VH1 has commissioned a presentation for a comedy reality series created, executive produced by and starring actresses Erin Foster and Sara Foster, daughters of David Foster. The show explores the hypocrisy of reality TV by centering around two sisters (Erin & Sara Foster) who say they would never do a reality show, but are being filmed by a camera crew. 3 Arts Entertainment and Good Clean Fun are producing, with 3 Arts’s Oly Obst, Kimberly Carver and Josh Lieberman executive producing alongside Good Clean Fun’s Jason Carbone. Last year, Erin, repped by 3 Arts and CAA, was a writer on NBC’s The New Normal. Sara, managed by Luber Roklin, co-starred on the CW’s 90210.
It’s double your pleasure, as Magnolia Pictures said Thursday that is plans to release Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” as two full-length feature films.
The first, imaginatively entitled “Nymphomanic: Part One,” will open in theaters on March 21, 2014, but will debut weeks earlier on video on demand on March 6, 2014.
“Nymphomaniac: Part Two” will follow a similar strategy of debuting first on demand. It will open in theaters on April 18, 2014 and be available on VOD as of April 3, 2014.
The picture follows a self-diagnosed sex addict (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who is discovered beaten in an alley by an older bachelor (Stellan Skarsgård). As he helps her recover from the trauma, she shares stories of her erotic exploits with a host of notables played by such actors as Shia LaBeouf, and Jamie Bell.
LaBeouf, Christian Slater and Uma Thurman will all appear in part one, while part two will pick up with Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr.
The films contain graphic depictions of sex that Magnolia claims is “unprecedented” outside the realm of stuff you can find on the internet with a few clicks of the cursor. Based on the trailers, the Danish auteur’s two films are more interested in character and atmosphere than titillation. Indeed, the promotional material is about as erotic as Gonorrhea PSAs.
Both films will have their international debut in Denmark, where they’re opening this Christmas Day.
Von Trier, a giant in European cinema, has a range of controversial and acclaimed films to his credit, including “Breaking the Waves,” “Dancer in the Dark” and “Dogville.”
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NBC topped the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree with a star — and the night — with their top tree-lighting broadcast in seven years. With the win, the network netted its fourth nightly victory in a row in the key demo.
NBC was first in ratings with a 2.5 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special at 8 earned a 2.3/7 — its highest in 7 years — and 9.9 million viewers. A “Saturday Night Live Christmas” repeat special at 9 received a 2.6/7 — a 10-week network high for the timeslot — and 7.4 million viewers.
CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, each with a 1.9. Their “share” though differed, with CBS pulling in a 6 and ABC a 5. CBS was tops in viewers with 8.9 million, while ABC was third with 6.4 million.
For CBS, “Survivor” at 8 earned a 2.6/8 and 10.6 million viewers — making it the most-watched show of the night. Reruns followed.
For ABC, “The Middle” at 8 earned a 1.9/6 — a season low — and 7.5 million viewers. “Back in the Game” at 8:30 got a 1.4/4 — its low to date — and 5.2 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 3.1/9 — the night’s highest rating but its season low — and 9.4 million viewers. “Super Fun Night” at 9:30 earned a 1.7/5 — the shows low in its first year — and 4.9 million viewers. “Nashville” at 10 had a 1.6/5 and 5.7 million viewers.
Fox was in fourth in ratings with a 1.4/4 and in total viewers with 5.3 million. “X Factor” was the only show on the network’s schedule.
The CW and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.9/3. The CW was fifth in viewers with 2.50 million, while Univision was a close sixth with 2.48 million viewers.
For The CW, “Arrow” at 8 earned a 1.1/3 and 3.2 million viewers — its most since February. At 9, “The Tomorrow People” earned a 0.7/2 and 1.8 million viewers.
More to come …
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After much foreplay in the form of increasingly graphic trailers that to me skate the edges of pornography, the release plan for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has come together. Magnolia Pictures has announced that von Trier has cut his work into two films. The first, Nymphomaniac: Part One, will open in theaters March 21 after premiering On Demand March 6. This will climax in the April 18 release of the second film, which first will be On Demand April 3.
Von Trier is no stranger to controversy, as witnessed by the dopey comments he made promoting Melancholia which resulted in getting banned from the Cannes Film Festival, but the subject matter of this film should sell itself. In fact, he has vowed to do no press as both films premiere in Denmark on Christmas Day. Despite that, I wouldn’t be surprised if Magnolia has itself a multi-platform juggernaut that could be reminiscent of Last Tango In Paris, a squarely adult art film with something for everyone. That includes the voyeur crowd, as Magnolia boasts it has an unprecedented amount of explicit sex. The films haven’t yet been rated, but getting an R would probably work against the multi-platform release pattern of this pic.
The first film tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is badly beaten and left in an alley. She’s helped by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). This film stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. The second part focuses on Joe’s adulthood, and stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf. Here’s the most recent and rather graphic trailer:
Hold off before you claim the current Congress hasn’t accomplished anything, Stephen Colbert says: They’ve come together on an excellent retirement plan for chimps.
On Wednesday’s “The Colbert Report,” Colbert noted that, okay, technically this is the least-productive Congress in history. But that’s only if you go by such criteria as the number of laws they’ve passed.
But what about the chimps? Democrats and Republicans have united, he said, on a plan to retire government research chimps to Louisiana — “because not even psychologically scarred apes want to live in Florida.”
“This is great news because it means Congress can agree on a social safety net, as long as it’s not for human beings,” Colbert said.
Maybe congressmen like the chimps because they have so much in common with them? Colbert suggested the animals could even do the lawmakers’ jobs.
“They’ve got the experience you need,” he said. “They jerk off in public and throw shit at each other.”
Watch the video:
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