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Mason Verger will look a little different in season three of “Hannibal” — and not just because the sadistic entrepreneur mutilated his own face during his last encounter with Mads Mikkelsen’s titular cannibal.
The character of Mason Verger — a pivotal figure in Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel, “Hannibal,” and the movie adaptation of the same name — was played by Michael Pitt in season two of the NBC drama. According to Variety‘s sister site TV Line, Pitt chose to exit the series and will be replaced in the role by Joe Anderson for the show’s upcoming third season.
Anderson has been posting Instagram pictures from the Toronto set for the past month, including what appeared to be an image of himself in Mason’s full prosthetic makeup (which has since been deleted) and a throwback photo of Gary Oldman in the role from the 2001 “Hannibal” film adaptation.
- Variety Staff
Hannibal was one of the most chilling shows on television this year, thanks in no small part to Michael Pitt’s unhinged take on billionaire sadist Mason Verger. For those hoping for a repeat performance, I’m sad to say that Pitt will not be returning to the show, and that the role has been recast. Pitt has reportedly opted out of returning for Hannibal‘s highly-anticipated third season and will be replaced by Across the Universe and The Divide actor Joe Anderson.
As disappointed as I am that Pitt won’t be back, this casting change couldn’t come at a more opportune time. When last we saw Verger, he was in particularly bad shape (feeding parts of your face to dogs will do that), so showrunner Bryan Fuller should have no problem masking the actor shuffle with a bit of makeup.
In fact, it looks like Fuller is doing just that. »
- James Garcia
"I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog."
As Jim Carrey told Digital Spy in our recent chat, it was a chance viewing of his 1994 comedy hit Dumb and Dumber on television that lured him back to that iconic bowl cut for the new sequel. But as Harry and Lloyd spread the gospel of dumb to a new generation, just how well does the original movie hold up twenty years on?
The memory can cheat. As time passes, idealisation and nostalgia can mask the truth – whether that be worshipping a movie from your childhood that would induce a cringing fit if you saw it today. Yet despite a soundtrack that includes Apache Indian and the Crash Test Dummies, Dumb and Dumber has a timeless quality. Its goofy brilliance transcends any notion that it's a relic best left in the '90s alongside Tamagotchis and the Macarena.
Gary Oldman made a memorable impression on viewers as Mason Verger in 2001’s Hannibal and fans recently saw Michael Pitt leave his own imprint on the creepy character in Season 2 of NBC’s Hannibal TV series. Now a third actor will play the unstable Verger, as it’s been revealed that Pitt will not be back for Season 3, prompting showrunner Bryan Fuller to recast the role.
TVLine reports that Michael Pitt decided to drop out of his role as Verger, with no specific reason yet revealed, though scheduling for the in-demand actor is likely a factor. To fill Pitt’s shoes, Fuller has cast Joe Anderson in the vacated role for Season 3. When Verger was last seen in Season 2, he had undergone a major physical transformation similar to the 2001 film, which will cause Anderson to act under a hearty helping of makeup. Anderson has built a very respectable résumé in his 10+ year acting career, »
- Derek Anderson
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (action sequel; Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell; rated PG-13) Magic in the Moonlight (comedy; Colin Firth, Emma Stone; rated PG-13) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (action reboot; Megan Fox, Will Arnett; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) This Is Where I Leave You (comedy; Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda; rated R) Escobar: Paradise Lost (action; Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 Dawn of Planet of the Apes The virus that destroyed much of civilization has left evolved apes and a small group of human survivors at the edge of a tenuous peace. But when the apes begin to fracture that peace, the new civilization is threatened. Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman (PG-13, 2:10) 12/16 Escobar: Paradise Lost For Pablo Escobar, family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson (R, 2:00) 12/16 Pre-theatrical release Goodbye to All That In this smart, sexy … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
The director of Casino Royale, Martin Campbell, has been tapped by Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures to direct a film adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X. The production company is currently flying high as the force behind TV ratings winner The Walking Dead, and has moved to expand its slate with the novel, which is written by Michelangelo La Neve, and drawn by Stuart Immonen.
With Campbell in the director’s chair, the script will be written by Bill Marsilii (Déjà vu). The project brings together Gale Anne Hurd and Phillip Kobylanski from Valhalla, Nicholas Chartier and Craig J. Flores from Voltage (Dallas Buyers Club), and Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger from Humanoids – the publishing company behind the source material. The story set out in the graphic novel sees a top law enforcement officer suffer a near fatal injury, after which he is implanted with the memory of an infamous terrorist. »
- Sarah Myles
Two of the most popular and well-known supporting characters in the Batman mythos are Commissioner James Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, the faithful butler. Both men are a part of the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but what can we expect to see in this new interpretation of the Dcu? (Potential Spoilers Below)
When Batman meets Superman in the much anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the dark knight will be bringing some of his traditional supporting characters along with him. Not surprisingly, Alfred the butler will be back to assist the caped crusader in his latest incarnation (played by the much maligned Ben Affleck), portrayed this time around by Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With a Vengeance, the Man in the Iron Mask, the Time Machine). After all, would Batman be complete without the presence of the ever-loyal manservant who raised him after his parents were murdered? The »
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Two of the most popular and well-known supporting characters in the Batman mythos are Commissioner James Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, the faithful butler. Both men are a part of the upcoming Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice, but what can we expect to see in this new interpretation of the Dcu? (Spoilers below)
When Batman meets Superman in the much anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the dark knight will be bringing some of his traditional supporting characters along with him. Not surprisingly, Alfred the butler will be back to assist the caped crusader in his latest incarnation (played by the much maligned Ben Affleck), portrayed this time around by Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With a Vengeance, the Man in the Iron Mask, the Time Machine). After all, would Batman be complete without the presence of the ever-loyal manservant who raised him after his parents were murdered? The British »
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Though it's been two years since the 2012 sequel The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters, fans are still debating the end of the movie. If you have yet to see this final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, there will be Spoilers ahead. During a recent press conference for his role as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, star Christian Bale took it upon himself to finally interpret the ending for fans.
While Christian Bale explained the meaning behind The Dark Knight Rises final moments, he made it clear that these are his own personal views on the story. He still wants audiences to take away their own interpretation of events, which show Alfred (Michael Caine) discovering that Bruce Wayne is still alive and well, and living happily ever after in France. Many have always wondered if this is a dream. Christian Bale doesn't think so. He states:
"[Alfred] was »
Do not read ahead if you don't want to know the fate of one of the most seminal characters in Batman's mythos in Dawn of Justice.
Okay, if you're still here it's because you're a straight up junkie and you need to take a hit off the Spoiler Pipe because you need your fix, and waiting until March 25, 2016 just isn't an option.
Throughout all of the casting announcements for Zack Snyder's Justice League prequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, people have noticed one glaring omission. We've heard about many iconic roles being filled, or rumored to appear in the film, but one name has never come up:
Gotham's Police Commissioner James Gordon.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Editor's Note: We're featuring individually chosen Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, or Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Tim on Only Lovers Left Alive.
From Gary Oldman’s transformation into a desiccated gargoyle, to a 7-year-old wearing plastic fangs, vampires have long been an inspiration for disguising human beings as immortal bloodsuckers. And with Only Lovers Left Alive, the hair and makeup designer Gerd Zeiss has made a terrific addition to the annals of the cinematic undead.
Director Jim Jarmusch’s vision for the film was more about characters detached from time than horror, and so the vampires played by Tilda Swinton,Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowsa, and John Hurt haven’t been designed to look like animate corpses, so »
- Tim Brayton
Apes + Guns = Money
Rise of the Dawn of the Start of the Planet of the Apes: Origins, The Beginning, or just Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to its mates, has been given the ‘Honest Trailer’ treatment by the talented folks over at YouTubers Screen Junkies. You can watch their lampooning of Tim Burton’s remake, the movie’s sensitive mix of political manoevering and apes on horseback dual-wielding machine guns and Andy Serkis’ best ‘Christian Bale as Batman’ impression below…
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line »
- Oli Davis
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
David Letterman and Seth Meyers are on repeats this week, but Jimmy Fallon is still keeping the holiday spirit alive. On Tuesday night, he and Reese Witherspoon sang "Random Phrase Carols," where classic holiday song lyrics were replaced by random words. For example, "Jingle Bells" became "Small Old Man." (Now "Small old man, small old man, small old man named Tom..." is in our heads forever.) Reese didn't quite nail her solo song, but then she and Jimmy did a little duet. The whole thing was pretty random, but after hearing the same Christmas carols a thousand times a year it's nice to have new lyrics.
Anyway, Reese was »
- Gina Carbone
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Fox - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Matt Reeves Cast: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo. Full cast + crew Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best blockbuster movie of the year. It's packed to the gills with spectacle and boundary-pushing visual effects, but the thing that kicks this movie to the next level is a remarkable story at its core. Here we have a sci-fi action movie where you don't actually want any of the action to take place, and where you dread every time a gun makes an appearance on-screen. You want the humans and the apes to coexist. You actually root for peace and progress. That's kind of astonishing for a movie series that's...
- Peter Hall
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dame Helen Mirren plays a snobby French restaurateur/chef who's none too pleased when her new neighbors, the Kadam family, open up their own restaurant next door to hers. Manish Dayal co-stars Hassan, the young chef at the Maison Mumbai whose talent wins over grumbly Madame Mallory, as well as her cute sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg produced this feel-good foodie film from Swedish director Lasse Hallström. Here's an exclusive clip from the DVD/Blu-ray, just for you.
- Jenni Miller
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, talks with Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Digital transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote the script from Pierre Boulle’s original novel. It was produced by Jaffa, Silver, Dylan Clark and Peter Chernin.
The film grossed $708.1 million worldwide, on an estimated production budget of $170 million.
Did you see the film? What did you think of the visual effects work, and Serkis’ performance? Let us know.
- David Bloom
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.
Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »
- Dan Bullock
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