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Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen founded his career with deeply dramatic roles, from Thomas Vinterberg’s thrilling The Hunt to his more recent stint as Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s eponymous series. How and ever, with a prominent role in the Bond universe under his belt, not to mention an upcoming appearance in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the mainstream audience are beginning to get a taste of the actor’s versatility, though Scott Derrickson’s cerebral superhero flick isn’t the only 2016 blockbuster to feature Mikkelsen’s name on the call sheet.
Shortly after the release of Doctor Strange we have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of Disney’s planned Anthology films that hope to expand the rich universe laying at the company’s feet. At the helm of the galactic heist thriller is Gareth Edwards who, fresh from his stint on Legendary’s Godzilla reboot, is reportedly »
- Michael Briers
Despite his lengthy filmography as a scribe (mostly Thomas Vinterberg’s righthand man Submarino, The Hunt and upcoming The Commune) and his previous outings as a filmmaker in the grizzly R (2010) and gritty A Hijacking (2012), Tobias Lindholm hasn’t been part of the make-up of the festival in terms of exhibiting a film there, but the Dane has been present as a creative advisor specifically at the January Screenwriters Lab (2014) and June Screenwriters Lab (2015). Rejoining his muse actor Pilou Asbæk, his third film which Variety called “engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghanistan War drama makes good on the promise of,” and THR suggested that “complexity emerges through a combination of careful writing and a little work on the viewers’ part“) received coin support via the 2014 Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and would eventually land on the Lido in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section. Denmark’s official selection for the »
- Eric Lavallee
While it might not have been as widely praised as some of his other films — namely The Hunt — I found Thomas Vinterberg‘s adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd earlier this year to be a highly entertaining, engaging film. Rather than going further down the direction of star-studded, English-language features, he’s returned to a drama in his native homeland, and today brings the first trailer.
The Commune, adapted by Tobias Lindholm (his partner on The Hunt and Submarino, and a great director in his own right with A Hijacking and A War) from one of Vinterberg’s plays, is described as “a Nordic, dark Scandinavian version of Ice Storm.” It follows a family whose move into a tiny community ends up tearing them apart. Living here, amongst new faces, they find themselves more concerned with what others are up to than the lives of those they know so well, »
- Jordan Raup
In "A War," writer/director Tobias Lindholm—perhaps best known to American audiences as the wordsmith behind popular TV series "Borgen" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt"—follows up 2012's "A Hijacking" by delving into the Danish military's involvement in Afghanistan. When company commander Claus M. Pederson (Pilou Asbæk) is forced to make a terrible battlefield decision, the consequences play out not only for him, but also for his wife (Tuva Novotny) and three children back in Denmark. The film premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, where The Playlist's Jessica Kiang called it a "bruising two hours of you-are-there cinema," and the heartfelt, fly-on-the-wall realism of this exclusive poster bears out that assessment. Distributor Magnolia Pictures will release "A War," Denmark's official Oscar submission, in the U.S. on Feb. 12, 2016. »
- Ruben Guevara
Let me just get one thing out of the way — one of the most underrated and perhaps overlooked movies of the year is Thomas Vinterberg's "Far From The Madding Crowd," so now that it's on home video and digital, don't sleep on it. And the filmmaker, who seems to be busier than ever these days, already has his next movie in the can, and the first international trailer is here, which means sorry, no subtitles. Read More: Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Vinterberg's latest is "The Commune," and it finds him in a different mode from the provocative "The Hunt," and his Thomas Hardy adaptation, with the story following a couple who set up a commune in Copenhagen. "The most particular difference is that I’ve been writing it myself. It’s in more of a sort of auteur kind of tradition," Vinterberg told us earlier this spring. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Press Release: Santa Monica, Calif. September 28, 2015 – From the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies”) comes the final chapter of the smash hit series Hannibal: Season Three, keeping viewers’ spines tingling on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 8th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the series of novels by Thomas Harris that sparked a cult following and major motion picture franchise, the deliciously dark and twisted series brings Hannibal Lecter’s chillingly genius insanity to life.
Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television (in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks), stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy® Award nominee »
- Derek Anderson
With the October 1 Oscar submission deadline looming, Denmark has finally made its choice. Nordisk's Venice debut "A War," written and directed by Tobias Lindholm (who directed "A Hijacking" and wrote "The Hunt" and TV series "Borgen"), follows company commander Claus M. Pedersen ("Borgen" and "A Hijacking" star Pilou Asbæk), who is stationed in Afghanistan as his wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) tries to hold their three kids together back in Denmark. During one mission, in order to save his soldiers caught in heavy crossfire, Pedersen makes a grave decision. Read More: Foreign Oscar Submissions So Far (Trailers) To compete in the Oscar race in the foreign film category, a film that is not in English must screen in theaters (and not first on TV) between October 1 2014 and September 30 2015. (It's possible for a movie like Turkish "Mustang" to be a French co-production that is not in »
- Anne Thompson
War drama to be submitted for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
Denmark has selected Tobias Lindholm’s A War as its entry to the Best Foreign-Language Film Category at the 88thAcademy Awards.
The feature, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival in the Horizons competition, is the story of a Danish military commander who is captured by the Taliban and accused of a war crime when he returns to Denmark.
The national selection commitee selected the film, which was released in Denmark on Sept 10 and is headed for festivals in Zurich and Reykjavik.
Henrik Bo Nielsen, CEO of the Danish Film Institute and chair of the committee, said the committee chose Lindholm’s drama as it believed the film “would have the greatest chance to seize the attention »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Now, Saban Films have announced a December release date for the film in the United States, and the film will go by the same name as the series was given in its U.S. release - "Mi-5". [Source: Deadline]
The story follows a group of West Germans attempting to sneak into East Berlin with the aid of American news networks. Lindholm will write the screenplay. [Source: Deadline]
With just over $440 million in box-office revenue, $350M of which is from overseas audiences, "Terminator: Genisys" has reportedly edged out the »
- Garth Franklin
Tobias Lindholm, whose A War recently debuted at the Venice Film Festival, will team with director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) on The Tunnels, an adaptation of author Greg Mitchell’s upcoming nonfiction book about a group of West Germans attempting to sneak into East Berlin with the aid of American news networks. Lindholm, a writer and director best known for his scripts for director Thomas Vinterberg’s A Hijacking and The Hunt, wrote and… »
Variety reported in October that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct. Lindholm’s “A War,” which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
“The Tunnels” is based on Greg Mitchell’s book about the untold true story of an escape forged by a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks.
The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, who brought the idea to Greengrass and attached him to direct. Gordon and Michele Wolkoff then brought the project to FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder who will also produce. Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation Entertainment and Christos Konstantakopoulos will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
Read More: 7 Hidden Gems from the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival LineupIn the latest acquisition announcement from Tiff, Drafthouse Films has snagged North American distribution rights to the dark Danish comedy "Men & Chicken." The film is written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen ("In A Better World") and stars Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale," "The Hunt") and David Dencik ("Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"). The wonderfully-titled "Men & Chicken" sees the pair reunite for their father's funeral, only to find out that it was not their father after all. The ensuing story follows these bumbling brothers along a wild trip to meet their long-lost family in which they unearth countless comedic and disturbing familial secrets. "We've loved Anders' work since we first saw 'Flickering Lights,'" says Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel »
- Tarek Shoukri
★★★★☆ Thomas Hardy gets a hearty update in the newest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). A faithful adaptation of Hardy's most notable work, this is a film built on realism, bringing the farmlands and estates of Dorset to life in the richest of Victorian palettes. Director Thomas Vinterberg, fresh from the success of quiet Danish thriller The Hunt (2012), and screenwriter David Nicholls have created a period drama centred, appropriately, on a cast of endearing but fallible characters that bring freshness to a classic story. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has grown up on her own. Despite being in the care of relatives, she has formed her own opinions of the world, choosing independence over tradition.
- CineVue UK
Production starts later in the year on Marvel's next production, Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson is directing this one, which has long since now cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Further members of the cast include Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
And now another name can be added.
The latest to join the Marvel cinematic universe is Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his starring role in Hannibal, and for his villain role in Casino Royale (although check out The Hunt if you haven't, a really strong, impressive piece of work).
Mikkelsen is currently shooting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Variety now reports that he's set to take on one of the villain roles in Doctor Strange. The exact role hasn't been identified at this stage. Note that at one stage, »
The D23 Expo over the weekend delivered tons of Star Wars news, including the confirmation of Colin Trevorrow directing the third film in the new sequel series. We also got word that the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, will now be called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rather than The Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
Director Gareth Edwards or indeed any of the cast were present at the show, as they are currently shooting the film over in Pinewood, but an official cast photo was released.
Take a look at this.
Check out the full cast list as displayed at the Expo below.
D23 Expo 2015 – D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. »
- Paul Heath
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, »
- Michelle McCue
Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008's Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let »
Danish performer Mads Mikkelsen has become a familiar face to North Americans over the past decade, whether it’s because of his film role as Bond villain Le Chiffre in 2006’s Casino Royale, or as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal over the past three seasons. Mikkelsen, however, has continued to be active in the Danish cinema industry, even garnering international acclaim for his role in 2012’s The Hunt.
Mikkelsen’s latest Danish feature sees him make a turn towards the comedic, reteaming with After The Wedding scribe Anders Thomas Jensen. Titled Men & Chicken, the film sees Jensen once again take on writing duties, as well as returning to the director’s chair for the first time since 2005. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
Gabriel and Elias are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Recently, NBC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hannibal" episode 9 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "And The Woman Clothed In Sun," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense stuff go down as a vicious serial killer becomes the focus of a major FBI hunt, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Will Faces Hannibal As The Hunt For A New Serial Killer Heats Up. Press release number 2: The FBI's search for elusive serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) is going to intensify as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) begins envisioning himself in Dolarhyde's tormented psyche. Wading deeper into dangerous territory, Will is going to enlist the help of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to assist with the killer's profile. In the meantime, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is going to remind Will that the last time that he and »
- Andre Braddox
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