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The Most Disappointing Year in Movies

In 1997, a film cynic was born.

Seeing Star Wars ruined should have been a sign that 1997 would be the worst year ever for blockbusters. George Lucas’s Special Editions, intended to “improve” the original trilogy but mostly doing the opposite, started arriving in January. By the time of the release of the new version of Return of the Jedi in March, my anticipation for anything ought to have been demolished. But I couldn’t have imagined that was only the beginning.

Actually, the first steps towards the end of an era were made in the early ’90s. That just wasn’t a great time for big movies compared to the prior decade. Some of my biggest letdowns of all time included Hudson Hawk in 1991 and Death Becomes Her in 1992. Jurassic Park wasn’t good enough for me, having read the book. Independence Day put me to sleep in the theater. Beloved
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Directors' Trademarks: Danny Boyle

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of T2 Trainspotting, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Danny Boyle as director.

After almost deciding to become a priest early in his teens, Boyle instead found something else that sparked his interest; drama. He studied English and drama in college, and upon graduating worked for several theatre companies. Eventually, he began to direct productions, something he still does to this day between film projects. In 1987 he left theater to work for BBC in Ireland and became a producer and director of television shows. He directed several TV movies before making his first feature film in 1994, Shallow Grave. That film found widespread appeal in audiences and critics alike, and became the highest grossing British film in 1995. The success of that film allowed
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Interview: Director Danny Boyle Goes Back to ‘T2 Trainspotting’

Chicago – Rarely does a filmmaker have a long or influential enough career to revisit a story and characters that they’ve explored in a previous film. Oscar winner Danny Boyle has both qualifications, as he again takes on – 20 years after its 1996 release – his classic film “Trainspotting, which is elegantly titled “T2 Trainspotting.”

The boys of the original “Trainspotting” have reunited for the outing, portrayed by Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller. Middle age angst is the theme, as each of the characters are going through some life changes, but the spirit of their larcenous souls are still intact. The first film launched the uber-careers of Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle, and the re-exploration of the energetic style and quick-cutting scene work are back in the new story as well.

Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor in ‘T2 Trainspotting,’ directed by Danny Boyle

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Releasing
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'T2: Trainspotting': How the Original Cast Made a Perfect 20-Years-Later Sequel

'T2: Trainspotting': How the Original Cast Made a Perfect 20-Years-Later Sequel
"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.
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‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review: Danny Boyle’s Surprisingly Fun Sequel Is a Drugged Out Trip Down Memory Lane

‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review: Danny Boyle’s Surprisingly Fun Sequel Is a Drugged Out Trip Down Memory Lane
The most remarkable thing about “T2 Trainspotting” (other than the sequel’s stupid in-joke of a title) is that all of the original film’s heroin junkie heroes are somehow still alive. It’s been 21 years since Danny Boyle first made smack look a little bit too cool, and 1996 feels several eons removed from the post-Brexit nonsense we’re dealing with now, but Scotland’s four favorite dope fiends haven’t changed nearly as much as the world around them. They’re still addicts, even if some of them have found a new drug of choice. They’re still fools, even if Boyle has made so many slick movies about the perils of romanticizing self-destruction (e.g. “A Life Less Ordinary,” “The Beach,” and “Steve Jobs”) that it’s hard to take him seriously as a voice of reason. Worst of all, they’re still a lot of fun to watch,
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Hollywood Flashback: When Leonardo DiCaprio Hit 'The Beach' in Berlin

Hollywood Flashback: When Leonardo DiCaprio Hit 'The Beach' in Berlin
Director Danny Boyle returns to the Berlin Film Festival with T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the 1997 cult hit that peacefully reunites the director with his early discovery, Ewan McGregor. The two had a falling out after McGregor, who starred in Boyle’s first three films (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary), was led to believe that he’d also lead the buzzy adaptation of Alex Garland’s The Beach. The role instead went to Leonardo DiCaprio, triggering a 10-year feud between Boyle and McGregor.

The Beach — about an explorer’s dangerous search for an idyllic, isolated paradise — bowed in 2000...
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Danny Boyle: where The Beach movie went wrong

Simon Brew Feb 1, 2017

Director Danny Boyle reflects on 2000’s The Beach, and his mended relationship with Ewan McGregor.

Following Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, Danny Boyle chose a couple – as he always seems to do – of interesting projects to tackle next. He moved onto the underrated A Life Less Ordinary, before being fully lured to Hollywood to adapt Alex Garland’s The Beach.

Bits of the story here you probably know. This was a big studio film, and after the lead role was originally earmarked for Ewan McGregor, Leonardo DiCaprio ended up taking it. It caused a rift between Boyle and McGregor that was ultimately resolved, but also cost us all seeing them make films together, until the newly released T2 Trainspotting.

Boyle was in fine form on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme last Friday, promoting the new movie. And he was asked about The Beach, by a listener who
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The Danny Boyle sci-fi short film we never got to see

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2017

Shot well over 18 years ago, Danny Boyle's sci-fi short film Alien Love Triangle has never been released - despite a starry cast...

In the late 90s, two very different filmmakers were still in the (relatively) early stages of their careers. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro had released his first feature, Cronos (1993) to widespread acclaim. The UK's Danny Boyle had captured the zeitgeist with his second movie, Trainspotting, and was about to embark on his next film, A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

See related A closer look at Jodorowsky's Dune The fall and rise of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune Looking back at David Lynch’s Blue Velvet

Had everything gone to plan, del Toro and Boyle could have wound up directing their own chapters of a three-part anthology movie - the sci-fi equivalent of, say, Amicus Productions' portmanteau horror films of the 60s and 70s, such as The House That Dripped Blood
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Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle Reveal Why They Didn’t Speak for Years

Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle Reveal Why They Didn’t Speak for Years
Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle were a ‘90s indie film dynamic duo, with the actor starring in the director’s first three films: “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting” and “A Life Less Ordinary.” McGregor, who prided himself as being “Danny Boyle’s actor,” then had a dramatic breakup and parted ways with the filmmaker after Leonardo DiCaprio, coming from his “Titanic” stardom, was chosen as the lead in 2000’s “The Beach” and not him. The two didn’t speak to each other until nine years later in 2009.

Now, McGregor and Boyle have reunited in the upcoming “Trainspotting” sequel “T2,” and while on “The Graham Norton Show” the host brought up the decade-long feud.

“It was over a film, a misunderstanding,” McGregor explained. “It’s a big regret of mine that it went on for so long, and a real shame we didn’t work together all those years. Not because of any particular film,
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Reliving the absolute genius of Hammer and Tongs

Hammer and Tongs: Take a trip back to the 1990s with Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith’s impressive run of music videos and movies.

Hammer and Tongs was the pseudonym of two British director and producing legends, and you’re a bigger fan of them than you thought you were.

I was lucky enough to meet and interview British filmmaker Garth Jennings in London late last week. The director was in town to discuss his latest film Sing, the animated extravaganza featuring the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and many more of Hollywood’s current A-list. The film is Jennings’ first for nearly nine years, and is really worth checking out this weekend – whatever your age or musical/ film tastes.


Before the ambitious, five-year long journey ofbringing Sing to screens, Jennings was bashing out content with his production outfit ‘Hammer and Tongs’. In 2007, Jennings and producing partner,
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Ewan McGregor Originally Turned Down Obi-Wan Role in Star Wars

Ewan McGregor Originally Turned Down Obi-Wan Role in Star Wars
Though the Star Wars prequels have been a huge point of ridicule for both fans and critics alike over the years, most everyone agrees that Ewan McGregor's portrayal of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the best things to come out of the three films. But Ewan McGregor almost didn't play Padawan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. He had his reasons. But it was creator and director of that movie George Lucas that changed his mind.

Before accepting his role as Qui-Gon Jinn's Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1999's Phantom Menace, McGregor admits that he struggled quite hard with the decision. The reason was simple. He felt the role was just too mainstream for him. FemaleFirst has his quote from Telegraph magazine. He has this to say about taking on the biggest role of his lifetime.

"Star Wars is Star Wars, it's something I
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Shekhar Kapur, Women Pioneers, and cool indie films to feature at The London Indian Film Festival schedule at BFI Southbank

Europe’s Largest South Asian Film Event, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, now into year seven, returns to London, from 14 – 24 July and we can’t wait! We have a sneak peek into what will be playing at BFI Southbank.

The full line up of the festival, which will be announced in June promises a schedule of some of the most prestigious and audacious new independent films from South Asia, and if the BFI Southbank schedule is anything to go by, this year, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival will certainly live up to its reputation of showcasing the most cutting edge films from across the Indian subcontinent.

The meticulously curated sessions with BFI Southbank include some spectacular talks by top talent including South Indian and Bollywood superstar Kamal Haasan, who gives a rare Screen Talk, and Director Shekhar Kapur, most famous for his multiple top tier award winning “Elizabeth” films,
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‘Covert Affairs’ Star Christopher Gorham Makes Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

‘Covert Affairs’ Star Christopher Gorham Makes Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Christopher Gorham will make his feature directorial debut on the independent comedy “We Love You, Sally Carmichael!,” Variety has learned.

Gorham, best known for portraying a blind CIA officer on USA Network’s “Covert Affairs,” will also star in “Sally Carmichael.” He will direct from a script by Daryn Tufts.

Adam Abel is producing through his production company Go Films. Executive producers are Tufts and David Nibley of Flinch Films.

“Sally Carmichael” will shoot in Utah this summer. Gorham will portray an author who is ashamed to have secretly written an incredibly popular series of young adult romance novels that chronicle the epic love story between a human girl and a merman — all under the pen name, Sally Carmichael. When he is forced to meet a top box office star about the movie adaptation of a Sally Carmichael book, the author’s carefully built life of anonymity starts crumbling down around him.
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‘Trainspotting 2’ Lands at TriStar With Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle Returning

‘Trainspotting 2’ Lands at TriStar With Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle Returning
Sony’s TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Danny Boyle’s sequel to “Trainspotting,” with shooting starting in the late spring.

Sony made a pre-emptive bid to acquire the rights Friday.

The untitled film, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh, reunites director Danny Boyle with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the 1996 film. Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle will reprise the roles of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, respectively.

Producers are Andrew Macdonald, Boyle, Christian Colson, and Bernie Bellew through Figment Films, Decibel Films and Cloud Eight Films. Film4 is also a production entity.

Sony plans to release the film in 2017 to mark the 21st birthday of the original film.

“It’s been 20 years since we met these characters and John Hodge’s screenplay brilliantly explores what’s happened to them — and to us — in the intervening years,
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‘Trainspotting 2’ Comes Together at TriStar With Danny Boyle, Original Cast

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‘Trainspotting 2’ Comes Together at TriStar With Danny Boyle, Original Cast
One year after Sony let go of Danny Boyle and his “Steve Jobs” movie, the studio’s TriStar label has closed a deal for a sequel to “Trainspotting” that will reunite the director with his original cast. Ewan McGregor will return to star alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle, while screenwriter John Hodge is back for the as-yet-untitled sequel, which is based on “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh‘s follow-up novel “Porno.” Sony chief Tom Rothman has long been in Boyle’s corner, having worked with the director at Fox Searchlight on “A Life Less Ordinary,” “28 Days Later,
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'Trainspotting 2' Is Next for Director Danny Boyle

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'Trainspotting 2' Is Next for Director Danny Boyle
Twenty years in the making, it sounds like Trainspotting 2 is ready to go! The movie will be a follow-up to the 1996 cult hit Trainspotting, with original director Danny Boyle saying it will be his next project. He revealed the big news this past weekend at the Telluride after-party for the "work-in-progress" screening of his latest movie, the biopic Steve Jobs. About getting the sequel off the ground, he had this to say to Deadline.

"All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series."

The four main cast members in question, who headlined the original, include Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. Kevin McKidd was also a main cast member, but his character died in the first Trainspotting. Kelly Macdonald was the female lead,
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Danny Boyle On Lessons Learned, From ‘Shallow Grave’ to ‘Steve Jobs’

Danny Boyle On Lessons Learned, From ‘Shallow Grave’ to ‘Steve Jobs’
Telluride, Colo. — Seven years ago I sat down with Danny Boyle to discuss “Slumdog Millionaire,” at the time on its way to a release and, eventually, an eight-trophy tally on Oscar night. I wanted to know what he felt he had learned from each of his experiences as a feature film director, to chart his growth as an artist.

With a new film on the way (“Steve Jobs”) and with Boyle being feted at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, I caught up with him so he could bring us up to speed. We’ve seen “127 Hours” and “Trance” in the years since (as well as an Artistic Director stint with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games), while his latest marks a remarkable departure from what we’re used to out of the filmmaker. Naturally, he admits — two decades into a career in features — he’s still learning.

Shallow Grave” (1995)

“I was
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Chemo’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Chemo’
“Whenever you do something new, you learn something about yourself,” says the protagonist of Polish lenser-turned-helmer Bartek Prokopowicz’s gutsy debut feature, “Chemo,” promising viewers a world of self-discovery in the process: No one’s ever seen a terminal-disease meller quite like this one, after all. Careering recklessly in form and tone from magical-realist romantic comedy to abrasive domestic drama to four-handkerchief weeper, this story of a young couple trying to start a family in the shadow of a cancer diagnosis inevitably falters in a couple of its guises, but lands the crucial emotional body blow thanks to its consistent intensity of feeling — no surprise, given the pic is inspired by Prokopowicz’s late wife’s own battle with the Big C. Idiosyncratic but not uncommercial, this HBO Europe co-production could travel considerably within the Continent.

While “Chemo” isn’t a direct memoir, Katarzyna Sarnowska’s script draws heavily from
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Icons of Fright’s Writing Mixtape, Part Four: Josh Soriano

I rarely get alone time in my current living situation, which can sometimes make it difficult to get into the proper head space for writing. As an artist, I’m already heavily critical of what I’m working on, so it’s helpful to be able to release some anxiety though music. Besides inducing a creative break, music has the power to be therapeutic. So needless to say, I have a large catalog that gets me through both the ups and downs. When I’m trying to make sense of the insanity that is my brain, it’s the missing link. The following are ten songs that serve as a score to my thoughts and struggles, which eventually fuel my creativity. -Josh

​1.) Angelo Badalamenti – “​L’Anniversaire d’Irwin“ Badalamenti is best known for scoring Twin Peaks, and while the theme from David Lynch’s landmark television show is another I love writing to,
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The Essential Films & TV to Stream This Week – August 18th 2014

Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.

From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up
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