Nymphomaniac has finally come. After months of trailers, teasers and speculation, Lars von Trier‘s first installment centering on a sex addict opens theatrically in the U.S., courtesy of Magnolia. Not to be daunted, there are other newcomers in the Specialty market as well. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis star in Roadside’s Blood Ties, while Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia and Ray Romano star in Millennium’s Rob The Mob. Sony Classics opens Jodorowsky’s Dune this weekend, which even one competitor told me was a “must see” for cinephiles. IFC Films will open French political comedy The French Minister. And Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow Anita, a personal look at Anita Hill and the firestorm she found herself in during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings back in 1991.
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
Director-writer: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Much has been said, rumored and obsessed over since Lars von Trier first quipped at an ill-fated press conference in Cannes 2011 for his previous film Melancholia that he was “going to next do a porn movie” and appeared to reference Charlotte Gainsbourg and fellow Melancholia star Kirsten Dunst as its stars. The news was the first time Gainsbourg had heard of the project — she even thought he was kidding at the time. As it developed, she joined and model turned aspiring actress Stacy Martin did as well. They both play “Joe,” a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Joseph and Jack Nasser has come aboard to produce and finance the crime thriller from director Dennis Lee (Jesus Henry Christ, Fireflies In The Garden). Steve Hanulik wrote the screenplay for Blood Ties, which centers on a disgraced hostage negotiator who is called in to resolve a crisis at a bank only to discover that the hostage-taker is his estranged father. Nasser Entertainment‘s credits include For A Good Time Call … and the upcoming American Heist and Final Girl.
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Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut Blood Ties is here in the official selection, out of competition. Lionsgate has taken U.S. distribution rights in what I hear is an over $2M deal, which is understood to be the biggest of the festival so far. The film will go out via Lionsgate sister company Roadside Attractions. Canet and James Gray wrote the script about two brothers, one a cop and one an ex-con. It’s based on the French film Les Liens Du Sang which starred Canet. He stayed behind the camera for this one with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Domenick Lombardozzi, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoé Saldana and James Caan starring. Lionsgate UK took rights for that territory last year. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Wild Bunch has closed a deal with Lionsgate UK for the Guillaume Canet-directed drama Blood Ties. The pic is currently shooting with stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, James Caan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Canet’s real-life partner, Marion Cotillard. She and Schoenaerts are also in Jacques Audiard’s competition pic Rust & Bone that’s screening tonight. Blood Ties, written by James Gray and Canet, is based on Jacques Maillot’s 2008 Les Liens Du Sang in which Canet starred. It’s set in 1974 New York and follows two brothers, one a cop and one a criminal. This is Canet’s 4th feature as director. Producers are Alain Attal, Hugo Selignac and John Lesher.
Noah Emmerich has closed a deal to co-star opposite Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in FX‘s 1980s drama pilot The Americans. Additionally, he is in negotiations to join the cast of another period project, the Guillaume Canet-directed 1970s thriller Blood Ties starring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup. The Americans, from creator Joe Weisberg, producer Graham Yost, director Gavin O’Connor, Fox TV Studios and DreamWorks TV, centers on two KGB spies (Russell, Rhys) posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC in the early 1980s. Emmerich will play their new neighbor, an FBI counter-intelligence agent who grows suspicious of the couple next door. Blood Ties follows a guy (Crudup) who asks his convict older brother (Owen) to return to the underworld in order to help their family. Emmerich, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play a man who straddles the good and the dark side. He joins previously cast Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan.