He’s smart, suave, psychotic…and he’s back! Dr. Hannibal Lecter is returning to our screens tonight at 10 pm on NBC in Bryan Fuller‘s new drama, Hannibal.
Somehow, between face-biting and brain frying, we still manage to love Hannibal Lecter, or at least, we love to be absolutely terrified of him.
Today Abraham Lincoln gets reborn on the silver screen as you’ve never seen him before in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! We’re pretty pumped to watch Honest Abe kick Dracula’s ass, but those blood sucking fiends aren’t the scariest part of the movie. It’s downright eerie how much star Benjamin Walker resembles the 12th POTUS! Those steely eyes, the bushy brows, the Amish beard…it’s all there!
Countless icons of the past have been popping up in Hollywood lately. Lindsay Lohan has been working overtime to bring Elizabeth Taylor back to life in Liz & Dick, while Ashton Kutcher is taking a more zen approach to his role in the Steve Jobs biopic. Andre 3000 is a dead ringer for the dead guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and Julianne Moore could practically be Sarah Palin’s twin. If you put those two in a room with Tina Fey, we’d be totally screwed. Hell, even Benjamin Walker has some competition for Lincoln look-alike with Daniel Day Lewis also taking on the role!
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled the 20 most scarily accurate celebrity portrayals of historical figures. Some rely on insane prosthetic and makeup, like Anthony Hopkins taking on the great Alfred Hitchcock. Others like Jared Leto and Charlize Theron just do totally nutty things to their body. And some, like Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, are just born with it. But no matter how they got there, the end result is always unforgettable. Take a look in the gallery below!
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This Making of Psycho movie sounds like it’s going to be a real scream! After all, the news about it so fair has been spooktacular! Also…um…uh….ghosts! Horrible, horrible ghosts! We’ll cut it out for just a second to inform you that Deadline announced today Jessica Biel will be joining the very self-explanatory film Alfred Hitchhock and the Making of Psycho, costarring alongside Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as the famous director’s wife Alma. Ah, we just got chills! The chills that come with excellent casting!
Biel is allegedly set to play Vera Miles, the actress who portrayed Lila Crane, sister to Scarlett Johansson‘s Vivian Leigh. Spoiler alert for those who just woke up from an 80-year coma or who deep below the earth’s surface: Crane is also the character who stumbles upon the body of Norman Bates’ dear deceased mother in one of the movie’s most scary reveals. There’s a joke about finding bones here, but you’ve probably already made it in your head! How terrifying! James Darcy rounds out the cast as Anthony Perkins, the man behind classic movie villain Bates. Haha, now you’ll probably want to murder us for making all these horrible Halloween jokes! Oh wait…yeah, you almost certainly do…
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Scarlett Johansson will be stripping down for a nude bathroom scene once again, and this time no one will have to commit a felony in order for you to see it! All leaked naked pics aside, ScarJo will be shrieking in the shower as Psycho star Janet Leigh in the upcoming film Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Based on a book of the same name, Making of Psycho will feature Anthony Hopkins as the famous director and British actor James D’Arcy as actor Anthony Perkins, the man behind the film’s titular murderer. The film reportedly focuses on Hitchcock’s decision to make a seemingly B-list horror flick at the high of his career, a move that many at the time found highly questionable. The only question regarding this film, of course, is how many seconds it took for them to decide to cast Scarlett Johansson. What’s smaller than a second? A nanosecond? Are there micro-nanoseconds?
Of course, this isn’t the first time ScarJo will be shooting some iconic film nudity. Her underwear-clad booty was the opening shot in Sofia Coppola‘s 2003 Lost in Translation, a image that pretty much rocketed the then-19-year-old actress immediately to the A-List. Leigh’s original homicidal shower scene has long been considered a cinematic classic, so let’s all remember it fondly now before it’s pushed out of our minds by ScarJo’s version of it. Janet…you had a great run.
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Compared to all of the superheroes in the Marvel universe, Thor has an uphill battle when it comes to connecting with an audience. Almost everyone has at least heard of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the X-Men. Thor? Depending on how you look at it, the legendary Norse deity and his fellow Asgardians are either gods…or aliens beings worshiped by the ancient Vikings as gods. It’s a lot bigger pill to swallow than Tony Stark building himself a high-tech robo-suit to cruise around in, not to mention the fact that Iron Man has Robert Downey Jr.’s famous smirk behind it.
Luckily for the executives over at Paramount, Thor manages to introduce the comic mythology to the average moviegoer in a way that feels fresh and fun, rather than just plan silly. And believe me, the film easily could have gotten extremely silly. Let’s just say at least Tony Stark doesn’t require a rainbow bridge to traverse the universe. Despite the plot being essentially an updated version of The Sword in The Stone, Thor succeeds to due the charisma of devastatingly hunky leading man Chris Hemsworth and the beautiful visual universe created by the CGI professionals over at Marvel Studios. You don’t have to see Thor in 3D, but you certainly wouldn’t regret it if you do.
Grr! Benicio Del Toro bared his claws for the premiere of his new movie The Wolfman yesterday in LA. While it could be argued the Academy Award winner looked a little scary clomping around and hiding his bloat behind an oversized suitjacket, the one-time Sexiest Man Alive contender was less likely to make you jump out of your seat than just wonder when the guy last got a good night’s sleep. You know how people are always noting that male stars don’t get as much crap as women in Hollywood? Here’s a chance to rectify that situation. Hit the gym and preserve that sexy, Benny! CGI can’t save you every time.
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The New Year is upon us, and while resolutions and wishes are abound, we’re wondering what’s brewing in the world of cinema. Anticipation is already sky-high for the third film of The Twilight Saga and the first half of the final film of the Harry Potter series, but what else is waiting in the wings? We’ve got Angelina Jolie in a wig, Megan Fox in a corset, and an uber buff Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here are 10 movies worth your $12.50 + popcorn in 2010.
The Wolfman: February 12th
Benicio Del Toro has been holding out on us! Typically attracted to critic-friendly films (Traffic, Things We Lost in the Fire, Che), Del Toro gets horrific for Valentine’s Day weekend in The Wolfman, starring as the legendary moon-hatin’ monster. Critics’ Choice-nominated Emily Blunt plays his fur-lovin’ love interest and always-great Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Del Toro’s father.
Alice in Wonderland: March 5th
Tim Burton + Johnny Depp. Do we really need to say more? Previous collaborations of the eccentric duo include Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This fantastical gothic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is sure to be visually stunning and over-the-top. Naturally Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter, while Australian actress Mia Wasikowska snagged the role as Alice. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of The Red Queen with Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. Other highlights include Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar and Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit. Can you feel our excitement?
Eight more movies to see after the jump!
The only predictions Scandalist got wrong for this year’s Oscars (we didn’t pretend to know about crap like Best Documentary – Short Subject) were Best Actor and Best Actress. Plenty of people thought Mickey Rourke would beat Sean Penn, but why did we think Anne Hathaway would beat Kate Winslet? Because we didn’t think Kate was old enough to get the “throw her a golden boy while we still can” award. Sure, it took four lead actress nominations over an entire decade before Kate finally took home a trophy, but Al Pacino had to wait through twenty years of ceremonies until his sixth lead nomination to win for Scent Of A Woman. Like Al, maybe Kate can focus on crappy detective movies for the rest of her life.
Here are some other details about last night’s winners, losers and presenters you might not have known.
- While Meryl Streep has two Oscars to her name, she must be getting a little frustrated with the ceremony all the same. She last won for 1983′s Sophie’s Choice, and she’s been nominated a whopping eleven times since. We’re sure she’s gracious to all these young ladies bawling over their first Oscar, but that’s twenty five years of “thank you”‘s she’s had to toss.
- Anthony Hopkins mentioned working with Brad Pitt on Legends Of The Fall during the Best Lead Actor presentation (though he didn’t say the movie’s name), but when Robert DeNiro paid tribute to Sean Penn, he failed to bring up 1989′s We’re No Angels, the flop comedy that first brought the pair together. Future Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly also appeared in the film, playing a “Young Monk.”