Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SDCC Victor Frankenstein: What we know so far, Rear of the Year Acceptance Speech

I'm a bit dissapointed that there is still no Victor Frankenstein trailer (leaked or otherwise) from last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. But we gained quite a lot of insight from both the panel with Dan Radcliffe and internet blogging on the trailer.
Check out the panel below where Dan and James McAvoy bromance it up (some of the banter not suitable for younger viewers) and talk about how this film re-installs the name Frankenstein to the scientist (YES, my pet hate is when people call the monster Frankenstein) and explain how Igor, whom Victor sees almost as an intellectual equal, both aids and holds Victor back from his ego and insanity. With thanks to the YouTube channel Flicks and the City:

If you want a blow by blow of the trailer and extended clip shown at the con before we get that delicious video, check out some bits of the Shock Til You Drop post about it below. Please note this is spoilerific and I haven't even read most of what i'm copying and pasting! They seem to confirm the dark aspect Dan says in the panel they were looking for, though i also expect some dark humour if Dan had anything to do with it!
 "Most of the trailer goes about introducing McCoy’s title character and his obsession with experiments.  Victor tells Igor that they’ll be part of a scientific enterprise that will change the world. “We will create life out of death,” he tells him and then we immediately get the first “It’s alive!” of the trailer as his experiment works. “You realize how significant this is?” Igor asks enthusiastically. “Oh I have an inkling,” Frankenstein responds.
Frankenstein is confronted by Deputy Inspector Turpin (Andrew Scott from Sherlock) about “missing body parts” and he’s questioned by a woman (possibly Jessica Findlay’s Lorelei?) asking whether he’s afraid to challenge the natural order, as she mispronounces his name and he corrects her. (A little Young Frankenstein joke). 
While Igor admires Frankenstein, it certainly seems like he’s beginning to question his scientist friend’s motives and sanity as they get deeper into the experiments. The title cards say “The Legend is Reborn,” before we see lots of quick shots of various creatures chasing after them, as well as the famous monster that grabs its creator.
Afterwards, they showed the first full clip from the film, which involves Victor showing his fellow scientists his latest experiment to bring the dead back to life. It opens with Victor and Igor walking down the halls of the university where he calls out to everyone that they’re doing a presentation “in Hall H” (was that inadvertent or did they know while shooting they’d show this scene at Comic-Con?).
“Since the beginning of modern medicine there has been an assumption regarding the state of mortality,” is how the presentation starts, and he orders his assistant Igor over to the electrical switch. Victor gets a devoted “Yes, master” in response. “I give to you life by my own creation,” as he pulls a sheet off something that’s lying on the table, which turns out to be a small half-sized body of some kind.  He explains that he had built this “homunculus” out of various body parts and he calls for those in attendance to come closer to see what he’s doing. “Now by the miracle of electricity, I give you in 3.. 2…1…” and he zaps the body with an electrical charge causing flies that were resting inside of the bodyto fly out as the others start backing away from the stench. Meanwhile, there’s a snarky blonde guy nearby (Finnegan played by Freddie Fox), who clearly isn’t a fan of Frankenstein. He applauds the failure and makes snide comments. “This is an exquisite show of depraved lunacy,” he chides.
Victor orders Igor to increase the charge and he shocks it again, but nothing happens.  He then calls for a full charge and zaps it again and nothing happens. Then, the eye opens and Victor proclaims “You see? It’s alive.” An arm juts out from the body sending Victor flying to the other side of the room as the creature gets up. It seems to be a cross between a decomposed dog with a monkey’s head that starts screeching and runs out the door and down the stairs. Victor follows him, and ends up in a dark laboratory. He looks up, and sees the creature on a shelf above him as it dives off and the clip ends.  "

The most interesting interview I unearthed while scouring the internet is from E!, where they bring up his recent award for Rear of the Year.
Moviefone have the clip here.

I'll be uploading more interview clips soon and you can view some interesting pictures of Dan from the Con on our Facebook.
Follow the official Frankenstein Twitter here. More on the film at

Friday, May 15, 2015

Matthew Lewis: 15 second interview, Attitude Mag shoot, Captain Extraordinary and 97 Communion Flashback!

Matthew Lewis has been a busy Leeds man of late! When he's not playing rugby or working out to some 80s tunes, he's doing interviews, like the interesting 15 second one below:
Or posing for photographers:
@Mattdavelewis meets Bronte & @stewiesinclair during @AttitudeMag shoot w/ @josephsinclair today
— Will Wood (@MMWillWood) April 8, 2015

Confirming projects, including the upcoming adaptation of chick lit tear-jerker Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes. He will play an unknown character alongside Hunger Games' Sam Clafin and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke. 
In other projects, Matt has done voice-work for the upcoming Captain Extraordinary trailer with hopes to be signed up for the tv series:

We'll update when we have the trailer!

Finally, when Lewis is doing any of the above (or pub quizzes) he is embarrassing his brothers, like with this Communion flashback:

Emma Watson: Colonia stil, Time 100, Beauty and the Beast cast selfie, Queen of the Tearling in paperback

Emma did a groudbreaking feature for ELLE back in December, speaking about Feminism as part of the ongoing #HeforShe campaign. The cover is now up for a Professional Photographers Association award and you can vote here!

In other achievements concerning Emma, she made it into the coveted Time 100, meaning she is one of the most influencial people in the world, well officially, because we already knew that! She was honoured at the event and an image of just another of her daring and stunning outfits left.

The men of AskMen also found themselves inspired by Em this year and named her most outstanding woman of the year for her work for women and men alike with gender equality campaign #HeforShe.

 "Panelists from Business Insider, Huffington Post Lifestyle, PCMag, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo! Celebrity helped the AskMen editorial team compile the original list of 200 nominees."

"This year’s list is not only a reflection of a shift in the media, but also a shift in modern male thinking,” said AskMen publisher James Bassil. “We wanted to steer away from ‘hot’ lists and highlight women who have demonstrated a sheer influence in their industry."

In photos:

In future projects, the book Queen of the Tearling has been released in paperback and can now be purchased online @HarperCollins

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Title for next Galbraith novel, Lumos sweepstakes, Win a signed copy of 'Very Good Lives', Trvial Pursuit giveaway

Great news for Strike fans came from Little Brown late last month:
We are proud to be publishing the third @RGalbraith crime novel, CAREER OF EVIL, this autumn. More details to come soon, including pub date.
— Little, Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK)
In other published work, by a different author (*ahem*) Lumos is giving away two signed copies of Very Good Lives , with winners selected from whoever donates £10 to Lumos by the end of the day:

For those of you disappointed, we are giving away two, albeit unsigned, copies of the Harvard speech at the end of the month, so check out how to enter here.

In other stuff on offer in aid of Lumos, one fan is giving away a signed Percy Weasley picture:
There is also a Lumos Sweeptakes for those in the USA, which includes a trip to the Wizarding World theme park. More details at Lumos.

In other competitions open to US residents, the Potter fansite Magical Menagerie are giving away Potter Trivial Pursuit:
Finally, Queen Rowling appeared on the Today Show recently. Check out a clip below:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Daniel Radcliffe round-up: Young Americans Greenlighted, GTA: Gamechanger, Have I got News for You & More

News just in via email! After the signature numbers on the petition kept going up and up, Young Americans, which is set in 1970s and is to reunite Kill Your Darlings actors and director was greenlit! 
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane De Haan have also now been joined by Kill Your Darlings DP Reed Morano and Amanda Seyfried. Check out the synopsis of the film, originally entitled College Republicans below:
The script is based on a true story from 1973 centred around Karl Rove. Rove, claimed to be played by DeHaan, runs a campaign for national College Republican Chairman. Under the guidance of his campaign manager Lee Atwater, supposedly Radcliffe, Rove’s campaign is far from clean.Their campaign includes a wild road trip intended to drum up support. Despite all the political machinations, however, the focus is really on the friendship between the two, and that’s something that Radcliffe and DeHaan could do a lot with."

 In other new projects, Dan Radcliffe has just begun work on Gamechanger, a film based around the non too straightforward origin story of the popular game Grand Theft Auto. The role was originally just a rumour as Dan was said to be in talks to play "Rockstar Games honcho Sam Hauser, who steered the games from their simple top-down origins to the massively complex - and violent - open world system we now know. " Bill Paxton was later confirmed and talk became more definite as regards Dan. He has no begun filming in South Africa (looking rather bearded!) and some candid set pics were revealed online, one of which is right, which credit to DR.CO.UK.

The word is that the film will be "broadcasting later this year via BBC television". The film is based on the book Jacked by David Kushner, which we just might give away as our next prize!
We'll keep you posted with developments!

In somewhat older project news, the first official look at Victor Frankenstein and Igor was released online a while back and this image can be seen here. There are also some fun photos of Dan with his Victor, James McAvoy, in the Jameson Film Awards photobooth here.

In videos, Dan posted a thank you to his Google+ to the LGBT Awards for his nomination  as Best Celebrity Straight Ally. Congrats Daniel!

Also in videos, Radcliffe recently returned to the presenting chair of the current affairs comedy show Have I Got News For You. The full episode can be watched below:

Finally, Daniel revealed, alongside other well known faces, what the first movie that made him cry was. You can check out the full video below, but look out for Dan at 0.08 and 4:02: