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Posts Tagged ‘Danny Boyle’

No Opening Ceremony TV Privileges for LA’s British Consul General

In the latest installment of KPCC’s “L.A. To London” series about local connections to the 2012 Summer Olympics, reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez checks in with how various residents are planning to watch the action.

His first interview subject is British consul general Barbara Hay (pictured). The reporter is audibly amazed to learn that she will not be connecting to a live British broadcast feed of tomorrow night’s Danny Boyle festivities. Rather, she and her Hancock Park residence guests will watch the tape-delayed NBC version of the opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. PT, like most everyone else in SoCal:

“All of this is being very carefully choreographed by the broadcasters who have the contracts to film and broadcast the games, so I don’t get any special privileges, I’m afraid,” Hay said, adding that she “doesn’t mind.”

So, no special privileges for Brits in the U.S., even if they’re consuls general, according to NBC vice president Christopher McCloskey. That’s because the network’s serving up a D-Day-like onslaught of coverage.

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Slumdog Composer Says ‘Jai Ho’ Still a No-Go

It’s not often that the life of a Best Picture Oscar winner rages on with a level of public sniping on par with the final days of Academy Awards season. But such is the case with 2008′s Slumdog Millionaire.

On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Matthew Warcus had dropped out of talks to direct a forthcoming stage musical adaptation of the film as a show of support for Danny Boyle. Today, Erin Carlson of the Hollywood Reporter checks in with composer A. R. Rahman, who reiterates that there will be no stage permission granted for use of signature song “Jai Ho” unless Boyle is indeed at the helm of the musical:

“As a team, we all took the position that we all work together,” Rahman told THR in a phone interview, adding that Boyle “absolutely” deserves to helm a Slumdog stage show.

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Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars

natesilvertinadupuy22.jpgThe Oracle of the 2008 Election, math genius, object of the Facebook group “There’s a 97.3 Percent Chance That Nate Silver Is Totally My Boyfriend”, FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver (seen to the left after we tracked him down at the HuffPo pre-inauguration party in DC) has turned his talents to the monumentally important role of Oscar forecasting.

NY Mag interviews him. He gives Best Supporting Actor to
Heath Ledger, Supporting Actress to Taraji P. Henson, Lead Actor
to Mickey Rourke, Lead Actress Kate Winslet, Best Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire and Best Picture to Slumdog Millionaire.

Oh yeah? We aren’t math geniuses. We have to show our work doing long division and we KNOW Slumdog and Taraji P. Hensen will mostly likely win. Heath Ledger? Lock.

Now predict the technical awards and we’ll be impressed…even more so.

After the jump is the video of Silver on Countdown.

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AFI Fest Will Unspool With ‘The Soloist’ Nov. 5-22

AFI Fest 2008 will open Nov. 5 with Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” to kick off a two-and-a-half-week run of major indie fare.

Actress Tilda Swinton and director Danny Boyle will be feted with AFI’s awards, with Swinton getting a career achievement nod, while Boyle will be there to screen his latest filmslumdog.jpg, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The fest will close with close with Edward Zwick‘s “Defiance.” In between is a decidedly international selection of fest faves with few world premieres.

“This year’s selection of international films shows a commitment to cinematic innovation and a renewal of a tradition of realism in cinema,” artistic director Rose Kuo said.

In line with that trend, the World Cinema section includes a number of pics with stark themes including Cannes winner “The Class,” about the French school system; Matteo Garrone’s Italian crime pic “Gomorrah”; and Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” which dramatizes IRA member Bobby Sands’ prison hunger strike.

The narrative competition will see Alejandro Tocar’s coming-of-ager “Acne,” Yemil Sefani’s family drama “Lake Tahoe” and one of the few world preems in Rafael Monserrate’s comedy “Poundcake.”

Boyle’s Latest Gets Attention From Fox and Warner

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Danny Boyle, of “Trainspotting” fame, has his latest — “Slumdog Millionaire” — in a tug of war with two studios, Fox Searchlight and Warner Independent Film.

Now, forget that Warner Independent is essentially going out of business. Just allow it to carry the Warner Bros. imprimatur as quality material. At any rate, Warner and Fox will split the minimal budget of the film 50/50.

Who says the big boys can’t play nice?

Based on a true story about an impoverished Indian youth who improbably strikes it rich with an appearance on the Subcontinental version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” the film is slated for screening at the upcoming Toronto fest and has been invited to Telluride Film Fest too.

LA Film Festival: Anne Thompson Recommends

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Anne Thompson, now at Variety, picks the must-see films at the LA Film Festival.

(The website uses annoying pop-up screens, so links can’t go directly to the film, so sorry.)

Well, obviously I want to see the opening night film from Kasi Lemmons, Talk to Me, which already has a studio subsid distributor, Focus Features.

Joshua was a Sundance hit that I want to catch up with.

And anything by Danny Boyle is a must-see, so Sunshine is also on my list.

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