Lars Von Trier No Longer Sorry, and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

LarsVonTriers300.jpgHappy Tuesday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Liam Hemsworth is Expendable... The Brits take on screen smoking... The Americans take on the Brits... A True Blood co-star takes on an American crime legend... Michael Winner is somehow still in the news... and more.

· The real shame about Lars von Trier stringing out this whole Nazi non-troversy is just how much it undercuts what a total fucking masterpiece he has in Melancholia. Anyway, this happened: "To say I'm sorry for what I said is to say I'm sorry for what kind of a person I am, (and that) I'm sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person. It's not true. I'm not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said. I'm sorry that it didn't come out more clearly. I'm not sorry that I made a joke. But I'm sorry that I didn't make it clear that it was a joke. But I can't be sorry for what I said -- it's against my nature." Whatever. Just keeping you up to speed. [GQ via Toronto Sun]

· Liam Hemsworth is joining the macho mega-ensemble also known as the cast of The Expendables 2. No word yet on his role, unless producer Avi Lerner referring to him as "the cheap Hemsworth" counts. [Deadline]

· Now the U.K. is wading into the automatic-"R"-for-smoking debate, with a new recommendation that any films depicting the consumption of cigarettes receive an "18" rating. "Our results confirm an association between this exposure and youth smoking in this country, indicating that raising the certification to 18 in the UK is likely to lower smoking rates among youth," says a report in the British Medical Journal, which seems to overlook a few bigger problems than smoking facing the nation's youth culture right now. Come to think of it, is glassing an automatic "18" yet? [The Guardian]

· And that's not all! How about this from the right-wingers over at Big Hollywood: "It's disappointing that so many British actors share the opinions of their battiest American counterparts, but an English accent only makes one smart in the movies. As for real life, is it too much to ask them to button their stiff upper lips when it comes to our politics?" Burrrnnn. [Big Hollywood]

· And speaking again of the UK, Michael Winner, the 75-year-old director perhaps best known for the Death Wish franchise, has caused a stir across the pond for finally marrying his long, longtime companion. According to one report, "Winner is something of a British obsession, loved and loathed in equal measure for his eccentricities, out-spoken opinions and old school charm." And he's on Twitter! Who knew? [THR]

· True Blood co-star Lindsay Pulsipher has officially inherited the female lead in The Story of Bonnie and Clyde from Hilary Duff. [THR]

· Finally, an encouraging sports-world story for anyone looking to start their Tuesday off right: Oakland Raiders fans in the team's former home of Los Angeles are upset that CBS cut off Sunday's Raiders/Bills nail-biter in Buffalo to go to the Chargers/Patriots game in New England. The NFL's glorious response? "Suck it," basically. Hilarity. [Deadline]

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  • NP says:

    That's good for Lindsay Pulsipher, since the writers of _True Blood_ seemed to just forget about the Crystal/Hot Shot stuff less than halfway through the season.

  • J K says:

    Oh, Lars, you had me at Element of Crime's "I want you to screw god into me."

  • untrue blud says:

    I'm not sure which is better news, no longer playing a meth-skank were-panther, or "inheriting" a role from Hillary Duff. Also, the only story lines worse than the ones True Blood forgot were the ones True Blood remembered. Seriously, is the fancy-old-cat-lady-in-a-trailer-park inside of Alan Ball ever going to be satisfied? Six Feet under is just one drop shy of being retroactively tarnished.

  • "Seriously, is the fancy-old-cat-lady-in-a-trailer-park inside of Alan Ball ever going to be satisfied?"
    Marry me.

  • AS says:

    I don't understand how anyone could not love Von Trier. Anyone who thought he was really saying that he thought of himself as a Nazi, literally, just didn't listen closely. Of Course he could have said what he wanted to say without even going into the whole Nazi thing, but that's Von Tier! Forever the provocateur .

  • The WInchester says:

    Hemsworth, eh? At least it's not Lautner.

  • ZebedeeDooDah says:

    Re: that BigHollywood article. Isn't freedom of expression pretty important to American politics?

  • Applying logic here is your first mistake. Also: _They're British!_ Ewwww!
    I will roll my eyes at the automatic-18 thing any day of the week, though.