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What I mistook as ambition and mythology for Carlos Reygadas' decision to title his film, Post Tenebras Lux, in Latin ("Light After Darkness") was simply pretentiousness. Though the movie - shot in a 1:33 ratio - was undoubtedly as stunning as a Terrence Malick film, the semi-autobiographic pic was as self-indulgent as a Tyler Perry flick.
The Mexican film - which won the Best Director award at last year's Cannes Film Festival - is comprised of a series of vignettes, mostly centering on the lives of a family who has made the transition from city to country life. Reygadas' meditation on both internal and external human conflicts is too ambitious, resulting in a film lacking cohesion and theme.
(Do not read past the jump if you wish to avoid spoilers.)
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Neither magic tricks nor an futuristic-yet-abysmal Will Smith vehicle were enough to bring Fast & Furious 6 down from its number one position. The car thriller held its own in its second week at the theaters with $34.5 million while newcomers Now You See Me and After Earth just couldn't make the cut to the top spot.
The Louis Leterrier-helmed Now You See Me placed second with $28 million while M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth debuted with $27 million (even removing Shyamalan's name from promotional material for the film couldn't guarantee a better debut). Epic stayed put at number four in its second week with $16.4 million while Star Trek Into Darkness fell two spots to number five.
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Little truth has been spilled about Lars von Trier's upcoming film Nymphomaniac, and while many who work on the film would like to keep it that way, its producer Louise Vesth opened up about some of the new techniques the Danish director will be implementing in the sex scenes.
When actor Shia LaBeouf went around claiming that he'd be having real sex on camera, he was only partially correct. Instead, von Trier will film the sex scene twice: once with the actors and again with their doubles. In post-production, the doubles' nether regions will be superimposed onto the actors', making it appear as though they were truly getting physical.
“We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles who really did have sex and in post we will digital impose the two. So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles," Vesth explained.
The complicated post-production work cost the film an unveiling at Cannes, but it is expected to hit theaters this December.
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
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Lincoln leads the Oscar nominations after being named in 12 categories.
Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane unveiled the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards earlier today, and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic - which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering President Abraham Lincoln - leads the way, followed closely by Life of Pi, which is up for 11 honors.
Both movies are up for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, but will face competition from Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Livings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to take home the statuette.
Lincoln stars Daniel, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are all up for awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while Spielberg is in the running for Best Director.
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Lincoln leads the Golden Globe 2013 nominations with seven nods. Steven Spielberg's biopic about former President Abraham Lincoln is up for a host of top prizes including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay.
Quentin Tarantino's western flick Django Unchained and political drama Argo follow close behind with five nominations each. Critically-acclaimed films Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook each received four nods.
With three nominations are Life of Pi, dark cult drama The Master and heart-warming British comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The great Dames of British film, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, all have acting nods for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet and Hitchcock respectively.
Surprises include Nicole Kidman's Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Paperboy and John Hawkes and Helen Hunt being up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Sessions.
Scarlett Johansson gets in touch with her inner 90s fashionista on the Glasgow set of Jonathan Glazer's upcoming sci-fi flick, Under the Skin.
Thankfully Johansson didn't take a dramatic, permanent route for her new hair color, opting instead for a brunette wig to hide her blonde tresses. What do you think of her new look?
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Adrien Brody was "seriously depressed" for a year after making The Pianist.
The 39-year-old actor - who, at 29, became the youngest person to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the drama - admits playing a Polish-Jewish musician in the World War II film took its toll because he had immersed himself so deeply in the role.
"It was all consuming. For a good year after, I was probably seriously depressed. There were severe transitions that I put myself through physically and emotionally... I shot it when I was 27, and that was my real awakening and entrance into adulthood, that responsibility, and awareness of my own good fortune that I had taken for granted," said Adrien, who lost a substantial amount of weight for the film.
The Detachment star - who began acting when he was 13 years old - thinks he was mature and sensible from a young age because being an only child meant he had to take responsibility for his actions: "I think it forced me to be mature, because I had to be accountable when I came home. I couldn't run off and blame it on my brother or sister. I had to be accountable."
The first photographs of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana has been released. The Australian actress plays the tragic royal - who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 - in the recently re-titled biopic Diana and says she is "honored" to have been cast in the role.
"I'm excited and honored to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways," she said on set. Principal photography started this week on the movie which portrays the last two years of Princess Diana's life.
Robert Pattinson says most movie scripts are "s**t."
The Twilight Saga star plays the lead role in David Cronenberg's new movie Cosmopolis, and Robert revealed the script stood out for him because it was so well written in comparison to most others.
"[With Cosmopolis] there was such a specific voice from the very beginning. It's just really well written. Most scripts are really s**t and you're just thinking 'how can I make it better?' but this one, all you had to do was just say it. A really s****y actor could just sit there and say it and make it sound really good."
Robert rose to fame playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise and revealed he hopes to use his star power to make smaller movies that wouldn't otherwise get the funding to be made: "When you get some kind of success quite quickly you have to pay for it somehow, pay your dues and stuff. I want to support the whole part of the industry that I like and got me interested in film. With the limited amount of power I have I would love to use it to get indies which never would be made or seen, hopefully seen. And also I just want seem cool!"
Will Ferrell is the "Muhammad Ali of improv."
The comedian stars in Matt Piedmont's Casa de mi Padre, a Spanish language Mexican telenovela, and although the motion picture was a huge challenge for Will, the director says he rose to the occasion beautifully.
"For Will it was surely a Heart of Darkness in that he pulled off something almost impossible that surely caused him night sweats: having to act in a very specific Northern Mexican accent in a language he does not speak. He is the Muhammad Ali of improv and we tied one hand behind his back and threw him to the lions covered in barbeque sauce. For me it was pure joy and a grand psychedelic trip down a crazy rabbit hole, like being strapped to a rocket ship of love made of liquid lightning."
Will stars as the brother who must save his family's ranch from an evil, cigarette-smoking drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal), and rescue his brother (Diego Luna) from a life of crime and Matt revealed he was delighted his feature film directorial debut was an R rated Spanish language satire.
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