Paul McCartney impressed by Yesterday film

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to sudd…

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.

The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Now, McCartney has told Billboard that he lied to writer Richard Curtis when he first suggested the idea for the film, and told him he loved it, while secretly thinking to himself it was “terrible”.

“I couldn’t tell him, so I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting – good luck,'” he recalled. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”

Then the singer heard Boyle had signed on to direct, and he started to think the film might have legs. He stated: “I thought, ‘They must think they can pull it off.'”

McCartney was in New York with his wife Nancy Shevell over the summer when the film was released and decided to check it out.

“We said, ‘Let’s go, you and me, on a date to the cinema,” the 77-year-old told the publication. “We got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of ‘Paul McCartney’… We loved it.”

Boyle previously revealed that he wrote letters to McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono – the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he said in a chat with Billboard.

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Irvine Welsh keen to reunite with Danny Boyle for third Trainspotting film

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is keen to team up with Danny Boyle on a third instalment in the franchise.The Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker adapted Welsh’s 1993 novel, which followed a gang of Scottish heroin addicts, into his cult 1996 film, and th…

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is keen to team up with Danny Boyle on a third instalment in the franchise.

The Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker adapted Welsh’s 1993 novel, which followed a gang of Scottish heroin addicts, into his cult 1996 film, and the cast, including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, returned 21 years later for T2 Trainspotting, also directed by Boyle.

Speaking on the Anything Goes podcast with James English, the author said he wants the director to start work with him on a third film – as the sequel took so long to come to fruition.

“You think the ­Godfather III, Terminator III – there’s the temptation to do the Holy Trinity, it might evoke Danny’s inner Catholic,” he explained. “It took us long enough to work up the bottle to do number two. They’ll all be in the rest home by the time we had the bottle to do number three.”

Urging the Oscar-winning Boyle to get the ball rolling on a third instalment, he added: “We’d have to get moving on it pretty quickly. But it’s something that would be massively ­interesting to me.”

In addition to Trainspotting and its follow-up tome Porno, which the movie sequel drew inspiration from, Welsh has written two more books in the series – Skagboys, a prequel on its characters’ descent into heroin addiction, and 2016’s The Blade Artist, about Carlyle’s psychopathic character Begbie.

Welsh believes the latter novel should form the basis of the next Trainspotting film, saying: “The one I would like to do is a Begbie stand-alone. Just a short 90-minute film of Robert Carlyle going nuts.”

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Danny Boyle wrote Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr letters after landing Yesterday directing gig

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s …

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.

The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Music from the iconic musicians features heavily in the film, and before Boyle began filming he wanted to notify the surviving members of the band – and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film. There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he told Billboard.

However, there was one moment in the movie that divided fans, and Boyle himself called it a “Marmite moment”.

As the film takes place in an alternate reality in which the foursome never become the iconic Liverpudlian band, Boyle explored the possibility that Lennon would still be alive, as he wouldn’t have become famous and later assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle plays the musician in the controversial scene, and the Oscar-winning director recognised that audiences would either love it or hate it.

“When we came to test the film, yes, there are some people that don’t like it at all. But other people like it enormously. We call it a ‘Marmite scene’ in Britain. It divides people very clearly,” Boyle told USA Today.

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Ana de Armas’s character cut from Danny Boyle’s Yesterday

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday. The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James. H…

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday.

The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James.

However, she was absent from the finished film, and writer Richard Curtis has explained that she was cut because her character was supposed to be a “complicating factor” in the love story between Patel’s Jack and James’s Ellie.

“That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean really radiant. And (that) turned out to be the problem,” he told Cinemablend.com. “I think the audience likes the story (about Ellie and Jack) and goes with that, and it works out well.

“What we’d originally done was had, I don’t want to describe it too much, but had Ana De Armas as a complicating factor when he arrived in L.A. for the first time. And I think the audience did not like the fact that his eyes even strayed. Because then some people would go, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve her. He really doesn’t deserve Lily.'”

Director Boyle also explained to Moviefone.com that the Blade Runner 2049 star played an actress who meets Jack, a musician who finds fame with The Beatles’ songs after their existence is freakishly erased, on the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden and falls in love with him when he plays Something by George Harrison. It later became clear that they had “made a mistake” with the song choice, so the sequence had to go.

“When you watched it (the scene) alone, it was fantastic, but when you put it in the film, it felt repetitive,” he explained. “So, we sadly decided to take it out and I had the job of writing to Ana and telling her, ‘I’m so sorry.’ She did a wonderful job. It’s not their fault. It’s a real shame.”

He assured fans her scenes will appear in the DVD extras of Yesterday, which hits cinemas this week.

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Ed Sheeran knew he wasn’t first pick for Yesterday

Danny Boyle was teased relentlessly by Ed Sheeran after learning Chris Martin was the director’s first choice to feature in his new Beatles movie Yesterday. The Shape of You hitmaker portrays a version of himself in the film, about the only man alive…

Danny Boyle was teased relentlessly by Ed Sheeran after learning Chris Martin was the director’s first choice to feature in his new Beatles movie Yesterday.

The Shape of You hitmaker portrays a version of himself in the film, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, but Sheeran was only approached for the part after the Coldplay rocker turned down the gig.

And the popstar made sure to use every opportunity to jokingly give Boyle and his team a hard time about his casting.

“He teased us rotten because he found out we’d asked Chris Martin first, so he never let us forget that,” the director told NME. “And he accused us of asking Harry Styles second, which isn’t true, but we did ask Chris Martin first, so he teases us rotten about that, but he gives as good as he gets.”

Boyle added, “He’s got a good sense of humour, which he needed to have otherwise it could have been quite unpleasant.”

Although Boyle had originally wanted Martin to appear in Yesterday, screenwriter Richard Curtis thought Sheeran was the perfect choice as their lead character’s mentor.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis recently told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk (England), and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

Yesterday, which stars Himesh Patel alongside Lily James and Kate McKinnon, opens in cinemas this week.

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Danny Boyle moving forward with third 28 Days Later film

Danny Boyle has begun work on another 28 Days Later film. The British director teamed up with author and screenwriter Alex Garland to create the hit 2002 zombie movie, which starred Cillian Murphy as a man who wakes up from a coma four weeks after the…

Danny Boyle has begun work on another 28 Days Later film.

The British director teamed up with author and screenwriter Alex Garland to create the hit 2002 zombie movie, which starred Cillian Murphy as a man who wakes up from a coma four weeks after the outbreak of a mysterious virus, and the duo returned to executive produce the 2007 follow-up, 28 Weeks Later, which was set several months into the devastation.

In a new interview with U.K. online newspaper The Independent, Boyle revealed he and Garland are now working on a script for a third film.

It will be unlikely to feature a female protagonist, however, as the filmmaker is uncomfortable with the idea of imposing his own male perspective on female-focused stories.

“You feel a bit… you obviously have a concern, especially now – and it’s a growing concern – where you don’t want to (make a female-led film as a male director), because you’d feel like an impostor,” he mused.

Garland, who has since written and directed Ex Machina and Annihilation, previously noted he’d like to write another 28 Days Later film, but said the production process was complicated and another sequel was some way off.

“We’ve got an idea. Danny and (producer) Andrew (Macdonald) and I have been having quite serious conversations about it, so it is a possibility,” he told U.S. website IGN back in 2015. “It’s complicated. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why it’s complicated, which are boring, so I won’t go into, but there’s a possibility.

“It’s more likely to be 28 Months than 28 Years. 28 Years gives you one more place to go. 28 Decades is probably taking the p**s.”

Boyle’s latest movie, Beatles-inspired romantic comedy Yesterday, is in cinemas on Friday.

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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Daniel Craig to undergo ankle surgery after Bond 25 injury

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James…

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.

Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale, hurting himself a few weeks later on the Jamaican set.

The official James Bond Twitter account has now confirmed the English star’s injury needs proper medical attention, but reps insist it won’t halt production.

“BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020,” the tweet reads.

Following the incident, a shoot planned for Pinewood Studios near London was cancelled, but the schedule is now back on track and filming will continue as the 51-year-old undergoes surgery and then spends time recovering.

Reports suggest filming in Jamaica has now wrapped and the production has moved to Europe.

Bond 25 will likely be Daniel’s 007 swan song. Rami Malek has joined the franchise as the villain, with Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw among the Bond regulars returning for another outing.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the new film, after Danny Boyle exited the project due to creative differences.

Danny was also co-writing the movie, leaving producers to draft in Scott Z. Burns to take over the role. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also on the writing team, with reports claiming she was brought in to spice up the script.

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Ed Sheeran helped turn soap actor into popstar for Danny Boyle’s new film

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy. In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singe…

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy.

In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singer-songwriter living in a world where he’s the only one who remembers that the Fab Four existed. He then borrows their tunes to become one of the biggest acts on the planet.

Ed plays himself in the movie, and he and composer Daniel Pemberton have written music for the score.

Speaking to Cover Media at The Ivors awards nominations on Wednesday (24Apr19), where he was recognised for his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Daniel said the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker was a huge help to Himesh, and aided him in crafting his performance.

“We went to see Ed live in Manchester which was insane,” he revealed. “Ed and Himesh had quite a lot of chats, Ed was very supportive of Himesh and it was really good for him to see Ed control this whole stadium on his own.”

Asked about how the two worked together on set, he added: “As I say, Ed was very supportive – and there’s a number of scenes where they’re acting together and they got on really well.”

Discussing the 28-year-old popstar’s contribution to the musical comedy, which is written by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, Daniel said that his presence added a degree of realism to proceedings, as Ed’s own career shows how an ordinary guy can become a megastar.

“In the film, Ed Sheeran is such a fascinating aspect because you watch this film and go, ‘There’s no way this could ever happen, there’s no way this one guy with a guitar could become the biggest star in the world,'” he explained. “But then you go, ‘Well, there’s Ed Sheeran and this happens, he’s one of the biggest stars in the world.'”

Yesterday debuts in cinemas in June, when fans will get to hear a new song from Ed, which the movie composer confirmed is a “great track”.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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