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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Noir Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’: It’s All About Teens & Female Empowerment – Crew Call Podcast

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Noir Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’: It’s All About Teens & Female Empowerment – Crew Call Podcast
“When I made this show, I was interested in going into the world of where the teenagers control,” says director Nicolas Winding Refn, who returns to Cannes for a fourth time in eight years with his upcoming Amazon Lapd cop streaming series Too Old to Die Young, which he co-created with Ed Brubaker.

“This is their domain,” says Refn about his newfound love for streaming, which he declared to the world after the premiere of episodes 4 & 5 at the Grand Lumiere Theatre on Saturday night. The series hits Amazon Prime on June 14, and as cinematic as it is, there are no plans in the works for a special limited two-city release by the streamer — just so Refn fans can savor it on the big screen.

“I don’t want to bring them into where I’m from,” the Danish director says about teen audiences and the cinema. “I don’t need to,
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‘Lux Aeterna’ Film Review: Gaspar Noe Wants to Mess You Up, Again

‘Lux Aeterna’ Film Review: Gaspar Noe Wants to Mess You Up, Again
Cinematic provocateurs have flourished at the Cannes Film Festival for years, with everyone from Jean-Luc Godard to Lars von Trier coming to the Croisette with works designed to provoke, confront or even annoy an audience. At this year’s festival, you could say that some of the extreme sections of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young” have been designed to test an audience’s limits and make viewers uncomfortable.

But nobody does provocation these days quite like Gaspar Noe does. Since he broke out on the arthouse circuit with the brutal “Irreversible” in 2002, the Argentine director has been seeing how far he can go in a variety of unpalatable directions, making him a maestro of transgression whose audience shows up so that he can mess with them.

In Cannes in recent years, he’s presented a hardcore sex film in 3-D (“Love”) and a hallucinogenic dance film
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‘Too Old To Die Young’: Nicolas Winding Refn Explains How Trump’s Election Shaped His “13-Hour Movie”

On the surface, you may be hard-pressed to see how a 10-episode Amazon streaming series about a crooked cop and the seedy criminal underbelly might be related to Donald Trump and his rise to the presidency. However, for writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn, the controversial 2016 election helped shape his upcoming series “Too Old to Die Young.”

Speaking at Cannes (via Variety), where the filmmaker showed two episodes of his TV series, Refn talked about the future of the industry (as he’s wont to do), as well as how “Too Old to Die Young” is a direct reflection of the current political times.

Continue reading ‘Too Old To Die Young’: Nicolas Winding Refn Explains How Trump’s Election Shaped His “13-Hour Movie” at The Playlist.
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John Hillcoat to Direct ‘Witchfinder General’ Remake, Produced by Nicolas Winding Refn

After Nicolas Winding Refn came on board a few years ago to a remake of the 1968 historical horror classic Witchfinder General, originally directed by Michael Reeves, a new director has been found. Deadline reports John Hillcoat will now be helming the project and Winding Refn will be producing.

The original movie starred Vincent Price in the lead role of Matthew Hopkins who is a witch hunter with some intense violence and scenes of torture unspooling, set during the English Civil War. The project will be developed through Hillcoat’s production company Blank Films, and with additional help from Bynwr.com and Sunrise Films.

Ahead of a shoot beginning later this year, Hillcoat says, “I am excited to work with fellow filmmaker Nic Refn, a maverick auteur and who, together with Rupert Preston, have been fully committed to independent cinema over the years. I’m drawn to the dynamic departures behind this remake.
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‘Too Old To Die Young’ Review: Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn (2019) [Cannes]

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Episodes seen: 2 (144 mins), Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Nicolas Winding Refn returns to Cannes for the first time since the polarising The Neon Demon made its debut back in 2016. Three years on and it is a very different product, albeit with similar themes and tones; a TV series set for release on Amazon next month. Too Old To Die Young is very much a different direction for the filmmaker with 900 minutes of content promised over ten episodes, two of which, running at around 140 minutes in total, played at the festival at a late screening on Friday evening with the cast and filmmaker in attendance at the famous Palais.

Teaming with Ed Brubaker (Westworld), the crime series lies somewhere in its themes, tone and accessibility between his 2011 Cannes winner Drive, and fellow Ryan Gosling-starrer Only God Forgives. Miles Teller leads the cast of this new piece as Martin, an La
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‘A Hidden Life’ Film Review: Is This Where Terrence Malick Gets His Mojo Back?

‘A Hidden Life’ Film Review: Is This Where Terrence Malick Gets His Mojo Back?
The key word in all the advance talk about Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” has been linear. The film, which premiered on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, was supposed to mark the reclusive but prolific director’s return to script-based filmmaking after years spent working in an improvisational, ruminative style; it was billed as Malick telling a story again rather than Malick indulging in his occasionally glorious, occasionally perplexing flights of fancy.

Of course, linear is a relative term when it comes to Terrence Malick. “A Hidden Life” is anchored in story in a way the director’s last few films have not been, but its storytelling rhythms are quintessentially his, with all the beauty and all the languor that that entails.

Based on the true story of an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to fight for Nazi Germany in World War II, “A Hidden Life” is certainly
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Cannes Report, Day 5: Protests Hit the Croisette, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Debuts

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Cannes Report, Day 5: Protests Hit the Croisette, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ Debuts
Following Paramount’s acquisition of one of the hottest sales packages, “Down Under Cover,” the 2019 Cannes Film Festival slowed down a bit on its fifth day.

Some projects premiered, like Jesse Eisenberg’s “Vivarium” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s series “Too Old to Die Young” starring Miles Teller.

Protests also hit the Croisette, but so did something else: Helen Mirren’s new pink hair, which she debuted with a little dance on the red carpet.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 4: Amazon and Paramount Open Their Wallets, Mariah Carey Sings!

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Too Old to Die Young” Debuts to Mixed Reviews

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young” is an Amazon 10-part TV series whose first two episodes screened out of competition.
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‘The Wild Goose Lake’ Film Review: Chinese Action Flick Is Indulgent but Fun

‘The Wild Goose Lake’ Film Review: Chinese Action Flick Is Indulgent but Fun
After touching on financial precarity with “Sorry We Missed You,” social unrest with “Les Miserables” and refugee plight with “Atlantics,” the Cannes Film Festival put current issues on hold and rolled into a weekend full of girls, gangsters and guns.

As soon as the brute force punch of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young” had time to bruise over, the bloody festivities picked right back up for Saturday’s premiere of “The Wild Goose Lake” — a stylish Chinese crime thriller that feels an awful lot like a Refn movie funneled through Middle Kingdom sensibilities.

Or maybe that’s the other way around, because the rap on director Diao Yinan back home is that he’s the most American-minded contemporary Chinese filmmaker… but that could just mean that he likes to play around in genre.

Diao struck gold with “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” his offbeat neo-noir about a
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‘Too Old To Die Young’: Nicolas Winding Refn Revisits His Greatest Hits With Amazon Series [Cannes Review]

Nicolas Winding Refn’s choice to screen the fourth and fifth episodes of his new TV series “Too Old To Die Young” for audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, packaged under the title “North of Hollywood, West of Hell” may strike some as strange. Excerpting a section of a work’s middle makes analysis or appreciation near-prohibitively difficult. Characters pass through the plot, their bearing on it impossible to discern.

Continue reading ‘Too Old To Die Young’: Nicolas Winding Refn Revisits His Greatest Hits With Amazon Series [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Too Old to Die Young’ Review: Miles Teller Embraces Slow Nihilism in Nicolas Winding Refn Series

‘Too Old to Die Young’ Review: Miles Teller Embraces Slow Nihilism in Nicolas Winding Refn Series
The genre of violence for its own sake has been deeply explored in American cinema over the past 50 years, and adopted for better or worse by the most stylish of filmmakers who have followed in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino.

But at this stage, it’s fair to ask what is the point when a talented filmmaker like Nicolas Winding Refn delivers an indulgent dive into nihilistic violence in “Too Old to Die Young,” an Amazon 10-part TV series whose first two episodes screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend?

What are we discovering here? Miles Teller plays Martin, a cop turned contract killer with a suitably chiseled profile but no discernible motivation for blithely shooting random people from the criminal underworld for pay.

Also Read: Miles Teller Plays a Cop Turned Bad in 'Too Old to Die Young'
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Nicolas Winding Refn On Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Advice & Says Cannes ‘Has Mutated Into The Future’

Cannes – The first takeaway from the press conference for “Too Old To Die Young” at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival is poor Miles Teller. Sure, the “Whiplash” star hasn’t necessarily always been friendly to the press (thank you “Fantastic Four”), but he’s clearly been through the ringer as the star of Nicolas Winding Refn’s new Prime Video series. And, no, we’re not exaggerating for sarcastic effect either.

Continue reading Nicolas Winding Refn On Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Advice & Says Cannes ‘Has Mutated Into The Future’ at The Playlist.
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Nicolas Winding Refn on His Alejandro Jodorowsky-Endorsed Move to Streaming: ‘This Is the Future’

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Nicolas Winding Refn on His Alejandro Jodorowsky-Endorsed Move to Streaming: ‘This Is the Future’
Nicolas Winding Refn always has a lot to say, and he always says it well: at his press conference at the Cannes Film Festival with star Miles Teller for his new Amazon series “Too Old to Die Young” he made himself very clear about what’s ahead for the film industry.

“This is a 13-hour movie, and it’s streaming,” Refn said. “This is the future, which is streaming.”

His last theatrical release, 2016’s “The Neon Demon” was distributed by Amazon Studios. “Amazon said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ And I was like, ‘I want to do a TV series.’ The word around Hollywood was, ‘You gotta get into TV. You gotta get into TV.’ But I don’t really watch that much TV.”

Refn’s inspiration for “Too Old to Die Young,” and its riddle-like title, came to him while he was sitting in a car in Los Angeles.
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Nicolas Winding Refn Says His New TV Show Is Not a TV Show

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Nicolas Winding Refn Says His New TV Show Is Not a TV Show
Nicolas Winding Refn’s lastest project, “Too Old To Die Young,” is being billed as a new TV series from Amazon Studios. But at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday afternoon, the controversial director said that he wouldn’t call it that.

“This is a movie,” Refn said. “It’s a 13-hour movie. It’s not TV! TV is like reality shows and news channels. This is the future, which is streaming.”

Refn later explained that he uses the word “streaming” to describe most episodic TV programming.

“I think the studios are getting ready for ultimate streaming,” Refn said. “I think that’s common knowledge.” But he didn’t elaborate on what he meant by “ultimate streaming.”

Two episodes of “Too Old To Die Young” premiered at Cannes on Friday night. Refn made the unique decision to premiere the fourth and fifth episodes, rather than the first and second,
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Too Old to Die Young review - Nicolas Winding Refn's dead-eyed La nightmare

The Only God Forgives director has made his first foray into TV with a supernatural noir series, and it’s just as horrible and upsetting as you’d expect

When I spoke to Nicolas Winding Refn at the Lumiere film festival in Lyon a while back, he told me that though cinema would find a way to return in the digital multiplatform age: “Television is dead. And television will not be reborn.” He can only of course have meant that mischievously, because Refn has just completed a huge new TV show, a quasi-supernatural La horror-thriller noir entitled Too Old to Die Young, two episodes of which premiered on the bigger-than-big screen of the Grand Theatre Lumiere at Cannes. The programme is produced by Amazon, with whom Cannes’s relations are considerably better than with Netflix. It incidentally contains a clip of Curtis Harrington’s cult thriller Night Tide, starring Dennis Hopper,
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Too Old to Die Young review - Nicolas Winding Refn's dead-eyed La nightmare

The Only God Forgives director has made his first foray into TV with a supernatural noir series, and it’s just as horrible and upsetting as you’d expect

When I spoke to Nicolas Winding Refn at the Lumiere film festival in Lyon a while back, he told me that though cinema would find a way to return in the digital multiplatform age: “Television is dead. And television will not be reborn.” He can only of course have meant that mischievously, because Refn has just completed a huge new TV show, a quasi-supernatural La horror-thriller noir entitled Too Old to Die Young, two episodes of which premiered on the bigger-than-big screen of the Grand Theatre Lumiere at Cannes. The programme is produced by Amazon, with whom Cannes’s relations are considerably better than with Netflix. It incidentally contains a clip of Curtis Harrington’s cult thriller Night Tide, starring Dennis Hopper,
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Nicolas Winding Refn Brings Gun-Toting Rapists and an All-Night Car Chase to Cannes With Amazon Series

Nicolas Winding Refn Brings Gun-Toting Rapists and an All-Night Car Chase to Cannes With Amazon Series
Filmmakers often head to television in search of a broader canvas to tell their stories. It’s usually less attractive to those who relish texture over plot, as well as cinematic experimentation. In recent years, Nicolas Winding Refn has veered closer to that category, constructing a moody body of work around expressionistic showdowns that build to bloodiness with grim finality. But as television continues to provide more room for innovation, Refn’s 10-part hitman saga “Too Old to Die Young,” a 13-hour Amazon mini-series premiering on Amazon this summer, arrives right on schedule.

As if to assure fans he hasn’t abandoned his filmmaking bonafides, Refn premiered two episodes of the show at the Cannes Film Festival, where he first solidified his grimy auteur status with “Drive.” Since the festival only screened episodes 4 and 5 from the show, it’s hard to assess the full picture of this sprawling effort, since each installment runs feature length.
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'Too Old to Die Young': TV Review | Cannes 2019

'Too Old to Die Young': TV Review | Cannes 2019
There's a superb pitch-dark comedy on TV about an introspective hitman having an existential crisis. It's called Barry and is anchored by a richly nuanced characterization from Bill Hader. Miles Teller, looking chiseled and mean in a million variations on chiaroscuro lighting with a neon tinge, travels a similar path down a much nastier neo-noir road, without the humor, in Nicolas Winding Refn's stylishly crafted but stultifyingly dull limited series for Amazon, Too Old to Die Young.

The Danish director made the odd choice to show only episodes 4 and 5 in Cannes, where he has been a regular ...
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In Era Where Netflix Is Sidelined At Cannes, Nicolas Winding Refn Champions Streaming At Premiere Of His Amazon Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’

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In Era Where Netflix Is Sidelined At Cannes, Nicolas Winding Refn Champions Streaming At Premiere Of His Amazon Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’
Three years after director Nicolas Winding Refn defended the theatrical experience before exhibitors at CinemaCon 2016, tonight at the Cannes premiere of his Amazon series Too Old To Die Young, the Danish filmmaker expressed his love for streaming before a packed house in the Grand Lumiere Theatre. Refn made these remarks following a roughly four-minute standing ovation for the series, of which episodes 4 and 5 were shown. Too Old To Die Young will stream on Amazon Prime on June 14.

Said Refn:

“Today is year zero. The idea that streaming is a new canvas around us, it’s part of the digital revolution and it flows 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if we can just tap into it and experience creativity. And it’s for everyone. And this show represents the opportunities that can be done in the digital revolution of technology. I suddenly had this opportunity. My wife’s biological father is Fritz Lang,
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Miles Teller: Nicolas Winding Refn ‘Lost His Mind’ Making TV Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ — Cannes

Miles Teller: Nicolas Winding Refn ‘Lost His Mind’ Making TV Series ‘Too Old To Die Young’ — Cannes
One of the most anticipated new television series of the summer is “Too Old to Die Young,” a 10-episode detective thriller from film provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn. Two of the episodes are screening at the Cannes Film Festival, where star Miles Teller joined IndieWire’s chief critic Eric Kohn for a SAGindie talk at the American Pavilion. The Amazon-backed “Too Old to Die Young” marks Teller and Refn’s first major jump to television, but that’s not how things felt on set for the “Whiplash” actor.

“It felt like each episode was its own independent film,” Teller said during the discussion. “Nic said it would be seven months long, we’d be shooting in chronological order and that this is a 15-hour long movie that has an odyssey for my character. It’s so nice. I haven’t done anything chronological since theater. There’s something really special about doing that,
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Elton John’s ‘Rocketman’ Rocks Cannes and Embarks on Its Road to Awards

The trailer was promising, and so was the CinemaCon footage. But it takes confidence to send a movie to Cannes, and Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, who knows the ins and outs of the international market, decided to launch out-of-competition at Cannes one of his first greenlights, Dexter Fletcher’s $40-million Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

The gamble paid off as the movie played well, with producers John and his partner David Furnish and songwriter-partner Bernie Taupin on hand. (Tomatometer is strong so far.) Cannes veterans know that the end-of-movie Palais applause is always long and lingering. What’s rare is breaking into applause in the middle, as the audience did after Taron Egerton as John sits down at the piano in his mother’s house and figures out the music for “Your Song” as Taupin (Jamie Bell) watches. It’s the moment when an artist finally finds his voice. I was in tears.
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