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Whoa: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter On NBC's 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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We've sort of been on the fence about the idea of bringing Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" to the small screen (particularly on network TV), but so far the production has been making all the right moves. Intriguingly, instead of jumping to right to the cannibal we know from "Silence Of The Lambs," the show will follow Hannibal Lecter – prior to his incarceration and working as a practicing psychiatrist – solving crimes alongside Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy), Lecter’s FBI partner. And now they've landed one helluva actor for the title role.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Wins Palme d'Or At Cannes; Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills' Other Big Winner At Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2012 2:11 PM
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On rainy evening in the south of France, Nanni Moretti and rest of the Cannes Film Festival jury gathered at the Lumiere theater for a star-studded ceremony to hand out the awards for this year's fest. And there were some big surprises in store.

'Iron Man 3' Gets Villain Firepower Courtesy Of Ashley Hamilton While Jon Favreau Returns; Mads Mikkelsen Is 'Thor 2' Baddie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 7:49 PM
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The son of George Hamilton, stepson of Rod Stewart, former competitor on "Dancing With The Stars" and a correspondent on "Extra"....listen, we know Marvel is thrifty, but this is pretty ridiclous...

Mads Mikkelsen To 'Move On' With Asger Leth, Agyness Deyn & Peter Mullan Lead Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 10:39 AM
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Versatile Danish thesp Mads Mikkelsen is set to team with "Man On A Ledge" helmer Asger Leth for road film "Move On." Developed by Matt Greenhalgh (screenwriter of "Control" and "Nowhere Boy"), the story begins with a flawed hero, stepping off a boat in Rotterdam before traveling across Europe to deliver a mysterious silver suitcase. Lensing will take the production across eight different countries in a hectic 30-day chronological shoot, and will unusually involve the participation of film fans from 11 countries in areas such as casting, location and props. More details can be found at the film's website, but each country's shoot will make up a 5-8 minute segment of the movie, with a shoot commencing this summer before a September unveiling. [ScreenDaily]

First Images & 3 Clips From Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 10, 2012 9:16 AM
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One of the biggest surprises in the Cannes lineup was the return of Dogme 95 co-founder and Lars von Trier cohort Thomas Vinterberg. Not only because his partner-in-crime was handed a persona non grata last year, but also because the helmer has more or less failed to live up to his first Dogme work, "Festen," despite high-profile efforts such as "It's All About Love" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn and Claire Danes. But Vinterberg's new film indeed looks promising.

Berlinale 2012 Review: 'A Royal Affair' Is A Good-Looking But Unadventurous Period Drama Elevated By Fine Performances

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 17, 2012 7:12 AM
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Considering how very few people on earth we would rather watch on a movie screen than Mads Mikkelsen, colour us baffled to find ourselves slightly out of step with the rapturous reception accorded his latest film, the Danish-language period drama "A Royal Affair." Premiering tonight in Berlin, the film apparently drew cheers from press (though not in our auditorium), and has, in the few hours since, been hailed by some as the saviour of the competition. The film we saw, however, was a perfectly decent, lavishly mounted costume drama, probably above average for this sort of thing, but hardly earth-shattering and certainly not the best film we've seen so far.

Berlin First Looks: Mads Mikkelsen In 'A Royal Affair,' Jet Li In 'Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate' Remake & Gabriel Byrne In 'I Anna'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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With the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival in full swing, we've got more first look images from various pictures debuting at the Berlinale.

Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen Will Take Part In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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It seems the return of Shia LaBeouf to "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" has kicked the movie back into motion. The actor originally joined back in 2010 and was later replaced by Zac Efron, but last month LaBeouf climbed back into the lead less than two weeks later, and two more actors have come aboard with a start date on the horizon.

'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

'Festen' Director Thomas Vinterberg Teams With Mads Mikkelsen For Drama 'The Hunt'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:45 AM
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Considering that he co-founded the Dogme movement, and made the best of its films, in "Festen" (or "The Celebration"), a picture that's proved highly influential across the last decade-and-a-half or so (David Fincher seems to be a fan, as there are certainly echoes of the film in the trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), it's disappointing that Thomas Vinterberg's career has proceeded in fits and starts ever since. It took him five years to follow-up "Festen," and that sophomore picture, the ambitious, but misshapen "It's All About Love," with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn, was critically slaughtered, while the Lars Von Trier-penned "Dear Wendy" didn't fare much better.

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