Looks like the movie Arctic that Mads filmed in Iceland back in late 2016 is finally surfacing. It was announced as part of the Midnight Screenings at Cannes this year. I'm so jazzed for this. There's already a clip out. Of all the projects he's got completed this is the one I'm most excited for. There's also the added bonus of Cannes being an awesome place for new Mads photos.( More Mads newsCollapse )
There's some good and bad news on the Hugh Dancy front.
He and his wife Claire Danes are expecting their second child sometime during the summer. That is such lovely, lovely news.
For those of us who enjoy his face and welcoming his work into our homes on weekly basis, sadly his show The Path will no longer provide that. Hulu has announced that it is not picking up the show for a fourth season.
I have mixed feelings about that. The show had some strong performances from the three main leads but honestly the show itself was kinda meh. The first season was alright and what I saw of the second season was not interesting enough for me. I got my Hugh fix from gifs on Tumblr and video clips of his scenes. Plus on a superficial level there was the unfortunate haircut he chose to have for that role. It was no bueno.( More Hugh newsCollapse )
We were all thinking it. Who in their right mind would want to do a TV series with Hannibal Lecter? Bad idea...move on. Oh and it's not going to have Clarice Starling because it's going to be a prequel to Silence of Lambs. Double nope. No Clarice, why even bother.
And then Bryan Fuller happened.
Followed quickly by director David Slade.
Then the show had the audacity to cast Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.
Fine, have it your way. I'll watch the damn show.
That quickly turned into OMG this show! This glorious, beautiful, unsettling, hypnotic and gothic show. Everything was perfect!
3 seasons and 39 episodes of Hannibal Lecter longing for a friend and not understanding how to engage with that companionship once he had it. 3 seasons and 39 episodes of Will Graham trying to balance his innate decency while trying to fight his inner demons. 3 seasons and 39 episodes of a dark and gorey romantic comedy between Hannibal Lecter and the behavioral specialist hunting him.
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- Music:"The Space in Between" by How To Destroy Angels
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You're gonna do me a solid and bring back Hannibal, right?
I'm not picky. I don't need production to start or for the writers' room to open this year. Just give me an official announcement.
P.S. If you want to throw in giving the producers of The Path some sense regarding Hugh Dancy's hair, I'd appreciate it. They need to realize that they're stifling Dancy's beauty by forcing his character to have that short, short hair cut. Hell, I'll even take them letting him rock some facial hair. The man wears the artfully scruffy beard like no one else.
Texas snow, y'all!
So it snowed two Fridays ago, with actual accumulation. When I went to work it was still on the ground. Then, the following day it was so warm that I ran errands in jeans and a T-shirt. Funny thing weather.
It got me thinking about inclement weather fic. It's one of my favorite fic tropes. Heatwave, rain, snow--I love them all. Two stories that quickly came to mind involving snow were from the Forever Knight and Hannibal fandoms. Excessive snow certainly has its uses for any enterprising fic writer.
[Forever Knight] Reckless Pantomime
Eve is one of my all time favorite FK writers and it was such a pleasure to go back and read through her story collection. Every story is a winner in my book. With Reckless Pantomime, a season 2 fic, a worsening snowstorm strands Natalie after an evening of movie watching. She admired his red brocade dressing gown. He thanked her, wisely electing not to let on that it had been a gift from Janette. After all, it was a very intimate sort of present, and far more expensive than the socks. Natalie's gift was both idealistic and sweetly practical; she had given him something she hoped he would need in the future. Janette's gift was an unspoken, sensualist claim on his body and affections: when she'd presented it to him, she'd whispered in his ear that she intended for him to model it later. And when she spent the day with him--an increasingly unlikely occurrence these days--she wore it around the apartment, despite the fact that she was never troubled by such petty mortal concerns as temperature or modesty.
[Hannibal] Reindeer Games
Her stuff is absolutely exquisite. This is much more of cracky fic, which she doesn't normally do, but it takes the show to task on its very, very pretty but very unrealistic snowfall. TV!Baltimore/DC certainly gets more snow than its real life counterpart. Of course the show was filled in Toronto so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I adore Magical_Destiny's take on Hannibal. I love it when he's at his creepy best. The man has zero chill when it comes to Will that it's kind of embarrassing. There's even an appearance by Hannibal's hopelessly devoted patient Franklyn at the tail end, so extra yay.The Will in his imagination was very like the loose, relaxed Will of this present moment of reality. He’d kiss either of those Wills, he thought to himself, even if the experience was tainted by the flavor of charred and preservative-poisoned gelatin.
Hannibal blinked. Now there was an interesting revelation. A desire to kiss Will — he hadn’t been aware of that before.
Will’s face was still painted with firelight when he pushed the books aside and maneuvered himself to lean against an armchair rather than sit in it. His gaze was far too perceptive for the amount of alcohol circulating in his blood.
“Do you want to kiss me?” Will asked bluntly, words slurring. “Sometimes you look like you do.” He regarded the fire, adding quietly, “Not sure how I feel about that.”
Hannibal felt his heart rate increase just a fraction — how curious. He wondered what he ought to say. Wondered what he wanted to say.
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So apparently there's an officially licensed Hannibal Lecter Halloween costume
. Someone perhaps took their job perhaps a little too seriously, but it's kind of hard to fault them for it. They weren't content with a simple product description for their Hannibal Lecter costume. Oh no, they wrote a gosh darn essay, but I will have you know Mr. Copywriter that not once did Hannibal serve fava beans. And you've got it way wrong about Hannibal's choice meats. That clay roasted thigh
looked pretty darn tasty. His "osso bucco
" looked absolutely delicious. And his infamous "protein scramble
", well he even got a grumpy Will Graham to admit it was good."There are many roads you can take in life. Life's many choices are not only about where you live and what you do for a living? It's about the little things. Do you decorate your house with original artwork? Can you feel comfortable taking the time to pause and notice fall colors in the city park? And most importantly, how do you feel about eating your enemies?
Hey, don't get us wrong. We don't think you should eat your enemies. We don't think you should even think about it. There are so many better foods to snack on rather than enemy meat. Have you tried deep fried cheesecake yet? How about blood sausage? We promise both of those foods are leagues better than the clandestine meals Dr. Lector used to whip up with fava beans. All we know is that one of the most prolific and weirdly likable villains of Hollywood history ate his enemies and before he got caught he seemed to be a pretty satisfied guy. He knew what wine to pair with what morsel of mystery meat. He could dissect any conversation to learn the truth about important people. Basically, he's everyone's favorite kind of monster, a monster with taste.
You're sure to feel pretty snazzy when you show up to your next costumed affair in this Hannibal suit. This dark blue ensemble has a wide checkered pattern just like the young psychiatrist from the TV show wears. You'll be ready to listen to people's issues while secretly plotting their demise in your paisley tie and matching pocket square. There are many roads to take this Halloween, take the one most tasteful. "
There's even a listing for Hannibal clear kill suit
with an equally enthusiastic write up.
Sorry bro. Mads wore it better. It wasn't even close.
Meanwhile, over at the Northern Stars website, a repository for Canadian actors and projects, had a neat little feature recently
about Canadian actors with horror roles on their resumes trick or treating in costume. Naturally Ger got a shout out.
GERAINT WYN DAVIES: Dress him up as a Metro cop with fangs, in tribute to his three seasons as an 800-year-old vampiric Toronto “graveyard shift” police officer on the Canadian TV series Forever Knight. Think nobody remembers the show? The entire series was recently re-released on DVD in Australia.This entry was originally posted at https://abby82.dreamwidth.org/69674.html, where there are comments. You may comment there using OpenID.
The Hollywood Reporter did a really great oral history
on X-Men: The Animated Series. The series premiered 25 years ago on October 31, 1992. (Somewhere my recording of that exists on Beta, lol)
Catherine Disher, as I'm sure many of us know, voiced Jean Grey and she's one of the voice actors interviewed for the piece. There's a teeny, tiny Forever Knight reference about how the show fit into her schedule.Catherine Disher, Jean Grey: I remember auditioning for Storm, but I don’t remember auditioning for Jean. I think they just gave it to me. … I was doing a vampire series that shot at night, and we would record X-Men on Friday mornings, so I would just work all night and show up without going to bed.
Disher: I remember us smoking in the recording studio. I remember because when I got pregnant, I had to ask people to not smoke when I was in the room. It just boggles my mind now, that we were allowed to light up in a recording studio.
Disher: My son, who is 24, was born during the X-Men years. His father voiced Charles Xavier, so it was great for him in grade school. He’d tell everyone that his Mom and Dad where Jean Grey and Professor X. They made these beautiful jackets for the cast based on our characters. I was pregnant at the time and we didn’t know the gender, so they made one for my child entitled, "Baby X.”
If you head over to the article Catherine provided two photos of the X-Men jackets given to her and her little "Baby X". It's a really precious thing.
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HANNIBAL LECTER: "This is all I ever wanted for you, Will. For both of us."
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WILL GRAHAM: "It's beautiful."
As the mournful strains of Siouxsie Sioux play us out with a song she wrote exclusively for the show, we bid a bittersweet farewell to a show that had no business being as good as it was. It was strange, it was unpredictable, and it was exquisitely nightmarish. It's a 'fever dream blood opera" series costar Hugh Dancy once called it and boy was he right. It's a show that concluded every season unknowing whether it would be its last. With every season finale they upped the ante. As the show got more and more avant-guard NBC continued to not know what to do with it. A cable quality show with cable ratings on network television was not an ideal situation. The gentleman cannibal might someday dine again and "the most interesting chapter in Will Graham's story" might be closer than we think. As long as the stars align in our favor.
- Music:"Love Crime" by Siouxsie