PICTURE OF THE DAY: Bond’s babies

FROM EDINBURGH WITH LOVE: Sir Sean Connery took time out of his whirlwind schedule to pose for photos with babies Oliver Curnow and Robert Hutchinson. They were born in the same Fountainbridge neighbourhood as the 007 hero, who was happy to meet their mums Miriam Leighton and Fiona Hutchinson.

Picture by Katielee Arrowsmith

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JK Rowling makes list of top power brokers

By Andrea McCallum

HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has made a list of top power brokers following the global success of her wizard novels.

The Edinburgh-based author has been branded as one of the world’s ‘most influential’ people and joins Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg in the league table compiled by American business magazine Forbes.

Although Forbes estimated Rowling’s fortune at £675m ($1 billion) she is ranked next to Gates ($53 billion) and Spielberg ($3 billion) because of her cultural reach.

Forbes placed Rowling at 937th place in the world’s 1,000 richest people.

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George Galloway heads stateside for new career

By Zoe Keown

FORMER Scots Labour MP George Galloway is hoping to launch a new career in Hollywood presenting documentary films.

Keen to follow in the footsteps of left-winged film maker Michael Moore, Galloway is set to tackle the Palestinian troubles in Gaza.

He said: “I’m off to California on Saturday to speak to people in the film business about a long-standing idea I’ve had to do a Michael Moore type treatment of the Palestinian conflict.

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Trainspotting star reveals how he conned tourists on spooky tours

By Paul Thornton

AS SPORTY, clean cut Tommy in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting Kevin McKidd was far behind his co-stars’ scheming characters in the scamming stakes.

But McKidd, 37, has revealed how before he was an actor he would make money feeding American tourists made-up stories about Edinburgh on tours of the capital.

The Scots star said he earned a living before his rise to fame by running spooky walking tours of the city’s Old Town while a guide with the Witchery Tours.

Started in 1984, the tours have been scaring people from all over the world and have become one of Edinburgh’s must-see attractions for visitors.

Before his break-through role in the Irvine Welsh cult-classic, McKidd turned his hand to construction and bar work before the tours and admitted he did not shy away from some self-produced patter. Continue reading

Cowell’s smile is a TV turn-off

By Shaun Milne

X FACTOR judge Simon Cowell’s ultra-bright smile has become one of the biggest celebrity turn-offs on TV.

Dental experts insist his estimated £10,000 tooth-job is money down the drain and claim it looks unnatural.

With some £27 thought to be spent on creating his Hollywood smile every day – nine out of 10 Scots patients at one cosmetic dental surgery say they want to sidestep Simon’s gleaming white veneers for a tamer look.

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It’s a blubby birthday as telly fave Lorraine Kelly turns fifty

By Michael MacLeod

BLUBBING Scots telly babe Lorraine Kelly was in floods of tears yesterday as celebrities from across the globe wished her a happy 50th birthday.

Stars including film hunk Gerry Butler, The Bee Gees, Peter Andre and Ricky Gervais sent surprise messages while she presented yesterday morning’s GMTV.

Looking wholesome as ever in revealing tartan dress, the big-hearted Dundee mum couldn’t hold back the tears as youngsters from the Black Watch Army Cadets also passed on their best wishes.

In a morning packed full of surprises, Lorraine was relieved from her usual presenting duties by another TV queen, Paul O’Grady, with the set adorned with balloons.

The camp star leapt onto the GMTV set and whipped off his bowtie, treating Lorraine to an impromptu birthday strip-show.
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Hollywood hunk Gerry Butler to return to Scotland

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH hunk Gerard Butler is returning to his roots for the European premiere of his new film, Law Abiding Citizen.

He has said it will be a “thank you” to his hometown for the support he has received during his career.

But it has also been revealed that the heart-throb has turned away from a film about Rabbie Burns, sparking fears that the movie will be axed completely.

Butler revealed the Glasgow premiere in a recent online chat with fans.

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Gerard Butler ditches accent to score roles

By Paul Thornton

SCOTS movie stud Gerard Butler has revealed how he “hates himself” for ditching his accent to land Hollywood roles.

The 300 star – born in Glasgow – said to prevent slips he has begun speaking only in an American accent, despite slamming other stars for doing it.

Butler, 39, said: “I hated anyone from Scotland who lost their accent in the slightest.

“When Sheena Easton made it in America and suddenly stared talking in an accent I swore and threw shoes at her on the television.

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Literacy Tsar to encourage the Bebo generation

By Alexander Lawrie

SCOTLAND is to get a teenage literacy tsar in a bid to encourage the Bebo generation to read more books.

In a country that has produced literary giants such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Ian Rankin there are real fears the age-old tradition is suffering.

But now the Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is set to appoint a Virtual Writer in Residence who will use the internet to get youngsters hooked on reading and writing.

The successful candidate will be announced next month after the success of an earlier pilot scheme.

Jasmine Fassl, an SBT spokesperson, said the virtual writer will not be based in any one location, will be working primarily online and will have a large task on their hands.

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Film hunk Dougray Scott hates Botox

New Town KillersBy Michael MacLeod

DASHING Dougray Scott says he will never get Botox and is “shocked and appalled” at his fellow male actors who have.

The Scots-born Hollywood hunk’s chiselled good looks have seen him grace blockbusters across the globe, having starred in Mission Impossible II and Desperate Housewives.

But the 43-year-old star says he’ll never change his appearance just to progress his career.

He slammed the number of vain actors who have gone under the needle to try and look better.

And Scott, once tipped to become the next James Bond, says women are under “obscene” pressure to maintain their youth under any circumstance.

He told a weekend interview: “See the amount of actors who have had Boxtox, it’s unbelievable.
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