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Richard Armitage interview: Audible’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, My Zoe, The Hobbit and more

Duncan Bowles Nov 15, 2017

Richard Armitage chats to us about his new audio production, Dracula, The Hobbit, his upcoming projects and more...

Just the other month we had the pleasure of chatting to Richard Armitage when he was promoting Pilgrimage, but as luck (and his productivity) would have it, we were given the opportunity for a catch up about his latest voice performance, with the Audible release of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story comes as part of The Monster Collection, a Gothic trilogy which also includes a reading of Frankenstein by Dan Stevens and Dracula by Greg Wise. There’s also ‘an exclusive introduction by Dr. Maria Mellins and Dr. Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London’ who, strangely enough, are both people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years – it’s a small world indeed.
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From ‘Zodiac’ to ‘Mindhunter’: 5 Visual Elements that Define David Fincher’s Cinematic Universe

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From ‘Zodiac’ to ‘Mindhunter’: 5 Visual Elements that Define David Fincher’s Cinematic Universe
David Fincher is one of the most distinctive visual storytellers working today. On his new Netflix’s show “Mindhunter,” the director’s well-established visual style and use of film language is carried throughout the entire Season 1 arc, despite Fincher having only directed four of the ten episodes himself. IndieWire recently talked the show’s principal cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt – who was once Fincher’s gaffer, and shot 90% of “Mindhunter” – about what defines the cinematic style of the great auteur and how he built off the look of “Zodiac” to create something we aren’t use to seeing on TV.

The Color Palette

The imagery in a Fincher film is grounded in realism, but it’s a dark, stylized realism. This is most notable in the director’s use of colors. “[David] has an aversion to saturated colors and magenta,” said Messerschmidt in an interview. “The show has a desaturated green-yellow look, for sure,
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The Real-Life People and Stories That Inspired Mindhunter's 3 Core Characters

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Mindhunter, Netflix's latest original series, is an unsettling, simmering foray into the grisly world of serial killer psychology. Executive producer David Fincher's fingerprints are all over the show, which shares the same gloomy color palette and stylized dialogue seen in House of Cards, The Social Network, and Gone Girl. The crime drama's three main characters, however - Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) - are plucked straight out of real life. Mindhunter itself is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker called Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (which also inspired characters in the films The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon). Although the show's core characters aren't exact replicas of their real-world inspirations, they're pretty damn close.
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5 Exciting Details About Netflix's New Serial Killer Thriller, Mindhunter

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If you were to mix the dark, menacing vibes of House of Cards with FBI procedural Criminal Minds, your result might be something similar to Netflix's latest original show, Mindhunter. House of Cards executive producer David Fincher is heading up the show, which is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (which also inspired characters in the films The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon). From the major players who have signed on to the series to why you need to start obsessing over it immediately, check out everything we know about Mindhunter below. RelatedThese 9 Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Shock and Amaze You The Story Although the Mind Hunter book follows the accounts of real-life Special Agent John Douglas over the course of his 25-year career, the TV version of Mindhunter will focus on fictional FBI agents.
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Tiff 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 40 of This Year’s Best Films

  • Indiewire
IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers whose films are headlining the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to find out which cameras they used and, more importantly, why they were the right tools to create their projects.

Read More:Cannes 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 29 of This Year’s Films “55 Steps”

Dir: Bille August, Dp: Filip Zumbrunn

Camera: Arri Alexa Mini and Amira

Lens: Cooke Panchros S2/3

Zumbrunn: “Because of the beautiful skin tones, the good latitude of the Arri-log and the reliability of the body — especially when shooting the entire movie handheld — it was clear, that we wanted to shoot on the Arri Alexa Mini. As a B-Camera body we were using an Arri Amira. We chose the vintage Cooke Panchros S2/3 together with the Tiffen Pearlescent filters to give the movie a warm, filmic and not too clean look to transport the feeling of the early eighties. And
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Tom Hiddleston on Loki’s Transformation in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

  • Collider.com
The consistent complaint with Marvel films always comes back to ‘the villains’. They’re boring, ill defined, one-dimensional, yada-yada… But there is one exception everyone agrees on, the one villain who may even be better than the hero himself – Loki. Everyone loves Loki. Tom Hiddleston, from Thor through The Avengers, has crafted not only the signature Marvel villain, but just a great villain period (regardless of genre/company). There is though a law of diminishing returns with villains. The Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs can over time easily become the Hannibal Lecter of Red Dragon. Hiddleston …
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‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Battle for Cinematography Emmy

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‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Battle for Cinematography Emmy
This year’s one-hour series Emmy contenders for cinematography are marked by some bold sci-fi and dystopian disruptors: “Westworld,” “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Man in the High Castle” (last year’s winner), “Mr. Robot, and Sense8.” With dazzling visuals, they explored the impact of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down, struggling for a greater humanity.

That leaves “The Crown” as the lone historical drama. But it too was a disruptor of sorts in the way that it showcased the symbiotic relationship between the monarchy and Parliament in post-war Great Britain, steered by the young Queen Elizabeth (nominated Claire Foy) and the old warhorse, Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow).

But don’t be surprised if it comes down to a race between the dueling dystopias: “Westworld” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Westworld

The clash of two worlds envisioned by showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the
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Cast list for Netflix’s Castlevania series includes Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, James Callis, and more

Producer Adi Shankar has just posted a YouTube video formally announcing the voice actors for his animated Castlevania series. Joined by actor Graham McTavish, who will be voicing Dracula in the series, the duo announced a full cast that includes Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont), and James Callis (Alucard). Check out the video below for the full announcement…

Quite an impressive cast for Netflix’s first dip into the video game realm. Both Graham McTavish and Richard Armitage had sizeable parts in The Hobbit trilogy, with McTavish having a history of lending his voice to video games (The Order: 1886); Armitage recently portrayed “The Great Red DragonFrancis Dolarhyde in the last season of NBC’s Hannibal to chilling effect. You may also recall James Callis’ incredible performance as Gaius Baltar in Syfy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica. Rounding out the cast are Alejandra Reynoso (Sypha), Emily Swallow (Lisa Tepes), Matt Frewer
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Beautiful Cult Horror Cinema Actress (and Bond Girl Contender) Has Died

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula.' Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known for her roles in the 1960 British cult horror classics Circus of Horrors and The Brides of Dracula, died of cardiac arrest on April 18 in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Monlaur was 77. According to various online sources, she was born Yvonne Thérèse Marie Camille Bédat de Monlaur in the southwestern town of Pau, in France's Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, on Dec. 15, 1939. Her father was poet and librettist Pierre Bédat de Monlaur; her mother was a Russian ballet dancer. The young Yvonne was trained in ballet and while still a teenager became a model for Elle magazine. She was “discovered” by newspaper publisher-turned-director André Hunebelle,
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Doctor Who: The Pilot geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 15, 2017

Huge spoilers, as we unpack the Doctor Who series 10 opener - The Pilot - in search of references and treats.

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who.

See related Exclusive: Bryan Fuller on American Gods casting Star Trek: what can we expect from Bryan Fuller's new show? Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, Red Dragon, American Gods Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, American Gods

Doctor Who is back for its 36th series, and with it are our viewing notes - a weekly guide to the references, similarities (intentional or otherwise!) and generally interesting things about each episode. Whilst we’ve crammed in as much as we can find, this is by no means a definitive list - so if you’re sat there thinking ‘You fools! You missed this!’, feel free to plop it down in the comments below. But remember: Don’t phone, it’s just for fun.
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Doctor Who series 10: The Pilot review

Simon Brew Apr 15, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 episode 1 is The Pilot, by Steven Moffat. Here's our spoiler-packed review...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

See related Exclusive: Bryan Fuller on American Gods casting Star Trek: what can we expect from Bryan Fuller's new show? Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, Red Dragon, American Gods Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, American Gods

10.1 The Pilot

“Banter”

Let’s start by talking about Pearl Mackie.

In the build up to Doctor Who series 10’s premiere (I cling to the word 'series', accepting that 'season' will ultimately win), much of the press surrounding her character, Bill, was about sexuality. Yep, in 2017. Sheesh. Come the episode itself, far less fuss was made, and instead, we got to see just what a find Mackie is. As Bill, it already feels like she’s bringing something just a little different: intently curious, a respecter
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Line Of Duty series 4 episode 4 review

Louisa Mellor Apr 15, 2017

Spoilers from the start in our review of Line Of Duty’s latest, which has reached the traditional point of maddening complexity...

This review contains spoilers.

See related Exclusive: Bryan Fuller on American Gods casting Star Trek: what can we expect from Bryan Fuller's new show? Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, Red Dragon, American Gods Bryan Fuller interview: Hannibal season 3, American Gods

When DS Steve Arnott called himself a blunt instrument last week, he must have been talking about his skull. That man not only has a steely gaze and an enviable collection of steel-grey waistcoats, he also clearly has a cranium made of the same.

Steve lived. Not exactly to tell the tale—the concussion made him too hazy for that—but he lived to catch bent coppers another day. (Incidentally, do you think Mr and Mrs Arnott at the hospital were played by Martin Compston’s real parents?
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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And
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The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best and Worst Prequel TV Series — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What does it take to make a good prequel TV series? (And feel free to include an example of a show that got it right or wrong.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

A prequel TV series is the most successful when it uses familiar touchstones but creates its own world. “Hannibal” is probably the best example of this, where there were characters we recognized but the setting, experience, and modern time period were completely Bryan Fuller’s (wonderfully so). “Bates Motel” has been another positive example, especially as it nears its end. The time period is again modernized, but it keeps a surreal and retro feel. And
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What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey

What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: If you could give one canceled show one extra season (if only to wrap things up in a better way), which would it be?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

It wasn’t that we were watching “Hannibal” just to see Bryan Fuller and company get to the events of “Silence of the Lambs,” but that was sure a fun thing looming on the horizon. The “Manhunter”/”Red Dragon” arc was probably the show’s most conventional, but it was all the more intriguing for that odd disconnect, of a frequently told story going through the mind of one of TV’s most original storytellers and
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What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey

  • Indiewire
What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: If you could give one canceled show one extra season (if only to wrap things up in a better way), which would it be?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

It wasn’t that we were watching “Hannibal” just to see Bryan Fuller and company get to the events of “Silence of the Lambs,” but that was sure a fun thing looming on the horizon. The “Manhunter”/”Red Dragon” arc was probably the show’s most conventional, but it was all the more intriguing for that odd disconnect, of a frequently told story going through the mind of one of TV’s most original storytellers and
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The subtle rise of good prequels

Gabriel Bergmoser Mar 20, 2017

Whisper it, but are movie and TV prequels a little better than they used to be?

It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that sequels came in for a lot of derision. The second one, people reasoned, is never as good, with The Godfather Part II being the exception that proved the rule rather than a decent rebuttal. Nowadays, however, things have changed in a big way. It’s fairly unremarkable when a sequel is considered superior to the original, and in some cases films get a lot of slack from people who say “yeah but they’re just setting things up for a better second one”. For a long time now, sequels have been fairly respectable, meaning the derision of filmgoers has shifted instead to remakes and prequels.

Writing off an entire category of film is narrow minded, but to be fair prequels have
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AFI Fest 2016: What Cameras Were Used to Shoot This Year’s Films

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Indiewire reached out to the filmmakers with films in the “New Auteurs” and “American Independent” sections of this year’s AFI Fest to find out what cameras they used and why they chose them.

Read More: AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival

“One Week and a Day”

Arri Alexa Xt

Dir. Asaph Polonsky: “It allowed scenes in long takes and the use of zoom lenses, sticks, dolly, Steadicam and handheld, were the tools that served the D.P., Moshe Mishali, and I the most as we tried to be subtle about reflecting the characters journeys visually.”

Dark Night

Arri Amira with Cooke lenses

Dir. Tim Sutton: “Good combination.”

“Divine”

Red Dragon

Dir. Houda Benyamin: “We wanted to work on the idea of focus — getting to details from the big picture, getting to things from a distance, which in a way symbolizes
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Akiva Goldsman Set To Director Film Based On Deadpool Creator’s Comic Avengelyne

  • LRM Online
Writer/director Akiva Goldsman certainly seems to be a busy man these days. Last we heard, Goldsman was heading up the ambitious writers room over at Paramount for the Transformers flick. Although it’s too early to say at this point, the obvious hope is that when all said and done, those films will have a lot more going for them than just mere spectacle. While that’s likely still keeping him busy, that’s not keeping Goldsman from pursuing other big ideas.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount has film rights for a comic called Avengelyne from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. The film is set to be produced by Goldsman, who is also looking to potentially direct. Goldsman is currently searching for a screenwriter for this new flick, which is being coined as John Wick with a fallen angel.

The synopsis for Avengelyn is as follows (via Amazon):

“The
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Tattoo Artist with Stage IV Breast Cancer on Finding Strength Through Ink: ‘It’s My Immortality’

  • PEOPLE.com
Tattoo Artist with Stage IV Breast Cancer on Finding Strength Through Ink: ‘It’s My Immortality’
Sue Jeiven is a tiny, ebullient woman. That’s probably the first thing you notice about her. She radiates energy, excitement — all of those “e” words. Actually, the tattoos are the first thing you notice about her. She’s quite literally covered; all the standard places, sure, but also her fingers, palms and face — three tiny dots in a triangle by her right eye. It’s likely she’s also wearing Mr. T amounts of gold chains and some leopard print. An astoundingly talented tattoo artist, Sue works at East River Tattoo in Brooklyn and regularly makes the list of
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