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‘Fubar’ Creators Bring The Headbangers Into The Internet Age With New TV Series

  • ET Canada
Three years ago, “Fubar” star David Lawrence got into costume for his beloved headbanger character Terry — long, scraggly wig, plaid shirt and black leather cap — and started video chatting with fans online “just for fun.” He’d opened a Skype account as the antiquated character from the 2002 Canadian mockumentary cult hit and its […]
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Berlin: Viceland Orders 'Fubar' TV Adaptation

Vice Media in Canada has handed out an eight-episode order for a Viceland TV series based on Michael Dowse's 2002 headbanger movie Fubar.

The half-hour show, unveiled on Friday, reteams Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. Vice Studio Canada and Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media are co-producing the series, set to debut later this year.

The Viceland adaptation sees the clueless Terry and Dean characters fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alberta, for Calgary with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Discovering high-speed internet for the first time,...
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Towards a Canadian Cinema: Future//Present and Viff 2016

  • MUBI
Last year the The Globe & Mail released an article entitled "What is Wrong with the Canadian Film Industry?" that outlined the problems facing our country’s cinema: low box-office numbers, a crisis of English-Canadian identity, an inability to compete with Hollywood entertainments etc., etc. Focused entirely on the industry, the piece fails to mention the resurgence that had been taking root for quite some time. 2015 was an important year for Canadian cinema, but while Room, Hyena Road and Wet Bum ate up the article’s word count, three of the year’s great Canadian films by emerging directors went unnoticed: Isiah Medina’s 88:88, Kurt Walker’s Hit 2 Pass, and Kazik Radwanski’s How Heavy This Hammer. Equating cinema with ‘content,’ a product to be bought and sold, the article is as much a reflection of the problems with Canadian cinema as an exposition of it. But this insidious
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The F Word's Daniel Radcliffe on genre-jumping and jelly sandwiches

  • Cineplex
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.
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Exclusive Interview: Twitch Talks The F Word/What If With Michael Dowse

When I called Michael Dowse for our interview, I tried hard not to sound like a crazy person. I admit that I've been a bit vocal about his films on Twitter, and believe (without any sarcasm or irony) that a decade from now his name will be associated with the great directors that have come out of Canada. There's a deftness to his filmmaking that's refreshing, a wonderful blend of the silly and the serious that's often so hard to pull off. I first recognized the spark of genius when Fubar 2 played as part of Tiff's Midnight Madness programme back in 2010. While the first film was juvenile and silly, the sequel was in many way astonishing - yes, it's a stoner comedy,...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Video Interview: Director Michael Dowse Discusses 'What If' & 'Goon'

"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,
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Interview: What If Goon Director Michael Dowse Tackled an Unconventional Rom-Com?

Filmmaker Michael Dowse hasn't exactly broken out in the United States, although in his home country of Canada, he's known for a couple of cult favorites like the two "Fubar" movies and the hockey comedy Goon, starring Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Neither of those movies could possibly prepare his fans for his decision to direct What If, a comedy that looks at the relationship between two young people whose situation forces one of them into "the friend zone."
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What If

What If
This rom-com is really an updated take on When Harry Met Sally . . . for millennials. Meaning, can a guy be friends with a babe without trying to boff her? Luckily, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan spin sweet magic out of blah-blah-blah clichés. I like when that happens.

In this Toronto-set fable, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a med-school dropout, dumped by his Gf and – ouch! – living with his single-mom sister. Kazan, radiating smarts and seductive appeal, plays Chantry (great name), an animator Wallace sparks to at a party. She has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). If she didn't,
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Review: 'What If' Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall And Mackenzie Davis

  • The Playlist
It has been 25 years since "When Harry Met Sally," the ultimate can-men-and-women-be-just-friends romantic comedy, hit theatres, and as we've recently discussed, few films of that sort have matched it in that time. But lately Hollywood has been taking a crack at that unique premise with mixed results, most notably with "Friends With Benefits" and "No Strings Attached," both released within months of each other and both not very good. So "Goon" and "Fubar" director Michael Dowse has a high bar to reach with "What If," and while the movie doesn't even make it to the same ballpark as the Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan classic, there's enough pleasure and small charms within its modest ambitions that it succeeds in putting an enjoyable spin on what has often proved a tired concept. While authenticity might be too strong a word, "What If" presents a world that feels inhabited by real characters in a real city (the.
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‘What If’ Review

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Lucius Hoyos, Jemima Rooper | Written by Elan Mastai | Directed by Michael Dowse

I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of What If this week, a romantic comedy with a quirky edge to it that makes if feel somewhat fresh, like Ruby Sparks (2012) or 500 Days of Summer (2009).

Based on a play by T.J. Dawe and directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar), this indie comedy with heart is heavy on conversationalist dialogue, wears it’s heard on its sleeve and is, throughout its just-over 90 minute running time, a delightful story of boy and girl meet, girl has boyfriend, boy wants to make a move but can’t, difficulties in their friendship occur. It seems, on the surface, and on paper, a little predictable and run of the mill, but feels much more out of the ordinary in
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'Neighbors' Director Eyed for Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

  • MovieWeb
'Neighbors' Director Eyed for Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
Marvel is still trying to find a replacement for Edgar Wright on their Phase Three adventure Ant-Man, which isn't going well so far. After Anchorman director Adam McKay passed on the project this past weekend, We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber was said to be a lock for the position. That changed this morning with two conflicting reports, one that said he wasn't interested in signing on, and another that claimed he'd never even been approached. Now, Marvel is reportedly eyeing two more directors firmly embedded in the world of comedy.

Most familiar to fans will be Nick Stoller, who hails from the Judd Apatow camp. He recently scored with the box office hit Neighbors starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. He's also know for Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The later of which he worked alongside Ant-Man lead Paul Rudd on, with the two already having a strong rapport.
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Nick Stoller & Michael Dowse Latest Names Added To 'Ant-Man' Directorial Rumor Mill

  • The Playlist
With Edgar Wright out, Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber both passing, and Ruben Fleischer potentially doing "Ghostbusters 3," Marvel's race to find a director for "Ant-Man" continues. And this afternoon comes a couple more names you can toss into a hat. Deadline says that Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse are "making the rounds" as contenders for the gig. Both are certainly gifted comedy directors, with the former helming "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him To The Greek," "The Five-Year Engagement" and the recent "Neighbors," while the latter has tackled "Goon," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Fubar" and the upcoming "The F Word." What neither have is tentpole experience when it comes to staging action, but then again, Marvel has that kind of support likely in place.  At any rate, these are just a couple of names to argue about online, and you can do that below. Thoughts? Is "Ant-Man" really going to make its July 17, 2015 release date?
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New Pics From Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan Rom-Com 'The F Word'

  • The Playlist
Update: A CBS Films spokesman tell us: "CBS Films has not changed the title of 'The F Word' to 'If You’re Lucky.' " One movie we heard some good word about at Tiff last fall but just couldn't find room for in our screening schedule was "The F Word." The film from director Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Goon," "Take Me Home Tonight") is a rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, about a young man stuck in the dreaded friend zone with a girl he likes a whole lot more than that. Buzz was good on the movie, and it even landed on Tiff's Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013 list. But it looks like a big change is coming to the movie before it lands in U.S. theaters. Yahoo reveals that following a screening of the movie during Tiff's currently ongoing series celebrating those top ten movies, Dowse
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The F Word Review

Fubar. It’s All Gone Pete Tong. Fubar: Balls to the Wall. Goon.

While those film titles may sound foreign to some, Canadian cult moviegoers have really come to embrace the work of Michael Dowse. While he branched off into American cinema with the little seen Topher Grace vehicle Take Me Home Tonight, his work remains very much Canadian. And that is why it is so odd to see him directing a romantic comedy like The F Word. It sounded interesting enough, but could the guy who gave us Fubar really deliver something that needs to be sweet and cheerful? Especially after the casual brutality of Goon? Well, the answer may surprise you.

Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a bit of a shut-in. He broke up with his girlfriend over a year ago, he dropped out of med school, and now he lives in the attic of his sister’s home in suburban Toronto.
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Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Picked Up, Sequel In The Works & More Tiff Acquistions

  • The Playlist
The feeding frenzy that is the backstage wheeling-and-dealing at a major film festival has come to Toronto, and bobbing up from the churning waters are a number of intriguing bodies... We hear from our friends at Hitfix that CBS Films has nabbed “The F Word,” not (sadly?) the feature-length Gordon Ramsay movie we've all been waiting for, but rather a “(500) Days of Summer”-esque rom-com, starring Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe, and word around the fest has been pretty positive by those who've seen it. It's directed by Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight") and also features Rafe Spall and “Girls” star Adam Driver.Speaking of feeding frenzies, the Hollywood Reporter tells us that “The Green Inferno,” from once and future horror icon Eli Roth, has been picked up by Open Road, who've made horror work for them before with films like “Silent House.” “The Green Inferno” has been
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Toronto Review: Daniel Radcliffe And Zoe Kazan Share Fine Chemistry In 'The F Word,' But the Jokes Aren't So Lucky

  • Indiewire
Toronto Review: Daniel Radcliffe And Zoe Kazan Share Fine Chemistry In 'The F Word,' But the Jokes Aren't So Lucky
Canadian director Michael Dowse's movies tend to revolve around vulgar, garrulous individuals driven to ridiculous extremes, from the hotheaded hockey player in 2011's "Goon" to the headbangers at the center of "Fubar" and "Fubar II." With "The F Word," a romantic comedy about a young platonic couple dealing with mutual sexual tension, he aspires to reach similarly naughty territory. Yet despite formidable performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as the duo in question, "The F Word" never comes close to realizing the expletive-fueled comedy implied by its title. More blatantly commercial in tone, it tries to have some bite to its will-they-or-won't-they scenario but ultimately winds up toothless. That being said, there are certainly worse versions of the conventions dominating "The F Word," which draws its material from the play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi. Radcliffe plays newly single Toronto-based pre-med student Wallace, who meets doe-eyed animator Chantry (Kazan) at.
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CBS Films Acquires Rights to The F Word

  • MovieWeb
CBS Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Dowse's The F Word, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this week. The film stars Daniel RadcliffeZoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, and Mackenzie Davis. CBS Films' Co-President Wolfgang Hammer and Evp of Acquisitions and Productions Scott Shooman made the joint announcement.

Directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon) from a screenplay by Elan Mastai, The F Word is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), a hopeless romantic who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. Deciding to put his life on hold, Wallace strikes up a friendship with animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who lives with her boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry click immediately, becoming best friends; but with the chemistry between them, can that last?

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Michael Dowse, Zoe Kazan say The F Word with clever comedy

  • Cineplex
With a reputation for making crude, lewd, funny and scrappy films, Michael Dowse wouldn't be the first, or even second, director to come to mind when you imagine a clever romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. But with The F Word, the Montrealer has found a surprising fit with lighter material than his 2011 hockey smash Goon or Fubar and its sequel would suggest was possible, but a change of pace, as it turns out, was a gamble that paid off.

Dowse, as self-effacing and honest as you'd imagine, and Kazan, as delightful, charming and sweet as you'd imagine, paid a visit to the Cineplex suite during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about why Harry Potter makes a good comedic leading man, if guys and girls can be friends and what Adam Driver of "Girls" added to the mix.

Check out Michael Dowse and Zoe Kazan in the hot seat right now.
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Tiff 2013 Adds 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, 'The F Word' With Daniel Radcliffe, Xavier Dolan's Latest & More

  • The Playlist
The Toronto International Film Festival continues to pad out its already stellar lineup. This afternoon, word's come of the Canadian produced titles ready to walk the red carpet, and includes more notable flicks that festival-goers will want to add to their schedule. First off, it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal will be doing double duty... make that triple duty. Already planning to be in town to rep it hard for "Prisoners," Gyllenhaal will also be doing the promo run for "Enemy"—helmed by Denis Villeneuve (who also directed "Prisoners")—where he plays the lead role, and the character's double. Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will do the rom-com thing in "The F Word" from "Fubar" and "Take Me Home Tonight" director Michael Dowse. And homegrown wunderkind Xavier Dolan will get off the plane from Venice to show off his thriller "Tom At The Farm." Other Canuck filmmakers at note unspooling
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Goon 2 in the Works

  • FilmJunk
If you're a hockey fan and the NHL lockout has got you down in the dumps, here's some news that will hopefully brighten your day. Actor Jay Baruchel recently revealed that a sequel to his fantastic hockey flick Goon is now in the early stages of development. Baruchel co-wrote the script for the original film with fellow Canadian Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), and while Goldberg will remain on board as a producer, this time around Baruchel will team with Jesse Chabot as a writing partner (who was an associate producer on the first film). Michael Dowse (Fubar) will return to direct. Here's what Baruchel had to say about the project on Twitter: "Goon 2 will be written by @jessechabot and myself. Evan Goldberg will be involved as a producer and we will all be working our asses off to make as awesome a flick as possible. Please know this: Goon
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