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Bell and Nielsen are the latest actors to join the "Nymphomaniac" cast. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that British actor Bell, of "Billy Elliot" fame, and Danish actress Nielsen, best known for her roles in "Basic" and "Boss," will join Labeouf in the Lars von Triers-directed flick, which will be begin filming in Germany on Thursday.
The controversial film starring Labeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard is slated for an 11-week shooting schedule, according to THR. Others expected to appear in "Nymphomaniac" include Nicolas Bro ("Warhorse"), Jesper Christensen ("Quantum of Solice") and Jens Albinus ("Idiots"). Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe have also been linked to the film, but there has been no confirmation as to their roles.
"Nymphomaniac" tells the story of Joe (Gainsbourg), a self-proclaimed nymphomaniac (or a woman who has an abnormally »
- The Huffington Post
Shia Labeouf already proved he’s not afraid to bare all for the sake of art when he recently went full-frontal for a Sigur Ros music video. So when he signed on two weeks ago for an unspecified role in Nymphomaniac — director Lars von Trier’s latest cinematic provocation about a sexually voracious woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg), which will reportedly be shot in two versions, both explicit and R-rated — eyebrows went up all over Hollywood. Did this mean the Transformers and Indiana Jones 4 star would be performing un-simulated sex on screen?
In a word: Probably. In an interview with MTV News »
- Adam B. Vary
These days, Shia Labeouf is busy dusting up his his post-Transformers acting credentials, first by method-drinking for Prohibition-era Lawless, then appearing nude in Sigur Rós' latest artsy short, and now telling MTV News that he's ready to perform real sex for Lars Von Trier's newest project, the aptly-named Nymphomaniac. Nymphomaniac is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he's making. For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening. As some have noted, and Labeouf himself acknowledged, this isn't the first movie to try such a stunt — Patrice Chéreau's 2001 film Intimacy broke this particular cinematic sex barrier first. But that's unlikely to comfort Labeouf's girlfriend, 23-year-old Karolyn Pho, who was seen tearfully fighting »
- Andre Tartar
"They don’t think they are prostitutes," said Małgorzata Szumowska, the Polish director and co-writer of the new film "Elles," which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, of the women this movie is, at least in part, about. "Absolutely not. For them it is dating."
In a powerful examination of what constitutes sexual freedom and constraint, the film follows Anne (Juliette Binoche), a married, Paris-based journalist as she researches an article for Elles magazine on female university students who have sex for money. As the film shifts between Anne's interviews with the two students she's profiling, Charlotte (Anaïs Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig), their encounters with their clients, and scenes of Anne's upper-crust domestic life -- preparing a dinner party for her BlackBerry-consumed husband's colleagues, dealing with a pot-addled teenager and video-game-obsessed child -- the girls affect her more and more, leading her to question the value of the »
- Margaret Wheeler Johnson
Cannes, which has announced its 2012 line-up, has some serious competition. As Tribeca begins and ahead of Sundance London, our critics examine the big hitters on the film festival circuit
It has been a quiet few months on the film festival front. The last two biggies, Sundance and Berlin, were back in the depths of winter; but now things are suddenly getting interesting. Tribeca, the New York trendoid-magnet, has just started, and Cannes, the swanky Cote d'Azur schmoozathon, has reared its finely contoured head on the horizon. The UK is even getting in on the action, with the much-anticipated arrival next week of Sundance London, an offshoot of Robert Redford's indie-maven event in Park City, Utah.
Sundance London is an example of that industry buzzword "diffusion", whereby name events set up franchises overseas. Tribeca has been doing it since 2009 in Qatar, co-organising the Doha film festival. It's a byproduct of »
- Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Andrew Pulver, Wim Wenders
Kerry Fox has said that she has no regrets about her unsimulated sex scene in Intimacy. The Cloudstreet actress starred opposite Mark Rylance in Patrice Chéreau's 2001 film based on Hanif Kureishi's novel. Asked by Metro whether she regretted a real sex scene in the film, Fox asked if the interviewer had ever seen it. "Well you better watch it," she said on hearing that the journalist had not. "Then you'd know I absolutely have no regrets and it's one of the best pieces of work I've ever done." Of her previous claim that had she worn (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
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