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Here's today's latest casting news: Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will star in the action picture Aurora Rising, which follows a test pilot storyline based on a screenplay by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart). Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) has joined the mobster biopic Gotti for director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger). Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) joins Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, funded partially from crowd-sourced money via Kickstarter. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from THR is news that Hemsworth will lead Aurora Rising. The story centers on "a Southern California surfer who becomes a fighter pilot and after a messy combat mission, is recruited to be part of an elite team to test a new generation of aircraft just as an international conflict begins." Relativity Media will distribute. Hemsworth will also be seen in Relativity's Paranoia, due out August 16th, »
- Dave Trumbore
Warning: Spoilers Running Free.
Generally speaking, bad guys are bad guys because they want to do bad things and get away with them, so if you see one get caught in the middle of a movie it usually means they've got an ace up their sleeve. Lately we've been seeing this trend of the bad guy getting caught on purpose (capture, interrogation, threat, destruction, escape) in big tentpole blockbusters, and either every copy of Final Draft has a glitch that automatically pastes that into a script … or folks are getting lazy.
Seeing as how it's used once again in "Star Trek Into Darkness," let's cite five recent examples of this cliché in the hopes that we can declare a moratorium on it ... at least until it counts as nostalgia.
Culprit #1: 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Mastermind: The Joker (Heath Ledger)
The Plan: Get caught while attempting to kill District »
- Max Evry
Yeah, she can make just about anyone get a case of the old spine tingles. Seriously, though, word has come that Image Entertainment has picked up Us rights to Cyclone Productions' thriller Shiver, a movie that's been floating about for a couple of years now.
Likened to both Halloween and The Silence of the Lambs by the director, Shiver, based upon a 1992 novel of the same name by Brian Harper, stars Casper Van Dien, Rae Dawn Chong, Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Luke Goss, Nikita Esco, and Brad Harris.
For more keep an eye on the official Shiver website.
Wendy Alden, a young, attractive secretary lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem, becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds resources of courage to fight back and escape.
Obsessed with killing Wendy, Franklin Rood, the killer, penetrates a police cordon »
- Uncle Creepy
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb:
Most UK film sites have released articles this week discussing Lucasfilm's decision to film Star Wars: Episode VII in the UK. Russ Fischer over at /Film decided to focus on a different part of the story...
"The news that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK isn’t a big deal, as the series has always had a production home in Britain. But in announcing plans to film the new Episode at one of the UK’s major studios (which one is not specified), LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has issued a statement that some fans might find promising. Specifically, she says that the origins of Star Wars have been a big inspiration on the new film."
Read the full article here.
Fischer assumes that this “origin” focus can only be good news for Star Wars fans as it means that »
- Flickering Myth
Sky's Hannibal might have been more interesting with a bit more psychology and a bit less blood and guts
Hannibal (Sky Living)
The Apprentice (BBC1) | iPlayer
Life of Crime (ITV1) | ITVplayer
Murder on the Home Front (ITV1) | ITVplayer
Great Artists In Their Own Words (BBC4) | iPlayer
There are two ways of looking at the kind of psychologically rich and physiologically brutal fiction written by Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs. The first is that it's a sort of cultural safety valve, a secure and harmless realm in which to explore the dark thoughts that haunt our nightmares. The second is that it's gruesome porn for sickos.
The more sophisticated understanding is obviously the former, but there's some queasy part of me that can't quite shake off the suspicion that the latter contains a kernel of truth. Given the popularity and critical acclaim these books have enjoyed, I »
- Andrew Anthony
While we’e been covering many of the Scream Factory releases for our Us readers, Arrow Video has been releasing horror classics in the UK for a while now and they recently announced their next set of Blu-ray releases. Take a look at release details, cover art, and bonus features for The Fall of the House of Usher, Lifeforce, Deranged, and Squirm. We’ve also included details for Motel Hell, which we covered earlier this week.
Motel Hell: “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters!” cackle the brother-and-sister team behind the finest smoked meats in the county. They also run the friendly Motel Hello (the ‘o’ in the neon sign sometimes goes on the blink), and no matter how many times you’ve seen Psycho or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you can be sure that everything will be perfectly above board here as Vincent »
- Jonathan James
"There's an interview where he talks about meat and how the flavour is limited; blood is what actually makes it tasty. Once you chew the blood away, it's just tissue, it doesn't keep giving."
As soon as showrunner Bryan Fuller found out he was going to be bringing Hannibal Lecter to TV, he knew exactly who he wanted to talk to. Not author Thomas Harris or Anthony Hopkins, but José Andrés, a Spanish chef who trained with El Bulli's Ferran Adrià and popularised a similar strand of show-stopping molecular gastronomy on Us TV cooking shows. They met at a party, Fuller explained what he was working on, and Andrés immediately decided to jump on board.
"I asked him what can you eat on a human being," says Fuller, "and he said, 'Everything is edible. »
- Richard Vine
Alex Kazhinsky of Lincolnwood is this year's Grand Prize winner in the annual Outguess Ebert contest — and tells me, "It's a big thrill to win your contest after playing it for so many years!"
Kazhinsky had a perfect score across all the categories. "For many years," he says, "I have worked as an actor in Chicago's entertainment industry. I've had speaking roles in independent films, web series, and commercials. Some of my most notable roles are the following:
• A corrupt Chicago Alderman named Cunningham in the web series "DaWiseguys."
•Uncle Steve in the short film "When I Was An Elephant," which won the award for Best Branded Film at the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival.
• Russian crime boss in the short film "The Moment."
"Because I'm an actor," he says, "the only thing I'll say about my age is that I'm in my 30s."
He's been playing the contest since the 1992 Oscars, »
Interview Louisa Mellor 1 May 2013 - 07:00
In the window of Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club, the chic venue for our chat with Star Trek: Voyager, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies writer Bryan Fuller, is a sculpture called Gold Digga. A pair of gilded deer antlers atop a glittery Mondrian painting, it’s a piece about the commodification of art, but to someone – me – fresh from watching episode one of Hannibal, it’s an apt coincidence. Stag antlers play an arresting role in the Hannibal opener, and this flashy, glitzy pair seems quite Fuller-y (remind »
Sounding like a darker Back To The Future, Stephen King’s novel, ‘11/22/63‘ tells the tale of a man who travels back in time with five years to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The plot has film or television adaption written all over it, and from the sound of it, J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek) agrees. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has acquired the book’s rights, in plans for a TV series. I don’t know about you Fright Fiends, but being a fan of both Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, I’m pretty anxious to see what comes out of this collaboration.
“Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the Ged program. He receives an essay from one of the students – a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when »
Two year ago, it was reported that Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs) was planning to direct a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's "11/22/63" novel. The plan was to begin shooting in the fall of 2012, but obviously that never happened. Now comes word that the film has been scrapped and that Jj Abrams, along with Warner Bros TV, are in talks to turn the novel into a TV series. While many believe it would work better as a mini-series, the time-travel aspect may take the TV series outside of the novel's storyline. The book follows Jake Epping, a 35-year-old high school English teacher from Maine who finds out that a storeroom at his friend's diner is a portal to 1958. Epping uses it to travel back in time to try to prevent President John F. Kennedy's assassination. »
Before Stephen King’s 11/22/63 had been released, Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) had acquired film rights, with plans to write and direct. That project fell through, but J.J. Abrams is looking to develop a TV series based on the novel.
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is currently negotiating for rights to the novel, and plans are still being ironed out. Deadline hears that they are aiming for a cable series, but it hasn’t been decided whether the project will be a miniseries or multi-season series. 11/22/63 was released on November 8th, 2011 and is a time travel tale that revolves around the assassination of JFK:
“Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the Ged program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry »
- Jonathan James
Last December, the screen rights to Stephen King's novel 11/22/63 slipped out of Jonathan Demme's hands. The Silence of the Lambs helmer was grooming the tale for the big screen but, as of last year, the project was "off of the table," as he put it.
But now, a new party is circling the adaptation: J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. Deadline says that the company is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to have the story unfold on television as a series rather than a feature film.
Read more »
“I had a longtime boyfriend. That ended a couple of years ago. I haven’t found the next Mr. Right,” Stewart told Matt Lauer during a Today show interview that will air next week. “I was even thinking of going on Match.com!” Even more surprisingly, Stewart said that she wasn’t planning to use an alias or a misleading photo on the site — “I want to do my real thing, »
- Hillary Busis
Jonathan Demme, director of such feature films as Rachel Getting Married and Philadelphia, and such documentaries as Jimmy Carter Man from Plains, will receive the top award at the 2013 Austin Film Festival this fall. Demme is being honored with the fest's "Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking" Award.
Demme won an Oscar for his direction of The Silence of the Lambs. Recently Demme has done directing work on TV shows such as HBO's Enlightened. His Fear of Falling, based on a screenplay by Wallace Shawn, is currently in post-production. The photo above is from SXSW 2009, when Demme brought the concert documentary Neil Young Trunk Show to Austin.
Aff also announced its "Outstanding Television Writer" for 2013: Vince Gilligan, acclaimed for his creation of and work on the AMC series Breaking Bad. Gilligan also served as executive producer for The X-Files, and wrote screenplays for Hancock and the Texas-shot movie Home Fries. (Does »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
NBC pulled this week’s episode of Hannibal due to its particularly grisly subject matter, but the episode has managed to survive the chopping block, in a way. It has been repackaged for web series presentation on NBC.com.
Called “Ceuf,” the episode, which would have been the series’ fourth, was pulled when executive producer Bryan Fuller contacted the network in early April with concerns about the children killing children storyline in the episode, which was filmed before last December’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The web series will feature “Ceuf” in its entirety with the exception of some sensitive images, »
- Emily Rome
The Austin Film Festival announced that it will be honoring Jonathan Demme with the "Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award" as well as Vince Gilligan with the "Outstanding Television Writer Award" and Barry Josephson with the inaugural "Heart of Film" award. Academy Award-winner Jonathan Demme is known for "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Rachel Getting Married." Vince Gilligan is the creator and showrunner of "Breaking Bad" as well as a writer and executive producer of "The X-Files." Barry Josephson is the executive producer behind "Bones" as well as a producer on features like "Life as We Know It" and "Enchanted." The trio will be awarded at the festival luncheon on October 26th at the Austin Club. Read More: The Buzziest Thing at Film Festivals? It Might Just Be TV This year marks that 20th anniversary for the festival which will be held on October 24th-31st. The festival recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Today, the Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) have announced the results of an interesting and quite substantial poll to determine UK cinema audiences’ favourite movie icons of all time…and there might be one or two surprises in who comes to mind for true big screen icons.
The top twenty spans seven decades of the cinema, from the 1940s to the 2000s. It embraces a ‘who’s who’ of stylish screen heroes – and some villains – who have made an indelible impression on audiences’ hearts and minds in successive generations to earn their places in cinematic folklore.
The survey was conducted online for Fda by ShowFilmFirst in two stages – firstly to seek a long list of public nominations of characters who had come to personify essential qualities of the cinema itself; and then a vote for the top twenty. More than 2,000 people aged 15 and over contributed nominations, while more than 7,000 participated in »
- Dan Bullock
NBC yanked episode 4 of its serial killer drama "Hannibal" out of sensitivity to recent violence. The episode that was to air next week features a character, played by guest star Molly Shannon, who brainwashes children to kill other children. "Hannibal" executive producer Bryan Fuller asked NBC to pull the episode, citing the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December and this week's Boston Marathon attack, according to NBC. Fuller reportedly was prompted by Newtown and reinforced by Monday's Boston bombings. The episode, the fourth for the freshman series, will be replaced by another "Hannibal" episode. "Hannibal" stars Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the title character, the brilliant killer seen on the big screen in "The Silence of the Lambs" and »
- April Neale
In the Hollywood handbook of character shorthand, a British actor is pretty high up on the list of ways to swiftly establish somebody as a bad'un. As villain clichés go, it's just above 'underground lair' and slightly below 'unexpectedly offing a loyal henchman'.
Plus, just in case you've been living under a rock or in a coma, Benedict Cumberbatch plays much-discussed villain John Harrison in next month's Star Trek Into Darkness, and he's dominated Paramount's entire marketing campaign so completely that the character already feels weirdly iconic.
So with Brit baddies more in vogue than ever, Digital Spy takes a look back over six of the best...
"You oughta be on f**king TV with that accent, »
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