First Look: Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

It’s been almost two years since Lars von Trier‘s trouble at Cannes resulted in global headlines and the director being banned from the fest. Which means that, by now, most people have forgotten about any controversy with the director. And so it’s a good time for him to stir up some new talk. Enter Nymphomaniac, the film in which Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as a woman whose sexual history becomes the story.

The film also features Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, and Udo Kier, and plans to release both R and X-rated versions have been discussed almost since the first announcement of the film.

Now we’ve got the first image from the movie, and it features Gainsbourg’s character in the wake of the beating that sets off the story.  Read More »

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Who wants to see William Adama kill some frakkin’ toasters this week? Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chromewill make its world premiere online this Friday on Machnima. The show follows a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, above) as a Viper pilot on the battlestar Galactica during the first Cylon war. Edward James Olmos played the elder version of the character on the recent TV show.

SyFy originally put the show into production as a pilot but it wasn’t picked up. It now exists as a two hour movie which’ll be released online in 7-12 minute segments via Machinma Prime over the next month, followed by a full airing on SyFy in 2013 and an unrated release on Blu-ray after that.

After the jump, check out the trailer for the show (which is pretty much the same as the one we posted in March, only an official release with finished effects) and get a bit more info about it. Read More »

Hilarious, charming and heartwarming, The Sessions is one of the best films of the year. It’s the true story of Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a California-based journalist relegated to a gurney and iron lung because of disabling polio. At the age of 38, he’s still a virgin and, with the blessing of his priest (William H. Macy), Mark hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to remedy the problem.

Directed by Ben Lewin, The Sessions is now open in select cities with plans to expand over the next few weeks. As that happens, buzz will begin to grow for the film, which makes complete sense considering the source material. This fictional take on a true story is based on the 1997 Oscar-winning Documentary Short Film Breathing Lessons, written and directed by Jessica Yu. It too centers on O’Brien, but instead of using sex as the window to his struggle, the short presents a more traditional, complete portrait of the man.

Check out the Oscar-winner that inspired a potential Oscar-winner after the jump. Read More »

With a concept that blends the video game Journey and current NBC hit show Revolution, the Emmy Award winning Fourth Wall Studios today launches the first episode of Flare. It’s an interactive online series set in a post apocalyptic world where the sun is no more. Survivors are scarce, but every morning at 7:44 a.m. a mysterious light shoots into the sky, only to disappear soon after.

That’s the hook for the show and the first episode, The Hunt, follows two of the survivors at odds in the unforgiving world with that one beacon of hope. Burke, played by Jamie McShane (Thor, Sons of Anarchy) has lost everything and runs into the family of Dale, played by Mark Moses (Mad Men, Platoon). The result is a dark game of cat and mouse with everything on the line.

And that’s just the first episode. Fans will soon be able to contribute stories set in this universe that could, ultimately, effect what happens on the show itself. After the jump, check out the exclusive debut trailer for Flare and link to the first episode, which is now online. Read More »

When you realize so little new blood gets into a genre that’s based on blood, it’s actually kind of sad. Almost every horror movie released on a massive scale is a sequel, remake or PG-13 money grab. Original ideas are hard to come by, but one that’s coming soon is Sinister. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Ethan Hawke as “a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.”

Sinister has some great buzz growing from the festival circuit and opens October 5. However the gang at Tugg.com is hosting a bevy of early, free screenings in cities across the country. After the jump, check out the new poster for the film and find out how you can see Sinister first. Read More »

There has rarely been something as good for Monday morning water cooler talk than HBO Sunday nights. All the way back to The Sopranos and Sex and the City up through Girls and Game of Thrones, HBO’s Sunday night line-up creates all kinds of next-day chatter amongst friends, family and co-workers, who discuss the company’s thought-provoking, exciting and controversial shows. This Monday is no different as Sunday night, Aaron Sorkin‘s latest TV show The Newsroom premiered.

The show, which was created by the Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network and creator of TV shows like The West Wing, stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Sam Waterston. It tells the behind the scenes story of a nightly cable-news TV program. Reactions following the premiere range from calling it the best show on TV to a huge misfire from Sorkin. If you don’t have HBO, you were in the dark about the show. Until now.

HBO has posted the entire 72 minute pilot episode, directed by Greg Mottola, online. Check it out below. Read More »

Nathan Drake, the star of the Uncharted games, is the video game Indiana Jones. He’s charming, he’s a bad-ass and he travels the world getting into ancient-themed adventures. In video game form, the Uncharted world was built to be cinematic and that’s why Hollywood has been trying to make a live action movie for a long time.

Unfortunately, that has yet to take place. But now anyone who wants to see these games as movies can do just that. Reddit user morphinapg edited the cinematic cut scenes from the PlayStation 3 games Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception each into their own individual movies clocking in at about two hours, three hours and three hours plus respectively. That’s an eight hour Uncharted trilogy that you can watch right now. Read More »

Disney is a prolific company with its name on a great many successes, and it likes to hide its missteps and failures. The process of doing so sometimes helps those mistakes become things of legend. Song of the South, with its politically incorrect and racist portrayals of certain characters, is likely the most famous example. Another example might be The Sweatbox, a very rarely-seen documentary about the failed making of an animated film called Kingdom of the Sun, which eventually morphed into The Emperor’s New Groove. (Pictured above.)

The Sweatbox filmmakers John-Paul Davidson and Trudie Styler were given unprecedented access to Disney’s process and the resulting film painted the executives in such a negative light, they more or less made sure the film would never been seen in public.

Until now. For a little while at least. After the jump, you can watch the rarely seen 2002 documentary The Sweatbox. Read More »

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