Director Duncan Jones joked last week that he may have to add a scene into SOURCE CODE where Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) pooped jelly beans in an attempt to “Beat the Bunny”, luckily for Jake, this will no longer be required, as SOURCE CODE has retained it’s #2 Spot in the UK Box Office at least, and has indeed “Beat the Bunny”.
Last weekend saw the end of the SOURCE CODE promotional tour, taking in a trip across United States, then onto Madrid, Rome, Berlin and finally London.
It’s a great session, questions as diverse as why Duncan chose to Direct SOURCE CODE before moving onto his next, self penned project, what Duncan’s favourite films are (question coming from reader checking previous Empire article on Duncan’s favourite Sci-Fi films) And includes an answer that reveals the existence of an alt take on GERTY’s voice by Kevin Spacey in the style of Christopher Walken!
Duncan also mentions a Venn diagram in the webchat when asked about whether he is a Nerd or a Geek, so here it is, should you need to identify yourself 😉
The afternoon also included a Twitter Q&A with Digital Spy, questions submitted beforehand to @dsatthemovies with personal answers recorded by Duncan. You can view the whole session on Digital Spy Movies. And here is one from a Mr Joe Dante, of Hollywood, CA (not the first time Mr. Dante has appeared here)
Saturday’s schedule was a little less packed, with an appearance at the first Kapow comic convention, where Duncan took part in a chat with IGN about SOURCE CODE, MOON, and his interest in computer gaming, and thoughts on computer game movie adaptations, all explained in this clip with IGNUK ‘s Chris Tilly
It’s been a hectic few weeks of travel, hundreds of interviews with press, online, and TV, screenings and Q&A sessions (which Duncan seems to love) which has obviously helped get the word out on SOURCE CODE and helped ensure that as many of you as possible get out to your local picture palace (with a few friends of course) and enjoy a bloody good film.
Duncan and his lovely lady, Rodene have arrived safely back in Los Angeles for a well earned rest, and to begin work on the next project. If you want to see what the whole promotional tour has been like from their perspective, go have a look at their SOURCE CODE blog, what they done wrote with their own hands, and done pictures as well 😉
This is not the end for SOURCE CODE though, it’s still on general release for you to enjoy for the first time, or to see again, armed with some secrets to look out for on a second viewing, courtesy of Empire’s Damon Wise. Have fun! 😉
An extremely busy SOURCE CODE promotional tour comes towards it’s end on Saturday the 9th April at the Electric Cinema in London. Following previously announced SOURCE CODE screening and Q&A at the Odeon, Leicester Square on Friday 8th April, and Duncan’s appearance at Mark Millar’s Kapow Comic Con on Saturday afternoon, Duncan Jones will be giving a Q&A at the Electric Cinema, Portobello Road, London, W11.
Announced by Duncan himself on Twitter earlier, the Q&A will take place at the 18:30 screening on Saturday evening, so if you were unable to attend the Odeon, or Kapow, this may be your last opportunity to ask Duncan those burning questions about SOURCE CODE in person, before he jets back to LA, to begin planning his next venture. Tickets available HERE.
If you are unable to attend any of the London events, Duncan will be taking part in a live webchat with Empire Magazine on Friday 8th April, at 13:00.
And don’t forget folks, SOURCE CODE is now on general release, so let’s get out there a beat the bunny this weekend 😉
Comic book legend Mark Miller has just confirmed on Twitter that Source Code Director Duncan Jones is extending his stay back home in London after Fridays Q&A at Odeon, Leicester Square, until Saturday the 9th April to appear at the first Kapow Comic Convention.
Good news! I just found out Duncan Jones @manmademoon is coming to Kapow on Saturday.
Also confirmed by Kapow’s twitter feed “Director Duncan Jones will be chatting about Source Code on the IGN Stage from 12.30pm on Sat 9th and doing a signing on stage from 1.15pm”
For further details on Kapow Comic Con, head over to the site now, be quick though, I understand there are not many tickets left for the first ever convention from Kapow based on comic books, and the films and TV shows that they inspire.
After whizzing all around the world promoting his latest film ‘SOURCE CODE‘ across the USA, to Madrid yesterday, Rome today, Berlin tomorrow. Brit Director Duncan Jones returns “For One Night Only” to his home town of London for a couple of nice events you may want to get involved in.
First up we have a live chat web chat with Empire Magazine at 13:00 on Friday 8th April, access to the chat will be at this here linkage (don’t worry if comms are down on there at the mo, we will be sending Sam Bell out to knock the jammer antenna down in good time)
Next up, and if you can still get tickets, we have a screening of SOURCE CODE including a Q&A with Duncan at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square, Friday April the 8th, 20:25 start. Tickets HERE!
Great news for those hankering to see MOON again on the big screen, with not one, but TWO events for those in the Capital.
First up is a very tasty double bill of MOON & 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Prince Charles Cinema, August 4th 2010. With MOON on at 18:20 followed by 2001 at 20:30.
As if that wasn’t good enough, MOON will also be back on the big screen later in August at the BFI Southbank as part of their ‘Film Science: Future Human’ season. Screening on 28th/29th/30th August 2010, booking details here.
This post has been a long time coming (well since last Wednesday 17th March) because it’s been quite hard to know where to start. Such was the fantasticyness of the Jameson Cult Film screening of MOON at the Royal Institution in London.
As you may recall, we first raised a call to arms back in January 2010 when we discovered via our old friend Ben Mortimer that Jamesons were running a vote off between MOON, Donny Darko & War Of The Worlds (1953). The prize being a screening of the winning film at a very prestigious venue, The Royal Institution, London. So, we spread the word via all means possible to encourage all MOON fans to vote, and blow me down, we scored a massive 59% of the vote and won!!. Our gobs was smackered, and we started to get in touch with the wonderful Jameson account Manager Mr. Mauricio Samayoa from We Are Social to find out the what was what’s.
Now, we knew MOON was popular, and as all true cult films do, it has quickly grown beyond it’s initial theatrical and home releases to build a fantastic following of lovely people (like you, you’re my favourite btw), but I don’t think even Jamesons were prepared for the demand on tickets, as word spread on our platforms of choice (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs) the initial demand for ticket registration caused the hosting server to take a breather & nip out for a cup of tea FANTASTIC 🙂
The fantastic team at Jameson Cult Film Club got going with making arrangements, and as much as we were aware of the venu and some details of the evenings events, there were some suprises (from both sides) that elevated the evening beyond what any of us could have hoped for.
Do you mind if I takes a breather? Thanks, I’ll just grab a mug of splosh, you have a look at these rather good pics from @unclewilco and I’ll get back to you just underneath in 5 mins? Ta 😉
Good aren’t they? Hopefully give you an idea of the effort that both Jamesons & The Royal Institute went to, to create a very special evening.
We all started arriving at around 18:30 for a 19:00 start with a great buzz building outside, and what an honour it was to enter the building that has born witness to some of the greatest scientific discoveries for more than 200 years! Members of the public entering these hallowed halls is no surprise however, as the RI supports public engagement with science through a programme of lectures, the most famous being those you may have seen (or been lucky to attend) on the telly box at Christmas, funnily enough called the ‘Royal Institution Christmas Lectures’ Check out their site for events and details on the most famous exhibit, a reconstruction of Michael Faraday’s laboratory.
Upon ascending a curving marble staircase to the 1st floor, it soon became clear why we were there though, corridors lit in a mysterious spacey green tint, beautiful space ladies with silver hair directing us towards the Space Bar where we were met by a superb array of Jameson Whiskey beverages, I plumped for the ginger, but I did hear mention of some kind of pickle licking thing en all? It was not all guests though. When Jamesons put on these events, they pull out all the stops, we had surly looking Sam Bell 2 walking about (chap refused to crack despite being provoked) and a sad Sam 1 reclined on a sofa looking worse for wear (he was also spotted later tending his plants) This all added to the atmosphere of the evening, along with the decking out of the place as MOON base Sarang, entrances to the main auditorium labelled BAY 1>3. Plenty of Lunar Industries signs up as well to make it clear where we were.
The building of atmosphere continued into the main auditorium. As we took our seats and looked up at th screen we were greeted by the site of an astronaut suspended from the ceiling, an animatronic one we all assumed, until he was lowered to the floor and made his exit, in slow motion, zero gravity style, big applause.
Lights down and we were eased into the screening itself with a support short ‘Blake’s Junction 7‘ very funny, disturbed by my feelings towards MacKenzie Crook as Servalan though!
Then we got the main feature, Duncan Jones’ MOON, and time to sit back and marvel at the achievement of team MOON, to make such a fantastic film, with such tight budget constraints, and create an instant cult classic. I also had to prevent myself from tapping MOON’s very own Benedict Wong on the shoulder each time he appeared on screen to say “that’s you that is” as he sat in front of me, cause, well, he knew that 🙂
Was great to discover afterwards that 2 of the peeps I went in with were seeing MOON for the first time (lucky buggers) and met many more afterwards the same, all mighty impressed with the film, and Sam Rockwell’s stunning performance 🙂
So with all the effort and surprises from Jamesons and the fantastically helpful Mauricio Samayoa how could it get any better after that? Meeting people, that’s what. Sharing a drink and a real life chat with some of the wonderful tweeters and bloggers we’ve all been talking to about MOON for the last year, up to this point.
But most of all, we were honoured to have MOON cast & crew with us for the screening as well.
So I’d like to thank them all especially for coming,to the screening, icing on the cake (to go with the moon dust the Jamesons ladies was dishing out)
I’m sure I’ve missed stuff out, it was an incredible evening and i can’t recommend attending a future Jamesons Cult Film Club enough, they really love film, and go above and beyond to provide a very memorable experience. Follow them on Twitter for future announcements, and check their site for details on previous / future screenings HERE
And what a wonderful experience it was to hook up with people through social networks and combine with minimal communication to end up with such a FANTASTIC evening.
We also managed to catch up with the MOON crew for a video interview conducted by Ben Mortimer and filmed by James Cuff which is being edited as I type, so we’ll wang that up later if that’s ok.
Thanks to EVERYONE involved in the evening, especially all of you who loved MOON, voted, and came to the event 🙂
MOON Director Duncan Jones picked up the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut By A British Director at the Orange British Academy Film Awards this evening at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, England.
A very emotional Jones accepted the award from British actor Colin Firth in the evenings opening Award. Close to tears, Duncan revealed that he had not realised how important the award was to him until it actually happened, thanking his producers on MOON (Trudie Styler, Stuart Fenegan & Trevor Beattie) and making special mention of MOON star (The Amazing) Sam Rockwell, who has become a firm friend after Jones wrote the role of Sam Bell specifically for him after conversations about what classic Sci-Fi films meant to them when Jones originally approached Rockwell with a different project entirely.
Nearly overwhelmed by the occasion, Jones revealed how he felt he has finally found his calling in life in making movies, and we here on Man Made Movies are certainly glad he has.
Duncan’s acceptance speech showed the honesty, humility and good grace that is the mark of the man.
We all look forward to many more such occasions, but for now, enjoy a well earned hangover tomorrow Duncan, before heading back to Canada to begin filming ‘Source Code’ with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Post award interview with Edith Bowman, Duncan Jones & Colin Firth >>HERE<< on the BAFTA Youtube Channel.
Duncan Jones accepts his 1st BAFTA AWARD
Edith Bowman Interviews Duncan Jones with Colin Firth
So tomorrow night am doing a live tweet BAFTA commentary and will chat w you all. Stay tuned! #orangebafta
MOON Director Duncan Jones has flown over from Montreal where he is currently getting ready to start shooting his next feature ‘Source Code’, and seems to be suited and booted ready for the occasion from his Twitter stream this afternoon:
Been to Armani to get a suit for BAFTAS. Lovely fellah sorting it there said he’s never dealt with anyone quite so unsuitable! The cheek! 😉
So, Best of British luck to MOON & Duncan Jones for the Orange British Film Academy Awards!!!!
The London Critics Circle Film Awards took place tonight at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, and audible groans from MOON Director Duncan Jones’ mantlepiece as another award heads his way, this time in the shape of:
Breakthrough British Film-Maker!!
Many congratulations Duncan! And best of British for this coming Sundays BAFTA Awards 😉
The votes are in, they have been verified and counted and we are please to confirm that the winner, with 59% of Empire readers’ votes is…… MOON.
Join us on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Jameson way with our screening of MOON, followed by an after-show party – all at an unique venue, the Royal Institution, in W1, London .
Tickets are now open, so if you want to join us for a chance to see this BAFTA nominated film, at the Royal Institution – the home to great British scientific achievement – then CLICK HERE.
What can you expect from the Jameson Cult Film Club event?
Guests arriving will be greeted by an interactive Sci-Fi experience, taking a journey through the Royal Institution’s futuristic world to the Space Bar, where you’ll experience scenes and themes from the film. You can even see the actual space suit worn in the film as you enjoy complimentary Jameson cocktails and wait for the countdown until the film takes off.
There will be special surprises, linking back to the film, spread throughout the Royal Institution, so that on every floor you’ll come across something that will get you in the mood for the film.
And that’s not all…
As March 17 is a very special day for us, we’re going to be throwing an after-show party for everyone who comes to the screening, in a Space Bar set up within the upper floors of the Royal Institution, whilst in the library, a DJ will be spinning some, out of this world tunes.