This week in Scottish Entertainment / Actor News, Craig Ferguson has some surprising news, Brian Cox joins the new Planet of the Apes film, a sporran-full of Scottish actors are cast in HBO’s new drama series and Henry Ian Cusick is on the streets of NYC in Law and Order:

Craig Ferguson announces that his wife is pregnant

Craig Ferguson and his wife Megan Wallace Cunningham are expecting. Craig revealed the wonderful news on Twitter:

Holy crackers! Mrs F is pregnant. How did that happen? …oh yeah I know how. Another Ferguson arrives in 2011. The world trembles.

He also has a 9-year-old son, Milo, from a previous marriage.

Ewan McGregor’s ‘The Last Word’ retitled?

There hasn’t been too much news on The Last Word lately, but a brief article over at Deadline suggests that the film might have been renamed Perfect Sense. Director, David Mackenzie is reportedly still editing the film which stars Ewan McGregor as a chef. It’s also listed under its new name over at IMDb, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the information is accurate. The project is a love story set in a city where people are slowly losing their sensory perception. No official release date has been announced.

Scottish actors cast in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO released a fact sheet for its upcoming series Game of Thrones complete with casting details. Sweet on Sigma Films parsed through the cast list and reports that Jamie Sives (who plays Jory Cassel) will begin working on the show this week in Belfast. Other Scottish cast members include James Cosmo, who was recently cast as Jeor Mormont, Emun Elliot who will make a guest appearance as Marillion, and Rory McCann (as Sandor Clegane), Richard Madden (as Rob Stark), and Iain Glen (as Ser Jorah Mormont) have all been cast as series regulars.

Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. The first season will be made up of 10 episodes with principal photography set to start on July 26 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Malta. A synopsis is below:

“Game of Thrones” is a new original HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels. In a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Westeros crown comes with a price. Betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdom, from the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noble men vie for power in the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne.

You can head on over to ONTD! for a look at photos of the entire cast.


Henry Ian Cusick on the set of ‘Law and Order’

Henry Ian Cusick has been in New York shooting scenes from Law & Order: SVU. The season premiere is scheduled to air on September 22 on NBC. Thanks go to Kathy for sharing these photos of Henry (via

Brian Cox cast in ‘Rise of the Apes’

Brian Cox will star alongside James Franco, Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis in Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Apes – a reboot of Planet of the Apes. The film is an “origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.” Shooting will start sometime this year for a June 24, 2011 release date.

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 7/19: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Tu 7/20: America Ferrera, Dan Riskin, Fred MacAulay
We 7/21: Ted Danson, Kevin Pollak
Th 7/22: Michael Clarke Duncan, Daniela Ruah
Fr 7/23: Mindy Kaling, Paulina Porizkova, MGMT

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