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Ewan McGregor’s bike ban

2006-04-26 15:20:03Ewan McGregor was banned from the world’s deadliest bike circuit – over fears he would kill himself.The ‘Trainspotting’ star, who is currently shooting his new film on Britain’s Isle of Man, was desperate to try out the notorious nearby TT course, which has claimed a score of lives in the past….. (click on read more to see the whole article!)Also, Ewan’s in the cover of Japanese magazine Joker Celebrity Thanks to Roberta for the scan and article!

Ewan adopts orphan girl

By Ed Harris, Evening StandardEWAN McGREGOR has adopted an orphaned girl from Mongolia.The Moulin Rouge star is said to have met her when she was two years old during his televised global motorbike tour with friend Charley Boorman.Now aged four, she is thought to be preparing to move to Britain to live with Ewan, 35, wife Eve, 39, and their two daughters Clara, 10, and Esther, five.A source said: “He just fell for this little girl while he was out there. He wants to give her the family she never had.”A spokeswoman for McGregor confirmed that he had adopted the girl but gave no further details.The news comes after reports that the star had tried to adopt an abandoned three-year-old orphan called Jamiyantsetseg in 2004.That application was rejected and instead he agreed to fund the girl’s living and school expenses in Ulan Bator until she is at least 16.Police doctor Enkhmaa Jamsrangiin said at the time: “He asked me to find a good orphanage for the child. He told them he would pay the bill.”He spent a lot of time playing with the kids and seemed really sad at their situation.” from http://www.thisislondon.co.uk more articles:Ewan adopts a child from Asia One more for McGregor clan Ewan adds to his family

About face

MORE than 100 famous Scots, including Sean Connery, Billy Connolly and Rod Stewart, are about to make an exhibition of themselves.Gordon Ramsay, Ewan McGregor, Chancellor Gordon Brown, Jimmy Logan, Annie Lennox and Carol Smillie are among the celebrities captured by the six artists of Glasgow’s Scottish Cartoon Art Studio.Together with Elaine C Smith, Travis singer Fran Healy, Lorraine Kelly, Rikki Fulton and JK Rowling, they will be on show at Edinburgh’s Scottish National Portrait Gallery.The show, Fizzers: The Alternative National Portrait Gallery, runs from Friday until July 2. A book, also called Fizzers – Scots slang for ‘face’ – is published on Friday.*Studio manager Terry Anderson said: “Fizzers isn’t a definitive list of the greatest Scots.”They’re simply the people we feel ‘give good face’ – personalities who are readily recognised by the public and offer great opportunities for humorous interpretation.”from www.eveningtimes.co.uk for more info, visit: National Galleries of Scotland * Fizzers – Scottish Cartoon Art Studio

Ewan McGregor: Easy rider

Motorbike adventures … blockbuster movies … the odd West End musical … a happy family life … Ewan McGregor succeeds effortlessly where other actors struggle. So what’s next for the man who has it all? Nick Duerden finds outPublished: 04 March 2006The moustache is unexpected, but then moustaches so often are. This one is blonde and thick as a brush and looks as if it may be concealing a rather stiff upper lip. “It’s for a film, Beatrix Potter [with Ren?e Zellweger],” says Ewan McGregor, fingering the ‘tache self-consciously; indeed, the beard that has come to define him of late only came off after our photographer’s visit. “It’s rather fetching, isn’t it? But it is only temporary, as I’ve a feeling it adds years to me. So once the film is done, that’s it, it goes.”Source: The Independent

Hollywood stars sing for charity

Hollywood actors Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Garner have agreed to record cover versions of famous songs for the planned charity album ‘Unexpected Dreams: Songs From The Stars’.The album has been organised by American studio Rhino Records in order to contribute to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s music education programmes.’Lost In Translation’ actress Johansson will apparently sing the Gerswhin classic ‘Summertime’, while McGregor will sing Sade’s ‘The Sweetest Gift’ and Garner will perform Frank Loesser’s ‘My Heart Is So Full Of You’.In addition, Hollywood veteran Jeremy Irons, John C Reilly and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ actress Nia Vardalos have all agreed to lend their voices to the compilation.

McGREGOR TO STAR IN NEW HITCHCOCK FILM

Scots heart-throb EWAN McGREGOR has signed up to appear in a new film based on the life of ALFRED HITCHCOCK.The film will focus on the director’s early years growing up in London, and how he went on to work with Hollywood legends CARY GRANT, JAMES STEWART and GRACE KELLY.Hitchcock is best known for his pioneering work in the horror/thriller genre, which started with his classic 1960 movie PSYCHO, and continued with other well-known suspense-filled works such as THE BIRDS and VERTIGO.The film is due to start filming later this year (06), with British actor MATT LUCAS of the satirical comedy LITTLE BRITAIN tipped to play Hitchcock.

Ewan McGregor salutes haggis at Burns Night Bash

While haggis, a traditional delicacy comprising a stuffed sheep’s stomach, may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying its central role in traditional Scottish culture. Indeed movie heart-throb Ewan McGregor, who originally hails from the Highland town of Crieff, was clearly thrilled at being the man chosen to offer it a personal address.

LAURENCE OLIVIER NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

The SIR ELTON JOHN-scored musical BILLY ELLIOT is leading the pack for next month’s (26FEB06) Laurence Olivier Awards with nine nominations – closely followed by the EWAN McGREGOR-starring GUYS AND DOLLS, with eight nods.Scottish star McGregor has been nominated for Best Actor In A Musical, but faces stiff competition from Billy Elliot cast members JAMES LOMAS, GEORGE MAGUIRE and LIAM MOWER, who are all nominated in the same category.Fellow West End productions DON CARLOS, HEDDA GABLER and MARY STUART all received six nominations.President of the Society of London Theatre Rosemary Squire says, “(The list) demonstrates what an array of theatrical talent we have in London Theatre.”The 30th Laurence Olivier Awards will take place at the London Hilton hotel and be presented by veteran British actor RICHARD WILSON.contactmusic.com

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