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The three-year run of Hannibal, one of the most visually and narratively innovative series ever to air on television, broadcast or cable, came to a breathtaking conclusion Saturday night. I have already confessed to a bit of selfish melancholy that there will be no more surprises, no more opportunities to get lost in the show’s radical approach to reimagining Thomas Harris’s well-known and well-trodden scenarios, and no more sweet, agonized anticipation over what form the show, probably the most envelope-pushing of any network show ever aired, might take in its own becoming. But I must also confess that I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way Hannibal, all three seasons now fully unveiled, was orchestrated to a beautifully modulated finish that illustrated the truly expressive and even transcendent (of the limitations of a more audience-friendly, more comfortingly linear structure and tone) achievement of Bryan Fuller’s series. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? One fan creates a massive version of Lord of the Rings' Erebor with Legos, the short film Frozen Fever gets an Honest Trailer and Christina Applegate takes on the role of a lifetime in a new "biopic" centering on Meryl Streep. But first, the Real Fake History crew breaks down The Walking Dead's Battle of Woodbury. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Real Fake History Takes on The Walking Dead
Real Fake History wraps up its first season with a humorous look at the Battle of Woodbury in AMC's The Walking Dead. Instead of focusing on Rick and The Governor's forces going to war, the show centers »
Thomas Harris has gotten more mileage out of his various novels about Hannibal Lecter than I'll wager he ever expected, and like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, I'm guessing Harris has a complicated relationship with his most iconic and memorable creation. I was introduced to Lecter in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," and I immediately went out and found the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon" and read that, and it was clear to me immediately that Harris had found the perfect way to examine and comment on the way our pop culture is fascinated by human monsters. The movie wasn't a hit, but one of the advantages to working in a movie theater as a teenager was that I got to see things on the bigscreen for free as many times as I could sneak in during their run. I saw "Manhunter" four or five times, and then »
- Drew McWeeny
The events of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon has been adapted to the screen three different times; first in Michael Mann’s Manhunter; later in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon; and recently in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal. Fans of the original source material will continue to argue about which is best adapted, specifically the famous scene in where Will Graham visits Hannibal.To help those of us who care, video editor Matthew Morettini has put together a supercut that fuses the three different versions of this scene together. All three versions essentially borrow most of Harris’ original dialogue, making it easy for Morettini to splice together each version so that it cuts from one iteration to the next seamlessly. The video offers a chance for fans to see the difference in both, the performances by actors Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins and Mads Mikkelsen, along with the stylistic choices made by each director. »
Hannibal, in its TV incarnation, has drawn to a close. With the third season announced as its final chapter – at least in current form – creator Bryan Fuller talked to HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall about the potential future for his vision of Hannibal Lecter, Will Graham and the rest of his stylish, goresome series. The final episode – beware spoilers for those who have yet to watch it – saw Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will (Hugh Dancy) teaming up to bait Francis Dolarhyde, (Richard Armitage) the self-styled Red Dragon, out of hiding and ended up in distinctly Sherlock Holmes/Moriarty style.While Fuller didn’t divulge directly what might happen with our anti-heroes, he did speculate on potential future avenues for more of the story. “[Executive producer] Martha De Laurentiis is looking into financing for a feature film. The season four that we were going to tell is such a restart and reimagining that I »
The top two items on this week's list aired on NBC, but since one's already been cancelled and the other's being quickly killed off, it's feels wrong to call them "NBC shows." Both have been relatively acclaimed, but when it comes to the programming of what used to be known as TV's "Big Three," prestige alone doesn't sell. Those of us who favor the daring can be bummed about this, and blame the primetime broadcasters for not always backing their best. Or we can be glad these programs existed in the first place. »
I woke up at 4:39 this morning, thinking of Hannibal, the man, the series, and the serial killer, awash in blood and viscera. Through three seasons of Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen has redefined the character created by novelist Thomas Harris. The serial killer made an impressive debut in Red Dragon, first published in 1981. He was a cold-blooded homicidal maniac who gave FBI profiler Will Graham nightmares, in part because Hannibal tried to kill him, savagely. As downplayed by Brian Cox in Michael Mann's version, Manhunter (1986), he's chiefly memorable for the reaction he provokes in Graham (William L. Petersen), prompting him to race out of the prison where he's just interviewed him. Later, in Harris' The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal becomes a much more...
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“Hannibal” has likely had its last supper, concluding a somewhat ungainly third season that delved further into its literary underpinnings. Assuming there’s no stay of execution, the NBC series goes down as one of the most meticulously produced – and hunger inducing – in the recent annals of network TV, one that finally appeared to run out of options along with hospitable real estate.
Despite an extremely loyal cadre of fans, showrunner Bryan Fuller’s program endured various indignities during the course of its run, among them being moved to Saturday nights to mitigate ratings damage to the network. Viewing had always been low (with international financing keeping production viable), but tune-in shriveled further after its relocation. And while there was talk of a revival elsewhere, that always looked more hopeful than likely, demonstrating that Netflix and Hulu can’t always be counted upon to reheat network leftovers.
None of that »
- Brian Lowry
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Hannibal” season three finale, “The Wrath of the Lamb.”
Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” takes its leave from broadcast television in exactly the same manner in which it entered — full of style, subversiveness and some of the most cinematic imagery ever presented on the small screen.
Even fans familiar with Thomas Harris’ literary works would’ve had a hard time predicting how Fuller and his stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy would pull off the climax to Harris’ familiar “Red Dragon” story arc, but the team behind “Hannibal” once again made the material their own by focusing on the complex (but always compelling) relationship between Mikkelsen’s titular cannibal and Dancy’s criminal profiler, ending with a literal cliffhanger that was made a little less cruel (or more, depending on your perspective) by the post-credits stinger that saw Gillian Anderson »
- Laura Prudom
Tonight, Bryan Fuller and company gave us the end of "Hannibal" as we know it. Even if the money and logistics can ever be worked out for some kind of movie or miniseries featuring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and this creative team, the show's time as an ongoing TV series is done, and it ended in a way that functions as a conclusion to the story, even if it's one that may outrage some fans. (My finale review is here.) Earlier this week, I spoke with Fuller about that ending, potential ways he could continue the franchise, the challenges of finally doing a direct adaptation of "Red Dragon," and a lot more — including me having a very different interpretation of the post-credits scene than what Fuller intended — coming up just as soon as you take the key from around my neck... At what point in the season did you realize »
- Alan Sepinwall
As Hannibal closes out its run on NBC tomorrow night, it also puts the six-episode Red Dragon arc to rest. The story line comes from Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, where FBI agent Will Graham tries to catch the serial killer by enlisting the help of another — one Dr. Hannibal Lecter. With Bryan Fuller's interpretation, there have now been three major screen adaptations of the book, including Michael Mann's Manhunter and Brett Ratner's Red Dragon. In the former, William Petersen and Brian Cox play Will and Hannibal, and in the latter, it's Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. Video editor Matthew Morettini found that the dialogue in each one remained remarkably faithful to Harris's book, which allowed him to seamlessly re-create the scene where Will first approaches Dr. Lecter to ask for his help. The edit is remarkable, and it allows you to see the distinct variations in each interpretation. »
- E. Alex Jung
Read More: 'Hannibal' Canceled by NBC, But Bryan Fuller Hopes to 'Dine Again' In case you weren't aware, NBC's "Hannibal" is only the latest of many adaptations from Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon." It is, however, the first to appear as a television series. And what "Hannibal" also has in common with two other adaptations -- the 1986 film "Manhunter" and the 2002 film "Red Dragon" -- is its remarkably faithful interpretation of the scene in which Will Graham visits the imprisoned Hannibal Lecter for advice on his latest case, looking to see into the mindset of a killer to help him catch one. Commercial editor Matthew Morettini intercut the three different interpretations of the novel's conversation to create one cleverly compiled sequence. Each version of the encounter -- down to the dialogue -- remains considerably faithful to the source material, allowing "Recovering the Mindset" to transition seamlessly »
- Jessica Cariaga
Hannibal, Season 3, Episode 12, “The Number of the Beast is 666…”
Directed by Guillermo Navarro
Airs Saturdays at 10pm (Et) on NBC
Frederick Chilton has had a rough go of it in his time on Hannibal. He makes himself an easy target—the man has learned nothing, it would seem, from his disastrous experiences with serial killers over the years—but when faced with the enormity of the Dragon, Chilton is so unabashedly human, so relatable and terrified one can’t help but feel for him. Raúl Esparza has been a delight in the role throughout his tenure on the series, often giving a comedic lift to otherwise very dour episodes and arcs, but he’s particularly impressive here. Chilton’s terrifying capture by the Dragon makes up the center of the episode, but Esparza gets much more to play than fear. »
- Kate Kulzick
After three gripping and gory seasons, Bryan Fuller’s singular series has come to an end. In the lead up to the final ever episode, we take a look at the elements that made it such a beautiful, disgusting and messed-up show
This article contains images from the show that some may find distressing.
Never has eating people looked so good as on NBC’s Hannibal, but the show had all the reasons to be a failure. When books are made into films, and films made into TV shows, people are usually sceptical. There is precedent to say that adaptations are awful ideas, let alone adaptations of successful adaptations: the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs was faithful to the 1988 Thomas Harris novel and the Oscar count alone suggests the film did pretty well, but its successors – Hannibal, Red Dragon, Hannibal Rising – weren’t received quite as warmly.
The 2015 TV »
- Sian Cain
Hannibal season 3 appears to be gearing up towards a bloody finale to rival even the spectacular end of season 2...
This review contains spoilers.
3.12 The Number Of The Beast Is 666
This week’s episode, The Number of the Beast Is 666, is a tragedy. But I mean that generically, not emotionally.
Let’s face it. Dr. Frederick Chilton is a classical tragic figure. That is, he meets all the characteristics of Aristotle’s description of that character. The purported father of tragedy described the tragic hero as being defined by five things: a tragic flaw (or error in judgement), a reversal of fortune caused by that flaw, recognition that his own actions led to his fall, excessive pride or hubris, and a fate out of proportion with the error committed.
Dr. Chilton’s flaw, of course, is that, despite the fact that he is essentially the greatest of second-rate minds, Hannibal has »
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
Hannibal, old friend, you kinda lost me this week.
Look, I know Raul Esparza’s Dr. Frederick Chilton is vain, haughty, inept, smarmy, malicious and all sorts of other unpleasant adjectives. And I’ll admit I didn’t feel the slightest hint of sympathy when the dude had some of his organs painfully removed by Abel Gideon in Season 1 — or when Chilton took a bullet to the face (fired by the deeply addled Miriam Lass) in Season 2.
But there’s a difference between letting out a hearty chuckle at the end of »
Ricky Church reviews the twelfth episode of Hannibal season 3…
Don’t misunderstand; this was an outstanding episode. Even knowing what was going to happen, the episode was wracked with a tremendous amount of tension due to the great performances by the whole cast, but most notably Richard Armitage and Raul Esparza. As Hannibal’s penultimate episode ‘The Number of The Beast is 666’ may prove to be Hannibal’s best.
Restraint was something all the characters lacked in this episode. From the very beginning, everyone was voicing their opinions with no filter. Will was particularly blunt to Jack when he told him how glad he must be not have asked Will to act as bait, »
- Ricky Church
This review contains spoilers.
3.11 And The Beast From The Sea
The incomparable Laura Akers is off on vacation this week and asked if I might write something about this past week's Hannibal, And The Beast From The Sea in her stead. So prepare yourselves for something nowhere near as insightful and entertaining as Laura's regular work.
I've been a Hannibal obsessive since the series premiered in 2013. I've followed the trials and tribulations of Fuller and company as they struggled to stay on the air despite abysmal ratings, and while Season One had its weaknesses, I found Season Two to be remarkable from start to finish. The contentious nature of Season Three hasn't been an issue for me either, as I found the meandering time spent in Italy »
Ricky Church reviews the eleventh episode of Hannibal season 3…
This week’s Hannibal wasted no time getting started as the titular doctor immediately got to work on Francis Dolarhyde, manipulating the Red Dragon to do his bidding. It was an intense episode throughout as several pieces came to together in an efficient manner.
Mads Mikkelsen and Richard Armitage were on top of their games in ‘And The Beast From The Sea’. We’ve seen Hannibal manipulate others and do despicable things, but his actions in this episode were on another level as we’ve never seen him willingly put a mother and son, people he had never even met before, in danger out of pure spite. The fact that he reasoned it would be Will putting them in danger through his failure to protect them was a scary insight into his mind. It further proves that Hannibal is just as »
- Ricky Church
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