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15 Famous Scottish Actors

9/18/2014 10:58am EDT
15 Famous Scottish Actors
As the citizens of Scotland decide whether or not to declare independence from the United Kingdom, we're saluting some of the best actors from the country known for wonderful things such as kilts, scotch, bagpipes and Loch Ness monster.

Gerard Butler was born in Glasgow and was raised in the town of Paisley. One of his first roles was for the Scottish Youth Theater in a production of "Oliver!" He later put his acting ambition aside and enrolled in a law program at Glasgow University. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and kicked off his showbiz career as an extra in "The B...

Check Out 'My Week With Marilyn' On DVD & Blu-ray March 13

3/8/2012 7:00am EST
My Week With Marilyn
Based on the famously missing chapter in Colin Clark's memoir "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me," "My Week With Marilyn" reveals the enchanted week that the then-lowly production assistant spent with the most famous celebrity of the era during the production of the classic 1957 comedy romance "The Prince and the Showgirl."

The year was 1956. Colin Clark was an ambitious 23-year-old determined to make a name for himself in film. As summer gets underway, Clark manages to land a position as a production assistant on the film The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe (Michell...

Two Jews' Review 'My Week With Marilyn' And See Oscar Nod For Michelle Williams (Video)

11/22/2011 3:00pm EST
My Week With Marilyn
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: When the film 'My Week With Marilyn' directed by Simon Curtis, begins we see Marilyn Monroe on a stage singing 'That Ole Black Magic'... That's who I thought it was, anyway.

It actually took me a few seconds before realizing that I was watching not Monroe, but Michelle Williams. That's how good she is in her portrayal of the damaged, insecure, extremely sensual, extremely vulnerable Hollywood icon/sex symbol known as Marilyn Monroe. Or to put it simply, Michelle William's performance blew me away.

And the rest of the film is pretty wonderful a...

Happy 40th Birthday, Ewan McGregor!

3/31/2011 8:35am EDT
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor will be celebrating on Thursday - the great Scot turns 40 years old.

Born in Crieff, Scotland, drama school drop-out McGregor has been working steadily on the stage, in Hollywood and indie arthouse flicks ever since he wowed with his break-out role as a junkie in 1996's "Trainspotting."

He's proved there's no part he can't tackle, portraying everything from a glam rock star to a priest and, of course, a Jedi Knight.

To salute Ewan on his special day, WENN has opened up the archives and dug up 10 facts about his life.

- Early on in his career, McGregor shared an apartmen...

Dougray Scott Baffled By His Villain Status

6/7/2010 3:15pm EDT
Dougray Scott
Scottish actor Dougray Scott has no idea why he's often cast as a villain - because in real life he's more likely to "run away from a dangerous situation" than become embroiled in the drama.

The star was hand-picked by Tom Cruise to appear as bad guy Sean Ambrose in Mission: Impossible II, but Scott admits he's baffled why he was picked for the role.

He says, "I don't know what that's about because I'm no tough guy. I'm not a fighter. I'm more likely to run away from a dangerous situation that to confront it."

He was also surprised when he met with convicted criminals for a TV role. "...

Famous June Brides: Happily Ever After?

6/3/2008 8:30am EDT
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Historically, some married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Others did it to time conception so births wouldn't interfere with harvest work. Brides in the 15th century chose to marry in June because it coincided with their "annual bath" - you read right - thus ensuring a relatively sweet-smelling honeymoon.

Centuries later, June has remained the most popular month to wed. In MGM's 1954 Academy Award-winning musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the song "June Bride" trills: "Oh, they say when you marry in June, you're a bride all your life."


'Hitman' Takes Aim On Unrated Digital Copy Special Edition DVD And Blu-ray March 11

3/4/2008 1:36pm EST
The fine line between sinner and saint is tested as Hitman shoots to DVD March 11th from Fox Home Entertainment. Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, Hitman follows a genetically engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 whose sole purpose is to rid the world of its most sinister and deadly criminals. Hitman stars Timothy Olyphant (Live Free Or Die Hard, "Deadwood") as the master agent, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace, due in theaters Fall '08) as his love interest and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible: II, Dark Water) as the Interpol investigator obsesse...

Short-Lived 'Heist' Is Cancelled by NBC

5/4/2006 8:00am EDT
Dougray Scott's TV dreams in America have been dashed following the cancellation of his crime caper series Heist. The Scottish actor played a master thief with his sights set on robbing Los Angeles' top jewelers during the Academy Awards on the show, which was cancelled by network bosses at NBC at the end of last month. The series failed to lure viewers and was cancelled after just five episodes. There are no plans to air the rest of the series.

This Wednesday NBC's 'Heist' Debuts, 'Law & Order' Changes Time Slot

3/21/2006 10:58am EST
Steve Harris stars in Heist
The premiere of NBC's new drama Heist kicks off on Wed., Mar. 22, at 10-11 p.m., following an all-new episode of Law & Order debuting in its new time slot at 9-10 p.m. "Heist" is a fast-paced, serialized drama that follows a team of expert career criminals as they attempt to pull off one of the biggest heists in history.

Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, Seymour Cassel, Marika Dominczyk and David Walton star as the burglars hell-bent on pulling off the impossible to simultaneously rob three of the most renowned jewelry stores on Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive during Academy Awards week. ...

A Preview of NBC's Mid-Season Shows

1/23/2006 12:18pm EST
Stephanie March stars in Conviction
NBC will introduce several new mid-season series and welcome back other hits following the closing day ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics beginning Feb. 27 with the reprise of the smash "Deal or No Deal" followed by the series premieres of "Conviction" (March 3), "Heist" (March 22) and "Teachers" (April 6).

Other early schedule changes include Law & Order moving on Wednesdays to 9-10 p.m. (ET) beginning March 22. In addition, The Apprentice returns on Monday, February 27 (9-10 p.m. ET), and Las Vegas rolls on to Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on March 3. "Dateline NBC" also will move from...