Paul Rudd gets caught in the middle of Megan Fox and Leslie Mann in this new clip from writer/director Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. Lucky guy. When Desi (Fox) starts working for Pete (Rudd), her youth stirs up some trouble in the almost-forty Debbie (Mann). The clip also features hilarious contributions from Robert Smigel (Conan) and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids). This is 40 opens December 21st.
Pulling a complete 180, we have two very serious clips from co-writer and director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. Centering on a school teacher, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is accused of molesting a kindergartner, these two clips show the young accuser during her initial confession and later, her attempted retraction. There is no domestic release date for the picture as of yet, but you can check out Phil Brown’s review here. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd. David Nicholls (One Day) to adapt the screenplay about the three suitors of Bathsheba Everdene: “Gabriel Oak, a shepherd; Sergeant Troy, a handsome soldier; and William Boldwood, a farm owner.” Nicholls adapted another Hardy work, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, as a four-hour miniseries for the BBC in 2008.
DNA Films is producing in conjunction with Fox Searchlight with BBC Films. The Wrap hears the producers want Carey Mulligan to play Bathsheba. When John Schlesinger adapted Far from the Madding Crowd in 1967, Julie Christie took the lead role. I think you can trace a direct line from Christie to Mulligan in the annals of acting, so I’d like to see Mulligan say yes. Hit the jump for the book synopsis.
Film buffs will forever give director Thomas Vinterberg a special place in movie history for co-creating the minimalist 90s film movement Dogme 95 along with professional provocateur Lars Von Trier. Vinterberg made the first and best Dogme movie The Celebration. That incendiary tale of secret child abuse in a wealthy family earned him a Palm D’or in 1998 and launched his career. Since then he’s produced some interesting films like It’s All About Love and Dear Wendy, but never one that made quite the same impact. Well, until now anyways.
This year Vinterberg returns to TIFF with another film hinging child abuse in The Hunt. Madds Mikkelsen stars (in a role that already earned him a Best Actor statue in Cannes) as Lucas, a kindly kindergarten teacher who is accused of abusing one of his student Klara. The town instantly turns on Lucas en mass, doling out psychological and physical abuse. The only thing is that Mikkelsen is completely innocent of the accusations and can’t seem to prove it, making the unfortunate witch hunt painful to watch. It’s one of the most powerful and unforgettable films of not just the festival, but inevitably the year as a whole. We got a chance to chat with the director about his latest film at this during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Hit the jump for more.
It wouldn’t be right to attend a major film festival without sampling at least one soul-crushingly depressing feature and this year the drama making the fest rounds to bum out viewers (in the best possible sense of course) in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. The latest Danish film out of Lars Von Trier’s delightfully twisted Zentropa Entertainment already scored a Best Actor trophy at Cannes and now premieres in at The Toronto International Film Festival with considerable expectations. The good news is that it lives up to the hype, providing unconventional gut-ripping drama that takes on the subject of child molestation without a hint of sentimentality or emotional manipulation. The movie will put your through the ringer, but in such a thoughtful and cleverly constructed way that you might not mind.