He's brought bloodthirsty zombies, squalid junkies and murderous housemates to life on the big screen, but faced the toughest task of his career at London 2012: bringing boogying nurses, bucolic scenes and butterflies on bicycles to a worldwide audience of a billion people.
Few shows can claim such an audience. As the dramatic spectacle of the Olympics Games opening ceremony in London unfolds Friday night, millions of people around the world will be glued to their television sets.
The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games has been shrouded in mystery, with director Danny Boyle keen to keep any details of the $42 million spectacle under wraps. However despite acknowledging that the Internet and social media make it too tempting for people to keep a secret and that spoilers are now part of "the modern world," Boyle graciously invited 60,000 fans to witness a rehearsal of the ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in London, days before the actual event, asking them to not tweet photos and suggesting the hashtag #savethesurprise.
"Some things you see once and remember forever." According to the series of sponsors' messages that preceded each and every screening at North America's biggest annual movie showcase, the Toronto International Film Festival, these unforgettable moments include Janet Leigh in the shower, the robotic skeleton lurking beneath Arnold Schwarzenegger's skin and Sharon Stone uncrossing her legs ... selections that strip cinema right down to its roots in the peep show.
"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle once told me you have three minutes to announce your intentions, to make your mark at the start of your movie. Nimrod Antal's "Predators" doesn't take three seconds: A face in close-up, screaming into the wind, and then -- in long shot -- the body in free fall, a man desperately fumbling to release his parachute before crashing through the jungle canopy below.
British director Danny Boyle, who won an Oscar for his movie "Slumdog Millionaire," has been named artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, the organizing committee announced Thursday.
"Slumdog Millionaire," the little film about a poverty-raised teaboy who goes on a game show as a way to find his lost love, won best picture Sunday night, earning a total of eight Oscars at the 81st annual Academy Awards.
As the clock ticks down to the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, audiences could be forgiven for losing interest. On the face of it, apart from Hugh Jackman hosting, this year's Oscars doesn't look like it will offer many thrills.
The first round of voting is over, and the nominations are in. But in this election, there will be no debating between the nominees, and campaigning will be restricted to photo spreads, red-carpet interviews and the Hollywood cocktail party circuit.
The two youngest stars in "Slumdog Millionaire" will get "a substantial sum of money" that would "change their lives for the better" when they turn 18, but only if they stay in school, director Danny Boyle told CNN.
In the U.S., the film "Slumdog Millionaire" barely escaped going straight to video before it caught the eye of moviegoers and critics alike, becoming a sleeper hit and best picture nominee. It's viewed by many observers as the film to beat at the 81st annual Academy Awards.
Looking back, I find I've written more than 350 film reviews over the past 12 months. That's a lot of time sitting in the dark, especially when you're challenged to whittle them all down to the best 20 hours or so for the annual top 10 list.
On November 26, Danny Boyle had a few hours to spare. He was at a film festival in Wales, in between screenings of his rags-to-riches drama "Slumdog Millionaire," so he decided to switch off his cell phone and go to the movies.
In "Slumdog Millionaire," directed by the whiz-bang fabulist Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting," "Sunshine"), Jamal (Dev Patel), an 18-year-old Indian orphan who has spent his life scavenging on the streets, lands as a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and he wins -- big.
After a slow start, the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival kicked into life about 6:20 p.m. Sunday when a little Indian boy took a deep breath and plunged into an outdoor cesspit to secure the autograph of his favorite movie star.