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Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking
Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared "persona non grata" by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He's done speaking in public, period.Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 4:46 AM
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Apple's Tim Cook Unveils iPhone 4S, Fails To Live Up to Steve Jobs

Yesterday at the "Let's Talk iPhone" conference, Apple changed things up. Rather than announcing the iPhone 5, they announced a phone that looks no different than their current model, and only distinguishes the new product with an S added after iPhone 4. However, while the iPhone 4S appears to be no different, its capabilities are innumerable (Apple numbered them at over 200).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:32 AM
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Coen Brothers Join TV Migration with Detective Comedy

Everybody's going to TV. Even Joel and Ethan Coen have sold an hour-long private detective comedy to Fox, HarveKarbo. With Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on the script, the brothers' single-camera show will trace the life of P.I. Harve Karbo and his noir-like investigations into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood high society. The Coens, along with Johnston, Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer and president Francie Calfo, will executive produce, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:16 AM
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Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version

Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version
Although not an ardent fan, David Chute nevertheless finds quite a few things to like in the second episode of the second season of Boardwalk Empire.Both my editor and I, here at TOH, are fans of the episode-by-episode commentary that critic Tim Appelo wrote for indieWIRE last year, during the first season of Terence Winter’s sprawling, ambitious period gangster chronicle Boardwalk Empire. Not myself a fan quite as deep-dyed as Tim, I’ve elected to try a variation on his dive-right-in approach to covering the series week by week. Leaving aside overarching issues of theme and character, I’ll be writing simply and only about the scenes and lines and encounters and details in each episode that I’ve actually really liked.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 4, 2011 12:22 PM
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More Super-Star Celebrity Auctions: Taylor's Diamonds, Wayne's Patch, Reynolds II, Ruby Slippers

First it was Debbie Reynolds' Marilyn Monroe dress and ruby slippers, now Hollywood celebrity auctions are lining up for take-off like planes at La Guardia. Cari Beauchamp reports.Auctions of all kinds seem to be proliferating--which may say more about the economy than we want to know--but three super-star auctions are on the immediate horizon from the collections of John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • October 4, 2011 12:10 PM
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Obit: Rob Remley Dies of Cancer

I am sad to report the death of Rob Remley, a long-time international marketing executive, most recently at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, who changed careers after a stint as a lead dancer for Merce Cunningham. He died September 27 after a battle with cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2011 11:56 AM
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Inspired Casting: Werner Herzog will Play Villain Across Tom Cruise in McQuarrie's One Shot

German auteur director Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) has been cast as the villain in Christopher McQuarries's One Shot (which he adapted from Lee Child's book series), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall. Here are more details on the project, in which diminutive Cruise will play strapping military cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher, with Herzog as The Zec, a former P.O.W. and head of the conspiracy Reacher is investigating.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 8:23 AM
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Stephen Frears Gets EFA's Lifetime Achievement Award: "It’s Nice to be Complimented by Europe"

Stephen Frears Gets EFA's Lifetime Achievement Award: "It’s Nice to be Complimented by Europe"
The European Film Academy is presenting Stephen Frears with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the December 3 event in Berlin. "They're always nice -- if you get them," said the director of Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity and The Queen (trailers below). The esteemed Brit has already received a Spanish Goya, a French César and a British BAFTA. “But I’m very grateful, it’s very nice to be complimented by Europe.”
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 7:03 AM
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Aronofsky's Noah Goes Ahead with Paramount & New Regency: Will It Sail With Bale?

Paramount is on board to co-finance Darren Aronofsky's Noah with New Regency, and shooting is set to kick off in Spring 2012. This means no more wondering how Aronofsky will follow up his Black Swan success.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 6:52 AM
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Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story

Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story
The Tribeca Film Institute announces the first-ever grant recipients of the new Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. Six projects have each been awarded between $50-$100,000, and will participate in a three-day workshop run by Crossover Labs, to help their projects find their audiences. Recipients include The Interrupters' web campaign and The Tillman Story Interactive Edition.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 6:08 AM
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