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11 items from 2011


Danny Boyle Re-Ups With Underworld, Names Group Music Directors Of 2012 London Olympics

7 December 2011 11:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One thing is for sure: Danny Boyle f---ing loves electronic music duo Underworld (nee Carl Hyde and Rick Smith). After using choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to "The Beach" and "Trainspotting" (where their propulsive "Born Slippy" was memorably used at the close of the film), they became full-on collaborators with the filmmaker, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick "Sunshine" (with John Murphy) and creating the steam punk-y score to his "Frankenstein" stage show that blew our minds earlier this year. Well it seems like he just can't get enough of those guys, as Pitchfork points out that he has just hired them to serve as the musical directors for the opening ceremonies for next summer's 2012 Olympic Games in London. The duo will oversee the music for the three-hour-long opening ceremony, which should now include long distance runners twirling glow sticks and sucking on oversized pacifiers. We. »

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British Band Underworld Hired for London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

7 December 2011 5:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London – The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will jump, run and gyrate to beats provided by British electronic music maestros Underworld. Underworld duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde have been hired as music directors for the opening ceremony, working with Oscar-winning moviemaker Danny Boyle, the event’s artistic director. Story: Danny Boyle to helm 2012 Olympics ceremony? The music pair will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony, scheduled for July 27, 2012. Underworld and Boyle have enjoyed a long and diverse collaboration since Underworld’s track Born Slippy featured in Boyle's Trainspotting. Smith

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- Stuart Kemp

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Underworld named musical directors for London 2012 Opening Ceremony

7 December 2011 5:07 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Underworld have been named musical directors of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) today announced the appointment, which completes the senior creative team for next year's Olympic ceremonies. Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will work alongside artistic director Danny Boyle and be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony on July 27. Boyle said: "Appointing Underworld to direct the music in the Olympic Opening Ceremony is the final piece of the jigsaw for the team of leading British creatives who will deliver the ceremonies." Underworld have collaborated with Boyle several times in the past. The duo's track 'Born Slippy .Nuxx' featured prominently in 1996's Trainspotting and the pair also worked on (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Theo James Talks Bedlam and Underworld: Awakening

30 September 2011 1:25 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The BBC America supernatural drama Bedlam, premiering on October 1st, follows the 20-something residents of Bedlam Heights, a stylish new apartment building that is tainted by abuse, suffering and death. As the direct descendent of those who ran the asylum for generations, prior to its current use as luxury residences, Kate (Charlotte Salt) lives with Ryan (Will Young) and Molly (Ashley Madekwe), and it is her task to fill the remaining vacant apartments. When Kate’s adopted cousin Jed (Theo James) unexpectedly arrives, after messages to save her send him back into her life, his checkered past and mental health issues become increasingly difficult to hide, as he sees ghosts and visions from the past. Once he begins to uncover the terrifying secrets of Bedlam Heights, he must also attempt to retain his fragile sanity and keep his friends alive. During a recent interview to promote the series’ debut in America, »

- Christina Radish

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Catwoman Throughout The Years (and Batman and Robin, Too!)

10 August 2011 1:19 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Superman's tights. Spiderman's mask. Batman's nipples.

When making a movie based on a superhero comic, there’s probably no aspect of production that will invite greater scrutiny than that pinnacle of all things superhero: the costume. And not to stereotype, but let's face it, gay and bisexual guys probably have a special interest in superhero costumes. We certainly have a definite appreciation for the often, um, revealing outfits sported by the male superheroes, while many of us can also appreciate the aesthetic styles worn by the women.

Which means that costume designers have to create a look that will somehow both be true to the source material, but is updated while also looking good on flesh-and-blood actors who have to actually move around in the real world.

One thing that designers have learned over the years is that while many comic book heroes look like their costumes were simply sprayed onto their bodybuilder physiques, »

- Tim OLeary

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Trainspotting brings rave to the cinema

14 June 2011 4:21 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

1996: Number 30 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of dance music

Being live, collective and usually drug-enhanced, the "rave" experience has never been easy to replicate on film. But wherever there's a ramshackle youth movement, there's a clueless cash-in and, as with 60s psychedelia, Hollywood got it entertainingly wrong more often than it got it right (two words: Matrix Reloaded). Two exceptions were Doug Liman's Go (featuring Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley and Scott Wolf), which had fun with the La warehouse party scene, and Blade, whose great bloody opening (to the Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix of New Order's Confusion, trackspotters) was the last word in clubbing exclusivity. For once, the Brits knew best.

Danny Boyle's Trainspotting was ostensibly the first rave generation film, in attitude at least, though apart from Underworld's Born Slippy, the soundtrack was pretty rock-based. Instead, prime contender for »

- Steve Rose

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Sound Bite From Underworld’s Score For Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’

3 March 2011 1:11 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s hard to deny the British electro-band Underworld much of anything after listening to their strange, hard-living soundtrack for Danny Boyle‘s flawed sci-fi masterpiece Sunshine playing against John Murphy’s beautiful score. Boyle clearly has similar feelings, as the group is scoring the music that will play under his upcoming stage play Frankenstein, starring British thespians Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

The two actors will switch lead roles (Frankenstein and his Monster) between the two performances at the National Theatre in the U.K. On March 17th Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock Holmes) will play the Monster and Miller (the guy’s been around forever) will play Frankenstein. On March 24th, it’ll be reversed.

Here’s the trailer for the play if you have yet to see it:

This interesting concept will be available in theaters across the world thanks to National Theater Live.

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- Dan Mecca

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What to say about ... Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

24 February 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Danny Boyle's role-swapping production highlights the incestuous relationship between genius and madness. But which was the show itself?

If the critics' advice should ever be followed, and if you can get a ticket, then Frankenstein at the National is clearly the place to be. There was always going to be hype around any production that could promise Danny Boyle's return to the theatre, the presence of telly's Benedict Cumberbatch and American telly's Johnny Lee Miller, plus an original score from Underworld. (That's a three-way Trainspotting reunion, 90s fans.) What is never guaranteed is a good reaction from the reviewers. Let alone the kind of ecstasy that Frankenstein provoked.

"The opening 10 minutes are stunning," says Henry Hitchings in the Standard, setting the scene. "They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets. When the naked Creature emerges from a papery womb, he writhes spectacularly. Slowly he adjusts to his surroundings, »

- Leo Benedictus

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What to say about ... Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

24 February 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Danny Boyle's role-swapping production highlights the incestuous relationship between genius and madness. But which was the show itself?

If the critics' advice should ever be followed, and if you can get a ticket, then Frankenstein at the National is clearly the place to be. There was always going to be hype around any production that could promise Danny Boyle's return to the theatre, the presence of telly's Benedict Cumberbatch and American telly's Johnny Lee Miller, plus an original score from Underworld. (That's a three-way Trainspotting reunion, 90s fans.) What is never guaranteed is a good reaction from the reviewers. Let alone the kind of ecstasy that Frankenstein provoked.

"The opening 10 minutes are stunning," says Henry Hitchings in the Standard, setting the scene. "They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets. When the naked Creature emerges from a papery womb, he writhes spectacularly. Slowly he adjusts to his surroundings, »

- Leo Benedictus

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Trailer For Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein Stage Production

23 February 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Danny Boyle’s much hyped stage production of Frankenstein begins at the National Theatre in London next Tuesday (though it’s previewing now) and will continue through March, starring Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) in the lead roles. The real selling point of the play, I’m told, is that Miller and Cumberbatch have both prepared performances as both Frankenstein and his monster – and depending on which night you attend, will determine which performance you see.

A pretty neat gimmick and one that will no doubt get a few people buying multiple tickets to see how both performances compare. Here’s a newly released and compelling trailer for the production;

With not living in London myself, I’m often frustrated by not being able to see such cool shows on stage but the really great thing about Boyle’s Frankenstein is that the plan is »

- Matt Holmes

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Underworld 'always say yes to Boyle'

21 February 2011 8:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Underworld have admitted that they cannot turn down any request from filmmaker Danny Boyle. The dance group are providing the score and audio effects for Boyle's stage version of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in rotating lead roles. They previously featured on the soundtrack to Boyle's Trainspotting and scored his 2007 film Sunshine. Karl Hyde told official newsletter Scribbles: "At this point (a week into public previews), we've created music, soundscapes and atmospheres that feature in about 70% of a two-hour play. "There are also alternate versions of each piece prepared in case scenes get extended... I think if you laid all (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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