The Auteurs of Christmas: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers

Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Nymphomaniac uncut release

We saw the two theatrical releases of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and 2 earlier this year from Lars von Trier, and you can watch them on Netflix now, too. But the “hardcore” and extended director’s cut of the full assembly is still to come, and now we’ve got an October date for the full five and a half hour version. The director’s cut will release day and date in theaters and on VOD in a number of different countries including the US. Read More »

new Lars von Trier TV series

How does Lars von Trier follow the Nymphomaniac films? As it turns out, he’ll go back to television. Trier has done TV before, of course, with the very weird and rather excellent Riget. That show, introduced by Trier himself as seen above, was released as two mini-series in 1994 and 1997. (A third part was planned but never shot, thanks to the death of actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård.) Riget was a smash hit in Denmark and made its way around the world, often under the title The Kingdom. Stephen King even produced a US remake, called Kingdom Hospital.

Now there’s a new Lars von Trier TV series in the works, an English-language show called The House That Jack Built. The writer/director isn’t talking about it, but his producers are talking, and one says that it will be “without precedent.” Read More »

Lars von Trier animated short

Back in 1967, when Lars von Trier was just Lars Trier, and only 11 years old, the future director made what he later called his first film. The movie is short, and animated in a crude stop-motion using cut-out paper characters. It is also, as you might expect, more than a bit unusual.

Turen til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film is the title, which translates to Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage Film. What does it all mean? Difficult to say, really, but there are dancing rabbits, and some troll-like creatures which fit right into some Nordic folk tales. There’s no dialogue, only a song. Check out the short below. Read More »

Lars von Trier action movie

Director Lars von Trier has quit talking to the press, at least for now, but that doesn’t mean other people aren’t talking about what he may do next. With the director’s two-part Nymphomaniac released around the world, two different Trier collaborators are talking about what he might do next. And, to borrow language from Upworthy, at least one of the answers will surprise you. Read More »

Nymphomaniac volume II trailer

The U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac Volume II is now online and, finally, Charlotte Gainsbourg gets to shine. Nymphomaniac as a whole tells the story of Joe (Gainsbourg), a woman whose wanton sexuality has literally left her on the street. A man, played by Stellan Skarsgård, helps her out by listening to her story. Volume I focuses on her younger years, which means Gainsbourg is mostly a passive participant. (That film is On Demand now and hits theaters Friday.) Volume II gets into Joe’s older years, which means it features much more of Gainsbourg than the evocative, explicit and powerful first volume.

Nympomaniac Volume II hits theaters April 4 and on VOD Friday, March 21. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Nymphomaniac

This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out where and why after the jump.

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Nymphomaniac character poster header

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Magnolia has released the U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomanic: Volume I. The controversial film hits on demand March 6 and theaters March 21 sporting a very naked, very impressive cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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