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BBC stars among hundreds calling on broadcaster to save BBC3

Olivia Colman, Daniel Radcliffe, Maxine Peake and more than 750 stars and other broadcasting figures have signed an open letter urging the BBC Trust to reverse a management decision to close BBC3 as a terrestrial television channel.

Their letter argues that the proposals to make the channel’s programmes only available online would “remove at a stroke a vitally important outlet for new talent and innovative ideas”.

It will be delivered on Tuesday to the BBC director general, Tony Hall, and Rona Fairhead, the chair of the broadcaster’s governing body, the BBC Trust, and registers dismay at the cost-saving plan, days before the trust publishes its verdict on proposals made by management last year.

Other big-name signatories include Poldark’s Aidan Turner, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, and James Nesbitt, as well as comedians including Russell Howard, Jack Whitehall, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Andy Samberg and Greg Davies.


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Dan Supports Girlfriend Erin Darke on Opening Night of Her NY Play


Has Daniel Radcliffe found his real-life Ginny Weasley?

The Harry Potter star joined longtime girlfriend Erin Darke at the premiere party of her new play, The Spoils, on Tuesday night at Qi Bangkok Eatery in New York City.

Radcliffe and Darke, who have been dating since 2012, met on the set of the drama Kill Your Darlings, about Beat poets Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

After initially skirting relationship rumors, Radcliffe confirmed the couple’s relationship in 2014.

“I’m going out with my best friend at the moment. And that’s, I think, the way it should be,” Radcliffe told PEOPLE in August, later adding, “If you can get to a point where you’re dating or married to somebody you consider your best friend, that’s what will make it work.”

Darke, who’s appeared in Girls, and had parts in Still Alice and The Longest Week, plays Sarah in The Spoils, which was penned by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg.

Eisenberg plays the lead in the off-Broadway show, which follows a disliked grad school flunkee’s plan to ruin the relationship of his childhood crush (Darke) and her fiancé.


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Grand Theft Auto firm sues BBC over Daniel Radcliffe film

Rockstar Games – maker of Grand Theft Auto – is suing the BBC over a drama called Game Changer.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, the Briton behind the hit computer game series.

It’s about the clash between the firm and a US lawyer, Jack Thompson, who wanted the violent games banned.

Edinburgh-based Rockstar Games wants to ensure its “trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events”.

Mr Thompson believed he could prove a link between playing the games and violent crimes.

He attempted to sue Rockstar on several occasions but the judges ruled against him.

Game Changer is written by James Wood (who is also responsible for Rev), and directed by Owen Harris (who made Black Mirror and Misfits).

Hollywood star Bill Paxton plays Jack Thompson. Filming is already under way with its release scheduled for later this year.

In a statement to, Rockstar said: “Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar’s parent company) has filed [a] suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled Game Changer as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.

“While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project.

“Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.

“We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution.

“It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”

The BBC says it won’t “comment on legal matters.”

Grand Theft Auto lets players to behave like criminals, hijacking cars and gunning down bystanders, including police officers.

GTA V earned $1bn in its first three days on sale, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.


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Empire July 2015 magazine scans

I have scanned the latest issue of Empire July 2015. In this issue, Empire is on the set of Dan’s latest film ‘Victor Frankenstein’ and ‘Trainwreck’.

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More from the Empire awards

Here are a few photos with his Victor Frankenstein co-star James McAvoy from the recent Empire Awards Dan attended: event appearance and photo shoot sections.

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Cannes: Amanda Seyfried Joins Daniel Radcliffe in Karl Rove Movie

Amanda Seyfried is joining Daniel Radcliffeand Dane DeHaan in Young Americans, an indie buddy movie about a young Karl Rove running a dirty 1970s campaign to be campus Republican chairman under manager Lee Atwater.

Seyfried will play Kate King, a young femme fatale who secretly attempts to beat Rove, played by DeHaan, and Atwater (Radcliffe) at their own game of dirty tricks and politics. StarStream Media will finance and produce Young Americans, formerly called College Republicans.

John Krokidas is directing based on a 2010 Black List script by Wes Jones. The project is from the team behind Kill Your Darlings, which starred Radcliffe and DeHaan and was directed by Krokidas.

Kill Your Darlings premiered at Sundance in 2013 to strong reviews, helping Krokidas to make a name for himself and get several more projects, including Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Wonder.

XYZ Films is handling international sales, starting in Cannes. Bruce Cohen and Liz Destro of Destro Films are producing alongside Kim Leadford of StarStream and Frank Frattaroli of Circle of Confusion.

“We loved their 1940s aesthetic in Kill Your Darlings and are looking forward to watching them build the look of the ’70s, which is one of the coolest eras, in my opinion,” said Leadford in a statement Friday. UTA Independent packaged the film and will be representing North America.

Production on Young Americans will start in fall 2015.


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Exclusive First Look At Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein is back and this time – unlike Mel Brooks’ version – it’s not pronounced “Fronkensteen”. James McAvoy is donning the scientist’s garb in the new iteration of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale and, alongside co-star Daniel Radcliffe’s Igor.


Note the heavyweight leather jerkin and googles adorning McAvoy’s not-entirely-good doctor. The monster he’s creating – the film’s big reveal – is akin to something terrible birthed from the Industrial Revolution, a steampunk messiah that may just destroy its own creator. Note, too, Radcliffe’s ramrod posture as he remains in character for this between-takes snap. Clearly Dr. Frankenstein’s unique brand of chiropractic is working on his hitherto hunchbacked factotum.

For the June issue of Empire – onsale on April 30 – the team’s bravest soul, clutching flaming torch in one hand, Dictaphone in the other, headed down to the Longcross, Surrey set of the monster movie to get the scoop.

“As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” explained McAvoy on set. “That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.”

Overseeing all this is Paul ‘Gangster No.1‘ McGuigan, directing from a script by Chronicle‘s Max Landis. Alongside McAvoy and Radcliffe, Victor Frankenstein will boast the acting talents of Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott when it hits our screens on October 2, 2015.


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Confirmed: Daniel Radcliffe to star in Grand Theft Auto film

Daniel Radcliffe is to star in a one-off television film about Grand Theft Auto, in a celebration of the success of the controversial computer game.

Radcliffe, who rose to fame as a child in Harry Potter, will take the role of Sam Houser, the “creative mastermind” behind the game.

The 90-minute drama, to be broadcast on BBC Two, is intended to tell the story of what the corporation calls “arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park”.

The programme, entitled Game Changer, will show a group of “British gaming geniuses” as they move from school to creating one of the best-known computer games of all time.

In autumn 2013 its latest iteration, GTA:V, earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

Bill Paxton is to take the role of Jack Thompson, a campaigning lawyer “determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto”.

The programme, discussed earlier this month at a television industry conference in Cannes, was confirmed by Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two, as part of her season announcement.

The BBC said Game Changer, made for an adult audience, will tackle the controversy of the game, which allows players to “behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld”.

The show will, the corporation claims, tell the history of the “iconic game” and “reveal the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape”.

Shillinglaw said: “From enabling British writing, presenting and directing talent to do their most distinctive, signature work to factual with real purpose that tackles contemporary issues in lively, intelligent ways or encourages viewers to take their passions further, I want BBC Two to be the place to come for widest range of grown up, opinionated and entertaining content on British television.”