Daniel Radcliffe Evokes Allen Ginsberg’s Spirit With ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics) Now playing in Los Angeles and New York, Kill Your Darlings centers on Allen Ginsberg’s friendship with fellow writers Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster). It’s Lucien Carr, Ginsberg’s fellow Columbia University colleague, who truly catches his eye, and their seemingly inextricable bond is broken after Carr kills David Kammerer (played to haunting effect by Michael C. Hall).

Although Ginsberg had a profound impact on the Beat Generation (and, of course, succeeding generations), Radcliffe was spared all the exhaustive research on the scribe thanks to Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas.

John took the pressure off us a lot by telling us not to really research our characters past the point we see them in the movie,” said Radcliffe. “There wasn’t any sense in any way that we were having to live up to the icons that they became. It was just that we were playing these people at this moment in their lives.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Radcliffe talk about Ginsberg’s friendship with Lucien Carr. Dane DeHaan is also in the sound bite, as he talks about the preparation needed to play Carr.

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Michael Fassbender Explores Empathy & Brutality With ’12 Years A Slave’ Role

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight)Michael Fassbender stars in 12 Years A Slave as plantation owner Edwin Epps, a man whose innate brutality and alcoholism leads to insufferable treatment of his slaves. Considering his workers as merely property and on the same level as animals, Epps consistently rapes a young girl named Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) and threatens Solomon Northup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) on several occassions.

Fassbender simply didn’t want play Epps as a simply one dimensional brute.

“If it’s just a glimpse or a second for the audience when they see Epps at any certain time and they’re like ‘God I recognize something in myself there,” says Fassbender, who previously worked with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen in Shame and Hunger. “That was the object for me in bringing Epps to the screen. (He) wasn’t a guy that the audience couldn’t easily hold at arm’s length away from themselves and go, ‘Well that’s him, I would never be like that.’ I wanted to try to have some sort of empathy there as an audience member looking at him so it is harder to deal with.”

Click on the media bar to hear Michael Fassbender’s detailed answer in approaching the complicated role of Edwin Epps.

12 Years A Slave opens Friday.

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Matthew McConaughey Reflects On New Acting “Experience” With Career Shift

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features, CR: Anne Marie Fox)With Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey stars as electrician Ron Woodroof who, after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985 goes on a determined battle to find alternative medication that isn’t sanctioned by the government. Woodroof’s tenacious spirit did not flag after receiving disturbing news that he would have just 30 days to live, as he would live for another six years after the initial diagnosis.

In the past several years, McConaughey has changed the course of his acting career thanks to such work as The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, The Paperboy and Mud. By choosing these projects, along with Dallas Buyers Club, the actor knew he would give up higher paying, studio driven jobs in return.

“Saying no in Hollywood, in the business of making movies, is a powerful thing to do,” said McConaughey. “And it wasn’t what I was saying yes to, it was what I was saying no to. After about 18 months it went from, ‘ok we’re not going to send him that anymore’ and then it kind of flattened out and nothing sort of came.”

“There was a shift. I was kind of sitting back but some people evidently felt the shift and said, ‘you know what, know McConaughey I think is a real good idea for this other thing.’

Click on the media bar to hear McConaughey talk about wanting a different kind of acting “experience” by working with filmmakers William Friedkin (Killer Joe), Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike), and Lee Daniels (The Paperboy).

Dallas Buyers Club, co-starring Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, opens in New York and Los Angeles December 6.

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Diablo Cody Shares Directing Lessons Learned From ‘Paradise’

Paradise (RLJ Entertainment)

With Paradise, Julianne Hough plays Lamb Mannerheim, whose religious belief are tested after a tragic accident leaves her parts of her body scarred and burned. A pillar of her small town Montana church, Lamb decides to follow a new path and travels to Las Vegas, much to the chagrin of her parents Melanie (Holly Hunter) and Doug (Nick Offerman).

During her Sin City travels, Lamb befriends Loray (Octavia Spencer), a nightclub singer who does an even more morose version of the Radiohead tune “No Surprises,” and an amiable bartender (Russell Brand).

Although the comedy has its share of laughs, it also has its share of serious undertones. Writer/director Diabo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) says Paradise’s themes have a spiritual base. “I think people might hear the log line and say, ‘Oh this is going to be a movie that’s anti-religion or anti-spirituality’ and she abandons her church and goes and have fun for the first time in her life.'”

“If you see the movie, you know that’s not what it’s about. I’m actually a very spiritual person and I think that you sometimes have to find your own spirituality above the din of human voices. And that’s what this is about. Her finding her own way.”

Click on the media bar to hear Diablo Cody talk about the challenges she faced as a first time director for Paradise:

Paradise opens in select theaters October 18 and is currently available on VOD.

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‘Gravity’ Beats ‘Captain Phillips’ For Top Box Office Spot

Gravity (Warner Bros.)Gravity retained the top spot as it made $44 million over the weekend for a total domestic gross of over $123 million. It’s Sandra Bullock’s second hit this year, as it follows the successful summer comedy The Heat.

Tom Hanks‘ latest film Captain Phillips came in second with $26 million. It’s an improvement over last year’s Cloud Atlas, a Hanks flick which made just $27.1 million domestically.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Gravity – $44.3 million

2. Captain Phillips – A solid $26 million opening.

3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $14.2 million

4. Machete Kills – A horrible weekend with $3.98 million.

5. Runner RunnerA Justin Timberlake/Ben Affleck misfire. $3.725 million

6. Prisoners – $3.67 million.

7. Insidious Chapter 2 – $2.65 million

8. Rush – Another disappointing outing with just $2.07 million.

9. Don John$2.34 million

10. Baggage Claim – $2.08 million

Click on the media bar to hear Sandra Bullock talk about Gravity:

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