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We don't know the ins and outs of his contract with the producers, but it seems that Paul Schrader is skirting the line of not disparaging "Dying Of The Light." As you might recall, the director contends that the film was taken away from him and re-edited, leading to Schrader, producer Nicolas Winding Refn, and stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin to boycoot the film. But the terms of their contract state they can't bad mouth the movie, so they've found a way around it with some clever t-shirts. But speaking with Slate, the filmmaker didn't talk about the movie exactly, so much as the folks behind it, and his words are fairly candid. "I fell in with some bad people. It happens. Because film directors are such personalities, you think, 'Put me in the cage with the lions. I know how to treat the lions. I’ll have them all sitting on their stools. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If there’s one director to have emerged in the past two decades who treats on-screen violence as both an art form and form of honest brutality, it would be Nicolas Winding Refn. Probably first introduced to U.S. audiences en masse with “Bronson” — which was also a huge break for Tom Hardy — Refn has proven himself a master of things gory, unflinching in his depiction of the horrific acts people commit against one another. Dávid Velenczei edited together four and a half minutes of some of the most violent scenes in Refn’s films for Press Play, and the resultant montage raises questions. Primarily, how should we — consumers, filmgoers, people — respond to such graphic depictions of savagery? Given the range of films, settings, and even time periods depicted in the video, we must cast aside the thought that Refn’s violence is restricted to just one of his films. »
- Zach Hollwedel
The poster touts “from the writer of ‘Taxi Driver’ and co-writer of ‘Raging Bull’,” but in case you haven’t paid attention, director Paul Schrader —who the poster is referring to— does not want you to see his latest movie “Dying Of The Light.” Its stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin don’t really want you to see it either, nor does the executive producer filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Why? In short, the producers on the film took the film away from Schrader; at least he alleges as much. Their take is that Schrader quit after they asked for certain changes, whereas he contends he was forced out of the editing room and the producers took over. Schrader, Cage, Refn and Yelchin then took to Facebook to mount a silent protest. Under the terms of their contract, they are not allowed to disparage the film or the producers. So instead, »
- Edward Davis
A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations
Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.
Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring »
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has added a new film project to his pipeline called The Neon Demon. The movie is described as a horror story that is set in Los Angeles, and it features a young female-led cast. The director was developing a film called I Walk With The Dead before this project came along, but according to Deadline, The Neon Demon will be his next project. When talking about the film, to Refn said,
“One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
He’s looking to start shooting the film early next year with frequent collaborators Cliff Martinez (composer) and Matthew Norman (editor). Refn has proven to be an insane director that is capable of telling crazy surreal stories. There's no doubt that seeing a horror »
- Joey Paur
Beyond the title’s reference (intentional or otherwise) to the Dylan Thomas poem, it’s hard to say that I was personally very aware of the new Nicolas Cage-led thriller Dying of the Light. In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned on the pages of this site since Cage joined the project in July 2013. But here it is now, a fully realized movie that’s hitting theaters on December 5. And look at that hat. To pass up an opportunity to show you that hat would be a disservice to Cage fans, disrespect to Dylan Thomas and an affront to humanity itself. But wait, there’s more. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver, director of Cat People, American Gigolo and more recently the Lindsay Lohan-led torture session The Canyons), Dying of the Light is a thriller about a CIA agent (Cage) who has been ordered to retire, only »
- Neil Miller
To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Wolf, the award-winning crime thriller that closed this year’s Raindance Film Festival, we’ve got a dark, intense clip to share with Thn readers.
The son of an immigrant family from Morocco, now residing in a depressingly anonymous Netherlands suburb, Majid is a fiercely talented kickboxer with a criminal past who finds it difficult to stay on the straight and narrow. Despite being on parole, he continues to subsidise his income through petty crime. When his notoriety and prowess in the boxing ring catch the eye of a local promoter, Majid is given a shot at the big time. But his background and his inability to avoid trouble whenever it comes calling see him becoming connected to a powerful Turkish gangster who has plans for the talented fighter.
Check out this great exclusive clip:
Wolf recalls the early works of Scorsese and »
- Dan Bullock
Just three years ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” blindsided everyone with a film in which almost every individual aspect was familiar, but whose total tone seemed to come from a place where the best and bleakest bits of the '80s never stopped happening. The indie landscape now feels different because of it: low-light, high-rise, grease-slicked cities full of nameless loners and revving engines have sprawled across our screens and consciousnesses: see also the recent “Nightcrawler.” But how “Drive” looked was only part of what had us all rushing out to buy muscle cars and scorpion jackets: the soundtrack also played a huge role, encapsulating the alter-80s feel by featuring only current artists, but ones whose music owes a huge debt to the era of synth and groove. Alongside Cliff Martinez’s low-level, pulse-like score, the half-dozen tracks stood out, and are all still immediately memorable: Chromatics’ “Tick »
- Ben Brock
A decade ago, when the Afm forged in to replace Mifed in November, it was a bastion of B-movies with B-List stars hawking themselves in multiple films, and a slew of deals that often didn’t result in anything. Now, with studios only wanting to finance sequels and superhero movies, and requiring partners to fully fund or partly pay for everything else on their slates, indie companies have new currency and are dealing with some of the biggest films in the business, with everyone from Gary Ross (The Free State Of Jones) to Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful 8) in Santa Monica courting foreign buyers.
As it sheds the schlockfest stigma the Afm once bore, attendees are focused on the increased importance of offshore returns and a more disciplined approach to the business. There’s a lot of money in the market, but rigor is key while packaging has become tougher as »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's next feature will officially be "The Neon Demon," an La-set, female-led horror film he cowrote with Mary Laws. Refn dipped into genre moviemaking before with his kickass, po-mo noir "Drive," but "Neon Demon" marks the director's first leap into true horror movie terrain. "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty," Refn told Deadline. The project will be up for sale at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this week, via France's Gaumont and Wild Bunch. Refn's usual suspects are on board: editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, who will be joined by Oscar-nominated "Grandmaster" cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd. Most directors start with horror and move on—as was the case for Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Jackson, Oliver Stone and, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of Afm along with three other titles.
Tiberius Film has acquired German rights to action thriller Ares from Gaumont.
Tiberius has also picked up Liv Corfixen’s documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and two genre outings: Wyrmwood from Altitude Film Sales and Will Canon’s Demonic, written by James Wan and starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo, from The Weinstein Company.
Wolfgang Carl, managing director of Tiberius Film GmbH, commented: “German action fans will be thrilled by genre hit Ares and we are very happy that we are able to continue our successful cooperation with Nicolas Winding Refn and our partners Gaumont and The Weinstein Company.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The American Film Market kicks off tomorrow, which means lots of producers will be pitching their projects, many of which haven't even shot or been cast, to distributors, financiers and more. And while bringing a film in such early stages means you have to work harder to garner interest, sometimes all you need is a good teaser poster. And these will certainly get folks talking. First up is a provocative one-sheet for Gaspar Noe's "Love." The movie, which we hear is in the midst of casting, is a melodrama about two girls and a guy, and the director has already promised his sexy drama will give guys "a hard-on and make girls cry.” Either way, Noe is up to his usual button-mashing tendencies if this poster is anything to go by. Meanwhile, Nicolas Winding Refn's female-led horror is next, and is confirmed to shoot next spring for a 2016 release. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After captivating and enchanting audiences with the neon-glowing Los Angeles setting of Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to return to the Southern California city with his next project. But rather than once again putting Ryan Gosling back behind the wheel while wearing a scorpion jacket, this time the Danish filmmaker will be centering his story on what he describes as a "vicious beauty." Get ready to meet The Neon Demon. As part of the on-going American Film Market, production companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have revealed that the horror tale The Neon Demon will be the next film brought to the silver screen by Nicolas Winding Refn. While details about the movie's actual plot are rather limited, it has been confirmed that the movie will be led by a cast of young female actresses and is based on an original screenplay by Refn and co-writer Mary Laws. Said »
Many film fans have been waiting to see what project writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn would take on next after bringing the Ryan Gosling-starring flick, Only God Forgives, to the big screen in 2013. At first it looked like the visionary director might tackle a haunted hotel film and then it seemed as if he would helm a movie called I Walk with the Dead, but it’s now been revealed that his next movie is called The Neon Demon.
Plot and casting details are unknown at this time, but filming on The Neon Demon will begin early next year in Los Angeles, satisfying Nicolas Winding Refn’s desire to shoot another movie in the City of Angels (an itch he’s wanted to scratch since shooting 2011’s Drive).
It’s not certain if The Neon Demon is simply a new title for the project known as I Walk with the Dead, »
- Derek Anderson
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Previously TV great piece on a key scene in the awesome series Transparent (on Amazon - you must watch it if you haven't, especially if you're interested in the psychology of family dynamics or in trans issues)
Mnpp if you missed any episodes of Jason's "13 Phones of Halloween" now is the time to rectify that. Was your holiday good this past weekend?
- NATHANIEL R
Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced that they will reteam with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn on the upcoming horror film The Neon Demon. We previously reported that Refn was gearing up to shoot the horror-thriller I Walk with the Dead next year in L.A. It's possible this is the same movie under a different title since The Neon Demon will also shoot in Los Angeles. In a press release, Refn says, "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon." Like I Walk with the Dead, there are no details about the plot for The Neon Demon, but it will »
- Matt Goldberg
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is reuniting with financiers/distributors Gaumont and Wild Bunch for his next project The Neon Demon, a new horror film set in Los Angeles and led by a young female cast.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the origins of The Neon Demon, which he is directing from a script he co-wrote with Mary Laws.
"One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making 'Drive' and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon."
Lene Børglum (Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising) is producing for Space Rocket, with principal photography slated to begin in Los Angeles early next year. The filmmakers are aiming for a 2016 release, »
It seems like forever ago that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) announced he was working on an all-female horror movie, and today the title has been revealed and some additional information provided. So if you’ve been hungry for more, we’re here… Continue Reading →
The post Nicolas Winding Refn Unleashes His Viciously Beautiful Neon Demon appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
Deadline reported the news on Monday and called the film a horror tale with a female-lead. The site added that Refn spoke on the reason he wanted to make the film saying that, “one morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
Principal photography is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015 in La. Refn’s regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, will be joined by The Grandmaster director of photography Philippe Le Sourd on the film with a 2016 release date being eyed.
This film will bring Refn back to La after his hit film »
- Zach Dennis
Over the summer, we learned that the next film from Only God Forgives and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn would be I Walk with the Dead, the long-gestating horror film that once had Carey Mulligan attached to star. It sounds like that project is still the director's next film, but Variety has word that it will now be called The Neon Demon. The project will be available to buyers at the American Film Market coming up, and the description of the film matches what we'd previously heard about the project, though the cast wasn't announced and the female star is "soon-to-be-announced," so it may not be Mulligan. Here's the official promo poster for the film's sale at Afm: Here's what Refn said about the project: “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. »
- Ethan Anderton
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