PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk HANNIBAL

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The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television.  With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs.  And after the wild Season 2 finale that left everyone in a state of peril, the anticipation for Season 3 and answers for where it will all go next is growing, as fannibals wait for the show’s return.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Dr. Hannibal Lecter”) and Laurence Fishburne (“Jack Crawford”), along with show creator Bryan Fuller, talked about their first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, how the undercurrent of love between Hannibal and Will shapes their understanding of their characters, that Season 3 will show how much everyone has been changed by the events of the finale, what Hannibal will be wearing now, learning more about the relationship between Hannibal and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson), casting Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki’s attendant Chiyo, getting back into the lab in the second half of the season, the possibility of the appearance of Clarice Starling, and why the original seven-season plan is now a six-season plan.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win HANNIBAL Season Two and HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray

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Damn I wish I was eligible for this giveaway.  NBC’s Hannibal might be the best looking show on network (or cable, for that matter) television.  It’s so well shot, gory and archly funny that Blu-ray is really the only option (don’t forget that even those 1080p iTunes downloads are still compressed).  And Halloween: The Complete Collection captures all of the films in that series, from John Carpenter‘s all-time original on down to Rob Zombie‘s two interpretations.  This also includes a pristine remaster of the long-lost producer’s cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.  I can’t wait until I can see that cut myself.

The contest opens today.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Hannibal Season 2 or Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray.  We’ve got three copies of Hannibal and one copy of the Halloween box to unload. 

Oscars: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Hutcherson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, and More Added to Academy Voting Body

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its list of actors, filmmakers, and others involved in the moviemaking industry that have been invited to join the Academy’s membership.  271 artists made the cut this year, ranging from recent winners and nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender to more eclectic choices like Rob Riggle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Josh Hutcherson, and even Jason StathamChris Rock also finally gets a ballot years after hosting the ceremony, and Clark Gregg will bring some Marvel pedigree into the fold.  On the filmmaking side, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, David Gordon Green, Denis Villeneuve, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) join the directors branch, while DP Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) has been added to the cinematographers group.  Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams (sans hat) are also now Academy members should they accept their invitations.  The full list is still disappointingly short on females, however.

Hit the jump to check out the complete list of 2014 invitees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The 2015 race will be here before you know it, folks.

HANNIBAL Season 2 Gag Reel Will Make You Laugh Instead of Gag

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Hannibal is arguably the most fucked up show on television, but that doesn’t mean the cast and crew can’t have a good laugh.  In fact, I think levity is necessary for a show as grotesque, disturbing, and cerebral as Hannibal, so the gag reel for season two is a nice relief for a season that was even more twisted than the first.  Furthermore, it’s a gag reel that’s actually funny rather than just a collection of flubbed takes.  Of course, there are spoilers if you haven’t seen the second season.

Hit the jump to check out the Hannibal season 2 gag reel and click here for all our precious coverage.

Mads Mikkelsen Talks AGE OF UPRISING, What Drew Him to the Film, Working with Director Arnaud des Pallieres, HANNIBAL Season 3, and More

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Mads Mikkelsen is one of those actors that makes all of his characters fascinating and intriguing to watch.  He brings a complexity to his performances that makes you wonder as much about the unspoken life of the people he embodies as the moment he’s currently living.  In the medieval epic Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, Mikkelsen portrays Michael Kohlhaas, a respected and well-to-do horse merchant, loving husband and family man whose peaceful existence is turned upside down when a nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events.  And on the NBC drama series Hannibal, his work as Dr. Hannibal Lecter is both charming and unsettling, making it always unpredictable.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Mads Mikkelsen talked about what drew him to this film, what it was like to have to pick up the French language for the role, what it was like to work with director Arnaud des Pallières, and that he’s an actor who enjoys working with children and animals.  He also talked about what he’s most enjoyed about exploring Hannibal Lecter for two seasons, and now heading into a third, how he has a vague idea about where Hannibal Season 3 is headed, that he’s happy with the length of the 13-episode season, how he’d love to go to Comic-Con, if his schedule will allow it, and why he’s so satisfied with his career.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Watch Mads Mikkelsen in the AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS Trailer and Images

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Many might recognize Mads Mikkelsen from his superb work on the sublime NBC series, Hannibal, but the veteran Dane has quite the list of feature film work to his credit as well.  One of his latest works is writer-director Arnaud des Pallières’ Age of Uprising: The legend of Michael Kohlhaas, an adaptation of German author Heinrich von Kleist’s novella based on the 16th-century vigilante Hans Kohlhase.  While none of the above names are likely to strike a chord with the American public at large, the themes that drive Age of Uprising should, since they center on the title character who is wronged by the ruling class, and then sets out in search of justice.  The first look at the film in the new Age of Uprising trailer draws comparisons to Robin Hood and Braveheart, while showing (for many) a whole new side to Mikkelsen.

Hit the jump to watch the Age of Uprising trailer, and be sure to check out the film in theaters and OnDemand starting May 30th.

Trailer for the Western Drama THE SALVATION Starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green

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I like Mads Mikkelsen, and I think slowly and surely he’s getting the widespread recognition he deserves while still staying true to an eclectic collection of work.  He turns in excellent performances week after week on Hannibal but also starred in the Oscar-nominated drama The Hunt as a falsely-accused child molester.  Yesterday, a trailer for the western drama The Salvation went online, and stars Mikkelsen as a Danish immigrant trying to build a life in the 1870s America.  The story centers on a man whose family is brutally murdered, and he goes out for violent retribution.  However, his quest for revenge triggers retaliation from the friends and families of his enemies.  It looks like captivating stuff, and having Eva Green on board to co-star only makes the movie look better.

Hit the jump to check out The Salvation trailer.  The film will premiere as part of the Midnight Screenings program at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

HANNIBAL Recap: “Sakizuki”

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Hannibal has truly taken on a new dimension this year, expanding its stories and building off of last year’s setup beautifully.  It’s not taking a lot of time to integrate new viewers to the series if they didn’t catch up on the first season, but kudos to it for knowing its purpose in a way that just presses forward regardless.  You’re either on this train, or you’re not (and you should want to be).

The writing and the staging in “Sakizuki” were beautiful (and occasionally horrible), and Hannibal continues to find new ways to approach and keep fresh its central conflict between Will and Hannibal.  For what is the show about if not therapy and friendship?  Oh, gruesome murder.  Right.  Hit the jump for why “I am the unreliable narrator of my own story.”

HANNIBAL Recap: “Kaiseki”

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A very strong start for the much-anticipated return of NBC’s Hannibal, which surprised just about everyone last year with the depth and breadth of its artistic palette and emotionally involved, nightmarish plots.  Its second season premiere included all of those elements and then some, catching viewers up on the current state of things through a series of prison visitations, and one very freaky ear.  Hit the jump for why it’s a real shame when “my bloodhound went mad.”

Mads Mikkelsen Joins FIRST LAW; Ben Winchell Is MAX STEEL; MACBETH Adds Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor & Elizabeth Debicki

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Here’s more of today’s latest casting news:

  • Mads Mikkelsen, Armand Assante and Adriana Barazza are set to join First Law for writer-director Diego Rafecas.
  • Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth adds Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki to the cast, which features Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Lord and Lady Macbeth.
  • Mattel and Dolphin Entertainment’s live-action adaptation of the Max Steel toys will be led by Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe for director Stewart Hendler.

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First Trailer for HANNIBAL Season 2

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The second course of Hannibal is due to be served in just over a month, and NBC has released the chilling first trailer for season two.  Things certainly look to be getting intense when the relationship between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) picks back up, and I’m incredibly eager to see how the season progresses given the events of last season’s finale.  Fair warning, if you haven’t watched the first season of Hannibal there are more than a few major spoilers in this trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Hannibal kicks off its second season on NBC February 28th.

First Trailer for CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN Starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mads Mikkelsen

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The first trailer for director Fredrik Bond’s film Charlie Country has been released online.  Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood stars as a couple who meet under strange circumstances and have an impossibly strong mutual attraction, much to the chagrin of Wood’s dangerous husband (Mads Mikkelsen).  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to fairly negative reviews, with many likening the pic to a feature-length music video.  Bond has made some edits to the pic since Sundance, so it’ll be interesting to see how the finished film stacks up.  This trailer highlights the meet-cute of the central couple, Wood’s odd Romanian accent, and Rupert Grint taking lots of drugs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed our interviews from Sundance click here for the full cast and click here for Bond.  The film also stars Til Schweiger, James Buckley, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Melissa LeoCharlie Countryman will be simultaneously released VOD and in theaters on November 15th.

Mads Mikkelsen Talks THE HUNT, Winning Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, HANNIBAL, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and More

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Directed and co-written by Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt is a disturbing and unsettling depiction of what happens when a lie becomes the truth, igniting a witch hunt that threatens to destroy and innocent man’s life.  Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) has been forced to start over after a tough divorce, but just as things are looking up, his life is shattered and he is forced to fight for his life and dignity.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Mads Mikkelsen talked about why The Hunt appealed to him, wanting to work with filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, being as honest as possible on screen, how exhausting this role was, working with the kids in the film, and how proud he was to win Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.  He also talked about why he ultimately chose to play Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal, how Hannibal’s love life worries him a bit, the experience of making the Western The Salvation, how he hopes to work with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn again soon, voicing a character for Kung Fu Panda 3, and what makes him either take or refuse a role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a VALHALLA RISING Sequel Set in Tokyo

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Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is not one to repeat himself.  Each of his films strikes new territory for the Danish director, whether it be Bronson, Drive, or the upcoming dialogue-light Only God Forgives.  However, it appears that Refn is keen on making another sequel to one of his films (he previously helmed the Pusher trilogy), but the follow-up and the nature of its story both come as a bit of a surprise.  The filmmaker recently revealed that he wants to reteam with Mads Mikkelsen for a sequel to his 2009 Viking film Valhalla Rising, but the follow-up would find Mikkelsen’s character in Tokyo.  Hit the jump for more on this strange yet exciting prospect.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller Talks HANNIBAL, the Show’s Inception, Gauging the Level of Violence, the Overall Series Plan, Using the RED DRAGON Storyline, More

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One of the best written and best acted dramas currently on network (or any) television is Hannibal, from show creator Bryan Fuller.  Based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, the series follows the unsettling relationship between psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Bryan Fuller talked about how the series came about, how he gauges the level of violence on the show, how he ended up with Dancy, Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne as his lead actors, how fascinating the character relationships are, that knowing the eventual destination of these characters is a huge gift, when Hannibal Lecter’s famous face mask could appear, how the Red Dragon story would come into play in Season 4, adding some female characters to the mix, how they decide what meals Dr. Lecter will prepare and serve, future romantic relationships for the serial killer, and what Gillian Anderson brings to the show.  He also talked about the possibility of a Kickstarter campaign for a Pushing Daisies movie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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