In an interview with the British Film Institute, Jodie Foster dropped a few tasty behind-the-scenes morsels about the production process of 1991’s ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ — like the fact that Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman were all considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter.
Everyone remembers Anthony Hopkins’ famous line as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” But did you know all three of those foods he mentions contain tyramine, a substance that can be deadly when taken with MAO inhibitors, the exact kind of drugs a mentally ill man like Lecter would likely have been prescribed. That’s just one of the delicious facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
If you can’t decide what to watch this weekend, ScreenCrush’s Staff Picks are here to help. They’re like the recommendations at an old video store, except you don’t have to put on pants or go outside to get them. Here are four things to watch this weekend:
The world lost a creative and compassionate director with Jonathan Demme’s death last night, and tons of stars who worked with him over the years shared messages of remembrance on social media today. His projects ranged from horror to concert documentaries, each film he directed unique and each memorable in its own different ways. Turns out the man was similarly unforgettable.
The film world lost one of its great today. Jonathan Demme, the director of some of the most influential and beloved movies in history, has died. According to Indiewire, the cause was “esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.” He was initially treated for the disease in 2010, and then suffered a reoccurrence a few years ago. Demme was just 73 years old.
I don’t think it’s a particularly bold statement to say that Justin Timberlake is one of the great all-around talents currently working today. Everyone knows his music and his hilarious appearances on Saturday Night Live, but with a filmography that includes everything from Inside Llewyn Davis to The Social Network, Timberlake has also proven himself several times over as an actor. Whatever Timberlake decides to do, odds are he will do it very, very well.
August is the last month of summer, which means you’re probably looking forward to bigger releases like Fantastic Four — but don’t let Ricki and the Flash escape your notice. The new film from director Jonathan Demme and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody features Meryl Streep in the role of a rock goddess who left her family behind to pursue her dreams. As seen in the new clip above, yes, Queen Meryl does indeed really sing and play the guitar.
It must be difficult to be mad at your absentee mom when she rocks this hard — the new trailer for Ricki and the Flash has arrived, in which acting icon Meryl Streep plays a rock icon fumbling her way through making amends with the family she once left behind. Adding a little realism is Mamie Gummer, Streep's real-life daughter who plays her fictional daughter in the film, which totally won't make you cry at all.