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It’s controversial opinion time. If you want ham and cheese, there’s Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. If you want a quietly menacing (and believable) depiction of a cannibalistic serial killer, there’s Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter. With his sonorous voice, gleaming wit and Scottish brogue, the versatile actor has has made his mark in a number of films, from popcorn flicks (X2: X-Men United) to Oscar winners (Braveheart). In this Funny or Die skit, Cox plays esteemed author William St. Bromms, who teaches a master class on how to write the perfect novelization of a film. He recites excerpts from some of his greatest novelizations to inspire his students, which also leaves us in hysterics. “Indiana Jones...
- Alison Nastasi
With Darren Aronofsky at the helm, Noah was always going to be a Biblically ambitious sight to behold, and a vividly strange one at that. Creative liberties are one thing, but did anyone expect the man behind Requiem For A Dream and The Fountain to adhere strictly to the Bible’s cut and dry storytelling? Aronofsky’s retelling of “Noah’s Ark” blends elements of Lord Of The Rings with God’s bleaker trials and tribulations, getting a wee bit darker than I remember Noah’s adventure, but stunning camerawork and artistic attention make use of massive color palates much like Andy Warhol might – but a Catholic school special, this is not. Either I zoned out when my Catholicism teacher detailed how gargantuan rock monsters helped Noah fight off an invading army of dissidents, or Aronofsky decided that religion needed a jolt of Hollywood magic.
- Matt Donato
Noah - Paramount Pictures - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone,Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson. Full cast + crew Noah is a stunning piece of filmmaking. Of course, that's to be expected when it comes to a movie about the construction of a giant ark intended to survive an apocalyptic flood, but Darren Aronofsky pushes his movie far beyond your standard biblical epic and turns it into a transcendent, engrossing spectacle. Seriously, there are just some downright gob-smacking visuals in this movie, with many of them coming before the big flood even happens. But Noah is also a complex morality tale about the very nature of mankind and the way we often blind...
- Peter Hall
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"
What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Jenni Miller
Following a successful box office run where it took in over $350 million worldwide, Paramount is bringing Noah home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on July 29. Russell Crowe stars as the title character, who sees a vision from God that prompts him to build a massive ark in preparation for a great flood.
To help celebrate this Blu-ray and DVD release, we have a special contest lined up, where one lucky grand prize winner will take home a Noah poster signed by cast members Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone, along with a kit that includes a pen, a notebook, an umbrella, a candle and the Target exclusive Blu-ray. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so act fast for your chance to win.
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Dolls can be scary as hell. My family has had a creepy-ass doll lying arounds for years, and we use that thing to scare the living shit out of each other. We will hide it in places where the victim would least suspect it. We've gotten some good scares and hilarious laughs with that thing. It's terrifying! I passed by that doll in the garage today and it inspired me to write up a top 10 list of creepiest dolls in movies.
This jacked-up tricycle-riding doll is a very bad premonition. This is something you'd never want to come across for real because it means pain is coming. It offers the person watching it nothing but bad news. Even though the doll is never actually referred to as Billy in the movies, it was reportedly known behind the scenes as the Billy Doll.
Fats the ventriloquist dummy(Magic)
- Joey Paur
Washing into theatres this past spring, Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" was unlike any Bible story brought to the big screen in recent memory. Or perhaps ever. Moving away from the traditional Sunday School narrative you might remember, Aronofsky's vision was darker, but also deeply looked at the price of faith, spiritually and emotionally. And if you missed it or want to see it again, we've got a way to make that happen. But first, a recap: Aronofsky's film brings together Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, and Douglas Booth in the tale that sees Noah tasked by God to build an ark before a flood comes to wipe out the inhabitants of Earth who have gone astray. But Noah will find his faith, survival and relationships challenged by the task, one that must see him reckon with the sin within his own family and himself. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. The first of two Fantasia Fest films I watched this weekend, Gun Woman is also the least successful. It’s a revenge tale that leaves you disliking almost everyone up to and including the man pursuing revenge. The only real exception to your distaste is the titular character who’s bought, abused, trained to kill and then subject to a surgery that leaves pieces of a gun sewn into her flesh. The plan — an unnecessarily elaborate and poorly conceived effort involving a necrophilia club at a nuclear waste facility — unfolds with a level of crass exploitation »
- Rob Hunter
Darren Aronofsky, the Academy Award-winning director behind Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010), takes the helm of this epic re-telling of the biblical tale, Noah (2014). Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. In addition, the supporting cast features such talents as Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Aronofsky's bold take on a familiar tale, we have Five Blu-ray copies of Noah to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
There is nothing bittersweet about True Blood‘s very last bite, airing Aug. 24 on HBO.
“No, it’s sweet,” an emotional Stephen Moyer argues. After seven years on the air, Bill Compton’s portrayer quips, “It’s like studying for a doctorate in vampirism” — and, like higher education, an experience one comes away from the better, and with a bevy of new friends.
Stopping by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con suite, Moyer shares with Michael Ausiello his thoughts on bidding not just Bon Temps adieu, but more specifically »
We might want to start stocking TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite with Kleenex, just to be prepared for interviews like Kristin Bauer‘s.
The True Blood actress got a little verklempt when telling Michael Ausiello about shooting her final scenes as vampy vampire Pam on the HBO drama, which wraps for good in August. Particularly touching: Her remembrance of the final time she and co-star Alex Skarsgard acted together.
“My last scene with Alex, I was toast,” she says, later joking that the emotional »
Darren Aronofsky tackles the Biblical epic Noah with the aid of visual effects and stars Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. Noah makes its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on July 29 and we've teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to hook up four readers with some great Noah prizing in this giveaway.
One grand prize winner will take home a Noah Blu-ray prize pack that includes the film on Blu-ray combo as well as a pen, notebook, umbrella, and a candle. In addition, three runner-ups will each win the Noah Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo.
To enter this Noah contest, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U. »
HBO is prepping to go into production on their adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film, Westworld. J.J. Abrams is producing the series, and the pilot episode is being co-written and directed by Jonathan Nolan. The cable network has also just cast Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the new series. The thriller is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, "the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it." As for Wood, she will take on the role of Dolores Abernathy, "the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie."
The fact that they got Hopkins is fantastic! »
- Joey Paur
Last year HBO announced it was turning Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton’s Westworld into a TV series, and if it were anyone other than Home Box Office I’d have told them not to bother. There were attempts to remake the 1973 film which made more sense, but an entire season of faulty robot-based escapades…? The show Beyond Westworld didn’t fare well but still… the pedigree alone is enough to hold anyone’s interest. Add to that the production team of one J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub (Tarzan), not to mention Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Person Of Interest) and it gets better. But the new casting announcement of Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood has officially kicked this project into the watch zone for me.
This version appears to take the emphasis away from theme parks gone wrong and has reimagined the concept as a Truman Show-type exploration of identity and artificial intelligence. »
- Steve Palace
HBO continues to try to build its base of prestige-magnet original programming, with the latest project of interest being Westworld, a TV reboot of the 1973 sci-fi movie starring Yul Brynner, which was written and directed by the late Michael Crichton.
For those unfamiliar, the story involves a futuristic adult-themed amusement park in which people can live out fantasies using robot actors – robots who eventually become sentient and run amok, causing havoc. Fans who don’t remember the original Westworld probably remember The Simpsons episode “Itchy & Scratchy Land” (S6E4), which was based on the film.
- Kofi Outlaw
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in the pilot episode of Westworld, based on the 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan are serving as executive producers for the proposed HBO series. Nolan, who has cowritten The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, also created the successful TV show Person of Interest. He has written the script for the Westworld pilot with his wife, Lisa Joy, herself a TV veteran (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice) and will direct the episode. Novelist Michael Crichton made his feature film debut as a writer and director with the original movie, which was set in an elaborate theme park for adults that featured three...
- Peter Martin
Cable network HBO is making a TV show based on the movie “Westworld,” and they’ve signed up Anthony Hopkins (above) as their first big-name star, joining the previously cast Evan Rachel Wood (below) of “True Blood” fame. Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, described as “the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it.” Wood, meanwhile, would play Dolores Abernathy, described as “provincial, beautiful and kind…the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.” Does that mean Wood is a robot? Sounds like it. Deadline says movie actor James Marsden is also in talks to play the male lead. “Westworld” is being developed by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, the two having »
The Sci-fi drama series would be the adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name and it is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
The crew would include Abrams as the executive producer alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. Jonathan Nolan, who co- wrote the pilot, would also be the executive producer and director, while, Lisa. »
- Ketali Mehta
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are to star in new HBO sci-fi drama 'Westworld'. The Hollywood legend and 'True Blood' actress have been cast in the ambitious TV show which is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The TV adaptation also has top pedigree behind the scenes as it will be produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot production company and 'The Dark Knight' co-writer Jonathan Nolan. 'Westworld', like its film inspiration, will centre on a futuristic amusement park filled with androids and is billed as ''a dark odyssey about the »
HBO, the Us TV network behind The Sopranos, Girls and True Detective, is to remake 70s sci-fi thriller Westworld with a host of blue-chip talent: Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will take starring roles, and Jj Abrams will produce.
Westworld, set in the near future, imagines a theme park that recreates the Wild West, complete with artificially intelligent cowboys that visitors can shoot and kill, as well as pliant robots who agree to sexual encounters. A malfunction spreads through the robots, causing them to turn violently against the park's human visitors with a robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner most lethal of all. Released in 1973, it was directed by Michael Crichton, and was an early adopter of CGI.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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