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‘American Idol’ Top 12 power rankings: Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence are early front-runners for Season 19

‘American Idol’ Top 12 power rankings: Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence are early front-runners for Season 19
The Top 12 contestants for Season 19 of “American Idol” were revealed on Monday’s episode, following America’s vote and two saves from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. They will perform again on Sunday, April 18 before three more are eliminated heading into the Top 10. That final slot will be filled by a comeback artist from Season 18, hoping to earn a second shot at the title after Covid-19 upended their chances to perform on the main stage of the ABC reality TV show last year.

Just Sam was crowned the Season 18 champ after the pandemic forced the contestants to perform from home each week. Due to her winning, she was not eligible to return for another shot on the main stage. Thankfully, there was time to plan and put proper safeguards in place before Season 19 started so things look a bit more normal this year. So who has the
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Martian Manhunter & Green Lantern Were Supposed to Appear Together in the Snyder Cut

Martian Manhunter & Green Lantern Were Supposed to Appear Together in the Snyder Cut
With a four-hour runtime, Zack Snyder's Justice League is chock full of characters from Snyder's planned five-movie arc in the Dceu. One prominent character that was missing was Green Lantern. In an interview with the LightCast Podcast, Harry Lennix, who plays the role of J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter in the film, revealed that his scene in the movie was originally meant to include the Green Lantern, John Stewart.

"All along I knew that I was going to be in it. It was going to be Martian Manhunter and John Stewart. J'onn J'onzz and John Stewart, as it were, in the movie. But then they made him take out that part. So I did go in later, in like October, to do the scene with Ben Affleck. So I think that was the recipient, that is to say, the information that was conveyed in that scene, [Snyder] just had Martian Manhunter do it,
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Thief at 40: Michael Mann's confident debut sent a message

Thief at 40: Michael Mann's confident debut sent a message
With his first film, the director started his impressive career with a smart thriller that also acted as a bold statement of intent

The biggest villain in any Michael Mann film is Waingro, the trigger-happy loose cannon who bloodies up an armored car job at the beginning of Mann’s 1995 crime epic Heat. Keep in mind, the most famous of all fictional serial killers, Hannibal Lecter, turned up in his 1986 thriller Manhunter, along with a ghoulish stalker dubbed The Tooth Fairy, but from Mann’s point of view, bloodlust isn’t the most contemptible human trait. What really irritates him is a lack of professionalism. The actual job doesn’t matter to Mann – which is why Robert De Niro’s thief and Al Pacino’s cop are set on equal moral footing – but it has to be done with honor, skill and a businesslike acumen.

Related: The Silence of the
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Zack Snyder Almost Quit Justice League When Forced to Cut Green Lantern John Stewart

Zack Snyder Almost Quit Justice League When Forced to Cut Green Lantern John Stewart
The recent release of Zack Snyder's Justice League is the culmination of three years of relentless campaigning from fans of the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League. One of the new additions to the story is the inclusion of Martian Manhunter at the end of the movie when he flies down to have a chat with Bruce Wayne. In an interview with Esquire, Snyder revealed that the original plan had been for the scene to feature a Green Lantern until the studio stepped in.

"The last scene with Martian Manhunter, originally, I had shot it in England. And the dialogue was very similar, but it was supposed to be one of the Lanterns... And then the studio had told me I wasn't allowed to shoot anything. That there would be no film made of any kind. During production, that was a thing they insisted on. And I shot stuff anyway,
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Snyder Cut: 10 Things Only Justice League Comic Fans Know About Martian Manhunter

Snyder Cut: 10 Things Only Justice League Comic Fans Know About Martian Manhunter
HBO Max's Zack Snyder's Justice League introduces a brand new character to the Dceu with a long, significant history in the comics: the Martian Manhunter. Though he doesn't play a major role in the movie, he's been a major part of the Justice League and in DC Comics history going back to the Silver Age.

Related: Justice League: The 10 Most Powerful Versions Of DC's Super Team, Ranked

The Martian Manhunter is in many ways as important a character as the evil Darkseid in the greater cosmic mythos of DC Comics. But outside of comic book fans, people may not know a lot about him or his long unique history through several decades to the modern-day.
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David Fincher movies: All 11 films ranked from worst to best

David Fincher movies: All 11 films ranked from worst to best
David Fincher has firmly established himself as a master of blending art and commerce. It’s especially impressive considering his output has been uniformly dark, moody and disturbing, with flashes of wit and satire thrown in. The Netflix film “Mank” has brought him back to the Oscars in the Best Director category. Let’s take a look back at all 11 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1962, Fincher cut his teeth at special effects house Industrial Light and Magic, working on such films as “Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi” (1983) and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984). He left to pursue a career in directing, making his mark with a commercial for the American Cancer Society that depicted a fetus smoking a cigarette. He co-founded Propaganda Films, a production house for music videos and commercials that employed future filmmakers Spike Jonze, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, Alex Proyas,
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Silence of the Lambs: Anthony Hopkins Reveals His Real World Inspiration for Hannibal Lecter

Silence of the Lambs: Anthony Hopkins Reveals His Real World Inspiration for Hannibal Lecter
It’s fair to say audiences were not quite ready for a character like Anthony Hopkins’ Dr. Hannibal Lecter in 1991. Obviously there had been killers and madmen in movies before; there was even another credible version of Hannibal Lecter a few years prior to that in Michael Mann’s Manhunter. But when Hopkins appears on screen in The Silence of the Lambs, he’s as still as a python lying in wait, yet also as cordial as a beloved college professor. Audiences instantly recoiled… and then leaned in.

Hopkins was aware of the effect he and Jonathan Demme cultivated for the character, crafting a presence both malevolent and benevolent, at least toward Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in the latter since. And 30 years after Silence of the Lambs’ release, Hopkins is opening up more about the process.

In a new Q&a alongside Foster for Vanity Fair, Hopkins revealed a handful
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Silence Of The Lambs' 30th Anniversary: 10 Retrospectives On The Timeless Horror Movie

Silence Of The Lambs' 30th Anniversary: 10 Retrospectives On The Timeless Horror Movie
When The Silence of the Lambs was released in February 1991, the horror genre was just coming out of the declining slasher-sequel craze of the 1980s. Previously unbreakable killers like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Vorhees were fading quickly due to an oversaturation of mediocre sequels and a lack of substance.

Related: The Silence Of The Lambs: 10 Things Only Book Readers Know About The Story

1986's Manhunter, the first adaptation to feature Hannibal Lecter, failed to translate commercially with audiences or critics, leaving expectations for a sequel understandably low. Now, thirty years later, The Silence of the Lambs continues to thrive in the mainstream, generating conversations and comparisons that paint a lasting legacy for the psychological thriller.
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DC’s Justice League Snyder Cut variant covers ‘Unite the Seven’ with inclusion of Martian Manhunter

DC’s Justice League Snyder Cut variant covers ‘Unite the Seven’ with inclusion of Martian Manhunter
To celebrate the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League next month, DC Comics has unveiled three variant covers for Justice League #59 which include our first official look at Harry Lennix’s Martian Manhunter as he’ll appear the Snyder Cut, albeit in illustrated form. Check out the variant covers here from artists Lee Sharp, Lee Bermejo […]

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Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Details and Look Revealed

Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Details and Look Revealed
The new and official trailer for “the Snyder Cut” of Zack Snyder’s Justice League landed last weekend. And while it showed off a ton of new footage, including a brand new Steppenwolf design and our best looks yet at other evil denizens of Apokolips like Darkseid, Desaad, and Granny Goodness, it didn’t quite solve all the mysteries or reveal all the surprises still waiting in the new film. Fans will continue to have to wonder whether a human Green Lantern will make an appearance for a little longer, and there was no footage of Martian Manhunter.

But a new Justice League #59 variant cover from DC Comics, with art by none other than Jim Lee, seems to have given us our first full look at what J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter, will look like in the movie. Director Zack Snyder has long confirmed that Martian Manhunter was
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30-Year Anniversary of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Released on Valentine’s Day 1991: Study of the Male Gaze

30-Year Anniversary of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Released on Valentine’s Day 1991: Study of the Male Gaze
Photo: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’/Orion Pictures 30 years ago, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was quietly dumped into New York City theaters as a testing ground for its wide release. Based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name, expectations for the film weren’t particularly high--Michael Mann’s 1986 ‘Manhunter’, based on the novel’s prequel, was a financial and critical failure (although its artistic merit has been favorably reevaluated in recent years). Of course, when ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ opened to mass theaters on Valentine’s Day, 1991, it became a sleeper hit. For those unfamiliar, a brief synopsis--Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a young FBI trainee, is assigned by her superior Jack Crawford (Scott Glen) to interview Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), an incarcerated former psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, in the hopes of obtaining some insight that might aid in the capture of active serial killer Buffalo
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Hannibal vs. Hannibal? Killer actors Anthony Hopkins (‘The Father’) and Mads Mikkelsen (‘Another Round’) could be Oscar rivals

Hannibal vs. Hannibal? Killer actors Anthony Hopkins (‘The Father’) and Mads Mikkelsen (‘Another Round’) could be Oscar rivals
It’s not often that two Oscar rivals share a role. Granted, Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Another Round”) play different characters in the films they’re up for consideration for now, but one of the best known roles for both actors is the same. They both famously played Hannibal Lecter.

See‘Another Round’ director Thomas Vinterberg took his actors to ‘booze boot camp,’ but the film is about more than alcohol [Exclusive Video Interview]

Hannibal, of course, is the cannibalistic serial killer created by author Thomas Harris and portrayed by multiple actors on screen, starting with Brian Cox in “Manhunter” (1986). But it was Hopkins’s portrayal in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) that made the character iconic. The film won Best Picture at the Oscars, and Hopkins won Best Actor. He went on to reprise the role in the sequel “Hannibal” (2001) and the prequel “Red Dragon” (2002).

That was a tough act to follow,
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‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Actor Harry Lennix on Playing Martian Manhunter and the Joss Whedon Scandal

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Actor Harry Lennix on Playing Martian Manhunter and the Joss Whedon Scandal
When Harry Lennix first signed up to appear in Zack Snyder’s 2013 Superman film “Man of Steel,” he thought he was playing General Swanwick, the U.S. military’s primary point of contact with Henry Cavill’s Kryptonian superhero. In Snyder’s follow-up, 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Lennix returned as Swanwick, who’d been promoted to Secretary of Defense.

It wasn’t until Oct. 2019, however, that Lennix learned Snyder’s real intention was to reveal in 2017’s “Justice League” that Swanwick was actually J’onn J’onzz, a.k.a. the fan-favorite DC superhero — and eventual Justice League member — known as the Martian Manhunter. In the comics, J’onn is the last surviving member of his species; his abilities to change his appearance have allowed him to live as a human on Earth.

In a series of social media posts, Snyder revealed storyboards for a scene between
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The Silence of the Lambs at 30: a landmark thriller of horror and humanity

The Silence of the Lambs at 30: a landmark thriller of horror and humanity
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins gave indelible performances in the Oscar-sweeping adaptation of Thomas Harris’s terrifying novel

“You know what you look like with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.”

It takes almost no time for Hannibal Lecter, the mightiest of all fictional serial killers, to size up Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. This Lecter is not like the passive monster Brian Cox had played in Manhunter, Michael Mann’s 1986 adaptation of Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon. Cox’s version is disengaged, as if humankind were a bore and a hassle, but Anthony Hopkins’s Lecter asserts his serene brilliance and power at every opportunity, which here means taking the scalpel to the FBI trainee sitting a few feet and a wall of thick glass away from him.
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Hannibal: Did Author Thomas Harris Try to Destroy Dr. Lecter?

Hannibal: Did Author Thomas Harris Try to Destroy Dr. Lecter?
It’s appeared for a while now that Dr. Hannibal Lecter–the forensic psychiatrist, cannibalistic serial killer, and pop culture icon featured in four novels, five movies, and a TV show–has been unstoppable. Several of those projects were highly acclaimed by critics and tremendous hits with audiences. And Anthony Hopkins even earned an Oscar for playing the doctor The Silence of the Lambs, which itself went on to sweep the Academy Awards.

So why did it seem like Thomas Harris, the reclusive author who created Dr. Lecter and wrote the novels, tried his best to kill off the public interest in Hannibal–if not Hannibal himself–at the height of the character’s fame? Because that appears to be almost exactly what Harris attempted to do with Hannibal, the third book featuring the erudite monster, which was published in 1999. Less than two years later, the film version arrived in
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Martian Manhunter Has a Warning in a New Photo from Zack Snyder's Justice League

Martian Manhunter Has a Warning in a New Photo from Zack Snyder's Justice League
Cyborg is ready for battle in a new image from Zack Snyder's Justice League. The latest image from the movie also comes with a dire warning from Martian Manhunter, who DC fans have been wondering about a lot lately. The wait is nearly over as HBO Max has announced that March 18th will officially be the day that the world gets to see the Snyder Cut. As for Cyborg actor Ray Fisher, this will more than likely be the final time we see the actor playing the character.

#ZackSnydersJusticeLeaguepic.twitter.com/VBWXYVu9uX

— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) January 31, 2021

While the new image from Zack Snyder's Justice League features Cyborg in full expanded armor charging into battle, it's the quote on the image that is getting the most attention. "There's a War Coming," is the quote, which is attributed to Martian Manhunter. It was previously revealed that Harry Lennix's Calvin
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Tom Noonan on Restoring What Happened Was…, Plans for a Sequel, and Living in Fear

Tom Noonan on Restoring What Happened Was…, Plans for a Sequel, and Living in Fear
While often considered a cult figure for his roles in Manhunter, Last Action Hero, RoboCop 2, and The Monster Squad among sundry others, Tom Noonan is perhaps most deserving of praise for his fiercely intelligent, emotionally lacerating, and masterfully composed work as a writer-director. 1994’s What Happened Was…, in which he is also lead actor, is a paramount achievement, making all the more shameful its relegation to relative obscurity for more than 25 years. This Friday, however, sees the virtual release of a remarkable 4K restoration, to which I can pay the finest compliment one might afford: as a longtime fan I simply did not think the film could look this nice.

I was able to speak with Noonan about the project, where he is now, and—to surprise and delight in equal measure—the sequel he’s written with intent to turn into a feature. As the conversation started we
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‘The Little Things’ Review: Denzel Washington and Rami Malek Team Up to Find a Serial Killer in a Recycled Thriller That Lacks Revelation

‘The Little Things’ Review: Denzel Washington and Rami Malek Team Up to Find a Serial Killer in a Recycled Thriller That Lacks Revelation
The bug-eyed psycho, especially when he’s portrayed by a skilled actor, is always good for a laugh, or a shudder, or something in between. It’s all about underplaying the overstatement. You’ve got to cue the audience to see that he’s cuh-cuh-crazy, but you’ve got to do it with just enough finesse to leave them thinking, “Is it all an act?” Jared Leto, who admittedly has had a lot of practice, knows how to give a state-of-the-art performance as the kind of diabolical screw-loose sleaze you love to loathe. He anchors the best sequence in “The Little Things” (a police interrogation), though another way to put that is that the scene raises the bar to a place that the rest of the movie can’t match.

Leto plays Albert Sparma, a piece of L.A. trash who looks like he’s halfway between a homeless person and Jesus.
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Why Harry Lennix is Going To Kill It as Martian Manhunter

Why Harry Lennix is Going To Kill It as Martian Manhunter
Let’s go ahead and say that Harry Lennix is going to make a great Martian Manhunter simply because the guy knows how to pull a serious face and keep it that way for a long, long time. Smiling on camera doesn’t appear to be his thing with several of his characters, which is perfect since it doesn’t appear that J’onn J’onnz smiles that much either. But the sudden revelation that the character Lennix played in Man of Steel was Martian Manhunter the whole time is enough to make a person roll their eyes since it might have been Snyder’s plan

Why Harry Lennix is Going To Kill It as Martian Manhunter
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First Wave of Honorees Announced for the 4th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards

First Wave of Honorees Announced for the 4th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards
With 2020 coming to an end, the Hollywood Critics Association (which includes Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson) has announced the first wave of honorees for their 4th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards, including Dante Spinotti, Aubrey Plaza, Jo Ellen Pellman, Paul Raci, Nicole Beharie, Cristin Milioti, Sidney Flanigan, Kiera Allen, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross.

Below, we have the official press release with additional details on the first wave of honorees who will be recognized at the 4th Annual Hca Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on March 5th, 2021.

To learn more about the Hollywood Critics Association, be sure to visit their official website.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Critics Association (Hca) announced today their first wave of honorary awards for the 4th Annual Hca Awards Ceremony taking place in Los Angeles on March 5, 2021.

Each year, the Hca presents a series of honorary awards highlighting actors, filmmakers, and
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