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Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: The Future of VOD, Shia LaBoeuf Gets NSFW, Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' and More

Indiewire By Clint Holloway | Indiewire November 15, 2013 at 3:53PM

The past week has proven rife for a plethora of different stories related to the cinematic realm. With VOD becoming an increasingly commonplace and ubiquitous platform of distribution, what effect will it have on the future of independent cinema? Despite not having a secure stateside release date yet, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has amassed an extraordinary amount of buzz with its enigmatic yet attention-grabbing marketing, with a particularly NSFW featuring Shia LaBeouf having made its way online. In addition, Criticwire updates its lists, featuring some surprising new indie films and documentaries.
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The past week has proven rife for a plethora of different stories related to the cinematic realm. With VOD becoming an increasingly commonplace and ubiquitous platform of distribution, what effect will it have on the future of independent cinema? Despite not having a secure stateside release date yet, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has amassed an extraordinary amount of buzz with its enigmatic yet attention-grabbing marketing, with a particularly NSFW featuring Shia LaBeouf having made its way online. In addition, Criticwire updates its lists, featuring some surprising new indie films and documentaries. 

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. Is VOD the Future of Independent Film? Yes -- and No. 
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos riled the industry with a contentious Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum, in which he criticized theater owners for resisting the idea of day-and-date releasing of films on Netflix and claiming that theaters are going to "kill movies" if they continue to resist multi-platform distribution.

2. 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. Today sees a fifth scene hit the web, this one NSFW.

3. 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. 

4. The Best Documentaries of 2013 According to the Criticwire Network: '56 Up' and 'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology' Join the List
Throughout the year, Indiewire updates a master list of the highest-rated indie films released in 2013 according to members of our Criticwire Network. The following supplementary list singles out the top-rated documentaries that have an average of B+ or higher. 

Left: Daniel Bergeron Sophie Kennedy Clark

5. Sophie Kennedy Clark on Giving Her Best O-Face for Her 'Nymphomaniac' Character Poster
Last month the buzz surrounding Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" hit a fever pitch when the marketing team behind the hardcore sex odyssey unleashed 14 provocative character posters onto the web, each showcasing a character at their most orgasmic. Among the more well known faces (Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe and the lot), are a spattering of unknown ones, including Sophie Kennedy Clark who before "Nymphomania" drops stateside next year appears as a young Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' upcoming potential Oscar-contender "Philomena."

6. For Your Consideration: Previewing The Independent Spirit Award Nominations, Which Could Look a Lot Like The Oscars
With the recent announcements of both the Gotham Award nominations and those of the British Independent Film Awards, it only seems appropriate for this week’s column to take on the granddaddy of independent film awards: Film Independent’s Spirit Awards. With nominations to be announced November 26th, the awards promise to (as always) be a surprising and at times unexpected representation of the year in American independent film.

7. Watch: Sneak Peek of Trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah' 
With a little over three months until its official release, we are finally given a first look at 'Noah,' Darren Aronofsky's take on the biblical story of Noah's Ark. A brief snippet of the preview gives a taste of the movie's epic, ambitious scope. The titular character (Russell Crowe) has visions of an impending storm, signified by hallucinatory images of him submerged in water, and decides to build a vessel to survive it. The film, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone, hits theaters on March 28, 2014.

Matthew McConaughey in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

8. 5 More Actors With More Than One Shot At Oscar This Year, From Tom Hanks To Matthew McConaughey
Every year is a balancing act for actors looking to make a splash during awards season. On the one hand, each performer wants to increase their visibility and relevance by releasing more than one film featuring strong acting. On the other hand, they don't want to split votes with the Academy by competing against themselves during campaign season. It's tricky, but there is a third option: dual nominations. It's been six years since Cate Blanchett was nominated for both "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "I'm Not There," the last actor to pull off two acting nominations in the same year. Yet 2013 features a strong group of candidates looking to earn two nods from Oscar.

9. Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Sends Elderly Woman Flying Off Stage in BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards Prank
On Saturday night the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards honored Sacha Baron Cohen with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy and the "Borat" and "Bruno" fame honored them right back with yet another unpredictably funny stunt.

10. Band Featured in Film about Iranian Rock Scene Found Dead in Brooklyn Murder/Suicide 
Members of The Yellow Dogs, an indie rock band formed in Tehran and based in Brooklyn were reportedly all found dead in their East Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment after one of the members, who had been kicked out of the band, allegedly carried out a murder-suicide.

This article is related to: Top Weekly Stories, Top 10 Articles of the Week, Trailers, News, Features, VOD, Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Criticwire





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