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Should ‘Hannibal’s’ Third Season Have Followed The Books So Closely?

8/30/2015 10:06pm EDT
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That’s it, folks. Hannibal’s over. It’s been a good run (phenomenal, really) and there are roughly 800,000 questions I’ve got after witnessing “The Wrath of the Lamb’s” final blood orgy of a cliffhanger (a literal cliffhanger, no less). But here’s the question that I think is most pressing:

Should Hannibal have clung so closely to Thomas Harris's novels this season?

This year’s been quite the departure from Hannibal season past. Those first two years started with the obvious broad strokes Thomas Harris provided (characters, settings, etc) and built their very own framework. The more exact...

‘Hannibal’ Recap: ‘The Number Of The Beast’ Is Total Nightmare Fuel

8/23/2015 10:55pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Hannibal’s always maintained a very delicate balance. One chunk of the show maintains that snail-slow art film vibe where characters spout mystical-sounding metaphors at each other. And then the other chunk produces some of the nastiest, most stomach-churning gore on TV.

“The Number of the Beast is 666…” last night’s second-to-last (sob) episode of Hannibal, felt like one of the first times the show really whiffed on that balance. This hour felt slow, right? Like, ponderously, upsettingly slow? At least until the last fifteen minutes or so, when the Red Dragon started rippin' lips and turn...

‘Hannibal’ Recap: Love, 'Hannibal' Style

8/16/2015 10:21pm EDT
Hannibal TV Series
You know what I could use a little more of in Hannibal? Hannibal. I love this show as much as the next rabid fan who hung on through appalling ratings and a switch to Saturday night, but the "Red Dragon" storyline, so far, has been very light on the actual Dr. Lecter.

Which kind of makes sense. Hannibal’s in custody throughout the entire “Red Dragon” story, and Will and Hannibal aren’t on great terms right now (especially after the whole whoops! Kinda sent Dolarhyde to murder your whole family thing), so Hannibal has so very little impact on the story.

I expect this is why we’ve seen so m...

'Hannibal' Recap: A Serial Killer Falls In Love

8/9/2015 6:49am EDT
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Shame on you, Hannibal. Shame on you for actually making me feel something like empathy for the Red Dragon. This guy shoots families in the head, and prances around doing nude Tai Chi, a la the bad guy in Die Hard 2.

And yet "...and the Woman Clothed in the Sun" actually made me feel for the guy. His relationship with Reba (I'm not sure if Hannibal's ever actually given us her name, but rest assured, it's Reba) is progressing and it's almost likable. In a weird, serial killer way.

Dolarhyde takes Reba to the zoo to pet a tiger. The entire sequence was this beautiful mixture of touching an...

'Hannibal' Recap: The Red Dragon Is... A Real Dragon?

8/2/2015 6:53am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Holy crap. Hannibal is on a roll- last week's "premiere" of the Red Dragon storyline was top-notch, and our second our, "And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…" (so long, food-based episode titles) hasn't lost a speck of momentum.

This whole "cop show" thing really gels with Hannibal, as much as I enjoy formless modern art European vacation TV.

This week: Will and Hannibal coalesce, Dolarhyde makes a friend, Abigail does serial killer prep work in flashback. Not much, as far as story goes (only two episodes into the Red Dragon stuff, Hannibal can afford to stop and savor things). But two mom...

'Hannibal' Recap: Hannibal Behind Bars

7/26/2015 7:06am EDT
Hannibal TV Series
Ahh, another Saturday Hannibal. It's a little awkward to upend your Saturday night plans to watch serial killers carve innocent families to pieces, but if NBC's exiling everyone's favorite killer to the doldrums, to the doldrums we shall follow.

And so much has changed since last Saturday. "The Great Red Dragon" continues after a three year time jump. Will is happily married and has a stepson. We don't see much of them together, but he genuinely seems like a standup, normal dad.

I'm guessing that'll change now that Will's done his lightbulb-swinging-in-front-of-the-camera "this is my desi...

Best Unknown Book To Screen Adaptations

9/6/2014 4:05pm EDT
High Fidelity
With the release of Innocence yesterday and the home video debut of A Long Way Down this Tuesday, it seems like we're in another phase where books are making their way to the big and small screens. Adaptations have long been a Hollywood staple, but it's not always obvious when a movie or TV show started life as a book. Many of the programs you've loved probably have an equally entertaining book behind them; you just haven't discovered it yet.

To that end, we've compiled this list of six great books that you might not know were behind six great film and television projects - in the hopes th...

Exclusive Video From Friday's 'Strike Back: Origins' Finale!

11/27/2013 2:15pm EST
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Cinemax's Strike Back: Origins comes to a thrilling conclusion on Friday, but you can get a sneak peek at it now with our exclusive video from the final episode.

While John Porter (Richard Armitage) tries to escape from Pakistan, Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) raises the suspicions of their colleagues, and ultimately decides to take the mounting situation into his own hands.

The major guest stars from last week - Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) - continue their arcs in this last installment.

Here's exclusive video previewing what happens to Porte...

'Strike Back': Preview 'Origins' Episode 5

11/22/2013 4:15pm EST
Strike Back
We're almost to the end of Strike Back: Origins. The fifth of six episodes airs tonight on Cinemax, and if you can't wait to get one step closer to the conclusion, we've got some teases for you.

Check out this preview clip from Episode 5, where the members of Section 20 - including John Porter (Richard Armitage) and Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) - learn about their latest mission.

Porter finds himself dispatched to retrieve a missing software engineer, whose disappearance might have something to do with the hacking of a missile guidance system in Afghanistan. Collinson has his own pro...

First Look At 'Strike Back' Prequel 'Origins,' Starring Andrew Lincoln

10/25/2013 2:15pm EDT
Strike Back
Although Season 3 of Strike Back is over, Cinemax is giving us a look into the origins of the franchise, with the US premiere of the original UK series that started it all. Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Richard Armitage (Spooks) star in Strike Back: Origins, a six-episode set that serves as a prequel to the adventures of Damian Scott, Michael Stonebridge and company.

Originally aired in 2010, this first installment of Strike Back focuses on John Porter (Armitage), a former elite military officer drafted back into service by one-time colleague Hugh Collinson (Lincoln) to work for hi...

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

10/1/2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling Among Contenders To Play Batman

8/6/2013 6:07pm EDT
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Zack Snyder's reported list of actors in the running to play Batman in an upcoming crossover with Superman includes some intriguing selections.

At the top of the list, as far as name recognition, are Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. Both have worked with Warner Bros. on Gangster Squad. Broslin is also working with the studio for Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Gosling, on the other hand, seems to be attached to just about everything these days.

However, the trend for DC Comics superhero movies is hiring lesser-known names so that their star power doesn't overshadow the chara...

Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

12/21/2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...

TV on DVD: 'MI-5: Volume 9'

7/15/2011 5:00pm EDT
This week, BBC Home Entertainment fulfilled its promise from earlier this year and brought us MI-5: Volume 9, the latest set of one of television's top dramas. Here's my review.

The Show

As I mentioned in my review of Volume 8, I'm a huge Spooks/MI-5 fan, and have been since the first episode. Even after all this time, when a new DVD set comes out, I run out and get it on release day and then spend the rest of my week watching it. It's definitely my favorite British series of all time and one of my favorite TV series of all time, period.

Yet there's a 'but' here. There's a rumor go...