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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 ign.com, 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.

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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.”

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Horns screen caps added to the gallery

I have capped and added 839 screen caps from Dan’s latest DVD release ‘Horns’.

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Have I Got News For You

The new series of Have I Got News For You starts tonight and Dan is the first guest host. If your in the UK, you need to be watching at 9pm, BBC 1.

Dirty Harry: Daniel Radcliffe tipped for Grand Theft Auto movie

Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play the creator of Grand Theft Auto in a drama about the video game impresario’s real-life legal battle against a crusading anti-violence lawyer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Radcliffe would play Sam Houser, the British-born co-founder of software developer Rockstar Games. The film, currently titled simply Grand Theft Auto, centres on a series of spats between Houser and born again Christian activist and lawyer Jack Thompson in the early years of the 21st century.

Thompson, who was disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behaviour, was determined to see the hit video game forced to curb its burgeoning penchant for violence. The eccentric activist, who famously compared himself to Batman during his obscenity battles against hip-hop crews 2 Live Crew and NWA in the 1990s, argued repeatedly in a series of murder trials that killings in games encouraged teenage players to plan real-life attacks. He also urged retailers not to sell Grand Theft Auto’s various iterations to minors.

Up-and-coming British director Owen Harris, known for directing episodes of the TV shows Black Mirror and Misfits, will take charge of the film. The project is being put together by BBC Films and has a screenplay in place by James Wood, writer of BBC Two sitcom Rev, based on the book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. Casting for the plum role of Thompson has not yet been confirmed, but Harris reportedly plans to shoot as early as this month.

The next major role for Radcliffe, best known for the Harry Potter films, will be Victor Frankenstein in a new take on Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale from studio Universal. Lucky Number Slevin’s Paul McGuigan will direct, with the film due in cinemas this October.

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What If screen caps

I have added over 700 screen caps from Dan’s 2014 comedy ‘What If’.

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Jameson Empire Awards

Dan was presenting an award last night with his co-star James McAvoy at the Empire Awards. 66 photos have been added to the gallery as well as a photo shoot between the pair.

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Tom Felton meets the Superfans

Daniel Radcliffe speaks with Tom Felton and shares his opinion on obsessing over books and films for Tom Felton’s BBC 3 documentary.

Daniel Radcliffe Learns Tricks From Magician, Dynamo

The Harry Potter star is getting ready to film a role in Now You See Me: The Second Act, a sequel to 2013 magical heist movie Now You See Me, and he turned to fellow Brit Dynamo for lessons.

The magician, real name Steven Frayne, tells Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, “I was chilling with Daniel Radcliffe and I showed him all sorts of tricks and skills with cards. Cool things that he can learn and put into the movie.”

The sequel is due for release next year (16).

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Daniel Radcliffe returns to host Have I Got News for You next month

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is set to bring a spot of magic (sorry) to the set of Have I Got News for You.

The star, who has recently appeared in rom-com What If and horror film Horns, is poised to present the first episode of the show’s 49th series on Friday 10th April.

It will be Radcliffe’s second stint in the hot seat. The 25-year-old actor presented the topical news quiz back in December 2012.

Only Connect quiz-master Victoria Coren will host the second episode in the series, while controversial Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, who is currently being investigated by the BBC for allegedly punching a producer, is set to present an episode in May.

“As far as I’m concerned he is hosting Have I Got News for You, the BBC has not told me what to do yet and it will be an interesting conversation,” said Jimmy Mulville, the head of independent producers Hat Trick, at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast earlier this week. “He is due to present the third episode which I think is in early May.”

Have I Got News For You returns for a 9-week run on BBC1.

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‘Horns’ clips released before Blu-ray/DVD release

The Express newspaper have a couple of clips from the film before the Blu-ray/DVD release date of 16th March. See them below:

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