The details of Lars von Trier's upcoming two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac are being tightly guarded. So far, Zentropa has put out just three photos of the film -- two stills and a porn-inspired cast photo -- along with the official poster
showing an erotically charged design evocative of female genitalia.
But a few details of the hotly anticipated project have slipped out. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in Cannes, Nymphomaniac producer Louise Vesth provided a sneak peek into what we can expect. Vesth confirmed that the doubled-barreled feature
will include graphic sex scenes between the members of the all-star cast, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman.
For the truly hard-core elements of the film, von Trier used body doubles for the stars. But, Vesth revealed, the Danish director will use digital technology to combine the actors' non-explicit displays with the pornographic performance of the
doubles. V esth explained:
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.
When we brought Frankenhooker to the MPAA the head of the board at the time called up our company and the guy said to the secretary, Congratulations, you're the first film rated S. And she said S? For sex? And they said No, S
for Shit. And this is the ratings board!
When we premiered Bad Biology  in London I had dinner the night before with a bunch of people and one was a member of the BBFC. I said to him, 'I'd love to know your opinion after the film, unofficially of course.' I said, 'How much
trouble are we in?' And he said, 'Oh Frank, you're not in any trouble at all, this is hilarious and harmless.' Then he said, 'But if this was 20 years ago we would have had you arrested.'
Iron Man 3 is a 2013 USA/China action sci-fi thriller by Shane Black.
With Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce.
It was billed as a joint venture between two cinematic superpowers, a collaboration between east and west. But the comic-book blockbuster Iron Man 3 has now been split into two distinct entities. The version playing to audiences in China
will contain Chinese characters and Chinese sequences. The official international version, by and large, will not.
The change has not gone unobserved by some film fans in China, with a handful of bloggers crying foul over locally-shot scenes that failed to find their way into the version released to the rest of the world.
Chinese superstar Wang Xueqi told the Hollywood Reporter that he had accepted the role on the understanding that Dr Wu would be a major figure in the drama:
I said to this person contacting me: 'It wouldn't do if it was a character who's finished off after a few fights,'. I was then assured that, 'No, you're going to be the man who saves his [Iron Man's] life.
But the international version of Iron Man 3 reportedly restricts Wang's appearance to a 10-second sequence in the opening scene, plus a fleeting glimpse towards the end of the film where his face is obscured by a mask.
Zhang Pimin, deputy chief of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television recently criticised what he described as fake co-productions that did not contain enough bespoke Chinese content.
Bloggers appear united in their consternation of the deliberate product placement that sees new a character named Dr. Wu (played by mainland Chinese actor Wang Xueqi) consume a carton of a local drink product named Gu Li Duo.
Not that audiences outside mainland China will get a glimpse of this, though: This scene is part of the film's China release, a version which is four minutes longer than the normal cut seen everywhere else in the world.
All of these additional sequences revolve around Chinese characters. There's Dr. Wu having a telephone conversation -- from his office in Beijing, in Chinese -- with the television behind him showing a news bulletin of Iron Man cheered by
schoolchildren in one of the Chinese capital's landmarks.
And towards the end of the film, Dr. Wu is shown operating on Stark -- and then having a short conversation with his unnamed assistant about the task, which has been interpreted as suggesting that Chinese medicine is still the best! .
One of the most violent and disturbing movies I have seen in years. Morgue Street is an edgy, polished and extremely disturbing horror short that crosses just about every line you can imagine in its 11 minute running time.
Greg Rucka, who's written Superman and Batman comics, says that Warner Bros.' and Legendary's re-imagining of the classic American tale may lose the character's heart by going too gritty. He explains:
Superman is precisely what we should be teaching our children. Superman inspires us to our best. I haven't seen Man of Steel, haven't read the script, and I've assiduously avoided spoilers. I genuinely don't know if this reality will be
present or not. I want it to be brilliant. I want it to be glorious. I want it to be inspiring. I am keeping the faith.
But that PG-13 on Man of Steel is making me nervous. I don't know what it means. I don't know if it's a warning that there's another k-shiv coming for the kidneys, or if it's just the cost-of-doing-business, or even if it's an MPAA-bias against
all superhero violence. I don't know if this is a genuine caution to parents, or a marketing decision aimed at a demographic too-cool for Superman's brand of hope and idealism, yet embracing of Batman's self-loathing rough justice, to assure
them their ticket will be money well-spent. I don't know if that PG-13 is there out of sincerity or cynicism or politics.
I just know that if you make a Superman movie you can't take kids to, you've done something wrong.
Perhaps Greg Rucka hasn't noticed that all action movies are now at least PG-13 rated (or higher). Movies need a PG-13 to get a little street cred, even from kids. The PG is now used only for Disney style children's films and as such it has
become the mark of a children's only film. Certainly not what the marketeers want for a movie that is being sold to a wider audience.