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September 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In most modern narratives, the story of the Beats began when Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" to rapturous audiences, when his poetic evocation of youth gone wrong and hope and rebellion and power and gay love was banned and became famous. That was in San Francisco in 1956. But the group of writers who would lead the Beat Generation -- including Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs -- all met earlier when many of them attended Columbia in New York. "Kill Your Darlings," scheduled for release in October, is a film that explores that early time in New York.
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August 5, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Can Harry Potter pull off a transformation into a young Allen Ginsberg, future icon of the Beat generation? According to a spare 30-second teaser from the forthcoming movie "Kill Your Darlings," the answer is … quite possibly. John Krokidas' film, which screened at Sundance and will be shown at the Venice Film Festival's Venice Days , has a distinct literary appeal, like a Muppet Babies version of the Beat Generation, with actors Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster taking on the roles of real-life Beats such as Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr and William Burroughs.
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April 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Producers have again rotated the lead lovers in the Tony-winning musical “Once.” Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie, both from Britain, will make their Broadway debuts Tuesday in the roles of Guy and Girl, respectively. The pair replace Ben Hope and Laura Dreyfuss, who served as standbys to Tony-winner Steve Kazee and Tony nominee Cristin Milioti before assuming the lead roles in March. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage A spokeswoman for “Once” told the New York Times that the casting change had nothing to do with Hope and Dreyfuss' performances, but instead had to do with acquiring visas for the British actors.
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March 30, 2013 | Elaine Woo
Richard Griffiths, the nimble British character actor best known to American audiences as cantankerous, wizard-fearing Uncle Vernon in the blockbuster Harry Potter films, died Thursday at a hospital in Coventry, England. He was 65. The cause was complications from heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told British media. A veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Griffiths was a man of impressive girth whose rotundity belied the physical and emotional deftness that characterized his best performances on stage and screen.
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March 30, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big - obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him an ideal interpreter of his magnificently articulate art. He will live on as Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon, but I shall remember him for his portrayal of Hector in Bennett's "The History...
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March 29, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
The larger world may have discovered Richard Griffiths through the Harry Potter movies, but the theater world has long claimed him as one of its best. The actor died Thursday at age 65. Griffiths' most famous role on stage was that of Hector, the unorthodox history teacher in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys. " After a successful run in London (he won an Olivier Award for his performance), the play came to Broadway in 2006 and won six Tony awards, including best play and best actor for Griffiths.
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March 29, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for playing muggle Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, England, from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told the Associated Press. He was 65. Large in body and presence, Griffiths appeared in character roles in dozens of films and TV shows, but made his biggest mark as the boy wizard's grumpy uncle. PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe said Griffiths' true demeanor was far kinder.
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February 13, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Daniel Radcliffe's Out magazine cover story teaches us a couple of very important things. One, he seems like a really decent guy who gets along with just about everybody when he's on a movie set. Two, he's circumcised.  Radcliffe, who plays Allen Ginsberg in the film "Kill Your Darlings" - it premiered at Sundance last month - was resolutely unfazed about playing a gay man, according to the mag . "You never see a gay actor getting asked...
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February 6, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Not even the biggest television event of the year could shake 2012's winning streak at the box office, as ticket sales were up for the fifth consecutive weekend this year. Despite the pull of the Super Bowl, three new films held their own at the multiplex on what is traditionally one of the slowest weekends of the year for the movie industry. "Chronicle," a found-footage adventure about teenagers with superpowers, took the No. 1 spot with $22 million in domestic receipts, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox. The horror film "The Woman in Black," the first movie from "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe outside of the popular franchise, wasn't far behind with $21 million.
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February 3, 2012 | By Sheri Linden, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Doors creak, birds shriek and children are lured to terrible fates in "The Woman in Black," a good, old-fashioned ghost yarn of the Victorian Gothic persuasion. The handsome chiller, set in an atmospherically isolated Yorkshire village, is a production of England's revived Hammer label and features Daniel Radcliffe in his first post-"Harry Potter" screen role. He plays a character who, not unlike Harry, takes a train to an otherworldly place where he faces down immense forces of evil - albeit without the wizardly magic, and with an occasional fortifying shot of whiskey.
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