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It’s not every day that a three-time Oscar nominee for directing decides on a foreign language film to be his next project, but that’s exactly what Stephen Daldry of Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader fame has done. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle—whose journey to India for Slumdog Millionaire earned his sole nomination and subsequently an Oscar win—Daldry takes on the novel Trash written by Andy Mulligan about three impoverished boys working as garbage pickers who find something in their nameless city’s landfill that sparks a police manhunt with grave political stakes. Adapted by Richard Curtis and situated in Brazil with corruption regarding its looming Olympics, this effectively tense adventure also delivers the heart and heroism audiences love.
Will it spell the same success as Boyle’s phenomenon? I doubt it. Not only is Portuguese used so prevalently that this »
- Jared Mobarak
“Steve Jobs,” a controversial new look at the Apple co-founder, is an unapologetically talky and brainy examination of the nature of genius. Those are attributes that don’t always spell box office smash.
However, the biopic is off to a strong start in limited release, racking up $521,000 for a per-screen average of $130,250. That ranks as the 15th highest per-theater figure in history, something that could presage a healthy commercial run when “Steve Jobs” begins playing nationally.
Universal, the studio behind the $30 million production, opted to roll out the picture slowly as a way to generate buzz. Next weekend, the film will move to 25 markets and 60 theaters. It will go wide in more than 2,000 theaters on Oct. 23.
That patience is critical given the intense competition at the multiplexes. Pictures like “Sicario,” “Black Mass” and “The Walk” are all busy trying to leverage strong reviews into healthy ticket sales by going after the same adult crowds. »
- Brent Lang
"Steve Jobs," the new biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the lionized tech king, roils with intensity as it chronicles the backstage goings-on preceding three different product launches. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin keeps the proceedings tense with constant verbal sparring, and director Danny Boyle saw it as his mission to keep the dialogue-heavy film engrossing. Boyle, who won an Academy Award for "Slumdog Millionaire," worried most about one particular bit of the film's energy: the audience members at Steve Jobs' thrilling events. "The thing we feared the most was that we wouldn't be able to fill the theaters. Because we had no money," Boyle said to HitFix, adding, "They're 3,000-seat theaters these presentations are done in. So we advertised on the internet, and so many people turned up. It was amazing. There was a kind of evangelical energy about them." Boyle also spoke with us about the movie's greatest chameleon (Kate Winslet »
- Louis Virtel
Trash Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Stephen Daldry Written by: Richard Curtis, based on Andy Mulligan’s book Cast: Rickson Tévis, Eduardo Luís, Gabriel Weinstein, Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 10/5/15 Opens: October 9, 2015 Call this a Brazilian “Slumdog Millionaire” with Marxist undertones, “Trash” is a crowd-pleasing film featuring strong performances from a group of boys under the age of eighteen who do their own stunts. (Oh, to be young again.) The slum dwellers do become multi-millionaires if only for a few moments but the way they treat their new-found fortune [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Another Man’s Treasure: Daldry Revisits Themes of Childhood Lost
The muted reception behind the latest film from thrice Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry seems curious, as the Brazilian set Trash, based on an acclaimed 2010 Ya novel by Andy Mulligan, often doesn’t belie the nature of its origins. Sure, it seems somewhat like a bid to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle’s third world set and critically acclaimed 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, at least in its rather even keel balance of miserabilism and hopeful yearning, but this audience friendly fodder seems like a victim of underwhelming marketing.
Premiering at the end of 2014 at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, the title gets a bit of added validity thanks to a co-directing credit for first-timer Christian Duurvoort (previously a coach, trainer and actor on several productions by Fernando Meirelles) and actually features the native language of the »
- Nicholas Bell
"I didn't really know much about him," admits Michael Fassbender when asked about playing the title character in "Steve Jobs" (watch below). "I suppose the thing that really stuck with me was meeting people who knew him -- John Sculley, Joanna Hoffman, Steve Wozniak, Andy Hertzfeld … You could see he was still very much present in their lives. Even if their relationships were difficult, there was a sadness and a love there for him." -Break- Oscar mystery: Will 'Steve Jobs' surpass 'The Social Network'? The film by Oscar champ Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") paints a complex portrait of the man as a brutal taskmaster with conflicting emotions about his family and his legacy. The actors credit the screenplay by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") as an essential but demanding part of the process. Recalls Kate Winslet, who plays J...' »
Director Danny Boyle got his start in theater and then moved into filmmaking. But for all his experience with actors and the stage, he’s made his name as a propulsive and relentless visual stylist with a knack for kinetic viscera. Having directed “Trainspotting,” “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” Boyle’s omnivorous taste has seen him jump from genre to genre, challenging himself with each picture with restless verve. But for his latest drama, the unconventional biopic of Apple founder “Steve Jobs,” Boyle was faced with an entirely different challenge: how to reconcile his dynamic visual style with 185 verbally dense pages of Aaron Sorkin screenplay. With so much electricity coming off the script, Boyle made a counter-intuitive but wise move: the film's energy emanates from through the dynamism of performances, rather than his signature visual verve. In the symphonically-charged “Steve Jobs,” Michael Fassbender plays Jobs, Kate »
- Rodrigo Perez
Danny Boyle is smiling and talking very, very, very excitedly. This is not unusual; in fact, an infectiously enthusiastic state combined with a mile-a-minute manner of speaking appears to be the 58-year-old filmmaker's default mode. He's just been asked a stock question, yet he's positively beaming as he winds his way through tangents about Silicon Valley, Shakespeare, Seth Rogen's sense of humor, and why it's easier to get extras to show up in San Francisco "for the price of a sandwich." Eventually, he arrives at an answer, somehow perfectly sticking the landing. »
Music maestro A R Rahman is all set to receive yet another honour for the melodious musical compositions created by him over the span of two decades. Rahman will be conferred with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award on October 26 in Mumbai. The music composer has previously won many accolades including the prestigious Academy Award (Slumdog Millionaire) and over four Filmfare awards. On the other hand, Hridaynath Mangeshkar award is named after one of the most celebrated musicians and father of renowned singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. The first award in this category was presented to Hridaynath's daughter Lata and later celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sulochana Tai went on receive this honour. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
After confirming last month that he is going to direct Trainspotting 2 next summer, Danny Boyle has now been speaking about the other films on his slate, including another sequel he may be involved with.
Speaking to The Playlist whilst promoting his new film, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender, Boyle has revealed he may well take on directorial duties on the second 28 Days Later sequel, 28 Months Later.
“I’ve got no problem [with that],” he said. “It’s the usual thing: is it’s not about whether people think it’s a good idea that you’re directing. It’s whether you respond to the script or not. It’s just like on [‘Steve Jobs’]. I got the script and I went, ‘That was amazing. I hope I can add to that somehow and it be even better than just the experience of reading it.”
“It’s in a process at the moment »
- Scott J. Davis
'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box of circuit boards, memory chips, wires, graphics cards, and cooling systems, busily processing and moving the innumerable pieces of information that make the unit work flawlessly or, occasionally, crash. What director Danny Boyle's ferocious three-act rocket ride, Steve Jobs, teaches us about its eponymous tech icon, is that he was much like a computer: on the outside, clad in his signature black turtleneck and jeans, he was trim, bespectacled and flawlessly functioning. On the inside, he was on the brink of crashing, his internal Os in constant operation, avoiding, justifying, and occasionally acknowledging his poor treatment of »
- Mark Keizer
David Fincher seemed an odd, but intriguing, choice to helm an Aaron Sorkin script in 2010. In 2015, Danny Boyle seemed like the studio just grabbed the first high-profile guy they found on the street. The behind-the-scenes turmoil that lead to Steve Jobs finally making it to theaters is well chronicled, but suffice to say, the project, which began at the executive level, went through innumerable variations of director, cast, and eventually studio. What amazes is how ideal the end result feels. Steve Jobs has tremendous clarity of purpose, an out-and-out entertainment machine with a sextet of searing performances that is intelligent about how emotional it is, and firmly cemented in its sense of theatricality. This is drama, first and foremost. It’s also, quite remarkably and fully, a Danny Boyle Picture.
The film is structured around three product launches – the Macintosh computer in 1984, the ill-fated NeXT in 1988, and the iMac in »
- Scott Nye
The vibe may be laid back. But the buzz is full on.
As the Mill Valley Film Festival enters its 38th year, it’s becoming increasingly recognized as an awards season platform.
“We’re Ohio,” says executive director and founder Mark Fishkin, referring to the state’s value in the presidential elections. “Everyone knew how the West Coast and East Coast would vote, but no one knew what would happen in Ohio.”
With its swollen ranks of Academy members, the conclusion that the Bay Area matters hardly comes as a shocker. But what is surprising is its skill at showcasing winners well before Oscar nominees are even announced. Since 2008 alone, Mvff has screened five of the seven best picture winners including “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- Lisa Klug
Editor’s Note: This piece is from SXSW 2013, but with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs making its way into theaters, we thought that this might be a perfect time to revisit some of the lessons we learned. So far one of the highlights of SXSW was the panel featuring director Danny Boyle. The enthusiasm he shared with us about the event was evident during his Q&A. Even when the nifty “Danny Boyle’s Filmography” montage Fox Searchlight cut together was playing we saw Boyle dancing to it. He was happy to be there, and so were we. While the Slumdog Millionaire director was there to promote Trance, Boyle discussed many of his films, and the lessons he learned from them. Unfortunately he didn’t have time to reminisce about all his movies, but what the director of Trance did talk about was noteworthy. That’s why we took notes: Become a Great Filmmaker By Showing Interest »
- Jack Giroux
With his "Steve Jobs" film about to get released, filmmaker Danny Boyle continues doing press about the film. Though he's slated to direct the "Trainspotting" sequel next summer, he was recently asked about another sequel in development - "28 Months Later".
Boyle has previously said several times that he was essentially done with "28 Days Later" franchise, so a third film in the series would likely only involve him as an executive producer - much like with the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo-directed "28 Weeks Later".
In a new interview with The Playlist, he reveals that he could return to the series at the helm after all - but it will depend upon the script:
"I've got no problem [with that]. It's the usual thing: is it's not about whether people think it's a good idea that you're directing. It's whether you respond to the script or not. It's just like on [‘Steve Jobs']. I got the script and I went, »
- Garth Franklin
Between 1995 and 2008, Oscar darling Kate Winslet had a reserved parking space at the Dolby Theatre. She was nominated a whopping six times and set a record as the youngest actress to ever do so. However, since finally winning for "The Reader" in 2008 she has endured the longest Oscar dry spell of her career. Will her new film "Steve Jobs" be her long-awaited Oscar comeback? -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Directed by Danny Boyle (Oscar winner for "Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar champ for "The Social Network"), "Steve Jobs" stars Michael Fassbender as the mercurial computer whiz. Winslet, nearly unrecognizable with brown hair and glasses, play his long-suffering adviser Joanna Hoffman, an Armenian immigrant. After wildly successful screenings at the Telluride and New York filmfests, "Steve Jobs" gets a..." »
Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle wasn't first director attached to the high-profile biopic about the late Apple co-founder. That was David Fincher, who exited the project amid a dispute over money and control. And Boyle — known for films like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 127 Hours — has admitted that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film is "so different" from the movies he's made before. Still, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the New York Film Festival's centerpiece gala screening of Steve Jobs, the director explained that he was excited to accept the challenge of this movie. "Just the idea
- Hilary Lewis
Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and the aptly-named Colt (Pinto) as gunfighters and lovers, as they attempt to climb the ranks in the underground dueling world.
Speaking about the movie, Kwanten told us that it's not your typical Taken-style action film: "It really had some interesting existential throwbacks to the 1970s-style films, which I really like.
"I obviously grew up in the '70s, I remember my dad showing me High Plains Drifter when I was way too young! There was some nice allusions to that, »
“The Talented Mr. Slumdog Millionaire” might have made a more informative if less catchy title for “Zubaan,” an uneven but engrossing drama about a young Punjabi bumpkin whose big-city ambitions lead him down many a dark alley en route to the more upbeat land of self-discovery. A rags-to-riches fable, a part-time song-and-dance musical and a juicy portrait of one royally screwed-up family, Mozez Singh’s feature directing debut retains a vivid sense of craftsmanship even when its unabashedly derivative narrative elements refuse to cohere. Though its morally complex antihero never fully comes into focus, this is a well-acted, broadly accessible entertainment that could achieve modest international arthouse exposure, with some limited crossover potential, following its opening-night premiere at the Busan Film Festival.
The opening sequence of a young boy named Dilsher (Harmehroz Singh) wandering through a Sikh temple — where he’s greeted in song by a man whose identity will »
- Justin Chang
To mark the release of Blunt Force Trauma on 5th October, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD. Starring Mickey Rourke (Sin City), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and Colt (Pinto), gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very
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