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Best of 2011 - Jason Coleman's Top Ten Films

12/30/2011 3:20pm EST
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2011’s crop of movies had its fare share of interesting ups and downs. On the down side, it’s a year of movies with a ton of potential that for, one reason or another, ended up disappointing due to various bad elements. There were actor/director re-teaming’s brought down by bad casting (Jessica Chastain, terrific in "The Help," proved totally out of place in the Michael Shannon/Jeff Nichols flick "Take Shelter") and annoying characters (wish they could just excise Carey Mulligan’s annoying sister from the Steve McQueen/Michael Fassbender flick "Shame" – and leave the rest!), not to mentio...

'Top Ten Films Of 2011' - 'Two Jews On Film' Reveal Their Top Picks (Video)

12/29/2011 1:00pm EST
Top Ten Films Of 2011
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 2011 was a year filled with very eclectic films. We had movies about the end of the world, ('Melancholia' and 'Take Shelter') traveling back in time,('Midnight In Paris') homages to the early days of film-making, ('The Artist,' 'Hugo') as well as movies about some of our favorite sports, ('Moneyball' and 'Win Win').

We found ourselves laughing hysterically at a comedy about girl bonding, ('Bridesmaids') had our hearts touched by a few family films, ('We Bought A Zoo,' 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close') and a couple...anything but...('Tree Of...

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' And 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

12/20/2011 1:17pm EST
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive look set to lead the 2012 London Film Critics' Circle awards after landing six nominations each.

Both movies have been named in the coveted film of the year category, alongside silent movie The Artist and The Tree of Life.

Gary Oldman is up for actor of the year for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, against other contenders including George Clooney (The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Ryan Gosling (Drive).

Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Anna Paquin (Margaret), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), a...

'Melancholia' Dominates European Film Awards

12/4/2011 4:12pm EST
Kirsten Dunst's movie Melancholia dominated the European Film Awards on Saturday night, picking up the event's top prize.

The movie, directed by controversial Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier, won the coveted title of Best European Film of 2011 at the ceremony in Berlin, Germany.

Von Trier vowed to shun public speaking after he was banned from the Cannes Film Festival in France over the summer for making comments about Nazi dictator Adolf Hilter, so he sent his wife, Bente Froge, to pick up the award on his behalf.

She told the audience, "I should say from Lars that he has no message for ...

Kirsten Dunst Opens Up About Her 'Dangerous' Google Fixation

11/18/2011 2:12pm EST
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Kirsten Dunst can't help but search for stories about herself on the internet, despite branding her Google fixation a "very dangerous" habit.

The actress began worrying about saucy pictures of herself surfacing online after she stripped off for full-frontal nude scenes in Lars Von Trier's drama Melancholia.

She says, "I hadn't been that nude in a film before. It's nerve-wracking but at that point I knew everyone pretty well and it was a closed set. Lars and I were making jokes to each other... It was cold, I was lying there. But I knew it was going to be pretty. Doing a Lars Von Trier f...

Two Jews' Review 'Melancholia' And Are Worlds Apart On This SciFi Fantasy (Video)

11/9/2011 12:47pm EST
Two Jews on Flim - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: When 'Melancholia' directed by the always controversial, Lars Von Tier, opens there is a montage of impressionistic stills set to Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolde.

Dead birds slowly rain down from the sky, while Kirsten Dunst, dressed in a long flowing white wedding gown, wearing a dazed expression on her face, runs through a lush dark forest. A horse silently falls to the ground as the opera reaches a crescendo. Then we cut to...

Somewhere in Outer Space, where we see Earth and a much larger planet, gradually moving closer and closer to one anothe...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Immortals,' 'J. Edgar,' & More

11/7/2011 2:00pm EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of last week’s comedy “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.” I had fun speaking one-on-one with the fellow Emerson alum about his experiences directing his first major feature length film. Check out my interview here.

Dropping in at the box office this week are the Tarsem Singh Greek epic “Immortals,” the Clint Eastwood biopic “J. Edgar,” the Lars Von Trier apocalyptic drama “Melancholia,” the Adam Sandler comedy “Jack and Jill,” the William Monahan gangster flick “London Boulevard,” the Werner Herzog doc...

'Melancholia' Leads European Film Awards Nominations

11/7/2011 11:31am EST
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Kirsten Dunst's new movie Melancholia is set to be a major contender at the upcoming European Film Awards after landing a massive nine nominations.

The Spider-Man star plays a woman battling depression in the Lars von Trier film and the role has scored her a nod in the Best European Actress category at the European Film Academy prize-giving.

She will compete alongside her Melancholia co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg for the trophy, as well as Tilda Swinton for her role in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Von Trier also landed a nod in the Best European Director category, while the film will a...

Kirsten Dunst Explains Lars Von Trier's Apology To 'Melancholia' Cast After Cannes Debacle

10/13/2011 6:11pm EDT
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Lars Von Trier apologized to the cast of his movie Melancholia for his controversial Adolf Hitler comments which saw him banned from the Cannes Film Festival - because it stopped them celebrating the success of the film together.

The Danish moviemaker stunned reporters during a press conference at the event in May when he rambled on about his German heritage and declared he could "understand" Hitler.

Von Trier was subsequently banned from the French movie festival, where the film's lead star Kirsten Dunst landed the Best Actress award - and he was saddened to miss out on sharing in her su...

Kirsten Dunst: Von Trier Was 'Trying To Make People Laugh' With Hitler Comments

6/1/2011 8:38am EDT
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Kirsten Dunst has defended her "Melancholia" director Lars Von Trier over controversial statements he made at the Cannes Film Festival about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The Danish moviemaker stunned reporters during a Cannes press conference last month when he rambled on about his German heritage and declared he could "understand" Hitler - as an awkward Dunst sat next to him.

Von Trier has since apologised for his remarks, but it was not enough for festival organizers; they have banned the filmmaker from the French movie event.

Dunst, who was named the Best Actress at Cannes for her role i...

Brad Pitt's 'The Tree Of Life' Triumphs At Cannes

5/22/2011 10:23pm EDT
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Brad Pitt's new movie The Tree of Life has grown on Cannes Film Festival judges - it has won the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film.

The movie, directed by Terrence Malick, follows the fortunes of two young boys brought up by a strict, brutal and demanding father - played by Pitt.

It divided critics at Cannes when it debuted last week, garnering boos and lackluster applause from the audience, but triumphed on Sunday.

Kirsten Dunst took home the Best Actress award for her role in Melancholia - the film in competition from director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival after...

Lars Von Trier Accepts Cannes Ban

5/19/2011 10:10pm EDT
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Controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier "fully accepts" his ban from the Cannes Film Festival, according to his producer partner.

Organizers of the annual French event declared von Trier a "persona non grata" on Thursday, a day after he shocked reporters and critics at a press conference for his new release Melancholia by rambling on about his German ancestry and admitting he could "understand" Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

He subsequently apologized for his remarks to Cannes officials, who explained that he felt he had "allowed himself to be egged on by a provocation" during the screeni...

Nazi Sympathizer Lars Von Trier Banned From Cannes

5/19/2011 11:59am EDT
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Danish director Lars Von Trier has been banned from the Cannes Film Festival in France after he made controversial comments about Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

The moviemaker shocked reporters and critics at a press conference for his new release Melancholia on Wednesday when he went off on a tangent about his German ancestry and how he can "understand" and "sympathize with" Hitler. He went on to claim he's "not against Jews" but then launched a rant about Israel, branding it a "pain in the a**."

Von Trier - whose new film premiered to great acclaim from journalists - was forced to apologi...

Very Pregnant French Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg Wears See-Through Dress

5/19/2011 10:30am EDT
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A pregnant Charlotte Gainsbourg opted for a sheer black dress at the red carpet arrivals for the film "Melancholia" at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

What do you think of her daring dress? Did she make a questionable fashion statement or should pregnant women be allowed to let it all hang out without worrying about what others think?

In the film, two sisters find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth. Kirsten Dunst also stars.