This week in SEAN, Alan Cumming features on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, photos of James McAvoy in Toronto, new clips from Ewan McGregor’s ‘Beginners’, and news of Kevin McKidd’s latest project ‘Indian Summer’ set in the Scottish Highlands in 1967. Saba has the details:

Alan Cumming discusses his episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

Alan Cumming‘s episode of genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are aired on BBC1 last night in the UK. In the episode, he learns about his grandfather, who served in World War II. The Daily Record has the full story.

HOLLYWOOD star Alan Cumming’s grandfather was a military hero who shot himself during a game of Russian roulette.

…Alan’s maternal grandfather Tommy Darling was a decorated war veteran who served his country with the Cameron Highlanders during World War II.Tommy was a motorcycle courier who won a medal for bravery after taking ammunition to frontline troops as Nazi commander Rommel’s tanks bore down on the French town of Dunkirk.

He also fought the Japanese as they made their assault on India in the Battle of Kohima in 1944.

But he paid the price for his courage, suffering serious shrapnel injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. [Paul English]

Kevin McKidd attends the ‘Bunraku’ TIFF premiere

Kevin McKidd made an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday to promote Bunraku. You can watch some video of the Q&A at the screening here, here, and here. Kevin and his cast-mates, Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, and Ron Perlman attended the Bunraku cocktail party with director Guy Moshe and producer Nava Levin. You can check out photos from the cocktail party below.

New clips from ‘Beginners’ + Ewan McGregor’s TIFF message

Making Of (via Best of Ewan) shares the very first clips from Ewan McGregor‘s new film, Beginners.

Beginners made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but Ewan couldn’t make it to the screening. His Beginners co-star Christopher Plummer read a message from him instead, which you can watch below.


James McAvoy at the Toronto International Film Festival

James McAvoy was at Saturday’s gala presentation of The Conspirator at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival. You can watch a portion of the film’s press conference at the film festival’s official site. A portrait photo that was taken yesterday is posted above.

Some new film stills from The Conspirator are below.

‘Jackboots on Whitehall’ to open 18th Raindance Film Festival

Animated film Jackboots On Whitehall – which features the voices of Ewan McGregor and Alan Cummingwill open this year’s Raindance Film Festival on September 29. The UK’s largest independent film festival will be held at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus in London. The festival runs through October 10 and you can get details on tickets at the festival’s official site.

Kevin McKidd attached to ‘Indian Summer’

Kevin McKidd and Ashley Jensen have signed up to star in Brian Ward’s directorial debut, Indian Summer. The film is set in the Scottish Highlands in 1967 and production begins in either the spring or summer of 2011.

Ward has also written the screenplay for the film, which tells the story of an orphan boy and his uncle and aunt whose lonely lives are changed forever when they meet a US Marine who also happens to be a Native American.

Indian Summer is being produced by Suzanne Reid…Reid will be taking the project to the Toronto Film Festival, as one of six producers chosen for the Features Scotland initiative, which helps producers to promote their films internationally. [Sarah Cooper]

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 9/13: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellie Kemper
Tu 9/14: Kristen Bell, Sarah McLachlan
We 9/15: Don Rickles, Brie Larson
Th 9/16: William Shatner, Sloane Crosley
Fr 9/17: Tim Gunn, Jennifer Finnigan

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