Hot TV Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon’

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:55am PST

The Danny Boyle-directed pilot for comedy-drama series Babylon centers on a London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Brit Marling stars as Liz Garvey, a new-media savvy American brought in to revolutionize the force’s PR department; James NesbittRead More »

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Brit Marling, James Nesbitt To Star In Danny Boyle-Directed Channel 4 Pilot ‘Babylon’

By | Sunday October 13, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT

Danny Boyle is keeping busy in TV these days. In the U.S., he’s teamed with FX and his Slumdog Millionaire writer and producer Simon Beaufoy … Read More »

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FX Orders WWII Miniseries From ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy & Christian Colson

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
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FX has teamed with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson — the Oscar-winning director-writer-producer team behind Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours — for a 10-part miniseries. Written by Beaufoy, Telemark is based … Read More »

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Danny Boyle To Produce & Direct Cop Drama For Channel 4

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 6:53am PDT

Danny Boyle is turning to television with Channel 4 pilot Babylon. The UK network says BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are scripting the pilot. Their credits include TV series Fresh Meat and Peep Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Trance’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 3:34am PDT

Here’s the latest trailer for Danny Boyle‘s psychological thriller Trance. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson star in the story of a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. The movie premiered … Read More »

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Danny Boyle Came “Close To Walking Away” From Olympics Opening Ceremony

By | Sunday March 17, 2013 @ 1:54pm PDT

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Danny Boyle threatened to resign as artistic director of the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games in London, he has disclosed. In an updated book of conversations with journalist Amy Raphael, to be published on April 4, Boyle claims he butted heads with Games organizers Locog over creative differences and his displeasure with certain decisions being made for the Games. He came “close to walking away” when he heard of plans for ground-to-air missile silos to be installed on buildings near the Olympic site, and became “unbelievably unpleasant” during meetings with Locog. “Occasional threats to resign were useful,” he said. “There’s a terror of bad headlines in the press, which you have to turn to your advantage.” A major point of contention was a stadium wrap being designed by the artist Damien Hirst. Hirst pulled out over a row about sponsorship from Dow Chemical and its links to the Bhopal gas disaster in India in 1984, which killed 15,000 people. “He didn’t want to be associated with Dow,” Boyle said, although Hirst did later contribute a design to the closing ceremony.

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Did Danny Boyle Screen Spoiler ‘Trance’ Footage At SXSW?

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 7:30pm PDT

Danny Boyle made his first trip to SXSW to tease footage from his psychological thriller Trance, which opens via Fox Searchlight April 5. But in the packed Vimeo theater on Saturday, Boyle raised eyebrows by screening a pivotal last-act sequence that seemed to give away the film’s finale. The shocked audience reaction to the potential spoiler was so palpable it was the first thing moderator David Carr mentioned when the lights came up, and I hear the studio was taking pains to manage the unexpected situation following the event. “That’s not the exact ending”, Boyle insisted to Deadline following his spoilery faux pas. “It’s near the end but it’s not the exact ending, no. We showed it because there’s no point in coming to SXSW without showing something dynamic. So you show them a bit of your proper filmmaking”. Boyle says he would have preferred to screen the entire film at SXSW but distribution politics made things tricky. “Pathe distribute in the UK and France because they were the ones who gave us money to do Slumdog, so we stayed loyal to them in those two territories”, he said. (Trance world premieres in London on March 19.)
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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Trance’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 5:39pm PST

Here’s a red band trailer for Danny Boyle‘s Trance. Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, it’s about a fine art auctioneer (McAvoy) who turns to a hypnotherapist to recover a lost Goya painting. Joe Ahearne, on whose BBC telefilm the feature is based, wrote the screenplay … Read More »

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Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ Gets April 5 Release Date

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 4:13pm PST

Fox Searchlight has set an April 5 platform release for Trance, the Danny Boyle-directed psychological thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. It hits UK theaters March 27 via Pathe and Searchlight big brother … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 2:46am PST

The first trailer for Danny Boyle‘s psychological thriller Trance has dropped. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson and follows a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. … Read More »

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Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’ Gets UK Release Date

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 2:48am PST

Pathé and 20th Century Fox have set a March 27 UK debut for Danny Boyle‘s Trance, the director’s first feature since 2010′s 127 Hours. Boyle, who most recently masterminded the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: News Limited, Australian Academy Awards, Danny Boyle, NBA In Russia & More

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 10:17pm PST

News Corp’s Australian Arm Plunges Further Into the Red
News Limited incurred an operating loss of $A457.3 million ($482.3 million) after writing down the value of its mastheads by $731. 7 million in fiscal 2012, according to accounts filed with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. That compares with a $201.6 million loss in fiscal 2011 and $300 million in profits in 2010. The Australian company quantified job losses, mostly redundancies, for the first time, revealing the head count fell by 306 to 9,543 in the year to June 30. It reported revenue fell by nearly 10% to $2.65 billion and operating income plunged by 25.3% to $493.6 million as advertising revenues declined “driven by negative consumer sentiment”. Trying to put a positive spin on the numbers, the company pointed to the $1.94 billion acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings, which owned 25% of paybox Foxtel and 50% of Fox Sports, and online titles Business Spectator and Eureka Report, and said its publishing businesses performed solidly. The company generated $676 million in cash during the fiscal year. – Don Groves. Read More »

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London Olympics Closing Ceremony: Giant ‘After Party’ To Feature 20+ Music Acts

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 4:34am PDT

Some new details have emerged surrounding Sunday’s Olympics Closing Ceremony while speculation as to the content continues to swirl. Following Danny Boyle’s corker of an opener that scored ratings highs in the US and … Read More »

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Danny Boyle Scores 14-Year BBC Ratings High With London Olympics Opener

By | Saturday July 28, 2012 @ 5:30am PDT

Oh Danny Boy! Oscar-Winning Director’s “Giant Juke Box” Wins Kudos For Olympic Opening Ceremonies; NBC Gets Booed Back Home For Not Airing Live Read More »

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London 2012 Olympics: Secrecy & Sheep For Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 7:30am PDT

“London 2012: Time to find out who we are” reads a headline in today’s Guardian. I’m not so sure about that, but the world will find out tonight what Danny Boyle’s had up his sleeve during his long months of preparing the Olympics Opening Ceremony. A shroud of secrecy has hung around the build-up to the event and around two dress rehearsals Boyle held earlier this week. What did leak was news that the hashtag #SaveTheSurprise had been projected on screens around the stadium during the rehearsals. Seems to have worked.

What we also know is that the warm-up show will start in London at 8:12 local time tonight (20:12 in military time), kicking off in earnest at 9 PM and running to 12:30 AM. Folks in the U.S. will have to wait until several hours later since NBC made the decision to slot the opening and closing ceremonies in primetime. Yesterday, NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell praised Boyle’s extravaganza, saying it has “amazing moments including one of the more astonishing and memorable in opening ceremony history.”

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London Olympics: A Tempest Surrounding Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony?

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 11:28pm PDT

You have to wonder if London 2012 organizers are whispering to each other, “Be careful what you wish for.” With the weather still a question mark after weeks of inclemency comes a report that Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony … Read More »

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London 2012: Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opener To Include 70 Live Sheep

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 7:45am PDT

As the Summer Olympics draw near, Danny Boyle has unveiled more details of the opening ceremony for London 2012. In his role as artistic director for the opener that’s titled Isles Of Wonder, the British filmmaker said “The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be.”

For the Tempest-inspired gala, the whole of the Olympic Stadium’s field of play will be transformed into the rolling British countryside. The set will include meadows, fields and rivers, and feature picnicking families, folks playing sports on village greens and farmers tilling the soil. There will also be live animals grazing including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.
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Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ London Stage Play Coming To U.S. Cinemas For 2 Nights

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 2:57pm PDT

Frankenstein Benedict CumberbatchDanny Boyle‘s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas June 6-7. The two-night showing is presented by NCM’s Fathom Events, in collaboration with National Theatre Live and … Read More »

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Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry Chime In On London Olympics Plan

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 6:36pm PST

For the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, movie director Danny Boyle said he’s aiming for intimacy rather than spectacle. “We wanted to make the feel of the opening ceremony … intimate and personal,” he said in an interview today. The anticipated TV audience of a billion viewers is important, “but we wanted the 80,000 people who were lucky enough to be in there to be the conduit through which you feel this experience.” The ceremony will be called “Isles of Wonder” and it will involve a big bell and lots of nurses. The nurses are part of a tribute to the National Health Service, and the title was inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. A specially cast bell will ring out to signal the start of the opening ceremony. The bell will be inscribed with Caliban’s line in The Tempest: “Be not afear’d; the isle is full of noises.” Read More »

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