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The original 1996 movie, based on Irvine Welch's 1993 novel, defined a drug generation in the UK. With an electrifying soundtrack, a memorable group of characters and filled with moments that contributed to the pop culture of the cinema world, Trainspotting was definitely one of a kind. Not to mention a talent of a cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremne and Kelly Macdonald.
Well, 20 years later... the original crew is back as Renton (McGregor) returns to his home town after "choosing life" and abandoning his misfit friends. In honour of T2: Trainspotting, we have compiled our own little list of long awaited sequels.
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- Scott Goodyer
Starting today at 11:30Am Et/8:30Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “T2: Trainspotting.” Filmmaker Danny Boyle is expected to attend the conference, as well as cast members including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.
Boyle’s long-awaited follow-up to his modern classic is hitting the Berlinale for a special competition slot, and the gang is all back together in celebration.
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Per the film’s official synopsis, “Did Renton really start a family, buy a car and a washing machine as he proclaimed at the end of Danny Boyle’s successful cult film? Or how else did he spend the 16,000 pounds he stole from his friends following their heroin deal? These may be the questions we ask ourselves twenty »
- Kate Erbland
With production already under way, more cast members are starting to come together for LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge coming aboard. Her character's identity was not yet revealed, although it was stated that she is playing a "CGI-driven" character that will play a "significant part" in the ensemble cast. Her role in the Han Solo spin-off was compared to Alan Tudyk's K-2So droid character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which he portrayed through a motion-capture suit.
Variety broke the casting news this afternoon, although no further details were given regarding her character. Regardless of who she's playing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge joins a growing cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor, Garris Shrike, and Emilia Clarke as a currently unspecified character. There have been rumors that Emilia Clarke is playing Sana Starros, »
How do you make a sequel to a film that defined a generation, a whole generation later? Do you define that generation anew, through thicker bifocal lenses, or do you pass the baton to a younger one? Both are valid approaches. Neither is quite the one taken by “T2 Trainspotting,” a shinily distracting but disappointingly unambitious follow-up to 1996’s feverish youthquake of a junkie study, which reunites its quartet of older, none-the-wiser Edinburgh wretches to say simply this: Middle-aged masculinity is a drag, whether you’re on smack or off it. As a fan-service exercise, Danny Boyle’s itchy, antic caper just about passes muster, reassembling “Trainspotting’s” core ensemble, soundtrack cues, and even its seasick camera moves for two hours of scuzzy nostalgia. Yet it largely passes up the opportunity to update the original’s caustic social snapshot of contemporary Britain — a region itself currently preoccupied with the rearview mirror, »
- Guy Lodge
20 years on, the idea of a sequel to a film that was so entrenched in a time and place in modern British history might seem like folly. And while it’s not as bad as it could have been, T2 Trainspotting (as it’s clunkily named) struggles to find a personality or a cultural relevance of its own. It tries hard – too hard – and ends up being a cover version as dodgy as the remixes that dominate its soundtrack.
First we find a middle-aged Renton (Ewan McGregor), running on a treadmill. Still running. Always running but getting nowhere. He’s living in Amsterdam, but he’s drawn back to Edinburgh. There, Spud (Ewen Bremner) has barely moved on. The clocks changed for British summertime and he got confused »
- Rupert Harvey
It’s been twenty years since Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton strolled across Waterloo Bridge, £16,000 stolen from his best friends slung over his shoulder, explaining that he was going to “choose life.” Now, he’s back and it’s time to see if he lived up to his words in the awkwardly named T2 Trainspotting.
Danny Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting was one of those rare films that perfectly encapsulated its time and place. It arrived just as John Major’s Conservative government was gasping its last fart and Tony Blair was promising us that “things could only get better,” as Britpop exploded into a frantic burst of coke-fuelled creativity and people started excitedly blathering on about ‘cool Britannia.’
Renton returns to a very different Scotland, one reverberating from its failed bid for independence from the UK, paranoid about the impact of Brexit and gradually crumbling under economic austerity. The country isn »
- David James
Paul Schneider as Christian embarks on a rampage of unexpected destruction.
The Daughter, Simon Stone's adaptation of Ibsen's The Wild Duck set in Australia, stars Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, and Paul Schneider with Anna Torv and Wilson Moore.
Paul Schneider: "I'm always interested in giving the director flavors within a certain bandwidth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Over breakfast, I spoke with Paul Schneider on The Daughter and how producer Jan Chapman and Jane Campion's The Piano inspired him to go to film school. We also discussed his work with Christophe Honoré, the influence of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Billy Wilder's The Apartment, Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, meeting Nick Cave, and watching Kelly Macdonald and Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting to develop a Scottish accent for Bright Star.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
T2 Trainspotting. 2017
Directed by Danny Boyle
Set two decades after the 1996 cult hit, T2 Trainspotting sees the original foursome reunite as middle-aged men in Edinburgh, grappling with their past demons and present failures.
Nostalgia and money can be a hazardous combination in the film business, especially when it comes to sequels. While some follow-ups have genuinely added value to the story, many others have tarnished those beloved memories of the original. Fortunately, fans of Trainspotting can relax because Trainspotting 2.0 – or to give its official title, T2 Trainspotting – is an experience worth indulging in.
After 20 years away from home, a middle-aged and sober Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh to escape his crumbling marriage in Amsterdam and, perhaps subconsciously, to face the demons of his youth. He’s soon reunited with Spud (Ewen Bremner »
- Sara Hemrajani
Author: David Sztypuljak
Last night, Edinburgh saw the stars of T2: Trainspotting (Trainspotting 2) attend the world premiere. It may have been a cold night but it didn’t stop hundreds of fans attending the star-studded event.
It’s been 20 years since the original Irvine Welsh novel was turned into a movie and saw the likes of relatively unknown actors Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Kelly Macdonald and Jonny Lee Miller all take to the screen helmed by the one and only Danny Boyle at the directing helm.
T2: Trainspotting Movie Poster
In those 20 years, a sequel to the movie has been attempted but have never come to fruition but now is the time for that sequel to land and we’ve been very excited for a long time.
Related: Our T2: Trainspotting Movie Review
All the actors mentioned above were in attendance at the world premiere »
- David Sztypuljak
Last night, T2 Trainspotting received its world premiere, rightfully in Edinburgh, Scotland ahead of its release this coming Friday. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Kelly MacDonald, director Danny Boyle and many more took to the red carpet to celebrate the arrival of the sequel, 21 years after the debut of the original.
We reviewed the film earlier on this week and, spoiler, absolutely loved it. You can read our full review of the film over here, but in short, you really need to go see it as soon as possible from Friday 27th January.
We have some video interviews from last night’s world premiere, which you can check out in the player below.
The post Video: T2 Trainspotting world premiere in Edinburgh appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
This supercharged 1996 story of drugs, violence and growing up has lost none of its edge ahead of the release of sequel T2
Prior to the guys’ Take-That-style reunion in the forthcoming sequel T2, here is a very welcome big-screen rerelease of Danny Boyle’s original Trainspotting, 21 years on. It holds up terrifically well. This movie was the first, maybe the only successful 90s British attempt at answering films like Goodfellas or Pulp Fiction; it has a version of their spirit and power – and matches them for hardcore violence, horror and drugs. But John Hodge’s screenplay, taken from the novel by Irvine Welsh, brings in a grittily British kind of social-realist pessimism. Watching it again, especially during the periodic “family” scenes in pubs after court appearances and funerals, I thought of Ken Loach’s Poor Cow.
Trainspotting is supercharged with sulphurous humour and brutal recklessness: it charges at you like »
- Peter Bradshaw
THR is reporting that Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie have signed on to the cast of Holmes and Watson, the latest collaboration between Talladega Nights and Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Details of Fiennes and Laurie’s characters are being kept under wraps, but the site reports that the duo “will slip on the shoes of two beloved characters from the Holmes oeuvre”.
The film sees Ferrell as Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes, with Reilly as his sidekick Dr. John Watson. Also featuring in the cast are Rebecca Hall (Christine), Rob Brydon (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Kelly Macdonald (Brave) and Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World).
- Gary Collinson
Details of their characters are being kept under wraps by Sony, which unveiled the project in August. The movie will represent the third collaboration between Ferrell and Reilly following 2006’s “Talladega Nights” and 2008’s “Step Brothers.”
Warner Bros. saw solid box office results from its two dramatic “Sherlock Holmes” movies in 2009 and 2011, with Robert Downey Jr. starring as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson. Both grossed more than $500 million worldwide.
Sherlock Holmes was created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and was the protagonist in four novels and 56 short stories between 1887 and 1927. Basil Rathbone portrayed the detective in 14 movies between »
- Dave McNary
Filming may already be underway on the London set of Holmes and Watson, Etan Cohen’s comedic spin on Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters, but The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Night Manager‘s Hugh Laurie and Ralph Fiennes have now been cordially invited to 221b Baker Street.
THR stopped short of disclosing the exact specifics of their roles, but word is that Laurie and Fiennes will be portraying two key figures from the Holmes portfolio – Moriarty and Mycroft, perhaps? What we do know for sure is that Holmes and Watson will herald a new collaboration between Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Together, they’ve stormed the circuit (Talladega Nights) and caused a full-blown family feud (Step Brothers) but this time around, Ferrell and Reilly will be headlining a much more light-hearted spin on the two famous sleuths. Also on board are Rob Brydon (Inspector Lestrade), Kelly Macdonald (Mrs. »
- Michael Briers
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