The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor actor-director Ewan McGregor, OBE, with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.
The annual gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to a colleague who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues. The award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom. McGregor receives this honor in light of his work with UNICEF, having recently travelled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. McGregor, who makes his directorial debut this year with American Pastoral, is using his platform to bring awareness to the unimaginable horrors facing these children, and worked with UNICEF to help provide lifesaving food and water, child protection services, and healthcare to those families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, said in a press statement. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.
The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope. Up next, McGregor will star in his directorial debut American Pastoral, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor will star in the film opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lionsgate will release the film October 21, 2016.
McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, where he will reprise his role as Renton, opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. The highly anticipated sequel, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh, will reunite Danny Boyle as director with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film. The story, set in the late ’80s, follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh. Sony will release the film February 3, 2017.
On March 17, 2017, McGregor will star in Disney’s remake of the classic film Beauty and the Beast in which he plays Lumiere. McGregor will soon begin production on FX’s Emmy-winning drama Fargo. He will play brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, in the season-three anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregor can recently be seen in the political thriller Our Kind of Traitor opposite Stellan Skarsgard, released July 1, 2016. Additionally, he can recently be seen in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert, where he plays both a demon and a holy man on a journey through the desert. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released on May 13, 2016 by Broad Green Pictures. McGregor can also be seen in Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead opposite Cheadle and Zoe Saldana. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics on April 1, 2016.
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Miller is most known for his role in the TV show Prison Break. He came out as gay in 2013 when he chose to speak out against anti-gay sentiments in Russia. He has also shared that he tried to commit suicide more than once growing up. He also spoke out after being mocked for weight gain during a time when he was suffering from depression.
“Each year, depression affects an estimated 15 million people in the United States and 350 million worldwide,” Miller said in the video. “If depression is part of your story, there is hope. Don’t be afraid to take the first step. Someone cares.”
He encourages those in need to find a support group through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and for those in serious crisis to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text “START” to 741-741.
Other resources available are Trans Lifeline, for trans and gender-nonconforming people considering suicide, at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
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This is my fourth visit to Jordan since the conflict in Syria began.
It is almost impossible to fathom what the last five years have meant, in the lives of refugees in Jordan and elsewhere in the region. Not a single family in this camp of 60,000 people has not suffered loss and trauma.
I met a family this morning, who fled Daesh in Raqqaa, and then moved twenty times, trying to find safety inside Syria. In that time, the mother suffered repeated miscarriages, and her two brothers and one sister were killed in an airstrike.
There are children here who remember no life other than this harsh desert environment and these barbed wire fences.
There are teens who bear the terrible physical and mental wounds of conflict – such as a 13 year-old boy I met, scarred by shrapnel from a barrel bomb.
Over half of all refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age. Like any other parent, it is impossible for me not to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation.
But as difficult as conditions are, refugees here count themselves among the lucky ones.
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We’re still reeling from the Pretty Little Liars summer finale. And as much as we love the drama of the hit TV show, we also adore the fashion. When you have Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Ashley Benson in the cast, you can pretty much count on statement-making style.
Dressing the show’s myriad of characters is no easy task, but Cameron Dale handles the workload with ease. She actually got the call for the coveted role while she was traveling in Spain. “I was interviewing on Skype for the job. It was crazy. I would interview at 10 p.m. in San Sebastian with the producers in Los Angeles and then head out for dinner. And by the time I reached my next destination in Ireland, I had booked the job. The day after I returned to Los Angeles and began shopping for the cast.”
Here, Cameron dishes on the show’s fashion, working with our favorite PLL actors, how you can shop the looks from the show, and so much more.
Teen Vogue: Let’s take it back to the season premiere episode. Which brands did you use?
Cameron Dale: I love the French brands Sandro and Maje for Lucy Hale. Lucy wears a Sandro top with a cute cropped All Saints jacket in the premiere episode. Emily wears a Zara denim coat and a jumper by Velvet Heart. Poor Hanna is in undies and a Gap tank top being tortured all episode. These girls have really been through the ringer. Spencer starts out in an amazing Roland Mouret dress since it’s a direct cut from our finale episode from last season where she’s fancy for her Mom’s party. She quickly changes into Frame jeans and Adidas so she can help find Hanna. Continue reading
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Vogue Australia.
They vacation together, do Coachella together and cook together. Fashion designer Jason Wu, 33 (who dressed Michelle Obama for both inaugural balls and who, in addition to helming his own line, serves as artistic director for Boss women’s wear), and actress Diane Kruger, 40, live oceans away from their flesh-and-blood families, so they’ve become each other’s surrogate clan. Here, they speak of their long friendship.
Jason Wu: “I met you in 2009, I believe. It was early in my career. You asked for a dress to wear to the Cannes Film Festival.”
Diane Kruger: “It was cream and strapless, and I remember you came yourself to fit me in it! We immediately hit it off.”
JW: “Yes! We just clicked. Obviously, I was a huge fan of yours already. I’d seen you at events and you always stood out because you have this strong sense of self. But at the fittings, then and at every one since, we had one-on-one conversations; there weren’t 10 people between us, so we bonded.”
DK: “We genuinely like each other and have a respect for each other as artists. And we have a similar sense of humour.” Continue reading
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Wentworth Miller is equally pumped for Fox’s limited-series Prison Break revival as the rest of us.
ET’s Leanne Aguilera caught up with the 44-year-old actor at San Diego’s Comic-Con on Saturday, where he spilled on the series’ fresh new take.
“[My co-star] Dominic [Purcell] tells me that we did a Prison Break [panel] at Comic-Con when the show was originally airing,” Miller said of the cast being at the convention for the original show, which ran from 2005 to 2009. “I have no recollection of that, but I just trust that he’s telling me the truth.”
“It’s nice to be back, even though I don’t remember what happened before,” he added. “But it makes sense to me in a strange way that Prison Break is at Comic-Con, because it’s got kind of a comic book element to it and always has, so in that way, it feels like a marriage.”
Miller is reprising his role as Michael Scofield, and he joked that performing his own stunts once again has been, well, interesting now that he’s in his mid-40s.
“[Stunts are] a lot different at 44 then they were at 34,” Miller explained. “I do what I can, but if I need my character to look cool and like he knows what he’s doing and my stunt double can execute that better, then I’m happy to step aside. It’s just in service of telling the best story possible.”
In addition to Miller’s exciting Prison Break revival gig, he recently entered into a series regular contract with Warner Bros. that will allow him to portray roles in various Greg Berlanti-produced shows simultaneously, including DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, Deadline first reported.
“Yeah, it’s a sweet deal,” Miller, who is no longer a series regular on Legends, gushed. “It’s the most fun I’ve had as far as a character.”
“I have a lot of respect and love for Michael Scofield, but Captain Cold is a good time, and so the opportunity to kind of pop up and do a little song and dance for The Flash or Legends – and then get out and then not have to do the expositional heavy lifting that Michael Scofield has to do, it’s a good time,” he added.
But when it comes to choosing between playing a villain or a hero, the Princeton grad says he doesn’t have a preference.
“I like a degree of both,” he revealed. “I like characters that are somewhere in the shades of gray – not strictly black, not strictly white.”
Last month, Miller’s Prison Break co-star, Purcell, suffered a gruesome injury while filming scenes for the highly anticipated revival when an iron bar fell on top of him, resulting in a major gash in his head and a broken nose.
Miller later described the traumatizing experience in detail when ET visited the show’s Vancouver set.
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