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'Spring Breakers' Sequel 'The Second Coming' In The Works, Gaspar Noé & Paul Verhoeven Line Up Next Projects & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 9:29 AM
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Spring Breakers
There are really two different Cannes Film Festivals. There's the Cannes we know and love, the place where the filmmakers walk the red carpet and some of the biggest films of the year make their world premiere. And then there's the Cannes marketplace, where producers, distributors, investors and more all get the next wave of movies in front of people who can sign checks and make deals. And today, production company Wild Bunch has revealed the movies they'll be bringing to wheel and deal, and there's some surprising stuff.

Watch: Jonas Åkerlund-Directed Video For Coldplay's "Magic" Starring Zhang Ziyi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 11:34 AM
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Magic Coldplay
Coldplay has a new album coming out on May 19th called Ghost Stories, and undoubtedly it will be viewed as the Chris Martin/Gwyneth Paltrow breakup album that everyone will be listening all summer because that's what happens when the band releases an album. And to get the promo train started properly, Chris Martin and co. have dropped the first video from the disc and as usual, have rounded up big talent to help them.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Small Apartments' Is An Awkward, Entirely Unsatisfying Mixture Of Sweetness And Filth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 11, 2012 5:54 PM
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Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund used to be the kind of director whose every move was worth following. He started out building buzz for his career by making controversial music videos, helming the sensational, barely-seen "Smack My Bitch Up" clip for Prodigy and, way more successfully, the "Ray of Light" music video for Madonna (a clip that won a record seven prizes at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards). Even his lesser videos (like his Cardigans' "Favorite Game" clip) were compelling and vital compared to most pedestrian and run-of-the-mill music videos. Åkerlund's videos were often defined by a willingness to delve into the scuzzier aspects of life (like the Prodigy video and Metallica's "Turn the Page") – visually his style was slick but also grimy, lit up by garish neon lights and high contrast colorization.

Jonas Åkerlund To Direct Matt Lucas In Comedy 'Small Apartments'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 6:08 AM
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Despite directing two trainwrecks -- the dreadful drug drama "Spun" and the ridiculous serial killer tale "The Horsemen" -- some still believe Jonas Åkerlund has the potential to helm a feature film worth watching.

Jonas Åkerlund To Direct Britney Spears' Upcoming "Hold It Against Me" Music Video

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 20, 2011 6:40 AM
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The filmmaking career of Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is a curious one that can either be seen as a missed opportunity, a promise unfulfilled, or an overestimation of talent. In the mid to late '90s, Åkerlund seemed poised to follow in the footsteps of fellow music directing giants-turned-feature filmmakers Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. The filmmaker made ripples and a splash with semi-transgressive (and often controversial) videos for The Prodigy (their infamous "Smack My Bitch Up"), Metallica and several videos for his visual muse Madonna ("Ray Of Light" and "Music" among others).

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