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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.

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

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."

Magnolia Gets Apocalyptic, Picks Up Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2011 4:10 AM
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After Von Trier's outrageous and divisive "Antichrist," when the director announced he would make an ambitious psychological disaster film about the end of the world, it seemed like a logical (and awesome) next step. And one we are greatly looking forward to seeing. Well, Magnolia Pictures have quickly snapped up the North American rights to "Melancholia" and if you've been following the progress of the film, you know it's going to be a doozy.

The Playlist's 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2011 - Part 1

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 3, 2011 8:51 AM
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That’s right, 2010 is already in our rear view and we’re looking far, far ahead into 2011. If 2010 was the year of audiences rewarding original, smart blockbusters (“Inception”) and punishing glossy, but empty big-budget tentpoles (“The Tourist,” “Tron: Legacy”) the new year will find studios hoping once again that comic franchises and sequels can bring in the big bucks. No less than five comic-book movies are on the way with “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Green Lantern,” “Green Hornet” and “X-Men: First Class” all swinging into theaters, while tried-and-true franchises get sequels with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Transformers 3,” “The Hangover 2” and “Sherlock Holmes 2” among the films looking to bank on previous successes.

Stellan Skarsgård Talks Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 3, 2011 2:13 AM
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Says Rooney Mara Will Do 'Something Beautiful' With Portrayal Of Lisbeth SalanderVeteran Swedish thespian Stellan Skarsgård recently took the opportunity while doing press for his dark, comical crime-caper "A Somewhat Gentle Man," to discuss his interesting plate of upcoming projects, namely David Fincher's forthcoming adaptation of the first installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," as well as Lars von Trier's psychological end-of-days pic, "Melancholia."

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