Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Talks HORNS, Dark Material, His Vision for the Next 25 Years, and More

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From director Alexandre Aja and author Joe Hill, Horns is a unique and unusual blend of fantasy, horror, drama and comedy.  Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find that he’s grown a pair of horns from his temples.  Armed with the supernatural powers that they possess, he sets out to find the true killer and prove his innocence.

While at Comic-Con for a panel in Hall H, actor Daniel Radcliffe spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about being drawn to dark material, what most excited him about doing this film, what was on his playlist for the role, what makes Alexandre Aja a great director, connecting to the symbolism in the film, his vision for the next 25 years of his career, and what he got to do while walking around Comic-Con dressed as Spider-Man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

HORNS Trailer Startles With Surprising Humor; Strong Performance From Daniel Radcliffe

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Wow.  For some reason I was kind of expecting Horns to not be any good or, at least, not be something I’d be into.  I’ve actually been carrying this perception around since the film started shooting some time ago.  But this trailer just changed my mind and I’m now looking forward to it in a major way.  I was totally underestimating this movie and certainly wasn’t expecting this kind of biting sense of humor.  Especially from director Alexandre Aja, a talented guy whose work I have yet to be able to connect with.  Now, thanks to this trailer from today’s presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con, I’m legitimately enthusiastic.

In this adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig Perrish, the main suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple).  Hit the jump to check out the new Horns trailer and poster, and be sure to check out Steve’s video interviews with Radcliffe & Temple and Aja from TIFF.  The film also stars Max Minghella, James Remar, Joe Anderson, and Kelli GarnerHorns opens in theaters and on VOD this Halloween.

HORNS Trailer and Poster: Is Daniel Radcliffe the Devil?

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The first Horns trailer and poster have arrived for director Alexandre Aja’s (The Hills Have Eyes) adaptation of the Joe Hill novel.  The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, the main suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple).  He wakes one morning to find horns growing from his head, appendages that have the ability to force confessions from strangers, which aid him in his quest to find the real killer and exact his revenge.  RADiUS-TWC is bringing the pic to Comic-Con next week, and it’s not hard to see why.  There’s an obvious genre bent here, but I’m really curious to see how Radcliffe fills the lead role.  We don’t see much of his performance in this teaser trailer, but hopefully we’ll find out more during the film’s Hall H panel next Friday.

Hit the jump to check out the first Horns trailer and poster, and be sure to check out Steve’s video interviews with Radcliffe & Temple and Aja from TIFF.  The film also stars Max Minghella, James Remar, Joe Anderson, and Kelli GarnerHorns opens in theaters and on VOD this Halloween.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK AND OTHER STORIES Season 2, Working with Jon Hamm, the New HARRY POTTER Story, and More

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The critically acclaimed limited series A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, returns in the coming weeks for Season 2 on Ovation.  Inspired by the works of Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov and set in the small village of Muryevo in 1918, the Young Doctor (Radcliffe) is battling an all-consuming morphine addiction and struggles to cope with life in the hospital and the efforts of his medical staff, under the critical gaze of his older self (Hamm).

As part of the Ovation presentation at the TCA Press Tour, Daniel Radcliffe spoke via satellite from New York, where he’s starring on Broadway in the hit production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, about why this four-episode series appealed to him, how flattering it is to have Jon Hamm playing the older version of him, what it’s like to do some of the more intimate scenes with his co-star, what he enjoys about doing short-form television, and what he believes makes a good U.S. adaptation of a U.K. TV show.  He also talked about whether he could ever see himself reprising the role of Harry Potter as an adult, especially after the story that J.K. Rowling just released.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Daniel Radcliffe Comments on the New BATMAN Movies, Saying He’d Be “Perfect” for Robin

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Could the Boy Wizard be playing the Boy Wonder?  Well, if Daniel Radcliffe ever decided to get back into a big franchise again, it looks like he’d at least be interested in playing Batman’s sidekick, Robin.  Now before you get your tights in a bunch, this was his answer as part of a rapid-fire question session which included such hard-hitting queries as “What’s your favorite band?” and “Who’s the last person who texted you?”, so it’s not exactly an iron-clad contract.  Then again, the Batman reboot is just getting underway with Ben Affleck set to star for at least two, and possibly three films going forward.  Could Radcliffe follow in the fleet footsteps of Chris O’Donnell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt?  Hit the jump for more.

First WHAT IF Trailer; GOON Director Michael Dowse’s Romantic Comedy Stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan

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CBS Films has released the first What If trailer for director Michael Dowse‘s (Goon) romantic comedy.  Daniel Radcliffe plays a med school dropout who strikes up a friendship with an animator (Zoe Kazan).  They start to wonder if the chemistry between them outweighs her relationship with her longtime boyfriend (Rafe Spall).  Adam Driver, who plays Radcliffe’s character’s friend in the picture, absolutely steals the first few seconds of this trailer, but there’s plenty to go around in the three minutes that follow.  While I understand it’s difficult to inform audiences about your film and set yourself apart in the world of rom-coms, this first look gives away a tad too much of the plot for my liking.  Charming nonetheless.

Hit the jump to watch the What If trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, and Oona Chaplin also star.  What If opens August 1st.

Daniel Radcliffe to Star in YOU SHALL KNOW OUR VELOCITY; Nicolas Cage Leads THE RUNNER; Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp Join ONE

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A few casting notices:

  • Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, director Peter Sollett‘s (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel.
  • Nicolas Cage will star in the contemporary political drama The Runner, the feature directorial debut of Austin Stark (Detachment).
  • Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp are attached to star in the action/adventure One, written and directed by Murali Thalluri (2:37).

See the press releases after the jump for more details on each project.

New Poster and Images from WHAT IF Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver

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CBS Films has released a new poster and collection of images from director Michael Dowse’s (Goon) excellent romantic comedy What If (formerly titled The F Word).  The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as a medical school dropout who strikes up a friendly relationship with a young animator (Zoe Kazan), but they start to wonder if the chemistry between them outweighs her relationship with her longtime boyfriend (Rafe Spall)..  Though the premise may sound derivative, I fell pretty hard for the film when I saw it at TIFF.  It’s incredibly funny and surprisingly sweet, with Radclife and Kazan turning in a pair of hilariously charming performances.  Moreover, Adam Driver steals nearly every scene he’s in.  This is definitely one to keep on your radar when you start to feel the blockbuster fatigue this summer.

Hit the jump to check out the What If poster and images, click here to read Matt’s review, and check back on May 29th to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, and Oona ChaplinWhat If opens in theaters on August 1st.


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Telling the true story of someone’s life in a film is a difficult task.  The trappings of the biopic genre become glaringly apparent when filmmakers try to chronicle an entire life in a two-hour film.  There are innumerable events over the course of a person’s lifespan that alter him or her, for better or worse, and humans are always undergoing change.  Trying to discern which events are most important is a futile effort, and more often than not, the cradle-to-grave biopic results in a droll feature.  However, when the filmmaker focuses on a constrained period of time in a person’s life and frames an entire film around that, the results can be fascinating.  Such is the case with writer/director John Krokidas’ drama Kill Your Darlings, which chronicles the early college years of poet Allen Ginsberg and the beginnings of the Beat movement, using that as a springboard to explore themes of rebellion, obsession, and self-discovery.

The result is an ambitious, bombastic debut feature for Krokidas, buoyed by a pair of fearless performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.  My full Kill Your Darlings Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan Set for COLLEGE REPUBLICANS; Gillian Jacobs and Anson Mount Have VISIONS; Jessica Alba Joins THE WRIGHT GIRLS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Daniel Radcliffe Reteams with THE WOMAN IN BLACK Director James Watkins to Go for GOLD

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Rush never caught fire in the way Universal hoped, but maybe audiences need a more relatable competition when it comes to a sports rivalry.  They may get it from director James Watkins, who will reteam with his The Woman in Black star Daniel Radcliffe for the Olympic drama, Gold.  According to BBC Films [via The Playlist], Watkins will work from a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon), which will focus on the rivalry between runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.  Unlike the similar wealthy upbringings of the rivals from Rush, Coe and Ovett came from very different classes and upbringings, but “between them they won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers, one bronze, and broke a total of twelve middle-distance records,” according to the source material,  The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher.

BBC Films doesn’t say which athlete Radcliffe will play or who his co-star will be, but an announcement should be forthcoming since filming is set to begin in the U.K. and Russia in April.  Radcliffe will next be seen in The F Word (my review), Horns, and the U.K. series A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Jon Hamm.  He’s also attached to star in the crime-thriller Tokyo Vice and a new adaptation of Frankenstein.


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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.


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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Kill Your Darlings opens today in limited release.]

If poetry doesn’t broaden our view of our world and force us to push the boundaries of our lives, then it’s pointless. Poetry cannot always tap into the chaos and beauty of life if it must be constrained by meter, verse, and rules set down centuries ago. Poetry, when wielded by genius, can seduce, defend, condemn, and most importantly, transform. Words are powerful enough to change the world, but even in the hands of the most gifted writers, they can be futile against our frailties, insecurities, and desires. In his magnificent debut feature, director and co-writer John Krokidas has created a moving, exhilarating, and heartbreaking film in Kill Your Darlings. Led by breathtaking performances by stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster, Kill Your Darlings watches the greatest writers of a generation push the boundaries of modern American culture only to find that even the best words, the most well-spoken words, the most honest words, can fail when spoken to a shattered heart.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Indie Shooting vs. HARRY POTTER Schedule, FANTASTIC BEASTS Easter Eggs, and HORNS Reception

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Radcliffe.  He talked about making the film on a limited budget and not much time, working with the rest of the cast, how it compared to making the Harry Potter movies, what he learned about the beat movement, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, and more.  In addition, I asked if he’d be willing to do some kind of easter egg like walking in the background of a scene when Warner Bros. makes the Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Dimension and RADiUS-TWC to Release Alexandre Aja’s HORNS Starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2014; New Image Unveiled

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Director Alexandre Aja’s new film Horns has secured distribution, as Dimension/RADiUS-TWC announced today that the film will be released theatrically in 2014.  Based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill, the pic centers on Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the main suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend.  He wakes one morning to find horns growing from his head, appendages that have the ability to force confessions from strangers, which aid him in his quest to find the real killer and exact his revenge.  Steve caught the film at TIFF and described it as “unique and cool,” and you can watch the first clip from the pic right here.

Hit the jump to read the full press release and to check out a new image.  If you missed them check out Steve’s video interviews with Radcliffe & Juno Temple, and Aja.  The film also stars Max Minghella, James Remar, Joe Anderson, and Kelli Garner.

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