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New Anthony LaPaglia video clip online

As I mentioned back in March, I worked with the team behind this year’s Glasgow Film Festival as their video blogger, interviewing a number of their guests for the official YouTube channel.

The biggest interview of the lot was with the actor Anthony LaPaglia, who was in town to promote a film which he starred in and executive produced, Balibo. A second clip from that interview has now appeared on the Glasgow Cinema City website, in which LaPaglia discusses his love of Scotland.

I should say that I seem to remember asking a fair few questions in the full interview, which I suspect will be online sometime soon, but here I let LaPaglia have his say:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGnq5uaFOFw]

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Jason Isaacs interview

In February 2011 I was invited onto the rather stormy set of BBC Scotland’s latest drama, Case Histories, the Edinburgh-based series based on the bestselling novels by Kate Atkinson.

My interview with lead actor Jason Isaacs is now up on ReelScotland. He talks at length about the character of Jackson Brodie, the detective genre and the future of television drama.

Updated 4 June: I’ve now uploaded 10 minutes of the Jason Isaacs interview onto YouTube as an audio slideshow. I wasn’t able to publish it earlier in the week due to a BBC embargo but it helps give a flavour of the chat we had in that wind-blown trailer in Grangemouth…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg3VKpBlD_E]

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Green with Envy in the Edinburgh Evening News

Kermit the Frog

Following my Muppet weekend back in April, when I was given the opportunity to interview Muppet producer Martin G Baker, I was also lucky enough to be allowed behind-the-scenes of The Jim Henson Company during my recent trip to Los Angeles.

Although I did film the tour I sadly wasn’t allowed to upload it to my YouTube channel, but my exterior shots of the building are on Flickr.

This week, as a reaction to the release of a new trailer for the next Muppet movie, cunningly disguised as a romantic comedy, I wrote about Green with Envy for today’s Edinburgh Evening News column. Although The Muppets is out in the US in November, it won’t be seen in the UK until February 2012, something I reacted to on my TV blog, adventuresinprimetime.com with an open letter to Jason Segel.

Jason’s still not been in touch, but I’d still like to see the film before 2012 so if anyone needs some coverage of the film’s US premiere from a UK perspective, perhaps with some red carpet video interviews, I’m free for commission.

In the meantime, here’s that trailer for Green with Envy that’s been garnering so much attention:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CloKbXtD28&feature=channel_video_title]

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TCM Classic Film Festival 2011

Travelling 5,000 miles to watch a few films isn’t something I thought I’d be doing at the start of the year when I made a resolution to watch more classic movies, but with the second TCM Classic Film Festival taking place in Hollywood, I didn’t have much choice.

Running from 28 April – 1 May 2011, the event was a chance for fans of the US TV channel, TCM, to congregate and watch films on the big screen rather than the small, with around 70 shown over the four-day period at some of Hollywood’s finest venues.

I was there covering the event for the Edinburgh Evening News, filing two of my weekly columns from LA. The first covered a tour I’d arranged with author John Bengtson, who showed me around the haunts of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for a new YouTube video.

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The second column was an overview of the event, comparing it where possible to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which looks to be changing so radically this year that simply showing films in cinemas is to be eschewed for quirky locations, along the lines of the Edinburgh Fringe. An extended blog version of the column also went live during the event.

My third and final Evening News column featuring the TCM Festival was on a panel discussion which took place between studio executive Peter Guber and director Brett Ratner. They discussed the art of the movie sequel and it was a good way to show that the Festival didn’t just stick to covering older films.

Between columns I managed to interview the host of TCM, Robert Osborne, for my Evening News blog and take to the red carpet on opening night to film interviews with Shaft’s Richard Roundtree and The Trouble with Harry’s Jerry Mathers (also the star of infamous US sitcom, Leave it to Beaver). The full set of videos can be found on YouTube.

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Coverage of something as big as TCM wouldn’t have been complete without a constant flow of my tweets from the event, filling in the blanks of my other coverage while promoting the Festival to an even wider global audience.

Here are a few:

During the event I made some excellent contacts and some new friends, gaining a greater appreciation for how film festivals are held outside the UK. I’m hoping to attend more this year, using multimedia to cover the various opportunities open to journalists today – suggestions are welcome for new ways to cover traditional topics and events.

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Interview with Martin G Baker at Filmhouse

Martin Baker at Edinburgh's Filmhouse

The music has faded, the lights have dimmed and the audiences have gone home with smiles on their faces as Edinburgh Filmhouse’s weekend of Jim Henson-themed events comes to a close.

Having written about the event for the Edinburgh Evening News I was looking forward to interviewing Muppet producer Martin G Baker in a couple of on-stage Q&As following screenings of two collections of Muppet archive material.

Baker was the perfect guest for the weekend, someone with a long association with Jim Henson (he started working with him on The Muppet Show in 1976) and the Muppets themselves. He’s also a producer on the next Muppet movie, out in November in the US but not out in the UK until February 2012.

As well as our short interviews he introduced a sold out screening of Henson’s Labyrinth on Saturday night, one of the best cinema going experiences I’ve had in a while.

Thanks to Filmhouse for the chance to be a part of the weekend and to Martin Baker for being such an excellent interviewee.