PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk HANNIBAL

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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 after the wild Season 2 finale that left everyone in a state of peril, the anticipation for Season 3 and answers for where it will all go next is growing, as fannibals wait for the show’s return.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Dr. Hannibal Lecter”) and Laurence Fishburne (“Jack Crawford”), along with show creator Bryan Fuller, talked about their first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, how the undercurrent of love between Hannibal and Will shapes their understanding of their characters, that Season 3 will show how much everyone has been changed by the events of the finale, what Hannibal will be wearing now, learning more about the relationship between Hannibal and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson), casting Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki’s attendant Chiyo, getting back into the lab in the second half of the season, the possibility of the appearance of Clarice Starling, and why the original seven-season plan is now a six-season plan.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win HANNIBAL Season Two and HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray

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Damn I wish I was eligible for this giveaway.  NBC’s Hannibal might be the best looking show on network (or cable, for that matter) television.  It’s so well shot, gory and archly funny that Blu-ray is really the only option (don’t forget that even those 1080p iTunes downloads are still compressed).  And Halloween: The Complete Collection captures all of the films in that series, from John Carpenter‘s all-time original on down to Rob Zombie‘s two interpretations.  This also includes a pristine remaster of the long-lost producer’s cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.  I can’t wait until I can see that cut myself.

The contest opens today.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Hannibal Season 2 or Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray.  We’ve got three copies of Hannibal and one copy of the Halloween box to unload. 

New to Blu-ray: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GODZILLA, HANNIBAL Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a tear-jerking box office smash, the King of the Monsters, the second season of the most visually arresting show on television, and more.  Briefly:

Vin Diesel Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, His Reaction to the Finished Film, Another RIDDICK Sequel, KOJAK, XXX 3, His HANNIBAL Trilogy, More

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Opening this weekend is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences,Guardians of the Galaxy should be a big hit with moviegoers and it helps to explain why Marvel was so quick to announce that a sequel is coming July 28, 2017.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Vin Diesel.  He talked about his reaction to watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, taking his kids to the screening, the status of another Riddick sequel, upcoming projects like Kojak, his Hannibal trilogy, xXx 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

HANNIBAL Comic-Con Recap; Bryan Fuller and Cast on Who’s New in Season 3, Doing RED DRAGON, and Why You Won’t see Clarice Starling Anytime Soon

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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.

Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Vin Diesel Says He’s Gearing Up to Make KOJAK and XXX 3; Reveals Michael Caine Has Joined THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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While not every project in Hollywood actually comes to fruition, despite the years of development put into it, there are a few projects that Vin Diesel has been attached to for some time that he remains focused on getting made.  It may have taken nine years, but the Chronicles of Riddick follow-up Riddick finally came to pass last year, and now Diesel says he’s tackling two long-talked-about projects in the near future.  Steve recently spoke with Diesel in anticipation of the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he voices Groot, and the actor revealed his next three projects.  After the fantasy-actioner The Last Witch Hunter, which Diesel is making next, the actor says he will move on to Kojak, followed by xXx 3.

Hit the jump for more, including news on the addition of Michael Caine to The Last Witch Hunter and a status update on the long-developing Hannibal.

Michael Pitt Talks I ORIGINS, a Possible Return to HANNIBAL, and Working With John Travolta on CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

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I Origins is in select theaters after being picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.  The film is an effective and affecting piece, gorgeously directed with some really great performances.  I had a few issues with the script here and there, but overall I left the theater feeling impacted in a pretty unique way.  But don’t take my word for it, read Adam Chitwood’s glowing review and check out the trailer if you’re unfamiliar with the project as a whole.

In the film, Michael Pitt plays PHD student Ian Gray, who is out to prove intelligent design to be a falsehood by demonstrating that the eye can undergo evolution.  Along the way he falls in love with both Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) and his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling).  I sat down with Pitt in Los Angeles earlier this week to talk about his work on the film and how he calibrates his performance to play the same character at completely different points in his life.  We also discussed a potential return to the character of Mason Verger in Hannibal Season 3 as well as his upcoming movie with John Travolta, Criminal Activities.  Hit the jump for the interview (you can find my interview with Marling here).  I Origins is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.

The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife‘s best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Caroline Dhavernas Talks HANNIBAL, Her Character’s Arc, Filming the Season 2 Finale, Evolving the Show in Season 3, and More

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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 actress Caroline Dhavernas (“Dr. Alana Bloom”) for this exclusive interview about the incredible Season 2 finale, when she found out about the events that occurred in it, how Hannibal on the run in another country is going to force the show to take a bit of a turn, how exciting it is not to have to be repetitive, shooting the big confrontation, who Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) might have real feelings for, how physically challenging the final sequence was to shoot, and how much she’s enjoyed her character’s journey.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers. 

Bryan Fuller Talks HANNIBAL Season 3, Trying to Get David Bowie on the Show, Network Support, and More at the Saturn Awards

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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror recently held the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, celebrating the best of genre film and television at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, Calif.  Gravity took home the most awards, with five statues, while Marvel’s Iron Man 3 won the inaugural Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture award, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead both won three, and Hannibal took home Best Network Television Series.  Special Saturn Awards recognitions when to writer/producer Bryan Fuller (Dan Curtis Legacy Award), Greg Nicotero (George Pal Memorial Award) and Malcolm McDowell (Life Career Award).

While at the event, Collider chatted with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, who talked about how they get away with what they get away with on Hannibal, why he considers it an art show, the directors that influence him, both in the past and for the upcoming season, the metaphor of Will Graham being a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, that they’ll be breaking Season 3 into two chapters, that they were told by David Bowie’s people to check in again about his availability once they have the filming schedule for the third season, that he would love to get David Thewlis on the show, and how he’s been trying to get his Pushing Daisies cast on, as well.  Watch the video and/or read the transcript after the jump.

Executive Producer Martha De Laurentiis Talks HANNIBAL, Sex vs. Violence with the Censors, the Insane Season 2 Finale, HANNIBAL Season 3, and More

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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 the shift in tone for the new season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.

Hugh Dancy Talks About the HANNIBAL Season 2 Finale, How Fans Have Romanticized the Hannibal/ Will Relationship, HANNIBAL Season 3, and More

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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.

After a recent screening of the finale, held for Emmy nomination consideration and proving that this show is so cinematically beautiful that it should always be watched on the big screen, Collider was invited to chat with actor Hugh Dancy, who plays Will Graham.  During the interview, he talked about how he learned about the events of the Season 2 finale, how he viewed the ultimate outcome for his character as the peak of the Hannibal/Will romance, why the whole last kitchen sequence was so challenging to shoot, and finding some way for Hannibal and Will to communicate in Hannibal Season 3, with Hannibal on the run.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers

THE COLLISION: Episode 91 – MAD MEN, HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More TV

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV Editor Allison Keene to talk about the most recent seasons of Mad Men, The Americans, Hannibal, and Silicon Valley.  We also talk about Fargo and Louie, which are still in the middle of their current seasons.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Ant-Man and X-Men: Days of Future Past“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

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