Hannibal cast contracts

It is probably too much to expect that a streaming service will swoop in to save Hannibal. We know Netflix is out, thanks to deals with other companies. Amazon already has streaming rights to the first three seasons (the first two are streaming now, the third eventually will be, after broadcast) seems like the most likely home. In fact, that Amazon deal may make Amazon nearly the only possible contender. And with NBC out of the picture, even that deal will be complicated.

Now contracts for leads Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have expired. That means they’re free agents, which means that a fourth season for Hannibal would involve negotiating new contracts, making things even more complex. Read More »

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Hannibal season 3 promo

Hannibal returns for a third season beginning on June 4, and with just a couple weeks left before the new season premiere we’ve got a long new Hannibal Season 3 promo that teases a bunch of new developments in the show. This promo features the major cast members explaining some of where the characters are now, and what’s different this year. “Season three is like a blank slate” says Caroline Dhavernas, who plays Alana Bloom.

There’s also the promise of the arrival of a familiar character, Francis Dolarhyde, played by Richard Armitage, who we see in this video.

Note: If you haven’t seen the second season of Hannibal and are planning to, what follows may feature a few spoilers. (But that’s been the case for all of this season’s promos so far.) Read More »

Salvation trailer

Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green head west in The Salvation, a film that features Mikkelsen as a Danish soldier seeking a new life in the US. But a set of violence incidents with a bad gang leaves several dead at the hands of Mikkelsen’s character, and that in turn sets a brother and gang boss (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) out on a mission of his own revenge. Eva Green factors in, too, though this Salvation trailer won’t give you too much indication of precisely how.   Read More »

The Salvation

Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green are trapped in a cycle of violent revenge in The Salvation. The film is a Danish Western that premieres soon at Cannes. And so, with the festival about to begin, the first The Salvation trailer has just hit, showing what director Kristian Levring (The King Is Alive, The Intended) has done with the standard-issue western tale of vengeance.  Read More »

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The second season of Hannibal premieres on February 28, and to go with that newly-announced date we’ve got a new poster for the show. The first season two poster was wild, but this puts FBI profiler Will Graham right into the position most commonly associated with his associate and eventual nemesis, Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen). That mask is so iconic thanks to The Silence of the Lambs; even this altered version has familiar overtones.

That date means the 13-episode second season will start after the Winter Olympics. Laurence Fishburne returns as Jack Crawford, and Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park co-star. See the full poster below, and get comments from series creator Bryan Fuller about his vision for the grand scope of the show. Read More »

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Has Joss Whedon finished the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which superhero did Mads Mikkelsen audition for? What will the Ant-Man costume look like? Is Ben Affleck bulking up for Batman vs. Superman too soon? Did Chris Pratt read the Guardians of the Galaxy script before signing on? What does Mondo’s latest Watchmen poster look like? Which characters are joining Marvel Universe Live? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, has been somewhat divisive since it debuted at Sundance. Adherents (including our own Germain Lussier, quoted in the new trailer) like the film for its audacious, raw visuals and LaBeouf’s all-in performance, while detractors say that the debut from commercials director Fredrik Bond is more music video than anything else.

LaBeouf plays a guy who falls, hard, for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) while he’s touring around Europe. But there’s a problem. Her ex, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is possessive and very violent. Would you want to square off against a pissed-off Mads? Thought not.

Get a taste of the film for yourself in the new red-band trailer, which is more true to the film than some other looks we’ve had at it in the past. Like Shia’s other video clip to hit the web this morning, this one is not at all safe for work. Read More »

Charlie Countryman

Whether you adore Shia LaBeouf or despise him, you’ll find something to enjoy in the new trailer for Charlie Countryman. He’s the title character and gets to make out with Evan Rachel Wood and hang out with Ron Weasley Rupert Grint, so his fans can be happy about that. He also gets beat up — and kicked, and cut, and suffocated — by Til Schweiger and Mads Mikkelsen, for the haters who’d rather see him suffer.

The romance begins with Charlie discovering that the man sitting next to him on the plane is dead, and only gets wilder from there. If nothing else, director Fredrik Bond, who’s making his feature debut here, deserves credit for coming up with the world’s oddest meet-cute. Watch the video after the jump.

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While most people know Nicolas Winding Refn for Bronson or Drive, sandwiched in-between the two was a film called Valhalla Rising. It follows a mute, imprisoned warrior in 1000 AD named One-Eye (Casino Royale‘s Mads Mikkelsen) who breaks out of prison with the help of a young boy. Together, the pair board a Viking ship and end up in a mysterious land. Valhalla Rising got generally favorable reviews and remains something of a cult classic, despite being a dud at the domestic box office.

Still, the film obviously holds a special place in the heart of the director. While out promoting his latest film, God Only Forgives, Winding Refn said he and Mikkelsen have talked about revisiting the One-Eye character in Tokyo-set pseudo sequel. Read More »