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Daniel Radcliffe Heads To Imperium

30 July 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In his time playing heroes and weirdoes and people of all stripes, Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t had the chance to play someone in law enforcement. He’s changing that with a new role, signing up to play an FBI agent in Imperium. Though it sounds like some sort of epic space opera, it’s actually rooted in the real-life story of Michael German, an FBI agent who spent years undercover in neo-Nazi and militia groups in the States. In the film, the character based on German will be similarly embedded, trying to stop a bunch of chaos-happy white supremacists constructing a dirty bomb.  Daniel Ragussis, who has been making short films, is jumping to features with this thriller, which he co-wrote with German. All being well, the cameras should be rolling this autumn.It’s another job for the ever-busy Radcliffe, who is currently shooting surreal indie pic Swiss Army Man »

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HBO, Russell Simmons strike first-look pact

30 July 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

HBO has struck a first-look deal with Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital (Add) for what the parties called a wide range of television projects.

The Def Jam Records co-founder and his team have five active projects, three of which are being developed through Add.

HBO and Simmons are collaborating on the six-part series Codes Of Conduct from Steve McQueen, who developed and directed. The story follows a mysterious arriviste in New York high society and stars newcomer Devon Terrell, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall.

McQueen co-wrote with screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan and serves as executive producer with Simmons, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Alan Poul.

The deal includes a series that curates the best acts from Add’s weekly live Hollywood comedy night; comedy series These Are My Friends about aspiring hip-hop artists; and a comedy series via Add with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe.

The fifth project is a Def Comedy Jam 25th Anniversary »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Film Review: 'Love & Mercy'

15 July 2015 12:48 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Taking the step up from producer to director, with Love & Mercy (2014) Bill Pohlad successfully delivers a biopic like no other - a tale of endurance based on the turbulent life of Beach Boys member and solo artist Brian Wilson. The brilliant double-team of Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson at different but no less important crossroads in his life, the film switching between timelines to accurately capture the the frailty of a man charged by music, yet troubled by his mind. In the present, Brian (Cusack) meets car saleswoman Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), who becomes an important figure in his life as he attempts to piece himself together, much to the dissatisfaction of psychotherapist Dr. Landy (Paul Giamatti).

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- CineVue UK

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Movie Review – Love & Mercy (2015)

14 July 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Love & Mercy, 2015.

Directed by Bill Pohlad.

Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

A biopic of Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson, entwining two significant parts of his life – at the height of his creative output in the 60s and his mis-diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia two decades later.

Is…is that Mark Kermode? The BBC’s lead film critic, author of many a book, embarker of many a radio tirade? The light in the Soho Screening Room’s ground floor theatre was low, but that could only be one man’s silver quiff.

Somehow, even after attending scores of press screenings over the years, I’ve never found myself in the same cinema as The Kermode. Others have tales abundant; me, a solitary anecdote where I awkwardly posed for a selfie on the BAFTA red carpet. He pouted. It was a brief, hollow encounter.

This is a perfect film for him, »

- Oli Davis

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Love & Mercy review – surfing a Beach Boy’s life

12 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mixing fact and fiction this strange double-telling of the Brian Wilson story is a truthful reminder of the songwriter’s alchemical magic

This bifurcated tale of distinct periods from the life of Beach Boy Brian Wilson plays like two different movies – jarring melodies intertwined in harmonious discord. Watching one, I found myself marvelling at Paul Dano’s uncanny portrayal of Wilson in the 60s, struggling to detect the moment when the actor’s voice segues into that of the real-life musician, dazzled by the construction of stunningly authentic-looking faux archive footage. In the other, I wondered whether it mattered that John Cusack’s 80s incarnation bore so little physical resemblance to either his subject or his on-screen counterpart, and found myself questioning the blend of fact and fiction in this latter-day tale of love’s triumph over madness and corruption.

Related: Love & Mercy: the rise and fall of tortured genius Brian Wilson

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- Mark Kermode

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The Guardian Film Show: Ted 2, Dear White People, Love & Mercy and The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence - audio

10 July 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film team review this week's big cinema releases, including more foul-mouthed furry fun from Seth MacFarlane's Ted franchise and the last segment of Tom Six's disgusting Human Centipede trilogy

In this week's show, Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Paul Dano and John Cusack as Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy; the return of Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear in Ted 2; Justin Simien's race satire Dear White People and the final instalment in the Human Centipede horror series. Plus, the team answer your questions, which you can paste in the comments below.

• This is the audio-only version of this week's Guardian film show.

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- The Guardian Film Show

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The Guardian film show: Ted 2, Dear White People, Love and Mercy, The Human Centipede 3 - video

10 July 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this week's show, Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Paul Dano and John Cusack as Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy; the return of Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear in Ted 2; Justin Simien's race satire Dear White People and the final instalment in the Human Centipede horror series. Plus, the team answer your questions, which you can paste in the comments below

• Don't fancy watching the full show? Here's standalone reviews of Ted 2, Love and Mercy, Dear White People and The Human Centipede 3 Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Zoran Trajkovic

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Love and Mercy – video review

10 July 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this extract from the Guardian film show, Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes to review a biopic of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. The film opens around the time of the recording of Pet Sounds, when Wilson is struggling to keep his grip on reality, and is played by Paul Dano. The film then follows him in the 1980s, when he's buoyed by a good therapist and a cheering romance Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Zoran Trajkovic

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Five best moments: Paul Dano

10 July 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He is young – and looks younger – but the actor has 15 years of great roles behind him. As Love & Mercy, in which he plays the youthful Brian Wilson, hits UK cinemas, we look back at the highlights of his career

His boyish features suggest otherwise, but Paul Dano is now 31, and he has a good 15 years of indie flicks and character roles behind him. This week, he can be seen several stone heavier playing the young Brian Wilson in biopic Love & Mercy – a rare star turn for an actor who usually plays supporting roles.

If screen careers can be traced through vocal performances, Dano’s route – from a mute teenager in Little Miss Sunshine to the voice of an angel in Love & Mercy – has just reached its apex. Here are some of the highlights along the way.

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- Steven Puddicombe

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Second Opinion – Love & Mercy (2015)

10 July 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Love & Mercy, 2015.

Directed by Bill Pohlad.

Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

For fans of the iconic 60s pop group The Beach Boys, this is a must-watch. Love & Mercy is a poignant and considered attempt to chronicle the tumultuous life of the band’s lead musician, Brian Wilson.

The film is a biopic covering two periods of Wilson’s life. Paul Dano (There Will be Blood, Ruby Sparks) plays Wilson during the mid 60s when seminal album Pet Sounds was recorded, but also the period when Wilson began to develop mental health issues and abused drugs and alcohol.

Intercut with this narrative is John Cusack »

- Luke Graham

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Love & Mercy review – the two lives of Brian Wilson

9 July 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Beach BoysBrian Wilson is played by two actors – Paul Dano and John Cusack – in this heartfelt and eloquent tribute to one of pop’s greatest innovators

This very absorbing, heartfelt movie about the Beach BoysBrian Wilson is written by Oren Moverman and Michael A Lerner and directed by Bill Pohlad; it’s creative and experimental in just the right spirit, though with an asymmetric flaw. The film is a kind of diptych in which one of the panels is more fully achieved than the other.

Love & Mercy takes its title from the opening track from Wilson’s 1988 solo album and it’s about two commodities in very short supply. We are presented with an oblique and elliptical study of this unhappy musical pioneer, infuriated by the thought of being out-evolved by the Beatles and driven to create a brilliantly pioneering album, Pet Sounds, about which there was incidentally nothing domesticated whatever. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Love & Mercy review: John Cusask and Paul Dano play Beach Boy Brian Wilson

9 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Bill Pohlad; Screenwriters: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner; Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12A

Behind the sunny surf-happy image of the iconic '60s band The Beach Boys, frontman Brian Wilson suffers in silence with mental illness - the premise of Love & Mercy. The exact nature (and cause) of his problem isn't clearly defined by indie writer/director Bill Pohlad, which makes life difficult for his stars John Cusack and Paul Dano, playing Wilson at different stages of his life. Both actors give their all but to little effect.

There is a fascinating story in here, somewhere, which Pohlad can't quite extrapolate from the maudlin romance he pitches between the middle-aged Wilson (Cusack) and model-turned-car-saleswoman Melinda (although it is a touching performance from Elizabeth Banks). She appears to develop a Florence Nightingale complex when Wilson presents himself at her showroom, with no social graces at all, »

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Which early year releases will remain Oscar players throughout 2015?

8 July 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Now that we’ve got just a shade over six months of the year out of the way, you can start to figure out which films and performances from he first half of 2015 have the potential to sustain awards buzz and which won’t. Below you’ll see a rundown of the major categories, with some notes about who and what could contend for some attention when the precursors start in the winter. Now, there’s a chance that nothing will break through from January through the end of June, but there’s a chance that a few things could as well, so let’s run that down now! Here we go… Best Picture is first up, and really only applies to Inside Out, if we’re being realistic. There’s an outside chance for Love & Mercy as well as Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road, but that’s about it. »

- Joey Magidson

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Paul Dano on 'Love & Mercy', the Beach Boys, and how he tackled the role of a Sixties rock god

7 July 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

American actor Paul Dano has a laid-back, occasionally laconic manner that makes his sentences have the cycle of a wave; they develop with intent, rise up to a peak, and then crash into themselves. He gives tidbits of information rather than great oratory. A trait he uses to great effect with the characters he's played in films as far ranging as Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood. This reluctance to string full sentences together is combined with his believing, "It's so hard to talk about yourself. It can be tough." »

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Early 2016 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Actor

6 July 2015 10:23 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We're over the mid-year hump and on our way down, but there's still a lot left to see so yes, these are early predictions, but it's time to get the ducks in a row so we can begin shuffling the board as movies are released and contenders fall off and are added on. Last week I offered up an updated look at the Best Picture field for the 2016 Oscars and today I'm opening the doors for a first look at the Best Actor field, which currently includes 30 contenders. Let's have a look. As always, when you begin taking a look this early in the game most of the names that rise to the top are for unseen, but assumed they will be great, performances. My opening field is really no different with only one performance in my top five having been seen, though there could still be a case made »

- Brad Brevet

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Taking notice of the truly exceptional sonic wizardry of ‘Love & Mercy’

5 July 2015 10:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound has been an essential part of filmmaking for nearly ninety years, yet is the art and the craft of sound mixing and sound editing is not especially appreciated by modern cinephiles, including this writer. But the recent release of Bill Pohland’s double-sided Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy caused me to stand to stand up and take notice of the film’s truly exception sonic wizardry, which uplifts the film, enhancing the story and giving a voice to the characters’ souls, which too often are unable to speak for themselves.

The most obvious use of sound in a movie about the life of Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson, the musical genius behind countless hits and the milestone album Pet Sounds, is obviously going to be in the music, and Love & Mercy does not disappoint there. The film begins with credits set to the pleasing tones of mid-‘60s Beach Boys pop-rock, »

- Michael Guarnieri

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The Best of the First Half of 2015 so far

3 July 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Wow folks, can you believe that it’s the second half of the year already? Seriously, it’s July now, so we’re officially into part two of 2015 right now. With the fourth of July on tap for tomorrow, what better time than now to kick back and look at what the best of the first half of the year was? That’s what I thought too, so go figure…that’s what I’m doing now. Much like I’ve done in the past, I’ll highlight the ten best films of the first half as well as give out some personal awards to boot. As a note, I’m only including things that have come out between January 1st and June 30th. That eliminates a ton of great flicks, like The End of the Tour, Grandma, Irrational Man, Magic Mike Xxl (which just missed), Sleeping with Other People, »

- Joey Magidson

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Podcast: 'Terminator Genisys' Review, a Clip Extravaganza, Voice Mails & More

3 July 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Welcome to another edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast, today Laremy and I have some big updates when it comes to the future of the podcast, but after that we dig in and discuss everything from the reaction to the gay marriage decision to reviewing Terminator Genisys. We listen to a couple listener voice mails, Mitch delivers a massive batch of clips from past episodes, we play some games and much more. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Interview – Director Bill Pohlad talks Love and Mercy, Beach Boys and more

1 July 2015 1:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“No Kanye, those aren’t the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Round, round, get around, Flickering Myth gets around.

Specifically Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis, who sat down with the director and producer of the Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) biopic Love and Mercy, Bill Pohlad.

They talk everything, from how the movie came about, Pohlad taking on the directing role for the first time in over two decades and the original format of the script – which had three, rather than two, versions of Brian Wilson. The actor Pohlad had in mind for the third would’ve been incredible. Check it out below:

Love and Mercy stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the past and future versions of Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. The film “presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, »

- Oli Davis

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