The past week has provided plenty of new developments and stories in the world of film. Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” will likely go down as one of the most talked-about movies of 2013, even though its stateside release likely won’t come until well into next year. Just this morning the first full trailer for the sex epic was released, and it has managed to catapult the hysterical anticipation and buzz while keeping with the film’s other marketing materials in that it reveals almost nothing about the film’s plot or tone. In addition, with awards season on threshold of being in full swing, there have been some updates in Oscar predictions as well as films to keep your eye on while we are still in November. Coming even sooner than the Academy Awards is the Sundance Film Festival in January, and with a slate of films yet to be revealed Indiewire put together a wish list of works we hope to see playing on the big screen in Park City.
Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the ten most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire:
1. It’s Here! Watch the First Full Trailer for Lars von Trier’s Hotly Anticipated ‘Nymphomaniac’
After months of teasing us via a slew of posters, stills and enticing clips, the marketing team behind Lars von Trier’s hotly anticipated sexual epic “Nymphomaniac” have released the full trailer for the opus. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe and more star.
2. 2014 Oscar Predictions
Awards season (which is less a season than the half of the year between September and March) is upon us, and Indiewire is offering up our annual charts of predictions for the grand daddy of awards: The Oscars.
3. Watch: A ‘Breaking Bad’ Alternate Ending Finally Unites the Show With ‘Malcolm in the Middle’
Before he was Walter White, one of television’s greatest protagonists, Bryan Cranston acted as the bungling suburban dad Hal on “Malcolm in the Middle” for seven seasons. It’s one of the many reasons his then being cast as “Mr. Chips goes Scarface” worked so well — “Breaking Bad” had the association of years of benign sitcom fatherhood off of which to play as its main character delved into drug dealing.
4. Two New Suggestive Posters Drop for Lars von Trier’s Sex Epic ‘Nymphomaniac’
Another week, another tease from the marketing team behind Lars von Trier’s hotly anticipated sexual epic “Nymphomaniac.” Last month saw 14 provocative character posters hit the web, each showcasing a character at their most orgasmic. Today sees the premiere of two new posters, both culled from that shoot that sent buzz surrounding the pic into overdrive.
5. Review: Why Michel Gondry’s Noam Chomsky Documentary ‘Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?’ Is His Best Movie Since ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
At one point in “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky,” Michel Gondry’s free-roaming animated portrait of his discussions with the famed MIT linguist, the filmmaker makes it clear that the chief audience he hopes to please is his subject. Gondry, who narrates the documentary throughout, explains his desire during production to complete the project before the octogenarian Chomsky dies.
6. Watch: Shia LaBeouf in a Very NSFW Clip From Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’
Lars von Trier, who has refrained from doing press following his 2011 Cannes gaffe, has been teasing his latest work, the two-part sexual epic “Nymphomaniac,” with a lot of ingredients: a sly poster, a mysterious website, and four tantalizing clips.
7. Sundance Wishlist: 30 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2014
Thanksgiving is the most anxious holiday for indie filmmakers, as the Sundance Film Festival begins making its calls with (hopefully) good news. The first round of programming announcements are expected following the four-day holiday weekend, with over 100 features expected over various sections of the January 2014 festival.
8. Watch: Jonas Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ Short Film Spin-Off Shows Us Other Side of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call
While watching Sandra Bullock fight for her life in “Gravity” this fall, did anyone else wonder about the voice on the other end of her distress call? Jonas Cuaron’s “Aningaaq” shows us who was on the other end of that radio.
9. Criticwire Members’ List of Highest Ranked 2013 Indie Movies Adds ‘Nebraska’ and ‘The Great Beauty’
According to the nearly 500 critics listed in Indiewire’s Criticwire Network, there are over 70 indie films that have been released in theaters or on digital platforms this year worth checking out. Of course, 2013 still has a few more months to go. The following list, updated on a weekly basis, contains all films released in 2013 that currently hold a B+ average or higher on Criticwire as long as they have been graded by at least 15 critics.
10. For Your Consideration: A Mid-November Take On All The Major Oscar Races
All the major fall festivals have come and gone, and the Oscar prognosticators have come out in full force. And while there’s still two months until the nominations are announced, it’s finally fair game. Yes, there are a few major films that could still shake things up significantly (two, really: Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle”), the vast majority of the films that will be nominated have been seen by many, either at festivals or in theatrical release. And it’s quite likely we’ve already seen our best picture winner, too. The last time a film won best picture that hadn’t had its world premiere somewhere by the end of October was way back in 2004 with “Million Dollar Baby.”