new Lars von Trier TV series

How does Lars von Trier follow the Nymphomaniac films? As it turns out, he’ll go back to television. Trier has done TV before, of course, with the very weird and rather excellent Riget. That show, introduced by Trier himself as seen above, was released as two mini-series in 1994 and 1997. (A third part was planned but never shot, thanks to the death of actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård.) Riget was a smash hit in Denmark and made its way around the world, often under the title The Kingdom. Stephen King even produced a US remake, called Kingdom Hospital.

Now there’s a new Lars von Trier TV series in the works, an English-language show called The House That Jack Built. The writer/director isn’t talking about it, but his producers are talking, and one says that it will be “without precedent.” Read More »

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Making a Movie: Five Things I Wish I’d Known

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Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky in 2014

It’s been an intensely busy summer as I’ve struggled to keep up with my full-time job, my podcasts, and my film. But we are now closing in on the finish line. The official submission deadline for Sundance, our first festival, was August 29th, and we mailed a nearly-finished version of our film in just in time. A few color and sound issues remain to be finalized, but otherwise The Primary Instinct is 99.9% done, and almost ready for submission to a bunch of other festivals in the weeks to come.

As I look back on the past few months, there are a bunch of things I wish I’d done differently. As one indie producer put it to me, there is a steep learning curve for independent filmmaking, but it gets easier every time. Unfortunately, this was my first time, but hopefully some of you can learn from my mistakes. After the jump, you’ll find a few things I wish I’d known going into this whole process. These things will be obvious to anyone who’s made a film, but for me, they were a learning experience.
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Dracula Untold

Universal Pictures is getting ready to reboot all of their Universal Monsters. The last film not part of this new era is Dracula Untold, a standalone blend of fact and fiction that becomes a pseudo-Dracula origin story. Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6, The Hobbit) is Prince Vlad of Transylvania, a just ruler who leads a peaceful life with his family. That changes when his country is invaded by a seemingly unbeatable enemy, leading Vlad to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Vlad himself was a real person and the inspiration for Dracula. Whether or not he actually became a vampire named Dracula is probably less true.

Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold opens October 17. Check out the latest Dracula Untold trailer, this one from Japan, below. Read More »

Hot Toys Batman Armory 2

Has Jesse Eisenberg finally emerged on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Want to see promos from the upcoming seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow? How much Hawkeye stuff was cut from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier script? Would Liam Neeson like to return to the DC Comics world? Which Drax scene was Dave Bautista upset got cut from Guardians of the Galaxy? What happens in Captain America 3, according to Anthony Mackie? Want to watch Karen Gillan shave her head for Guardians of the Galaxy? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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Miltos Yerolemou

If you’re good with a sword and appeared on Game of Thrones, apparently there’s a fair shot you can end up in a galaxy far, far away. Months after Thrones star Gwendoline Christie joined the cast of J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII, she’s now joined by another cast member. Miltos Yerolemou, who played Syrio Forel, the season one swordsman mentor to Arya Stark, has reportedly joined the film in an unknown role. Read more about the Miltos Yerolemou Star Wars 7 news below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels short Ezra

September is here, which means next month your first look at the new Star Wars universe arrives. Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Channel October 3 before assuming its regular slot October 13 on Disney XD. Yes, the show – which is set between Episodes III and IV – is mostly aimed at kids, but it also sets up a lot of what we can expect from Star Wars in the days, months and years ahead.

What I mean is, Rebels – and likely the upcoming movies – will explore tangents fans may have thought about, but never got to see. For an example, see the latest Star Wars Rebels short, called Not What You Think. The three minute film stars Ezra Bridger, the “hero” of Rebels, as he investigates a TIE Fighter that’s been shot down. In other Star Wars properties, when a TIE Fighter was shot down, that was it. But here we see the aftermath, and get a great sense not only of Ezra as a character, but the tone of Star Wars Rebels itself. Check it out below. Read More »

The Tick revival

Late on a Friday before a holiday weekend is the worst time to fact-check anything, so we’re in the position of praying this is true. A report says that Fox and Amazon have made a deal for Amazon to do a new live-action series based on Ben Edlund‘s The Tick. The show revolved around a giant, good-natured and bumbling hero played by Patrick Warburton. A spot-on blend of broad comedy and sharp satire, the show originally ran for only nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002. Or, as Edlund once described it: “a superheroic portrait of genuine human lameness.” The best news: Edlund and Warburton will both be part of The Tick revival.

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Winter Sleep US trailer

We’re on the topic of big Cannes 2014 films, as we just offered up the trailer for Leviathan. I noted in that post that Leviathan didn’t win the Palme d’Or, but here’s a new trailer for the film that did: Winter Sleep, from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylon. Where Leviathan appears to be a small story that gets bigger as it goes, Winter Sleep is about a small set of characters that are gradually drawn into tighter proximity. Expect a quiet film, slowly rhythmic, that follows a one-time actor, his young wife, and his recently divorced sister, all of whom are pushed together as winter begins. Check out the new Winter Sleep US trailer below.

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