THE VICTIM: Kelly Macdonald and STV Productions executive Paul Sheehan discuss the British mini-series – Exclusive Interview

Kelly MacDonald in THE VICTIM | ©2019 Britbox

In Britbox’s four-part drama THE VICTIM, shown earlier this year on the BBC, Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, a married mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. Anna and her husband Lenny (Jamie Sives) have two remaining young children, but Anna has never recovered emotionally from the murder of her elder son. When the boy’s presumed killer is free, Anna is accused of identifying him online, which leads to the man being beaten almost to death. Is he actually the killer? And whether he is or not, are Anna’s actions justified? John Hannah plays the police detective looking into the matter. Macdonald, herself […]Read On »

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BRAVE Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

BRAVE | (c) 2012 Walt Disney

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: BRAVE – As much as Disney gets flak for being a super corporation and installing all sorts of consumerism in our children, they do know how to deliver the goods when it comes to great storytelling that the whole family can enjoy. BRAVE is the wonderful story […]Read On »

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DARK SHADOWS Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

DARK SHADOWS | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: DARK SHADOWS – I get that Hollywood is so completely out of ideas that anything they can come up with from the past they immediately green light in order to just get something out there and hope for the best. But when it comes to taking a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BRAVE producer Katherine Sarafian talks Scotland, mythology and animating bears

Merida in BRAVE | ©2012 Disney Pixar

In Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar’s new animated feature film BRAVE, we are the misty and magical realm of ancient Scotland, where young Princess Merida (voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald) finds that she must fight to save her family and the kingdom when a magical spell goes awry. BRAVE producer Katherine Sarafian has been working with Pixar since the days when first TOY STORY film was in production during the 1990s. She served in a number of capacities on TOY STORY 2, A BUG’S LIFE, MONSTERS INC. and THE INCREDIBLES and produced the short film LIFTED. BRAVE is Sarafian’s first gig […]Read On »

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Interview: BRAVE composer Patrick Doyle bears the highlands

Patrick Doyle | ©2012 Patrick Doyle

If there’s one picture that Patrick Doyle was fated to be the composer of, then it’s no contest that movie is BRAVE, Pixar’s animated salute to all things Scottish in the form of a feisty lass named Merida. Like all modern, high-born Disney heroines, this red hair rebels against the chauvinist-conformist path set by her well-meaning royal parents, with her archery skills representing the sharply pointed spirit of her determination. Not only does Merida’s shooting skill outrage her highland clansmen and intended suitors, but her unbreakable will also ends up incurring a witch’s ursine curse- the rampaging results of which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BRAVE World Premiere and Grand Opening of the Dolby Theatre

Kelly Macdonald at the World Premiere of BRAVE and the Grand Opening of the Dolby Theatre, part of the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Disney•Pixar held the World Premiere of BRAVE, part of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Grand Opening of the Dolby Theatre (formally Kodak Theatre) in Hollywood on June 18th. VisitScotland sponsored the premiere. Everything was green like the hills of Scotland! The Director, Mark Andrews showed up wearing a kilt. Bag Pipers came down the carpet playing, which was really cool! Fans lined the street. Red curly wigs were handed out to a few photographers who posed with Kelly Macdonald (I was one, but sorry no picture). Kevin Nealon wore one of the wigs as he walked the carpet. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BRAVE

BRAVE movie poster | ©2012 Disney * Pixar

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd Writers: Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman & Irene Mecchi, story by Brenda Chapman Directors: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, co-director Steve Purcell Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: June 22, 2012 BRAVE, the latest release from Disney/Pixar, has a lot going for it. For starters, the screenplay by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman & Irene Mecchi, from Chapman’s story, has the feel of true mythology to it, even though it is original. Second, the 3D animation of humans […]Read On »

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Interview: BRAVE co-director and writer Mark Andrews reaches for the Highlands

Merida in BRAVE | ©2012 Disney Pixar

In BRAVE, the latest 3D animated offering from Disney/Pixar, we’re in the Scottish Highlands of the distant past, where clan loyalty is precarious and magic still affects mortal lives. Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, starts out rebelling against the future laid out by her strict but loving mother Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson), but winds up fighting for her family’s survival and peace in the kingdom when a spell goes awry and turns Elinor into a bear. BRAVE doesn’t look quite like any film that’s come before, which is intentional. Director/writer Mark Andrews (who shares directing credit with […]Read On »

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