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It’s only a couple weeks until the first US release of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives. You might expect a contained and strange film as a follow-up to Drive, but this is even more quiet and weird than what most people have in mind. (Related: I like the film a lot.)

Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling as an American at large in Bangkok, where he and his brother run a boxing gym a a front for a drug operation. But that’s really a tangental story point — the real thrust of the movie is about what happens when Gosling’s character conflicts with his own mother (an icy, scary Kristin Scott Thomas) over the ideal approach to avenge violence done to their family.

After the break, get a taste of the early period that led to the creation of the film, as Refn explores Bangkok in search of locations and inspiration. Read More »

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‘Only God Forgives’ International Trailer

Only God Forgives

Most of us are off today for Independence Day here in the States, but of course for the rest of the world it’s just a plain old Thursday. Which I guess is why this new international trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives is hitting on a day we Americans like to spend sleeping in, lounging around outside, and generally avoiding being cooped up inside with our computers.

But we’re not complaining. Refn and Ryan Gosling wowed us in 2011 with the slick, stylish Drive, and based on the trailers his follow-up Only God Forgives could be even more eye-popping. Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm also star in the Thai-set thriller. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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In the past year there have been more than a few trailers for Bel Ami, the story set in late 1800s Paris in which Robert Pattinson plays a guy who sleeps and seduces his way into wealth. The film has played some festivals to middling reviews, but now that the first official US trailer has arrived, it’s worth having a look. The cast is appealing, at least, as Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Philip Glenister, and Holliday Grainger join Pattinson in the film directed by Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod.

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It took Robert Pattinson three and a half movies to getting around to bedding his lady love as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga (oh, um, spoilers), but as the lead of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod‘s Bel Ami, Pattinson more than makes up for lost time. Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, the drama follows a poor young man who climbs the ranks of 1890s Parisian society by calculatedly seducing its wealthiest and most influential women. Among his conquests, apparently, are Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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A trailer for the new Lasse Hallström film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has just been released. We know, it’s a terrible title. Is it a metaphor for some kind of life experience? Actually, no. It’s quite literal. The film, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt is about the act of trying to introduce the act of salmon fishing to the Middle Eastern country of Yemen. But the reason why might surprise you, as this trailer surprised me. It looks delightful. Check it out below. Read More »

After Drive opened, director Nicolas Winding Refn got right back to work on a new movie with Drive star Ryan Gosling. Their second project together is the Thai-set western Only God Forgives, which pushed from a late 2011 shoot to early 2012.

The movie is one of many trying to score distribution sales at the American Film Market, which means that there is also some new info to be had. The short take on the movie is this: “Only God Forgives is a fast, powerful, high-profile, action and violent revenge story with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, never seen before, as a merciless and terrifying mafia godmother.”

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Years ago, the idea of Brendan Fraser working with Neil LaBute would have been appealing. In 1998 it would have been the guy from Gods & Monsters being directed by the firebrand behind Your Friends and Neighbors. Good stuff. Now, well, it’s the guy from Furry Vengeance directed by the guy behind The Wicker Man. Not such an easy sell.

Still, let optimism reign. Brendan Fraser will star in Seconds of Pleasure, the new film Neil LaBute, about which details are non-existent. All we know is it will shoot in the UK this March. Alongside him will be Kristin Scott Thomas, with possible additions Colin Firth and Ed Harris. So that’s quite a solid cast if things come together. I’d love to see both these men make a good film  again, so fingers are crossed. [Deadline]

After the break, that Kevin James MMA film gets a director. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy is a story of John Lennon’s childhood (as played by Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson). The film premiered as the closing night film at the London Film Festival, and screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to mixed to positive reviews. Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Imagine John Lennon’s childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year—old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned—up Aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n’ roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice — and an icon explodes into the world.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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