Flawless DanRad & Co. at Sundance Roundup

Now, that I'm back from Sundance...where do I begin?

Kill Your Darlings has been picked up by Sony for distribution! The deal is for U.S. and Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European rights.

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan are a fabulous couple on and off the screen. I've decided they're my new OTP.

The director and cast of KYD, including Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and the most amazing Ben Foster are lovely, genuine and extremely talented people. Kudos to John Krokidas for directing and co-writing a beautiful film. This is definitely an awards contender. Well done!

This post is loaded with videos, reviews, Dane falling in love with Dan, perms, gay sex, Dane's wife thinks her husband making out with Dan was hot...you know, the usual fan-fare and my review if you give two shits.

Let's start with making sure Dane and Dan win MTV's BEST KISS! Because, oh baby, these two have some serious f#@king chemistry. Add to that both Dan and Dane WANT TO WIN BEST KISS..... I'll vote alone just to have them snog live on MTV.



Dane on falling in love with Dan. I think his wife is cool with it ;)
How one can not fall in love with Dan is beyond me. He is a blessed lil' nugget of rainbows, care bears and candy sprinkles.

Q&A Premiere Screening

Entertainment Weekly Cast Interview

Hollywood Reporter Cast Interview

MTV Interiew: Dan not understanding why people find gay sex scenes so shocking. I love that he doesn't give a shit and is so sexually confident. I was loving that some women in the audience at my screening found that scene a turn on. Dan was excited by hearing this and said to the director, "See! I TOLD you..." LOL!!!!!

BBC Interview (no embed)


VH1 Cast Interviews

VH1 Dan talking about his perm and salon date with Dane


Vulture Magazine

full interview

You and Dane DeHaan have great chemistry in the film, and I hear you’ve become great friends in real life as well.
Yeah, Dane and his wife sort of had what they termed a “staycation” at my apartment in New York in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, and we had New Year’s together as well. It was really cool. I cannot speak highly enough about Dane. How brilliant he is at his job is only surpassed by how he goes about his job, if you know what I mean. On some sets, you get very close to people — it’s very intense and intimate when you’re shooting a film — and then the film ends and you don’t know if you’re going to stay in contact. So it’s really nice to count Dane as
a very good friend on a film like this. It’s a nice commemoration of this film.

Many of your fans are already obsessed with that kiss, sight unseen. I hope you’re prepared to see it immortalized in animated GIFs until the end of time.
You know, I think that will be wonderful! Dane and I are banging the drum already because we want the MTV Best Kiss award. We want that golden popcorn! To my knowledge, a sincere, passionate, romantic gay kiss has never won, so I think that would be a very cool thing for this movie to receive.

What kind of direction did you get from John for the sex scene?
My favorite John Krokidas direction moment was when we started kissing. I guess I was way too hesitant about it in the moment, and John just went, “No! Kiss him! Fucking sex kissing!” That was my favorite note that I've gotten, probably in my career. [Laughs.]
Especially with the world that I’ve come from! The things that directors have shouted to me in the past usually involve which way I have to look to see the dragon.


full reviews @ the links which are good but too long. I posted just the sections on the actor's performances.


The performances in this film are breathtaking. Daniel Radcliffe has come a long way from Harry Potter.
Opposite of Radcliffe is Chronicle actor, Dane DeHaan, who gives the best performance in the film.
Michael C. Hall does a fantastic job playing DeHaan’s much older and tormented ex-lover. Ben Foster and Jack Huston also provide phenomenal supporting performances to compliment Radcliffe and DeHaan.


British thesp Radcliffe is every inch the bespectacled American nebbish one associates with Ginsberg, and DeHaan, so frighteningly charismatic in last year's "Chronicle," makes Lucien a simultaneously alluring and troubling figure. In a brief but moving subplot, David Cross and Jennifer Jason Leigh bring a welcome sensitivity to their respective roles as Ginsberg's poet father and mentally troubled mother; Elizabeth Olsen has less to do as Kerouac's neglected g.f.


Radcliffe can be a slightly recessive screen actor, but his subdued quality works well here in a role that calls for him to be both a part of a burgeoning scene and to some degree a contemplative outsider looking in. While he fully conveys the excitement of a young rebel determined to break down the establishment walls, he also anchors the film with well-judged vulnerability. And one scene in which he decisively embraces his sexuality likely will be viewed as a major step for the actor toward distancing himself from the Harry Potter persona. The boy wizard never pinned his knees behind his ears.

In the flashiest role, the enormously talented DeHaan is a febrile, magnetic presence, making no mystery of why Ginsberg, Kammerer and Kerouac would be so drawn to fickle Carr.

Huston and Foster embody their characters’ cultivated pre-beatnik mannerisms with aplomb, while Hall swings effectively between cool authority and obsessive neediness. And as the Columbia professor who asserts, “There can be no creation without imitation,” New York stage vet Cullum slyly draws a line between a rigid classicist and a man of sharp intellect with an eye for genuinely original talent.


Killing Your Darlings - a literary device of erasing the characters you are fondest of in order to progress your work - is something Daniel Radcliffe is proving adept at. America's most awarded 20th century poet has been portrayed before - most notably, recently, by James Franco in Howl - but Radcliffe provides a defining performance. He is simply terrific as the 18-year-old Ginsberg, fumbling with his sexuality as well as his spectacles, and entirely in the thrall of his friend, fellow writer Lucien Carr. Lawless actor Dane De Haan makes him part Talented Mr Ripley, part Brideshead's Sebasian Flyte, and under his tutelage, Ginsberg goes from nice Jewish boy to college drop out, wild-eyed on narcotics and drunk with his emerging talent.


The cast is top-notch, with Radcliffe making Ginsberg grow up before our eyes and Foster capturing Burroughs' innate weirdness.

Daniel Radcliffe Proves Himself a Star in Sundance's 'Kill Your Darlings'.
Even after a string of other performances (including the gothic Woman in Black), the question still lingers whether Radcliffe will evolve past his lightning-scarred former character into a viable leading man. Kill Your Darlings puts the speculation to rest.

Radcliffe is a performer who can stay silent, expose the mind of a thinker through the subtlest of reactions. One moment sees the actor wound up by recreational drug use, and Radcliffe rises to the occasion by stripping down, running around a room, and eventually settling at a typewriter to bang out his first poem. DeHaan is his foil, always ready to unleash bravado; his Carr enlivens the world around him, making it easy to see why Ginsberg would have been so taken by him. If Radcliffe's performance puts skeptics to rest, DeHaan's proves he's at the top of Hollywood's young actor's pack. The duo's romantic relationship creates conflict over the course of the entire movie, eventually swelling to a burst of passion. The authenticity of the moment may surprise even the biggest diehard Harry Potter fans.
Kill Your Darlings has a rare vision behind it, and it's clear Radcliffe and DeHaan are in on the plan.

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.

Radcliffe’s transformation to the next phase of his acting career is complete with Kill Your Darlings. The range and magnitude of his performance here is nothing short of breathtaking. We feel every ounce of Ginsberg’s pain, frustration, and longing, and Radcliffe makes it look effortless. So much is happening inside Ginsberg—from the development of his poetic voice to his guilt over his schizophrenic mother’s imprisonment at an asylum to his love for Lucien—Radcliffe perfectly hits every moment in the character’s emotional whirlwind. He is the broken but still beating heart of the story, and his longing for Carr is almost completely devastating.

The sublimity of Radcliffe’s work is matched by the staggering performance from DeHaan. Combined with his recent films, Kill Your Darlings establishes DeHaan as one of the greatest actors of his generation. He is completely and utterly seductive as Lucien, and we become as mesmerized and enraptured as Allen.

The rest of the cast overflows with talent. David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen all shine in minor roles. Huston charms and disarms as a Kerouac, who can arouse Ginsberg’s jealousy and also endear the young poet with a few kind words. Hall is both pitiable and pathetic as the lovelorn and desperate Kammerer. And once again, Foster disappears into a role. It took a few minutes for me just to recognize him behind Burroughs’ distinctive wireframe glasses and a voice that is both monotone yet strangely melodic. Foster remains one of the best and most underappreciated actors working today, and his work here would be as notable as Radcliffe and DeHaan’s if Burroughs had more screen time.

It's within these two performances that the magic begins as the chemistry between Radcliffe and DeHaan is electric, and the latter even outshines the film's lead with a magnetic and intimidating presence that easily explains why such a leech of a student pretending to be brilliant catches the eye of Ginsberg at school.

The two lead performances are helped by phenomenal supporting turns by Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as William Burroughs.

The film is sharp, eloquently written, finely edited and comes together as raw coming of age narrative. Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan deliver breakthrough performances on another level of their career while a supporting cast back them up with flying colors. John Krokidas has a bright future, and he just might have a New Vision of his own that audiences will be privy to over the next few years.

I really can’t say enough good things about Radcliffe and DeHaan. There is a chemistry between the two of them that is more than just sexual. DeHaan’s Bowie-esque stare would have set the Warhol factory ablaze, and Radcliffe’s developed a strong sense of confidence. Foster’s Burroughs gets a lot of the laughs, but there is a sadness behind his crisp suits and otherworldly poise. John Krokidas is an actor’s director, and with this being his first feature, I expect we’ll see a lot more good stuff out of him.

Radcliffe is a much better Ginsberg than Franco ever was even if he can't 100% nail a New York Metro accent. Radcliffe does, however, a superb job of depicting Ginsberg's adoration for Carr as well as his eventual rejection. And as expected for an actor who made waves with his performance on the stage in "Equus," he shows no fear in appearing in an explicit gay sex scene or making out with DeHaan's Carr.

Daniel Radcliffe shines as Ginsberg.
DeHaan and Radcliffe are brilliant in two very tough roles, playing famous people in a way most of us are unfamiliar with. Radcliffe perfectly characterizes Ginsberg's awkward homosexuality, while DeHaan is a cool and charismatic customer one can see inspiring others. Some may be shocked by Radcliffe's rather crude gay sex scenes, and yes he and DeHaan make out at one point, but he's been pushing these boundaries comfortably for awhile now. Huston is excellent as the "warrior poet" Kerouac, at a point in his life where he too was just coming into his own.

The cast of this thing is outrageous. Daniel Radcliffe headlines as Ginsberg, and he's terrific.
As Lucien, Dane DeHaan continues his streak of being the best part of great projects, those unbelievable eyes flicking from sly to vulnerable to sinister in moments, but always fiercely charismatic. Bedroom eyes.
Jack Huston is all unstudied sexiness as Kerouac, who's already written a million words, creating envy in Ginsberg and admiration in Lucien. As Bill Burroughs, Ben Foster is delightfully dry, drier than death, the immovable force of the film, teaching the men to expand and abandon through unhinged experimentation with drugs.

As Lucien, DeHaan radiates complicated, over-privileged tragedy, one minute all soulful puppy eyes and pouty lips, the next icy cold disdain; Huston brings to life the restless energy that defines Kerouac as both a person and a writer; and Foster is remarkable as the droll, bored-with-life-and-bourgeois-privilege Burroughs.

Radcliffe is a revelation here, casting aside all remnants of the cloak of Harry Potter to fully immerse himself in becoming Allen Ginsberg. Radcliffe flawlessly takes Ginsberg on his journey from naïve middle-class Jersey boy to awakening young writer, from an emerging poet inspired by the casting aside of tradition and structure of Walt Whitman to the early stages of manic creative energy that shaped the influential writer he would grow to become. It’s terrific to see Radcliffe making such smart choices in his post-Harry Potter career, establishing himself as a young actor who’s pushing himself and stretching far beyond what anyone might have imagined.

Allen Ginsberg IS played to perfection by a post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe.

"Kill Your Darlings" requires Radcliffe to disrobe for nude scenes, kiss one male co-star and perform a sex scene with another, and those salacious angles will grab headlines about how he's not a boy wizard anymore. But it's the quality of Radcliffe's work -- and the film -- that should have the bigger impact on his career.

If there was ever a guidebook for actors looking to break free from billion-dollar movie franchises, “Daniel Radcliffe” would be the title of Chapter One. In his upcoming movie “Kill Your Darlings,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the 23-year-old British superstar goes full throttle as American poet Allen Ginsberg. With an impressive American accent and tousled dark hair, Radcliffe shines as a younger version of the beatnik icon.

Here, his Ginsberg takes drugs, masturbates on screen and has sex with an older gentleman he picks up at a bar. Obviously, taking on a role of this magnitude after the success Radcliffe has had is impressive -- and pulling it off successfully is an even greater feat. While the performance as a whole is something to admire, obviously, the attention will focus squarely on Radcliffe’s gay sex scene.

This isn’t the first time Radcliffe has shown his range. His performance in “Equus” on both London's West End and Broadway received rave reviews, as did his musical turn in the show “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” On top of that, his cameo in Ricky Gervais’ show “Extras” showed off his comedic chops. Clearly, Radcliffe is talented, and his role in “Kill Your Darlings” cements that. For the kids who grew up on “Potter,” they’ll be happy to know that the their leader is likely going to be around for a while.

For a young actor pigeonholed into a world-famous franchise role marketed towards the pre-teen bubble-gum crowd, getting serious, against-type roles can be difficult. Of course, if serious about their career and their craft, actors can make bold decisions in their work that force audiences to look at them differently. This was probably something Daniel Radcliffe considered when taking the role of highly influential Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the film Kill Your Darlings, where the Harry Potter star spent the better part of the film smoking cigarettes, huffing nitrous, and getting fucked in the ass (literally).

This film belongs to Daniel Radcliffe, who disappears into the Ginsberg role completely and commits to the performance wholeheartedly. It’s also a wonderful peek into the early lives of Kerouac and Burroughs, whose portrayals by Huston and Foster demonstrate the commitment of those actors to the research of their roles. Foster in particular, as Burroughs, is masterful, for the cadence, pitch, and halting speech delivery matches that writer’s own voice perfectly.

The captivating and complicated chemistry between Ginsberg and Carr is spellbinding, magnetic and tragic, and Radcliffe’s passionate portrayal of Ginsberg’s struggles is beautiful enough to be poetic.

The film focuses on the life of a young Allen Ginsberg, passionately played by Daniel Radcliffe. Kudos to Radcliffe for giving such life and vulnerability to Ginsberg as his seduction of youth and New York City is perfectly captured.

It needs to be said that Burroughs is brilliantly played by one of the most underrated actors I have ever seen on screen, Ben Foster; his physicality of Burroughs is eery as it is superb.

Daniel Radcliffe that seems to prove, at last, that he really is an actor worth watching.

Casting Harry Potter as a young, sexually confused Allen Ginsberg reeks of the worst kind of stunt casting, and it's very possible that plenty of the Sundance audiences that flocked to it here wet just in it for the shock of seeing Radcliffe in a gay sex scene. But with dark brown contact lenses and a mop of curly hair, plus Ginsberg's signature blocky glasses, Radcliffe slips seamlessly into the role, and offers a stillness and vulnerability that the Harry Potter films simply didn't give him time for. As the wide-eyed newcomer to the world of Kerouac and Burroughs, Ginsberg is probably the least interesting character in Kill Your Darlings, but Radcliffe makes him relatable and sometimes heartbreaking, with canny indications of the genius he would become.


MY REVIEW *if you've made it this far* XD

First of all, Sundance is a bloody madhouse. Holy. Shit. Just try to get anywhere, I dare you. For the load of bad press Utah receives, Park City is beautiful, great skiing, lovely people (locals included) and amazing food and entertainment. Good on you!

Friday afternoon's premiere screening was sold out with over 200 hundred that waited outside on the wait-list praying for an open spot. Dan and the cast arrived and did the red carpet and Dan signed for loads of freezing fans. They were hilarious ansering questions and talking about the film with the audience.

Dan and Co. sat only a couple rows in front of me. Dan was up and about talking to anyone and everyone. Just adorable man. The biggest buzz was for this film and you could feel it with the audience. I think half were waiting to see if Harry Potter could really act, having sex with a man, or genuinely ready for a good film with such a phenomenal cast attached to it.

Kill Your Darlings is expertly written and directed. It's hard to believe this is John Krokidas' debut. The murder and following Ginsberg's awakening as a man and future genius is brilliantly woven. I don't want to say too much because it's really best to see this film without too many spoilers. It's a beautiful film from start to finish. However, if you know nothing of the Beats, there may be things that fly over your head in this film.

There is a reason Dane DeHaan is regarded as the break-through actor of his generation right now. His performance as Lucien Carr is spellbinding and magnificent. He's introduced as this briliant, larger than life, highly attractive and sensual creature in Allen's eyes and slowly sinks to mediocrity and pure selfishness just as Allen grows independent and self assured. It's a mesmerising role reversal and both Dan and Dane nail their characters. Dane makes you fall in love with him and by the end, you want to wash your hands of him just as quickly. He's so complicated and brilliantly acted by Dane.

Dan has truly thrown off the shackles of Harry Potter. I thought his American accent was believable. I haven't spent enough time in New York/Jersey to know if he truly got it right, but to a Brit, it's sounded believable. He emersed himself in this role and not once did I think Harry Potter/Dan Radcliffe. He was wonderful. He has a quiet brilliance portraying Allen as the naive son embarking on this crazy journey of self discovery.

He is coming into his own as an actor. This cast and director has truly brought something out of him. His attraction to Lucien resulting in unrequited love is heartbreaking. Dane and Dan's chemistry is electric. Anyone that complained Dan didn't have an ounce of chemistry with his past leading ladies, will be excited here. It's not that it's 'gay kiss' or 'gay sex'...I think it's more to do with the chemistry with the actors themselves. It's clear that there is true friendship with Dane and a trust with this cast and director. Whatever it is, it's bloody passionate and erotic to watch. Krokidas is definitely an 'actor's director' because he has managed to pull a beautiful performance out of each of these actors, especially Dan.

Ben Foster is still one of the most under appreciated actors today. He completely disappears into William Burroughs. It's beyond brilliant. He IS William S. Burroughs. Why this man isn't getting more mainstream roles and recognition is beyond me, he is a great actor. Hands down.

Michael C. Hall adds such complexity to David. In another actor's hands, it could have just been that creepy older man in love with his protege. Hall is so subtle and makes David quite sympathetic in end. The triangle between David, Lucien and Allen is expertly done.

Onto the 'shocking' sex scene and kiss. I agree with Dan. I don't think we should see gay sex any more shocking or unshocking as straight sex. Yes, it's explicit, but considering the context in which this scene is used, I think the fervency is necessary. I give Dan full marks for baring all physically and emotionally. He really went for it and meant for the kiss and sex to look realistic with passion and meaning. He is fearless and is truly one of the most sexually secure young men. Anyone that saw him in Equus (age 17), knows he is talented and is capable of more range than HP ever allowed him to use. KYD is pure example of this. Is he a great thespian now, comparable to a Gary Oldman or Dustin Hoffman? Not yet. But if he continues with roles such as this, he is certainly on his way. It's a breathtaking performance and he deserves the praise he's receiving.

One thing I'll praise Dan for is that way in which he handles the controversy. Rather than making it about himself on how he took on 'gay sex' and being a 'gay' character....instead he turns it around on those that would paint him or the film in that light just for spectacle. It's a human story and that Allen is gay is only a part of it. He praises his cast mates, director and crew. One thing is clear, that this film was a project of love by everyone involved and there's a real connection between them. It just comes off the screen. This doesn't look like a low budget film in any way. Everyone gave 150%

This is something that the director got right. You don't feel it's about gay or straight men or just about coming out. It doesn't matter. It's about the characters and how they evolve throughout the story. Hopefully, we'll get to a point where it isn't about gay or straight. Why the media has to spin it like this is so dumb. It should be about a good story and characters and Kill Your Darlings nails it.


FanGirl Mode

Let me just say that Dan is beautiful in person. He really has gorgeous skin, eyes, soft hair and smells goooooooood (yes, I was that close). He is kind, intelligent, sweet, funny....adorable, attractive, sexy....all of it. Amazing man. Aaaand he's been working out. He's a small man, of course, but he's fit. Nice upper body, that's all I'm saying. I'm proud of myself for being calm, cool and collected and not embarrassing my bf and best mate (or she'll never invite me to things like this again).

Aaaaaand....I thought the kiss and the sex scene was pretty damn hot. I would be totally fine if Dan was gay, because DAMN. I found it funny that so many ladies were commenting that those scenes were sexy. :D Like I said, it doesn't matter gay or straight. Either it's sexy or romantic or it isn't.
I'm down with Dan gettin' it on with the guys. Just sayin'....

I think I'm in love with Ben Foster. He is so quirky and adorable. I thought he was going to be super serious and such, but he's sooo sweet!!!!!

Michael C. Hall is kind of reserved and quiet. At first he seemed really intimidating, but he's oh no nice. Softly spoken. I love his voice. Deep, soft and sexxxy ...it could make you drift off to sleep. Then violently awaken to make sure he didn't stab you in the night...but, yeah.

I'm definitely shipping Dane and Dan now. OMG. Observing these two together in Park City....They are the picture of perfect couple. Since Dane and his wife stayed at Dan's NYC apartment....hmmmmm, make you wonder...... Seriously though, they are too cute and really look like the best of friends. Dane is a very nice man and has piercing eyes. I really like him and want to see more of his work.


A Few Other Celebs:

Dear God....Nicole Kidman is a beautiful woman. First time I have ever seen her in person. Wow. Lovely.

Jake Gyllenhaal....yum. That is all.

Amy FUCKING Poehler. She IS a queen!!! ONTD made me love her and now I'd consent to being her slave. SHE'S SOOOOOO FUCKING NICE!

Julianne Moore is beautiful and a lovely lady.

JGL seemed nice but had a air of pretension about him. IDK, could have been a off day? :\

Emily Browning.....girl has a stick up her arse or she's sharing Ellen Page's usual stick .

Dave Grohl is a badass!!! He is really laid back and just the coolest dude.

This was one of the best seasons at Sundance.

Thanks to Danradcliffe.com for compiling all reviews and videos!!!