Jamie Bell Talks TURN, Coming to Television, Physical Challenges, Researching the Historical Setting, and More

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From showrunner Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the new AMC drama series Turn tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring.  A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, the show follows Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, which is an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.

During this recent interview to promote the new show, actor Jamie Bell talked about what attracted him to this project, why he was drawn to television, the responsibility in playing someone who existed and who did something quite incredible, in terms of the history of this country, that spies were hated during that time period, what most surprised him when he did his research, the complexity of the relationships with the women in Abe Woodhull’s life, how being a new father influences his performance, why Abe Woodhull is appealing to audiences, even with all of his flaws, and the challenges of the physical side of the role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. II Review

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[Note: This review is of a censored, abridged version of Nymphomaniac: Vol. II.  Director Lars Von Trier gave this version his approval, but did not create this cut.]

In Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) nymphomaniac has gone from a lilting, slightly melancholy, comically punctuated romp to a place of loss and ruin.  She has passed “innocent” discovery and, like any addict, needs a bigger fix.  She can’t help herself, and she becomes self-destructive as a result.  In this way, writer-director Lars Von Trier is the same as his protagonist.  He can’t get away from his greatest flaws no matter how hard he tries, and in Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, he tries pretty damned hard.  There are still bouts of silly melodrama and off-kilter jokes, but Vol. II is far more brutal than Vol. I [my review], and Von Trier (unsurprisingly) seems to feel more comfortable in an environment of pain and suffering.  Nevertheless, for all the stumbles and false notes, he builds to something emotionally impactful.  And then he fucks it up.

New Trailer for NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for the second half of director Lars von Trier’s sexual epic Nymphomaniac has arrived.  Nymphomaniac: Volume II continues the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she recounts her life to an old bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard), this time focusing on her adulthood.  This trailer is certainly aggressive and quite weird, showcasing the further sexual exploits of Joe and giving us further looks at the characters played by Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, and Shia LaBeoufVolume I was only just made available VOD earlier this month, but Volume II hits the market in just a couple of days.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review of Volume I.  The film also stars Stacy Martin, Mia Goth, and Jean-Marc BarrNymphomaniac: Volume II will be available VOD on March 20th and opens in theaters on April 4th.

SNOWPIERCER to Make Its U.S. Debut June 27th; KILL THE MESSENGER Drops October 10th

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Here are a couple of new release dates:

Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release.

Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th.

Hit the jump for more on both films.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell to Star in FANTASTIC FOUR

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We have passed along Fantastic Four casting rumors for nearly a year now.  It seems Fox is very close to finalizing the cast.  THR reports the studio is in the final stages of negotiation with Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara for Invisible Girl, Michael B. Jordan for the Human Torch, and Jamie Bell for The Thing.  Bell is the only name we have yet to hear attached to the project, but he’s a great addition to a promising young cast.  Mara, nearly 31, is the oldest of the group.  Heck, she’s older than director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who just turned 30.  The age range may not match the public conception of the Marvel superhero group, but such a group of fresh voices reassures the reboot will look nothing like Fox’s other Fantastic Four attempts.

Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.  Hit the jump for background from the comics.

New U.S. Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I

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As a special Valentine’s Day treat (?), Magnolia Pictures has released the official U.S. theatrical trailer for director Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac: Volume I.  The two-part epic tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her numerous sexual encounters to an old bachelor when he discovers her badley beaten in an alley.  Volume I looks to mainly take place in flashback, as the young Joe (Stacy Martin) begins her adventurous journey.  This trailer is devoid of any NSFW material from von Trier’s graphically explicit film, but there is quite a bit of Shia LaBeouf.  The tone is certainly aggressive, and it’ll be interesting to see how von Trier’s epic stands up as two separate films.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Uma ThurmanStacy MartinConnie NielsenChristian SlaterWillem DafoeMia GothNicolas BroSophie Kennedy ClarkJens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Volume I will be available VOD on March 6th followed by a theatrical release on March 21st, while Nymphomaniac: Volume II hits VOD on April 3rd and theaters on April 18th.

New Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: PART TWO Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two has been released.  Unlike the NSFW trailer for Part One and Part Two, there’s no sex or nudity in this one, but there is plenty of weirdness.  That’s part and parcel of a Lars von Trier movie, and in addition to some bondage, painting over mirrors, and orgasmic visions, there’s also setting cars ablaze set to The Talking Heads‘ “Burning Down the House”.  The trailer also features Shia LaBeouf, who would like to remind you that he’s not famous anymore.

Hit the jump to check out.  The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Part One  will be available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th.

Japanese Trailer for SNOWPIERCER Features Plenty of New Footage

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The legend of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer is beginning to eclipse the actual movie.  The story is set in a new ice age caused by a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed virtually all life on the planet.  The sole survivors live on a train called Snowpiercer—powered by a perpetual machine—who struggle with the class system implemented on the train.  Snowpiercer was a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, and it’s slowly rolling out to other territories.  However, behind-the-scenes wrangling continues between Bong and U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company.  Harvey Weinstein wants a shorter, more action-oriented cut, while Bong obviously wants to keep his cut intact.  The result is that we currently don’t know what we’ll get or when we’ll get it.  As we wait, new trailers continue to roll out, and a new one from Japan features plenty of fresh footage, and a heavy emphasis on the movie’s protagonist, Curtis (Chris Evans).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko AsungSnowpiercer opens in Japan on February 7th.  Let us know what we’re missing, Japan.

New Trailer for AMC’s Revolutionary War Drama TURN Starring Jamie Bell

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AMC has released a new trailer for the upcoming new drama series Turn.  Set during the Revolutionary War, the show centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.  It’s a unique angle with which to approach a Revolutionary War drama, and though this trailer is quite brief, the footage gleaned thus far is highly promising.  Moreover, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt helmed the pilot.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The show also stars Seth NumrichHeather LindMeegan WarnerKevin McNallyBurn GormanAngus MacFadyenJJ Field, and Samuel Roukin.  Turn will premiere on AMC in spring 2014.

11 New Images and New Poster for NYMPHOMANIAC

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We’ve got some saucy new images and a rather suggestive poster for writer-director Lars von Trier’s erotic drama, Nymphomaniac.  Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Nymphomaniac: Part One  is available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th.

Nymphomaniac also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma ThurmanStacy MartinConnie NielsenChristian SlaterWillem DafoeMia GothNicolas BroSophie Kennedy ClarkJens Albinus, and Udo Kier.  Hit the jump to check out the new images and poster.

First Trailer for AMC’s New Revolutionary War Series TURN

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Last night during the winter finale of The Walking Dead (read Dave’s recap here), AMC unveiled the first trailer for its new upcoming drama series Turn, and it’s now available online for all to see.  Billed as “the untold story of America’s first spy ring,” the show begins in the summer of 1778 and centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.  It’s definitely a different kind of series for AMC, but the network is at a bit of a crossroads with Breaking Bad gone and Mad Men ending in 2015, so they’re no doubt looking for another breakout hit to go alongside The Walking Dead, which will probably run for many, many more years.

The brief teaser for Turn is indeed promising, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this spy thriller set in the 18th century has to offer.  The show also stars Seth Numrich, Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Kevin McNally, Burn Gorman, Angus MacFadyen, JJ Field, and Samuel RoukinTurn will premiere on AMC in spring 2014.

New NSFW Clip from NYMPHOMANIAC Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamie Bell

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Last week, we got the first trailer for Lars Von Trier’s two-part erotic epic Nymphomaniac.  The trailer was about as sexually explicit as you’d expect from a movie called “Nymphomaniac” and now a new NSFW clip has gone online.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  The new clip, entitled “The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)” has Jamie Bell’s character giving Joe a unique holiday gift—a whip with the word “Fido” inscribed on it.  Presumably, he got it at Walmart on a good Black Friday deal.  Also, when I woke up this morning, I didn’t expect to see Charlotte Gainsbourg’s vagina, but life is full of surprises.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac will be released in Denmark and Norway on Christmas Day, and in France in January.  It will be released in the U.S. in early 2014.

Hard-Rocking, Explosive, and Incredibly NSFW Trailer for Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Over the past few months, we’ve been getting brief clips from Lars Von Trier‘s two-part, five-and-a-half hour erotic epic, Nymphomaniac.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Today, we have the first trailer, and in addition to being seriously NSFW (unless your workplace is cool with shots of blowjobs and a character accidentally drooling semen) the movie looks aggressive, dark, and twisted.  In other words, it looks like a Lars Von Trier film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier. Nymphomaniac will be released in Denmark and Norway on Christmas Day, and in France in January.  Magnolia has U.S. distribution rights, but no release date has been announced yet.

Two New Posters for Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Magnolia has released two new posters for Lars Von Trier‘s two-part erotic epic, Nymphomaniac.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Last month, we got plenty of character posters featuring most of the characters in an orgasmic state (Shia LaBeouf‘s character is having none of it).  One of the new posters continues that trend with an extreme close-up on Gainsbourg, and the other poster combines nine of the character posters into a 3×3 grid.  That’s nine O-faces for the price of one.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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