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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Su-zakana”

With four episodes to go until the Jack-Hannibal blowout this season’s opening scene promised, Hannibal has briefly opted to return to its status quo. “Su-zakana” hews the closest to the show’s first-season procedural format than any episode since Will was imprisoned. Our protagonist isn’t just out of prison: he’s back in the field, assisting Jack Crawford, and back in the patient’s chair, consulting with Hannibal. The case of the Chesapeake Ripper is temporarily solved, and Will’s entrapment of the real killer has moved from a high-speed chase to a slower-speed seduction. Conveniently, though, as soon as Will and Hannibal stop duking it out for real, they find a couple of foils—perfect for a proxy war. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: “Futamono”

A recurring theme in “Futamono” is the paradoxical fact that even though he’s behind bars, Will Graham now has more control than he ever did once he was free. He successfully manipulated Chilton into bringing back Abel Gideon; ditto to the orderly he convinced to do the dirty work of murdering Hannibal. But “Futamono” was the episode where Hannibal regained the upper hand. “Cannibalism is an act of dominance,” Chilton observes, and this was an episode where Hannibal reasserted control: over Alana, over Gideon, and over the narrative of the Chesapeake Ripper. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: “Hassun”

It’s do-or-die time for Will Graham, literally: our hero’s haunting dream of flipping the switch on his own electric chair shows he understands the stakes of his trial full well. So does Hannibal, leading to the conflict of interests I’m hoping will continue to define this season. Dr. Lecter doesn’t want to get caught; it’s why he set Will up in the first place. But in his own way, he seriously considers Will a friend, and that concern might well be what lands this series’ namesake cannibal behind bars. Hannibal can’t tear himself away from Will, even when it endangers his own freedom. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: “Sakizuke”

Have we seen the last of Bedelia du Maurier? “Sakizuke” gave us the most insight we’ve gotten yet (which is to say, not much) into just how much Gillian Anderson’s character knows about her patient. It’s still not clear just what happened during her attack or what Hannibal had to do with it. But just as Hannibal breaks into her home sporting a full-on murder suit, she wises up and skips town—or, as she would put it, “withdraws from social ties.” Which robs Will Graham of a potentially formidable ally. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Kaiseki”

As the very first scene of its second season tells us, Hannibal is a somewhat unusual show in that the audience knows exactly how it ends. Over at Slate, Mark Peters made a similar observation, arguing that because Bryan Fuller’s beautiful, engrossing show doesn’t need to ratchet up suspense about where the plot is headed, we have breathing room along the way to soak in Hannibal and Will and their relationship’s unraveling. It’s like True Detective in that way: a character study wrapped in a loosely structured police procedural. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The good news: Claire Danes and her husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their first child. The even better news: It won’t affect the shooting schedule of Season 2 of Homeland. [via Vulture]

2. Apparently San Diego accidentally set off all of the fireworks in their Fourth of July display in just 15… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Hunger Games has already made more than $25 million from midnight screenings alone, and conservative estimates are that it will draw in something like $125 million over the course of its opening weekend. Do you have your tickets yet? [via Variety]

2. The LA County Coroner’s office has officially ruled that… Read More

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NBC Casts Lead Role for Hannibal Lecter Series

Deadline reports that Black Hawk Down and Martha Marcy May Marlene actor Hugh Dancy has been cast as troubled FBI profiler Will Graham in NBC’s upcoming series, Hannibal. The new TV show is not a remake of the 2001 film adaptation, but instead picks up at the beginning of… Read More

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Watch the Olsen Twins' Little Sister Escape from a Cult

Sean Durkin’s directorial debut Martha Marcy May Marlene — a dramatic thriller which tells the story of a woman (Lizzie Olsen) who escapes from a cult in the Catskills and attempts to reconnect with her sister (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy) — was one of the buzziest films to come out of Sundance this year, and garnered him a Best Director award. Now those of us who didn’t make it out to Utah can finally see why. Olsen is gut wrenching as broken, confused Martha, who is haunted by flashbacks of her time in Upstate New York; John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) gives a chilling turn as the cult’s Charles Manson-esque leader. Click through to watch the trailer, and let us know in the comments if you plan on checking this one out. … Read More

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Dream Casting HBO’s Adaptation of A Visit From the Goon Squad

As we’ve all heard, the folks over at HBO have closed a deal to turn Jennifer Egan’s recent Pulitzer prize-winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad into an HBO series. No word on what exactly that will mean yet, however – the book spans so many generations and expands in so many directions that they’re going to have a tough time pinning it down to just a series. Or maybe they won’t – that’s the magic of television. After all, Egan has mentioned that she thought about The Sopranos while writing the book, so maybe there’s hope yet. As long as they figure out how to show that Power Point chapter. Regardless, the whole thing has got us thinking about the actors we’d pick to play our beloved characters from Egan’s masterpiece, but since the book spans so many characters at different points in their lives, we thought we’d just pick one of our favorite sections — the safari chapter — and cast that one. If you haven’t read the novel yet and want to play along at home, this chapter is actually available online — it was also published as a standalone short story in The New Yorker. Yep, it’s that good. Click though to see who we’d pick to play some of our favorite characters from A Visit From the Goon Squad, and let us know your own picks in the comments! … Read More

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