Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.
Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013’s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.
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A while ago we saw half the trailer for Kill Your Darlings, the minor Sundance hit in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg. The film charts the ways in which Ginsberg, newly arrived at school, falls into friendship with the seductive Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and how their circle of friends — the nucleus of the Beat movement — was broken when one of them ended up dead.
Now we’ve got the full trailer, as well as a clip from the film. The trailer is half manic Beat energy, and then the second half becomes something a little more ominous. You’ll also see glimpses of some of the excellent supporting cast, which includes Jack Huston, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick and John Cullum.
Update: Yahoo posted the official version of the trailer, and we’ve got that embed below..
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There’s a 30-second clip going around today that is being billed as the teaser trailer for Kill Your Darlings, in which Daniel Radcliffe adopts an American accent to play beat poet Allen Ginsberg. In truth, this seems to be a truncated upload of the full trailer; the end of this clip is clearly not meant to be the real end of the trailer.
Still, this is a film that many of you have been curious about for some time, and so it’s worth a look at the footage. We see Radcliffe as a young Ginsberg. He arrives at school and quickly falls into the orbit of the seductive, charismatic Lucien Carr, played by rising star Dane DeHaan. There’s a shadow of a threat from Carr’s older friend David, played by Michael C. Hall (Dexter) but you don’t get to see much of that here. You also don’t get to see even a hint of the film’s most scandalous moments, which include a sex scene featuring Radcliffe that will make some audiences see the actor in a very different light.
In general, this story doesn’t end well at all — “kill” in the title is quite literal — but this is a nice little tease for those who want to see what Radcliffe has done after the end of Harry Potter and the success of The Woman in Black. Check out the footage below; we’ll update with the full trailer when it becomes available. Read More »
One of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, the Toronto Film Festival, has begun to announce its line up for 2013. The event takes place September 5-15 and as usual, the line-up includes pretty much every highly-anticipated awards contender scheduled for release through the end of the year.
Just a few examples are the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the star-studded August: Osage County, Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot (above), Jason Reitman’s latest Labor Day, Jason Bateman’s debut Bad Words, Ron Howard’s Rush, the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate, Mike Myers’ documentary Supermench, Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, Gravity.
And they haven’t even finished announcing everything. Below, read everything in this first wave. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’re smack in the middle of summer blockbuster season right now, but once the weather cools there’ll be some interesting indies making their way into theaters. Sony Classics has just penciled in the Beat drama Kill Your Darlings for a fall bow, while the Matthew McConaughey-starring Dallas Buyers Club is jumping right into the prestige-pic fray with a December debut. Hit the jump for more details.
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Have you been following our coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival? It’s been a crazy six days so far and with five days to go, who knows what great films are left to discover or get on your radar. So far, we’ve reviewed (or at least discussed) nearly 20 different movies that you will be talking about later this year and have plenty more on the way. Some of the highlights include Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s The East, Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy, the horror sequel S-VHS, Richard Linklater’s incredible Before Midnight and the controversial Escape from Tomorrow. Click on each of those for the reviews.
We also reviewed such buzzed about films as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction, the star-studded comedy The Way Way Back, and James Ponsoldt’s teen drama The Spectacular Now, all of which have been picked up for distribution. For everything else we’ve written so far, click on this link.
The latest films picked up for distrubution include Toy’s House, about a group of kids who run away from home and build a house in the woods, the tense real-life thriller Fruitvale and the Jack Kerouac/Daniel Radcliffe film Kill Your Darlings, the real life porn story Lovelace, David Gordon Green’s Paul Rudd/Emile Hirsch comedy Prince Avalanche, among others.
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Friday is the first real day of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and I spent the afternoon in the Eccles Theater (aka the Park City High School auditorium) watching two films: Jerusha Hess‘ adaptation of Austenland starring Keri Russell, and Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. After the jump you can find my mini reactions and a video blog I recorded with Steve Weintraub from Collider.
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The image above comes straight from Sundance and is the first official look at the cast of Kill Your Darlings, which features a good crop of young actors as Beat Generation luminaries such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Daniel Radcliffe plays Ginsberg and Ben Foster plays Burroughs; Jack Huston joins in as Jack Kerouac, and Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, who introduced Ginsberg to Burroughs and Kerouac, and in so doing helped create one of the most notable writers’ cliques of the century.
But a guy named David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) was in love with Carr, and when Kammerer was found murdered, the group of friends was caught up in the investigation, and the young Ginsberg’s coming of age is tainted by experience he would never have predicted.
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Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Daniel Radcliffe‘s days wearing Harry Potter’s world-famous round specs may be over, but in one of his first post-Hogwarts roles, he’s donning another iconic pair. Specifically, Radcliffe’s put on Beat poet Allen Ginsberg‘s tortoiseshell glasses for John Krokidas‘ Kill Your Darlings, a fact-based drama about the early days of the Beat Generation. With filming now underway, the first photos of Radcliffe and co-star Dane DeHaan in costume have hit the web. Hit the jump to get a glimpse.
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Thanks to her performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, Elizabeth Olsen became one of the brightest young stars of 2011, and now she’s landed a part opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings, a film that explores the very early days of Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston are signing on, too, to the film that is based on the true story of a Columbia University murder in 1944. Read More »