Ron Howard has admitted having a run in with the Catholic church over his forthcoming Da Vinci Code sequel.
Speaking at a press conference for Angels and Demons, the director said he had been refused permission by the Vatican to film in many of the churches featured in the Dan Brown novel because of the controversy surrounding his 2006 adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.
“[The Vatican] made it clear from the start there would be no co-operation on their part, so we didn’t even bother asking their permission. So we had to apply our own filmic ingenuity, using all the technological advantages that film-makers have at their disposal.
“I feel very confident in saying that we’re able to take the audience on a very realistic and authentic journey behind the walls of the Vatican. But could we bring a film crew in and shoot? No.”
Howard, who recently directed Frost/Nixon, also said he would be keen to adapt future Dan Brown books about Robert Langdon, the chief protagonist in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
He said: “Dan apparently has another Robert Langdon adventure in the pipeline. Working on these stories has been a fascinating experience. There’s clearly an audience for them. I’m going to be reading that story with great curiousity.”
The novel Angels and Demons is actually a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, but Howard’s film adaptation is set after the events of his 2006 movie. The film, which stars Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, is released on 15 May.
Source: Magazín Ixtanbul
Nov 8 2008
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SCOTS actor Ewan McGregor has given his backing to a new charity campaign.
He is supporting the IKEA Soft Toy Campaign, which raises money for UNICEF and Save The Children.
This year, UK IKEA stores will donate £1 for every soft toy purchased until December 23.
The money raised will be split between the charities to support ongoing projects and launch new projects in 14 countries.
Ewan said: “As a UNICEF Ambassador, I have seen first-hand the vital work they are doing for children.
“Today you have the chance to help UNICEF and Save the Children make a difference to thousands of children’s lives all over the world by simply buying a soft toy.”
By CHARLENE CHENG, News EditorPublished 7/12/2008THE SKINNY: While promoting Fox Reality Channel’s new documentary series LONG WAY DOWN at this summer’s TCA press tour, Ewan McGregor was able to reveal some details about Ron Howard’s upcoming THE DA VINCI CODE prequel ANGELS & DEMONS that begins shooting again shortly. “I went over to Italy to do a couple days filming on ANGELS AND DEMONS … and I’m about to start my work properly on it over the [next] six or seven weeks here in L.A.,” says McGregor. “I’ve enjoyed working with all of those people.”In ANGELS AND DEMONS, McGregor plays Carlo Ventresca opposite Tom Hanks, who returns as Robert Langdon.”I play the Camerlengo, the Pope’s right-hand man — his assistant,” explains McGregor. And the Pope has died, therefore, [it’s] what happens to the Camerlengo between the time of the Pope’s death and the next Pope. Basically after one Pope dies and before the next one is made Pope, there’s a period of time in there where the Camerlengo is in charge of the Vatican and that’s who I play.”Meanwhile, LONG WAY DOWN, which follows McGregor and close friend Charley Boorman as they travel from Scotland to South Africa on BMW motorcycles, premieres on Fox Reality Channel on August 2 at 9p ET/PT.”I’ve always wanted to ride bikes,” says McGregor who treasured this opportunity. “And I believe traveling on them is very different than traveling in a car. I think when you meet people, first of all there’s a kind of novelty factor in Magnolia or the Highlands of Ethiopia when you rock up on a big old bike. People aren’t used to seeing them. So there’s an interaction with the people, which is quite different.”Source: www.ifmagazine.com
Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Ewan McGregor is set to co-star in a new Amelia Earhart biopic for Fox Searchlight. The 37-year-old actor will be joining Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Virginia Madsen in “Amelia.”The story which focuses on the legendary aviation pioneer’s, played by Swank, rise to fame, marriage to George Putnamn, played by Gere, and her affair with Gene Vidal, potrayed by McGregor.McGregor has long been asked by the filmmakers to join the cast but scheduling conflicts with his film “I Love You, Philip Morris” have gotten in the way. He is about to wrap up the film with comedian Jim Carey and will begin to work on the “Angels and Demons” film in June.He will squeeze in “Amelia” in between his hectic schedule.The film will begin shooting in Toronto.Source: www.allheadlinenews.com
Oh no! Scottish scruff Ewan McGregor has not only turned gay on his female fans but ginger as well!But don’t worry, the Trainspotting actor and co-star Jim Carrey were just playing out their roles on a ‘romantic’ boat trip on the set of new film, ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’. The pair play a pair of gay cellmates, who fall in love in a new film based on the true story of a Texan convict.In this scene, the two stars are filmed during a fumbling man on man moment aboard their dinghy, bobbing off Florida Keys.Carrey was left with his legs sprawled in the air and his pants around his ankles, as McGregor looks on suspiciously. Source: www.metro.co.uk
Ruthe SteinFriday, May 2, 2008In person, Ewan McGregor looks even less as if he could be Colin Farrell’s brother than he does onscreen. McGregor is tall but slight, with none of Farrell’s potentially menacing bulk. But then Woody Allen, who chose Christopher Walken as Diane Keaton’s brother in “Annie Hall” and Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as sisters in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” never puts much store in physical resemblance when casting sibling parts, relying instead on clever acting to make you believe his characters are related.In “Cassandra’s Dream,” McGregor plays Ian, the emotionally stronger of two brothers. When their wealthy uncle asks them to murder a business foe, he does the dastardly deed and gets on with it, while brother Terry (Farrell) falls apart.George Lucas directed McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in three “Star Wars” movies, and Baz Luhrmann had him singing and dancing in “Moulin Rouge.” But, like many actors, McGregor’s dream had been to work with Allen, and he badgered his agent about it for years.Here McGregor tells what happened with the call finally came and what it was like to be directed by Allen in “Cassandra’s Dream,” being released this month on DVD.[b]Q: Did Allen call you himself?A:[/b] No. Your agent calls you up and says, “Woody Allen would like to meet you in New York.” So off you go, and you meet him for, like, 45 seconds. He comes in and says, “I like your work, and maybe I have a part.”[b]Q: Does he answer questions?A:[/b] No. He just likes to see you in the flesh. I go away, and then they phone up and say, “Look, Woody wants you to read the script,” and they send it around.[b]Q: What is it about Allen that makes actors take enormous pay cuts to work for him?A:[/b] He’s just one of the very few grand-master filmmakers there are in the world, really. There’s’ nobody who has the (nerve) to shoot the way he does. He only does wide shots. Occasionally, he’ll come in for a close-up, but really only occasionally. So you get this wonderful naturalism because, as an actor, you’ve played these very long scenes in real time in front of a wide frame, and that’s it. You do two or three takes, and then you’re moving on to another scene. So it keeps things really real. And the dialogue is lovely. Woody is so (self-effacing) about it. He says, “They’re just words I wrote. Don’t say any of them if you don’t want to.” It’s kind of like jazz music written in a way to work around it. But it’s so beautifully written, I wouldn’t want to change a word.Source: www.sfgate.com
By TATIANA SIEGELIsraeli actress Ayelet Zurer has nabbed the female lead opposite Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures’ “Da Vinci Code” prequel “Angels & Demons.”Ewan McGregor is in talks to join the thriller, which is based on the Dan Brown best-seller.McGregor is set to take on the role of a powerful Vatican insider who assists Langdon.Story centers on religious art scholar Robert Langdon (Hanks), who once again finds himself entangled with powerful forces with ancient roots: the Illuminati — the most powerful underground organization in history — and the Catholic Church. Zurer will play Vittoria Vetra, an Italian scientist who joins forces with Langdon.Ron Howard is directing from an Akiva Goldsman script.Zurer is best known in her native Israel, where she has starred in “Nina’s Tragedies” and the TV series “In Treatment,” which was recently adapted in the U.S. by HBO. Her U.S. film credits include “Munich” and Columbia’s “Vantage Point.” She will next be seen in the Samuel Goldwyn release “Fugitive Pieces.”Source: www.variety.com
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