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News Archive: September 2006
For UK residents: Win 2 tickets to the LFF Opening Night Gala
Posted at 10:02 AM (PDT) on Wednesday, September 27, 2006

From The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival Web Site:

Win 2 tickets to the Opening Night Gala

The London Film Festival's Opening Night Gala this year is the striking, impressive film by Kevin McDonald, The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy. Set in Uganda, it boasts a fine performance from McAvoy as a young doctor who becomes caught up in the terrible events during the reign of Idi Amin.

We are looking forward to welcoming lots of the talent from the film at our Opening Night Gala on 18 October, and some very special guests will be in the audience to help celebrate our 50th year. To get your hands on one of the Autumn's hottest tickets - to walk up the red carpet and take your seat in the Odeon Leicester Square with illustrious members of the international film industry - just answer this simple question:

What was the name of McAvoy's character in the magical world of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?

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Gillian in the Sunday Times
Posted at 7:55 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Sunday Times, UK
September 10, 2006

I am what I am

GILLIAN ANDERSON

Gillian Anderson, 38, stars in the forthcoming Idi Amin biopic The Last King of Scotland. She lives in north London and is expecting her second child later this year.

*I go through stages when I care about my appearance. Clothes and combed hair arenít a priority, but I always regret it when it ends up in print.

*One of my favourite sayings is, youth is wasted on the young. Itís recognisable to anybody who has spent their life in fear or self-obsession.

*I guess the most surprising thing about me is that Iím silly. Really silly. And I bump into things.

*I donít like chaos, but I have an annoying habit of creating it, so I spend the rest of my time recovering. This looks like peace of mind, but itís an illusion ó itís just exhaustion.

*If you are dishonest, selfish and controlling, you perceive everything as suffering. If you are honest and kind, you see things as opportunities for growth. Failure is a state of mind.

*Sitting still brings up uncomfortable feelings, so distraction ó Sudoku, e-mail, texting ó is my favorite vice.

*Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Worrying does nothing but waste time and distract you from the important moments right in front of your face.

*Happiness feels better than popularity.

*My biggest simple pleasure is cracking up with my daughter.



The Last King of Scotland Reviews
Posted at 11:09 AM (PDT) on Monday, September 4, 2006

Screen Daily

Hollywood Reporter

In Contention

Cinematical

Rotten Tomatoes: Reviews and photos

Forest Whitaker's performance in Kevin Macdonald's debut narrative feature has set tongues wagging with award-season prognostications.

"If it helps promote the film, that's great," Whitaker said about the buzz. "But I can't really count on it too much. When I was doing 'The Shield,' people were writing about me getting an Emmy nomination. But I didn't get nominated. In this case, I love the film and if that buzz helps people go see it, cool." (Denver Post, 9/3/06)


In his audacious feature film debut, documentarian Kevin Macdonald takes a thrill-seeking young Scottish doctor to Uganda during the reign of terror of dictator Idi Amin, played at full throttle by Forest Whitaker. It's easy to see how the doctor gets seduced by Amin and his power, harder to understand why it takes so long for him to face the brutal truth.

Telluride Reaction: Good buzz.

Oscar Watch: Whitaker dominates the movie in this larger-than-life role and should earn a nomination. (The Hollywood Reporter: Risky Biz Blog, 9/4/06)




New Photos: Gillian at the Emmy Awards
Posted at 11:59 AM (PDT) on Friday, September 1, 2006


Click here to view photos of Gillian at Sunday's Emmy Awards, where she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in Bleak House.

Thank you to Philiater, Lady London, and Adry for the photos.







LKoS: Official Website Is Now Live!
Posted at 7:07 AM (PDT) on Friday, September 1, 2006

The official website for "The Last King of Scotland" is now live! Check it out here.

Telluride peeks at Oscar

By Anne Thompson
Hollywood Reporter

The 33rd Telluride Film Festival, which gets under way Friday, will spotlight such Oscar hopefuls as Douglas McGrath's "Infamous," the second Truman Capote biopic in two years; Todd Field's "Little Children," the director's follow-up to "In the Bedroom"; Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland," starring Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin; and Steven Shainberg's Diane Arbus biopic "Fur," starring Nicole Kidman.

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