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Daniel Radcliffe's days as Harry Potter are officially in the past. After catapulting to superstardom as the beloved boy wizard on the big screen, the 25-year-old actor has successfully shed his Hogwarts image, having acted in films such as Kill Your Darlings, stripped down of stage for the Broadway play Equus, and most recently, is preparing to make his rom-com debut in the film What If, which also stars Zoe Kazan. In a candid new interview with Elle magazine, the talented thesp, who was only 11 years old when he began filming the first Harry Potter flick, opens up about losing his virginity, staying sober and getting naked on screen (safe to say he's all grown »
The romantic comedy genre has a bad reputation. For every Barefoot In The Park, there are dozens of Runaway Brides. For every When Harry Met Sally, there are swarms of Giglis. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie, of course, but it seems that there is, generally, a disproportionate number of them in this particular film category. The question is, will What If be a rare quality entry, or will it end up in the bargain bin with The Holiday? Today, we are one step closer to finding out, with the release of two new clips.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings) and Zoe Kazan (It’s Complicated), the story muses on the well-worn possibility that the love of your life could actually be your best friend. Based on a play by T.J Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, and adapted by Elan Mastai, the story centres on a young »
- Sarah Myles
He’s played a boy wizard, stepped into extremely dark and serious roles, and now Daniel Radcliffe is delving into romance in his new comedy What If. The film, which hits theaters on Aug. 8, has been called a “modern day When Harry Met Sally” and costars Zoe Kazan and Girls’ Adam Driver. To commemorate his first rom-com, the Harry Potter star, 25, spoke with Elle about his own relationships and losing his virginity. “I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first [...] »
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
It was just last week when we explored the state of the rom-com, 25 years after the release of the still excellent, funny and very real "When Harry Met Sally." Indeed, the landscape these days is pretty dire for the genre, but like we said, there are gems to be found in smaller, indie films. And one that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to strong buzz last year is "What If," and as it heads to theaters next month, a couple of new clips are here to give you a peek at this charmer. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in this one about the tricky dilemma one young man faces, when he starts falling for his best friend... who unfortunately happens to already be in a relationship. Seems like familiar stuff, but advance word on this one is good and the supporting cast is pretty good too with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What If has released a new clip.
Wallace forms a friendship with the woman, but only finds his love for her growing as they get closer.
What If will open on August 1 in the Us and August 22 in the UK. »
For the height difference alone, you're going to want to watch Daniel Radcliffe arguing with Adam Driver in this exclusive clip from their new movie, What If. But there's more that separates Radcliffe from Driver than just a head's height: The two best friends have a difference of opinion on how to talk to women, and it's an issue that needs to be resolved if Radcliffe has any hope of navigating his tricky romantic life, where he's fallen for a friend (Zoe Kazan) who's already coupled up with another man. So how do Radcliffe and Driver feel about coming totally clean to the women they have feelings for, and how does Bruce Willis enter into the debate? Press play to find out; What If will be released in theaters August 8. »
- Kyle Buchanan
It isn’t always easy for a film critic to admit he’s wrong or say he’s sorry. Our job is to defend our statements, even if it comes to revising them later.
It’s even harder for a modern film critic, today’s most dwindling yet thriving non-occupation, to leave a lasting influence on popular culture, the web and language itself.
Yet The Dissolve critic Nathan Rabin did manage to make an impact with a coined turn of phrase that has since hit ubiquity, and he’s now taken to the pages of Salon to apologize.
Back when he was an A.V. Club staffer, Rabin used the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in a 2007 essay to slam Kirsten Dunst’s character in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown. The rest is history, with The A.V. Club themselves doing an Inventory feature looking at Manic Pixie Dream Girls through the ages, »
- Brian Welk
Daniel Radcliffe has put in a lot of time in front of green screens and rocking period attire, so at first it’s a little jarring to watch him being a plain-old millennial in this summer’s riffy rom-com update, What If. But as Wallace, a newly brokenhearted med-school dropout who falls for a girl (Zoe Kazan) after meeting her at a party, Radcliffe proves highly adept at playing a regular guy. Even when things in the film get complicated, Radcliffe, with his snappy and knowing performance, doesn’t let the film get trapped in the well-worn genre’s more precarious trenches. (That his best friend is played by Adam Driver doesn't hurt.) Radcliffe, who’s in New York finishing his run of the Broadway comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, spoke to Vulture about starring in his first rom-com, the chances he’d ever sign on to another film franchise, »
- Ben Barna
HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.
Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .
Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.
Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »
- Garth Franklin
How do you follow up a movie like Goon, which celebrated the joys of men beating the crap out of each other? For director Michael Dowse, it's with What If (formerly The F Word), a romantic comedy which sees Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) put deep in the 'friend zone' when he falls for Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Likened to (500) Days of Summer, this aims to be anything but your stereotypical rom-com, and this international trailer does hold a lot of promise, with some spiky humour and a great chemistry between the leads. Check it out below. Released: 8th August (U.S.)/ 20th August (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Wallace is recovering from a failed relationship and Chantry has a long-term boyfriend
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. Our protagonists navigate the perils of unintended nude camping, risqué wardrobe malfunctions, badly timed international air travel and generally terrible advice from their friends.
But before we lose track in ‘what’s in a name?’, let’s get back to why we’re here and onto the interesting, entertaining looking What If starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin.
It’s selling itself around the question of ‘friendship’ between men and women and whether it can ever really exist, i.e. Can we all be friends without sex getting in the way? What If focuses on Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. While everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Driver), seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It’s then that he meets Chantry »
- Dan Bullock
Daniel Radcliffe has admitted he would love to play Robin at some point in his career.
When asked by Buzzfeed if he'd like to appear in any other movie franchise, the Harry Potter star said he would love to play Batman's sidekick.
"[I'd love to be in] Batman. If they reboot that again, I'll do that too.
"It's happening, isn't it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin, I'm perfect."
Watch a trailer for What If below: »
More than just your typical rom-com, What If spins the “friendship” question into new nooks and crannies of the relationship world, and does so from the perspective of some excessively quirky characters. Daniel Radcliffe, who to me has had varying levels of success attempting a wide array of characters, looks to have this role nailed down… possibly because there is a bit of Harry Potter about Wallace.
The new clip below expands on the “friendship bargain” you get in the trailer above, and is a pretty clever moment for the film.
Check it out, and make sure you have August 8th on your calendar.
What If Clip – The Girl With a Boyfriend
- Marc Eastman
Watch Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan become friends in the new clip, ‘The Girl with the Boyfriend,’ from their upcoming film, ‘What If.’ The film, which marks the ‘Harry Potter’ star’s first romantic comedy-drama, is set to be released in theaters on August 8. Besides Radcliffe and Kazan, ‘What If’ also stars Adam Driver, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall. The film was written by ‘Alone in the Dark’ scribe Elan Mastai and directed by ‘Goon’ helmer Michael Dowse. The following synopsis for ‘What If’ has been released: ‘What If’ is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Friendship is something akin to a business deal in this new clip from the upcoming indie romantic comedy "What If." A bumbling Zoe Kazan attempts to strike up a friendship with Daniel Radcliffe without trying to seem as if she is hitting on him. "I totally get that guys don't want to hang out with the girl with the boyfriend," she says. "But it just sucks, y'know. It just makes you feel like the only thing that is interesting about you is how you look with your clothes off." Kazan's awkwardness seems to amuse Radcliffe rather than make him uncomfortable. Read More: Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Shows That Harry Potter is No Good At Love in This First Trailer for Romantic Comedy 'What If' Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis and Oona Chaplin co-star. "What If" opens in theaters on August 1. »
- Shipra Gupta
Daniel Radcliffe's Wallace is in love with Chantry. There's only one problem. She has a boyfriend. The two of them try to sort out their budding relationship in the first clip for What If, a new romantic comedy from Goon director Michael Dowse. Watch as the pair try to decide on how to handle their feelings for one another while keeping it strictly platonic.
What If is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, »
Welcome to the latest entry in our brand-new feature here on Nerdly – the Review Round-Up – where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
What starts out as a seemingly geriatric take on The Hangover, Last Vegas sees wealthy and wild bachelor Billy (Douglas), grouchy grump Paddy (De Niro), lovable family man Archie (Freeman) and ladies man Sam (Kline), who have been best friends since childhood, journey to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and to relive their glory days when Billy, the group’s young at heart ladies’ man, »
- Phil Wheat
Zoe Kazan plays identical twins in this intriguing romantic drama. When the vivacious Audrey dies in a road accident, he more demure twin Laurel gets the chance to reinvent herself as her idolised twin sister. As she eases into the life she has always wanted - taking Audrey's job as an estate agent and moving into her flat - she must decide between continuing the lie or revealing herself as the perfect fraud. »
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