Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
A MOVIE MUGGLE WITHOUT HIS WAND?
You’d think that when Daniel Radcliffe signs on to your independent film, the money would start flowing.
Yet John Krokidas said landing Radcliffe to play young Allen Ginsberg in his drama “Kill Your Darlings” did not guarantee the film would get off the ground.
Radcliffe came aboard two years ago, after the project had come together and fallen apart repeatedly over the years, Krokidas said at the Sundance Film Festival, where “Kill Your Darlings” premiered. The project had been looking dead for good before that, but even with the former “Harry Potter” star, Krokidas said financing was not a sure thing.
“Believe it or not, Daniel Radcliffe at that point does not green-light a movie,” Krokidas said. “I was told Daniel Radcliffe cannot open a movie without a wand in his hand.”
Krokidas eventually secured financing for “Kill Your Darlings,” which chronicles a dark and deadly period in the youths of Ginsberg and fellow future beat writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
_ David Germain
JANE LYNCH SAYS, “GO JODIE!”
Jane Lynch doesn’t feel let down that Jodie Foster didn’t more directly address her sexuality in her much-discussed Golden Globes speech.
The openly gay “Glee” star was at the Sundance Film Festival promoting “Afternoon Delight” and had been at the Globes when Foster delivered her remarks.
“When I was sitting there watching it, I kept looking back at the Teleprompter to see if it was written. And indeed it was. Because it was kind of rambley,” Lynch said. “But you know what? We all do it our own way. And I have compassion for what she had to go through being a kid star. She’s been in the business for 47 years. So it’s a completely different experience than mine and we all have our own. But I hope she felt better for it. Because it felt kind of cathartic.”
Lynch said she didn’t want to join the call from some gay activists who felt Foster should have been more direct in her emotional speech. “Just because you’re an actor doesn’t mean you have to be an activist,” Lynch said. “You don’t have to. Do whatever you want. Go Jodie!”
_ Ryan Pearson, Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryanwrd