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‘Trainspotting 2’ Reunites Ewan McGregor With Original Cast

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s hard to forget such an iconic film as Trainspotting that set a distinct tone for British pictures of the 1990’s. During an era where Pulp Fiction captivated the decade with Quentin Tarantino, director Danny Boyle certainly stood out as a top director to watch with this being his earliest masterpiece.

Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, it’s a milestone of filmmaking on the subject of heroin junkies and the UK punk aspect. The freaky scene of a dead baby crawling around a ceiling in a hallucinatory vision is still hauntingly etched in my mind.

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Yep, not a great mental image.

Since Trainspotting, Boyle has become a notable director with a packed filmography. He dabbled in science fiction with the cult classic Sunshine, received an Oscar win for directing Slumdog Millionaire and most recently did an exceptional job directing Steve Jobs.

Now he is returning to his big hit that put him on the map. Though it may not carry the rather blunt title of Irvine Welsh’s sequel novel, Porno, the original cast is returning for this production. Considering it’s been twenty years since Trainspotting was released, the actors certainly have aged quite a bit.

In fact, Boyle is counting on them appearing much older to continue the story. But what have these actors been up to this whole time? Take a look back at the legacy of Trainspotting’s cast.

Ewan McGregor

The young protagonist of Trainspotting was just starting out in the 1990’s with notable romantic roles in A Life Less Ordinary and Emma. But he’s perhaps better known by most movie-goers as the young Obi Wan Kenobi of the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005). Since then, McGregor has had a steady career of consistent roles in everything from action (Black Hawk Down) to musicals (Moulin Rouge) to animation (Robots). He’s also been very active on the theatre scene, starring in productions of Guys and Dolls and Othello. He was last seen in this year’s Jane Got a Gun and is also slated to appear in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast.

Ewen Bremner

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Ewen Bremner fights in the Ridley Scott film ‘Black Hawk Down.’

Bremner has had a decent amount of work as a supporting actor in such blockbusters as Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor, both of which he starred alongside Ewan McGregor. Most of his work has been in television appearing as King James in Elizabeth I and Harold from The Lost Room. He is currently set to appear in 2017’s Wonder Woman.

Jonny Lee Miller

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It’s ‘elementary,’ of course. Miller stars as the famed Sherlock Holmes.

Miller already had a bit of a name for himself before when Trainspotting with 1995’s Hackers. Suggested for his role in Trainspotting by McGregor, Jonny’s Scottish accent was so convincing that it led to many believing he was in fact Scottish. His presence wasn’t that large on the movie scene, though he was at one point considered for the role of James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. He has, however, kept very busy with TV roles. Miller guest-starred on many British programs before finally landing his most notable role as Sherlock Holmes on Elementary.

Robert Carlyle

Carlyle may not have as full of a filmography as McGregor, but he has certainly stood out as recognizable talent in the years since Trainspotting. He won multiple awards for his role in 1997’s The Full Monty. He had the chance to play a James Bond villain in 1999’s The World is Not Enough. But fans of TV’s Once Upon a Time will know him best as the sinister Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, cackling and plotting against storybook characters. Stargate fans will also recognize him as the lead on the short-lived Stargate Universe. His latest role was the titular lead in 2015’s The Legend of Barney Thomson, a dark comedy that he additionally directed.

Kevin McKidd

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McKidd plays a stalwart Roman soldier in the scandalous ‘Rome.’

McKidd certainly has had some rather interesting roles since Trainspotting. His presence in TV certainly took off, appearing as Father Deegan on Father Ted and Lucius Vorenus on Rome. Gamers will most likely know him better as the voice of John MacTavish from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game franchise. Kids may recognize him in the role of Poseidon from Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He has additionally done voice work for the animated movie Brave as Lord MacGuffin and the more adult animated video Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox as Thomas Wayne.

As you can see, most of the cast has risen in their talents so that a Trainspotting sequel is sure to have more marquee value than its predecessor. There’s already a lot of enthusiasm from Boyle, the cast and even the original author. In particular, Robert Carlyle noted that the script he read was quite emotional. If the positive energy generated by all involved is anything to go by, we could be looking at a daring return to form for the already legendary director.

Trainspotting 2 is set to film sometime this year with a tentative release date of 2017.

[author title=”About The Author” image=”http://popstermedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mark_mcpherson-300×221-150×150.jpg”]Movie nut Mark McPherson has been all about movies since working at a video store in his youth. His talents range from video editing to animation to web development, but movies have always been his passion to write about.[/author]

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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Review: “Captain Marvel” is a Solidly Sensational Sci-Fi Adventure

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Captain Marvel joins the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a much different way. She slides into the MCU via a twisty sci-fi adventure of the 1990s, before the Avengers were formed. And though the film does serve as a strong bridge picture that answers a few more questions about the Marvel universe, the film quickly becomes its own thing and gives its hero a real identity as the powerful addition to the superhero ensemble.

Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a woman not sure if she’s a human pilot of Earth or a soldier of the Kree empire’s Starforce. There’s little time to explore these conflicting visions she’s having when there’s special energy powers to control and a war being waged against the shape-shifting Skrull alien creatures. A detour to 1990s Earth gives her a bit of time to find out more while also hunting down some more Skrulls, leading to some interesting scenarios when combatting aliens that could look like old ladies.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Carol’s landing on Earth leads to treading down familiar Marvel timeline territory as well as evoking plenty of dated 1990s bits. What started drawing me into the picture was how the film holds itself back from the obvious. The 1990s setting is used for some gags of video stores and Windows 95, sure, but never goes the extra mile of becoming an aggravating reference fest, keeping a certain vibe the way Guardians of the Galaxy embraced the 1970s and 1980s. And just like that film, there’s a nostalgic soundtrack to boot, with choice tracks for just the right cue.

Samuel L. Jackson pops up in the film as a younger Nick Fury with his two eyes still intact. He teams up with Carol in her intergalactic spy adventure and thankfully never goes to the booming lengths he was known for that decade. And the filmmakers could have easily made this younger Fury go full Die Hard 3 or Pulp Fiction but he never does, always keeping that cool persona he has been known for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..L to R: Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

But the one aspect that is never shunned and built up grandly is the aspect of female empowerment. Danvers is established as a woman who doesn’t have a clear identity or mindful nature of galactic politics and has to build herself up when she realizes she may be a very powerful pawn in a big game of intergalactic chess. Her memories are that of always being told to back off from non-traditional activities for girls and, sure enough, she rises up to become the smirking and energy-shooting hero when the final piece of her character puzzle is pieced together. It’s just unfortunate that the film spends so much time doing the building amid a twisty sci-fi spy story that Brie never gets a moment to shine as brightly as she could, despite a very enthusiastic third-act closer.

If we’re being blunt, no, Captain Marvel doesn’t quite have the same gravity to be a cultural milestone of a comic book movie. Where others have pointed to Black Panther as not the first the most insightful and cultural of black-led superhero movies, I doubt many will look towards Captain Marvel as the grandest of female-led comic book movies, making its motives known with the power and subtlety of a supernova. But, in terms of what the film is aiming towards, it doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone and that’s perhaps the point. I just wish that Captain Marvel’s astounding powers to destroy starships and aliens had a much bigger punch for a picture that wants to obliterate the glass ceiling and merely cuts a narrow hole within the MCU. It’s a nice hole, mind you, and still weaves a capable and compelling sci-fi adventure with a surprisingly more engaging finale than most Marvel solos.

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