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'War And Peace' Viewers Shocked By Full Frontal Male Nudity On BBC One


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The BBC’s adaption of ‘War and Peace’ has already been described as a ‘sexed-up’ retelling of Tolstoy’s original tale, but nothing prepared viewers for Sunday night’s episode. At approximately 26 minutes after the 9pm watershed on Sunday, viewers were faced with full frontal male nudity and no one knew quite where to look.

Lily JamesLily James stars in ‘War and Peace’ on BBC One.

On twitter viewers couldn't believe what they had just seen and reacted with a mixture of shock and amusement. ‘That was unexpected! First time i've seen a penis on BBC1! (and on a Sunday too!) #WarAndPeace,’ wrote one viewer.

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'Swiss Army Man' Saw Revolted Viewers Walk Out At Sundance 2016 Premiere


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The biggest WTF moment of Sundance Film Festival 2016 goes to - drum roll please - 'Swiss Army Man'. Obviously. Because it was so weird that even Daniel Radcliffe's fans walked out on his latest flick where he played a gassy corpse in this weirdly homoerotic comedy drama on Friday (January 22nd 2016).

Daniel RadcliffeSome may not have liked it, but Daniel Radcliffe had a ball on 'Swiss Army Man'

A lot of people were excited about the premiere of this unique indie film starring Radcliffe and 'Love & Mercy' star Paul Dano, perhaps thinking that it would be an unusual take on 'Cast Away'. However, it was so much more bizarre than that. Billed as a film about a man stranded on a desert island who finds an unlikely companion in a washed up corpse, it was exactly that but with a supernatural - and slightly immature - twist. 

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The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Paul Dano - The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Monday 18th January 2016

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Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
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21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Zoe Kazan , Paul Dano - 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 17th January 2016

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano

27th Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

Paul Dano - 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals at Palm Springs Convention Center - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 2nd January 2016

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Saoirse Ronan and Paul Dano
Saoirse Ronan and Paul Dano
Saoirse Ronan and Paul Dano
Saoirse Ronan and Paul Dano

Paul Dano Enthuses About Working With Michael Caine In 'Youth'


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Ahead of the release of the European Film Award-winning drama Youth, which teams up Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, one of the movie’s supporting cast members, Paul Dano, has spoken about the experience of working with the British movie legend.

31 year old Dano, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy earlier this year, spoke exclusively to us about what it was like to work with Caine.

“Michael is,” he said before pausing for thought, “you know, there’s just not a false note going on in his body or his voice or anything. He’s just so present, and simple.”

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25th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards

Paul Dano , ZOE KARAN - 25th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Outside Arrivals at Cipriani Wall St. - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 30th November 2015

Paul Dano and Zoe Karan

Premiere Of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Youth'

Paul Dano - Premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Youth' at DGA Theater at DGA Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th November 2015

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Brian Wilson's Astounding Life Story Reaches Your Living Room With 'Love & Mercy'


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Those who missed the theatrical release of Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' don't have to miss out any longer as the critically acclaimed flick is now on DVD, bringing a story of hope, love and creativity to the masses.

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In June 2015, the biopic of one of music's greatest living legends, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, was released to a rapturous response. Depicting him in two major decades of his life, 'Love And Mercy' was directed by the Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad ('12 Years A Slave', 'Brokeback Mountain') and captured both the intense pain and the immense happiness that he struggled with throughout his successful career.

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Youth Trailer


Mick and Fred have been friends lifelong friends, now both reaching their more senior years they find themselves wanting very different things in their immediate life. Fred's daughter Lena feels her dad is in need of a health check and some R&R so she books them into a luxury spa in the beautiful Swiss mountains.

Whilst Mick feels the pressure to finish his latest screenplay, Fred on the other hand, much to his daughters dismay, has no desire to return to his career scoring and conducting music. Whilst visiting the retreat, both men meet many interesting characters and find themselves in a retrospective mood only to be rejuvenated by the experience in more than one way.

The film score features contributions by many celebrated artists but perhaps the most poignant from Mark Kozelek AKA Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek also makes a cameo appearance in the film. Paloma Faith also has a song on the film and makes a cameo. Youth will open in US cinemas December 4, 2015

Love & Mercy Review

Extraordinary

An unusually inventive approach brings this story to life, as the filmmakers get into the mind of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson to reveal how he created those unforgettable songs. Even more impressive is the depiction of Wilson's troubled personal life, which plays out with an unnerving resonance rarely matched by rock-star biopics. This is due to artful direction and writing plus committed performances from Paul Dano and John Cusack, who play Wilson at two key points in his life.

As a young man in the 1960s, Brian Wilson (Dano) is a prodigious genius, preferring to stay in the studio while his brothers Dennis and Carl (Kenny Wormald and Brett Davern) and their bandmate Mike Love (Jake Abel) head out to meet girls on tour. They don't understand Brian's obsession with oddball sounds, but let him do his thing until it becomes clear that he's mentally unstable. Years later, in the late 1980s, Brian (now Cusack) falls for Cadillac saleswoman Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), who realises that he is being over-medicated and possibly abused by his controlling psychiatrist guardian Eugene (Paul Giamatti). And instead of leaving, as Eugene orders her to do, she fights for Brian.

These two time periods are interwoven together in a strikingly seamless way, shifting back and forth to build a potent dramatic and emotional momentum. By seeing everything from Wilson's perspective, the filmmakers are able to take the audience on a remarkable journey through his life, avoiding the usual predictable formula. Wilson's life may follow the usual trajectory of success followed by drug abuse, but his mental illness adds an involving angle that's depicted with sensitivity by Dano and Cusack, as well as director Bill Pohlad and writers Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner. Even more impressive is Banks' performance, which is the key that takes us right into the story. It's a beautifully textured turn that reminds us that she can do a lot more than steal movies in comical roles (see Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike and The Hunger Games).

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Love And Mercy - Featurettes


The cast and crew of the forthcoming Brian Wilson biopic 'Love and Mercy' discuss their experiences of depicting the life of one of the greatest musicians of all time, from his beginnings with the Beach Boys, to the complex emotional troubles of his later life. Among the stars are John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brett Davern, Kenny Wormald and Jake Abel.

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'Love & Mercy' Takes Brian Wilson Back To Both Good And Bad Days


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After garnering acclaim on the festival circuit, the Beach Boys biopic 'Love & Mercy' finally hits American cinemas this weekend (it opens in the UK next month), offering audiences a powerful glimpse into the complex mind of musician Brian Wilson.

Paul Dano with Brian Wilson and the cast of 'Love & Mercy'Paul Dano with Brian Wilson and the cast of 'Love & Mercy'

In the early 1960s, Wilson formed the band with his brothers Carl and Dennis, his cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine, adopting the surfer culture as an image (their earliest hits included 'Surfin'', 'Surfin' Safari', 'Surfer Girl', 'Surf City' and 'Surfin' USA'). And their 1966 album 'Pet Sounds' is regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, featuring such classics as 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'God Only Knows' and 'Sloop John B'.

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A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.


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Chappie

Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.

Photos - World film premiere of 'Chappie' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - NYC

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Brian Wilson's Troubled Life Story Hits The Big Screen In Bill Pohlad's 'Love & Mercy' [Trailer]


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The full story of The Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson is finally hitting the movies in the form of Bill Pohlad's challenging, life-spanning biopic 'Love & Mercy' which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as the respective younger and older Wilsons.

Paul Dano in 'Love & Mercy'
Paul Dano stars as a young Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy'

While being responsible for writing one of the most important rock albums in history, 1966's 'Pet Sounds', Brian Wilson was at the most fragile stage of his life during that decade. Dragged down mentally and emotionally by the stress of song-writing he took comfort in drug use and was subsequently forced to seek a range of psychological treatments. As tensions within the band grew, he became more and more erratic and lost in a confusing world of hallucinations and psychosis. Paul Dano plays Wilson's enthusiastic younger self, while John Cusack takes on the role of the broken man that came decades after. Paul Giamatti also makes an appearance as Wilson's crooked psychologist Eugene Landy who fed him excessively high dosages of medicative drugs and prevented him from seeing his partner Melinda Ledbetter (who is played by Elizabeth Banks). 

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