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New Indie: Daniel Radcliffe has had to overcome the double burden of being a child actor who grew up in front of our eyes and an actor linked indelibly to an iconic character. With his interesting and eclectic choices of stage and screen roles in recent years, however, he’s doing a bang-up job of showing audiences that he’s more than just the Boy Who Lived. Continuing that winning streak is What If (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), an endearing rom-com that’s smart and fresh enough to make you forget you’re watching a rom-com. It helps to have Michael Dowse, the man behind the great and underseen Goon in the director’s chair, but the film mainly glides along the potent chemistry between Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Radcliffe plays a med school dropout...
- Alonso Duralde
Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did) has begun principal photography on his adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel Room. Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (‘Frank’, ‘The Guard’, ‘What Richard Did’) is producing with David Gross (‘What If’, ‘Goon’). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (‘Frank’, ‘The Guard’, ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (‘What If’) and Jesse Shapira (‘What If’, ‘Goon’) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4) and Tessa Ross (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. The film stars Brie Larson (‘Spectacular Now’), Jacob Tremblay (‘The Smurfs 2’) and William H. Macy (‘Shameless’) and is being filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto, and will be post produced at Screen Scene in Dublin. Donoghue is adapting her own novel, which tells the story from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“Sons of Anarchy” star Kim Coates, who was hilarious as a small division hockey coach in the film “Goon” was snapped up by Syfy to star in one of their classic B Movie horrorshows. A group of survivalists – led by Coates and Holly Deveaux (Hannibal) – emerge from their bunkers 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants, in the new Syfy Original Movie Mutant World, premiering Saturday, November 8 at 9Pm (Et/Pt).Trying to survive through the terrible nights, they meet a mysterious traveler – singer Ashanti (song Foolish) – […] »
- April Neale
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame, as if we need to tell you that) and Zoe Kazan (TV’s Bored to Death) star in the 2013 film What If, a romantic comedy about modern romance, friendship and everything in between.
The movie tells the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned, by bad relationships. Then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall, Prometheus). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, “What If” the love of your life is actually your best friend? Stay tuned…
The project, adapted from the 1986 novel by Mary Downing Hahn, is a Caramel Film Production in association with Mednick Productions. The story centers on a house haunted by the tormented ghost of a little girl.
Production companies are Caramel Film, Just Believe Productions, Dcp Mystery Arts and Inferno Pictures. Producers are Andre Rouleau of Caramel Films; Sanchez Mandryk of Just Believe Productions; Don Carmody of Dcp Mystery Arts and Ian Dimerman of Inferno Pictures.
Rouleau said the producers are aiming for a target audience of children older than 8, young adults and families.
“We’d like to »
- Dave McNary
Though his name has recently come up in connection with season two of HBO crime drama True Detective, Vince Vaughn appears to be sticking with cinematic comedy for now. It has now emerged that he’s attached to Sony’s The Politician.Goon/What If director Michael Dowse is aboard to direct the film, which Seth Rogen is producing alongside Evan Goldberg. The script comes courtesy of Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman, who cooked up the concept of a Washington, D.C. politician caught in a prostitution scandal.Nothing really new there, you might think, but the situation soon worsens when the dodgy politico and his less-than-competent cohort go on the run from drug dealers, the FBI and U.S. Marshals.Vaughn next has travel comedy Unfinished Business set to arrive, with a UK release date of March 6 next year. That will be followed by Term Life, an action drama comic »
While Vince Vaughn is expected to take a role in "True Detective," the actor knows what side his bread is buttered on, and it's the comedic side. The actor will star in the Seth Rogen-produced, Michael Dowse ("Goon," "What If")-directed "The Politician." The Black List script by Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman follows "a politician in Washington D.C. who is caught in a scandal with some hookers. The man and his underachieving accomplice go on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals and a gang of drug dealers." Wacky. This one will probably have to wait until Vaughn's HBO duties are finished before it rolls. [THR] Melanie Laurent has joined "By The Sea," which marks the onscreen reunion of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The latter will direct and co-star in the movie, and the specific details are being kept tightly under wraps. [Tout Le Cine] Emma Roberts and "Mad Men »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Vince Vaughn has signed on the dotted line to appear in Columbia Pictures next comedy, The Politician. The screenplay by Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman made its way onto The Black List last year. It then became the subject of a bidding war, which hints that it might not be terrible.
From the title alone, the mind wanders to a series of set-ups and narrow escapes the titular chappie will no doubt find himself in. And there’s the rub with Vaughn. Certainly with Seth Rogen set to produce, and Michael Dowse (straight off the back of What if) on board to direct – it has potential. More often than not, the guaranteed box office haul of ‘big stars’ means projects with turgid scripts careen into production. If the fact that the screenplay was fought over means anything, it’s that it could be an above average chucklefest.
From THR, who broke the news, »
- Gem Seddon
The story centers on a Washington D.C. politician who becomes ensnared in a controversial scandal involving prostitutes. He is forced to go on the run with his "underachieving accomplice" to elude the F.B.I., U.S. Marshals and a group of vicious drug dealers.
Along with Vince Vaughn's attachment, Michael Dowse (What If, Goon) has signed on to direct, working from a script by Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman. The script landed on the 2013 Black List, and was picked up by Columbia Pictures in a bidding war late last year.
Seth Rogen is producing alongside Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Mark Gordon. Drew Simon and Michele Wolkoff are overseeing for the Mark Gordon Company, while Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti are looking over the project for Sony. »
I remember seeing the bright neon 80’s style action-movie poster for WolfCop a few months ago and I immediately, without knowing any details, wanted to see the film, and I finally had the opportunity recently for this Frightfest review.
Lowell Dean (13 Eerie) writes and directs what I can only really refer to as a “Canadian werewolf comedy action horror film”, yeah, one of those now exists.
Now, immediately this felt like a television production, and that’s not me putting this down, but the opening credits, the style in which the film is shot, and the fast-paced comedic tone felt like a modern television comedy horror show. Within the first two minutes we’ve had boobs, beer, blood and graffiti, and the fun has only just begun.
- Chris Cummings
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.
- Sasha James
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. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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 »
"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
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." »
Directed by: Michael Dowse
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: A young man (Radcliffe) begins to fall for a young woman (Kazan) who has a boyfriend.
Who’S It For? Those who watch romantic comedies so that they can have something on while cleaning the house.
With respect to its desire for both romance and comedy What If tries too hard. As in, character-falls-out-of-an-open-window-after-getting-pepper-in-his-eye-and-someone-trying-to-help-accidentally-opens-a-door-on-his-face-and-sends-him-to-the-pavement-two-stories-below trying too hard. This is also the same type of film that genuinely uses impulsive international travel, where characters are given certain ideas of financial constraints, but nonetheless travel back and forth because of the need to have a face-to-face confrontation.
- Nick Allen
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are wondering how their lives would change if their best friend is actually their true love in new clips and behind-the-scenes footage from their new film, ‘What If.’ The comedy-drama’s latest videos include ‘Drown My Sorrows’ and ‘Worst Thing That Ever Happened,’ as well as the ‘Opposites Attract’ behind-the-scenes footage. The romantic film is currently playing in select theaters, and will expand nationwide on August 22. ‘What If’ was directed by ‘Goon’ helmer Michael Dowse and written by ‘Alone in the Dark’ scribe Elan Matai. The following synopsis for ‘What If’ has been released: ‘What If’ is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The C Word: Dowse’s Latest a Joy Despite Censor Scramble
Don’t let the marketing snafu and the hopelessly generic title fool you into thinking that What If is the forgettable rom com it’s being offered up as. Directed by Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the Fubar films and the equally underrated Goon (2011), the film premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival as The F Word and has since been retooled to meet the constrictions of the MPAA rating system and snag a PG-13 rating. While this was an ill-advised move since the film isn’t designed for the bauble headed teens hungry for more heteronormative confirmation about what adolescent romance should look like, Dowse’s final product prevails as an enjoyable jaunt through a stale genre. Ultimately ending up exactly where we think it will, the journey there is always fresh and never contrived, »
- Nicholas Bell
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, »
Romantic comedies that discredit the integrity of a main character lose me entirely. Near the beginning of the new romantic comedy What If (titled The F Word in other territories), directed by Michael Dowse (Goon), the character played by Daniel Radcliffe makes it clear that he hates cheating. His parents set a bad example for him, cheating early and often in their relationship before calling it quits when he was in his early teens. (Then, evidently, they both died, because they're never seen or heard from again.) Therefore, he detests that sort of thing, and it's the reason he broke up with his last girlfriend a year before the movie begins. But then Wallace (aka Radcliffe) meets the charming Chantry (Zoe Kazan) and instantly sparks...
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