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While I wasn’t surprised to see Macklemore & Lewis receive seven Grammy nominations announced, I was a bit shocked that their entry for Song of the Year turned out to be “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert. They’ll be taking on Pink, Katy Perry, Lordes, and Bruno Mars in the category.
An anti-gay group in Russia is posting a bounty for information that can lead to the exposure of Glbt teachers under the guise that they must be promoting homosexuality to their students in violation of the law.
Congratulations to Hunting Season, who hit their Kickstarter goal of $150,000 at the last minute, enabling them to make a second, »
- Ed Kennedy
This exploration of the early years of the Beat generation is candid but conservative
"We're sending millions to fight fascists in Europe, but they're here – metre and rhyme!" Hmm. The fact that battles fought in the library of Columbia University appear unavoidably peripheral when the second world war is raging elsewhere is just one of the problems facing this earnest, enthusiastic, but oddly irksome take on the birth of the Beat poets, a group already overserved by swooning cinematic tribute. Daniel Radcliffe makes a surprisingly strong fist of his central role as a young Allen Ginsberg, the nebbishy son of a poet who arrives at university with a head full of uptight anxieties, which are promptly undone by his infatuation with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, looking more like a young Leonardo than DiCaprio himself) and his first heady whiff of drink and drugs. Carr is a boisterous irritant who introduces »
- Mark Kermode
This Ain't California | Nebraska | Frozen | Kill Your Darlings | Oldboy | Powder Room | Homefront | Getaway | The Patience Stone | Big Bad Wolves | Black Nativity | Floating Skyscrapers | Klown | Rough Cut | A Long Way From Home | Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
This Ain't California (Tbc)
(Marten Perseil, 2012, Ger) 90 mins
Just as its East German teen subjects took skateboarding behind the Iron Curtain, so this "documentary" smuggles faked footage into its true 1980s history. The result is a fascinating parallel pop-cultural history with a moving (but imaginary) human centre. Working out what's true and what's not only adds to the fun.
Stubborn old Dern and son take a quixotic road trip back into family, and American, history.
Disney's classy, sparkly assault on the Christmas holidays, with wintry vistas, musical numbers and a sister-powered fairytale. »
- Steve Rose
Harry Potter alumni shortlisted for respective theatrical roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Mojo
Radcliffe is nominated in the best actor category of the 14th WhatsOnStage awards for his performance as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
He is up against Ben Whishaw for Mojo and Peter and Alice, James McAvoy for Macbeth, Lenny Henry for Fences and Rory Kinnear for Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello. Kinnear also appears in the best new play category for his writing debut, The Herd.
Grint, making his stage debut as the endearingly dim Sweets in Mojo, is nominated in the London newcomer of the year. The category also includes actors Jack Huston (Strangers on a Train), Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys), Olivia Vinall »
- Mark Brown
Take your pick of this week's cinema releases. Plus, what's coming up on the site today
What to watch
In the UK? Have a gander at The Guardian Film Show, where we're reviewing Alexander Payne's Nebraska, Daniel Radcliffe's turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, skateboarding sort-of doc This Ain't California and Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy.
In the Us? Have a sing-song with the Coen brothers folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis, on limited release from this week.
In the news today
- Time magazine have named and shamed their worst films of »
In the 1940s, a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is accepted to Columbia University to study poetry and literature. There, he meets the charismatic Lucien Carr (Dane DeHann), the eccentric William Burroughs, and the booze-loving Jack Kerouac. Together, they form the basis for what becomes the Beat generation - but not before a killing threatens to shatter the group entirely. »
Peter Bradshaw and Andrew Pulver join Henry Barnes for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team hit the open road with a lucky lottery winner in Alexander Payne's Nebraska; bop, jive and shuffle with the beat writers of Kill Your Darlings; question the authenticity of skateboarding documentary This Ain't California; and watch Spike Lee take a hammer to a classic with his English language version of Oldboy. Plus: interviews with Nebraska director Alexander Payne and Daniel Radcliffe, the star of Kill Your Darlings.
• This is the audio-only version of The Guardian Film Show.
Henry BarnesAndrew PulverPeter BradshawThibaut Remy »
- Henry Barnes, Andrew Pulver, Peter Bradshaw, Thibaut Remy
Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
Lana Del Rey has dropped her short film entitled Tropico, directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s also attached to direct Daniel Radcliffe in Tokyo Vice next year. Del Rey’s music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the1950s and 1960s Americana. The self-described “gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” draws influence from Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir. However, Tropico is somewhat of a change; billed as “an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption,” with Del Rey in the role of Eve. The 27-minute long film features the songs “Body Electric,” “Gods And Monsters” and “Bel Air” from her Paradise Ep, with each song accompanying one of three chapters of the story. The video premiered at The ArcLight Hollywood, and at the event, she »
After eight years of seeing his face reflected in a knife blade across the buses of Los Angeles and New York, in his role as blood-spatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan, Michael C Hall is finding it nice to talk about a different character.
His role in the beat generation drama Kill Your Darlings is the least known figure in a largely forgotten murder scandal that engulfed the proto-beats, and perhaps even fashioned them into the movement we now recognise. In New York City in 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) were all inspired by an epicene beauty from the midwest, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who liked to stand on the university library tables »
- John Patterson
Kill Your Darlings is the third film recently about the beat generation, after Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl (2010) and Walter Salles's On the Road (2012). This movie by John Krokidas is superior to both, with Daniel Radcliffe giving an intelligent and considered performance as the young Allen Ginsberg.
There is admittedly some of the same self-consciousness and 50s beat preciousness with polo-necked guys nodding life-affirmingly to live jazz. But it's also revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career. These ignited the poetry, and the film suggests that the poetic impulse is at least initially a flight impulse; an impulse away from a horrible real-world mess to a vantage point from where the mess can be artistically controlled, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe, is The Boy Who Talked About American Football On The Empire Podcast this week, while Alexander Payne doesn't mention sport of any kind, instead sticking to his latest, Nebraska.Elsewhere, movie A.I.s get the once over, the team wonders about Wonder Woman in the Batman Vs. Superman project and the amazing Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer and imminent arrival of X-Men: Apocalypse also sneak into the superhero portion of the news section.In the reviews department, Kill Your Darlings gets dissected (hence the Radcliffe factor), alongside Frozen, Homefront and, of course, Nebraska. So for all that and a slightly wonky (but still impressive) performance of David Bowie's 'You Remind Me Of The Babe' from Labyrinth, you know which movie podcast to listen to...P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our »
Oh right, Lana Del Rey. The hugely hyped pop star didn't quite take off the way the blogosphere predicted she would when she dropped Born To Die last year, but the music world loves nothing more than a good comeback story. And it seems like she's going for broke this time out. The singer has dropped an absolutely bonkers 27-minute short film entitled "Tropico," which riffs on Bible stories in the most strange, surreal and bizarre way possible. So, of course, it's a must watch. Anthony Mandler, attached to direct Daniel Radcliffe in "Tokyo Vice," is at the helm. [Pitchfork] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Set in the 1940’s during the early days of the literary revolution, Kill Your Darlings is a true crime thriller based on the previously untold story of a murder that implicated the men who went on to become the great poets of the Beat Generation; Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Based on actual events and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Kill Your Darlings tells how these young men first meet at Columbia University in 1944. A story of friendship, obsession, jealousy and genius, their self-proclaimed brilliance is stained by the brutal murder of David Kammerer, which both consecrated and fractured their early fellowship.
Please note: This competition is open to »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December 2013....
As expected, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made it two weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office, with the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined sequel adding another £5.5 million in its second weekend to give the film an impressive £21.7 million after just 11 days.
That puts it just behind the entire haul of The Hunger Games (£23.8 million), as well as the £22.5 million take of Gravity, which held on to second place with a fourth weekend take of £1.74 million.
Turning to the new arrivals and the CG-animated Free Birds led the pack with £1,044,074 to take third, followed by Disney's Saving Mr. Banks in fourth with £795,615 and the remake of Carrie in fifth with £662,625.
Number one this time last year: Skyfall
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - £5,525,476 weekend; £21,711,143 total (2 weeks)
2. Gravity - £1,741,279 weekend »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆ Beat literature and its purveyors have had a long and varied relationship with the silver screen which has seen no less than three films about them in the last few years. James Franco accepted the challenge of the lead in Allen Ginsberg pseudo-biopic Howl (2010), whilst Walter Salles took on the unenviable task of bringing Jack Kerouac's "unfilmable" On the Road (2012). Now, first-time director John Krokidas tackles the formative years of the movement in his fairly standard period piece, Kill Your Darlings (2013), which boasts an impressive cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall.
- CineVue UK
The drama picks up with a 17-year-old Ginsberg as he embarks on his first year at Columbia University. There he meets charismatic rebel Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who introduces him to fellow Beat poets William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac and becomes his first great unrequited love.
Digital Spy sat down with Radcliffe and DeHaan to discuss their research for the roles of Ginsberg and Carr, and their much-discussed "hot" kissing scene.
A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories: Sky Arts 1, 9pm
Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe star in Sky's hidden gem - the blackest of black comedies. In series two, episode three, Radcliffe's younger Doctor grows increasingly fixated with Natasha (Margaret Clunie).
Louie: Fox, 10pm
Louis Ck's superb sitcom reaches its third season finale, but fear not, a fourth is on the way! For now, it's time to celebrate the festive period - Louie-style - with Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler cast as our lead's sister.
Him & Her: The Wedding: BBC Three, 10pm
Tonight, we continue saying a long and bittersweet goodbye to loveable slobs Steve (Russell Tovey) and Becky (Sarah Solemani). In the third of five episodes, nightmare bride Laura (Kerry Howard) receives some shocking news...
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
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On the site today
• Sundance 2014 announces competition lineup
• Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to direct The Jungle Book
• Warner battling Weinsteins over Hobbit profits
• Britain and China sign landmark co-production deal
• Week in geek examines the trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2
• Callout for readers' films of the year
• Phil Hoad on the enduring influence of Cinema Paradiso
You may have missed
• A first look review of David O Russell's Oscar contender, American Hustle
• Awards season kicks off with American Hustle winning the New »
And the lists keep on coming... We're just a few weeks away from 2014 (crazy, right?) which means lots of lists are being made, and not just for Santa Claus. Critics, pundits, everyday folks and your next door neighbor are drafting their tally of the year's finest achievement in cinema, and this latest rundown comes from north of the border, with a little twist. Tiff has unveiled Canada's Top Ten Films Of 2013 (despite the fact that a few of them haven't officially opened yet, but just played festivals). Sorted alphabetically, the intriguing roundup includes Denis Villeneuve's other movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, "Enemy," the Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan starring rom-com "The F Word" and Xavier Dolan's "Tom At The Farm." Other titles of note include Quebecois fave "Sarah Prefers To Run," the documentary "When Jews Were Funny" and more. Check out the full list below (along with a trailer for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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