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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’
The transition from music to acting has been a bridge too far for many musicians, but Mary J. Blige isn’t just any singer. She brought multiple talents and skills to the daunting role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” the story of a sharecropper’s wife trying to raise her family in the Jim Crow-era South.

Blige had acted professionally before, appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” in 2012, channeling the Wicked Witch of the West as Evillene in a live production of “The Wiz,” and even played Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, opposite Angela Bassett in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta.”

Of course, channeling emotion is an essential element of singing, and as a vocalist, Blige, who is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 11, is practically without peer: For more than a quarter-century, over a dozen-odd studio albums, nine Grammy Awards,
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Lars von Trier to receive top Danish culture prize

Lars von Trier to receive top Danish culture prize
Controversial filmmaker awarded prize worth $160,000.

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Lars von Trier

Antichrist director Lars von Trier will receive Denmark’s biggest culture award; the 2018 Sonning Prize.

The Dkk 1m ($160,00) biennial award is given to an individual who has done commendable work for the benefit of European culture.

In a statement, Milena Bonifacini, Chairman of the Academy Council involved in nominating von Trier for the award, said: “He is a ground-breaking and avant-garde artist who positions himself confidently and self-consciously in a place far removed from the ever more commercialised mainstream films. It’s this continued embrace and break with the conventional, which sets Lars von Trier’s work apart and has contributed to making European film something special.”

The Sonning Prize 2018 will be awarded to von Trier on 19 April in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Copenhagen.

The previous recipient in 2014 was another film director; Michael Haneke.

Von Trier, 61, is one of Europe
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The Top Ten Musicals Of The 21st Century

In cinemas on Boxing Day is the musical extravaganze The Greatest Showman. The film stars Hugh Jackman alongside an all-star cast, including Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Zac Efron. To celebrate the release, we take a look back at the top ten musicals of the last 17 years.

Chi-Raq (2015)

By no means a traditional musical and at the same time proof of just how much musicals have evolved. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, which simultaneously manages to weave in a progressive commentary regarding domestic gun violence in the United States. Though set in the present day, what is most interesting about Chi-Raq is how faithfully it adapts its source material, maintaining the original Greek names, the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the chorus, and dialogue that rhymes almost all the way throughout. Not since Baz Luhrman’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet has Classical theater been given a treatment like this,
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Producers Blast Lars von Trier’s Production Company for “Toxic Masculinity”

Björk in the Zentropa film “Dancer in the Dark

Lars von Trier’s production company, Zentropa, and its culture of misogyny have made the news again. Only a couple weeks after a report was published detailing the organization’s constant “sexual harassment, degradation, and bullying,” 12 producers from 11 countries have released a statement condemning an event Zentropa hosted last month.

The event featured company co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen exposing himself to the audience and a short film including footage of a naked von Trier and Aalbaek Jensen. The short film also managed to squeeze in some disparaging remarks about Björk, who previously accused an unnamed Danish director of sexual harassment. (Von Trier is widely believed to be the Danish filmmaker in question. He directed Björk in “Dancer in the Dark.”)

“[Zentropa is] a place that has been portrayed as an alternative, liberated film institution. A place that claims true creative innovation,” the producers observe in their statement.
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Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Producers Condemn ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Recently Witnessed at Danish Production Company

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Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Producers Condemn ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Recently Witnessed at Danish Production Company
Updated: A new statement from Zentropa has been added at the bottom of this post.

Producers from 11 nations claim they are “shocked and upset” by “the brazen display of toxic masculinity” they witnessed at an event hosted last month by Zentropa, the Danish production company founded by Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Lars von Trier. Their concerns, detailed in a November 28 statement, are connected to a producers workshop that occurred last month at Film City, Zentropa’s headquarters in Copenhagen. The October 26 workshop happened after singer and actress Björk alleged that von Trier had sexually harassed her while directing their Oscar-nominated 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark,” and before nine women shared with the newspaper Politiken similar experiences they’d endured at Zentropa.

Read More:Weinstein and Drafthouse Scandals: By Speaking Out, Brave Victims Become Heroes

According to the statement, 70 producers from the international film community attended the workshop, where they were greeted by Zentropa’s female producers,
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Lars von Trier’s Production Company Zentropa Accused Of Systematic Degradation & Sexual Harassment

Last month, Bjork alleged that she was the victim of “paralysing” sexual harassment by Lars von Trier during the making of “Dancer In The Dark.” The claims were vigorously denied by the director and his longtime producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, who rather staggeringly responded that “As far as I remember, we were victims.” However, the allegations go much further, as do the mind-boggling responses by Jensen.

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Nine Women Allege ‘Sexual Harassment, Degradation and Bullying’ at Zentropa, Lars von Trier’s Production Company

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Nine Women Allege ‘Sexual Harassment, Degradation and Bullying’ at Zentropa, Lars von Trier’s Production Company
Nine women have come forward to speak about their experiences with “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying” at Zentropa, the Danish production company co-founded by Lars von Trier. Many of the accusations center around Peter Aalbæk Jensen, the company’s other founder, who is “highlighted by several sources one of the main figures perpetuating the system of degradation.”

Read More:Björk Stands By Sexual Harassment Claims After Lars von Trier Denial, Reveals More ‘Paralyzing’ Abuse

These women offered their accounts to Politiken, one of the oldest and most widely read newspapers in Denmark. One of them, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, worked on such films as “Antichrist” and “Melancholia” and claims that “I think that everyone who has been employed by Zentropa has been exposed to or witnessed certain things. Both sexually charged acts and bullying or ‘teasing’. All of this was an ingrained part of the culture.”

Former employees claim that
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‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer

‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer
It’s never too early to start looking forward to some of the hottest titles of 2018, especially since the year in cinema is winding down with only a few movies left to world premiere (chief among them “Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”). One movie that might just be 2018’s most controversial is “The House That Jack Built,” the latest offering from Lars von Trier. The Danish director is famous for making headlines, whether it’s for getting banned from Cannes or for making a sexually explicit drama like “Nymphomaniac,” and he’ll have no problem doing so with a movie about a serial killer.

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The House That Jack Built” stars Matt Dillon as the titular murderer.
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'Not the case': Lars Von Trier denies sexually harassing Björk

Danish director rejects singer’s allegation as the producer of Dancer in the Dark claims he and Von Trier ‘were the victims’

Danish film director Lars von Trier has rejected Icelandic pop singer Björk’s allegation that he sexually harassed her during the making of the movie Dancer in the Dark.

“That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact,” Von Trier told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in its online edition.

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Björk Stands By Sexual Harassment Claims After Lars von Trier Denial, Reveals More ‘Paralyzing’ Abuse

Björk Stands By Sexual Harassment Claims After Lars von Trier Denial, Reveals More ‘Paralyzing’ Abuse
Björk has issued another statement on her Facebook page in which she reveals more examples of the sexual harassment she received from an unnamed Danish director. The singer first shared her story in an October 15 post where she explained that she was framed as “the difficult one” and “punished” by her director after she repeatedly turned down his sexual advances and inappropriate behavior on set.

Read More:Lars von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk During ‘Dancer in the Dark’ Production

Björk did not name the director in her first post, but the only Danish director she has ever worked with on a feature film is Lars von Trier on his 2000 musical drama “Dancer in the Dark.” Even though von Trier wasn’t named, he publicly denied the singer’s accusation in a statement made to the Danish newspaper Jylannds Posten through his Zentropa business partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen. Jensen said
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Björk Further Details “Paralysing” Sexual Harassment By Lars von Trier

While Lars von Trier hasn’t been directly named by Bjork as the Danish director she says sexually harassed her, it’s not a reach to connect the dots. The musician has only starred in a small handful of films, and “Dancer In The Dark” was her most high profile turn, and most notorious. The stories of her battles with the director on the set spread like wildfire, but they largely painted Bjork as a mercurial or unstable actress.

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Bjork Elaborates on Harassment: Danish Director ‘Stroked Me,’ Made ‘Graphic Sexual Offers’

Bjork Elaborates on Harassment: Danish Director ‘Stroked Me,’ Made ‘Graphic Sexual Offers’
After Lars Von Trier denied Bjork’s allegations that an unnamed Danish director had sexually harassed her, the singer got specific with her allegations in a Facebook post Tuesday. Bjork and von Trier worked together on the 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark.”

In the post, she expresses sympathy with other women who hesitated to make their claims of sexual harassment public, and then goes on to accuse the still-unnamed director of “strok[ing] me sometimes for minutes against my wishes,” “making “unwanted whispered sexual offers with graphic descriptions,” and threatened to “climb from his room´s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention , while his wife was in the room next door.”

Von Trier denied the allegations on Monday, telling the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, “That is not the case — although we didn’t get along, that’s a fact. … On the other hand, she delivered
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Lars von Trier Denies Bjork’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

Lars von Trier Denies Bjork’s Sexual Harassment Allegations
Lars von Trier, who worked with Bjork on the 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark,” has responded to accusations the singer made over the weekend about being sexually harassed by an unnamed Danish film director.

“It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession (sic) that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “When I turned the director down repeatedly, he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team, and because I had nothing to loose (sic) having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a years time.”

Von Trier denied the allegations on Monday, telling
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Lars von Trier Denies Björk’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

Over the weekend, director Lars von Trier was hit by the ripple effect of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which has seen women courageously stand up to call out others in the industry who have also overstepped boundaries. Bjork shared that she had been sexually harassed by director Lars von Trier during the making of “Dancer In The Dark,” and says that after he was turned down, he “sulked and punished” her.

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Lars von Trier Denies Björk’s Sexual Harassment Claims

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Lars von Trier Denies Björk’s Sexual Harassment Claims
Lars von Trier denied sexually harassing Björk in a statement to Danish media on Monday after the Icelandic actress and singer revealed in a Facebook post that von Trier “punished” her for denying his advances on the set of the 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark.” Björk did not mention von Trier by name in her post, but said that she was harassed on set by an unnamed Danish director. Von Trier is the only Danish filmmaker she has worked with. Also Read: The Weinstein Company in Sale Talks With Colony Capital, Gets Emergency Cash Infusion “I became aware that it is.
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Lars von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk During ‘Dancer in the Dark’ Production

Lars von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk During ‘Dancer in the Dark’ Production
Lars von Trier has denied sexually harassing Icelandic artist Björk during the making of their 2000 musical drama “Dancer in the Dark.” Björk made headlines over the weekend when she revealed in a Facebook post that she had been sexually harassed by an unnamed Danish director. The singer did not name von Trier in her statement, but she has only starred in so many movies, with “Dancer in the Dark” being the only one from a Danish director.

“I became aware that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” Björk wrote. “When i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Read More:Björk Writes About Being Sexually Harassed by an Unnamed Filmmaker: ‘I Was
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Lars Von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk

Lars Von Trier Denies Sexually Harassing Björk
Danish director Lars von Trier has denied harassing or abusing Icelandic singer Björk during the making of the film Dancer in the Dark (2000).

On Sunday, following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, Björk shared a story of her own experiences with harassment in the film industry, claiming “a Danish director” had “humiliated” and “harassed” her during the making of a film. When she refused his advances, Björk wrote, the director “sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one.”

Björk did not mention Lars...
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Björk Writes About Being Sexually Harassed by an Unnamed Filmmaker: ‘I Was Framed as the Difficult One’

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Björk Writes About Being Sexually Harassed by an Unnamed Filmmaker: ‘I Was Framed as the Difficult One’
Björk wrote a Facebook post about being sexually harassed by an unnamed Danish director, saying “it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”

Björk has few acting credits to her name, with most notable being Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark,” for which she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

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“i became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” she wrote. “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and
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Björk Shares Experience of Harassment By ‘Danish Director:’ He Created ‘An Impressive Net of Illusion’

Björk Shares Experience of Harassment By ‘Danish Director:’ He Created ‘An Impressive Net of Illusion’
In light of the mushrooming Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, which has prompted numerous women in entertainment to share their stories with harassment, Icelandic musician Björk has come forward with her story of harassment by a Danish film director, who she says harassed her while she was working on his film.

“It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession (sic) that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it,” she wrote in a statement posted to Facebook.

While not specifying the exact form the harassment took, Björk explained, “When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team
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Björk's "Danish Director" Statement

Björk's
By Nathaniel R

Catherine Deneuve, Björk, and Von Trier at Cannes (2000)

The floodgates have opened post Weinstein and now everyone wants to speak out. This morning Björk issued a statement about her experience working with "a Danish director," a hilariously coy non-naming of names since she's only starred in one movie, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (2000) after which she never appeared in a movie again, unless you count her performance art collaboration with her then-boyfriend Matthew Barney on Drawing Restraint (2009). Which, well, the sexual violence was onscreen in that one with Barney and Björk carving each other up while naked underwater and turning into whales or some such. You know how that happens.

Here is her statement which is worth parsing due to its unexpected Dogville allusion...
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