STACY MARTIN IS ON THE RISE. THE HIGH-RISE TO BE EXACT.
Straight off the back of her star-making turn in Nymphomaniac, Martin's joined the cast of Ben Wheatley's new flick High-Rise. Martin will join Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller in the adaptation of the 1975 J.G. Ballard novel, which sees an elite living in a luxury tenant block that provides every possible necessity, yet seems to bar them from any sense of the outside world. And because they're humans and humans are terrible, everything inevitably falls apart in an explosion of violence.
BJORK IS BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN. AIR OUT YOUR SWAN DRESSES AND GET READY TO PARTY.
Although, unfortunately for us, the vow she made never to act again after that epic clash of weirdos with Lars von Trier on the set of Dancer in the Dark still stands (that is, apart from a small role in 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). The good news is, though, that the concert film created to accompany her latest musical project Biophilia is about to hit theatres, directed by Berberian Sound Studio's Peter Strickland.
BILL MURRAY'S DECIDED HE AND WES NEED SOME TIME APART.
Murray's decided to take a break from being a disgruntled, reluctant father figure in Wes Anderson movies to be a disgruntled, reluctant father figure in someone else's movie. I hope that doesn't sound like I'm complaining, though, because any Bill Murray is amazing and precious like a tiny, tiny kitten sitting inside a tea cup. This week saw the release of the trailer for St. Vincent, which sees Murray form an unlikely friendship with his neighbour's son.
LARS VON TRIER WAS A SUPER WEIRD TEEN. NO ONE IS SURPRISED.
This week saw the discovery of a short film produced by a 14-year-old Von Trier called, unsurprisingly, Why Try to Escape from Which You Know You Can’t Escape from? Because You Are a Coward! It features everything your typical, totally run-of-the-mill teenager absolutely loves: kids getting hit by trucks, rings of candles around corpses, children being chased by resurrected corpses with bandage-wrapped faces, Britney Spears. OK, so I made the last one up. I just thought it was getting a little too heavy to be fun anymore.
OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL IS JUST GOING TO CARRY ON LIKE DIANA NEVER HAPPENED.
It's like knocking over an entire buffet table and then just calmly walking away to strike up conversation with the nearest group of people. In the hopes we'll just forget that he was ever responsible for Diana, Hirschbiegel has just gone and ever so calmly started production on another movie. This one's a return to the territory that made him famous, 2004's Downfall: George Elser will explore one man's life from the arrival of the National Socialist Party in his hometown to his death at the Dachau concentration camp.
AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES...
Mario Kassar, the producer responsible for Showgirls and Rambo III is trying to get an American adaptation of Ryu Murakami's infamous novel Audition on the cards. You know, Audition as in the Audition already adapted by Takashi Miike in his cult horror classic take on the original material. BECAUSE. SUBTITLES. SO. HARD. TO. READ. PLEASE. HELP. MARIO. KASSAR.
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