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This slightly NSFW new clip from ‘Raw’ is like ‘Fifty Shades’ but cannibal

Our first look at Julia Ducournau’s somewhat erotic tale of cannibalism arrived early last month in the form of a full-length red-band trailer that beautifully…

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Our first look at Julia Ducournau’s somewhat erotic tale of cannibalism arrived early last month in the form of a full-length red-band trailer that beautifully showcased Raw‘s true horror. Earlier today, Focus World was generous enough to treat us to a brand new clip from the upcoming film that further reveals what we can expect from this weird little movie, including creepy body paint parties and lip-biting (not the kind you’re probably thinking of right now). Yeah, you should probably just watch the clip above so that this can all start making sense to you.

Raw centers on a teenager named Justine, who comes from a long line of veterinarians in her family. Oh, and did we mention they’re also all vegetarians? That too. And so, at age 16, she seems to be a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she unknowingly enters a decadent, merciless, and dangerously seductive world full of hazing rituals. Desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family’s regular principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. The outcome? Her true self slowly begins to emerge.

Now, as someone who had a hard enough time getting through a couple of key scenes in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon (e.g. eyeball scene), I can already tell that Raw is going to be quite the adventure for me to watch. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in seeing what it has to offer. Oddly enough, this dark and twisted coming-of-age drama, which reportedly made multiple audience members sick and caused some to faint during last year’s TIFF, has me beyond intrigued at this point. I’m sold on this movie despite the fact that it looks weird as hell—horror and coming-of-age are two of my favorite genres.

Ducournau directed Raw from a script she wrote and stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas, and Joana Preiss. The film generated quite a bit of buzz thanks to the rounds it made on the festival circuit and will hit theaters in a limited release on March 10 before expanding wide this spring.

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Brad Pitt, Emma Stone in talks to join ‘Babylon’ as Damien Chazelle’s latest lands at Paramount

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After months-long negotiations, Paramount has finally reached a deal to acquire Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, the Oscar-winning La La Land director’s eagerly awaited new project set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

While specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, sources tell Silver Screen Beat that the film is a Roaring Twenties-era drama that examines Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and features characters both fictional and not.

Emma Stone — who has been attached to the project ever since Chazelle began shopping it to studios this past summer — is expected to play iconic Hollywood “it” girl Clara Bow in the film, while Brad Pitt is in talks to join as a fictional character said to be inspired by silent film star John Gilbert.

Despite quickly garnering attention upon arriving on the market, studios were hesitant to move on Babylon due to the film’s rather lengthy 180-page script and estimated $80-$100 million budget.

However, sources say Paramount execs were able to convince Chazelle to rework and cut more than 30 pages of the script, which significantly reduced the budget of the project and made it feel like a less risky investment for the studio.

Babylon is scheduled for a December 25, 2021 limited release and will expand wide January 7, 2022.

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French actress Valentine Monnier accuses Roman Polanski of violently raping her in 1975

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Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning Polish filmmaker who fled the United States in the 1970s after admitting to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, is facing a new allegation of sexual misconduct.

In an interview with the Le Parisien newspaper, French actress Valentine Monnier claims Polanski raped her at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1975 when she was 18-years-old, describing the alleged encounter as “extremely violent.”

“He hit me, he beat me until I surrendered, then he raped me, inflicting upon me all the vicissitudes. I had just turned 18 and my first relationship had been just a few months ago. I thought I was dying,” the actress said.

Polanski, who has been living in exile in France since 1978, cannot face any type of legal action over Monnier’s allegation due to the country’s 20-year statute of limitations.

“I denounce this crime knowing that there can’t be any punishment, in an attempt to end exceptions, impunity,” Monnier added. “Public figures are being considered as models. By idolizing the guilty ones, we prevent people from realizing the serious consequences of their acts.”

Polanski’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, said in a statement that his client “firmly denies all accusations of rape,” and pointed out the timing of Monnier’s allegation, which comes a week before the release of Polanski’s new film J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy)

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John Boyega to star in Netflix thriller ‘Rebel Ridge’ from ‘Green Room’ director Jeremy Saulnier

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Star Wars actor John Boyega has been tapped to play the lead role in Netflix‘s Rebel Ridge, the latest thriller from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier, Silver Screen Beat can confirm.

Boyega, who will reprise his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker next month, is set to play an ex-marine who is forced to go up against a group of corrupt, racist cops.

The film is described as a high-velocity thriller that explores systemic American injustices through bone-breaking action sequences, suspense, and dark humor, according to Variety.

In addition to serving as writer-director, Saulnier is producing the film along with Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino. Macon Blair — a frequent Saulnier collaborator — is executive producing.

Rebel Ridge marks the second project between Saulnier and Netflix following last year’s action-thriller Hold the Dark starring Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Skarsgard.

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