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 »
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 »
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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As with nearly everything relating to the new Lars von Trier movie, Nymphomaniac, there’s always a degree of genuine storytelling, and a certain amount of savvy promotional spin. You don’t make a two-part film that is sexually explicit to the point of being hardcore without angling for a degree of prurient attention based solely on the fact that the film might show some famous peoples’ junk. (See the very not safe for work trailer for a tease on that front.)
The big conversation of late has been in what form most of us will see Nymphomaniac. While Trier’s own cut is said to clock in at well over five hours, when the project hits screens in Denmark this Christmas it will be neatly trimmed into a two-part, four-hour affair. The naughty stuff will all be on display, with local distributors given the option to optically blur elements, or not, as they see fit.
Now we’ve got a bit more info about when we’ll see Trier’s cut, and just what will be in that extra feature’s worth of footage. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have averaged roughly one release a year for the past several years, starting with 2006’s Date Movie, but in 2013 we get to see not one but two of their outrageously broad spoofs. Hooray?
Hot on the heels of this month’s The Hunger Games parody The Starving Games comes Best Night Ever, which takes on hard-partying flicks like Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and Spring Breakers. At the center of the story are four young women (played by Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard, Crista Flanagan) who head to Vegas only to see things spiral completely out of control. Check out the NSFW red-band trailer after the jump.
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Takeshi Kitano follows his 2011 film Outrage with a sequel Yakuza film, Beyond Outrage (originally called Outrage Beyond), and a new red-band trailer for the US release has come online.
This is red-band because Takeshi’s films tend toward extreme bursts of violence perpetrated by stoic men, with Takeshi himself typically the most prone to the worst action. In this case there’s a lot of gunplay, and a drill, and a pretty mean use of an automatic baseball pitching machine. The story concerns multiple crime families who are set against one another, with Takeshi as an instigator (or pawn?) in the middle. Seems a bit like Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, with yakuza. Read More »
All you have to say is “Lars von Trier sex movie” to get someone interested in Nymphomaniac. The controversial director has told many visceral and beautiful stories over his career, often with a great sexual frankness, that the idea of him making full movie about sexuality just screams “potential.”
Speaking of screaming, fourteen character posters for the film have just been released that are sure to make even more people excited about the film. They show the film’s stars — actors as Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, and Charlotte Gainsbourg — in their most intimate moments. I believe on The League they call it “Vinegar Strokes,” the moment right before, and during orgasm. Check out these provocative posters below. Read More »