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Duncan Jones & Rodene Ronquillo by Kate @WetDarkandWild
Duncan Jones & Rodene Ronquillo by Kate @WetDarkandWild

Yup, you read that headline right. Duncan Jones just tweeted:

Our mate “the motorcycle minister” turned up last night and married @rodeneronquillo & I! I’m MR @rodeneronquillo!!!

What fantastic news, coming so soon after their engagement in June. Massive surprise! And MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS DUNCAN & RODENE. We hope you’ll have a lovely long a happy life together.

No word on the dress Duncan wore yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get pics!

Much love from us all over here and all over the place. Have fun! x


Thanks to Kate at Wet Dark and Wild for photo.

Congratulations To Duncan & Ro – Engaged! :)

Great news to wake up to, Duncan got down on one knee, Ro went to help him up, and Duncan popped his hip…no, that’s not it…DUNCAN POPPED THE QUESTION! 🙂

And it seems like in a moment of madness, Ro accepted

Fantastic news, I’ve put a tenner behind the bar, but you’d better be quick!


Source Code Nominated For 2012 Hugo Award

HUGO Awards

Nominations for the 2012 Hugo awards have just been announced with Source Code nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form). Source Code (Vendome Pictures. Written by Ben Ripley, Directed by Duncan Jones) will be up against fellow nominees:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)

The 2012 Hugo Awards will be presented at Chicon 7, the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 to September 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

This is Duncan’s second Hugo nomination, the first being for MOON in the 2010 Awards which MOON also won. Fingers crossed we get another one of these beauties by Nick Stathopoulos to add to the mantlepiece 🙂

Duncan Jones Hugo Award 2010 - By Rodene Ronquillo
Duncan Jones Hugo Award 2010 - By Rodene Ronquillo

A full list of all nominations for the 2012 awards is available on the Hugo Awards site.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

2011 has been a fantastic year, thanks to all who bought tickets for, and passed on the good word about Source Code. And thanks to all who have continued to love MOON and share that with your friends and family.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2012. Keep your eyes on ManMadeMovies in the coming year for news on new projects from Duncan and the gang, you won’t be disappointed 😉

Finally, here’s a quick Chrimble message from Duncan and Ro for you…

Merry Christmas you lovely lot! May your 2012 kick your 2011 firmly in the nuts, its so much better.

Duncan & Ro Merry Christmas 2011

ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes – Source Code In Japan

ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission:8 Minutes Source Code Japan Posterミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes (Source Code) opened strong in Japan last weekend entering the box office charts at number 5. We’ve had some great feedback coming through Twitter to Director Duncan Jones, many like:

From pigitter:

I came to Roppongi in Tokyo to watch a source code. The movie theater was full . We love you!:D

From MorihiroFischer:

I saw “Source Code” yesterday in Tokyo, blew my mind completely. One of the year’s best. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

Duncan Jones and Mamoru Oshii for Cut Magazine - Tokyo Oct 2011 - デヴィッド・ボウイの息子と押井守As we mentioned previously, Duncan & Rodene went out to Japan at the beginning of September for a short promotional trip ahead of Source Code’s Japanese release. The undoubted highlight being a meeting with animation and live action film directing legend, 押井 守 Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell). As Rodene says on the Source Code tour Tumblr:

…they were interviewed at the same time with one interviewer and each had their own translator, it was a long but interesting interview!

The double interview has been published exclusively in CUT 11月号 magazine, available from their site, have yet to come across a complete translation (Help!) but Duncan did share a great boating analogy that the two Directors came up with while discussing the size of projects that they have been involved in, and would like to be involved in:

Making an indie film is like driving a speedboat.  You can turn fast, do what you want to, when you want to.  Source Code felt more like captaining an oil tanker.  Big, long, slow turns that required a lot of planning and notification.

What myself and Mr, Oshii would like to captain one day is a big blockbuster, or a battleship!

Duncan was also able to finally meet up with an old friend of the blog, a fine fellow who has been keeping us up to date with things over in Japan since MOON was released, Mr Rintaro Watanabe.

Rintaro Watanabe and Duncan Jones Oct 2011As well as meeting up to say hello, have a nice cup of tea & some biscuits, Rintaro and Duncan also found time to have a chat about MOON, Source Code, the film making process, and Duncan’s admiration for Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (Zatoichi, Ichi The Killer).

For all our friends in Japan, thank you for going out to see Source Code over the last week, apologies for babbling away in English, am ashamed to say my Japanese isn’t great (none existent) so here are some interview links just for you 🙂

ダンカン・ジョーンズ( 映画監督 ) Duncan Jones Interview With Rintaro Watanabe

デビッド・ボウイの息子ダンカン・ジョーンズ監督が新作 Yorimo interview with Duncan Jones

ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes is in cinemas now!

Source Code: Win SFX Magazine Drawn All Over By Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones - Signed SFX Magazine April 2011I’m really sorry about this, but we somehow managed to allow MOON & SOURCE CODE Director Duncan Jones to doodle all over this picture of him, featured in the latest (June 2011) Issue of SFX Magazine.

So not only does the magazine make the noise of Doctor Who’s TARDIS when opened (true), but is also now forever marked by a British film Director.

Not sure, taking these facts into account, that it can remain here any longer, so it’s probably for the best, that it is sent to YOU.

As you may be aware, Duncan is a computer gaming demon (see above) and regularly talks gaming over on the old Twitter. This being the case, gaming related questions, will lead you to the prize. Answer these two questions correctly, and mail your answers to unklerupert (at) manmademovies.co.uk with Subject line ‘MMM SFX Competition

1. Name the game that aids Duncan on his trip to Rome. Duncan & Rodene’s SOURCE CODE promotional tour blog will help you with that one.

2. There’s a grand game that Duncan has mentioned in reference to one of the best effects shots in SOURCE CODE, name that game (let google be your guide).

  • Competition is open until Friday 22nd April 23:59 GMT
  • Competition is open to anyone in the world that wants to enter
  • Signed and doodled SFX Magazine will be posted after I’ve checked my pocket money to make sure I have enough for the stamps (by recorded delivery).

If you can’t wait until then, SFX is on sale now, featuring an article where SFX pick Duncan’s brain on his influences. Good luck! 😉

Source Code Beats the Bunny & The Promotional Tour Comes To An End

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 was a very busy conclusion to promotional activities in London, taking in a full day of press on Friday the 8th April, then a screening and Q&A with Duncan at the Odeon, Leicester Sq. Duncan also took part in an online chat with UK film magazine Empire on Friday afternoon answering questions from the magazines readers.

Empire Online - Exclusive Transcript Duncan Jones Webchat 8th April 2011
Empire Online - Exclusive Transcript Duncan Jones Webchat

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 😉
Buzzfeed - Nerd Venn Diagram

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)

Audience At IGN Session with Duncan Jones At Kapow 2011 by Richard Davies
Duncan Jones at Kapow 2011 - by Richard Davies

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

The evening, and indeed the promotional tour itself, was rounded off with a screening of SOURCE CODE at the Electric Cinema, with Q&A.

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! 😉

Source Code: Duncan Jones Explains What A Junket Is

Junket - Yum YumI, like many of you I imagine, was under the impression that Junket was a desert. I became very confused when Duncan mentioned he was taking part in a Junket with the press in LA last weekend. I had horrible visions of people up to their Y-Front in what is referred to on the font of all knowledge (Wikipedia) as “might best be described as a loose pudding”

There’s no “loose pudding” about Duncan Jones though, ever the sharp cookie, he has kindly blogged about the whole experience, to bless those of us ignorant to the ways of the film promotion world (me) with knowledge, to move on through life, without fear of ruining fine underwear, with sweet delights.

But as you can see, there is a price to pay when taking part in these “Junkets”. Duncan has suffered what can only be described as “The Claw” while signing some rather splendid Olly Moss posters.

Duncan Jones Signs Olly Moss Source Code Posters LA March 18th 2011Thank goodness Duncan and the Lovely Rodene Ronquillo are blogging all this stuff as the Source Code promotional tour continues, make sure you check in there daily, and you too may be edumacated like what I am now.

Duncan Jones’ Marvellous MOON Twitter Competitions

Duncan Jones’ latest feature ‘Source Code‘ premiered at 19:00 on March 11th 2011, in the Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas.

Source Code World Premier - Paramount by Sarah Wallace

Chosen as the opening night film for the 2011 SXSW South by Southwest Film Festival & Convention. Joined by the film’s stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga & writer Ben Ripley, the Source Code team walked the red carpet, Duncan introduced the film to a packed, enthusiastic audience of 1200, returning to the stage at the end of the screening to take part in a Q&A. Press duties were dealt with before and after the Premiere, and continued the next day with a panel, and more one on one interviews.

All this almost two years to the day that MOON was premiered at SXSW 2009

MOON Premiere at Paramount Theatre - Austin, TX. SXSW March 2009

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