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Speaking to BAFTA (via The Guardian), Rickman said when he first read the script for the Bruce Willis film, he thought: "What the hell is this? I'm not doing an action movie."
He added: "I didn't know anything about La. I didn't know anything about the film business… I'd never made a film before, but I was extremely cheap."
Rickman also said that he admired the "progressive" nature of the film's script.
He explained: "Every single black character in that film is positive and highly intelligent. So, 28 years ago, that's quite revolutionary, and quietly so."
During the same BAFTA talk he revealed the young actors in the Harry Potter film series Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming. »
How closely have you watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?
Well, after hearing what Alan Rickman had to say about the film during his recent BAFTA talk, you may want to go and rewatch some key scenes.
The actor - who played Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films - revealed that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming.
He said: "In the first film, if anybody ever wants to look, of course you've got the problem of kids who can only work a certain number of hours.
"Sometimes there were 300 children on set, and at certain points they all had to go off and do some schoolwork."
While the trio obviously filmed their own side of conversations with the movie's older cast members, they were replaced by little adults "with a wig on their heads" when Rickman, »
Happy birthday, Emma Watson! In honor of her 25th birthday this week, here are 10 reasons we’re celebrating the life of Emma Watson, actress and women’s rights leader. 10. Let’s begin with a look at her big break at age 10, when she was cast as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Watch her screen test with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint: 9. In 2007, Watson could be seen in another sort of screen test, in character, within the movie...
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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Aliens star Bill Paxton could be set to join Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Grand Theft Auto, BBC Films’ true-life story of the creator of Grand Theft Auto and a Miami lawyer who wanted to get the game banned.
Radcliffe is playing Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA as well as games such as Max Payne and Red Dead Redemption. Paxton would join the cast as activist attorney Jack Thompson, who ended up attacking Houser and his games, and blasted media outlets for pushing rap and sex on radio stations before he went after video gaming.
- Scott J. Davis
The Grand Theft Auto video game franchise has been targeted by BBC Films for adaptation. If that alliance strikes you as odd, then that’s because the proposed movie won’t be a direct lift from the games’ bloody vehicular antics. The film is instead set to take its cues from a real-life legal battle revolving around the moral issue of video game violence.
One man who took umbrage with Rockstar Games – the folks behind GTA – was Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who THR reports will be played in the film by Bill Paxton. The Miami activist took offense to the games produced by Rockstar and in particular to its founders Ben and Sam Houser. The siblings stumbled upon immense success in the industry through their hyper-stylized series of games, including Max Payne and Red Dead. Shortly thereafter, their GTA franchise came under fire from Thompson who decried the titles for their glamorization of violence. »
- Gem Seddon
Grand Theft Auto III is one of the most important video games in the medium and its relationship to popular culture. Mortal Kombat had already pushed the envelope in terms of violence content, but GTA 3 went much further by basically inventing the sandbox genre as we know it today, but filling that sandbox with depictions of criminal actions (e.g. after soliciting a hooker, you can kill her to get your money back). Last week, we reported that Daniel Radcliffe had been cast to play GTA 3 creator Sam Houser in the BBC drama Grand Theft Auto. Today, THR reports that Bill Paxton will co-star as Jack Thompson, an attorney who campaigned against rap and movies before setting his sights on video games. He particularly zeroed in on Grand Theft Auto, and attempted to ban the video game from store shelves, which led gamers to rally against him. Thompson was eventually disbarred in 2008 for professional misconduct. »
- Matt Goldberg
For a movie that involves a controversial video game, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto isn.t going to be what you expect. There.s probably not going to be a single car chase. Bill Paxton is now in talks to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the onscreen depiction of the legal battle over the popular game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paxton is in line to play Jack Thompson. A Miami lawyer, Thompson came into the public eye by frequently blasting Grand Theft Auto, creator Rockstar Games, and video game violence in general. Before that, he was known for attacking media companies who promoted both hip hop and sex. In 2008, allegations of professional misconduct, including harassment, defamation, intimidation, and false statements led to Thompson being disbarred. In Grand Theft Auto, former Harry Potter star Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the president and co-founder of Rockstar Games. With explicit titles like »
A scant few days ago, a report arrived that Daniel Radcliffe was considering playing Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in a drama about the battle between the Rockstar Games president and a lawyer who fought to have the title banned as part of a drive to clean up the media. With Radcliffe now signed, Bill Paxton is in talks to play the legal eagle.BBC Films is producing this one, with director Owen Harris working from a script by James Wood that chronicles Houser’s stand-off with Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who went on a crusade against rap and sex, then turned his attention to video games. His unorthodox actions eventually led to him being disbarred in 2008. Grand Theft Auto, meanwhile, has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the biggest franchises in the gaming world. Currently titled Grand Theft Auto, the film represents the closest we’re »
Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination. The film’s story revolves around a specific period in […]
- Russ Fischer
Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in BBC Films' "Grand Theft Auto," the true-life account of the fight between the creator of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game series and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence.
Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games which created that game along with other franchises like "Max Payne" and "Red Dead Redemption".
Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson who made his name blasting media companies for pushing rap and sex onto the airwaves before turning his attention to video games. He frequently targeted Houser and was ultimately disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Bill Paxton, who was just here in Cannes for Mip-tv, is headed down to Capetown next week to begin work on a drama for BBC Two that traces the story behind the rise of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Daniel Radcliffe is playing Sam Houser, the co-founder of video game developer Rockstar Games, and Paxton is lined up as his nemesis, the former attorney Jack Thompson who tried to destroy the company. The BBC Films drama is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outl… »
Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Grand Theft Auto, BBC Films’ true-life account of the fight between the creator of Grand Theft Auto and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence. Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA as well as games such as Max Payne and Red Dead. He is credited with popularizing GTA as one of the gaming world’s biggest franchises but also amping up the violence quotient. Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson, who frequently attacked GTA, Houser and
- Borys Kit
Full disclosure, I am not a crier. I'm not sure if that comes as a result of some sort of macho pride, but I do know I get that choked up, "lump in my throat" thing on occasion, most recently during Jaeden Lieberher's final speech at the end of St. Vincent. I also had a similar moment during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The one thing about admitting what makes you cry is it opens you up to possible ridicule or at least opens up a part of you that you don't often show, certainly not publicly. So to admit the movies that make you cry may be perceived as a scary thing, which means the Internet just might be the perfect avenue for having such a discussion since we are all, more or less, anonymous. The Academy, however, put a few people on the spot asking the likes of Oprah Winfrey, »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone with even a passing interest in magic will tell you that the first rule of being a magician is to never reveal your secrets. Well, thankfully for us, Now You See Me had Avengers star Mark Ruffalo assume the role of a federal agent pursuing the devious Four Horsemen, meaning that he was able to speak freely about the sleight of hand at play within upcoming sequel, Now You See Me: The Second Act.
During an interview with Collider while promoting Marvel’s latest superhero adventure, the actor revealed that he has completed his part in Jon M. Chu’s heist follow-up, and how the director’s approach will incorporate a more diverse range of tricks rather than solely focusing on the Vegas-styled showboating.
Yes. It’s production magic. This goes both ways. It has the bigger things and then it has the slight of hand stuff. And there »
- Michael Briers
Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to star in a new drama about the creator of the 'Grand Theft Auto' video game. The 25-year-old actor, who is best known for his starring role in the 'Harry Potter' movies, is in talks to play Sam Houser, the British-born co-founder of software developer Rockstar Games who became embroiled in a row with lawyer Jack Thompson in the early years of this century, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thompson - a born-again Christian activist - was determined to see the video game curb its violence, because he thought killings in such games encouraged young players to carry out attacks in real life. The film, which is presently titled 'Grand Theft Auto', is to be helmed by up-and-coming British director Owen Harris, with BBC Films broadly responsible for putting the project together. The screenplay has already been produced by »
I had fun with Now You See Me. It wasn't an all time classic, but I'm a sucker for pretty much any heist movie and felt like it hit the spot well enough. The cast was great and most of them will be returning for Now You See Me: The Second Act, so I'll be more than willing to check that one out as well (especially now that Lizzy Caplan is in the fold). Steve recently caught up with star Mark Ruffalo at the junket for Avengers: Age of Ultron and was able to speak with him briefly about the sequel. While the first film focussed on a lot of big Vegas-style magic, Now You See Me: The Second Act will feature a wider variety of tricks. Check out their conversation and some quotes below. Also, look for the full Ruffalo interview from which this was culled to be hitting soon. »
- Evan Dickson
Former Dma Design employee Steve Hammond expressed concerns that nobody from the BBC has approached members of the original development team about the project.
"I find it quite telling that no-one from Dma I've spoken to so far seems to know anything about it," Hammond told GamesRadar.
"With Rockstar's famous reticence to talk to anyone, that makes the only behind-the-scenes source David Kushner's book Jacked, which frankly has me a bit worried."
The BBC programme is said to be based on Kushner's 2012 book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto, which charts the rise of the series and the controversy it attracted.
Hammond also fears that the development of the early Grand Theft Auto games will not be given the coverage it deserves. »
BBC Two's Golf: The Masters Highlights attracted 900k (5.1%), followed by 1.63 million (8.1%) for An Island Parish: Falklands and 2.06 million (9.4%) for Gardeners' World. »
Daniel Radcliffe excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Warner Bros is now looking to capitalise on Redmayne's Best Actor win at the Academy Awards for The Theory of Everything by hiring him to play Scamander, reports TheWrap.
The studio has as yet issued no comment on the casting rumour.
Dozens of young actors from across the globe have been linked to the role of Newt Scamander since Warner Bros announced the Fantastic Beasts movie.
Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is circling an upcoming biopic that centers on the creator of the notoriously violent, moral-majority-maligned video game series Grand Theft Auto. While this concept may seem surreal and evoke mental images of a teenage wizard running over a muggle hooker with a convertible after patronizing her services, it.s not quite that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in a film deceptively titled Grand Theft Auto, about British video game guru, Sam Houser. Having co-founded the New York-based Rockstar Games, Houser became an integral creative force behind the sandbox-centric Grand Theft Auto series, along with loads of other huge hits that carry a similarly irreverent, uber-violent, unapologetically un-pc pathos, like the western-based carnage of the Red Dead series, the movie-inspiring Max Payne games, and Manhunt. Yet, despite the violently voyeuristic nature of the games in question, this film could »
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