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For once, TMZ is finding itself at the center of a celebrity-related legal drama, rather than reporting on one. The celebrity news outlet is being sued for defamation by a man who says he was roughed up after seeking an autograph from Iggy Pop. In the suit, filed in circuit court in Michigan, Jason Leckrone claims that he attempted to get an autograph from Pop after an August 2016 concert that the “Lust for Life” singer was performing with Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme. Also Read: TMZ Staffers 'Uncomfortable' With Harvey Levin's Trump Ties: 'Everyone Thinks It's Really Gross'. »
- Tim Kenneally
"I'm not sure that Americans have penises," Ewan McGregor declares, carefully and painstakingly keeping his expression as deadpan as possible.
Danny Boyle's ears suddenly perk up. "Wait, your penis isn't there? Did they blur it out?" He lets out a laugh that might be characterized as the sound of exploding joy. "That would explain a lot!"
"They have to import them from Scotland," Jonny Lee Miller adds, at which point McGregor's stone-faced look begins to crack a bit.
"Scottish sausage!" Ewan Bremner chimes in, chuckling. "It's where the term comes from. »
Back in 1996, Trainspotting (adapted from Irvine Welsh's 1993 cult novel) emerged as one of the great British films of the era, one that bristled with incendiary sense of style and danger. The daring dims a bit in T2: Trainspotting, though director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) and doctor-turned-screenwriter John Hodge try their damnedest to force lightning to strike twice. The passing of two decades can take the piss out of characters, especially the four slum-dwelling Scotsman who caught that generation-defining moment of youth-in-revolt set to a pulsating Brit-pop score (Elastica, »
Director Danny Boyle recaptures lightning in a bottle. T2 Trainspotting is a vivid, frenetic sequel to the cult classic that made Ewan McGregor a star. Trainspotting was the thumb in your eye, middle-finger homage to the drug-addled lunacy that defined a distinct era in Britain. Twenty years later, T2 will have you rolling in the aisles; laughing, and grimacing at the gang's new adventures. The characters remain true to form as they reconnect in spectacularly awkward fashion.
The last time we saw Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), he had stolen the heroin money, given a secret cut to Spud (Ewen Bremner), and absconded mysteriously. Leaving Simon aka Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and the psychotic Begbie (Robert Carlyle) passed out on the floor. The story picks up twenty years later with Mark having a life-altering crisis in Amsterdam. The waif thin junkie has been replaced by a supremely fit exercise addict. »
With the “Lust for Life” drums pounding and Ewan McGregor’s older, maybe wiser ex-junkie surveying the tiny room that housed cinema’s grimmest heroin withdrawal, this new trailer couldn’t herald the arrival of anything but Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting. “Twenty years have just flown by, yeah?” says Ewen Bremner’s Spud to McGregor’s Mark Renton. Maybe, maybe not, but the Trainspotting gang’s back just the same, with Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle’s Begbie… »
Out of curiosity, have any of you seen the show Nothing But Trailers on Axs TV? If you ever want to get overloaded with movie trailers I highly recommend it. It runs for 2 hours and does exactly what it says, runs movie trailers non-stop. There are commercial breaks but they’re really not that bad. I bring this up because I watched it last night and had a chance to see the new T2: Trainspotting trailer. Luckily it just hit the internet and we can share it with you today. Trainspotting‘s Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie reunite in
T2: Trainspotting’s Latest Trailer has a “Lust for Life” »
- Nat Berman
Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life," the quasi-anthem for the original film, is also back to pace the new preview, premiering at Rolling Stone. The clip finds Ewan McGregor's ex-addict Renton attempting to reconcile with Edinburgh buddies after ripping them off in the original film.
T2 has already opened in the United Kingdom, where »
It’s time to feel the “Lust For Life” again. Danny Boyle got the boys back together for the follow-up to his iconic “Trainspotting,” and while the soundtrack boasts some new acts for the current generation (Wolf Alice, Young Fathers), Iggy Pop’s glorious anthem returns (albeit in a remix by The Prodigy).
Nevertheless, the first clip from “T2: Trainspotting” has landed, pumped up by Pop’s tune, and sees Renton (Ewan McGregor) regaling Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and his girlfriend Veronika (newcomer Anjela Nedyalkova) about footballer George Best, while Boyle adds his visual flourishes to the anecdote.
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Like its parent film, T2 Trainspotting’s soundtrack eschews cosy Cool Britannia nostalgia for something weirder and better. The original soundtrack was a sharp mix of cult classics and of-the-moment artists. Rather than get Blur and co back, Danny Boyle has called on a more leftfield lineup of young guns, the likes of Mercury-winning Edinburgh alt hip-hop trio Young Fathers, Brixton scuzz rockers Fat White Family and deliciously demented Irish rappers Rubberbandits. The classic side of things is held up by Queen, Run Dmc, Blondie and more, with the whole bookended by Trainspotting’s biggest tracks reborn: a mad-dog Prodigy remix of Iggy’s Lust for Life and Underworld’s Slow Slippy. In our retromaniac world, it might not attain the original’s classic status, but it’s all the better for its bravery.
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- Emily Mackay
Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting features one of the great film soundtracks of the 1990s, mashing together Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Blur, and more into a kinetic chemical cocktail for disaffected youth. So Boyle’s 21-years-later follow-up, T2: Trainspotting, has some big musical shoes to fill with its own set of songs.
Polydor Records released the track listing for the film today, suggesting that Boyle isn’t looking to fix anything that wasn’t broken with the first film’s sonic choices. The first track listed is a remix of the original’s most iconic song, Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life”, by way of The Prodigy. (The British electronic group teased the remix on its Instagram last month.) The rest of the album is a similar grab bag of the old and new, with recent bands—Wolf Alice, British DJ High Contrast—sitting alongside old standards like »
- William Hughes
Time can play cruel tricks. A recent strain of Hollywood movie showed us the cosy side of nostalgia - the dinosaurs roaring again in Jurassic World, the Millennium Falcon taking flight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but there can be a bittersweet, even cruel side to the lure of old memories.
For Renton (Ewan McGregor), heading back to his old stomping ground in Edinburgh after 20 years is akin to opening a box of old photographs. There’s a comfort at seeing old faces, but then the regret starts flooding back: the drugs, the alcohol, the friends he's lost and »
Danny Boyle’s 1996 film “Trainspotting” follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed Edinburgh in the late 1980s. Based on Irvine Welsh’s novel by the same name, the film went on to become a critical and commercial hit around the globe. Besides parking controversy for its subject matter, the film also produced two acclaimed soundtracks that featured music from and inspired by the film, including Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Primal Scream, Pulp, New Order and more.
Now, Boyle has prepped a sequel, “T2 Trainspotting,” due out early this year, based on Welsh’s sequel “Porno,” that picks up 20 years after the events of the first film. Ahead of the film’s release, the soundtrack has leaked onto Amazon UK, as reported by NME, and features music from artists young and old. »
- Vikram Murthi
As iconic as Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie — and arguably more so — was the music that powered Danny Boyle‘s zeitgeist capturing “Trainspotting.” It launched the mass commercialization of Iggy Pop‘s “Lust For Life,” and for a few years there it seems you couldn’t turn around without bumping into the song, while Underworld‘s “Born Slippy” went from the clubs and into the homes of kids everywhere.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios)
By: Carson Blackwelder
A fourth chance at an Oscar is right around the corner for Michelle Williams — despite how little screen time the actress racked up in Manchester by the Sea. Should the stars align, Williams will score a best supporting actress nomination at the 2017 ceremony. After you hear just how little of the film featured the 36-year-old, it might shock you — but let us just assure you that this isn’t a new accomplishment.
This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists Williams as a frontrunner in the best supporting actress category this year alongside Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), and Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women). The Montana-born actress has already scored three Oscar nominations: in the best supporting actress category for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain as well as in the best actress category »
- Carson Blackwelder
15 items from 2017
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