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3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exclusive: French actress and model Stacy Martin has signed with Wme following her breakthrough turn in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II opposite Shia Labeouf. The daring and baring performance saw Martin playing the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Joe,” the titular woman with an unquenchable libido, from ages 15-31 and nabbed her a nomination for Denmark’s Bodil Award for Best Actress. A newcomer to acting, Martin’s additional credits include Heidi Greensmith’s upcoming Winter, Matteo Garrone’s The Tale Of Tales, and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise. She’s also the face of fashion labels Rag & Bone and Miu Miu. Martin also is repped by 42 in the UK.
- Jen Yamato
Annabelle edged out Gone Girl this weekend internationally, pulling in $28.1M compared to $26.89M that the Ben Affleck thriller scooped up. Annabelle is now tracking 6% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its run. The Conjuring went onto to gross $180.6M overseas for a worldwide total of $318M when it bowed last year. For market by market breakouts, see below. Also added are finals for The Judge, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules and Relatos Salvajes.
Final Update, Monday, 12:18 Pt: Final numbers are in for many films, but we’re still awaiting Warner Bros. to weigh in before we know who won the weekend wrestling match between its horror film Annabelle and Fox’s Gone Girl (which has held the No. 1 one for two weekends in a row stateside). Fox has reported a little under $27M »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The fresh-faced Stacy Martin bent over backwards (among other positions) to humanize "Young Joe," a companion to Charlotte Gainsbourg's character, in Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." While this year's only two-part sex parable isn't earning much love in the way of awards buzz, the model-turned-actress made enough of an impression to catch filmmakers' eyes. Her latest projection pairs her with a leading man that will inevitably catapult her to the mainstream. That's the magic of Robert Pattinson. Screen Daily reports that Martin has joined the cast of "The Childhood of a Leader," the directorial debut of "Simon Killer" and "Clouds of Sils Maria" actor Brady Corbet. She'll costar alongside the previously cast Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo in the drama that's set to shoot this Janaury in Budapest. According to the announcement, "The Childhood of a Leader" is “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century. »
- Matt Patches
Leo Tolstoy famously opened his classic novel Anna Karenina with this statement: "Happy families are all alike. But all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way." You'd be hard pressed to find a family much unhappier than the one depicted in Misunderstood, the latest feature by actress-director Asia Argento, her third as director and her first filmmaking effort in about a decade. The opening scene wastes very little time in establishing just how hellish an existence being part of that family is. Over a family dinner, mom (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and dad (Gabriel Garko) hurl vicious insults at one another, while the children are caught in the middle of this violent whirlwind. The one who gets the brunt of the cruel, abusive, and casually neglectful behavior...
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Lars von Trier doesn’t know anything about sex, and neither does anyone in Nymphomaniac. Despite it being the film’s central preoccupation, two volumes and four hours weren’t enough for the Danish director to arrive at any sort of concrete thesis on human sexuality. He also never came close to developing a clear statement on self-loathing, deviance, relationships, and every other topic under the sun that the epic, psycho-erotic character study touched upon. Nymphomaniac and its director were locked in nattering, schizophrenic conversation with themselves, and with the release of the Director’s Cut, the only real question worth answering is how much longer one can indulge von Trier’s shaggy dog sexcapade.
Turns out: quite a while. Clocking in at a whopping five and half hours, the Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac, released on VOD and in select theatres today, is more of the same, and then some: more digressive, »
- Sam Woolf
One of the most talked about movies of the year is also one of the longest movies of the year. Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has been creating buzz ever since it was first announced. And after opening earlier this year in theaters, now's the time to see the Dogma 95 Doyen's epic as he fully intended —the extended, five-and-a-half-hour director's cut is on VOD today, and the Playlist is delighted to take you behind-the-scenes with this exclusive featurette. Featuring insights from the cast, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf and Stellan Skarsgard, this preview for the film explores the intersection of love and sex that von Trier tackles therein. This is art, as Skarsgard says, just not presented on the usual canvas you might expect, but as seen through von Trier's distinct vision. "Nymphomaniac —Extended Director's Cut" is on VOD right now in the United States, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lars von Trier's wildly unrestrained psychosexual opus is the gift that keeps on giving. While the original bifurcated -- though hardly coy -- Volumes I and II are already streaming on Netflix, the great Dane's five-and-a-half-hour director's cut of this controversial epic starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as the title sex addict is now available on paid VOD platforms including iTunes and Amazon. Von Trier's definitive version, which most recently screened at Fantastic Fest, digs deeper into the lusty Joe's (played by Gainsbourg in adulthood and Stacy Martin as a young woman) Freudian beginnings, including her too-close relationship with her father (Christian Slater). And there is of course lots more explicit sex and talk of fly-fishing with Stellan Skarsgard as the man who rescues Joe from herself. (The very, very Nsfw clips below serve up just a taste of the action.) Now vying for European Film Awards, "Nymphomaniac" divided critics throughout its festival run and. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
San Sebastian, Spain– Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, who delivered the biggest French-language hit ever with the Omar-Sy starrer “Intouchables” ($426 million worldwide) in 2011, fired up this year’s San Sebastian fest with the European premiere of “Samba” on closing night. In the well-polished social comedy, Sy plays Samba, a hard-working Senegalese migrant whose life is turned upside down after getting caught by authorities. Pic, which is produced by Quad Films, centers around Samba’s unlikely relationship and building romance with Alice, a social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is recovering from a burn-out. Sold by Gaumont, “Samba” sparked standing ovations at both Toronto, where it world-premiered, and at San Sebastian. Kicking off the European tour to promote the movie, Toledano and Nakache took time to chat with Variety about the genesis of “Samba,” what the film means to them, their collaboration with Sy and Gainsbourg, and what they look forward to in France and beyond. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Misunderstood is a magnificently angry film. One can glean as much from the title, a potential evocation of everything from the Beats and Rebel Without a Cause to the sexually furious teens of Fat Girl and the New French Extremity. Asia Argento‘s third feature as director may not reference all of these different artistic moments, but it certainly fits into the larger cultural history of disaffected youth. Its adults are incompetent, acrimonious clowns whose negligence is only matched by their stupidity. Its children take after them, engaging in petty squabbles because they’ve likely never seen anyone behave any better. It is a film that sees right into the empty core of materialism and its discontents. All of this might be hard to take if it were not anchored by a defiant, cackling sense of humor and one of the most effective child protagonists of the last few years. Aria »
- Daniel Walber
Sold by Films Distribution, “Magical Girl,” which marks the sophomore outing of Vermut, is a troubling drama turning on a father who attempts to fulfill the last wish of his daughter, who is battling leukemia. Pic is produced by Pedro Hernandez Santos’ Madrid-based outfit Aqui y Alli.
Cedric Kahn’s “Wild Life,” a true story starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Celine Sallette, scooped San Sebastian’s special jury prize. The movie, repped by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, follows a father who lost the custody of his two children and spends 11 years on the run with them living off the radar across France.
- Emiliano De Pablos and Elsa Keslassy
Back in May, the New York Times' Manohla Dargis spoke with Asia Argento about her third feature, Misunderstood (Incompresa), "a funny, free, tough-minded film… Set in the 1980s, it centers on a 9-year-old, Aria (Giulia Salerno), the underloved daughter of two monstrous narcissists, an actor (Gabriel Garko) and a pianist (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Soon after it opens, the parents separate and Aria–Ms. Argento’s original name–starts toggling between them even as they reject her, often brutally. Cast aside, she takes refuge in her love of a cat and in her imagination, which soars movingly both in her writing and in some wild fantasies." We're collecting more reviews and have posted the trailer and two clips. » - David Hudson »
[Incompresa has been titled Misunderstood in the U.S. For the purposes of this review I will be referring to it by its original title.] In 1993 Hole’s Courtney Love was asked about the differences between their then-impending masterpiece Live Through This and their prior album, the cathartic but formally messy Pretty on the Inside. She replied, “it’s leaps and bounds different. It’s so different there should have been an album in between.” The same sentiment could be used to describe the vast gulf between writer/director Asia Argento’s last feature film, the undeniably visceral The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and her new work Incompresa, which carries a sustained and palpable ache that could only be achieved by someone working at the top of their craft. That shared DNA with Live Through This doesn’t end there, as Incompresa also provides the singularly indelible experience of walking a mile in someone else’s disintegrating shoes. But that’s only a gateway comparison, this film is its own beast entirely. Incompresa »
- Evan Dickson
Getting its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival, Asia Argento’s Misunderstood is ostensibly about a nine-year-old girl’s difficult childhood brought on by the wildly inappropriate parenting skills of a pair of narcissistic celebrities and/or bohemian artists. That being said, its depiction of a childhood devoid of authority is often so playfully strange that it seems a celebration of anarchy more than a lament.
The father (Gabriel Garko) is a popular action movie star who sports sunglasses and bleach-blonde frosted tips, smokes pot in front of his kids, and showers his other daughter—a busty teen who seems always on the verge of exploding out of her all-pink outfit in her all-pink bedroom—with almost incestuous affection. The mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg), meanwhile, disappears for weeks at a time on erotic adventures, brings home men who talk about “pussy” in front of the kids, and makes »
- Doug Dibbern
Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac has released a new trailer.
The short trailer is for the extended director's cut of the two-part sexual epic.
Warning: Trailer contains explicit content:
Read our Nymphomaniac review: "Much more than an exercise in provocation"
The director's cut of Nymphomanic will run for five-and-a-half hours. »
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Heart to Heart to Heart: Jacquot’s Romantic Drama Can’t Cover Every Angle
Despite sporting the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, Three Hearts, the latest from Benoit Jacquot often feels like a rather stilted endeavor. The follow-up to his most internationally renowned title to date, Farewell, My Queen, Jacquot’s underwhelming love story uses a contrivance often seen in romantic comedies, only he replaces the comedy with a somber indifference that seems to work against the believability of the film.
The film seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until they boiled over to cause living hell for all affected parties lost amidst the unmitigated power known as love. This is the stuff of classic melodrama, and the three hearts at the center of this triangle often feel more like archetypes than actual people, »
- Nicholas Bell
After premiering last week at the Toronto Film Festival, Broad Green Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the French film Samba.
The picture comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the 2012 hit The Intouchables, which broke box-office records in France and has since become the highest grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The project reunites the directors with Omar Sy, who starred in The Intouchables and plays a Senegalese immigrant ordered to leave France after 10 years of working day and night. Nakache and Toledano adapted the film from Delphine Coulin »
- Jake Perlman
Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the United States and build upon the box-office success of its predecessor.
Samba had it’s world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film stars a French powerhouse trio with Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim in the latest offering from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano whose The Intouchables broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade.
- Melissa Thompson
2 Tiff pickups of films covered on this blog: First, Broad Green has taken Us distribution rights to "Samba," the latest dramedy from Frenchman Omar Sy, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, directed by Sy's "Intouchables" helmers - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin in a tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker. Broad Green plans a second half 2015 release of the film, which might suggest they have awards aspirations for it, especially given how well it was received at Tiff. I'm surprised that The Weinstein »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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