Earlier on this afternoon, Ewan McGregor and co-star Jennifer Connelly attended the San Sebastian Film Festival for the “American Pastoral” photocall and press conference. Over 100 images from both events are now up in the gallery.
DEADLINE – Ewan McGregor has been set as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards which are organized by BAFTA Los Angeles. McGregor, whose feature directing debut American Pastoral just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is being given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF.
The actor-director recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across the area are affecting children’s lives. He “is using his platform to bring awareness” to the horrors facing the children, says BAFTA LA. The org noted he has worked with UNICEF to help provide life-saving food and water, protection services, and healthcare to families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
McGregor broke out in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult hit Trainspotting and recently reprised his role as Renton in Boyle’s Trainspotting 2 alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony releases February 3 next year. The following month, Disney releases the live-action Beauty And The Beast in which McGregor plays Lumière. Among his long list of feature credits are The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Big Fish, I Love You Philip Morris, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Moulin Rouge (scoring Golden Globe nominations for the latter two films). He also donned Jedi robes to play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He’s currently in political thriller Our Kind Of Traitor and soon begins production on FX’s Fargo. He’ll play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in the Season 3 anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregor’s American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He stars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning with Lionsgate releasing October 21.
Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom are previous Humanitarian Award recipients. Other 2016 Britannia Awards honorees in various categories include Ang Lee, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais.
The awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood which honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., UK and beyond. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. This year’s ceremony takes place October 28 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall.
High-quality images from the TIFF press conference for “American Pastoral” are now up in the gallery – there’s been a lot of updates over there in the past few days!
You can watch the TIFF Press Conference for Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut “American Pastoral” in full below. Images from the conference will be up shortly.
It’s a cool gray day in July, and I’m climbing a dormant volcano with Ewan McGregor. We’re halfway up Arthur’s Seat, a rocky summit that looms over Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Robert Louis Stevenson once described this promontory as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” which is Scottish for “steep as shite.” I’m already winded. McGregor is as chipper as a puppy going for its morning walk. When I stop to catch my breath and soak up the view, he flashes me a grin—that terrific, lupine Ewan McGregor grin—and announces that he can already see tomorrow morning’s tabloid headline: EWAN KILLS JOURNO AT LAST. He tips his head back, laughing, and pats me on the sweaty shoulder. Then he gambols up the stony path.
In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, McGregor hardly needs to kill an out-of-shape journalist to get tabloid attention. He’s here filming the sequel to Trainspotting, the 1996 film that put him on the map as an actor, and the city is pulling for the cast and crew as if they were Scotland’s World Cup team. The original Trainspotting, a black comedy about a cluster of criminally hapless heroin addicts, is beloved here, as it is across Great Britain. (London’s The Observer named it the best British film of the last twenty-five years.) Photographs from the sequel’s shooting fill the front pages of Edinburgh’s newspapers. Teeming crowds gather around roped-off set locations. “I’ve never seen the like of it,” McGregor says about the mania. “People just standing there with a million cell phones, you know?”
The gallery has just been updated with 921 screen captures of Ewan McGregor as Perry from his 2016 film “Our Kind of Traitor”. Directed by Susanna White and based on the novel by John le Carré, the film follows couple Perry and Gail (McGregor and Naomie Harris) who finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.
Last night, the Toronto International Film Festival premiered Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, “American Pastoral”. 96 high-quality images from the event are now up in the gallery.
Ewan McGregor recently did an interview (and photoshoot) for Bloomberg Pursuits, where he talks about directing, motorcycles and making it to 45. The gallery has been updated with the new photoshoot images, along with the cover for the article and a shot of him behind the scenes directing “American Pastoral”. You can read the interview in full here.
The gallery has been updated with 1,694 screen captures of Ewan McGregor as Jesus / The Devil from his 2015 film “Last Days in the Desert”. Directed and written by Rodrigo García and co-starring Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, the film follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with a demon over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.
Screen Daily – This year’s San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) will host the European premiere of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral following its world premiere at Toronto.
An adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel about an American family being torn apart by political and social upheaval in the 1960s, McGregor also stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano adapted Roth’s novel. Producers are Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment. Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score.
Lakeshore are handling international sales. Lionsgate has US rights and Entertainment One will distribute in Canada.
The film will play in competition in San Sebastian’s official selection, with further titles yet to be revealed. As previously announced, the European premiere of Oliver Stone’s Snowden will play out of competition.
McGregor attended the 1994 San Sebastian film festival will his debut feature as an actor, Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, and was a recipient of the event’s Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
The gallery has just been updated with 624 Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Ewan McGregor from 2015 biopic “Miles Ahead”. The film, directed by and starring Don Cheadle, explores the life and music of jazz musician Miles Davis.
The Film Stage – While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s LBJ, A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman-led Planetarium, Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe, and more.
American Pastoral Ewan McGregor, USA World Premiere
Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor stars in his directorial debut as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life, when his beloved teenage daughter disappears after being accused of committing a violent act. Dedicated to finding her, what he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. Also starring Academy Award–winner Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Emmy–winner Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Valorie Curry, Peter Riegert, and Rupert Evans.
Aside from opening with Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake and closing with the Hailee Steinfeld-led The Edge of Seventeen, they also added some acclaimed previous premieres, including Manchester by the Sea, Loving, American Honey, The Birth of a Nation, Elle, The Handmaiden, Neruda, Paterson, The Salesman, Things to Come, and Toni Erdmann
EMPIRE – Not a lot happens in the first trailer for the follow-up to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic Trainspotting. In fact, nothing really happens at all. But quite honestly, we don’t care. Spud, Renton, Sick Boy and Begbie are back (once again standing far too close to train tracks for comfort), so consider our nostalgia levels dialled up to 11.
Similar to the equally short ‘homage’ trailer that landed back in May, this 40-second teaser revels in its heritage, blasting out Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life (Trainspotting’s iconic track) while setting the boys against the orange of the posters that have been plastered across hundreds of walls over the past 20 years. Only, with more Robert Carlyle and less Kevin McKidd for, err, obvious reasons.
Loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s novel sequel Porno, it also looks like that T2 moniker is set to stay. Hey, if Suicide Squad got away with it…
Trainspotting 2 arrives in cinemas on January 27, 2017.