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Daniel Radcliffe explains why his 'Kill Your Darlings' gay sex scene shouldn't shock you, why 'Frankenstein' will be a 'romp' -- VIDEO

The more Daniel Radcliffe promotes his new movie Kill Your Darlings, in select theaters Oct. 16, the more questions he’ll be asked about the gay sex scene he performs playing a young Allen Ginsberg. Speaking with EW editor Jess Cagle during a recent SiriusXM Town Hall, Radcliffe said he knows ‘gay sex scene’ is an easy headline, and he’s okay with that. “It is slightly salacious, but if that gets people to buy a ticket, and they end up seeing a one and a half hour drama about the Beat Generation, then I’m happy with that.” He’s just surprised that more people have been shocked by his turn as a gay man than his performance in the 2007 stage revival of Equus, in which he played a stable boy who blinds six horses in a psychosexual frenzy: “I do feel like going back to all those people, and being like, ‘Why weren’t you more shocked about the sort of sexual religious worship of a horse that my character has in that?’” He’s confident Kill Your Darlings won’t affect his Harry Potter fanbase. “If they stuck with me through Equus, they’re not gonna find a problem with this. And if they are, they’re a really weird type of bigot,” he said, with a laugh. “If they’re like, ‘No, a horse is fine, but gay people I can’t stand.’” Watch the interview excerpt below.

Radcliffe also shared details about his upcoming turn as Igor in Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis’ adaptation of Frankenstein, which he recently started rehearsing with James McAvoy (Victor) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lorelei). He said Landis has given Igor a backstory, and focuses on two young guys at the forefront of science at a time when people thought they could shape and change nature and be the masters of it. “It’s about two guys who teeter on that line constantly, and one of them, Igor, has to sort of pull Victor back and give him a dose of morality and be his conscience. The peril in the film is whether or not he will be successful in that or whether Victor will just go mad.” Watch that interview excerpt below to hear him describe the script as an adventure, a romp, and the most original one he’s read out a studio since Potter. READ FULL STORY

'X-Men' first look: 'Days of Future Past' posters split the difference

Duality and split personas have been part of superhero cinema for years but usually it’s one actor playing two parts (Superman and Clark Kent, Batman and Bruce Wayne, etc.) not two actors sharing one name in the credits.

That comes across in these intriguing new promotional posters for the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and it came across this weekend in San Diego at Comic-Con International panel featuring four actors who inhabit two mutants; Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as a melded Professor X and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as a polarized versions of Magneto.

NEXT: Xavier x 2
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Two generations of X-Men visit the EW.com Comic-Con studio

James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, and X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer visited the Entertainment Weekly digital studio at Comic-Con today to talk about the two generations of X-Men in the Marvel movie universe. Watch the video below.

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'Filth' trailer: James McAvoy behaving badly -- NSFW VIDEO

In the latest Filth trailer, typically model citizen James McAvoy drinks, curses, vomits, cries, smiles, laughs, and has a lot of sex. Did we mention he’s playing a policeman?

Makes sense: The movie is based on a book by Irvine Walsh, author of the similarly dark-night-of-the-Scottish-soul tale Trainspotting. In the new clip, there are at least as many valleys as there are peaks. Do: Be friends with Jamie Bell. Don’t: Get your prescriptions from Jim Broadbent.

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James McAvoy is a very, very dirty boy in the new poster and trailer for 'Filth' -- NSFW VIDEO

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the James McAvoy we fell in love with in Atonement is long gone. He might have those same baby blues, but 2013 is the year that McAvoy takes a trip to the dark side… and grows a beard. The Scotsman might play an angry cop in Welcome to the Punch and an art auctioneer-turned-thief in Trance, but he has never been as bad as he gets in his next film, Filth.

As the recently released — and super-NSFW — worldwide trailer for the U.K. film portrays him, McAvoy’s character is a pervert, alcoholic, psycho, rude cop. The promo doesn’t hold back, showing McAvoy having sex in a variety of positions and snorting large amounts of cocaine — also the visual theme of the film’s poster. Now the question is, do you prefer the good McAvoy or the very, very bad McAvoy?

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Catching up with James McAvoy on his big year, 'X-Men' and the possibility of a 'Wanted 2'

He earned our respect in The Last King of Scotland, he stole our hearts in Atonement, and he made us fans for life in X-Men: First Class. So what is James McAvoy, the blue-eyed Scotsman, up to now?

Other than starring in Welcome to the Punch, a British cat-and-mouse thriller that’s currently in theaters, McAvoy also stars in April 5th’s Trance. Danny Boyle’s latest directorial project, Trance follows McAvoy’s Simon, a less-than-trustworthy art auctioneer who suffers amnesia and then undergoes hypnotherapy to try and remember the whereabouts of a painting he helped to steal. The result is a mental thriller that will have you questioning just about everything within the world of the film. READ FULL STORY

'Trance' trailer: Rosario Dawson wants to help

Close your eyes, sit back, and let Rosario Dawson’s soothing voice guide you through the recesses of your memory.

The third trailer for Danny Boyle’s (127 Days) upcoming art-heist thriller Trance (in theaters April 5) might be the shortest and the vaguest of the bunch, but that’s just because this one is more concerned with teasing the action than the set up. In the film, Simon (James McAvoy), an art auctioneer, gets mixed up with the wrong people in an attempt to recover a missing painting, including hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Dawson), and Franck (Vincent Cassel), an art criminal. But this is no Ocean’s Thirteen François Toulour-style dandy thief. Franck is pure evil, and clearly not afraid to get his hands dirty.

We’re feeling a little spoiled with two James McAvoy trailers in one day, even though he looks ever so slightly more distressed in this one. The trailer, which first premiered on Apple, is below.

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'Welcome to the Punch' trailer: Know your enemy, James McAvoy

Detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) has been trying to nab elite criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) his entire career. And in Welcome to the Punch (in US theaters March 27) he finally gets his shot: Sternwood comes out of hiding when his son is hospitalized. Your move, Lewinsky.

But of course, things aren’t always what they seem. In the stylish new trailer for Eran Creevy’s (Shifty) thriller, already out in the U.K., James McAvoy and his beard stumble onto a dangerous conspiracy. A man in a suit whispers “I think Max is about to figure out what is going on.” The whole film seems to be tinted blue, giving it a sleek, futuristic vibe that’s only amplified by the moody song playing in the background, the stark one shots, and the closeups of furrowed brows.

Is it Creevy’s music video background shining through or just good trailer editing? Hard to say, but with the promise of car chases, masked machine gunners, Dark Knight-worthy overhead shots of London, and almost kisses between James McAvoy and Andrea Risebourough, what’s not to like? Check out the trailer below.

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James McAvoy's eyelids are getting heavy in new 'Trance' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson star as hypnotized and hypnotist in Danny Boyle’s mind-bending new film, Trance, due out in April. McAvoy plays an art auctioneer embroiled in an intense art theft scandal and is forced to dig deep into his memories to find the missing masterpiece.

The Oscar-winning director (Slumdog Millionaire) famously cast Ewan McGregor in several of his films, including discovering him for Shallow Grave and continuing to work with him in Trainspotting. So is the Scottish McAvoy the new McGregor? Boyle stressed to EW when we caught up with him at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, that he didn’t think of McAvoy as “another Scottish actor” until others pointed it out to him.

The film shot in Britain while Boyle was working on the London Olympics opening ceremony, and he cast Dawson in the female lead role. Boyle stressed that Trance is one of the first films where he’s created a female lead with as important a role as the men in the film.

In the clip below, Dawson is in a session with McAvoy while Vincent Cassell and his band of assailants listen in. It may seem that this clip gives away quite a bit, but Boyle isn’t worried about audiences learning too much about his film before entering the theater — speaking for himself, at least, he says he gets “movie amnesia” — forgetting major plot points once the movie begins, spoilers be damned.
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Fox Searchlight to release Danny Boyle's 'Trance' in April

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Those of us who love Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s movies, filled with the type of eye-zinging visuals that flood your brain, will be happy to hear Fox Searchlight is releasing Boyle’s newest film Trance in theaters on April 5, 2013.

Starring James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as an art auctioneer who teams with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting, then after a blow to the head has no idea where he hid it, the movie also stars Rosario Dawson as his hypnotherapist and handsomely rogue-ish Black Swan star Vincent Cassel as the gang’s bad-guy leader.

Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours director Boyle helmed the movie from a script by longtime collaborator John Hodge. And if the film’s colorful, fragmented poster and trailer are any indication, the movie has some Freud-worthy, consciousness-shattering twists up its sleeve.

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