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 »


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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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Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ Trailer

Danny Boyle‘s stage version of Frankenstein has been doing great business in London, and will soon have performances broadcast to cinema screens on March 17 and March 24. The play stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, who switch between the roles of Doctor Frankenstein and the Monster each night. Here’s a trailer for the production which is a bit editing heavy, as it overlays each man’s performance over the other. But you can still see glimmers of what each actor offers in both roles. In addition, we’ve got a list of US theaters that will show the March 17 broadcast, after the break. Read More »

Director Danny Boyle won’t be making a new film for the next year, because he’s got a National Theatre stage version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to direct in the UK, and then he’s got to work on pageantry for the London Olympics. The first ten weeks of Frankenstein are already sold out, but due to that success the production has been given a longer life, and tickets for performances into May will be on sale soon.

For everyone else, however, there is still a way to see Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, as an performance of the play will be broadcast to 375 screens around the world — 85 in the US — on March 17. Read More »

Thus far, the pairing of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy has proven to be unstoppable. The writing/directing team already scored Academy Awards for their work on Slumdog Millionaire — for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay, among others — and they’re currently in the running for a whole new batch of Oscars (Best Picture included) for 127 Hours. Now Beaufoy says he’s at work on his next screenplay — an adaptation of Toby Barlow’s darkly comedic horror poetry novel Sharp Teeth — and if he has his way, Boyle will be directing it. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Four days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announce their nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards, Fox Searchlight will be expanding Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, a visually stunning narrative retelling of one man’s battle vs nature starring James Franco. The film opened on November 5 and has since made just north of $11 million. At its widest expansion, the movie played on 433 screens. Starting January 28, though, the film will expand to 600 theaters because it’s expected to get at least a Best Actor nomination and possibly Best Director, Best Picture and other nominations as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: ’127 Seconds’

As people continue to pass out in theaters across the country watching the graphic, real life violence in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, it’s about time audiences fought back, right? Since the film is so brutal and serious, there’s no better way to do that than to make it a punchline an the comedy troupe Dr. Cool Sex did just that with 127 Seconds. Check out the video after the jump but, from the image above, I think you get the jist. Read More »

Lot of small sequel rumblings and rumors are flying about, so let’s kick things off with one of the few bits that has a substantiated quote. Speaking to MovieMikes, Ernie Hudson says that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters 3. “I know he really cares about his work,” the actor says, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”

Fortunately, the balance of his work over the past few years (even factoring in stinkers like Garfield and Passion Play) Bill Murray’s definition of ‘good’ is pretty much…good. I’ll take a Bill Murray failure like City of Ember over Year One.

After the break, news and rumors on the long-rumored Trainspotting sequel, the Alien prequel(s) and Scream 4. Read More »

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