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Hot Trailer: ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume II’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 1:41pm PDT

Three days before Nymphomaniac: Volume I hits theaters, Magnolia has untethered the first U.S. trailer for the second half of writer-director Lars von Trier’s four-hour sexapalooza. The story picks up with Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as an adult, where her journey of self-discovery veers to the dark side. Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr also star in Nymphomaniac: Volume II. It hits VOD on Thursday before its theatrical run starts April 4. Watch the trailer with someone you love. Or hate. Or whatever.

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Shia LaBeouf Wears Paper Bag To ‘Nymphomaniac’ Berlin Premiere: Photo

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 11:54am PST

Shia LaBeouf and his Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier have been the talk of the Berlin Film Festival all day after a presser in which enfant terrible von Trier was a no-show and LaBeouf walked out after uttering the line, “When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” While von Trier sported a custom “Persona Non Grata” shirt at the film’s photo call, winking at his notorious incident three years ago at the Cannes Film Festival, LaBeouf chummed the waters with more sardines when he arrived to the Nymphomaniac, Vol. I red carpet premiere sporting black tie duds and a paper bag over his head. Scrawled on his headwear was a line he’s been Tweeting for weeks in the wake of his short film plagiarism kerfuffle – “I Am Not Famous Anymore”:

Shia LaBeouf Abruptly Exits ‘Nymphomaniac’ Press Conference
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Berlin: Lars Von Trier Sports “Persona Non Grata” T-Shirt; Shia LaBeouf Abruptly Exits ‘Nymphomaniac’ Press Conference

lars von trierDanish bad boy Lars von Trier came to Berlin today for the world premiere of the director’s cut of Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1. He maintained his vow to refrain from all public statements, and did not attend the press conference. But he had a message, nevertheless. At the photo call preceding the Nymphomaniac panel, the helmer sported a t-shirt emblazoned with the Cannes Film Festival logo followed by the words “Persona Non Berlinale 2014 badgeGrata, Official Selection.” The sartorial choice was a nod to 2011 when von Trier was dubbed a persona non grata by Cannes for Nazi-flavored comments he made at a press conference for Melancholia. Shia LaBeouf, a Nymphomaniac co-star who’s had his own share of controversial headlines of late, answered no questions but offered up a cryptic comment: “When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” With that, he said, “Thank you very much” and left the dais. (The quote was originally uttered by former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona at a 1995 press conference after he won an appeal against a two-week prison sentence for kicking an abusive fan.) The room was temporarily stunned as nervous laughter filtered through – including from the actors still assembled: Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan … Read More »

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Sundance: ‘Nymphomaniac Part 1′ Is Tonight’s Mystery Screening

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:17pm PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608nymphomaniacThe rumor is true: Nymphomaniac Part 1, The first salvo in Danish provocateur Lars von Trier‘s epic sex-o-rama, has been revealed as the surprise film showing tonight at Sundance. The most internationally anticipated film to come out of Denmark this year, the Magnolia pic will hit North American theaters March 21 after premiering on-demand March 6. Nymphomaniac Part 2 comes hither April 18 following an April 3 VOD release. An uncut version will have its world premiere out of competition at next month’s Berlin International Film Festival. The pic — a two-part, four-hour version of which bowed on Christmas Day in Denmark — was met with praise from local reviewers and scored a co-leading six nominations for the Bodil Prize, the country’s film awards. Then there was that O-rific and unforgettable — read: can’t be unseen once seen — poster the Danish film critics association posed for to plug the Bodils.

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Uncut ‘Nympho-maniac’ Lands World Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

Berlin Film FestivalThe Berlin Film Festival will play host to the world premiere of the uncut version of Volume 1 of Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac. The film will screen out of competition. A two-part, four-hour version of the entire opus opens in von Trier’s native Denmark on Christmas Day (the helmer’s original cut was 5.5 hours long). Berlin nymphomaniac posterfestival director Dieter Kosslick said today the aesthetic von Trier has created “is impressive and radical.” More of a Cannes staple — until that unfortunate incident in 2011 where a misguided attempt at humor branded him persona non grata – von Trier was last invited to Berlin in 1984. Nymphomaniac is the story of one woman’s journey from birth to age 50, as told by the titular character (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe also star. The first reviews have been largely positive for the mega-hyped film.

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Danish Film Critics Undress & Swoon In ‘Nymphomaniac’-Themed Campaign (Photo)

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST

The poster below begs the question: Would any of the U.S. critics bodies show their actual bodies to drum up support for their awards? With tongues firmly planted in cheeks, the Danish film critics association has come up with a campaign to remind folks of its February Bodil Awards, Denmark’s major kudos. Arguably the most internationally anticipated film to come out of Denmark this year will be Lars von Trier’s sex-o-rama Nymphomaniac which releases on Christmas Day. And, so, the Danish critics, who award the Bodils, have provided their own personal take on that film’s now infamous marketing. The headline reads: “This is what Danish film critics look like when they enjoy great movies.” The last line on the poster posits: “They are coming to the Bodil Award Show… Are you?” Ick? Or cool?


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Lars Von Trier’s Racy ‘Nymphomaniac’ Gets Two-Part Release From Magnolia: Video

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:25am PST
Mike Fleming

nympAfter much foreplay in the form of increasingly graphic trailers that to me skate the edges of pornography, the release plan for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has come together. Magnolia Pictures has announced that von Trier has cut his work into two films. The first, Nymphomaniac: Part One, will open in theaters March 21 after premiering on-demand March 6. This will climax in the April 18 release of the second film, which first will be on-demand April 3.

Von Trier is no stranger to controversy, as witnessed by the dopey comments he made promoting Melancholia which resulted in getting banned from the Cannes Film Festival, but the subject matter of this film should sell itself. In fact, he has vowed to do no press as both films premiere in Denmark on Christmas Day. Despite that, I wouldn’t be surprised if Magnolia has itself a multi-platform juggernaut that could be reminiscent of Last Tango In Paris, a squarely adult art film with something for everyone. That includes the voyeur crowd, as Magnolia boasts it has an unprecedented amount of explicit sex. The films haven’t yet been rated, but getting an R would probably work against the multi-platform release pattern of this pic.

The first film tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is badly beaten and left in an alley. She’s helped by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 7:48am PST

Nymphomaniac Trailer Lars Von TrierThe news in Hollywood this week was that porno film permits have gone flaccid and are way down, but it looks here like Danish helmer Lars von Trier is keeping the spirit alive with his sex-o-rama drama Nymphomaniac. The film hits Danish screens on Christmas Day, and TrustNordisk has dropped the film’s official — and very bawdy — trailer. The company has been teasing out its campaign which has included a series of short clips, referred to as ‘appetizers’ and which presented some of the film’s key topics of sexuality, religion, philosophy and history. The main course trailer provides more info on Charlotte Gainsbourg’s titular character and offers glimpses of, among others, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe. Magnolia Pictures has U.S. on the movie, but has not yet set a release date. Has there been a movie trailer as sexually graphic as this one? You decide, and you might want to have a cigarette ready for after:

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Hot Clip: Shia LaBeouf In ‘Nymphomaniac’

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 9:57am PDT

Here’s the second “appetizer” tease from Lars von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac, one woman’s sordid sexual history told in eight chapters. A British-accented Shia LaBeouf stars opposite Stacy Martin in Chapter 2: Jerôme. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen also appear in the pic which Magnolia will release stateside.

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Hot Clip: Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

In what’s being referred to as an “appetizer”, here is the first clip from Danish bad boy Lars von Trier‘s sex-o-rama Nymphomaniac. The film is broken into eight chapters and the teaser below is from Chapter One: The Compleat Angler. Stacy Martin plays Young Joe, an inexperienced girl who’s learning lessons in seduction from B, her more worldly friend played by Sophie Kennedy Clark. The ensemble cast includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen. It’s getting a Christmas Day release in Denmark; Magnolia hasn’t dated it yet for the U.S.

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Cannes: Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ Sets Christmas Day Release In Denmark

Leave it to Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier to open a four-hour sex-o-rama on Christmas Day. Zentropa Entertainments and Scandinavian distributor Nordisk Film have set the world premiere of Nymphomaniac for Copenhagen in December with the local theatrical release on December 25. As Zentropa CEO Peter Aalbæk Jensen says, “What’s more Christmassy than a film like this?” Magnolia has U.S. rights. Here’s a new image depicting part of the ensemble cast that includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen:

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Berlin: ‘Nymphomaniac’ Sales Keep Coming

Lars Von Trier‘s hot market title Nymphomaniac has notched two more distributors on its bedpost here in Berlin. Canada’s Mongrel Media and Hungary’s Vertigo have now come on board the story of a nymphomaniac who recounts her sordid life to a stranger after he saves her from a beating. Earlier this week, Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. rights to the film. Other notable pre-sales here include Australia/NZ (Transmission), France (Les Films du Losange), UK/Ireland (Artificial Eye), Germany/Austria (Concorde), CIS (Central Partnership), Brazil (California Films) and Hong Kong (Parkway Management). Von Trier regulars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård star along with Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen and others.

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BERLIN TOLDJA!: Magnolia Closes U.S. Deal For Lars Von Trier-Helmed Shia La Beouf Boff-A-Rama ‘Nymphomaniac’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 6:22am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 6:22 AM:: Magnolia Pictures and TrustNordisk have confirmed Deadline’s scoop that they’ve made one of the big deals at Berlin for U.S. rights to provocateur helmer Lars von Trier‘s full monty film Nymphomaniac. We heard it was around a $2 million deal. The press release runs beneath Deadline’s original break on the story.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, MONDAY PM: After a little late night deal making hanky panky in Berlin, Magnolia Pictures is the frontrunner in talks to consummate a deal for domestic rights to Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac for around $2 million, Deadline hears. The film’s about a nymphomaniac who recounts her sordid life to a stranger after he saves her from a beating. It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Christian Slater. Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘The Ambassador’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

Drafthouse Films AmbassadorAlamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Ambassador, a darkly comic documentary that exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles at the expense of wartorn, third-world nations, particularly in Africa. The Mads Brugger-directed film will launch on VOD and digital platforms August 4 and get a theatrical berth at the IFC Center in New York on August 29, and The Cinefamily in L.A. and Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse on August 31. The film was financed by Lars von Trier‘s Zentropa.

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‘Melancholia’ Tops European Film Awards, Susanne Bier Named Best Director, Tilda Swinton & Colin Firth Get Acting Honors

The European Film Awards just wrapped in Berlin where Lars von Trier’s Melancholia was honored with the top prize. However, it was Susanne Bier who took the best director honors for her Oscar-winning In A Better World. Cannes-watchers may recall that during von Trier’s press conference at the festival last May, the Danish bad-boy not so kindly singled out his compatriot during the now-infamous rant that made him persona non grata on the Riviera. “For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn’t so happy,” von Trier said back then. “But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit.”

Melancholia tonight also took prizes for cinematography and production design. Other winners include Tilda Swinton, best actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin, Oscar winner Colin Firth, best actor for The King’s Speech, the Dardenne brothers for writing The Kid With A Bike, Wim Wenders’ Pina for best documentary and Ludovic Bource for his score of Oscar hopeful The Artist. A full list of winners can be found here.

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NYFF Selection Committee Head Richard Pena Stepping Down in 2012

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Just before the New York Film Festival closed tonight with the premiere of the Alexander Payne-directed The Descendants, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that its longtime program director and Selection Committee head Richard Pena  will stepping down after next year’s 50th annual festival. Pena will have been involved in 25 of those fests by the time he leaves. The festival said that he will stay on to help design and organize a new educational initiative at the Film Society after he steps down.

“For the past 24 years, Richard Pena has served as the chairman of the Selection Committed for the Festival as well as the Program Director of the Film Society,” said FSLC Board of Directors president Dan Stern. “Richard has informed the Board at the end of 2012–after the Festival’s 50th anniversary and his 25th at its helm–he will step down from both posts. Richard has been with the Film Society through the opening of the Walter Reade Theater as well as the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and we are please that he has accepted our invitation to stay on to help create a new educational initiative at the Film Society.”

The choice was made by Pena, who said that “Heading into the 50th anniversary of the Festival, it seems a perfect time for a transition, both for me personally and for the organization. Working at the Film Society has been beyond a dream come true, but in the years left me would like to possibly explore other areas of interest, both within and beyond the cinema. I also feel that, like at any other cultural institution, change can be important as it will bring in fresh ideas and approaches to lead the Film Society into its next fifty years.” Read More »

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Nazi Sympathizer Lars Von Trier Visited By Police: He May Have Broken French Law

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 9:19am PDT

Danish film director Lars von Trier is always self-promoting — but he’s in big trouble now. He was visited by police today at his Denmark home and quizzed about possibly breaking French law which forbids justifying war crimes. It’s because Von Trier caused a storm of controversy during this year’s Cannes Film Festival when he said he had some sympathy for Hitler and Nazis dring a rambling monologue at a press conference. Although he later claimed he was trying to attract attention to his movie by making a joke, the festival banned him, he apologized, and later he rescinded the apology. In the end, European distributors ditched his latest film Melancholia which had its world premiere at Cannes before the ruckus. Now von trier is pledging to keep his mouth shut. Yeah, sure. “He’s a human being and a man with a family, and he wants to avoid further visits from anybody. He’s entirely fed up,” his spokesman tells me. Here is von Trier’s own statement:

Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore

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Toronto: As Magnolia Turns 10, Owner Todd Wagner Says It’s Not For Sale And That VOD Strategy Is Thriving

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Along with everything else about the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, the launch of Magnolia Pictures was quickly forgotten on September 11, as co-founder Eamonn Bowles and other indie film execs scrambled to find ways to get home. Magnolia marked its 10th anniversary at 2011 Toronto. While the company still doesn’t carry the profile of some other indie distributors, Bowles and co-owner Todd Wagner said their model — mixing traditional indie theatrical distribution with emerging digital technology — has made them distinctive and profitable. VOD revenues now often outpace theatrical for Magnolia films, and they return profit to filmmakers because of low P&A spends. Bowles and Wagner have been honing the VOD model since they were branded charlatans by theater chains in 2005 when Steven Soderbergh’s micro-budget film Bubble was released simultaneously on movie screens, VOD and DVD. Wagner and partner Mark Cuban put Magnolia and other film assets under the 2929 Entertainment banner on the selling block earlier this year, but pulled them back when they didn’t get a high price. Wagner said he’s staying.

Magnolia releases 35-40 films each year now, with upcoming releases that include the 2011 Toronto title Melancholia (which got Lars von Trier banned by Cannes for making dumb pro-Nazi comments). Some Magnolia efforts follow a theatrical release cycle, others go direct to DVD. But VOD has increasingly become the distributor’s calling card and Wagner said proof of its viability came when Harvey Weinstein poached Magnolia execs Tom Quinn and Jason Janego to start a VOD venture for The Weinstein Company.

“Harvey’s been in the industry forever, and he thought it was a good enough model to hire some of our folks away,” Wagner told me. “I’m flattered. There are other people doing this now, from IFC to John Sloss. To me, it’s validation that we’ve hit on something. But we’ve got an advantage, a unique collection of assets in the Landmark Theater chain, a home video division, and HDNet. The big theater chains still absolutely won’t play Ultra VOD titles, so having a theater chain is helpful. As is having the television network for the relationships it has made us with all the MSO’s. These synergies allow us to be freewheeling in how we license content. And producers are coming back to us with films because we are cutting them checks. That rarely happens elsewhere because of all the P&A that stands in front of them.” Read More »

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In Odd Twist, Iran Slams Cannes Over Von Trier Ban

Mike Fleming

In another Twilight Zone-like twist to Lars von Trier’s bizarre Cannes experience, the Iranian Vice Minister of Culture Javad Shamaqdari sent a letter slamming the festival for “fascist behavior” in declaring the Danish Melancholia director persona non grata after his attempts to be funny in declaring himself a Nazi and saying that he sympathized with Hitler. Von Trier hasn’t had many come to his defense since issuing those dopey comments, but it is odd to get a statement of support from the same government that gave harsh prison sentences and banishment from filmmaking to two of its most important directors, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. Both had new films added to Cannes as a show of solidarity. Of course, von Trier issued another statement, which doesn’t really clear up anything: Read More »

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