Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sundance in the Snow with Jamie, or Finding Love in France with Luci

As the year draws to an end, there are so many things to look forward to next year: Rounding up Donkeys, Last Word, I LOVE LUCI, some of Al's work (Monster Mutt) new Sigma productions afoot, and oh yes JAMIE jamie jamie jamie in the snow jamie in the um ok, well yes nothing like a wee bit of Jamie news to make this holiday festive and bright

It's a Wonderful Afterlife, featuring my favorite Scottish actor will be screening at Sundance! As noted by THR and a slew of subsequent media Gurinder Chadha will be showing her latest at the vaunted film festival next month on January 26th. . Jamie in the snow...well sorta!

Also do NOT forget lucky viewers in Scotland only will be able to see One night in Emergency with Jamie and Kevin Mckidd and Ewen B and James Cosmo and a whole host of excellent people airing on JANUARY 4 (thanks much to KMO for confirming the first week of January air date reported earlier)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Love Luci to Screen at London Short Film Festival!



CHECK IT OUT! Nice new blog for this great new film. Plus Colin will be blogging there GO NOW and say hello
ps dear Colin and Brian- WE WANT THAT TRAILER NOW SOON PLEASE :D :D :D

Woohoo! More great news today for I LOVE LUCI!
This new film written and directed by Colin Kennedy will be screening at the London Short Film Festival FRIDAY, JANUARY 8th at 6:15 pm
Tickets are available!

YAY! Such a great string of good news for Luci, thrilled!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I Love Luci to Compete at Clermont-Ferrand Festival

Sometimes good things happen to good people as witnessed by some great news for I Love Luci, the new short film written and directed by Colin Kennedy.

The new film has been selected for International Competition at the distinguished Clermont-Ferrand short film festival (more here at this link), which runs January 29 through February 6th in France. Described as something akin to Cannes, this is truly GREAT news!

Readers will recall of course Colin and his producer Brian Coffey traveled to Clermont in Feb of 08 before shooting Luci (some fun photos here and here with this classic video here) and now look!!! FULL CIRCLE!
I THINK THIS IS ALL CAP AWESOME NEWS! Thrilled, chuffed, joyful and very proud!... as daft as that may be, I really am! I've heard from Colin who was quite pleased, as are all of us I think, so happy for him!

You can learn more about I Love Luci at the official Facebook website here as well my posts on it here.

I Love Luci was written and directed by Colin Kennedy, produced by Brian Coffey and is a Sigma Films backed project.
Congrats again Colin WE ARE WITH YOU!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eva Green on David Mackenzie's Last Word "Very Dramatic"

While promoting her newest film "Cracks" the lovely Eva Green has given a new interview to the Scotsman where she speaks briefly about David Mackenzie's "The Last Word." Since it's a short mention but well worth the post here, quotage as follows:

Then comes The Last Word, the new film from Scotland's David Mackenzie. "It's a love story and the end of the world is in the background," she explains. "It's quite light, really. But what's happening is very dramatic. People lose their senses – it starts with taste, then smell, then their hearing." When we meet, Green has just finished the Glasgow-based shoot opposite Ewan McGregor (who worked with Mackenzie on 2003's Young Adam). She didn't get much of a chance to explore the city, she admits. "I haven't seen much of it, because we were shooting across five weeks. It was like shooting a TV movie! Crazy. Very intense."

The Last Word is a Sigma Films production; you can read more of my coverage of the film here.

Ring in News Years Week with One Night in Emergency and Kevin McKidd and Jamie Sives

Ring ding ding there is news tonight that One Night in Emergency, starring Kevin Mckidd, Jamie Sives, Ewen Bremner and James Cosmo will air on BBC in Scotland the first week of January, 2010. This comes after recent news the drama shot in Glasgow would air in December, however as per the official BBC Scotland press release:

On a related note, when I was away, I missed this much appreciated tip from the great crew at Kevin Mckidd Online who have the trailer for the movie at this link..and NO there is no Jamie yet again *sigh* Still it looks very cool

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Photo of Alastair Mackenzie in "The Priory; " Press Night Tomorrow

Some good news and a quick reminder regarding Sigma's own Alastair Mackenzie who is appearing at the Royal Court Theatre in the production of "The Priory" Tomorrow night (November 26) is press night, so fingers crossed for great news/photos/reviews/ interviews in the days to come.

Speaking of photos, you can see new stills of the cast on the FBpage for The Priory including this ---> new photo of Al (who plays Ben, lover of Apple and iPhone lol) Their Twitter/Facebook page promises new production stills due up here soon, will update once those larger pics are released. UPDATE: Here they come, haha! LOOK AT AL in the military jacket & woo! snogging ;D
because Im a dork
LOOK AT THE deer/buck pillow...Monarch of the Glen anyone ;) heee,uh sorry couldnt resist.
UPDATE: REX FEATURES has many ESPECIALLY OF AL (looks sooo good) more at this link. I dont have account there; am hoping to find these in larger size, sorry. Will update with more when I can.

In a recent interview with the Times, Al's co-star Charlotte Riley sets the scene for her character Laura, and Al's Ben in the play:
Laura arrives at a fraught college reunion on the arm of one of her troubled former classmates, Ben. They met at a party the night before and have decided to get married. “They’re just gone,” she smiles. “Proper in love. Like when you meet someone and you just know. Then, as the evening goes on, things unfold; you see her veneer change and things start to crumble underneath.” Laura, it transpires, is a woman with an eating disorder and borderline alcoholis"m.
Just because, watch the trailer again because we need more Al in the world (actually the whole thing looks very funny)
IF ANYONE IS ATTENDING and you fancy, please send in or leave a comment with thoughts reactions reviews photos links etc, all are always welcomed and most appreciated!

Monday, November 23, 2009

International Poster for James Nesbitt "OutCast"; Update on Kate Dickie

Check it out! Thanks so much to Bankside, we now have a gorgeous high quality edition of the brand new International poster for Colm McCarthy's Outcast, starring James Nesbitt and Kate Dickie. This is the second poster released, and you can also see a larger photo of a menacing James wielding a knife here, altho a slightly different version of it has been of course seen here before and has been on the Irish filmboard website and twitter.
Just as well document in Scotland, Irish film is good for the economy, as "ALMOST ONE fifth of tourists who visited Ireland in 2008 cited film as a reason for coming here, resulting in a tourist expenditure of €369 million, according to a new report on the Irish audiovisual industry,"with both Outcast, Triage and others surely playing a part Again it belies credibility that the film industry in both countries are facing significant funding cuts from the government in face of such clear proof of success and demonstration of a clear need for continued substantive support , but there you go.

On a happier related note, there are recent photos of the great Kate Dickie (Red Road, sigma's upcoming Donkeys) who was also at the Seville film festival with her movie "Wasted". Kate also has been super busy, and was also featured on the finale of "Garrow's Law" for those who were lucky enough to see it on BBC 1.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Video: Alastair Mackenzie in Trailer for "The Priory" at Royal Court Theatre

Check it out! Alastair Mackenzie in the new trailer for "The Priory"!

Jeremy Herrin's production of The Priory by Michael Wynne opens NOVEMBER 19 at Royal Court Theatre and is described as follows:

Kate is delighted when she finds a country retreat that ticks all the boxes. Gathering together a select group of her closest friends to celebrate New Year's Eve, she is keen to start 2010 afresh. But successful, stressed-out thirtysomethings in search of a good time in the sticks can make for one very fearsome party... and some surprising resolutions.

Michael Wynne's buoyant new comedy takes a microscope to modern dilemmas about life, love and retro board games.Michael Wynne's previous plays include The People Are Friendly and The Knocky for the Royal Court, and Sell Out, Dirty Wonderland and The Boy Who Left Home. He also co-wrote the film My Summer of Love.

Director Jeremy Herrin's recent work includes Tusk Tusk, The Vertical Hour and That Face, all at the Royal Court.

Tickets are going fast, book now! Looks wonderful, wish I could be there opening night but safe to say we are all pulling for you... GO AL GO!!! xxxx

Colin Kennedy's "I Love Luci" Part of Encounters Short Film Festival Scottish Showcase

I'm still reeling a bit and I know this is woefully late in coming sorry :( but the Encounters short film festival is taking place this weekend in Bristol. This is of some note because lucky delegates and industry members will be treated to a special "Scottish Showcase" which features some of the latest coming out of Scotland including none other than Colin Kennedy's I Love Luci! The film, written and directed by Colin and produced by Brian Coffey, is due to show on Friday, November 20.
You can learn more about Luci via Colin's blog here
or at the official Facebook group here.
woot!Sigma is well noted for their short film background, and I am fully confident this showing bodes well for the future of Luci in the days and months to come!

One random and unexpected delight turned up while reading the program, and it involves incredibly JAMIE SIVES! Yes, The Knickerman short film is screening Thursday, November 17th heee! classic...and speaking of pants :p those bellbottom type jeans Jamie sports in this film are hysterical...oh he wears them well lol but it looks so outdated now ...wonder if he got to keep those (or they were his own to begin with, I think most of us if we are honest probably owned a pair similar to those lol ) If you can't make it to the festival you can watch the entire thing below :D

The Knickerman from sonja phillips on Vimeo.

I tried to find some appropriate quote or passage from a novel or script that can better express my all my emotion, gratitude and sincere appreciation over the kind words of comfort expressed to me in the post below, but... I can't.
So please just let me simply say THANK YOU SO MUCH

and to Colin and the wonderful people at Sigma, words defy but I think you know...thank you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

sorry for the absence

I wish to apologise for my absence and delay on posting of things these past few weeks because...this week, my mom died.

there. Ive written it. cold words on a blank page for a cold fact that she lost her battle against ALS which is cold crappy horrible disease, but then again so are most terminal diseases...yes the brain tells me these facts, the heart is having a hard time accepting them as reality. While with the hours of driving back and forth, being caregiver, being rather on autopilot and away from much of what I love my friends and watching in some sort of abstract life parade before me, the last few months have been...really hard, at times horrible ...but I can only imagine what it was like for her....unable to move to speech to feel to express in the old manner we all take for granted- worse lovely generous wonderful person she was, mom was far more worried about my dad my brother and I than herself and it breaks my heart, just breaks it breaks it breaks it. I dont know what to say now.

I do know I've missed loads of things of late, such as the baftas (disappointed that NTK didnt win) or the official release of Spread on dvd or Dougrays new film with RJ or new pics from eagle or lunas awesome meeting with Colin Farrell at Seville or the Clash of titans teaser trailer (someone PLEASE find pic of my beloved Jamie Sives in this movie I've been searching for months and ugggh nothing gah) and most especially I feel Ive not been keeping up with Sigma-for this I very much regret and hope to back writing about very soon.
Sorry again

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Seville Film Festival: New Clip, New Poster for Triage with Colin Farrell & Jamie Sives

Hellooo Luna :) This is for you (...well for all of us Jamie fans really lol:D !) As Triage is due to screen tomorrow at the Seville Film festival, there is a new clip from the film now online with Jamie Sives and Colin Farrell (in Spanish). UPDATE: A SECOND NEW CLIP, this heavy on Jamie and Kelly Reilly with Colin is online here. Also thanks to the ever gracious ColinFarrellFansite, we can now see the new Triage poster -gorgeous high res on my flickr here - which features mostly Colin...however on the bottom right ...covered with all the details is the lone photo of Jamie lol Dunno if he will make an appearance(Colin, Paz and Mr. Lee confirmed to attend) but hope springs eternal, plus with Inverness next week...hope!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

First Photos of Alastair Mackenzie in "The Priory"

Happy November everyone (if yall havent given up on me) Sorry for the sporatic nature of posting of late and delay on posting this when they were announced a few days ago, but to start off the month on a proper good foot, there is some proper good news....the first photos of Sigma's own Alastair Mackenzie in Jeremy Herrin's production of Michael Wynne's "The Priory." The pics are two from a recent promo shoot, Im just thrilled...and look Al is checking out his iPhone :D This news was announced by the Royal Court on their Twitter here, with the Facebook group here, and tickets (going fast!) can be purchased at this link.

Friday, October 30, 2009

One Night in Emergency to air in Scotland before Christmas

A quick followup on a few things. First, as noted when we first saw the BBC release on One Night in Emergency, it indicated the program was to air 'later in the fall.' Thanks much to the good folks at Kevin McKidd Online for steering me to this article on Silver River productions (team behind ONIE) which reads:

Silver River’s first drama, One Night In Emergency, goes out on BBC Scotland before Christmas and has been lined up for a network slot next year. The 60-minute drama is a modern interpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey set within a hospital and has a twist “like The Sixth Sense”. It stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd and Michelle Ryan.

Tickets are available for the screening of ONIE at the Inverness Film Festival in a few weeks (Nov. 13) at this link. No word if Jamie or how many of cast and crew will be there for this. Hopefully some kind soul will send in or release photos /report from the event!

Hope does remain there will be a good showing of cast/crew for the Scottish premiere of Valhalla Rising at the same film festival as noted below, it will be the closing gala event on the 15th. Ticket info here ALONG WITH WALLPAPER for the event here smaller/larger

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Photo of Ewan McGregor in David Mackenzie's "Last Word"

Many thanks to reader Allan, we now have a new still of Ewan McGregor from David Mackenzie's "The Last Word" which was filmed recently in Glasgow, Scotland. Set for release sometime next year, this Sigma films production was based out of Film City Glasgow. For more, here are the previous posts of the production, and this master list of known cast and crew for the production. If anyone has additional credits they would like to add, please feel free to comment (annony is cool too) or email me at sweetonsigmafilms@gmail.com
Thanks again Allan, truly very much appreciated!

Big News from Inverness Film Festival: Valhalla Rising Scottish Premiere, One Night in Emergency to Screen at Event!!

Calling all Jamie Sives fans (and heads up Kevin McKidd fans too!) Big news today from the beautiful city of Inverness and the Inverness Film Festival at Eden court which runs November 11-15th

First: The highlands of Scotland will see a return visit of sorts as Nicholas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising will have their Scottish premiere when it screens at the film festival as the Gala Closing event on Sunday, November 15th! While we were all very disappointed in the low key event for the film at London FF, here's hoping many of the Scottish cast (Gary Lewis!) and crew can make it to Inverness..esp you Mr. Jamie Sives! We sorely missed seeing you at LFF :(

Its double the Jamie goodness tho for those who can attend because GREAT NEWS ...Gregory Burke's ONE NIGHT IN EMERGENCY with Kevin McKidd and Jamie Sives (Ewan Bremner, James Cosmo, Gary Lewis more) will screen Friday, November 13!!
Lolz to the date... friday the13th, spooky ghosty adventure showing then get it?
hahaah ok sorry

Finally, director Richard Jobson (New Town Killers) will be holding a MASTER CLASS on Thursday, November 12th at 9. Featuring on the role of the Director, RJ will be giving tips on something I totally fail at lol, Final Cut Pro and after effects. Plus there will be a screening of his documentary with the truly amazing Emma Thompson , which is called The Journey. This features on the terrible terrible human trafficking crisis, and will focus on the journey and plight of one woman.

You can read the whole lineup at this link. Enjoy and for those who are lucky enough to attend, please send in any reports/pics, we would love to see them please! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Update on Al

Well it's not much of an update on Alastair Mackenzie Im afraid, but there were a few things I thought worth noting:

Jeremy Herrin's production of Michael Wynne's THE PRIORY at the Royal Court Theatre featuring Sigma's own Alastair Mackenzie is of course well into rehearsals (follow the RCT twitter here) Of interest, the schedule of various special nights including press night AND A POST SHOW TALK NIGHT are now online. If you are still trying to book tickets these dates seemed interesting lol No idea if Al will participate either
Press Night(s)
Thursday 26 November 7pm
Audio-Described Performance(s)
Saturday 12 December 3pm
Captioned Performance(s)
Thursday 10 December 7.30pm
Post-Show Talk
Tuesday 8 December

Also, for those that dont follow the Facebook page, there will be a cast and crew screening of MONSTER MUTT this week on Thurs, Oct 27 at the Arclight in Hollywood. Doubt Al will be there due to his theatre obligations but you never know. Recently the producer Harvey Lowry and director Todd Tucker gave an update on the film(which is now OFFICIALLY COMPLETE), which hopefully we will all get to see soon.
"We’re a week away from completely finishing Monster Mutt," Tucker tells Shock. "It’s a family fantasy film about a family dog that gets kidnapped by a corporation, they use him for testing and turn him into a monster dog. It’s lovable big monster dog, all practical FX. It’s a creature suit and an animatronic head." "It’s very much character driven, it’s PG so it’s not gory or anything," confesses Tucker. "It’s really got the old feel of films that really inspired us like Gremlins and ET and Harry & The Hendersons, films that were all very family driven. And I tried to make something that had a contemporary feel to it, but also the spiritual feel of the old Spielberg films. We hope to have it out sometime next year."

Word: Two Wheelin with Ewan

LOL I luvs the internet! This fun random offbeat piece of film news popped up on the daily google crawl regarding Ewan McGregor and something he sports in David Mackenzie's Last Word film...No, it wasnt the clothing (he sports J.Lindeberg during at least one scene), rather his choice of transportation...of the two wheeled kind that is :) The kind we saw in the article here with his ride in the park!

As noted by Tokyo Fixed Gear, they "built Ewan a bike for his upcoming movie The Last Word. The movie is set in Glasgow & directed by David Mackenzie. He's riding a Gorilla Hattara frame & he's wearing clothing from Pedal.e.d, CCP & Swrve. Ewan took two, one to ride in the movie & one to add to his "collection", he told us he has a Pake (Another brand coming soon!). He seems to love all things with two wheels, when he was down in London he borrowed a bright green Cycroc & rode it round W1, would have been good to get a photo of that.If any one wants a Gorilla we will be selling their bikes in our soon to open shop. We will be taking pre orders on their amazing new trick bike soon!" You can learn more about TokyoFixedGear here.

Filming has now wrapped on Sigma Films The Last Word, with a release set sometime for next year (doubt it will be ready for Berlin, but oho it sure would be grand to see that at Edinburgh, may be too earlier even then but still hope remains! ;)
Related: Thanks much to Scottish Actor Blogs we now know fans in the US will see Ewan on TV again soon, as he will be on Jay Leno tomorrow, and the hilarious Conan Mon, Nov 2. Doubt he will talk last word, prob that goat thing ;p

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jamie Sives Band "The Cone Gatherers" CD NOW AVAILABLE!

Calling all JAMIE SIVES FANS! The Cone Gatherers CD 'SHE WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS' is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase &/or download!!!!

Described as "A melodrama in ten acts, about sex, love and death. A musically cinematic, audio journey through a melancholic celebration of an encounter," all songs are written and sung by Scottish actor JAMIE SIVES (Wilbur wants to Kill Himself, Hallam Foe, Valhalla Rising, Triage)

Oh gosh, Im such a loser for being so emotional, but honest to bits, I'm so happy y'all will now get a chance to hear the rest and have this as your own too (love the cafe & longing songs!) Be sure to friend them on myspace (I fled MS a couple years ago, may have to go back just for this lol) SO HAPPY YAYAY
As previewed here due to the kindness and generousity of Jamie himself (one of my most cherished items now forever Im still so overwhelmed by how nice he was), this CD is produced by Richard F, and features

Jamie Sives: Vocals, accoustic guitar & electric guitar
John Mercer: accoustic, electric guitars & add vocals on 'longing'
Rich F:keyboards, bass guitar, electric guitar & programming
Artwork & Packaging by Ross Hammond of chossy.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reminder: Valhalla Rising Thursday at London Film Festival

Quick reminder for those lucky enough to be in town: Valhalla Rising will be screening on Thursday, October 22nd at the London Film Festival. While the main showing is sold out, tickets remain available for the second screening room ie happening at the same time the main one shows, only probably Mads and Nicholas wont be sitting there. No idea if Jamie Sives or Gary Lewis or how many of the cast/crew will go -hopefully more, but no idea ...btw ATTENTION WIREIMAGE: HIS NAME IS JAMIE SIVES NOT REECE RITCHIE (no offense to mr. R, its just they screwed up major league with that in Rome)

Speaking of Valhalla Rising, there are new comments from producer Karen Smyth who was understandably disappointed at the ommission of Valhalla from the curious choices made for this year's Scottish BAFTAs. As noted in the Scotsman:

Karen Smyth, the co-producer of Valhalla Rising, said that while she wished the nominated films well, she was "speechless" and "hurt" to discover that her feature had not made the Bafta list. She said: "Bafta Scotland is a very inward-looking organisation that rewards effort, not excellence. Sadly, Scotland is too small a country for a jury to gracefully concede the value of a film. "I cannot believe that films have been nominated that have not had distribution deals. Our film is opening nationwide in March, and has been at Venice and Toronto, where it was the first film to sell, and it's going to the London Film Festival. I think that because it has an international outlook, we're being punished with the 'tall poppy syndrome'."

I have no idea what the tall poppy syndrome is, but while personally I am elated over the noms for New Town Killers, all awards of late are seriously fucked up things and never make any sense to me. Plus I had to chuckle sadly over the elusive SCOTTISH film critic quoted in the paper about Scottish films and never having heard of them: He said: "I'm a full-time film writer based in Scotland, but not only have I never seen half of these films, I've never heard of them. "You would be hard pushed to find anyone outside of Bafta Scotland or Scottish Screen who have seen all these productions, and even then I'm not so sure."Pendreigh expressed astonishment that Valhalla Rising, a historical epic filmed in Argyll, was not shortlisted. He added: "To me, the idea of a best film prize in this instance is not for the best feature. The ground rules have been changed in the hope that a prize will provide a boost to an unknown film. "Valhalla Rising is an internationally acknowledged film that's shot entirely in Scotland that stands head and shoulders above anything else."

Well, lets be honest, both NTK and VH weren't exactly swimming in critical and fan acclaim but still it is good news that VH is going to be shown abroad true enough (Im NOT disparaging either) I also agree on the film selected (why not Wasted if the directors were nominated??? and where the f are noms for FEMALES-did we not learn a lesson from the embarrassing Sophia nom-who was great in Hallam Foe, but personally I thought Claire Forlani who was superb, should have gotten a nom with about five other women from other movies oY!) I dunno anything about Kurdi, but the Crying with Laughter certainly got enough buzz at Edinburgh Film Festival time, even I heard about it across the ocean lol but anyway I still think the LARGER PROBLEM IS there is not enough discussion or coverage of Scottish films in general- no NOT the techy webbie/marketing types , I'm talking about regular folk you know wee nothing fans like me who buy the tickets, posters soundtracks dvds, do websites on their own free time, stand in the rain/cold/heat hours on end at premieres etc. Imdb sure as hell is NOT the answer folks, bring it home and take it forward. ....And of course this is only one minuscule part of the problem-lack of funding, promotion of a variety of films, supporting long established groups like sigma are more..but ok I think ill shut up for now and just hope that Valhalla Rising will be shown in theaters in US (some countries are due to see it starting in early February; hopefully the website will be live soon too)

PS I am quite remiss for not pointing out that VH is screening at this film festival in Turkey.

Minor Note in the Song of Eagle

While others have been very kind for coming by, I should note that blogging about Eagle of the Ninth is not my priority, and although I remain fully supportive, interested and greatly looking forward to eagle (based out of Film City Glasgow, and starring Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum) Im really not going to be keeping up with it as much as others are doing and perhaps would like I do, sorry!!!!!! Ps. NO I dont know the name of the hotel where they were checking in at (see the Just Jared pics) I suspect NOT Glasgow but did enjoy the photo of the worker in the kilt. The world needs more men in kilts.

As noted before, crews are already long in Scotland and will be until the end of November, filming on various locations in the highlands (here is my earlier post on that). Yesterday, hundreds of movie sites such as comingsoon carried the news that actor Tahar Rahim has joined the cast. Its a great cast with a great ffng director; he really is. There are also quite a few very cool extras, such as Toby and Richard who have both been kind enough to stop by with news and comments. Ted over at all things foe also has another on site report from an extra, and pics of PICTS can be found at Facebook. I also strongly encourage you to follow the channgingtatumunwrapped blog and their twitter for more that i can or will be posting here. sorry

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Last Word is ...and it's a doozy...


Straight from wonderful Colin himself ...
colinkennedy Just wrapped on the big project at Sigma, all tired, a little battered and bruised and thinking it might be quite special

HELL YES! CONGRATULATIONS DAVID MACKENZIE, GILLIAN BERRIE wonderful cast & crew of "The Last Word" Seriously, it looks all so exciting; can't wait for the film. Cheers to you!xxx

Updated: Small but Nicer quality Jamie Sives Triage Trailer Screencaps

A higher- quality- but -with -Italian -overdubs -edition of the new trailer for Triage is NOW ONLINE AT YOUTUBE. While its in Italian, its much nicer than the trailer I first told everyone about (and is now making the rounds-keep on spreading that word, go Jamie, Go Colin Go!) Fingers crossed we will get the HD English version soon too lol :) Now updated too, I have a few screengrabs of Jamie Sives from the trailer up on my flickr.

Richard Jobson, New Town Killers Nominated for Scottish BAFTA!

Big news today as director Richard Jobson and NEW TOWN KILLERS starring Dougray Scott and Sigma's own Alastair Mackenzie was nominated at the Scottish BAFTAs! Richard Jobson was nominated for Best Director, for his movie which was also recognised as a contender for "Best Picture" Also recognised was James Anthony Pearson for his performance as Sean Macdonald in the best acting category. WOW! The Scottish BAFTAs will be presented in a few weeks in Glasgow on Sunday, November 8th, 2009.

This is very cool news on top of the fact the film is now officially released today on DVD. You can see the entire cover art below-thx dvdcovers- with the DVD (already long available for rent ) also available for download via ITunes for UK residents only (no word if we will ever see it here in US, but the DVD will play on my mac, so Im ordering the DVD as soon as I get some extra cash, cant wait for that making of feature! :))

Friday, October 16, 2009

Picture Post: JAMIE SIVES Attends "Triage" Screening at Rome Film Festival

ALL CAP HAPPINESS! JAMIE SIVES attended the screening of TRIAGE at the Rome Film Festival PICTURES PICTURE PICTURES AT LAST. thank you Jamie, thank you to the fan girl gods above for these ;)

GORGEOUS, LONG HAIR OMG Must. breathe. ;0
JAMIE I LOVE YOU. Thanks so much Olliexxxxx

ALSO VIDEO at Official site
shows Jamie being introduced to the screening
and gets a warm round of applause YAYAY
UPDATE: Video is on Youtube
w/Triage starting1:22 and Jamie Intro 1:29 ish :)A second video is online HERE showing Jamie walking in at 1:08 & 3rd video Style italy w/more walking yay lol :))

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Trailer for "Triage" with Colin Farrell and Jamie Sives Now Online!

Check it out! The brand new trailer for Danis Tanovic's "Triage" starring Colin Farrell and the wonderful JAMIE SIVES is now online! SO MUCH NEW GREAT JAMIE FOOTAGE in a very serious trailer. UPDATE: PHEW NOW on my youtube, gah took forever but well worth it!
As noted by comments below, it rightly should be pointed out that this piece is a serious one, and does feature depictions of war and violence (as well as some intense images of a wounded CF) The film screened today at the Rome Film festival.

Pre-Orders Available for David Mackenzie's "Spread" with Ashton Kutcher

Pre-orders for David Mackenzie's Spread, starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche are now available from many retailers in the US, including powerhouse Amazon.com: Standard DVD here ($19.99); Blu-Ray ($25.99) which comes with digital download of the film, available at this link.

As a reminder, here (and here) are the extras on the discs:
Blu-Ray Special Features
  • Audio Commentary with Actor/Producer Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche and Margarita Levieva
  • Picture-In-Picture – “Urban Sprawl: Los Angeles in Spread
  • “Living The Dream – The Making of Spread
  • Behind the Scenes With Ashton Kutcher
  • The World According to Nikki
  • Theatrical trailer
DVD Special Features
  • Audio Commentary with Actor/Producer Ashton Kutcher and Actors Anne Heche and Margarita Levieva
  • “Living The Dream – The Making of Spread
  • Behind the Scenes With Ashton Kutcher
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The World According to Nikki
  • Theatrical Trailer
Finally be sure to click here for a special Amazon video feature on Spread consisting of interview clips of the stars including Ashton taken from the premiere.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scottish Screen: A Sigma Films Case Study

In its newest brochure, Scottish Screen has a number of case studies, including one on Sigma Films. Called "Sigma Films Slate Fund Award Case Study," this piece makes mentions of the funding provided to the dynamic independent film production company in Glasgow. The article says that the Slate fund exists to "provide leverage to companies seeking to secure additional finance and consolidate market interest in their slate of projects in development."

It goes on to list some of the films we already know about including Ewan Morrison's Swung (script developed apparently), and The Ordinary which frankly intrigues me the most, as well as two on the backburner but still being worked on, the adaption of some sort of the book by Pelle Sandstrak called "Mr. Tourette & I " as well as one called lol...beers steers & queers (and if this is the western David talked about once wanting to do ...lolol) Personally I believe there are others but this is what the article mentioned and nary a peep on The Last Word. They then of course bring up ADVANCE PARTY II and tiny mention of 'SOON TO BE RELEASED DONKEYS''

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH DONKEYS... *sigh* (Im doing that alot today lol) but oy it surely would be great to know...just sayin :)

Anyway, my understanding on this whole UK funding business is murky at best so I think its better just to hear from the great Gillian Berrie, Sigma's co-founder and managing director who is quoted as saying:

"In order to survive, Scottish filmmakers must not only embrace the industry on an international level, they have to compete and succeed in both the creative and business sides of the arena. Scottish Screen recognizes the challenges we face and is a critical supporter of our endeavors to maintain Scotland's presence in an often turbulent and unpredictable market. Our industry would not survive without that fundamental support."

HEAR HEAR! Whats more confusing to me is that given the statistics and numbers contained in the Scottish Screen brochure ie the film and creative industries are bringing in literally BILLIONS of dollars to the Scottish economy, as well as all the not so dread film tourists, you know wee nothing people like me, who represent huge numbers and dollars to see places in Scotland where films were made and so on WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CUT THIS FUNDING? It all makes absolutely no sense to me, rather akin to shooting yourself in the foot and then saying oho I cant walk right ... anyway, there is also a nice piece on Valhalla Rising, Summer (with Kate Dickie ) and more, well worth a looksee. Hope to get these up on my flickr soon but you can download it here PDF

Triage to Open "Sevilla International Film Festival"

More good news today, thanks to reader Luna who let us know that Danis Tanovic's "Triage" with Colin Farrell and Jamie Sives will be screening at the Sevilla International Film Festival in Spain which runs from November 6-14. Not sure yet what specific time/tickets etc for the film, but very cool news indeed. Thanks again Luna!

More from Set of Eagle

Woefully behind again *sigh*, but there is more today from the set of Eagle of the Ninth in the Highlands of Scotland. All things Foe has received a special report and new photos (also here on this Hungarian website) of the huts used for the film, a bit on a scene that was filmed, and much more.
For all the details, check it out here!

UPDATE: For background on the development of the project, please check this interview with the producer here via Screen Daily

Thanks to Achiltibuie on twitter for the heads up!

New Photos of Jamie Sives in "Triage," New Valhalla Rising Clip, Video of Photocall

This week is a busy one indeed, as the Rome Film Festival is about to kick off with the opening day screening tomorrow of Danis Tanovic's Triage, starring Colin Farrell and the wonderful Jamie Sives. Zapsiter It now has the full press kit photos online for Triage, which include TWO NEW PHOTOS OF JAMIE SIVES with Colin! Yay!

(Be sure to check out larger versions over at ColinFarrellfansite.com too)
As longtime readers will know I ADORE Jamie and have followed the progress of another film he is in called Valhalla Rising which is due to screen next week at the London Film Festival starting on the 22nd. While not of him, you can now see a new clip (Click where it says trailer ITS NOT A TRAILER LOL its the clip lol) from the movie featuring Scots actor Gary Lewis. Finally, there is now video online of the dread press call for the film when it screened at the Venice Film festival; new is this video of Mads Mikkelsen and director Nicholas Refn.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Video: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green Close Up Filming a Scene from "The Last Word"

UPDATE: Just been told they are filming all week (until the 16th) on Hyndland Street (pic here on flickr) & Rd as well as Lawrence St & Caird

Well I have a feeling this wont last long, so go quick! Three very very brief clips (rehearsals here and here, with the scene below) of Ewan McGregor and Eva Green filming a scene near Kelvingrove Park from David Mackenzie's The Last Word. As seen below, you can see the crew from Sigma, then the camera pans over as Ewan leaps out of the green car (sporting that mask) yanks his bike out the back and Eva out of the car slams door shut, then they walk into some sort of building NO DIALOGUE is heard, but still very thrilling. Each clip is very very short, but still WOOT thank you Claire!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday in the Park with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green for "Last Word"

Check it out! Sunday in the Park with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.... As seen directly on the Style Scanner blog, Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Scotland was the setting for a leisurely bike ride for the stars of David Mackenzie's new film...along with BIKE CAM lol I LOVE THIS............>
For more, please check Style Scanner blog, as the photos are theirs, enjoy!

Also, thanks much to ever vigilant EvaGreen web, you can see some additional high res pics of Eva, plus a couple pics of the duo in a car, wearing masks. No idea where they obtained their photos (no sources given) or where the car scene was shot, but check out more in their galleries.
Esp the one where you can clearly see the mike and camera and the crew guys on that special bike, cool :)

UPDATE: You can also see this brief article from the Sunday Herald online (print copy had a few more pics) that showed a couple of extras in a scene where they are fighting over food or something in the streets. The paper noted:

Survivors seemed to be battling for last scraps of food with a wheelie bin overturned and debris strewn across Blythswood Street.

Fists were drawn as two actors fought one another on the ground.It drew a few onlookers as the camera crew captured the latest scenes for the film The Last Word. Police officers were brought in to help with traffic flow as city centre streets were affected by the filming yesterday morning.

But it left a few early-morning motorists somewhat irate, and horns were sounded when they were held up as a camera crew on a trailer headed along Bothwell Street.Officers were trying to keep the streets clear while a car sped along.

First Look: Extras from Eagle of the Ninth (Updated)

As noted before, filming is well underway now in Scotland for Kevin MacDonald's "The Eagle of the Ninth" starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. We now have our first look of the Pics and warriors played by extras which had been cast recently for the film. Taken on location waiting for filming to start, this is a fierce lot indeed (even with the headphones lol LOVE IT) all sporting their shaved heads and costumes made of "sackcloth, fur and leather." As noted here several times previously, location filming is due in the Achiltibuie region, with some of the locations to include Achilitbuie, Glen Sloy, and Fox Point. UPDATE: Thanks ever so much to Toby again, who updated his blog-CHECK IT OUT HERE- with more photos and a bit more on the filming progress, including overcoming horrible weather and all. He writes too on the stars of the film: "They've kept at it though and I was impressed at the professionalism of the crew and the fact that everyone seemed willing to muck in and help when things got tough. The stars of the film (Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell) had no airs and graces about them and were more than happy to mingle with the extras - they also signed my daughter's book so she went home very happy!"

Production on this new movie is based out Film City Glasgow (home to Sigma films :) Thanks so much to Toby for this photo (please note that is his photo and all credit rights belong to him; more including his beautiful daughter who is an extra can be found here)

Friday, October 9, 2009

High Res Press Photo of Jamie Sives in "Triage" with Colin Farrell

As reported previously, Danis Tanovic's "Triage" starring Colin Farrell and my fave Jamie Sives is due to open the Rome Film Festival next week on the 15th. Press photos have been released and there is a new high quality photo of Jamie now available -YAY! :)
Thanks Filmo.it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More Location Filming for Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in "The Last Word'

Production continues this fall week in Glasgow, Scotland for David Mackenzie's "The Last Word."
First, be sure to check out my updated Master List of Cast/Crew for Last Word (more uptodate than IMDB I assure you)

UPDATE: Check out the books that Chef Ewan will be using...from Oxfamglasgow, GREAT CAUSE GREAT JOB SIGMA! kudos for this!

"Yes, a chunk of our own cookery stock has passed audition and will star in David Mackenzie’s “Last Word”. None of the books were available for comment at the time of writing (they’re in a box en route to the set) but a source close to the books (me, like) said they were ecstatic and looking forward to the experience. They will return to their day job here next weekend, to raise money and find a new home."

Next, thanks to good ole The Sun and Mr. Paparazzi, there are more new photos from filming now online. While already in gorgeous high res over at the awesome EwanMcGregor.net and here in the galleries of Evagreenweb.com, the Sun published a typical goofball story today with the headline heralding
"I'm Cordon Ew" good lord...
and features a photo of Ewan McGregor in his chef's attire ...lmao-beats my cookin up a storm headline by far hahaha err or maybe not :P

As only the Sun could do...quotage..."

MOVIE hunk Ewan McGregor dons a chef's outfit to eye up his dish of the day - tasty co-star Eva Green.Star Wars heart-throb Ewan, 38, and Bond girl Eva, 29, were filming The Last Word on location in Glasgow yesterday.

One onlooker said: "You could say Eva looked delicious!" Meanwhile, the Scots actor has told how he was attacked by a GHOST on his 20th birthday.He said the spook left a huge burn mark on his dressing gown as he ran a bath in a shared house. Ewan added: "I was so freaked-out I left."

HAHAHAHA yea ok I wanna be drunk and write stories for the Sun yea