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Brett Ratner: 'Hopkins asked to watch Hoffman work on his day off'

February 6th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Brett Ratner
Sir Anthony Hopkins was such a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman he asked Red Dragon director Brett Ratner if he could visit the set of the film on a day off - just so he could watch the tragic star act.

Ratner, who attended New York University with Hoffman, has penned an essay about his late friend for the new issue of Entertainment Weekly - and he recalls what a wonderful experience it was working with the Capote star on the 2002 thriller.

And it seems Hopkins shared the filmmaker's fondness for the actor, who played journalist Freddy Lounds in the film.

Ratner writes, "I got a call from A...
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Hannibal Lecter Heading To Television

November 8th, 2011 11:25am EST
Hannibal
Movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter is heading to the small screen in a new TV series.

The gruesome character, created by Thomas Harris in his book series, has been played by Brian Cox in 1986's Manhunter and most famously by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for his role in 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs.

Other films featuring the character include 2001's Hannibal and 2002's Red Dragon.

TV bosses have now revealed plans to bring Hannibal back in a small screen show, according to EW.com.

The website reports executives at NBC are working with Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller o...
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Top 10 Creepiest Film & TV Serial Killers

October 29th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Top Ten Creepiest Fictional Serial Killers
Factual serial killers are scary. The idea that someone might be out there, on a deserted road or lurking in an alleyway, waiting to murder you is a horrible, horrible thought. But let’s face it: most of the time it’s the serial killers who keep you up at night are the ones that live on your television screen.

We’ve all been there: A Criminal Minds marathon on A&E, a Law and Order binge on Netflix instant... sometimes fictional serial killers are the creepiest ones of all. As Halloween approaches, I’d like to catalogue the 10 creepiest fictional serial killers.

10. Nicole Wallace (Law ...
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Top Ten 'Worst Remakes' Ever

August 15th, 2011 7:00pm EDT
Fright Night 3D
With the arrival of the less-then-stellar update of the Tom Holland classic "Fright Night 3D" hitting theaters this week, we felt somewhat inspired to sink our own Starpulse film fangs into some equally frightful follow-up flops. Flicks so bad, so crappy and so obviously a ploy to rape the movie-goer of every penny that even the top studio execs still feel a tad dirty from the fallout. (Or maybe not!) So listen up all you cinema slackers out there (yes, even reported "Oldboy" remake filmmakers Steven Spielberg to Spike Lee – shame on all of you!) because below is a hard lesson on why cer...
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The Best And Worst Of Anthony Hopkins

February 11th, 2010 10:00am EST
The Best And Worst Of Anthony Hopkins
At 72 years old, Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is one of the most well known actors in the world, and his good reputation has been earned with over 40 years of excellent film and television work.

Originally an actor on the Royal National Theatre stage, the Welshman has gone on to be a serial killer, two former US Presidents, a hunchback, a corrupt king, and many more. With numerous award nominations and wins, Hopkins doesn't seem to be slowing down even as the years roll past him. This weekend his newest film "The Wolfman" comes out, so in honor of the film and Sir Hopkins himself, here's a...
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How Chelsea Cain is Eviscerating Serial Killer Fiction

September 22nd, 2009 7:30am EDT
Chelsea Cain
Let's face it. Our culture has a disconcerting fascination with serial killers; the more perverted, maniacal, and heinous the better. Whether on or off the screen, real or fictional, we crave that which we are simultaneously terrified of, death. The more torturous and gore ridden methods ranking highest on the list. We make these figures into iconic cultural figures that blur the lines of reality. Many of the serial killer characters created by Hollywood are built around the personalities of real killers and manage to alter their crimes into entertainment. The name Hannibal Lecter is a...
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Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

September 9th, 2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...
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Anthony Hopkins To Play Hannibal Lecter For A Fourth Time

May 15th, 2009 10:52am EDT
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins is teaming up with director Ridley Scott to bring his most infamous villain Hannibal Lecter back to the big screen.

The actor will reprise his cannibalistic serial killer for the fourth time in a second sequel to the 1991 hit film The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar.

Hopkins also appeared in 2001's Hannibal before starring in the 2002 prequel Red Dragon.

And actress Cate Blanchett has been tipped to take over the role of Clarice Starling after Jodie Foster pulled out to direct Claire Danes in the forthcoming Flora Plum.

A spokesp...
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Chris Tucker And Jackie Chan Return To Theaters August 10 In 'Rush Hour 3'

July 12th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Rush Hour 3
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon), and screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.

Arriving in theaters on August 10, 2007, Rush Hour 3 sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively. This time around, the two must trav...
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Danny Elfman's Original Score For Charlotte's Web Hits Stores Dec. 5; Features Sarah McLachlan; Win It!

December 6th, 2006 4:37pm EST
Charlotte’s Web
Three-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s inspiring score for the motion picture Charlotte’s Web will be released December 5 on Sony Classical’s original soundtrack recording, which will also introduce the original song “Ordinary Miracle,” performed by Sarah McLachlan and written by acclaimed songwriter/record producer Glen Ballard and music legend Dave Stewart.

In the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web from writer E.B. White, someone very small finds that the most powerful force in the world is friendship. In the big-screen adaptation, the characters embar...
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'Silence of the Lambs' Prequel Is On Hold

March 6th, 2006 12:08pm EST
Silence Of The Lambs
The movie prequel of The Silence Of The Lambs has been stalled because author Thomas Harris has missed the deadline for finishing his new novel. The reclusive writer was due to submit the manuscript for "Young Hannibal: Behind The Mask," the fourth book in the Hannibal Lecter series, before Christmas 2005, but there is no sign of his work and the deadline has been pushed further back.

The delay has had a knock-on effect in Hollywood, where movie bosses are keen to quickly commit the story to film, following the success of the four adaptations of Harris' series.

A spokesperson for ...
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