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Being a child star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time can't be an easy feat. However, Daniel Radcliffe, who most may know as Harry Potter, has made bold and beautiful decisions after playing the famous wizard for a decade.
Today, Daniel turns twenty-seven, and we want to celebrate the last five years in which he's put away his wand, and instead has dazzled us in new and exciting ways that we honestly never could have anticipated. A young actor who keeps surprising us with his role choice - as in his latest film, Swiss Army Man, where he literally plays a corpse - Radcliffe has cast his own magical spell on us, and we've been entranced ever since we »
- Adriana Floridia
These reviews could fit in a tweet. Presented to assuage Nathaniel's guilt from not having properly reviewed them when they arrived, though he sometimes dropped hints of his feelings in other contexts.
Review: Wobbly start, Self sabotaging end. But, Oh!, those imaginative mental heights in the middle.
Grade: Middle Hour: A- / The Rest: C+
Story: An account of the long working relationship between famed editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and one of his literary finds Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Let us not mention the women (Nicole Kidman, The Lovely Laura Linney) lest we rage again at the terrible gender politics
Review: The work of an editor is shape & rhythm, so why is a film about a great one lumpy and lead-footed? »
- NATHANIEL R
Now that “Swiss Army Man” has considerably raised the collective cachet of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (known together as Daniels), one of their earlier works is being brought to greater attention. “Possibilia” first premiered at Tribeca in 2014 before being spotlighted as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers the next year, and now the “interactive love story set in the multiverse” is set to be released online. Watch its trailer below.
Alex Karpovsky (“Girls,” “Red Flag,” “Hail Caesar!”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Office,” “Modern Family”) star as a couple on the verge of breaking up. Per the official synopsis, “the viewer is able to slide between these possible outcomes even as they multiply, following the couple in the kitchen or the living room, in a raucous fight or tender embrace. Eventually the storyline fragments »
- Michael Nordine
Netflix has released a first look image from Okja, the new film from director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer), which features Tilda Swinton (Nancy Mirando) and Giancarlo Esposito (Frank Dawson) shooting on location in New York City.
Okja stars Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Southpaw) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Okja is set to premiere on Netflix and theatrically in 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Being aligned for release at some point next year, Joon-ho’s latest creative venture is in active production across the world as the South Korean filmmaker goes about capturing his “bold, global adventure.” He’s assembled an all-star cast to do so, too, and today’s first look image sheds light on Tilda Swinton and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito.
Attached to play the part of Nancy Mirando and Frank Dawson, respectively, this image is taken on the streets of the Big Apple, and it’s a safe bet that Swinton and Esposito will play pawns of a devious, multi-national company. You see, channeling the larger-than-life spirit of The Host – also a Joon-ho joint – the filmmaker’s latest work chronicles the extraordinary story »
- Michael Briers
Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film “Okja” follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who risks everything to try to stop a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Lily Collins, and more. Check out a first look at the image above featuring Swinton and Esposito on location in New York, courtesy of Netflix.
Bong’s previous films have been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics. His first film “Barking Dogs Never Bite” follows an out-of-work college professor who abuses and kidnaps the barking dogs in his apartment building because he’s irritated by the noise and the young woman who investigates their disappearance. His next film “Memories of Murder” is based on Korea’s first serial murder in »
- Vikram Murthi
Netflix have provided Lrm with a first look photo from director Bong Joon Ho's monster movie Okja. The photo (Click on it for a larger view) above features Tilda Swinton (Nancy Mirando) and Giancarlo Esposito (Frank Dawson) shooting Okj on location in New York City.
The film was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named 'Okja'. Mija will be played by Seohyun An.
Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the Us. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Netflix shared the first image from its feature film Okja, which was filmed earlier this year in Seoul, South Korea. From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a […] »
"Snowpiercer" and "The Host" helmer Bong Joon-Ho returns soon with "Okja," an original sci-fi drama feature for Netflix about a young girl who risks everything to prevent a multi-national from kidnapping her best friend who happens to be a massive animal.
The project is currently in the midst of production with photos from some location shooting this week going viral yesterday due to the unique costumes that two of the film's stars, Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, were wearing on set as their characters.
In the wake of those photos going online, the streaming giant decided to release the first publicity still from the feature which is sadly a far less exciting shot of Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito in more demure outfits. Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Kelly Macdonald, and Steven Yeun also star in the film which will premiere next year.
- Garth Franklin
Cold Iron, headed by Miranda Bailey, has acquired the feature film rights to “The Assistants,” in which a 30-year-old assistant to a billionaire mogul finds that the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded but her student loan debt has not. A technical error with her boss’ expense report presents her with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans, but she hesitates while other assistants approach her to assert that they want in.
Perri wrote the original draft of “The Assistants” while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire and will write the screenplay. Penguin Random House published “The Assistants” in May.
Cold Iron also produced Bel Powley’s “Diary of »
- Dave McNary
When Kumail Nanjiani‘s very first nude scene screened for the first time — in front of a crowd of studio executives and movie theater owners at CinemaCon in Las Vegas a few short months ago — his world changed right away. As he recalled to TheWrap during a recent interview, “That was the day my Twitter blew up.” If you’ve seen the memorable sequence in Fox’s comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” in theaters now, you know why. Also Read: Paul Dano on Daniel Radcliffe's 'Swiss Army Man' Farts: 'It Was Glorious' The actor, best »
- Meriah Doty
Thanks to a well-reviewed movie star, Bleecker Street took “Captain Fantastic” to a now-rare, once-common $20,000-plus limited per theater opening. With all well-oiled cylinders at work, Bleecker filled the demand for older-audience films after two failed recent attempts by others at corralling the younger market (“Swiss Army Man” and “The Neon Demon”).
A wider Bollywood release, Salman Khan-starrer “Sultan” (Yash Raj), achieved something few specialized films have managed in recent months: a Top Ten placement despite playing at fewer than 300 theaters.
Meantime, The Orchard’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” expanded again to strong numbers close to last weekend’s. This word-of-mouth hit could play all summer and expand wider. There is still an audience out there: it’s just more selective.
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, »
- Tom Brueggemann
“Swiss Army Man” stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano are perfectly fine if people are initially drawn to the movie because of its boner compass. “There was something to me incredibly funny about the fact that it was operated by two gigantic levers,” Radcliffe told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “It was like you would switch signals on a train track with them.” The movie follows a man named Hank (Dano) who is marooned on an island and thinking about suicide when he comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that has washed up on the beach. Also Read: Paul Dano on Daniel Radcliffe's 'Swiss Army. »
- J. Clara Chan
Pixar-Disney’s sequel won the frame handily over three new releases, led by “The Legend of Tarzan” with $45.6 million and followed by Universal’s “The Purge: Election Year” with $34.8 million and Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” with a disappointing $22.3 million for Disney.
“Finding Dory” has now taken in $380.5 million in its first 18 days — just $300,000 short of matching the entire run of its 2003 predecessor “Finding Nemo,” 25th highest on the list of all-time domestic grossers.
“Dory” is showing plenty of staying power, declining less than 42% in its third weekend. It will face serious competition from next weekend’s launch of Universal-Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets,” but it should be able to to hit three more box office milestones shortly: topping Disney/Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” as the top domestic »
- Dave McNary
The Pixar release swam to the top of the charts for the third consecutive weekend, picking up $41.9 million to bring its domestic total to $372.2 million. The follow-up to “Finding Nemo” should end the four-day holiday with another $50.5 million in receipts. It is on pace to surpass “Toy Story 3” and its $415 million haul as the highest grossing Pixar film in history on a domestic basis.
“It’s showing no signs of slowing down,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief at Disney, Pixar’s parent company. “As people are weighing what to see, it stands out as the only option that’s going to entertain everyone.”
The July 4th weekend is traditionally one of the movie business’ biggest, but this national holiday suffered from a weak crop of new releases, as »
- Brent Lang
Chicago – It’s a simple concept. A man is stuck on an island, and has run out of hope. A dead corpse washes ashore and starts farting. The farts are so frequent that the man rides the corpse like a jet ski. The man is “saved”? Oh yes, and the corpse is portrayed by Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe.
In one of the wildest and most original ideas to come along in film culture in a while, “Swiss Army Man” is a “one joke” concept that does a bit more than just expectorate gas. The journey that the man and his corpse go on becomes important enough to change a few lives, and no matter which astral plane the actions of the dead body are coming from, the way he is able to save a dying man becomes the most important point. This is a buddy comedy for the ages, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
You've probably heard of Swiss Army Man as the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. You've probably seen the whimsical trailer, which does not hide the fact that Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Here's the rub, though: Swiss Army Man is soooooooo much more than just the movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. Swiss Army Man is about Hank (Paul Dano), a man who finds himself stranded on a tiny island with no rescue in sight. Just as he's given up on life, he comes across another person (Daniel Radcliffe), only they happen to be dead. The dead aren't useless, though, and Dano proceeds to find not just ways of saving his life, but a reason to live, all thanks to the decaying yet increasingly animated corpse of a...
- Peter Hall
It would not be unfair to call Swiss Army Man “the movie about the farting corpse with the boner,” because that is the perfect description of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), one of its two lead characters (the other is love-torn Hank played by Paul Dano). What would be unfair is to only call it that, because it’s actually one of the most unexpectedly sensitive films of 2016.
As directed by the Daniels (Kwan and Scheinert) the film combines the best of buddy films, mumblecore aesthetics and unexpected romance to become something that defies genre and what’s politically correct on film. Needless to say so, it’s a delightful surprise and perfect counter-programming for a season so marked by how alike everything looks. Whether you like the film or not, the true thing is that you won’t be able to get it out of your mind for quite some time. »
- Jose Solís
Swiss Army Man, 2016.
A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.
Not even five minutes into Swiss Army Man (the first feature film from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, recognized collectively as Daniels and most known for making visually conceptual music videos), Hank (a stranded man on an island attempting suicide played by Paul Dano) finds a rotting washed up corpse near a beach (Daniel Radcliffe), and uses the body’s constant gassy flatulence as a special power to jet-ski from one section of the island to another, that hopefully will have signs of civilization. It’s the initial promise that the movie will be a quirky, bizarre, weird, fun, and unforgettable experience. Most importantly, Swiss Army Man »
- Robert Kojder
It’s not easy to get people to take your film seriously when it gains a reputation as the “farting corpse comedy,” but the team behind “Swiss Army Man” have done just that, and are now happily watching their movie’s lead actors make waves–literally and figuratively.
The feature film debut of music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan -— collectively known as “Daniels” —“Swiss Army Man” centers on Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded on a deserted island who makes a friend when a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) washes up on shore. In short order, the dead guy’s unseemly bodily functions figure heavily in the plot. As basically everyone knows by now, Hank uses Manny’s body as a survival tool in several different ways. Manny’s farts act as a propulsion system that allow Hank to ride his body like a jet ski, and his »
- Graham Winfrey
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