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Sat, May. 3rd, 2008, 08:29 pm
lemmingrocker: Ian McKellen in Guillemots

Here's Ian in the guillemots' video, "Falling Out Of Reach".

( To the Video )

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008, 01:00 am
lemmingrocker: Sir Ian McKellen and the Guillemots

He's more King Lear than the king of pop, but actor Sir Ian McKellen is turning his hand to the music charts.

The man who played Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is hooking up with indie band Guillemots to star in their latest video...

( Rest of the article here! )

Thu, Mar. 13th, 2008, 10:06 pm
lemmingrocker: New Ian McKellen Community

Hello

There's a new Ian McKellen community mckellenpics

Anybody can upload and share there Ian pictures, so go and give it a try.

Fri, Feb. 22nd, 2008, 06:09 pm
lilithlotr: Sir Ian wins another award

http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/12933 (lots of similar stories around)

By: Dan Bacalzo · Feb 22, 2008 · London

Michael Ball, Ian McKellen, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Rigg, Fiona Shaw, and Maggie Smith are among the winners of the eighth annual Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards, which were revealed today. The awards were led by Hairspray, with seven wins, including Best Musical.

Over the past two months, a record-breaking 25,000 people -- more than doubling the number who took part last year -- have voted online at www.whatsonstage.com, the UK's premier theatre website. The majority of award recipients -- including Ball, Sir Peter Hall, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rigg -- will collect their prizes at the inaugural Whatsonstage.com Year on Year Concert & Awards Show this Sunday, February 24 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

The evening will be hosted by Theatregoers' Choice and Olivier nominee Sheridan Smith with James Corden and will also include performances by Frances Ruffelle, Ian 'H' Watkins, Sharon D Clarke, Lara Pulver, Bertie Carvel, Any Dream Will Do's Daniel Boys and the cast of forthcoming Take That musical Never Forget.

A complete list of nominees follows, with the winners marked in bold. For more information, visit www.whatsonstage.com.

The FRANCO'S Best Actress in a Play
Anne-Marie Duff - Saint Joan at the NT Olivier
Janie Dee - Shadowlands at Wyndham's
Kate Fleetwood - Macbeth at the Gielgud
Kristin Scott Thomas - The Seagull at the Royal Court
Maggie Smith - The Lady from Dubuque at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Tamsin Greig - Much Ado About Nothing, RSC at the Novello

Best Actor in a Play
Charles Dance - Shadowlands at Wyndham's
Ian McKellen - King Lear, RSC at the New London
John Simm - Elling at the Bush & Trafalgar Studios
Paterson Joseph - The Emperor Jones at the NT Olivier
Patrick Stewart - Macbeth at the Gielgud, The Tempest & Antony & Cleopatra, RSC at the Novello
Robert Lindsay - The Entertainer at the Old Vic
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Wed, Jan. 9th, 2008, 11:36 pm
lilithlotr: Sir Ian ad in Variety

courtesy of sammie323




Mon, Jan. 7th, 2008, 09:59 pm
lilithlotr: Looking for that new McKellen CD?

The Wordsworth Trust is delighted to announce the launch of a new CD of readings from Wordsworth's magisterial, semi-autobiographical poem, The Prelude, by the world-famous Shakespearean actor and star of film, Sir Ian McKellen.

Go here for further info: http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/history/index.asp?pageid=234

Sat, Dec. 29th, 2007, 12:35 pm
lilithlotr: Congratulations are in order!

Further honour for actor McKellen

Following his 1990 knighthood for services to the performing arts, 68-year-old Sir Ian McKellen has become a Companion of Honour.

Born in Burnley, Lancashire, just before the outbreak of World War II, the young Ian McKellen spent his formative years sleeping under the iron, bomb-proof table in the family dining room, in case of German raids.

The household was a strongly Christian one, with a father who was a civil engineer and a lay preacher, and with two preachers for grandfathers.

Sir Ian came out as gay to his stepmother, after his mother died when he was 12 and his father when he was 24.

"Not only was she not fazed," he said, "but as a member of a society which declared its indifference to people's sexuality years back, I think she was just glad for my sake that I wasn't lying any more."


COMPANION OF HONOUR

The Order of the Companions of Honour consists of the Queen and 65 ordinary members
It is conferred for "services of national importance"

Members include Sir John Major, Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Attenborough and Professor Stephen Hawking




In acting circles, Sir Ian had never kept such matters quiet but the general public only learned about his sexuality when he announced it at the age of 48.

The experience had a big impact on his life and Sir Ian declared it to be one of his most important achievements.

"Coming out, coming out, coming out. That's the only thing I've ever done, really," he said.

"That's what it can say on the gravestone. That will be the obituary."

Homosexuality was implicit in the Edinburgh festival production which made him famous in 1969, Marlowe's Edward II . He performed in a touring production and then again for the BBC.

Roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company followed, including in Romeo and Juliet opposite Francesca Annis and Macbeth, with Judi Dench - who he joins in the Order of the Companions of Honour.

Sir Ian surprised many in 2004 when he decided to play a pantomime dame in the Old Vic's production of Aladdin.

As Widow Twankey, Sir Ian donned curlers, a headscarf and slapped on make-up.

Never one to be type-cast, he found to his dismay that his role as Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy of films lead to casting directors thinking of him purely in those terms.

"I got every old man part going sent to me," he said, "I was offered God a couple of times and they don't get much older than that."

He has since starred in Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and reprised his role as villain Magneto, in the third X-Men film The Last Stand.

McKellen also fulfilled a "long-held ambition" when he starred in 10 episodes of Coronation Street as dubious author Mel Hutchwright in 2005.

With his wide range of roles, on stage and screen and in his non-acting life, Sir Ian has bucked several trends.

Mainstream Hollywood success is still unusual for openly gay actors but Sir Ian has continued to be very active in the field of gay rights.

He co-founded the lobby group Stonewall in 1989 and is patron of GAY-GLOS, a support group for gay people and their friends and families, and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/entertainment/7162924.stm

Wed, Dec. 26th, 2007, 07:54 pm
brassyn: Community Ownership

Hello there folks,

I have to admit that I have known for some time (years...) that I have been neglectful of this community for the very awesome Sir Ian McKellen. Therefore if someone in this community would like to take over ownership of this place to give it the love and promotion that it deserves then email me at brassyn@livejournal.com.
If no one wants to then nothing bad shall happen - the comm can plod along at its own happy pace - but I just wanted to make the offer should it be the case that someone is sitting there quite keen to make this place more active.

Any thoughts or interest, then email me.

Thank you!

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007, 11:12 am
dying_dreams: Ian McKellen in "Heart" by The Pet Shop Boys.

I don't know if this has been posted before (if so, then I'm sorry for repeating this), but Ian McKellen once appeared in the music video for "Heart" by The Pet Shop Boys (1988). If you have never seen him in this music video, then you can view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A_aoxehio4

Personally, I found it quite comical and funny to watch. I hope you'll find it equally enjoyable. :)

Cross-posted to mckellenfan.

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