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 Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier. Hit the jump to check out the new images and poster.
This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.
Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.
Willem Dafoe delivers a finely drawn performance as a small town bookie in Out of the Furnace, Scott Cooper’s dark and gritty drama set in a struggling blue-collar Pennsylvania steel town. A local lowlife with connections, John Petty (Dafoe) is part of the community and friends with steelworker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck), an Iraq vet struggling to transition back to civilian life. Petty knows the brothers have fallen on hard times, but Rodney is into him for quite a sum of money, and business comes first. Opening December 6th, the film also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Forest Whitaker.
In an exclusive interview, Dafoe talked about how his sense of trust in Cooper combined with the strong script and an impressive cast was a big draw, why he enjoys playing characters that are conflicted and full of contradictions, what inspired him to bring an Eastern European flavor to his character, how he found Cooper to be a positive, confident director who values actors, his collaborative approach with the other actors, what shooting on location in Braddock lent to the film, and his upcoming projects including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nymphomaniac and A Most Wanted Man. Hit the jump to read the interview.
Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.
My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
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.
From the writer/director of Crazy Heart comes the new crime thriller, Out of the Furnace. The story centers on one Russell Baze, who goes in search of his missing brother Rodney when the young man disappears and law enforcement fails to follow up. Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) plays John Petty, a bookie who’s embroiled in the criminal underbelly of the community, while also being a family friend of the brothers’.
During a set visit, Dafoe took time to talk to our group of interviewers to talk about joining the picture, who he had scenes with, working in Pittsburgh, the authenticity of the setting, and how his character fits into the story. Also starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Forest Whitaker and Woody Harrelson, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace opens December 6th. Hit the jump for the interview.
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 Kier. Nymphomaniac will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
- Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th.
- Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images.
The first clip from writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace is now available. The movie centers on Russell Baze (Christian Bale) who goes in search of his missing brother when the police fail to follow through. This first clip shows Russell butting heads with Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) in a foreboding scene, which also gives a brief look at Willem Dafoe’s John Petty.
Out of the Furnace also stars Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Shepard. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out here. Hit the jump to watch the first clip from Out of the Furnace, due out in theaters December 6th.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Chris Evans as Captain America. These are just a few staples to be found in the superhero movie genre that have really established themselves as their characters. For some, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these bigger-than-life figures, but for many of these movies, each role was nearly given to someone else. In this article, we’ll walk you through some of these scenarios of possible alternate casting, cases where we can delve into what exactly happened and the very different franchises they could have been. Hit the jump for more.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé. The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer. It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role. [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods. I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014
Fourteen character posters have been released for Lars Von Trier’s erotic epic Nymphomaniac. The two-part, five-hour 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. These posters the cast giving the camera their best O-face except for Shia LaBeouf, who’s character is apparently too cool for such orgasm shenanigans. These posters don’t feature any naughty bits, but they come awfully close.
Hit the jump to check out the posters but be warned: a nearly naked Stellan Skarsgard can’t be un-seen. 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 on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama Out of the Furnace, and the film looks fantastic. The pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. This new trailer has a stronger focus on Woody Harrelson’s character, who promises to be a rather menacing force in the film. The performances look great all around, and like the first trailer, this new look teases a character-focused story with a strong thematic undercurrent of redemption and family told through the lens of America’s working class. No wonder the pic landed on our Most Anticipated list of fall films.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and Forest Whitaker. Out of the Furnace opens in theaters December 6th.
AFI Fest was put in bit of a bind last week when the disappointing news broke that Sony Pictures Classic was opting to push director Bennett Miller’s excellent-looking drama Foxcatcher to 2014. The film had been poised to be AFI Fest’s centerpiece premiere film, and so the festival organizers were no doubt left scrambling to find a replacement. In Foxcatcher’s stead, AFI Fest announced today that director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) new film Out of the Furnace will now make its world premiere at the festival. The promising pic stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Additionally, Nebraska and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have been added to the AFI Fest slate.
Hit the jump to check out some new images from Out of the Furnace. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard and opens in theaters on December 6th.