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‘Mindhunter’: The David Fincher Look is All About Power and Control

‘Mindhunter’: The David Fincher Look is All About Power and Control
David Fincher brilliantly pushes his cinematic formalism in “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s 10-episode crime drama that explores the FBI’s fledgling Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, in the late ’70s. But, for the dialogue-heavy creepy interrogations with imprisoned serial killers by agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), executive producer/co-director Fincher manages to visually convey constant power shifts.

“It’s about control and dominance and also about misogyny,” Fincher said. “People forget that this goes all the way back to Jack the Ripper.”

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And Fincher’s collaboration with production designer Steve Arnold (“House of Cards”) and gaffer-turned cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt (“Mad Men”) was crucial to the authentic ’70s look and dynamic blocking of the interrogation scenes, particularly those involving Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton), who captivates and mentors Holden.

Visualizing a Walk and Talk

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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in May 2018

Netflix has confirmed that a slew of new original series will be debuting on the streaming service in May, including “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” who is fresh from her controversial stint as host of the White House correspondents dinner. There will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including the final episodes of “Scandal.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the Oscar-winning “Coco.”

Of the new Netflix originals, several stand out as particularly binge-worthy, including the fourth season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the sophomore edition of the TV version of “Dear White People.” And there are two episodes of the new David Letterman talk show with guests Tina Fey and Howard Stern.

Television (New To Netflix)

May 1

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Simon: Season 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-v: Season 2

May 3

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

May 4

A Little
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Movies New to Netflix in May: ‘Coco,’ ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army,’ ‘Amélie,’ and More

Spring is in the air, and with it the sweet smell of fresh new Netflix movies. The streaming giant announced a slew of fresh content arriving to the site in May, and there is plenty to keep you entertained as the weather starts to turn. Though we have to wait almost the entire month, the most exciting addition is Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” on May 29. Fo those who missed it in theaters, the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature will surely find a whole new audience once it’s available to stream.

Keeping up with this year’s Oscar winners, “Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” arrives next month, as well as Agnès Varda’s Oscar nominated documentary “Faces Places.” Other standouts include intimate gay drama “God’s Own Country,” as well as “Amélie,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.
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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in May 2018: ‘Coco’, ‘Trollhunters: Part 3’ & More!

It's another month full of comings and goings at Netflix! There's the latest crop of The CW shows, of course, like Arrow, Riverdale and The Flash, along with Netflix original TV series like Trollhunters, Dear White People: Volume 2, and Bill Nye Saves the World. There are also debuts for original series and specials starring such famed and acclaimed celebrities as Carol Burnett, John Mulaney, David Letterman, Ali Wong, Joel McHale, Tig Notaro, and Steve Martin and Martin Short. On the movie side of things, classics like Amelie, Red Dragon, Shrek, Scream 2, Mamma Mia!, and the new, …
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Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Director Tom Verica (‘For the People’) was inspired by Sidney Lumet for story of attorneys ‘thrust into the federal justice system’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
In the new Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama “For the People,” executive producer and director Tom Verica uses art direction and cinematography to “take the viewer on a journey of what these first-year attorneys are up against.” Created by Paul William Davies, this freshman ABC series starring Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Anna Deavere Smith and Vondie Curtis-Hall centers on a group of young lawyers who arrive in New York’s Southern District Federal Court, more ominously known as “The Mother Court.” Verica, who serves as the producing director, wanted to “create these anthem-like frames and spaces” to “bring forth what one’s experience might be when they’re suddenly thrust into the federal justice system.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Verica above.

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Verica’s direction of the pilot episode was influenced by legendary film and television director Sidney Lumet,
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Warners Bros. Cuts Final Ties With Brett Ratner, Won’t Renew $450-Million Co-Financing Deal

Warners Bros. Cuts Final Ties With Brett Ratner, Won’t Renew $450-Million Co-Financing Deal
Warners Bros. will not renew a $450-million co-financing deal with disgraced director-producer Brett Ratner, cutting final ties with RatPac-Dune Entertainment after half a dozen women came forward last fall to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Already, the studio opted not to renew a first-look deal with Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment after the allegations first surfaced in the Los Angeles Times last November. Several women, including actress Olivia Munn, accused the prolific director of sexual misbehavior. The allegations included claims that Ratner had masturbated in front of actresses and forced one to perform oral sex on him. He has strenuously denied all the accusations.

Struck in 2013, the co-financing pact had been scheduled to expire this spring and financed more than 70 films. “Rampage,” the monster-smash action feature opening this weekend starring Dwayne Johnson, is the last movie co-financed with RatPac-Dune Entertainment.

The news of the deal not being renewed was first reported
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‘Blue Planet II’ Team on New Characters, New Technology, Same Inspiring Ocean

In 2001 BBC America launched “The Blue Planet” to explore the inner depths of the world’s oceans and introduce audiences to a number of “characters” in the sea creatures that call those oceans their home. The world sat up and took notice — from England’s prime minister, who tweeted about the show, to the United Nations, who started a task force to tackle marine plastics. The show was nominated for five Emmys and won two. And now, more than a decade and a half later, BBC America is back at it again with “Blue Planet II.”

“Ninety-percent of the ocean is unexplored, so there’s so much more to do,” producer Mark Brownlow tells Variety.

This time around, Brownlow and fellow producers James Honeyborne and Orla Doherty set out with the explicit goal of looking for stories that were new and exciting and perhaps even pioneering.

“A year before we had our entire team out there talking
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Silver Sable and Black Cat Movie Shoots in Mexico This Spring?

We haven't heard much about Sony's Silver and Black Spider-Man spin-off lately, with the studio shifting the release date from October 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019. Filming is expected to begin sometime this year, but today we have more details about the production, including when and where principal photography is slated to take place. While the movie's primary production hub will be in Atlanta, there will also be a number of scenes shot in Mexico.

Back in May, there was a report that leaked new Silver and Black story details, which revealed that part of the story is set in the dangerous area known as "Triple Frontier," an area bordering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, where the Black Cat is hiding out after stealing valuable information from the government. Since that area is still quite dangerous to this day, it is believed that this Mexico shoot could be doubling for that area. The
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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey

The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the scariest serial killer on TV? You define “scary.” Old and current shows fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Landry from “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

Ok, so he wasn’t necessarily a serial killer, but “Nip/Tuck’s” The Carver gave me a serious case of the scareds. After his first appearance near the end of Season 2, the porcelain-masked serial-slashing maniac who was all about slicing up hot people (because “beauty is a curse,” of course!) ran amok in Season 3 and the amount of series-regular characters he went after was kind of unprecedented. All of the leads
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This Is Why Mindhunter Feels Just Like Silence of the Lambs

Image Source: Netflix If you're into the serial killer genre, your next favorite show is bound to be Netflix's psychological thriller Mindhunter, which is about two FBI agents who interview serial killers in order to gain insight into how the minds of these kinds of murderers work. If you think that sounds an awful lot like the plot of an Oscar-winning film or an Emmy-nominated TV show, you'd be right. So just what kind of connection does Mindhunter have to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal? The four books in the Hannibal Lecter series were written by Thomas Harris between 1981 and 2006. In them, one recurring character is Jack Crawford, the agent in charge of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, and here's where the connection to Mindhunter comes in. Crawford is based on John E. Douglas, the real-life FBI criminal profiler that Jonathan Groff's Mindhunter character is based on
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October Horrors 2017 Day 6 – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs, 1991.

Directed by Jonathan Demme.

Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine.


A serial killer dubbed “Buffalo Bill” is kidnapping and murdering women, with the authorities struggling to apprehend him. To help the hunt for the elusive killer, young FBI recruit Clarice Starling seeks the help of cannibalistic murderer and gifted psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter to help build a psychological profile of “Buffalo Bill” in the hope that it will lead to his capture.

In last year’s edition of October Horrors, I spotlighted Michael Mann’s brilliant, but underrated 1986 horror thriller Manhunter, the first film to feature the character of the cannibalistic serial killer and psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played in that film by Brian Cox.

I still maintain that Manhunter is the best of all the films to feature Hannibal Lecter and advise everyone to watch it if you haven’t already.
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Hannibal: what might season four involve?

Gabriel Bergmoser Oct 9, 2017

After a premature ending, Hannibal season 4 is looking more like a possibility now. One fan speculates on what it might be...

That Hannibal survived as long as it did is a minor miracle. A baroque opera of a TV show packed with elaborate plot twists, psychological games, gore elevated to the level of art and pitch-black humour, Hannibal never should have been on network television. Perhaps its greatest tragedy is that NBC picked it up without truly knowing what they were going to get; a crime procedural based on an iconic property must have seemed a no brainer. Of course that was not accounting for the ways in which creator Bryan Fuller managed to take well-trodden material to stunning new heights, subverting the text while paying loving tribute to it and all the while forging a path all its own. Hannibal was unlike anything else on TV
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'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Film Review

'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Film Review
The product of three credited directors, six credited screenwriters, five editors and one executive producer who helmed two of the most uninspired trilogy enders in recent memory (Brett Ratner, of X-Men: The Last Stand and Red Dragon), The Lego Ninjago Movie is, finally, more or less the kind of advertainment observers expected from the first big-screen adventure featuring Lego toys. A perfectly adequate family film for kids who love watching things they've seen many times before (which is to say, most kids), it offers plenty of chuckles for their parents but nothing approaching the glee of that first Lego Movie.

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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

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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

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

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,
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Hannibal season 4 edges closer

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

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