News Round-Up For March 12th

While Josh has been down in Austin for SXSW, I’ve been falling behind in my news coverage here on the site. I’ve been keeping up on our Tumblr, and on Twitter, but when it comes to actually writing up full posts around specific events, I just don’t have the time.

Here are a few stories that we probably would have covered, if Josh wasn’t reviewing ten thousand movies at SXSW this week.


Danny Boyle wants to make a sequel to Trainspotting.

Boyle’s mooted sequel to “Trainspotting,” the adaptation of author Irvine Welsh’s own sequel, “Porno,” is back on. Boyle told The Playlist he hopes to make the film in 2016 and thinks he can get the entire original cast, including Ewan McGregor, back on board. Boyle said he’s very optimistic on his timetable and noted that John Hodge – who wrote “Trance,” “Trainspotting,” “Shallow Grave” and “A Life Less Ordinary,” and last worked with Boyle in 2000 on “The Beach” – is working on the screenplay. “This has been a long time coming,” he said. “There’s always been this long term plan for ‘Trainspotting 2,’ if John can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back,” he said. “I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.”

“The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people,” he continued. “That will be the only criteria I think.”


A new trailer for Sophia Coppola’s Bling Ring


“Vimeo On Demand: Sell your work, your way”

Now we’re thrilled to announce that Movies were just an appetizer. Introducing the main course: Vimeo On Demand, a totally open platform that enables you to sell your work directly to your audience. If you’re a Vimeo PRO member, you can distribute your work the way you want, with all the power of Vimeo’s HD player, easy-to-use tools, and wildly passionate audience.


“Michael Fassbender Exits Natalie Portman’s Jane Got a Gun

Michael Fassbender, who was to have played the male lead in the Natalie Portman-led Western, has exited the movie, while Joel Edgerton, who was on board to play the villain, will step into the hero role.

Jude Law, in the meantime, has signed on for the villain, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Gun centers on a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm.


A new trailer for Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo


“Friedkin Retrospective Coming to Brooklyn Academy of Music in May”

The retrospective, presented by BAMcinématek and titled “Friedkin 70s,” will run from May 2 through 7. Its opening night film will be “Sorcerer,” Mr. Friedkin’s 1977 action thriller about a team of fugitives  transporting unstable explosives in South America. The screening of “Sorcerer” (which has recently been the focus of a lawsuit Mr. Friedkin filed against Universal and Paramount to determine his rights to show the film publicly) will be followed by a Q & A with the director, who will also be signing copies of his new memoir, “The Friedkin Connection.”

“Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Great Gatsby’ Will Open Cannes Film Festival”

This year’s festival starts May 15, five days after “The Great Gatsby” is to be released in the United States, and will beat on, boats against the current, until May 26.

The SXSW film awards have been given out.

Documentary Feature

Grand Jury Winner: “William and the Windmill”
Special Jury Prize (Cinematography): “Tuba”

Special Jury Prize for Directing: “We Always Lie to Stangers”

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: “Short Term 12”

Special Jury Prize (Ensemble Cast): “Burma”

Special Jury Prize (Acting): Tishuan Scott, “The Retrieval”

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORT
Winner: “Ellen Is Leaving”
(Honorable Mentions: “Sequin Raze” and “Skin”)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: “SLOMO”

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: “Oh Willy”

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: “The Apocalypse”

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Vitalic, “Stamina”

Texas High School Short Film Jury Award:
Winner: “The Benefactress”

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: “Kiss of the Damned”

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: “Joven Y Alocada”

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner:

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Hannel Fiddel, “A Teacher”
(Honorable Mention: “Zero Charisma”)

LOUIS BLACK LONE STAR AWARD
Winner: “Loves Her Gun”
KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
Jim Hession


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