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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

16 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.

It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the »

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Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis tease Hannibal Season 4 on Twitter… with a doll

14 August 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We all remember where we were when the news came out that Hannibal, a.k.a. one of the finest shows to ever grace the small screen, was abruptly cancelled. It was disappointing, but not exactly a shocker: From Season 1 Hannibal was not pulling in the viewers that NBC had hoped for, despite receiving critical acclaim. Eventually NBC had to pull the plug on an incredible show far too early.

Desire for a Season 4 of Hannibal has been strong since the day the show was cancelled. Not only from fans, but from Bryan Fuller, Mads Mikkelsen, and Hugh Dancy. Just last week, Fuller teased on Twitter that talks were beginning to happen regarding Season 4, and now a very interesting tweet came from Hannibal producer Martha De Laurentiis:

Meeting of the minds @BryanFuller #Fannibals

Martha De Laurentiis (@neoprod) August 13, 2017

Even without the doll, that is »

- Jordan Jones

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Bryan Fuller Gives An Update Concerning The Return Of TV's Hannibal

11 August 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

The television series Hannibal was a unique breed of network show. Airing on NBC, the show featured thirteen episodes a season, more akin to the cable and streaming model than the typical 20 to 24 episodes each season of network television show features. The show was created by Bryan Fuller and adapted the Thomas Harris novels Hannibal and Red Dragon, more or less. It starred Mads Mikkelsen as the horrifying title character, who brought his own recipe of evil to the role rather than simply imitating Anthony Hopkins' performance; a role much darker than even his villainous turns in Casino Royale or Doctor Strange. Hugh Dancy (The Path) played the lead, Will Graham, with incredible likability. Graham being a gifted criminal profiler who visualized himself committing the murders he investigated to understand the killers' behaviors. It was a fantastic show, truly the same quality as a series from FX, AMC, or Netflix, »

- Nick Doll

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Hannibal season 4 edges closer

10 August 2017 2:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Tony Sokol Aug 14, 2017

Bryan Fuller has reunited with Hannibal producer Martha De Laurentiis for a "meeting of the minds" over season 4 plans...

After waiting an obligatory two years to re-start talks of bringing Hannibal back for a fourth season, creator Bryan Fuller isn't wasting any time pushing the project forwards.

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The show's producer Martha De Laurentiis revealed over the weekend that Fuller had dropped by for a chat - and mini Mads was there to keep a watchful eye on things, of course.

Look at these three, teasing us...

Meeting of the minds @BryanFuller #Fannibals

Martha De Laurentiis (@neoprod) August 13, 2017

Ravenous Hannibal fans were delighted with the news, responding with every possible relevant Mikkelsen gif they could get their hands on, but here's an actual Irl picture of every Fannibal after finding out that a »

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Sci-Fi Emmy Nominees ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Dominate the Crafts

13 July 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Apparently the TV Academy will only go so far in honoring sci-fi when it comes to the below-the-line craft nominations. While HBO’s “Westworld” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” deservedly snagged 12 and 11 noms, respectively, FX’s “Legion” was totally shut out. That’s right: Noah Hawley’s mind-blowing Marvel superhero deconstruction didn’t get recognition for either Michael Wylie’s eye-popping production design or Dana Gonzales’s experimental cinematography. Perhaps it was too subversive for its own good.

Westworld” Rules

With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” out of the running this season, the void was filled by the brilliant re-imagining of Michael Crichton’s adult theme park. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy wisely took a more graphic and philosophical approach to A.I. The brutal sex and violence definitely tapped a cultural nerve.

It’s about beauty and ugliness in this collision of sci-fi and the western. Paul Cameron’s »

- Bill Desowitz

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Ellis & Hamner’s Red & Red 2 get 4K Ultra HD Treatment in Sept.

7 July 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

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Relive the action-packed adventures of retired and extremely dangerous special agents in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Red and Red 2 arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 5 from Lionsgate. Red features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. In the film’s sequel, Red 2, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung Hun Lee join the franchise.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, which provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes High Dynamic Range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range imaging and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, »

- ComicMix Staff

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Sci-Fi and Comic Book Shows Are Getting Serious Awards Attention: How Bold DPs are Changing the Race

26 May 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Call them the Dp disruptors: “Legion,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Taboo.” It’s one thing to be for cinematography to be cinematic, but quite another to provoke. Here’s a look at the cinematography that was used to explore the impacts of tyranny and hate, of societies turned upside down and against humanity.


After re-imagining “Fargo” as a nightmarish crime anthology, Noah Hawley stripped the superhero iconography out of Marvel’s “Legion” by concentrating on schizophrenia and paranoia. Dan Stevens’ troubled mutant, David Haller, proves to be an unreliable narrator, unable to grasp the difference between reality and imagination, who meets the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in a mental hospital and discovers that his psychological instability is a result of special telepathic power.

Cinematographer Dana Gonzales (“Fargo”) liked a story that demanded a shift from naturalistic to heightened. “And there’s a love »

- Bill Desowitz

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Bates Motel: how moving past Psycho made it a classic

29 April 2017 5:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Gabriel Bergmoser Jun 7, 2017

Bates Motel evolved past its early missteps into a series that earned classic status all on its own...

This article contains major spoilers for Bates Motel.

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When Bates Motel first premiered in 2013 it was hard to tell what to make of it. Pitched as a contemporary prequel to Psycho, it borrowed the iconography, set and visual style of the original film while updating it to the present day. Unlike Hannibal, which premiered around the same time and from the start drew a clear divide between itself and the earlier Anthony Hopkins films, Bates Motel seemed conflicted about its relationship to its source material. Hannibal, while certainly including moments of tribute to the films, was very much a fresh adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novels, »

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What Are You Watching?: Who watches The Lambs?

28 April 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

“Closer, please. Closer!”

Hannibal Lecter, The Silence Of The Lambs

When was the last time you watched The Silence Of The Lambs? It’s a terrifically accomplished potboiler, very different from the other interesting Thomas Harris adaptations (Michael Mann’s Manhunter, Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal) in that it’s specifically about evil. Manhunter’s white-clad Hannibal Lecter—or Lecktor, as it’s spelled in that film—might just as well be a figment of Will Graham’s obsession. When Lecter, with his canine sense of smell, mocks Graham’s aftershave (an exchange taken verbatim from Harris’ novel Red Dragon), doesn’t it sound like he already exists in the back of Graham’s head? And how perfect is it that »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Why Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favourite films

27 April 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ricky Church on Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs

Yesterday we received the sad news that director Jonathan Demme passed away after losing his battle to cancer and heart disease. Demme had a long career in a variety of film, from working with Roger Corman on 70s B-movies to powerful dramas like Philadelphia to documentaries and concerts films like Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.

What I consider to be his best film though, as well as my personal favourite Demme picture, is without a doubt The Silence of the Lambs. So much about that film is great – from its cast, music, cinematography – that makes it a memorable and excellent piece of film. The story behind how Demme became the film’s director is just as interesting as the film itself.

Before he signed on for the film, no studio wanted to touch Silence of the Lambs. Many thought »

- Ricky Church

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The Silence Of The Lambs Director Jonathan Demme Passes Away

26 April 2017 10:38 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Deadline is reporting that Jonathan Demme, acclaimed director of films like Stop Making Sense, Philadelphia, and the seminal The Silence of the Lambs has died. He passed away from esophageal cancer in his home in New York City. While no memorial plans have been announced, his family has asked that people support his favorite charity, Americans for Immigrant Justice.

Jonathan Demme is the type of director someone like Brett Ratner wishes he could be. While I wouldn't add him on my list of greatest directors of all time, his work on The Silence of the Lambs alone should put him on the list of best directors of the 90's. Capturing the essence of the great novel from Thomas Harris and adding in the legendary Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, he created a movie that was a tour de force. For a movie that was considered horror as well as being released in February, »

- Tim Jousma

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Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Survival Thriller Arctic

19 April 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group and Pegasus Pictures announced today that Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Strange, Star Wars, The Hunt) is starring in the survival thriller Arctic, directed by Joe Penna. Co-written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, the film is being produced by Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films and Noah C Haeussner of Union, and is being executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Einar Thorsteinsson and Cassian Elwes. The film also marks the first re-teaming of Mikkelsen and De Laurentiis since NBC’s “Hannibal.” Production is currently underway, with Xyz Films handling international sales.

The story surrounds a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue.  However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation. »

- Tom Stockman

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Brett Ratner says Rotten Tomatoes is 'the destruction of our business'

24 March 2017 2:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Batman v Superman producer says popular site stops people from seeing films.

Director/producer Brett Ratner has fiercely criticised reviews aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, calling it the “destruction of our business”.

Ratner, who directed Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand, and produced The Revenant and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice through his RatPac Entertainment label, was talking at last weekend’s Sun Valley Film Festival.

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” he said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore.”

Rotten Tomatoes tracks all the reviews for a film, then calculates »

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Brett Ratner Speaks Out Against Rotten Tomatoes, Rotten Tomatoes Responds

24 March 2017 1:05 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

I hate Rotten Tomatoes today. The fact that they made me agree with Brett Ratner on anything makes my blood boil. 

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with Mr. Ratner, director of movies such as Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Red Dragon, and asked him his thoughts on why films like Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice failed. That film, which Brett Ratner was a producer on, received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%, leading some to speculate that the site discouraged people from seeing the movie.  Mr. Rattner had this to say about the site.

“I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. »

- Tim Jousma

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Key Players Fuel Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment

19 January 2017 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming.

Paul Neinstein

Chief Operating Officer

RatPac Entertainment

Neinstein oversees all corporate business, legal, financial, and day-to-day operations. Before joining RatPac in 2014, Neinstein served as exec VP in charge of business affairs for Paramount, and was previously a partner at Spyglass Entertainment Group. A member of the executive branch of AMPAS with a background in law, Neinstein has cinema in his veins. “RatPac is a phenomenal brand and [founder] Brett [Ratner] is amazing at understanding that, and growing and expanding the brand, and diversifying us as a business. It’s a 24/7 job but it’s highly rewarding and I absolutely love it, »

- Nick Clement

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Crowd-Pleasing Hits Pepper Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Resume

19 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brett Ratner’s rise through the directorial ranks as a helmer of consistent studio hits was swift and immediate. A veteran of the music-video world, his feature debut, “Money Talks,” became a low-budget success in late summer 1997, and would cement his strong relationship with actor-comedian Chris Tucker.

Chris helped me get my job on ‘Money Talks,’ ” Ratner says. “When the original director left the project, Chris apparently said to the producers that he knew this ‘cool white boy named Brett Ratner’ and that’s how it happened. I knew I could work with Chris and that it would be a lot of fun. ‘Money Talks’ made sense because I had come out of music videos, and it fit with what I had learned. It happened very fast. I was 26 when I got ‘Money Talks,’ and I’d done over 100 music videos, but back then, you had to do commercials and »

- Nick Clement

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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Love of Cinema Is a Driving Force in His Career

19 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brett Ratner loves cinema. When speaking with the 47-year-old filmmaker, it’s abundantly clear that movies are unspooling through his veins, and if our discussions felt more like two movie buffs just enjoying great conversation, it’s because of his general enthusiasm for the medium.

“It was always my dream to direct movies,” he says, rarely pausing for a breath. “I always knew I’d do it. I had the drive and the desire. I was determined. But I never knew I’d be making movies of this size, stuff like the ‘Rush Hour’ films and ‘X-Men’ and ‘Red Dragon.’ When I was in film school, I knew I wanted to make entertaining movies. But I don’t think I could have prepared for how fast my rise would be. I was 26 when I got my first film.”

But it was before he’d set foot on a movie set »

- Nick Clement

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