Kim Cattrall will seduce the British Prime Minister in new movie The Ghost.
The 52-year-old actress will play Amelia the sexy secretary of fictional UK leader Adam Lang, who is based on former real PM Tony Blair, portrayed by Pierce Brosnan.
Kim will appear alongside 37-year-old Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, who plays the writer brought in to ghost Lang's memoirs, and 40-year-old British actress Olivia Williams, who plays Lang's manipulative wife Ruth.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski will direct the movie, which is based on Robert Harris' bestselling political thriller of the same name about the ex-occupants of No. 10 Downing Street.
Roman decided to hand Kim the sought-after part after they enjoyed a business meal together.
A rare motorbike owned by Ewan McGregor has raised £22,100 to help children affected by natural disasters or wars.
The actor, from Crieff, put his Moto Guzzi California Vintage bike up for auction on the internet site eBay to bring in funds for Unicef.
The Hollywood star is an ambassador for the children's charity.
The Moto Guzzi was one of the actor's favourite bikes and he had ridden it all the way from the factory in Italy to London.
The money raised is going to Unicef's Children's Emergency Fund, which allows the charity to launch a response the moment disaster strikes, providing support in the form of health kits, food and shelter.
LONDON -- Indie distributor Dutch Filmworks on Tuesday reported several high-profile acquisitions in the immediate aftermath of the American Film Market, snapping up Benelux rights to a slew of titles.
Among their purchases was Roman Polanski's mystery "The Ghost" with Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Catrall from Summit Entertainment.
Blog Stage describes the film as being based on Robert Harris’ novel of the same name, the drama follows a ghostwriter hired to complete a former British prime minister’s memoirs who uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. Shooting is scheduled to begin in January in Berlin.
UNICEF UK is auctioning Ewan McGregor’s Moto Guzzi California Vintage motorbike, to raise money for children affected by conflict or natural disasters around the world.
“Hello, I’m Ewan McGregor, a UNICEF Ambassador, and I’m donating my Moto Guzzi motorcycle to UNICEF for auction on eBay. It’s the first of its kind in this colour and one of my favourite bikes. I collected this bike from the Moto Guzzi factory in Italy and rode it back to London. I’ve loved riding it ever since and I know that you will too.”
Originally designed in 1971, the Moto Guzzi California Vintage motorbike has been used by police forces in several US states, including the LAPD. It has an air cooled V-twin engine with a capacity of 1064cc. As comfortable as an armchair, the seat enables you to enjoy the landscape in the shelter of a large windshield. This is a true traveller’s vehicle and a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid for this unique item.
UNICEF UK raises money for projects helping children around the world. The money raised from this auction will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund, which enables us to launch a response for children the moment a disaster strikes. Whether it is a flood, conflict or earthquake, UNICEF provides life-saving supplies such as health kits, food and shelter to children and families in need.
Ewan continues: “As a UNICEF Ambassador, I’ve been greatly privileged to visit a number of incredibly inspiring UNICEF projects and see the impact of its work on children and their families. Only one person will end up owning my motorbike but I would urge everyone visiting this site to make a donation to UNICEF. You have the ability to help ensure that UNICEF continues its vital work protecting children when disasters occur. On behalf of UNICEF, thank you for your support.”
Update: There are high-resolution pictures from the film, including several of Ewan at Andreas at LJ! Thanks to Balthier for the heads up!
Intelligently designed: Filmmakers had hoped to shoot Angels at the Vatican and inside Roman churches. But Brown's Angels, which includes the murder of two cardinals, was quickly shut down by the church. "This movie was strangely harder to shoot than Da Vinci Code, even though there's less controversy," says producer Brian Grazer. Exteriors were shot quickly in Rome, and elaborate sets were built to replicate the Vatican and other churches at Los Angeles studios
Faith under fire: Ewan McGregor plays Carlo Ventresca, the faithful servant to the church during the papal conclave in Vatican City. Grazer says the movie examines the conflict between science and God, particularly when faith is tested by violence. "This is the hardest movie Ron (Howard) has ever shot," Grazer says. "Not only because of being exiled from the Vatican, but it's darker subject matter."
Digging deeper: Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks, left), Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Chartrand (Thure Lindhart) and Carlo Ventrasca (Ewan McGregor) examine clues in Angels. Grazer describes their earlier film, The Da Vinci Code, as "a puzzle movie. It wasn't a contemporary movie. It was a little static. This one is more dynamic. It's an action movie."
Read the article (nothing about Ewan), for more information about Angels & Demons.
McGregor follows in brother’s footsteps by training to be pilot
October 19 2008
Scots film star Ewan McGregor is following in his brother's footsteps by training to become a pilot, it was revealed yesterday.
The Hollywood actor, from Crieff, Perthshire, whose elder brother Colin flew jets in the RAF and is now a commercial airline pilot, has started lessons at a flying school in America.
McGregor, 37, had admitted feeling airsick while on a flight in his brother's Tornado, but caught the flying bug when he was taken up in a light aircraft at a game reserve in Kenya during his Long Way Down motorcycle trek with his friend Charley Boorman.
The Star Wars and Trainspotting star, whose father James also has a pilot's licence, said: "I have flown in the back seat of my brother's Tornado and lots of small planes, but I never thought it was for me.
"Then I got in the back of this Super Cub and the cables were running past my feet and it was really old and just as soon as I got into the air I thought: I have got to do it.' All my bikes are old and slow and it is quite rare for me to have any new fast stuff."
McGregor, who has become as well known for his daring expeditions as for his acting, is considering a solo motorcycle journey in Brazil following his successful trips with Boorman.
The pair travelled from London to New York, via central Asia, Outer Mongolia and Siberia, for Long Way Round in 2004, and from John O'Groats to Cape Town last year for Long Way Down.
Despite never being a fan of the Hollywood lifestyle, McGregor recently moved his family to Los Angeles because he was fed up with life in London.
When Ewan McGregor is shooting a Hollywood movie, he takes a hiatus from riding motorcycles. The insurance companies would have it no other way. He's a major, bankable movie star, after all.
But anyone who's familiar with his 2004 BBC series Long Way Round - a real-life road trip that takes him to New York from London via central Europe, Asia and Canada (nearly 36,000 kilometres) - will know that McGregor's celebrity is now equally defined by his experiences on a BMW bike.
Sometimes, the two sides come together. Tomorrow, for one night only, Canadians will be able to see a two-hour, high-definition cut of Long Way Down, the 2007 follow-up on the big screen, before it begins airing later this month on National Geographic Canada.
This time, McGregor and his bike mate Charley Boorman tear up the dirt from John O'Groats, Scotland, to Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout the 85-day, 24,140-kilometre journey, they amass countless highlights, from visiting villages in Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia to watching the direction that water flows as they cross the equator. Along for the ride are cameraman and fellow biker Claudio von Planta and the producer/director team of David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, who travelled in 4x4s with a rotating support staff consisting of a medic and a guide.
"It's so personal doing those trips and moving, especially in Africa where you're constantly coming in contact with people who are unwell or poor, people who have lost their limbs from land mines or have witnessed massacres," says McGregor from Puerto Rico, where he is currently shooting Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney and Kevin Spacey.
"You come across some difficult things to deal with as a human being. And you ask yourself where does this fit into the world, why does this happen, and what can you do about it. In fact, I almost didn't watch it; I wanted to keep it in my head. Then I went with David on the one night it was shown in the United States and I loved it. It was like doing the trip again," he says. "But really quickly."
Editing down more than 1,200 hours of footage was not easy. "We tried to give this some flavour as opposed to a standard documentary," Alexanian says.
"We were not trying to give a historical or political or academic look. It's more, 'This is what it's like when you spend time with the people here.'"
Alexanian has high praise for McGregor's ability to bring a level of familiarity to the remoteness of Africa.
"He makes these places that are inaccessible more accessible; he shows his vulnerability and his humanity," says the director, who met the actor years ago in Sydney during the filming of the latest Star Wars trilogy. "He's not this guy who's trying to say he's the best guy on a motorcycle."
McGregor is, however, a family guy - and that is the hardest part about being away from home for such long stretches. "Three months is a long time not to see your little kids," says McGregor whose children are 10, seven and six years old.
Fortunately, his wife, Ève, was able to join them between Malawi and Zambia. What she lacked in experience she made up for in liaising with locals, McGregor says. "It was so brilliant because they relate to you in a very different way. In Africa, the cultural structure of men and women is very different from ours."
Not that it is any less welcoming. "You're not any more likely to come face-to-face with someone who is going to do you harm. It's a fallacy to think that," McGregor says.
While all 10 hours of Long Way Down will be aired in segments starting Oct. 21 on National Geographic channel, the condensed big-screen version shows details that no home television could match. As Alexanian says: "You see the hairs between the hairs of the gorilla."
McGregor says he doesn't suffer any serious bike withdrawal when he's doing his day job. "I've always used it as a means from getting from A to B and I still do that. It used to be that I'd go somewhere on Sunday and come back by lunchtime and I suppose I do that less now because I'm used to going off on my bike and coming back three weeks later, not three hours later."
Discussions of a third expedition appear to be pointing in the direction of South America, from bottom to top. But McGregor is reluctant to rush it. "For my liking, they were a bit too close together the last two," he says. "They're such experiences of a lifetime, you don't want to use them all up."
Movie stars, athletes and television personalities have donated their shoes to raise money for good causes.
Hollywood actor Robin Williams, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and singer Elton John are among those who handed over their footwear.
The 19 pairs of shoes will be auctioned on eBay for Cancer Research, Cash for Kids, No More Landmines, and Angus College Charitable Trust.
Bidding for the slippers, trainers and high heels will close on 19 October.
They were collected by Angus College staff, who last year created a three-mile line of pairs of shoes, which they believe to be the longest ever recorded.
More than 20,000 pairs were then sent to charities in Africa and Asia.
Kay Gilmour, organiser of the OneStepBeyond campaign, said: "The very first pair of celeb shoes that we got in were from Sir Elton John and he very kindly donated his 1975 original stage shoes to us, which are really quite fantastic so we're hoping to get good bids for them.
"As well as that we've got shoes from Andy Murray, footballers' boots such as Barry Ferguson's, and Stephen Fry gave us his hairy monster slippers.
"We also have shoes from the US - we've got Robin Williams' hand-made gold trainers which he signed for us and we've got Emma Thompson, who gave us a beautiful pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, which she wore when she was launching her movie Nanny McPhee in the States.
"We also have Jo Brand's smelly plimsolls - as she calls them not us - and a whole range of other stuff."
Some serious star power will be coming to the state with a new film about a bizarre-but-true paranormal Army unit, according to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office.
“Men Who Stare at Goats” will star George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey. It’s currently in production in Puerto Rico and will begin filming in mid-November in New Mexico. Locations include Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Roswell and Zia Pueblo.
The production will employ about 175 New Mexico crew members.
The film is a Smoke House Pictures project that was developed at BBC Films by Paul Lister in association with Alison Owen of Ruby Films. It’s being produced by Lister, Clooney and Grant Heslov, who will also direct. Heslov directed “Good Night and Good Luck.” Barbara A. Hall, James A. Holt and Owen are executive producers.
The screenplay for “Men Who Stare at Goats” was written by Peter Straughan and was inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Ronson. The story is set in the early days of the American invasion of Iraq. Clooney plays an enigmatic operative, Lyn Cassady, on a highly secret mission. McGregor is Bob Wilton, a local news reporter for a Midwestern paper covering the war in an attempt to “prove his manhood to an ex-wife who no longer cares,” according to Richardson’s office.
The reporter follows Clooney’s character into the heart of the conflict and learns about an experimental Army unit called the First Earth Battalion that was formed in 1979, according to Ronson’s Web site. They believed soldiers could use psychic powers to adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass through walls and kill goats just by staring at them. The unit has been active in the Iraq war, according to Ronson’s book.
This will be the 110th major film or television production to come to the state since 2004 when Richardson took office and worked to beef up the state’s film incentives. The productions have brought close to $1.9 billion in economic impact here, according to his office.
Cineplex Entertainment is inviting you to take a journey the Long Way Downpresented on Wednesday October 15th on the big screen in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound exclusively at participating Cineplex Entertainment theatres.
Long Way Down is the highly anticipated follow-up to Long Way Round, an epic journey the duo took in 2004 circumnavigating the world from London to New York via Eurasia and North America. It became an instant television series hit in Europe and the U.S. and has since sold 1 million DVDs and 900,000 books worldwide. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman returned to the open road in May 2007 for the making of Long Way Down, an amazing journey through Western Europe and Africa.
"We are excited to present this exclusive Director's cut documentary to our guests across the country," said Pat Marshall, Vice-President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "Watching Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman embark on this great adventure on the big screen will certainly capture audiences and bring them along for the ride."
"There is something liberating about just having what you need, on your bike," said Ewan McGregor. "A tent, a roll mat, a little bit of food, a bit of petrol in your tank and a vague idea of where you're going and that's all you need. There is something beautiful about that."
Directed and produced by David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, Long Way Down will take event attendees along for the 15,000 mile ride across two continents starting at John o'Groats in Scotland, through Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana and finishing at the most southern post of South Africa - Cape Agulhas. Riding BMW R 1200 GS Adventures, the friends experience some of the most incredible natural and cultural wonders the world has to offer, including the African wildlife. In addition, the duo stopped at three UNICEF sites to lend a hand to the charity bringing health care and mine awareness to the children in Northern Uganda and Ethiopia and child care to orphans in Malawi.
"It was truly a privilege for our team to travel through 15 African countries and shoot 1,200 hours of High Definition footage," said David Alexanian, Long Way Down, Director. "Not a day went by when we weren't thinking how breathtaking it would be to blow it up for the big screen and give audiences a unique uninterrupted version of Ewan and Charley's adventure. Traveling through Africa was an extraordinary experience, truly from the beginning to the end. Long Way Down is a documentary that we are very proud of and we are grateful to Cineplex Entertainment for allowing us to share what we witnessed to a larger audience. We simply couldn't imagine a better home for the series."
Beginning Friday October 3rd, advance tickets are available online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices. General Admission is $10.95 + tax. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more at $9.95 + tax per person. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461.
Cineplex Entertainment will present Long Way Down at the following select theatres throughout Canada at 7pm (local time) with a special late show at 10 pm (local time) at a number of locations (see list below):
SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas SilverCity Riverport Cinemas (10 pm 170 Schoolhouse Street Late Show) Coquitlam, BC 14211 Entertainment Way Richmond, BC SilverCity Victoria Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver 3130 Tillicum Road 900 Burrard Street Victoria, BC Vancouver, BC Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo Famous Players 7 Cinemas 213-4750 Rutherford Road 275-2306 Coldstream Road Nanaimo, BC Vernon, BC Colossus Langley Cinemas SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas 20090 91A Avenue 4700 Kingsway Avenue Langley, BC Burnaby, BC Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill Cinemas Cinemas 12161 72nd Avenue 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway Surrey, BC Kamloops, BC
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer 6455 MacLeod Trail SW 357-374000 Highway 2 Calgary, AB Red Deer, AB Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas (10 pm Late Show) Cinemas 1525-99th Street 14231-137 Avenue Edmonton, AB Edmonton, AB Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossings Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge Cinemas 501-1st Avenue 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW Park Place, AB
Galaxy Cinemas Regina Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon (10 pm Late 420 McCarthy Boulevard N Show) Regina, SK 347 2nd Avenue Saskatoon, SK Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert 2995 2nd Avenue W Prince Albert, SK
SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas 817 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (10 pm Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas Late Show) 1025 The Queensway 259 Richmond St. W Etobicoke, ON Toronto, ON SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas Colossus Vaughan Cinemas 2300 Yonge Street 3555 Highway 7 Toronto, ON Vaughan, ON Cineplex Odeon Sheppard-Grande Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas (10 pm Late Show) Cinemas 4861 Yonge Street 22 Lebovic Drive Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas 300 Borough Drive 309 Rathburn Road West Scarborough, ON Mississauga, ON SilverCity Brampton Cinemas SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas 50 Great Lakes Drive 8725 Yonge Street Brampton, ON Richmond Hill, ON Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square 1351 Grandview Street N Cinemas Oshawa, ON 7555 Montrose Road Niagara Falls, ON Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas Cinemas 355 Barrydown Road 626 Gardiners Road Sudbury, ON Kingston, ON SilverCity Burlington Cinemas SilverCity Oakville Cinemas 1250 Brant Street 3531 Wyecroft Road Burlington, ON Oakville, ON SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas 18151 Yonge Street 850 North May Street Newmarket, ON Thunder Bay, ON SilverCity London Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie 1680 Richmond Street, 293 Bay Street London, ON Sault Ste. Marie, ON Galaxy Cinemas Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough 72 Commerce Park Drive 320 Water Street Barrie, ON Peterborough, ON Galaxy Cinemas North Bay SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas 300 Lakeshore Drive 771 Golf Link Road North Bay, ON Ancaster, ON Galaxy Cinemas Guelph SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas 485 Woodlawn Road West 2385 City Park Drive Guelph, ON Gloucester, ON SilverCity Windsor Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo 4611 Walker Road 550 King Street N Windsor, ON Waterloo, ON Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas 1450 London Road Sarnia, ON
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas 9350, boul. Leduc (10 pm Late Show) Brossard, PQ 1200 boul. Duplessis Ste. Foy, PQ Colossus Laval Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Montreal 2800 rue Cosmodome 977 Ste-Catherine West Laval, PQ Montreal, PQ Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke 3200 rue Jean Yves 4204 Bertrand Kirkland, PQ Sherbrooke, PQ StarCite Montreal Cinemas 4825 Avenue Pierre De Coubertin Montreal, PQ
Ewan McGregor And Wife Ève Refuse To Spoil Their Daughters
September 25, 2008
Ewan McGregor refuses to spoil his daughters. The "Miss Potter" actor believes giving children whatever they want is "disastrous parenting" and he and wife Ève insist their three girls, Clara, 12, Esther, seven, and adopted Jamiyan, also seven, work for their treats.
He said: "Giving kids whatever they want is disastrous parenting. There's no sense of something earned."
"If you're 12, you don't need a new mobile phone every few months just because a new one comes out. I'm not going to buy them the latest phone or an iPod every time another one comes out and I'm definitely not buying them a pony."
"As a result, my kids don't want for very much. They're not greedy. They're wonderful children."
"I see a lot of kids getting whatever they want but saying no helps. That's what parents don't understand."
Ewan believes his strict parenting means his children are unaffected by his fame and have a normal upbringing.
He added to Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "We've worked hard to keep them insulated from all the celebrity stuff and they are quite unbothered by what I do."
"What they care about is what all kids care about; their friends, feeling safe, feeling loved and being free to express who they are. We've set good boundaries for them."
ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Film stars George Clooney and Ewan McGregor are heading to New Mexico to shoot their new movie "Men Who Stare at Goats," the movie's publicist says.
The film, which reportedly will co-star Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, is based on British journalist Jon Ronson's non-fiction book by the same name.
Rob Harris, the movie's publicist, told the Albuquerque Journal the film is expected to start shooting in northern New Mexico this November.
Ronson's book is about the U.S. Army's alleged experimentation with psychological warfare techniques, including its attempts to use brain waves to kill goats and rock music to torture suspects, the newspaper noted.
Clooney won an Oscar for his work in "Syriana." He was nominated for another earlier this year for his performance in "Michael Clayton" and can now be seen in "Burn After Reading."
McGregor starred in the "Star Wars" prequels, as well as "Trainspotting," "Moulin Rouge" and "Big Fish."
Producer Bruce Cohen (Down with Love, Big Fish) will be honored at Outfest's 2008 Legacy Awards, the fest's annual fund-raising event, Sept. 24 at the DGA Theaters.
Ewan McGregor will present the Oscar-winning "American Beauty" producer with the award. Bruce Vilanch will host the evening.
Cohen is finishing up Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic, "Milk," starring Sean Penn, and exec producing ABC's "Pushing Daisies." He is also prepping a feature adaptation of Takuji Ichikawa's tome "Be With You."
"As a producer, philanthropist and activist, Bruce Cohen has been one of the singular most influential supporters of Outfest and LGBT filmmakers," said executive director Kirsten Schaeffer.
NBC Universal will also be lauded in light of their LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) programming ("Will & Grace") and charitable efforts. NBC co-chair Ben Silverman will accept the award for the network.
George Clooney and Grant Heslov are assembling an all-star cast for their Mandate Pictures-produced "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Ewan McGregor, Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges are in negotiations to star opposite Clooney in the feature, which Heslov is directing from a script by Peter Straughan.
Based on the book by the Guardian columnist Jon Ronson, "Goats" is set in Iraq and centers on Bob Wilton (McGregor), a desperate reporter who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), who claims to be a former secret U.S. military psychic soldier who was re¬activated post-9/11.
"Goats" chronicles the two men's travels through Iraq and offers glimpses into the supposedly real secret Army unit tasked with creating soldiers with paranormal powers.
Bridges will play Bill Django, the founder of the psychic soldier program and Lyn's mentor. Spacey will play Larry Hooper, a former psychic soldier who is running a prison camp in Iraq.
Clooney and Heslov's Smoke House and BBC Films are co-producing the feature, which is eyeing an early October production start date.
Endeavor-repped McGregor next appears in "Angels & Demons," "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Amelia."
Spacey, nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO's "Recount," next will be seen in "Shrink" and "Telstar." He is repped by WMA, manager Joanne Horowitz and attorney Tom Hansen.
CAA-repped Bridges recently co-starred in "Iron Man."
Nellie Andreeva reported from Los Angeles; Borys Kit reported from Toronto.
Adapted here for the screen by writer-director Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary), Chris Cleave's original novel is the story of a young woman whose husband and four-year-old son are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack on a packed London football stadium.
The woman, unnamed in the film and played by Michelle Williams, lives in an ugly tower block overlooking a beautiful Georgian square, and is married to a member of the bomb squad. Bored and lonely, she starts an affair with a tabloid journalist Jasper (Ewan McGregor), and it is whilst having sex with him that she learns of the explosion.
Filled with guilt and driven almost crazy by grief, in the days and weeks that follow she tracks down the son and wife of one of the terror suspects, forging a friendship with the boy. The novel itself seemed horribly prescient, published just days before the July 2005 attacks on London, and the film too seems all too close for comfort. The 'war on terror' backdrop looms large, but ultimately Incendiary is Michelle Williams' film, her performance bringing a dignity and strength to the nameless working-class mother.
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Written by: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Macfadyen
Distributor: Optimum Releasing
Running time: 99 min
Saturday, 18 October 2008 at 18:00, ODEON WEST END 2
Sunday, 19 October 2008 at 15:45, RIO
The film about the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, played by Hilary Swank, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to fly around the world, has been scheduled for October 23, 2009.
Ewan plays Gene Vidal, a love interest for Amelia.
By Michael Giltz From The Advocate September 23, 2008
Ewan McGregor looks pissed. He’s playing the title character, a prisoner, in the new movie I Love You Phillip Morris, and his character has just discovered that a fellow inmate (someone he can’t stand) has been beaten up.
He’s upset because everyone is blaming his boyfriend, Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), for the brawl. But when Morris learns that the gossip is true, that Russell really did order the pummeling, he jumps into his boyfriend’s cot and coos, “That’s the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for me.” The actors kiss on the lips and roll around until Carrey (now out of character) says to McGregor, “You’re getting a little too excited.”
A beat-down as a romantic gesture? The film’s directors -- Glenn Ficarra and John Requa -- love it. Sitting in the steamy warehouse set outside New Orleans, Requa leans back with pleasure after McGregor and Carrey finish the scene, and Ficarra shouts, “That was great!”
Still, the make-out session needs to be shot several more times. Sometimes the kiss is more tender, other times more passionate. The one thing that every take makes clear is that I Love You Phillip Morris, which the producers hope to see released this fall, isn’t shying away from showing two men in love.
Romance behind bars may not be remarkable, but the true story the film is based on surely is: Russell was a con artist who posed as a chief financial officer, a Virginia millionaire, and other powerful figures in order to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once a police officer, he was married with children before coming out of the closet. Furtive affairs finally led to a relationship with his first boyfriend (played by Rodrigo Santoro of Che), who later died of AIDS.
After a conviction for insurance fraud, Russell was placed in Houston’s Harris County Jail, where he fell quickly and completely in love with the redheaded and boyish Morris, who was incarcerated for violating probation imposed for failing to return a rental car. Russell was so in love that after Morris was released, he repeatedly broke out of prison (one time literally walking out the front door, dressed as a doctor) to be with his man.
“What makes [this movie] different from Catch Me If You Can or any other con-man movie is that it’s a love story,” Requa says. “Some of the more shocking elements of the movie -- the idea of these men trying to snatch love and bliss in the middle of the most awful environment imaginable -- are actually very funny.”
For Carrey, the story presented a break for him as an actor: to tackle one of his most romantic roles yet. “Russell was so misguidedly relentless about love that you’ve got to admire it,” Carrey says.
“I always try to figure out what delusion the character is living under. We all kind of have them, whether it’s a feeling of worthlessness or whatever it is,” says Carrey, who shaved back an inch of his hairline to emphasize “the brain” of his character. Russell reportedly has an IQ of 169.
To understand the con man’s motivations, Carrey had to explore the pain of Russell’s childhood. “When your mother gives you up for adoption and then doesn’t want you back when you find her—that definitely leaves a hole in you,” he says. “It’s difficult to trust somebody after that.”
Trust -- and a level of comfort -- is something Carrey had to develop with his fellow actors right away. Because of a tight film schedule, the first scenes he shot were the love scenes with each of his romantic partners. He made out with Santoro in a gay bar in Miami on the first day of the shoot, followed quickly by sex scenes with Leslie Mann (who plays Russell’s wife) and then with McGregor.
“It’s a very, very amusing scene,” McGregor says of his and Carrey’s hookup. The two are out on a boat, “and I’m giving Steven a blow job. I look up and there’s this big huge black storm cloud coming toward us. This is true -- Steven turns the boat straight toward the storm because he knows that you can’t outrun a storm. You have to go through the middle,” McGregor says. “But Phillip doesn’t know this, and it’s maybe his queeniest moment, when he has this tiff and screams, ‘What the fuck are you doing?’ ”
Carrey jumps in. “I tell him I read it in a magazine. And he asks, ‘What magazine? If you tell me The Advocate, I’ll fucking kill you.’ ”
The real Russell is still in a Texas prison (Carrey was not allowed to visit him). But Morris, who has a nonspeaking role in the film as Russell’s lawyer, is a free man.
Friendly and charming, the slight 49-year-old Morris seems fit, though he’s recovering from a stroke. These days he lives in Hot Springs, Ark., in the home of a friend, a preacher, and says he’s convinced people in his life today won’t associate him with the Phillip Morris in the movie. (To be fair, he’s not completely tight-lipped about the connection. Occasionally he delights in telling people -- like the waitress at his favorite diner -- to Google the movie title.)
Morris, who says it’s “wonderful” to have McGregor portray him, isn’t dating anyone at the moment. So the question naturally is, “Are you waiting for Russell?” “No,” he says. “But when he gets out, as far as I’m concerned, we’ll probably be together.”
And by “gets out,” does he mean parole or otherwise? Morris laughs. “Well, you never know.”
A Tenbury-based charity has won global support in its bid to track down a world-famous actor.
African welfare charity, Village by Village, is closing the net on Ewan McGregor.
The charity’s website, Gapmonth.org, has seen a 220% rise in traffic since launching a search for the star in June.
Supporters hope Ewan will become their patron after agreeing in an online vote to represent the charity.
But while there’s been no contact, chief executive Neil Kerfoot, is confident of finding the Trainspotting star. In august, people from 30 different countries logged on, ranging from Ireland and Sweden to the US and Australia.
“We would love to see Ewan McGregor in one of our T-shirts and we’re very much on the case,” he said.
“We are trying to do it through social networking sites, friends and family and we’re sure someone knows something - we think he’s in Canada at the moment, but we’ll keep looking.”
Meanwhile, the charity is accepting extra volunteers ahead of its next mission this September. Volunteers will spent four weeks in Ghana, improving lives by digging wells, coaching sports, teaching English and weighing babies.
One of the charity’s first volunteers, Harry Jordan, aged 18, is taking part but more faces are welcome.
McGregor, Hunter, Sewell and More To Perform 'Hamlet' At Globe
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Update: London's Globe Theatre has informed WENN that Ewan McGregor and Rufus Sewell will not be taking part in a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet on 6 September (08) - as per an item we published on 28 August, based on a misleading press release. (Source -- thanks, Patty!)
Shakespeare's Globe will present The Factory's production of Hamlet at midnight on September 6th. September 6th marks one year since The Factory performed a secret performance of Hamlet to a small invited audience of Facebook friends.
Following those performances, word quickly spread about the unique nature of the shows, and the company decided to perform every Sunday, somewhere in London at a secret location, revealed on the internet only days before. Before long, larger venues had to be found to accommodate the crowds congregating at the designated venues each week. Every performance has sold out since.
Appearances and special cameo performances include Kathryn Hunter, Ewan McGregor, Rufus Sewell, Will Keen, Angus Wright, (with an exceptionally special guest planned for the midnight matinee).
Artistic Directors of The Factory, Tim Evans and Alex Hassell wished to see if it was possible to produce a hit show with no money, no advertising, no theatre, and no discernible touring schedule. Insisting that if the work was of the highest standard, and that it reconnected audiences with Shakespeare in an immediate and truly live way, then the audiences would keep coming. So far it has worked.
It attracted the attention of Dominic Dromgoole, who after attending a show, wished to see it performed at Shakespeare's Globe. It will play as a special, one-night-only, anniversary performance.
The production is the brainchild of director Tim Carroll.
Every character in the play can be performed from a selection of different actors each night, as each performer has learnt numerous parts. You may for example, see an actor playing Hamlet one night, and Guildenstern the next.
The cast will not know which character they will be playing until just before the show begins, when the audience decide.
There is no set. What the actors perform on depends entirely on where The Factory has decided to play. If there is a set, it will belong to someone else's production, which will be used for that one occasion, in this case, the set of the Globe's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
There are no designated props. Any object that you see on stage or used by an actor will come from the audience. It may be a shoe, a phone, a inflatable dingy...
ANYTHING you can bring in to be used. Audience members are encouraged to bring as weird and bold a prop that they can think of! (Please note, the theater cannot accept responsibility for damaged props!)
Directed by Tim Carroll.
With Tamara Harvey and Louis Scheeder.
Tim Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company. From 1999 to 2005 he was Associate Director of Shakespeare!s Globe. His many innovative and celebrated productions for the Globe include, Twelfth Night (which received Evening Standard, Olivier, Time Out and Critic!s Circle awards), Richard II, Romeo and Juliet and, in 2005, The Tempest, starring Mark Rylance and Co-Artistic Director of The Factory, Alex Hassell. His RSC production of The Merchant of Venice is currently playing to sold-out houses in Stratford.
I Love You Phillip Morris tells the story of Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), a married conman who found himself in a Texan prison where he fell in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Steven Russell tried to escape from prison four times, coming up with more and more elaborate plans, including once faking his own death. Morris was eventually released but Russell landed over a hundred years behind bars because of his escape attempts.
The script was written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa from a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker.
We are still awaiting the release date. Expected to open Spring 2009.
Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor is starring in a series of inspiring short films to raise awareness of the work of CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland), which provides hospice services for children and young people who are not expected to live to adulthood. Scots born Ewan, who starred in Star Wars and the Long Way Down, is filmed alongside children, young people, and families who use the hospices at Robin House in Balloch, Rachel House in Kinross and CHAS at Home, which provides hospice services to families in their own homes.
The films are part of a campaign to increase public awareness of children's hospices and the services they provide. These services include not only one-to-one, respite and medical care 24-hours a day, but also love and support for families and lots of play and activities for young people with life-limiting illnesses and their brothers and sisters. Speaking of his visit to Robin House last year, Ewan said: "Like many people, before I visited the hospice I had this notion that children's hospices are sad places. Nothing could be further from the truth. Robin House, Rachel House and CHAS at Home are all about improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families. They are vibrant life affirming retreats. They are a wonderfully enriching celebration of every child and young person's potential and of life itself however short it may be.
"The aim of CHAS is to enable families to enjoy their time together and share precious memories. The emphasis is on the positive and the here and now. They provide first class care for the child while at the same time giving mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents the opportunity to relax, re-charge their batteries and have a break."
Ewan, a long time supporter of the charity who gives his time for free, also calls on the public to support CHAS either by donating money, fundraising or volunteering to work for CHAS. CHAS needs more than £5 million a year to run hospice services. The majority of this is raised through donations from the public. It also relies on over 900 volunteers who gave over 79,000 hours worth of time last year. This is equivalent to a donation of over £1 million to the charity. Volunteers help in a variety of roles including working in the kitchen, gardening, cleaning and administration. Teenagers from the local area also volunteer as Young Befrienders, spending time with young people at Rachel House.
Ewan added: "This money not only provides highly qualified staff but also state-of-the-art facilities for children and young people such as a Jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool, so those who are in wheelchairs or bedridden can get exercise, and a "Snoezelen® Room" to give sensory stimulation in a safe relaxing environment. "It's amazing to think that everything the hospices do is made possible by donations. Which is why, any help, big or small, a gift of money or your time, can make such a big difference. The volunteers at CHAS are so humble. They have endless enthusiasm, they want to help, learn new skills and make a difference."
Mum, Caroline Anderson, who has used the hospice since it opened in 1992 for her two sons Gregor (17) who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Gary, who died of the condition, said: "The hospice is my heaven on earth. It's where I come to be me, knowing that Gregor is happy and getting cared for. It's just such a brilliant place. You might come in thinking that everything is going so bad but it actually lifts your spirit and you leave the place with a smile because it's fantastic." Ciaran Pocock (17) from Glenrothes, who also has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy appears in the film: "A Young Person's Perspective", where teenagers who use Rachel House and Robin House give an insight into life at the hospices.
He said: "Some people think that because I'm in a wheelchair I can't do things like other teenagers, but I can. I love coming to Rachel House as they have special activities for teenagers such as going to cinema, a concert or a football match or just watching DVDs and computer games in the teenage den. It's a fun place to be, the people are happy and it's nice and relaxed. Brothers and sisters can also stay over so it's great for all the families."
Roslyn Neely, Director of Fundraising and Communications at CHAS said "We are eternally grateful to Ewan McGregor, the children and families, supporters, volunteers and staff who enabled us to make these short films. We plan to use them to raise awareness of life in a children's hospice by showing them to schools and youth groups, at speaking engagements and fundraising events. We will also show them to health care professionals to encourage them to refer more families to the hospice. Families who have a child with a life limiting illness but are apprehensive about using a hospice will also be shown the films. I believe that through these films we have shown that hospices and the people who use them are hugely positive and the children and young people in particular are an inspiration to us all."
If you would like to support CHAS please call 0131 444 1900 or go to www.chas.org.uk.
Copies of the DVDs and still pictures of Ewan McGregor and families are available from CHAS. For further information please contact Maureen McAlpine on 07710746690 or Roslyn Neely on 0131 444 4006
Notes to editors:
Ewan McGregor appears in six of the eight films CHAS has produced. These are CHAS - A Short Film; About CHAS; CHAS Volunteers; CHAS - A Young Person's Perspective; Robin House; Rachel House; CHAS at Home and CHAS - Working with Health Professionals. The Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a Scottish charity established to provide hospice services in Scotland for children with life-limiting conditions.A children's hospice offers professional care, practical help and emotional support to the whole family usually from the day they are referred until the death of their child and beyond.Rachel House, Scotland's first children's hospice, opened in Kinross in March 1996. Robin House in Balloch opened in August 2005. Both hospices are purpose-built and each provides ongoing support for up to 200 families across Scotland each year. The CHAS at Home Team offers support to families across Scotland by providing a home care service to families in their own homes when they need it.
A film that runs on excess
McCarren Park Pool’s film series rocks out to Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine, an investigative journey into the rise and fall of more or less fictional 1970s glitter rocker Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), who no doubt copped his style points from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Slade hooks up with fellow glam rocker/boyfriend Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), and the two proceed to revel in that debaucherous rock-’n’-roll lifestyle. Ironically, the hardcore music and plentiful sex and drugs that were supposed to bring him freedom end up enslaving him, leading Slade to fake his own murder in order to escape the limelight. Christian Bale plays the reporter in search of the man behind the music.
Would you like to get your hands on Michael Caine’s specs? The iconic actor is one of 24 celebrities to have donated their glasses to Sightsavers’ Specs Appeal, to highlight the fact that 153 million people worldwide are in need of glasses.
Hollywood heart-throb Ewan McGregor, George Michael, Stephen Fry and Jimmy Savile are among other famous names to have relinquished their specs for a good cause. All glasses will be listed on EBay, the auction kicks off on Friday 15 August at 10am, and will end on Sunday 24 August at 10am.
What would you miss?
The campaign also encouraged the participating celebrities to think about what they would miss most without their specs.
Ewan McGregor commented: “Without my specs I couldn't get around so safely and I couldn't see the beautiful colours of the world.” BBC news reader Kate Silverton was more pragmatic: “Without my specs I would have difficulty doing my job reading the news”. Writer Alan Bennett said: “I can see perfectly well but my face looks rather odd.”
The impact in the developing world
In developing countries it can be a challenge for people to get their eyes tested and buy a pair of glasses. This is often because there are too few ophthalmologists, not enough equipment and also people simply can’t afford prescription lenses. Not having glasses effectively renders people blind or visually impaired usually with disastrous consequences for their livelihoods, families, schooling and quality of life. Last year Sightsavers screened more than two million people across three continents to see if they need glasses, and we hope to reach even more this year. We can provide new glasses for as little as £1.50 per pair.
The lots available can be viewed and bid for at www.sightsavers.org/ebay. All glasses start from just £15, the equivalent of ten pairs of glasses in the developing world.
On the tube: Ewan McGregor cycles around the world in ‘Long Way Down’
By Alan Pergament 07/31/08
Confession time. I haven’t watched a second of the Fox Reality Channel, which I only recently discovered is carried locally on digital cable. I try to avoid just about all reality shows, especially if they involve celebrities.
But that’s about to change with Saturday’s 9 p. m. premiere of “Long Way Down,” a 10- episode series that follows Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars,” “Moulin Rouge”) and his “best mate,” British actor Charley Boorman, on a picturesque 15,000-mile motorcycle journey that allows them to explore cultures in Africa and raise $1 million for charities.
I was sold on it while attending a news conference with McGregor in Beverly Hills, Calif. He came off as a man’s man, an adventurer and romantic who enjoys life as much as he enjoys riding one of his 15 motorcycles. Serious, funny, charming and self-deprecating, McGregor was the most down-to-earth and likable actor interviewed in news conferences over 12 days. And the best reality shows are the ones in which viewers root for likable characters.
The previews at a screening for the latest Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight,” included one for “Long Way Down.” A version is being shown at movie theaters tonight for one night only.
Fox Reality has the full journey from Scotland through Western Europe, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and several other countries in Eastern Africa before finishing at Cape Town, South Africa.
The opening episode, which features Ewan, Charley (whose dad, John, is a famous director) and their crew planning their potentially hazardous and dangerous trip for six months, isn’t exactly riveting. There are a few issues for the best mates to deal with. Charley isn’t initially thrilled that Ewan’s wife, Ève, wants to join them for a portion of the trip after getting a crash course on riding. The trip is threatened when Ewan suffers an ankle injury and Charley’s wife has a health problem.
It isn’t really until a preview of upcoming meetings with gorillas, elephants, the weather and other obstacles that “Long Way Down” looks as good as advertised in McGregor’s interview.
The actor told critics that the breathtaking trip disproved all the scary stories he had heard about Africa. “There’s a huge amount of kind of fear-mongering about Africa as a continent,” said McGregor, who arrived with his hair dyed blond for his latest movie role. “It just didn’t ring true to our experience of being there.”
Where’s the limo?
He noted this series had something in common with a trip he and Boorman took for a previous series, “Long Way Around.”
“We found that when you are with people who really have very, very little, they are sometimes the most generous people you are ever likely to meet,” said McGregor. “It was a real life-affirming experience being in Africa... I certainly never wanted it to end.”
He isn’t usually treated like a celebrity on trips, though he was recognized on one and asked if he was an actor. “I went, ‘yeah,’ ” recalled McGregor. “And he went, ‘adult films, huh?’”
“I felt some of them have been a bit that way, but not really,” cracked McGregor. “Anyway, I was a kind of famous porn star there, I guess. But in Africa, this guy looked at me and went ‘how did you come here?’ I pointed to the bike and he went, ‘No, where is your limousine?’”
McGregor has been riding motorcycles since he was 19, hiding it from his parents for awhile. He doesn’t think his mother appreciates the danger, especially since she already had to worry about Ewan’s brother, who was a fighter pilot with the RAF until he recently retired.
“I was mainly wearing makeup for a living,” said McGregor. “And then suddenly, I went, ‘Oh, mom, I’m riding my bike around the world.’ And she goes, ‘Oh my God. What did I do to deserve all of this worry?’”
“[His parents] know that I love it and that it is enriching,” added McGregor. “We put out stuff that encourages people to think about the world as an accessible place, and that’s important, I think.”
He loves the thrill of riding, the freedom to go anywhere, the smells, the way people sympathize with riders dealing with the elements, like 140-degree heat in portions of Africa.
“When you meet people, there’s a kind of novelty factor in Mongolia or the highlands of Ethiopia when you rock up on a big old bike,” said McGregor. “So there’s an interaction with the people, which is quite different from the way they treat you in a car.”
He and Boorman tried to keep things low-key to experience things as if they weren’t celebrities. “I so fell in love with Ethiopia,” said McGregor. “The northern part is the most spectacular landscape I think I’ve ever seen.”
After the trip
Eventually, McGregor had to go from reality TV back to makeup and make believe. After the trip, he was shooting three different films in Toronto, New Orleans and Italy at different times. Asked if acting looks boring after a trip like this, McGregor said the trip and acting are complementary.
“You can only act from your heart and soul, and this kind of thing is about filling up your heart and soul, it gives you a lot of food for your work,” he said.
Naturally, he has thoughts about another sequel.
“We’ve done London around to New York,” said McGregor. “We’ve done Scotland to Cape Town. I suppose the obvious next trip would be from South to North America. Stay tuned.”
“Long Way Down” 9 p. m. Saturday Fox Reality Channel
EMI America Records To Release Soundtrack To Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman's Acclaimed 'Long Way Down' TV Series On August 5, 2008
HOLLYWOOD, CA. (Top40 Charts/ EMI America Records) - To complement Fox Reality Channel's August 2 premiere of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's epic motorcycle adventure TV series, "Long Way Down," EMI America Records will release the official soundtrack on August 5. To be released on CD and digitally, the soundtrack includes 15 songs featured in the widely acclaimed television series.
"Long Way Down" stars Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they embark upon a 15,000 mile motorcycle journey that takes them from Scotland to Capetown, South Africa.
The critically acclaimed series showcases the best friends as they make their way, over the course of 85 days, across two continents with stops in several countries, including Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Namibia.
Along the way, they experience various cultures, adventures, challenges and diverse local music. McGregor and Boorman have collected the most compelling music they encountered on their journey for the "Long Way Down" soundtrack.
Armed with a captivating soundtrack, fans of the TV series can share in the "Long Way Down" experience: 2 Best Friends, 15,000 miles, 1 Epic Adventure.
Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman: Long Way Down (CD & Digital Album):
1. Somalia Don't Shame Yourself Maryam Mursal
2. Ye Ye Ye Geoffrey Oryema
3. Shadowman Afro Celt Sound System
4. Exhausted Joseph Arthur
5. Blink Ben Onono
6. Dodoma Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila
7. Soudan Minitara (Bombastic Mix) Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar
8. The Gospel The Boxer Rebellion
9. Take Care Maryam Mursal
10. Madruzi Nemarudzi Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited
11. Sisitizo La Amani Duniani Hukwe Zawose
12. The Bedbugs Bite Zawose & Brook
13. Makambo Geoffrey Oryema
14. Onwards Afro Celt Sound System
15. The River Geoffrey Oryema
Over 4 million people in Ethiopia are in immediate need of humanitarian aid. Hundreds of thousands of children in drought-affected areas are starving and require immediate therapeutic care in order to survive.
Since 2004, UNICEF has been providing supplementary feeding and vaccinations for children under-five. This has already saved many lives, but these activities are now under threat due to a lack of funds. UNICEF is appealing for £25 million to increase its response to the current crisis and prevent children's deaths from severe malnutrition.
Ewan McGregor and his buddy Charley Boorman travel from Scotland to South Africa on motorbikes in "Long Way Down," a special for the FOX Reality Channel, which follows their 15,000 mile journey across two continents and countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia.
"I promised my kids I wouldn't be gone so long," Ewan, who previously did a journey from London to New York for another special, "Long Way Around," tells ET. "That is the tough part -- being away from your family. That is one of the reasons I am reluctant to do another one right away."
To his surprise, Ewan's wife Ève joined the two men for a part of the journey and he says it was a good thing, because she had a rapport with the women they met along the way that wouldn't have happened with "two hairy men."
"On the day before we started our prep, Ève came to me and said she wanted to join us on the journey and ride her own bike," Ewan recalls. "I have been married to Ève for 13 years and she's barely been on the back of my bike. She is not really interested, but she wanted to be part of this one, so she learned."
The journey was full of amazing adventures. One highlight for the 'Star Wars' star was the staggeringly beautiful highlands of Ethiopia, but there was also the contrast where Ewan witnessed raggedy children, who don't have access to medication or clean water.
"It is very difficult to see some of those things," he says. "It is very difficult to deal with and walk away from but for the fact is that you are there with UNICEF or their partners and they are trying to do something about it. That is the only way you can bear it."
"Long Way Down" premieres Saturday, August 2 at 9 p.m. on FOX Reality.
There's a 4-minute video interview on the ET Online website.
Masseuses row over Ewan McGregor Indian head massage
Star Wars hunk Ewan McGregor visited the Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow for some pampering and caused a commotion. Our onlooker says: "Gorgeous masseuses were squabbling over who would give him an Indian head massage."
By Charlene Cheng, News Editor Published 7/12/2008
While promoting Fox Reality Channel's new documentary series Long Way Down at this summer's TCA press tour, Ewan McGregor was able to reveal some details about Ron Howard's upcoming The Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons that begins shooting again shortly.
"I went over to Italy to do a couple days' filming on Angels & Demons... and I'm about to start my work properly on it over the [next] six or seven weeks here in L.A.," says McGregor. "I've enjoyed working with all of those people."
In Angels & Demons, McGregor plays Carlo Ventresca opposite Tom Hanks, who returns as Robert Langdon.
"I play the Camerlengo, the Pope's right-hand man -- his assistant," explains McGregor. And the Pope has died, therefore, [it's] what happens to the Camerlengo between the time of the Pope's death and the next Pope. Basically after one Pope dies and before the next one is made Pope, there's a period of time in there where the Camerlengo is in charge of the Vatican and that's who I play."
To celebrate 50 years of the Bonneville, Triumph launches two limited designs: the Belstaff and the Ewan McGregor editions
Triumph Bonneville Ewan McGregor Special Edition
Reviewed by Jason Barlow
He says: "A rider and collector of extraordinary bikes, Ewan McGregor's Bonneville reflects the classic stature of the ride he describes as 'the ultimate in iconic British motorcycles'. With its copper-plated tank and black, waxed cotton seat and side panel, the McGregor special tips its helmet to Steve McQueen, the Bonneville's most celebrated owner."
Ewan McGregor hypes up his new reality TV show, Long Way Down, during the FOX Reality Channel 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In Long Way Down, the 37-year-old actor and his pal Charley Boorman ride motorcycles from Scotland to South Africa to raise money for charity. The travel adventure show will premiere on the Fox Reality Channel on Saturday, August 2nd.
At the event, Fox Reality served shortbread cookies as a nod to Ewan’s Scottish heritage.
by William Shakespeare
Read by Ewan McGregor, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Kelly Reilly, and cast
Directed by Michael Grandage ABRIDGED
Includes a free DVD containing interviews with the cast
Shakespeare’s Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success – each performance was a sell-out.
IN THE STUDIO
Film, TV, radio and audiobook are all very different disciplines. Because an actor can shine in one, it doesn’t mean that he or she will shine in another – which is why the crossover from one to another always has an element of risk. Will a big film star make a similar impression on stage? Will an actor accustomed to the classical stage be equally effective on a big screen? And what happens to both in the intimate environs of the voice studio?
All three elements were involved in the audiobook recording of the Donmar Warehouse production of Othello – but the end result was something quite exceptional.
We recorded at Soundhouse, a modern studio in West London. Ewan McGregor turned up, as expected, in leathers on a powerful motorbike – his preferred mode of transpor – while the rest of the cast used the more prosaic London transport, with one or two bicycles.
It was the last week of the stage production and the atmosphere was extremely positive – everyone said this was a cohesive cast on and off stage, with all gathering before each evening performance to warm up together. This was not a star vehicle, but very much a company production.
So, for three days, they got up early to be in time for the 10 a.m. call, though just twelve hours before they had been taking off their make-up after a performance. They sat in the actors’ room just outside the studio, awaiting their calls, while in the control room was Michael Grandage, the director, Penny Leicester, the audiobook producer, and Wilfredo Acosta, the engineer and technical director. And there were visitors from time to time, including the composer Adam Cork and members of the Donmar staff.
The idea was to reproduce as closely as possible the stage production, while making the most of the strengths of audiobook/radio – very intimate close-ups and intensity of dialogue.
The use of sound effects and music play a key role in audio drama and these needed to be adapted to the different medium.
But the heart of the production – the actors’ performances – was there much the same. For the thousands who tried to get into the Donmar to see it (it was sold out for the entire run), this was a very close rendition!
And it worked on its own terms too. Michael Grandage is a fan of drama on audio and radio and preferred to record his production for this medium rather than video.
It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 where it was regarded as one of the finest performances of Shakespeare on radio for many years, mirroring the production’s success on stage, which led to Chiwetel Ejiofor winning the Olivier Award for best actor.
Mongolian girl named Jamyan grows healthy and happily in Hollywood star’s home
Hollywood star Ewan Gordon McGregor has promised to render assistance to Mongolian children infected with the EV71.
We know well Hollywood star Ewan Gordon McGregor, who took on the role of a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, a role originally made famous by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars films. It is seemed to us Mongolians that Hollywood stars are very far. But, he is a close person for us. Because, a Mongolian girl named Jamyan lives in a star’s home. She is six years old and grows healthy and happily.
Four years ago or in 2004, a famous star with his friend Charley Boorman was traveling on 32.000 km around the world for three months. While he was traveling, he adopted a two-year-old girl from Mongolia.
Ewan McGregor and his wife designer Ève Mavrakis have two daughters besides of Jamyan. He always studies about Mongolia, where his adopted daughter was born in.
Recently, he has given interview to a newspaper about his Mongolian daughter. He said that “Chingess Khaan’s child grows healthy in my home. I love my daughter Jamyan too much. I have much information about Mongolia, where my daughter was born in. Unfortunately, there is information that the EV71 has appeared in Mongolia, and many children have been infected with it. It is difficult. Thus, I want to help my daughter’s friend children. I think, I will take my daughter to her homeland in this summer. That time, I will help Mongolian children”. We are expressing our appreciation to Hollywood star, who brings up Mongolian girl.