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New shots of Orlando Bloom in Zulu, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive, Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in Terence Malick's Knight of Cups, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain in Miss Julie, Clive Owen and Mila Kunis in Blood Ties, Brit Marling in The East, and Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco.
"The upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' will come with a limited edition phaser (non-working of course). No official date has been announced, though unofficially »
- Garth Franklin
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The more observant among you may have noticed the Cannes film festival has started, not that we want to make a big thing of it. Loafing about on the Cote d'Azur for a fortnight, eyeing arthouse films while stroking our collective chins has never held much appeal for us. Oh no. But force ourselves we must.
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard played in the sand like schoolchildren, as they discussed the films they're looking forward to. Xan Brooks rued the absence of Lars von Trier, but did his best to compensate by sternly holding Leonardo DiCaprio to task.
Well, sort of. But what of the films, you ask? The films! Peter had a
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
During a Q&A session following a reunion screening of Trainspotting in London, Time Out reports that McGregor confirmed he is keen to reprise his role as Mark Renton, despite his previous reluctance to do so.
"But now there's talk of it happening in a few years' time, and I'm totally up for it. I'd be so chuffed to be back on set with everybody and I think it would be an extraordinary experience."
The history of decades-later sequels is a rocky one, as we've documented in the past. But that doesn't stop people from trying, and some prospects are more enticing than others. Take the idea of a "Trainspotting" sequel, which has kicked around for a while, but finally seemed to solidify earlier this year when director Danny Boyle told us he was developing a script for a follow-up to his seminal breakthrough with original writer John Hodge. After all, Boyle's at the top of his game, and the set-up seemed to be more suited for a follow-up than most, particularly given that novelist Irvine Welsh had already penned a literary sequel, "Porno." But there was one major question: Ewan McGregor. The Scottish actor reached stardom playing Renton in the 1996 original, but he and Boyle fell out when he was replaced by Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Beach," and haven't worked together since. Furthermore, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Trainspotting, the saga of a bunch of junkies cutting a swath through Edinburgh, became an instant classic of British cinema. Nearly 20 years later, director Danny Boyle talks to Hibrow about what inspired him
Trainspotting was Irvine Welsh's 1993 debut novel about Edinburgh heroin addicts, and the film adaptation was released in 1996. It instantly made the reputations of its cast and crew – not least its director Danny Boyle. Now the other side of the Olympic opening ceremony, and having turned down a knighthood, Boyle sat down in front of the Hibrow cameras after a Trainspotting reunion event in London last night to talk about how the film was made, how Ewan McGregor was central to its success, and how he would make it today.
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Is the water-dwelling beast known as Nessie just an old salt's tale, or could there be something real to the legend of the mythical beast? That's the question posed by the new film looking to delve into those waters of mystery.
According to Screen Daily, director James Watkins (The Woman In Black) has a joint company with Altitude, which is launching its first production, The Loch, written by Watkins and Simon Duric. Watkins was initially attached to direct, but now Duric will take the helm. Peter Mullan (pictured; War Horse, Trainspotting) has come on board to lead the cast.
“The film is a character-driven horror thriller that is an update on the Loch Ness monster myth. The story follows a family hiding their own secrets who encounter dark forces on a weekend holiday near Loch Ness.”
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A year ago he was a little-known Belgian actor. Then, on the first Thursday of Cannes 2012, came Rust and Bone and Matthias Schoenaerts – playing a bare-knuckle boxer opposite Marion Cotillard – was suddenly the hottest discovery on the Croisette.
The British film industry in particular seems to have fallen for Schoenaert , and he'll be seen in three forthcoming BBC Films productions. First there's A Little Chaos (directed by Alan Rickman), in which he plays the head gardener at Versailles opposite Kate Winslet's headstrong landscaper. Then he'll go straight to the set of Saul Dibb's production of the second world war drama Suite française, some of which is being shot in his native Belgium. In that, he'll play a German officer opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. »
- Jason Solomons
Sadly, the UK's premier festival for the deaf lost its patron this year, the estimable Richard Griffiths. But before he died, the actor recorded an onstage interview at London's Savoy Theatre (which premieres here), during which he spoke, and signed, about his career, growing up with deaf parents and the future possibilities for deaf film-making. Those possibilities are further revealed in the film programme, which brings together deafness-related films from the UK and around the world, with awards up for grabs as well. Many of the stories, factual and fictional, use deafness to offer a fresh insight into everything from Islam to cage fighting, to exploring aspects of deaf culture and to laugh at hearing society's stupidity.
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- Steve Rose
If there's one thing that best counteracts moviegoers' supposed short attention spans it's nostalgia. And right now we're pretty nostalgic for the 1990s, a decade in which a whole bunch of box office successes and cult hits somehow avoided sequels. Until now. Well, until soon. We keep hearing talk of a couple Independence Day installments, Danny Boyle is apparently finally going to make a Trainspotting follow-up and now via Film School Rejects we hear that director James Merendino is going ahead with a sequel to his 1998 movie Slc Punk! The last of those is titled Punk's Dead and will reportedly bring back much of the cast, including Matthew Lillard, Devon Sawa, Annabeth Gish and maybe Christopher McDonald (meanwhile Michael A. Goorjian is said to be...
- Christopher Campbell
One truly great thing we have here in Britain is our film Industry. We have made some of the greatest films of all time on our Isles, films such as Trainspotting, Withnail & I, The Ladykillers and so on. Conversely, we then have the hidden gems that seem to go unnoticed by the rest of the world.
I know there will be a lot of people reading this article who probably have seen all five of these films and wouldn’t class them as underrated – this is just my personal pick. If it was up to me, everybody would have seen these 5 films at least once in their life.
Here are 5 underrated British classics you need to watch…
- Andrew Joshua
Directed by: Jon S. Baird
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: Tba
Trailer Score: 7/10
Thoughts by Tsr: I would not be entirely surprised if Jon S. Baird’s Filth (based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, the writer of “Trainspotting”) ended up being a relatively poor film. That being said, I had a smile on my face and chuckled a number of times during the trailer. So, if nothing else, it certainly looks like it should be entertaining. When I glanced at the plot description it made it sound like it would be a very dark and dreary story of a bad cop doing bad things. I guess I missed the part where it’s a comedy, and the lengths this trailer goes to show how morally corrupt Bruce Robertson is has a certain – forgive me – filthy charm.
A lot of that »
- Shane T. Nier
Whilst the average cinema-goer is no doubt aware of his name, the typical movie buff is most likely familiar with some of Danny Boyle‘s work. His most successful film is Slumdog Millionaire, but he’s also done various other films in the past, including Trainspotting, Sunshine and 127 Hours. He’s not the most prolific of directors, but when he makes a film it is certainly worthy of attention.
This brings us to the recent Trance trailer. Trance, of course, is the latest film by Danny Boyle. Straight away, there are various themes and similarities that make this instantly recognizable as a ‘Boyle movie’. It can easily be argued that all of Boyle’s films have had a strong human and emotional theme. Whilst the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting are prime examples, even Sunshine focuses on the human and emotional aspects of a more unusual situation; the same goes for 127 Hours. »
- Marc Eastman
Directed by Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle, the director of Trance, really hit the lottery in 2008. That’s when a little movie called Slumdog Millionaire not only made close to $400 million dollars worldwide, but also took home 8 Oscars. To call it a phenomenon might be a slight understatement. But it also took a guy whose career was steady, but still somewhat under the radar, into the stratosphere. Boyle it seems wants to get himself back to that place under the radar. A place where he can make movies that may not garner the interest of most fans of Slumdog Millionaire, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Millions or even 127 Hours. I’m more than ok with that, because I like the Boyle who gave us Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.
Trance, Boyle’s newest film, is a slick endeavor, slightly twisted »
- Craig Dietz
There's a tiny moment in Danny Boyle's 2007 sci-fi thriller Sunshine in which Michelle Yeoh's biologist finds a tiny green plant growing from the ashes in her spaceship's oxygen-supplying botanical garden that was burnt to a crisp. As Boyle explained to this writer at the time: "It's a very potent image, I think, a regeneration out of the ashes."
The same could be said of the movie itself. Upon release, this tale of a group of scientists trying to save the Earth by reigniting a failing sun failed to shine at the box office or make a significant cultural impact. Yet it was recently described as the Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director's "most misunderstood and underrated film" by influential critic Mark Kermode in his BBC blog.
But why was this British movie, described by this writer's 2007 Digital Spy review as "a fantastically enjoyable film that works our minds, delights »
Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by John Hodge
From its opening sequence set in the point of view of a driver’s seat headed down the streets of Edinburgh, with the techno sounds playing in the background, audiences back in 1994 must have known they were in for something dark, hip and very different. Boyle’s talent was apparent right from the start with those overhead rotating shots closed in on Christopher Eccleston’s head. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, patience and shows what he can do with little resources and a limited budget. We knew we had a star in the making. Invoking the memory of Alfred Hitchcock, Shallow Grave is a deadpan, nihilistic thriller, best compared to The Last Seduction and Red Rock West – with an overcast similar to the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple and Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan. »
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, »
Filmmaker Danny Boyle has tackled almost every genre under the sun. Thrillers ("Shallow Grave"), sci-fi and space adventure ("Sunshine"), post-apocalyptic horror ("28 Days Later"), romantic comedies ("A Life Less Ordinary"), hipster drug movies ("Trainspotting"), international dramas with romance and intrigue ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The Beach") and more, but one genre that has eluded the director thus far is the musical. While never confirmed -- or no one seemed to ask him -- Boyle was rumored to be involved in a musical remake of "My Fair Lady," but it never came to pass. While that particular effort wasn't discussed in this Kcrw interview with John Horn, the musical form itself was. Boyle once again said that he was developing two period piece films set in England, but was sidetracked when Horn asked Boyle if the period piece was one in the many restaurants he liked to eat at -- using different cuisines as an analogy for different genres. »
- Edward Davis
James McAvoy is a charming and talented actor who’s done nothing but good work up to this point, so it was probably about time someone rewarded him with a role that allowed him to engage in casual sex, guzzle copious amounts of booze, and snort up enough drugs to kill a donkey. And, as you can see from the film’s brand new trailer, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” has provided him with just that sort of role. Given all of the sex, boozing, and drugs going on though, the trailer is marked as restricted, so don’t go trying to sneak any peeks if you’re under age. For the rest of you, enjoy, and try to make note of the fact that Filth looks like it’s going to be much more than just a shallow wallowing in bad behavior. This is a story from the same guy who »
- Nathan Adams
A talking tapeworm is the least of James McAvoy's problems in Filth, the new adaptation of Irvine "Trainspotting" Welsh's novel. In this definitely 18-certificate trailer, we see booze flow, punches thrown, sex had – but that's hardly a surprise, this is Irvine Welsh after all
We're a good 15 seconds into the trailer for Filth before James McAvoy has said the c-word; another five before he engages in some hardcore S&M; and a round 30 until he's downing vodka, throwing up in his car and getting ready to start from the top.
After the gangland violence of Welcome to the Punch and the twisty-dark meanderings of Danny Boyle's Trance, the desecration of McAvoy's little-boy-lost screen persona continues. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, Filth sees McAvoy play Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a corrupt Edinburgh copper investigating a racially-charged murder case. Robertson takes misanthropy to extremes, tormenting his colleagues, abusing »
- Henry Barnes
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