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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...
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...
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"Hannibal" showrunner Bryan Fuller was much more open with information at the show's Comic-Con panel, revealing that season 3 would jump ahead a year, eschew the Killer of the Week format, and introduce other Thomas Harris characters like Murasaki and Francis Dolarhyde. So when I got a chance the next day to sit down with Fuller, lead director David Slade and longtime Hannibal Lecter movie/TV producer Martha DeLaurentiis, I didn't have to spend a lot of time probing for information, and could instead go a little deeper on some of those revelations, like how Fuller intends to structure the story of Dolarhyde (the chief villain of "Red Dragon," the novel that introduced Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham), how Slade shot the chilling closing sequence of season 2, how the survivors of that bloody evening might look in season 3, and more. »
- Alan Sepinwall
In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .
And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »
- Gary Susman
Even a cannibalistic serial killer has to laugh sometime. Hannibal Season 2 is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD this fall, and one of the recently revealed special features is a blooper reel that shows the actors letting loose with some laughs amidst tense atmospheres at the dinner table, in a cell, at a crime scene, and more locations.
Entertainment Weekly recently revealed the gag reel, which will be included with the special features on the home media release of Hannibal Season 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The home media release comes with the following special features (courtesy of Blu-ray.com!):
Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes with Cast and Crew This Is My Design Documentary “The Style of a Killer” featurette “Bodies of Lies” featurette Hannibal Season 2: Killer Intentions Post Mortem with Scott Thompson (Webisodes) Deleted Scenes Gag Reel »
- Derek Anderson
Fans of NBC’s Hannibal--or fannibals, as they call themselves--came out in force at Comic-Con to support the dark, artsy drama, wearing flower crowns, black stag costumes and masks of the characters’ faces. Creator Bryan Fuller rewarded them with some juicy morsels about what (or who) his team of writers are cooking up for Season 3, including some new characters directly from the Thomas Harris novels on which the series is based. Moderated by British TV host Jonathan Ross, the panel kicked off with a montage of footage from the past season, including scenes the gut-wrenching finale, which left the fates of many of the characters up in the air. Cast members Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller), Scott Thompson (Jimmy Price) and Caroline Dhavernas (Alana Bloom) joined Fuller, director David Slade and executive producers Steven Lightfoot and Martha De Laurentiis on stage. We’ll serve up all the highlights from the panel after the jump. »
- Cindy White
Originality in any form is not something you're going to find in Brett Ratner's Hercules. Take any PG-13 sword and sandal film you've seen lately -- glossy and gritty, drenched in black blood -- and add touches of Gladiator and Braveheart and you have this supposed "new" tale of the son of Zeus, or, as the film tells us... like... the real Zeus. You know, the Greek God and stuffc You know the one... rightc Yeah, we get it! The easiest comparison is to say Ratner has "updated" Hercules in the same way Marcus Nispel updated Conan, though this film does seem better than that one if only because it's shorter. The Nispel comparison seems apt, though, if you consider the visual palette Ratner is working with and the overall blunt force numbness of the plot. Adapted from Radical Studios' graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", Hercules finds our »
- Brad Brevet
Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »
As part of the prehistory leading up to the film “Silence of the Lambs,” NBC's “Hannibal” producers tackled the big question: When will the show's events meet with the movie and when will Clarice Starling, the FBI newbie played spectacularly by Jodie Foster, enter the series. The TV series is based on (and the producers have rights to) “Hannibal,” “Hannibal Rising” and “The Red Dragon” novels by Thomas Harris. At the pace the series is going and in the way it's jumping through the novels, according to producer Martha DeLaurentis at Thursday's San Diego Comic-Con panel, the events of the. »
- Jethro Nededog
So this was a pretty exciting, albeit spoiler-y, panel. If you're one to worry about that, here's your warning. Otherwise showrunner Bryan Fuller had much to tease with respect to "Hannibal" Season 3.
Thomas Harris purists such as myself were a little dismayed this past season when it looked like one of our favorite characters, Dr. Frederick Chilton (Raúl Esparza) had been prematurely snuffed out. Turns out that we needn't have worried, since Esparaza made a surprise appearance on this year's Sdcc "Hannibal" panel to confirm his return.
"By the end of next season, I expect to have an eyepatch, a hump, and a parrot," he said. “I can’t believe how much people fell in love with Chilton this season...I love playing the part because he’s a total douchebag.”
On the topic of other returning characters, Fuller confirmed that we'd see Eddie Izzard's Abel Gideon once more, »
- Matt Serafini
NBC’s “Hannibal” took over Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con Thursday, with creator Bryan Fuller, EPs Steven Lightfoot and Martha De Laurentiis, director David Slade and cast members Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams on hand to tease the sure-to-be delectable developments ahead in season three.
Stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy were absent from the panel due to work commitments, but Mikkelsen sent his apologies via video from Denmark, while Dancy recorded a message from Australia, both thanking all the “Fannibals” for their support of the critically-acclaimed drama.
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The biggest reveal from the panel? Raul Esparza will be “a huge part of season three” despite his character, Dr. Chilton, being shot in the face in season three. Esparza (who worked with Fuller on “Pushing Daisies”) said that he trusts the writer implicitly, because no matter what kind of awful mishaps befall the twisted psychiatrist, »
- Laura Prudom
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening IMAX movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated “Hercules” starring Dwayne Johnson!
“Hercules,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mullan, Issac Andrews, Ingrid Berdal, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann from director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour” films, “Red Dragon,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”) and writers Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. It has been 10 days since our last update. During that time the second season of Hemlock Grove made its debut, but most recently three new genre films have been made available. First up is Michael Mann's Manhunter, an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon" and the first time we get to see Hannibal Lecter (as played by Brian Cox) on screen. If you're a fan of NBC's Hannibal, this is definitely worth a look. Even if you're not, it's still worth a look. Immensely better than Brett Ratner's Red Dragon, Manhunter is stylish, creepy and cool.
The post Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 7/17 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Some television shows feel like they're going to be smash hits before anyone's seen a frame of footage; usually because of the writers working on it, the network's reputation with its genre, or the popularity of the actors involved.
Other programmes even feel like they're simply too big to fail; such as HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Walking Dead, which also benefit from having rich source material to mine and a ready-made, evangelical audience.
But what about the TV shows that felt like bad ideas before they'd aired - or even during their debut season - yet managed to overcome widespread uncertainties and grow into well-regarded programmes it's hard to imagine we were ever unsure about?
Let's take a look at some recent examples of popular TV shows that didn't initially feel like they'd work, but proved the doubters wrong...
Expectation: A modernisation of a literary character »
Hannibal Season 2 is making its way to Blu-ray & DVD later this year, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, and an official release date has been set. Mark your calendars for September 9th, as that is when the second season will be available as separate Blu-ray and DVD editions. No special features have been announced at this time, but we’ll update this story when the full release details come in.
“From creator Bryan Fuller, “Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novels, this series is the prequel to the »
- Jonathan James
The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television. With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs. And with everyone’s lives in peril by the end of the Season 2 finale, there’s no telling who will still be a part of the show, when it returns for a very differently structured Season 3. Collider was recently invited to chat with executive producer Martha De Laurentiis for this exclusive interview about how she feels about the journey of the series, leading up to the insane Season 2 finale, her reaction when she learned of the events of the finale episode, that the sex scenes have to get trimmed way more often than the violence ever does, which elements of Red Dragon and Hannibal she’s hoping to see in Hannibal Season 3, and »
- Christina Radish
Walker was killed in a car accident in California in November 2013, leading to tributes from fans and friends around the world.
The actor reflected on the moment that he learned of Walker's tragic death in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I was driving with [my girlfriend] Lauren when she immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew," Johnson said.
"I pulled over and looked at my messages and had a moment where I just caught my breath. We said a prayer right then to give his daughter strength - because we had talked about our daughters.
"That's what we would talk about. Both of us were divorced, and we talked about the power of being a dad and the strong connection of a dad and his girl. Then once we got home, »
Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal"Photo: NBC When it comes to television I'm behind most everyone in the world. I just can't keep up with everything that's supposedly good on television and continue watching as many movies as I watch in any given week. There just isn't enough time. However, when I like something I stick with it and in the case of "Hannibal", I watched the first episode of the second season the day after it aired back at the end of February. It was largely as I remembered the first season ending -- snowy, bloody, gruesome, metaphorical, etc. However, I just wasn't feeling it so I didn't want to force the issue. So, over the course of the second season I let the DVR fill up with all thirteen episodes and over the last few days I watched those final twelve episodes. I was riveted and love how each »
- Brad Brevet
How great is NBC's "Hannibal"? Here's one way of measuring it. I've spent the three weeks since its second-season finale rereading the Thomas Harris books on which it's based, including the ones I disliked the first time, just for the pleasure of sussing out how showrunner Bryan Fuller reworked and occasionally subverted them. (The way Fuller treats the grossly homophobic character of Margot Verger is a master class in how you can revere a source without being beholden to it.)"Hannibal" shares its title with the third book in Harris' series -- which is also the last one I intend to reread; I love "Hannibal," but I don't "Hannibal Rising"-love "Hannibal" -- but it's set before the first. Should the show get so far, Fuller has said its fourth season will cover the events of 1981's "Red Dragon," which have already been filmed twice, by Michael Mann in 1986, as "Manhunter, »
- Sam Adams
Over the weekend, I was in Austin for the third annual Atx Television Festival, featuring lots of panels, parties and other opportunities for passionate TV fans to rub elbows with both one another and, at times, the people responsible for their favorite shows. As happens at an event like this, there was a lot of talk about TV both during the panels and between them, and one of the recurring questions (even before the screening of this week's episode) was this: How in the world does "Fargo" not only exist, but exist at the level of quality it's at? And that, in turn, led me to a related question: Which show's greatness is more improbable: "Fargo" or "Hannibal"? Now, I'm not wondering which show is better, but how steeply the odds were stacked against each to function as even good television, let alone as two of the best shows of »
- Alan Sepinwall
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