

The much-anticipated musical from director Baz Luhrmann, centring on a love story between a gifted poet (Ewan McGregor) and a famous French courtesan and singer (Nicole Kidman), had its only media preview before next week's premiere.

When it opened the Cannes Film Festival, the $100 million film attracted diverse reviews. Many international critics were glowing in their praise but others considered it a disappointing opening to the festival.

Yesterday was the first chance for the Herald's film team to see the musical. Here are the verdicts.

Critic Sandra Hall: Moulin Rouge is fast, clever and very busy. The sets alone are ornate enough to bring a new level of meaning to the word "layering". And the same inventiveness goes into the way the songs are used. Lyrics are sung, recited, worked into dialogue and parlayed into jokes. For a reasonably pop-literate audience, half the fun lies in getting the references right.

And thanks to the chemistry between Kidman and McGregor, the love affair works. They make a glamorous pair, and he really can sing.
Not that it matters. There's so much intercutting going on that nobody ever gets to the end of a number, which means Kidman does fine with her so-so voice and minimum of dance steps.

It's all very hip and yes, post-modern, but for all the colour and movement, it's not nearly as exhilarating as it should be.

I was left longing for some genuine wit and for the cathartic effect of being able to watch one great song-and-dance number filmed uninterrupted. Just one would have done. There are terrific dancers, but the pace of the editing is so frantic that, in the end, they merge with the furniture.

Critic Paul Byrnes: Moulin Rouge is full of moments of brilliance but these moments lose most of their emotional power because of an over-abundance of technique. The film is cut like an MTV video clip at a rate that is fine for three minutes but hard to sustain for two hours. So in the first half of the film, where there is so much energy, you never get a chance to settle into the characters. The technique is the star of the show rather than the stars themselves. This pays off in the second half with reduced emotion. What's very much meant to be an emotional film left me unmoved at the end because I hadn't been allowed to make a connection with the characters.

While the performances are good, the film isn't as successful as Romeo + Juliet at this level. Both Kidman and McGregor are appealing inasmuch as their roles allow and both can sing, especially McGregor. But there are serious questions about using popular songs in the way Luhrmann does if you want the film to be taken seriously.

On the whole, Moulin Rouge is way too kinetic and fast. It's like the world's most expensive video clip. It's a cross between the over-the-top aesthetics of Strictly Ballroom and the tragedy of Romeo + Juliet but it's not an easy combination. It's a brilliant folly.

Film writer Garry Maddox: You have to love ambition. And it's unlikely there's ever been an Australian film as ambitious as Moulin Rouge.

Baz Luhrmann not only wanted to make a musical, he set out to reinvent the form. The result is a film full of clever, knowing touches, with the dramatic scale of opera and the kinetic energy of a music video.

The good news? It not only looks as lavish as the trailers and posters have promised, but it works. That's not to say Moulin Rouge is always a smooth journey for the viewer. There are times when the richness of songs, sets and performers gets in the way. Especially in the rapid-fire opening, we want the constantly moving camera to dwell on the characters awhile so we can get to know them better.

But the emotion of the story kicks in when the lovestruck Christian (McGregor) tenderly sings Elton John's Your Song to the star attraction at the Moulin Rouge (Kidman). That moment sets up a relationship we know from the opening scene will end like an opera rather than a conventional Hollywood-backed film. We care about their fate from then on.

The songs by the two lead actors are among the musical highlights. McGregor and Kidman singing Come What May and Kidman's version of One Day I'll Fly Away are musical interludes with genuine emotional power.


I'm guessing not everyone will get Moulin Rouge but those who do will walk away feeling they've had a rich, vivid and ultimately moving cinema experience.

If the question is "Can Luhrmann carry off such an ambitious film?", the answer is "Yes, he can-can."


Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 // 10:12 p.m.


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Moulin Rouge' star finds sense of self

by Stephen Schaefer
Sunday, May 13, 2001

CAP D'ANTIBES, France - Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor looked mischievously into each other's eyes and shared a cigarette. It was all they had to do to set the British tabloids to talking of their "affair."

Ever since Kidman's divorce from Tom Cruise became known, it was perhaps inevitable that both of them would be assigned lovers from the casts of their films. Cruise has already been mentioned with Penelope Cruz, who was his on-set leading lady when the divorce was announced.

Same with McGregor and Kidman, who play the lovers Christian and Satine in "Moulin Rouge," which opened the Cannes Film Festival this week. Here on a break from filming "Black Hawk Down" for Ridley Scott in Morocco, McGregor laughed it off.

"They're desperate," McGregor said of the entertainment media. "Nicole's problems are such big news and you want Christian and Satine (their 'Moulin Rouge' lovers) to be in love so much."

McGregor, who is already set as a star of the summer 2002 movie lineup with his ongoing role in the new "Star Wars" trilogy, said even reports of his affair denial were exaggerated.

"All that happened was somebody asked me about it and I said, 'No, it has nothing to do with me,' and it turns into: 'Ewan claims (the divorce) has nothing to do with him.'"

McGregor shrugged. He knows it's part of the fame game. At the Cannes opening night party, he and Kidman danced and spun records together in the DJ's booth. But his wife is here in Cannes - actually sitting just a few yards away as he spoke with the Herald on the terrace of the Hotel du Cap in this Riviera resort not far from Cannes.

Not too many Cannes ago, McGregor was here for the Festival on a yacht, drinking the night and day away. He was known as a Scot with a fondness for beer and raucous company. And yet at this year's party, he was sticking to bottled water.

At 30, he attributes it simply to "growing up. I find peace and comfort more and more in quiet places and I used to find it more in loud, smoky places."

He grinned.

"We're talking about the very recent past. I don't know, it's not much satisfaction (in being in a crowd). The hell raising was getting a bit boring I think and it's all to do with growing up. It just took me longer to realize I had a beautiful wife and daughter. My daughter is 5 now. I find my freedom in more quiet places and being home. I spend so much time away and now when I'm there, I just want to be in it."


Source: The Boston Herald


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, May 13, 2001 // 10:44 a.m.


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There have been bad reviews, mixed reviews and glowing reviews for Moulin Rouge. Let's not dwell on the negative, shall we?

Paris when it sizzles

THURSDAY MAY 10 2001
BY JAMES CHRISTOPHER

Cannes has opened — with a bright red windmill of a film called Moulin Rouge Cannes has just been stunned. The movie that opened the 54th Film Festival yesterday, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, with the troubled Nicole Kidman in the lead role, had critics bursting into spontaneous applause during the screening.

Luhrmann has pulled off the most unlikely coup. He has minted an old-fashioned musical out of the infamous Moulin Rouge, the Parisian nightspot and one-time kingdom of illicit pleasures. Few seasoned hands, and there are many in Cannes, gave the colourful premise a candle’s chance in hell. But Luhrmann has proved with past hits, such as Romeo + Juliet, just what an inspired innovator he can be.

The story might be set at the turn of the century, but there is nothing old-fashioned about the film. Using a whooshing camera shot to propel us into a mouldy-looking black-and-white stage painting of Paris, Luhrmann whisks us into the underworld of Montmartre. Here a struggling writer (Ewan McGregor) falls in love with nightclub sensation and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), in the debauched Moulin Rouge. But Jim Broadbent’s whiskery master of ceremonies has already sold this voluptuous jewel to Richard Roxburgh’s dastardly duke.

The melodrama is simple enough. What makes the fairytale such a giddy experience is the fabulously gaudy setting, the overcaked can-can girls, raucous crowds and wild dancing. But the real ear-opener is the music, a brilliantly worked medley of some of the best love songs of the past 25 years. The rights to the songs alone would have broken Luhrmann’s considerable budget but, as he revealed at a press conference after the screening, everyone from Bono to Elton John waived their copyright. “The only person who refused did so on religious grounds,” he said.

Modern music in a period setting is not a novelty, of course. What is novel is the way the director has refashioned some of the cheesiest songs and lines into something bright and original. Some of the most famous names in music will blush to see how their music has been hijacked. Madonna’s Like a Virgin provides the crunch dialogue to Roxburgh and Broadbent’s Machiavellian plotting. Kidman and McGregor use the music to tell their story, duelling with Beatles and Madonna songs with voices you hardly dare to call their own.

They are perfect casting as the doomed lovebirds. There are few better at playing wide-eyed romantic innocents than McGregor. And Kidman is a sexual revelation as the courtesan dying of consumption, her porcelain-white flesh providing the starkest of backgrounds for her scarlet mouth and striking red hair.

Her first romantic encounter with McGregor in her dressing room, complete with double bed and tarted up to look like a maharanee’s boudoir, is an hysterical riot of cross purposes. “Oh, no,” grunts Kidman after a long, bracing duet with songs such as Love is Like Oxygen, Up Where We Belong and All You Need is Love. “Not another of Toulouse’s bohemian, tragically impoverished protégées.” Roxburgh’s almost Monty Pythonesque duke and Broadbent’s mad nightclub owner provide formidable support. After a glass of absinthe, Kylie Minogue floats across the screen as a green fairy out of a bad acid trip. And so it goes on, whipped and prodded by Luhrmann well beyond the realms of reason. If there’s a serious point of sorts, it’s that the pop culture of the 20th century was born in this unlikely sediment.

My only real complaint is that John Leguizamo’s sloppy, sentimental, dwarfish Toulouse Lautrec simply wasn’t small enough. The real joy of watching this film resides in Luhrmann’s extraordinary arsenal of tricks, a medley of giddy tracking shots, flare and slow-motion close-ups of Kidman’s face and azure eyes. As a phantasmagoria of the weird and wonderful, there isn’t a film to touch it.

Source: The Times


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, May 10, 2001 // 12:15 p.m.


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There are some great pictures of Ewan from Cannes:

news.yahoo.com

news.excite.com

filmfestivalspro.com (click on "Image Gallery")

wireimage.com (click on "Cannes" or search for "Ewan McGregor")


Streaming video from Cannes: festival-cannes.fr

Thank you to everyone at the Ewan Board for the links!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, May 9, 2001 // 09:41 p.m.


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The Sunday Times has a rather lengthy article about Moulin Rouge but this bit caught my friend Chris' attention:

Moulin Rouge also led to the revelation (at least according to Elton John) that McGregor, who performs a version of Your Song, boasts a formidable set of pipes. "Actually, both he and Nicole are very good singers," Armstrong says. "It's for the critics to decide, I suppose, but they have a lot of character in their voices. I was really surprised by how good they sounded, which was lucky because I had a kind of quality control job when it came to the singing. At times, what I wrote was affected by how they sang. Ewan has a deep, strong voice, so I could score the orchestra higher for him. Nicole's is fragile and pure, so it was the other way round. A good composer has to react to what he's working with."

Thank you Chris for the heads up!

There is also another article worth reading in The Sunday Times called Let's face the music. Here's a sample:

McGregor was, if anything, an easier piece of casting, because he has a remarkably good singing voice - good enough, the director believes, for him to be a pop star. "He sounds like a cross between Freddie Mercury and Elton John."

So it was that, after three months of rehearsals with the dancers and other actors, Kidman and McGregor flew into Sydney to spend two weeks at the House of Iona "workshopping" the film before production began, playing, singing, dancing and, at night, getting sloshed on wine and absinthe.

The L.A. times has an interview with "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann. It's rather lenghty and contains spoilers. You can read it here.

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, May 6, 2001 // 10:03 a.m.


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Nora to play in L.A. area

Nora will play at the AMC Marina Pacifica 12 (Today: 2:05 (5:10) 7:40 10:20 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 1:20 (4:45) 7:10 9:25 Sat: 2:05 5:10 7:40 10:20 Sun: 2:05 5:10 7:40 9:55) and the AMC 30 at the Block (Today: 1:25 (4:10) 7:10 9:50 Sat, Sun: 1:25 4:10 7:10 9:50)

Also at AMC Media Center 8 in Burbank - 2:05; 4:35; 7:15 - 9:55. At the Mann Exchange in Glendale - 12:00; 2:35; 5:00; 7:45 and 9:50 the AMC Rolling Hills 20; AMC 30 at the Block in Orange; Edwards University in Irvine and Edwards Rancho Niguel in Laguna Niguel (Thank you Chris for the additional information)

1h46 mins, rated R.

Don't miss it!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, May 4, 2001 // 12:34 p.m.


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New documentary on official Star Wars website

Another behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Star Wars Episode 2 has been posted on the film's official site.

The clip, titled Wedgie 'Em Out, shows the first new spaceship of Episode 2 - the Jedi starfighter.

It also reveals a new droid R4-P17, which is described as an R2-D2 painted red.

In the clip, director George Lucas is seen discussing how he wants the Jedi fighter.

He tells the designers: "I'm thinking of World War One battleships, German, cut them off half-way through and wedge them off a bit."

The clip, which is only available on the official Star Wars website, features many shots of a new-look Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor. He now has longer hair and more beard.

McGregor says he's very excited about the new Jedi fighter.

"I've always wanted to have my own ship and he gets one. And he gets to take off in it and has his own adventure in this one, which is cool," he said.

McGregor said of filming scenes in the fighter: "You're sitting in this wooden ship being rocked.

"To see it, because I haven't seen it yet, will be extraordinary."

Last updated: 08:52 Tuesday 1st May 2001

Source: Ananova

The video is fantastic. Check it out!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, May 1, 2001 // 07:27 a.m.


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Ewan's pillowcase will be auctioned off for the Sweet Dreams Charity starting May 11th.


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There is an interview with Ewan in this month's Details magazine. Great article, don't miss it!

Also, the May 2001 issue of Movieline magazine lists Moulin Rouge as one of "15 summer movies that pack heat" and features a very nice photo of Ewan as Christian.

 


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 // 08:28 p.m.


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Coming in June -- Moulin Rouge: The Splendid Illustrated Book (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks) by Baz Luhrmann

$28US, 176 pages at amazon.com.


Thanks to mara_jade10 for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 // 05:39 p.m.


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Red carpet treatment for a bravely smiling Kidman

Star shine ... Nicole Kidman arrives at the screening with director Baz Luhrmann. Photo: Lisa Carpenter.

By Mark Riley, Herald Correspondent in New York

Nicole Kidman arrived in a vintage gown and a broad smile to celebrate her much-anticipated reappearance on the red carpet.

But the smile soon collapsed into a look of painful introspection as her companion, the director Baz Luhrmann, described their new film, Moulin Rouge, as "a story about growing up and realising that there are things in life beyond your control."

As the pair walked the media line prior to the film's private screening in New York on Tuesday night, Luhrmann said: "You know, people die, relationships pass on - but it must make you stronger and help you grow."

He was talking about the film, but Kidman's expression said his soliloquy might have been about the past several tumultuous months of her life.

After enduring the break-up with husband Tom Cruise, the emotional trauma of a miscarriage and a mauling at the hands of the international media, Kidman was making her first tentative steps back on the star circuit. "I'm really excited to be here doing this again - talking about my work, my movies," she said.

"I've got myself to talk about again, instead of all my family problems, and that's good."

But as much as Kidman did not like to talk about her family problems, she knew that almost everyone else in Hollywood and beyond was talking about them.

The 33-year-old Kidman said she had enjoyed spending more time with her two children, Isabella, 8, and Connor, 6, as she worked on completing her part of the movie soundtrack to be released next month.

Asked by a Hollywood TV reporter if there was anything she would like to say to her fans, "after the rough time you've been through", Kidman briefly abandoned her smile once more and said: "No. Not really. Only that I'm fine and I've got a lot of friends who are helping me through."

Joan Collins, who knows something about Hollywood scandal and who was one of 300 guests at the Vogue magazine charity premiere, was gushing in her praise of Kidman.

"She is wonderful," Collins said. "I saw her in the Blue Room in London. She was fantastic. She is just a fabulous actress."

Kidman stars in the $A96 million musical as Satine, the star performer in the seamy Moulin Rouge of 1890s Paris, who falls in love with a poet (Ewan McGregor), who wanders into the nightclub where painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec holds court.

An array of movie and media luminaries attended the premiere. Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, arrived with Mr Murdoch's son, Lachlan, and his wife, the Australian model Sarah O'Hare. Also present were designers Kenneth Cole, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger, Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein and Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

There was, of course, no Tom Cruise.

Kidman said she had chosen to wear the vintage dress, by Cuban-born New York bridal designer Lazaro Perez, because she did not want to choose between the many designers invited to the event.

The movie has created a fashion buzz, with its rich can-can dresses and Monolo Blahnik boots. Kidman is due to open a new range of dresses inspired by the movie at New York's Bloomingdale's department store today.

Seven can-can gowns, including designs by de la Renta, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace, were auctioned after the premiere to benefit AIDS charities.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

At least his name was mentioned... it doesn't look as though Ewan was even there...


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 // 05:22 p.m.


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If you live in Australia, you could win tickets to see the Australian premiere of Moulin Rouge.

Head on over to the Australian version of the official Moulin Rouge site.

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 // 01:04 p.m.


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Actor Ewan McGregor spotted golf watching

Saturday April 14, 02:25 PM
By Norman Dabell

RABAT, Morocco, (Reuters) - Seen enjoying the Moroccan Open third round at the weekend was British actor Ewan McGregor of "Trainspotting" fame, taking a break from filming nearby.

McGregor, a keen golfer who often plays a round at the hosting Dar Es Salam course, was out on Saturday watching fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher, who comes from McGregor's home-town Crieff, and the exciting English teenage amateur Nick Dougherty.

The actor is starring in "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down", a film about an ill-fated mission during the Somali troubles, and looked suitably lean, cropped and rugged.

"It's good for me to watch how it should be done on this course. I play it a lot and it normally murders me," joked McGregor, whose career has precluded him from holding a handicap.

Source: Yahoo News

Thank you cac for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, April 16, 2001 // 12:21 p.m.


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Nicole takes centre stage

14apr01

NICOLE Kidman will re-emerge into the spotlight next week with two high profile publicity events for her new movie Moulin Rouge.

One of the most sought after tickets in New York is to the movie's first showing at a charity event on Tuesday.

Kidman, co-star Ewan McGregor and about 900 invitation-only guests will be at the Paris Theatre for the preview.

The event is being hosted by Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour. Afterwards the guests will move on to Brasserie 8 for an AIDS fundraiser that will include an auction of Moulin Rouge-inspired outfits by Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang, Oscar de la Renta and Donatella Versace.


Two days later Kidman will again be the star attraction when fashion store Bloomingdales unveils a special section of the store devoted to the movie.

Originally Bloomingdales had hoped to feature a six-storey cut-out of Kidman on the side of its store but workmen had trouble devising how it could be attached.

Instead, the store's street-level windows will be decked out with Christmas-style displays featuring clothes inspired by Moulin Rouge.

Inside the store will be everything from a $4 million necklace, top hats and outfits designed by Anna Sui, BCBG Maz Azria, Elie Tahari, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Swarovski and Kenneth Jay Lane. Christian Dior has even created a Moulin Rouge make-up collection.

Kidman will appear on a small stage outside Bloomingdales surrounded by 50 can-can dancers.

Moulin Rouge's official premiere will be at the Cannes Film Festival on May 9.

Source: Sydney Daily Telegraph

Thank you Noah's Dove for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, April 15, 2001 // 09:29 a.m.


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David Poland's The Hot Button

I have been anticipating one film ahead of many others for a long time. And though many readers have shaken their heads - and keyboards - over my dreams of Moulin Rouge, preferring to focus on A.I. or Planet of the Apes or Pearl Harbor as their summer object of obsession, I got confirmation of my excitement yesterday in the form of an 11 minute piece of film that was edited by Baz Luhrmann just for people like me. So I trekked over to Fox and I watched the footage. Twice.

Luhrmann has done something extraordinary. He has made the first true Hollywood musical in decades. And he made it in Australia, with non-Americans in almost every role and with a mélange of pop music replacing any kind of traditional scoring. (Actually, there is original music by Craig Armstrong, Marius DeVries and Steve Hitchcock, but not much of it in the footage Fox has.)

At first, the two-hour-film-reduced-to-eleven-minutes package feels a little like a big music video. But as it rolls along, the richness of Luhrmann’s vision becomes clear. He has taken what Vincente Minnelli did with color and imagery in The Pirate, American in Paris and The Band Wagon and cross-bred it with Coppola’s electronic efforts on One From The Heart (which was scored by Tom Waits and sung exclusively by Waits and Crystal Gayle, creating a kind of Greek chorus musical). The result is quite spectacular. The reality of the moments and the emotions come right out of the actors, who inhabit the semi-real world that Luhrmann has built around them, as dreams mix with reality in ways that only Luhrmann could imagine for us.

As for performance, Nicole Kidman is all there. This is a true movie star performance and it seems to me likely that this will be the highlight of her career for a long time. The minimalist performance that Claire Danes gave Luhrmann in Romeo + Juliet was just right for that film, as she drew attention to herself by being the one quiet element. Here, Kidman plays the ultimate, unabashed seductress and then gets more than even she can handle, on both the side of love and hate. Ewan McGregor has a pretty amazing singing voice. I was shocked. He has his limitations, but like great singers of the past, he embraces his limits and makes them a part of his style to great effect. John Leguizamo is not in much of the current footage, so it’s hard to get a read on his Toulouse Lautrec. But he seems to be, at least in some part, a part of a four-man comedy team - Luhrmann’s Greek chorus, if you like - that reminds me of The Brothers, Ritz or Marx. And Jim Broadbent, a great star of British cinema, looks to have the "Joel Grey role," leading the team at the Moulin Rouge. But his earthy, tough, rich, fearless appearance and singing voice seems, from this small view, put him right in the way of Grey territory -Best Supporting Actor Oscar territory.

As coincidence would have it, I was also able to catch footage of two full length musical numbers while I was at the studio. My only real concern watching the 11 minute package were the solo singing moments by Ewan McGregor, singing parts of Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong and In The Name of Love. But one of the two full length bits I got to see was the sequence between McGregor and Kidman in which he sings lyrics from those songs. And it was amazing to me how well it worked. Luhrmann and his team were clearly unabashed in their efforts to break up the songs and to use the subtext that is built into them, in a fearless way that leaves you wondering how they pulled it off. But they did pull it off.

The second sequence was The Tango Sequence, in which the Moulin Rouge dancers come together in a massive tango that reflects in the intensity and pain of The Police’s Roxanne, as sung by Jacek Koman a.k.a. The Argentinean. Luhrmann juxtaposes this sequence, with the two lovers, McGregor and Kidman, separated by their roles in the world. Amazing stuff.

People say "breathtaking" all the time. What I have seen of Moulin Rouge so far is literally breathtaking. As each scene ends, you need to take a deep, deep breath and try to reflect on what you’ve seen. Luhrmann has created a thick, thick stew of passion here and it will be fascinating to see whether the complete film will allow the audience to breathe at all. I’m bringing the oxygen tank.

Source: Voices of Hollywood

Thank you Nimue and stenuity for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, April 14, 2001 // 11:34 a.m.


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The Sydney Morning Herald has launched it's very own Moulin Rouge Mini-Site. You can download the song videos, get the lyrics, view stunning image galleries and keep up to date with all the news!

Click here to get there!

Thank you Noah's Dove for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, April 14, 2001 // 10:03 a.m.


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And the OSCAR goes to this soundtrack, maybe

Mike Gee gets to preview the majority of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack album and ends up wanting to dance on a table.

Okay, so we'll put ourselves on the line here. After listening to 10 of the 16 tracks from the soundtrack Baz Luhrmann's highly-anticipated Moulin Rouge and leafing through copious stills and press material, I'm thinking that if Nicole Kidman's performance is anywhere near as good as the soundtrack and the astonishing, lavish, sumptuous appearance of the film, then not only will she be nominated for an Academy Award but she'll win it.

And that's without even seeing more than a few 10 or 20-second bursts of this richly cast, beautifully wrought comic tragedy. Silly. Maybe. It could be a total dud, as well. But, something, says it won't.

You see, it's all about gut instinct this business. You feel when you are in the presence of something special; you have an inate sense from just listening to one track of an album that the rest of it is going to be a marvellous experience that's going to leave you hitting the repeat button for days. Moulin Rouge feels special; you can taste it, sense its presence, it' romance, its vibrance, its classicism. There is a dynamic; a force.

And that dominates the tracks I heard last week. Tucked away in a quiet room at FMR headquarters in Pyrmont - the only place you can hear the record and then only one person at a time - it was remarkably easy to get caught up in the feeling of something you'd never seen, yet could easily imagine through the music and the exquisite promotional booklet that's currently circulating promoting the film.

Here's a tip: come late May when the film hits the screen, this soundtrack will be #1 in Australia: before then the first single, Lady Marmalade will have already been a #1 smash. The old classic for Labelle has been given a new life - and sensuality - by Christine Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink. Four artists I normally wouldn't listen to twice, yet alone once. Okay, it isn't better than the original. But this, my friends, is still staggeringly sexy stuff, particularly when you're watching the video simultaneously. The girls - all done up in period lace and corsetry, bust and legs everywhere - bumping and grinding their way through it like they were born to cabaret. It's hot, it's steamy, it's fabulous.

And that, really, is just the beginning.

Fatboy Slim arrives in a thunder of percussion and delivers a new millennium mega-bpm meltdown that's going to lift the roof off more than a few clubs. Because We Can is actually the only track on initial listening that posed the question; "Does it work?" On reflection, what seemed one of his more formless pieces, is actually a blast. A full-blooded stomp. A massacre of the senses.

Nothing could contrast more than Sparkling Diamonds which ties together Marilyn Monroe's Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend and Madonna's Material Girl. It's Kidman's first vocal on the album and I'm here to tell you that - with the exception of a very small problem at the top end of the register - our Nic is a natural born singer. Bouncing off a chorus featuring Jim Broadbent, Caroline O'Connor, Lara Goodridge, Natalie Mendoza and Lara Mulcahy, Kidman swings gloriously in what is the album's showtime/big band number.

Surprise, surprise. Ewan McGregor, Kidman's co-star and love interest in Moulin Rouge, can sing. Really sing. He, Placido Domingo and Alessandro Safina, do ripe justice to Elton John's early '70s classic, Your Song. Always a beautiful number with an unforgettable melody, it gets a massive treatment here with full orchestra, choir and Domingo's marvellous operatic voice hitting a couple of emotional highs. Exquisite. As it should be. It would have been a tragedy in itself to ruin one of Elton's finest moments.

Contrast again: Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer smack their way through a full-blooded pedal to the metal version of Marc Bolan's all-time great Children Of The Revolution. Chunky and spunky with a hip swagger to match, Children Of The Revolution is half-sleaze, half-metal, always glam. Stomp, baby, stomp. A natural born killer.

Kidman's solo, One Day I'll Fly Away, is natural born chiller: the female lead's big ballad in classic soundtrack format, accompanied by orchestra and choir in the cinematic tradition. Epic, atmospheric. Very big. It could easily have died. She pulls it off. Tom, you're ex-wife is just so much more talented than you ever were or will be. But, then again, I reckon you already know that.

About face. That's right. A full 180 degrees, because ladies and gentlemen, it's time for some Diamond Dogs ... with Beck. Love it. A percussive, minimalist version that almost tastes metallic, Bowie's classic has a bar-room trash out feel. You could get very messy with a few beers, a hot partner and this spinning the sound fantastic.

Honestly, I was having a blast listening to this. If there weren't so many people walking past the glass door, I'd have been dancing on the table from the first minute of Lady Marmalade. As for Diamond Dogs - air guitar and a robot strut here, I think. Best single track Beck has done in a while - and it isn't his own.

Oh boy. Elephant Love Medley is aptly named. Combining All You Need Is Love, I Was Made For Lovin' You, One More Night, Pride In The Name Of Love, Don't Leave Me This Way, Up Where We Belong and ... ... Heroes, it's as good a track as any on this wonderful record. And I'm not going to spoil it for you by telling you how it goes and what happens between Ewan and Nicole as the song builds to an impossible climax. It's just genius. Chilling. Really.

And just when you thought love couldn't get any more heartfelt and luscious. Warning: approach Come What May With a full box of tissues. This is the big one. The killer, smoocherama, love-at-all-cost, duet between Nic and Ewan. The one where they stare into each other's eyes, aware that their love is probably fated but swear undying love. It's bloody gorgeous. If anybody had walked in, I would have asked them to marry me. Aaah, romance. How sweet is love. Treasure it. For as long as it lasts. If you're lucky, forever.

Hindi Sad Diamonds is another dancefloor spectacular as Nicole gets all Middle Eastern with Alka Yagnik and flicks those hips, dances that belly, in a fierce attack of all those basic instincts. Natacha Atlas would be proud of her: so would Trans-Global Underground. Sweeping and splendidly primal.

And I still haven't heard David Bowie's opening Nature Boy or his re-version with Massive Attack, Valeria's Rhythm Of the Night, El Tango De Roxanne featuring McGregor, Jose Feliciano and Jacek Kolam, Rufus Wainwright doing Complainte de la Butte - what a delicious title, and Josh G. Abrahams' remix of Come What May.

Look, if Nic doesn't win the Academy Award, then I'm having money right now that this takes out the best song gong for Lady Marmalade or Come What May.

Hell, Moulin Rouge may even win best film. Now that would be something else. Let's hope the film is as good as the soundtrack, because this is as good as soundtracks get. A masterpiece of conception and execution with devastating performances and epic emotion. Like Bogey says, "Play it again, Sam." And again. And again. And again. And you don't even need to have seen the film. Voulez-vous avec moi ce soir.

Source: Syndey Morning Herald

Thank you Noah's Dove for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, April 14, 2001 // 09:47 a.m.


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Baz Lurhmann's Romeo + Juliet on ABC (US) Saturday night

William Shakespeare's `Romeo + Juliet' 113 min. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes deliver impassioned performances as the lovers in this contemporary adaptation.

While the language remains the Bard's, spectacular set designs and stylish costumes transform the setting from “fair Verona” to the fictional, not-so-fair Verona Beach. Here, the long-standing animosity between the Capulets and Montagues plays out like a grungy grudge match, replete with bloody battles, street thugs and drugs. An ultrahip score with music by various '90s artists adds a slick touch to the 1996 production. Tybalt: John Leguizamo.

Cast: Vondie Curtis-Hall, Christina Pickles, M. Emmet Walsh, Jesse Bradford, Dash Mihok, Miriam Margolyes, Diane Venora, Harold Perrineau, Paul Rudd, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy

Rating: PG-13
Content: Violence, Sexual Situations
Category: Movie, Drama
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Release Year: 1996

Baz Luhrmann directed Ewan in Moulin Rouge. John Leguizamo co-stars with Ewan in Moulin Rouge (as Toulouse Lautrec) and Pete Postlethwaite co-starred with Ewan in both Brassed Off! and Serpent's Kiss.

Nicole Kidman (Satine in Moulin Rouge) is supposed to host the broadcast of Romeo + Juliet and they should air some "rare" footage from Moulin Rouge.

Thank you Judy and ScarlettPride for the information.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, April 13, 2001 // 09:47 p.m.


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The official Star Wars site has completely updated its site. There are some very nice pictures of Ewan as Obi-Wan to be found.

Go check it out!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 // 09:02 p.m.


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Just some random bits about the Moulin Rouge soundtrack from NME.com:

The film's stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor also pop up from time to time. www.sonicnet.com reports that McGregor can be heard on a version of The Police's 'Roxanne', while he duets with Placido Domingo on a cover of Elton John's 'Your Song'.

Check out the full article for more details on who will be featured on the soundtrack.


Posted by bridgeny productions on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 // 09:10 p.m.


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Moulin musical gets thumbs up

AAP Tuesday 10 April 2001, 02:22 PM

Nicole Kidman's Moulin Rouge is getting the thumbs up from test audiences that are cheering the film's star-studded soundtrack and easing studio concerns about whether the modern day musical can work at the box office.

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in the $US52 million ($A106.38-million) love story set in 1890s Paris but shot at the Fox studios in Sydney.

The film features music from diverse artists including Madonna, Beck, Lil' Kim and Placido Domingo.

In New York finishing work on the sound track, director Baz Luhrmann said the reaction to the music of Moulin Rouge from test audiences surprised studio executives at Fox.

"Their big fear is that audiences will be turned off by the music," Luhrmann told the US entertainment channel, E.

"But the big surprise is the music is what test audiences have been responding to. We screened it on video for Cannes, and they asked to enter it into competition because, obviously, it's a solid film, too."

Moulin Rouge will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 9 and will be launched in Australia on May 31.

Luhrmann said audiences should be prepared to see a courageous and funny Nicole Kidman.

"You will see Nicole like never before. She's funnier than ever, and Ewan's going to be a bit like Elvis. And not only that, they both sing. They're blowing people away," Luhrmann said.

Source: The Age


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, April 10, 2001 // 07:42 a.m.


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Two articles about Ewan's upcoming Black Hawk Down, from Cinemayhem:

The Black Hawks Will Arrive...

I reported last week that the production was having difficulty getting Army Blackhawks for the movie. It would seem that the King of Morocco needed to give the producers, and US military permission to enter his country. This was apparently done at the last minute, but then there were troubles with getting the Black Hawks from a base in Germany.

The end result is that the Black Hawks are due to arrive from the US in Sale, Morocco on Thursday this week. My source also informed me that filming is proceeding on schedule and next week will see the commencement of filming on the battle and mob scenes.

Script Touch Ups?

The IMDB has posted that in addition to Ken Nolan writing the screenplay, Academy Award winning writers Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) have been involved in the script as well.


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Happy birthday, Ewan!!!


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"Moulin Rouge" gets a boost from Cannes

By Globe Staff & Wires, 3/30/2001

Director Baz Luhrmann is stoked. Only a few months ago, his movie "Moulin Rouge" was rumored to be a dog - mainly because of last-minute delays in its December release.

But as it turns out, "Moulin Rouge" has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival in May, and it'll screen in the official competition - a sign that Cannes programmer Gilles Jacob thinks it's a winner.

"I'm obviously very happy," Luhrmann says. "For us, Cannes was the beginning of our journey. 'Strictly Ballroom' [the Australian director's 1992 film] was first shown at Cannes, and in a way, Cannes discovered us."

So, if "Moulin Rouge" isn't a dog, why was its release delayed?

"The film has a story line that the show must go on, and in a way, that's what it took to make this movie," he says. "I lost my father on the first day of shooting. Then Nicole broke her rib," he adds, referring to Nicole Kidman, who plays a can-can girl. "Sadly, Nicole then fell and smashed her knee during one of the dance numbers."

Luhrmann says that Nicole is planning to show up in Cannes for the premiere, despite the recent personal travails with soon-to-be-ex-hubby Tom Cruise.

Oddly enough, Kidman's decision to attend Cannes coincides with Jodie Foster's decision to skip it. When Kidman decided not to proceed with the upcoming "The Panic Room" because of her knee injury, Foster took her place. And that meant that Foster had to decline Jacob's offer to be the president of the Cannes jury because of scheduling.

So, after all this trouble, how did the movie turn out? And what's it all about?

The director's breathless answer goes something like this: "A young poet goes into the Parisian underworld in 1899 and he meets Toulouse-Lautrec and they're putting on a show. It's sort of like at Studio 54. He falls for the star, a courtesan. He tries to rescue her, but there's another man. It's meticulously Victorian, but with modern music. We're doing the can-can to Fatboy Slim. It's very Bowie, Bono, and Beck."

"Moulin Rouge," which also stars Ewan McGregor, is scheduled to open in the United States on June 1.

This story ran on page 13 of the Boston Globe on 3/30/2001.
© Copyright 2001 Globe Newspaper Company.


Source: The Boston Globe


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Ewan in Cannes for Moulin Rouge

According to Ani Skylover from sithclan.qc.ca:

"For the big promo of Lords of the Rings, Peter Jackson, Christopher Lee and other casts members will be at the Cannes Festival, and Ewan McGregor too, for Moulin Rouge."

This is in no way confirmed but it would make sense since Moulin Rouge opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 9th and it's quite possible Ewan will be finished shooting Black Hawk Down.

Source: The Force.Net


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, March 29, 2001 // 10:52 p.m.


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This t-shirt, drawn by Ewan's daughter is being sold for auction to profit Alone in London's work with vulnerable young people.

Thanks to Mad About Ewan for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, March 29, 2001 // 10:44 p.m.


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Cinemayhem has pictures of the Black Hawk Down cast:


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, March 29, 2001 // 10:33 p.m.


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Friday's San Francisco Chronicle had an article by Ruthe Stein which was rather lenghty and most had nothing to do with Ewan except for this short paragraph at the end:

That other spring film festival, the one in Cannes, announced this week that it will open with "Moulin Rouge." Director Baz Luhrmann called to say how astonished he was by the news. "The French are not renowned for their love of musicals, and though I'm not supposed to talk about it because it scares the studio, I have made a musical. Even worse, it's part opera." He also thought the French might feel proprietary toward the film's subject, Toulouse-Lautrec, and not care about an Australian filmmaker's vision of the painter. Ah, but the French are partial to erotic love stories, and from the clips we've seen of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor intertwined, it looks as if Luhrmann's film will raise the temperature at Cannes.

Source: SF Gate

There are 69 days until June 1st, when Moulin Rouge opens in wide release in North America.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, March 24, 2001 // 08:41 a.m.


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An article in today's Times about the strong presence of women in this year's upcoming films. They mention Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Here's the best bit:

Even more excitedly awaited is Kidman’s role as the deliciously named Satine, a courtesan in fin-de-siècle Paris in Moulin Rouge, the Baz Luhrmann movie that has been described as The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Titanic. Now there’s a thought.

A cult classic and the highest-grossing film of all time (so far!). Not bad!!!


Source: The Times


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, March 22, 2001 // 07:45 a.m.


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Ewan on BBC Scotland this Friday

You can catch Ewan McGregor on The Kirsty Wark Show on Friday 23 March, 21:25 - 22:00.

Ewan will be interviewed about his current film, Black Hawk Down on BBC Scotland. In a special edition of her topical show, Kirsty travels to Morocco to interview the top Scottish actor. Between takes on his latest film, she catches up with him by the pool.


Thanks to cac and Josie of Mad About Ewan for the heads up.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 // 06:28 p.m.


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Star Wars cast head for UK

George Lucas and the cast of Star Wars Episode 2 will be in the UK from Saturday to film new scenes.

Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee and Samuel L. Jackson are all involved in the extra filming.

It will take place at Ealing Studios from March 24 to April 8.

Lucas has spent the past few months assembling a rough cut of the film.

He has decided on some revisions and additions which he wants to shoot with the principal actors.

The film's producer Rick McCallum told the official Star Wars website: "The England shoots will be mostly in front of blue screen.

"Though we've been really busy since we wrapped in September, it's always exciting to get back in front of the cameras."

Star Wars Epsiode 2 is due to be released in 2002.

Last updated: 10:13 Wednesday 21st March 2001

Source: Ananova


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 // 06:15 p.m.


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Trailer from Moulin Rouge available online

The trailer is available from Apple's web site!

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/moulin_rouge/

Thank you MarGwan for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 // 07:36 a.m.


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Fox's "Moulin Rouge" to Open Cannes Film Festival, Followed by June 1 National Release

Updated 2:45 PM ET March 20, 2001

LOS ANGELES (ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) - The Cannes Film Festival has selected Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" as the festival's opening-night film on May 9, 2001.

The film will be screened in competition.

The Cannes response to "Moulin Rouge," as well as reactions to early test screenings and showings of a special promotional reel, have led Fox to move the film's release date to place it squarely into the prime summer release period. Twentieth Century Fox will release the film nationally on June 1.

Fox will also platform "Moulin Rouge" in a single run each in New York and Los Angeles on May 18. Commented Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes International Film Festival: "I am particularly happy to welcome 'Moulin Rouge,' a major studio film that renews the best tradition of spectacle, as the opening-night film of this year's festival, and also, of course, to reconnect with director Baz Luhrmann, whom we know very well from having discovered his first film in 1992."

Commented Luhrmann: "I still have wonderful memories from when Cannes launched my first film, 'Strictly Ballroom,' so this is indeed an exciting announcement for me. I am particularly gratified that an American-financed film almost completely created in Australia, and specific to French culture and history, has been embraced this way by Cannes."

Added Robert Harper, vice chairman, Twentieth Century Fox: "We always knew Baz was creating something very special with 'Moulin Rouge.' But after seeing the film this month, we were completely blown away by what he's done -- and we're thrilled that the Cannes Film Festival agrees. `Moulin Rouge' is a film for everyone, and we wanted to give audiences their best opportunity to experience it for themselves by releasing the picture on these prime summer dates."

"Moulin Rouge" is a celebration of love and creative inspiration set in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. Luhrmann ("William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet") brings together gorgeous period design and modern-era pop tunes to create a unique motion picture experience. Nicole Kidman plays the club's most notorious star, forced to choose between a young writer's inspiration and another man's obsession. Ewan McGregor is the writer who finds himself plunged into this decadent world where anything goes -- except falling in love.

The film also stars John Leguizamo as Toulouse-Lautrec, Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh. It was written by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, and the producers are Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron.

Twentieth Century Fox is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

There are links to photos at the site.

Source: Excite news


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 // 07:47 p.m.


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A few months ago, Ewan filmed some commercials for a Japanese English-language school called Aeon. These commercials have been made available at Japander.com (thank you!!!)

Thank you cac for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, March 19, 2001 // 05:45 p.m.


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The official Moulin Rouge website has a fabulous video of Ewan singing and dancing in his (hopefully) upcoming film Moulin Rouge. Ewan is also interviewed. It's well worth checking out!!! It's in the "Toulouse Tonight" section of "Club Moulin Rouge" (you need to sign in).

As for its release date, it seems no one at Fox is capable of making a decision. The date has moved from June 1st to early May, to late May, to June 8th and then back to early May and now they're thinking of September. Pick a date, any date... Just pick one and stick with it, please.

Update - Thursday March 15th 2001 8:15pm (EST)

It seems the official site is late in putting up the video. The rest of the site was updated last night with new goodies but the latest Toulouse Tonight video has been forgotten. Here's the link:

Small version (~4MB)
Large version (~11MB)


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 // 10:04 p.m.


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UK-produced films hit by foot-and-mouth

March 13th, 2001

A number of films in production around the UK have been hit by foot-and-mouth disease.

Among those affected by the outbreak are Cromwell And Fairfax, Morvern Callar and Charlotte Gray.

Cromwell And Fairfax has had its pre-production schedule put back.

It is being produced by Ewan McGregor and Jude Law's company Natural Nylon.

"Foot-and-mouth has affected our recce schedule," producer Kevin Loader told the Hollywood Reporter.

"We've had to cancel trips to look at different locations since all the National Trust's historic country houses are closed."

Filming is due to begin in July.

Loader said there was still room to manoeuvre but that the next six to eight weeks were crucial.

"It is still early enough to be flexible," he said.

"We can still think about moving on to soundstages and building sets. The worst situation would be to have committed to a location and then find you can't get access to it."

Morvern Callar, which stars Samantha Morton, has had to change location from Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

Charlotte Gray, which stars Cate Blanchett, is on location in France.

Its return to the United Kingdom for filming in Scotland and London could be delayed because of foot-and-mouth.


Source: Ananova


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 // 05:38 p.m.


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Here's a glimpse at one of posters from Moulin Rouge. Someone is selling it on eBay (it is sure to fetch a high price) but I believe we'll be able to find a copy for a reasonable price when the film is released. For those of us tired of reading about "Nicole's new film", it's nice to see that the film's makers didn't forget about Ewan!

If you really can't wait or can't afford the price this little gem is sure to fetch, there's a wallpaper using the same gorgeous picture of Ewan at the official Moulin Rouge site.

Thank you Jodi-Wan for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, March 11, 2001 // 08:06 p.m.


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Army Link News has an article entitled Army trains 'Black Hawk Down' actors that is worth reading. It describes the training Ewan and the other actors of Black Hawk Down received in order to better play their roles as Army Rangers.

Here is part of the text:

"I want them to remember the sense of teamwork that is inherent to a Ranger organization and the amount of attention to detail that's required from every individual that is part of that team. I hope that once the filming begins and ... the movies does come out, there's a positive impression or impact on the moviegoers on who a Ranger actually is and what a Ranger does," explained 1st Sgt. James Hardy, Ranger Training Detachment commandant.

"The more information and techniques we can provide these guys the better they can portray what happened over there. You can see a difference in their conduct each day. It's progressive. They don't know anything about being a soldier. We're giving them everything -- how to be a soldier, a Ranger and a leader -- all in five days."

Ewan McGregor, who plays a Ranger clerk in the movie, said, "Being here and training with the Rangers has been fantastic, invaluable."

McGregor said there is no way the group could have bonded so well and learned to work as a team if they met on the set for the first time.

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, March 9, 2001 // 10:38 a.m.


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NEW LOOK FOR EWAN NEWS!

It was finally time to change the temporary layout. That's right... the first version was only meant to be temporary but ended up staying for almost a whole year. The end of this month will mark the 1 yr. anniversary of Ewan News. This experiment has turned out to be pretty darn awesome. Thanks to everyone who has supported Ewan News and to the team who make this place the source for your Ewan McGregor news fix.


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Thursday, March 8, 2001 // 12:32 p.m.


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From the not funny department: Moulin Rouge delayed AGAIN?!

The Internet Movie database reports today:

A spokeswoman for Nicole Kidman has denied reports that 20th Century Fox has delayed the release of her next film, Moulin Rouge, so that she would not have to face reporters' questions about the breakup of her marriage with Tom Cruise. The spokeswoman told the Sydney, Australia Daily Telegraph that Kidman has in fact been doing interviews and photo shoots for magazines with long lead times. It was not indicated whether she was discussing the divorce in those interviews. The spokeswoman said that the studio is considering the possibility of premiering the film at the Cannes Film Festival in May or perhaps delaying it even further -- until the Venice Film Festival in September.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 // 09:44 p.m.


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Hollywood strike could hit UK

BBC News online has an article about the possible upcoming Screen Actors Guild strike:

Kate Winslet is a British member of SAG An impending strike by writers and actors in the US could disrupt film production in the UK.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has issued guidelines to its non-US members, warning them not to work on productions shot outside the US which have American backing.

The union is seeking to prevent film studios simply exporting productions to other countries, such as Canada and the UK, while the strike takes place.

Writers and actors want a bigger share of the revenue earned by sell-on rights - such as for video, DVD, cable and internet - as well as a bigger say in the creative process.

Strike talks

The contracts of the 14,000 members of the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) expire on 1 May and the deal for 135,000 members of the Screen Actors' Guild (SGA) is up for renewal two months later.

Talks between producers and writers to avert a strike broke down earlier this week, raising fears that Hollywood production could grind to a halt.

Many pundits believe strike action is now a question of when and not if.

John Drinnan, from Screen International, told the Financial Times that the strike would affect Britain "very badly".

He said: "The majority of British films with a budget above £10m - the ones that potential to be box office hits - have American money and have rights sold ot a US company."

British actors who have worked in Hollywood, including Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, are members of SAG.

The guidelines mean the stars would not be allowed to work on films in Britain, if they are US-financed.

British actors who are not SAG members will also find it difficult to work on US productions in the UK.


A spokesman for Equity told BBC News Online: "Equity members who are also members of SAG will not be able to work on productions in the UK that have any American involvement, such as financing and pre-sales for the American market."

"The strike will have an impact on Britain," he added.

UK support

The union is also advising its members, even if they are not SAG members, not to accept work on so-called runaway productions.

A runaway production is a film shot in the the UK for the sole purpose of undermining the SAG action.

"We are looking to SAG to advise us on what is a runaway production," said the Equity spokesman.

He added: "So far we have not been advised that there are any runaway productions."

He said the British union supported SAG's attempts to get a new contract.

He added: "We believe that is it is achievable without a dispute."

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 // 12:49 p.m.


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From the UK newspaper, The Daily Mirror, an article about Ewan McGregor's latest acting assignment, Black Hawk Down:

US Squaddies train Ewan Movie sex symbol Ewan McGregor has become a tough guy action hero by putting himself through a punishing boot camp with a team of crack US troops. The Perth-born Hollywood star crawled through bear-infested forests and ran up mountains with little food or sleep. McGregor, 27, was licked into shape by the elite US Army Rangers at their training camp in Georgia in preparation for his latest film role. He completed the ordeal with his co-stars just before the cameras started to roll on Black Hawk Down, a blockbuster about a failed US mission in Somalia. Ewan said: "It was really hard work but I enjoyed it."

The film's director, Ridley Scott, who also made Gladiator, sent the actors to Camp Merrill to experience the hardships of squaddie life at first hand. The pampered movie stars were forced to swap their designer clothes for combat fatigues. Then they were turfed out of bed at the crack of dawn and ordered on long route marches with a sergeant major barking out commands. The course is a test of endurance and requires would-be Rangers to run up mountains wearing a 30-pound pack, mount ambushes and plan raids on just two ready-to-eat meals a day. They snatch less than two hours sleep a night and are woken up if they are caught drifting off. One said: "Some people do push ups to stop themselves falling asleep. But others have been known to take Tabasco sauce from their meals and drop it in their eyes."

The Rangers are an elite unit sent in to deliver swift knock-out blows inside enemy territory. One Ranger, Private Patrick Heffernan, said: "We usually go in first. We surprise. We kill. We destroy. We disappear. We're the monsters under your bed at night." Last night Ewan's mum Carol said: "He was there with lots of other actors from the film. They were all learning to be soldiers. "They were doing all the sorts of things they usually do at these boot camps. Everyone was equal." A spokesman for the actor said McGregor had been given no special treatment during his gruelling training. The cast have now moved to Morocco to begin filming."

Thanks to Josie from Mad About Ewan and Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, March 2, 2001 // 12:18 p.m.


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Thanks to Kerry for passing this along to the Ewanspotting mailing list:

From the new issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine, No.52:

Dan Madsen does a lengthy interview with film producer, Rick McCallum. The article includes the following about Ewan:

interviewer: Ewan is not the kid anymore.

McCallum: Yes, but he's a different person now. I don't mean literally Ewan, but he was very funny talking about it the other day. He said, "Hell, I'm no longer the youngest guy on the film anymore." But he has always been his whole life, because when he cracked it, I think he was 17 or 18, and for the last six or seven years he has always been the youngest guy on the movie and now suddenly....He doesn't have an ego problem with that at all. He is a most generous person, especially with Hayden [Christensen, the new Anakin], but suddenly now he's the mentor, you know? Now he has got to help Hayden get through what he's just got through. And I think they have really become close. That will be very helpful to him. Because Ewan's never really gone that traditional American wacky route into stardom. He has always had a balance. He has never been a "big movie star." He is more of an independent famous person than a Hollywood manufactured one. So it will be very interesting to see what happens with both of them.


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 // 03:19 p.m.


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Ewan McGregor is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster at their annual graduation ceremony, at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on July 5th, 2001. He will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt). You can read more by visiting the Irish Times and the University of Ulster websites.

Thank you Josie of Mad About Ewan for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, February 26, 2001 // 07:55 a.m.


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Coming Attractions has a rather discouraging bit of news:

February 24, 2001... We've just heard from an extremely reliable source that Moulin Rouge has shifted its release date again...back to a June opening. Our source says the film has now pencilled in a "extremely limited domestic release" on May 25th, followed by a wide release on June 8th. We also hear that the Moulin Rouge trailer should be seen on screens near the end of March, possibly released early enough to play in front of MGM's Heartbreakers feature.

The reason for the move? Our source hypothesizes that the positive buzz from Universal's The Mummy Returns could be the main reason for pushing the Luhrmann film back to June. In fact, many studios are shying away from releasing their contenders at the beginning of May, fearing that the Stephen Summers directed action adventure sequel will dominate theaters (and audience attention) come early May. [Deep cover anonymous was caught doing the can-can.]

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Saturday, February 24, 2001 // 10:25 p.m.


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According to Empire Online, Ewan has officially signed to do Black Hawk Down for Ridley Scott. Along for the ride is Ewan's Trainspotting co-star, Ewen "Spud" Bremner.

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, February 21, 2001 // 04:49 p.m.


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Ain't it Cool News has this amazing report of an executive showing of Moulin Rouge on Friday night:

MOULIN ROUGE... a masterpiece? The Man With No Name provides details on private executive screening!

Hey folks, Harry here with a report on the first screening of the finished version of MOULIN ROUGE. Earlier last year we had word that the film was amazing, but had some structural issues, but that Baz was doing some specific reshoots to fix those problems... Well, looks like it is fixed. The Man With No Name.... a person with a mean draw.... was in the extremely private exec only screening for MOULIN ROUGE and gives us the Exec reaction at Fox to Baz's latest. Now, if accurate we should suddenly begin to see an extreme push by Fox on this film... Perhaps they'll screen it at ShoWest.... Perhaps they'll begin showing it early to build buzz on the film from the best place it can come from... The audience. This is a film I think everyone should be excited to see. Here's the man with no name...

Baz Luhrmann screened 'MOULIN ROUGE' for all the top execs at Fox on Fri. night at the lot and it was a triumph.

Nicole Kidman will win best actress and all the suits were ecstatic, the musical numbers, starting w/'Roxanne',were spectacular. this will be the immediate front runner for the Oscars.

I heard some of the suits compare Baz to Orson Welles! Saw Tom Rothman, the chairman, kiss Baz twice afterwards!

Also saw the wives of the execs in tears,and heard one of them assure her husband, "Told you not to worry about 'TITANIC',and I'm telling you not to worry now!"

Film isn't yet completed, but tttttttttthis is a masterpiece. This guy reinvented the musical to the millennium

The Man With No Name

This is fantastic news! Only 74 days to go!

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, February 19, 2001 // 12:50 p.m.


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Press Release
SOURCE: Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Twentieth Century Fox

Christina Aguilera, Lil'Kim, Mya, and Pink Join Producer Missy Elliott On 'Lady Marmalade' for MOULIN ROUGE Soundtrack

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording artists Christina Aguilera, Lil'Kim, Mya and Pink have recorded a cover of the LaBelle classic "Lady Marmalade" (aka "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?") to be featured in the upcoming major motion picture release MOULIN ROUGE. "Lady Marmalade," produced by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Rockwilder, will be the first single from the upcoming soundtrack to be released by Interscope Records April 24, 2001.

Baz Luhrmann ("Romeo + Juliet," "Strictly Ballroom") directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film. This comic-tragic musical fantasy stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman who both sing throughout the film. The movie is scheduled to be released by Twentieth Century Fox April 27th in New York and Los Angeles and will be distributed nationwide in May.

The film's soundtrack also includes the work of Fatboy Slim, Beck, Timbaland and Ozzy Osborne among others.

For further information please contact:

Soundtrack: Mika El-Baz, Interscope Geffen A&M, 310-865-4547, mika.elbaz@umusic.com

Film: Carol Sewell, Twentieth Century Fox, 310-368-5519, carolse@fox.com

SOURCE: Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Twentieth Century Fox

Thank you mara_jade10 for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, February 19, 2001 // 07:57 a.m.


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To learn more about Serpent's Kiss and it's upcoming release on DVD in North America, visit Guerilla Film's official website. Also, the earlier entry about the possible movie starring with Jonny Lee Miller and Sarah Michelle Gellar has proved to be completely false.


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The Moulin Rouge website is finally up!

http://www.moulinrougemovie.com/

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 // 04:30 p.m.


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An article in today's USA Today says that "Foreign-born actors have strike loophole".

By Josh Chetwynd and Andy Seiler

Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Hurley, Geoffrey Rush, don't grab those picket signs just yet. As the possibility of an actors' strike grows closer, foreign-born stars may have a loophole as big as Canada and Europe combined.

Actors and actresses who are not U.S. citizens could work in movies shot and financed outside the country during the strike, according to the Screen Actors Guild. (The SAG contract ends June 30.)

Other stars who might qualify: Anthony Hopkins, Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Rupert Everett, Chow Yun Fat, Judi Dench and Sean Connery.

The films not only must be purely foreign-financed and -filmed, but also can't have distribution deals with Hollywood until after the strike, says guild spokesman Gregg Krisman.

As a result, budgets would be lean. "If these movies are 100% financed overseas, don't expect films budgeted much higher than $10 million," says entertainment consultant Rich Ingrassia of PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Nobody would want to take a risk much greater than that without U.S. distribution — or at least some U.S. money involved."


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, February 12, 2001 // 01:01 p.m.


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Amazon.com is advertising Serpent's Kiss on DVD for North America (Region 1, NTSC)! It's not available yet but it will be, for $21.49. :)

A VHS version will also be available.


Thank you Yvonne for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, February 11, 2001 // 04:36 p.m.


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20th Century Fox has confirmed that Moulin Rouge will open on May 4th in North America.

Source: Coming Attractions

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, February 8, 2001 // 07:40 p.m.


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Before I post the following news, I will go on record as saying this sounds SO hard to believe. Ok. From Ananova comes the following story:

Trainspotting pair team up with Buffy star

Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor will team up again in the new comedy film On The Line.

The Trainspotting duo play buddies searching for a character played by Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

They stick posters up all over town begging her to make contact after Miller falls for her on a train journey.

It is due to start filming in the spring.

An insider told Ananova: "Miller and Ewan are a great combination. They spark off each other.

"Miller's role is basically American but Ewan will be American Italian.

"The accent is on comedy but there is also a dramatic twist in the tale."

Thanks to Tara from the Ewanspotting list for passing this along.


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Wednesday, February 7, 2001 // 06:33 p.m.


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McGregor Up For Black Hawk Down

02/02/2001

Ewan McGregor is rumoured to be in talks to team up with Gladiator director Ridley Scott for his next feature, Somalian war drama Black Hawk Down. Catching up with McGregor last night (1 February) at a gala screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where he arrived with his wife and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, Empire Online took the opportunity to find out the facts.

“The project’s very interesting, but nothing’s definite yet,” McGregor told Empire Online of the film, based on Mark Bowden’s account of the terrible fighting that occurred between US troops and Somalian guerillas in 1993. “Black Hawk Down is an extraordinary book, you have to keep reminding yourself that it really happened because it reads like such a brilliant war story. It’s absolutely horrific.”

Spurred by the chance to work with Ridley Scott – “He’s a great director, he’s made some classic movies” – McGregor also harbours some slightly less high-minded reasons for courting the role, “Well, I’ve always kind of fancied running around with a gun y’know?”

With additional Episode II re-shoots set for March, Ewan will also be returning to tread London’s boards for some more off-screen projects, “At [production company] Natural Nylon we've started a theatre division, so there’ll be lots more stage work in the future, most likely next year.”

Source: Empire Online

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Friday, February 2, 2001 // 01:00 p.m.


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Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to join the ensemble cast of Revolution Studios' "Black Hawk Down" for director Ridley Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. "Hawk" is slated to start principal photography Feb. 23 for a projected Thanksgiving release.

"Hawk," based on Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction novel of the same name, tells the true story of the longest sustained battle involving American troops since the Vietnam War, which took place Oct. 3, 1993, in Somalia during an ill-fated U.S. humanitarian mission.

The novel focuses on about 100 elite U.S. solders who were dropped into the heart of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade Somali warlord in a mission that was supposed to take less than an hour. The soldiers found themselves fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis in a desperate struggle to survive. By the next morning, 18 U.S. soldiers were dead and more than 70 injured. About 500 Somalis were killed, with more than 1,000 others wounded. McGregor would play Grimes, a company clerk. Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore and Australian actor Eric Bana also star.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 // 07:58 a.m.


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McGregor is Scot of the jungle

By Derek Robins

Movie star Ewan McGregor is enduring tropical rainstorms and fending off bugs in the jungles of central America for a BBC documentary.

The Trainspotting and Star Wars heart-throb, 29, is on a 10-day trek with survival expert Ray Mears.

His adventures will be charted in Trips That Money Can't Buy on BBC1.

A spokeswoman said: "He's doing well. He's not been bitten by anything poisonous - yet."

McGregor and Mears have been exploring several ancient archaeological sites.

Mears has taught him what's edible, how to use a machete and how to avoid things that bite in the night.

The trip will end with them clearing a space for a helicopter to land and return them to civilisation.

McGregor surprised BBC bosses when he agreed to do the survival programme.

Producer Dick Colthurst said: "We didn't think he'd take us up on the offer, but he jumped at the chance.

"It's extremely tough, mountainous terrain, lots of bugs, hot and humid during the day and cold at night.

"They've also had tropical rainstorms - not pleasant when you're carrying a 25lb backpack as well."

Source: Teletext.co.uk


And we are all pleased to find out that Ewan made it back in one piece:

Ewan's Trip of a Lifetime

Ewan McGregor was recovering yesterday from a 10-day trip where he survived on insects, plants and wild animals.

He joined outdoors expert Ray Mears for a BBC special, Trips That Money Can't Buy, to be shown later this year.

The pair lived alone, apart from a small film crew, in tough, mountainous terrain in Central America which was hot and humid by day and bitterly cold at night.

Ewan learned how to wield a huge machete, how to live off the land and how to avoid disease and dangerous creatures.

Last night, the star's mum Carol said the trip was a great achievement. She said: "I'm relieved he's back safe and sound. He found the trip intense, different, exciting and adventurous."

Source: Daily Record

Thank you Chris for the heads up and Mad About Ewan for the info!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, January 30, 2001 // 12:47 p.m.


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Ewan McGregor has allegedly been dumped from his role in a forthcoming film about rock legend Billy Fury in favour of ex-Bros twin Luke Goss.

The Scottish actor had secured the part in a new biopic of the fifties singer's tragic life until Fury's ex-partner Linda Voice objected to the casting and asked for Goss to step in instead.

Voice claimed the Star Wars star lacked the necessary charisma for the role. "Ewan does not look a bit like Billy. The part should be played by a rock 'n' roller. They only want Ewan because he's a big star, but I think it would be very sad if the film did not do justice to Billy. Everything about Luke reminds me of him." Fury, dubbed "the British Elvis Presley," had a string of hits in the 50s and early 60s, but died without a penny in 1983 at the age of 42.

Obviously Ms. Voice never checked Mad About Ewan's comparison between Ewan and Billy Fury.

Source: The Guardian

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, January 29, 2001 // 10:32 p.m.


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James Bond favourite Sir Sean Connery has been ranked as the greatest British movie actor of all time.

The Scottish star, whose voice is known around the world and whose distinguished looks mean he is still a sex symbol at 70, topped a poll of movie fans above figures like the late Lord Olivier and Sir John Gielgud.

The Orange Film Survey, of more than 10,000 voters, found Julie Walters was the most popular British actress.

Sir Sean found fame as 007 starring in six official films and returning to the role in the unofficial Never Say Never Again.

He is followed by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Alec Guinness who died last year. Sir John Gielgud, recognised as one of the finest actors Britain ever produced but who was more at home on the stage than the screen, fails to make the top 10.

Instead younger actors like Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are rewarded with places.

Walters, an Oscar nominee for Educating Rita, is followed by Dame Judi Dench, who took the best supporting actress Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare In Love.

Catherine Zeta Jones, tipped for an Academy award nomination this year, is in third place.

Top British actors: 1 Sir Sean Connery; 2 Sir Anthony Hopkins; 3 Sir Alec Guinness; 4 Hugh Grant; 5 Sir Michael Caine; 6 Pierce Brosnan; 7 Robert Carlyle; 8 Ewan McGregor; 9 Sir John Mills; 10 Lord Olivier.

Top British actresses: 1 Julie Walters; 2 Dame Judi Dench; 3 Catherine Zeta Jones; 4 Elizabeth Hurley; 5 Emma Thompson; 6 Liz Taylor; 7 Barbara Windsor; 8 Helen Mirren; 9 Dame Margaret Rutherford; 10 Dame Maggie Smith.

Source: Ananova

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, January 28, 2001 // 11:17 p.m.


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Carol McGregor's International Audio Description Agency is opening the cinematic experience to a new audience.

Ewan and his mum CarolPart of the article reads, ' Her family are also enthusiasts for her work. Both sons are keen supporters. Colin, the eldest, is an RAF pilot, and his brother, Ewan McGregor, you may already know. They both think it is a great enterprise. "Ewan has done narration for me. He had a day available and he wanted to do Orphans, as he knew the director, Peter Mullan, and the film has a very Scottish sense of humour. "As well as his role of narrator, Ewan has been a firm supporter of IADA (and a patron of audio description in Scotland). However, when I go to get films to describe, I never use his name. Some people may know the connection but I never use it to get anywhere."'

 

Source: Yes! magazine

Thank you Noah's Dove for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, January 25, 2001 // 06:57 p.m.


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Was recently sent the following information from a BBC publicist:

Thought you might be interested in this. I'm working on the publicity for a one-off special doc that Ewan is doing for the BBC this Spring and happened upon your site when looking for background on Mr McGregor. Ewan is in the middle of a jungle in South America at the moment with survival expert Ray Mears. We're making an hour long doc for BBC ONE called Trips That Money Can't Buy. Ewan's doing a gruelling 10-day trek in the jungle with Ray. Pics should be available in a couple of months.

I'll definitely post more if I find anything else out.


Posted by ewanspotting.com on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 // 05:00 p.m.


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From Dark Horizons, more information about Mary, Queen of Scots. At this point it's not certain that Ewan will be involved in the project.

Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are thought to be reteaming for a biopic about the legendary Mary, Queen Of Scots - both playing rivals in love to the legendary female leader. Scribe Jimmy McGovern is writing the script for Fountainbridge (Sean Connery's production co.) and the movie is getting financial backing from the BBC. Also thought to be up for roles are Douglas Henshall and Jude Law, but Law is up for the lead in "Bonnie Prince Charlie" already so that may count him out. 'Mary' herself has yet to be cast.

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 // 07:18 p.m.


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Trainspotting duo to team up for Queen Mary film

Monday 22nd January 2001

Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are set to team up as rivals for the love of Queen Mary.

They will star in a new £14 million mini-epic based on the life of the young queen and her many suitors.

Douglas Henshall and Jude Law are also being sought for major support roles.

Sean Connery's production company Fountainbridge is co-producing the story with BBC backing.

He is not likely to make more than a cameo appearance in the film, however.

The script is by writer Jimmy McGovern, who created Cracker and Hillsborough.

McGregor, soon to be seen in Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman, appeared with Carlyle in Trainspotting.

A source close to the production told Ananova: "Sean wants to gather the cream of Scottish talent together for this one.

"He feels Scottish history should be told by the Scots whenever possible."

Source: Ananova

Thank you Josie from Mad about Ewan for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Monday, January 22, 2001 // 12:21 p.m.


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Movie Stars McGregor And Law Launch Stage Company

Thursday January 11 8:46 AM ET
By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - British movie stars Ewan McGregor and Jude Law on Thursday launched a new theater company for the London stage, which has become dominated by Hollywood big names.

The two said the company offered a welcome chance to return to their theatrical roots and stressed they had no plans to make it a star-driven British antidote to the Hollywood invasion.

But the pulling power of "Star Wars" star McGregor and Law, nominated for an Oscar for his role in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is certain to give box office clout to the newly formed Natural Nylon Theater Company.

Their first productions are to be Christopher Marlowe's "Dr Faustus," a Christopher Hampton translation of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" and an adaptation of John Fowles' haunting novel "The Collector"

Law told a packed London news conference: "We are making a positive step, hopefully, to improve the quality of theater ... We are adding to the mix."

McGregor, who has just completed his second "Star Wars" film as Obi Wan Kenobi, was eager to tread the boards once more.

"I have always believed that there is a snobbery from one to the next -- movie to theater and vice versa. If you are lucky to work in both as Jude and I are, then you realize they both teach you about the other," he said.

London's theaterland has recently attracted a string of Hollywood stars. Kathleen Turner, Kevin Spacey and Jessica Lange abandoned their opulent movie trailers for pokey little dressing rooms -- and garnered rave reviews for their performances.

But McGregor stressed this was not an attempt to redress the balance with Tinseltown.

"No. This is purely an attempt to do some good theater," McGregor said. "We are not trying to strike out against anything else." He would not be tied down on which roles he and Law would take with the new company.

Law, who has just finished shooting the film "A:I" for Steven Spielberg, is ready, willing and able to go live again on stage.

"There is only so long you can go from film to film to film," he told reporters. "Theater is a slightly more raw experience than working in film. The idea of balancing it is exactly what we would like to do."

McGregor said: "I feel exactly the same. I left it for seven years before I went back on stage and I now know not to leave it that long again."

Source: London Tonight web site


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, January 11, 2001 // 11:35 a.m.


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Ewan on UK television Thursday night

Ewan will be on Thursday's LONDON TONIGHT at 6pm in the UK. His friend Jude Law will be there as well.

Thank you Pfyre for the heads up.


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 // 04:49 p.m.


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TheForce.Net has posted several new pictures from Episode II, including some very nice ones of Obi-Wan. Some could be considered spoilers.

Padme in the Ship Cockpit
Anakin and Padme Talking
Lucas directs Jackson and McGregor
Obi-Wan with Wet Hood
Mas Amedda
Gillard training Young Jedi with Sabers
Young Jedi in Training
Obi-Wan poses
Padme with Tatooine Hairdo
Palpatine looking Menacing
Temuera Morrison and Sets
Anakin Sleeping on Naboo Craft
C-3PO and R2 in Ship Cockpit
C-3PO - Full Body Shot on Tatooine
Female Jedi Assistant
Cantina in the Naboo Craft
Obi-Wan lectures Anakin
Couple going to a Coruscant Nightclub

Thank you Chris for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, January 4, 2001 // 07:46 p.m.


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