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Top 10 Tuesday: Fantastic Fest 2014

28 October 2014 9:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Though it saddens to me say, Fantastic Fest 2014 has come to a close. Another year of movies and mayhem has ended and somehow the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse is still standing – even if the crowds partied hard enough every night to make me expect the worse. Fantastic Fest has always shown the best genre films from around the world and this year was certainly no different. In fact, this year’s lineup featured an extraordinary array of bloody slashers, dark comedies, bizarre love stories, and crazy documentaries. Here’s my Top 10 Favorites From Fantastic Fest 2014!

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

The Tribe

The idea of a film without any dialogue or even a film score can be a tough sell for even a seasoned filmgoer like myself. So it really says something (no pun intended) that The Tribe soars as a unique storytelling experience that showcases pure and raw emotions. The film follows »

- Michael Haffner

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Production Begins on Alexandre Aja’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’

27 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.

“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, »

- Derek Anderson

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Pitt's Fury is no Inglourious Basterds

26 October 2014 9:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Brad Pitt was box-office gold in Inglourious Basterds but audiences don't seem to find his latest stab at playing a Us soldier in the heat of battle in WW2. quite as compelling.

Fury, which stars Pitt as the leader of a tank crew fighting its way across Germany in the spring of 1945, captured nearly $2.6 million in its first four days in Australia.

That.s below the $3.05 million debut in 2009 of Quentin Tarantino. brutal drama, which wound up earning a potent $13.8 million.

True, Fury.s writer-director David Ayer is no Tarantino. Ayer wrote Training Day and directed the action movies Sabotage, End of Watch and Street Kings.

And Fury.s ensemble cast of Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal isn.t as stellar as Basterds. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.

The box-office remains in a trough as takings totalled $9.8 million, a »

- Don Groves

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Watch The First Trailer For ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron!’

22 October 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Stop what you’re doing right now! That’s right, the full, first trailer for  Avengers: Age Of Ultron is online!

What’s more to be said than… Watch It Below!

Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer features over two-minutes of footage from the upcoming movie, released on the 1st May, 2015, around the world including the Hulk going one-on-one with Ultron itself. There’s so much in here we need time to absorb and reflect. It’s just… Awesome.

We also have the new poster for the film, which you can see below.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany, and Stellan Skarsgard star in the film, the official end of Marvel: Phase Two, which is directed by Joss Whedon.

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- Paul Heath

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Ciff Day 4: ‘The Young Kieslowski’ and ‘In Order of Disappearance’

18 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

You can’t win ‘em all. Sometimes the challenge with a film festival, as opposed to say a music festival, is that not everything you see will be good. Sometimes you may decide it just wasn’t for you, and sometimes you wonder why they even decided to choose that film in the first place.

The Young Kieslowski was this year’s dud. It broke the rule I held that there are no romantic leads named “Brian”, and if there are fictional Brians they end up writing term papers while everyone else gets paired off with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheady. And yet it doesn’t help that Brian Kieslowski is remarkably repellent.

Hardly an edgy sex comedy on par with any college-aged romp you can imagine from the last 10 years, and trying desperately to be a mix of Ferris Bueller, Juno and maybe a dash of 500 Days of Summer, »

- Brian Welk

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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part Four

17 October 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today

40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Int’l Film Community (Literally) Voices Opposition To Trial Of Ukraine Helmer

14 October 2014 6:52 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Eight months after the arrest of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a renewed plea has gone out for his release. The European Film Academy has joined with the French Directors’ Guild (aka Srf which organizes Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes) in support of Sentsov, who was detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on May 10. A new petition calling for the film community to read a statement during public appearances and interviews voicing their opposition to his detainment and trial has been signed by more than 300 people. They include The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona, Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, Costa Gavras, Starred Up’s David Mackenzie, actor Stellan Skarsgård and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera.

The signatories (full list here) will now read the statement below during any interview or public appearance they may have. The »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Stellan Skarsgard Joins Call for Release of Detained Ukrainian Director

14 October 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stellan Skarsgard is among 300 European and international filmmakers who have supported a renewed appeal to Russian president Vladimir Putin to release a Ukrainian director held on terrorism charges since May. The new petition, organized by the European Film Academy and French Film Directors' Guild, says that Oleg Sentsov, who was active in supporting Ukraine's winter 'EuroMaidan' protests, has denied any involvement in what it calls "imaginary crimes." Read more Efa Board Expresses Concern Over Jailed Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Sentsov was seized from his home in Crimea in May two months after Russian forces occupied the Ukrainian peninsula that

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- Nick Holdsworth

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Stellan Skarsgård has been cast in BBC One's River

4 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The cast has been announced for the new BBC One drama series River.

Stellan Skarsgård will be leading the cast for the series, created and written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.

Skarsgård has been cast as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault is the fragility of his mind.

The character is haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Last Tango in Halifax's Nicola Walker will play his colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevenson.

Other cast members include Adeel Akhtar as Detective Sergeant Ira King, Lesley Manville will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read.

Eddie Marsan also joins the cast as a notorious killer who haunts River.

Abi Morgan said: "A show like River needs broad shoulders and I can't think of anyone better than Skarsgård to take on this challenge and lead this brilliant cast."

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Stellan Skarsgård cast in BBC One's River

4 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The cast has been announced for the new BBC One drama series River.

Stellan Skarsgård will be leading the cast for the series, created and written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.

Skarsgård has been cast as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault is the fragility of his mind.

The character is haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Last Tango in Halifax's Nicola Walker will play his colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevenson.

Other cast members include Adeel Akhtar as Detective Sergeant Ira King, Lesley Manville will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read.

Eddie Marsan also joins the cast as a notorious killer who haunts River.

Abi Morgan said: "A show like River needs broad shoulders and I can't think of anyone better than Skarsgård to take on this challenge and lead this brilliant cast."

Lucy Richer, »

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Exclusive Cool Video: Movie CliffsNotes - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

2 October 2014 6:32 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

David Fincher's Gone Girl hits theaters this week, so this time we're taking a look at his latest feature film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the 2011 remake of the 2009 film, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson and starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, and Christopher Plummer (you get all that?). There's a lot to digest in the film, so if you want to revisit the highlights without all the dark twists and turns (and some well-placed laughs), jump on in for a revisit! Enjoy! »

- Paul Shirey

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Nikki Reed & Bonnie Wright Set For ‘The Highway Is For Gamblers’

2 October 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed has been cast opposite Harry Potter thesp Bonnie Wright in thriller The Highway Is For Gamblers. Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness follows her debut film Lotus Eaters with the desert-set tale of Jane (Reed), a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her pal. VikingsGustaf Skarsgård and pop singer/actor Joe Jonas round out the indie cast.

Philip Gray and Mark Lee are producers on the film, which has a November shoot planned for California’s San Bernardino County. They filmmakers have raised the bulk of their budget independently but also have turned to Kickstarter, seeking $165,000 in finishing funds. With a concerted social media push in the works, that goal might be achieved before long; among Reed, Wright, and Jonas, the film’s social »

- Jen Yamato

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Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut Review

2 October 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Exclusive: Rebel Against Love In This Featurette For Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac — Extended Director's Cut'

2 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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'Nymphomaniac' Director's Cut Now on VOD (Nsfw Video)

2 October 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac extended cut releases trailer

25 September 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 film centres around Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) - a self-identified nymphomaniac - who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), a man who finds her beaten badly in an alley.

Shia Labeouf, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus and Udo Kier also feature in the film.

The director's cut of Nymphomanic will run for five-and-a-half hours. »

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Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005) Review

24 September 2014 12:28 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

Before Exorcist: The Beginning was set in motion, there was Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist, which was in production with a different cast and different director before its company, out of fear it wouldn’t be successful, shelved it.

They re-tooled the cast, hired Renny Harlin, gave him a bigger budget and told him to go nuts with it.

This new film would go on to become what we know as Exorcist: The Beginning. However, when The Beginning underperformed, the company decided to resurrect Dominion, reshoot what needed to be done and finally release it to see how that version went.

I can see why the studio feared this take on the prequel story – I mean, when you hear The Exorcist, what do you think? Spider-crawling, vulgar babble, spinning heads and oh yes – vomit, lots of that sweet pea soup vomit.

See, Dominion doesn’t actually »

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"Thor" Laser-Scanned Figure

23 September 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek Marvel Studios' "Thor", the star of "Thor: The Dark World" and the upcoming "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"  as a new Hot Toys 1/6 scale collectible figure, in the laser-scanned likeness of actor Chris Hemsworth:

"...'Thor: The Dark World' features Marvel Comics character 'Thor', produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'. The film was directed by Alan Taylor, with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, and Rene Russo.

"In 'Thor: The Dark World', Thor teams up with 'Loki' to save the 'Nine Realms' from the 'Dark Elves' led by the vengeful 'Malekith', »

- Michael Stevens

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Hector And The Search For Happiness Prize Pack Giveaway

23 September 2014 1:14 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Relativity’s upcoming movie, Hector And The Search For Happiness – starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer – is opening later this month, and to celebrate Wamg is giving away a Hector And The Search For Happiness prize pack. Hurray!

One lucky winner will receive:

$50 in Orbucks (Orbitz Rewards) “Handy Dandy” travel candy (featured in the movie) Branded travel journal $25 Fandango gift card

To Enter:

1. You Must Be A U.S. Resident With A U.S. Shipping Address. No P.O. Boxes.

2. Place Your Name, A Valid Email, And Answer To The Question Below In The Comment Section Of This Post.

3. What movie makes you happy?

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Prizes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged.

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, »

- Melissa Howland

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‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a Norwegian ‘Fargo’ with More Snow

22 September 2014 5:21 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In 2010, Stellan Skarsgård teamed for a third time with director Hans Petter Moland to make a sunshiny film about a gangster getting out of prison, having an existential crisis and killing a snitch. A Somewhat Gentle Man is a smart crime comedy with its tongue forcibly shoved into its cheek, and now Skarsgård and Moland have returned with a worthy follow-up in the same cold vein. In Order of Disappearance sees Skarsgård playing a Coenesque ice plow driver who clears a path through the wilderness and minds his own business. When his son is killed by drug dealers, he works his way up the food chain, maintaining everyman status while bloodying noses. The story blossoms when he learns the name of the big boss, letting us get to know two crime families and their dysfunctions. Nils the snow plow driver is not at all a complex character, but Skarsgård (without surprise) maintains a balance between the small »

- Scott Beggs

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