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Speaking at a Q&A session following a reunion screening of Trainspotting in London, McGregor said it would be an "extraordinary experience" to reprise the role of Mark Renton, which made his name. Boyle revealed in March that he is planning a sequel that could find its way to the big screen for 2016, the 20th anniversary of the cult film about Edinburgh drug addicts. It will be based loosely on the book Porno by Irvine Welsh, in which the Trainspotting author imagined Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud becoming embroiled in a scheme to raise cash by making a pornographic movie many years after the events of the earlier book.
"It's funny – Irvine Welsh's novel, »
- Ben Child
Disney has come under fire after claims that the studio 'sexualised' Brave's Princess Merida.
On May 11, Merida was added to the Disney Princess lineup as the 11th Princess and is the first Pixar character to be included.
As part of her induction, Disney unveiled a brand new look for Princess Merida, who now appears older and slimmer while also wearing a seemingly tighter dress - something the character (voiced by Kelly Macdonald in the 2012 movie) expressed hatred of in the film.
A petition against the studio launched on the Change.org website has so far gathered over 112,500 supporters, including the film's former director Brenda Chapman. She told her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal: "I think it's atrocious what they have done to Merida.
"When little girls say they like it because it's more sparkly, that's all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy 'come »
Snow White, you're old news. There's a new woman in town, and her bodacious red curls are taking over the spotlight.
Disney has announced that it will crown Merida, the lead character from the 2012 Disney/Pixar flick "Brave," the 11th official Disney princess on May 11 in a ceremony at the Orlando, Fla., theme park's Cinderella Castle. The ceremony will include a royal coronation, according to Disney news site Inside the Magic. Merida joins Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty"), Ariel ("The Little Mermaid"), Belle ("Beauty and the Beast"), Jasmine ("Aladdin"), Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana ("The Princess and the Frog") and Rapunzel ("Tangled)."
Despite "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" dating back to 1937, the official Disney princess effort didn't kick off until the early 2000s, when then-chairman Andy Mooney saw young girls' fascinations with the animated ladies as the perfect marketing strategy. It was then that all the princesses were presented as one collective unit, »
- Matthew Jacobs
It was announced Monday (April 29) that Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, the lead character from Disney/Pixar's "Brave," is being crowned the eleventh official Disney Princess. She also holds the distinction of being the first character crowned from a Disney/Pixar production and the second from a CGI-animated film.
Merida will be crowned before the media at a May 11 ceremony at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Guests inside the park are welcome to watch the coronation, which takes place at Cinderella Castle, Inside The Magic reports. Merida is getting a bit of a makeover for the event, making her resemble less of a 3D character. The redesign falls in line with the other princesses, who are featured on a variety of Disney merchandise.
Ever since his introduction onto the world stage with Shallow Grave, Danny Boyle managed to carve a unique path without having to give in to studio pressures. He is always reinventing himself, always dabbling in new genres and working with new technology – and despite a string of less-noteworthy Hollywood films, Boyle returned in 2008 with Slumdog Millionaire, which went on to win eight Oscars, and 127 Hours in 2010, which was nominated for six. Despite the recent acclaim, Boyle has always created frantic, highly-stylized films with characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. After directing the opening and closing ceremonies of The Olympic games, which nearly a billion people watched, Boyle is back with his latest project Trance, a psychological thriller in which a hypnotherapist helps an art auctioneer recover memories of where he stashed a stolen Goya. With the release of Trance, I asked our staff to list the films of Danny Boyle, »
The Coen brothers’ story of a drug deal gone wrong and the chaotic game of cat and mouse that follows is an exploration of masculinity in all its guises. Through divergence of clothing, costume designer Mary Zophres shows many variations of character and motivation and pinpoints the story within a time and place – rural West Texas, 1980.
The first shots of No Country for Old Men (2007) welcome us into the Texan landscape, the sky awash with muted blues and oranges before the scorching sun rises to reveal a landscape of pale brown sand. Not only does this evoke the wilderness and subsequent loneliness of the setting, but it introduces the key colours, notably tones of beige, brown and blue. Throughout the film, these colours are to be revisited repeatedly.
We are introduced to the psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from behind as he is lead in handcuffs to a police car. »
On Sunday morning, Joss Whedon and the cast of his Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing, took the stage at WonderCon. For more on the presentation, here's Dave's recap and the trailer. Shortly after it ended, I sat down with Clark Gregg for an extended interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about what it's like for him at WonderCon/Comic-Con now that he's famous for playing Agent Coulson, how he got involved in Much Ado About Nothing, the process of filming Shakespeare via Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and possible series, the fact that Coulson is alive after the events of The Avengers and how that impacts future Marvel movies, his role in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, The To-Do List, voicing Agent Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man, and so much more. In addition, while many of you just know Gregg as Agent Coulson in the Marvel movies, he's also a talented writer/director, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Beverly Hills - Danny Boyle has spent the last few weeks on a transatlantic publicity tour for his new thriller "Trance." The picture is a return to Boyle's earlier darker works such as "Shallow Grave," "Trainspotting" and, arguably, even "A Life Less Ordinary." Surprisingly, he's taken the opportunity of this pr binge to discuss a planned "Trainspotting" sequel. The 1996 Oscar-nominated drama found Ewan McGregor as a young Edinburgh man trying to escape the city's drug scene. It also featured up and coming actors such as Robert Carlyle (pre-"Full Monty"), Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd and Johnny Lee Miller. More importantly, it »
- Gregory Ellwood
Welsh's debut 1993 novel was adapted into an award-winning film by Danny Boyle in 1996, and there have been rumours of a follow-up since the author wrote sequel Porno in 2002 and Boyle recently teased a 2016 release date for the project.
"The Trainspotting sequel - the attention is going to be even more intense this time round because the first was such a great movie. And Danny's such a colossus now," Welsh told The Big Issue
"When it comes out it's going to be the big movie talking point of the year, it's going to grab all the attention."
He added: "The thought of the whole project - it doesn't overwhelm me but there are issues to be »
If you saw Beth Grant on the street, you'd probably recognize her ... but you might not know from where.
"Frequently, over the years people have thought that they know me," Grant told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "Every character actor has this story, I'm sure. It goes like this: 'Um, do you play soccer?' 'Did you go to such and such church?' 'I knew you when you were with so and so ... ' Then I go, 'Well, sorry ...' and then they say, 'Wait a minute. Are you an actor?' and I say yes. Then they go, 'Were you in so and so?' I go, 'No, no, no.' Pretty soon you want to go to the car and get your resume and give it to them."
It's clear the public knows Grant's face from her various roles, even if they don't know her name. »
- Chris Harnick
Danny Boyle's Trainspotting put the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director on the map in 1996 along with his cast of then-unknowns Ewan MacGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Ewan Bremner -- all of whom have gone on to varying degrees of success. Now, Boyle reveals that a long-in-the-works Trainspotting sequel could become a reality with the original cast on board…
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"This has been a long time coming," Boyle told The Playlist after revealing footage from his upcoming film Trance at this weekend's SXSW Film Festival. "There's always been this long-term plan for Trainspotting 2. If [original screenwriter John Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don't think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back."
Boyle elaborated, "I think they'll want to know that the parts are good so they don't feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people »
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back.
"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people. »
- Michael Stevens
The director hopes to reunite the original cast in time for the 20th anniversary of his first Irvine Welsh adaptation
Speaking to the Playlist while promoting his new film Trance, Boyle said that Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge was working on an adaptation of Porno, Irvine Welsh's 2002 sequel to his late-80s-set debut. The long-mooted film adaptation would reunite Renton, Sick Boy and Begbie two decades on.
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There's always been this long-term plan for Trainspotting 2. If John can produce a decent enough script, I don't think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] or any of the cast coming back. I think they'll wanna know that the parts are »
- Ben Child
Rumours about a sequel to Danny Boyle's iconic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting have been circulating for many a year, but now the Academy Award-winning director has given the first indication that the project may actually become a reality, with Boyle revealing that he hopes to reunite the cast - which includes Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald - for a loose adaptation of Welsh's follow-up book Porno in 2016.
"This has been a long time coming," Boyle told The Playlist, who caught up with the filmmaker at SXSW where he was unveiling footage from his latest film Trance, which stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. "There's always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2, if John Hodge can produce a decent enough script, I don't think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back. »
- Flickering Myth
Speaking at the SXSW Film Festival, director Danny Boyle has named 2016 as the date he may tackle a sequel to his 1996 breakout smash Transpotting. The original caused quite the stir upon its release as both a book and film, mostly due to its bold and brave look at drugs and addiction. A sequel already exists in novel form, as writer Irvine Welsh, gave us Porno a number of years back. John Hodge is currently working on a script and all the principle actors such as Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Kelly Macdonald, are expected to return. The only difficulty there may be getting McGregor, who blamed Studio interference for losing the lead role in The Beach to Leonardo DiCaprio, and hasn’t worked with Boyle and Hodge since.
Speaking about the project, Boyle had this to say:
This has been a long time coming. There »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Trainspotting is my favorite movie. I don't need a sequel, and I'm unsure how much I even want one. But I will be in the theater opening day if director Danny Boyle ever gets around to the one he wants to make once the original cast ages enough to suit the story: "When they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically." Boyle is currently at SXSW to promote his latest movie, Trance, and addressed the timeline and likelihood of the sequel. Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is currently working on the script, and Boyle hopes to reunite the cast---Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald---for a sequel in 2016. Hit the jump for quotes. The Playlist got Boyle on the record to explain his vision for the sequel: "This has been a long time coming. There's always been this long term »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sumptuous costuming won this latest adaptation of Tolstoy.s novel an Oscar. Some will cry .style over substance. since there.s some creative use of set, but the film still excels in performance. What might not be so apparent to current audiences are the social ramifications of Anna.s choice. 1874 Russia: In Moscow, Stiva (Matthew Macfadyen) is in trouble with his wife Dolly (Kelly MacDonald) for using their nanny for services other than watching the children. In the capital of St. Petersburg his sister Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is married to statesman Alexi (Jude Law) but she journeys to Moscow to try and convince Dolly not to divorce Stiva. Stiva meets his friends Konstantin (Domhnall Gleeson), who has traveled »
- Jeff Swindoll
We have two Oscar categories left for you to predict before the big show goes down this Sunday. And since some of the races have been anxiously, stressfully, white-knucklingly tight, we thought it was time for a fun one. So, which of the five nominated films will win Best Animated Feature? Your choices are: Wreck-It Ralph: The heartwarming story of a video game villain (that'd be Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly) who decides he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore. Rich Moore's action-packed comedy picked up the National Board of Review Award for Animated Feature already. Brave: The inspiring tale of a young Scottish princess named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who sets out on »
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Michael Hirst
The trouble with biopic is that, for the most part, the real life story of the big name doesn’t fit into any kind of cinematic format that we have become accustomed to over the years, and there seems to be a rule that the further back the setting, the more creative license can be employed. Historians may scream blue murder, educated audiences may turn up their nose, but a necessity of storytelling is spinning a decent yarn; hence Titanic, hence Gladiator, hence Braveheart. Approach such material with the perspective of ‘historical fiction’ and chances are you’re going to enjoy the drama of proceedings much more than, say, the damp squib loyalty to fact at the expense of dynamism of this year’s Hitchcock. Taking plenty of liberties but providing a fresh dose of excitement and intrigue to the »
- Scott Patterson
Welcome to another preview of some great upcoming Blu-Ray releases! This week, the much-talked about Argo hits store shelves, Sinister will convince you to never watch home movies again, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome lands on Blu-Ray with some science-fiction style.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Ben Affleck
An American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck and based on the true story of a 1979 CIA operation. The film has won a number of awards and is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin).
Plot: During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
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- C.P. Howells
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