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‘Hannibal’ Season 3: First Image of Joe Anderson as Mason Verger, Replacing Michael Pitt

22 December 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mason Verger will look a little different in season three of “Hannibal” — and not just because the sadistic entrepreneur mutilated his own face during his last encounter with Mads Mikkelsen’s titular cannibal.

The character of Mason Verger — a pivotal figure in Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel, “Hannibal,” and the movie adaptation of the same name — was played by Michael Pitt in season two of the NBC drama. According to Variety‘s sister site TV Line, Pitt chose to exit the series and will be replaced in the role by Joe Anderson for the show’s upcoming third season.

Anderson has been posting Instagram pictures from the Toronto set for the past month, including what appeared to be an image of himself in Mason’s full prosthetic makeup (which has since been deleted) and a throwback photo of Gary Oldman in the role from the 2001 “Hannibal” film adaptation.

What do you think of the recasting? »

- Variety Staff

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Anderson Replaces Pitt In NBC's "Hannibal"

19 December 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In a surprising cast change, Michael Pitt has opted out of returning for the third season of NBC's "Hannibal". Instead, actor Joe Anderson ("The Grey," "Across the Universe") will be taking over the role of Mason Verger in the new season says TV Line.

Pitt played the character, who serves as the antagonist of the Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal," in numerous episodes of the show's second season. When we last saw him, the character was paralysed, confined to a respirator and covered in a facial mask after Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) drugs and orders him to peel off his face and feed it to the dogs of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

The character plays a part in the third season and so showrunner Bryan Fuller has had to recast. Considering Verger's visage will be either under a mask or shown as a grotesque make-up job, Anderson will only have to nail the voice. »

- Garth Franklin

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The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014

8 December 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Another year in the books, everyone! This week, Vulture will be publishing our critics' top-ten lists. Enjoy. 1. Hannibal (NBC)Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation of Thomas Harris’s fiction is a total vision — mournfully expressionist, shockingly violent, and strangely tender. Virtually alone among television dramas, network or cable, it demands that viewers make an imaginative leap and see its nightmarish action as both figurative and emotionally real. It’s also one of the scariest shows in TV history, delivering images every week so potent that they lodge in the viewer’s memory like rusty barbs. And yet for all of its ugliness and horror, it is an intensely pleasurable experience, appallingly sensual, laying out food, furniture, clothes, windows, doors, and landscapes with painterly exactness. The ensemble cast is one of the best on television, and one of the most heroic, considering the ludicrousness they are expected to put across: Mads Mikkelsen, »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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The 30 Best Horror Movies of the Past 30 Years

10 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.

With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.

In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »

- Gary Susman

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What can we expect from Hannibal season 3?

5 November 2014 5:08 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can NBC's Hannibal top its superlative second season? With what season 3 has in store, Gabriel believes so...

Warning: contains spoilers for Hannibal season 1 and 2 and the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon.

When the credits rolled on Hannibal’s second season finale, my heart did not slow down for twenty minutes. I stared at my TV screen, mouth hanging open, unable to believe the sheer insane, vicious horror and beauty of what I had just witnessed. Not only was it the kind of carnage that could give Game Of Thrones a run for its money, but it was also so full of genuine pathos and emotion. Betrayal, forgiveness, revenge; it all came together in those final minutes. It was a finale of peculiar power, full of the kind of sad inevitability that could move you to tears and get your adrenalin pumping all at the same time. Quite simply, I have »

- louisamellor

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10 Things Hannibal Does Better Than The Movies

26 October 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


For years, Hannibal the Cannibal was synonymous with Anthony Hopkins. He delivered a dark, chilling, Oscar-winning performance in Silence Of The Lambs. While there might have been a little bit more ham to his performance in Hannibal, Hopkins to continued to mesmerise audiences. Frankly it was impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role – forget Hannibal Rising – and so the idea of a television reboot seemed an unnecessary cash in.

How wrong we were: over the last two years Bryan Fuller has delivered the best show on television. Oh you might argue that Game Of Thrones wears that crown but Hannibal is the only show currently airing where not a single moment is wasted. Every performance is sublime; every shot is beautifully crafted; every episode delivers something so entirely unexpected that even readers of Thomas Harris’s novels can only guess where the show will take us next.

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- Baz Greenland

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Talking To The Cast Of Hannibal At PaleyFest 2014

21 October 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of TV’s most underrated shows has finally begun to generate some of the attention it deserves in the form of fervent critical acclaim and a devoted cult fanbase. I’m of course talking about NBC’s Hannibal. While the show’s basic premise is inspired by Thomas Harris’ novel, Red Dragon, series creator Brian Fuller has carved out (no pun intended) a unique psychological thriller that is visually stunning, despite its nightmarish tone.

Hugh Dancy stars as Will Graham, a special investigator for the FBI whose vivid (and often burdensome) imagination allows him to understand the mindset of killers. Along with Special Agent Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), the two seek the assistance of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) to investigate a series of puzzling crimes. Of course, they have no idea that Hannibal is himself a serial killer.

This past weekend, the cast of the show attended the »

- Justine Browning

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Hannibal finds its Lady Murasaki in The Wolverine’s Tao Okamoto

19 October 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hannibal is going to get even crazier in its third season, as Bryan Fuller is now pulling from Thomas Harris’ prequel novel Hannibal Rising for inspiration and new characters. The first character to join the mix is the mysterious Lady Murasaki, Hannibal Lecter’s Japanese aunt, who will be played by The Wolverine and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice actress Tao Okamoto.

Deadline describes her role as follows:

“Okamoto will play the dark and mysterious Lady Murasaki, who possesses an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret.”

Lecter’s relationship with Murasaki is pretty dark and complicated, as the two are quasi-romantic. Judging by the way showrunner Bryan Fuller has pulled from the source material thus far, we won’t get a direct translation, but he certainly won’t shy away from the darker psychological implications of their relationship.

Yeah, Hannibal can’t return soon enough.

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- James Garcia

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'Hannibal' Paleyfest panel: 10 delicious tidbits

19 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

All week long, the Paley Center for Media has been hosting PaleyFest New York, its annual East Coast TV extravaganza celebrating a number of notable shows. Its penultimate night featured a panel celebrating an EW reader favorite: the beautiful, macabre psychological thriller Hannibal. The panel included showrunner Bryan Fuller, as well as cast members Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas. Amid plenty of jokes directed at both each other and the audience, the Hannibal panel spoke pretty openly about the show and what's in store for next season. Here's what we learned. Gender-bending was necessary. One of »

- Joshua Rivera

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Lady Murasaki Found for Hannibal Season 3

18 October 2014 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Work on Hannibal season three is well underway up in Canada and, today, we're learning about the first major casting news. Deadline reports Tao Okamoto will play Lady Murasaki. Introduced in Thomas Harris' novel "Hannibal Rising," Murasaki was Hannibal Lecter's aunt.

In the NBC series, there will be some slight alterations made to the character. When I spoke to showrunner Bryan Fuller in August, he explained...

The post Lady Murasaki Found for Hannibal Season 3 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Tao Okamoto Joins Hannibal Season 3 As Lady Murasaki

18 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bryan Fuller has some exciting things planned for Hannibal‘s hotly-anticipated third season, which includes some intriguing new characters from Thomas Harris’ books. While the series has deviated greatly from the source material thus far, Fuller has taken it upon himself to draw inspiration and story beats from novel like Hannibal and The Silence of the Lambs at will, and is tackling the prequel novel Hannibal Rising next.

That, of course, comes with the inclusion of Lady Murasaki, Hannibal’s mysterious Japanese aunt. According to Deadline, Murasaki will be played by The Wolverine and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice actress Tao Okamoto. The site describes her role as follows:

“Okamoto will play the dark and mysterious Lady Murasaki, who possesses an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret.”

Hannibal Lecter’s relationship with Lady Murasaki is incredibly complicated, darkly twisted and even romantic. Judging by the way Fuller »

- James Garcia

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"Hannibal" Casts Its Lady Murasaki

17 October 2014 4:36 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") has scored the key role of the dark and mysterious Lady Murasaki in NBC's "Hannibal".

Okamoto will have a major guest starring arc in the series as the alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret.

In the Thomas Harris novel "Hannibal Rising," Murasaki is Hannibal Lecter's Japanese aunt who developed a quasi-romantic relationship with the young Hannibal.

Okamoto is currently shooting Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Shelf Life: Manhunter

14 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. Mention the name Hannibal Lecter, and everyone will immediately know you are talking about the psychiatrist turned cannibal that lives in Thomas Harris's novels. In 1991, he was brought to the big screen in Silence of the Lambs, with Anthony Hopkins making the character a cinematic icon, and his own, with a memorably chilling performance. The subsequent movies, Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising, saw the law of diminishing Lecters, with each one going some way to lessen the characters impact. It wasn't until 2012, that t.v. series Hannibal injected new life into the character, and Harris' formula of psychological thriller mixed with a police procedural. But there is one Hannibal Lecter movie that everyone forgets about, one that did things a little differently »

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Cinema's darkest and most unpredictable public service workers

6 October 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The arrival of WolfCop inspires us to take a look back at horror cinema's most unpredictable janitors, doctors, dentists and more...

Can we necessarily trust the dentist who stands over us with a tiny drill in his hand? Isn't the guy who's come round to install our cable television service just a bit too friendly for comfort? And the cop outside in his squad car - isn't he just a little bit, I don't know, hairy?

Some of cinema's darkest, most unpredictable and downright interesting characters often have the most mundane jobs, from teachers to photo developers and taxi drivers to school janitors. It's characters like these we're saluting here - some of them villainous, others strangely likeable despite their dark activities, while others are simply misunderstood.

So here's our pick of the most terrifying public sector workers in horror cinema, inspired by the imminent release of WolfCop - director »

- ryanlambie

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​Has TV Violence Gone Too Far?

3 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's rare that professional TV critics and the professional moral scolds at the Parents Television Council agree on anything, but both groups found Wednesday's debut of CBS drama "Stalker" to be over the line. Critics found the pilot, which opened with a scene of a masked stalker dousing a woman with gasoline and setting her on fire as she screamed for help, to be "sensationalist," "sexist," "exploitative," "nihilistic," "gratuitous," and "unforgivable." The PTC, mincing no words, called it "torture porn."

"Stalker" may not, in fact, be more graphic or gory than other violent crime dramas on network TV (for one thing, it follows "Criminal Minds" on the CBS Wednesday night lineup), but it does seem to have an undue amount of violence for the sake of violence. Not to mention a tone of unremitting grimness. It's the sort of show that you can tell, just 30 seconds into it, whether or »

- Gary Susman

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Redefining a legend: How Mikkelsen’s Hannibal changed the way we look at the villain

1 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When Hannibal first premiered in 2013, no one really expected much. How could a show about one of film’s greatest villains survive on TV, let alone network TV? And from Bryan Fuller, the man who created the delightful Pushing Daisies? But somehow, against all odds, Hannibal has become a visually stunning show that’s among the best and most fully realized on TV.

A prequel to most of the Thomas Harris books and films, Hannibal has forged its own path, creating a world that is a terrifying and dazzling mix of horror and character study. Set before Red Dragon, Hannibal explores the relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and the emotionally unstable but brilliant FBI consultant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

Even before the show started, the series’ chances for survival seemed to land squarely on the shoulders of whomever would be chosen to play Hannibal. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal had become so legendary, »

- Tressa

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The books behind today's TV horror resurgence

14 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Strain to Penny Dreadful, Hannibal and more, we celebrate some of the books behind TV’s golden age of horror…

There has rarely been a better time to be a fan of the horror genre on television with a bumper crop of horror shows currently hitting our screens. Some shows like Supernatural or American Horror Story weave something original out of various different sources such as old folk tales, mythology and horror films. Then there are the others which are rooted in literary fiction, taking their monsters from the page and bringing them vividly to life on screen.

Whether it's a story of serial killers, monsters or things that go bump in the night, we're taking a look at the books that inspired several of today's horror shows...

The Strain - Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain Trilogy

Guillermo del Toro had originally intended The Strain »

- louisamellor

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‘Nailbiter’ #5 spine-tingling fun, but not the masterpiece I wish it was

2 September 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nailbiter #5

Story by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Mike Henderson

Publisher: Image Comics

Have you ever tasted blood? Human blood I mean.

With issue 5 of Joshua Williamson’s Nailbiter, we dig deeper into the dark mysteries within Buckaroo, Oregon – adding more pieces of the puzzle and raising far more questions than I fear Williamson can answer with satisfying results. Only time will tell, and we can only hope for the best, but with powerful imagery and a strong, unpredictable story, Nailbiter continues strong: The result is a challenging psychological thriller within a gripping crime procedural.

One Of The Horrible Secrets Of Buckaroo Has Been Revealed! Finch and Crane are hot on the heels of a serial killer loose in Buckaroo, but Finch has finally found what he was looking for and it’s worse than he feared.

Williamson brings the first arc to and end with issue #5. A few plot points are put to rest, »

- Ricky

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Stars who reprised Oscar winning roles

26 August 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Michael Douglas. Anthony Hopkins. Just two actors who've returned to play the parts that won them Oscars...

When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.

The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...

Gene Hackman

Won for: The French Connection

Played the »

- ryanlambie

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