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Damon Lindelof Admits 'Star Trek' Strip Down Was 'Gratuitous,' 'Misogynistic' Moment
"Star Trek Into Darkness" co-writer Damon Lindelof has kind of, sort of apologized for anyone offended by the gratuitous display of Alice Eve's nearly-naked body in movie theaters (and the movie's marketing) around the world. "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," Lindelof wrote on Twitter on Monday night. Also read: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Can't Hit Warp Speed at Box Office Given the fact the image in question was featured in numerous trailers leading up to »
- Greg Gilman
'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' release date moved up
Fans of Clary, Jace and Simon will get to see their Y.A. faves on the big screen 48 hours earlier than expected.
The release date for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been moved up two days, from Friday, August 23 to Wednesday the 21st, EW has confirmed.
The book adaptation, based on the first novel in the popular Y.A. series The Mortal Instruments, stars Lily Collins as heroine Clary Fray, a normal-seeming teen who discovers that she’s part of a secret supernatural world that’s playing out in modern-day N.Y.C. Watch the trailer below:
- Erin Strecker
Cannes Review: Douglas and Damon Shine in Soderbergh's Funny, Poignant Melodrama 'Behind the Candelabra'
The Cannes Film Festival accorded Steven Soderbergh's lush period melodrama "Behind the Candelabra" a prime competition slot (his fourth) for a reason. While it's not the first time an HBO movie has played in the mainbar (Stephen Hopkins' "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" was in competition in 2004), it will be Soderbergh's last, if he sticks to his planned retirement from making films. With "Behind the Candelabra," the 50 year-old filmmaker is coming full circle at Cannes. He landed in competition with his first film in 1989, "sex lies and videotape," even though it had played Sundance, and took home the Palme d'Or. "It's not often you get the opportunity to arrange that kind of symmetry," Soderbergh told The Huffington Post. "It's funny to think about how long ago that was." If "Behind the Candelabra" is his final film, it's a winner, easily among the best of his 26 features »
- Anne Thompson
Cannes: Robert Redford's Strangest Role of His Career Is In J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost'
J.C. Chandor's flashy directorial debut "Margin Call" contained a complicated plot involving financial turmoil, an ensemble of name actors and numerous locations. His followup, "All Is Lost," takes place at the complete opposite end of the production scale: Robert Redford spends its entire duration fighting for his life while lost at sea, hardly speaking at all, and barely given much definition. While simplistic to describe, however, the movie is an impressively realized work of minimalist storytelling that foregrounds Redford's physicality more than any other role in his celebrated career. His performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree. Whereas "Margin Call" involved a vaguely defined economic disaster, "All Is Lost" revolves around a different sort of crash rife with symbolic intent. In the opening voiceover, Redford reads a dire note to no one in particular, ostensibly written his unnamed character, while a title card situates the action »
- Eric Kohn
Watch: Zod Takes Center Stage In Final, Action-Packed 'Man Of Steel' Trailer
This summer, an awful lot is riding on Warner Bros' "Man Of Steel," with the studio pinning their hopes for a Marvel-style cinematic universe on Zack Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” reboot. Following the same blueprint they used for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films, the studio is ramped up their viral marketing campaign yesterday to deliver a new Zod-centric trailer that opens with a pretty creepy message directly from the Kryptonian psychopath himself. It seems that Zod is playing out of the same playbook used by Bane and the Joker: giving an ultimatum to our hero over TV airwaves with a promise for more bloodshed if their demands aren’t met. The major difference seems to be the sheer scale of destruction on display in the new clips, which downplays the elegaic side of early trailers, and plays up the badass action, which only makes sense given that »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Refn: I made Only God Forgives 'like a pornographer'
Two sounds provided the keynote of the first screening of Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to Drive: the screams of characters being subjected to grotesque acts of dismemberment and torture, and the slap of seats springing upright as members of the press walked out of the grandest cinema at the Cannes film festival. One American woman exclaimed loudly as she exited: "This is shit."
Even its British co-star, Kristin Scott Thomas, said: "Films where this kind of violence happens I don't enjoy watching at all" and joked that as the film was made "it got more and more despicable". But its director, Nicolas Winding Refn, said that he approached filmmaking "like a pornographer: it's about what arouses me. Certain things turn me on more than other stuff and I can't suppress that. »
- Charlotte Higgins
Watch Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (Via iPhone) Discuss The Highly Anticipated 'Before Midnight'
Five months after it was one of the most discussed and acclaimed films of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" hits theaters this Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. The film -- as you're certainly aware by now -- brings Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy back into their roles of Jesse and Celine for the third time, following 1995's "Before Midnight" and 2004's "Before Sunset." Read More: Masterful 'Before Midnight' Reunites Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy For the Best Installment of Richard Linklater's Trilogy Linklater, Delpy and -- via a phone call from Europe -- Hawke sat down with Indiewire for a video interview during Sundance, discussing why they decided to go for round three (among other things). Watch below: »
- Peter Knegt
Cannes Film Review: ‘Only God Forgives’
The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in “Only God Forgives,” an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance from “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. In retrospect, the controlled catatonia of Gosling’s previous perfs is nothing compared to the balled fist he plays here, a cipher easily upstaged by Kristin Scott Thomas’ lip-smacking turn as a vindictive she-wolf who travels to Bangkok seeking atonement for the death of her favorite son. As hyper-aggressive revenge fantasies go, it’s curious to see one so devoid of feeling, a veniality even “Drive” fans likely won’t be inclined to forgive.
In the Cannes press notes, Refn reveals, “The original concept for the film was to make a movie about a man who wants to fight God,” which could explain the hellish red glow of the neon underworld that Julian (Gosling) inhabits. Together with older brother Billy (Tom Burke), he runs »
- Peter Debruge
Michael Shannon shines in Superman trailer
Less camp than Terence Stamp but just as menacing, the new Kryptonian villain looks poised for a box-office bloodbath
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The final trailer for forthcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel has debuted on the web, and this time it's all about Michael Shannon's General Zod. Essayed by Terence Stamp in Richard Donner's original 1978 Superman and its 1980 sequel, the Kryptonian supervillain's 21st-century incarnation is now a little less camp but just as ruthless and megalomaniacal. He turns up on Earth to smack mankind with a startling double-whammy: firstly, aliens exist, and secondly, they're going to blow the planet to smithereens if Superman doesn't come quietly.
Stamp's henchmen Ursa and Non are nowhere to be seen, but German actor Antje Traue plays a sinister character named Faora who has also made the journey to Earth. Comic-book aficionados will be aware that the »
- Ben Child
Cannes: Guillaume Canet's 'Blood Ties' Starring Marion Cotillard and Clive Owen Coming to Theaters Via Roadside Attractions
Guillaume Canet's Cannes thriller (and English language debut following "Tell No One" and "Little White Lies") "Blood Ties" has landed with Lionsgate. The studio will release it through its sister company Roadside Attractions. Directed by Canet from a screenplay written by Canet and James Gray (who has "The Immigrant" up for a Palme d'Or this year), the film is based on the screenplay “Les Liens du sang” by Jaques Maillot, Pierre Chosson, and Eric Veniard, and the novel "Deux Freres, un flic, un truand" by Michel and Bruno Papet. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Domenick Lombardozzi, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoé Saldana, and James Caan all star. Set in Brooklyn during the early 1970s, "Blood Ties" concerns two brothers, a cop and a convict forced to reconcile their differences. »
- Nigel M Smith
Cannes: Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Oh Boy’
Music Box has acquired U.S. rights to German art-house hit “Oh Boy,” which is being handled in international markets by Beta Cinema.
Jan Ole Gerster’s Berlin-set slacker dramedy has been one of the biggest local hits in Germany this year, grossing more than $2 million. It was the big winner at the German Academy Awards, receiving six prizes, including film, script, helmer, actor (Tom Schilling) and supporting actor.
“Oh Boy” previously went to Japan (Cetera), Russia (P&I Films), Hungary (Cirko), Norway (Fidalgo), Serbia/Montenegro (Discovery) and Mexico (Cinema Nueva Era). It will be released in Benelux by ABC-Cinemien on May 30, and in France by Diaphana on June 5.
Music Box’s managing director Ed Arentz said: “Jan Ole Gerster has created a seemingly off-hand Berlin-set ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and found a perfect lead in Tom Schilling. With the release of this film in the U.S., we disavow »
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes: Pathe Closes Further Sales for ‘Mandela’
Pathe International and Distant Horizon have closed further sales on “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which The Weinstein Company will release in North America.
Justin Chadwick’s film, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, has been sold to the U.K. (Pathe), France (Pathe), Germany (Senator), Australia (Village Roadshow), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Benelux (Paradiso), Brazil (Vinny Films), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Israel (Shani), Middle East (Gulf Films) and Singapore (Shaw). Deals with several additional territories are being negotiated.
The Weinstein Company announced at Cannes that the film will be released in the U.S. at Thanksgiving weekend. The first teaser poster for the film was also released.
The pic shows Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa, and explores the unknown side to him – a lover of fast cars and women, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and the gun-toting freedom fighter. »
- Leo Barraclough
Final 'Man of Steel' Trailer is Here
I am off to see Only God Forgives and All is Lost, but while I am there why don't you check out the new trailer for Man of Steel. A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Henry Cavill plays Superman in director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, »
- Brad Brevet
Link Riot: There's a Darth Vader Beer Fridge and Vodka Fountain
• A Darth Vader beer fridge and vodka fountain? Yes, please! [Geekologie]
• Even Vin Diesel has body issues. And he opened up about them recently. [FilmDrunk]
• Here's some new photos from the set of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.' [Hypable]
• See the cast of 'Batman Returns' then and now. [ScreenCrush]
• Gross or awesome: Would you buy pizza if your DVD smelled like pizza? [Videogum]
• Is 'Star Trek Into Darkness' a chick flick? Here's 7 reasons why it is. [The Frisky]
• Ever want to play a 16-bit 'Die Hard' video game? Now you can! [Movies.com]
• For all the Mac geeks: you can use a spell from 'Harry Potter' to hack your Mac. [Cult of Mac]
• Larry David rocks a chest-length beard in the teaser for his new HBO movie. [Death and Taxes] »
- NextMovie Staff
Strand Picks Up ‘Stranger at the Lake’
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes Review: 'Only God Forgives' Stretches Refn's Neon-Noir Style Over Too Little Oedipal, Amoral Substance
With the weight of expectation behind it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” was never going to be able to deliver the same neon blue jolt of surprise that thrilled through the 2011 Cannes crowd at the first screening of “Drive.” But the audience in attendance today was prepped and primed, and practically salivating, for something that looked a little like “Drive 2” -- reuniting Refn with star Ryan Gosling in a similarly taciturn role, and also with that reflective black and fizzing blue/red aesthetic that’s as heady and addictive as a drug to the director’s fans (of whom we number ourselves, of course). Which is probably a good example of “be careful what you wish for.” “Only God Forgives” delivers what we might have thought we wanted but with diminishing returns: Refn’s trademark visual style is indulged to a dizzying degree (to an almost self-parodic extreme »
- Jessica Kiang
Lionsgate Takes U.S. on Canet’s ‘Blood Ties’
CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the film, brokered the deal on behalf of Christopher Woodrow’s Worldview.
Figure for the U.S deal has not been revealed. Per one source, however, it is “much more than $1 million.” A press note Wednesday claimed that the sale was the biggest to date on any movie world premiering this week at Cannes.
Pic, penned by Canet and James Gray, is about two brothers, one a cop, the other an ex-con, in ’70s New York. It stars Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, and co-stars Marion Cotillard, Domenick Lombardozzi and Mila Kunis.
It marks a growing trend in trans-Atlantic »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Cannes 2013: Only God Forgives Initial Reaction
Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives arrived at the festival with a lot of expectations: reteaming the director with actor Ryan Gosling, many assumed it would be a sequel of sorts to their 2010 hit Drive. Unfortunately, many of those looking forward to the movie aren't exactly keen followers of the Danish auteur and were disappointed by this lurid, atmospheric drama. For those familiar with Refn's more experimental work – 2003's Fear X and 2009's Valhalla Rising in particular – this may well turn out to be one of his most distinctive works. Set in Bangkok, the film stars Ryan Gosling (in a role originally to be played by Luke Evans) as Julian, a British-American ex-pat now living in Bangkok, where he manages a boxing club. The club is a front for a drug-smuggling ring, dealing in heroin and cocaine, and is overseen by Julian's older brother Billy (Tom Burke). We don't »
Clip joint: mind control
Look into my eyes – and help us find the best examples of mind control in film
This week's Clip joint is by writer Nia Jones; follow her on Twitter here.
We've covered the workings of the mind on clip joint, but how about scenes involving manipulation of the human brain?
1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
This adaptation of Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate is an intense political thriller with wonderful performances by Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra. Director John Frankenheimer taps into multinational conspiracies in a fascinating and enthralling film.
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2. Village of the Damned (1995)
Based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, and a remake of the 1960 film adaptation, Village of the Damned sees hostile extraterrestrial forces send the population of the Midwest American village Midwich to sleep. When they wake up, all the women of child-bearing age are pregnant. The children »
- Guardian readers
Only God Forgives – five star review
It may not win the Palme D'Or, but it could win the Walkout D'Or, a gold trophy of a cinema-seat banged up into the upright position. Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives is a glitteringly strange, mesmeric and mad film set among American criminal expatriates in Bangkok.
It is ultraviolent, creepy and scary, an enriched-uranium cake of pulp, with a neon sheen. The first scenes made me think that Wong Kar-wai had made a new film called In the Mood for Fear or In the Mood for Hate.
Ryan Gosling plays Julian, the co-owner of a Muay Thai boxing club with his brother Billy (Tom Burke): an operation which is a front for selling drugs. Both brothers are naturally angry and violent, though in keeping his feelings in check, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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