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Watch: Intense, Bloody VFX Reel For Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 4:42 PM
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Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling
Easily one of the most divisive films of last year, Nicolas Winding Refn's decadently minimal "Only God Forgives" didn't hold back when it came to gore. Though it moved at its own deliberate pace and gave Ryan Gosling as little to say as possible, when violence arrived, it was unflinching.

Tom Hardy Downplays Rumored Beef With Charlize Theron During The Shooting Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 23, 2014 12:21 PM
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Mad Max: Fury Road
Shooting on George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” began in the summer of 2012 and the film isn’t coming out until summer 2015. That’s, ahem, a long frickin’ road to a movie (as well as one that opens only two weeks after “Avengers: Age of Ultron”). By all accounts it is an expensive and highly ambitious picture, utilizing a lot of practical effects, cars and stunts and little CGI.

Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'Jodorowsky's Dune' In Clip From Documentary Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 4:40 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune
So, just how much fun is "Jodorowsky's Dune"? When I saw it last year at Cannes, it screened without English subtitles during certain portions of the multilingual film, but I was still able to put together 5 Things You'll Learn from the movie. And when our own Jessica Kiang caught up with it at the recent Goteborg Film Festival, she was just as taken as I was, declaring Frank Pavitch's documentary an "unalloyed pleasure... about the value and power of creative passion."

Watch: Super Bowl Spots Directed By David Gordon Green & Nicolas Winding Refn, Plus 'Seinfeld' Reunion & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 9:04 AM
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Nicolas Winding Refn David Beckham
Last night, a game was played, and a team won and a team lost, and Seattle seemed to be super happy for some reason. But for our purposes, the Super Bowl means lot of new trailers (including "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the first teaser for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" among others) and of course, lots of celeb talent getting paid big bucks to sell things. So, clear away the bones from last night's chicken wings and check out the below.

Marrakech Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn On Disliking Vikings, Realism & What He Learned From 'Fear X'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 9, 2013 2:12 PM
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It’s telling, and maybe also a little paradoxical, that of the huge array of Nordic talent assembled onstage at the Scandinavian tribute last week at the Marrakech Film Festival, the honor itself was accepted (on the delegation’s behalf) by Nicolas Winding Refn. Telling, because it shows just how sky-high the director’s profile is, despite, or maybe because of, the mixed reaction to this year’s “Only God Forgives,” the follow-up to his Cannes-busting “Drive.” A little paradoxical, because it really feels that Refn can be less and less associated with the region of his birth these days: his last truly Danish film was 2005’s “Pusher 3” and his ongoing association with Ryan Gosling, along with his interest in non-European settings and cultures, makes him feel more international-with-maybe-an-independent-American-edge than anything else.

James Gray, Nicolas Winding Refn & More Giving Masterclasses At 2013 Marrakech International Film Festival

The Playlist has worked our passports hard this year, booking time at festivals around the world including: Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, Goteburg, Karlovy Vary, Los Angeles, Telluride, Toronto, New York, London, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Savannah, Fantastic Fest and more. Believe it or not we got another coming up: Marrakech. Read More »

Interview: Keanu Reeves Talks Plot & Status Of 'Bill & Ted 3,' What Happened To Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Jekyll' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 2:47 PM
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We were lucky enough to speak to Keanu Reeves earlier today about his directorial debut, the underground fight saga "Man of Tai Chi." We'll have more from our interview with Reeves in the days ahead (including what it was like transitioning from "Man of Tai Chi" to "47 Ronin") but we wanted to first share with you an update about three seemingly endlessly gestating projects for the actor: the third "Bill & Ted" movie, the sci-fi romance "Passengers" (which recently cast its leading lady) and what happened with "Jekyll," a film that at one time he was going to make with Nicolas Winding Refn.

Watch: 90-Second Ad For Grey Goose Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 9:24 AM
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We can't imagine that making a movie like "Only God Forgives" brings in the megabucks. Indeed for many directors, the commercial world offers a chance to earn a nice paycheck while keeping those directorial skills honed. And Nicolas Winding Refn, as he cooks up whatever he does next (he isn't saying much), has dipped his toes in that world before and has done so again.

Nicolas Winding Refn's "All-Female Horror" Film 'I Walk With The Dead' Gets A Writer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 1:15 PM
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Having learned that anything he says could potentially be a headline, Nicolas Winding Refn has become cagier about whatever prospective project he has brewing. And thus, it's no surprise then that, badass title aside, details on "I Walk With The Dead" have been fairly scarce. At one point, it was described as a movie with "lots of sex" and with Carey Mulligan attached, and Miami as the setting for the movie. Earlier this year, he confirmed with us that Mulligan was still attached, but that he was still working on the script. And now, it turns out he's brought in someone to help him out.

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'Only God Forgives,' Tokyo's Qualities For 'The Avenging Silence' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 11:05 AM
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"Make the movie you want to make, and go with God. There's nothing else you can really do," Nicolas Winding Refn told us over the phone last week, as he closes out his year with one last run at U.S. press for "Only God Forgives" as it heads to home video. There's little doubt he stuck with that rule in making his second film with Ryan Gosling, a dreamy, vicious revenge saga, heavy on mood and thin on dialogue. The picture polarized critics on the Croisette and gave us plenty to talk about. Qhile Refn's latest was heavily scrutinized, the director himself remained reflective about his second go at Cannes following his Best Director win two years ago for "Drive."

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