Stars hit red car­pet

Su­per­fan hosts cin­ema event

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - IAN BUNTING

Some of Scot­land’s best loved tele­vi­sion stars re­ceived the red car­pet treat­ment as they turned out for a spe­cial screen­ing of movie Stan & Ol­lie at the Show­case Cin­ema in Baille­ston.

The show­ing was or­gan­ised by Air­drie man Ross Owen, a Lau­rel and Hardy su­per­fan who acted as a con­sul­tant on the film.

Stan & Ol­lie hits cin­e­mas across the UK this week­end and stars Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, re­spec­tively, as the leg­endary duo.

Ross is no stranger to mix­ing it up with celebri­ties, hav­ing in­ter­viewed film, tele­vi­sion, com­edy and sport­ing stars on his self-ti­tled ra­dio show, which is broad­cast on Black Sky Ra­dio in Kansas and streamed on­line.

But even for him, be­ing in­tro­duced on stage by Steve Coogan in front of as­sem­bled tele­vi­sion stars at the Stan & Ol­lie Show­case screen­ing was a mo­ment to re­mem­ber.

Ross ex­plained: “Steve [Coogan] recorded a video mes­sage which was shown on the big screen be­fore the movie started and he in­tro­duced me up on to the stage.

“We had stars from TV shows Still Game, River City, Scot Squad and Band of Brothers at­tend­ing the screen­ing, in­clud­ing San­jeev Kohli who has a role in Stan & Ol­lie.

“It was an ab­so­lutely bril­liant night; we had a great turnout and there was a large me­dia pres­ence on hand.”

The Show­case screen­ing came about due to Ross’ work on the movie which saw the 50-year-old work with Coogan and Reilly on set and ad­vise di­rec­tor Jon S. Baird on all things Lau­rel and Hardy.

Ross said: “The team be­hind the film of­fered me the chance to hold a screen­ing so I chose the Show­case as I have worked with the cin­ema many times, show­ing clas­sic Lau­rel and Hardy movies on the big screen.

“The au­di­ence loved Stan & Ol­lie and gave the film a mas­sive ova­tion dur­ing the clos­ing cred­its.

“It’s a movie that ap­peals to all gen­er­a­tions and I didn’t hear one bad word about it from any­one leav­ing the Show­case screen­ing.”

Ross was also ex­cited to hear Stan & Ol­lie’s UK-wide re­lease this week­end will be fol­lowed by a global un­veil­ing later this month.

He said: “The movie was only sup­posed to have a lim­ited re­lease but it’s open­ing across Britain this week­end and the in­ter­est in it has grown and grown.

“We’ve been con­tacted by coun­tries as far afield as In­dia, helped by the movie’s great re­views, and Stan & Ol­lie will now be get­ting a world­wide re­lease on Jan­uary 25.

“This is very ex­cit­ing news and I’m so happy for ev­ery­one in­volved in the film as they de­serve the global recog­ni­tion and ac­claim.” m.”

As the Ad­ver­tiser re­ported in Oc­to­ber, er, life­long Lau­rel and Hardy fan Ross be­ing ng head-hunted for his con­sul­tancy role on n Stan & Ol­lie was a dream come true for the he Whin­hall friend to the stars.

He said: “I watched Lau­rel and Hardy y on TV with my mum and dad when I was s grow­ing up.

“When I first started reg­u­larly us­ing the e in­ter­net there was very lit­tle out there about t them so, in 2005, I de­cided to set up the e Lau­rel and Hardy Fo­rum.

“It has grown to be the big­gest Lau­rel l and Hardy on­line data­base with ar­ti­cles, facts and com­mu­nity posts; we’ve got half f a mil­lion Face­book users alone.

“I had built up a lot of knowl­edge on the duo and al­ways wanted to see a bi­o­graph­i­cal movie about them.

“I ac­tu­ally started writ­ing one my­self but then, two years ago, I opened up a paper and read that the Bafta award­win­ning writer Jeff Pope was pen­ning a film.

“Lit­tle did I know then that I would be in­volved in the pro­duc­tion!

“The film­mak­ers con­tacted me and asked if I would be a con­sul­tant on the film – and I was de­lighted to ac­cept their of­fer.”

Big night Or­gan­is­ing the spe­cial screen­ing Chat Ross with pre­sen­ter Ewen Cameron Hats off Ross with San­jeev Kohli Stars Jane McCarry and Gavin Mitchell

Comictim­ing John C Reilly and Steve Coogan star as the co-leads in Stan & Ol­lie

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