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    Berlin: Shia LaBeouf Has Started Something

    Today, Nadine Krüger, a television personality for Bild, Germany’s largest newspaper, donned a bag for her report from the Berlinale. This was of course a response to Shia LaBeouf's red-carpet walk Sunday wearing a paper bag over his head with text reading, “I am not famous anymore.”

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    Berlin Review: 'The Dark Valley' Starring Sam Riley Is A Dour, Unoriginal German-Language Western

    A stranger rides into an isolated hardscrabble town, embarks on a personal quest for bloody revenge and along the way becomes the townspeople's champion: so far, so every Western ever made. But the big twist here is that everyone's speaking German, even Sam Riley who plays the film's hero, and the m...

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    Berlin Review: 'Kraftidioten' a Terrifically Smart and Funny Norwegian Thriller Starring Stellan Skarsgard

    A couple of nights ago, quite late, I came across some people camped out in sleeping bags in front of the Berlinale's public ticket counter. When I asked them what they were in line for, they said, "Kraftidioten." Now I know why: a terrifically smart and funny Norwegian thriller starring Stellan Sk...

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    Berlin Review: 'The Two Faces Of January' With Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac And Kirsten Dunst

    On paper, there are any number of reasons to be excited for "The Two Faces of January," which screens during the Berlin Film Festival this week. The three leads, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac are all actors we admire, the director may be a first-timer in this role, but Hossein Amini...

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    Berlinale Camera 2014 Honors Karl Baumgartner

    Beginning in 1986, the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks. This year, during the 64th edition of the festival, producer and distributor Karl “Baumi” Baumg...

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    Watch: Full 40-Minute ‘Nymphomaniac’ Press Conference From The Berlin Film Festival

    Yes, Shia LaBeouf stole the show, aping from or homaging a 1995 press conference appearance by maverick footballer Eric Cantona today at the Berlin Film Festival. But aside from that prankster move – some say veering towards Joaquin Phoenix-like performance art – the press conference went off like i...

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    Berlin: What Shia LaBeouf Said Before He Stalked Out of the 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference (UPDATED)

    During the press conference for “Nymphomaniac Volume 1 (Long Version),” screened at the Berlin Film Festival Sunday, Shia LaBeouf sat silently and oh-so-mysteriously with a cap down over his eyes. When a journalist asked him and Stacy Martin about their sex scenes – how much preparation did they hav...

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    Berlin Review: Lars von Trier's Director's Cut Of 'Nymphomaniac Part 1'

    Lars von Trier is going to Hell. The devil, after all, has all the best tunes, and on the evidence of "Nymphomaniac Part 1," which has its world premiere in its unexpurgated, director-preferred 145-minute version at the Berlin Film Festival, von Trier is a maestro at his zenith, conducting what may ...

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    Berlin: Highlights From The 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference That Didn't Involve Lars Von Trier or Shia LaBeouf

    Though clearly the two things everybody was talking about regarding the "Nymphomaniac" press conference in Berlin today was Lars Von Trier t-shirt and Shia LaBeouf's abrupt exit. Which, given that Von Trier didn't talk on the panel (keeping with his statement that he's no longer doing press), left ...

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