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Anton Corbijn To Direct Coldplay Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 5:31 AM
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Longtime rock band photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn waited until relatively late in his career to try his hand at feature filmmaking. His first effort was the austere Ian Curtis biopic "Control," which he followed up last year with the masterful assassin tale "The American." However, it seems like big screen movies aren't quite a comfortable fit for the helmer. Last fall he admitted he may only have one more film left in him, and that may be an adaptation of John le Carré‘s political thriller "A Most Wanted Man," which he signed for back in June. Not much has been heard on that front since, but Corbijn is still plenty busy. Before he gets to that film, Arts Beat report he'll team with Coldplay and helm their upcoming concert webcast for the American Express Unstaged series.

'Pitbull' Was The Original Title Of 'The Kid With A Bike' But Distributors Turned It Down

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 6, 2011 4:00 AM
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The Dardenne Brothers Hit NYFF '11 And Talk Casting, Scoring & MoreAre there any filmmakers as consistent as our favorite Belgian siblings the Dardenne Brothers? While they won't break any box office records, every instalment of the arthouse duo's output (though as per request and general lack of accessibility, we forget anything pre-1995) is generally a critical and cinephile darling, not to mention it probably holds an award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. And their newest offering, "The Kid With A Bike," is a home run.

Lars Von Trier Will No Longer Speak To Press Or Do Interviews; Faces Charges Over Cannes Comments

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 4:15 AM
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It wasn't that long ago that troublemaking director Lars Von Trier was poking fun at his Person Non Grata status bestowed upon him after his bungled comments in Cannes this spring. With a U.K. poster for "Melancholia" bearing an image of the director with a hilarious and fake official seal from Cannes in the top left corner, it seemed the director was putting the events on the Croisette behind him in good spirits. But it appears his saga is far from over as the director made a surprising announcement today.

Mark Wahlberg To Reteam With Director Baltasar Kormakur For David O. Russell Penned '2 Guns'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 8:29 AM
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Is Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur going to be Mark Wahlberg's new David O. Russell? We'll have to wait and see but it seems the two got along really well on the set of the forthcoming "Contraband" as Variety reports that Kormakur will sign on to direct Wahlberg in the action/comedy "2 Guns."

NYFF '11 Review: 'Dreileben' Is An Accomplished, Dense Trilogy Spanning Murder, Love & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 1, 2011 3:20 AM
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With the recent upsurge in quality TV programming and the ensuing embracement by cinema-goers, it was only a matter of time before film festivals actually started programming pieces originally made for the tube. Both "Carlos" and "The Red Riding Trilogy" were of this ilk; flicks broadcast on the small-screen that retained their cinematic quality but took advantage of the long-form storytelling television provided. "Dreileben," the latest of these undertakings, centers on a murder across three feature films each with their own perspective. Things open innocently with a youthful romance, the loose murderer and subsequent manhunt only lurking in the background. Out of sight, out of mind -- but it only lasts for so long. The second feature involves an out-of-towner psychologist helping with the investigation and the third follows the "villain" himself. Much like 'Red Riding,' this triptych is helmed by different directors: Christian Petzold ("Jerichow"), Dominik Graf ("A Map of the Heart"), and critic Christoph Hochhäusler ("The City Below"), each of them part of the "Berlin School" clique in contemporary German cinema.

Review: 'My Joy' Is A Searing Blast On Russian Society Past And Present

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 1, 2011 2:53 AM
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After admiring the mixing process of cement, two men heartlessly drop a dead body into the vat. The sun shines, a bulldozer covers the hole, and people get on with their workday. Wait a second, Sergei Loznitsa, you don't really mean that title sincerely, do you?

Ryan Gosling Calls Upcoming Project 'Only God Forgives' The "Strangest Thing" He’s Ever Read

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 10:40 AM
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Says Director Ruben Fleischer Holds His Own Amongst the Massive Ensemble of 'Gangster Squad'

102 Year Old Manoel de Oliveira Has Started Shooting His New Film 'Gabo And The Shadow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 6:25 AM
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Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale & Jeanne Moreau StarOh, are you having a case of the Mondays? Maybe you're still a bit hungover from the weekend and feeling a bit lethargic at the beginning of the work week? Don't tell it to Manoel de Oliveira. At 102 years old, the famed Portuguese director has started lensing his next feature length film. Awesome.

Great Poster For Janus Films' Re-Release Of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Weekend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 5:22 AM
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With French New Wave legend Jean Luc-Godard spending the latter part of his career making interesting curiosities like "Film Socialisme" that are pretty much only appreciated by his small, but diehard fanbase, it's easy to forget that one point, his name alone would have lineups forming around the block at arthouses nationwide. And coming right at the end of his 1960s run that included what arguably his best and most influential films including "2 or 3 Things I Know About Her," "Masculin Féminin," "Pierrot le fou," "Band of Outsiders," "Contempt," "Vivre Sa Vie," "A Woman Is a Woman" and of course "Breathless" was none other than "Weekend."

With Rights To 'Nymphomaniac' Selling Like Crazy, Does Lars Von Trier's Non-Apology Really Matter?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 2:22 AM
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Oh, Lars Von Trier. The director, who seriously needs to be put in the hands of a good publicist, continues to shoot off this mouth and stack the deck against himself. While he's not exactly Mel Gibson, watching the helmer lately is akin to seeing a sub-Andrew Dice Clay comedian bomb terribly somewhere in the Catskills. His comments, both at Cannes and in the latest issue of GQ, aren't so much offensive (though we can understand how someone might be offended) as they are a series of poorly selected words. Before we get to the latest statement that has ruffled feathers, let's rewind a bit to the Croisette -- here's what he said at the time in answer to a question about his Germanic roots that caused festival organizers to bar him from the Palais:

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