Gamu finally gets her moment in the spotlight

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu took her mind off her family’s deportation plight as she enjoyed a night out at the MOBO awards in Liverpool.

The 18-year-old made her first public appearance since being booted off the show by Cheryl Cole during the Judge’s Houses round, which she admitted was “gutting”.

As she posed on the red carpet in a little black dress and leopard print heels, Gamu said: “Have I got over the pain? I guess so.

“It was gutting but the love I’ve got from people has definitely helped to heal the wound. Continue reading

Stars tread the red carpet for launch of Edinburgh Film Festival

By Oliver Farrimond

THE 63rd Edinburgh Film Festival officially launched yesterday with the star-studded premiere of Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes’ new film.

Stars of the movie “Away We Go” were joined by Sir Alan Cumming and festival patron Sir Sean Connery on the red carpet as the internationally-renowned festival had its gala opening night.

John Krasinski, already famous for his role in the American Office, plays the lead part in the film and said that he was delighted to be in Scotland for the launch of the festival.

He said: “Scotland is gorgeous – I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore.

“It’s a completely different place to the United States, it’s so beautiful and I’ve always wanted to come here. Continue reading

Red carpet glamour for film festival opening night 075

By Karrie Gillett

SHOWBIZ A-listers Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller shared the red carpet with Hollywood legend Sir Sean Connery for the world premiere of The Edge of Love.
The movie – which charts the tangled love life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas – marks the opening of the Edinburgh International Film Festival which Connery is patron of.
And the glamorous duo appeared inseparable as they stopped to chat to journalists and sign autographs for fans who had stood outside the city’s Foutainpark cineworld complex for hours.
The biopic also stars Welsh actor Matthew Rhys who said filming alongside Miller and Knightley had been “very giggly”.
Miller – wearing a black dress by Jasmine di MiloLouis Vuitton shoes and a trademark black vintage hat – admitted that her role in the movie had not been her most challenging because it had been so well written.
She said: “It was really well-directed and the environment was really conducive to creativity
“I have worked on films before where I haven’t been supported as much so no, it was not the most challenging but it was a lot of fun.”
And co-star Keira – kitted out in a cream Chanel trouser suit and black jacket topped off with Moschino shoes – said Miller was “the best looking date I could ask for.”
The 23-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star said finally getting to see a screening of the film which was also penned by her mother was a brilliant celebration.
She said: “It’s fantastic. This was a film that everyone involved in was hugely, hugely passionate about so it’s a celebration that we got it made and it’s here and we’re all so proud of it.”
And as the young actors stopped to sign autographs, Sir Sean Connery made his way into the screening sporting his arm in a sling.
The 77-year-old was greeted by some wolf-whistling from fans and raised a thumbs-up when asked if he was okay.
The festival – now in its 62nd year – will run until June 29 and the opening night was also attended by Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson who appeared a natural on the red carpet.

Hollywood stars arrive in Edinburgh 073

By Karrie Gillett

KEIRA Knightley and Sienna Miller brought a touch of glamour to Edinburgh Castle ahead of the world premiere of their new movie The Edge of Love.

The A-list pair were joined by Keira’s Glasgow-born mother Sharman MacDonald – who penned the script focusing on the tangled private life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, played by Matthew Rhys.

And Keira was quick to deny that a breast-baring scene in the all-British film was in any way embarrassing to shoot in front of her mum.

The 23-year-old said she simply followed instructions from director John Maybury during filming of the movie – whose premiere marks the opening of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

She said: “I always bare my breasts do I not? He told me to take my bra off and I said all right then.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star said she had no doubt about taking the part when she first read her mother’s script.

And she revealed how her mum first showed it to her when she was in Glasgow filming The Jacket.

She said: “When I first read the script I completely fell in love with the character of Vera. She has such a subtle, emotional side that really moved me and I feel very grateful to have played her.”

But her writer mother admitted that she originally thought her daughter would play the role of Caitlain MacNamara – the other female lead played by blond superstar Sienna Miller who wore a black and white striped mini-dress.

The two leading ladies giggled and touched each other on the arms during the press conference in Edinburgh Castle’s Queen Anne room.

And Knightley – wearing a stylish floral print dress – was in a jubilant mood ahead of the world premiere screening at the city’s Foutainpark cineworld complex.

The pair faced questions from journalists along with co-star Ryhs, director John Maybury and Rebekah Gilbertson – the granddaughter of Knightley’s character Vera Phillips.

Asked if she felt particularly Scottish, Knightley proudly took her Glasgow-born mother by the hand and said it would be difficult not to.

She then joked about how she liked kilts while director Maybury accused mother and daughter of being ‘tight with their money.’

Joking aside, Knigtley said that although she was proud to be associated with her mother’s work, she did not feel any heightened responsibility to make it a success.

She said: “I am very, very proud of the film and I do feel particularly close to it but I always want to do the best I can possibly do.”

But her mother jibed that making her daughter sing in the film was ‘an act of revenge.’

And Keira said: “The singing was terrifying and I had to take a couple of shots of vodka just to get through the first scene.”

The Edge of Love premieres tonight at a red carpet gala opening night for the 62nd EIFF which has moved away from the traditional festival month of August for the first time.