George Stephanopoulos, Sky and Lara Spencer
This week, The Walking Dead celebrated its return by playing a zombie prank on unsuspecting New Yorkers, and Stephen Colbert sent Buddy Cole to investigate anti-gay laws at the Sochi Olympics. Courtney Love launched her own web series, and Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake YouTube channel premiered a TV-length sitcom. Also, Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres played a game of "Giant Jenga." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Samuel L. Jackson
While promoting his new film Robocop, Samuel L. Jackson did not take too kindly to a reporter confusing him with Laurence Fishburne on Monday morning and took KTLA's Sam Rubin to task for the mistake.
When Rubin said...
In yet another surprising casting move, the Superman vs. Batman film has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
According to a press release obtained by Deadline, The Social Network star will play the notorious villain opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.
Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, Hannibal
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the season finale of NBC's Hannibal. Read at your own risk.]
"Hello, Dr. Lecter."
Those words, so familiar to fans of Thomas Harris' novels and the films they've inspired, closed the first season of NBC's Hannibal, which ended with an inspired bit of role reversal...
Mads Mikkelson, Hugh Dancy
A chill wind blows onto your TV screen as summer beckons, with one last ghoulish chapter in the artful and macabre saga of NBC's Hannibal, Bryan Fuller's deliciously suspenseful and deeply unsettling twist on the Thomas Harris franchise. If we weren't in a boom time for quality drama featuring such an array of complex, morally ambiguous and compellingly portrayed male leads, the performances of Hugh Dancy as the psychologically broken profiler-for-the-FBI Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as his mentor/secret tormentor Hannibal Lecter would be slam-dunk Emmy bait.
The action is about to pick up on NBC's Hannibal.
On Thursday's Silence of the Lambs-esque episode, "Entrée," (10/9c), Eddie Izzard guest-stars as an imprisoned killer who, after murdering a nurse inside the asylum, now claims to be the Chesapeake Ripper. Refusing to believe that the big fish he's been chasing for years is already behind bars, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) sends Will (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) to question Izzard's character...
Alison Brie as Annie, Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown
Here's something you've probably never heard anyone say while watching NBC's Community: Yeah, that could happen.
And so it is this week, with an episode (8/7c) by Oscar-winning screenwriter/goofball extraordinaire Jim Rash (Dean Pelton), in which Troy and Abed go too far — what else is new — in their obsession with cheesy body-switching movies. Before you can say Freaky Friday, Troy is adopting Abed's dislocated mannerisms while Abed channels Troy's giddy swagger. Donald Glover and Danny Pudi are, as usual, a joy to watch, even if the message behind their madness is delivered with a heavy hand reflective of this uneven transitional season. And who could blame Rash for giving himself some of the best bits, as the Dean imagines he has pulled off his own body switch with his numero-uno obsession, the unamused Jeff Winger (Joel McHale).
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen
Could it be that NBC has produced a keeper in the deliciously creepy Hannibal? We shouldn't break out the proverbial Chianti just yet; the early returns have been modest, to put it mildly, but in this tough-for-NBC time period (Thursday, 10/9c) that the network once owned, it's looking better than it has lately (with an insta-dud like Do No Harm or the below-the-radar Rock Center). And the media buzz, while understandably mixed, is stronger than for most of the networks' midseason yawns. With repeats on the other networks this week, and featuring one of the show's most relentlessly unnerving chapters to date, this is as good a time as any to sample Hannibal's unsavory wares.
Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen
In a year that's already given us Fox's The Following and A&E's Bates Motel, some might argue that we don't need another serial killer TV show. And they'd probably be right.
But NBC's Hannibal isn't just another serial killer show.
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Taking characters from the Thomas Harris novels that inspired a film series that includes Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, executive producer Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has created a sophisticated drama that doesn't glorify the violence of mass murder but rather examines the toll that hunting serial killers takes on the minds and souls of those who hunt. In fact, even though the show is named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was immortalized as one of the greatest pop culture villains of all time thanks to Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning portrayal, the series — at least initially — isn't entirely focused on the cannibal in the three-piece suit...
Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel
You can't help but get a deliciously squirmy tingle when the infamous (to the viewer, anyway) Hannibal Lecter quips, "It's nice to have an old friend for dinner" while serving tongue to his guests, including an unctuous and chatty shrink whom Lecter sizes up by coolly noting, "Your tongue is very feisty."
This scenario takes place several episodes into the midseason run of NBC's feverishly twisted, fascinatingly macabre and visually remarkable procedural-with-a-twist Hannibal (Thursday, 10:01/9:01c), by which time I was completely creeped out and thoroughly hooked. In much the same way A&E's Bates Motel introduces a younger version of Norman Bates before he had his crazy mama mummified in the cellar, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal presents the mad Dr. Lecter before his secret identity as a cannibalistic serial killer is known to anyone but his victims. He is caginess personified, taking on the role of advisor and therapist to tormented FBI profiler/consultant Will Graham (from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon). Will has an ability to project "pure empathy" and see grisly crimes from the killer's POV, which Lecter describes quite accurately as "an uncomfortable gift."