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Directed by Maja Milos
Contemporary Serbian cinema gives the rest of the world a run for its money in terms of shock value: Pushing boundaries and breaking taboos, most recent films from the country that have been making the festival circuit have developed a rather scandalous reputation. A Serbian Film, a torture porn film evoking (not particularly well) the horrors of genocide and war, was banned in multiple countries for its depictions of incest, extreme violence and child rape (newborn porn finds its origins here). In comparison, the newest Serbian movie to shock audience, Clip is perhaps tame. However, it’s graphic depiction of sex, especially among its teen characters, will sure to ruffle some feathers.
Clip mixes first person camera work with a third person narrative, and explores the excessive life of a beautiful teenager, Jasna. The difficult life of Serbia seems to colour all aspects of »
Actor Josh Radnor is mostly known as hopeless romantic Ted Mosby on the hit show, "How I Met Your Mother," though he garnered much more deserved attention for his first feature, "HappyThankYou-MorePlease" (not a typo, I promise), which won the Audience Award for Drama at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The central theme in "Htymp" is the hardships of falling in love as an adult. Life would certainly be so much more pleasant if finding "the one" was as easy as movies make it seem to be, no?
Echoing "Htymp," Radnor carries on the "love sucks" theme in his second feature, "Liberal Arts." He plays Jesse Fisher, an admissions officer at what appears to be a community college in New York; we know it's a small school because every prospective student he meets to discuss their educational direction seems to care nothing about it. The only exciting thing in Fisher's current »
- Chase Whale
Gawker is reporting that Shia Labeouf, who recently joined Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, may be having real sex in the film. The young actor’s involvement in the project may be surprising to some, but considering he appeared completely nude in a recent music video not too long ago, this career choice doesn’t shock me.
Furthermore, von Trier is no stranger to extremes. He’s known for some very shocking films and somehow manages to get most of his actors to partake in some very “uncomfortable” scenes. After all, Kirsten Dunst did her first nude scene for the director in Melancholia and both Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg went to some dark places in Antichrist.
As for Nymphomaniac, no word yet on what the scenes will depict and in fact, it’s not even certain that Labeouf will be featured in the more explicit scenes. All we do »
- Matt Joseph
Chloë Sevigny knows how to handle a penis on-screen. She infamously went down on one in a movie and now she has, or had one, in the British series “Hit & Miss.” “Who doesn’t love a challenge?” she says. “My manager called me and said, ‘I got some scripts today, and they’re fucking crazy." Sevigny famously starred in 1999′s “Boys Don’t Cry” with Hillary Swank. And, infamously in 2003′s “The Brown Bunny.” [...] »
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You know, Adam Sandler has made some good movies. He's also made some really, really bad ones. Upon the release of "That's My Boy," Film.com lists the top five best ("Punch-Drunk Love," yes please!) and top five worst ("Jack and Jill," no thank you!) Sandler adventures.
It's summer — what better time to get hot and sweaty than with these 10 films that go where few other Hollywood films have gone? From "Shame" to "The Brown Bunny," The Wrap combed the movie archives for scenes that match the summer's heat.
It's time to mingle with "Savages." Watch as director Oliver Stone cross-examines the five principal characters from the film: Elena (Salma Hayek), Lado (Benicio Del Toro), Chon (Taylor Kitsch), Ben (Aaron Johnson) and O (Blake Lively).
"How did they ever make a movie of 'Lolita'? »
- Bryan Enk
Certainly, Chloe Sevigny -- who has movies like "Kids" and "The Brown Bunny" on her resumé -- has never shied away from risky or challenging roles, but unlike those aforementioned films, this latest endeavor might be for her most mainstream audience yet. The actress will star in this summer's ambitious and somewhat odd "Hit & Miss" where she'll be playing a hitman who also happens to be a pre-op trans woman. Okay, then. Written by Sean Conway and directed by Hettie Macdolany, the story revolves around a transgender assassin who suddenly finds out that in her previous life, she has fathered several children. The show includes people who were behind the original U.K. versions of "Shameless" and "Skins," so they have a firm handle on how to be provocative, but "Hit & Miss," despite the somewhat out there premise, will apparently have much more accessible core about family and love. Either. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Certainly, Chloe Sevigny -- who has movies like "Kids" and "The Brown Bunny" on her resumé -- has never shied away from risky or challenging roles, but unlike those aforementioned films, this latest endeavor might be for her most mainstream audience yet.
The actress will star in this summer's ambitious and somewhat odd "Hit & Miss" where she'll be playing a hitman who also happens to be a pre-op trans woman. Okay, then. Written by Sean Conway and directed by Hettie Macdolany, the story revolves around a transgender assassin who suddenly finds out that in her previous life, she has fathered several children. The show includes people who were behind the original U.K. versions of "Shameless" and "Skins," so they have a firm handle on how to be provocative, but "Hit & Miss," despite the somewhat out there premise, will apparently have much more accessible core about family and love.
Either way, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Carlos Reygadas‘ Post Tenebras Lux How did Mads Mikkelsen know he had a chance of winning the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival? In fact, how did Mikkelsen most likely know he had won the Best Actor Award? Simple: the day before, festival organizers asked him to represent Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt at the awards ceremony. Of course, that makes one wonder. Since movies in the Official Competition were screened the day before the awards ceremony, how long does it take the jury to deliberate and decide who’ll win what? [List of Cannes 2012 winners; Amour, Reality, Cristian Mungiu: Cannes Winners; Mads Mikkelsen, Carlos Reygadas: Cannes Winners.] The Mads Mikkelsen info comes courtesy of Accréds’ Twitter account, which also offers several curious tidbits from the press room at the Cannes awards ceremony. Carlos Reygadas’ Objective: Self-Expression For instance, Best Director winner Carlos Reygadas (for Post Tenebras Lux) told the press that he had "watched Ulrich Seidl’s film, which I liked a lot. »
- Andre Soares
Perplexing new film from director Leos Carax has been greeted by boos, cheers and tweets declaring love, hate or mystification
Once in a while, a film comes along at the Cannes film festival that utterly divides the critics, that is despised by some and adored by others – and that absolutely no one can stop talking about.
This year, that film is Holy Motors from French director Leos Carax. Its first screening was greeted by boos drowned out by cheers, by volleys of ecstatic and furious tweets and by one big question: what the hell was it all about?
Asked that very question, the »
- Charlotte Higgins
Video Time Machine, free this weekend on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad, is one of the most entertaining apps I’ve played with in a while. Like all good video viewing apps, it’s based around one simple curatorial concept. In the case of Vtm that concept is — yep, you guessed it — time. Dial up a year and the app pulls from YouTube videos produced during that year. You can further drill down by category, browsing TV, movies, music, sports, news and advertisements. And, there’s a curatorial element: the videos are “hand-picked” and always seem to strike a nostalgic sweet spot. The app is tremendously fun to play with, but it’s also of use to writers, directors, art departments and other researchers looking for quick visual reference points for their scripts and films. And, of course, you can tweet and Facebook your results.
Check out their commercial. »
- Scott Macaulay
It sparked speculation her standing with Hollywood bosses would nosedive and she was no longer "marketable" as an actress - but Sevigny is adamant the furore did not harm her career.
She tells Britain's The Independent, "There were all these rumours, like getting fired from my agency, which is not true. And they said things about me not being marketable, but was I marketable beforehand? No. I mean, I've always been this indie, outside-the-box girl. Afterwards I got cast in a Woody Allen film, and Zodiac and then a big show on HBO. So people can say what they like." »
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” is certainly more in the vein of his early FX hit “Nip/Tuck” in its absurdity-to-oddness ratio, acting as a horror soap opera that isn’t afraid to toy with both its characters and audience. In fact, the second season will see some of the original cast return, including Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, but will see them playing different characters than the ones they’ve become known for. Now, a new talent will also be joining, and apparently it will be a rather passionate entity. EW has word that “Big Love” actress Chloë Sevigny is in final talks to join the second season, which will begin production this summer. If anyone knows Sevigny’s past on films like – oh, we don’t know – “The Brown Bunny,” you won’t be surprised to learn that the actress will »
- Benjamin Wright
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” is certainly more in the vein of his early FX hit “Nip/Tuck” in its absurdity-to-oddness ratio, acting as a horror soap opera that isn’t afraid to toy with both its characters and audience. In fact, the second season will see some of the original cast return, including Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, but will see them playing different characters than the ones they’ve become known for. Now, a new talent will also be joining, and apparently it will be a rather passionate entity.
EW has word that “Big Love” actress Chloë Sevigny is in final talks to join the second season, which will begin production this summer. If anyone knows Sevigny’s past on films like – oh, we don’t know – “The Brown Bunny,” you won’t be surprised to learn that the actress will »
- Benjamin Wright
If there is one constant in the television and film industry it’s that sex sells, a constant that essentially requires at least one character in every series to be some type of nympho. American Horror Story’s creator, Ryan Murphy, knows just how important sex can be to a series, especially one devoted to exploring horror clichés and motifs, so it comes as no surprise Ahs’s second season is introducing a new sex-driven character to simultaneously entice and disturb its viewers. The first season of the horror anthology series had Moira the maid to serve as the series’ first sex deviant, but who will take over the reigns for Season 2?
- Brody Gibson
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
Buffalo 66 director claims a privately run programme to keep La's downtown arts district clean provides 'no benefit'
If you've ever paid to see a Vincent Gallo movie and wanted to ask for your money back, the maverick actor and film-maker knows exactly how you feel. Gossip website TMZ reports that he is to sue the city of Los Angeles for wasting his tax dollars on a privately run programme to keep the metropolis' downtown arts district clean, tidy and secure.
Gallo, best known for his films Buffalo 66 and the infamous The Brown Bunny, says the La Arts District Business Improvement District (Bid) simply does not do its job and provides "no benefit". In his suit, he claims the private company which runs it is only maintaining the programme as a facade to keep receiving public funds. These totalled $1.3m ($860,000 in the last year alone), which Gallo, who lives in the district, »
- Ben Child
Actor/director Vincent Gallo has filed a lawsuit against city officials in Los Angeles over allegations they have been squandering taxpayers' money.
The Brown Bunny filmmaker claims the city-funded Arts District Business Improvement District (sic) organisation, which is said to provide trash removal, security and cleaning in the L.A. Arts District, is wasting cash as it provides "no benefit" to residents, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports Gallo is suing to have the program shut down and force a return of all the money it has brought in since its inception. »
"Goodfellas" actor Vincent Gallo -- also known for his infamous oral sex scene with Chloe Sevigny in "The Brown Bunny" -- is tired of paying for useless government programs ... and now, he's actually suing the City of L.A. to put a stop to wasteful spending.Gallo filed the lawsuit against L.A. -- taking issue with a City organization called the Arts District Business Improvement District, which purportedly uses taxpayer dollars to provide trash clean-up, »
- TMZ Staff
Demi Moore has left the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace, a biopic about Deep Throat porn star-turned-anti-porn Born-Again Christian Linda Lovelace that began shooting in Los Angeles last December. But you lose one, you win one. Moore has exited just as Chloë Sevigny has joined the Lovelace ensemble. According to Deadline.com, Moore, who was to have a small role as radical anti-porn feminist Gloria Steinem, exited Lovelace "because of the stresses in her life right now" that have forced her "to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health." Also as per Deadline, Sevigny has joined Lovelace to play "a feminist journalist assigned to write a story about Lovelace." Now, at this stage it remains unclear whether this "feminist journalist" is Steinem herself. Reports vary on the matter. Sevigny is best known for three roles: her Oscar-nominated performance as Hilary Swank »
- Anna Robinson
Okay, maybe not the most original title for a casting update surrounding a porn-star biopic, but it appears there is movement on the Amanda Seyfried-starring, Lovelace. Joining the cast is the acclaimed Zodiac and Big Love actress Chloe Sevigny. Sevigny is no stranger to controversial subjects. After making her acting debut in Larry Clark’s notorious teen-sex drama Kids, the actress also featured in Boys Don’T Cry, American Psycho and The Brown Bunny. The film will re-unite her with her Boys Don’T Cry co-star Peter Sarsgaard, where she will portray a journalist, writing an article about the late porn actress.
On the other-hand, leaving the project is Demi Moore, who was set to star as the legendary feminist figure Gloria Steinem. There is currently no word yet who will replace Moore in the currently-shooting life story. Lovelace is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman and has »
- Craig Hunter
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