Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen is a remarkably accomplished Danish actor, and that’s even before you start talking about his most well-known works in Casino RoyaleHannibalRogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Doctor Strange. He’s great, he’s gotten great roles, and that doesn’t happen by accident. Indeed, Mikkelsen, while being a working actor, is also a discerning actor, meaning that he’s not about to take roles that don’t fulfill him. To wit, Mikkelsen just confessed that he walked away from a possible role in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, which makes you wonder if he knew something no one else did till after the film was released.  (more…)


After a highly  guarded shoot, in New York City, Marvel Studios has given fans a bit more to chew on with a peek at their late-2016 release Doctor Strange. Over the weekend we’ve been able to see Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian) suited up and ready for action. But now, another sight has been added to our visual catalogue, as images surface of the mysteriously wicked-looking villain, set to be played by the master manipulator Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal).  Check out the images below.


This time last year, we had already gotten a pretty good idea of what Star Wars: The Force Awakens would look like, at least one trailer and several official images. In less than 10 months now, the first standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be released in theaters and other than one cast photo and one leaked concept teaser, we don’t seem to know anything about it. Time to panic? Maybe, but like a junkie looking for a fix, we do have a few details today that have leaked out about the film from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. (Emphasis on the “few”.) (more…)


As you looked out over the audience you could see antlers poke up from several heads. Are they here for a deer appreciators meeting. Nope, these are the Fannibals. The completion of the third and final season of Hannibal made this Q&A appointment viewing for Hannibal fans at Fan Expo, a kind of epilogue to the dear departed series. When Mads Mikkelsen came out though, he was dressed down in a pair of jeans and had grown a beard. Not exactly the stylish serial killing cannibal we’ve come to know and love, but the charm was still there. (more…)

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It was a provocative tweet to say the least. Sure, any director can say “My next movie will be strange,” but usually that’s just a statement of quality. In this case, Scott Derrickson means Strange, Doctor Strange. As the upset of Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant Man has more or less died down, this news is surely designed to get people excited about Marvel movies again, especially after the Sorcerer Supreme was name dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But is this news legit, or another oddly specific rumor testing the waters? (more…)


*** Caution: Spoilers for the Finale of Hannibal Season Two Ahead… ***

For all those who tuned into the climax to Bryan Fuller’s homoerotic romance between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (a/k/a Mizumono, the Season Two finale) what was left in the final moments of the episode were merely broken, bloody bodies. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) was tossed out a window. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) was stabbed in the neck and locked in Lecter’s stainless steel wine cellar. Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) was revealed to be alive and presented as an offering to Will before Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) slit her throat. And finally, as he was in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Graham was gutted and left for dead as Hannibal exited in the rain and boarded a plane with his coy therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). It was an operatic set piece worthy of Brian De Palma (and certainly reminiscent of the finale of Raising Cain), delivering geysers of blood and numerous unanswered questions as the credits rolled.

Now, Bryan Fuller is weighing in on what fans should expect come the beginning of Season Three. But don’t expect him to tell you who lives and who dies…because that would just be rude. And we all know what Hannibal does to the rude.  (more…)


Welcome, gourmands, to the final Hannibal review of 2014.

For such an important episode, my analysis of director David Slade’s “Mizumono” will actually be relatively brief (Message from Future James: No, it won’t). Not that there isn’t as much to say about it, but it’s a remarkably streamlined and straightforward episode with little in the way of subplots or other extraneous content.  (more…)


The penultimate installment of Hannibal, Season 2: “Tome-wan”, is one of the best eps of the show’s sophomore year. Many disparate and vague elements of the season begin to come into focus, and the sometimes conflicting, sometimes complimentary designs of two of the Crime Drama genre’s greatest minds: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and Special Investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), have nearly achieved fruition. (more…)


Ever since Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) was exonerated and released from the asylum, and Dr. Frederick Chilton was successfully implicated in the “Chesapeake Ripper” murders (and then shot), the following episodes have all begged the same question:

“Where are they going with this?”

Is Will truly going over to the “Dark Side” (pardon my phrasing)? If it IS all a trap for Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), does he see it? And IF he sees it, why is he allowing it?

Director Vincenzo Natali‘s “Naka-Choko” brings us no closer to the answers to any of these questions, and as a follow-up to the events of Michael Rymer‘s far superior “Shiizakana”, it’s a bit weak. Fortunately, the return of the fabulous Freddie Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) and the introduction of a Thomas Harris character we’ve been eagerly awaiting redeem the episode–somewhat, anyway. (more…)

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I collect church collapses. Did you see the one in Sicily recently? The facade fell on 65 grandmothers at a special Mass.

Was that evil? Was that God? If He’s up there, He just loves it.

Typhoid and swans–it all comes from the same place.

–Hannibal Lecter

Last week’s “Su-zakana” was easily the weakest episode of Season Two. So it would not have taken a Herculean effort to top it this week, and indeed they did: “Shiizakana”, another episode from my boy director Michael Rymer of Battlestar Galactica fame, easily renewed my faith in the series.

Rymer took the few good elements of  “Su-zakana” and extrapolated on them in a richer, more satisfying manner–and introduced the most fascinating “Killer Of The Week” since the Mushroom Killer way back in episode two of the first season.  (more…)