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Dan
Posted: Dec 2 2010, 11:42 PM


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FILMING starts in Canada on Monday on the followup to the seminal Scottish film Trainspotting.

The new movie is based on Irvine Welsh's bestseller Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

Starring Kristen Kreuk and Billy Boyd, the $5million film is expected to be a big box-office hit.

Titled Ecstasy, the film is described as a "dark romantic comedy" and will be directed by Canadian Rob Heydon.

The movie of Welsh's first novel, Trainspotting - about Scots heroin addicts - made $75million in 1996

http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/yb/153064558

From the book:
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Ecstasy presents slice-of-life episodes from the lives of two recreational drug users. Lloyd, an aging clubber, begins to question his life and considers the possibility of falling in love. Housewife Heather leaves her Dire Straits-loving suburban husband and starts a new life amongst the rave scene, where she meets Lloyd.

It takes a while to get used to the very strong Scottish dialect and slang but once you do, the stories are gripping. Violent, vulgar and obscene but certainly gripping.A very worthy read

The book got so many rave reviews everywhere
This is a completely different role for Kristin,i`m so excited for her.


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Dan
Posted: Dec 2 2010, 11:53 PM


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Reviews of the book:
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"The ecstasy involved in rave-writer Welsh's three novellas at first may seem exclusively the chemical kind ('e,' 'ecky,' 'MDMA') downed at Dionysian dance parties by alienated post-Thatcher youth and nearly every character here. But Welsh's latest misfits are also looking (however incoherently) for a higher ecstasy too....Meantime, though, they are hooked on other drugs, petty crime, pub brawls, casual/kinky sex and bodice-buster novels....Ecstasy exports Welsh's pitch-perfect slang, black humor, and surreal imagination in an exhilarating, mutable style like the written equivalent of techno music, cutting right through to his characters' lives." Publishers Weekly
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"Ecstasy is spiced with horror, passion, and necrophilia. These flavors help make the tales more tempting, but it is Irvine Welsh's infectious Scottish humor, balancing wry observation with a cavalier canniness, which keeps the reader turning the pages....Unforgettably original!" The Literary Review
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"With his usual hilarious splenetic form, Welsh reminds us that no living author is better at getting into the mind of someone who is out of his head." Sunday Times (London)
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"Welsh's world is spiky, trashy, and brutal. It is also brilliant, hilarious, and infused with a kind of punkish morality...outrageously funny." Sunday Express
http://www.powells.com/biblio/17-9780393315813-0


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bobby o
Posted: Dec 3 2010, 12:13 AM


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QUOTE (Dan @ Dec 2 2010, 11:42 PM)
I hope this movie will translate her talent that we know all along.

Translate it to what? huh.gif
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Posted: Dec 4 2010, 01:17 AM


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Irvine Welsh? He's not even Scottish - 'Ecstasy' director tells of gaffe by arts chiefs
THE director of the big screen version of Irvine Welsh's novel Ecstasy claimed last night he has been forced to make the film in Canada because of "obstructions" put in his way by Scotland's film body.
Award-winning Canadian director Rob Heydon is due to begin filming the novel, set in Edinburgh and Dunfermline, on Monday.

He said Scottish Screen, which became Creative Scotland in July, "scuppered" the project and at one stage maintained that the Leith-born Trainspotting author was not Scottish.
Producers of the 3.2 million film starring Lord of the Rings Scottish actor Billy Boyd, Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk and Scots actor Adam Sinclair, have put out an appeal for locals in Ontario who can pass for Scots, to act as extras. They are also seeking businesses and homeowners whose properties could pass for locations in the Scottish capital and the Fife town.

The film of Welsh's Trainspotting, famed for its chronicle of Edinburgh drug abuse, was the most profitable film of 1996.

Ecstasy, a "dark romantic comedy" about a Dunfermline social worker who leaves her husband and becomes involved in the rave scene of the early 1990s, is also tipped for worldwide success.

Mr Heydon, whose films include Go Further starring Woody Harrelson, said: "Part of the consideration for filming in Canada was that they offer very attractive tax breaks, but if we had had equally attractive breaks in Scotland that is where we could have made it.

"But Scottish Screen did everything in its power to disqualify the project, even saying that Irvine Welsh was not Scottish.

"When we questioned them about this they said 'no, no, we meant one of the writers wasn't Scottish'.
"It is challenging to finance the production with this system in place. The structure of the UK film tax credits, Scottish Screen and regional funding bodies made it very difficult despite us trying for many years."

Mr Heydon added: "We got fed up with Scottish Screen dictating what they think is Scotland and Scottish and decided to make it a wholly Canadian film.
"This is a great pity because this is a great story about someone leaving Ecstasy behind for the ecstasy of love."

Some of the movie will be filmed in Scotland but this will be mostly be external shots of areas such as Princes Street and Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

Welsh, who is expected to arrive in Canada on Tuesday, is to make a cameo appearance in the film.

Many films are shot in Canada for financial reasons as it offers tax breaks to movie production companies.

Andrew Brown, director of London-based Intandem which has been appointed international seller for the film, said: "We are very excited to be partnering with the team to bring another of Welsh's globally successful books to the big screen."

A spokeswoman for Creative Scotland said: "Mr Heydon was given as much assistance as was feasible during the preparation of his project. Ultimately he sought and secured financing in Ontario."

http://news.scotsman.com/Register.aspx?Ret...p&articlepage=2
Billed as a dark romantic comedy, Ecstasy is hoping to ape the success of Trainspotting,which garnered more than $72 million at the box office having been made for just $3.5 million.


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Posted: Dec 4 2010, 03:01 AM


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Looking forward to see druggie Kristin goes wild wink.gif
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Posted: Dec 4 2010, 09:00 AM


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me to im always excited to see kristin in new things smile.gif
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Posted: Dec 4 2010, 12:42 PM


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Oh well "Happy landings"...
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Posted: Dec 5 2010, 05:28 AM


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Has anyone seen Trainspotting? such a good movie,and it was a breakthrough role for Ewan Mcgregor

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/
Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUOTs55KY40


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Posted: Dec 8 2010, 06:47 PM


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guys, I gotta ask you to be patient with my english... so let me see if I undertood: this "ecstasy" film you are talking about is the new moovie kristin is doing? does it have a treiler yet? are they filming?


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Posted: Dec 8 2010, 07:18 PM


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it's in production.
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Posted: Dec 8 2010, 11:38 PM


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Now that they're actually rolling, one of the stars of Ecstasy, Scottish actor Adam Sinclair ( Van Wilder 2), says capturing Welsh's voice is more important than actual setting -- and Heydon, also the scriptwriter, has captured it, Sinclair said.

"The script is quite true to the way Irvine writes. With Irvine very much growing up in that culture, as I did myself, he has his finger very much on the pulse of what was going on at the time," he said.

"A lot of time you become pretty disheartened because the process is so long, but ... one thing I always believed in was the script."

Sinclair plays Lloyd, an aging club-goer and recreational drug user who falls in love with Kristin Kreuk ( Small ville, Eurotrip). As of lunchtime Tuesday, they had shot two scenes together, and Sinclair called it "really refreshing to actually sit down and do stuff with Kristin. You're only as good as the person you're opposite."

By at least one account, the pair was "absolutely fantastic" -- and Irvine Welsh himself should know. Welsh, 52, flew into the Sault on Monday from his Chicago home for a cameo in the film, and said the stars are "both incredibly charismatic and have a great chemistry."
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That's without mentioning the sizzle Welsh said he felt between Sinclair and Kreuk as filming began this week.

''There's a chemistry between them. It's just very, very electric. You can't really fake that. That chemistry is either there or it isn't.

''These are two very charismatic stars who are really burning up the screen together and I think it will capture the imagination.''


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Posted: Dec 10 2010, 10:13 PM


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oh, ok. thank you. ^^


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Dan
Posted: Dec 12 2010, 01:13 AM


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From the set

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Her character is Heather,a social worker who leaves her husband and becomes involved in the rave scene of the early 1990s.


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Posted: Dec 12 2010, 01:23 AM


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i am very looking forward to seeing this movie go kk!
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Posted: Dec 17 2010, 04:00 PM


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I'm super excited!!!! and for vampires if they say it will be shown at Sundance. That could mean Kristin's 1st sundance appearance!

Ecstasy sounds very different and interesting for Krisitn to explore her acting.

And Trainspotting a British classic launched Ewan Mcgregor's career. Hopefully it will stop all the CLOIS bashers and other people who still think she can't act.

Ecstasy is still not being listed on her IMDB yet.
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