Britain's The Guardian reports the Trainspotting director is currently editing a feature-length version of the colourful show, which will help fans understand what was going through his mind as he planned sequences about the Industrial Revolution and Britain's National Health Service.
Reports suggest Boyle will add more classic movie scenes, which time constraints prevented him from showing at the beginning of the Olympics last month (Jul12), to the film.
The Isles Of Wonder ceremony, which included segments featuring James Bond Daniel Craig, Kenneth Branagh, The Queen and soccer star David Beckham, was savaged by some critics who felt it was too confusing.
The Thor director's dad was a master craftsman, who found his son's woodwork efforts hilarious.
Branagh explains, "My father built everything we ever lived in. In another life, I would have gone into business with my dad and would have been proud to; he was a master. I'm a liability when it comes to DIY (do-it-yourself handiwork).
"I rather proudly made a bench, a garden bench that sits in my garden to this day. It's un-sitable on because it's unsafe. My father could have made it in a morning; it took me three months. He showed me how to saw, everything.
"But he wouldn't help me because he wanted me to find out how to make a garden bench myself. I was very proud of this. I had a design. It was terrible. And it didn't ever involve the idea of understanding how you would support such a thing.
"So now it sits at a rakish angle in our garden and is simply an object of mockery when friends and family visit. It's one of the things my wife chooses to illuminate our family life by indicating my utter uselessness as a practical man of the house.
"So every time I look at that bench, I see my dad laughing, and I never try and straighten the bench."
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star was one of an estimated four billion people around the world who tuned in to watch the launch of the sporting spectacular, which saw appearances from stars like Kenneth Branagh, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and comedian Rowan Atkinson, and a James Bond-themed sketch featuring Queen Elizabeth II with 007 hunk Daniel Craig.
Filmmaker Danny Boyle, who served as artistic director of the grand opening, has received high praise for the successful bash and even Brand admits he was won over by the whole extravaganza.
He tells WENN, "I saw that I've been taking the p**s out of (mocking) the Olympics because it's a thing that I don't like, organised festivity and fun. I think of it as, like, a bit bread and circuses, a bit propaganda, a bit, 'Keep them all dosed up on stupidity.' But actually, I watched that opening ceremony. I thought it was really good. The Queen was with James Bond. How can you not feel enthused? Her Majesty, the Queen of England, in a film now!"
Soccer ace David Beckham had been given the task of helping to transport the torch on a speedboat through the River Thames, docking outside the Olympic Arena, where retired rower Redgrave was waiting to receive the baton.
He ran the last leg of the flame's 12,800 mile relay as he held the fire high up in the air and literally passed the torch to the next generation of Team Great Britain, a group of seven young Olympic competitors each nominated by Great British sporting heroes, including athlete Dame Kelly Holmes and Redgrave himself.
The seven youngsters each lit their torches from Redgrave's flame and walked to the centre of the stadium, where a specially-designed copper cauldron was set alight as fireworks exploded in the skies above London.
The ceremony was closed by Sir Paul McCartney, who took to the stage for a special rendition of Hey Jude. At the end of his set, he announced, "Welcome to London!"
The Beatles icon's performance came at the end of a near-four hour visual spectacular, curated by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle, which celebrated all things British.
Actor Kenneth Branagh, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and comedian Rowan Atkinson, as his bumbling character Mr. Bean, all made guest appearances, while James Bond star Daniel Craig filmed a short 007-themed clip featuring Queen Elizabeth II as they appeared to parachute into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.
David Bowie's Heroes aired as Team Great Britain walked out into the arena, bringing up the rear of the nations' parade, which saw a total of 204 teams from around the world march in pride for over 90 minutes. The monarch later took to the podium to declare the Games officially open as her royal relatives Prince Phillip, Duke of York, Princes William and Harry, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looked on from the audience. British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance for the Games' grand opening too.
Also among the night's performers were rockers Arctic Monkeys, singer Emeli Sande and rapper Dizzee Rascal.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali even made an appearance at the grand event, helping to carry the Olympic flag into the arena with the support of an aide.
The event proved to be a huge success for Boyle, who took to his Twitter.com account after the bash to write, "Thank you, everyone, for your kind words! Means the world to me. I just want to take a moment to thank everyone involved tonight, couldn't have worked without you. Thank you, thank you so much. London2012".
All eyes were on the Olympic Arena in Stratford, East London as the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker presented the Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony - and the Oscar winner did not disappoint.
The sound of the Olympic Bell signalled the official start of the London Games as the patriotic hymn Jerusalem was sung throughout the stadium. Branagh was the first celebrity to appear as he stepped up to portray Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain's most revered engineer, and he recited Caliban's speech from William Shakespeare's The Tempest as 965 drummers moved in for the first segment of the show, titled Pandemonium, led by deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
The scene showed industrial workers forging five giant rings from red-hot metal and the finished products glowed as they were hoisted high into the air, coming together to form the Olympic Rings.
There was an impressive entrance from The Queen after a film showed Craig in character as 007 arriving at Buckingham Palace to pick up the royal, before heading into the skies in a helicopter. The pair then appeared to jump from the aircraft and parachute into the arena as the video clip drew to a close, while the stadium audience rose to its feet to welcome the monarch and her husband Prince Phillip, the Duke of York as they took their seats for the big show.
Harry Potter creator Rowling read out a passage from Peter Pan in a tribute to British children's literature as inflatable figures of great fantasy villains Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter and the Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang entered the arena. Characters dressed as beloved nanny Mary Poppins then floated in to fight off the darkness and save the day.
The epic production, which featured more than 7,500 volunteers, also saw Sir Simon Rattle conduct the London Symphony Orchestra on a rendition of Chariots of Fire as comedian Rowan Atkinson joined in on the keyboard, performing as his fumbling Mr. Bean character.
Viewers were then taken on a journey through five decades of music in a montage of Britain's greatest pop exports as the sounds of The Who's My Generation, Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, The Beatles' hit She Loves You and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody were blasted through the speakers.
Songs by David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, New Order, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Soul II Soul, Eurythmics, Blur and Amy Winehouse were also included in the soundtrack, as was Underworld's Born Slippy .NUXX, which became the theme tune to Boyle's breakthrough movie Trainspotting.
East London rapper Dizzee Rascal took centrestage to perform and the segment drew to a close with applause for British scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, who created the first website in 1990.
Film footage then turned to soccer ace David Beckham at the wheel of a speedboat on the River Thames as a young athlete held the Olympic torch while they travelled to the Olympic Arena in Stratford, East London, just a stone's throw away from the soccer ace's hometown of Leytonstone.
The ceremony, which has lasted for over two hours, continues.
The great Brit is still coming to terms with his latest honour and he has called on advice from his knighted pals to make sure the big day at Buckingham Palace is memorable and pain-free.
He tells WENN, "I will be sent to the palace at some stage soon. Michael Caine and Roger Moore, both of whom I've worked with, offer only the insight that it was very handy to have the kneeling stool with the handle. Roger Moore, who has a dodgy knee,
was terrified on the way into the ceremony that, having kneeled down, he wouldn't be kneeling back up again.
"And I believe the palace are on to that. So they give you the power to get back up. I should think it's a pretty nerve wracking walk, and you don't want to move suddenly while that sword's being wielded, I'm sure.
"Maybe they have little plasters (Band Aids) ready in case... I've never read of her (the Queen) having nicked someone on the ear yet, but perhaps I might be a first. I don't know."
The Henry V star learned of his knighthood six weeks before the Queen's birthday, when a message arrived from the U.K.'s cabinet office - and he admits he was almost too scared to open it.
He explains, "It was a sort of spanking, official looking document... I thought I had really been in trouble, I had been spotted speeding somewhere. Obviously, I don't speed. I opened it, and in very, sort of, beautifully archaic language, it said, 'In strictest confidence,' which was in huge, bold type and underlined. And then it went into a very, sort of, old world (language).
"The sentence finally ended up with 'conferring upon you a knighthood. Please tick the yes box if you would find this agreeable.' So I found it agreeable, and I ticked the box. But then I sent it off, and they said in it, 'But once you've done this, you won't hear from us again until the morning of the announcement on Her Majesty's birthday.'
"I've since learned that it's rather common, if you are privileged enough to receive such a message, that you then worry as I did, having posted it the next day, that it had ever arrived. So it was a little bit of a nervous moment on the morning of the announcement. But I was very, very, very surprised, and I was very touched. And I thought of my mum and dad up in the great green room in the sky, who would be absolutely made up. So it was an easy yes."
Branagh has already signed up to direct the latest Tom Clancy film adaptation, in which Pine will tackle the role previously made famous by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and he is now in negotiations to step in front of the camera to play the film's villain.
The British actor will portray financial wizard Viktor Stazov, who masterminds a plot to devalue the dollar and destroy the American economy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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One of the earliest announcements to come out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con is, appropriately, tied to a Marvel Comics superhero movie: Twentieth Century Fox has announced that a Fantastic Four reboot will be handled by director Josh Trank. It is an unusual turn for Marvel to opt for a greenhorn like Trank, whose only directorial feature to date is this year's Chronicle. Helmers of other recent Marvel flicks to date include film and television veterans like Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Jon Favreau (the first two Iron Man movies), and the very classy choice of Kenneth Branagh (Thor). So what does this decision mean for the Fantastic Four reboot?
Aside from his found footage sci-fi Chronicle, Trank has also worked on the military crime-drama TV show The Kill Point. Considering each of these projects, one might assume that Trank will provide a darker, grittier, potentially more violent take on Fantastic Four. Tim Story's 2005 adaptation of the superhero troupe (and his 2009 followup) was a bit lighter, goofier, and more hollow than some of the more sincere and biting comic book fare that we've seen since.
Fantastic Four's eye candy casting (Chris Evans and Jessica Alba), and the visual spectacle of people stretching, smashing, igniting and disappearing, made the movie more of an aesthetic romp than a real, down-to-Earth tribute to the Marvel characters. While Trank doesn't have a lot on his resume, Chronicle proves that he is interested in exploring the nature of human character in a supernatural setting — hopefully, he'll carry this devotion to character design over to the Marvel reboot.
One of the most fun questions to entertain: who will be cast to play the superheroes? Trank hasn't been in the business to have built up many allies yet, but he has worked with the familiar names of Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Frank Grillo and Donnie Wahlberg on The Kill Point, and Michael B. Jordan in Chronicle. Plus, Trank is in tight with Chronicle co-writer Max Landis, so maybe some of the latter's father's old war buddies can come into the action? I know it's a stretch, but it's fun to entertain the idea of Dan Aykroyd as The Thing, or Steve Martin as Mr. Fantastic. And yes, that probably veers quite a ways from Trank's down-to-Earth style as mentioned above... but hey, Comic-Con is for dreams.
In all sincerity, a younger cast like the one Trank worked with in Chronicle would suit the film well, giving it a fresher, more "cutting edge" feel than the schlocky 2005 ordeal. Jordan, the central hero of Trank's found-footage flick, has quietly racked up quite a resume ever since breaking out as The Wire's Wallace. The versatile 25-year-old actor, whose most recent venture was a major role in Red Tails, could easily handle the sincerity of intellectual team leader Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), or even the more spirited, caution-to-the wind Johnny Storm (The Human Torch).
Announcements on the cast probably won't hit the world for some time — who are some of your picks for Mr. Fantastic, The Human Torch, The Invisible Woman, or The Thing?
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The show, which also features Rebecca Romijn and Modern Family funnyman Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will be staged at the Hollywood Bowl for just one weekend in late July (12).
Cook had previously been tipped to tackle the theatre on Broadway last year (11), but his turn in Neil Labute play The Fat Pig was delayed indefinitely due to an investment issue.