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‘Domino’ Review: Cops, Terrorists and De Palma by Numbers

‘Domino’ Review: Cops, Terrorists and De Palma by Numbers
You do not have to squint very hard to see Brian De Palma in Domino. Not literally, mind you … he doesn’t usually take his Hitchcock fetish to constant-cameo lengths. But he’s there in the ominous zoom-in to a gun that a Copenhagen cop named Christian (Game of ThronesNikolaj Coster-Waldau) has left on a chair in his apartment. He’s there in the sequence of Christian hanging perilously off a tall building’s breaking rain-gutter, chasing after the man who attacked his partner — a Vertigo reference writ large.
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Lionsgate Television Acquires U.S. Remake Rights to Swedish Series ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ (Exclusive)

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Lionsgate Television has acquired the U.S. remake rights to “Veni Vidi Vici,” the hit Swedish comedy series about a struggling film director who decides to take a job in the adult entertainment industry and starts to live a double life

The 10-part show was created for Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viaplay streaming service and has been picked up in key territories, including in the U.S. by Hulu and in Australia by Sbs. Co-writer, director and star Rafael Edholm is on board to help develop the U.S. adaptation.

The remake is also being developed by Fredrik Lundberg for HandsUp Sthlm, together with Kim Magnusson (“I Kill Giants”) and Madwood StudiosMichael Flutie (“Westside”), for both the U.S. and international markets.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group has a longstanding relationship with Lionsgate Television, as the U.S. company is handling the worldwide sales of Nent Group’s original productions “Swedish Dicks,
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'After the Wedding': Film Review | Sundance 2019

'After the Wedding': Film Review | Sundance 2019
In Danish director Susanne Bier's Oscar-nominated 2006 film After the Wedding, the antsy camerawork and editing suggested a link to the raw aesthetics of her countrymen's Dogme 95 manifesto, while the pivotal scene of a large family gathering during which uncomfortable secrets come to light recalled the first and one of the best examples of that movement, Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration. Bart Freundlich's American remake of the Bier film flips the gender of the main characters, yielding predictably strong performances from Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams but otherwise removing the teeth from a melodrama that grows increasingly preposterous ...
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‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home

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‘Ben Is Back’ Writer-Director Peter Hedges on Why the Drug Addiction Drama Hits Close to Home
This story about Peter Hedges and “Ben Is Back” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

In “Ben Is Back,” writer-director Peter Hedges tells the story of one day in the life of a family whose oldest son has been battling an opioid addiction. Fresh from a stint in rehab, Ben Burns (Hedges’ real-life son Lucas) makes an unexpected appearance at his family’s house for Christmas, leading his mother (Julia Roberts) on a descent into the drug underworld to help save him.

“I come from a family that has been ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said. “But more recently, a good friend overdosed and died, my favorite actor ever [Philip Seymour Hoffman] overdosed and died and a family member nearly died.

“This was untenable loss, so I started exploring why heroin and opioids were impacting so many many people I love. And it’s
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‘I Am Not a Witch’: How a Satire About Misogyny Is Transforming Zambia’s Film Industry

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Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni’s provocative satire “I Am Not a Witch” drew much praise when it premiered at the 2017 Cannes Festival, but as it continued to screen around the world, it left many audiences confounded. The events of the movie revolve around a young girl sentenced to life imprisonment at a state-run witch camp, and Nyoni envisioned it as a dark comedy that tackled the country’s history of misogyny.

“My film’s sort of a joke about my culture, that I thought we could all laugh along together to, until I realized that this understanding wasn’t quite universal,” she said in a recent interview. “At screenings, mostly across Europe and North America, it occurred to me that audiences weren’t really in on the joke.” Some audiences would apologize for laughing at certain parts, “maybe feeling like they were punching down by laughing at Africans in a certain predicament,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Kursk’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Kursk’
For many of us of an impressionable age and frame of mind in the year 2000, the Kursk submarine disaster occupies a uniquely chilling part of the imagination. Even far removed and only getting updates via news reports, the real-time experience of the excruciating 7-day delay between the explosions that sent the Russian nuclear submarine to the bottom of the Barents Sea and the rescue mission divers finally opening its hatch, caught international attention in the same way imperiled space missions used to, or, a decade later, a Chilean mine collapse would.

This is both a blessing and a burden for Thomas Vinterberg’s expensive, glossy recreation of the disaster and its immediate aftermath, “Kursk.” On the one hand, it’s a story everyone knows, and on the other hand, it’s a story everyone knows. How to make it feel new and exciting while being respectful of the real lives
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‘Kursk’ Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts Stars in Thomas Vinterberg’s Submarine Disaster Drama

It has been six years since Thomas Vinterberg unveiled his Oscar-nominated psycho-drama “The Hunt” at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, though it feels as if it were just yesterday.

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As the co-founder of the Dogme 95 movement — the other forefather being Lars Von Trier — Vinterberg is hardly a novice in the cinematic world, though both of his most recent features “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “The Commune” have failed to shake up the scene when compared to “The Hunt” or his debut outing “The Celebration.”

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Nevertheless, the filmmaker’s upcoming film “Kursk” may be able to change the tide in Vinterberg’s favor.

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Trustnordisk takes Thomas Vinterberg's drinking feature to Toronto for pre-sales

Untitled Zentropa Entertainment film will focus on the joys of drinking.

TrustNordisk has acquired rights and will kick off pre-sales for Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The untitled project revolves around four friends who embark on an experiment to remain constantly drunk. Whille initially successful, the plan eventually derails.

The film, which is now in pre-production, will star an as-yet-announced Danish cast and will be produced by Sisse Graum and Zentropa Entertainment. Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Submarino co-writer Tobias Lindholm is writing the script.

Principal photography is expected to begin in summer 2019 with a budget of €3.8m.
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David Lowery interview: A Ghost Story, Peter Pan, producer notes and more

Jules-Pierre Malartre Aug 17, 2017

Director David Lowery takes us through A Ghost Story, as well as what his plans are for the live action Peter Pan...

Most moviegoers know David Lowery for his very successful remake of Pete’s Dragon, but some will also know him for his indie breakout film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His latest project, A Ghost Story was a very personal project for Lowery who launched into it only a few days after Pete’s Dragon wrapped. Lowery has a few other projects coming along, including the highly anticipated Peter Pan remake.

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Hiding an Oscar-winning actor under a white sheet for almost an hour and a half was a very bold idea. What made you decide to go ahead with that approach,
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Joshua Reviews Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune [Theatrical Review]

The Commune is a profoundly intriguing venture. Seeing Thomas Vinterberg jettison the Hollywood trappings of his last film, the middling Far From The Madding Crowd, this new picture finds the filmmaker teaming with a distinctly talented co-writer for a film that sees him take on similar themes of love, loss and interpersonal relationships that has been a mainstay throughout his career.

The above-mentioned co-writer is none other than A War writer/director Tobias Lindholm, a name that may not mean much to those new to Vinterberg’s work after being introduced through his stateside debut, but one adds profound intrigue to an already interesting picture. Set in the 1970s, the film introduces us to Anna, a well-respected newswoman, and her husband Erik, an architecture teacher at a nearby university. Married and living a seemingly rewarding life in Copenhagen, the couple have their squabbles, but outside of the usual boredom one
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Thomas Vinterberg returns with "The Commune"

This review originally ran in September 2016 from the Toronto International Film Festival. With the film finally in theaters in select cities starting today (and available to rent on Amazon), we didn't want you to miss it...

Thomas Vinterberg first came to fame with the Dogme 95 masterpiece The Celebration (1998) which was an international success reaping Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Foreign Film. Oscar famously snubbed it during their long stretch of controversial years in the 90s and 00s where they regularly ignored major critical darlings eventually prompting reforms to the selection process in the late Aughts. Vinterberg was eventually nominated with another international success The Hunt (2012) and after his English language sleeper success Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) it's safe to say he's on quite a roll currently. 

For years people had suggested to Vinterberg that he make a film about commune life since he had grown up in one
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Exclusive: Meet The Boss In Clip From Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Living with a roommate is one thing, but living with several can get complicated. The drama and interpersonal dynamics that unfold when many people get together under one, free-spirited roof takes center stage in director Thomas Vinterberg‘s (“The Celebration,” “Far From The Madding Crowd“) latest film, “The Commune.”

Starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares, the movie takes a look at ambitious group of adults who establish an idealistic commune, only to watch it crumble in the face of personal scandal.

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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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‘The Commune’ Clip: Thomas Vinterberg Brings Human Misery and Drama to a Failed Paradise — Watch

‘The Commune’ Clip: Thomas Vinterberg Brings Human Misery and Drama to a Failed Paradise — Watch
Loosely inspired by filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s own experiences growing up in a Danish collective, “The Hunt” and “Festen” helmer appears to be aiming for more light entertainment with his latest film, “The Commune.” Think again.

Per the film’s official synopsis, “Erik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.”

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What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, even
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Movie Review: The Commune is just a midlife crisis with more characters

On paper, The Commune sounds like a potentially great idea. Director Thomas Vinterberg’s career can charitably be described as erratic—anyone still dimly recall It’s All About Love, a sci-fi romance starring Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn?—but his one undisputed triumph, 1998’s The Celebration, deftly orchestrated chaos within a large ensemble cast. Communal living ought to be right up his alley. What’s more, it turns out that Vinterberg actually grew up in a Danish commune and based the screenplay (co-written with Tobias Lindholm, one of the creators of Borgen), at least in part, on his own childhood memories. So it’s doubly bizarre that The Commune all but ignores its ostensible subject. Rather than portray a turbulent group dynamic, the film focuses on the marital woes of one particular couple, squandering its novel milieu on a banal conflict that would play out similarly ...
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Exclusive Interview with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Paul Risker chats with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

“Back when we did Borgen everyone told us that it would not be possible to take boring Danish coalition politics and make it into a drama – it couldn’t be done” remembers series writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram. From the drama of Danish politics that was lauded by critics and audiences alike, Gram went onto the new challenge of corporate crime drama Follow the Money. Yet the creator and writer of Nordic Noir’s only white collar crime drama series acknowledges the importance of Borgen, that instilled in him a confidence by achieving that which was said to be impossible. “Somehow we managed to and inspired by that experience I felt that we could do it with finance as well.”

The second season continues shortly after the events of the first. While Gram transposes the setting of the major company
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Choose Your Family In The New U.S. Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’

Thomas Vinterberg went through a bit of a dry patch following “The Celebration,” with a string of movies (“It’s All About Love,” “Dear Wendy,” “Submarino“) that missed the mark. But now he’s back on form, chilling everyone with “The Hunt,” going the period drama route with the underrated “Far From The Madding Crowd,” and now bringing “The Commune” to art houses everywhere.

Continue reading Choose Your Family In The New U.S. Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’ at The Playlist.
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Happy National Sandwich Day!

What's your favorite sandwich?

Besides the artisinal classic Diego-Maribel-Gael, that is. Mine is the iconic grilled cheese though I also indulge in a little pastrami & swiss on occasion.

On this day in showbiz history...

1921 Charles Bronson of Death Wish and Dirty Dozen fame is born

1931 Monica Vitti born in Italy. You haven't lived until you've seen her mussing with her hair in L'Avventura

1952 Roseanne Barr is born in Utah of all places. Goes on to create one of the best and most important sitcoms of all time, Roseanne

1954 The first Godzilla movie opens. Many more will follow

1956 The Wizard of Oz gets its first television airing. Annual showings will become a beloved tradition that cements the movie's cultural legacy

1957 Hunky action icon Dolph Lundren born in Stockholm

1963 Popular Oscar winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim is born. His films include He Named Me Malala, An Inconvenient Truth, and Waiting for Superman

1964 Awesome
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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Danish director Thomas Vinterberg: ‘To some extent, I understand Brexit’

The film-maker on how growing up in a commune informed his new movie and his mixed feelings about the EU

Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.

To what extent was your new film inspired by your childhood?
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