Life Itself

One of the best films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Steve James‘ documentary about film critic Roger Ebert Life Itself, has just been picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The company reportedly beat out several suitors including IFC, Oscilloscope and The Weinstein Company. They’re looking at a summer theatrical and on-demand release followed by a screening on CNN.

Read our wildly positive review hereinterview with the director here and the full press release below. Read More »

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‘Grand Piano’ Alternate Poster Debut

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Grand Piano was one of the most entertaining films I saw in 2013 — its premiere screening at Fantastic Fest last year had the crowd roaring with delight, and was the thing everyone talked about for the rest of the fest.

Coming from director Eugenio Mira, who did the music for Timecrimes; star Elijah Wood; and screenwriter Damien Chazelle (whose directorial debut Whiplash was just a big Sundance hit) the film is a technical tour de force that puts Wood in the hot seat as a killer targets him during a tense musical performance. The film has a delightfully composed visual style which indulges in De Palma-esque touches to manipulate suspense as the action unfolds. The underlying concept may be somewhat silly, but the execution is excellent.

The film is on iTunes and VOD now, and we’ve got an exclusive alternate poster below, along with a behind the scenes featurette and a clip. Check it all out, and revisit the trailer, after the break.  Read More »

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There’s no nudity in this new international trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two, so technically the thing is safe for work. But this is still Trier, and Nymphomaniac, so there’s some weirdness in the new footage. (How about a little bondage for your mid-week morning?) There’s also a pretty good use of ‘Burning Down the House’ by the Talking Heads, which might be reason enough to check out this edit.  Read More »

Happy Christmas

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival hasn’t even officially began yet, but the first film is off the market. It’s Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham. Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures will co-distrubute with Magnolia handling U.S. theatrical and VOD wile Paramount will do home video and international. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino called the Israeli revenge film Big Bad Wolves the best film of 2013, and that instantly minted the movie as a must-see for many audiences. The film has been playing festivals around the globe for most of 2013, but that nod from Tarantino is all it really needed.

A few trailers have been around for the movie, but here’s the version from Magnolia/Magnet, along with a great US poster. The film follows three men tied together by the abduction and murder of children. Check out the new look at the movie below. Read More »

Two New ‘Nymphomaniac’ Posters Get Symbolic

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That first big batch of orgasmic Nymphomaniac posters was eye-catching for obvious reasons, and appropriate as the first public face for a movie that is probably going to me the most explicit non-porno most people see in the next year. But they were so over the top as to be almost comic. (See any of the many Brady Bunch photoshops to make the point.)

These two new posters are much more restrained, and are far more creepy for it. Sure, the “crop-as-heart” idea is pretty easy to digest, but what’s the fishing hook all about? Ew. That’s just off-putting. See them both in full below. Read More »

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One thing that’s remained unclear through all the chatter about the two different cuts of Nymphomaniac in existence, and Lars von Trier’s feelings about the shorter version, and potential distribution plans for the longer version, is when, exactly, U.S. audiences would get to see this gloriously NSFW sexual epic.

Magnolia’s been set to distribute for some time now, but has only now gotten around to setting a Stateside premiere date. Or rather, two Stateside premiere dates. Hit the jump for all the details on the film’s American release.

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Filth

After taking the U.K. by storm earlier this fall, Jon S. Baird‘s Filth is set to come to our shore next year. Magnolia Pictures has just acquired the North American distribution rights to the twisted Irvine Welsh adaptation, which stars James McAvoy as what may just be the worst cop in movie history. More details on their release plans after the jump.

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