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Charlotte Gainsbourg Gets In The Middle Of A Man Sandwich In New Pic From Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2013 6:28 PM
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Lars von Trier has a new movie. It's called "Nymphomanaic." And basically, if you're any sort of cinephile, that is all you need to know for this one to be way, way up on your list of anticipated films of 2013.

Captain Kirk & John Harrison Face Off In 2 New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 9, 2013 2:45 PM
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Fanboy curiosity has always been manic, but it's curdled into desperation of late. Adult geeks have looked at "Iron Man 3" children's toys to assay spoiler characteristics in upcoming Marvel films, but the intense inquisitive desire surrounding "Star Trek Into Darkness" and its main villain is true child's play in comparison. Perhaps it's because director J.J. Abrams is so secretive that it has become a challenge to nerds to figure everything out in advance, and so no one is buying that Benedict Cumberbatch's antagonist character (named John Harrison) is who the film says he is and assume he's Khan, as played by Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek 2".

Berlin Review: 'A Single Shot' With Sam Rockwell Unravels From A Tight Premise Into A Downbeat, Messy Misfire

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2013 1:36 PM
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The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot,” which premieres at the Berlin Film Festival today, has been about the longer-than-usual casting merry-go-round -- since 2009 a roster of talent as long as your arm has signed up then signed out of the film. However the fear that, as the accepted wisdom goes, there must be something fundamentally wrong with a project that takes this long to put together was somewhat mitigated by the kind of names who kept on stepping up: as worrying as it might be to lose the likes of (pre-breakout) Michael Fassbender, Alessandro Nivola, Forest Whitaker or Juliette Lewis, it doesn’t sting so hard when you get Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs to show up instead -- all actors we admire.

Göteborg Interview: Director Volker Schlöndorff On ‘Calm At Sea,’ His Greatest Cinematic Failure & 'The Master'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2013 12:55 PM
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Presenting his new film “Calm at Sea” (reviewed here) in the Bio Roy Theater during the Göteborg International Film Festival last week, director Volker Schlöndorff said, in mock-pique, “It’s so great to be in this wonderful theatre, named after Sweden’s great filmmaker Roy Andersson. I‘m still waiting for my hometown to put up a theater in my name.” And perhaps given the level of esteem in which he is held, especially in his home country, the idea of one day catching a 2.30 showing at The Volker is not so farfetched. But of course Schlondorff’s career has hardly been plain sailing, with his towering achievement, the oddly compelling, uncanny adaptation of Günter Grass' “The Tin Drum” rather overshadowing the films that came before and after, especially having been crowned with an Oscar and the Palme d’Or.

Interview: 'Angels in Exile' Director Billy Raftery Talks The Street Kids Of Durban & How To Partner Social Activism With Documentary

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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Audiences were captivated by the visceral, intimate look into the lives of street kids in Durban, South Africa, captured by filmmaker Billy Raftery in his documentary “Angels in Exile,” which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week (review here). However, one couldn’t help but also be drawn in to Billy’s story and the circumstances surrounding this film that was ten years in the making. We sat down with Raftery and his producer Adam Paul Smith to chat about the making of “Angels in Exile,” how he was able to gain access into this population of rogue street kids, and what the future holds for social activism documentary filmmaking.

Göteborg Interview: Tobias Lindholm On 'A Hijacking,' 'The Hunt,' The Psychology Of European Cinema & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2013 12:07 PM
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Director of the hotly buzzed “A Hijacking” (our glowing review here) that has been doing the festival rounds since Venice last year, Tobias Lindholm is, in his own words, about to “close up the circus and start working on the next thing.” But with his two breakthrough film projects “The Hunt,” which he co-wrote with director Thomas Vinterberg, and “A Hijacking” still awaiting U.S. releases (the latter is slated for second-quarter 2013 bow through Magnolia Pictures), it is tempting to cast him as being only "on the cusp" of major international success.

Saoirse Ronan Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut 'How To Catch A Monster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2013 11:40 AM
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Is 2013 going to be Saoirse Ronan's biggest year yet? It's certainly shaping up to be that way. She's got potential franchise coming with "The Host" opening next month, genre offerings "Byzantium" and "How I Live Now" are on the horizon, and she's currently lensing Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" taking the female lead role. Now she's adding Ryan Gosling to her list of accomplishments.

Interview: 'Blumenthal' Director Seth Fisher Talks The "Recipe" For Indie Filmmaking & The Fear Of Your Own Characters

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 9, 2013 11:25 AM
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Last week, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, actor Seth Fisher premiered his debut feature film, “Blumenthal,” in which he takes a multi-hyphenate approach to independent filmmaking, as writer/director/star/editor/and more. “Blumenthal” tells the story of a New York City family reeling from the sudden death of famous playwright Harold Blumenthal (Brian Cox), who dies laughing at his own joke. Brother Saul (Mark Blum) feels that Harold stole his ideas, his wife Cheryl (Laila Robins), an aging actress is dealing with her own issues about her body and mortality, and Saul’s son Ethan (Fisher), is an OCD pharmaceutical rep with a few particular issues with women. Back when he only had a first draft of his script, Fisher launched the blog watchmemakeamovie.com, chronicling his process of independent filmmaking, and garnering fans along the way who contributed to his crowdfunding campaign to make “Blumenthal” a reality

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Would You Rather' 'Glimpse Inside The Mind' Of 'Side Effects' Or 'Identity Thief'?

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 8, 2013 4:58 PM
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It's a big weekend for names. Steven Soderbergh is back for one last go-round on the theatrical circuit (read our retrospective of his work here). Indiewood favorites of this past fall, John Hawkes and Bill Murray, show up to remind us how fantastic they are (and why they should have gotten Oscar noms). Even Charlie Sheen makes a (rather central) appearance. It's a big weekend for experiments too: surrealism, wuxia, and modern-day Shakespeare are here in full force. And, of course, no theatrical release bundle is complete without the "torture porn" of a middle school game gone adult and awry. So, uh, get ready. And let us know what you'll be seeing in the comments below! (And if you're on the East Coast facing Nemo, stay warm and safe!)

YA Update: 'The Maze Runner' Coming Valentine's Day 2014; Mark Waters To Direct 'Blood Sisters'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 8, 2013 4:43 PM
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After a directorial change-up was announced in August with "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke being replaced by Wes Ball, the fate of the dystopian teen franchise "The Maze Runner" was unclear. But now, Fox has stamped a Valentine’s Day 2014 release for the as-of-yet unfilmed project, based on the first in author James Dashner’s sci-fi trilogy about adolescent boys trapped in an ever-changing maze. The premise never struck us as being particularly romantic in the way young adult fare generally is, but maybe there’s more to this maze than meets the eye. Or maybe Fox plans to stock this maze full of dreamy, steamy young bucks and lure the high school bachelorettes in.

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