Brady Corbet and Director Antonio Campos Talk SIMON KILLER, Uncomfortable Sex Scenes, the Film’s Origins, and More

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From filmmaker Antonio Campos (Afterschool), the indie drama Simon Killer is an unsettling psychological portrait of a well-educated, handsome young man named Simon (Brady Corbet) who travels to Paris to get over a recent break-up.  He soon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor where he has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute named Victoria (Mati Diop) that continues to spiral out of control.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Brady Corbet and writer/director Antonio Campos talked about how this film came about, what they wanted to explore in the story they were telling, their collaboration on the portrayal of Simon, and the intention behind making the sex scenes so uncomfortable.  Corbet also talked about treating his acting career as a master class, now that he’s trying his own hand at directing.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First Theatrical Trailer for Antonio Campos’ SIMON KILLER

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IFC Films has debuted the first theatrical trailer for director Antonio Campos’ (After School) erotic drama Simon Killer.  The film stars Brady Corbet (Melancholia) as a college graduate who travels to Paris after a bad breakup, where he begins an affair with an exotic prostitute that leads to dire consequences.  The trailer is surprisingly fun and hypnotic, and it does a good job of showcasing Campos’ distinct visual style and the seemingly engrossing story.  The pic premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and you can read Matt’s review of the film right here.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, and Constance RousseauSimon Killer opens on April 5th.

New Batch of Actors Testing for Harry Osborn in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Including Sam Claflin and Eddie Redmayne

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Casting is currently underway on Sony’s fast-moving sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it appears that producers are changing course in filling the integral role of Harry Osborn.  Marc Webb is returning to direct with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone back as the film’s leads, but the follow-up is poised to include a tantalizing group of newcomers that should ring familiar to fans of the comics.  Shailene Woodley is set to play eventual love interest Mary Jane in what may amount to a larger role in the third film, and negotiations are underway to nail down Jamie Foxx as the film’s villain Electro.

We recently heard that Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) and Brady Corbet (Melancholia) were under consideration for the role of Harry Obsorn, but now it appears that Sony is looking for a different type of actor to take on the part.  Hit the jump for more.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Searches for Harry Osborn in Dane DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich and Brady Corbet

by     Posted 1 year, 160 days ago

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The Amazing Spider-Man sought to establish its version of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as one that’s independent from Sam Raimi’s trilogy; the sequel is now looking to do the same with the character of Harry Osborn. A college-age friend of Parker’s, Osborn is the son of brilliant industrialist Norman Osborn, who was mentioned in the original film. The Osborns might get along with Parker, but they each fight against his alter-ego. Garfield will return as the web-slinger in The Amazing Spider-Man 2as will Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Shailene Woodley will appear as Mary-Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx will be a highlight as the villainous Electro. Who will step into James Franco’s shoes as Harry Osborn? Hit the jump to find out.

Sundance 2012: SIMON KILLER Review

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Antonio Campos‘s Simon Killer is an amusing film both unintentionally and unexpectedly.  The film is rarely meant to be comedic and it rarely enters into so-bad-it’s-good territory.  What makes the film so amusing is how hard Campos is trying to make it exciting.  It is the definition of overcompensating as the aggressive direction, bizarre cinematography, and melodramatic performances try to convince the audience the dull plot and pathetic characters are worth caring about.  There’s even a moderately intriguing idea at the center of the protagonist’s motives, but it’s buried under meaningless sex, violence, and introspection.

Trailer for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

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One of the best films I’ve seen so far this year is the haunting and emotionally complex drama Martha Marcy May Marlene.  Now Fox Searchlight has released a trailer for the flick and it does a good job of selling how the story jumps around in time and showing the fractured psyche of its protagonist (Elisabeth Olsen in a breakthrough performance).  I also love how it closes out with John Hawkes singing and giving you a hint of how disturbing he is in this film.  I honestly believe he’s headed towards another Oscar nomination for his work in this film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and click here to read my Sundance review.  Martha Marcy May Marlene will play at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  It opens in the U.S. on October 7th.

Sundance 2011: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Review

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Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powder keg of tension, paranoia, and regret that will have you captivated with incredible direction and amazing performances.  Centering on a young woman who escapes from a cult only to discover that she can’t re-assimilate, the storytelling is always restrained, intelligent, and compelling.  In his debut feature film, director Sean Durkin brilliantly ties together haunting cinematography, intense sound design, and smart editing.  Elizabeth Olsen gives a breakthrough performance as the haunted Martha, and costar John Hawkes continues to amaze.  Never showy but always compelling, Martha Marcy May Marlene is one of the best films I’ve seen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance 2011: First Images from HOMEWORK, Starring Fredding Highmore and Emma Roberts, and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

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With the Sundance Film Festival premiering in a little over a month (48 days to be exact), new images from the films in competition have begun to emerge. As such, we are pleased to bring you a few screenshots from Gavin Wiesen’s Homework, starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood; and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, with Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, and Sarah Paulson.

Homework finished shooting in New York last April and marks Wiesen’s feature length debut as writer and director. Likewise, Martha Marcy May Marlene is the first for Durkin, who wrote and directed the film. Hit the jump to see the pics and for a brief synopses:

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