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Contest: Win Danny Boyle's Thriller 'Trance' On Blu-ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 2:23 PM
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Trance, James McAvoy
Whether a survival story with one man forced to literally cut himself free, a romantic slumdog fantasy or the tales of a bunch of young degenerates living life right to the blistering edges, few filmmakers can take you on a journey like Danny Boyle, and this past spring, he did it again with "Trance."

Danny Boyle Explains Why 'Millions' Should Have Been A Musical, Calls It The Ultimate Genre He Hopes To Tackle

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 12, 2013 5:29 PM
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Filmmaker Danny Boyle has tackled almost every genre under the sun. Thrillers ("Shallow Grave"), sci-fi and space adventure ("Sunshine"), post-apocalyptic horror ("28 Days Later"), romantic comedies ("A Life Less Ordinary"), hipster drug movies ("Trainspotting"), international dramas with romance and intrigue ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The Beach") and more, but one genre that has eluded the director thus far is the musical.

From 'Trainspotting' To 'Trance': Underworld's Rick Smith Discusses His Extensive Film Music Work With Danny Boyle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2013 7:01 PM
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British filmmaker Danny Boyle, whose new film, a mind-melting hypnotism thriller called "Trance" is showing nationwide, is known for his intense creative collaborations between writers like Alex Garland and John Hodge and (for a while at least) actors like Ewan McGregor. But one of his most important and frequently overlooked collaborative relationships is with the British dance duo Underworld (nee Karl Hyde and Rick Smith), who have provided music for a number of Boyle projects, both film and otherwise, including last summer's Olympics Opening Ceremony. We got to chat with one half of Underworld, Rick Smith about his various collaborations with Boyle, including the dizzying score for "Trance," which he completed without his frequent partner Hyde.

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.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Evil Dead' Probably Won't Be 'The Company You Keep;' Fall Into A 'Trance' With 'Upstream Color'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 5, 2013 5:04 PM
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Looking for an adrenaline fix this weekend? Perhaps you're thinking about extreme sporting, a long run, or riding roller coasters. All good choices, and we'd like to suggest another. Head over to your local multiplex, where an assortment of shocking, dynamic, unearthly films are sure to get your pulse racing and breathing shallow. From the blood-spattered horror of the "Evil Dead" reboot to the chase sequences in Robert Redford's newest political conspiracy picture to a demonic possession tale and a story about cannibalism, this slate of releases guarantees your heart will be beating as hard and fast as your brain. Oh, and then there's the naked Norwegian chick with a lion's tale (who probably has sinister intentions).

10 Must-See Films To Watch This April

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 5, 2013 11:47 AM
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As the weather starts to warm and the flowers bloom, so too does the movie slate become increasingly more promising, with a whole host of springtime movies that will surely thaw the snowy remnants of winter. After a surprisingly robust March that saw the likes of “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Spring Breakers,” April has even more killer selections to make your spring that much warmer.

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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Trance, Rosario Dawson
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?

The 10 Best Music Moments In Danny Boyle's Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 3, 2013 1:31 PM
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When Danny Boyle first started out in England, his movies were often criticized for their sleek MTV-era construction with accusations that the films weren’t films at all, but rather just music videos stitched together by flashy editing at a breakneck pace. Boyle's reaction wasn't what the British press was expecting. "I was quite proud of that," he said at a recent 92Y conversation in New York, addressing the use of music in his films. Boyle didn't mind the criticism for several reasons (for one, he thought it was a compliment at first), but chief among them, Boyle thinks music is integral to every part of our lives.

Rosario Dawson On Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance,’ Hypnotherapy, Shaving Her Head For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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In Danny Boyle’s latest genre-bending effort, “Trance,” film noir is fractured into a multi-layered crime narrative with lush, angular cinematography, and -- of course -- an allegiance-shifting femme fatale. As American hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb, who guides art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) toward the repressed location of a stolen painting pursued by gangster Franck (Vincent Cassel), actress Rosario Dawson impeccably holds the last of those aspects.

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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Trance, James McAvoy
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.

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