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It has been a little while since we've heard about The Ten O'Clock People, director Tom Holland's adaptation of the Stephen King tale. Today, Deadline is reporting that Justin Long, once in line to star, has bowed out due to scheduling and now Chris Evans (Captain America, Sunshine) is circling the film.
King’s short short story was published in 1993 as part of his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” collection and was notable for being set in Boston, Massachusetts as opposed to his familiar Maine locale.
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After several mysterious teasers, we now have a full look at the trailer for Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley. The film, which employs found footage, tells the story of the first manned mission to the titular moon. What happens next is hard to tell but it certainly seems like aliens are involved. For an indie, this looks pretty damn impressive. The trailer touts comparisons to Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey, good company for any scifi movie. It also reminds me a lot of Danny Boyle's Sunshine, another great flick. Check out the trailer: »
- Alex Maidy
Helen Murdoch on her favourite movie soundtrack...
Music is paramount to the success of a film. Hit the wrong note; include the wrong song and the whole can kilter off balance. Take Steven Soderbergh’s female actioner Haywire – although a flawed film it had some great action, but for me all this was ruined by the choice of music. It felt as if it was leftover from Ocean’s Eleven and completely changed the tone of the film.
When thinking about my favourite movie soundtrack/score numerous options went through my mind – from Inception through to Se7en, Drive, The Godfather, Trance and so on – but in my mind no score has fit more perfectly then Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi effort Sunshine. Set in a future where our sun is dying, the story follows a group of trained astronauts, physicists, and scientists as they head off to kick start the sun. »
- Flickering Myth
Porchlight Films has further committed to expanding into television with the creation of a Head of Television role. The independent production company today announced that Tanya Phegan has been appointed to fill the newly created position. Phegan has spent the last 12 years in the UK and the Us working in various development, production and acquisitions roles, and has worked for both BBC Films and DNA Films. Her time at DNA films saw Phegan develop some acclaimed projects such as The Last King of Scotland, 28 Weeks Later, Dredd, Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and Notes on A Scandal. Liz Watts, a founding director of Porchlight Films said, "Since producing two seasons of the comedy series Laid for the ABC, Porchlight has been developing television, but Tanya's appointment marks a new focus on producing high quality content in the television arena. Tanya's background; her creative abilities and understanding of what it takes »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Directed by Ariel Vromen
Chronicling the complicated balance between work and family that prolific real life contract killer Richard Kuklinski carried on for decades, The Iceman paralyzes the audience purely with Michael Shannon’s unrelentingly intense performance. When cloaked in silence his unnerving stare speaks volumes more than any of the periphery characters who happen to drift in and out of scenes around him. He is a force of terror and subtle affection to behold. While Kuklinski claimed to have murdered over 100 people, the far more remarkable part of his story is how vehemently he insulated his family from his criminal underworld and true nature. Director Ariel Vromen conveys here how he didn’t use them as a cover but as emotional security against the monstrous people he was in business with, people seemingly less monstrous than himself. Iceman details »
- Lane Scarberry
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Jessica Chastain was concluding negotiations to star alongside Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as the third lead in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy follow-up, Interstellar, Michael Caine has been announced as on board in a supporting role.
It’s hardly a surprise, really, that Nolan has once again called upon the talents of his five-time good luck charm. Having previously directed the Oscar-winning veteran in all three Batman films, The Prestige and Inception, it was just a matter of time before the inevitable was confirmed. Being the first repeat customer to attach themselves to the film, it would be hard to dimiss the notion that Nolan will more than likely cast one or two other familiar faces.
- Matthew Smith
Screenwriter Alex Garland has a fairly amazing body of work under his belt, having written two of Danny Boyle' strongest genre films, 28 Days Later... and Sunshine , as well as having written the novel of The Beach . He also wrote and produced last year's Dredd and had a larger hand in post then most screenwriters normally do. It was only a matter of time before he'd be directing his own movie and that's now happening with the robot thriller Ex Machina . Now The Wrap has word that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who played Kitty in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina and starred in the Oscar-nominated film A Royal Affair , is in talks for the lead role in Garland's directorial debut, playing a highly-advanced female robot. The film will star Oscar Isaac as a billionaire »
You know a Shane Black script when you see one.
Back in the days when Black was exclusively a screenwriter - at one stage the highest-paid in Hollywood - he was known around town for his self-reflexive tics, wherein he'd pepper his scripts with comments aimed straight at the reader. Take this aside, from page 107 of the script for The Last Boy Scout:
"Int. Topanga Canyon Home - Day
Remember Jimmy's friend, Henry, who we met briefly near the opening of the film? Of course you do, you're a highly paid reader or development person."
If you think about how monotonous the average script reader's day is, it's no huge surprise Black's adrenalin-jolt approach paid off. What's surprising is that it took him as long as it did to take it on-screen. More than a decade after Boy Scout's release, Black made his directorial debut-cum-comeback with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, »
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
This weekend, "Oblivion" starring Tom Cruise opens in theaters across the U.S. Some critics are giving the movie, which has otherwise been lukewarmly received, the benefit of the doubt for being the rare sci-fi movie that isn't based on a book or movie.
While there is something to be said about the lack of sci-fi movie in theaters these days, there are much better examples of the genre from the past 10 years that may have slipped under your radar. Check out a sample below.
This one might actually count as two or three movies because that's how many time you'll have to watch it to come even close to understand Shane Carruth's labyrinth of a time travel plot. Plus, a viewing of "Primer" will get you in the right frame of mind to take in Carruth's latest film, the terrific "Upstream Color."
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
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 »
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
Directed by Danny Boyle
United Kingdom, 2013
Danny Boyle has yet to make a dull movie, but that appears to be the only consistency he’s concerned with. His new film Trance is as amped up, jittery, and stylistically charged as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and the rest of his filmography, but the story holds up to barely the most minor scrutiny. Trance‘s inconsistencies go well beyond its script, all the way down to the various flourishes Boyle employs throughout the film, tossing them out as he deems them useless. With James McAvoy as the lead, and a plot that, in its sometimes sublime nuttiness, isn’t easy to pin down as it unfolds, Trance is passable, but too silly.
McAvoy is Simon Newton, a bored art gallery employee with too much time on his hands and too many gambling debts he needs »
- Josh Spiegel
Yesterday you may recall that the long awaited 3D project 'I Frankenstein' was pushed back from its September slot to late January release. Thus it seems paving the way for James Wan and Leigh Whannel's horror follow-up 'Insidious Chapter 2' to move up a week in the schedule. So now Us-based audiences can expect the continuing tale of the Lambert family and their wacky astral projection adventures now on 13 September. Patrick Wilson ('Watchmen'), Rose Byrne ('Sunshine'), Lin Shaye ('Dead End'), Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins and Andrew Astor are all back in some capacity or another whilst newcomers Danielle Bisutti ('Curse of Chucky'), Jocelin Donahue ('The House of the Devil') and Lindsay Seim all join in the fun. »
Daft Punk lent their spiky, distinctive sound to Joseph Kosinski's Tron: Legacy in 2010, and for the director's latest offering - the Tom Cruise-led sci-fi Oblivion - he's switched to another prominent French electronic act: M83.
Anthony Gonzalez's group have always had a touch of the cinematic about them, their buzzing pop soundtracking everything from a Cloud Atlas trailer to Made in Chelsea. Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese, who collaborated on Daft Punk's Tron and M83's last album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, team up again to outstanding effect on this motion picture soundtrack.
Whereas Daft Punk's Tron album felt like a separate entity in its own right (and in truth, much better than the film it derived from), the Oblivion score deftly jigsaws into the blockbuster spectacle. Cruise's drone repairman Jack Harper, faced with moments of introspection in 'StarWaves' and high-octane action in 'Radiation Zone', has »
When we attended a Danny Boyle panel at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month, they played a kind of highlight reel before the it began, with clips covering his film career to date. As they flickered by, it was hard not to be impressed – this is a man who has won an Oscar for Best Director and one for Best Picture and yet, when you see images from "Trainspotting" or "Sunshine" or "127 Hours," you can't help but feel like he's still underrated. His newest movie, a twisty, turny, deliciously sexy thriller called "Trance," just opened in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanding in the coming weeks across the country. "Trance" is the tale of an art theft and the bloody, hypnotic aftermath, which Boyle chooses to tell in the most achingly stylized way possible. Working with his "Slumdog Millionaire" cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, he creates »
- Drew Taylor
Danny Boyle is a hard director to pin down. Unlike his fellow indie-film auteurs, he has neither a signature cinematic style nor has he moved onto helming superheroic blockbusters. Instead, since the one-two punch of "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" through the one-two punch of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" up to his just-released techno-heist flick "Trance," Boyle has jumped genres like he was being chased by the fast zombies from his "28 Days Later" flick.
But what often gets forgotten is Boyle's biggest critical bomb, "The Beach," a Razzie-nominated film from 2000 that was meant to be his Leonardo DiCaprio-propelled entry into the mainstream. That wouldn't fully happen until 2008's Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" but, in an unlikely twist befitting, well, a Danny Boyle film, he tells us during a late-night interview at the SXSW launch party for "Trance" that the former's failure is directly responsible for the latter’s success.
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- Moviefone Canada
Critically-acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine) returns with his latest thriller Trance, which delves deep into the human psyche. James McAvoy stars as Simon, an art auctioneer who double-crosses a group of thieves during an art heist that goes terribly awry. When Simon can't remember the whereabouts of this priceless painting, Franck (Vincent Cassel) enlists the help of Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotherapist who explores Simon's subconscious mind to try and recover the painting's location. Our own Ryan J. Downey recently sat down with stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, and filmmaker Danny Boyle to discuss this mind-bending tale of intrigue. Watch our exclusive interviews to get inside the heads of the Trance cast and crew.
He might have had a rockier patch in the mid-'00s -- no one saw his delightful fable "Millions," and sci-fi "Sunshine" was both a commercial disappointment and the most difficult shoot of his career -- but things couldn't have gone much better for Danny Boyle in the last few years. "Slumdog Millionaire" was a global hit and an Oscar sensation, winning a golden statue for Boyle himself, while follow-up "127 Hours" was equally well-received, and picked up another Best Picture nod. Furthermore, he oversaw the triumphant opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a glorious, inventive and moving pageant that cemented his status as a beloved national hero. So where could he possibly go from there? Well, he made "Trance," a twisty, mind-bending thriller (actually shot before the Olympics, but edited afterwards) that sees Boyle return to the darker crime fare of his first film "Shallow Grave," while melding it with the bright, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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