Swiss Army Man (Daniel Radcliffe)

Every year at Sundance, there are a small handful of films that get hyped up sight unseen: your Boyhoods, your The Raid 2s. A few others come out of seemingly nowhere to become the toast of the town, a la Beasts of the Southern Wild or Birth of a Nation. Dozens more still fly under the radar the whole time, flitting to the next festival in hopes of building more buzz elsewhere.

And then there are the films propelled to international headlines on a burst of pungent corpse farts, prompting walkouts at the premiere, arguments for the rest of the fest, and head-scratching queries from everyone following along at home. I’m talking, of course, about Swiss Army ManDaniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert‘s weird (and weirdly beautiful) buddy dramedy about a stranded man (Paul Dano) and the dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) that may just be the key to his salvation. A24 picked up this oddity at Sundance and are now prepping it for a summer release, so check out the first Swiss Army Man trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Now You See Me 2 trailer

After making his name as the most famous young wizard in the world, Daniel Radcliffe is employing a very different kind of magic in Now You See Me 2. He plays a young prodigy determined to steal a high-tech MacGuffin with the aid of the Horsemen (Jesse EisenbergWoody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher as “the girl Horseman”). Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman return as well. Watch the Now You See Me 2 trailer after the jump.
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Swiss Army Man

About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.

The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really).  Read More »

Harry Potter Audition

It’s been 14 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theaters in November of 2001, and since then the young stars of the franchise have grown up in front of our eyes, blossoming into fine young actors (though some are doing more than others). And if you’re looking for a trip down memory lane this weekend, you might want to check out this Harry Potter audition video, showing young Daniel Radcliffe being as cute as ever as he plays opposite director Chris Columbus. Read More »

sundance 2016 line-up

Yes, its that time of year again. The Sundance Institute has revealed the 65 feature films which will make up the U.S. & World Cinema Competition as well as the out-of-competition NEXT slate of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump to see the Sundance 2016 line-up and get excited about next year’s independent films today!

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Now You See Me 2 Trailer

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hitting theaters this weekend, it’s a good time for studios to get their forthcoming movies in front of plenty of audiences, in the form of new trailers. So it should come as no surprise that Lionsgate’s sister company Summit Entertainment has a Now You See Me 2 trailer debuting this week, and they’ve got an ace in their pocket to make the magician heist sequel more appealing to the young adult audience: Harry Potter. Read More »

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:

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Victor Frankenstein (1)

Cobble together a composite image based on stereotype ideas about child stars and you’d end up with something that is exactly the opposite of Daniel Radcliffe. The man who grew up in public as Harry Potter has followed that film series with a set of eccentric, sometimes adventurous jobs, playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings and a suspect young man in Horns. A tendency towards genre is the only tentative unifying factor.

Radcliffe’s latest film, Victor Frankenstein, is perhaps his most conventional post-Potter film yet, and even this one is hardly a typical studio picture. A revisionist vision of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein created almost explicitly as a meta-assembly of good ideas from other Frankenstein adaptations, the movie is really a two-hander that pairs Radcliffe with James McAvoy, who plays the egocentric Victor Frankenstein.

Speak to Radcliffe and you’ll enjoy the thoughts of a young man who is as passionate about his craft as he is aware of its unusual aspects. I visited the set of Victor Frankenstein at Shepperton Studios outside London over a year ago. Now, finally, we can present the talk I and a few other writers conducted with Radcliffe, in which he spoke about being tossed around by McAvoy, the relationship between Victor and Igor, and the rare but terrifying potential of being attacked by a lion on set. Read More »

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein has been just about everything a man can be in the course of many film incarnations: inventor, scientist, madman, lover, villain. He’s not someone we often think of as a friend, however, and so the new film Victor Frankenstein might be pretty weird simply for indulging that concept. James McAvoy plays Victor in the movie, which co-stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and features Jessica Brown-Findlay as a former circus performer named Lorelei and Andrew Scott as a Scotland Yard inspector suspicious of Victor’s projects.

There is a monster in the film, but he’s a mysterious sort. On the film’s circus set during a March 2014 shoot, the filmmakers refused to reveal any details about his nature, or even the actor playing the creature. Surprisingly, those details remain hidden even in the last weeks leading up to the film’s November 25 release.

The relationship between Victor and Igor, however, which is a different thing than we’ve seen in films featuring the characters before, is on full display as the film rolls in a detailed circus tent set, complete down to the dirt floor and rank odor, built on a cavernous stage in England’s Shepperton Studios. Read More »