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Ellen Page Joins John Belushi Biopic, Dakota Johnson Enters 'Black Mass' With Johnny Depp & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 4:23 PM
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Ellen Page is getting busy, with a couple projects in the cooker that will be worth keeping an eye out for.

Watch: Get Ready To Rumble With Bloody Opening Fight Scene From 'Hannibal' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 11:00 AM
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Hannibal
Already burned through "House Of Cards"? Trying to figure out what to get into next with only two episodes left to go of "True Detective"? You might want to give "Hannibal" a spin. Though not perfect, the first season of the NBC series was a pretty entertaining and smart piece of pulp overall, led by a pitch perfect performance by Mads Mikkelsen in the title role. And with a cliffhanger ending that saw the tables turned on FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), it's a helluva starting point for the second season. Only we didn't realize just how bracing that kick off to the new batch of episodes will be.

Directors Behind 'Warm Bodies,' 'Brave,' 'A Royal Affair' & More In The Mix To Helm Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 21, 2014 9:24 AM
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Doctor Strange
With the recent trailer for James Gunn’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and the forthcoming Edgar Wright-helmed “Ant-Man,” it’s clear Marvel Studios is pulling from the deep bench now and while it remains to be seen how the casual moviegoing audience is going to respond to a gun-toting talking raccoon in space, the comics giant-turned-movie company is only focused on getting more strange.

Mads Mikkelsen Obeys 'First Law,' 'Troll Hunter' Director Nabs Martin Sheen For 'Autopsy' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 5:30 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen will probably do something awesome in brewing true story tale "First Law." Set to be directed by Diego Rafecas, and co-starring Armand Assante and Adriana Barraza, the Argentina set story follows "two brothers — one under the wing of a shaman, the other working for a corrupt mega-corporation — who must choose where their loyalties lie when their ancestral home faces destruction."

Watch: A Reckoning Is Coming In Thrilling First Trailer For 'Hannibal' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 5:48 PM
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Hannibal
By any rational thought process, there was no reason to expect NBC's "Hannibal" to be any good. After all, how could they bring to the small screen one of pop culture's most fearsome killers, especially within the constraints of network television? But color us surprised that the first season was mostly terrific. Yes, the killer-of-the-week setup is easily the weakest link in "Hannibal," but we're willing to overlook when the writing is this good, the performances this top shelf (yep, Mads Mikkelsen is totally perfect in the part) and that season one cliffhanger? Damn... Needless to stay we're stoked to see what's next.

Watch: Mads Mikkelsen Gets Medieval In Trailer For ‘Age of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 2:28 PM
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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Between winning best actor at Cannes in 2012 for "The Hunt" and becoming America's favorite psychiatrist/cannibal in "Hannibal," Mads Mikkelsen is now at the point where whatever he does, it will likely be interesting and potentially awesome. And certainly, our hopes were raised for "Michael Kohlhaas" when we saw it last spring on the Croisette. But even the greats sometimes stumble.

Interview: Mads Mikkelsen On 'Hannibal' Season 2, 'The Salvation' And The Scandinavian Filmmaking Rennaissance

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 11, 2013 2:21 PM
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A star for many years in his native Denmark prior to crossing over with the villain role in the first relaunched Bond movie, “Casino Royale,” Mads Mikkelsen, attending the Marrakech Film Festival as part of the Tribute to Scandinavian Cinema, has for quite some time now been one of our very favorite working actors. From early collaborations with Nicolas Winding Refn (the ‘Pusher’ Trilogy, “Valhalla Rising”) and Susanne Bier ("After The Wedding," "Open Hearts") right through to supporting roles in Hollywood fare (“The Three Musketeers,” “Clash of the Titans”), Mikkelsen is often the best thing in his movies, even if he’s only in them briefly.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

Review: Adolescent, Overwrought & Incoherent 'Charlie Countryman' Starring Shia LaBeouf & Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 14, 2013 6:03 PM
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"Charlie Countryman" opens up with an arresting image, the titular character (played by Shia LaBeouf) dangling upside down in woozy slow-motion, his face brutally beaten and bloody. As the narrator (John Hurt) explains, Charlie Countryman is languishing in the wind about to be shot by a red-headed girl, and that the young man had to die. And he did it all for love.

Watch: Violent, Bloody, NSFW Red Band Trailer For 'Charlie Countryman' Plus Lots Of New Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 3:49 PM
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Some people go to Europe for culture, others study, some on business and more just to get away. Charlie Countryman probably had some other plans on his list but then he meets Gabi, who has a violent ex-boyfriend. And to be with her he's going to have to get rid of him. So begins "Charlie Countryman," the directorial debut of commercials helmer Fredrik Bond that's making its way to theaters in just a few short weeks. And today comes a pretty electric red band trailer to wake up your eyeballs.

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