Bill Tench looks like he has the world weighing on his shoulders in season two of Mindhunter. The hunch, the looks of worry and distress, you can feel the restrained F.B.I. agent often coming so close to breaking, especially during a stunning scene in which he confronts, not questions, Charles Manson. The character remains endlessly fascinating to watch, as does the rest of Mindhunter.
Season two marks another one of the many collaborations between actor Holt McCallany and director David Fincher, which is a relationship going back to Alien 3. In-person, McCallany is just as captivating as he is on screen. He has such a great voice, so after hanging onto his every word during our interview with him, I left the Mindhunter junket thinking, “No wonder David Fincher loves filming this guy.” Today, he’s perhaps the closest we have to old school actors like, to name an example, Burt Lancaster, sharing a similar combination of authority and vulnerability. McCallany looks and sounds like a movie star straight out of the ’50s, making him all the more perfect for Bill Tench.
I only saw a handful of episodes before speaking with the actor, hence no questions about the scene with Charles Manson, but he discussed with us the Son of Sam sequence, his longtime collaboration with David Fincher, and Bill Tench’s worldview.
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Mindhunter, the new Netflix show from producer David Fincher, continues to have life long after its premiere date. While most Netflix shows have a tendency to fade from the zeitgeist after their initial binge-filled weekend, Mindhunter lingers, with more and more people discovering the serial killer drama every day. With these discovers often comes a question: just how accurate is this show? A new video shows that the answer is “very accurate.”
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Netflix’s new serial killer drama Mindhunter.)
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” -William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
The term “serial killer” is a relatively new invention. Yes, people have committed multiple murderers throughout history, but no one began to really classify, or even begin to try to understand, these types of violent crimes until the the 1970s. You may not be familiar with the name John Douglas, but I guarantee you are familiar with his work. From Douglas sprang the very concept of criminal profiling. His work has served as the inspiration for a steady stream of movies and TV shows. The character of FBI agent Jack Crawford, played most prominently by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs and Laurence Fishburne on the TV series Hannibal, was based directly on Douglas.
Now, the early days of Douglas’ career are given the full dramatization treatment with Mindhunter, a new Netflix series created by playwright Joe Penhall, with David Fincher and Charlize Theron both serving as executive producers. With Mindhunter, Netflix has produced their best show in recent memory, and arguably one of the best shows in their ever-growing catalogue.
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In 2013, director David Fincher helped launch Netflix’s first big original series House of Cards. Now the iconic filmmaker returns to the streaming service with a new tv show titled Mindhunter, about two FBI agents who are trying to solve the unsolved cases of imprisoned serial killers. Watch the first Mindhunter trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Back in 2010, Mindhunter was set up at HBO, but the David Fincher-produced show recently found a new home at Netflix. Following a successful collaboration on House of Cards, Fincher, along with Charlize Theron, is adapting John Douglas and Mark Olshaker‘s book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” for the streaming service.
Anna Torv (Fringe) and Jonathan Groff (Looking) have just joined the Mindhunter cast. Learn more about the television series below.
UPDATE: Holt McCallany (Lights Out) has just been cast as the Mindhunter lead, and new details have emerged about his and his co-star’s roles. More details after the jump.
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Just in time for the debut of the PlayStation4, we’ve got a trailer for the CG animated film adaptation of a game that launched six years ago in the first year of the PlayStation3. The title is Heavenly Sword, and the film began as a trial development between Sony and Blockade Entertainment. The feature started to make noise at Cannes this year, and at the American Film Market it secured distribution for 2014.
The film features the voices of Anna Torv, as heroine Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane as Loki. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
As August inches to an end, the days of having nothing to watch on TV (well — nothing but Breaking Bad) are about to come to an end. After the jump:
- Game of Thrones casts Daario Naharis and Grey Worm
- Malcolm McDowell will teach History 101 at Greendale
- Michael J. Fox‘s new sitcom lands at NBC for Fall 2013
- New Dexter promo image says he’ll try not to kill Debra
- Elderly matriarchs bicker in new Downton Abbey clips
- Watch another American Horror Story Season 2 teaser
- Jax and Clay chat in the Sons of Anarchy Season 5 trailer
- A picnic day takes a bad turn in the new teaser for Fringe
- Speaking of which, John Noble is back to work on Fringe
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Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump:
- NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring
- AMC sets a return date for Mad Men
- Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online
- Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block
- Fox’s Fringe seems likely to get cancelled
- Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Who’s ready for the fall television season? I, for one, am not — I’ve still got a ton of catching up to do, for one thing, and it means the end of summer, for another — but I suspect I may be alone in this. At any rate, the networks would like to remind you to start preparing yourselves for the upcoming season. We’ve got great new teasers for the sixth season of Dexter and the fourth season of Fringe, plus a clip and a poster from Season 2 of The Walking Dead, all after the jump.
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A promotional trailer for the new JJ Abrams‘ Fox series Fringe has hit the interwebs. The new series is set to premiere this fall on Tuesday Nights at 9:00pm after House. What is with Abrams obsession with airplane tragedies? This show has gotten a lot of criticism for being n X-Files knock off, but this new trailer shows something deeper than that. Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments.
Update: We have added the full length trailer below found via AICN.
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Original Teaser Trailer:
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From J.J. Abrams (“Lost”), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Alias,” comes a new drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (newcomer Anna Torv) is called in to investigate. After her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley, “Boston Legal”), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. Walter Bishop (John Noble, “Lord of the Rings”), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Pter (Joshua Jackson, “Dawson’s Creek”) in to help. When Olivia’s investigation leads her to manipulative corporate executive Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, “Altered States”), our unlikely trio along with fellow FBI Agents Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, “The Wire”), Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo, “Oz”) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.