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Harry Potter is back in the news lately, thanks to the theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, still selling out the Palace Theatre in London, as well as a new trio of short books by J.K. Rowling about the Harry Potter universe that will be published next month, not to forget the prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in theaters on November 18. But what about the stars of the fim series? In the five years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe has established himself in the indie film world as the star of The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, Horns and this year's Swiss Army Man and Imperium. He's also dabbled in bigger budgeted studio fare like Victor Frankenstein and Now You See Me 2. Emma...
- Peter Martin
The narrative is always the same: Daniel Radcliffe is doing something that’s not “Harry Potter”! Since his formative (both personally and professionally) “Harry Potter” days, the British actor has consistently mixed up his roles, jumping from ambitious turns on Broadway to offbeat offerings like this year’s “Swiss Army Man” and 2013’s “Horns,” to a handful of studio outings like “Now You See Me 2” to the occasional drama like “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s found time to do television (“A Young Doctor’s Notebook”) and animation (“Bojack Horseman”). He starred in a seriously successful horror film (“The Woman in Black”) and matched wits with Zoe Kazan in the charming rom-com “What If.”
And still, the story remains: Daniel Radcliffe is doing something that’s not “Harry Potter”! For his latest film, Daniel Ragussis’ crime drama “Imperium,” Radcliffe is again doing something different, playing an FBI agent who goes »
- Kate Erbland
Following the international success of Luther and The Night Manager, the BBC and BBC Worldwide are continuing their run of hard-hitting drama with global appeal by setting James Norton (War & Peace) as the lead actor in the upcoming McMafia. The story is inspired by the novel, written by Misha Glenny, and presents a globetrotting tale that charts the far-reaching ramifications of criminality.
Created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black, Bastille Day), McMafia will follow British man Alex Godman (Norton), whose parents have a history of involvement with the Russian mafia. His new, legitimate lifestyle is threatened by that past, however, and he is forced to confront those criminal elements in order to save those he loves. The story is designed to examine the relationship between the corporate and the criminal, and how that relationship has changed as a result of globalization.
The development of McMafia »
- Sarah Myles
Busy British actor James Norton has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming epic event series, McMafia. Inspired by Misha Glenny's bestselling book, the hard-hitting look at global crime and its far reaching influence is created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black). Deadline previously revealed that the BBC had greenlit the series; Watkins has now confirmed he will direct all eight episodes. The fast-paced thriller is billed as epic and… »
Being a child star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time can't be an easy feat. However, Daniel Radcliffe, who most may know as Harry Potter, has made bold and beautiful decisions after playing the famous wizard for a decade.
Today, Daniel turns twenty-seven, and we want to celebrate the last five years in which he's put away his wand, and instead has dazzled us in new and exciting ways that we honestly never could have anticipated. A young actor who keeps surprising us with his role choice - as in his latest film, Swiss Army Man, where he literally plays a corpse - Radcliffe has cast his own magical spell on us, and we've been entranced ever since we »
- Adriana Floridia
“Bastille Day,” which centers on a CIA agent trying to counter a bombing in France, was released in an estimated 233 cinemas Wednesday, just a day before the truck attack that unfolded in Nice during celebrations of the actual Bastille Day, one of the country’s most important holidays. Release of the movie had already been postponed following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last November.
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.
With his latest, “Swiss Army Man, »
- Kristy Puchko
When I was in 8th grade, I remember hearing about a book that was coming out called Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone, and like all good Christian schools do, the book was immediately banned. Being a young one who was always interested in the dark side of life, I knew I had to have this book. Now, this article isn’t about Harry Potter (Lord knows I could write a million articles on that) but the actor who would later become the iconic character: Daniel Radcliffe.
Having been a total Harry Potter nerd and reading each book as they came out (from 8th grade up until around the age of 22) and becoming obsessed with the films, I wondered what Radcliffe would do after the series was through. Would he always be known for Harry Potter or would he fade into obscurity? Luckily for me, and his millions of fans, »
- Shannon McGrew
★★☆☆☆ British director James Watkins has labelled his latest big screen effort a fun, Friday night cinematic ride. Aspiring to Walter Hill's 1982 unorthodox buddy movie 48 Hrs, which starred Nick Nolte and a baby-faced Eddie Murphy as cop and con respectively, Bastille Day represents a marked change in direction after acclaimed horror-chillers Eden Lake and The Woman in Black. If expectations of Watkins' third feature are kept within the boundaries of wham-bam-thank- you-ma'am generic action thrills and spills, audiences should be satisfied enough, but as pulse-raising as it is to see Idris Elba let loose as a gun-wielding CIA agent on the streets of Paris there remains a lot that that is highly problematic here.
- CineVue UK
British director James Watkins follows Eden Lake and The Woman in Black with this Parisian thriller about a “reckless, insubordinate and irresponsible” CIA agent (Idris Elba), first tracking and then teaming up with a light-fingered pickpocket (Richard Madden) as terror-fuelled unrest mounts in the run-up to France’s 14 July celebrations. The plot is absurd, but at least Bastille Day sidesteps the xenophobic caricatures of London Has Fallen, preferring to subvert rather than celebrate broiling prejudices. Crunchy fights and a vertiginous rooftop chase crank up the action, while viral videos and hashtagged calls to arms lend an illusion of modernity to the old-fashioned proceedings.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The last time we saw director James Watkins step behind the camera, he was scaring up a storm with 2012’s The Woman in Black. For his follow-up, Bastille Day, he’s changing tack quite a bit with a fast paced actioner that has one foot firmly in the 80’s, back when hero cops played by no one’s rules, not even their own. We find ourselves in Paris, days before France’s national holiday, and the city is a powder keg of political and racial tensions after American pickpocket Michael Mason (Games of Thrones’ Richard Madden) snatches the wrong bag, and inadvertently becomes number one suspect in a terrorist bombing. Enter no nonsense CIA agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba), who is tasked with bringing Mason in for questioning. Soon catching up with quarry, Briar realises something’s rotten in France’s capital, and he and Mason team up to get »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Watkins, who made his name with dark thrillers such as The Woman in Black and Eden Lake, was always keen to do an action film such as this one, telling FM: “Lots of influences from 70’s movies: French Connection obviously in Idris’ character, that kind of maverick, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners-cop. There’s Popeye Doyle, there’s Dirty Harry, Lee Marvin in Point Blank was a massive reference… And 48 Hours also in terms of their relationship. I wanted to action to play real but there were lighter moments. I told Idris to watch Midnight Run!”
The director also spoke about filming in Paris, the influence of the Bourne movies on the film, and also mentioned what he sees »
- Scott J. Davis
James Watkins burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2008, with his Michael Fassbender-starring thriller Eden Lake. He followed this with more scariness in 2012, helming the big screen version of The Woman In Black with Daniel Radcliffe at its heart.
His latest movie is Bastille Day,a pacey action flick that casts Idris Elba as a CIA agent and Richard Madden as a morally murky pickpocket who winds up at the centre of a terrorist attack in Paris. The two are thrust together on a quest to stop the next strike, with plenty of barbed banter and thrilling chases cropping up as they attempt to do so.
Shortly after seeing the film, I shared 15 minutes with Mr Watkins in a posh London hotel room. He was a lovely chap, as »
As fans continue their push for Idris Elba to fill Daniel Craig’s 007-sized shoes, they could point to far worse case studies for his suitability than “Bastille Day.” The hulking East Londoner may sport a Generican accent as a rogue CIA agent in James Watkins’ efficiently entertaining terrorist thriller, but in all other respects, he proves himself fighting fit for action-franchise duty: gravelly enough to lend this absurd Paris-set romp some gravitas, though he can wink and kick ass at the same time. While the pic pairs him with an affable partner in “Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden, the standard-issue script doesn’t give their burgeoning buddy dynamic much kindling; instead, it’s Watkins’ lean, keen instinct for choreographing and cutting action set pieces that keeps “Bastille Day” afloat. Even if auds don’t exactly storm the gates, it’ll march on in ancillary.
Mere months after the tragic events of last November, »
- Guy Lodge
Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity. The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day"). Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason (Madden), »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tim Burton is back in the director’s chair for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which got its first trailer on Tuesday.
Burton, along with screenwriter Jane Goldman (“The Woman in Black”), brings to the screen the story about unconventional children who possess incredible powers. It’s based on the critically acclaimed and bestselling young adult book of the same name.
Fans of the book will notice a few differences between the novels and movies just by watching the new trailer – Olive instead of Emma seems to be Jacob’s closer friend and Emma wields air instead of fire.
The cast is led by one of Burton’s former collaborators, Eva Green (“Dark Shadows”), who plays the titular character of Miss Peregrine, the owner of a children’s home and a shape-shifter of sorts. Asa Butterfield (“Hugo,” “Ender’s Game”) plays Jacob, a seemingly ordinary boy who stumbles »
- Maria Cavassuto
We’re all peculiar here, no? Well, maybe not as peculiar as some of Miss Peregrine’s menagerie of children. But we’re Monster Kids at heart.
So, having reveled in Ransom Riggs’ best-selling trilogy of Peculiar novels, I’m beside myself in anticipation of the film adaptation of the first in the series, Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children. The talent involved is more than enough for hopefulness! It’s got Tim Burton at the helm! And it stars one of the best character actresses of our time, Eva Green, playing a particular movie-star-beautiful version of the titular Miss Peregrine, along with Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns), Kim Dickens (Fear The Walking Dead, Hollow Man), six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney, Oscar winner Judi Dench and workhorse Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Robocop, 1408, practically everything else filmed in the last three decades). That’s a lotta onscreen talent! »
- Harker Jones
Having headlined British crime drama Luther for three seasons, Idris Elba simply disappears into the role of a gruff and steely secret agent, and that’s exactly the archetype he’ll be portraying in James Watkins’ Parisian thriller, Bastille Day.
Watkins, best known for helming Eden Lake and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted horror flick The Woman In Black, is switching gears to dip his toe in the spy thriller genre. Elba, meanwhile, leads the charge as Sean Briar, the CIA’s top dog that’s dispatched on a mission to the French capital, only to unearth a seedy conspiracy that stretches far above anything he could’ve imagined.
- Michael Briers
Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity. The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day"). Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Empire magazine have come up trumps with this first poster for the upcoming Idris Elba thriller Bastille Day. The film also stars Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden, and is directed by Eden Lake and The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins.
Looks awesome. Here’s the plot.
Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game Of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, Luther, Prometheus), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.
Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they »
- Paul Heath
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