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13 items from 2011

TV On My Terms: Relatively Perfect Casting

23 November 2011 8:04 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

A few days ago, I caught the Friends rerun where Kathleen Turner played Chandler's gay burlesque headlining father and found myself laughing as much now as I did the first time around. 

I started thinking of how, over the years, some of my favorite television characters have had the roles of their relatives also cast so perfectly, such as Katherine Helmond playing Debra Barone's mom on Everybody Loves Raymond and Lena Olin as Irina Derevko on Alias. Some of my recent favorites have included Robert Wagner as Papa Dinozzo on NCIS (a role he reprised last night, in fact!) and Amy Sedaris as Virginia's rich-witch cousin on Raising Hope

This all got me to thinking what other characters from some of my favorite shows could use a relative and whom would I cast? Here are just a few ideas I came up with:

Dan Fogler on Suits

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- (Jeffrey Kirkpatrick)

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Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist Adds Lena Olin and Tobias Zilliacus

12 November 2011 10:34 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) and Oscar-nominated Lena Olin (Enemies: A Love Story) who collaborated with Lasse Hallstrom on the 2000 film Chocolat, which also received five Academy Award nominations, have joined Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World) as the leading cast in The Hypnotist. The crime drama based on the Lars Kepler bestseller of the same [...]

Continue reading Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist Adds Lena Olin and Tobias Zilliacus on FilmoFilia.

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Two More Swayed by The Hypnotist

11 November 2011 11:16 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Two more actors have been watching the pendulum swing back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, and back and fo...

According to The Hollywood Reporter Oscar-nominated actress Lena Olin and Finnish actor Tobias Zilliacus have joined the cast of The Hypnotist.

The Hypnotist is a Swedish murder thriller starring Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit, In a Better World). Produced by Peter Possne's Sonet Film, it's based on the first novel in a detective series by Lars Kepler and is intended to be the start of a franchise.

In the novel Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Casting News: Olin, Schwimmer, Linn

11 November 2011 8:02 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Hypnotist

Lena Olin ("Alias") and Finnish actor Tobias Zilliacus have joined the cast of Lasse Hallstrom's Swedish feature "The Hypnotist" adapted from Lars Kepler's international bestseller.

Mikael Persbrandt plays a psychiatrist who reluctantly agrees to help a detective (Zilliacus) by using hypnosis to uncover the identity of a serial killer. Olin plays the hypnotist's wife. Shooting begins in January. [Source: Variety]

The Iceman

David Schwimmer is set to play serial killer Josh Rosenthal in Ariel Vromen's forthcoming thriller "The Iceman" which begins shooting in Louisiana in January.

Michael Shannon plays the title role of serial killer Richard Kulinski who led a double life as a mob hitman. Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal also star. [Source: The Press Association]

Django Unchained

"The Walking Dead" and "CSI: Miami" star Rex Linn has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's all-star western "Django Unchained".

Linn will play a role known as Tennessee Harry. Shooting kicks off in January. »

- Garth Franklin

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Two Actors Are Drawn to The Hypnotist

11 November 2011 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Lena Olin and Tobias Zilliacus are the first two actors to join the cast of The Hypnotist . The film begins shooting in January and is a Swedish production based on Lars Kepler's novel which is one in a string of novels about fictional Detective Joona Linna. Lasse Hallstrom ( The Cider House Rules ) was attached to the adaptation earlier this year. Synopsis: In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They hope to find out who so brutally »

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Casting Bits: John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville in ‘Carnaval’, Katherine Lanasa in ‘Dog Fight’ and ‘The Frozen Ground’, Vanessa Redgrave, Melanie Laurent in ‘Night Train to Lisbon’

19 October 2011 6:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville are set to star in Carnaval, a comedy directed by Josh Stern. Cusack will play a sports scout who tavels to Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval in order to sign a soccer star, while Knoxville has been cast as Cusack's musician best friend who tags along. Cusack's character needs to bring the player on board so that he can take over his agency, but his plans go awry when Knoxville's character sleeps with the player's girlfriend. Carnaval will begin shooting in Rio this January. Knoxville's been on a roll lately in terms of landing roles. Over the past few months, he's signed on for the teen comedy Fun Size [2], an untitled camping comedy [3] with Patton Oswalt, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand [4]. Cusack also has a handful of movies lined up for next year, including Lee Daniels' The Paperboy [5], the Edgar Allan Poe »

- Angie Han

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Melanie Laurent, Vanessa Redgrave, Bruno Ganz and Many More Board ‘Night Train’; Troy Garity Joins ‘Gangster Squad’

18 October 2011 11:06 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before reading about the casting for Night Train to Lisbon, I had never even heard of the film. After reading about said casting, though, I’m pretty damn excited. That’s because, as Variety tells us, the existential thriller from Bille August will have Melanie Laurent, Vanessa Redgrave, and Bruno Ganz starring with Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, Martina Gedeck, and Jack Huston (who’s been absolutely amazing on Boardwalk Empire). Jeremy Irons previously joined the cast, and he will be leading the film.

The picture, based on Pascal Mercier‘s novel and written by Ulrich Herrmann and Greg Latter, centers on “a Swiss professor who, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author that compels him to leave his boring life and embark on an adventure in search of the scribe.” Considering its predominantly European cast, a continent-hopping quest seems likely. »

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Redgrave, Laurent Take A "Night Train"

18 October 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Vanessa Redgrave, Melanie Laurent and Bruno Ganz have joined the cast of Bille August's thriller "Night Train to Lisbon" reports M&C.

Based on the book by Pascal Mercier, the story follows a Swiss professor (Jeremy Irons) who finds a book by a Portuguese author that makes him leave his old life behind in search of the writer

Christopher Lee, Jack Huston, Lena Olin and Martina Gedeck also star. Ulrich Herrmann and Greg Latter adapted the script. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave & Mélanie Laurent Join Bille August's 'Night Train To Lisbon'

18 October 2011 8:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, August Diehll & Jack Huston Also In Cast For a man with two Palme d'Ors and a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, we don't hear much from Danish filmmaker Bille August these days. The "Pelle the Conqueror" director has only made two films in the last decade, potboiler thriller "Return to Sender," with Aidan Quinn, which we had no idea existed, and Nelson Mandela biopic "Goodbye Bafana," which similarly disappeared without a trace. But he's got a Danish picture "The Passion of Marie" coming next year, and his name still clearly holds enough sway… »

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Blu-Ray Round-Up: ‘Amelie,’ ‘Chocolat,’ ‘Brazil,’ ‘Wake Wood,’ More

19 July 2011 10:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Hot on the heels of the return of the DVD Round-Up, we’re back with its fraternal twin, the Blu-Ray Round-Up, a collection of recently-released HD titles that could easily go ignored while you deal with the heat wave blanketing the country. Get out to the store. Pick one of these up. Come back to your A/C. Enjoy.

The Blu-Ray Round-Up is primarily for informational purposes but two of these recent releases are two of our favorites — “Amelie” and “Brazil.” The latter is depressingly bare-bones, especially when compared to the hard-to-find Criterion DVD release. Criterion, get on this. Get the rights back and release a Blu-ray. Until then, pick up this edition just to own one of Terry Gilliam’s best.

Wake Wood” was released on July 5th, 2011.

Brazil” was released on July 12th, 2011.

Amelie,” “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and “Chocolat” were released on July 19th, »

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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

29 April 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »

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Smallville Review: Leaving It All Behind

15 April 2011 8:27 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

To borrow the old and overused Mae West line, when Tom Welling is good, he's good; but when he's bad, he's better.

I hope he gets as big a kick out of playing Evil Clark as I do watching him do so. The way he lasciviously gazes both Lois and Tess up and down as he is either making innuendos or threats, flashing that sly grin in the process, is so precise in its unnerving effect, you don't know whether to swoon or scream. It actually startled me a bit, as it obviously did Tess, when he placed his hands menacingly around her neck as he stood behind her while she tracked Lionel from her desk.

Tom has grown so much as an actor, especially in the last few seasons. His ability to so easily transition from sweet-natured, inspiring hero to ruthless, cold-hearted villain proves to me he'll have a »

- (Jeffrey Kirkpatrick)

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Fanny And Alexander Review – d: Ingmar Bergman

4 February 2011 5:12 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fanny Och Alexander / Fanny And Alexander (1982) Direction and Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Ewa Fröling, Börje Ahlstedt, Jan Malmsjö, Allan Edwall, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle , Erland Josephson, Pernilla August, Harriet Andersson, Stina Ekblad, Mats Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Lena Olin Oscar Movies Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Fanny and Alexander By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: Why Ingmar Bergman's final 'filmic film,' Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (1982) bears its appellation is a mystery — one of many in the film — since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired [...] »

- Dan Schneider

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