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In his recent tear through an AP American Lit syllabus, James Franco has played poets Allen Ginsberg and Hart Crane and adapted William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury. Among the actor-director-whatever's other endeavors are an upcoming Charles Bukowski biopic and The Color of Time, a faded gimcrack of a film, in which Franco plays the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet C.K. Williams. While the This Is the End star's enthusiasm for (white, male) lit-luminaries is admirable, it's disappointing that Franco can't marshal his unflagging energies and famous friends like Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain into anything more interesting than reciting Williams's poetry in voiceover while re-creating familiar scenes of domestic turmoil. But surely Franc »
By respectfully minding the gap between Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs's experimental fiction and his real-life passions and traumas, biographical documentary Burroughs -- shot in 1983 with its subject's participation -- paints the artist as an elusive persona. Director Howard Brookner defines Burroughs's fiction by its autobiographical elements and elliptical prose style, and establishes Burroughs's slippery character through his interview subjects' impressionistic, off-the-cuff commentary. Fragmentary asides, like the scene where journalist Lucien Carr regales poet Allen Ginsberg with his impression of Burroughs as a womanizing college student — " 'There's a thunder in my chest,' he'd say, and all the women fell to the floor" — are given as »
Ever since becoming a wizard at the age of 12, Daniel Radcliffe has been an international star.
Seemingly tailor-made for the role of Harry Potter, the young actor went from complete unknown to superstar overnight -- and he'd barely hit puberty. Since his days in the blockbuster franchise, Radcliffe has starred on Broadway and in indie movies, earning critical acclaim and shedding his child star image along the way. This fall, the (still) young actor stars in the devilish "Horns."
2. His mother is a casting agent born in South Africa and raised in Essex, England. His father is a literary agent from County Down, Northern Ireland.
3. Both of Radcliffe's parents acted as children.
4. Radcliffe »
- Jonny Black
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Keith Bunin
Daniel Radcliffe could not be doing more to dispel his Harry Potter image that so many movie fans still hold onto. From ages 12 to 22 Radcliffe personified the beloved children’s book character, but he’s moving on. He’s played beat icon Allen Ginsberg, he’s played a cynical romanticist, and he’s played a terrorized attorney. Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns, is truly the cherry on top of the typecast-busting sundae because no one will be thinking about Potter when they see this.
Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, a local DJ who has been with the love of his life Merrin (Juno Temple) since they met in elementary school. The couple has a screaming match after she dumps him publicly. When she appears, raped and dismembered under the tree that both she and Ig loved it is »
- Colin Biggs
A.J. (Amy-Jo) Albany’s memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood is a tender, spiky, beautifully evocative series of linked vignettes about her cruelly impoverished childhood as the daughter of a brilliant jazz pianist and junkie, Joe Albany, and a mean, self-centered mother (once the lover of Allen Ginsberg before he turned conclusively gay) who left them early and slid into terminal alcoholism. Amy and Topper Lilien have turned the book into a movie directed by Jeff Preiss, best known as the cinematographer of Bruce Weber’s extraordinary documentaries Broken Noses and Let’s Get Lost. Preiss brings a moody, lingering, be-bop touch to material that would be better in places with more zip, but if the film’s not as entertaining as the book, it’s pretty damn good, anyway. It has an immersive mood — a dim, junk-infused gloom from which there’s almost no escape. »
- David Edelstein
“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” That’s a message on a postcard displayed on the dressing room mirror of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). With that phrase in mind, I feel it’s best to simply say, “Go see the movie. Then we can talk about it.” I could leave this review at that considering the film brings into question the role of the critic when an actor, director, or artist puts their heart and soul on the line for his or her art. But just plainly urging you to see the movie is also counter-productive when there is so much love, effort, and ideas pulsating from this work of art. And it is just that. Birdman is a work of art. Don’t take my word for it though, go and see it for yourself. »
- Michael Haffner
We haven't been lacking in depictions of William S. Burroughs on the big screen in recent years with both Viggo Mortensen ("On The Road") and Ben Foster ("Kill Your Darlings") portraying the famed writer. But now a film thought to be long lost has resurfaced, giving fans and newcomers a window in Burroughs' world via the gnarled Beat eminence himself. Today, the Playlist has an exclusive clip from "Burroughs: The Movie." Starting as a thesis project in the late 1970s at New York University by director Howard Brookner (with sound by Jim Jarmusch, and cinematography by Tom Dicillo), production on "Burroughs: The Movie" eventually spanned over five years, with the filmmaker not only logging plenty of time with his subject, but also with fellow travelers like Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, John Giorno, and Brion Gysin. However, when Brookner passed due to AIDS in 1989, his film was thought to be lost. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having made his feature length directorial debut in 2013 with the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas will now tackle Lionsgate’s Young Adult fiction adaptation of the award-winning book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The novel, which took the top slot of the New York Times bestseller list on publication, won both a Maine Student Book Award and Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, as well as featuring on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. It is hardly surprising, then, that Hollywood would snap it up.
Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, who has a rare facial malformation caused by mandibulofacial dysostosis. Having been previously home-schooled by his mother, Auggie finds himself heading into fifth grade at Beecher Pre, and must try to fit in and make friends. He meets prejudice and bullying from many quarters – but also makes firm and long-lasting connections with his fellow students. »
- Sarah Myles
In what's bound to be the latest in a string of enormously successful Ya adaptations, R.J. Palacio's debut novel, Wonder, is getting the big-screen treatment. Kill Your Darlings helmer John Krokidas has signed on to direct the film with a script by Jack Thorne, EW has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Palacio's 2012 novel follows the story of Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with a severe facial deformity and the struggles he faces when he attends public school for the first time after being home-schooled his entire life. Krokidas made his feature directorial debut with 2013's Kill Your Darlings, »
- Emily Blake
By Anjelica Oswald
Where feature filmmakers head into a project with a script and a plan, the path for documentarians is unpredictable. They follow real subjects and real issues often in real time — and sometimes for years at a time — and piece everything together as the footage comes along. Sometimes, things fall apart or the subject has to change, such as it with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie (2013). Though different skill sets go into the distinct film forms, some documentary filmmakers choose to transition to narrative features and vice versa, such as Spike Lee, whose next release will be a documentary titled Go Brasil Go!.
Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman have made the jump from documentaries to feature films and have said that they intend on continuing to make both types of film. Epstein and Friedman won an Oscar for their first co-directed documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt »
- Anjelica Oswald
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
Of all the Harry Potter kids, Daniel Radcliffe has been the one to take on the most varied and interesting roles since he stopped playing a boy wizard. He’s been Allen Ginsberg, appeared naked on a Broadway stage, and most recently can be seen in the romance What If. Given that varied filmography, it’s not surprising that Radcliffe should take on a rather bizarre little part for his next role, playing a young man with a very odd problem in Horns.
Radcliffe is Ig Perrish, a man accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Things get even worse when he awakens one morning to discover horns growing out of his head. This apparent manifestation of his guilt prompts the townspeople to proclaim that he’s been cursed by the devil for his crime. Perrish claims that he’s innocent in his girlfriend’s death, and sets »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The film marks a departure for Radcliffe, who in recent years has played a wizard, a widowed lawyer haunted by a woman in black, Allen Ginsberg and a warped version of himself who fires a condom onto Diana Rigg's head in Extras.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Radcliffe confirmed that he recently rejected an approach to reprise his role as Harry Potter for Universal Orlando's theme park, but refused to definitively say "never" about going back to the role.
"I would never say never… the hypothetical thing people come up with is if a book was written one day and the story was continued at an age you were appropriate to do it, »
Update: We also caught up with Radcliffe at the La junket, and have included that video below as well.
Ever since finishing up his time at Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe has gone on to make some very interesting career choices. From the bold and daring role of Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, to strong horror efforts like Horns and The Woman In Black, the young British actor is continuing to distance himself from the franchise that made him a household name.
Radcliffe’s newest film is The F Word (or, What If as it’s known in the Us), a romantic comedy that asks the all important question of whether or not men and women can ever just be friends. It stars Radcliffe alongside Zoe Kazan, who play Wallace and Chantry, respectively. Wallace is burned out after a particularly bad relationship and starts to find hope again when he meets Chantry, »
- Matt Joseph
Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.
"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's »
- Gary Susman
In 1960 Bill Finger wrote a Batman story involving a South American rebel group releasing a mysterious “Rainbow Creature” composed of red, green, yellow, and blue on an unsuspecting rural village. Each color holds a power, when a power is used the associated color fades to white. Batman and Robin eventually devise a plan to make it use all its powers simultaneously. It works, and the creature fades entirely white. Then, before The Dynamic Duo can strike, it implodes into dust and blows away in the wind. This was Batman #134. And though the issue was released in 1960, it is the pinnacle of the 1950s Batman: bright, whimsical, otherworldly, and downright bizarre. Did this tone stem from post-War censorship and economic realities, or something else?
The eras of The Batman are many. Even now, as I’m writing this or you are reading it somewhere in time, the character is ever »
- Dan Black
Over the years, Radcliffe has played both fictional characters, such as the most famous boy wizard (Harry Potter series) and real people, like beat poet Allen Ginsberg (Kill Your Darlings). What If, however, may have presented him with his most challenging role yet: that of a normal, contemporary man. In an exclusive chat with uInterview, Radcliffe revealed that, despite his accomplishments, he worried about playing a character who so closely resembled himself.
“I think I’ve always been nervous about playing a character that was similar to me, because I thought, ‘Well, that’s not really acting.’ But being yourself on camera is, actually – well, there’s an act to that,” Radcliffe told uInterview at a fan screening of What If.
Daniel Radcliffe On »
Howdy ladies and gentleman For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go ahead and take a look at a rather unique A-lister. Someone who vacillates between humongous Hollywood blockbusters and odd little independent films, always doing his own thing. The A-lister in question? None other than James Franco. He’s many things to many people, but he’s unquestionably a star. He’s given a few incredibly good performances, but he’s never a boring actor to watch. He’s easily one of Tinseltown’s most interesting actors to follow. Almost constantly engaging in some form of art, Franco is at his core, just that…an artist. He may be a bit of a weirdo to some, but he’s an A-lister regardless and deserves this tribute. Franco wasn’t always considered a “weird” star. He got his start basically as a heartthrob. He first came on to »
- Joey Magidson
Growing up, Daniel Radcliffe always thought Harry Potter would die at the end of J.K. Rowling’s books. “Because of the prophecy with Lord Voldemort,” Radcliffe says on a recent afternoon in New York, between cigarette puffs. “I thought, ‘How is she going to get out of that one?’ ” He finally worked up the courage to ask the bestselling author when she came to see him in the London production of “Equus” in 2007. “I was happy to be proven wrong,” Radcliffe says. “For an actor, what more can you wish for? You get a death scene — and then you get more screen time.”
Even though Voldemort couldn’t finish off Potter, someone else has. The culprit is none other than Radcliffe himself, who was cast to play the boy wizard at the age of 11 in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Over the next 10 years, the eight “Potter »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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