Director Laurent Duroche has created NWR, a documentary about director Nicolas Winding Refn. A teaser trailer for NWR has been out for a bit, and now a seven-minute segment featuring actor Mads Mikkelsen discussing about his relationship with Refn, and the four films they’ve done together: Pusher, Bleeder, Pusher II, and Valhalla Rising.

As a retrospective look at the films Mikkelsen and Refn made together, there naturally might be some info here that is considered spoilerish for each movie. I don’t think there’s anything that really gives away the details of any film, however. (I believe this clip also dances away from any of the specifically NSFW clips that might have been used to represent the films.)

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Hannibal, the upcoming TV show from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller that traces the early days of FBI Agent Will Graham and the serial cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, has seemed like a dodgy proposition. The show explodes in detail the events that we’ve seen recounted in other forms (the novel and film Red Dragon, and possibly a bit of the film Hannibal Rising), and for the most part has sounded so far like an easy exploitation of Lecter’s iconic status.

But things just got a lot more interesting. Some time ago Hugh Dancy was cast as Graham, and now his advisor and eventual adversary has been cast as well. Mads Mikkelsen, who just won Best Actor at Cannes for his work in The Hunt, and who will be the villain in Thor 2, has just been cast as Hannibal. Read More »

A couple of notable casting choices for upcoming Marvel movies hit this afternoon, and let’s start with Mads Mikkelsen, who is in talks to play the bad guy in Thor 2. We don’t know much about the plot for the Alan Taylor-directed film at this point, and we don’t know what role Mikkelsen will play. Tom Hiddleston will still be around as Loki, but we don’t know how he fits into the story, either. Many questions. We do know that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that Thor 2 will have another big villain aside from Loki, and so now we have an actor to pin to the question mark role.

I also know that Mikkelsen is a great presence, and an actor whose work I greatly enjoy. I was sad that he didn’t end up leaving the greatest mark on Casino Royale when playing the antagonist in Daniel Craig’s first Bond outing, but I can always go back to his great work in three films from Nicolas Winding Refn: the first two Pusher films , and Valhalla Rising.

Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth in his third outing in the title role, is scheduled for November 15, 2013, and should shoot later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, Ashely Hamilton joins the cast of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 as the villain Firepower, and we’ve got confirmation of previous rumors about the film. Read More »

Paul W.S. Anderson won the race to get a new Three Musketeers movie into production. The film doesn’t open until October 14, 2011, so a full trailer is probably a ways off. But here’s a new image from the film — the first official one, to complement the on-set snaps we previously saw — which features Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans.

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In the race to get a new version of The Three Musketeers to screens, it looks like Paul W.S. Anderson is pulling ahead of Doug Liman. Way ahead. Anderson’s film has had most of the cast set, and now is fitting the last puzzle pieces together. Juno Temple is in talks to play one of the last major open roles. Read More »

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How is it that there are competing Three Musketeers movies? Just as Doug Liman is confirmed as director for the Warner Bros. production, which is being fast-tracked to begin production this fall, we’ve got word on the cast for the other Three Musketeers movie, to be directed by Paul WS Anderson for Summit. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Clash of the Titans

Warner Bros Pictures has issued an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography on Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans. I’ve included the whole press release after the jump, and it is actually worth reading because it includes a detailed cast and crew breakdown, and plot synopsis. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 26th 2010.

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