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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.
Photo credit: Jason Brown (jbrownweddingphoto.com) for MidwestFilm.com
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 »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
1A4STUDIO's latest 60-second animated speedrun takes on the classic 1996 Ewan McGregor and Dany Boyle film Trainspotting. This is the movie that launched the careers of these two talented individuals. This was such a great film, and this speedrun retelling of it is fantastic!
Once upon a time we go like: why don't we shut Speedruns for a while, becouse we can. And we shut'em, becouse we could. Watch the very last episode of 1st season and pray for us to continue, bwahahah! And maybe we will. [sic]
Enjoy the the video!
- Joey Paur
After the jump: Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join The Scorch Trials J.K. Rowling writes a bunch more Harry Potter stories Ewan McGregor says Trainspotting 2 will shoot in 2016 Keanu Reeves hasn’t made a final decision on Bill & Ted 3 The cast of Magic Mike Xxl gathers for a class photo See Natasha Lyonne […]
- Angie Han
Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of »
- Brad Brevet
20. The Godfather (1972)
Scene: The Horse Head
It’s the sweeping epic that eventually spanned three films. But, without the sequels, the first still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. The Godfather is a crime drama, a family drama, and a warped version of the American dream. The story focuses on the Corleone family, beginning at the marriage of his daughter, an expansive reception that serves as a wonderful introduction to the characters we would grow to love. Part of this intro is to demonstrate how ruthless the family could be if called to. Vito (Marlon Brando) will grant requests on this day, as it is his daughter’s wedding day. One of those requests comes from Johnny Fontane (Al Martino), Vito’s godson and a professional singer. He wants to land a contested part in a film, so »
- Joshua Gaul
We are currently in the heart of the horror movie season, with movie lovers using the Halloween holiday as an excuse to sort through the world.s film library to find titles that will scare the pants off of them. But while many will look to classic standards like John Carpenter.s The Thing, Sam Raimi.s The Evil Dead or Wes Craven.s A Nightmare on Elm Street, let.s not forget that the horror genre isn.t the only place to find genuine terror in cinema. In fact, some of the scariest moments ever put to film have been wrapped in films more accurately described as dramas, action movies, and even family-friendly adventures. Don.t believe me? Read on, watch the clips, and prepare to be scared! Trainspotting . The Baby on the Ceiling Danny Boyle.s Trainspotting would give anyone second thoughts about trying heroin. But while the »
In a similar vein to BBC2’s outstanding serial killer drama, The Fall, Babylon enlists the help of an American for this British-based police series. If you’ve not heard of it before today, that might be due to the fact that the pilot landed on British shores back in February of this year. After its initial airing on Channel 4, things fell silent for a time, until the network commissioned a full-length series.
The positive response which surfaced following the first episode was largely down to its starry cast and crew breathing life into its dramedy premise. Brit Marling leads the show as an American PR advisor who’s hired by the London Metropolitan Police Department to overhaul their image. With James Nesbitt and Paterson Joseph taking on supporting turns, it’s shaping up to be a potential must-see for the fall season.
- Gem Seddon
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. »
Yesterday, we learned that the rumours linking Ewan McGregor to playing Doctor Strange for Marvel weren't, ultimately, true (Benedict Cumberbatch has the role). But McGregor is a busy man anyway, having recently made his Broadway debut.
In a chat with Details, McGregor was asked in particular about his Star Wars work. In particular: does he agree with people who believe that The Phantom Menace is 'a piece of crap'? "I watched it once, at the premiere", McGregor said. "So I'm not in a good position to judge".
He did add that "they had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time". He »
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, »
Daniel Radcliffe stars in Horns, a nightmarish tale adapted from Joe Hill’s book of same name. One of the immediate changes to the film from page to screen has a deep impact on the story, and it is the transition of Radcliffe’s character – Ig Perrish – from being a student to a professional DJ.
As a result the soundtrack deeply mirrors both Ig’s past and his actions within the film.
One of the very first scenes, in fact, is scored by David Bowie’s iconic track, “Heroes”. Ig picks the LP out of a wall full of record spines, drops the needle and is immediately transported back to the life he enjoyed with his since-murdered girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple).
The rest of the musical cues for the first half of the film are familiar, if not slightly clichéd choices. “Heroes” is 36 years old and one of Bowie’s best loved tracks, »
- Shane McNeil
Ewan McGregor has crafted a career that allows him two kinds of respect that few actors can claim: He has the respect of "serious" film buffs and serious geek cred. He's walked that fine line, which means he can create buzz with an arty drama, or set fanboys hearts ablaze as Marvel's new Doctor Strange (just an example, of course). But what has his experience been with the latter fandom? In a talk with Details magazine, the actor reveals that the kinds of fans that hound him about his work in the Star Wars prequels are not the kind that make him feel all that appreciative.
"I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions," he said when asked if he's had any positive experience with notoriously intense Star Wars fans. He goes on to say, "The people I meet are the fuckers who »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The actor - who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy - said that he avoids events related to the sci-fi franchise.
"I don't have any experience with them," he told Details. "I've never been to one of the conventions.
"The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans - they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king w**kers."
"I watched it once, at the premiere, so I'm not in a good position to judge," he said. »
Last year when we chatted with Danny Boyle circa "Trance," he shared the exciting news that the long talked about sequel to "Trainspotting" might shoot in 2016. "It's very loosely based on 'Porno.' There's a couple of things that are based on the book, but obviously we'd have to have [author] Irvine [Welsh] on board," the director told us. And it would appear the news has reached the ears of star Ewan McGregor, aka Renton, who indicates that 2016 is indeed a possibility and that he's game for a sequel. "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," the actor told Details. Once a frequent collaborator with Boyle, the pair had a falling out when the director replaced McGregor with Leonardo DiCaprio on "The Beach, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In case you were wondering what the great Ewan McGregor has been up to, the man is now tearing it up on-stage in his first Broadway show, The Real Thing, acting alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal. He recently spoke with Details about the experience, but also brought up some interesting news regarding his views on Star Wars and the surprising fact that after turning down a Trainspotting sequel for so long, he is finally ready to take it on. Regarding the odds of a Trainspotting sequel happening: »
- Sean Wist
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is a straight talker - there's no airs about him, no PR-controlled spin. He only does the occasional interview and when he does it's usually insightful and refreshingly straightforward.
In his newest one with Details magazine, talk turned to his reflections on the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy and "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" in particular which is often labelled the worst of all the films. McGregor doesn't hate the film, mostly because he feels disconnected from it:
"I watched it once, at the premiere, so I'm not in a good position to judge. They had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time. I don't mind the criticism. I've heard it to my face."
Asked about the intensity of »
- Garth Franklin
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.
The duo worked together for three films but their friendship was severed after the actor was replaced by »
Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered. Well, McGregor has a response to those "fans"—though he calls them by another name. In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn't have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin were a match made in heaven when it came to the dialogue-heavy The Social Network. The two filmmakers reteaming for a Steve Jobs biopic seemed like a home run until Fincher left citing creative differences. One demand that was on his list to be met was the casting of Christian Bale for the lead role. Eventually Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) stepped up to helm the picture and word on the street was that Bale was back in the »
- Sean Wist
Idris Elba stars in the Paris-set thriller that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, scripted by Andrew Baldwin, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") attached to direct, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (who currently penning "The Bourne Betrayal") and John Hodge ("Trainspotting"), with Philippe Rousselet for Vendome Pictures, and Steve Golin, David Kanter and Bard Dorros for Anonymous Content all producing. After stopping at the Cannes Film Market (Marche Du Film) in May, where Focus Features picked up North American »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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