First photo of Mads and Hannibal director David Slade

Finally, there’s a nice black-and-white shot that includes the director, [Hugh] Dancy, and a look at Lecter himself, played by Mads Mikkelsen (From left: Slade, Dancy, Mikkelsen). Lecter has been played by Brian Cox in Manhunter; Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and the Hannibal film; and Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising, although we’d all prefer to forget that last one exists.



The 2012 Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, go to director and producer ROGER CORMAN who will present CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL (U.S., 2011), THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (U.S.-U.K., 1964) and (THE INTRUDER (U.S., 1961); Academy Award-winning actress MARION COTILLARD (LA VIE EN ROSE) who stars in TFF selection RUST & BONE; and Danish actor MADS MIKKELSEN who stars in two TFF selections: THE HUNT and A ROYAL AFFAIR.

“At the core of each year’s Festival are the Tributes that allow our audiences a chance to gain insight into the creative process of the filmmakers and actors being celebrated,” said Co-Director Tom Luddy. “We are especially pleased with the balance this year, beginning with director/producer, Roger Corman, who has helped launch so many important careers. Then actress Marion Cotillard, whose early career in French films brought her to the attention of the world’s filmmakers and now stars in both European and American movies. Finally there is Mads Mikkelsen, the Danish actor whose powerful performances have brought him much international attention and increasing audience awareness in America.”

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Shia LaBeouf Dropped Acid On ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’

USA Today interview with the outspoken Shia LaBeouf:

Then there’s Nymphomaniac, the Lars von Trier film LaBeouf just began shooting in Germany, which requires actors to engage in real sex (he says he’s game).

“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” says LaBeouf, 26. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that (electric) chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.”

“Sometimes, it does get real,” says LaBeouf, thinking back to the drug-assisted day on set with Cannes’ 2012 best-actor winner, Mads Mikkelsen, under the direction of newcomer Fredrik Bond. “Too real for a (director) who’s trying to keep a diplomatic set.”

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The Hunt selected for 8th Eurasia Film Festival in Almaty

The Selection Board of the 8th Eurasia Film Festival has announced the movies selected for the festival, reports. The total of 12 movies from Europe, South Asia, Central Asia and CIS will be screened at the festival, the board members said in a press-conference.

This year Europe will be represented by three movies: The Hunt (Denmark, 2012), The Book of Revelations (France-Poland-Germany, 2011) and The City of Children (Greece, 2011). The Hunt took part in the Cannes Film Festival. Its Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen won the best actor award for the movie. The movie’s director Thomas Vinterberg and its lead actor Mads Mikkelsen are expected to visit the Eurasia Festival [not confirmed!, ed.]. The Book of Revelations took part in Berlin Festival and The City of Children gained the title of the Best Greek Film of 2011 at Greek Film Festival in Thessaloniki.

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Mads in The New York Times

A. O. Scott in The New York Times today:

On a muggy May afternoon, the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen stopped in Midtown Manhattan to meet me for a beer and a cheeseburger — a brief pause in the middle of a hectic bout of international zigzagging. He had just been in Bucharest and was en route to Cannes, where he would receive the best-actor award for his performance in Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” in which he plays a kindergarten teacher menaced by small-town paranoia after he is accused of sexual abuse.

Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” the one indisputable masterpiece to emerge from the Dogma 95 movement, a flamboyantly austere cinematic tendency that helped put Denmark back on the world movie map in the mid-1990s. Vinterberg does not consider “The Hunt” to be a Dogma film, which suits Mikkelsen fine. “I was never particularly fond of that whole concept,” he said. “I always thought that if it makes a better film to put up a light, then you put up a light.”

Nevertheless, the queasy, intimate naturalism of “The Hunt” hints at the Dogmatic pedigree of its director. Mikkelsen’s other recent Danish-language film, “A Royal Affair,” is almost the opposite. A lavish costume drama directed by Nicolaj Arcel, it tells the story of one of Denmark’s great heroes, Johann Friedrich Struensee, an 18th-century German doctor who brought the ideals of the Enlightenment to a benighted nation while carrying on a steamy affair with its queen.

Moviegoers for whom Mikkelsen’s name is unfamiliar are likely to know him by his wide-set eyes and down-turned mouth. As Le Chiffre, the suave, sadistic Continental villain in the 2006 James Bond reboot “Casino Royale,” he lost to Daniel Craig at the poker table but triumphed in the battle of the cheekbones. He has done the same with Clive Owen in “King Arthur” and Liam Neeson in “Clash of the Titans.”

“Going back and forth — I’ve loved it,” he said of his adventures in the kingdom of the blockbuster. “I got opportunities to do things I’d never do back home. But I’ve also loved going back home, and getting back to working in my native language.”

“The Hunt” and “A Royal Affair” signal his return to making Danish movies after four years away, and confirm his ability to balance the global and the local. In the Hollywood blockbuster universe, Mikkelsen has become a reliable character actor with an intriguing mug. At home he is something else: a star, an axiom, a face of the resurgent Danish cinema.

A Royal Affair shortlisted as Denmark’s Oscar candidate in the Best Foreign Language category

Three Danish films have been shortlisted for the race to become the Danish Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The films are Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair”, Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need” and Bille August’s “Marie Krøyer”.

The films have been selected by a Danish committee set up by the Danish Film Institute and film industry organisations. The committee will name the final Danish candidate for the Oscar race on 18 September.


The Hunt reviewed in Australia

Hunted: Mads Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher in a small town accused of molesting a young girl.

Vinterberg sees his new film as both the antithesis of Festen and a parallel story. ”It is a parallel in that it is the children who are the victims again,” he insists. True, we see a child effectively destroy an innocent man.

”But in real life, if we say that it’s actually a lie, but this kid to satisfy the grown-ups has told a lie, then this huge illusion appears in front of her. Her mother cries, she is sent to the gynaecologist, someone is put in prison – maybe even someone she likes – and it all becomes true and a part of her memory, so she will suffer in a similar way as people who actually suffer from abuse.

”I find that really worrying and, of course, interesting,” says Vinterberg

He and his co-writer, Tobias Lindholm, decided early on that there should be no doubt of Lucas’ innocence. ”I’m really glad we came to that conclusion,” Vinterberg says, ”because we are already up against a difficult thing, which is that the audience is trained to be suspicious. In fact, you can love your suspiciousness and want to be entertained by it. But we tried very hard to avoid that. Every time we had an angle of Mads from below where he could look like a child molester, it was a red alert to move the camera.”

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Lara Jean Chorostecki joins Hannibal

Lara Jean Chorostecki has joined NBC’s new drama Hannibal.

The upcoming series – based on Robert Harris novel Red Dragon – stars Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down) as his nemesis, FBI agent Will Graham.

Camelot actress Chorostecki will play Freddie Lounds, a sleazy tabloid reporter, according to TVLine. The character – a male in Harris’s original novel – was previously played by Stephen Lang in 1986 adaptation Manhunter and by Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2002 film Red Dragon.

Chorostecki will next be seen in BBC America’s original series Copper and recently filmed a role on CW pilot The Selection.

Her co-stars on Hannibal include Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, CSI) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls).

The series is exec produced by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, who is also overseeing NBC’s Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane.