Yesterday, the latest film from director Danny Boyle, had one of the all-time great movie premises: what if a struggling musician woke up to realize that the rest of the world had forgotten the music of The Beatles? The movie hit theaters at the end of last month and has made $68 million worldwide so far on a reported $26 million budget – not exactly a runaway hit, but not a failure, either.
Now writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time) is sounding off about some of the alterations Boyle made to the screenplay, and you can judge for yourselves whether you think these Yesterday script changes improved or worsened the final product. Warning: spoilers ahead. Read More »
Never expect a downer of a movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral – his scripts are almost always packed with pure joy. Curtis made a long impressive list of crowd-pleasers, plus a holiday classic that never fails to brighten up the holidays. His scripts are generally packed with pure joy, so his sensibility makes for a fine fit for a movie largely about The Beatles.
Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday is based on an idea by Jack Birth (The Simpsons) and Curtis, who brings his nice and light rom-com touch to a high-concept. As Curtis told us, the movie has much in common with his last film, About Time, his final movie as a director. When we spoke with the writer about writing Boyle’s latest, he told us about his favorite feel-good movies, writing about The Beatles, and not missing directing.
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After Danny Boyle returned to one of his classic films with T2: Trainspotting, it seems the director has gotten a taste for sequels. Or prequels, in the case of his 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio-starring drama The Beach, which Boyle says is currently being worked into a prequel television series.
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Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday has everything going for it: a soundtrack jam-packed with time-honored classics, charming leads, and the stylings of two respected creatives who together seem an odd pair — Boyle the flashy auteur, Curtis the sentimental savant — but could have made movie magic. Could have. Instead, what Boyle and Curtis deliver is a middling marriage of their disparate styles in a film that wastes its fresh and unique premise for a plot that more closely resembles a generic music biopic.
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It took a little bit longer than 28 months, but a third 28 Days Later movie is finally crawling back to life. Danny Boyle, who directed the first zombie horror hit, confirmed that he is returning to the 28 Days franchise with a “wonderful” idea from Ex Machina director and his old collaborator Alex Garland, who wrote the 2002 original.
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Director Danny Boyle famously departed James Bond 25 last year after creative differences with longtime franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. And it sounds like the experience of trying to make that situation work was enough for Danny Boyle to be weary of ever trying to take the helm of an established franchise ever again. Read More »
What if you woke up one day, and you were the only person on the planet who remembered the Beatles? And then you stole all their songs, and became famous? That’s the weird, interesting premise of Yesterday, the latest from director Danny Boyle. In a new Yesterday music video, Himesh Patel, the film’s star, heads to the legendary Abbey Road Studios to perform the title song.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch last night’s opening ceremony for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with some very special guests from a galaxy far, far away. Plus, take a look behind the scenes of Danny Boyle‘s upcoming fantasy musical comedy Yesterday, and Billy on the Street is back again, this time with a hilarious segment with Reese Witherspoon. Read More »
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When Danny Boyle was announced as the director of James Bond 25, the movie world was abuzz with what his version of a Bond movie would look like. But alas, that buzz was cut short when Boyle suddenly left the project in August last year, citing that dreaded term: “creative differences.” Boyle hasn’t spoken since on the reason he clashed over the vision of the film with star Daniel Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but in a new interview, he illuminates why he left the project and why he feels no ill will toward current director Cary Fukunaga. Read More »
What if everyone in the world had never heard of The Beatles…except you? That’s the high-concept premise of Yesterday, a new musical comedy from Danny Boyle. In the film, Himesh Patel plays a man who wakes up one day to discover that somehow, the entire world has never heard of the Beatles, or heard one of their songs. As a result, Patel’s character ends up blowing up into a musical sensation by playing Beatles hits, and claiming he wrote them. Watch the Yesterday trailer below.
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