February 27, 2011 |
"Black Swan," director Darren Aronofsky's dark ballet thriller about a dancer descending into madness, won top honors at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, where it was named best feature. The movie, which collected four awards, is also in the running for the best picture Oscar at Sunday's 83rd annual Academy Awards. "Black Swan" won prizes for best female lead for star Natalie Portman, who attended the ceremony in a sleeveless yellow dress, best director for Aronofsky and best cinematography for Matthew Libatique.
December 27, 2010 |
When director Danny Boyle began making "127 Hours," the real-life tale of hiker Aron Ralston, who amputated his arm after five days pinned under a rock, he knew he had a compelling story to tell and an even better resource. After all, who better to steer the director through difficult dramatic terrain than the outdoorsman himself? But for Boyle, an in-the-flesh, on-set guide like Aron Ralston also came with a liability: Aron Ralston. The hiker insisted, for example, that his character (played by James Franco)
December 9, 2010 |
Before they joined forces on "127 Hours," director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had collaborated on just one movie ? but what a film that was. "Slumdog Millionaire" not only swept 2009's Academy Awards but also gave Boyle (who won for best director) and Beaufoy (who won for adapted screenplay) the commercial momentum and creative freedom to make, as they call it, "an action movie in which the hero doesn't move. " The pair's adaptation of hiker Aron Ralston's memoir of how he cut off his own forearm to escape a climbing accident is considered a lock for a best picture nomination, and star James Franco (who plays Ralston)
November 19, 2010
For Lights, Camera ? , we ask a craftsperson to talk about a specific scene in his or her latest film. This week, Suttirat Larlarb, production designer on "127 Hours," writes about re-creating the Utah canyon in which rock climber Aron Ralston became trapped and in which actor James Franco was going to film some of his scenes portraying him. -- [Director] Danny [Boyle]'s "manifesto" was that nothing should be convenient about the canyon set: The walls should not move to accommodate anything or anyone (lighting, cameras, crew)
November 18, 2010 |
When they first met, Danny Boyle thought James Franco was stoned. When they next saw each other and Boyle had Franco memorize and read a scene from the "127 Hours" script, Boyle realized that Franco's half-baked demeanor had been a ruse, a combination of exhaustion and wariness. Franco hadn't actually taken a permanent seat on the " Pineapple Express. " He was just sizing up Boyle to see what he was about. FOR THE RECORD: "127 Hours": In the Nov. 18 edition of The Envelope, a caption for a photo accompanying an article about James Franco and his work in "127 Hours" said that the film's director, Danny Boyle, was shown at right.
November 15, 2010
The slow-open, word-of-mouth strategy is paying off for "127 Hours," the Danny Boyle-directed feature based on the experience of Aron Ralston, the hiker who had to amputate his own arm to save himself when he literally got caught, as the title of his book noted, between a rock and a hard place. Starring James Franco as Ralston, "127 Hours" played in 22 theaters last weekend and took in $453,104 and had a healthy theater average of $20,596. Overall, it has made $826,093. It opened last weekend in New York and Los Angeles and over this weekend it made its debut in several additional major markets including Boston and San Francisco.