Daniel Radcliffe

12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Masterpiece’

A certain kind of person gets really excited about a book like Rebecca Eaton’s memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBSand I am one of those people. Eaton has been in charge of the series, which premiered on PBS in January of 1971, for almost 30 years now, a period that has seen Masterpiece winning awards, acclaim, and admiration from generations of fans who love a good costume drama. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

October is upon us, and the race whose name we dare not speak is getting competitive: this month sees the release of such awards bait as 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost, and, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. (What? It could happen — they love it when actors age up.) Meanwhile, it’s a quieter month for indie releases, but there are still several smaller pictures worth seeking out; our recommendations for the month are after the jump. … Read More

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This British Show Co-Starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe Exists, and It Just Got Renewed

Finding out that there are four hours’ worth of a Daniel Radcliffe/Jon Hamm period dramedy just waiting for you to… Read More

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Oscar 2013: An Evening in Pictures

More than 30 minutes (and a good dozen Seth MacFarlane-induced cringes) past its scheduled end time, the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony finally drew to a close in the first few minutes of Monday morning. Since a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words — and we’re still too exhausted from last night’s festivities to pen a novella — here’s a selection of our favorite images of the night. Enjoy them — and the 12 or so hours we get until next year’s Oscar race… Read More

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Extremely Silly Photos of Famous People Playing Air Guitar

There are certain photos guaranteed to make us giggle no matter how shitty we’re feeling, and one such image is the picture of Marcel Proust playing air guitar that resurfaced on the Atlantic this morning. Clearly, the appeal of air guitar is universal, and even those of us who aren’t famous musicians (or, y’know, famous air guitarists), can appreciate the appeal of soloing like crazy on a tennis racket, broomstick or nothing at all. In the spirit of such inclusiveness, then, here’s a light-hearted round-up of other famous people who’ve joined Proust in succumbing to the lure of the air guitar – starting with the great French writer himself. … Read More

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Let’s Cast the ‘Justice League’ Movie

Considering the speed with which Hollywood usually cashes in on a smash hit, we were frankly a little surprised that it took a full month for the staggering opening weekend of The Avengers to get the long-gestating film version of DC’s equivalent all-star superhero franchise going. But as Variety reports, it’s not that it just happened, it’s that it just broke — Warner Brothers, which holds the film rights to the DC characters, put screenwriter Will Beall (who penned the forthcoming Gangster Squad) on the job of writing a film version of Justice League last year, a “top-secret hire” which, according to the industry paper, “was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to—the box office success of The Avengers.” So the Justice League movie is happening — but filling it with superheroes will be easier said than done. Who should play them? We’ve got some ideas after the jump — and we’d love to hear yours. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The four artists on the shortlist for Britain’s $65,000 Turner Prize have been announced, and surprisingly, there’s not a painter in the entire bunch; Luke Fowler and Elizabeth Price are both filmmakers, Paul Noble is the creator of “a dystopic fictional metropolis called Nobson Newtown” that’s populated by human figures drawn as excrement, and… Read More

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The Many Cinematic Faces of Allen Ginsberg

This week, we saw the first photo evidence of Daniel Radcliffe’s turn as American poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, the newest drama about the Beat Generation. Though the film raises many questions for us, like “Do we need another film about Allen Ginsberg right now?” and “Why is a British kid playing a quintessential American icon?” and “But would Jesse Eisenberg really have been any better?,” we’re still pretty fascinated by any portrayal of Ginsberg on screen, however flawed it might be.

In an interview with the BBC, Radcliffe defended his casting, joking, “Well, James Franco is way too good-looking to play Allen Ginsberg.” True, but Radcliffe doesn’t look any more like the poet than Franco does. We don’t understand why nobody has ever cast Jeff Goldblum. It seems like a no-brainer. Ginsberg has been portrayed on film and television more than ten times since 1987, but there’s always room for improvement. We’ve taken a look at a few of his more prominent portrayals and laid down the brief, purely superficial judgement — let us know if you agree in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were blown away by Seth Casteel’s awesome underwater dog photography. We met the oldest thing in the world. We watched Daniel Radcliffe pick up right where Ralph Fiennes left off with the Harry Potter erotic fan fiction. We appreciated Maura Johnston’s handy guide… Read More

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