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Kristin Scott Thomas Says She's "Bored" By Film Acting & Has Decided To Stop

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 4, 2014 9:18 AM
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The Woman In The Fifth Kristin Scott Thomas
Quelle horreur! Kristin Scott Thomas, she of the elegant eyebrow and the bilingual career featuring such masterful performances as the matriarch in “Only God Forgives,” the fragile and powerful best friend in “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and the returning criminal in “I've Loved You So Long,” says she's retiring from acting. In a recent Guardian interview, Thomas calls herself a “recovering actress” and stated she's done with the whole business of getting in front of the camera.

Exclusive: First Official Image From 'Suite Francaise' Starring Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 9:44 AM
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Is it a bit ridiculous to already be pining for next year's festival season? Alright, it totally is ridiculous but we're probably not alone in being stoked for "Suite Francaise," if only because it brings together Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts for a wartime romance. And with lensing taking place this summer, some early images from the film have arrived along with an official synopsis and director's statement to give a sense of what's in store.

Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 17, 2013 6:56 PM
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Only God Forgives
With the weight of expectation behind it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” was never going to be able to deliver the same neon blue jolt of surprise that thrilled audiences who saw “Drive.” And the anticipation for this film has certainly been high for this film, that in early stages at least, looked a little like “Drive 2," reuniting Refn with star Ryan Gosling in a similarly taciturn role, and also with that reflective black and fizzing blue/red aesthetic that’s as heady and addictive as a drug to the director’s fans (among whom we number ourselves, of course). This is probably a good example of “be careful what you wish for," as “Only God Forgives” delivers what we might have thought we wanted but with diminishing returns: Refn’s trademark visual style is indulged to a dizzying degree (to an almost self-parodic extreme in the early stages) but is unmoored, lacking any kind of satisfying or coherent narrative throughline. Where “Drive” looked similarly amazing, it was in addition oddly affecting and poetic in its narrative arc; this film has the twisted, dreamlike, cool vibe in spades, but it makes only a late bid for our real engagement.

Kristin Scott Thomas Gets Her Own 'Only God Forgives' Poster, Rating In France Sets Off Political Battle

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 7, 2013 10:42 AM
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When Nicolas Winding Refn debuted his latest feature “Only God Forgives” at the Cannes Film Festival it was met with some mixed reactions. Just by looking around you can find a rainbow of thoughts about the movie ranging from absolute love for the film to utter disgust (read our review here). Now “Only God Forgives” is creating a new divide, and this time it’s causing a political discourse in France.

Ghosts, Pornographic Cock Talk, Bitch Switches & Art & Violence As Penetration: Highlights From The ‘Only God Forgives’ Cannes Press Conference

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 22, 2013 11:10 AM
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Only God Forgives, Refn, Gosling
“Only God Forgives,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest collaboration with Ryan Gosling just let out in Cannes this morning and the conversations on Twitter are heated and polarizing. There’s either love or loathing in the air and not a lot in between. Many are remarking that it’s similar in tone to Refn and Gosling’s last team-up in “Drive.” This stands to reason as Gosling himself told us earlier in the year, “It's very extreme. It's part of the same dream as ‘Drive,’ but it's more of a nightmare than a dream... So that's what happens when you let Nicolas loose in Thailand. There's no one around to put the reins on and he's completely unleashed.”

Cannes Review: 'Only God Forgives' Stretches Refn's Neon-Noir Style Over Too Little Oedipal, Amoral Substance

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 22, 2013 6:48 AM
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Only God Forgives
With the weight of expectation behind it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” was never going to be able to deliver the same neon blue jolt of surprise that thrilled through the 2011 Cannes crowd at the first screening of “Drive.” But the audience in attendance today was prepped and primed, and practically salivating, for something that looked a little like “Drive 2” -- reuniting Refn with star Ryan Gosling in a similarly taciturn role, and also with that reflective black and fizzing blue/red aesthetic that’s as heady and addictive as a drug to the director’s fans (of whom we number ourselves, of course).

Cannes 2013: Kristin Scott Thomas Shines In Sizzle Reel Footage From 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 6:17 PM
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Finally from our roundup of tonight’s Weinstein Company 2013 preview reel (you can read about “The Immigrant” here and the rest of the movies teased here), and well, we’ve kind of saved the best for last. Or at least, the best received on the night. Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” is without a doubt one of the most hotly anticipated movies playing at this Cannes Festival, promising to send a jolt of that amoral, violent, genre cool he does so well surging through a lineup that’s a little heavy on the “serious adult drama” side otherwise.

Watch: 3 Stylish & Violent Clips From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2013 10:41 PM
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Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives
While the story behind "Only God Forgives" will be the reunion between "Drive" director and star, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, is it too early to declare that Kristin Scott Thomas might steal the show? Possibly, but in these three new clips from the movie she stands tall above the whiskey glass smashing and chase sequences.

Beauty, Brawn & Blades Dominate In New Pics From 'Only God Forgives' With Ryan Gosling & Kristin Scott Thomas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2013 5:44 PM
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If you needed any proof that Ryan Gosling is the kind of guy that women would take off their clothes in alleyways for, here are some new pics from in the never-ending blitz of stuff from "Only God Forgives." This week alone we've seen two new trailers, new images and a U.S. poster and a French one too. And now, even more pics.

Juliette Binoche, Jodie Foster & More Reportedly Eyed For Abel Ferrara's Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic As Isabelle Adjani Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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So remember about a year ago when Abel Ferrara was talking up his next movie, one that would be inspired/based on disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn? While producers were cagier, Ferrara was talking up a shoot last summer with Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, with Isabelle Adjani to co-star? Well, that didn't happen and now it looks like he's going to have to find a new leading lady.

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