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Mipcom: Hulu Takes Scandi Drama 'Veni Vidi Vici' for U.S.

Hulu has snatched up U.S. streaming rights to Mtg's Veni Vidi Vici, a drama set in the Scandinavian porn industry.

Thomas Bo Larsen (The Celebration) stars on the series as Karstan Daugaard, a struggling Danish film director who decides to take a job in porn, forcing him into a double life that endangers his whole family. The ironic title is Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered."

Rafael Edholm and Santiago Gil co-wrote the project, with Edholm producing. Edholm also co-stars alongside Westworld's Michael Wincott and Scandi stars Livia Millhagen and Michael Segerstrom.

Hulu acquired Veni Vidi...
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Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury

Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury
Trine Dyrholm, the Danish star of such films as The Celebration, In a Better World and The Commune, will head up this year's international feature jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work, as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna...
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David Lowery interview: A Ghost Story, Peter Pan, producer notes and more

Jules-Pierre Malartre Aug 17, 2017

Director David Lowery takes us through A Ghost Story, as well as what his plans are for the live action Peter Pan...

Most moviegoers know David Lowery for his very successful remake of Pete’s Dragon, but some will also know him for his indie breakout film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His latest project, A Ghost Story was a very personal project for Lowery who launched into it only a few days after Pete’s Dragon wrapped. Lowery has a few other projects coming along, including the highly anticipated Peter Pan remake.

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Joshua Reviews Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune [Theatrical Review]

The Commune is a profoundly intriguing venture. Seeing Thomas Vinterberg jettison the Hollywood trappings of his last film, the middling Far From The Madding Crowd, this new picture finds the filmmaker teaming with a distinctly talented co-writer for a film that sees him take on similar themes of love, loss and interpersonal relationships that has been a mainstay throughout his career.

The above-mentioned co-writer is none other than A War writer/director Tobias Lindholm, a name that may not mean much to those new to Vinterberg’s work after being introduced through his stateside debut, but one adds profound intrigue to an already interesting picture. Set in the 1970s, the film introduces us to Anna, a well-respected newswoman, and her husband Erik, an architecture teacher at a nearby university. Married and living a seemingly rewarding life in Copenhagen, the couple have their squabbles, but outside of the usual boredom one
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Thomas Vinterberg returns with "The Commune"

This review originally ran in September 2016 from the Toronto International Film Festival. With the film finally in theaters in select cities starting today (and available to rent on Amazon), we didn't want you to miss it...

Thomas Vinterberg first came to fame with the Dogme 95 masterpiece The Celebration (1998) which was an international success reaping Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Foreign Film. Oscar famously snubbed it during their long stretch of controversial years in the 90s and 00s where they regularly ignored major critical darlings eventually prompting reforms to the selection process in the late Aughts. Vinterberg was eventually nominated with another international success The Hunt (2012) and after his English language sleeper success Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) it's safe to say he's on quite a roll currently. 

For years people had suggested to Vinterberg that he make a film about commune life since he had grown up in one
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Exclusive: Meet The Boss In Clip From Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Living with a roommate is one thing, but living with several can get complicated. The drama and interpersonal dynamics that unfold when many people get together under one, free-spirited roof takes center stage in director Thomas Vinterberg‘s (“The Celebration,” “Far From The Madding Crowd“) latest film, “The Commune.”

Starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares, the movie takes a look at ambitious group of adults who establish an idealistic commune, only to watch it crumble in the face of personal scandal.

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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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‘The Commune’ Clip: Thomas Vinterberg Brings Human Misery and Drama to a Failed Paradise — Watch

‘The Commune’ Clip: Thomas Vinterberg Brings Human Misery and Drama to a Failed Paradise — Watch
Loosely inspired by filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s own experiences growing up in a Danish collective, “The Hunt” and “Festen” helmer appears to be aiming for more light entertainment with his latest film, “The Commune.” Think again.

Per the film’s official synopsis, “Erik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.”

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What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, even
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Movie Review: The Commune is just a midlife crisis with more characters

On paper, The Commune sounds like a potentially great idea. Director Thomas Vinterberg’s career can charitably be described as erratic—anyone still dimly recall It’s All About Love, a sci-fi romance starring Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn?—but his one undisputed triumph, 1998’s The Celebration, deftly orchestrated chaos within a large ensemble cast. Communal living ought to be right up his alley. What’s more, it turns out that Vinterberg actually grew up in a Danish commune and based the screenplay (co-written with Tobias Lindholm, one of the creators of Borgen), at least in part, on his own childhood memories. So it’s doubly bizarre that The Commune all but ignores its ostensible subject. Rather than portray a turbulent group dynamic, the film focuses on the marital woes of one particular couple, squandering its novel milieu on a banal conflict that would play out similarly ...
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Exclusive Interview with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Paul Risker chats with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

“Back when we did Borgen everyone told us that it would not be possible to take boring Danish coalition politics and make it into a drama – it couldn’t be done” remembers series writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram. From the drama of Danish politics that was lauded by critics and audiences alike, Gram went onto the new challenge of corporate crime drama Follow the Money. Yet the creator and writer of Nordic Noir’s only white collar crime drama series acknowledges the importance of Borgen, that instilled in him a confidence by achieving that which was said to be impossible. “Somehow we managed to and inspired by that experience I felt that we could do it with finance as well.”

The second season continues shortly after the events of the first. While Gram transposes the setting of the major company
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Choose Your Family In The New U.S. Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Thomas Vinterberg went through a bit of a dry patch following “The Celebration,” with a string of movies (“It’s All About Love,” “Dear Wendy,” “Submarino“) that missed the mark. But now he’s back on form, chilling everyone with “The Hunt,” going the period drama route with the underrated “Far From The Madding Crowd,” and now bringing “The Commune” to art houses everywhere.

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Happy National Sandwich Day!

What's your favorite sandwich?

Besides the artisinal classic Diego-Maribel-Gael, that is. Mine is the iconic grilled cheese though I also indulge in a little pastrami & swiss on occasion.

On this day in showbiz history...

1921 Charles Bronson of Death Wish and Dirty Dozen fame is born

1931 Monica Vitti born in Italy. You haven't lived until you've seen her mussing with her hair in L'Avventura

1952 Roseanne Barr is born in Utah of all places. Goes on to create one of the best and most important sitcoms of all time, Roseanne

1954 The first Godzilla movie opens. Many more will follow

1956 The Wizard of Oz gets its first television airing. Annual showings will become a beloved tradition that cements the movie's cultural legacy

1957 Hunky action icon Dolph Lundren born in Stockholm

1963 Popular Oscar winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim is born. His films include He Named Me Malala, An Inconvenient Truth, and Waiting for Superman

1964 Awesome
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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Danish director Thomas Vinterberg: ‘To some extent, I understand Brexit’

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?
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15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years

15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years
Subverting the Unexpected

At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.

Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions
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'The Automatic Hate': A 'Romeo and Juliet' Story Turns Incestuous

Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. As a "Romeo and Juliet" incest tale of two cousins who face their mutual attraction, this one has headline-making potential. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic Hate" begins as an alluring young blonde (Adelaide Clemens) drops on the doorstep of Davis (Joseph Cross) and tells him she's his cousin. He does not know the girl, who says her name is Alexis. His curiosity titillated, Davis follows her out of his boring city life and into the Upstate New York.
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Matthias Schoenaerts Starring in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’

Matthias Schoenaerts Starring in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’
Matthias Schoenaerts will star in EuropaCorp’s “Kursk” movie based on the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, in which 118 Russians perished in 2000.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp hired Danish director Thomas Vinterberg in January to direct from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.”

Kursk” reteams Schoenaerts with Vinterberg, who directed him in the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” starring Carey Mulligan.

The Kursk sunk after explosions within the submarine during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea. The Russian government refused help from foreign governments for five days before agreeing to aid from the British and Norwegian governments.

The Russian Navy initially asserted that the sinking had been caused by a collision with another vessel but the government eventually admitted that the cause was a torpedo explosion in the submarine.

The Belgium-born Schoenaerts
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[Berlin Review] The Commune

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,
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Berlinale 2016: The Commune Review

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When contemplating over what makes Danish filmmakers Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) and Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, A War) such special, contemporary auteurs, it’s their deep commitment to realism, and ability to explore such bleak themes in a strikingly absorbing manner. So having teamed up for The Commune – with Vinterberg at the helm

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Berlin 2016: The Commune review

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★★☆☆☆ 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.
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