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Danny Boyle Talks The Unorthodox Construction Of 'Trance,' Going Back To The Dark Side & His Relationship With Writers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 9, 2013 3:05 PM
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When we attended a Danny Boyle panel at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month, they played a kind of highlight reel before the it began, with clips covering his film career to date. As they flickered by, it was hard not to be impressed – this is a man who has won an Oscar for Best Director and one for Best Picture and yet, when you see images from "Trainspotting" or "Sunshine" or "127 Hours," you can't help but feel like he's still underrated. His newest movie, a twisty, turny, deliciously sexy thriller called "Trance," just opened in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanding in the coming weeks across the country.

Review: Danny Boyle's 'Trance' Is A Trippy, Twisty, Terrific Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2013 10:00 AM
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He might have had a rockier patch in the mid-'00s -- no one saw his delightful fable "Millions," and sci-fi "Sunshine" was both a commercial disappointment and the most difficult shoot of his career -- but things couldn't have gone much better for Danny Boyle in the last few years. "Slumdog Millionaire" was a global hit and an Oscar sensation, winning a golden statue for Boyle himself, while follow-up "127 Hours" was equally well-received, and picked up another Best Picture nod. Furthermore, he oversaw the triumphant opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a glorious, inventive and moving pageant that cemented his status as a beloved national hero. So where could he possibly go from there?

Watch: James McAvoy Needs To Find A Way Out In Clip From Danny Boyle's 'Trance' Plus New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2013 2:32 PM
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If one thing seems to be clear about Danny Boyle's "Trance," it's that it might mess up your mind as much as it does its lead character, an auction house worker who gets caught up in an art heist gone very wrong. "...a head-spinning, psychologically rich take on the crime flick," we said about the movie in our A-grade review and now another peek at the thrills Boyle is bringing has dropped.

Watch: New Trailer For Danny Boyle's 'Trance' Goes Inside The Mind

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2013 10:49 PM
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The reviews are starting to hit and you'll have our verdict soon enough, but for those of you who just can't wait for Danny Boyle's brain-tripping thriller "Trance," a brand new trailer has arrived in all its glitchy glory.

Get Mesmerized With New Photos, TV Spot & Featurette From Danny Boyle's Upcoming Thriller 'Trance'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 19, 2013 5:45 PM
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Director Danny Boyle was in a peculiar and unlikely situation with his upcoming mind-bending heist movie "Trance." He was able to see the film until months after he shot it, because the movie wrapped, with Boyle going on to work on the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He then picked up with what had been shot more than six months later. "We didn't anticipate [the advantage to editing after the fact] at the time and there's always a danger that it's not favorable," Boyle said. "We were very lucky to do it. Most filmmakers don't get a chance to put a film on ice. I was a bit concerned... but when we went to go watch the rough cut after the Olympics, it was like, weird. I couldn't remember what was coming next."

Watch: Get Put Under A Spell With 3 New Clips From Danny Boyle's 'Trance'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 18, 2013 9:24 AM
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While he’s been talking up the film all over the place over the past week, Danny Boyle’s mind-fuck thriller “Trance” doesn’t arrive in theaters until next month. If you’ve already heard some of Rick Smith’s score and still need something to hold you over until April, three new clips from the film have arrived online that are sure to make the wait even more unbearable.

If Alan Cumming Is In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' It's News To Alan Cumming

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2013 12:31 PM
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"The 'X-Men' script? It's in my inbox. I've still got to read it. I'm very excited about it, but I've just been doing so much of this and working at night so I'm starting work at 9 and don't finish until midnight so I'm not being flippant. I honestly can't wait to read it and find out what I'm doing, but I've just got no time right now," James McAvoy told press just over a week ago, so perhaps he can be forgiven for getting some of the details wrong about "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

James McAvoy Says Alan Cumming/Nightcrawler Back For 'Days Of Future Past'; Mark Millar Not Involved With Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 1:00 PM
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Because "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" doesn't already have a big enough cast with Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman all slated to appear in one way or another, it seems the cast just keeps getting bigger.

"It's Not For Real": James McAvoy Says The Crow Talks Is Just 'Rumors'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 11, 2013 1:38 PM
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James McAvoy’s set to become ubiquitous in 2013. His assault on the silver screen begins this Friday (in the UK at least) with the release of Eran Creevy’s “Welcome to the Punch,” with Danny Boyle’s “Trance” arriving later in the month, and the Irvine Welsh adaptation “Filth” (which has already screened to UK press despite not yet having a release date) surely not far behind. That’s before we’ve even got to “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” with Jessica Chastain, which similarly don’t have release dates set yet but we wouldn’t be surprised to see before the year is out.

Review: 'Welcome To The Punch' Is A Stylish & Smart British Spin In On The Action-Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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The terms "British cinema" and "action movie" tend not to go together particularly well. Maybe it's the smaller budgets at play, maybe it's an awareness that our American and Asian cousins do it better, maybe it's cultural -- most British cops don't carry weapons, for example. It's not that it hasn't been tried, it's more that the examples we do have -- "The 51st State," "Centurion," "The Sweeney" -- tend to be bad enough to dissuade too many others from giving it a shot, and so the idea of an action movie set in the U.K. remains incongruous enough that it can form the central joke of an entire film, like Edgar Wright's "Hot Fuzz."

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