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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”:

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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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Denmark’s Bodil Prizes: ‘Nympho-maniac’, ‘The Hunt’ Lead Nominations

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 4:58am PST

bodilIn an effort to promote their Bodil Awards, Danish film critics undressed and swooned in a Nymphomaniac-styled poster ahead of the holidays. Turns out it wasn’t just a prime photo-op, they also really liked the movie. Lars von Trier‘s well-reviewed sex drama has been nominated for six Bodils, Denmark’s answer to the Oscar. It’s the most-nominated film along with Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, which has been shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar. Both are vying for Best Picture, along with Michael Noer’s Northwest, Nils Malmros’ Sorrow And Joy and Denmark’s No. 1 box office hit The Keeper Of Lost Causes, directed by Mikkel Nørgaard. Nymphomaniac also picked up nods for stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård and Jamie Bell. The Hunt‘s Mads Mikkelsen is nominated in the lead actor category; he won the top acting prize in Cannes for the film back in 2012. Other mentions for The Hunt include actors Anne-Louise Hassing, Susse Wold (in her first role after 27 years away from film), Lars Ranthe and Thomas Bo Larsen. The Bodil prize ceremony will be held on February 1st in Copenhagen. The full, uncut, version of Nymphomaniac world premieres at the Berlin Film Festival later in the month. The full list of nominees is on the next page:

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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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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jonathan Deckter Tops IM GLobal, Wild Bunch Distribution, ‘Nymphomaniac’ Campaign Heats Up

IM Global President Jonathan DeckterJonathan Deckter Named IM GLobal President
IM Global is heading to Cannes with a new president. Company CEO Stuart Ford has promoted Jonathan Deckter, a three-year veteran of the sales, financing and production outfit, just in time for the annual happenings on the Croisette. He was previously head of international sales and distribution. Elsewhere, IM Global also re-upped Bonnie Voland and her B. Voland company to oversee worldwide publicity and marketing and re-signed Tatyana Joffe as EVO International Sales.

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France’s Wild Bunch Distribution has named the successor to chief Jean-Philippe Tirel who is stepping down to start his own acquisitions boutique. Former Pathé and Fox Searchlight exec Thierry Lacaze will take over leading the distributor backed up by the company’s existing team including Jérôme Rougier who runs acquisitions. The company has a slate of 22 films this year including official Cannes selection titles The Bastards from Claire Denis, La Vie D’Adèle from Abdellatif Kechiche and James Gray’s The Immigrant as well as Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills. Read More »

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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: Magnolia, TrustNordisk Link Up Again On ‘Pioneer’

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 6:25am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac.

The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. Read More »

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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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