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Ewan McGregor gives backstage commencement speech

December 16, 2014
By Mara Siegler

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Ewan McGregor gave an unusual commencement speech to a sole student on Sunday.

Rae Gray, 22, is an understudy in McGregor’s Broadway show “The Real Thing.”

She graduated from the University of Chicago over the weekend, but couldn’t attend a ceremony due to her commitment to the play, also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon.

To make up for it, McGregor gave Gray, who donned a graduation cap, a speech backstage at the American Airlines Theatre before a matinee.

Source: Page Six

Thanks to @Anna_ELG_1976 for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 // 9:04 a.m.


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Watch the trailer for Humpback Whales, narrated by Ewan McGregor!

An extraordinary journey into the hidden world of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammal, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles every year.

Humpback Whales is produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Pacific Life. A One World One Ocean production, Humpback Whales is directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Journey to the South Pacific). Filmed in 15/70mm, Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest, Journey to the South Pacific). The musical score is by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To The Arctic).

Source: YouTube

Thanks to @DisLydie for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Sunday, December 14, 2014 // 21:14 p.m.


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Ewan McGregor to voice whale documentary

Wed, Dec 10, 2014

Ewan McGregor is lending his voice to help educate IMAX audiences on the majesty and beauty of the humpback whale.

The actor, who was considered for the lead role in a biopic on the life of anti-whaling captain Paul Watson, has signed on for director Greg MacGillivray’s Humpback Whales, a 3-D IMAX film that promises to take audiences “to the underwater world of the far away places where humpbacks live and thrive.”

The film is the first IMAX feature captured with the format’s new 3-D cameras, with location shoots in the South Pacific, Africa, Hawaii and Alaska. The film will have its premiere at the Museum of Discovery Science’s Autonation IMAX Theater in South Florida featuring a giant 60-foot by 80-foot screen.

“Humpback whales are simply fascinating creatures. Audiences will get an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young on the biggest screen in South Florida,” said President and CEO Kim Cavendish.

McGregor has previously lent his voice to other environmental documentaries such as 2013’s Wild Scotland and the more recent Ice Bear.

Humpback Whales is slated for release on Feb. 13, 2015.

Source: Mother Nature Network

Thanks to @madlenschnei for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Thursday, December 11, 2014 // 7:34 a.m.


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See Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Sundance exclusive

By Jeff Labrecque
Dec 9, 2014

When the trades announced last February that Albert Nobbs director Rodrigo García was making a small indie starring Ewan McGregor in dual roles, his characters were described as a “holy man and a demon.” But unveiled in yesterday’s announcement of Premieres for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were the more specific details for Last Days in the Desert that said holy man and demon are actually Jesus and the Devil, “in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert.”

In the film, Yeshua—Hebrew for Jesus—is tempted by evil while alone in the wilderness. “You can see the demon as the Devil,” says McGregor. “Or you can see him as another side of Yeshua perhaps, an embodiment of his doubt. He’s there testing him into trying to suggest that his father doesn’t love him, that his father’s not interested in his struggle.”

While in the desert, Yeshua also encounters a family that is experiencing its own father/son difficulties. Tye Sheridan (Mud) plays the Boy who wants to leave their bleak desert surroundings and travel to Jerusalem for a better life; his Father (Ciarán Hinds) insists he stay close to home.

Playing Jesus Christ and the Devil was initially intimidating for McGregor, who was immediately won over by García’s spare and intimate 62-page script and the lure of working with Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. It helped to tap into the duality of Jesus and focus more on the human aspects of his character. “I thought, Okay, he’s a man who’s struggling to communicate with his dad,” says McGregor. “I felt actually the pressure come off myself. I’m not playing Jesus; I’m playing a man whose dad is God and he’s trying to speak to his dad. It’s really a film about the relationship between fathers and their sons. In every scene of the film, that’s at the heart of it.”

McGregor played both main characters, with his longtime stunt double Nash Edgerton standing in for those scenes between Yeshua and the Devil. “I played Yeshua with total conviction that he was the son of God and that his father had asked him to go on this path, which would lead him to death—to die for people’s sins—and I tried to imagine what that might be like for a man,” he says. “And then when I played the demon, I was trying to chip away at that conviction. The demon’s trying to drag him away from that.”

That much is very much in line with the Biblical narrative, the story of Jesus being tempted by the Devil during 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, but McGregor is careful to leave the door wide open to interpretation. “It’s not a Biblical story. It’s a story that Rodrigo García invented,” he says. “You could watch the film and not think that it’s Jesus. He could just be another holy guy, a rabbi, walking in the desert, looking for answers.”

McGregor doesn’t think this reimagining of Jesus’s life will generate any controversy, like it did for Martin Scorsese and The Last Temptation of Christ. “There’s nothing possibly that could upset people [in the film], other than the very nature of imagining a story with Jesus that doesn’t exist in the Scripture,” he says. “There’s nothing offensive. I’m not worried about it, because I believe very much in the heart of the film we made.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 // 22:32 p.m.


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Ewan McGregor, Olivia Wilde to appear in Doll & Em series two

Wednesday, Dec 3 2014
By Rachel Babbage

Ewan McGregor and Olivia Wilde are amongst the names announced for series two of Doll & Em (on HBO).

They will be joined by Evan Rachel Wood and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the series, which stars Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells.

Evan Rachel Wood described Mortimer and Wells as “some of the loveliest and most hilarious people I have ever worked with. Being on the show has been an absolute joy.”

Wood and Wilde will be seen playing stage versions of Doll and Em, as the pair write an off-Broadway play about themselves in the new series.

However, the production and the girls’ friendship are both jeopardised when Em is cast opposite McGregor in a big-budget Hollywood action movie.

Source: Digital Spy

Thanks to @kewfant for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 // 6:08 p.m.


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Jane Got A Gun release delayed again – now set for September

December 3, 2014

Hopefully the third time’s the charm. Relativity again has delayed the release for the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got A Gun. The troubled production now is slated to bow September 4, more than half a year later than its previous February 20 date. The pic, which has been through three bad guys, two directors and one lawsuit, initially had been scheduled to release this summer. As of now, it’s only up against Sony/Columbia comedy Kitchen Sink on the new slot.

Oscar winner Portman plays Jane Hammond, who has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by ultraviolent outlaw gang the Bishop Boys. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin (Ewan McGregor, who replaced Bradley Cooper, who had replaced Jude Law). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain mayhem.

Gavin O’Connor directs, having taken over after Lynne Ramsay exited the project on the first day of production.

Source: Deadline


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 // 6:04 p.m.


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Mortdecai official trailer

Source: YouTube

Thanks to Peggy for the heads up!


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 // 9:47 p.m.


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Son of a Gun U.S. trailer

Source: FirstShowing.Net


Posted by Best of Ewan McGregor on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 // 9:05 p.m.


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