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The extraordinary story behind Danny Boyle's 127 Hours

15 December 2010 7:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Danny Boyle's new film, 127 Hours, tells how climber Aron Ralston found himself trapped alone in a canyon and had to perform Diy surgery to save his life. Patrick Barkham talks to him

For six days, Aron Ralston kept himself alive with fierce self-control and a conviction that only logical thought could let him survive. But the epiphany when the 27-year-old climber realised how he could save his own life came from an explosion of blind rage.

Ralston had been climbing the narrow canyons of Utah alone when a dislodged boulder fell on to his right arm, trapping him against a rock. He was entombed in the wilderness of Bluejohn Canyon, carrying a small rucksack with just one litre of water, two burritos and a few chunks of chocolate. He had headphones and a video camera but no mobile phone – and there was no reception anyway. Most foolishly of all, »

- Patrick Barkham

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Fantastic new UK quad for The Eagle, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell

14 December 2010 3:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have just received the brand new UK quad poster for The Eagle, the brand new movie from Kevin MzcDonald (Touching The Void, The Last King Of Scotland).

The film is a  Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain.

In 140 Ad, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Channing Tatum of “G.I.  Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Dear John”) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell of “Defiance” and “Jumper”), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, »

- Paul Heath

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‘The Eagle’ starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell – trailer review

2 December 2010 6:54 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Eagle

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: February 11, 2011

Trailer Score: 6/10

My Thoughts: It didn’t blow me away, but this trailer did make me want to see the film. As presented here, the cinematography and filming locales of The Eagle look to be fantastic. The score in the trailer was fairly derivative; standard music to augment the excitement and adventure that such a film promises. The story seems fairly basic, but I am interested in learning more, mostly due to the time period and the setting of the film. Analyzing a screenplay, through the viewing of a lone trailer, is pretty tricky (bordering on the impossible), so I shouldn’t comment too much on such, other than to say that the dialogue here seemed adequate enough. With a good script, this could make for an excellent film.

The cast looks »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Interview: Danny Boyle is the Master of Madness in True ‘127 Hours’ With James Franco

11 November 2010 5:43 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The power of Danny Boyle is his every film doesn’t look like the last. From “Trainspotting” to “28 Days Later…” to “Sunshine,” his career so far has culminated in the triumphant “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won best picture at the 2009 Oscars.

While Boyle’s directorial range is wide, he says each project holds one central tenant near and dear: life-affirming themes. But what you’ve never seen Boyle do is a true story – that is, until now with the highly anticipated Friday release of the non-superhero, true-story film “127 Hours”.

“127 Hours” director Danny Boyle.

Photo credit: Fox Searchlight

Boyle almost signed onto a different true-story film earlier in his career, he says in his Chicago interview with HollywoodChicago.com, but it didn’t come together. And “127 Hours,” which is based on the 2004 true-story book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by Aron Ralston, also almost didn’t come to fruition. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The golden age of documentary | feature

6 November 2010 5:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Kevin MacDonald's examination of the YouTube phenomenon to a cab ride with Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, cheap technology is allowing film-makers to stretch the form as never before

"Right now, documentary film-making is like malaria," says Hussain Currimbhoy, curator of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, Britain's premier showcase for new documentaries from around the world. "It's a virus that's spreading fast and far and wide."

In the past week, the festival has screened 120 new documentaries – including shorts as well as feature-length films – from 26 countries. As well as fly-on-the wall documentaries about well-known figures, such as the American comedian Joan Rivers and the English playwright Alan Bennett, there were music documentaries about subjects as diverse as Elgar and Heaven 17, and biographical documentaries about the beat poet William Burroughs, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and a taxi driver who once worked as Osama Bin Laden's bodyguard.

This year, »

- Sean O'Hagan

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Sheffield Doc/Fest's glitz masks downsized aspirations

4 November 2010 6:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Joan Rivers sprinkled stardust on Britain's documentary-makers – but they aren't planning to create much of it themselves

Britain's biggest documentary festival got off to a glittering start last night as incendiary comedy legend Joan Rivers descended on drizzly Sheffield to enchant the event's 2,000 film-makers, executives and deal-makers. She was there to adorn the UK premiere of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the lurid profile that has thrilled American critics and taken nearly $3m (£1.85m) at the box office. Yet this taste of big-time documentary triumphalism was for one night only. The rest of the week's agenda is decidedly more downbeat.

At last year's Doc/Fest, some still dreamed of that elusive big-screen breakthrough. Man on Wire and The September Issue were the talk of the town. In the Showroom bar you could still pick up faint echoes of the cry "The docs are coming," prompted by earlier successes such »

- David Cox

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Sheffield Doc/Fest's glitz masks downsized aspirations

4 November 2010 6:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Joan Rivers sprinkled stardust on Britain's documentary-makers – but they aren't planning to create much of it themselves

Britain's biggest documentary festival got off to a glittering start last night as incendiary comedy legend Joan Rivers descended on drizzly Sheffield to enchant the event's 2,000 film-makers, executives and deal-makers. She was there to adorn the UK premiere of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the lurid profile that has thrilled American critics and taken nearly $3m (£1.85m) at the box office. Yet this taste of big-time documentary triumphalism was for one night only. The rest of the week's agenda is decidedly more downbeat.

At last year's Doc/Fest, some still dreamed of that elusive big-screen breakthrough. Man on Wire and The September Issue were the talk of the town. In the Showroom bar you could still pick up faint echoes of the cry "The docs are coming," prompted by earlier successes such »

- David Cox

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Bad Things On The Mountain

29 October 2010 7:24 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

"127 Hours"; with James Franco, Clemence Poesy, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn; directed by Danny Boyle.

By Kevin Bowen - October 30, 2010

In movies nothing good ever happens on a mountain unless you’re Julie Andrews and then good things happen to you everywhere.

There’s Kevin MacDonald’s documentary “Touching the Void” about a mountain-climbing expedition shot to hell. And what was that mountain disaster movie that at first advertised its cannibalism but later changed to a triumph of the human spirit angle?

I‘m not sure if “127 Hours” is technically a mountain movie but it’s close enough to invoke the rule. Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” trails a rugged young outdoorsman, Aron Ralston, who finds his arm pinned beneath a boulder. In a crevice. In a desert national park. Cut off from civilization. Running out of water—with only a small knife to keep him company. »

- Screen Comment

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127 Hours – review

28 October 2010 9:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Danny Boyle candidly, but not too explicitly, reimagines the gruelling, real-life story of Aron Ralston's canyoneering accident

I have never before seen something yucky on screen make an entire cinema audience suddenly hunch forward and bury their heads in their laps at the same time, as if in some secular mosque for wimps. But that's what we all did during Danny Boyle's new movie, 127 Hours, the gruelling true-life story of Aron Ralston, a twentysomething guy who in 2003 went hiking and climbing in the breathtakingly beautiful Blue John Canyon in Utah and got his arm immovably trapped under a boulder. After days of frantic screaming, futile tugging and fruitless shoving, with food and water close to zero, Ralston looked at the knife he'd brought with him and began to weigh up what our politicians call the "hard choices" about what he now had to leave behind.

James Franco plays Ralston, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Film4 budget to rise to £15m a year

13 October 2010 4:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4 confirms budget rise of 50% from 2011 for division responsible for hits such as Slumdog Millionaire

Channel 4 is to increase the budget of Film4, the division responsible for hit movies including Slumdog Millionaire, by 50% to £15m per year.

The rise will take effect in 2011 and is guaranteed for the next five years. Channel 4 has pledged to boost its total programming budget by £50m following a double-digit increase in TV ad spend so far this year.

David Abraham, the Channel 4 chief executive, has timed the announcement to coincide with the premiere of Never Let Me Go, a dystopian drama starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley which is financed by Film4. The film will open the London film festival, which begins tonight.

"Film has a special and unique role in UK culture, promoting a wealth of extraordinary British talent from storytellers and producers to directors and actors," said Abraham. »

- Mark Sweney

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Film4 budget to rise to £15m a year

13 October 2010 4:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Channel 4 confirms budget rise of 50% from 2011 for division responsible for hits such as Slumdog Millionaire

Channel 4 is to increase the budget of Film4, the division responsible for hit movies including Slumdog Millionaire, by 50% to £15m per year.

The rise will take effect in 2011 and is guaranteed for the next five years. Channel 4 has pledged to boost its total programming budget by £50m following a double-digit increase in TV ad spend so far this year.

David Abraham, the Channel 4 chief executive, has timed the announcement to coincide with the premiere of Never Let Me Go, a dystopian drama starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley which is financed by Film4. The film will open the London film festival, which begins tonight.

"Film has a special and unique role in UK culture, promoting a wealth of extraordinary British talent from storytellers and producers to directors and actors," said Abraham. »

- Mark Sweney

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Tom Hanks' Cast Away beats 2012 and War of the Worlds in survival stakes

6 October 2010 12:14 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Cast Away has triumphed over tales of alien invasion and global apocalypse to be named the Best Survivor Film.

In the movie, Tom Hanks portrays a man battling his own loneliness after being washed up on a deserted South Pacific island.

To mark the release of Frozen, which hit cinemas on September 24 and comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 18, the subscription service LOVEFiLM asked over 2,000 people to vote for the most gripping big-screen story that pushed characters to the limit.

The 2000 Robert Zemeckis film, for which Hanks won an Academy Award, took 16 per cent and first place in the poll - proving that one man's intense struggle to stay alive resonated with filmgoers more than planetary destruction.

Armageddon (1998) came second with 14 per cent. It follows the lives of a team of miners - led by Bruce Willis - tasked with stopping a wayward asteroid.

Sinking its teeth into third »

- David Bentley

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Can 'fake' documentaries still tell the truth?

30 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Films that use lip synching, staged scenes and other truth-massaging techniques are making our old definitions of 'documentary' look decidedly – well, artificial. Xan Brooks goes after the facts

First, a warning about the truth or otherwise of what you are about to read. This is an article about documentary features. Specifically, it is an article about documentary features that alert us to the fact that they are documentary features. Documentaries that lift the bonnet to show the engine. Documentaries that remind us that they are authored pieces of work as opposed to some objective, inviolate truth. Films are made by film-makers, after all, just as newspaper features are written by journalists with one eye on the deadline and the other on the tea break. They cherry-pick their sources and manipulate their material. As such, they are not entirely to be trusted.

The Arbor is a superb new film by the British artist Clio Barnard. »

- Xan Brooks

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Can 'fake' documentaries still tell the truth?

30 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Films that use lip synching, staged scenes and other truth-massaging techniques are making our old definitions of 'documentary' look decidedly – well, artificial. Xan Brooks goes after the facts

First, a warning about the truth or otherwise of what you are about to read. This is an article about documentary features. Specifically, it is an article about documentary features that alert us to the fact that they are documentary features. Documentaries that lift the bonnet to show the engine. Documentaries that remind us that they are authored pieces of work as opposed to some objective, inviolate truth. Films are made by film-makers, after all, just as newspaper features are written by journalists with one eye on the deadline and the other on the tea break. They cherry-pick their sources and manipulate their material. As such, they are not entirely to be trusted.

The Arbor is a superb new film by the British artist Clio Barnard. »

- Xan Brooks

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The five men who could be Superman

16 September 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With rumours flying around about who’s in line to play the Man of Steel, here are five actors we think could be perfect for the role of Superman

The casting for the new Superman film has been discussed ever since Christopher Nolan announced he would be 'overseeing its production'. Since then, names have been bandied around such as Zachary Levi (Chuck) and John Hamm (Mad Men), but both have seemingly turned out to be false.

Casting Superman is a tricky task, as not only do you need an actor that can pull of the Man of Steel look, but you also need someone who can be the mild-mannered alter ego, Clark Kent.

Brandon Routh managed to do a good job in the last film, Superman Returns, but many felt it was too much of a tribute to Christopher Reeve. Despite a measure of fan support, it is unlikely Routh will return to the role, »

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IFC Picks Up James Gunn’s Super Starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page – Updated with Press Release

12 September 2010 2:53 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Less than 48 hours after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s (Slither) Super has found its distributor.  IFC Films has paid seven figures to secure the U.S. rights to Gunn’s everyman take on the superhero archetype.  While IFC normally pays less for its deals, they apparently faced some stiff competition for the film from potential buyers such as Magnolia.

Super stars Rainn Wilson as an “average guy” who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair.  Starring alongside Wilson are Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon.  To learn more about Super, check out Steve’s video blog/review of the film which he recorded shortly after its Toronto premiere.

[Update: You can now check out the official press release after the jump.]

IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights To James Gunn’S Super First Big Sale During Toronto Film Festival

Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, »

- Jason Barr

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Win a Plethora of Film4 Blu-ray Box Sets

31 August 2010 4:50 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This is another one of those competitions that I wish I could enter! We’re giving three lucky people the chance to win one copy of each of the following box set meaning each winner will add 11 of the greatest Film4 movies ever made to their collection!

Titles include:

Brit Indie Collection 4 disc DVD and Blu-ray boxset

Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Sexy Beast, Gangster No. 1.

Great Brit Flicks 4 disc boxset

Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, Brassed Off, Fever Pitch, Local Hero

True Inspiration 3 disc DVD and Blu-ray boxset

In The Shadow Of The Moon, The Motorcycle Diaries, Touching The Void

These box sets include the Brit Indie Collection 4 disc DVD and Blu-ray boxset, Great Brit Flicks 4 disc boxset and True Inspiration 3 disc DVD and Blu-ray boxset are out and available to own on Monday 6th September 2010 from 4Dvd.

Other being released that day are: The Ploughman’s Lunch, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Tiff 2010: Trailer for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours

24 August 2010 6:43 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Danny Boyle continues to 'genre hop' with his follow up to Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire.  Here he has a near one-man show with James Franco, who plays Aron Ralston, adventurer-climber who was faced with any mountaineers worst nightmare:  Stuck alone, pinned under rocks, contemplating self-dismemberment.  The trailer belies the nature of the story (which is based on true events of 2003), delivered with Boyle's usual kinetic flair and snappy musical counterpart.  One of the better trailers to come along in some time, particularly for films of this genre, if you think this is going to be Touching The Void or even Gerry, well, the marketing is telling you something else. »

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Danny Boyle Discusses 127 Hours in New Video Interview

16 August 2010 5:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Empire was on hand at London's Movie-Con, where, over the weekend, director Danny Boyle discussed his upcoming film 127 Hours, which debuts in American theaters nationwide on November 5. You can take a look at a video clip featuring Boyle and producer Christian Colson discussing the film. And you can read more of what they had to say below the video as well.

Boyle talked about making 127 Hours as a follow-up to his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire:

"It was what you can do really. The advantage we got with the success we had was that you had an opportunity to do something with it, and I've wanted to make this film since 2005. I'd read about it in the papers at the time, and then he wrote this book about it. I went to meet him and said that I didn't want to do it like Touching the Void, because that was so »

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Enter The Void Trailer Goes Live

11 August 2010 4:26 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

We've just be watching the trailer for Enter The Void, Gaspar Noé's mind-boggling drama set in the bright lights of Tokyo, and it's a trip.

Not to be confused with Touching The Void, the real-life story of the two climbers in the Peruvian Andes, because it's really nothing like it, Enter The Void centres on Oscar and Linda (Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta), a brother and sister struggling to keep their family together in the wake of their parents' death. Lots of bursts of colour, strobe lighting and glimpses of the seedy nightlife in Japan's capital are on offer in this small insight into Noe's film, which premiered over a year ago at Cannes.

You'll see from the opening quotes that this film is being heralded as something we've never seen before, a radical style and mode of filmmaking. But is it something you actually want to watch? »

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