Paul McGuigan

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So far the only casting news we’ve gotten about director Paul McGuigan’s (Lucky Number Slevin) upcoming Frankenstein project has been the delightful decision to make Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, grow a hump, drool a bit, and play the demented lab assistant Igor—who’s said to be a lead character in this new look at the classic material. Okay, so maybe the hump and the drool is just speculation at this point, but by all accounts this Max Landis-written (Chronicle) take on the Frankenstein mythos is supposed to have much more in common with what we’ve seen in monster movies and Halloween decorations over the past fifty years or so than it does with Mary Shelley’s more heady and less fun gothic novel that originally created the characters. Given that premise, it stands to reason that another of the film’s central characters, the eccentric mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein, will likely be a cackling, lab coat-wearing, crazy-eyed fiend. And McGuigan has now found just the actor to play him.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s where Hollywood moms come every day to find out if their actor kids have gotten a job. Remember that movie about the day JFK got shot that Tom Hanks was putting together because these days he’s such a history loving, lame dad? It’s called Parkland, and it just put together an awesome cast. According to Collider, director Vincent Bugliosi has signed the terrific trio of Paul Giamatti, Jackie Weaver, and Billy Boy Thornton to headline the cast. There’s no word on what characters they’ll be playing, but my guess is Giamatti will be JFK, Thornton will be Jackie O, and Weaver will be Lee Harvey Oswald. Makes sense, no?

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The speculative, non-committal casting news rolls along through the end of the week. According to The Wrap, Daniel Radcliffe, whose lightning bolt scar is just now fading, is interested in taking a lead role in the new Fox version of Frankenstein. One might naturally think that the lead role would be Victor Frankenstein (or even the monster), but apparently the update will spend more time with the beloved hunchbacked assistant. Based on a Max Landis (Chronicle) script, the movie will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and will be among many, many new adaptations of Mary Shelley‘s classic (which happens to be in the public domain). Not only is it great to see Radcliffe continue the genre work, it’s also great to see him take on what has to be a strange role. Plus, I bet everyone is looking forward to the month in 2014 when 5 “Frankenstein” adaptations hit theaters. Can’t wait. It’ll be like Armageddon/Deep Impact but with a powerful message about the natural limitations of mankind’s curiosity.

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As the only literate Reject, it’s my duty to find the latest, the greatest and the untouched classics that would make great source material for film adaptations. I read so you don’t have to. This week, Print to Projector presents the story of a library destroyed, a desperate move to secure the hope of the future, and the 99 superheroes that emerge.

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Flashy visuals and a semi-unique premise do not a great action movie make. No matter how cool your idea may be or how much money you sink into the visuals, you still need to invest in characters and story. That is the lesson to be learned from Paul McGuigan’s sci-fi thriller Push.

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Paul McGuigan’s new film, Push, is one big question mark. The premise, about a group of individuals with special powers being hunted by government forces, has fantastic promise.

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The following clip — from the upcoming sci-fi flick Push from director Paul McGuigan — is being called the ‘telekinetic gun fight.’ In truth it is more of a telekinetic beat down scene…

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Sure, it may be suspending our disbelief (among other things), but the second theatrical poster for Paul McGuigan’s Push is pretty wicked, is it not? It features Chris Evans’ character Nick using his power to move objects with his mind.

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Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans in Push

The first trailer for Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Push has hit the web — and boy, does it look good.

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The Cast of Push at Comic-Con 2008

Alright, so I know this doesn’t exactly work under the “Live from Hall H” banner, as it is something that happened yesterday, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it.

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published: 04.17.2014
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