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'Kill Your Darlings' director discusses the nude scenes he cut out... and the one he put back on Blu-ray -- EXCLUSIVE

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For Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas finagled a spectacular Young Hollywood cast to echo the gathering of Allen Ginsberg and other young Beat poets at Columbia University before they became famous. Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen play the coterie of ambitious free thinkers whose mission to rewrite the rules of literature is dramatically impacted by a real-life murder in 1944.

For the lead role of Ginsberg, Krokidas turned to Radcliffe, who won over the young director by insisting on auditioning even though the Harry Potter star could probably have had the role with just a nod. “We did a couple of scenes from the script and a couple of improvs, and it was just one of those moments where I saw all of these colors come out of him that I hadn’t seen previously in his work [as] the one character that we’d known him for,” says Krokidas. “I just saw the character that I had been writing for so many years come to life in front of me.”

DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, the magnetic but troubled ringleader of the group who catches Ginsberg’s eye — as well as the obsessive devotion of a former mentor, David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall).

The film debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, attracting headlines and causing some clutched pearls as “Harry Potter” portrayed a famous gay man experiencing his intellectual and sexual awakening. Just imagine if Krokidas had kept in the nude scenes that left absolutely nothing to the imagination!

Below, in addition to a deleted scene from the Blu-ray release (out March 18), the young director discusses why DeHaan was the perfect Lucien Carr, which cast member became his unofficial therapist, and why he cut out several instances of male frontal nudity — and which racy scene can be seen on the Blu-ray. READ FULL STORY

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

Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings': 'Dane DeHaan is the man' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Even in the midst of Harry Potter hoopla, Daniel Radcliffe boldly tackled a starring role in the stage production of Equus that challenged the limitations of the Potter franchise and the perceptions of his loyal fanbase. Now that he’s officially graduated from Hogwarts, the 23-year-old continues to follow his own beat. In Kill Your Darlings, he plays a young Allen Ginsberg in 1940s New York City, just as the writer was experiencing his literary — and sexual — awakening as a freshman at Columbia. The man somewhat responsible for both is Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a mesmerizing but troubled free-thinker who murdered Beat Generation associate David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) in 1944.

In Darlings, Radcliffe’s Ginsberg is enamored with Carr, who introduces him to some promising young writers — and professional troublemakers — William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). It’s easy for the audience to feel the same way about DeHaan, who starred in Chronicle and made the most of his every scene in The Place Beyond the Pines. As Carr, he delivers a star-making performance — think Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

“People are starting to realize what I’ve been saying for about a year and a half,” Radcliffe said at the Toronto Film Festival, “which is that Dane DeHaan is the man to watch. He is incredibly naturally gifted but also he is one of the hardest workers that I’ve ever met, and that’s a pretty dynamic combination. I feel like in Kill Your Darlings, his performance is stunning and our relationship in the film I’m really really proud of how we got there. And I want to work with him again and hopefully we’ll find some excuse. He’s the man.”

Below, watch an exclusive clip, a monumental meeting of the minds. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: Daniel Radcliffe talks Harry Potter and the glee of watching the media fight

J.K. Rowling might be returning to the magical universe that gave rise to Harry Potter, but Daniel Radcliffe has never looked back since retiring his wand in 2011 — seemingly for good — after a decade playing The Boy Who Lived. In the last several years, Radcliffe has tackled a variety of eclectic parts that almost seemed designed to blow up our image of him as the iconic boy-wizard. There were his performances in the stage revival of Equus and then the song-and-dance Broadway hit, How to Succeed in Business…, and a starring turn in last year’s gothic horror film, The Woman in Black.

At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the 24-year-old was its unofficial poster-boy, arriving with starring roles in three different — very different — films that demonstrated once again that Radcliffe isn’t afraid of venturing outside the box. In Kill Your Darlings, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance and opens in theaters Oct. 16, Radcliffe plays a college-aged Allen Ginsberg who falls in league with a spirited group of mesmerizing free-thinkers, led by Dane DeHaan’s Lucien Carr, a troubled soul who opens Ginsberg’s mind, body, and soul to new experiences. In Horns, based on Joe Hill’s macabre mystery novel, he plays a young man whose presumed guilt in a small-town murder seems to be manifested in the horns that suddenly sprout out of his forehead. And in The F Word, which was recently acquired by CBS Films, he proves that he can also deliver a straightforward romantic-comedy, playing a relatively normal guy who settles for being best friends — friends being the F-word in the movie’s title — with the girl he loves, played by Zoe Kazan. “It’s that rarest of things,” says Radcliffe. “It’s a really cheerful, happy film without being sentimental.”

The Brit sat down with EW to discuss his new movies, what it’s like to be the actor who used to be Harry Potter, and his upcoming role in Frankenstein.
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'Kill Your Darlings' trailer: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan caught in 'an endless circle of living and dying' -- VIDEO

It’s the perfect combination of poetry and … murder?

A film festival favorite, Kill Your Darlings follows a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he first encounters William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) in New York City in the 1940s and launches what would eventually become the Beat Generation, a group of post-World War II writers characterized by their overall rejection of standards, sexual experimentation, drug use, and more. Beat literature included pieces such as Ginsberg’s Howl, Kerouac’s On the Road, and Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, all of which helped hook America into a new obsession with the culture. But Kill Your Darlings takes things back to an event that occurred before the “Beat Generation” term even existed.

The film tells a lesser-known, much darker story, revolving around an event that occurred in 1944, after Ginsberg met a man named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Well before Ginsberg wrote Howl, he befriended Carr in school. But when Carr murdered professor David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), Ginsberg was left with a lot of questions.

Kill Your Darlings presents a new chapter in the history of the Beat Generation, one of “obsession and murder.”

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth Olsen also star.

Watch the trailer below:
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Sony Pictures Classics howls for 'Kill Your Darlings'

Kill Your Darlings, the Sundance movie that stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg and examines how a 1944 murder brought together the young college students who would become the voices of the Beat generation, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. The deal is for U.S. and Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European rights.

Kill Your Darlings, co-written and directed by John Krokidas, also co-stars Ben Foster, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen.

“This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940′s as you have never seen on screen before,” SPC said in a statement. “With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker.”

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Sundance 2013: Lisa Schwarzbaum's favorite films so far -- VIDEO

With Sundance in full swing, EW movie critic Lisa Schwarzbaum took a break from her packed screening schedule to chat with EW’s Anthony Breznican about the best movies she’s seen so far — including the moving Fruitvale starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, and the unexpectedly charming comedy Don Jon’s Addiction starring writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. READ FULL STORY

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