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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."

10 Great Performances That Deserve Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2013 2:19 PM
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As we said yesterday when we were running down the best TV shows of the last year, the season is officially over, and Emmy voting for the 2013 installment of the awards closes tomorrow. Having run down our favorite series, we wanted to turn our attention to some of the performers who've been appearing in them.

Exclusive: Nicolas Winding Refn Says He's Making A 'Valhalla Rising' Sequel Set In Tokyo

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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When we last sat down to talk to Nicolas Winding Refn, he spoke about a project he was developing that would be set in Tokyo. He mentioned a fondness for the Yakuza, suggesting that this film would find him re-visiting a crime underworld similar to that in “Only God Forgives” and “Drive.” But no one could have guessed it would be… a sequel to “Valhalla Rising”?

Cannes Review: Worthy Medieval Parable 'Michael Kohlhaas' Nowhere Near Sum Of Impressive Parts

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 27, 2013 12:35 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS BY ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES
Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ Cannes competition entrant “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”).

First Look: Photos, Posters & Clip Of Mads Mikkelsen In Cannes Entry 'Michael Kohlhaas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 1:46 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS BY ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES
This time last year, Mads Mikkelsen was about to become the toast of Cannes. The Danish actor was on the Croisette starring in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," a stunning morality play, and went on to win the Best Actor prize at the festival for his role in that. "The Hunt" is still yet to open in the U.S. (it's coming next month), but Mikkelsen has gone from strength to strength; he's currently killing it, as it were, as the title character in "Hannibal," which has unexpectedly turned out to be one of the best dramas currently on television.

First Look At Mads Mikkelsen In Western 'The Salvation'; Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce & More Join Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 3:39 PM
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While he's probably still best known to North American audiences as that creepy guy who squared off against James Bond in "Casino Royale," Mads Mikkelsen, perhaps Denmark's biggest star, has made his most serious Hollywood inroads yet as part of NBC's "Hannibal." Believe it or not, the show -- if not quite there yet -- is bursting with potential, a police procedural with Hannibal Lecter at its core and assurances from the creators that the grisly nature of the eminent psychologists true culinary proclivities won't be secret for too long (though they have said that the reveal will only arrive if the show gets renewed.) Meanwhile, this summer Mikkelsen will lead the wrenching Danish drama "The Hunt," (we gave it an A-) which comes from Thomas Vinterberg, director of Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Festen." So what's next? How about a western?

Watch: Intriguing 2-Minute International Trailer Shows Off Much More 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 2:08 PM
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"Game Of Thrones," "Mad Men," "Arrested Development"..."Hannibal"? Could the ailing, struggling, embarrassing NBC finally have a show that people will want to talk about this spring? And more importantly, that people will want to watch? Well, the more we see of the show, the answer could very well be Yes. After a quick teaser last week, a much meatier bite from "Hannibal" has arrived, and we have to say, it looks great.

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