With his broad, Nordic-handsome face, Mads Mikkelsen is considered one of Denmark’s sexiest actors, but fans in the U.S. mainly know him as the scarred villain in 2006 Bond flick Casino Royale. He’s primed to make another lasting impression next year as a complicated baddie in the upcoming Bryan Fuller-created NBC series Hannibal, filming now in Toronto, starring as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist-cannibal made famous by Anthony Hopkins in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs.
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Oliver Stone has more than tackled — he’s practically smothered himself — in controversial politics on film, from directing 1986′s Vietnam classic Platoon to features about presidents (Nixon, JFK, W.) to Wall Street, its sequel, multiple documentaries on Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and beyond. So when Stone told journalists at a small press dinner EW attended on Monday night celebrating next week’s Blu-ray release of his latest film Savages about his upcoming Showtime documentary series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, he sounded uncharacteristically nervous.
He’s worked on the ten-episode TV series — which premieres its first episode next Monday, Nov. 12 — since February 2008, for four and a half years.
“You can understand, I’m a little bit on edge,” said Stone. “I’ve delivered seven episodes, but eight’s almost done, and nine and ten are still in the process. When you see one hour, you’ll understand the work that goes into it. It’s like ten movies.”
The episodes delve into what Stone sees an under-reported events throughout the 20th century, from the bombing of Japan during World War II to the fall of Communism. He worked with Peter Kuznick, a history professor at American University.
“It started as an atomic bomb movie, because I was born in that age,” Stone said. “We thought it would make a great film, but it would also make a great documentary. … Because of Bush, it was 2008, and I was so upset with the nightmare our country was going through. I decided to expand it to understand George Bush, and how he could get away with this. As crooked as the 2000 election was, with the 2004 election, ‘How could we vote the guy into office for what he’s done?’”
A passion project, the series was a long, twisty road, diverging him from movies.
“It detoured me from my film career,” Stone acknowledged. “I could have done five movies in those years instead of three. But I’ll be back, I hope.”
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Ricky Gervais may have scared the pants off of A-listers as the snarky, saucy host of the Golden Globe Awards for the past three years, but he good-naturedly said Tuesday he decided to pass the baton to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as co-hosts of next year’s Golden Globes.
In pure Gervais style, of course, he threw some pointed barbs in.
“Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,” said Gervais in an exclusive statement to EW. “Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.” READ FULL STORY
No more Ricky Gervais: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The duo will anchor NBC’s live coverage of the program on Jan. 13 from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Fey and Poehler co-starred together in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama, plus worked with each other for years on Saturday Night Live, including a stretch as co-anchors of Weekend Update (2004-06). Now both are stars on NBC’s Thursday night comedy block (with Fey on 30 Rock and Poehler on Parks & Recreation). The announcement makes total sense for NBC, both in terms of finding a pair with natural comedic chemistry and in terms of promoting its shows.
Gervais hosted the event the past three years, drawing some criticism for his jokes being supposedly too harsh the first couple times, and then too soft during his third round. Gervais managed to keep the show’s ratings relatively stable across all three telecasts, hovering just under 17 million viewers. The announcement comes on the heels of ABC tapping Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars next year. READ FULL STORY
Paging Axel Foley! Eddie Murphy’s popular 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop (not to mention its two sequels) is coming to a small screen near you. EW has confirmed that a series based on the film is being developed by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and produced by Murphy.
Murphy will both produce the show and have an on-screen role. He was also a producer on the original three Beverly Hills Cop films.
While Murphy said a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film wouldn’t happen in a Rolling Stone interview last year, he promoted the idea of creating a TV show based on the film. There are few details confirmed about the upcoming production, but Murphy told Rolling Stone in October 2011 his concept for a Beverly Hills Cop show: “What I’m trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I’d do the pilot, show up here and there.”
Vulture first reported the news.
- James Hibberd contributed to this report.
Comedian, actress, artist, and author Phyllis Diller died Monday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95.
“She was a true pioneer,” Diller’s longtime agent Fred Wostbrock told EW. “She was the first lady of stand up comedy. She paved the way for everybody. And she conquered television, movies, Broadway, record albums, nightclubs, books, and radio. She did it all. A true pioneer.”
The housewife-turned-advertising copywriter and mother of six got her big showbiz break in 1955 at the age of 37 when the owner of San Francisco’s now-defunct Purple Onion nightclub gave her a substitute stand-up spot one night. “When I went on, the room went totally quiet and I knew that I had this magnetic thing that you had to be born with,” Diller told EW in 2005. “You can’t buy it or even learn it.” Diller’s shtick — often revolving around her pathetic fictional husband “Fang” and her less-than-gorgeous looks (“I love to go to the doctor. Where else would a man look at me and say, ‘Take off your clothes?’”) — quickly made her famous. She became a legend to generations of female comics (“To a lot of us she was better than Bob Hope,” Roseanne Barr told EW).
CBS has scheduled a prime-time news special in the wake of the tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado.
The network will air 48 Hours: Tragedy in Aurora tonight at 8 p.m. The special will cover the massacre at last night’s midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises. Of course, the murders are also currently receiving extensive coverage on cable news networks like CNN and Fox News.
Turns out, Maggie Simpson makes a rather charming silent film star. Seen here recreating an iconic image from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the youngest member of the family will return the big screen today to star in The Simpsons‘ 3-D dialogue-free short The Longest Daycare, which will run before Ice Age: Continental Drift. In Daycare, Maggie goes back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where she is informed that her future is… “Nothing Special.” She does look pretty handy with a wrench in this promo photo, though. (Okay, someone get her down right now. This is dangerous.) READ FULL STORY
Need a good cry? The first trailer for Lifetime’s all-African-American remake of Steel Magnolias has arrived. In addition to Queen Latifah, who executive produces and stars as M’Lynn (the Sally Field character), the remake stars Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Jill Scott as Truvy, Adepero Oduye as Annelle, and Condola Rashad as Shelby.
Check out the trailer, with updated reference to Beyoncé, below: READ FULL STORY
It’s been five years since The Simpsons invaded movie theaters with the aptly titled The Simpsons Movie. Itching and scratching to see the Springfield clan return to the big screen? It’s happening shortly, in all senses of the word. Served as an animated appetizer to 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift (opening July 13), The Longest Daycare is a four-and-a-half-minute 3-D short featuring a lot of Maggie Simpson and no dialogue.
The plot: Baby Maggie makes a return visit to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, which doesn’t start promisingly, as a machine scans her and determines that her future is “nothing special.”
For a preview of the action, watch the following trailer, which confirms the presence of a butterfly, lice detector, at least one other Simpsons family member, and Maggie’s arch rival, the unibrowed Baby Gerald. Granted, the tease is only about five seconds, but, hey, the movie’s not even five minutes.
The lineup for Friday’s Comic-Con panels was just released, and much like Thursday’s schedule, there is quite a lot to be excited about. In addition to already-announced panels such as Bones and Spartacus, we now have exciting details about the Game of Thrones panel. It will be moderated by none other than George R.R. Martin and will feature Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Richard Madden.
It has been 10 years since Firefly, and Comic-Con is giving you the perfect excuse to reminisce. Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau will get together for a panel that doubles as a trip down memory lane. READ FULL STORY
Comic-Con has just announced their full line-up for Thursday’s events, and there are several fun surprises. Besides already-announced Thursday TV panels such as Nikita and MAD, we now know there will be a Psych panel featuring James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with Psych producers Steve Franks (creator/executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer).
More exciting TV news: There will be a Teen Wolf panel Q&A with cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.
The CW will host a Beauty and the Beast panel featuring stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. It will be moderated by EW’s own Dalton Ross. READ FULL STORY
Your kung fu is about to get interrupted: Adult Swim will unveil its new animated adaptation of Black Dynamite on July 15, and your first peek at the slightly NSFW trailer is below. Based on the 2009 big-screen ’70s-blaxploitation parody of the same, the 30-minute animated series will explore the new adventures of Black Dynamite (voiced again by Michael Jai White). Also joining him from the film are Tommy Davidson (Cream Corn), Arsenio Hall (Tasty Freeze), Kym Whitley (Honeybee), and Byron Minns (Bullhorn). The Boondocks‘ Carl Jones will serve as executive producer.
Cover all innocent eyes and ears in the room and then press play to see explosions, discos, ninjas, people sailing through windows, falling underwear, and more explosions. READ FULL STORY
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