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Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch: First 3 Clips From HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' With Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins & Bill Murray

31 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Prestige drama at film festivals is no longer just the domain of movies. Television is now becoming a regular part of fest programming (Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake" at Sundance and Bruno Dumont's "P'tit Quinquin" at Cannes Directors' Fortnight are recent examples) and this week at Venice, HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" will get a glitzy premiere. And you can now catch a glimpse of the forthcoming miniseries with three new clips. Based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, John Gallagher Jr., Martha Wainwright, Rosemarie Dewitt, Peter Mullan and Brady Corbet, with a score by Carter Burwell (yes, those are some damn good credits), the show is a sprawling tale of life in a small town. Here's the official synopsis:  Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Everyone Says I Love Woody – What Romantic Comedies Owe to Mr. Allen

29 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.

The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.

Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »

- Emily Breen

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The F Word's Daniel Radcliffe on genre-jumping and jelly sandwiches

21 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

On February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley had a hankering for a sandwich.

It wasn’t any old sandwich, however. This sandwich was a full loaf of French bread hollowed out, covered in butter, and filled with peanut butter, jam, and about a pound of bacon. It was -- and still is -- called the Fool’s Gold Loaf, and on that fabled night in 1976, Presley spontaneously flew across the country to satisfy his very specific craving for it.

The Fool’s Gold Loaf holds a place of honour in The F Word, a Toronto-shot romantic comedy by Canadian directorMichael Dowse (Goon, Fubar). Wallace (Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan, star and director of Ruby Sparks) become best friends and then (maybe, possibly) fall in love with the help of the jelly-infused mess.

Where The F Word’s heroes both agree on their pro-Fool’s Gold platform, their actor counterparts couldn’t be more opposed. »

- Sasha James

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Film Review: 'What If'

21 August 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Daniel Radcliffe continues to stretch his capacity in Michael Dowse's What If (2013), a smart and funny American romantic comedy that puts a modern spin on the age-old topic of whether men and woman can merely be friends. Mourning the loss of his failed relationship, Wallace (Radcliffe) attends a party thrown by his friend Allan (Adam Driver). It's here that he sparks up an immediate friendship with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), a peculiar animator. Chantry, however, is already in a long-term relationship with Ben (Rafe Spall), a Un economic negotiator. But, determined not to let their connection simply pass them by, Wallace and Chantry agree to be friends - an understanding that proves difficult to maintain.

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- CineVue UK

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What If Review

21 August 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Coming from Goon director Michael Dowse, What If (previously titled The F Word) tackles that age old question: can a man and a woman be just friends? When Harry Met Sally asked it, and it was about time it was thrown out into the open again, this time with a witty, yet melancholy, hard candy shell, hiding a gooey romantic comedy at it's centre. When Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), still struggling to get over his break up from a year previously, meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), he immediately falls for her, but is hampered by the fact that she has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). Willing to have nothing to do with her ever again, Wallace finds life doesn't have the same plan, as a random encounter between the pair blossoms into a full blown friendship, with the spectre of their growing mutual attraction to each other looming large in the background. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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A First Look At Daniel Radcliffe's Creepy 'Horns'

20 August 2014 7:55 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Daniel Radcliffe is getting wicked in his up-coming horror-thriller 'Horns.'

Daniel Radcliffe is getting wicked in his up-coming horror/thriller Horns.

To get us excited, Dimension Films and Radius-twc are giving the world a sneak peek. Here are some newly released first look teaser photos that give us a better look at the former Harry Potter star and his freshly gown demon horns.

The film is based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill – the acclaimed author and son of Stephen King – and follows Ignatius Parrish (Radcliffe), a young man who wakes up after a drinking binge to discover horns growing out of his forehead.

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Surprising Fans Might Be The Most Endearing Thing Ever

Ignatius, though never charged, is widely believed to be guilty of murdering his girlfriend one year ago, and the horns do not help him gain standing in the local community.

However, they do »

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Daniel Radcliffe: 'I'd never say never to Harry Potter return'

20 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

What If review: Daniel Radcliffe's rom-com with Zoe Kazan

Girls meets When Harry Met Sally in Daniel Radcliffe's latest film What If, a romantic comedy that sees his character Wallace struggle to hide his feelings for pal Chantry (Zoe Kazan).

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, »

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Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan Talk 'The F Word' and Toronto Love

20 August 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan inject a youthful charisma into "The F Word" (titled "What If" in the United States) -- enough to the point that the movie is elevated beyond a typical romantic comedy.

In fact, "The F Word" defies that standard formulaic approach to love movies; instead of New York or a dreamy Caribbean locale, Toronto takes the lead, and instead of Matthew McConaughey or Kate Hudson as the "couple," Radcliffe and Kazan introduce us to a whole new kind of chemistry. It's believably awkward and just so darn cute.

Moviefone Canada spoke with Radcliffe and Kazan upon their return to Toronto for "The F Word" premiere, and we chatted about who loves Toronto more (Radcliffe insists it's him), why the characters in the movie seem so familiar, and their thoughts on the title change south of the border. »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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What If Review

20 August 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Dowse

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall

Certificate: 15

Running time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: When Wallace (Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Kazan) at a party, they decide to be ‘just friends’. However, with their relatives and co-workers doubting whether that ever works between a man and woman, the pair do whatever they can to prove them wrong.

To me, Daniel Radcliffe will forever be Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived. However, with the years passing since his last brush with a wand and cloak, he’s starting to branch out and cement his star alongside his real name, not his infamous alter-ego. What If (originally titled The F Word), a romantic comedy focusing on exactly that question – what if he kisses Zoe Kazan? Will the world end? – certifies Radcliffe as a solid comedic actor, showing that he can dabble in humour and it isn’t awkward or wooden. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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What If review: Daniel Radcliffe gets trapped in the Friend Zone

20 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Dowse; Screenwriter: Elan Mastai; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall, Megan Park Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Can men and women ever be 'just friends'? Director Rob Reiner asked the question in 1989 with When Harry Met Sally and we knew the answer then, just as we do from the very beginning of What If. After all, much of the comedy springs like the sweat of desperation from Daniel Radcliffe's brow as he tries to contain his feelings for Zoe Kazan (aka Ruby Sparks), playing the typically cute, clever but kooky heroine who keeps him dangling.

Wallace (Radcliffe) is a med school dropout, which might imply issues around commitment, except that he's split from his long-term college sweetheart and can't get over it. That is until he claps eyes on cartoonist Chantry (Kazan) at one of those cosy, dimly lit parties that only exist »

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Exclusive Video Interview With Daniel Radcliffe On The F Word (aka What If)

19 August 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Movie Review – What If (2013)

19 August 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

What If, 2013

Directed by Michael Dowse

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall.

Synopsis:

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

In a market that is becoming extremely saturated, some filmmakers amongst the crowds of many trying a make a romantic comedy have now played a new trump card: the quirky card. With the said card, it allows characters to become a little more accessible, a little more relatable and a little more nuts. But despite its success as a rom-com sub-genre, the “quirk” has jumped the shark a little, and like the words “from Nicholas Sparks” has become far to commonplace. The latest on the conveyor belt, What If, »

- Scott Davis

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Daniel Radcliffe on What If, rom-coms & Horns

19 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Since the end of Potter, we’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe try his hand in a range of diverse projects on both the stage and on screen. But he’s yet the tackle the good old-fashioned, romantic comedy… until now, taking a starring role in Michael Dowse’s What If, alongside Zoe Kazan.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the man himself to discuss the project, why he was attracted to a rom-com, whether he would ever genuinely eat a ‘Fool’s Gold’ sandwich (an entire loaf of bread stuffed with peanut butter, jam and bacon) – while he also discusses his next project Horns.

What If is released in cinemas across the UK on August 20th. 

The post The HeyUGuys Interview: Daniel Radcliffe on What If, rom-coms & Horns appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Video Interview: Director Michael Dowse Discusses 'What If' & 'Goon'

18 August 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"It's the essence of flirting." So how do you refresh and revitalize the romantic comedy genre? That's what I was hoping to find out from Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the excellent film What If. I first saw this film at last year's Tiff 2013, and loved it, ranking it as one of my 5 favorite films of that festival. It was known as The F Word back then (and still is in Canada) but was retitled to What If for its Us release, which is something I had to ask him about. What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as a young couple perfect for each other–their chemistry was a topic, too. View the full video interview below. Michael Dowse is also the director of the films Fubar, Fubar: Balls to the Wall, It's All Gone Pete Tong and Goon with Seann William Scott. If you've seen any of those films, »

- Alex Billington

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What If Review

18 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This Autumn will see the release of They Came Together, a romantic comedy spoof that strips the genre of almost every ounce of integrity it has. One of the first jokes implemented is to parody how filmmakers often begin their picture with generic, swooping shots of a bustling city landscape. Well, that’s exactly how Michael Dowse’s What If begins – and sadly, it merely sets the precedence for a film that’s leaving itself somewhat open for ridicule in that department.

Daniel Radcliffe plays Wallace, a medical school dropout, recovering from a recent breakup. However his life changes in an instance when meeting the equally – and endearingly – clumsy Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a party. Though instantly drawn to the talented illustrator, Wallace is left disheartened upon learning that Chantry has a long-term boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall), and so begrudgingly, yet dutifully agrees to be just friends. However the more »

- Stefan Pape

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Win ‘What If’ Prizes Starring Zoe Kazan & Daniel Radcliffe

18 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

What If follows Wallace (Radcliffe) and Chantry (Kazan), who meet by chance at a party and feel the chemistry, but Wallace is recovering from a failed relationship and Chantry has a long-term boyfriend. Acting with the best of intentions and a touch of denial, Wallace and Chantry take on the challenge of being just friends. The adventure is both rocky and very funny as our protagonists navigate the perils of unintended nude camping, risqué wardrobe malfunctions and generally terrible advice from their friends.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver, What If is a charming original comedy about the tried and tested question of whether men and women can ever really be just friends.

To celebrate the release, we’ve got Four sets of the below to giveaway!

To win yourself a set, just tell us who directs What If?

Send your answer, with your name and address, to »

- Dan Bullock

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Win goody bag from What If

18 August 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of What If on 20th August, we’ve been given 5 goody bags to give away.

What If follows Wallace and Chantry, who meet by chance at a party and feel the chemistry, but Wallace is recovering from a failed relationship and Chantry has a long-term boyfriend. Acting with the best of intentions and a touch of denial, Wallace and Chantry take on the challenge of being just friends. The adventure is both rocky and very funny as our protagonists navigate the perils of unintended nude camping, risqué wardrobe malfunctions and generally terrible advice from their friends.

With a raucously funny script and standout performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver, What If is a charming original comedy about the tried and tested question of whether men and women can ever really be just friends.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only »

- Competitions

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‘The Trip To Italy’ Favoloso In Specialty Box Office Debut

17 August 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Who wouldn’t want to go to Italy in the summer for good food and entertaining conversation with a clever traveling companion? Quite a few people did just that, at least vicariously, via IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy. The light-hearted sequel to The Trip easily had the weekend’s highest bow among specialty films, grossing $71,577 and averaging a tasty $23,859 in three theaters.

The Trip to Italy opened with one of the highest per-screen (average)s of the summer, playing to sold-out shows this weekend in New York and Los Angeles,” IFC said in a statement. “The Michael Winterbottom-directed sequel has received wonderful reviews and strong word of mouth.”  As with The Trip, which also starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a food and talk travelogue across U.K. countryside, the road ahead looks wide open for the Italian Trip. The original opened in June 2011 with a $12,984 PTA in 6 theaters, »

- Brian Brooks

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