Screen Junkies » danny boyle http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:16:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Now, Jeff Daniels Might Star In That Steve Jobs Movie (Not As Jobs) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-jeff-daniels-might-play-steve-jobs-in-that-steve-jobs-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-jeff-daniels-might-play-steve-jobs-in-that-steve-jobs-movie/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:21:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=268041 He sort of looks like Jobs when he stands in front of a huge Apple logo.

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First, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic had David Fincher bail on it, only to be replaced by Danny Boyle. Then Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio bailed on it, only to have Christian Bale step up (maybe not in that order – details aren’t clear). Then Sony said that this was all too much, then THEY bailed on it. So this piece I wrote summing up the progress pretty much went to shit.

So, it looks like no one’s been that fond of stepping up and making this film, which has been written by Aaron Sorkin. But, current star of Sorkin’s The Newsroom (at least for one more episode) Jeff Daniels is rumored to be stepping up.

Now, is Jeff Daniels the same box office gold as DiCaprio, Damon, or Bale? No.

Does he look like Steve Jobs? Only a little bit. But that doesn’t matter because Jeff Daniels would be playing former Apple CEO and Jobs foil John Sculley.

Is he a living breathing human that showing interest in this film? Yes.

So sign him up.

(The Wrap)

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Michael Fassbender Being Measured For Steve Jobs Turtleneck http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-being-measured-for-steve-jobs-turtleneck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-being-measured-for-steve-jobs-turtleneck/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:30:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267023 With Christian Bale living up to his surname, Danny Boyle and Sony are back on the hunt for a guy who can play Steve Jobs.

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With Christian Bale living up to his surname, Danny Boyle and Sony are back on the hunt for a guy who can play Steve Jobs in their impending Steve Jobs biopic. Their cruising of dating sites and chat rooms has now lead them to X-Men star Michael Fassbender as an actor who they are hoping will elicit an audience response of, “Yeah okay, I can maybe kinda see it.”

Christian Bale just walked away from the project this week, as did Leonardo DiCaprio last month. The studio and director and Fassbender are now in talks. Matthew McConaughey is not currently in contention due to his public stance against turtlenecks and all shirts in general. (Variety)

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Annnnndddd…Christian Bale Has Quit That Steve Jobs Biopic He Just Joined http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/annnnndddd-christian-bale-has-quit-that-steve-jobs-biopic-he-just-joined/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/annnnndddd-christian-bale-has-quit-that-steve-jobs-biopic-he-just-joined/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:13:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266904 WHO KNEW PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD COULD BE SO FICKLE?

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the casting rumors surrounding the new Steve Jobs biopic. Just as I had prepared a nice little summary of how the film was quietly coming together, Christian Bale has to go and screw it all up by dropping out of the film.

A THR exclusive states that Christian Bale (more like “Bail,” huh? HUH?) left the project after determining he was “not right for the part.” While that may be true, I have a funnier theory that he bailed right after hearing that Seth Rogen was being considered as a co-star.

It’s unclear how this will affect the production of the film, but considering it took forever and a day to finally land someone to play Steve Jobs, I wouldn’t expect a quick replacement.

Meanwhile, Seth Rogen absentmindedly doodles “Wozniak” all over a notebook, having not yet heard the news.

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The Steve Jobs Biopic: What We Know So Far http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-steve-jobs-biopic-what-we-know-so-far/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-steve-jobs-biopic-what-we-know-so-far/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:09:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266822 It's coming together in pretty spectacular fashion.

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In news that makes us raise an eyebrow, get a bemused grin, lower our newspaper and go, “Well…all right then,” we’re hearing rumblings that Seth Rogen may be circling the Steve Jobs biopic starring Christian Bale as the iconic tech leader. We discussed his possible casting earlier today, and it’s just one of several interesting aspects of this biopic that could have just as easily limped out of the gate.

As we’ve mentioned, the biopic will be written by Aaron Sorkin and consist of three scenes only, backstage prior to three Apple events. Rogen’s name offers a certain amount of levity and fun to a dry topic, as we’ve seen with Jonah Hill in Moneyball, Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street, and maybe even JT in The Social Network. It merits mentioning that the first and last of those films were written by Sorkin as well. They were also very, very good.

We’ve also got Danny Boyle helming, who’s proven to be an adept story teller, similar in principle to the Coen brothers, steering clear of a signature style to mix things up. He’s gone through a litany of actors to find his Steve Jobs, but that’s likely just from actors not wanting to take on such an iconic character so recently in the pop lexicon. Nobody’s going to pan someone for not getting Abraham Lincoln‘s delivery right, but we all know how Jobs acts and talks. So the actor better nail it, and Christian Bale is known to be very meticulous and very method.

FINALLY, we’ve got news coming forth that Jessica Chastain is being sought in an unspecified role. There is obviously the role of Jobs’ baby mama, and I’m sure that with only three scenes, even the event coordinator could make a meal out of appearing in just one of them. No news yet, but we’ll know soon enough.

This thing really seems to be going from an afterthought in the wake of the Ashton Kutcher treatment to something that really parallels the process behind The Social Network.

Yeah. We’re interested.

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Seth Rogen To Play Husky Buddy In Steve Jobs Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-to-play-husky-buddy-in-steve-jobs-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-to-play-husky-buddy-in-steve-jobs-biopic/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:36:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266815 He'll play a giggly Steve Wozniak.

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Having perfected the husky sidekick role in several comedies, Seth Rogen will be stretching his acting muscles by playing the husky sidekick in a drama. He’s joined Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic where he’ll play Steve Wozniak to Christian Bale’s Steve Jobs.

Adapted by Aaron Sorkin by the biography by Walter Isaacson, the film is said to take place over three long scenes that take place backstage at three different Apple product launches. I don’t know much about Wozniak except that he helped Jobs launch the Apple I and Apple II computers in the early 1980′s. A quick image search also uncovered that Phil Margera was robbed:

(Variety)

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Hold Up, Christian Bale WILL Be Playing Steve Jobs In That Danny Boyle Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hold-up-christian-bale-will-be-playing-steve-jobs-in-that-danny-boyle-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/hold-up-christian-bale-will-be-playing-steve-jobs-in-that-danny-boyle-biopic/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:11:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266270 Written by Aaron "Walk and Talk" Sorkin.

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Seeing what that Kutcher dude made of the part, Christian Bale is circling playing Apple founder and tech icon Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic from Danny Boyle. The film is based on Walter Issacson’s biography Steve Jobs.

The movie has an interesting slant for a biopic. The entire film will be comprised of three scenes, set at different times in Jobs‘ life, backstage before giving one of his famed presentations. Sounds more interesting than just covering childhood to death. The first scene will come before the unveiling of the Mac, the second one, NeXt, while Jobs was away from Apple, and the third being the launch of the iPod.

Ok. Even though the life of Steve Jobs is pretty well-worn territory, this sounds like an amazing team tackling his life in a new way.

INTERESTED.

(Variety)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Won’t Be Starring In Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leonardo-dicaprio-wont-be-starring-in-danny-boyles-steve-jobs-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leonardo-dicaprio-wont-be-starring-in-danny-boyles-steve-jobs-biopic/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:42:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265740 There isn't a juicy reason behind it. Leo's just taking a break from acting.

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If you were getting all fired up at the prospect of Leo DiCaprio reuniting with his The Beach director Danny Boyle, you might want to take a seat. Or maybe sit cross-legged on the floor. Anything to keep you from crashing to the floor when we tell you:

Leo has walked away from his role as Apple founder and turtleneck enthusiast Steve Jobs in the untitled biopic to be helmed by the 127 Hours helmer and written by Aaron Sorkin.

DiCaprio is taking a break from acting after his new upcoming role in The Revenant, leaving the starring spot in the film up for grabs. This comes after David Fincher stepped away from the same gig as director back in the spring. But word from THR is that Sony is looking at Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, and Ben Affleck as possible replacements. No word on whether they’re looking back at the studio with interest in the part that has already been peed on territorially by Ashton Kutcher, but that should give us something to talk about until substantiated casting news comes in.

Also, no word on how this will affect his Richard Jewell film that has been building momentum, but we should have news in the next couple days.

 

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Danny Boyle And Leo DiCaprio Circling That Sweet, Sweet Steve Jobs Biopic Action http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-and-leo-dicaprio-circling-that-sweet-sweet-steve-jobs-biopic-action/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-and-leo-dicaprio-circling-that-sweet-sweet-steve-jobs-biopic-action/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:39:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261180 Why do people love this guy so much? I mean, I like iPhones, but still.

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Danny Boyle, a filmmaker known for fun romps such as Trainspotting, The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours, is now circling a film far more disturbing than any of those…yet another Steve Jobs biopic.

And he’s s reportedly talking to Leonardo DiCaprio as a star. This leads me to believe, after the last Jobs film with Ashton Kutcher, that the public is being far too kind in regards Steve Jobs looks than they ever were before his death. David Fincher‘s now-defunct Jobs film would have starred Christian Bale. I guess we’ll have to wait until 2015 for a Zac Efron Jobs film.

With the Fincher pic gone, perhaps the studios see this as an opening for at least one prestigious Jobs biopic, and few names carry more prestige than Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio.

However, neither party has committed to anything yet, so let’s hope this falls apart and they both do something more interesting before Martin Scorsese starts to get jealous.

 

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Announced ‘Trainspotting’ Sequel Means All The Characters Might Not Be Dead Yet http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/announced-trainspotting-sequel-means-all-the-characters-might-not-be-dead-yet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/announced-trainspotting-sequel-means-all-the-characters-might-not-be-dead-yet/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:14:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253925 They're probably all on the ginseng and kale bullshit bandwagon now.

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Despite the fact that Danny Boyle’s indie favorite Trainspotting focused on a bunch of filthy junkies, there’s no reason not to suspend disbelief and think that, sure, 20 years later all those weirdos might still be alive for a sequel.

The film is slated to pick up twenty years later, which offers up some pretty terrific opportunities to give these Digby, Sick Boy, and the rest of the gang with hilarious success stories. Maybe Sick Boy founded Twitter, and Digby was the sole British member of SEAL Team Six.

Spud, of course, will have become an executive producer of HBO’s Luck, who has fallen upon even harder times as the show just couldn’t keep itself from killing horses, so he actually ends up in jail, because horses just deserve better than the treatment that that show gave them.

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Simon Pegg Wallows In ‘Fear’, While Rosario Dawson Falls In ‘Trance’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-wallows-in-fear-while-rosario-dawson-falls-in-trance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-wallows-in-fear-while-rosario-dawson-falls-in-trance/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:48:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222336 Pegg will play a 'fraidy cat, while Dawson will play a woman who loves art thieves. Plural.

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Rosario Dawson just scored herself a prime role in the upcoming Danny Boyle film Trance opposite James MCavoy and Vincent Cassel, while Simon Pegg is stepping away from the tentpoles to star in the $5 million A Fantastic Fear of Everything.

In Trance, Dawson will play a woman involved with both an art thief (McAvoy) and his spurned accomplice (Cassel), developing what Deadline calls an “unusual relationship” with both men. It will begin filming this fall before Boyle is called upon to direct the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies in London. Will Dawson’s turn here restore her credibility after acting opposite Kevin James in The Zookeeper? I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Of course it won’t.

Pegg, whose credibility is safe for the next 10,000 years or so, is garnering even more points by starring in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. He will play a children’s book author who, in making the transition to crime novels, does research on Victorian serial killers. In doing so, the already cowardly Pegg becomes paranoid that everyone around him is a potential threat to his safety. The film is directed by Crispian Mills, the former lead singer of indie darlings Kula Shakur. Simon Pegg has had nary a misstep in his film career, save for Run Fatboy Run and How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. But he’s done like 600 movies since then, so who really remembers?

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Danny Boyle Wants Scarlett Johansson (And Colin Firth For ‘Trance’) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-wants-scarlett-johansson-and-colin-firth-for-trance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-wants-scarlett-johansson-and-colin-firth-for-trance/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:34:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218841 Don't we all, Danny. Don't we all.

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Danny Boyle knows what he wants. In this instance it’s Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson for his heist film Trance.

It’s reported that James McAvoy is locked for the lead role of Simon and his X-Men: First Class bestie Michael Fassbender will not be joining the film as believed previously. Boyle has his eye on Firth to fill the role vacated by Fassbender and wants Scarlett for a major supporting role. Though no info about plot or character is given, we can assume they’re all playing sexy thieves who with their fast hands and forbidden passions will steal your diamonds, and perhaps more.

No formal offers have gone out yet but it’s said “who Boyle wants, Boyle gets.” Except Michael Fassbender. (Cinema Blend)

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Casting Round Up: Williams, McAvoy, And Wilkinson Are Priests, Robbers, And Villains http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:29:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217685 Robin Williams will be starring in 'Patch Adams 2: The Heart Beats On'. Just kidding. I hope you haven't already smashed your computer.

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James McAvoy is in the wrong place at the wrong time, Robin Williams is gonna bug the hell out of a bunch of A-listers, and Tom Wilkinson will be an over-the-top villain. Let’s get going…

James McAvoy is close to teaming up with fellow Brit Danny Boyle for Trance, a heist thriller that would see him playing a character named Simon who is stuck in the middle of a botched bank job. Michael Fassbender was first attached to this project, but apparently he put it aside when he decided to do every other movie in Hollywood. (Variety)

Robin Williams is also circling Gently Down the Stream, a rom-com that would feature Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton as a divorced couple that pretends to be married for the sake of their kids. Robin Williams will play an obnoxious priest, just like he did in License to Wed. Old Robert De Niro never would have put up with Williams’ B.S., but times hav echanged. The film will also star Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, and Katherine “Buzzkill” Heigl. (Showbiz 411)

Finally, Tom Wilkinson will be gracing The Lone Ranger with his presence as a railroad tycoon, which one can safely read as “bad guy. I am now openly rooting for Wilkinson to prevail over both Armie Hamer’s Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. I’m tired of seeing Johnny Depp prevail, and Armie Hamer will always be a snooty Winklevoss in my eyes. I hope whatever damsel Wilkinson ties to the train tracks gets run the hell over. (Variety)

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Michael Fassbender Down For Some Art Thievery In ‘Trances’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-down-for-some-art-thievery-in-trances/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-down-for-some-art-thievery-in-trances/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 04:39:09 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211062 Fassbender is in talks to join Danny Boyle’s thriller remake 'Trances', where he'd play a regular old human art thief.

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When it comes to super-hyped movies that haven’t come out yet, Michael Fassbender is a king among actors (and men). He’s got starring roles in X-Men: First Class and Ridley Scott‘s not-Aliens-but-yeah-Aliens film Prometheus. However, with all these crazy blockbuster sci-fi extravaganzas on his plate, it’s probably nice to relax and play a regular old human art thief once in awhile.

Fassbender is in talks to join Danny Boyle’s thriller remake Trances. He would play the leader of a gang, who teams up with a low-level employee at an art auction house to plan a robbery. However, in true “Flintstones” fashion, the assistant guy gets hit in the head and wakes up with amnesia, which threatens the whole kooky scheme. It’s a remake of a 2003 TV movie of the same name by British director Joe Ahearne.

Trances plans to film this fall, unless Boyle gets hit on the head or something. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Danny Boyle In A ‘Trance’, Says Funny Headline Writer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-in-a-trance-says-funny-headline-writer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/danny-boyle-in-a-trance-says-funny-headline-writer/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 19:00:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210422 Get it??

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Director Danny Boyle loves making movies. That love is evident in all of his work, no matter how grim the subject matter. And it hopefully will be evident in his next project, Trance. Not much in the way of plot information, except that it’s “an art heist gone wrong, and it’s got the dark, sexy, hard-edged tone of Boyle films like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting.”

That sounds pretty good to me – an added bonus being that Trance is a really cool title. Another bonus is that Trance will continue Boyle’s partnership with producer Christian Colson, who also produced 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire.

Don’t get too excited, though – because of Boyle’s obligations as the director of the opening ceremonies of next summer’s Olympic Games, Trance won’t be coming out until March, 2013. How many pun-headlines about the word “trance” will we see before then? (Deadline)

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See The Trailer For Danny Boyle’s Stage ‘Frankenstein’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-the-trailer-for-danny-boyles-stage-frankenstein/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-the-trailer-for-danny-boyles-stage-frankenstein/#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:33:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=29314 The second scariest use of morphing after that Michael Jackson video.

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Danny Boyle has a reputation of directing flashy and bombastic screen entertainments that grab the viewer from the beginning and don’t let go until he saws off his own arm to escape. And while he’s no stranger to the horror genre thanks to his work on the seminal fast-running-zombies movie 28 Days Later, it makes sense that this style would bring him back to the realm of the scary. But people were still surprised to hear that instead of doing another horror movie, he’s working on a staged adaptation of the horror classic Frankenstein.

Luckily, you’ll be able to see this version of Frankenstein on the big screen even if you’re nowhere near the stage. UNluckily, if you’re in the US, you won’t be able to experience one of the most interesting aspects of the production: The first showing of the play, on March 17 (the one that’s getting a US release), will have Dr. Frankenstein played by Benedict Cumberbatch and the Monster by Johnny Lee Miller. Then, a week later, the actors will switch roles and do the play again. This trailer suggests this, by showing the Monster and his creator morphing into one another. Subtext! (via The Playlist)

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Boyle’s Not Scared Of Werewolves With ‘Sharp Teeth’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/boyles-not-scared-of-werewolves-with-sharp-teeth/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/boyles-not-scared-of-werewolves-with-sharp-teeth/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:15:25 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25184 Director Danny Boyle is thinking of returning to unconventional monster movie territory nine years after his terrifying zombie film '28 Days Later'.

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Director Danny Boyle, fresh off his Oscar-baiting, limb-slicing, Franco-starring biopic 127 Hours, is thinking of returning to unconventional monster territory nine years after his terrifying zombie film 28 Days Later. Boyle is considering teaming up with his Slumdog Millionaire collaborator, writer Simon Beofoy on an adaptation of Toby Barlow’s long form poem “Sharp Teeth.” The poem is about East Los Angeles gang members who are also shape-shifting were-dogs. And they say there are no more original ideas! Says Beaufoy of the potential Boyle collaboration:

“If I write it well enough, he’ll direct it,” Beaufoy told BBC America. “It’s a very extraordinary mix of gangland Los Angeles—Compton, the Watts Towers area—really, really rough, a lot of shootings. And 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.”

Sounds like a real gamble, but an interesting one at that. The film has been compared to Boyz in the Hood, so I would like to make the humble casting suggestion of Ice Cube as every single character. And if Boyle really wants to be generous, he’ll cut off his arm at the end. (The Playlist)

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’127 Hours’ Was Almost A Luke Perry Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/127-hours-was-almost-a-luke-perry-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/127-hours-was-almost-a-luke-perry-movie/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:59:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21611 Danny Boyle's 127 Hours earned a lot of critical acclaim for its realistic depiction of hiker Aron Ralston hacking off his own arm with a dull penknife, but it turns out it could have been even more painful to watch.

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Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours earned a lot of critical acclaim for its realistic depiction of hiker Aron Ralston hacking off his own arm with a dull penknife, but it turns out it could have been even more painful to watch. Famous pouter Luke Perry recently revealed to Access Hollywood that he had his gorgeous eyes on the project first. And that wasn’t the end of his vision for the film – he also wanted to cast probable celebrity Brian Austin Green in the lead role that was eventually played by James Franco. Perry adds: “I thought he’d be great in that part, but Danny Boyle, he got it.” Damn it! (Image and info via The AV Club)

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13 Memorable Movie Amputations http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/13-memorable-movie-amputations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/13-memorable-movie-amputations/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:30:26 +0000 Jame Gumb Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!

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Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!

The Star Wars Trilogy – Various Characters

Before I started writing this article, I never realized how many arms go missing in the Star Wars trilogy. Sure, everyone remembers Luke losing his hand toward the end of The Empire Strikes Back, but the list goes on. In fact, Luke’s not even the only one to lose a limb in Empire, provided you count the snow monster on Hoth. In A New Hope, Ponda Baba loses his arm to Obi Wan, and in Jedi, Vader loses his hand (again). This doesn’t even count all the limbs that are lost in the prequels, but honestly, who gives a damn about the prequels? However, one thing is for certain: George Lucas has a severed-limb fetish. What a sicko.

Evil Dead 2 – Ash

In Evil Dead 2, Ash’s hand becomes possessed and attacks him in a Stangelove-esque fashion. But as the clip above clearly demonstrates, it’s Ash who has the last laugh…sort of.

Blade – Crease

If you somehow manage to disarm a vampire hunter, it’s not a good idea to play around with his weapons. Just ask Crease from the original Blade movie. After disarming Blade, he ends up getting “disarmed” himself by a booby-trapped sword. Well, it was more of a hand than an arm, but still. That’s no picnic. Although I think limbs grow back for vampires, so in the greater scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal.

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Why the ’127 Hours’ Amputation Is a Happy Ending http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-the-127-hours-amputation-is-a-happy-ending/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/why-the-127-hours-amputation-is-a-happy-ending/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The press junket for 127 Hours was informative beyond our private interview with Danny Boyle. The real Aron Ralston and the filmmakers discussed the film, already generating controversy for its graphic depiction of a self-amputation. Ralston had to sever his own arm when he was trapped in a canyon for five days. Even Ralston wants everybody to know it’s all good. He was happy to make the sacrifice. “They’re going to walk into this movie thinking it’s the story of the guy who cut his arm off,” Ralston said. “I hope they realize it’s about the guy who was smiling when he cut his arm off. It was a euphoric experience for me because it was going to get me back to what was important in my life. I had a chance to learn about that while I was trapped.” More after the jump...

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The press junket for 127 Hours was informative beyond our private interview with Danny Boyle. The real Aron Ralston and the filmmakers discussed the film, already generating controversy for its graphic depiction of a self-amputation. Ralston had to sever his own arm when he was trapped in a canyon for five days.

Even Ralston wants everybody to know it’s all good. He was happy to make the sacrifice. “They’re going to walk into this movie thinking it’s the story of the guy who cut his arm off,” Ralston said. “I hope they realize it’s about the guy who was smiling when he cut his arm off. It was a euphoric experience for me because it was going to get me back to what was important in my life. I had a chance to learn about that while I was trapped.”

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James Franco plays Ralston in the film version of the five days he spent with his arm pinned under a boulder. “For me that one thing was relationships, love, my past relationships and future ones as embodied in the little boy that appears there most of the way through there,” Ralston continued. “In the end it’s that crowd of people around the couch, that group, those are my real friends, my family, my sisters, my ex-girlfriend, ten of my closest guy friends. My wife and our son on the couch together. That’s what gave me the strength and the courage and the perseverance and everything you can attribute to someone who went through that. To have them there, to be honored in such a way by the film team, we got to be in the movie together. I hope for the audience it makes it a human experience. We’re always somebody’s child or somebody’s family, sometimes both. I couldn’t just stay out there and die.”

Boyle added that the scene is supposed to mean something different to each viewer. So some of you may cringe, but some of you will cheer Aron on. “We want to see drama told in a cathartic way, with power, with emotion where you empathize and then you’re frightened,” Boyle said. “All those feelings charge up in you and you feel for the story. If you tell it well you have a point suddenly where it just focuses into a scene which I guess in this one is the amputation, where people can put all sorts of their feeling in it. Some people are exhilarated in it, shouting, ‘Yes!’ like that and other people can’t look. Other people are almost faint. People are breathless. I sat behind a couple of guys who were humming all the way through it, ‘hmmmmmmmm mmmmm mmmm’ like this. That’s what drama’s about. It’s that power you can get through it, it’s a wonderful opportunity but you have to take your own control of it.”

It has to be that way, because a real person really did it. Boyle wasn’t going to cheat Ralston’s story. “Whether the film was successful or not, or well told or not, inevitably there’d be incredible focus on that scene,” Boyle said. “So we told it as truthfully as we could. It is the section of the movie more than any other where we keep very closely to the book, very, very closely. The time it took him, it took over 40 minutes. The plateaus of pain he went through as he kept going and as I said, the most important thing is that there is a story in there about where he’s going. It’s not about a brutal act. It is brutal but it is about where he’s going, not about the moment itself and that helped him get through it. It helped us get through it I think and it certainly did for Aron. You mustn’t sensationalize that by adding gore or making it too Hammer house of horror, but nor must you trivialize it by making it look too easy or too simple or not painful enough really. So that’s what we tried to do.”

127 Hours opens Friday.
 

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Interview: Danny Boyle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-danny-boyle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-danny-boyle/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Danny Boyle’s latest film is getting a lot of buzz, but not for the heartwarming triumph over adversity. It’s got that, but what people are focusing on is a dude cutting his arm off. 127 Hours is the Aron Ralston story. James Franco plays Ralston, an outdoorsman who gets trapped with his arm pinned under a rock. His escape by self-amputation was documented before, but Boyle’s film makes it visceral.

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Danny Boyle’s latest film is getting a lot of buzz, but not for the heartwarming triumph over adversity. It’s got that, but what people are focusing on is a dude cutting his arm off. 127 Hours is the Aron Ralston story. James Franco plays Ralston, an outdoorsman who gets trapped with his arm pinned under a rock. His escape by self-amputation was documented before, but Boyle’s film makes it visceral.

The stylist of Trainspotting is in full effect capturing Ralston’s epic journey through Blue John Canyon, his survival for five days and his deteriorating state of mind. Boyle gets inside Ralston’s water bottle and camcorder, and plays with his perspective on the scene around him. We’ll see what tricks Boyle has in store when he directs the Winter Olympics.

We got time alone with Boyle at the press junket for 127 Hours. He shared a chocolate bar from the minibar as he revealed his bag of tricks and addressed the reaction of early audiences.

Screen Junkies: People are talking about the arm cutting. Isn’t that a spoiler?

Danny Boyle: Well, obviously in one sense. Although realistically, you’re never going to be able to, because it isn’t a fiction. You’re never going to be able to prevent spoilers on this one. Nor can you in any circumstance these days. There’re too many avenues in which material leaks out. I think people worry too much about spoilers. I think when you go in a cinema, if the acting’s good, I think you anesthetize memory of the real circumstances. So we do it deliberately. They call it suspending disbelief, isn’t it? Clearly, the experience of the film is so intense for people that it doesn’t matter what you know going in. You’re going to go through the journey with James Franco. You’re going to feel it like he feels it and he does feel like he’s going to die and you kind of sympathize with him and emote with him and have empathy with him.

SJ: Are you always looking for ways to push and experiment with the medium of film?

DB: Yeah, I think so. I like to be faithful to a story and organic to it but I also want to try and tell it in a way that’s different, that’s surprising and fresh for people because I think people can both keep a handle on the story and also see it celebrated in the way it’s expressed, that you make the screen dance a bit. So I like to experiment, yeah. I think we go to the cinema and we expect the people who work in the cinema for us to take risks, because we have another medium through which we can see things, the television, that can be a bit safer because it’s so constant, it’s such a part of everyday life. Where cinema is a special trip. I think within that people expect if they made an effort, they expect you to have made an effort for them to go there. So if people ask advice about it, I always say, “Be bold. If you’re going to make a film, if you get a chance to make a film, be bold. It’s better to apologize afterwards than to have had to ask permission beforehand.” I always feel that.

SJ: A lot of your films are very intense, whether it’s 127 Hours or Trainspotting. Do you care if people can’t take it?

DB: I’m not reckless about people. I do care about people in the sense that I don’t want to [hurt people] but I do want to push it. I do think we go to the cinema to see an extreme experience. I want to give James the tools in the way that we made the film that he can really express himself because he has enormous power as an actor and great grace as well. So I don’t want to gross people out. I kind of want to gross people in. I want them to join in. It’ll be a safe place we’ll bring them to in the end but it’ll be an amazing journey on the way there with this actor so that’s what I try and do.

SJ: How did you get the camera to follow James through the canyons so smoothly?

DB: We used a camera called the Silicon Imaging 2K which is a very small flexible camera which is not in a housing. i.e. it’s not in a container which gives it size. All its component parts are separate. So it has a head, which is about the size of my fist, and you can put anything on it you want lens-wise. You can put these huge lenses on it like that which make it that big or you can put small ones on it that makes it double its size. We then had a gyro underneath which smooths out the human movement. So it makes it a mixture of handheld and steadicam, somewhere between the two. The key thing it’s got that’s way better than handheld or steadicam is it’s no bulkier than a human.

SJ: For shots inside the video camera or the water bottle, did you use a computer?

DB: No, no, no, absolutely not. I’m shocked to hear you suggest that. The head of the camera, the lens would be there like that. It’s old fashioned skills. The prop guys build a water bottle, cut the bottom off the real bottle, seal on a glass lens or a plastic lens which is perfectly see through and then you can just look. So when he tips it up towards his head, he’s actually tipping the whole camera towards his head for a drink. Because it’s so light, he can do that. He can just sip it. You can see the water slip into him and it’s really important because the water is a god of course. It becomes God basically because it’s life. It’s all life. Once it runs out, he knows he’s about to die more than anything else really in a way.

SJ: I’m glad there are old school techniques to do it for real. What about the camera servos inside the video camera?

DB: [Laughs] I’ll give you away a secret here. What we did is we filmed inside an old VHS machine which of course is basically the same technology but it’s on a bigger scale. So we’d film inside that because you have no reference point. You have no idea what the scale is. We opened up the Canon Elura but it’s so miniscule inside. We looked at then the old VHS machines. We bought some old ones on eBay and of course they’re exactly the same technology except they’re much, much bigger. So we filmed inside those.

SJ: Was boredom something Aron faced in five days? But you can’t let a film be boring.

DB: We tried to deal with it in the tempo of the video messages because the tempo drops in those messages. They’re very slow, quite still and we thought we’ll cover it in them because the opportunity was that James is such a charismatic actor that even when he slows it right down in there, because he’s speaking to you directly, you’ll never get discouraged as an audience but you’ll sense the endless time he had as well.

SJ: Are The Olympics another way you can push and experiment with your craft?

DB: I don’t know. I’ll tell you when I’ve done it. I was very proud to be asked and said yes immediately, didn’t think about it which is always the best way. Because it’s happening about a mile from my own home and I’m a sports fanatic as well, and I like the idea of the Olympics connecting the whole world together. It’s one of those rare things that the whole world can celebrate and get together and celebrate as one. That’s a wonderful thing I think because the might of the Chinese authorities and the resources they were able to use for that were way beyond really any western economy at the moment, certainly Britain’s economy. But notwithstanding that, we’ll try as we did with this film to embrace the limitations and actually make something of them hopefully.  So it will be slightly different, yeah.

SJ: Would it push you to find a way to present a live event?

DB: Yes, that’s interesting. I’ve done theater before. I grew up doing theater so I have done but yeah, it’s obviously tremendously scary in one sense because it is live and it’s a one off event. That’s something I’ve never done because usually theater has a run for a month, two months, three months or whatever. This is a one off performance and it happens to be seen by an awful lot of people one off but that’s cool. That’s the same pressure that the athletes are under. They get one chance to run. They can’t ask for a rerun. It happens once for them. They train for it for years and it happens in 10 seconds or whatever it is. So I’m scared and delighted at the same time.
 

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Review: 127 Hours http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-127-hours/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-127-hours/#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:42:32 +0000 Defy Media Here it is, folks: the arm cutting movie. You’ve heard about it. It’s true. There’s a lot to this story, but you know it as the arm cutting movie. Personally, I think they should do a double feature of 27 Dresses and 127 Hours. In either order. More after the jump...

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Here it is, folks: the arm cutting movie. You’ve heard about it. It’s true. There’s a lot to this story, but you know it as the arm cutting movie. Personally, I think they should do a double feature of 27 Dresses and 127 Hours. In either order.

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Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) true story comes to life in Danny Boyle style. Even before Aron goes climbing, Boyle cuts together split screen shots of his preparation. He gets shots from inside a water bottle or inside the video camera as the servos spin. Even the adjustment of music volume adds an exciting layer to the editing.

There are awesome shots of Aron biking the canyon. This movie will certainly look great on Blu Ray. As Aron guides novice hikers Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn) squeezing through a crevice, it’s more suspenseful than any action movie. The way Boyle has a camera follow Aron is amazing. It’s fast and smooth. He doesn’t even resort to shaky handheld.

Aron is charming with women, playing somewhere between a rugged savior and a scary mountain man. He’s not incompetent at all. Aron practically owns nature. It’s a total fluke that he gets pinned under a rock and he’s more surprised than anyone.

Here’s where the style really kicks in. The rest of the movie is going to be just Aron by himself dealing with the situation, trying everything he can until the inevitable solution, and somehow keeping us entertained for another 70 or so minutes.

First Aron lays out all of his supplies so we know exactly what he’s working with. Everything he tries to do is all visual, conveyed through the camera. He creates some of his own problems too, like when he drops the knife. Spoiler alert, the knife comes back in the end.

The way he finds a way to sleep is brilliant. That didn’t even occur to me. My mind was on the bathroom issues, which he addresses also. There are more issues to Aron’s situation than would immediately come to mind, so there’s plenty of excitement for the whole movie.

The film explores Aron’s dreams, which would seem like a cheat in some stories, but not here. I don’t think there was any shortage of real world drama to portray, but the way 127 Hours represents his dreams gives us a clear visual look into Aron’s mind. There are some beautiful, surreal visual effects.

It also avoids the inner monologue trap. When Aron finally devolves into a self dialogue, Boyle portrays three distinct personalities with a unique camera angle and footage style for each one.

Then it happens. There’s one particular detail that makes it extra squirmy, but it’s just realistic. It had to be done (in real life) and it has to be shown, otherwise the whole movie is B.S. You don’t get the triumph of human survival without the brutal reality of Aron’s sacrifice. Don’t be afraid to look. It’s good for you.

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Stretch Your Zombie Hamstrings. Danny Boyle Will Direct Next ’28 Days Later’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stretch-your-zombie-hamstrings-danny-boyle-will-direct-next-28-days-later-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stretch-your-zombie-hamstrings-danny-boyle-will-direct-next-28-days-later-sequel/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Terrible time to pass a kidney stone. Danny Boyle has confirmed to a friend of DreadCentral that he will in fact direct the next film in the 28 Days Later franchise. There a no details as to what the film will be about, or what the title will be. All anyone knows is that Boyle will return to direct. After directing the first film in the series, Boyle was credited with reinventing zombies by people who know nothing about zombie movies. What the story is actually about is a rage virus that causes people to run around attacking everyone they see. Just like that Jason guy from "The Hills." Or that episode of "The Smurfs" that I still sometimes have nightmares about. **burns self with cigarette to stop from nodding off**

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Terrible time to pass a kidney stone.

Danny Boyle has confirmed to a friend of DreadCentral that he will in fact direct the next film in the 28 Days Later franchise. There a no details as to what the film will be about, or what the title will be. All anyone knows is that Boyle will return to direct.

After directing the first film in the series, Boyle was credited with reinventing zombies by people who know nothing about zombie movies. What the story is actually about is a rage virus that causes people to run around attacking everyone they see. Just like that Jason guy from "The Hills." Or that episode of "The Smurfs" that I still sometimes have nightmares about. **burns self with cigarette to stop from nodding off**

 

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’127 Hours’ Trailer Adds Visual Flair to Utter Misery http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/127-hours-trailer-adds-visual-flair-to-utter-misery/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/127-hours-trailer-adds-visual-flair-to-utter-misery/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 20:27:09 +0000 Reza F. “This suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks!” Fox Searchlight has dropped the new trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 hours. The film stars James Franco as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who didn’t tell anyone he...

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“This suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks!”

Fox Searchlight has dropped the new trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 hours. The film stars James Franco as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who didn’t tell anyone he was going out into the wilderness and then got his arm caught inbetween rocks for 127 hours before cutting it off. As Aron says in the trailer, “Oops.”

The new trailer shows how the story jumps around from Aron documenting his experience and memories into his camcorder and flashbacks that illustrate those memories. The visuals are very Danny Boyle. I just hope they’re enough to sustain a movie about a guy trapped in a crevice.

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No Arms Get Cut Off In This ’127 Hours’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-arms-get-cut-off-in-this-127-hours-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-arms-get-cut-off-in-this-127-hours-clip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Warning: This clip from Danny Boyle's 127 Hours doesn't contain any of James Franco's arms getting cut off. Warning: It does contain Kate Mara getting wet. If you believe the latter might make you faint or nauseous I suggest you go no further. Audience members at the Telluride and the Toronto Film Festivals have been passing out and seizing do to the graphic nature of 127 Hours. The movie is about a dude who has to cut off his own arm after it gets really REALLY stuck in crevice **resists urge to make crevice joke**. If you know you can't handle that, why would you go see it?! Stay for the first half with the swimming and laughing, and leave once the screaming starts.  Check out the clip after the jump...

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Warning: This clip from Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours doesn’t contain any of James Franco’s arms getting cut off. Warning: It does contain Kate Mara getting wet. If you believe the latter might make you faint or nauseous I suggest you go no further.

Audience members at the Telluride and the Toronto Film Festivals have been passing out and seizing do to the graphic nature of 127 Hours. The movie is about a dude who has to cut off his own arm after it gets really REALLY stuck in crevice **resists urge to make crevice joke**. If you know you can’t handle that, why would you go see it?! Stay for the first half with the swimming and laughing, and leave once the screaming starts. 

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’127 Hours’ Teaser Trailer Quickly Goes from Laughs to Screams http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/127-hours-teaser-trailer-quickly-goes-from-laughs-to-screams/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/127-hours-teaser-trailer-quickly-goes-from-laughs-to-screams/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "F**********************CK!" Fox Searchlight has dropped the trailer for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, the climber who amputated his own arm after bring trapped between rocks for almost five days. It's one of those feel good movies. At least the parts with Kata Mara. Simon Beaufoy, who also worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire, wrote the screenplay, and has said that there is no dialogue for an entire hour of the story. Psssshhhh, nice job "writing," Simon. Can we get serious for a second though? I'm excited to see this film. I love the energy and unique storytelling of Slumdog, and I hope 127 Hours brings the same entertainment value without inducing too many cringes. Crushed appendages are just plain yucky. But fortitude in dire straits is yummy. 127 Hours hits theaters November 5, 2010. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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"F**********************CK!"

Fox Searchlight has dropped the trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, the climber who amputated his own arm after bring trapped between rocks for almost five days. It’s one of those feel good movies. At least the parts with Kata Mara.

Simon Beaufoy, who also worked with Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire, wrote the screenplay, and has said that there is no dialogue for an entire hour of the story. Psssshhhh, nice job "writing," Simon. Can we get serious for a second though? I’m excited to see this film. I love the energy and unique storytelling of Slumdog, and I hope 127 Hours brings the same entertainment value without inducing too many cringes. Crushed appendages are just plain yucky. But fortitude in dire straits is yummy.

127 Hours hits theaters November 5, 2010.

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Kate Mara (and Amber Tamblyn) Add Sexiness to ’127 Hours’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-mara-and-amber-tamblyn-add-sexiness-to-127-hours/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-mara-and-amber-tamblyn-add-sexiness-to-127-hours/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Uber spicy redhead Kata Mara, and that girl who dies in the beginning of The Ring (Amber Tamblyn), are in talks to co-star alongside James Franco in 127 Hours, Danny Boyle's follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, a cautionary tale for anyone who plans to go out in the unforgiving wilderness alone and refuses to entertain the possibility they might have to cut their arm off after a boulder claims it for five hours straight. Mara and Tamblyn would play two hikers Aron meets before the antagonist (a large rock) has his way with the adventurer. If only Aron's quest involved finding his way home to Mara. Hell, I'd give my right arm to run the fingers of my left hand through her flowing locks. I think she'd find my insensitivity extremely attractive. (/Film)

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Uber spicy redhead Kata Mara, and that girl who dies in the beginning of The Ring (Amber Tamblyn), are in talks to co-star alongside James Franco in 127 Hours, Danny Boyle‘s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, a cautionary tale for anyone who plans to go out in the unforgiving wilderness alone and refuses to entertain the possibility they might have to cut their arm off after a boulder claims it for five hours straight. Mara and Tamblyn would play two hikers Aron meets before the antagonist (a large rock) has his way with the adventurer. If only Aron’s quest involved finding his way home to Mara. Hell, I’d give my right arm to run the fingers of my left hand through her flowing locks. I think she’d find my insensitivity extremely attractive. (/Film)

 

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127 Hours http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/127-hours/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/127-hours/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2010 19:04:26 +0000 Defy Media DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle CAST: James Franco; Amber Tamblyn; Kate Mara SYNOPSIS: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and cuts off his f&*^ing...

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DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle

CAST: James Franco; Amber Tamblyn; Kate Mara

SYNOPSIS: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and cuts off his f&*^ing arm in order to survive.

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