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    Von Trier Isn't Pulling Back on Nymphomaniac, "Something Which Could Generate Some Press Attention"

    Not one to pull his punches, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier--perhaps in an attempt to deflect the media from reporting on his connection (via Dogville) to Norwegian accused terrorist Anders B. Breivik-- is making more waves regarding his next movie, Nymphomaniac, which is looking at an English-language shoot in summer 2012. The film will track a woman's erotic life from "zero to the age of 50," producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen tells Screen, during eight chapters of varying graphic explicitness. Von Trier plans to shoot two versions, one hardcore, the other softcore.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Doctor Who' Star Karen Gillan Top-Lining Indie Rom-Com 'Not Another Happy Ending'

    The revival of long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who" has been, it's fair to say, a huge success. Becoming appointment viewing for kids and adults alike in the U.K, it's virtually the biggest drama in the country, and has become bigger and bigger abroad as the years go on. So far, however, it's stars haven't really broken out on the big screen: Christopher Eccleston was already well-established before his one-season turn, while a punishing shoot schedule didn't leave much space for tenth and eleventh doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith to sneak in a movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Samuel L. Jackson Gets Jiggy In Trailer For Modern-Day Gladiator Fighting Drama "Arena"

    Samuel L. Jackson co-stars in this indie action movie that was intially titled Deathsport, when it was announced over a year ago.

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  • The Playlist
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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Blackthorn' Catches Up With A Retirement Ready Butch Cassidy

    For the most part -- aside from a few forgettable/unknown titles -- no one has really taken on the legend of Butch Cassidy since Robert Redford and Paul Newman went out guns blazing in George Roy Hill's 1969 instant classic. Though "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" lives on as a cinematic touchstone and cultural reference point, the legend has largely been kept off the big screens as the boots of Redford and Newman are large to fill indeed. So you have admire the stones of writer Miguel Barros, director Mateo Gil and actor Sam Shepard for breaking the forty year taboo and making what is essentially a sequel (though more like a continuation) to the story of the classic outlaws -- but with a twist. Well, everyone knows Butch and Sundance died in a shootout with Bolivian officials, but what this movie presupposes is...maybe they didn't?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    In Theaters This Week - Rashaad Ernesto Green's Acclaimed Drama "Gun Hill Road"

    Shadow And Act 2011/2012 Black Filmmaker To Watch, Rashaad Ernesto Green's feature film debut Gun Hill Road - a film we've been talking about for about a year now, will finally make its stateside theatrical debut this weekend, when it opens on Friday in select cities.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ennio Morricone's 'Days Of Heaven' Soundtrack Gets 2-Disc Re-Release With Never Before Heard Music

    As is the case when working with most geniuses, collaborating with Terrence Malick ain't easy. While there's a small core group of inner-circle people who have never left his side -- editor Billy Weber, production designer Jack Fisk, and casting director Dianne Crittenden to name a few -- even these lifers have all stated on the record how, despite loving Terry to death, it can be immensely difficult at times to discern exactly what it is he wants. History shows that Malick himself doesn't know the answer which can infuriate collaborators. While cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will have lensed three Malick pictures in a row ("New World," "The Tree of Life" and the upcoming untitled romance), new collaborators that stick around is rare.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Viva Riva!" Coming To DVD & Blu-ray Next Month!

    In my review of Djo Tunda Wa Munga's crime drama, Viva Riva!, I highlighted the film's audacious depictions of the kind of orchestrated sexuality and violence rarely seen in African cinema (specifically cinema of the DRC - the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, where such scenes are taboo); a kind of "fuck-you" to the status quo in a country that hadn't seen a feature film produced in over 2 decades.

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  • The Playlist
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    'One Day' Soundtrack Features Elvis Costello, Tricky, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, James & More

    Yes, this is a decades spanning love story set in Britain, so we're not surprised the forthcoming soundtrack to Lone Scherfig's "One Day" reflects that, but man, we definitely had a time warp/flashback when we saw James was on this thing. It has been a long time since we heard those guys.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terence Blanchard Talks Scoring "Red Tails" For George Lucas

    "The music is definitely heroic. We actually used a 70-piece orchestra with a 40-piece choir. Then, underneath all of that, I have a lot of African and ethnic percussion grooves that I created here at my home studio. I wanted to service the movie in a way that made it grand and big. But at the same time, I didn't want to lose the whole notion of who these guys were and where they came from. So I used the ethnic percussion as a subtle kind of flavor. I didn't want to go too over the top with it, like blues guitars and such. That kind of thing has been done before."

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Says He Studied Fincher's 'Fight Club' For 'Haywire' Fight Sequences

    Director Talks Action Geography, Playing With Narrative & How The Spy-Thriller Has Tested Well With Female AudiencesAside from films lead by Angelina Jolie, action pictures starring women are increasingly rare. What's also few and far between is male stars, known for their action lead roles, who are willing to have their asses handed to them on screen by a member of the opposite sex. When Steven Soderbergh started casting up his latest, the spy action thriller, "Haywire," these are part of the problems he encountered. Well known action stars -- we won't name names -- who didn't want their asses kicked by a woman shied away from the project.

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