Lars Von Trier created no small amount of controversy with his last film, Antichrist, which chronicled the breakdown of a relationship in explicit, mind-bending fashion. So he raised eyebrows when he pronounced ‘no more happy endings!’ for his next picture, Melancholia, which also expands his canvas from the destruction of a couple’s relations to the utter destruction of the Earth.

Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier, and explores the responses of two different women (played by Dunst and Gainsbourg) to the impending end of the world. And now the film, which is still being finished, will be distributed in the US by Magnolia. Read More »

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Lars Von Trier has been rather tight-lipped about his new film Melancholia. He famously pronounced “no more happy endings!” and has slowly detailed a plot about two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg), one of whom is preparing to marry Alexander Skarsgard. The elder Stellan Skarsgard is in the cast, along with John Hurt and Kiefer Sutherland.

Now we’ve got a lot more information, including basic details about the event that will open the film: “the world being crushed.” Read More »

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We’ve known very little about Melancholia, the next film from Lars Von Trier and the follow-up to his festival firebrand Antichrist. He’s promised “no more happy endings” and the film has been called a “psychological disaster movie,” but beyond that we’ve had almost nothing to go on.

Melancholia recently began production, and Trier held a press conference to mark the occasion. While he stopped short of handing out copies of the script to the audience, the director did give out a few details. Read More »

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I really want to write more about Melancholia, the upcoming film from Lars Von Trier, but we just don’t know very much right now. What we do know today is that John Hurt has joined the cast. Always great to see him in a new film, and it will be nice to see him really in a Trier movie, rather than just hearing him. (Hurt narrated Dogville and Manderlay, and did a fantastic job of it, too.)

Hurt joins Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier and Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard. The “beautiful film about the end of the world” shoots in July. [THR]

After the break, Channing Tatum breaks down, Ellen Page dramatizes a doc and Alfred Molina goes after Taylor Lautner. Read More »

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Gotta hope Kirsten Dunst knows what she’s getting into. The former Mary Jane Watson has signed, along with Kiefer Sutherland and several others, to appear in Melancholia, the new film from Lars von Trier. Not by any stretch the kindest of directors, Trier has been known to test his actresses in outlandish and subversive ways. What rigors can Dunst expect to endure? Read More »

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That headline might seems like a strange clash of conflicting stories, but they’re closely tied together by one thing: back in February, news bubbled up that Penelope Cruz would be taking the lead in Lars von Trier‘s sci-fi disaster movie Melancholia; then one day later, we heard she wouldn’t be doing it all and had signed on to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides instead.

I was rather disappointed. It was too easy to see her choice as either greedy or, perhaps worse, cowardly. And as a fan of both Cruz and von Trier, I had instantly become keen to see their collaboration. Rats.

Now, though, it seems that Lars von Trier has filled the role with Charlotte Gainsbourg, his collaborator on Antichrist. This is interesting in part because von Trier doesn’t appear to have repeated his lead actors before, unless you count Jens Albinus’ characters in both The Boss of it All and The Idiots as leads. Not only does this mean von Trier wants to work with Gainsbourg again, it means she wants to work with him.

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Antichrist Movie Review

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Had I been in the instantly infamous premiere of Antichrist at Cannes this year, I’d have picked the pro side and clapped as loud as I could, with all my might, done my best to drown out the boos and the derisive laughter. Indeed, when I was still fresh out of the Antichrist wringer in the early hours of Saturday morning, I was immediately ready to get fed through again. Having said that, there was definitely a lot in this film that, under different circumstances, I would have hurled popcorn at myself. In fact, in one respect, this picture is an abject failure…

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Antichrist, the new film from Lars Von Trier that divided audiences at Cannes and is even getting a video game (!?!) has been set for a late October theater bow in New York City and Los Angeles, according to Variety. IFC will release the film on the coasts on October 23, two days after an October 21 On Demand premiere. Read More »

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