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Warning: This post contains Major spoilers about Sunday’s The Mentalist.
Cbi Director Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston)!
The case against Bertram seems pretty conclusive. He was on Jane’s list, he’s one of the law enforcement officers with the three-dots tattoo, survived last week’s explosion and even tried to kill Jane in the hospital.
So Bertram is Red John … right?
Once again, tonight’s action-packed hour »
- James Hibberd
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
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- Uncle Creepy
By Rachel Bennett
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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”
Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.
Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.
Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »
- Rachel Bennett
A TV show about the pre-Silence of the Lambs exploits of Hannibal Lecter did not, at first, feel too enticing. While Lecter still tops many best fictional villain lists, his stock has taken a dive in recent years, with Brett Ratner's bland Red Dragon adaptation and the dismal Hannibal Rising prequel lowering the bar on the big screen. Yet Hannibal's first series, which aired here on Sky Living and has just been released on box set, proved one of the most daring, stylish and satisfying shows of the year.
We meet Dr Hannibal Lecter as he's first brought in by the FBI to assess the mental state of the fragile Will Graham, a special investigator and criminal profiler who has the remarkable and disturbing »
- Phelim O'Neill
Are you still wallowing in a post-Breaking Bad puddle of despair and Netflix re-runs? Is trying to recover from the reality that we won't ever see any more of Walt, Jesse, Skyler and Hank proving tougher than giving up blue meth addiction?
Trust us, we know how you feel, but we might be able to help. The only true cure for a TV addiction is finding a new one, and a crack squad of TV fanatics at Digital Spy have already started hunting down shows to fill a Heisenberg-shaped hole.
Here are our five best tips for recovering from the Breaking Bad blues.
Terrible name. Incredible show. Peaky Blinders is the most ambitious drama on British television at the moment and, in this writer's opinion, the best. Based around Tommy Shelby, played by the »
‘Gravity’ box office record? Has the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney solar system thriller truly had the biggest October opening ever? (Photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) Distributed by Warner Bros., which reportedly saved it from turnaround purgatory at Universal, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has had what’s officially the biggest ever opening weekend in October at the North American box office. As explained in my Gravity weekend box office post last night, Cuarón’s $100 million-budgeted solar system thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was expected to earn around $40 million by Sunday evening. Instead, if studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo are on target, Gravity opened this weekend, October 4-6, 2013, with a spectacular $55.6 million (including $1.4 million from late Thursday shows) at 3,575 venues — 3,150 of which showing the film in 3D and representing 80% of its gross. (Note: Not including marketing and distribution expenses, some sources estimate Gravity‘s budget to range between $80 million and $120 million. »
- Zac Gille
‘Gravity’ box office: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney solar system thriller soars on Friday (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) In large part thanks to brisk 3D ticket sales, Alfonso Cuarón’s Warner Bros.-released Gravity is bound to far surpass initial opening-weekend estimates at the North American box office. Starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana, Argo), by Sunday evening the $100 million-budgeted two-character psychological thriller about two U.S. astronauts adrift in space was expected to collect around $40 million from 3,575 locations according to early tracking — with 91% of its tickets sales going to the film’s whopping 3,150 3D venues. (For comparison’s sake, back in 2009 3D theaters represented 90% of James Cameron’s Avatar advance ticket sales.) (See also: “‘Gravity’: Biggest October Box Office Debut Ever for an ‘Original Film.’“) On late Thursday, October 3, 2013, and Friday midnight, Gravity took in a solid — but hardly outstanding — $1.4 million. »
- Zac Gille
Serial killer and/or crime investigation dramas are far from being in short supply on TV nowadays, yet NBC’s Hannibal has little to no trouble standing out from the rest of the crowd (The Following, Criminal Minds, etc.).
Showrunner Bryan Fuller’s take on the life and times of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter – drawing from the novel Red Dragon written by Thomas Harris – uses David Lynch-ian nightmare logic in its storytelling. This not only allows the series to restore a genuine sense of pain and trauma back into onscreen deaths (even for a desensitized modern audience that’s grown accustomed to seeing nasty murders on TV) – it also lets Hannibal avoid ...
Click to continue reading ‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Poster Reveals Dr. Lecter as the Monster He Truly Is
- Sandy Schaefer
One of the slowest burning television shows of 2013 was the Hannibal Lecter spin-off Hannibal, a perfectly crafted effort from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), that was loosely based around the events of Red Dragon, the source novel by Thomas Harris. Hannibal has already been confirmed to be returning to NBC in the Us, and Sky Atlantic in the UK early next year, but Fuller is already pushing the promo button and has released a teaser poster through Entertainment Weekly.
The poster, which although simplistic, really does tell us a lot if you’re up to speed with the events of the last season. Fuller decribes it to EW.
“After a horrifying descent into madness in season one, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season two. The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is.”
- Paul Heath
With a 13-episode second season of the series in the works for 2014, "Hannibal" showrunner Bryan Fuller has revealed, via EW , a monstrous new teaser poster. This (below) is his design. .After a horrifying descent into madness in season one," Fuller tells the magazine, "this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season two. The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is." "Hannibal" is based on the characters from the novel "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer. The series stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Graham, who »
Warner Bros. has closed a financing deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a four-year partnership with Dune’s Steven Mnuchin, filmmaker Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer, to fund up to 75 upcoming films.
The total funds are expected to be in the $450 million million range, Mnuchin told Variety. He expressed optimism that the deal could be extended — as Dune’s pact with 20th Century Fox was on multiple occasions.
The RatPac-Dune coin comes three months after the studio and longtime partner Legendary Entertainment agreed to terminate their longtime co-financing partnership at the end of the year.
Warner’s “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is the first title covered by the new deal. “Gravity” opened the Venice Film Festival amid stellar reviews and will go into wide release Friday.
- Dave McNary
The TV landscape is very crowded at the moment. Thrown in amongst reality TV, the perennial crime and procedurals, comedies and the occasional bit of good sci-fi, there's a lot to choose from and the last few years seem to have been filled with a surprisingly large number of better than average shows. Most never make it past their first season (some not even getting there) while others fight to stay alive. Hannibal is one of the fighters.
The events of the show take place between a few lines of text in Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon," extrapolating the events that unfolded when Dr. Hannibal Lecter was still a practicing psychologist and treating Will Graham, an FBI special investigator suffering from a cocktail of psychoses which make him particularly adept at his job. Graham is bril [Continued ...] »
When NBC ordered a drama series based on the events leading up to Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon," the big question from many fans was how Bryan Fuller and company would put their imprint on the iconic character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. After watching a full season of "Hannibal," those questions were gone. It's not that Mads Mikkelsen made anybody forget Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning performance, but the "Casino Royale" veteran's take on the creepy cannibal was nuanced, reptilian and terrifying in its own way. "Hannibal" arrives on DVD on Tuesday, September 24 and HitFix has an exclusive clip of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's a couple of months away still but Francis Lawrence's ('I Am Legend') sci-fi action sequel 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' isn't dwindling just yet. And let's hope this new international trailer revealed by Yahoo! Movies helps heat things up once more. Jennifer Lawrence ('Silver Linings Playbook'), Josh Hutcherson ('Red Dawn'), Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson ('Seven Psychopaths'), Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Red Dragon'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Jena Malone ('The Ruins'), Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Donald Sutherland ('Don't Look Now'), Toby Jones ('The Mist'), Lenny Kravitz and heaps more all star in the follow-up. Check out the new trailer below. »
Writing in his autobiography, As Luck Would Have It, Jacobi said casting directors for Jonathan Demme's 1991 thriller, about a young FBI agent who consults a jailed psychopathic murderer in her efforts to track down a serial killer, shortlisted a trio of actors for the role.
"I was one of the three finalists for the casting of Hannibal Lecter for The Silence of the Lambs: the others were Daniel Day-Lewis and Tony Hopkins," writes Jacobi. "They were determined to have a Brit for their »
- Ben Child
ITV's grisly serial killer drama started off exploring the Ripper story in a modern-day context, but then managed to move on. Can it expand on its winning formula with series four?
What motivates a serial killer? In pop culture, they often seem to be slicing and dicing their way toward some sort of self-improvement. Thomas Harris and the various movie adaptations of his novel Red Dragon helped popularise a certain stereotype: the lethal wingnut staging elaborate murder dioramas to transform themselves into someone, or something, else. But in ITV's Whitechapel – which kicks off its fourth series tonight – it's not just the stab-happy antagonists who are obsessed with a viscera-spattered makeover. It's the show itself. In the course of the previous three series, it has been systematically transformed.
- Graeme Virtue
Disc of the week
Hannibal – Series 1 Blu-ray review
Hannibal is one of the unexpected recent highlights of U.S. TV crime drama. Inspired by Thomas Harris’ series of novels featuring the urbane maniac Hannibal Lector, the show reinvigorates a tired brand in a wholly enthralling way – and in a manner that’s not for the squeamish.
Hannibal is actually a prequel to the first Harris book to feature Lector, Red Dragon. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), an almost supernaturally gifted but psychologically fragile profiler and instructor at the FBI’s Quantico training facility, is drafted by Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), head of the Behavioural Science Unit, to assist with difficult cases. Crawford is well aware of the danger he exposes Graham to by asking him to immerse himself in the minds of killers, so he enlists the assistance of psychiatrist Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelson) to monitor Graham’s mental state »
- Adam Lowes
Instead of heaps of more images and character posters it seems Lionsgate is satisfied this time around to simply chuck on all The Quarter Quell participants onto one single new banner for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. It comes less than 2 months ahead of its 22 November opening and features Jennifer Lawrence ('Silver Linings Playbook') and Josh Hutcherson ('Red Dawn') amongst many others. The Francis Lawrence helmed sci-fi action sequel also stars Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson ('Seven Psychopaths'), Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Red Dragon'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Jena Malone ('The Ruins'), Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Donald Sutherland ('Don't Look Now'), Toby Jones ('The Mist'), Lenny Kravitz and many more. Check the banner below. »
The star of no less than four Thomas Harris novels and five big screen outings (the last, 2007's Hannibal Rising, a commercial and critical flop), refined psychiatrist turned cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter now makes his TV series debut with NBC's Bryan Fuller-produced Hannibal. Loosely based on Harris' inaugural Lecter offering Red Dragon - also the inspiration for Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986) and Brett Ratner's inferior 2002 film - Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen picks up the masochist mantle from Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins and Gaspard Ulliel before him, with suitably chilling results.
Psychologically battered and bruised following the successful apprehension of sadistic local serial killer 'the Minnesota Shrike', unhinged criminal profiler Will Graham (British actor Hugh Dancy) threatens to walk away from his role at the FBI. However, when a copycat psychopath begins to build upon the Shrike's bloody body of work, Jack Crawford (an authoritative Laurence Fishburne »
- CineVue UK
Rick and Louis walk off into the mist; Indy and his friends ride off into the sunset; Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock get it on in a crashed train. We all love a great movie ending. A tight, iconic moment can seal an already cracking film in the pantheon of classics.
Even when an ending has a slightly confusing element we’re still happy to overlook it – what compelled Bruce Willis to ignore the table in front of the door in The Sixth Sense? But what’s hard to ignore are endings that leave you with a hanging question. The credits may roll for the audience, but life goes on for the characters, leaving in-movie-world time for confusing plot holes to unravel.
Here are thirteen of these awkward moments that must have happened after the end of famous movies. These endings are far from airtight and ill thought out decisions »
- Alex Leadbeater
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