Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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Just over a year ago Simon Beaufoy — who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire script and went on to write 127 Hours — hoped that Danny Boyle would take a shine to his adaptation of the Toby Barlow novel Sharp Teeth. We kinda hoped Boyle would like the script, too, because it sounds nuts.

As Beaufoy explained about the LA gang tale: “the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs. So it’s a police procedural mixed with a werewolf film. If you get it wrong, it’s a disaster. If you get right, it will be extraordinary.”

Thirteen months later, Danny Boyle has shot the thriller Trance, and is deep in prep for the London Olympics, after which he’ll get into the editing room to finish Trance. But after that, Beaufoy hopes that the Sharp Teeth will come out. He talked about the script in an interview this week while promoting Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Read More »

Danny Boyle just bolstered the cast of his new thriller Trance, which will shoot later this year, then go dormant until late 2012 while the director works on the London Olympics, before finally being completed next fall for release sometime in 2013. James McAvoy is already set to play an accomplice in a botched art heist, and now he will likely be joined by Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Read More »

The last time we checked in on casting for Danny Boyle‘s Trance, there was some confusion as to would-be star Michael Fassbender‘s involvement with the project. Now it seems Fassbender is definitely out, thanks to “scheduling issues” — but happily, Boyle’s top choice to replace him seems just as good. The director is reportedly looking to cast Colin Firth in the role recently vacated by Fassbender. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson is leading the shortlist of actresses for the heist thriller’s female lead. Read more details after the jump.

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We were surprised when Danny Boyle announced his intent to direct a thriller called Trance this fall, even though Danny Boyle’s reposnsibilities with the upcoming Olympics in London mean the film won’t actually be finished until fall of 2012 and released in 2013.

Then we were very happy when Michael Fassbender was announced as the likely choice for one of the lead roles. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a blow to your interest in the film, but Mr. Fassbender has now backed out. Instead his role will likely be played by his X-Men: First Class cohort James McAvoy. Read More »

This week we got the unexpected news that Danny Boyle will direct a film before he goes to work on the 2012 London Olympics. He won’t actually finish the movie until after the Olympics are done, but he’ll at least have the footage in the can (or on the hard drive, as it were) and ready to cut when the games are done. Now we know that Michael Fassbender is in talks to play the lead role in the movie, a heist thriller called Trance. Read More »

Danny Boyle Will Direct ‘Trance’ This Fall

Surprise! We’d thought that we wouldn’t see a new film from Danny Boyle for some time (and we won’t, but that is complicated and explained below) because he’s been directing his stage version of Frankenstein and has a couple of little things to plan for the 2012 London Olympics. But now he has announced plans to make a small thriller called Trance, which will shoot in September before he really has to dive full-time into the Olympic work. We just won’t see it until 2013. Read More »

Video montages have become fairly common recently. It seems not a week goes by without another new compilation making the rounds, whether it’s a montage of death scenes from Lost, cut/slide moments from movies, or instances of characters telling each other “Get outta there!” A great many of them are pointless and uninspired, but the best ones have a strong sense of rhythm and logic.

We recently came across two montages we really enjoyed, highlighting two filmmakers we really like. DJC Productions has put together a video called “Nolanography,” which is what it sounds like. And from /Film reader Kees van Dijkhuizen — whom we’ve featured in this space before — we have “[the films of] Danny Boyle,” which is also what it sounds like. Watch ‘em both after the jump.

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