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Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He Took So Many Strange Roles After Harry Potter

Child stars are notorious for turning into weird adults, which is perhaps unsurprising when your formative years were spent with the world watching your every move. So, it’s a small miracle that the three child stars of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have turned out pretty well-adjusted (well, as far as we know anyway). Of the three, though, it’s Radcliffe who’s been the busiest, obviously eager to prove that he’s not just a pair of glasses, a wand and a rather fetching scar.

His post-Potter roles have ranged from a critically acclaimed turn in The Woman in Black, playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a guy cursed with devil horns in Horns and, uh, a fart-propelled corpse in Swiss Army Man.

Now, in an interview with Et, he explains his thinking behind these choices:

Directly after Potter, it was
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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James Franco: ‘I was certainly taking myself too seriously before. But who doesn’t?’

His riotous new film, The Disaster Artist, is one of the best in a fascinating but patchy career. So how did this notorious workaholic with a fear of failure learn to laugh at himself?

James Franco, the stoner’s comedian inside a workaholic arthouse auteur trapped in a Hollywood leading man’s body, is a bewildering enough prospect as an actor, but that’s nothing compared with what he is as an interviewee. As I walk into his hotel room in San Sebastián, Spain, where he is at the film festival showing his latest effort, The Disaster Artist, which he directed and stars in, I wonder which side I’ll get today. (Please, God, not the pretentious-auteur one.) After all, what to expect of a man who, in one year, made eight movies including Eat Pray Love; the pretty good Allen Ginsberg biopic, Howl; the completely meh comedy, Date Night; the endurance movie,
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BAMcinématek to honour Sam Shepard by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-09-14 17:11:47

BAMcinématek pays screen tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright - True West: Sam Shepard on Film Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sam Shepard, who died on July 27, 2017 at the age of 73, will be honored by BAMcinématek in New York with True West: Sam Shepard on Film.

Wim Wenders' Don’t Come Knocking and Paris, Texas (BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Shepard); Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination for Shepard's portrayal of Chuck Yeager); Graeme Clifford's Frances; Daniel Petrie's Resurrection; Terrence Malick's Days Of Heaven; Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, co-written by Shepard; Robert Altman's adaptation of Fool For Love; Robert Frank's Me And My Brother (text by Shepard, poems by Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky); Shirley Clarke's video of Shepard's Tongues performed by Joseph Chaikin, and Far North, directed by Sam Shepard will be screened.
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Daniel Radcliffe Strives to Survive the Wilds in Exclusive ‘Jungle’ Poster

Following his iconic, long-running performance as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has proven to be a pretty adventurous actor. Two years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 hit theaters, Radcliffe appeared as a burgeoning demon in Horns, played romantic foil to Zoe Kazan in What If, and portrayed a young Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Last year, he had two of his best performances in Imperium and Swiss Army Man, in which he played a farting corpse opposite Paul Dano, Kazan's off-screen partner. With the exceptions of the dreadful Now You See Me 2
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Jon Hamm Is a Great Actor, So Why Can’t He Find Another Great Role?

Jon Hamm Is a Great Actor, So Why Can’t He Find Another Great Role?
In his latest movie, “Marjorie Prime,” Jon Hamm plays a hologram who gives tender therapeutic advice to the aging lady he was once married to (it’s complicated), and if that doesn’t strike you as exciting, you’re not alone. The movie is a precious indie bauble that has already whiffed at the specialty box office. Hamm is crafty and spry in it; you might say — as some have — that it’s an adventurous role for him, in the same way that playing a violent sociopath with choppy shaved hair in “Baby Driver” was an adventurous role for him. These characters aren’t what we “expect” from Jon Hamm, so they make it look like he’s in there, trying on audacious things and working it. The question is: Why does Jon Hamm now look like he’s trying so hard?

I think what I’m asking is: Why isn’t Jon Hamm a movie star
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Will review: rock'n'roll Shakespeare series is a badly drawn bard

The Us show imagines the life of the playwright as an upstart in Elizabethan London, but its Luhrmann-esque histrionics feel out of place and out of touch

Writers’ lives have long been a topic ripe for film-makers. Just in the last several years, Truman Capote, David Foster Wallace, Allen Ginsberg and Emily Dickinson have all had the biopic treatment. Now a new TNT show, Will, is trying the same trick with the Bard, imagining his early years as an ambitious lad set adrift in London’s bacchanalian theatre scene.

Related: Ruff ride: the everlasting battles and beauty of Shakespeare's Globe

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Review: ‘The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography’ is a Poignant But Stagnant Documentary

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography winds up feeling in many ways like the much-talked about concept of its protagonist. That is to say, the stuff left behind. Like Elsa Dorfman’s portraits that were not chosen by the families she took them for, a lot of the film’s own footage feels like it has its own charm and happy glint, but is nevertheless a bit dull and lifeless. It is constructed with care, and there is clearly love in its cutting and musical choices and why life has been given to it. Unfortunately, it feels like a project whose outward reach has not been figured out, feeling like a collection of moments perhaps better reviewed by the capturer in a private space, than shared with the world.

This is a shame, because Dorfman is filled with interesting stories and maintains a collection of historical photography. She has pictures of Bob Dylan and,
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Joshua Reviews Errol Morris’ B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography [Theatrical Review]

In what can rightly (if not without a bit of contempt for the cliche itself) be called the “golden age” of documentary filmmaking, there have proven to be few filmmakers more influential than Errol Morris. Not only is he a quietly inventive filmmaker formally but his work as a human interest documentarian has helped shape the very type of non-fiction work which we see today. From working in the now commonplace true crime genre to capturing portraits of some of modern history’s most important and controversial figures, Morris’ films have turned him from a simple documentarian into a figure synonymous with the medium writ large.

So it’s a moment to celebrate when Morris turns his camera back on, even if it only ultimately amounts to a minor work.

That’s the case for The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography. Clocking it at just a hair over 70 minutes,
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10 Best Movies to See in June: 'Wonder Woman,' Tupac Biopic and More

10 Best Movies to See in June: 'Wonder Woman,' Tupac Biopic and More
Summer allegedly belongs to the blockbusters, but this June's offering up some spotty pickings in the franchise world, beyond the rise of a long-deserving female superhero and the remounting of a Universal horror landmark. So feel free to ditch Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, and Transformers: Dear God How Many Has It Been Now and give something a little off the beaten path a look. Like, maybe, a boundary-busting romcom, or a musical thrill ride forged from vinyl, or an enigmatic slow-burn horror oddity. Here's what you need to check
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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set

For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any
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Andy Warhol’s Legendary Screen Tests, Including Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick, Find Temporary New Venue

Andy Warhol’s Legendary Screen Tests, Including Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick, Find Temporary New Venue
“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” Andy Warhol famously said, but the legendary artist probably didn’t expect that such a sentiment would apply to his own screen tests, which have endured over the decades as a curious, intimate look at the inner workings of his creative process.

Filmed during the ’60s-era heyday of his Warhol Factory, the black and white screen tests feature a slew of Warhol regulars — from Ondine to Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed to Bob Dylan — and other famous faces of the day, all lensed on Warhol’s own Bolex camera. Nearly 500 of the screen tests were filmed, though Warhol did not use or exhibit all of them. Favorites were arranged into various compilations that were then screened by Warhol for assorted audiences, though they’ve continued to inspire and delight fans for decades past their original filming.

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Robert Pattinson: From Bedhead to Bushy Beard

He’s taken one of the most fascinating and unconventional routes with his stardom.

The thinkpiece-industrial complex is running at full speed this spring to update the cinephile community’s consensus of major stars. In case you’re behind, adjust your opinions to reflect the following changes: Reese Witherspoon is still good, Kristen Stewart is now really good, Anne Hathaway is great because her haters were sexist, and Nicole Kidman is underappreciated despite receiving an Oscar nomination this very year.

One star whose evaluation has yet to appear from the hot take factory is Robert Pattinson, who features in two theatrical releases this April, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert (quickly dumped in theaters and VOD over two years after its 2015 Berlin premiere) and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Five years ago, the cultural ubiquity of “R-Pattz” was so enormous that the future President of the United States tweeted about him six times
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Errol Morris Captures ‘The B-Side’ in Trailer for Photography Documentary

Documentary extraordinaire Errol Morris is back with The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography. The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War director’s focus this time is, as the title suggests, on his own friend and neighbor, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman.

Dorfman began her career in the 1960s and 70s, photographing subjects who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio, including family and friends and Beat generation poets like Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In the 1980s, Dorfman began using a Polaroid Land 20×24 camera, one of the largest format cameras in common use, for her work. Due to bankruptcy, Polaroid ceased production of its instant film products in 2008, leading Dorfman to stock up with a year’s supply of her camera’s last available 20 x 24 instant film.

Morris and Dorfman have been friends for 25 years, and the filmmaker hopes to shed light not just on his subject but also large-format photography.
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Tribeca 2017: 5 Must-See Lgbtq Titles At This Year’s Festival

Tribeca 2017: 5 Must-See Lgbtq Titles At This Year’s Festival
New York is a mecca for queer culture of all stripes. Set in the heart of downtown Manhattan, just a short walk from the cruising piers of Christopher street and the cocktail lounges of Chelsea, the Tribeca Film Festival is a natural home for Lgbtq creators and projects. From lesser known indie films to highly anticipated studio television shows, experimental Vr and new online work from queer up and comers pushing the conversation into new territory, the festival’s 16th edition offers plenty for the queer-minded.

Read More: Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is the Most Anticipated Screening of the Tribeca Film Festival

Here is a guide to the five best Lgbtq projects playing the festival this year.

Tom of Finland

Now, here is a biopic we can get behind (or underneath, whatever your preference).

The cult icon Tom of Finland is renowned for his homoerotic drawings of beefcakes in
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Review: Paterson (2016)

Let us go then, you and I, to Paterson, New Jersey: birthplace of Allen Ginsberg, and longtime home of modernist poet William Carlos Williams. It’s a city known for its poetry. For this review we turn our attention to one poet in particular, a man who himself is called Paterson, played by the ever-impressive Adam Driver.

Over the past five years Driver has become a quiet but un-ignorable presence in entertainment, both in film and on television. From his role as the illusive and wild Adam Sackler in the Lena Durham-created Girls (2011), to his role as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and as Father Garupe in Silence (2016), as well as a range of smaller roles, including bit-parts in films like Lincoln (2012) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) the Juilliard trained actor has made quite a name for himself. It seems ironically appropriate then that the young actor,
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What is James Franco Reading?

A extensive look at all those movies James Franco directed.

James Franco has done a lot of things, we’ve heard. Following a successful turn on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks and a well-received starring spot on a TNT biopic on James Dean, he turned immediately to a litany of pursuits: from playwriting and English degrees to painting and directing no less than ten feature-lengths. The latter project interested me. Were they any good? In Franco’s Rolling Stone profile last year, Jonah Weiner ran around a thesaurus of words like “dizzying,” “indefatigable“ and, wait for it, “multihyphenate” to describe his subject but none of those words mean very much. Paul Klee painted over a thousand paintings in the penultimate last year of his life. So could I. So what?

“What did we do to deserve James Franco?,” asked Rex Reed in a slightly different era. Back then, even the The Guardian agreed with Jared Kushner
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Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and More Bring Peace, Music and Resistance to Tibet House’s Carnegie Hall Benefit

Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and More Bring Peace, Music and Resistance to Tibet House’s Carnegie Hall Benefit
“Remain happy, remain loving—but resist.” Those were Professor Robert Thurman’s opening remarks at the 30th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert held Thursday night at New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall. But perhaps “opening shot” might be a more appropriate term. Despite the glitzy setting, the concert was a night of peaceful rebellion—assisted by an unparalleled lineup of diverse musicians ranging from punk poet laureate Patti Smith, soul shouters Alabama Shakes, electro pioneers New Order, dreamy acoustic troubadours Ben Harper and Sufjan Stevens, and the raw power of Iggy Pop.

Presiding over the evening was composer supremo Philip Glass,
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Mike Mills on Therapy Through Filmmaking and the Hybrid History of ’20th Century Women’

To watch Mike Mills‘ two most recent features, Beginners and 20th Century Women, are such warm and open-hearted experiences that I was led, in my review of the latter, to wonder if he’s ever been unsympathetic to anybody. Actually sitting down with the writer-director does nothing to make me think otherwise, though he could’ve been a total bastard and I’d still want to pick his brain about his new film. It’s too rich and satisfying a work for me not to have many questions.

Also of little surprise is how quickly the discussion can turn towards a personal place, but one doesn’t follow-up a film about the last days of their gay father with a film reflecting on their relationship with their mother and not tip their hand a bit more than the average subject. Don’t think it’s too heavy, though: what follows
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ICM Partners Signs 'Good Girls Revolt' Star (Exclusive)

ICM Partners has signed Good Girls Revolt's Erin Darke, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Darke plays Cindy Reston, one of the three leads on the Amazon freshman drama about female magazine researchers in the 1960s fighting for bylines.

After working as a casting associate at the start of her career, Darke landed a role in 2013's Kill Your Darlings, where she met boyfriend Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Her other credits include Love & Mercy, where she played The Beach Boys' frontman Brian Wilson's first wife, Marilyn, and this summer's Mike Birbiglia indie...
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