Watch the trailer for Humpback Whales, narrated by Ewan McGregor!
An extraordinary journey into the hidden world of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammal, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles every year.
Humpback Whales is produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Pacific Life. A One World One Ocean production, Humpback Whales is directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Journey to the South Pacific). Filmed in 15/70mm, Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest, Journey to the South Pacific). The musical score is by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To The Arctic).
Ewan McGregor is lending his voice to help educate IMAX audiences on the majesty and beauty of the humpback whale.
The actor, who was considered for the lead role in a biopic on the life of anti-whaling captain Paul Watson, has signed on for director Greg MacGillivray’s Humpback Whales, a 3-D IMAX film that promises to take audiences “to the underwater world of the far away places where humpbacks live and thrive.”
The film is the first IMAX feature captured with the format’s new 3-D cameras, with location shoots in the South Pacific, Africa, Hawaii and Alaska. The film will have its premiere at the Museum of Discovery Science’s Autonation IMAX Theater in South Florida featuring a giant 60-foot by 80-foot screen.
“Humpback whales are simply fascinating creatures. Audiences will get an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young on the biggest screen in South Florida,” said President and CEO Kim Cavendish.
McGregor has previously lent his voice to other environmental documentaries such as 2013’s Wild Scotland and the more recent Ice Bear.
Humpback Whales is slated for release on Feb. 13, 2015.
When the trades announced last February that Albert Nobbs director Rodrigo García was making a small indie starring Ewan McGregor in dual roles, his characters were described as a holy man and a demon. But unveiled in yesterdays announcement of Premieres for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were the more specific details for Last Days in the Desert that said holy man and demon are actually Jesus and the Devil, in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert.
In the film, Yeshua—Hebrew for Jesus—is tempted by evil while alone in the wilderness. You can see the demon as the Devil, says McGregor. Or you can see him as another side of Yeshua perhaps, an embodiment of his doubt. Hes there testing him into trying to suggest that his father doesnt love him, that his fathers not interested in his struggle.
While in the desert, Yeshua also encounters a family that is experiencing its own father/son difficulties. Tye Sheridan (Mud) plays the Boy who wants to leave their bleak desert surroundings and travel to Jerusalem for a better life; his Father (Ciarán Hinds) insists he stay close to home.
Playing Jesus Christ and the Devil was initially intimidating for McGregor, who was immediately won over by Garcías spare and intimate 62-page script and the lure of working with Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. It helped to tap into the duality of Jesus and focus more on the human aspects of his character. I thought, Okay, hes a man whos struggling to communicate with his dad, says McGregor. I felt actually the pressure come off myself. Im not playing Jesus; Im playing a man whose dad is God and hes trying to speak to his dad. Its really a film about the relationship between fathers and their sons. In every scene of the film, thats at the heart of it.
McGregor played both main characters, with his longtime stunt double Nash Edgerton standing in for those scenes between Yeshua and the Devil. I played Yeshua with total conviction that he was the son of God and that his father had asked him to go on this path, which would lead him to death—to die for peoples sins—and I tried to imagine what that might be like for a man, he says. And then when I played the demon, I was trying to chip away at that conviction. The demons trying to drag him away from that.
That much is very much in line with the Biblical narrative, the story of Jesus being tempted by the Devil during 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, but McGregor is careful to leave the door wide open to interpretation. Its not a Biblical story. Its a story that Rodrigo García invented, he says. You could watch the film and not think that its Jesus. He could just be another holy guy, a rabbi, walking in the desert, looking for answers.
McGregor doesnt think this reimagining of Jesuss life will generate any controversy, like it did for Martin Scorsese and The Last Temptation of Christ. Theres nothing possibly that could upset people [in the film], other than the very nature of imagining a story with Jesus that doesnt exist in the Scripture, he says. Theres nothing offensive. Im not worried about it, because I believe very much in the heart of the film we made.
Jane Got A Gun release delayed again – now set for September
December 3, 2014
Hopefully the third time’s the charm. Relativity again has delayed the release for the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got A Gun. The troubled production now is slated to bow September 4, more than half a year later than its previous February 20 date. The pic, which has been through three bad guys, two directors and one lawsuit, initially had been scheduled to release this summer. As of now, it’s only up against Sony/Columbia comedy Kitchen Sink on the new slot.
Oscar winner Portman plays Jane Hammond, who has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by ultraviolent outlaw gang the Bishop Boys. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin (Ewan McGregor, who replaced Bradley Cooper, who had replaced Jude Law). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain mayhem.
Gavin O’Connor directs, having taken over after Lynne Ramsay exited the project on the first day of production.
I Hope I Get It: Stories From the Audition Room With Ewan McGregor
October 29, 2014
The startlingly handsome Star Wars star has many talents, but Jedi mind tricks aren't included.
You'd think Star Wars star Ewan McGregor would know a thing or two about mind control. But Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi training fell short when it comes to Tom Stoppard (at least the first time). Though he's currently starring in the Broadway revival of Stoppard's The Real Thing, McGregor's earlier bid for a Tom Stoppard play was less successful. No one puts Obi-Wan in a corner.
Ewan McGregor hugs wife Ève as they coordinate in black for charity event
27 October 2014 By Helen Zhao for MailOnline
They’ve been married for nearly two decades, and it seems Ewan McGregor and his wife Ève Mavrakis are still very much in love.
The 43-year-old actor held the 48-year-old production designer in a loving embrace as they attended a charity event in coordinated ensembles in New York City on Sunday.
The Star Wars actor was hosting a 'Sweet & Savory' reception at Swedish inspired café FIKA which serves coffee and gourmet chocolate.
The event benefitted the GO Campaign, which ‘improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions,’ according to their website.
‘GO Campaign connects donors to high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities, one child at a time.’
Ewan looked sharp dressed in black, including a buttoned suit jacket paired with matching trousers and rustic brown lace-up shoes.
Ève sported a black turtleneck sweater paired with funky green, black, and white print trousers as well as black ankle boots.
The couple share four daughters: Clara, 18, Esther, 12, Jamiyan, 13, and Anouk, three. Jamyan and Anouk are both adopted.
Ewan and Ève met on the set of TV show Kavanagh QC before Ewan became a big name in Hollywood.
The actor previously said on the Graham Norton Show: ‘I knew right then that I really wanted to be with her and I knew I wanted to be with her in a different way to all the other many, many, many women I had been with up until that point. And I wasn’t wrong. I made the right choice.’
Meanwhile, the father-of-four is making his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon.
Ewan plays a theatre director who has an affair with the wife (Maggie) of his male lead, during his strained marriage to his actress wife (Cynthia).
The show opens October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre in Manhattan.
Actor Ewan McGregor, who plays Henry in The Real Thing, speaks with Education Dramaturg Ted Sod about his role in The Real Thing.
Ted Sod: Let's start with some biographical information where were you born and educated?
Ewan McGregor: I grew up in a small town called Crieff in Scotland. I left school when I was 16 and got a job working backstage. Occasionally, if there was a one-line part or a little acting role I would get that. The first thing I remember having a line in was a production of Pravda and from there I went to a one-year theater arts course in Kirkcaldy, Fife, which was a really solid theater training we would have to construct sets, make costumes, advertise the shows. We would all have an acting role and a production role. It was a really good theater arts course for people who were too young to get into drama school. After that, I went to London and spent three years at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. One term into my third year I got cast in Dennis Potter's series, Lipstick on Your Collar. I left college to do that and I was off and running.
TS: Did you have any teachers who you felt were influential?
EM: Yes, Patsy Rodenberg. She's the only person I'd ever go to really. I went to her for a few movie roles when I wanted to do something with my voice, and I went to her another time when I was doing a play.
TS: I believe one of your uncles is also in the business.
EM: Yes. And the only other actor to come out of Crieff, to the best of my knowledge, is my uncle Denis Lawson. He's my mother's brother and was my inspiration once I decided to become an actor and has remained my inspiration throughout my life really.
TS: You worked with him on a play. Am I correct about that?
EM: After leaving drama school I spent seven years making movies and TV shows and I wanted to go back to the stage, but I was terrified after such a long break. I went to my Uncle Denis and I said, "Look, I really want to go back onstage, but I want you to direct me because I'll be terrified and I'd be happier if you were in the room." He found this great play that he'd done in the '60s entitled Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs by David Halliwell. For the first time back on stage in so long it was a real kick up the ass. It was a great cast and such an amazing experience.
TS: Do you still feel a bit of terror going on the stage?
EM: Everybody's nervous to go onstage. I can't imagine it would be quite as exciting if you weren't. I think it's part of the process for me. I never walked onstage totally without some sort of nerves or adrenaline running. And I wouldn't want it any other way, really.
TS: Talk about the role of Henry in The Real Thing. What attracted you to it?
EM: Well, I met Sam Gold, the director, and I wanted to work with him. I knew him by his reputation and when I spent time with him, I felt like he was someone that I could work with and feel comfortable with. He sent me some scripts. After reading some things that were still in development, he sent me Stoppard's The Real Thing. Luckily for me, I suppose, I've never seen the play. I read it without any preconceptions. I just totally fell in love with the character of Henry. I love his mind and his language and all his relationships and observations about life and love. I'm absolutely drawn to him and I find every time I read it that there's another little gem in there that I discover for the first time. Right now I haven't got the bigger picture of it because we haven't even begun to rehearse, but I feel like it's an extraordinary play. It's very accessible. Stoppard is a very clever writer.
TS: Is it complicated as an artist yourself to play a character who is an artist, or is it easier?
EM: No, I don't think it's complicated to play artists because in a way we know what it feels like to sit in that place of creativity. I've played a lot of writers and I think it's because writers like to write about writing. And in this play, there's even discussion about what good writing is and why it's important the respect of words that writers have. It's Stoppard, a very brilliant writer, writing about his love of writing.
TS: Is there any kind of research or preparation that you have to do other than reading the text?
EM: I just threw myself into the text. I've been attached to the play for over a year, so I've been reading it and re-reading it. I'm familiar with it in a good way - more than I've ever been with a text before rehearsals. I'm feeling super-excited. And those horrible nightmares I'd experienced before rehearsals, I haven't experienced them at all. I absolutely think it's because I've had so much time to steep myself in the words. I've enjoyed it very much. Every time I open the script I am provoked into thinking about the things that Stoppard wants me to think about.
TS: Will you talk about Henry's relationship to the women in his life? What do you make of his relationship with his teenage daughter, Debbie?
EM: I think Henry's very close to Debbie. I think he absolutely adores her his only daughter. I think the scene where she leaves to go off with a young man is one of the tenderest, most beautifully written scenes I've ever read in my life. It's the scene that we all wish we had with our own daughters. I stopped off in London to have lunch with Tom Stoppard before coming back to America and I thanked him for it. I said, "I'm looking forward particularly to saying that speech every night." There's an absolute beauty in what he tells her about being in love - the way he opens up and tells her about what our lovers expect of us and what being a lover is about. It's quite incredible, open and intimate.
TS: I find Debbie very mature for her age. I expect she will be the window into the play for some of our school audiences.
EM: She's completely the child of an actor and a writer. She is absolutely the offspring of people who are very interested in themselves.
TS: What about Charlotte and Annie? They're very different women - don't you think?
EM: Yes, I think they are very different. Charlotte seems somewhat embittered by her relationship with Henry. I mean, she's had nine affairs. And she assumes that he is having affairs left, right and center, although he isn't until this one with Annie. Charlotte thinks that there is no such thing as true love or commitment, only bargains. She suggests that they're idiots for believing in love. And Henry doesn't believe that. He says, "It's the kind of idiocy I like." I assume that we've got to accept that it's not the real thing between Charlotte and Henry and what's happening between Henry and Annie is.
Roundabout Theatre Company will soon present Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold. The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as "Henry," Maggie Gyllenhaal as "Annie," Cynthia Nixon as "Charlotte" and Josh Hamilton as "Max," begins preview performances on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement.
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production. This Tony Award-winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) first seduced audiences in London and New York nearly 30 years ago. Henry is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or The Real Thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Tom Stoppard's relationship with Roundabout Theatre Company includes Broadway productions of The Real Inspector Hound and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. This fall Roundabout will also present the New York debut of Mr. Stoppard's romantic drama Indian Ink at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Son of a Gun director Julius Avery on working with Ewan McGregor in WA-shot film
August 16 2014 By Kristy Symonds, Entertainment Reporter
Ewan McGregor and director Julius Avery, right, on the set of Son of a Gun.
Shooting a film in WA was no easy task, but Pemberton-born Son of Gun director Julius Avery says the final product was well worth it.
Speaking ahead of the sold-out Australian premiere of his debut feature film at opening night of CinefestOZ on Wednesday, Avery said it paid off, thanks to WA’s unique landscape.
The crime thriller, which stars Scottish actor Ewan McGregor and Australian Brenton Thwaites, was shot over three months last year in locations including Perth and Kalgoorlie.
“We really wanted to shoot in Western Australia,” Avery said. “It’s where I’m from and it’s where the story is from and I think it was all worth it.
“I think people really respond to something that looks different and people haven’t seen Perth or Western Australia like this before.
“People have seen a lot of crime and action films coming out of Melbourne and Sydney, but Perth has got such a unique feel to it – it’s just a different vibe.”
Although about 80 per cent of the cast and crew working on the film were WA-based, Avery said it was a big undertaking to bring over and accommodate the rest.
He said it would have been impossible to mimic the look and feel of his home state elsewhere.
“The great thing about Western Australia is the locations and it’s a growing industry and there are some really talented crew there,” he said.
Avery, whose 2008 short film Jerrycan collected a jury prize at Cannes, dubbed McGregor the “anti-star” for his hard work and openness on Son of a Gun, which hits cinemas in October and is one of six finalists up for CinéfestOZ’s inaugural $100,000 Film Prize.
“He didn’t want to hang out on the couch in his caravan,” said Avery. “He wanted to hang out with the crew and eat lunch with everyone.”
He said the Star Wars actor’s attitude brought out the best in everyone.
“It was such a great experience creatively, but also just as a human he’s an amazing guy,” he said. “Everyone felt like they could approach Ewan and ask for advice or share ideas.”
Avery said he was looking forward to seeing the film with an audience at the festival, which runs until Sunday.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Directed by David Koepp (who directed Depp in “Secret Window”), the movie co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia Munn. The film is adapted from the anthology The Mortdecai Trilogy written by Kyril Bonfiglioli, which suggests that all involved are shooting for a franchise, if along goofy lines. A similar formula was employed for “Pirates Of The Caribbean” series, so no one should scoff.
Thoughts? Are you all in for this action spy comedy? We’ll find out next year. Lionsgate opens “Mortdecai” February 6, 2015.