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You could kick off this dreamy Sunday by reading the depressing results of Project: Time Off‘s latest findings on U.S. workers’ “lost vacation week,” or you could LOL your way through TVLine’s Quotes of the Week.
The choice is obvious, yes?
“I know what you’re afraid of. It isn’t pain or solitude. It’s indignity. You’re a little bit like a cat that way.”
He’s been dragged through the tabloids, stripped of his fancy clothes, and deprived of his mystique in the eyes of the public and of his former victims, but even a Hannibal dressed in pajamas and locked away behind steel and fiberglass is a figure of Satanic stature. If he has more time to make catty comments about Will’s aftershave and Alana’s love of “a good finger-wagging,” it’s just his inner feline sharpening its claws. For all that ‘And the Woman Clothed With the Sun’ introduce’s Francis Dolarhyde’s voice(a tremendous performance by Richard Armitage. His tortured rasp is in a league with Tom Hardy’s muffled and ecstatic Bane) and his scorchingly plain-spoken love interest, it is very »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Dr. Hannibal Lecter knows all about perfect pairings — a census taker’s liver and a nice chianti; Prof. Sogliato’s cranium and a freshly sharpened ice pick — and yet on this week’s installment of the NBC drama that bears his name, every pas de deux had me thinking “pas de don’t!”
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Will Graham going from a flirty phone conversation with his open-hearted wife to a bloody homicidal fantasy (or maybe “nightmare” is a better word choice)? Alana poking the world’s most dangerous bear from her side of the plexiglass partition? »
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I'm dressed up in moral dignity pants... "It takes two to catch one." -Hannibal We're now getting deep into this show's adaptation of the "Red Dragon" novel (with winks to the movies along the way, like Freddie Lounds mentioning "manhunters"), which has pros and cons. Having a story that Fuller, Lightfoot and company want to adapt relatively faithfully imposes a structure on the show that hasn't always been there the last season and a half or so. And it's also fun to see particular moments, and hear particular lines, in this context. At the same time, though, I came out of "and the Woman Clothed with the Sun" wondering if the Harris story necessarily lent itself to a more prolonged adaptation (with commercial breaks subtracted, these six episodes will run a little over four hours), and also whether »
- Alan Sepinwall
Every serial killer needs someone to love. In Hannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter has Will Graham, so it's only fitting that the new sociopath on the block, Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), better known as the "Tooth Fairy," find somebody too. Readers of Thomas Harris's Red Dragon will remember Reba McClane, the blind woman who mollifies the Tooth Fairy's murderous urges. True Blood's Rutina Wesley plays the woman who falls for the psychopath. This exclusive clip from the upcoming episode shows the two lovebirds meeting for the first time. »
- E. Alex Jung
Tomorrow night at 10, Cinemax premieres the final season of "Strike Back," the rip-roaring buddy action drama about a pair of soldiers working for an elite British special forces unit. In the four seasons of its Cinemax incarnation (one season aired first in England, with an entirely different cast led by Richard Armitage), it's been a pleasure to watch: always smarter, more technically proficient, and just plain better than it ever needed to be. Now it's coming to an end, with a new season that kicks off in Thailand and features guest stars like Michelle Yeoh Dustin Clare, Adrian Paul and Will Yun Lee running into our returning heroes, straight-laced English soldier Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and his carousing American partner Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton). I've seen the first four episodes, and while there are a few narrative hiccups — some of them caused because production was disrupted and delayed by a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Welcome back to This is Our Design. Looking for a long podcast this week? Well, you’re in luck. It turns out that when a show fast-forwards three years and introduces Richard Armitage as the Red Dragon, there are a few things to talk about. Just a few…All of those things, though, get addressed in full by co-hosts Kate Kulzick and Sean Colletti with the help of Les Chappell, of The Av Club and your very own Sound On Sight. Start off with you appetizer, “Hannibal by the Numbers,” before the groups kicks off the discussion with thoughts on adaptation, moving right along to the Red Dragon himself and what his presence means for Will and Hannibal. Stick around for your weekly dose of “Kate’s Classical Corner” and “The Devil in the Details,” which we know you’re addicted to. We’d tell you to stop, but we kind of like it. »
- Sean Colletti
Strike Back: Legacy: Sky1, 9pm (and 10pm)
The action adventure series comes to an end in an explosive double bill finale.
Locke and his team from Section 20 go rogue as they defy Whitehall and head to Geneva, where they try to thwart Li-Na's plan to bomb the United Nations HQ.
Wentworth Prison: Channel 5, 10pm
The third season of the Australian prison drama continues.
Franky loses support when the prison's drug problem is brought under control, while Bea makes a dangerous deal with Ferguson to cement her new position. Just as Will is about to put the past behind him, he becomes the focus of a murder investigation when, in a shocking turn of events, Bea's ex-husband is found dead.
People Just Do Nothing: BBC Three, 10pm
The latest hilarious episode of the mockumentary following the gang at Kurupt FM.
When Grindah and Beats find themselves in the midst of a cannabis drought, »
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 Great Red Dragon
I have something to confess, to those of you who have not already sussed it out: I am not a Brit. I am an American writing abroad, as it were, which may be my only excuse for the first half of this review. You’ve been warned.
You see, as an American, my exposure to Richard Armitage has been limited to what little of his work has crossed the pond and made itself easily accessible (thank you, BBC America), especially since my time living in England ended just as his star began to rise. Thus, short of his turns as Guy of Gisborne and Thorin, I haven’t had the opportunity to appreciate his skill as an actor.
And I enjoyed him a great deal in those roles. He’s »
“There is no name for what this man is.”
Well, here’s a horse of a different color. Hannibal has jumped ahead three years, upending its status quo even as it calls back repeatedly to its pilot. Jack recruits Will to rejoin the FBI, Will visits Hannibal seeking an expert consultant, and Will visits a blood-spattered house and slips into the murderer’s mind. The game’s the same, but the players have changed. And what a difference it makes. Will, brittle and twitchy as ever, has found peace and family with Molly and her 11-year-old son. Hannibal, stripped of dignity and freedom as a result of his ploy to remain close to Will, is bumping up against the limits of his memory palace while a bitter Alana chafes at Chilton’s company at the Baltimore Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
NBC’s already renewed Aquarius this week drew 1.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, placing a distant third in its time slot behind Scorpion and BattleBots repeats and matching the season lows set with its Saturday debut.
Hannibal (1 mil/0.3) similarly matched last week’s series lows, which had been nudged down in the finals.
All ratings here are courtesy of the fine folks at TVByTheNumbers, as my email is down and I’ve got places to be!
ABC’s Boston Ems debuted to »
We are privy to a great Becoming:In a room of sallow lighting, a man named Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) reads Time magazine. Embellishing the cover is William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, an awe-inspiring, violently sexual painting of a muscle-threaded monster seen from behind, its wings protruding majestically, its tail wrapping around a young woman. Dolarhyde is inspired. The music pounds, percussive clattering that suggests a migraine slowly swelling. He trains his body, carves his muscles, arches his back while emitting an anguished groan, as if expecting wings to tear through his skin. A tattoo needle punctures his flesh, over and over, like a dragon’s tongue dripping blood. Dolarhyde visits an antique shop, daubed in neon red, where he buys a full set of crooked teeth. In his apartment, we see Dolarhyde, gleaming off the splinters of broken mirror, transforming. In less »
- Greg Cwik
Ricky Church reviews episode eight of Hannibal season three…
A new era has begun for Hannibal as the show jumped three years ahead of Hannibal Lecter’s capture in ‘Digestivo’. This episode felt like the premiere to an entirely new season since the status quo was shaken up for all the characters. Even the episode titles have changed from the names of foreign recipes to William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon paintings. The latest episode, appropriately called ‘The Great Red Dragon’, introduced fans to one of Hannibal’s most anticipated storylines.
Based off Red Dragon, the first novel in the Hannibal Lecter series, the new status quo takes its starting point mostly from the beginning of the novel. Jack is once again in charge of his old FBI division, Hannibal is caught and Will is retired. Alana is in charge of the psychiatric prison Hannibal is placed in rather than Dr. »
- Ricky Church
Directed by Neil Marshall
Airs Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC
The first half of Hannibal season three has drawn criticism from some (though not this critic) for its artistic, avant-garde approach to exploring the psychology and relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham. With “The Great Red Dragon”, the series opens a new chapter, returning to its stylistic roots and introducing a new key figure: Francis Dolarhyde. Fans of Thomas Harris’ work have been eagerly anticipating Dolarhyde’s debut and the start of the show’s Red Dragon arc/adaptation, and after this episode, it’s easy to see why. Being unfamiliar with Hannibal’s source material, this critic can’t speak to the faithfulness of showrunner Bryan Fuller and co.’s take on the character, but the glimpses shown here are certainly compelling. »
- Kate Kulzick
Hannibal introduced a new brand of horror this week in the form of Francis Dolarhyde, a lonely film-processing technician overcome by the urge to slaughter entire families in their homes. But according to his portrayer Richard Armitage, he wasn’t initially convinced he was the right man for the role.
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“The idea of taking on a character that does such appalling things has always been a worry for me,” Armitage explains. “I’m very conscious of what we depict on television, and it »
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as the blood is from a cow, but only in the derogatory sense... "If I go... I'll be different when I get back." -Will Bryan Fuller has said that the plan was originally to devote the bulk of this season to Hannibal's fugitive adventures before he realized they couldn't sustain it that long. As it was, there was a definite strain just in the seven episodes we got of it, in part because the show grew even more abstract and philosophical than ever before, but more because the structure of the story — Hannibal free until almost the end, no Monster of the Week stories in between — reduced Will Graham into an incredibly passive figure. The show has two leads, and if anything, Hannibal was a supporting character for much of season 1, but the scales tipped way too much in favor of Hannibal, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Earlier this week, Bryan Fuller gave Hannibal fans an early look at the show's first episode of the Red Dragon arc, featuring Richard Armitage as the Tooth Fairy/Red Dragon, at a Film Independent screening in Los Angeles. Here's what we learned. Expect to see a lot of Armitage as his character Francis Dolarhyde gradually becomes the Red Dragon. We mean that literally: Armitage is often stripped down to his skivvies or completely naked in scenes where he sports an artful full-body tattoo. Fuller said "You're welcome" to the audience of frenzied fans and shared a story about how Armitage had to shoot a night scene in freezing-cold Toronto February weather covered in black blood — not exactly Hollywood glamour. When a retake was required, Armitage told Fuller, "You can matte my face onto a stand-in." The overwhelming enthusiasm from the audience led to the inevitable question of what's next for the show, »
- Diane Gordon
Recently, NBC dropped these new, official spoiler photos for their upcoming "Hannibal" episode 9 of season 3, and they offer us new looks at Will, former True Blood star Rutina Wesley and more doing their thing in different scenes. The episode is labeled, "And The Woman Clothed In Sun." The official plot summary for episode 9, reads like this: The FBI's search for elusive serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) will intensify as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) begins envisioning himself in Dolarhyde's tormented psyche. Wading deeper into dangerous territory, Will is going to enlist the help of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to assist with the killer's profile. Meanwhile, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) will remind Will that the last time that he and Hannibal worked together things didn't end well, but Will is going to see no other option. Elsewhere, a new woman (guest star Rutina Wesley) will come into Dolarhyde's life. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, NBC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hannibal" episode 9 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "And The Woman Clothed In Sun," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense stuff go down as a vicious serial killer becomes the focus of a major FBI hunt, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Will Faces Hannibal As The Hunt For A New Serial Killer Heats Up. Press release number 2: The FBI's search for elusive serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) is going to intensify as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) begins envisioning himself in Dolarhyde's tormented psyche. Wading deeper into dangerous territory, Will is going to enlist the help of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to assist with the killer's profile. In the meantime, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) is going to remind Will that the last time that he and »
- Andre Braddox
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
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