"Oh Lars, that was intense." Those were the words famously muttered by a mortified Kirsten Dunst after his infamous 2011 Cannes press conference, though I imagine many will say something similar after viewing the trailer the Danish provocateur dropped today for "Nymphomaniac." And the bomb-like implications of the verb "dropped" are fully applicable here: a brief but direct close-up of a plucked vagina sets the tone for a two-minute taster that was plainly calculated to generate maximum chatter about the all-star sex epic, and is already doing its job admirably.
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In our interview this week, Kate Mara described the second season of “House of Cards” and her character in it, Zoe Barnes, as never having a dull moment. The same can probably be said of her professional life right now, as she promotes the two-part mini film “After the Disco” for Broken Bells, currently shoots “Captive” in Mexico City with David Oyelowo and will soon see the result of her turn in “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp. Mara also said that “House of Cards” finished shooting about a month ago, and the second season with drop – all at once, again – “relatively soon."
Watch Part One of Broken Bells' "After the Disco" here. Watch Part Two below.
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
On the docket today…
50 years ago today: "SNL's" Don Pardo announced on NBC that John F. Kennedy has been shot
The longtime "Saturday Night Live" announcer, now 95, recalled his role in the Nov. 22, 1963 news coverage in an interview in 1998. PLUS: How the Big 3 networks announced the news.
Bill Paxton watched JFK speak hours before the assassination
The former "Big Love" star, pictured here as an 8-year-old boy on his father's shoulders, saw Kennedy speak outside the Hotel Texas in Ft. Worth on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.
Lena Dunham releases "a teaser of our teaser" for "Girls" Season 3
The official teaser will be shown on HBO on Sunday. PLUS: Allison Williams giggles when Kelly Ripa takes a tumble on the red carpet. UPDATE: HBO releases the "Girls" Season 3 trailer.
Jimmy Kimmel gets more celebs to read mean tweets, including Larry David and Amy Poehler
The 5th version of "Celebrity Mean Tweets" also includes Nick Offerman and Sharon Stone.
Elisabeth Rohm joins Starz's "Power"
The "Law & Order" alum will co-star in the NYC nightclub owner drama.
Noah Bean joins "12 Monkeys"
The Syfy pilot will reunite Bean with fellow "Nikita" star Aaron Stanford.
U2 has released its first new song in four years: “Ordinary Love” is from the soundtrack for “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.”
The tune, which the band released Thursday on its Facebook page, is instantly recognizable due to Bono’s vocals, but unlike so much of U2’s material, it’s keyboard driven. In fact, The Edge’s guitar work isn’t really prominent until around the 2:30 mark.
Thematically, the song covers familiar terrain for U2: love, respect, community —all of which are certainly shared by Mandela.
Bono’s the only band member whose face is scene in the lyric video and that’s only very briefly. There’s no movie footage, though a paintings of Mandela crop up occasionally.
It’s a good song, but it doesn’t have U2’s trademark anthemic feel.
“Ordinary Love” will be released as a 10” on Record Store Day, Nov. 29, with a new version of “Breathe,” a song originally released on U2’s 2009 album, “No Line On the Horizon.”
U2’s new album is tentatively slated to come out in April, as previously reported. The majority of the set was produced and mixed by Danger Mouse.
"The entire point of 'Doctor Who,'" as the series' current showrunner Steven Moffat once told me, "is to frighten children." 50 years ago this weekend (a very special episode debuts Saturday at 2:50 p.m. on BBC America, at the same time it's airing around the world), the series debuted on the BBC in the hopes that a mysterious time traveler called the Doctor — and, later, pepper pot-shaped aliens called the Daleks, unstoppable steel Cybermen, lizard people and more — would excite the youth of the UK.
Hardly a week goes by in the awards season without someone or other lobbying for a new Oscar category. But while the likes of Woody Allen are calling for casting Oscars, Jason Statham is joining the chorus for to see stunt work recognized by the Academy: Jason Statham calls for an Oscar category for stunt artists. The British action man rants: “I think it is an overlooked category ... Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts] ... It’s like a farce." Of course, SAG has a stunt award, but I'm not convinced many Academy voters would know how to judge the category. [Vanity Fair]
LOS ANGELES — If you've ever met Lee Daniels or seen an interview with him, you'd quickly ascertain that the director of "Precious" and "The Butler" is his own force of nature. He has a charisma and passion that has helped fuel his success as a filmmaker. So, to be fair, only a true diva could upstage him and especially on a night he's receiving a prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Enter Jane Fonda.
Tuesday morning Film Independent will announce this year's list of nominees for the 29th annual Spirit Awards. There are certainly a lot of opportunities to right some of the slights made by the Independent Film Project's list of Gotham Award nominees, revealed a few weeks ago, and plenty of considerations to be taken into account besides.
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I ride a horse to work...
After a full day of on-camera interviews about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," there was a small reception at a nearby restaurant where I was invited so that I could spend a little more time talking to director Francis Lawrence.
When "Constantine" came out, I moderated a screening of the film at the Egyptian Theater, and I remember it being a particularly spirited Q&A afterwards. I liked Lawrence, and while I didn't think "Constantine" was a home run, there were plenty of things about it that I liked. I thought "I Am Legend" started strong but then deflated at a certain point. "Water For Elephants" was a low-key surprise, a film that felt genuinely meant even if it also was firmly entrenched in melodrama.
By far, the best thing he's directed so far is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," simply because it works as a whole film in a way that none of the others have so far, and Lawrence's visual acumen is just the icing on the cake this time. The video you see embedded above was our first conversation about this movie, but at the reception, we had time to speak a little longer, and one of the first things he said was how happy he was to hear that I'd liked the film. He said that the feeling of the positive reviews starting to roll in was a enormous relief, because he felt like this was the best thing he'd done, and so far, his career has not been about critical acclaim.