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Cannes Review: Lars Von Trier Confronts Depression Head On In The Grim 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2011 10:38 AM
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Two years after Lars Von Trier caused a major stir at Cannes with his contentious "Antichrist," the enfant terrible returns to the Croisette in a much more subdued mood with "Melancholia." Despite the premise, which sounds tailor-made for Von Trier to provoke and prod his audience, the film is easily the most restrained the director has been "Europa." Essentially shock free, the operatic, three act film plays more like an Ingmar Bergman chamber piece than anything else and the biggest surprise is just how contemplative Von Trier is this time around.

Will Lars Von Trier's Next Project 'The Nymphomaniac' Actually Be A Porn Film?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 3:09 AM
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As we've already discussed this morning, Lars von Trier is something of a provocateur, a trickster. So, when he told the Cannes press conference that followed the first screening of his latest picture, the apocalyptic "Melancholia," that "My next film, and Kirsten [Dunst] demanded it, will be porn. That's how women are. Really hard core. That's what I'm writing now," while sat next to the ashen-faced "Spider-Man" star, you'll forgive us for not taking him too seriously. Except, as it turns out, he may not have been joking.

First Teaser Poster For Walles Salles' Adaptation Of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 12:39 PM
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Here's the first glimpse at a teaser poster from Cannes for Walter Salles' upcoming adaptation of the iconic Beat Generation novel "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac.

Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott & Lizzy Caplan Star In Will Ferrell Produced 'Bachelorette'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 3:52 AM
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With all the buzz building behind Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," it was only a matter of time before similarly themed comedies started cropping up. So it's no surprise that equally comic production powerhouse Gary Sanchez -- the shingle run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay -- are getting into the game.

Confirmed: 'Secret Door' With Sofia Coppola & Kirsten Dunst Is A Hoax

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2011 6:21 AM
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Well, that was fun while it lasted. As you no doubt heard over the Easter weekend, the blogosphere lit up when a Twitter account supposedly belonging to Francis Ford Coppola's production company American Zoetrope tweeted, "Happy to announce that Kirsten Dunst has agreed to be in Sofia Coppola‘s new film ‘Secret Door’. Script is still being finished. Stay tuned!” Sounded too good to be true -- and indeed, that was the case.

Updated: Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst Won't Re-Team On New Project 'Secret Door'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2011 9:35 AM
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Update: Sorry, Coppola fans, looks like we've been had by a hoaxer. When we ran the story yesterday, the account looked genuine enough, but subsequent tweets were more suspicious, in particular 8 pages of script 'leaked' onto the account, 8 pages of some of the worst writing we've ever seen (Sample: "It was he, I pondered most of"). With the legitimacy looking increasingly fishy, we have now confirmed with Kirsten Dunst's reps that this project is indeed a hoax. We're not quite sure who has the goddamn time to write a script pretending to be Sofia Coppola, but there we go. Apologies.

New Picture From 'Melancholia'; Lars Von Trier Says Kirsten Dunst "Got Off Easy" During Filming

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 18, 2011 3:33 AM
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As we've read and witnessed already, thanks to an early trailer, Lars Von Trier's latest film, "Melancholia," is about two sisters who find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth. So it's a sci-fi-tinged picture, but as the trailer evinces it's also like a wedding-based melodrama -- "Margot At The Wedding As We're All Doomed," or something, with shades of Bergman. It looks much more like a film about psychological angst, anxiety and human ugliness (natch, it's Von Trier) than it does an end-of-days apocalyptic picture.

Watch: Beautiful NSFW Trailer For Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 8, 2011 11:44 AM
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Well, this is a pleasant surprise on a Friday morning -- the first trailer for the new Lars Von Trier movie, the end-of-the-world drama, "Melancholia." Coming off the single most controversial film of his career, "Antichrist," the beginning of this clip, which has debuted at the film's official site (via @TimeOutFilm), might take fans of the unpredictable Danish helmer by surprise -- it strikes one as a rather conventional wedding-set drama, reminiscent of "Rachel Getting Married," or even Dogme classic "Festen."

Blake Lively Says She's Joining Chloe Moretz In 'Hick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 9:12 AM
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Actress Also Quashes 'Sex And The City' Prequel RumorsOn the red carpet at the recent Elle Style Awards, a candid Blake Lively answered questions about a few projects she's been rumored to be attached to, as well as what's next on her plate.

A Diverse Offering At The American Cinematheque's 6th Annual "Focus On Female Directors"

  • By Leah Zak
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  • January 18, 2011 6:27 AM
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New Shorts From Kirsten Dunst, Sam Taylor-Wood & MoreAs any cinephile will note, women have been sitting in the director's chair since the inception of filmmaking itself, but it seems only recently that their voices have become more numerous-- and more, dare we say, bankable. High profile names such as Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola are garnering more attention in Hollywood, with Bigelow even becoming the first female to ever win the Oscar for Best Director at the ceremony last year. But the truth is, women filmmakers have as many voices to bring to the table as their male counterparts, the philosophy it would appear, behind the American Cinemateque's "Focus on Female Filmmakers" program, an annual event at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The night was an eclectic collection of short films by women directors, ranging from documentary, to dance, to animation to biblical re-tellings.

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