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Gary Oldman made a memorable impression on viewers as Mason Verger in 2001’s Hannibal and fans recently saw Michael Pitt leave his own imprint on the creepy character in Season 2 of NBC’s Hannibal TV series. Now a third actor will play the unstable Verger, as it’s been revealed that Pitt will not be back for Season 3, prompting showrunner Bryan Fuller to recast the role.
TVLine reports that Michael Pitt decided to drop out of his role as Verger, with no specific reason yet revealed, though scheduling for the in-demand actor is likely a factor. To fill Pitt’s shoes, Fuller has cast Joe Anderson in the vacated role for Season 3. When Verger was last seen in Season 2, he had undergone a major physical transformation similar to the 2001 film, which will cause Anderson to act under a hearty helping of makeup. Anderson has built a very respectable résumé in his 10+ year acting career, »
- Derek Anderson
A surprising casting change is underway for Hannibal Season 3. Last year’s string of episodes for the most gorgeous show on television introduced the character of Mason Verger, with Michael Pitt wonderfully inhabiting the memorable role. However, TV Line reports that Pitt has opted not to return for the show’s third season, forcing showrunner Bryan Fuller to recast the character. The switch actually comes at a fairly opportune time, as last we saw Verger his face was in a rather…disheveled condition. Joe Anderson (The Divide, The Grey) will be replacing Pitt and filling the role of Verger in the new season. More after the jump. The folks at TV Line add that Hannibal Season 3 will be introducing the recurring character of Cordell, a “quiet, very intelligent and definitely creepy” man who acts as the personal doctor to Verger, so that gives us a brief idea of where his »
- Adam Chitwood
In a surprising cast change, Michael Pitt has opted out of returning for the third season of NBC's "Hannibal". Instead, actor Joe Anderson ("The Grey," "Across the Universe") will be taking over the role of Mason Verger in the new season says TV Line.
Pitt played the character, who serves as the antagonist of the Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal," in numerous episodes of the show's second season. When we last saw him, the character was paralysed, confined to a respirator and covered in a facial mask after Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) drugs and orders him to peel off his face and feed it to the dogs of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
The character plays a part in the third season and so showrunner Bryan Fuller has had to recast. Considering Verger's visage will be either under a mask or shown as a grotesque make-up job, Anderson will only have to nail the voice. »
- Garth Franklin
Mark Ciardi’s newly minted Aspire Entertainment is developing a sequel to recently completed young-adult gothic romancer “Fallen,” starring Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson and Joely Richardson.
Aspire has also hired veteran exec Campbell McInnes as senior VP of feature production and development. He will oversee the company’s film division.
“Fallen,” directed by Scott Hicks, is based on the first novel in a four-part series by Lauren Kate. “Fallen” was published in 2009 and was followed by “Torment” in 2010, “Passion” in 2011 and “Rapture” in 2012.
Timlin portrays a quiet teen who’s sent to the Sword and Cross reform school after she’s suspected of killing a boy. The school turns out to be full of supernatural occurrences, and many of the students are fallen angels.
Silver Reel financed the $40 million film, »
- Dave McNary
"Who's the toughest actor in Hollywood?" Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training. Grillo's posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo's gloves, Southerland doesn't hesitate before responding, "You are." Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there's almost nothing that points to the fact »
- Samantha Highfill
First his daughter was kidnapped. Then his wife. How much can one man have taken from him?
Liam Neeson and Fox, the studio behind the film, get in on your jokes and put that theory to the test in a cheeky new music video featuring their star who just can’t seem to get people to stop taking his stuff.
The latest theatrical outing sees Neeson’s ex-government operative Bryan Mills accused of a murder he didn’t commit. Relentlessly tracked by the police, Mills attempts to flush out the real killers while he is on the run from the law.
Thanks in part to his first outing as Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, Neeson has become a late-in-life action hero, becoming the go-to guy for »
- Rachel West
When I think of Indian cinema, I immediately think about Satyajit Ray's amazing Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959), the incredible Bollywood film movement, and films that feature amazing song and dance numbers. However, what I never associate with Indian cinema is gangster films loaded with blood and violence. That all changed last week when I caught writer-director Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1. While I'd heard the film was great at last year's Sundance (it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I wasn't prepared for the level of blood and guts on display and the scope of the story. Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 and 2 takes place over the course of a seventy-year struggle between two crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs, Gangs of Wasseypur follows the rise of a family along with the children, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Considered one of the greatest Indian films of all-time, the award-winning epic Gangs of Wasseypur will release in Us theaters this January allowing cinema lovers to enjoy the controversial masterpiece on the big screen. Mesmerizing audiences at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. The acclaimed film is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox) and presented by Adi Shankar (producer of the number one box office hits Lone Survivor and The Grey).
Cinelicious Pictures will release Part 1 of Gangs of Wasseypur on January 16 for an exclusive one-week-only run at several AMC theaters across the U.S. Part II will release in the same theaters the following week on January 23, also for one week only. »
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A new “supernatural drama” is possibly heading our way as the USA Network has closed a deal with CBS TV Studios on a pilot order for “Evil Man,” starring Dallas Roberts (“The Walking Dead,” The Grey) and Clifton Collins, Jr.… Continue Reading →
The post USA Network Gives a Pilot Order to Supernatural Drama Evil Man appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Made for a modest $20m or so, 2010's Skyline ended up looking more impressive that the far more expensive Battle: L.A. in that year's face off between two alien invasion movies. A solid hit, there had been talk of a sequel to Skyline for some time, but as it turns out, we're getting a spin-off instead.
And Beyond Skyline has now made some interesting casting signings. Namely, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, the two stars of The Raid. Furthermore, the pair will not only star in the movie, but they will also be choreographing the fights in it as well. »
As Jaws once cleared tourist-filled beaches thanks to a Great White threat, Backcountry is certain to make outdoorsy adventurers re-think their next wilderness excursion. Yes, Backcountry is the camping equivalent to Jaws, turning a natural woodland predator into a horrific killing machine with more ferocity than the wildest creatures Hollywood has ever dreamed up.
While bear encounters probably don’t turn into a survivalist’s nightmare all that often, filmmaker Adam MacDonald channels every camper’s worst-case-scenario into a gritty, gory, tremendously tense vacation-from-hell genre experiment that puts animal attack movies back on the map. I assumed no bear-centric horror movie would top the opening scene of André Szöts’ never-completed Grizzly 2: The Predator (George Clooney, Laura Dern, Charlie Sheen – tell me you’ve seen this??), but Backcountry asserts its dominance by once again reminding humanity that Mother Nature’s untamed domain can never be accounted for – a primal realization »
- Matt Donato
Based on this Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer, I’m totally in for this “unofficial” Judge Dredd animated web series. Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar backed this web series as a “thank you” to fans who’ve supported the film Dredd. I hope those fans can look beyond their desires for a hardcore movie sequel to see […]
The post ‘Judge Dredd: Superfiend’ Trailer Is Strange and Darkly Funny appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
“Are you a firestarter?” That’s the deceptively flippant question repeatedly leveled at Patrick Wilson’s in-over-his-head limo driver by batshit billionaire client Roger Kairos (Chris Pine), who lands the poor guy – named Kevin and nicknamed Stretch – in a whole world of trouble over one crazy night during this wildly entertaining action farce (simply titled Stretch).
Although it takes a long while to figure out an answer, audiences should already know going in that there’s at least one firestarter involved in this production – director Joe Carnahan. Throughout his career, the helmer has delivered more than his fair share of stylish flicks winkingly infused with genre tropes and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action. Whatever project he’s working on, Carnahan goes at it with equal parts intensity and intelligence. Consequently, he’s delivered an outstanding range of films, some which deal in hopped-up machismo fantasies (The A-Team) and others which work more »
- Isaac Feldberg
To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird
In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »
- Nicholas Bell
After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? Here's the weird red band trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch from the film's YouTube page: Watch the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's wacky thriller Stretch right here. Stretch is written and directed by Joe Carnahan (of Narc, »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan's films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens. Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living. The outlier is Smokin' Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant. Carnahan's latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin' Aces with a grounded, working-class character. The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness. Stretch (Patrick Wilson) is a limo driver struggling to turn his life around. A failed actor and former addict, Stretch owes $6,000 to the Mexican mob, and he needs the »
- Matt Goldberg
Joe Carnahan has carved out an eclectic career for himself as a director. Three years ago he made his best film to date with the emotional and tense dram, The Grey. That film followed The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, movies that are best described as fun. One was an unabashedly over-the-top popcorn the movie, the other a wacky R-rated shoot’m up, and the voice that gave us those two films has now returned with Stretch. Happily though, this is a more consistent and successful blend of sorrow and anarchy. Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson) moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an actor, but instead found himself behind the wheel of a stretch limousine. After overcoming his substance abuse and gambling problem, Stretch is at his lowest point — he has zero money to his name, a job he’s unhappy with, an ex-girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) he can’t get over and the ghost of his »
- Jack Giroux
Now, I’ll begin this by saying that I am a big fan of Joe Hill. He’s a writer with a style that I admire, and his stories are so comically dark and psychotic that I can’t help but get caught up in their effortless cool. When I heard that Horns, Hill’s second novel (after the excellent Heart Shaped Box), was being adapted to screen, with Daniel (Harry Potter) Radcliffe playing the lead role of Ig, I was a little, shall we say, unsure of how to react. I like Radcliffe, but wasn’t sure he fit the image that my own mind had created for the main character in the Hill dark-fantasy-horror novel. Still, I was excited, and when I saw the trailer a few months ago, »
- Chris Cummings
Some horror fans were somewhat let down by 2013’s James DeMonaco-helmed The Purge and the lack of being in the middle of the plot’s carnage. Blumhouse & Platinum Dunes listened to those fans and brought this year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, a balls out, completely entertaining film featuring one intense performance by Warrior and The Grey‘s Frank Grillo as a man on a mission of revenge. While some viewers felt the film’s political themes might have been a little too in your face, others felt the opposite and felt that it was quite important. Either way, one thing can’t be denied: it’s one hell of a horror/action-thriller film that is just as good with repeat viewings (I’ve seen it twice thus far).
Universal is set to bring The Purge: Anarchy home on October 21st in A Bluray/DVD Combo, »
- Jerry Smith
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