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Lars von Trier May Have His Ban Lifted From Cannes Film Festival

Since 2011 Lars von Trier has been banned from Cannes Film Festival. For those that don't remember, the ban came after von Trier made the controversial remark that Hitler did "some things wrong," but that he could ultimately sympathize with the dictator. The comment was not well received by critics or audiences, and ever since, he's been out of the festival, until perhaps now.

Variety reported that Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said von Trier could make his return to Cannes with his upcoming controversial film The House That Jack Built, which stars Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, and Bruno Ganz.

Will von Trier accept the invitation, or will he tell Cannes to stick it where the sun don't shine? What do you think he should do, as well as what do you think he will actually do?
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Run the Jewels' El-p Will Score Tom Hardy's Fonzo Soundtrack

Run the Jewels' El-p Will Score Tom Hardy's Fonzo Soundtrack
Grammy-nominated producer/rapper El-p of Run the Jewels has been tapped to compose the original score for the Al Capone biopic Fonzo. The movie is written and directed by Josh Trank with a cast that is led by Tom Hardy as Capone, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon, and Kyle MacLachlan. Fonzo recently started production in New Orleans at the beginning of the month and Hardy has shared some set photos of himself as the infamous gangster Al Capone.

El-p is known for his use of vintage synthesizers and hard-hitting drums in his productions with Run the Jewels as well as his many other projects. The producer was in the running to score Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, but the gig ended up going to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. Now, El-p is finally getting his wish to get into scoring motion pictures with Fonzo and he's really excited about the opportunity.
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Cannes Adds ‘Whitney’ Doc, New Lars Von Trier & Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Following the initial announcement of the official selection last week, its seems that the organisers of he 2017 Cannes Film Festival have left the big surprises ’til last. The festival will screen the new Lars Von Trier film, welcoming him back after effectively banning him from the festival a few years ago. Von Trier will see his film The House That Jack Built screen out of competition.

They will also screen the Kevin Macdonald documentary about Whitney Houston, Whitney as part of their midnight screening schedule, along with the Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon-led redo of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.

The other big news is that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Will pay at the festival. It will be the festival’s closing film and will screen on Saturday 19th February. It will then get a release in France on the same day.
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First Teaser for Lars von Trier's Cannes Film 'The House That Jack Built'

"The old cathedrals often have sublime artworks hidden away, in the darkest corners for only God to see. The same goes for murder..." Whoa. A short teaser trailer has debuted for the latest film from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier, titled The House That Jack Built. After being banned for 8 years, Lars von Trier has finally been allowed to return to the Cannes Film Festival, and his new film will premiere out of competition. The House That Jack Built stars Matt Dillon as the titular Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer. The film follows him for 12 years profiling his murders. Also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Yu Ji-tae. It was described by von Trier as a film that celebrates "the idea that life is evil and soulless." Damn, this is going to be dark. Here's the first teaser trailer
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Lars von Trier Is Back At Cannes And We Have The First Teaser To His New Film ‘The House That Jack Built’

All the speculation is now over – Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built” is going to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The serial killer film, starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, was long thought to be von Trier’s ticket back to the world of Cannes, after being “banned” from the festival in 2011, but when the film wasn’t announced as part of Cannes lineup, people were confused.
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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’
Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.
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Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’ to Premiere at Cannes [Teaser]

Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’ to Premiere at Cannes [Teaser]
The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching and the festival has just announced that Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built has been added to the Official Selection – Out of Competition at this year’s festival. Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, House revolves around a serial killer, who is played by Matt Dillon (“Wayward Pines”), who […]
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Lars von Trier’s ‘House That Jack Built’ to Premiere at Cannes 2018, Debuts First Footage — Watch

Lars von Trier’s ‘House That Jack Built’ to Premiere at Cannes 2018, Debuts First Footage — Watch
Lars von Trier is officially being welcomed back to the Cannes Film Festival. Thierry Frémaux has confirmed Trier will return to the festival for the first time since 2011’s “Melancholia” with his serial killer drama “The House That Jack Built.” The film will debut in the Out of Competition section, which means it won’t be eligible for the Palme d’Or. Trier was named a “persona non grata” (aka. unwelcome at the festival) after he made comments referencing Nazism during the “Melancholia” press conference.

The House That Jack Built” tracks the origin of a serial killer, played by Matt Dillon. The script is set in the 1970s and follows Jack through the five murders that define his development as a killer. Jack’s victims are played by Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, and Riley Keough.

Trier has a long history with Cannes. He’s competed for the
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Von Trier returns to Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2018-04-19 11:13:03

Matt Dillon in a scene from The House That Jack Built marking Lars von Trier’s return to Cannes, Out of Competition Photo: Cannes Film Festival Floated as a possibility at the media launch of the Cannes Film Festival last week the organisers now have confirmed that banned Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier will return to the Croisette for the 71st edition.

The chosen title will be his serial killer opus The House That Jack Built starring Matt Dillon, Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux had to seek special permission of the Festival’s board to reverse the veto on Trier, who made inflammatory Nazi remarks and caused a furore at the 2011 Festival during the press conference for Melancholia which was in Competition. The new film will show Out of Competition.

Lars von Trier is back to Cannes with a serial killer Photo: Richard Mowe Another late addition,
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Cannes adds Lars von Trier latest, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', 'Whitney' doc

Cannes adds Lars von Trier latest, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', 'Whitney' doc
Ceylan, Dvortsevoy and Gonzalez films added to competition.

The Cannes Film Festival has announced several additions to its 2018 line-up, including the new Lars von Trier project, Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and three new competition films.

Competition

Firstly Yann Gonzalez makes his competition debut with Un Couteau Dans Le Cœur (Knife + Heart) starring Vanessa Paradis

So does director Sergey Dvortsevoy with Ayka. His Tulpan won the Prize Un Certain Regard in 2008.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’or 2014 for Winter Sleep, returns with Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree / Le Poirier Sauvage).

The
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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Sets Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ as Closer

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Sets Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ as Closer
Danish director Lars von Trier is returning to the Cannes fold with his serial-killer drama “The House That Jack Built” after seven years of banishment from the festival, while Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating, problem-plagued “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is set to close the event, organizers announced Thursday. Both films will screen out of competition.

Cannes also added two sophomore outings to the competition lineup – Yann Gonzalez’s “Knife + Heart” and Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “The Little One” – plus Palme d’Or winning filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “The Wild Pear Tree.” “Whitney,” Kevin Macdonald’s documentary on singer Whitney Houston, has been set as a Midnight Screening, as has HBO’s new adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451,” directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon – the latest television project to screen at Cannes.

Artistic director Thierry Fremaux had hinted that von Trier would return to the
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Lars von Trier’s Ban From Cannes May Be Coming to an End

Lars von Trier’s Ban From Cannes May Be Coming to an End
Lars von Trier’s long banishment from the Cannes Film Festival — following his shocking comments about Hitler and the Nazis in 2011 — may soon be over, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux suggested Tuesday.

In a radio interview in France, Fremaux said the welcome mat could be put out again for von Trier, which would pave the way for the controversial Danish director’s new film, “The House That Jack Built,” to join Cannes’ official lineup. Von Trier hasn’t been seen on the Croisette in seven years, since he astonished reporters at his “Melancholia” press conference by saying that Hitler did “some things wrong” but that he could “sympathize with him.” Afterward, the festival declared von Trier persona non grata.

Fremaux first hinted last week that von Trier and “The House That Jack Built” might come to Cannes. Fremaux is believed to be eager to secure the film, a serial-killer drama starring Uma Thurman,
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Cannes Will Welcome Back Lars von Trier, Says Festival Director

Cannes Will Welcome Back Lars von Trier, Says Festival Director
Director Lars von Trier, who was declared “persona non grata” at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler, will return to Cannes for the first time since then, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux said on French radio on Tuesday.

Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” the study of a serial killer played by Matt Dillon, has long been rumored to be a contender for a slot at this year’s festival. When asked about that by a French radio host, Fremaux confirmed that Cannes would have a von Trier announcement in the coming days.

When the host pressed him to confirm that the film had been added to the lineup, Fremaux responded, “I sort of did.”

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The House That Jack Built” is set in Washington state and covers the life of the killer over a dozen years. Other cast members include Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. IFC acquired U.S. rights to the film in Cannes last May.

Known as a cinematic provocateur, the Danish director caused a furor at Cannes in 2011 when his film “Melancholia” screened in the main competition. Asked at a press conference to discuss his German roots and his interest in the Nazi aesthetic, he began a long and rambling answer by saying, “I thought I was a Jew for a long time, and I was very happy… But it turned out that I was not a Jew…

“And then I found out that I was really a Nazi because my family was German. Which also gave me some pleasure. What can I say?”

Also Read: Lars von Trier Denies Björk's Sexual Harassment Claims

As the film’s star, Kirsten Dunst, pleaded with von Trier to stop talking, he added, “I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker at the end. I think I understand the man. He’s not what you call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit.”

While von Trier quickly issued a formal apology for the comments, he was banned from the rest of the festival and declared “persona non grata,” though “Melancholia” remained in the official competition. (Dunst won the festival’s best actress award.)

The director’s next film, the two-part 2013 drama “Nymphomaniac,” did not screen in Cannes. But Fremaux has in recent years said that he was open to having von Trier return to the festival, and in Tuesday’s interview, he said that festival president Pierre Lescure has been working to lift the director’s “persona non grata” status.

Fremaux also said that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, who was in competition at Cannes last year with “Loveless,” will serve on the jury this year. The rest of the jury, which will be headed by Cate Blanchett, has yet to be announced.

Ben Croll contributed to this report.

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Lars von Trier Plans to Direct 10 Short Films After ‘House That Jack Built’ Left Him With Terrible Anxiety

Lars von Trier Plans to Direct 10 Short Films After ‘House That Jack Built’ Left Him With Terrible Anxiety
As the world continues to wait and see whether or not Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built” will be announced as a late addition to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the polarizing director is already making plans for his follow-up project. Danish culture website Soundvenue reports that Trier is putting together an experimental short film project for his next directorial effort. The director announced his plan in a video interview ahead of receiving Denmark’s cultural award, the Sonning Prize, this week.

Trier says the short film project will be called “Études,” inspired by the musical composition of the same name. The director admitted to feeling “terrible” and being ridden with anxiety during the making of “Jack,” which chronicles the rise of a serial killer. “Études” is being conceived as a reaction to “Jack” and will act as a kind of filmmaking recovery for Trier. He implied that
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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jacqueline Bisset has joined “Honey in the Head,” Freestyle Digital buys “Carter and June” and the editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have unionized.

Casting

Jacqueline Bisset is set to join the cast of “Honey in the Head” opposite Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer, Variety has learned exclusively.

She will play the mother of Mortimer’s character, and likes to playfully flirt with Nick Nolte’s character whenever she has the opportunity. “Honey in the Head,” the English-language remake of the 2014 German drama “Honig Im Kopf,” will start production in May in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

The original movie, produced by Barefoot Films, was directed by and starred Til Schweiger as the son of a retired veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who convinces his widowed father (played by Dieter Hallervorden) to move in with him. The film, co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
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Tom Hardy Becomes Old Al Capone in Latest Look at Fonzo

Tom Hardy Becomes Old Al Capone in Latest Look at Fonzo
Tom Hardy is in full Al Capone mode on the set of his latest movie Fonzo. Hardy is one of the best and most dedicated actors working in the business today, which is why he's such an in-demand talent. He's currently filming a biopic about the infamous gangster and we had previously been treated to photos of Hardy in his Capone outfit. But now he's shared some photos, displaying the full makeup treatment he's undergone to look more like the historical criminal, and it's pretty intense.

Taking to his Instagram, Tom Hardy has shared a few photos from the set of Fonzo, which kicked of production at the end of last month. This time, not only is he in classic gangster garb, but his face makeup makes him look much more like Al Capone than he did previously. Hardy is going through a transformation for this part and if he's this committed to the look,
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‘Fonzo’ Behind-the-Scenes: Tom Hardy Shares Photos of Dramatic Al Capone Transformation

‘Fonzo’ Behind-the-Scenes: Tom Hardy Shares Photos of Dramatic Al Capone Transformation
Tom Hardy has played historical figures on screen in the past, but it looks like his upcoming role as Al Capone in the biographical drama “Fonzo” will be one of his most transformative true roles yet. Production is currently underway in New Orleans on the biopic, which is being directed by “Fantastic Four” and “Chronicle” filmmaker Josh Trank. Hardy has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the “Fonzo” production on his Instagram page.

“Fonzo” takes place 10 years into Capone’s prison sentence. The 47-year-old gangster begins suffering from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. Joining Hardy on screen is Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle McLachlan, and “Dunkirk” breakout Jack Lowden.

The production is notable for being Trank’s first since “Fantastic Four.” The director feuded with studio 20th Century Fox over final cut privileges and reshoots and bashed the film’s theatrical release in a since-deleted Tweet that claimed
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Lars von Trier Won’t Return to Cannes (Yet), But Here’s the Story Behind His 2011 Banishment

While the Cannes Film Festival will not include five Netflix films, there was another notable omission when the festival unveiled its 2018 slate: Bad boy Danish auteur Lars von Trier will not return to the Competition with his latest “dark and sinister” film “The House that Jack Built” (IFC Films), starring Riley Keough, Uma Thurman, and Matt Dillon as a serial killer who narrates the story, Ripley-style — with humor. (Trier’s 2014 feature “Nymphomaniac” played Toronto and other festivals.) Von Trier was banned from the festival seven years ago, and while Cannes has suggested that it might invite him back, so far that hasn’t happened.

It’s possible that Trier could still make his way to Cannes, as artistic director Thierry Fremaux hinted at the end of his press conference. The head programmer has reportedly been talking through this possibility with Cannes’ influential board of directors, which represents a range of major film organizations in France.
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Lars von Trier Won’t Return to Cannes (Yet), But Here’s the Story Behind His 2011 Banishment

While the Cannes Film Festival will not include five Netflix films, there was another notable omission when the festival unveiled its 2018 slate: Bad boy Danish auteur Lars von Trier will not return to the Competition with his latest “dark and sinister” film “The House that Jack Built” (IFC Films), starring Riley Keough, Uma Thurman, and Matt Dillon as a serial killer who narrates the story, Ripley-style — with humor. (Trier’s 2014 feature “Nymphomaniac” played Toronto and other festivals.) Von Trier was banned from the festival seven years ago, and while Cannes has suggested that it might invite him back, so far that hasn’t happened.

It’s possible that Trier could still make his way to Cannes, as artistic director Thierry Fremaux hinted at the end of his press conference. The head programmer has reportedly been talking through this possibility with Cannes’ influential board of directors, which represents a range of major film organizations in France.
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Cannes: Snub for Lars Von Trier and 'The House That Jack Built'?

Cannes: Snub for Lars Von Trier and 'The House That Jack Built'?
Sorry, scandal-fans: Lars von Trier might not be coming to Cannes.

The always-controversial Danish director, who was banned from the Cannes festival seven years ago for jokingly saying he “sympathized with Hitler,” was widely expected to return to the Croisette this year with his new film, The House That Jack Built.

The buzz around the movie — which stars Matt Dillon as Jack, a serial killer who goes on an uninterrupted 12-year killing spree in the U.S. in the 1970s and early '80s — was strong. Von Trier and the film's producer, Louise Vesth, had hinted they were targeting a...
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