This week in Scottish Entertainment / Actor News, Douglas Henshall gives a new interview, stills from Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson’s new dragon film, John Barrowman on the One Show, Kevin McKidd at the Celebrity World Poker Tournament and Ewan McGregor plays the bagpipes on the Ellen show.

Universal scraps ‘Wanted 2’


Last month Mark Millar stated that the Wanted 2 script was almost complete and shooting would soon begin. But Universal has now decided to scrap the sequel because Angelina Jolie has signed on to ‘Gravity’:

Apparently the studio was expecting Angelina Jolie to return for “Wanted 2,” but the actress has instead joined the cast of “Gravity,” a space thriller to be directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men). Instead of recasting Jolie’s character, Universal decided to just abandon the sequel. [WorstPreviews.com]

New Douglas Henshall interview


Douglas Henshall talked to Susanne Kinnaird over at Douglas Henshall.com about upcoming projects including The Eagle of the Ninth and TV pilot season in LA. An excerpt is below and don’t forget to check out the rest of the interview:

The last six months have been especially busy for Douglas Henshall, with film after TV drama after film. The Silence, How I Was Stolen By The Germans and Eagle Of The Ninth are a few of his recent projects still due for release. I manage to catch up with him just before he heads out to Los Angeles to explore opportunities on the other side of the Atlantic.

What will you be doing in Los Angeles?

I’m just going over there to do some meetings with agents at the tail end of pilot season. And to get a little bit a sun to be honest. I’ve been in Dublin filming.

…Another part you did recently was a Briton in The Eagle Of The Ninth, and you said it was a really fun part to play.

Yeah, it was great fun for me to play. I didn’t have much to do. I think was in about the first 15 minutes of the film. But I had a whale of a time riding chariots! I mean its just the greatest fun. It really is. It’s like a go-kart for an adult. Its this cut-out wicker basket with like, two wheels, with no suspension obviously, because they didn’t have any suspension then, and all you’ve got is two strips of leather attached to two stallions. And you’ve got to try and control with that! These are horses with a proper opinion about whether they want to go left or right. But, oh man, I had such a good time.

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…So you’re looking to do things in America now?

Well I’ve always been looking to do things in America, America’s never asked me to do anything. It’s not that I never wanted to. Its just the way that my careers gone, but I think if you want to work in America you have to make the effort and go and thats why the last couple of years I’ve started to go.

How long will you going out there for this time?

Just a couple of weeks. I’m meeting with some agents and managers just for some pilot TV shows and we’ll see what happens. I’m just going to start going out there a little more often. At this time of year in Los Angeles there’s this kind of casting frenzy, there’s all these pilots to be made. A very small percentage of those get picked up by the TV stations. You get a lot of British actors go out there, you know, swallows in spring. [Douglas Henshall.com via Dougie Fans]

New stills: Gerard Butler in ‘The Bounty Hunter’ & Craig Ferguson in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ + more

Artists for Peace and Justice is auctioning off Gerard Butler’s Dolce & Gabbana Golden Globe tuxedo at CharityBuzz.com. All proceeds will go to APJ’s Haiti relief efforts. The auction will end Wednesday, March 17.

On set and production stills from The Bounty Hunter
Photos come courtesy of Totally Hollywood Hunks News photo gallery:


Character stills and on set stills from How to Train Your Dragon
Photos courtesy of Totally Hollywood Hunks News photo gallery

The Bounty Hunter and How to Train Your Dragon premiere dates
GerardButler.net shares the US and UK premiere dates for The Bounty Hunter and How to Train Your Dragon:

March 11
UK The Bounty Hunter Premiere
Vue West End Cinema Leicester Square – London

March 16
US The Bounty Hunter Premiere
Zeigfeld Theatre – New York City

March 21
US How To Train Your Dragon Premiere
Location TBA – Los Angeles

Kevin McKidd interview from the World Poker Tournament + more

Kevin McKidd was one of the celebrities who spoke to TV Guide from 2010’s Celebrity World Poker Tournament over the weekend. Kevin’s brief interview starts at 0.37:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hWy60gLKoc

Ewan McGregor on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ewan appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote The Ghost Writer.

John Barrowman on The One Show; makes ‘Desperate Housewives’ news

John appeared on The One Show last week and talked about Torchwood and Desperate Housewives. A segment from the show is below:

John also revealed there he will appear in at least one more episode of Desperate Housewives:

Speaking on BBC’s “The One Show,” Barrowman revealed that his character will be introduced an episode earlier than originally planned and confirmed that his character is nothing short of evil.

“I leave in about a week and a half to do ‘Desperate Housewives,'” he said. “I just found out today that I was supposed to be doing 5 episodes, it has increased now to 6. So I’m really, really chuffed about that. They’ve decided to put my character in sooner than we thought. He’s a villain, he’s a bad guy and he’s going to affect all the women in Wisteria Lane.”

…According to executive producer Bob Daily, Barrowman will be playing the much alluded to, Patrick. When he arrives in town, Patrick will be getting very involved in the lives of all the central figures on the series and will serve as an insight into Angie’s mysterious back-story. [InsideBlip]

Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 3/1: Lauren Graham, Simon Helberg
Tu 3/2: Steven Wright, Mitch Albom
We 3/3: Michael Sheen, Amy Ryan
Th 3/4: Garry Shandling, Sonya Walger
Fr 3/5: Dax Shepard, Regina Spektor

www.cbs.com/late_late_show

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