Actor Paul Dano is gearing up to make his directorial debut. It was announced over the summer the Swiss Army Man star would direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford‘s coming-of-age novel. Dano co-wrote the adaptation with actress, partner, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), but neither of them will star in the film. The stars of Wildlife are Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis).
Below, learn more about Paul Dano’s directorial debut.
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Daniel Radcliffe has shown that he’s not afraid to get nude for the sake of art, with his performance in a stage production of Equus back in the late 2000s. However, when it comes to the big screen, he’s not one to flaunt his body around. But in Swiss Army Man, his bare ass proves to be a valuable asset (pun not intended) as the flatulence of his character’s corpse helps Paul Dano survive in the woods. And in addition to his gas serving a purpose, Daniel Radcliffe’s penis turns out to be immensely helpful as well.
A new Swiss Army Man featurette takes a look at some of the practical effects used in the indie hitting more theaters this weekend, and there’s a special focus on Radcliffe’s animatronic penis. This was actually teased in the featurette released earlier this week about the creation of the dummy body used in the movie. Find out all about the magical appendage after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Swiss Army Man in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
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 »
This summer, you’ll finally get to see the movie that was the talk of Sundance, the farting corpse movie Swiss Army Man. The film was bashed by some critics (a few even walked out of screenings) while those who stuck around to find the deeper meaning behind the nonsense were rewarded with a wholly unique story about love, friendship and loneliness.
If you’re still on the fence about this movie, a new Swiss Army Man music video features a montage of all the ways Paul Dano finds Daniel Radcliffe‘s flatulent corpse to be useful. It’s all set to the original music written by Manchester Orchestra members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, who were behind the film’s wonderful soundtrack. But if you’re already planning on seeing this movie, I would avoid watching this and save the craziness for the theater. Otherwise, watch the Swiss Army Man music video after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month brought us the first trailer for Swiss Army Man, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert‘s (in)famous Sundance dramedy about a desperate man stranded all alone on a desert island (Paul Dano), until he stumbles across a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe). With a description like that, Swiss Army Man‘s marketing was never going to be appropriate for polite company — but if you walked away thinking that first green-band trailer was still a bit too tasteful, today we’ve got the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer to share with you.
This cut of the Swiss Army Man trailer actually does a better job of capturing the utter rudeness and surprising poignancy of Swiss Army Man, though it arguably also gives away too much. Manny (as Radcliffe’s dead body is called) first proves useful when his farts help propel Hank (Dano) across the surf, but it turns out this “multi-purpose tool guy,” as Hank calls him, has a lot of other tricks up his sleeve as well. Watch the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Man, Daniel 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 »
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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Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
War and Peace is a real doorstop of a book — around 1,400 pages, give or take a hundred pages depending on the publisher and edition. So if you’ve always meant to read it but haven’t gotten around to it quite yet, you may be interested to know that you’ll have the chance to get through the story in a mere six hours this fall.
The Weinstein Company and BBC America have teamed for a miniseries adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic, starring Lily James, Paul Dano, and James Norton. Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Front, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, and Stephen Rea also make appearances. Watch the War and Peace miniseries trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho pulled together an all-star lineup for his first English-language film, Snowpiercer, and got some of the most memorable performances of the year out of them. No surprise, then, that heavyweight talents are eagerly lining up to join his new film Okja. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy are looking to board the multilingual monster pic, joining Tilda Swinton.
Read more about the Jake Gyllenhaal Okja casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fox Searchlight is on a roll this week. Amid all the Star Wars, Civil War, and Suicide Squad hype, they managed to capture our attention with the uplifting He Named Me Malala trailer, and now again with Paolo Sorrentino‘s gorgeous Youth trailer.
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star as best friends Fred and Mick, who go on a vacation to the Swiss Alps with Fred’s daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz). While Mick’s still plugging away at his final screenplay, Fred’s a renowned orchestra composer who’s entered retirement — but then Fred gets an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II. Paul Dano and Jane Fonda also star. Watch the Youth trailer after the jump. Read More »