Hannibal Lecter may have met his match, and (hopefully) Ted Mosby is losing one of his. New additions to Hannibal, How I Met Your Mother, Once Upon a Time and more fill out our casting roundup.
Hannibal: Laurence Fishburne joins Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson in NBC's upcoming Hannibal. Fishburne will play Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit (and Dancy's boss).
Once Upon a Time: Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf) has been cast as Sir Lancelot for one episode. Lancelot, a "sword for hire with nothing to lose," was expelled from King Arthur's Round Table and torn away from his love.
Royal Pains: Carrie Preston is heading from Bon Temps to the Hamptons. TV Line reports that the True Blood and Good Wife actress has been cast as Jackie Van Ark, a romance novelist whose daughter unexpectedly becomes ill, on USA's Royal Pains.
How I Met Your Mother: She's back! Again! Ashley Williams returns to HIMYM for its eighth season, reprising her role as Ted's former flame Victoria, who left him for her German lover but briefly reunited last season.
Scandal: Deadline reports that Gregg Henry (Hung) and Jillian Armenante (The Dark Knight Rises, everything) will join Shonda Rimes' Scandal for its second season. Henry will play a big-money Southern guy whose charm is only surface-deep; Armenante will play brash and quick-witted Lucas, a part originally written for a male actor.
American Horror Story: Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) is just crazy enough to join the second season cast of AHS, according to TV Line. No word yet on who her character is, but it's a good chance she'll be a patient at the insane asylum where this season is set.
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Set in 1984 Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) returns to her ice-cold hometown in Northern Minnesota after fleeing from an abusive husband. In order to care for her two young kids she needs a job--and for most of the townsfolk including her distant dad (Richard Jenkins) that means working in the local iron mines. Problem is not too many women work there and those who do are subjected to continual harassment by their male coworkers. Josey lands a job anyway and starts to get her fair share of sexual innuendos. One day her former high-school sweetheart also a mine employee takes it way too far with her. Although met with strong resistance of course a lawsuit ensues that results in a groundbreaking decision for women’s rights in the workplace. Ah what an Oscar can do for a career. It wasn't that long ago Theron wouldn’t even have been considered for such a dramatic role. But with deserved recognition she gets to strut her stuff in North Country. She's no Monster but she's no supermodel either--and while it's impossible to erase her beauty its glare has been reduced. A second-consecutive Oscar win? Maybe not but a nomination wouldn't be out of the place. Co-star Frances McDormand might also be in line for a nod of her own. She plays Glory a woman who gets Josey the job and encourages her to fight the good fight something that seems visceral for McDormand. Woody Harrelson is also solid as Josey's attorney though his Midwest-stoner drawl gets in the way of the northern accent he's supposed to be selling. New Zealand director Niki Caro mightily impressed us with Whale Rider a poignant mixture of grief and vigor and with North Country she continues to impress. As more an observer than anything else Caro lets the true story tell itself--of what happened in this small town with its frigid denizens and sexist behavior. And the film is definitely a period piece á la Norma Rae in that it's from a specific period albeit a recent one and pertains to a specific region. But it's kind of slow going. There’s a lot of weeping and dramatic speeches. Still Caro makes up for it by including several Bob Dylan songs who rarely grants the use of his songs in films. Perhaps he felt a certain a kinship to this film since it takes place in the desolate cold Northern Minnesota where he comes from--and so resents.