Saturday, April 30, 2011
Alastair Mackenzie is meeting another Monster! This one however is a much more real and much more serious monster than his recent family film. It's a Monster Bike & Hike over the gorgeous highlands of Scotland, all in an effort to raise money to combat an all too real monster and horrible one at that -cancer. This year, Al joined in with some friends to take part in the annual Maggie's Centre Monster Hike and Bike where he and his team, the Almost Whites completed the grueling course in 12 hours, in hopes of raising some money and awareness for this charity. Al finished the event as noted here-------------------------->
but this battle and ongoing efforts by the charity continues. If you can and are able and willing, YOU CAN HELP NOW AND DONATE HERE AT AL'S OFFICIAL BIKE & HIKE DONATION PAGE where Al wrote the following:
I'm heading to Fort William to take part in the Monster Bike and Hike Challenge in aid of the remarkable and inspiring Maggie's cancer charity and I need your support if you can give it. I have recently seen two young friends suffer horribly from cancer and I'm sure we all know people who are affected. Maggie's is such a worthy cause and do so much extraordinary work in helping cancer sufferers and I am very keen to help them as best as I can. I'm mountain biking for 30 miles and then hiking for 22 miles. It will take about 12 hours and I'll have some blisters. It'd be great if you could help me by donating some hard earned cash if you can.
We are hoping to see some photos of Al at/during this event and will update if possible ( Im sure he's off now having a well earned rest nursing some blisters) Cheers and Kudos to you Alastair, your teammates and all who took part in this event!!! Mostly however good thoughts and continued good support to wonderful charities like Maggies, Eilidh Brown and St. Jude (charity near and dear to me) who effort and work ceaselessly in the ongoing battle against cancer.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Here is the press release via the official SFF website:
In recognition of his illustrious career, Ewan McGregor will receive this years’ Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting at a special tribute event featuring a screening of his new film, Beginners (USA), on Sunday, May 22 at the Egyptian Theatre. A special tribute dinner for Mr. McGregor and 75 guests will take place immediately following the screening and interview at Prava Studios and will be prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef, Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s and Luc Restaurants in Seattle. Tickets for the dinner are $250, which includes reserved seating to the tribute event, and are available for purchase at SIFF.net.
Special retrospective screenings of Moulin Rouge! and Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book, and the Seattle premiere of another of Mr. McGregor’s new films, David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense, will also be featured at the Festival.
Saturday, 30 April, will see the London premiere of Morag McKinnon's DONKEYS with JAMES COSMO, KATE DICKIE AND MARTIN COMPSTON due to take part in a Q & A after the event at the Rich Mix! CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS while you still can. Then, on Sunday 1 May, its a special showing of the critically acclaimed film that started it all-Andrea Arnold's "Red Road" Yep back on the big screen; tickets for this event at the Aubin Cinema are HERE. GO. ENJOY! (and pls tweet pics :D)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"I'm hoping to do a low budget film for Sigma Films with Andrea Gibb, who I did Afterlife with and who has written an amazing script - like The Big Chill but in Scotland. "
Colin has confirmed that yes indeed the script is done, and they are working hard on getting all the pieces in place (financing etc) before possibly SHOOTING THIS SUMMER! FINGERS CROSSED this will work out, just excellent news for Sigma and Colin Kennedy fans! You can learn more about Colin via the website for his multi award-winning short film I LOVE LUCI, here.
Also be sure to check out this second new interview with You Instead stars LUKE Treadaway and Nat from the film festival! :)
Finally, before anyone fusses at me, NO I still have no idea on when the new trailer is coming out sorry :((
Reminder then the VERY NEXT DAY ON 1 MAY, the first film in the Advance Party trio RED ROAD will screen over in Shoreditch at The Aubin Cinema, with tickets STILL AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE AT THIS LINK (Morag Mckinnon will also be there discussing the differences/similarities to her film and that of Andrea Arnolds Red Road, should be FANTASTIC opportunity for true film fans to get some great insight into this ground-breaking series from Sigma Films)
Friday, April 15, 2011
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE VIA THIS LINK. Go, enjoy!
Red Road stars the superb Kate Dickie, Tony Curran and Martin Compston. Trailer for this excellent series drama film can be seen below.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
JAMES COSMO. Well known for his many diverse roles in huge blockbusters such as Braveheart, James Cosmo was the recent star in his critically-acclaimed turn in Sigma's Donkeys directed by Morag McKinnon (the second installment in the Advance Party series, be sure to check out the hilarious trailer here) In Game of Thrones you James will be appearing as a much more serious character named Old Bear (Jeor Mormont), commander of the Night Watch.
KATE DICKIE. Well known and most beloved to those of Sigma fans, this hugely talented Scottish actress was most recently seen alongside James in Donkeys, where she reprises of sorts her award winning turn in Red Road. HBO has now released in glorious high definition a new "making of" feature on the upcoming Game of Thrones that features new interview with Kate Dickie on her role as Lysa Arryn for the series (starts at around 19:00 mark). Enjoy!
JAMIE SIVES. Several years after his award-winning turn in the tile role for Sigma's Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Jamie Sives also recently appeared in David Mackenzie's excellent Hallam Foe. Currently, Jamie can be seen portraying the role of Jory Cassel, right hand man to Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean). At this link, you can read my exclusive interview with Jamie on the part, as well as see many new shots of Jamie filming as Jory in the above "making of " feature for Game of Thrones.
Update: Brian from the Daily Record also very kindly let me know about his new interview with Jamie Sives on his role, where Jamie notes " "Even if you're not a huge fan of fantasy, you're going to like this. We had a great time making the series and, having seen the first few episodes, I was really delighted with the way it all turned out." Yes :))
Natalia Tena. Star of the newest film from Sigma YOU INSTEAD, Nat hangs up her guitar and takes on a decided and much wilder look in Game of Thrones where she appears as Osha.
Other Scottish actors of note also appearing in the ten part series include:
Ron Donachie (Taggert, Rebus)
as Lord Rodrik Cassel, uncle to Jamie Sives' Jory
TRIVIA: Jamie and Ron also appeared in the very same episode of Doctor Who..."Tooth and Claw"
Iain Glen (Sir Jorah Mormont).
very fine actor, def needs to be on our screens more.
Rory McCann (In Clash o T w/Jamie, Rockface and yes in Monarch w/Al in season one :)
Plays the Hound aka Sandor Clegane, keep an eye on this character.
Emun Elliot (Marillion)
Richard Madden (Hope Springs-filmed at FCM! :D) Richard, from the outskirts of Glasgow will be taking on the part of Robb Stark, eldest son of Ned. Already gaining much popularity with many fans for his good looks, you can read more about this young actor with a huge future here via the Herald and in the Telegraph.
THANKS SO MUCH TO SKY ATLANTIC FOR THE HIGH RES PHOTOS! MUCH APPRECIATED!
Quick but WONDERFUL update now as actor Jamie Sives continues on his quest to kill me. :P Jamie has now updated his IMDB photos page with a slew of interview pages from the past including those from Empire magazine and Total Film, some older THEATRE PHOTOS (MANY which are new to me WONDERFUL STUFF of Jamie and Joseph Fiennes) and of note, a photo taken by his colleague COLIN FARRELL on the set of Triage.
PRESS WATCH: Jamie was interviewed by THE SUN lol, bless em with a piece titled "I'm in TV's sexiest show, but I didn't score once."
MOVIE hunk Jamie Sives was left gutted after starring in sex-filled TV epic Game Of Thrones - as his character DIDN'T get lucky.
Jamie, 37, plays hardman bodyguard Jory Cassel in the £40million fantasy spectacular, which debuts on Sky Atlantic this month.
The megabucks show could become more famous for its monster BONKS than battles. But the Edinburgh actor - who's pals with legendary lothario Russell Brand - was left disappointed when he didn't get in on the action.
He said: "This time, I just had the fighting to do and there was no sex for my character.
"It's funny, I've had my fair share through the years but not this time around." The ten-parter, made by US TV giants HBO, is expected to be as big as blockbuster Boardwalk Empire, and MTV have dubbed it the 'Medieval Sopranos'. "You had to watch what you were doing to make sure you didn't get a sword through the head."I got a few wee cuts and bruises but I love doing s*** like that."He added: "There's a LOT of sword-fighting and violence. There are children in the show but it's probably not one for the kids."
THANK YOU SO MUCH JAMIE!
(now stop killing me for the moment, gotta make it through GoT you know! ;)
Monday, April 11, 2011
SIGNED BY DAVID
Holy senses of joy! Signed by David who I adore and admire so much
A "Perfect Sense" poster ....AS BIG AS MY ENTIRE BED (AH SOO COOL!!!) BUT NOT EVEN A DROP COMPARED TO THE SIZE OF MY LOVE FOR THE FOLKS AT SIGMA!!!
(gah I know lol Sorry but you knew something like that had to be coming! :))))
Dear David...Surely you must know what this meant to me, so no need to blather on with all emotional sop, except to say my continued support admiration thanks and my heart to you and ALL AT SIGMA
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
I LOVE THIS!
me, luckiest fan in the land xxx
Friday, April 8, 2011
A tentative description of AB has now surfaced online which describes the film as a "drama" about "Three couples descend on their old party haunt for a reunion to discover life is even more complex than it seems in your late-thirties."hmmm a twist on the Big chill maybe, but dunno about how accurate this is. Regardless, seems very cool indeed and I CANT WAIT!
To learn more about Colin and his award-winning short film I Love Luci, be sure to visit the official site here, and the Facebook page for it here.
Sigma Films can also be found on the web via their website here at this link, and at their official Facebook page, here.
As its now April and time is springing forward lol, given the huge and often overwhelming amount of news that happened in the first few months, will try and do a recap for each of the films/segments this weekend. Regardless, its going to be a HUGE summer/fall for Sigma on screens EVERYWHERE! :)
Theatre news today: Actor Jamie Sives will mark a return to the boards as this summer he will be appearing in a production of "The Pride" at THE SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE STUDIO THEATRE in June. In a limited run, Jamie will be appearing in the role of Philip who, as Jamie told me, is "same part that my best mate JJ (Feild) played so brilliantly at The Royal Court last year." AWESOME NEWS!
Running 23 June - 16 July, TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE HERE AT THIS LINK. Jamie also told me that this play is "being directed by a great actor and director,… and friend Richard Wilson. I'll be working with Daniel Evans with whom I worked on 'The Passion' and 'To The Ends of The Earth. He is also the Artistic Director of The Sheffield Cruclible. Its a great theatre and a great city. I worked there 10 years ago, shoving a burning hot poker up Joe Fiennes' arse every night in Michael Grandage's production of Edward II. It will only be a 3 week run but I'm really looking forward to it."
Again this is wonderful news! Jamie begins rehearsals next month. The Pride is described as follows:
1958. Philip is married to Sylvia, but he’s in
love with Oliver.
2008. A different love story is unfolding with a
strangely familiar trio…
Alexi Kaye Campbell’s astonishing debut play, with its candid and heartbreaking exploration of what happens between men and women, exploded onto the stage in 2008. Passionate, heartfelt and gripping, The Pride is about loyalty, loss and having the courage to stand up for who you really are. (Contains scenes of a sexual nature and strong language)
GREAT NEWS JAMIE, CONGRATULATIONS! :))))