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Film News: ‘Animals’ is Top Film at ‘Best of the Midwest’ Awards Night

10 December 2014 11:52 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” awards with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. Sweeping Best Actor, Director and Feature Film was the Collin Schiffli-directed “Animals,” starring and written by David Dastmalchian.

BMA Host Mike McNamara with Presenter/Screenwriter Irvine Welsh

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The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and featured appearances by television stars Jon Seda and Laroyce Hawkins of “Chicago Pd”; Christian Stolte and Charlie Barnett of “Chicago Fire”; Kelly O’Sullivan and Maura Kidwell of “Sirens”; Screenwriter Irvine Walsh (“Trainspotting”); and Betsy Steinberg, the Director of the Illinois Film Office.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by »

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Jon S. Baird Meets Laurel And Hardy

17 November 2014 4:10 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having already followed his scurrilous Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth with some episodes of Danny Boyle's Babylon, Jon S. Baird has something very different lined up for his next project. He'll direct a currently unnamed project focusing on the twilight years of Laurel And Hardy. Specifically the film will centre on Stan and Ollie's farewell tour of Britain in 1953. The comedy duo's star was on the wane by the time the tour took place. Their films for Fox and post-war careers hadn't recaptured the magic of their earlier days with producer Hal Roach, and they had filmed their ill-fated final film Utopia (Aka Atoll K) in 1952, though it was yet to be released. They were met by adoring crowds everywhere they went on their music hall tour, however. But sadly the jollity had to be cut short when Hardy became seriously ill with heart problems.Jeff Pope (Philomena) wrote the screenplay for the film, »

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James McAvoy Takes Best Actor Crown at BAFTA Scotland Awards

16 November 2014 3:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BAFTA Scotland's annual awards ceremony on Sunday saw James McAvoy take home the best actor gong for his turn as a corrupt, drug-taking and alcoholic cop in Filth, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel. The best actress award went to relative newcomer Sophie Kennedy Clark for her performance in Philomena, in which she played the younger version of Judi Dench's titular character. Read more James McAvoy Heads Back to London Stage in 'The Ruling Class' Broadchurch star David Tennant won the TV actor award for BBC drama The Escape Artist, while Shirley Henderson, also one of McAvoy’s co-stars in Filth,

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Starred Up takes top Scottish BAFTAs by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-11-16 23:08:14

16 November 2014 3:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Starred Up the big winner at Scottish BAFTAs David Mackenzie took home the top film honours at the Scottish BAFTAs tonight, with his prison drama Starred Up winning the prizes for best film and best director, while his scriptwriter Jonathan Asser was named best TV/film writer (read what David Mackenzie told us about the film earlier in the year here).

The film beat stiff competition from Filth and Sunshine On Leith.

The film acting honours went to James McAvoy for Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth and Sophie Kennedy Clark for her role in Stephen Frears' drama Philomena.

The full list of film nominees and winners (in bold) is below:

Feature Film

Filth Jon S Baird, Ken Marshall, Trudie Styler - Steel Mill Pictures, Maven Pictures, Logie Pictures/Lionsgate

Starred Up David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jonathan Asser - Sigma Films/Fox Searchlight

Sunshine On Leith Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Greenhorn, Andrew Macdonald, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Ewan McGregor Says Trainspotting Sequel to Shoot in 2016

28 October 2014 4:22 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Even though Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wanted to make a sequel to "Trainspotting," Ewan McGregor would constantly refuse to reprise his role, claiming that he doesn't want to ruin one of his favorite movies. But now that a good amount of time has passed, McGregor is not only open to returning, but is become increasingly eager. "It looks like it might happen," he said of the sequel. "The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I'd be up for it. I wouldn't have been 10 years ago, but I am now." Boyle previously confirmed that the sequel would be based on "Porno," Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel. »

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Trainspotting 2 Is Probably Happening, Here Are The Details

27 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The year 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, and it's slated to be the production start of it's long-awaited sequel. So says the star it launched, Ewan McGregor. In an interview with Details, the Scottish star talked about the highs (his recent stint on Broadway in The Real Thing) and lows (Michael Bay's The Island) of his career, and in the midst of this, delivered an update on when we might expect a Trainspotting 2 to actually get made. He told the magazine: "It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I'd be up for it. I wouldn't have been 10 years ago, but I am now." Based on the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting hit theaters in the summer of 1996, bringing with it fearless humor, an addictive soundtrack, »

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Ewan McGregor: 'Trainspotting sequel might happen'

25 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ewan McGregor has said a Trainspotting sequel is likely to happen.

Based on Irvine Welsh's novel with the same name, McGregor starred in the 1996 Danny Boyle adaptation alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner.

McGregor told Details: "It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I'd be up for it. I wouldn't have been 10 years ago, but I am now."

Last year, the Scottish actor expressed his interest in reprising his Trainspotting role as heroin addict Mark Renton and said it would be an "extraordinary experience" to reunite with his former co-stars.

Boyle already confirmed his plans for a Trainspotting sequel, which would be based on Welsh's 2002 follow-up Porno.

The duo worked together for three films but their friendship was severed after the actor was replaced by »

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What to Watch This Week: 'Godzilla,' 'New Girl,' & More

16 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray


Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.

"The Fault in Our Stars"

It Girl Shailene Woodley stars in this adaptation of John Green's Ya weepie about a teen named Hazel dying of cancer. Augustus (Ansel Elgort) is another teen coping with the Big C, »

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More "Trainspotting" In The Works

14 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, a sequel to "Trainspotting" is on track for development, with a new screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer John Hodge

Boyle intends to reunite the first film's original cast of Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald.

"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 »

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Filth Blu-ray Review

28 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Irvine Welsh made his reputation with both the novel and the filmed version of Trainspotting, with the latter creating the cinematic language that has been borrowed by every adaptation of his work that’s followed.  The most recent big screen Welsh adaptation is Filth, which was written for the screen and directed by Jon S.  Baird and stars James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson, a corrupt cop who’s got some issues at home and in the workforce.  But where it has some of the flash of Trainspotting, it seems more like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, replete with a terrible third act twist.  My review of the Filth Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film opens with Bruce’s wife Carole (Shauna Macdonald) who suggests that she loves her husband, but hopes that by teasing his desires he will become the next Detective Inspector.  She then she goes out for »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Like The Giver? Here Are the Best Book-to-Film Adaptations Currently Streaming on Netflix

15 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.

Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.

Trainspotting (1996) based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh

Starring: Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle

Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »

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Filth Blu-Ray Review

12 August 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since I’ve previously indulged in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting on numerous occasions, happily stumbling through my very first drug-fueled Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth isn’t exactly a surprising endeavor by any means. Granted, it’s an absolutely bonkers character study injected with heaping mounds of Columbia’s finest and enough sexual expression to make Hugh Hefner blush, but this is signature Welsh material. Filth isn’t a Danny Boyle flick though, so questions surrounding relative newbie Jon S. Baird’s ability to capture the same “controlled” insanity immediately arise – which he confidently dismisses after a raucous introduction.

Filth is far more than a Scottish dark comedy about the most crooked cop in history, as Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) slowly reveals an entire army of inner demons over the course of this sinisterly tragic downward spiral. Everything starts out cheekily enough when Robertson reveals his plan to sabotage every other »

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New on DVD Blu-ray August 12: 'Locke,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'

11 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week


What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.

Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Love Streams" (Criterion)

What's It About? John Cassavetes and real-life wife Gena Rowlands star as siblings who turn to each other for support after being left by everyone else in their lives. »

- Jenni Miller

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Review: Filth

5 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

My first thought on how to describe Filth, which opens Friday for a nightly late-night run at Violet Crown, was that it felt something like Trainspotting meets Fight Club. Then I saw the credits and learned indeed it was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting. (I watched the movie before seeing any publicity materials that clearly indicate this fact.) That it stars James McAvoy (who bears some resemblance to Ewan McGregor) following a self-destructive path of crime and debauchery plays into this comparison.

Filth begins with a murder, which Bruce (McAvoy) is assigned to investigate. Success will lead to a promotion, which Bruce is hell-bent on achieving in hope of winning back the love of his estranged wife and eliciting the return of her and their child. Possessed of a mean streak, however, he spends more time pranking his fellow police in hope of ruining »

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Don’t waste your time with ‘Filth’

3 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written for the screen and directed by Jon S. Baird

UK, 2013

Attention all aspiring writer and directors: do not, under any circumstances, adapt a novel with an unreliable first-person narrator. It rarely works. And if for some reason you do want to give it a try, please use the source material as a loose guide, and resist the urge to strategically hit certain major plot points, because important setup material will be lost – especially when it comes to a character’s back story. Sure, you can throw in all the voice-over you want, and you can present scenes from the perspective of the protagonist, but it will be pointless if you do not provide enough evidence for the protagonist’s outlook.

In regards to Jon S. Baird’s Filth, the film is a complete and utter failure both as an adaptation and as a stand-alone film. Adapted from an »

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‘Filth’ gets you dirty but leaves you empty inside

2 June 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written for the screen and directed by Jon S. Baird

UK, 2013

Though infused with an infectious anarchic energy, Filth confuses rudeness with rebellion. Even the gleeful excesses can’t save the film’s muddled script as it loses its narrative steam and plummets into melodrama. The wickedness feels less like provocation and more like a diversion to hide the wafer-thin story. In other words, Filth is all talk and no shock.

Adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name, Filth plunges us into a poisonous world of sex, drugs and the rottenly droll. Desperate characters lurk around every corner, some fueled by fear and others by addiction. An intoxicating mix of nihilism and ambition makes everyone corruptible in Welsh’s Edinburgh, especially the police. And if anyone is drunk on nihilism and ambition, surely it’s Detective Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy).

It seems that Bruce is bucking »

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Ebiri on Filth: An Incoherent Movie Electrified by James McAvoy

30 May 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s hallucinatory, fragmented, bizarre novel, Filth is a fascinating puzzle of a movie – one without much of a solution, it seems. It involves the depraved machinations and inner torment of a Scots police detective, played by James McAvoy, as he seeks a promotion, plots against his colleagues, attempts to solve a murder case, tries to win back his family, and makes his way through mountains of drugs and sex. How much of what he’s seeing and experiencing is real, the movie leaves up to us. There’s no hand-holding here. Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.The electricity comes mostly from McAvoy himself, finally living up to the promise of parts like those he played in Atonement and The Last King of Scotland. Here’s a movie star whom we’ve all suspected could do a lot more. »

- Bilge Ebiri

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The Many Faces Of Eddie Marsan

30 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz! Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role,...

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James McAvoy on Getting 'Filth'-y for a Career Redefining Performance

30 May 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you consider James McAvoy to be a heartthrob, get ready to have your heart broken. In Jon S. Baird's extremely dark comedy "Filth," based on a novel by "Trainspotting" writer Irvine Welsh, the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Atonement" star plays Bruce Robertson, a detective you don't want to cross. When he's not doing his job (which is barely ever), Robertson beds minors, does every drug imaginable, and partakes in some seriously kinky sex with women who can stomach the guy. The role marks a huge leap for the Scottish actor in a direction his fans probably never saw coming. Robertson is as unleashed as characters come, and McAvoy doesn't hold back in bringing Welsh's grotesque creation to the screen. You have to see it to believe it. Indiewire spoke with the actor about the career-redefining performance. "Filth" opens May 30 in select theaters and is currently available to view on video-on-demand platforms. »

- Nigel M Smith

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James McAvoy on Cross-Dressing in His Indie ‘Filth’ and ‘X-Men’

29 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After “X-Men,” James McAvoy sheds his inhibitions — and most of his clothes — in “Filth,” which Magnolia releases May 30, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, about a misanthropic cop with a secret.

Filth” lives up to its name. 

I knew what kind of performance I wanted to give. It’s the best script I’ve ever read, bar none. And I was not certain if we would pull it off. Even less challenging things fall by the wayside during filming.

Did the director think of you?

When I met Jon [S. Baird], I thought they had come to me. But I found out a couple months ago that my agent went to them, to which they replied, “Nope!” I’m not obvious casting for the part. I didn’t audition. I just chatted. I understood the character, and they offered me the part that afternoon.

Do you feel like you’ve been typecast? »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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