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Hans Petter Moland to Direct ‘Out Stealing Horses’ With Stellan Skarsgård

Hans Petter Moland to Direct ‘Out Stealing Horses’ With Stellan Skarsgård
Critically acclaimed Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (“In Order of Disappearance”) is set to helm and write “Out Stealing Horses,” the big-screen adaptation of Per Petterson’s novel, with Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”) attached to star.

Norway’s 4½ Fiksjon is producing the film. TrustNordisk is on board to handle worldwide sales.

“Out Stealing Horses” was published in 2003 and has been translated into 60 languages. On top of winning the Independent Foreign Fiction prize and International Impac Dublin Literary Award, the novel also made it on to The New York Times’ list of Five Best Fiction Books 2007.

Set in 1999, “Out Stealing Horses” tells the story of Trond, a 67-year old man who has moved to a remote house in the forest where he can grieve the death of his wife. The countryside idyll is disturbed by a chance encounter with a neighbor whom he met during a fateful summer in 1948. That summer, his
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‘Artist’ Director Michel Hazanavicius on His Return to Cannes With ‘Redoubtable’ About Jean-Luc Godard

‘Artist’ Director Michel Hazanavicius on His Return to Cannes With ‘Redoubtable’ About Jean-Luc Godard
After “The Artist” and “The Search,” French director Michel Hazanavicius is back at the Cannes Film Festival with “Redoubtable,” a comedy-laced romantic film chronicling the tumultuous relationship between iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky, his wife from 1967-79, set against the backdrop of May 1968 riots in France.

The film, which toplines Louis Garrel (“Saint Laurent”), Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac: Vol. I”), Berenice Bejo (“The Past”) and Gregory Gadebois (“Angel & Tony”), is produced by Hazanavicius’ newly launched Paris-based production banner Les Compagnons du Cinema. StudioCanal will release the movie in France on Sept. 13 while Wild Bunch will be shopping the film in Cannes.

Rolling off a pair of successful spy comedies, “Oss 117: Lost in Rio” and “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies,” Hazanavicius broke through on the international scene with “The Artist,” a crowd-pleasing silent film, shot in black-and-white, about a struggling 1920s Hollywood star. The movie earned Jean Dujardin,
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Lars Von Trier Continues Nicolas Winding Refn Feud, Calls Him ‘An Opportunist In An Unpleasant Way’

Lars Von Trier Continues Nicolas Winding Refn Feud, Calls Him ‘An Opportunist In An Unpleasant Way’
It’s been an atypically quiet time for Lars Von Trier: the provocative Danish filmmaker hasn’t released a movie since “Nymphomaniac” in 2014, which means that he’s mostly been out of the press, where his ever-quotable, often controversial mouth tends to get him as much attention as the movies. But Von Trier’s starting to emerge from the shadows: the director is midway through shooting his new film, serial-killer tale “The House That Jack Built” with Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough.

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New Wonder Woman Poster: Kneel Before Princess Diana of Themyscira

New Wonder Woman Poster: Kneel Before Princess Diana of Themyscira
If you're anxiously awaiting the first official Justice League trailer, you're going to have to wade through a whole lot of Wonder Woman to get there. And it all starts with a new poster that shows Gal Gadot kneeling on the beach in her iconic superhero costume. This arrives a day before new footage debuts during tomorrow's (Saturday, March 11) Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon debuted a teaser for the Kids' Choice Awards that showed exclusive footage from the next DC Films' installment Wonder Woman. They also teased big summer blockbusters Transformers: The Last Knight and Power Rangers. In addition to new footage being shown off during this awards show, Nickelodeon has confirmed that both Gal Gadot and Chris Pine will appear at the awards show, airing at 8pm Et. Says Nickelodeon.

"#Tfw you're getting ready for your #Kca acceptance speech. See @WonderWomanFilm stars @GalGadot & Chris Pine Saturday at 8pm/7c!
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A Cure For Wellness Promos Ring In A Creepy New Year

It’s a brand new year, and Fox’s A Cure For Wellness is ready to get freaky with it. In a collection of five New Year’s Day-themed promos, the horror film from director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Rango) promises an unsettling, demented psychological scarefest to ring in 2017 with.

Focused on how “we promise to improve ourselves, but we never do” with each new year, the first new promo demands that you “stop treating the symptom” and “take the cure” through these visually-maddening looks into this disturbing new mind-trip. The other four teasers focus on our failure to lose weight, “relief from pain relief,” weight loss again and failed resolutions in general.

If you’ve kept up with the marketing, these promos don’t provide anything new. Still, it’s a nifty, inspired way to highlight the recently passed holiday, and another chance to delve into this maddening new film,
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How Shia Labeouf Stopped Drinking and Found the Career He Wanted

How Shia Labeouf Stopped Drinking and Found the Career He Wanted
A photo shoot with Shia Labeouf is a live-wire experience. With his curly locks slicked back, in Nikes and tattered pants, the 30-year-old actor refuses hair-and-makeup, as he blasts songs on his iPhone, singing along to Nina Simone’s “If You Pray Right (Heaven Belongs to You).” He’s friendly, but firm about what he won’t do, and he bristles when a Variety photographer suggests that he step inside an ancient-looking wine cellar. “No,” Labeouf says, pointing to the bottles of alcohol. “That sh-t almost f–ked up my life.”

Over the last five years, Labeouf has been embroiled in a bizarre off-screen drama of his own making — one that nearly derailed his career. He’s been dogged by several alcohol-related arrests, a public firing from the 2013 Broadway play “Orphans,” and even accusations of plagiarism surrounding a short film he directed that same year. But the biggest scandal came in 2014: Drunk on whiskey,
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'Wonder Woman' And 'Justice League Part One' Release Dates Announced

Warner Brothers has confirmed the release date for Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One; Wonder Woman will opens June 23, 2017, and Justice League Part One will be coming November 17, 2017.

Wonder Woman is currently the only film set to land on that release date while the Justice League will battle it out with Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas from Universal.

Starring Gal Gadot as the title hero, Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek, The Finest Hours), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead). Principal photography is underway with shooting to take place in the UK,
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Uma Thurman and Kristin Chenoweth Set To Star In Comedy The Brits Are Coming

Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, Kill Bill: Vol 1-2, Pulp Fiction) and Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth (ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” Fox’s “Glee”) are set to star in the comedy The Brits Are Coming, it was announced today by producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee DanielsThe Butler), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, Lawless), and Will Clevinger (upcoming Life At These Speeds, Maternal Bonds).

In this broad comedy, an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox, flee to Los Angeles to get away from paying a large debt to a notorious gangster after a failed poker game. With the gangster hot on their trail, the pair scheme to win back the money by executing a jewel theft operation involving Peter’s ex-wife and her new husband, Gabriel. Chenoweth will play Gabriel’s pill-popping assistant,
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Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ to Premiere at Secret Sundance Screening

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Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ to Premiere at Secret Sundance Screening
Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski‘s sci-fi space epic “Jupiter Ascending” will debut Tuesday at Sundance Film Festival as this year’s “secret screening,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the intergalactic odyssey, which was originally scheduled for a July, 2014 release. But Warner Bros. pushed the opening back by almost a year to Feb. 6, 2015.

Also Read: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis Movie ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Moves to 2015

The delay was said to be the result of the film’s complicated visual effects, which couldn’t be completed by the original summer rollout date.
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Sundance ’15: Baumbach, Fleck/Boden, Pulcini/Berman, Ponsoldt & Another Swanberg Among Premieres

Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marielle Heller’s Diary of a Teenage Girl

We’d be hard pressed to find more of an enraptured superfan of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel than Marielle Heller. The actress adapted Diary of a Teenage Girl into a stageplay, played the lead, and at the end of the playhouse run figured she wasn’t done with the material. 2012 was a pivotal bloom year for the adaptation, with Heller landing all encompassing support from the Sundance Institute folks with a quartet of workshoppy goodness: Creative Producing Summit, June Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab and Screenplay Reading Series. Production took place in San Francisco this past January, with the love triangle roles being distributed to Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, and newbie Bel Powley in the title role. Set in the Farrah Fawcett pin-up era, this potentially thorny The Ice Storm-esque drama pits irresponsible adults with grown up teenagers and should be a highly sought after acquisitions title …. especially if
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‘Nymphomaniac’s Stacy Martin Signs With Wme

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‘Nymphomaniac’s Stacy Martin Signs With Wme
Exclusive: French actress and model Stacy Martin has signed with Wme following her breakthrough turn in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II opposite Shia Labeouf. The daring and baring performance saw Martin playing the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Joe,” the titular woman with an unquenchable libido, from ages 15-31 and nabbed her a nomination for Denmark’s Bodil Award for Best Actress. A newcomer to acting, Martin’s additional credits include Heidi Greensmith’s upcoming Winter, Matteo Garrone’s The Tale Of Tales, and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise. She’s also the face of fashion labels Rag & Bone and Miu Miu. Martin also is repped by 42 in the UK.
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The five and a half hour director's cut of Nymphomaniac hits in October

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If you saw Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Vol. II earlier this year, you might be interested in the Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut officially headed to theaters and VOD internationally. The cut will be released on VOD on October 2, 2014 “at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Trier’s native Denmark.”...
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'Nymphomaniac' (2014) Movie Review

The splitting of Nymphomaniac into Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II is quite ridiculous and given the fact the two installments grossed just barely over one million combined in their limited theatrical run proves the commercial reasons are hard to make a case for. Not to mention, the way the film was marketed was only ever as some sort of a scandalous venture where, in fact, that's hardly the case when it comes to the final product. Anyone approaching Nymphomaniac with prurient interests will come away disappointed. Then again, even if you're not looking for some sexed up, independent art film porno you might wish that's what you'd gotten as writer/director Lars von Trier has delivered a talky, flashback-driven, voice over fueled picture of relative boredom with minor flashes of intrigue throughout. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as the titular sex fiend, real name Joe, and she's found, beaten and bloodied,
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Review: Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

My review of Nymphomaniac: Vol. I can be found here. Both volumes are now playing locally at the Violet Crown Cinema and are also available to rent through cable & digital VOD providers, including iTunes. 

While the first installment of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac focused on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) graphically retelling the stories of her sexual history as a young woman to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II shifts to her adulthood. She's on an endless quest to recreate the enormity of feeling from a spontaneous orgasm she once experienced as a pre-teen, but as the story picks back up, we're at a stage where she basically has lost all sexual desire and, even worse, any pleasure from having sex. Joe has gone numb and can no longer have an orgasm, a loss that nearly destroys her ability to function. She goes on a quest to "rehabilitate her sexuality" and
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Second Nymphomaniac Movie Is More Daring and Philosophical

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’: More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (photo: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’) (See ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ Review: Lars von Trier an ‘Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in a snow-covered alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), an unassuming fellow with a gentle demeanor who takes her to his apartment. In his austere dwelling she recounts her adventures as a young nymphomaniac in a series of stories, each preceded by director Lars von Trier’s requisite thematic chapter headings and cinematic asides. Young Joe’s (Stacy Martin) exploits, from her debut sexual experience with Jerome (Shia Labeouf), through her adventures on a train, to her very dramatic experience with a married man, his kids, and his wife (played by Uma Thurman in what might be the best 10 minutes of
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Review: Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Lars Von Trier's sexually explicit epic has been edited into two different versions. There is a 4-hour "international" version (which is what Magnolia is currently releasing here in the U.S.), split into two halves for distribution around the world. A 5.5-hour "hardcore" version contains even more exposition and explicit footage. While it's hard to imagine that the hardcore version would ever see the light of day in America, Magnolia has stated that they'll eventually release it domestically, although that may be exclusive to home video.

Despite its occasionally explicit nature, anybody who is familiar with Von Trier's work will not be surprised to know that the film is not at all sexy. If Nymphomaniac had been submitted for a rating, the movie would certainly have earned an Nc-17, but I suspect that if two or three brief shots of penetration and/or oral sex had been removed that
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Review: Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 - A Sexually Explicit Film About Love

The implicit trait of Lars von Trier’s brand of envelope-pushing work is the power of provocation, so much that now it’s not a matter of “if”, but of “how” will he continue to develop his radical oeuvre. Whether it’s in the form of an apocalyptic scenario in Melancholia, an imaginary microcosm of the human condition in Dogville, or a sacrilegious odyssey into darkness in Antichrist , the perversely brilliant and divisive Danish auteur has always shown a predilection for telling stories about the feminine empowerment in very sexualized manners. He graphically delves into the demonization of female sexuality through a mutilation sequence in one film, exposes Nicole Kidman as an object victimized by a crowd of depraved men, or flips the coin an turns Kirsten Dunst into a rapist bride while the world is ending.

Sex and the oppressive way in which it has been used against women is clearly a recurring theme in his work, so it is not a surprise that in his latest, and perhaps most ambitious project, he decided to explore it in greater and even more explicit terms. In Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Von Trier gives birth to his greatest heroine yet, one that embodies all the qualities of the previous ones and utilizes them as weapons to combat the romanticized idea of love. Serving as the protagonist’s origin story, this first part is supposed to set the tone for the more shocking and grotesque second installment. Played by Charlotte Gainsbourg as an adult and by Stacy Martin in her younger years, Joe is a sex addict, a woman who carries the shame of her actions but doesn’t justify them or explains them via childhood trauma. She owns her self-proclaimed despicable personality, and she is aware that the lack of a reasonable cause for her insatiable sexual cravings makes her condition all the more disconcerting for the outside world.

Beaten and unglamorously left lying on a dark alley, which can presumably be attributed to her condition, adult Joe is taken in by Good Samaritan Seligman, played by Stellan Skarsgård. Reluctant to share the reasons for her state at first, eventually Joe opens up to the tolerant and heavily philosophical man. She begins by clarifying she is aware of how terrible of a person she is, and then exposes the intricacies of her unorthodox lifestyle. The promiscuous storyteller goes on to speak of her first time with an unsentimental man named Jerome, played by the now infamous Shia Labeouf. The unsatisfactory experience is nonetheless relevant to her development as a chronic pleasure seeker.

Over tea, they discuss an analogy between fly-fishing and young Joe’s competition with her best friend to seduce as many men as possible on a moving train. The prize: a bag of colorful chocolates. Seligman listens to the blunt anecdotes without a hint of judgment. He attentively tries to make sense of her irrational behavior unconcerned with the morality of it, but with her motivations. With time, the actual intercourse becomes irrelevant, is the process, the psychological power trip, and the rejection towards intimacy that define Joe’s actions. She devices a form of systematic dating that uses a dice to determine how she will treat each one of her many partners. Objectifying them by denying them individuality is the key to her success. All of this serves to satisfy her need to be in control, and to prove that emotions are a sign of weakness. But of course, her motto: “love is lust with jealousy added”, changes when she realizes that the exact feeling she despises is the only thing that makes carnal relationships meaningful.

Surprisingly comedic and never dull, this volume offers plenty of outstanding performances including a fantastically amusing Uma Thurman in a small but memorable role. Needless to say the work of Stacy Martin is outright fearless. Perennially flirtatious, yet vulnerable, she embodies the contradictions of her self-assured wickedness. Joe fights tenderness with indifference. Rarely seeing them as people, she disposes of her victims by creating illusions and encouraging their attachment, only to then shatter their hopes for believing she could be capable of monogamy. But clearly in all her rigorous endeavors to separate herself from anything that resembles affection, there is a visible emptiness. However, is not in her to simply give up the flesh for the soul, and as the preview clips from the second volume insinuate, she will try to fill that void with pain.

Von Trier’s storytelling is dynamic, poignant, and surprisingly accessible without leaving behind the thought provoking poetry that characterizes his work. As usual, his investigation on the human condition focuses on those dark corners that exist in a gray area between perversion and divinity. Sexuality itself is not important to him, but rather how the diversity of the sexual experiences of his characters shape them in the face of the outrageous circumstance she places them in. His vision champions female liberation and turns their sexual curiosity into an asset and not a demonized flaw. Even with all the attention placed on the pornographic nature of his images, this is, above all, a film about love. Not in a simplistic way at all, but one could argue that the Danish provocateur is the most feminist male filmmaker alive.
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Weekend Movies: 'Divergent,' 'Muppets Most Wanted,' & More

This weekend, Shailene Woodley is caught in a dangerous plot and fights for her life in "Divergent," The Muppets find themselves smack-dab in the middle of an international jewel-heist in "Muppets Most Wanted," and many more come to theaters in limited release.

The sci-fi action film "Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a young woman who learns she's Divergent and, therefore, doesn't fit into future Chicago. Set in a world divided into sects (or "factions") based on personality traits, the book-turned-movie follows Tris and the mysterious Four as they discover a plot to destroy Divergents and set out to uncover the truth. Directed by Neil Burger, the movie also stars Kate Winslet, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ashley Judd.

In their latest adventure, the Muppets embark on a grand world tour only to find that they are actually involved in a European jewel-heist after Kermit the Frog's evil look-alike,
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Controversial von Trier Offers His Latest 'Nugget of Genius': A Look at Nymphomaniac Vol. I

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ movie review: Lars von Trier offers his latest ‘little nugget of genius’ (photo: Stacy Martin in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’) It will be noted long after this review is filed deep in the bowels of some ancient digital archive of dead film critics that Lars von Trier was among the most controversial and brilliant filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This would not be a currently agreed-upon assessment of the filmmaker; nevertheless, Lars von Trier is an actual genius, as opposed to the myriad filmmakers called genius who are actually just clever. It should also be noted that I’ve been saying this about von Trier since the first of his Golden Heart films, Breaking the Waves, provoked audiences at Cannes nearly two decades ago. It’s a seminal von Trier movie that marked the initial international exposure of an artist whose work has been controversial for
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