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Brian Cox: The ‘Succession’ Star on the Art of Playing Bastards

It is a truth universally recognized that Succession, the darkly funny HBO drama about a media-dynasty family eating their own, was a slow starter. And the early feint of introducing the series’ most recognizable face in the form of Brian Cox, supporting actor extraordinaire, only to have him lapse into a coma by the end of the pilot did not exactly inspire a tune-in-next-week fervor. Luckily, the sidelining move was temporary. Once the first season found its footing, you could see the show improving exponentially episode by episode; the finale
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Blu-ray Review – Schramm (1993)

Schramm, 1993.

Directed by Jörg Buttgereit.

Starring Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Monika M., Micha Brendel, Carolina Harnisch, and Michael Brynntrup.

Synopsis:

A look inside the mind of a serial killer from the controversial director of Nekromantik.

So Schramm is a film that examines the psyche of a serial killer and was made by Jörg Buttgereit, the filmmaker behind such cinematic gems as Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2 and the cheerful Der Todesking – how disturbing could it be? Well, the short answer to that is ‘very’, as you would expect, but unlike his more notorious movies Schramm doesn’t quite go the whole way -as it were – and leaves a little bit to your imagination, which is probably more terrifying than having it all laid out for you to watch.

What is more like Jörg Buttgereit’s other movies is that there is not much of a story to speak of. The original subtitle
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Original Hannibal Lecter Actor Explains The Problem With The Franchise

Anthony Hopkins might’ve made Hannibal Lecter into the iconic character he is today, but not many people know that he’s not the original actor to portray the cannibalistic serial killer. That distinction belongs to Brian Cox. The 73-year-old performer was the first to bring the demented doctor to the big screen back in 1986. Manhunter, based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, fared poorly at the box office, but has since become more appreciated by critics and fans alike.

A lot of what Anthony Hopkins did with his Oscar-winning role in The Silence of the Lambs can be attributed at least in part to his predecessor. While Cox appreciates what others have done with the character in the subsequent decades after his initial performance, he does take issue with the direction the franchise has gone in.

In particular, he feels Lecter has been given too much of the spotlight recently.
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Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]
“My Dinner with Herve” “originated from a real story,” reveals Sacha Gervasi. In the summer of 1993 the young journalist was sent to Los Angeles to write “a whole host of very important celebrity interviews, the least important of which was an interview with a now-faded French actor called Herve Villechaize.” But the inconsequential chat turned into a five-day discourse during which the star poured his heart out, only to die by suicide shortly thereafter. Twenty-five years later Gervasi wrote and directed the Emmy-nominated film starring Peter Dinklage as Villechaize and Jamie Dornan as a character based on Gervasi. Watch our exclusive video interview with the filmmaker above.

See Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) 2019 Emmy Awards episode revealed for Best Drama Supporting Actor (exclusive)

After shooting to fame as the diminutive sidekick on “Fantasy Island,” Villechaize was fired by producer Aaron Spelling over a salary dispute and quickly faded into obscurity.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: August 7)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: August 7)
As with the award for leading men, the winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars is usually one of the more seasoned competitors. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali won for “Green Book.” He had previously prevailed in 2017 for “Moonlight.” He was the 29th winner of this award to be in his 40s. Sam Rockwell, who won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the 30th, having picked up this prize eight months before he turned 50. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

A lucky 13 winners were in their 50s and 11 more were in their 60s. For eight men, it took till they were in their 70s to win while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were north of 80 when they took home their only Oscars. Conversely, only four Best Supporting Actor champs were in their 20s and just 14 have been thirtysomething.
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'King Lear' Ep Talks Anthony Hopkins' Return to Theatrical Roots, Play's Resonance in Trump Era

'King Lear' Ep Talks Anthony Hopkins' Return to Theatrical Roots, Play's Resonance in Trump Era
It had been more than three decades since Sir Anthony Hopkins last trod the stage in the kind of Shakespeare role that defined his fiery early theater career, and 20 years since tackling the Bard's Titus onscreen. But all it took was a brief scene shot onstage for another project entirely to stoke the actor's appetite again — and in turn launch Amazon Studios' sleek, propulsive, modernized take on the play, now Emmy-nominated as outstanding television movie.

Colin Callender was serving as executive producer of the 2015 film adaptation of The Dresser — starring Hopkins and directed by Richard Eyre ...
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Ranked: 8 superhero movies including Marvel and DC Comics on Netflix right now

Marvel at the fact that Disney, which owns the Marvel Cinematic Universe, may soon remove their superhero films from Netflix once they launch their own streaming site this fall. Therefore, you might want to revisit some of your favorites on this list before they vanish. In addition, there are two Batman films as well as the cult movies “The Crow” and the original “Hellboy.”

1.“Black Panther” (2018)

Director: Ryan Coogler. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker.

This Marvel movie featuring a mostly African-American cast, broke new ground as the first comic-book superhero film to compete in the Academy Awards Best Picture category, one of its seven total nominations. It would claim three trophies — for costume design, original score and production design. The plot: T’Challa (Boseman) is named the king of Wakanda, a hidden and highly advanced African nation that steadfastly guards its most precious resource,
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Oscars: Will Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Face Off in Best Actor Category?

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Oscars: Will Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Face Off in Best Actor Category?
With red-hot pairings like Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, this year’s awards season could again face a classic Hollywood dilemma: Which high-profile actors are the leads and which are supporting?

Last year, Olivia Colman upset Glenn Close to win the Oscar for best actress, but truth be told, Colman wasn’t the sole lead of “The Favourite.” The film was a three-hander with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as Colman’s big screen equals. However, Fox Searchlight wasn’t going to risk splitting the vote, so the studio campaigned Stone and Weisz — who had each already won Oscars — as supporting roles.

The same strategy worked for Mahershala Ali, who won his second supporting actor Oscar for “Green Book” after it was decided that his co-star Viggo Mortenson would compete for lead.

This year, a similar scenario is playing out with DiCaprio and Pitt in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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The Horror and the Voyeur: David Lynch’s "The Elephant Man" and "Inland Empire"

David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and Inland Empire (2006) are showing July and August on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“I am convinced we are all voyeurs. It’s part of the detective thing. We want to know secrets and we want to know what goes on behind those windows.” —David Lynch, interviewed by Newsday, March 9, 1997Whether or not you feel comfortable attaching the word horror to the universe of David Lynch depends on your receptiveness to the sort of terror that springs from the uncanny, from the moment familiar objects and situations take on the sinister glow of foreign, threatening things. To defend Lynch’s horror credentials is to embark in an act of taxonomical defence. For a genre that’s often seen to meddle with and grow alongside the thriller, Lynch’s version further obfuscates the distinction, conjuring up a hybrid that sits in between the two. Horror,
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Meryl Streep to Receive Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto Film Festival

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Meryl Streep to Receive Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto Film Festival
Meryl Streep will receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award during this year’s festivities.

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” Tiff co-head Joana Vicente said in a statement. “Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades; from her early roles in “The Deer Hunter,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” and “Sophie’s Choice” to later films including “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Iron Lady,” and “The Post,” she has portrayed characters that are as compelling as they are timeless. Tiff could not be more thrilled to honor such a skilled and exemplary artist.”

Streep will be presented with the award at the Tribute Gala on Sept. 9 at Fairmont Royal Oak.

Streep stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” which will have its North American premiere at Tiff.

The 44th annual Tiff runs Sept. 5-15.

As previously announced,
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 to Premiere in First Half of 2020, Deal in Place With Creators for ‘Potential’ Seasons 4 and 5

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 to Premiere in First Half of 2020, Deal in Place With Creators for ‘Potential’ Seasons 4 and 5
HBO dropped the trailer for “Westworld” Season 3 during San Diego Comic-Con last week, revealing way more details about the next installment of the sci-fi series from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. But the one thing the action-packed video set to Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” didn’t tell fans is when the show will return, beyond that vague “2020” card.

While we still don’t have a premiere date for you, TheWrap does have a more concrete timeframe for readers than an entire calendar year, courtesy of HBO programming chief Casey Bloys.

“First half of 2020,” he told us in an interview during the pay-tv channel’s day at the Television Critics Association Wednesday.

When we asked what familiar faces (including dead ones) we might see in the third season — apart from the
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‘Heathen’: Catherine Hardwicke Will Direct Feminist Viking Fantasy For Constantin Film

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‘Heathen’: Catherine Hardwicke Will Direct Feminist Viking Fantasy For Constantin Film
Director Catherine Hardwicke will helm the fantasy-adventure epic Heathen for Constatin Film and Prime Universe Films. The project adapts the namesake Vault Comics series that centers on Aydis, a fierce Viking warrior who is scorned by her village for kissing another woman and then, after witnessing widespread injustice toward women, declares a one-woman feminist war on Odin himself.

The acclaimed series by Natasha Alterici weaves feminism and queer themes into the familiar tapestry of Norse mythology, a mix that promises to deliver a Viking film unlike any previous one in the annals of Hollywood. Created, written, and drawn by Alterici, the Heathen comics debuted in 2017 with the help of an impassioned Kickstarter investor community. The comics introduce Aydis, who is born into a time marked by war, strife, and the pervasive subjugation of women, and eventually takes on a mission to topple the ultimate patriarch,
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Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders

Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders
All major fall festivals debut their share of awards titles, but traditionally Toronto is the festival of choice for Hollywood studios seeking a world premiere for their audience-friendly contenders. This year, however, Toronto’s world premieres include studio titles “that are much more character-driven dramas,” said new Toronto International Film Festival co-head Joana Vicente.

She and artistic director Cameron Bailey were especially impressed by three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix’s all-stops-out performance in DC’s “Batman” spin-off “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips. “It’s an original story, not part of the existing canon,” Bailey said. “It does take the character and a lot of the elements that we know from Joker’s backstory. But it’s an original story that allows the filmmakers to go in an original direction. It’s got some real dark tones to it, but it’s just grounded in this career-best career performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
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Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders

Tiff Touts Awards-Ready ‘Joker’ as Festival Launches Nontraditional Contenders
All major fall festivals debut their share of awards titles, but traditionally Toronto is the festival of choice for Hollywood studios seeking a world premiere for their audience-friendly contenders. This year, however, Toronto’s world premieres include studio titles “that are much more character-driven dramas,” said new Toronto International Film Festival co-head Joana Vicente.

She and artistic director Cameron Bailey were especially impressed by three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix’s all-stops-out performance in DC’s “Batman” spin-off “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips. “It’s an original story, not part of the existing canon,” Bailey said. “It does take the character and a lot of the elements that we know from Joker’s backstory. But it’s an original story that allows the filmmakers to go in an original direction. It’s got some real dark tones to it, but it’s just grounded in this career-best career performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
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First look at The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce

Netflix has unveiled a first look image and synopsis for The Two Popes, the new film from Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody) and starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis.

Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.

The Two Popes will screen as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres

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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Hustlers’ Among Big Premieres
This year’s Toronto Film Festival will feature super-villain origin stories, splashy literary adaptations, and Tom Hanks as the most beloved performer in children’s television.

The Canadian celebration of all things movies unveiled its 2019 lineup on Tuesday, and it appears to be an eclectic mixture of glossy awards bait, auteur-driven indies, and populist crowd-pleasers. It’s a bill of fare that ranges from “Joker,” a gritty and very R-rated take on the clown prince of crime, to “Abominable,” an animated adventure featuring an adorable Yeti that’s geared at audiences that are roughly a decade removed from being able to watch “Joker” without a parent or guardian. Bridging that cavernous age gap is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a drama about Fred Rogers that features the aforementioned Hanks as the family entertainment icon. Unless it unveils some hitherto unknown skeletons in Rogers’ closet — before starting an on-camera career,
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Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival

Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers and Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland are among the actors who will appear on screen at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Tuesday.

For its first large batch of programming announcements, Tiff unveiled a star-studded slate of more than 50 films, many of them highly anticipated works from such celebrated directors as Noah Baumbach, Steven Soderbergh, Taika Waititi, Armando Iannucci, James Mangold, Fernando Meirelles, Pablo Larrain, Rian Johnson and the Safdie brothers.

Phoenix stars in Todd PhillipsBatman” spinoff “Joker” alongside Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy. Hanks plays Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film from “Can You Ever Forgive Me” director Marielle Heller based on an Esquire profile of Rogers by writer Tom Junod, who is portrayed by Matthew Rhys. And Zellweger plays Garland in “Judy,” a biographical drama adapted
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Westworld Creators Think Their Dystopia Is Humanity’s Best Chance

David Crow Jul 21, 2019

Westworld showrunners talk development of AI technology, and how it might be better than our "artificial stupidity."

Westworld does not promise a happy future. Set in a distant but tangible tomorrow where everything is synthetic—and luxury is to feign Old West grit—the HBO series predicts a destiny where the best case scenario is we get replaced by the more humane AI we create. Even so, as we stand on the edge of learning exactly what kind of world would invent that AI in Westworld Season 3 (or “Westworld III”), series showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy seem more comfortable than ever with their science fiction dystopia becoming our reality. Hence why the world beyond the park looks so inviting to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Like stars scattered across the ground.

“I like to say that when we started, Westworld was a dystopia,” Nolan says during the
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2019 Emmy nominations: 50 most unforgivable snubs include ‘Outlander,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Julia Roberts and Lin-Manuel Miranda

2019 Emmy nominations: 50 most unforgivable snubs include ‘Outlander,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Julia Roberts and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Once again, the Emmy Awards nominations don’t include a ton of TV stars, including past winners Allison Janney (“Mom”) and both Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”) as well as fan favorites like “Outlander” stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.

We pride ourselves on being able to predict which way TV academy voters will go, but we didn’t see their shunning of the likes of Oscar winners Cate Blanchett (“Documentary Now”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) and Emma Stone (“Maniac) as well as Tony champ Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

Below, we enumerate the top 50 snubs in our estimation. These were the shows and performers that we thought had a strong chance to number among this year’s nominees. Let us know if there are others missing from this list that merit mentioning by sounding off in the comments section.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees
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‘Chernobyl’ Scores 19 Emmy Noms Including Limited Series Nod As Brits Clean Up In Short-Run Categories

‘Chernobyl’ Scores 19 Emmy Noms Including Limited Series Nod As Brits Clean Up In Short-Run Categories
Disaster drama Chernobyl swept up 19 Emmy nominations including a nod in the limited series category, making it the third most nominated show after Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

The drama, which is a co-production between HBO and Sky Atlantic, is up against Escape At Dannemora, Fosse/Verdon, Sharp Objects and When They See Us in the limited series category, while Jared Harris picked up a nomination in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.

Emily Watson scored in the supporting actress category, while Stellan Skarsgard also got a supporting nod. Elsewhere, the five-part series, which tells the story of the 1986 nuclear accident in the Soviet Union, picked up nominations in casting, directing, production design, hairstyling, makeup and prosthetic makeup, writing, cinematography and a raft of other craft nods.

Produced by Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures and created The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s Craig Mazin,
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