The Lego Movie

When the Lego Batman movie was announced last week, we found that it had taken over the release window previously set for The Lego Movie 2. Now, alongside all those other DC Comics and Harry Potter spin-off movies announced or confirmed by Warner Bros. this morning, we have confirmation that The Lego Movie 2 is still happening, and we have a general release window. In addition, read about the following items:

  • Gillian Anderson issues a call to Paul Feig to be cast in Ghostbusters,
  • The Vacation sequel/reboot will have a Freaks and Geeks mini-reunion,
  • There’s a second Woman in Black – Angel of Death teaser,
  • And one of Ellen’s regular guests scores a Magic Mike XXL role.

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One of the best-known phrases related to The X-Files is “I want to believe.” Four simple words with multiple layers of meaning for a show that dazzled viewers for years, but eventually left some unfulfilled. Two movies added to that excitement and frustration, and yet the legacy has never quite soured. Fans have always believed. In fact, co-star David Duchovny still wants to believe himself.

Recently appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Duchovny expressed a desire to play Fox Mulder again, encouraging fans to write to 20th Century Fox and get a third film made. Watch the video below. Read More »

‘Hannibal’ Trailer: A New Vision of a Familiar Story

What does it take to generate new interest in a property as well-worn as the Hannibal Lecter story sequence from novelist Thomas Harris? For the new TV show Hannibal, in which producer Bryan Fuller charts the early days of the working relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter, a few things are obvious parts of the approach.

The cast is on. In addition to Dancy there’s the attention-getting choice of Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Casino Royale) as Lecter, with the addition of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard and Ellen Greene, with Caroline Dhavernas and Lance Henriksen.

And then there’s Fuller’s style, which oozes from this first full trailer. His weird American Gothic approach looks very much like a good fit for this story. We’ve seen the Lecter story told exhaustively on film (in Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising, and the Manhunter remake Red Dragon) but visually, at least, this version seems to go in a new direction. And while the story lends itself to the old procedural format that is so familiar from innumerable TV shows, that visual style helps Hannibal stand out.

Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Lots of casting, first looks and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump find the following:

  • Your first look at Showtime’s new shows Masters of Sex with Lizzy Caplan and Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber.
  • Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon will helm the pilot for the ABC 1980s family comedy How the F Am I Normal?
  • Jessica Lange will stay with American Horror Story unless Ryan Murphy “sinks the ship.”
  • Meet the season six guest stars of Californication, including Maggie Grace.
  • Check out a photo from the final table read of 30 Rock.
  • Emmy winner Margo Martindale joins the cast of The Americans.
  • Billy Campbell is not returning to The Killing.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson joins Hannibal.
  • Watch the trailer for Doctor Who: The Snowmen, a Christmas special.

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From Up On Poppy Hill, co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Gor? Miyazaki, was Studio Ghibli’s big 2011 release. It tells the story of two high school students hoping to clean up their hometown who run up against the corporate mindset of a local businessman. When the film came out in Japan last summer, it was a success for the legendary company and soon after, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy decided to bring it to North America via GKids. The film will be released in November for an Oscar qualifying run followed by a wider release in March 2013. Its impressive English language voice cast has now been revealed. Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

The Muppets star Miss Piggy went on the red carpet to interview all the celebrities and award contenters at the 2012 British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The resulting 8-minute video features off-the-cuff exchanges with Jon Hamm, Chris Dowd, Jessica Chastain, James Corden, Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Adam Deacon, Daniel Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Octavia Spencer, Tom Hiddleston, Viola Davis, Jonah Hill, and more. Watch Miss Piggy’s red carpet coverage embedded after the jump.
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Titles can be everything, and The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet is possibly the most eye-catching film title I’ve seen this week. But is it the best title for a zombie movie, especially one that stars Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Gillian Anderson? That I can’t say (even after seeing Judi Dench cameo as a sort of buxom almost-strumpet in Pirates of the Caribbean) but for a film that seems to be cut from the same cloth as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, one could probably do worse. Read More »

James Marsh is a director who covers a few different bases and does so quite well. He makes excellent documentaries (the Oscar-winning Man on Wire, and Project Nim) and also has facility with dramas and thrillers such as The King and his Red Riding episode. He’s got Project Nim going around festivals now, and for his next project is planning to make a thriller about an IRA terrorist who becomes an informer. Guy Pearce was once attached to a key role, but now Clive Owen will play that part instead. Read More »

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