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19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Thelma & Louise for the Film's 25th Birthday

23 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thelma & Louise, which has managed to become both a quintessential girl power and road trip film, turns 25 this year. To help celebrate, we're taking a look back down the long dusty road that Thunderbird traveled and rounding up some of the best bits of trivia from the iconic film. 1. George Clooney really wanted to play J.D. And boy it haunted him. Clooney auditioned five times and obviously did not get it. Morose over the state of his career and the missed opportunity, he didn't see the film for years: "I was really stuck doing a lot of bad TV at that time. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Thelma & Louise for the Film's 25th Birthday

23 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thelma & Louise, which has managed to become both a quintessential girl power and road trip film, turns 25 this year. To help celebrate, we're taking a look back down the long dusty road that Thunderbird traveled and rounding up some of the best bits of trivia from the iconic film. 1. George Clooney really wanted to play J.D. And boy it haunted him. Clooney auditioned five times and obviously did not get it. Morose over the state of his career and the missed opportunity, he didn't see the film for years: "I was really stuck doing a lot of bad TV at that time. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Nicolai Fuglsig to Direct War in Afghanistan Movie ‘Horse Soldiers’ for Lionsgate

29 March 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Danish filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig has been hired to direct Afghanistan War drama “Horse Soldiers” for Lionsgate.

Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill of Black Label Media, which is co-financing and producing with Bruckheimer.

The project, which has been in development since 2012, is based on Doug Stanton’s book “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan.” Peter Craig and Ted Tally are writing the script about a team of CIA agents and special forces who head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

After a series of intense battles, they captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country. After being welcomed as liberators, they were ambushed by would-be POWs during a surrender of 600 Taliban troops.

Fuglsig moved from photojournalism into directing with the documentary “Return of the Exiled, »

- Dave McNary

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Danish Newcomer Nicolai Fuglsig Will Helm Afghan Wartime Drama Horse Soldiers

29 March 2016 8:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lionsgate and prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer have set sights on relative newcomer Nicolai Fuglsig to helm upcoming wartime drama, Horse Soldiers.

Deadline has the scoop, noting that the Danish filmmaker – perhaps best known for his work as a photojournalist – will work in tandem with Black Label Media and screenwriters Peter Craig and Ted Tally in bringing the actioner to life. Rooted in post-9/11 Afghanistan, the feature film charts the trials and tribulations left facing a CIA crack team who plot course for the Middle East in a bid to dismantle the Taliban.

An early logline for the project reveals that it’ll focus on “a small band of special forces soldiers who rode on horses to confront the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to 1, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country. »

- Michael Briers

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'Silence of the Lambs'' original ending was even darker

17 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As part of Deadline's coverage of The Silence of the Lambs' 25th anniversary, the site has published an extended interview with director Jonathan Demme, screenwriter Ted Tally and Robert Bookman, the agent who brokered the deal that brought Thomas Harris's bestselling novel to the big screen. In a previous piece, screenwriter Ted Tally revealed/reminded us that Gene Hackman had originally intended to write, direct and potentially play the role of Hannibal Lecter; this time around, the tidbit that caught my attention was the fact that the film's ending -- which in the finished film sees Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stalking Frederick Chilton (Anthony Heald) through an island in the Bahamas -- was considerably darker in the original script. From the Deadline story: "The Silence of the Lambs ends when Hannibal Lecter, from a payphone in the tropics, congratulates FBI Academy graduate Clarice Starling and gently warns her not to hunt him, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Who Silence Of The Lambs Almost Cast As Hannibal Lecter

17 February 2016 1:25 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s impossible to picture anyone other than Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs. Just try. You can.t. But, that was almost the case. Because Gene Hackman was originally so interested in playing Hannibal Lecter, that he not only bought the rights to Thomas Harris. novel, but he wanted to direct the film, as well. Gene Hackman was one of the only individuals in Hollywood interested in buying The Silence Of The Lambs because Manhunter, the Michael Mann adaptation of Harris. original book, Red Dragon, which had Brian Cox in the lead role, had been a financial flop. However, after instigating its development, and while screenwriter Ted Tally was working on the first draft of his script for The Silence Of The Lambs, Gene Hackman randomly dropped out of production for one of the most doting reasons you.re ever likely to hear: »

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'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: The Complete Buffalo Bill Story

14 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You never know what's going to happen with an audition," actor Ted Levine remembers of the first time he portrayed Jame Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs villain also known as "Buffalo Bill." "I just pulled something out. It was scary. It felt kind of magical."

"I read with the three final guys who were going to be Buffalo Bill," says Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin, the U.S. senator's daughter whom Gumb abducts in the movie. "When Ted walked in, it was so crazily obvious. I asked him, »

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The surprising actor who almost played Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs'

12 February 2016 11:46 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally for the film's 25th anniversary, and hey, did you know that Gene Hackman originally wanted to play Hannibal Lecter? And also write and direct the movie? Because I didn't. What a strange alternate reality to consider. As Tally tells it, Orion was in the process of buying the rights to Thomas Harris's novel as a vehicle for Hackman when Tally made his interest in the project known to Orion co-founder Mike Medavoy. From Rolling Stone:  "[Medavoy] said, 'Gene thinks he's going to write this, but don't worry, he'll find out how hard that is, and we'll get back to you.' Mike later called my agent and said, 'Gene's written 50 pages of the script, and he's only 50 pages into the book. So if you can meet with him and convince him that you're the right guy for it, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: 'It Broke All the Rules'

12 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I was terrified at the Academy Awards," screenwriter Ted Tally says. "I can't describe how nerve-racking it is. You go in the bathrooms, and people are boozing it up, smoking, doing lines of coke. You never saw so many famous people so nervous."

Twenty-five years ago on this coming Valentine's Day, The Silence of the Lambs opened in movie theaters. An intense, gritty crime odyssey, in which an FBI cadet (Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) hunts down a serial killer (Ted Levine as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb) with the help of another, »

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'The Silence of the Lambs': 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Serial Killer Classic

12 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to think of a movie less suitable for Valentine's Day than "The Silence of the Lambs."

Yet that's the day the unforgettable thriller debuted 25 years ago, on February 14, 1991. The creepy, gory adaptation of Thomas Harris's bestseller was an enormous hit, made an enduring pop culture figure of sophisticated flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter, transformed Anthony Hopkins into a star, and became only the third (and so far, the last) movie to win the top five Oscars -- Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Screenplay.

As many times as you've seen Hopkins's Lecter casually mention how well human liver goes with fava beans and a nice Chianti, there's still much you may not know about "Silence." Quid pro quo -- we'll reveal the movie's secrets, if you read on.

1. Hopkins wasn't the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter; that honor went to Brian Cox (above), in Michael Mann's 1986 "Manhunter, »

- Gary Susman

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