Danny Boyle

Drinking Games

Ever feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place? Well, talk to Aron Ralston about that, or talk to James Franco who played Ralston in the film 127 Hours. Yeah, I know… It just might be in bad taste to propose a drinking game about a man who was dying of dehydration over the course of five days, but I’ve never been one to shy away from bad taste. So take a couple drinks to wash that bad taste out of your mouth as you watch 127 Hours on DVD or Blu-ray.

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This article is part of our Oscar Week Series, where you will find breakdowns and predictions for all of the major categories. The process of making a film involves thousands of moving parts and pieces from the actors to the director to the caterers and beyond, but arguably the most integral aspect of the process is the script. I say arguable, but I’m only being polite. The script is the most important part of a film… it’s responsible for the words coming out of the actors’ mouths, for the shifts in story, for the very tale itself. Actors bring it to life and the director makes it a visual reality, but it all starts from the script. An argument could be made that scripts adapted from a previous source have most of the heavy lifting already done for them, but the ones making that case have most likely never written a script. It may be an advantage to have the story beats clearly marked out for you in advance, but it doesn’t make the process of writing a smart, entertaining, and well crafted screenplay any easier. This year sees a mixed bag of nominees in the Adapted category, and while one film seems to be a lock to win there’s at least one nominee that just don’t belong on the same stage. I’m looking at you Toy Story 3. The nominees are listed below with my prediction for the winner in red…

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Simon Beaufoy, the writer behind Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is ready to change his stripes to write Sharp Teeth – based off the novel of the same name – which features a south LA gang made up of werewolves. Well, not werewolves really. They turn into giant wolves, but they can do it whenever they want (thus sidestepping the terrible curse of the moonlight and its emotional/psychological implications). Basically, these guys can’t do a drive-by without shedding on the car seats. That’s their cross to bear. Although they’ve partnered on two consecutive films, it’s unclear whether Danny Boyle will ultimately agree to adapt it, but that certainly seems to be Beaufoy’s goal. In his interview with BBC America, he claimed, “If I write it well enough, he’ll direct it.” Boyle has already done faux-zombies, so maybe faux-werewolves will be a natural next step (especially if returns to the 28 Somethings Later… franchise for one last go). At any rate, it would give audiences a pack of shape-shifting dogs of a different color than Team Jacob and Twilight. On the other hand, the idea sounds crazy – which might be another reason to love it. The best talent in the business should never be afraid to do some genre work.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr puts on a wizard’s robe, wears a colorful scarf and dances around in the woods with his magic wand yelling, “Stupify!” And that’s just to celebrate the release of Fair Game in his home town. He also takes a look at this little independent film that few people have even heard of, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Sadly, a bizarre mishap with his wizarding skills causes a boulder to fall on his hand and pin him for 93 minutes, which was actually quite fortunate because it gave him just enough time to watch 127 Hours.

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It’s not often that a movie gets a physical reaction out of me. Emotional, sure. That’s par for the course. But physical? Not so much. In 127 Hours there was a moment where I was curled into so tight a ball while sitting in my tiny theatre seat that my legs started cramping and my back got sore. All the while my gag reflex was working overtime. I’ve squirmed in movies before, but never like that.

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Danny Boyle is a jolly type of guy, which is a fact clearly shown in his past few films. Even when Boyle is tackling bleak material, like Sunshine or 28 Days Later or The Beach, he still finds a way to interject a hopeful message. With 127 Hours, he does the same: taking a not so upbeat sounding story on paper and making it almost nothing but upbeat and moving. There’s a lot of ground you can cover with Boyle not just when it comes his filmography in general, but with the film at hand. Thankfully, I still got enough one on one time with Boyle to discuss the diversity of his films, the themes of his work, how Aron Ralston isn’t a superhero, and also his approach to crafting imagery. Although Boyle says he’s not a happy “happy” type of guy below, when you speak to him he most certainly comes off that way.

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Before you throw your computer at your television and yell, “Aww, hell naw!” take a moment to ponder the existence of an Old Boy remake/new manga adaptation that doesn’t at all, in any way, star Will Smith. Seriously. That equipment is expensive. Calm down. Even without Will Smith, the prospect of a remake isn’t a pleasant one, so keep your fingers crossed that this remains a rumor. Pajiba has the inside scoop that I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich’s pass at a script is into the studio, they like it, and that Mandate is attempting to get Spielberg back on board. If this is true, and if they can’t get Spielberg, the secondary rumor is that they’ll try to put the hammer in Danny Boyle’s hands. Boyle might be a strong choice, even if Spielberg doesn’t shy away from violence the way people seem to think he does. Either way, while this all shakes out, I’ll be watching Chan-wook Park’s version on the television I didn’t destroy earlier.

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After winning the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, director Danny Boyle set his sights on the real-life thriller 127 Hours. The film tells the story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) who becomes trapped for days under a boulder. It’s already getting some great buzz and reviews, and it is rolling out in limited release through the country. Next stop: Columbus, Ohio. For our FSR fans in Buckeye country, we have secured some passes to this film.

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The Week That Was

If you are anything like me — and I hope, for the sake of those around you, that you are not — then you only read Film School Rejects for the pictures. The words within the articles can sometimes be very difficult to decipher. Especially when we let Landon “Thesaurus-saurus” Palmer out of his cage. It’s that college reading level writing that keeps us locked in our niche (read: readership of 12. Hi Mom!). And for most readers (and site publishers), it makes all of our stuff pretty inaccessible. But there are the pictures… With that in mind, I’d like to focus this entry of The Week That Was on the articles with the best pictures. I’ve also thrown in a few with some fancy wordiness, for good measure. Please enjoy and click around on all of the stuff you missed earlier in the week while you were slowly re-reading Culture Warrior for the 35th time.

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The first teaser has hit for Danny Boyle’s new film, and as should expected from the eclectic director of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and others it’s an entirely different animal from the rest of his films. Boyle has a habit of rarely repeating himself within his filmography so it should come as no surprise that his follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire doesn’t feature a single Indian. There probably isn’t even a single dance number. Instead the film is based on the true story of outdoor enthusiast Aron Ralston, played by James Franco, who finds himself trapped beneath a boulder in a ravine for five days straight. Isolated and alone, Ralston’s will to live leads him to examine not only his past but also the lengths he’ll go to for a chance at a future. Check out the teaser after the jump.

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This week’s Culture Warrior gives an exhaustive review of the decade that you won’t find anywhere else on the Interwebs.

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Fox Searchlight, the studio that distributed Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning gem Slumdog Millionaire last year, is teaming up with the director on his next project, 127 Hours.

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ZombielandInt

In which two men, one having never seen a zombie film and the other a casual fan of the genre, create the best zombie flick since Shaun of the Dead. And in which, I get the scoop of the century on who will be playing Venom.

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Danny Boyle’s production company is still continuing to develop Judge Dredd. Now, it appears as if an old friend is stopping by to write the damned thing.

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Danny Boyle for Bond?

Don’t get too excited. Danny Boyle is probably getting approached by every project under the sun right now. But if he does take the Bond helm, could he pull it off?

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The fine folks over at Fox Home Entertainment have dropped some awesome little bits of knowledge on us this afternoon regarding the release of the Best Picture winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

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Profanity is no longer a problem in today’s society. Instead of the censors clipping around real swear words, they’re on the look-out for the new seven dirty words, the heavy seven that will infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war on terror.

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Danny Boyle Takes DGA

Congratulations are in order for Danny Boyle. Consolation prizes are in order for Ron Howard and David Fincher.

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Danny Boyle is currently riding high on the release of his latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, and he stopped by Empire Magazine to promote it even more. While there he took part in a web chat answering questions from fans online.

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The 2008 Honor Roll

Forget the Best and the Worst of 2008. These are the actors, directors and producers that made the biggest impact on the world of film and how they might impact us in 2009.

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