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In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes »
- Jeff Labrecque
In 1971 and 1973, William Friedkin found himself on top of the film world with the one-two punch of The French Connection and The Exorcist. Then things got interesting: Friedkin’s next film, 1977’s impossibly ambitious Sorcerer, flopped, and subsequent films, such as 1980’s controversial Al Pacino S&M thriller Cruising, didn’t fare much better. Along the way, however, these titles have been rereleased and reevaluated, and opinions have changed. Sorcerer is now considered by many critics — including this one — as a masterpiece; 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A. gave us one of the best car chases of all time and introduced audiences to then-unknowns Willem Dafoe, William Peterson, and John Turturro; and in recent years, Friedkin’s film versions of the Tracy Letts play Bug (with Michael Shannon) and Killer Joe (with Matthew McConaughey) have won him high acclaim. Now Friedkin has published a surprisingly forthright and fascinating memoir, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Directed by Michael Mann
Written by Michael Mann
1981 saw the release of Michael Mann’s feature directorial debut Thief. James Caan plays Frank, a professional safecracker whose plan to settle down spirals out-of-control when he becomes indebted to an underworld criminal organization. Thief is a gritty modern film noir that bubbles with Mann’s stylish, atmospheric direction. For a first feature Thief is simply put, a masterpiece. Through Mann’s unique and effective story-telling approach, and Caan’s world-class performance, Thief ranks along side the very best caper flicks.
Frank’s mentor Okla (Willie Nelson) is sitting behind bars desperately trying to get out and Frank’s latest job goes bust when his business partner decides to walk off the ledge of a sky rise. Frank has also spent quite a bit of time in jail but with a new relationship blooming with waitress Jessie (Tuesday Weld) he’s looking to settle down. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Directed by Michael Mann
Written by Michael Mann
Manhunter is adapted from the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the book which introduced the world to the serial killer known as Hannibal Lecter. It came five years before Harris’s other novel was adapted to the screen ( The Silence of the Lambs), and 27 years before the NBC hit crime drama Hannibal. In between, the role of Dr. Hannibal has been reprised several more times, including Hannibal in 2001 and in a second adaptation of Red Dragon made in 2002 (under the original title). And in late 2006, the novel Hannibal Rising was adapted into the film of the same name, which explained Lecter’s development into a serial killer. Of all these adaptations, Manhunter has become the cult favourite.
This intelligent psychological portrayal of a serial killer and the FBI investigator is both complex and ingenious. The main focus here is entirely »
Hannibal, Season 1, Episode 2: “Amuse Bouche”
Directed by Michael Rhymer
Written by Jim Danger Gray
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
In framing Hannibal as a weekly procedural, showrunner Bryan Fuller populates his world with so many serial killers, it becomes hard to believe that so many of these insane, yet brilliant men can all reside in the same city at the same time. Only two episodes in, and we’ve already been introduced to three killers, with the possibility of a fourth. Yet, while the second episode of Hannibal does introduce a new ‘killer of the week’ formula, the series remains elevated by four things: direction, cinematography, dialogue and acting. Hannibal features two great leads (Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy), a talented writing team; is incredibly stylish, and features some of the best cutting on television – and by that I mean sharp editing – as well as great lighting, »
- Ricky da Conceição
NBC’s "Hannibal" debuted last Thursday to mediocre ratings. The network has enough faith in it that they’re re-running it tonight at 10 Pm (9 Pm Central). And you really should watch it. It’s absolutely fantastic.
If you told me last week that I’d be singing its enthusiastic praises after one episode, I would’ve mocked you and sent you on your way. After all, does the world really need more Hannibal Lecter?
Turns out, yes.
It’s easy to forget how great the nefarious psychiatrist/cannibal/serial killer can be. Overzealous producers did a fine job of diluting his iconic presence throughout the aughts, first with a serviceable-yet-forgettable 2001 sequel, followed by a lame and toothless retelling of Red Dragon, and finally with a terminally forgettable origin story, Hannibal Rising, that was so uninspired that it looked to have murdered the franchise dead in its tracks.
Enter producer Bryan Fuller, »
- Matt Serafini
Written by Warren Ellis | Published by Mulholland Books
NYPD detective John Tallow doesn’t care about his job all that much. He could be good at it if he wanted to, but he’s more content to sit in the passenger seat and let his partner Jim Rosato be the hero. That is at least until Jim’s head gets blown off by a shotgun-wielding naked man and John has to step up and take him down solo, which he does as calmly as possible, despite Rosato’s brains sliding down the wall behind him. But the administrative and emotional fallout of a dead partner soon become the least of his problems as the damage caused by the shootout result in Tallow’s discovery of an entire apartment filled – floor to ceiling in every room – with guns, each one connected to a single unsolved murder.
Over 200 cold cases just got re-opened, »
- Mark Allen
After months of anticipation, NBC's "Hannibal" finally premiered tonight, but did it live up to the hype?
Critics were generally enthusiastic about the idiosyncratic take on the police procedural format from executive producer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), with star Hugh Dancy earning especially high marks for his central turn as eccentric FBI profiler Will Graham. However, there was also a fair share of grumbling about the show's slower pace, arguably pretentious visual style and stomach-churning violence. (As noted in our review, a debate about the show's overuse of young women as victims is one worth having.)
While Dancy's character was previously portrayed by William Petersen and Edward Norton in the feature films "Manhunter" and "Red Dragon" respectively, Mads Mikkelsen has the more daunting challenge of following up on Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." (A role which he reprised in 2001's "Hannibal" and "Dragon. »
Cinemax has given a pilot order to Quarry, a drama project based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. John Hillcoat is set to direct the pilot, co-produced by Anonymous Content. Hillcoat, Gordy and Fuller, all Anonymous clients, executive produce with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon. The Quarry pilot order comes on the heels of Cinemax renewing its freshman drama Banshee for a second season. Both Banshee and Cinemax’s first original primetime series, Strike Back, which »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
William Petersen remains one of the more sought-after actors to headline a TV show but the former star of CSI isn't ready to come back to broadcast TV ... yet. Instead, he's set to appear Friday opposite Julia Stiles in Blue, a web series in its second season from Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment) about a single mom who's trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Petersen, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Chicago, plays Blue's (Stiles) father, who has been in jail for the majority of her life and is serving a life sentence. »
William Petersen remains one of the more sought-after actors to headline a TV show but the former star of CSI isn’t ready to come back to broadcast TV … yet. Instead, he’s set to appear Friday opposite Julia Stiles in Blue, a web series in its second season from Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment) about a single mom who’s trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Petersen, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Chicago, plays Blue’s (Stiles) father, who has been in jail for the »
- Lynette Rice
The series premiere of NBC's "Hannibal" is just three weeks away on April 4 and the network is teasing what to expect from the cannibal doctor with a new two and a half minute trailer.
Can Mads Mikkelsen fill Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning shoes in the title role? And how will Hugh Dancy fare as FBI criminal profiler Will Graham, previously played by William Petersen (in Michael Mann's "Manhunter") and Edward Norton (in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon")?
One thing the trailer doesn't hold back on: the series' apparently very graphic violence. They're not kidding with that "Viewer discretion advised" warning.
Check out the whole cast in our Season 1 photo gallery. »
So here’s the thing about NBC’s Hannibal: even though we know that the clever serial-killing Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) will help catch other serial killers before — spoiler: inevitably — getting caught himself, we know very little about the show itself. It’s a thriller from Bryan Fuller, premiering on April 4. Hugh Dancy plays Will Graham, the FBI profiler previously played by William Peterson (Manhunter) and Edward Norton (Red Dragon). And… that’s about it, save for one fractal 30-second teaser released back in February.
And now we can add another 15 seconds of footage to the evidence with another, »
- Adam Carlson
The past week or so has seen some more content unearthed for NBC’s re-imagining of Thomas Harris cannibal fiend, Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal, adapted by Bryan Fuller, will look at the early relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham and the good doctor. Coming hot-on-the-heels of an impressive 30-second promo and a host of character images, we have the full two-minute trailer for the serial-killer series slated to air in the Us on the 4th April. The UK is still awaiting news on a broadcast channel and date.
The show will delve into the early days of Graham’s troubled career as he tracks down the high-profile mass-murderers in the Us. Serving as a prequel to Harris’ best-seller Red Dragon, Graham is given a helping hand by Dr. Lecter, who, unbeknownst to the rising Agent is one of the men he should be hunting. Hugh Dancy takes on the role of Graham, »
- Craig Hunter
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
CSI returns to UK screens early next week - Channel 5 will begin airing season 13, which kicks off with thrill-packed premiere 'Karma to Burn', this coming Tuesday. After the events of the season 12 finale, the CSI team find themselves in crisis, but must overcome the odds to rescue Russell's granddaughter and bring the kidnappers to justice.
To mark the show's triumphant return, Digital Spy spoke with CSI star Jorja Fox - who plays Sara Sidle - to get all the scoop on the new season, the show's future and the possibility of a Sara / Grissom reunion...
The last season of CSI ended with Russell's granddaughter in deep trouble. Where does season 13 pick up?
"Pretty much everything that could go wrong has gone wrong - Russell's granddaughter has been kidnapped, Ecklie (Marc Vann) is shot and in dire jeopardy - you don't know if he's going to make it or not…
The Killing creator Soren Sveistrup is developing a new crime drama with Cinemax.
Sveistrup devised the original Danish version of The Killing, which ran for three series and aired to great acclaim on BBC Four in the UK.
His new Cinemax project will be a bilingual action thriller, according to Broadcast.
Sveistrup previously ruled out the possibility of reviving his former show The Killing for a fourth series.
"I'd hate it to just be another show - just another mass-produced show - ongoing and not really reflecting anything," he explained.
> Hunted not axed, Cinemax »
Why so sad, Sara?
“The implication is that they have been having a sort of beautiful … if not stuck … romantic, long-distance marriage,” Fox tells EW exclusively. “He’s been on the move, leading his nomadic life. But there comes a time when you can’t leave a pivotal story suspended forever. All these characters around her are enjoying flirtations and romances. Sara is too young to sleep alone!”
Does that mean she doesn’t want Gil anymore? »
- Lynette Rice
The February 20 episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" sees Sara (Jorja Fox) in hot water after a brief encounter with a man leaves her as the prime suspect in his murder case. Even worse -- her interaction with the victim has the team suspecting she's cheating on Grissom (William Petersen).
In The Huffington Post's exclusive clip from Wednesday's Sara/Grissom-centric episode, Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) points out that as far as the rest of the team is concerned, if Sara cheated on her much-beloved husband, she “may as well have cheated on God.”
Check out the clip and weigh in below -- do you think Sara could've cheated on Grissom?
"CSI" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Est on CBS.
- The Huffington Post
Now that NBC's "Hannibal" finally has a premiere date, the network has released an official trailer giving audiences the first look at the new series from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") starring Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
If the above trailer looks uncomfortably similar to Fox's current serial killer serial "The Following," we have hopes that Fuller has a plan to take the genre somewhere fresh.
The bigger concern could be how Dancy and Mikkelsen adjust to roles we've already seen brought to life by other actors. Graham was previously played on screen by William Petersen (in Michael Mann's "Manhunter") and Edward Norton (in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon"). And, of course, Lecter was made famous by Anthony Hopkins who won an Oscar for his performance in "The Silence of the Lambs" and reprised the role in "Hannibal" and "Red Dragon. »
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