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First Image From Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Still from Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’/Courtesy of <a href=@ArtificialEye" />
Still from Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’/Courtesy of @ArtificialEye

I normally avoid posting early "leaked" images from upcoming movies because there's so little to chew on, but this is another story: a still shot from Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," lensed by his "Melancholia" collaborator Manuel Alberto Claro, which appears to show the film's star Charlotte Gainsbourg beaten and left for dead in an alleyway. Also, have I been living under a rock? When were Uma Thurman and Connie Nielsen added to this cast? The mind reels with possibilities.

I swear it's a coincidence that my second item of news concerns the Nazis. Look, it just so happens that a satirical novel about Adolf Hitler has hit the top of Germany's bestseller lists. It's sort of a dizzy sci-fi/fantasy take on the material, theorizing how Hitler might react to life in the year 2011. All I'm saying is that if it was ever optioned for film, Von Trier would have to be nuts not to take a crack at it. You know, sort of like when he confronted accusations of misogyny by making "Antichrist."

Remember when we all refused to go see "Rise of the Guardians"? Dreamworks Animation has retaliated by laying off an "unspecified" number of employees. And also by queuing their new feature "Peabody & Mr. Sherman" -- based on an old cartoon show that I personally detect fairly little nostalgia for -- for this spring instead of fall. While it's unclear exactly who's being let go, the fact that the studio is betting it all on yet another "classic" cartoon adaption makes me think they should definitely start from the top down.

Speaking of fantasy, the splendid little cartoon below asks a silly question -- "What would happen if 'Ghostbusters' was set in the world of 'Super Mario Brothers'?" -- and then doles out many silly answers ... as well as mushrooms, invincibility stars, and familiar sound-effects. Enjoy.