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Danish director Thomas Vinterberg: ‘To some extent, I understand Brexit’

17 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film-maker on how growing up in a commune informed his new movie and his mixed feelings about the EU

Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.

To what extent was your new film inspired by your childhood? »

- Rachel Cooke

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Banshee: Will the Cinemax Show Characters Be Returning?

8 June 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Could there be a Banshee spin-off? Recently, showrunner Jonathan Tropper discussed his plans for the recently ended Cinemax series.

The action drama starred Antony Starr as an ex-con who assumes the identity of a small-town sheriff. The cast also included Ben CrossIvana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell, Ryann Shane, and Ulrich ThomsenBanshee aired its final episode on May 20th.



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'Cold War 2' to open Shanghai International Film Festival

3 June 2016 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Werner Herzog’s thriller Salt And Fire will have its world premiere at the festival.

Longman Leung and Sunny Luk’s Cold War 2 [pictured], the sequel to Edko Films’ hit 2012 action thriller, will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19).

Meanwhile, Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire, Bruce Beresford’s Mr Church and Cao Baoping’s Coke And Bull are among the films selected for the Golden Goblet Awards (see full list below).

As previously announced the competition jury is headed by Emir Kusturica and also includes Atom Egoyan, Daniele Luchetti, African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu), Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden (Tharlo), Hong Kong actress Karena Lam and Chinese writer Yan Geling.

Japanese filmmaker Kazuo Hara will oversee a separate jury for documentaries, while Swiss animation director George Schwizgebel heads the jury for animated films.

Siff also unveiled nominations in six categories for the Asian New Talent Awards, which has a jury »

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Shanghai Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

2 June 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »


Titles including Werner Herzog’s “Salt And Fire,” Bruce Beresford’s “Mr. Church” and “Coke and Bull” directed by Chinese rocker Cao Baoping are among the highlights of the main competition line up for the Shanghai International Film Festival. The festival runs June 11-19, 2016.

A jury headed by Serbian director Emir Kusturica will decide the winner, who will receive a Golden Goblet (aka Jinjue) Award. Other jurors include Atom Egoyan, Daniele Luchetti, Pema Tseden, Karena Lam, Abderrahmane Sissako, and Yan Geling.

Other competition titles include Ulrich Thomsen’s “In Embryo,” “Soul on a String” by Zhang Yang and “The Projects” directed by Sakamoto Junji. The animation section includes “April and the Extraordinary World” and Takahashi Shigeruharu’s “Yokai Watch,” while the documentary section includes Sweden’s “The Girl Who Saved My Life.”

Beyond the main competition the festival ranges from the sublime to the more commonplace.

Like several other festivals this year, »

- Patrick Frater

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Banshee Season 4 Episode 8 Review – ‘Requiem’

23 May 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kris Wall reviews the series finale of Banshee

I have to hand it to Banshee’s creators, after a shaky and uneven final season, they knew exactly what needed to happen to course correct and send the show out on a high in its final hour, the ‘good’ guys won and the bad guys lost. Requiem perfectly encapsulated everything that I love and adore about Banshee, packing the finale with bruising action, emotional depth and heart, great character moments, and an 11th hour reveal that, while more or less  completely voiding one plot thread that was already weak, worked to strengthen the season as a whole. Banshee looked like it was going big for its climax, but the creators actually delivered something on a more intimate scale that played to its strengths, the episode itself split into two halves with the first delivering the action and the second all about »

- Kris Wall

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TV Review: The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 23: Alexander Kirk: Conclusion [NBC]

20 May 2016 7:47 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

NBC‘s The Blacklist Alexander Kirk: Conclusion TV Show Review. The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 23: Alexander Kirk: Conclusion proves to be a shocking but strong end to the show’s third season. With Raymond Reddington (James Spader) having successfully blackmailed Alexander Kirk’s (Ulrich Thomsen) preferred presidential candidate into opening a fraudulent terrorism investigation into his activities, […] »

- Reggie Peralta

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Banshee: Executive Producer Talks About Ending the Series

20 May 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49464" align="aligncenter" width="572"] Banshee TV show on Cinemax. Pictured: Antony Starr. Credit: Gregory Shummon/Cinemax.[/caption]

What are you going to do, now? The Banshee TV series finale, "Requiem," airs tonight, on Cinemax. Showrunner Jonathan Tropper, who created the show with David Schickler, talks about why they made the decision to end the show after four seasons, leaving Banshee effectively cancelled by its creative team.

Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, who is back in town after a couple of years, where there is a serial killer on the prowl. The Banshee TV show cast also includes Ivana Miličević, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Matt Servitto, Ryann Shane, Lili Simmons, Tom Pelphrey, Eliza Dushku, Casey Labow, Chris Coy, and Ana Ayora.



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‘Banshee,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Problems With Serial-Killer Plots

20 May 2016 9:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

I very much wanted to write a glowing tribute to “Banshee” today, the day of its series finale. And yet despite having loved its first three seasons, I can’t do that, in part because the Cinemax drama got tripped up by a device that also marred at least a couple otherwise interesting shows this season.

Banshee” could have spent the majority of its final season showcasing its wonderful cast, it could have told more enjoyably pulpy stories with rural-noir flair, and it could have left fans slack-jawed with glee after giving them a swan song full of fantastic action scenes and creatively staged fistfights.

Instead, it gave us a serial killer. An incredibly boring serial killer who led a Satanist cult. Believe it or not, that whole storyline was dumber than it sounds. 

The character and his preposterous coven felt as though they’d been borrowed from the most predictable procedurals on TV. »

- Maureen Ryan

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Banshee: Cinemax Teases TV Series Finale (Spoilers)

6 May 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48550" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Banshee TV show on Cinemax is ending with season four. Image via Cinemax.[/caption]

We have spoilers on the last three episodes of the Banshee TV show on Cinemax, including "Requiem," the Banshee TV series finale. Check them out, below. While Cinemax did not cancel Banshee, the creative team decided to end the show with a fourth and final season. From the audience's perspective, that leaves Banshee effectively cancelled. The Banshee TV series finale is slated for May 20, 2016.

An American action drama, Banshee stars: Anthony Starr, Ivana Miličević, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Matt Servitto, Ryann Shane, Lili Simmons, Tom Pelphrey, Eliza Dushku, Casey Labow, Chris Coy, and Ana Ayora. Banshee was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. It debuted on Cinemax in January 2013. Banshee is executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum, and Ole Christian »


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Blacklist Recap: Getting to Know You

5 May 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Let’s imagine that the creative minds behind The Blacklist have designed these final Season 3 episodes like a treasure map.

Ever since Liz was suddenly killed off in the April 14 installment, the friends and co-workers that she left behind have slowly, methodically attempted to find the proverbial loot — in this case, the people responsible for her untimely death. Sure, there have been a few detours — Red’s trippy pit stop in Cape May still makes my head hurt — but for all intents and purposes, he and the FBI task force have made it their mission to track down the group »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Blacklist, Castle, Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Nashville, The Flash, Once and More

20 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: What are you hearing about how Beckett will exit Castle? —Kristen

Ausiello: Several things. And all of them are… um… less than ideal. Also, you can probably count on Season 9, which has not officially been ordered yet, kicking off with a significant time jump.

RelatedCastle‘s Nathan Fillion Breaks Silence on Stana Katic’s Exit: ‘She’ll Be Missed’

Question: Now that I’m recovered a bit from the Blacklist bombshell, I’ll take any scoop »

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Banshee: Season Four Ratings

18 April 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

There's no danger of Banshee being cancelled by Cinemax this time around as it's already been announced that there won't be a fifth season. How will this action drama do in its final season? Stay tuned.

Banshee revolves around ex-con Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) who, while hiding out from a powerful crime lord (Ben Cross), ends up assuming the identity of the deceased incoming sheriff of the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. Others in the cast are Ivana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell, Ryann Shane, Ulrich Thomsen, Hoon Lee, Frankie Faison, Matt Servitto, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Demetrius Grosse, and Lili Simmons.

Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress:Read More… »


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TVLine Items: Blacklist Casts Banshee Star, Good Wife Fave's Pilot and More

18 April 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve known for several weeks that The Blacklist would be casting a new big bad with disconcerting ties to Red — and now, we can put a face to the character description.

Banshee actor Ulrich Thomsen has been cast as Alexander Kirk, a multi-national businessman who runs a global energy empire, reports.

RelatedThe Blacklist Star ‘Shocked’ By Tragic Twist: ‘I Loved Working With [Spoiler]’

As TVLine exclusively reported in March, Kirk plans to use his power and resources to strike back against longtime nemesis Red — and their tense history connects Kirk to an intimate, shocking secret from Red’s past. »

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Banshee Season 4 Episode 2 Review – ‘The Burden of Beauty’

12 April 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kris Wall reviews the second episode of Banshee season 4…

Full Spoilers for The Burden of Beauty ahead…

If there’s one thing that Banshee has become exceptionally good at, it’s defying viewer expectations. Just when you think you have this show figured out, it suddenly (and often violently) pulls the rug out from under you as it streaks off in a completely different, but no less thrilling, direction entirely. Banshee does not play by your rules, Banshee doesn’t really care for your rules either.

The Burden of Beauty opened on another flashback as Rebecca staggered into hospital, beaten and bloody before collapsing to the floor. Definitely a startling sight to grip attention right from the off, and something that has eased my concerns about the two year time jump that I had in last weeks episode, as it’s now clear the writers are going to be filling »

- Kris Wall

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Banshee Season 4 Episode 1 Review – ‘Something Out of the Bible’

2 April 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kris Wall reviews the first episode of Banshee season 4…

Warning : Full spoilers to follow.

I love Banshee, I just had to get that out there immediately !

As Banshee begins its fourth and final season, lets recap the events of season three that have lead up to now. The season opened with Lucas Hood leading deputies Brock and Siobhan on a quest of violent revenge to avenge the murder of Deputy Yawners  by white supremacists at the climax of season two, an act that Frank Castle would have applauded, but immediately put him even more at odds with a concerned Brock than he ever was before. Meanwhile Carrie’s criminal past came to light and completely exiled her from her husband, Gordon, and her children, Deva and Max. The hulking warchief, Chayton Littlestone, and the Redbones returned, laying waste to the Banshee P.D in retaliation for the death of his brother, »

- Kris Wall

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Banshee: Get the Fourth and Final Season Overview from Cinemax (Pics & Vids)

31 March 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

This is no April Fool's joke. The fourth and final season of the Banshee TV series debuts tomorrow, April 1, 2016, at 10:00pm. In advance, Cinemax has release photos, videos, and episode descriptions. Get them all, below.

Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood. The cast also includes Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Hoon Lee, Frankie Faison, Matt Servitto, Ryann Shane, Lili Simmons, Matthew Rauch, Tom Pelphrey, and Chris Coy. New to Banshee in its fourth and final season are Eliza Dushku, Ana Ayora, and Casey Labow.



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Review: The final season of 'Banshee' is excellent, except for this one thing

31 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Through its first three seasons, Cinemax's Banshee was one of the most violent, gory dramas on television. The show doesn't just revel in excess; it would barely have a reason to exist without it. At its core, the series is a familiar, seemingly unsustainable, pulp thriller about a criminal (Antony Starr as Lucas Hood) posing as a cop in a rural Pennsylvania town. But because the show's creative team, led by Jonathan Tropper, insists on overdoing nearly everything — more blood, more broken bones, more odd character traits, and just more, period — Banshee has been one of this era's most surprisingly reliable entertainments. Week after week, and even scene after scene, the show takes tired old cliches (say, the smug and invulnerable local crime boss Kai Procter, played by Ulrich Thomsen) and piles layer after layer of detail onto them (Procter is not only a shunned former member of the local Amish community, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Banshee: 9 Reasons To Be Excited About Season 4

30 March 2016 2:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


With its penchant for dual identities, outlandish villains, and massive explosions, Banshee is just a few pairs of spandex short of being the best superhero show on TV – but all good things must come to an end, and you’d better batten down the hatches because we’re in for a roller coaster finale.

The Cinemax series is gearing up to enter its fourth and final season, and it’s safe to assume that protagonist Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) will be adding to his sky-high body count and bedding women at a rate that makes James Bond look like the 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The dramatic conclusion of season three was a game-changer for Banshee, with Hood’s larger-than-life ally Job ending up in the clutches of an arcane enemy, and our trigger-happy anti-hero resigning from his post as sheriff, much to the intrigue of local crime kingpin Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen »

- Mark Langshaw

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[Berlin Review] The Commune

19 February 2016 12:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Thomas Vinterberg has yet to re-attain the heights of his 1998 breakthrough feature, the vehement Dogme inaugurator The Celebration. His focus on the scabrous underpinnings of interpersonal relationships has remained more or less constant, but his treatment of the subject has lost its trenchancy, and films such as Submarino and The Hunt are too willful and calculated in their abrasiveness to achieve genuine insight. Vinterberg co-wrote those later features with Tobias Lindholm (director of the excellent A Hijacking and A War), and the two Danes reunite for The Commune. While surprisingly moderate by the pairing’s standards – no child molestation, lynch mobs, drug addiction, or suicide this time around – their latest attempt at dissecting the human condition ultimately reveals itself to be as cynical and glib as their previous collaborations.

What Vinterberg has always excelled at is realizing despicable male characters, and he again proves his talent with The Commune’s protagonist, »

- Giovanni Marchini Camia

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Berlin 2016: The Commune review

18 February 2016 3:46 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ The first person invited to live at the Copenhagen collective of Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune is Ole (Lars Ranthe), a gregarious fortysomething with an unpredictable temper. He arrives carrying two plastic bags, one for his clothes, the other filled with leftist literature. A 1970s period drama grappling with the unsustainability of utopian living in Western society, Vinterberg's latest sees the Danish director re-united with Festen star Ulrich Thomsen, yet any hope The Commune will match the devastating experience of his 1998 breakthrough are soon put to bed. We meet Erik (Thomsen), a lecturer in rational architecture, as he greets his family before viewing the mansion house he's inherited from his father.


- CineVue UK

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