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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.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf Will Die For Love In Trailer For 'Charlie Countryman' Co-Starring Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 6:03 PM
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Longing for a beautiful musician, tangling with the Romanian underworld and doing everything he can to stay alive—Charlie Countryman's European vacation probably isn't what he expected. But then again, love has that strange chemical way of altering your horizons, and that is put on full display in the first trailer for the latest starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen.

Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' Starring Cannes Winner Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 11, 2013 8:04 PM
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Like many directors who make a big splash with an early feature, Thomas Vinterberg did not have an easy time of it thereafter. And while we don’t particularly understand the critical opprobrium heaped on, for example, “Dear Wendy,” a film this writer admires, it’s clear that he has not fully lived up to the potential on display in his landmark 1998 film, “The Celebration.” After all, that film not only launched his career into the arthouse stratosphere, it launched a whole movement, and has arguably never been bettered as the definitive iteration of what Dogme should and could be.

Exclusive: Powerful 3-Minute Clip From Cannes Winner 'The Hunt' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 11:22 AM
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In the dead middle of the summer blockbuster season, it can be easy to forget what it feels like to be genuinely moved, provoked and captivated by a film. It can feel like anytime you buy a ticket, you merely have to sit back and brace yourself for the visual and aural onslaught of whatever big tentpole is opening that weekend. But here and there over the summer months, the arthouse has been providing fare with much more substance and power, and one movie that should fill the need for anyone searching for searing drama is Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt."

Watch: 3-Minute Clip Featuring Mads Mikkelsen's Cannes Winning Performance In 'The Hunt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 2:47 PM
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The Hunt Mads Mikkelsen
While arthouse fans have already known about the skills of Mads Mikkelsen, mainstream audiences -- who may have forgotten he was the menacing baddie in "Casino Royale" -- got a full dose of the actor this spring in NBC's better than expected "Hannibal." In the show, he plays the crafty, deeply intellectual psychologist Hannibal Lecter, who has a curious preference when it comes to his meals. But if you want to know just how wide-ranging Mikkelsen can be, just check out the clip from "The Hunt."

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