Danny Boyle to Direct SMASH AND GRAB Adaptation

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Director Danny Boyle is heading back into the world of thievery.  After taclking art heists with this year’s Trance, Variety reports that the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker has signed on to direct a feature film adaptation of the documentary Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers for Pathe and Fox Searchlight.  The documentary revolves around the international jewel trade, specifically focusing on successful diamond thieves.  After seeing the documentary, Boyle apparently became interested in turning it into a narrative feature and approached Fox Searchlight about the project.  No plot details are given and a screenwriter has yet to be attached, but it sounds like this may be the director’s next project.

Boyle took a break from feature filmmaking last year to helm the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, but he has spoken recently about the prospect of finally making a sequel to Trainspotting.  Last we heard, his plan was to reassemble the original cast and have the film in theaters by 2016.  My fingers are very tightly crossed for that to pan out.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for director Havana Marking’s 2013 documentary Smash & Grab.

Danny Boyle Talks TRANCE, Making Actors Audition, Deleted Scenes, How They Considered Doing A New Cut of THE BEACH, and More

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Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle, opens in limited release this weekend. The hypnotic crime thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon, an art auctioneer who engineers a heist, but develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  His criminal partner, Franck (Vincent Cassel), is none too happy with this, and resorts to hiring Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotist who attempts to help Simon recover his memory.  For more on the film, here’s the red band trailersome posters, and everything else we’ve posted on the movie.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Danny Boyle.  We talked about the unusual editing process, how long was his first cut, deleted scenes, how great actors like to audition, and more.  In addition, he also talked about how they once considered doing a new cut of The Beach.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

4 Exclusive Images from Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson

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We’re happy to debut four new exclusive images from Danny Boyle’s new film, Trance.  This hypnotic crime thriller centers on James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in a different way.

Be sure to check out interviews with Dawson and Boyle, as well as clips, the red-band and green-band trailers for the film.  Trance opened in the U.K. March 27th and will open in limited release stateside starting April 5th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Danny Boyle Talks TRANCE, Why He Won’t Direct a James Bond Movie, If He Would Direct a Superhero Movie, and More

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Trance returns Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle to the territory where he began his visionary filmmaking career.  Delving into the heart of extreme human behavior, he has crafted a wildly twisting mind puzzle that explores identity, madness and perception via the altered state of hypnotic trance.  Opening April 5th, the crime thriller starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel centers on the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit and how it begins to blur after an art heist goes terribly wrong.

In an exclusive interview, Boyle revealed why he wanted to make a film with a woman at the center, why it’s always a battle to secure financing even after you’ve been successful, how the studio dictates casting, why the film presented unique challenges compared to other films he’s directed, how he researched the world of art, heists and hypnotherapy, how he collaborated with his creative team on the film’s visual style, why he won’t helm a James Bond film, what he thinks about the comic book genre, and why the idea of directing a superhero movie doesn’t appeal to him.

New Green-Band Trailer for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy

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A new trailer for director Danny Boyle’s Trance has debuted.  This hypnotic crime thriller centers on James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in another way.  This cut leaves out the bloody violence of the red-band trailer and focuses instead on the beautiful technicolor vision of Boyle’s latest thriller.

Scope out a clip from the film here and check back soon for related interviews.  Trance opens in the U.K. March 27th and in limited release stateside starting April 5th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Danny Boyle Planning for TRAINSPOTTING Sequel in 2016 with Original Cast: “You Want to Make Sure You Don’t Disappoint People”

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Trainspotting is my favorite movie.  I don’t need a sequel, and I’m unsure how much I even want one.  But I will be in the theater opening day if director Danny Boyle ever gets around to the one he wants to make once the original cast ages enough to suit the story: “When they have aged clearly into a mid-life kind of crisis, basically.”

Boyle is currently at SXSW to promote his latest movie, Trance, and addressed the timeline and likelihood of the sequel.  Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is currently working on the script, and Boyle hopes to reunite the cast—Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald—for a sequel in 2016.  Hit the jump for quotes.

Red-Band Trailer and New Poster for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson

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A new red-band trailer for Danny Boyle’s Trance is now available.  The crime-thriller stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in another way.  This trailer certainly earns its red-band status with a combination of bloody torture, sex and violence and looks to be another Boyle classic.

Trance will open on March 27th in the U.K. and April 5th in the U.S.  Hit the jump to watch the new red-band trailer.

Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Set for April 5th U.S. Release; New Poster Unveiled

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Director Danny Boyle’s next feature finally has a U.S. release date.  Fox Searchlight announced today that Trance will open stateside on April 5th, a date that the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat recently vacated for the dog days of summer.  Boyle’s film centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.

Currently the only other wide release scheduled for April 5th is Jurassic Park 3D, so it seems like a smart move on Fox Searchlight’s part.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the new hypnotizing poster.

First Trailer and New Images for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson

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The first trailer for Danny Boyle‘s crime-thriller Trance has gone online.  The story centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  The trailer shows off the vibrant, twisty cinematography that has become a trademark of Boyle’s work, and McAvoy looks like he’s at the top of his game.  My only problem with the trailer is that I think it might give away too much of the plot.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Trance opens in the U.K. on March 27th.  A U.S. release is expected in the near future.

Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Reportedly Set for March 27, 2013 U.K. Release; Film Stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson

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We haven’t heard much about Danny Boyle‘s Trance this year, but that’s not too surprising since he was busy taking every British thing ever and putting it into the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  The movie centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassell co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  Boyle shot the film back in 2011, but he held off on post-production until he was done with the Olympics. Now that those are finished, work on Trance has resumed, and a U.K. release may have been announced.  Trance is reportedly set to open in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2013.

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James Bond Escorts the Queen to the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Danny Boyle’s Short Film

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None other than James Bond himself (Daniel Craig) escorted Her Majesty the Queen to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London today.  We previously reported Craig’s appearance alongside the Queen back in April, but a poorly timed release on April Fool’s Day had people second-guessing the story’s authenticity.  Now that the 2012 Olympics have officially opened (unless you’re stateside where NBC is still waiting to air it), we’re proof positive that Craig escorted Her Majesty safely to the games.  Hit the jump to see footage from Danny Boyle’s short film introducing Craig and the Queen as well as kicking off the 2012 Olympics.

Danny Boyle’s Stage Adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller Heads to U.S. Theaters This Summer

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Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) made waves last year when he returned to the stage and helmed a stage adaptation of Frankenstein at the Royal National Theater in London.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Dark Shadows) traded off playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, and both shared an Olivier Award for Best Actor.  I was incredibly jealous of those that got to witness the production live, but now THR reports that Fathom Evens will be presenting a taped recording of the show in hundreds of theaters across the U.S. on June 6 and 7.  One night Cumberbatch’s performance as the monster will be shown, while another night we’ll see the actors swap roles.

This is fantastic news for fans of Cumberbatch, Miller, and Boyle and I’ll most definitely be grabbing a ticket.  Cumberbatch is currently filming J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel and will be seen later this year in The Hobbit.  Miller stars in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and recently landed his own Sherlock Holmes role in the CBS pilot Elementary. [Update: We've added a stellar trailer for the stage production after the jump.]

Daniel Craig to Appear as James Bond During Opening Ceremonies for 2012 Olympics

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The 2012 Olympic Games in London are getting a little help from a familiar friend.  After receiving a personal invitation from the Queen herself, Daniel Craig agreed to, and shot, an introduction to the upcoming summer Olympics for director Danny Boyle.  The Slumdog Millionaire helmer has been busy putting together the Opening Ceremonies, and apparently Bond/Craig will play a part in the opening video entitled “The Arrival.”  Sequences were shot at Buckingham palace, and rumors abound that the Queen herself will be making an appearance.

Craig’s involvement was first reported by The Sun on Sunday, but it was April Fools’ Day and all so we were hesitant to take the story at face value.  Nevertheless, it now appears that a Bond-infused Olympics is definitely on.  If you want to read details regarding Craig’s stunt-filled role in the video, hit the jump.

Ewan McGregor Talks SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, HBO’s THE CORRECTIONS, Broadway, Danny Boyle, and More

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With director Lasse Hallstrom‘s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opening today in limited release, earlier this week the cast was in Los Angeles and I was able to land an exclusive interview with Ewan McGregor.   Since I knew we were going to run a roundtable interview with McGregor and Emily Blunt that covered all the usual stuff, when I sat down for my interview I decided to ask a lot of fan questions that were sent to me on Twitter.

During the interview (which McGregor let me film on my flip cam) we talked about HBO’s series The Corrections (he just filmed the pilot and if it gets picked up it’ll be the first TV show he’s ever done), what drew him to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and how it sets itself apart from average romantic comedy fare, and Twitter (which I think I convinced him to sign up for).  In addition, thanks to my followers on Twitter, I asked him if he will do a Broadway musical in the near future, if he would be willing to play a James Bond villain, if he’ll work with Danny Boyle again, whether or not there’s a comic book character that he would like to play, and what’s up with the release date of Jack the Giant Killer.  Hit the jump to watch.

Danny Boyle’s 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony to Be Inspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST

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The 2012 Olympics are coming down the pike with English director Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) serving as creative director of the opening ceremonies in London. Because once you’ve shut the city down and maestro-ed a mob of rabid pseudo-zombies through its streets, a bunch of athletes waving flags or whatever is child’s play.

Speaking to the press today, Boyle unveiled that his plans for the commencement would be heavily inspired by The Tempest, an announcement that was met with considerable belligerence and numerous faintings amongst the assembled mob, until the Oscar-winner clarified that he did not mean the 2010 Julie Taymor film. Rather, the £27-million opener (dubbed “Isles of Wonder”) will channel the classic Shakespearean play, specifically the character Caliban’s opening speech. Hit the jump for more from Boyle on what to expect on the big day.

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