- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sequel-itis

Danny Boyle has given his strongest indication yet that a sequel to his cult film about Edinburgh drug addicts, ‘Trainspotting,’ may yet find its way to the big screen.

“Speaking to cinematical.com, Boyle said a follow-up to his 1996 movie, which starred Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller, ‘will happen,’ though he declined to set out a timeline. The sequel would be based loosely on ‘Trainspotting’ author Irvine Welsh’s novel ‘Porno.’ … ‘It will happen, I think,’ said Boyle. ‘I mean, we’ll approach them all again about it, but it will depend on what place they’re all at. We have a very strong idea that it would be a wonderful thing to do again when they have aged clearly into a midlife crisis’ …

“The Oscar-winning filmmaker said the original cast did not look old enough to play aging versions of Renton, Sick Boy and Begbie, despite Welsh’s novel being set only a decade after ‘Trainspotting.’ ‘Porno’ sees the characters, along with the hapless Spud, becoming embroiled in a scheme to raise cash by making a pornographic movie. One of the major obstacles to a full cast reunion is McGregor, who fell out with Boyle after the director replaced him with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000’s ‘The Beach.’ “


- Ben Child, writing on “Danny Boyle: Trainspotting sequel ‘will happen,’ ” on Dec. 7 at the Guardian

All image

“Are allegations of sexual misconduct involving two different women in Stockholm turning Julian Assange into a new kind of celebrity pin-up? Is the WikiLeaks founder now a civilian porn star? His image has certainly changed as a result of the Swedish rape charges leading to his arrest in London. Jon Stewart’s parody coverage of the story has relentlessly emphasized not his cable-stealing skulduggery but - his blondness.

“The absurd focus on Assange’s hair and his problems with women … is instructive. Oddly enough, I’m reminded of the moment in the last election cycle when Obama was being hailed as a “pimp” by adoring Facebook supporters.

“It seems we haven’t evolved or grown much these past few years, but biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of five smart, accessible books on things evolutionary, takes a longer view. She says our erotic obsession with celebrities ‘has to do with the loss of local community. For millions of years, we sat and talked about the girl on the other side of the fire pit because we both knew her. Today we go to work and our work buddies don’t know who our neighbor is, so we’re left with talking to each other about the only people we all do know: celebrities.’ “

- Tracy Quan, writing on “Julian Assange, Chick Magnet?” on Dec. 13 at the Daily Beast

Moral betters

“There are a good number of reasons I don’t want my kids to grow up and go to Columbia, but Professor David Epstein tops the list. I wonder if any liberals will find it just a bit disconcerting that a guy who would have an incestuous relationship with his own daughter is a prominent professor at an American university. … ‘He had relations with his daughter, now 24, from 2006 through 2009, the complaint said. Epstein was released on his own recognizance after appearing before a judge on Thursday.’

“I puked in my mouth a little bit after reading that. My, doesn’t he look smug? … Oh yeah, and he’s a Palin bashing part time Huff Po blogger! He’s a big fan of President Obama, and back in September of 2009 he was thrilled to finally have an adult conversation about policy in America. It’s so creepy, a guy that beds his own daughter preaching to the rest of us about adult conversations. … If you really need to know more, check out American Power, where you’ll be reminded that leftists like David Epstein are our moral and intellectual superiors. Ick!”

- “Karen,” writing on “Obama-Supporting, Palin-Bashing Columbia Professor Had Affair With His Daughter,” on Dec. 10 at her blog Lonely Conservative