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He Knows So Much About These Things: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Lists | September 8, 2013 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | September 8, 2013 |

Stuff of the Utmost Importance.

5. Cynthia Nixon Joined “Hannibal.”


The “Sex and the City” and “The Big C” actress will take on a completely different role as FBI Oversight (Office of the Inspector General) employee Kade Prurnell, who’s investigating the events that landed Will Graham in Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Prurnell will also evaluate Jack Crawford’s decisions and actions to determine whether they were sound. Still no word on whether David Bowie has accepted the offer to play Hannibal’s uncle.

4. “The Walking Dead” Released a New Season 4 Teaser…

I’m feeling hopeful for a more consistent season under new showrunner, Scott Gimple, who’s written some of the series’ better episodes (“This Sorrowful Life, Pretty Much Dead Already”). And if you need a quick refresher before its October 13th return, look no further:

…Received a Seussical Recap Treatment…

…and Became College Course Fodder.

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Join me in signing up for this free, (AMC approved) online course to be taught by UC Irvine professors from the departments of public health, social sciences, physics and mathematics. Each week, we’ll watch video lectures and cast interviews, as well as have the opportunity to participate in group discussion. Flunking the zombie apocalypse is not an option.

3. We Got a Better Look at AlbinoBatch in The Fifth Estate Clip and Featurette.

You know, I’d never have thought of Cumberbatch to play WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange—if the look isn’t exactly right; the mind is—but I think he pulls it off. I’m quite curious to see Bill Condon’s (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) take, which also stars Stanley Tucci, the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney, Dan Stevens, and Daniel Brühl as spokesperson, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. In the featurette, Condon and Co.discuss presenting all sides of a “complicated issue in the form of a journalistic thriller.” The Fifth Estate will be in theaters October 13th.

2. Superhot-Right-Now Daniel Brühl Signed on for Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel.


Speaking of The Fifth Estate’s Brühl—who’s also starring alongside Chris Hemsworth in Rush and Anton Corbijn’s upcoming A Most Wanted Man—Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, 24 Hour Party People) grabbed him while he’s hot to star an exploration of the Amanda Knox murder case. The director spent time with journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau, who reported on the trial, and authored Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox. Winterbottom has said he wasn’t coming at the story from a guilty/innocent viewpoint; rather, the idea is to cover events from the viewpoint of an investigative journalist (presumably Brühl). Regardless of the angle, ongoing events (Knox and her boyfriend were convicted of murder, served four years, were released on appeal and will be retried at the end of this month) will certainly make for an interesting film—especially with Winterbottom at the helm. Unofficial reports state Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina and Valerio Mastandrea (The First Beautiful Thing) will co-star; The Face of An Angel is set for a 2014 release.

1. Tom Hiddleston Took Over Benedict Skywalker Cumberbatch’s Role in Crimson Peak.


For the mouth-frothers running wild with rumors of Cumberbatch being offered a role in Star Wars: Episode 7, this will only feed the Jedi fire: the actor has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s next horror outing—and been delightfully replaced by the Hiddleston. Crimson Peak will reunite the director with Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam; Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman and Jim Beaver also star in this story about a “young author who discovers her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.” This being del Toro, I can only assume Hiddleston will turn out to be Satan. Crimson Peak is scheduled for an April 2015 release.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) looks forward to all these things.