Halloween week has begun, and with it comes this year’s Huluween programming event, where the streaming network Hulu offers up horror-themed original shorts, television shows, and classic films, along with behind-the-scenes interviews, haunted scenics, and more.
See below for a list of some of what’s streaming the week of October 24 – 31 on Hulu for Huluween, including movie favorites like The Silence Of The Lambs, Fright Night, An American Werewolf In London, The Amityville Horror, and Shaun Of The Dead, as well as Season 1 of IFC’s Stan Against Evil television series.
The Silence of the Lambs is a classic, and went on to win five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).
One of the most crucial scenes in the movie is when Hopkins’ Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Foster’s Clarice Starling meet for the very first time. It’s an all-time great scene. But who walked away from that scene with the upper hand?
A new video breaks down the scene, and reveals who in fact “won” that first meeting, so to speak. You can check it out below.
Charles Napier, an iconic character actor who specialized in playing stern authority figures and various tough guy roles in an acting career in film and television that spanned more than four decades, passed away today at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. He was 75.
Born in 1936 in Scottsville, Kentucky, Napier served in the U.S. Army in the 11th Airborne Division before becoming an actor in the late 1960’s. One of Napier’s first acting roles was playing a space hippie on the Star Trek original series episode “A Way to Eden.” He later became a favorite actor of director Russ Meyer and appeared in his films Cherry, Harry, and Racquel!, The Seven Minutes, Supervixens, and Meyer’s mind-blowing magnum opus Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
An eternity of films has come to our eyes over the years. Together they’ve formed the foundations by which good movies are built, given us our most cherished filmmakers and performers, inspired generations to dream, and even just allowed people to simply escape to another world if but only for a couple of hours.
But what if some of the most celebrated movies in cinematic history were different? What if your favorite film of all time’s main star was played by someone else? How different would everything be if just one legend never even came to be legend? These are the questions I found myself asking while bored and on an e-adventure one day; I was surprised at just how many massive characters were almost played by other actors.
After my little adventure I decided that I should share these gems with you, my favorite peoples in the whole word.
Before we begin, I came across some amusing casting close calls that probably wouldn’t have affected the film too much one way or the other, but still worth mention. Like, for instance, did you know that the studios originally wanted greatest actor in the world Matthew McConaughey for Titanic, but James Cameron wanted Leonardo DiCaprio? Did you know that Stuart Townsend was offered and Daniel Day-Lewis turned down the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy before Viggo Mortensen was brought in? I didn’t either. I rather enjoy thinking about a Day-Lewis Aragorn. Like Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans, but with a sweet beard, a sword, and an elven chick by his side instead of Madeline Stowe!
OK, that was fun. Now on with the show… Here’s a look at 12 of the craziest casting close-calls in cinematic history.