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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 »

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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 »

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Thomas Vinterberg is a name that more people should know, if only for his film Festen (The Celebration). That ’98 effort was the first film in the Dogme95 movement, and was at the leading edge of shooting serious theatrical efforts on video. Shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, who later became Danny Boyle’s regular cinematographer, the film is also arguably the birth of Boyle’s current style.

Vinterberg hasn’t exactly been quiet in the past decade (films such as Dear Wendy and Submarino have made waves on the festival circuit) and now he returns with The Hunt. The film played Cannes last year, where star Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Hannibal) won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a divorced father who becomes the target of accusations of abuse and molestation.

The US is among the last global markets to get the film in a theatrical release, but we will get to see the film later this summer. Check out a great trailer below. Read More »

Kung Fu Panda

Po will be making a few more famous friends (or foes?) in Kung Fu Panda 3. Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson have just boarded the animated sequel, joining returning stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Seth Rogen.

In addition, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who directed Kung Fu Panda 2, is back at at the helm, and Guillermo del Toro will once again serve as executive producer. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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2013 has already seen the debut of multiple serial-killer TV series, including Fox’s The Following and A&E’s Bates Motel. Yet by all accounts NBC’s Hannibal is the best of the bunch. The Silence of the Lambs prequel series has drawn raves from critics for Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy‘s performances as Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, as well as for Bryan Fuller‘s eye for gorgeous, gory detail.

Unfortunately, all of those compliments haven’t translated to very high ratings for the premiere. Which means there’s a good chance, statistically speaking, that you didn’t catch the show last night. Fortunately, NBC has now put the entire pilot episode online for you to enjoy at your leisure. Watch the full-length video after the jump.

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It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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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.

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