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Review of BBC's Day Of The Triffids mini-series (part 1)

30 December 2009 9:26 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2009

Directors: Nick Copus

Writers: Patrick Harbinson

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Trailer: link

Reviewed by: projectcyclops

Rating: 7 out of 10

Ever since I first saw those amazing opening scenes from 28 Days Later, I've been waiting for someone to step-up and adapt John Wyndham's brilliant apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids, and do it right. We had a disastrous film version in 1962, that I watched once and vowed never to revisit. There is also a far more faithful UK television adaptation from 1981 that I would recommend to anyone who might be curious, although it was somewhat limited by a low budget and quite stilted direction, although the bleakness and horror were certainly there.

So now it's 2009, and we have a fairly big budget BBC adaptation with some serious star power: Dougary Scott (Mi:2), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Eddie Izzard (Valkary), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) and one of my favourite actors Mr. »

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Film Stars Recreate Their Iconic Roles for Empire

2 December 2009 8:39 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Mel Gibson recreating his role from Braveheart

Photo: Empire Magazine Empire has debuted a 30 image gallery featuring the likes of Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Gerard Butler, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Laurence Fishburne and so on and so on, recreating some of their iconic film roles.

I have included a select few in this post, but to check all of them out click here. Too bad they didn't get Ewan McGregor in there to recreate his Trainspotting toilet scene.

Arnold Schwarzenegger recreating his role from The Terminator

Photo: Empire Magazine Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster recreating their roles from The Silence of he Lambs

Photo: Empire Magazine Tom Cruise recreating his role from Minority Report

Photo: Empire Magazine Christian Bale, Gerard Butler and Laurence Fishburne recreating their roles from American Psycho, 300 and The Matrix

Photo: Empire Magazine »

- Brad Brevet

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Ewan McGregor's nude pride

30 November 2009 12:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Ewan McGregor isn't embarrassed about his children seeing his nude scenes. The 'Men Who Stare At Goats' actor - who has stripped in many of his movies, including 'Velvet Goldmine' and 'Trainspotting' - insists he will happily show all of his movies to Clara, 13, Esther, eight and adopted Jamiyan, eight, when they get older. Ewan - who is married to production designer Eve Mavrakis - said: ''I have no regrets about anything I've done. I've never done a nude scene for the sake of it. There's obviously films that my children haven't seen - 'Trainspotting', 'The Pillow Book', 'Young Adam'. But they'll .. »

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McGregor Preventing Porno Movie

26 November 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ewan McGregor is holding up the sequel to the movie that made him famous, because film bosses don't want to go ahead without his participation.

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is reportedly reteaming with author Irvine Welsh to take the writer's novel Porno to the big screen - 13 years after Trainspotting made the moviemaker and McGregor household names.

McGregor snubbed the picture earlier this year, insisting he didn't want to be part of a "poor sequel", and, as a result filming, has stalled.

And that has annoyed Robert Carlyle, who played Begbie in the 1996 movie - because he's keen to resurrect his character.

He says, "I've always said that I'd do it. Apart from long-running television, I've never played another character twice, but, with Begbie, there's mileage there, with this character there's another place to go. It can confirm what I was trying to do originally with the part, so I would certainly go again.

"It's entirely up to Ewan, but I think it's sad. I think there's more mileage not just in that character, but in the ensemble. And, to have that as a companion piece 12 or 15 years later from that (Trainspotting), it'd be an amazing thing, seeing these characters." »

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Ewan McGregor's Link Saber

22 November 2009 12:25 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Fin de Cinema appreciates Tilda in Julia. More people need to

Spiegel Online "we make lists because we don't want to die" Good point. But also because they're fun

In Contention the animated shorts finalist list

Movie|Line interviews Hal Holbrook for That Evening Sun. The performance of his career?

Hollywood Elsewhere asks an understandable question regarding The Twilight Saga: New Moon's box office numbers

Awards Daily wonders whether Sandra Bullock is a safer bet than previously thought for The Blind Side

Vanity Fair handicaps the Oscar race and makes a case for Fantastic Mr Fox costumes (hmmm) but falls into the age old lazy schpiel about "not enough best actresses to fill a category". I swear to god that people say this every f***ing year and it is never ever true. You just have to be willing to look at performances that people aren't talking about for »

- NATHANIEL R

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Kevin McKidd Talks Call of Duty & Rome Movies

19 November 2009 10:17 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Kevin McKidd is one of those actors who deserves some major roles and more spotlight attention. He was incredible in the way-too-short HBO series, Rome, and is excellent in all of his other work including Trainspotting, Journeyman, amongst roles in many other films.

In addition to this acting work, comic book fans may know him for being the long-rumored candidate to play Thor for a very long time back in the day and video game fans will recognize him for voicing (and providing the face) of Captain “Soap” MacTavish in what is now know as the most successfully launched video game ever: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

With the insane success (financially and critically) of the latest Activision video game and the news over the last several months of them planning a Call of Duty movie, those plans will surely be getting a kickstart now. Read below to find out »

- Rob Keyes

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Review: Pirate Radio

12 November 2009 3:29 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Just a few days back Robert Carlyle used the Scottish BAFTAs as a platform to voice his displeasure of the British film industry. There have been no decent films produced here, he said, since Trainspotting.

Studying Carlyle’s words, he has a point; the cinematic output of Great Britain primarily regurtiates the same type of film over and over. Chief amongst them are the kitchen sink tragedy and the costume drama. However, there is a third type of high profile movie produced on these shores which generally lead to much commercial success. This genre can be, for all intents and purposes, attributed to one man. This, the third entry into the British cinema canon, is the “Richard Curtis movie”.

Since graduating from television writing, Curtis has pioneered an individualistic approach to the world of cinema relying heavily on picture postcard locations in Southern England, syrupy sentiment, “comedy” swearing and middle-class males indulging in linguistic mishaps. »

- Kieron

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Robert Carlyle: reserve screens for UK productions

10 November 2009 4:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Trainspotting actor urges cinema chains to give 'a wee leg up' to the British film industry

Actor Robert Carlyle has called on cinema chains to "give a leg up" to the British film industry by reserving at least one screen in multiplexes to show UK productions.

Speaking at the Bafta Scotland awards in Glasgow on Sunday, the Trainspotting and Full Monty actor said, "I look at all these multiplex cinemas, 15 and 20 screens. They are basically wall-to-wall American product. You will be lucky if you find any British subject in there at all.

"I don't see why there's anything wrong in giving our industry a wee lift up, a wee leg up, and reserving one of these screens, just one of these screens for a British product.

"We make stuff and we bury it. You don't get to see it and what's the point in that? Reserve something so people will then vote with their feet. »

- Ben Child

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Robert Carlyle: reserve screens for UK productions

10 November 2009 4:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Trainspotting actor urges cinema chains to give 'a wee leg up' to the British film industry

Actor Robert Carlyle has called on cinema chains to "give a leg up" to the British film industry by reserving at least one screen in multiplexes to show UK productions.

Speaking at the Bafta Scotland awards in Glasgow on Sunday, the Trainspotting and Full Monty actor said, "I look at all these multiplex cinemas, 15 and 20 screens. They are basically wall-to-wall American product. You will be lucky if you find any British subject in there at all.

"I don't see why there's anything wrong in giving our industry a wee lift up, a wee leg up, and reserving one of these screens, just one of these screens for a British product.

"We make stuff and we bury it. You don't get to see it and what's the point in that? Reserve something so people will then vote with their feet. »

- Ben Child

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Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours To Have Over An Hour of No Dialogue

7 November 2009 11:44 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A couple days ago it was reported that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) had found his next film project, 127 Hours, a story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Indiewire had a chance to talk to the filmmaker at the Bafra Brittania Awards, and Boyle confirmed that Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy has not yet started the screenplay, which will be based on Boyle's treatment. But the big news tidbit to come out of the conversation is how he plans to shoot the film. Boyle intends to film the first hour of the movie with no dialogue. In the true life story, Ralston was completely alone, stuck in the canyon. And Boyle will not be introducing any volleyball tricks a la Tom Hanks in Castaway. The film will have »

- Peter Sciretta

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The Tournament (Film Review)

7 November 2009 11:05 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Every seven years, 30 of the world’s most deadly assassins take over a random city and compete for a ten million dollar prize.  The rules are simple.  The contestants have twenty-four hours to be the sole survivor, if not a tracking device implanted in their abdomen will detonate.  Let the game begin.

If you’re a fan of action blockbusters like Transporter or Crank than The Tournament should excite you.  The film is ninety minutes of explosions, slow-motion, 300-style fight sequences, and shoot-em-up action.  But what really sets The Tournament apart from most films in this genre is the gratuitous gore, hence the appeal to fright fans.   There are plenty of exploding heads/dismemberments and because the tournament takes place in a random city, there is no shortage of civilian casualties.  The body count is high and unlike cartoonish films like Transformers, the mayhem is bloody and visceral.

But if you’re like me, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Rich Mallery)

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Danny Boyle Knows Where He'll Spend '127 Hours'

5 November 2009 7:33 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

After a year of speculation (Will it be James Bond? Will it be Maximum City? Trainspotting 2?), Danny Boyle has finally settled on his next project. Variety reports that it will be 127 Hours, the tale of mountain climber Aron Ralston. Boyle has been loosely attached to the project since June when the La Times reported that Boyle and Fox Searchlight had signed a long term, best friends forever deal. Boyle has already penned a treatment, and Simon Beaufoy is in talks to write the script.

In this age of flashmob media stories, you might have forgotten the tale of Ralston. Like your humble authoress and Balloon Boy, Ralston hails from Colorado. He became famous for a Utah climbing accident in 2003, when an 800 lb boulder shifted and crushed his hand. Ralston was forced to choose between life and limb, and in a stomach-turning story heard around the world, he amputated his own hand with a pocketknife. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Danny Boyle's next pic announced

5 November 2009 12:40 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Director Danny Boyle has picked his next movie to make. After his Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars this year (including statues for Best Picture and Best Director), the 28 Days Later/The Beach/Trainspotting maestro will make 127 Hours for Fox Searchlight, the same studio he pacted on Millionaire with.

The movie is based on the real-life account of mountain climber Aron Ralston and the incredible act of survival he undertook when trapped alone in the wilderness back in 2003. Ralston had been attempting to climb a canyon in Utah by himself when a boulder came free and pinned his right forearm under it. For five days he awaited rescue and sipped the little supply of water he had. Realizing that no one knew where he was, Ralston carved his name, birthdate and presumed date of death into the rock face and then videotaped a final message to his family. With no »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Danny Boyle to get Raam Award

4 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Director Danny Boyle has been tapped to receive the 2010 International Award at the British Raam Awards for cinema.

The award recognises an individual or individuals whose body of work in the film industry celebrates significant international achievements and contributions to the British cinema industry.

Trevor Green managing director of Entertainment Film commented on the international award to Danny Boyle: "Firstly I am pleased to say the judges were unanimous in this decision.

"It goes without saying that 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a very important boxoffice success for distribution as well as exhibition showing that with the right ingredients and the right direction, Independent pictures can do exceptional business.

"Danny Boyle's approach to film making is unique. From his first major feature film, 'Shallow Grave' 15 years ago, through 'Trainspotting,' 'A Life Less Ordinary,' '28 days later,' 'the Beach,' 'Millions, »

- By Ralf Ludemann

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Eva Green And Ewan McGregor In “The Last Word”

29 October 2009 9:02 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

A new Ewan McGregor film found its female lead in a former Bond girl Eva Green. Green (Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Franklyn) signs to play alongside McGregor in “The Last Word” (working title).

Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in “The Last Word

A batch of behind-the-scenes pics from Eva Green and Ewan McGregor’s apocalyptic romance have been released. Check them out below.

Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in “The Last Word

This new feature marking the reunion between director David Mackenzie and actor Ewan McGregor. Mackenzie and McGregor last collaborated on 2003 drama “Young Adam.”

The Last Word” is described as a love story set in a city where people are slowly losing their sensory perception and as a story about two people who fall in love as the world begins to fall apart.

Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in “The Last Word

Mackenzie is directing from a script »

- Fiona

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Peeking Behind the Doors of Seismic Change: Televisionary Talks to "Endgame" Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

20 October 2009 11:50 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is perhaps best known for his work in such diverse films as American Gangster, Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Love Actually, Redbelt, and Kinky Boots. The British actor has made a career of playing deeply complex individuals, from cross-dresser Lola in Kinky Boots to Dirty Pretty Things' cab driver and former doctor Okwe. In PBS' gripping apartheid thriller Endgame, which airs Stateside this Sunday as part of the new season of Masterpiece Contemporary, Ejiofor, recently appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth, plays South African political figure Thabo Mbeki, a key player in secret negotiations between the African National Congress and the South African government that were brokered by Consolidated Goldfields. Remarkably these talks resulted in an end to apartheid in South Africa and Endgame, written by Paula Milne and directed by Pete Travis, dramatize the secret talks, which occurred at Mells Park, an estate in England. »

- Jace

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Secret Identity: Five Actors Who Could Play Magneto In 'X-Men Origins: Magneto'

15 October 2009 2:46 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Given recent comments from Sir Ian McKellen about his involvement (or lack thereof) in the upcoming "X-Men Origins: Magneto" film from Fox, it's time to face the inevitable—Magneto is going to be recast. This was already a virtual certainty due to the story's purported focus on the Master of Magnetism's more youthful days, but McKellen's words confirm the need for a new, younger actor.

Recasting Magneto is difficult for a number of reasons. For one, McKellen already played him so expertly that an actor of his quality is absolutely essential—and not only that, but it'd be a good idea to find someone who looks like they could age into McKellen's likeness, which is very tricky. For that reason, I think it's more important to focus on finding an excellent, fitting actor for the role, rather than selecting an actor based on his likeness to McKellen.

When and if "X-Men Origins: Magneto" gets underway, »

- Josh Wigler

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Advertorial Feature: British Film In Bloom

12 October 2009 7:29 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

There was a time, not so long ago, when the British film ilm industry was a sickly thing. A few headline-grabbing productions asides, most British films were disdained by critics and shunned by audiences. The industry was routinely said to be in crisis; obituaries were written, last rites administered.

Flash forward to 2009 and the situation is radically different. British film is in robust health, both commercially and artistically . and frequently at the same time.

Looking For Eric is a useful example. Directed by Ken Loach, it is the story of a depressed Mancunian postman who turns his life around with help from the most unlikely of life-coaches: Eric Cantona. True, 'King Eric' may only be a hallucination but he's real enough to get our hero back on track just in time for the year's happiest ending. No wonder it was so acclaimed at the year's Cannes Film Festival, nor that »

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McGregor's Spooky Encounter

11 October 2009 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ewan McGregor has never recovered from a spooky experience on his 20th birthday - insisting a ghostly encounter left him scared of the supernatural.

The Trainspotting star suffered a traumatic haunting at a house he had rented in his native Britain, and admits the event convinced him ghosts are real.

He explains, "I was in my dressing gown, running a bath when I felt this horrible pain in my back.

"I then told the chap who lived downstairs and he told me that the old man who lived in the house had been in a kitchen fire and died from burns to his back. I was so freaked out that I moved out!" »

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Next for Danny Boyle

10 October 2009 12:07 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I know what you've absolutely all been asking yourselves upon waking up this fine morning: What's Danny Boyle been up to lately? Let me put your mind at ease: it's not My Fair Lady with Keira "Period Drama" Knightley, that one "sadly" fell through. *cough* In a quick Q&A with Digital Spy, the director touched upon the slew of films he's rumored or attached to since his Oscar sweep with Slumdog Millionaire, mainly that the Trainspotting sequel still isn't any close »

- Tony Lang

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