Nymphomaniac

Last week, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen revealed that the cut of Nymphomaniac that’d make it to Danish theaters wouldn’t be the one Lars von Trier wanted to make. His director’s cut was a butt-numbing 5 1/2 hours long, prompting distributors to whittle it down to a more marketable four hours.

However, Jensen now adds that the longer version could find a release after all, if von Trier really wants it to. It’ll just have to go through alternate routes. Hit the jump to read his explanation, and to check out two more steamy posters.

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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 LaBeoufJamie Bell,  Uma ThurmanWillem DafoeStellan SkarsgårdChristian 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 »

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There was a point when Christian Slater‘s presence in a film was fairly commanding, but his image has been diluted to the point where the best thing we can expect out of a Christian Slater movie is passable entertainment. But this trailer for Stranded, a low-budget horror-thriller set on a space station with Slater as the commanding officer, looks more promising than most. It’s a mashup of recognizable tropes and ideas — a little Solaris, a lot of Alien, a bit of Dead Space, and likely quite a few other things — but the trailer raises hackles and has more than a couple creepy moments.

Roger Christian — yes, the same Roger Christian credited with directing Battlefield Earth — is in the director’s chair, and Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio, and Michael Therriault also appear. The real star, however, could well be the sense of foreboding, and whatever effects have been brought to bear in order to bring the film to life. Read More »

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Lars von Trier may have been banned (or “banned”) from Cannes two years ago for statements made while promoting Melancholia, but that hasn’t stopped him from having a presence at the fest this year. His new film(s), the two-part Nymphomaniac, weren’t finished in time for the fest, but the release of a new image (above) and a press release are keeping Trier in the global cinema conversation as Cannes kicks off this year.

Click the pic above for a larger version and you’ll be able to see actors such as Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, and star Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as the director. And hit the jump for a press release from Trier’s producer, announcing a Christmas Day opening in Denmark. Magnolia has the film in the US, and hasn’t announced a release date yet. Read More »

I’m not going to pretend I know what the hell is going on in the trailer for The Power of Few. What I do know is that it has a few recognizable faces, such as Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, and Moon Bloodgood in some sort of multi-perspective crime caper.

I don’t even know that I believe this is a movie. I think someone just cut a bunch of unrelated GIFs together into a fake trailer. You know, for fun. I want to loop pretty much every moment featuring Walken in this trailer, over and over. Read More »

What Were the Lowest Grossing Films of 2012?

You don’t have to be a movie junkie to figure out what some of the year’s biggest box office smashes were. Hell, we could’ve predicted in 2011 that The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises would rank near the top in 2012, though that doesn’t make their $1 billion-plus takes any less impressive. But do you know what the year’s lowest-grossing title is?

As you might guess, the single worst-performing film of the year is one that flew mostly under the radar: The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. More surprising is the second-place finish for Playback, a slightly higher-profile endeavor that starred Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers (The Master), and Toby Hemingway (Black Swan). Read more after the jump.

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I want to like Bullet to the Head. I really do. It marks the return of Walter Hill, who has made films I love (producing Alien, and directing The Warriors, 48 Hours) and it features Sylvester Stallone in a tough but smartass action role, which is a zone in which he can be very comfortable. But this third trailer for the movie doesn’t do anything to make the film’s problems seem less pervasive.

The story features Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a cop from NYC (Sung Kang) to find and stop the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed the cop’s partner and took Stallone’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) hostage. The use of Saliva’s woefully simple-minded song ‘Badass’ underscores the routine-looking action and good guy/bad guy buddy interaction between Sly and Kang. There could be something hidden here that the trailers aren’t capturing, so check out the footage below and see if you can see a great action movie between the lines. Read More »

It’s always difficult to rely upon an interview run through one of the various automatic translators on the internet, no matter how good the babel fish in question might be. So take what follows with a slightly elastic spirit — unless you speak Swedish, and want to verify the translation of the original text.

Stellan Skarsgard talked to Moviezine in Sweden and discussed a couple of his upcoming films — Thor 2, and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac — as well as a film that he isn’t yet cast in, to the best of his knowledge. (That would be The Avengers 2, which is far enough out right now that no one is really cast in it.)

Aside from mentioning that he’d let his kids watch Nymphomaniac — seeing sex is better than seeing violence is essentially his comment — nothing Skarsgard says is too far out there. But if you’re looking for info on either of those two projects, press on. Read More »

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