This week in Scottish Entertainment / Actor News, Ewan McGregor’s film with Roman Polanski gets a name change, Dougray Scott has a new project, Kevin McKidd stars in a new BBC drama from the writer of Black Watch and more news on Gerard Butler, David Tennant, James McAvoy and Craig Ferguson.

‘The Ghost’ to premiere in Berlin, reportedly gets a title change

The Ghost, starring Ewan McGregor has been expected to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, but it has now officially been confirmed. The Guardian also reports that the film has been renamed to The Ghost Writer, but there hasn’t been official confirmation of the name change yet. The 60th Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 11 to February 21.


Dougray Scott cast in ‘The Veil of Maya’

Dougray Scott is set to star in indie romantic fantasy The Veil of Maya, which will be directed by Dana Lustig. The film is set to start shooting in January in London. The Veil of Maya, “penned by Alex Kustanovich and Vadim Moldovan, is a Kafkaesque story of a woman who travels back in time to undo the love relationship and avoid its tragic finale.” Thanks so much to trellski for asking for news on Dougray Scott. I might have missed it otherwise.


‘One Night in Emergency’ gets an official air date

One Night in Emergency is set to air at 9pm on January 4, 2010 on BBC One Scotland. A synopsis is below:

…Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Trainspotting, Rome) leads an all-star cast in One Night In Emergency, a unique and distinctive drama written by award-winning Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke for BBC One Scotland…

One Night In Emergency also stars Michelle Ryan (The Bionic Woman, Doctor Who, EastEnders), Igal Naor (Green Zone, House of Saddam), James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), Ewen Bremner (Black Hawk Down, Trainspotting), David Hayman (Trial & Retribution, My Name Is Joe), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, My Name Is Joe), Jamie Sives (Valhalla Rising, The Passion), Sanjeev Kohli (Hope Springs, Still Game) and Tam Dean Burn (River City, Wedding Belles), and charts one man’s other-worldly journey through the wards of an over-run, inner-city hospital as he desperately searches for his sick wife.

McKidd plays the lead role of Peter who is slowly drawn into a surreal, parallel world as he ventures deep into the labyrinthine building, encountering strange characters along the way while Michelle Ryan takes on the role of Peter’s wife, Penny. [Scottish Screen]


David Tennant’s LA Times interview + on set photos from ‘Rex Is Not Your Lawyer’

David Tennant talked to Robert Lloyd about Doctor Who and NBC pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer. An excerpt to his interview is below:

And yet in some strange quantum mechanical way, he is also already not the Doctor, having filmed his last scenes some months back. And even as he is and is not the Doctor, he is (possibly) becoming someone else, the eponymous star of an NBC pilot called “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer,” in which he plays an attorney who coaches clients to represent themselves after he begins suffering panic attacks.

We spoke by telephone on a recent rainy day in Los Angeles. (“I can understand it’s a novelty here,” he said, “but I watched the news last night and it sounded like the world was coming to an end.”) Of “Rex,” which also features Jane Curtin and Jeffrey Tambor, he would only say, because “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say,” that “it’s a great part. It’s a very dramatic role, it’s quite funny — you get to do a bit of everything and that always appeals.”

…Tennant will likely next be seen on American television when “Great Performances” airs the film of his “Hamlet,” which he performed at Stratford in 2008 with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed with the company over the years, including as Romeo in 2000, but this was his first performance after becoming a pop-cultural action figure.

“On the opening night in Stratford, when outside my dressing room window the BBC News 24 truck pulled up, I realized that if I failed at this it was going to be on a fairly international level,” he said. But the Times called his performance “riveting throughout,” and the Guardian praised his Hamlet’s “quicksilver intelligence, mimetic vigor and wild humor” — qualities that describe his Doctor as well. [L.A. Times]

Follow the links below for some more photos of David Tennant on the set of Rex Is Not Your Lawyer:

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James McAvoy to attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival

James McAvoy is set to attend the opening night screening of The Last Station at the 21st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Michael Hoffman is also scheduled to appear at the screening and Helen Mirren will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the Festival’s Awards Gala on January 5. A reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum will follow the screening. The festival kicks off on Thursday, January 7 and ends on Sunday, January 17 in Palm Springs, California.

There will also be a special presentation of I Love You Phillip Morris starring Ewan McGregor.

Festival passes and ticket packages are now available. Individual ticket sales go on sale December 24 for Palm Springs International Film Society Members only, and December 26 for the general public.



‘The Bounty Hunter’ trailer

The Bounty Hunter opens March 19, 2010.



Craig Ferguson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

You can watch Craig’s appearance with Ellen from last week here:



Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 12/21: Renee Fleming
Tu 12/22: Kathy Griffin, Harry Connick Jr.
We 12/23: Paris Hilton, Chef Jose Andres
Th 12/24: Pre-empted
Fr 12/25: Emily Blunt, David Bianculli (R 12/4/09)

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