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One of the hopes we had for season four of Hannibal was the possible introduction of Clarice Starling, a character made famous by Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs. MGM has the rights to the character, though, and last year, showrunner Bryan Fuller said that he had planned to include Starling and others in his ever-expanding Hannibal universe. “It’s always been tricky with MGM because they have all the characters that originate in Silence of the Lambs, and there are so many, not just Clarice,” Fuller told Vulture on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards Thursday night, where the show took home three awards, including Best Network TV Series. “I want Buffalo Bill. I want to tell the Buffalo Bill story in a way that hasn’t been told before.”Fuller had also joked that they could have a character called “Schmarice Schmarling” as a way around the copyright issue. »
- Valentina I. Valentini
What are the chances we'll see Hannibal season 4 after the NBC cancellation? We take a look at possible avenues for a return...
The news that Bryan Fuller’s horror masterpiece Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC was upsetting, but unsurprising news. Hannibal’s ratings have gone from bad to worse this year, as the series doubled down on the surreal, macabre strangeness that arguably made it so inaccessible to a casual audience in the first place. And while Hannibal has proven itself to be a critical darling with a passionate fan base, it’s honestly a wonder that a show as unique and stubbornly left-of-centre as this one lasted as long as it did on NBC.
But while the news of the cancellation was met with the requisite anger and disappointment across the internet, the responses from key creatives seemed far from pessimistic about the future of the show. This is, »
Hannibal is cancelled but there’s hope he’ll dine again on a streaming network
After three seasons of stylish, critically acclaimed but little-watched gore, NBC has decided that it has had its fill of Hannibal.
The TV series about the cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, invented by the thriller writer Thomas Harris and immortalised in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, received good reviews but never attained high ratings. Its violent imagery, often displaying corpses artfully arranged and waiting to be eaten by the eponymous antihero, pushed the envelope of what is permissible on network TV.
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- Guardian staff
After two full seasons of low ratings and a third season that didn't show marked improvement, NBC has officially axed the critically-hailed series, "Hannibal." "We have been tremendously proud of 'Hannibal' over its three seasons," read a statement released by NBC. "Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made 'Hannibal' an incredible experience for audiences around the world." Based on Thomas Harris' characters, the horror prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" lasted longer than many expected. It posted a series low in ratings after its third episode of the new season, a bad omen for an already struggling series, but Fuller still »
- Ben Travers
Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."
Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »
- Gary Susman
With NBC's "Hannibal" having returned for a third season with a new flavour that's even more unlike anything else on television, the hope is of course that the series will continue for another year.
As we know, the third season is split into two halves - the Italy-set first half, and the second which deals with the "Red Dragon" storyline from the Thomas Harris novels. This begs the obvious question, does that mean "The Silence of the Lambs" storyline will come into play in the fourth season?
Previously show runner Bryan Fuller has been reticent on introducing the Clarice Starling character, partly because of a rights issue which has meant they've been unable to use elements from the 'Silence' novel in the show. The other books ("Red Dragon," "Hannibal," "Hannibal Rising") are all on the table though, and we've already seen their elements incorporated.
Will Fuller be able to work out the 'Silence' rights issue? »
- Garth Franklin
NBC's "Hannibal" premiered its third season on June 4, and it continues to receive rapturous praise from critics (84 on MetaCritic as of this writing). But as good as it is, could it be – gasp – even better than "The Silence of the Lambs"? -Break- Is Mads Mikkelsen now the greatest Hannibal the Cannibal? (Poll) "Silence," directed by Jonathan Demme in 1991, wasn't the first film to feature the infamous serial killer Hannibal Lecter – that was "Manhunter" in 1986 – but it was certainly the one that made him a star. It was so dazzling that the motion picture academy momentarily forgot their snobbish bias against horror films and awarded it the Oscar for Best Picture and gave Anthony Hopkins the Best Actor prize as Lecter. What's more, it's one of only three films in Oscar history to win the big five awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress for Jodie Foster and Scr »
"Hannibal" is one of the best shows on television. It's also one of the hardest to recommend — maybe even the most indefensible. There are people, prominent critics among them, who find its lurid evocation of a serial killer's interior life more than they can bear. They are probably better, or at least healthier, people than I. But for sickos like me, "Hannibal" is a rare, nearly incomparable treat, as distinct as the taste of human flesh itself. (At least, so I hear.) "Hannibal" doesn't exactly glorify murder. In adapting Thomas Harris' novels — minus "The Silence of the Lambs," the only one the show's producer does not own the rights to — creator Bryan Fuller has cannily stripped away some of their less savory aspects, gleefully diversifying a principal cast composed almost exclusively of white men (he's hinted that if the show ever gets the rights to Clarice Starling, she will »
- Sam Adams
People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »
- M. Robert Grunwald
Last night I re-watched the final episodes of "Hannibal" season two, just to get reacquainted with the show, the characters and the mood of it all. NBC has made available to press the first three episodes of the upcoming third season, premiering June 4 (10-11 p.m. Et), and while I've already watched the season premiere (twice) I didn't want to go any further before writing a look back at the last season so as to approach it with virtually the same mindset as everyone else so as not to offer too many hints as to what's to come, but more a tease of what you can expect from the first episode of this third season. So, the question to begin with, I guess, is what do we knowc At the end of the second season we saw the bloody battle between Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), Jack (Lawrence Fishburne), Alana (Caroline Dhavernas »
- Brad Brevet
The long wait to find out who survived The Red Dinner (aka Hannibal’s spectacular season two finale, Mizumono) is almost over. Hannibal season three is nearly upon us, and to mark its arrival, we caught up with showrunner Bryan Fuller to find out what’s in store.
Firstly, we’re due to meet a different kind of Hannibal in a very different kind of setting. Fuller’s James Bond fandom has leached into the first seven-episode chapter of the season, which sees Mads Mikkelsen’s chicly dressed predator living undercover in the upper echelons of Italian society. The season’s second six-episode chapter introduces Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, a character familiar to Red Dragon fans.
We chatted to Fuller about the show’s revised take on Hannibal’s origin story, »
"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »
- Louis Virtel
While we recently shared the list of titles that are coming to Netflix Instant Watch in June, now’s the time to take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be departing the streaming service next month. Your last chance (at least for a while) to watch Rain Man, The Silence of the Lambs, The Rocketeer, Taxi Driver, and the somewhat underrated Syriana. If you haven’t it, I highly suggest checking out the excellent Jack Reacher. And if for some reason you want to watch Crash again, now’s the time. Check out the full list of titles departing Netflix in June below. Leaving June 1st Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) City of Ghosts (2003) Dance with Me (1998) Deep Blue Sea (1999) DeRay Davis: Power Play (2010) Dream Lover (1994) Drugs, Inc.: Season 23 Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Frankie and Johnny (1991) I. Jane (1997) Garfield and Friends: Vol. 12 Hatchet II »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the most under-appreciated shows on television is Bryan Fuller's Hannibal. The series takes a revisionist approach to telling the stories covered in the films Red Dragon, The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising all while using a very distinct visual style that is scarier and more disturbing than almost anything on television. Unlike the pulpy Bates Motel series, Hannibal is as high class as it's title character. When season three premieres in a few weeks, Hannibal is »
- Alex Maidy
It's last call for a lot of great movies that are leaving Netflix in June, including "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), "Rain Man" (1988) and "The Rocketeer" (1991). Also, say goodbye to Best Picture Oscar winners "Amadeus" (1984), "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), and "Crash" (2004). And take a bow, Madonna: Your films "Swept Away" (2002) and "Madonna: The Mdna Tour" (2013) are also being yanked in June, as is ex Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" (2000).
Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in June 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving June 1
"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
"City of Ghosts" (2003)
"Dance with Me" (1998)
"DeRay Davis: Power Play" (2010)
"Dream Lover" (1994)
"Drugs, Inc.": Season 2- 3 (2010 series)
"Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998)
"Frankie and Johnny" (1991)
"G.I. Jane" (1997)
"Garfield and Friends": Vol. »
- Sharon Knolle
Marvel has given us a glimpse at some concept artwork from Ryan Meinerding for Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in the Netflix series Daredevil, which looks pretty close indeed to the costume that made it on screen in the season finale…
“The tone that was really communicated was the sense of realism that they were going for,” Meinerding tells Marvel.com. “I think the way that [manifested itself in] the costume was through the armor and making it feel a little bit more padded than you traditionally think of Daredevil being. When we do these designs, there’s a concept of grounded and a concept of reality. The grounded nature that they brought to the vigilante costume was the simplicity and effectiveness, because you’re trying to conceal your identity but also [have to be] mobile enough to fight. When you do a super hero costume in that world, it’s hard to be as »
- Gary Collinson
I’ve written a lot about horror musicals over the years on Icons of Fright, and it would appear that I’m not the only one out there with a deep and abiding love for musical adaptations of beloved horror films. Young Frankenstein, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead, Carrie, American Psycho, The Silence Of The Lambs, Re-animator, and Little Shop Of Horrors are just a few horror films to get the musical theatre adaptation. Something about the combination of campy nature of spontaneously bursting into song and blood spraying everywhere is something many of us can’t get enough of. While I’m still waiting for Disney to get their shit together and make a Broadway version of Hercules, I’ve made myself a little dream list of horror films I hope get the musical treatment.
Fred Dekker’s deliciously campy masterpiece is just »
- BJ Colangelo
Two years after making his U.S. debut with the crackerjack kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ups his own ante with “Sicario,” a blisteringly intense drug-trade thriller that combines expert action and suspense with another uneasy inquiry into the emotional consequences of violence. A densely woven web of compelling character studies and larger systemic concerns, Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s bleaker, more jaundiced riposte to Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 “Traffic” may prove too grim and grisly for some audiences and too morally ambiguous for others. But with its muscular style and top-flight cast, this fall Lionsgate release should score solid (if less than “Prisoners”-sized) business from discerning adult moviegoers, along with dark-horse awards-season buzz.
- Scott Foundas
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
The hallmark of a great character actor is familiarity even if you don.t know their name. Scott Glenn is one of those actors you recognize when you see him even if the name doesn.t ring a bell. Having appeared in over sixty films including Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, The Hunt For Red October, Backdraft, The Silence Of The Lambs, and The Bourne Ultimatum, the 74-year-old actor has a resume that Hollywood actors dream about. In the last couple of years, Glenn has made the segue to the »
- Alex Maidy
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