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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening IMAX movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated “Hercules” starring Dwayne Johnson!
“Hercules,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mullan, Issac Andrews, Ingrid Berdal, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann from director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour” films, “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”) and writers Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. It has been 10 days since our last update. During that time the second season of Hemlock Grove made its debut, but most recently three new genre films have been made available. First up is Michael Mann's Manhunter, an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon" and the first time we get to see Hannibal Lecter (as played by Brian Cox) on screen. If you're a fan of NBC's Hannibal, this is definitely worth a look. Even if you're not, it's still worth a look. Immensely better than Brett Ratner's Red Dragon, Manhunter is stylish, creepy and cool.
The post Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 7/17 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Some television shows feel like they're going to be smash hits before anyone's seen a frame of footage; usually because of the writers working on it, the network's reputation with its genre, or the popularity of the actors involved.
Other programmes even feel like they're simply too big to fail; such as HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Walking Dead, which also benefit from having rich source material to mine and a ready-made, evangelical audience.
But what about the TV shows that felt like bad ideas before they'd aired - or even during their debut season - yet managed to overcome widespread uncertainties and grow into well-regarded programmes it's hard to imagine we were ever unsure about?
Let's take a look at some recent examples of popular TV shows that didn't initially feel like they'd work, but proved the doubters wrong...
Expectation: A modernisation of a literary character »
Hannibal Season 2 is making its way to Blu-ray & DVD later this year, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, and an official release date has been set. Mark your calendars for September 9th, as that is when the second season will be available as separate Blu-ray and DVD editions. No special features have been announced at this time, but we’ll update this story when the full release details come in.
“From creator Bryan Fuller, “Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the »
- Jonathan James
The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television. With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs. And with everyone’s lives in peril by the end of the Season 2 finale, there’s no telling who will still be a part of the show, when it returns for a very differently structured Season 3. Collider was recently invited to chat with executive producer Martha De Laurentiis for this exclusive interview about how she feels about the journey of the series, leading up to the insane Season 2 finale, her reaction when she learned of the events of the finale episode, that the sex scenes have to get trimmed way more often than the violence ever does, which elements of Red Dragon and Hannibal she’s hoping to see in Hannibal Season 3, and »
- Christina Radish
Walker was killed in a car accident in California in November 2013, leading to tributes from fans and friends around the world.
The actor reflected on the moment that he learned of Walker's tragic death in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I was driving with [my girlfriend] Lauren when she immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew," Johnson said.
"I pulled over and looked at my messages and had a moment where I just caught my breath. We said a prayer right then to give his daughter strength - because we had talked about our daughters.
"That's what we would talk about. Both of us were divorced, and we talked about the power of being a dad and the strong connection of a dad and his girl. Then once we got home, »
Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal"Photo: NBC When it comes to television I'm behind most everyone in the world. I just can't keep up with everything that's supposedly good on television and continue watching as many movies as I watch in any given week. There just isn't enough time. However, when I like something I stick with it and in the case of "Hannibal", I watched the first episode of the second season the day after it aired back at the end of February. It was largely as I remembered the first season ending -- snowy, bloody, gruesome, metaphorical, etc. However, I just wasn't feeling it so I didn't want to force the issue. So, over the course of the second season I let the DVR fill up with all thirteen episodes and over the last few days I watched those final twelve episodes. I was riveted and love how each »
- Brad Brevet
How great is NBC's "Hannibal"? Here's one way of measuring it. I've spent the three weeks since its second-season finale rereading the Thomas Harris books on which it's based, including the ones I disliked the first time, just for the pleasure of sussing out how showrunner Bryan Fuller reworked and occasionally subverted them. (The way Fuller treats the grossly homophobic character of Margot Verger is a master class in how you can revere a source without being beholden to it.)"Hannibal" shares its title with the third book in Harris' series -- which is also the last one I intend to reread; I love "Hannibal," but I don't "Hannibal Rising"-love "Hannibal" -- but it's set before the first. Should the show get so far, Fuller has said its fourth season will cover the events of 1981's "Red Dragon," which have already been filmed twice, by Michael Mann in 1986, as "Manhunter, »
- Sam Adams
Over the weekend, I was in Austin for the third annual Atx Television Festival, featuring lots of panels, parties and other opportunities for passionate TV fans to rub elbows with both one another and, at times, the people responsible for their favorite shows. As happens at an event like this, there was a lot of talk about TV both during the panels and between them, and one of the recurring questions (even before the screening of this week's episode) was this: How in the world does "Fargo" not only exist, but exist at the level of quality it's at? And that, in turn, led me to a related question: Which show's greatness is more improbable: "Fargo" or "Hannibal"? Now, I'm not wondering which show is better, but how steeply the odds were stacked against each to function as even good television, let alone as two of the best shows of »
- Alan Sepinwall
Brett Ratner has acquired the rights to a very interesting book written by Jon Mooallem called American Hippopotamus. He will develop it into a feature film with Edward Norton set to produce. It's not confirmed, but there's a good chance that Ratner could direct Norton in the film. They previously worked together on the Hannibal Lector movie Red Dragon. This is a crazy sounding true story. Here's a description of it from Deadline:
"Responding to a meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910, two bitter enemies joined forces to try and import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them. Even though Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times endorsed the plan, the fact that you don’t find hippo on the menu shows how well their campaign fared. Key to the movie is the rivalry of the hippo duo, both of whom were spies. Frederick Russell »
- Joey Paur
Just when the wait for a 2015 jam-packed with tentpole blockbuster after tentpole blockbuster seemed like it couldn’t feel any longer, the first images of Michael Mann’s highly anticipated Cyber have hit the web.
The pictures, as seen below, show Chris Hemsworth and Holt McCallany in what seems to be a dockyard filled with shipping containers. It’s worth noting that the shots are vaguely reminiscent (in our minds anyway) of the classic conclusion to Mann’s Al Pacino/Robert De Niro epic Heat.
Not much is known about the director’s latest effort other than it centers on the Chinese and American forces co-operating to bring down the culprits of a large-scale computer hacking scheme. We’re not even sure about the title – a tweet from McCallany suggests it may be called Black Hat now. Regardless, we’re still really excited for the film. Such is the power »
- Dale Barham
We're holding a free screening of a crime classic of your choice next week. Here's a look at another option: The Silence Of The Lambs...
On the 5th June, we're holding a free crime classic cinema screening to celebrate the launch of the videogame Murdered: Soul Suspect. You can find out details of the screening, and how you can vote for the film you most want to see, here.
For now, here's our look back at the first of the films you can choose from: The Silence Of The Lambs.
Nb: This article contains spoilers.
"I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti".
If anything, The Silence Of The Lambs became a victim of its own success in the 1990s.
The phrase "serial killer" is most often attributed to the late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who coined the term along with fellow agent John Douglas as they began profiling and researching murder cases in the 1970s. His work led him to have direct contact with serial killers, with Ressler apparently receiving a painting from killer John Wayne Gacy with an inscription that apparently read: "Dear Bob Ressler, you cannot hope to enjoy the harvest without first laboring in the fields. Best wishes and good luck. Sincerely, John Wayne Gacy, June 1988."
The inscription sounds like it came out of a movie, which perhaps isn't so surprising since Hollywood has been making movies about serial killers since the silent era. Sometimes these movies are about real-life killers, other times they are based on real-life killers or events, or, and perhaps even more disturbing, they are based on nothing but imagination. Either way, »
- Ryan Gowland
Based on the Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris, Hannibal revolves around the early relationship between FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist who becomes an infamous cannibalistic serial killer. Others in the cast of this thriller series include Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park, Laurence Fishburne, Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams.
The series had poor ratings last season but the network brought it back for a second year anyway. The ratings have dropped even lower this time around (by 23% in the demo), making it the network's lowest-rated scripted series. Still, it's been renewed.
Word is that the show was likely renewed because of the unique deal that NBC has with the show's studio. Under the deal, »
Great news, Fannibals! In what is perhaps the most relieving report from the May upfronts, NBC has announced that Hannibal will in fact be back for a third season. Fans of the critically acclaimed serial killer drama were worried that the show wouldn’t make the cut, thanks to its tough Friday night time slot and lukewarm ratings. However, Variety reports that the hardcore fanbase and international appeal helped to get it renewed.
Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal is one of the darkest and most unique shows on television, thanks to an unnerving visual style and deeply psychological storylines. The series itself is an adaptation of Red Dragon, the first of the Hannibal Lecter novels by Thomas Harris, but often strays from the source material. Instead, it tells a compelling and twisty story that cares more about the relationship between its titular cannibal and FBI special agent Will Graham, than about Hannibal’s origins. »
- James Garcia
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The film gathers a bunch of stars, led by Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman) as Gustave H., the legendary concierge at the famous European hotel. Inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig, the movie follows Gustave’s many adventures with the lobby boy (Tony Revolori, The Perfect Game) who becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend.
Together they must hold the hotel together amidst the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting, battle for an enormous family fortune and a changing Continent between two wars.
Rated R, the rest of the cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel also includes F. Murray Abraham (Inside Llewyn Davis), Adrien Brody (Wrecked), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), Harvey Keitel (The Last Godfather »
NBC’s dark drama/horror series Hannibal continues to be one of the most consistently gorgeous and unsettling shows on TV. Though the series is based on characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller has carved out a distinctly separate path for the story, led by fantastic performances from Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkselen as the dangerous and cunning Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The show’s current second season has only gotten more strange, abstract, and engrossing in the best way possible (it’s also the most visually driven series on TV), but the ratings from its Friday night broadcasts are very, very low. The show earns significant ratings gains when DVR playback is added into the fold, but fans of the series are worried that NBC might bring down the axe and withhold a third season. We recently spoke with Fuller about the »
- Adam Chitwood
Mads Mikkelsen, the star of NBC's Hannibal, will eat just about anything - even things the show's enthusiastic but no-nonsense food stylist, Janice Poon, explicitly warns him against. For example, there was the time the actor spooned a heaping glob of lukewarm bone marrow into his mouth midscene. "I told him, 'You can't. It's too cold. You'd need to put it on bread, anyway,'" Poon says, her broad smile somehow audible over the phone as she recounts the story from Toronto, where she lives and works. "And he said, 'Well, I'll try.' So he scooped out a great, huge gob of it and downed it. His head cocked ever so slightly. He faked swallowing, made it through the scene, came out, and spat it right into the garbage." Poon on the Hannibal set; photo courtesy Brooke Palmer, NBC Now in its second season, Hannibal unleashes a level of »
- Lindsay Miller
If there’s one thing that’s true in the television landscape, the worlds created by Bryan Fuller are never boring.
His early writing career includes writing credits on Star Trek: Voyager before he went on to create and produce his own quirky shows like Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and, of course, Pushing Daisies. And, now, there’s Hannibal, which, looking at Fuller’s previous work, makes perfect sense with its intoxicating blend of crime, horror, humor, romance and, of course, sexuality.
Yes, as you know or can guess, Hannibal is a modern-day prequel telling the story of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who we know primarily from Anthony Hopkins’ Academy Award-wining portrayal in the film, The Silence Of The Lambs. In this TV version, which was developed from the Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris, Lechter is younger, »
- Jim Halterman
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
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