abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)
It looks like Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play the villain in the the Chaos Walking YA movie adaptation with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland.

One one had it's got a great director in Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) with a pair of solid young leads, but on the other hand there's been some definite YA fatigue. I loved The Hunger Games movies. I went to see the first one completely blind and came out a total fan. I read all three books in one week and threw myself head first into the fandom and the fic. It's why I got a Tumblr. I know people point to the splitting of Mockingjay as a cash grab and part of the reason why people tired of YA movies but I loved those last two movies so much.

It's another villain role for Mads. Gosh darn it Mads! American audiences are never going to stop seeing you as a villain if all your English language roles are bad guys. However, Wikipedia describes his character Mayor Prentiss as "the mastermind behind the takeover, and later becomes self-proclaimed President of New World. He is extremely charismatic and manipulative, often choosing to play mind games instead of resorting to brute force. He learns to control his Noise, and can even use it as a weapon. Despite his cruelties, a running theme throughout the trilogy is whether or not he can be redeemed". That sounds pretty complex and Mads is no stranger to manipulative and charismatic characters. It's totally in his wheelhouse and he always plays those roles with great aplomb.

A high percentage of Mads' characters die in their movies. Chaos Walking is based on a trilogy of books and apparently Mayor Prentiss is in all three of them. So if the movies do well enough least we can count on three movies with Mads playing a significant role. And watching Mads' pretty, pretty face on the big screen is always such a delight.

I have no idea how big the role is. All I keep thinking is Donald Sutherland's role in The Hunger Games for reference, but something tells me the role might be bigger. Filming starts before the end of the summer and will likely go on for about 3 months in Montreal. I know some people were starting to wonder about a conflict with any potential Hannibal season 4. If the gods smile down on us I think the best case scenario for season 4 will be that it won't get started until late summer or early fall in 2018. By then season 2 of Bryan Fuller's American Gods should be wrapped. I think Daisy Ridley's schedule on the final Star Wars movie will inform when the second Chaos Walking movie will go into production. I don't think it should conflict with the Fall of 2018. And even if there's a slight overlap with Mads' schedule, Hannibal films in Toronto which is obviously only a hop, skip and a jump away from Montreal. Now if we do get some location shooting in Buenos Aires or if they can swing Cuba, well then that's something both productions are going to have to negotiate schedule wise.

I'm happy Mads is working again. After the huge promotional obligations he had for Rogue One and Doctor Strange he deserved some major time off. I just don't want to read another trilogy of books. I remember coming across the premise of the series and it struck me as pretty ridiculous. However people whose opinions I trusted would rave about the books on Tumblr. Then Doug Liman got involved and Charlie Kaufman for the screenplay I started to wonder if there was something there. I seriously don't want another obsession but I desperately want to know more about Mads' character. The character sounds interesting but boy does that premise sound hokey.

Mads has a history of picking some really interesting projects. That's one thing I've really appreciated as I've delved into his back catalog. I also think he and Tom Holland are going to get along famously. They're both former dancers with gymnastics backgrounds and their energy levels are both off the charts. The promotional tour is going to be bursting with cuteness. I can feel it in my bones.

abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"I told him to leave, 'cause I wanted him to run. Because...because he...he was my friend. And because I wanted to run away with him."--Will Graham


abby82: (Erica says thumbs up)
Guess who found her missing Forever Knight DVDs? :::waves hand in air::

I was talking to my brother about how they'd completely fallen off the face of the earth and he oh so nonchalantly mentioned that he had them.

Um...why and how?

Apparently, many, many years ago he wanted to properly sit down and watch The X-Files. I of course have the DVDs so he borrowed them from me.

He said I kicked up a fuss about letting him borrow the actual boxset of XF seasons 1 & 2 (hey, they're fragile and back when I bought them a "sale" was $50) so I told him that he could borrow one of my DVD sleeves with the discs inside. He took the opportunity to go "shopping" in my DVD collection and loaded up with other shows he wanted to watch. That sleeve had all three seasons of Forever Knight, the first two of The X-Files, season 1 of Millennium, season 1 of Heroes, and season 1 of Batman the Animated Series. That's a whole lot of shows that went AWOL. Now he didn't actually want to watch FK but the discs were already in the sleeve so he left them in rather than remove them.

The reason I had no memory of this was because with my blessing he loaded up while I was at work. Still, they were missing for YEARS and I never noticed.

Nevertheless, my pretties are back in my possession. Series rewatch here I come!

Dare I hope for some fic inspiration like back in the good old days.




abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)
"Betrayal and forgiveness are best seen as something akin to falling in love"--Bedelia Du Maurier

 
abby82: (FK--Nick/Natalie)
fandom: forever knight
category: AU-ish
rating: PG-13
author’s note: Happy Canada Day! This is a tiny excerpt from a much, much larger story I started back in 2008 or so. All you gotta know is that Nick's human. Don't ask me how. It just came about. Maybe he stumbled upon a four leaf clover or a Jinn or something.
word count: 748
disclaimer: they don’t belong to me, no money is being made. I’m only borrowing them.


summary: Nick and Natalie celebrate Canada Day...sort of

The air outside is warm and the view of the harbor from the roof of his building is unobstructed. Recently building contractors have been sniffing around looking for prime real estate to develop and for the moment the neighborhood is devoid of construction cranes and makeshift protected sidewalks. Now if only Natalie would decide to grace him with her presence. She’s on night shift rotation again and Nick is hoping that she’s able to trade off the rest of her shift before tonight’s festivities begin.

The sound of the garage opening down below announces Natalie’s arrival home as Nick takes another sip from his beer. Wine just doesn’t seem appropriate for a summer night outside with the woman he loves and a Canada Day light show compliments of the city of Toronto. It’ll only be a matter of minutes before she finds his note downstairs alerting her to his whereabouts. The minutes tick by slowly for Nick before the rooftop door finally opens and she emerges still dressed from work but also bearing a bowl of popcorn.

“You made it,” Nick says, stating the obvious.

Read more... )
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)
"Before we begin you must all be warned...nothing here is vegetarian. Bon appétit." -- Hannibal Lecter
 
abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"What have you gotten yourself into, Bedelia?"--Hannibal Lecter

 
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)
"Here we are, a bunch of psychopaths helping each other out."--Freddie Lounds



abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)

"You're the head of the Behavioral Science Unit, Jack. If you don't like my answers, get some of your own."--Will Graham

abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
Today's the two year anniversary of the Hannibal season 3 premiere.

Season 3 is the season of Hannibal that I both adore and get frustrated by. It's split into two parts that were originally meant to be two separate seasons. The first half is 7 episodes of the Italy/Hannibal on the run arc and the last 6 episodes are dedicated to a retelling of the first Thomas Harris novel 'Red Dragon'. That features Hannibal behind bars and institutionalized at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

During season 2 Bryan Fuller saw the writing on the wall. The show's ratings were not good and financially they couldn't swing the budget to film extensively in Europe like they originally intended. So, he combined seasons 3 and 4 of his 7 season plan and made it into a 6 season plan.

The first 7 episodes of the Italy arc are visually stunning. Season 3 ups the ante in such a bold way that it was bound to alienate some of its viewers. Bryan Fuller told his directors, "make the most pretentious art film of your dreams" and boy did they. It's a dark fairy tale filled with bloody nightmare imagery. Half the time you had no idea if what you were watching was a dream sequence or actually happening.

Unfortunately, the limited episodes short changed some of the characters, both new and old, and their storylines. Early versions of the scripts and the episode commentaries done by Bryan Fuller and his group of writers hinted to storylines that were cut due to time constraints during filming and within the episodes themselves. Some detractors of the Italy arc blame the slow pacing for the poor development of new characters. I personally loved the pacing and felt the show earned it. I blame the limited episodes. The Italy arc could have benefited from one or two more episodes. The Red Dragon arc definitely needed at least one episode to touch upon Will's state after Hannibal was arrested. 

After season 1, the Italy arc is my most rewatched segment of the show. I adore it that much. It doesn't hurt that I had the privilege or watching both the premiere and second episode on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse during the ATX Festival. It was quite the experience to witness the highs and lows of Will and Hannibal's relationship at this moment in time with a room full of fellow fans. 

I'll be doing a weekly rewatch of the season. In 12 weeks the exclusive US rights contract for Hannibal currently held by Amazon expires and the show's producers can approach other outlets to see if they're interested in getting the band back together. It's the beginning of the end. At least we'll know if we're holding on to false hope or if we get to see what Will and Hannibal have been up to since the season 3 finale.
 



 
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

“Sometimes...at night I leave the lights on in my little house. And ... walk across the flat fields. When I look back from a distance, the house is like a boat on the sea. It's really the only time I feel safe.”--Will Graham



abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"I can undo what I said. I can also make it a lot worse."--Freddie Lounds

abby82: (FK--Nick & Schanke)
So I wanted to revisit a handful of season 3 Forever Knight episodes for a story I'd like to finish aaaand the case is empty. Not a single DVD is in there. Hmmm. I check my season 1 & 2 cases and they too are empty. Curiouser and curiouser.

I have two of those large CD/DVD wallets from back in the day that I'd use when I'd come home from college and they're not in there either.

The only one in there is the first disc of season 1 which I had lent out to a former receptionist at work many moons ago. She was a big fan of vampire romance novels and Buffy so I lent her disc one and she lent me one of her books. I read her book (it was not good) but she eventually returned Forever Knight unwatched. Well that's the only disc I have.

I'm genuinely stumped. I know it's been a while since I've revisited the show, but it is rather hard to misplace several DVDs.
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

"Killing must feel good to God too. He does it all the time."--Hannibal Lecter


abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"Can I borrow your imagination?"--Jack Crawford



 

abby82: (FK-Nick Knight)
YouTube is a gift. Especially when you fall down the rabbit hole and come across some hidden gems. That brings us to this utterly delightful video exploration of Forever Knight, it’s characters, plotlines, etc. You can find it on the YouTube channel Movie Nights. It's jokey and snarky but also a thoughtful look at the series.

A lot of thought was really put into it. The four episodes covering Forever Knight and Nick Knight range in length from 15 minutes to 18 minutes. You can find part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

The reviewer really enjoyed the series and has plenty of praise to go around. "It's a delightful slice of early 90s cheese and intrigue. A mix of cop drama and vampire shenanigans. Nick is played perfectly by Geraint Wyn Davies, a Welsh actor, who alongside a wonderful supporting cast made this show a cool, dramatic ride."

Definitely check this video series out and be prepared for some laugh out lines, "Who stole the museum goblet? Why it's LaCroix, Nick's sire and eternal pain in the ass."



 
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

I'm not really into Star Wars. I've seen the original trilogy. I've seen the prequels and that's pretty much it. The new ones don't hold any interest for me. However, I did see and enjoy Rogue One. Of course the only reason I set foot anywhere near that movie was because of Mads Mikkelsen, but it was a thoroughly entertaining movie that I would definitely recommend to any non Star Wars fan. And as for Mads...well Mads was Mads. Awesome as always and look! Playing a good guy in an English language movie. The last time he did that was like 10 years ago.

So now I've got a few Rogue One recs that have managed to slip onto my radar.

First up is a beautiful Rogue One vid by Vanity Sin which focuses on the Erso family and Orson Krennic.





Fic Recs:

The Best of All Possible Worlds by [archiveofourown.org profile] TigerPrawn

A secret experimental device. A means of escape. A new world with a familiar face. Galen Erso is a man displaced who needs to get home. Wrangled into helping. Persuaded by his Hippocratic oath. Held by his fascination. Mortimer Granville is a man on the verge of great things, greater than he could possibly know. They are both optimistic.

Notes: It's a curious thing. In Rogue One, Mads Mikkelsen plays scientist Galen Erso. Felicity Jones plays his grown daughter Jyn Erso. In 2011 Felicity Jones had a supporting role in the Victorian romantic comedy Hysteria. A movie about the invention of the vibrator. Seriously, check it out. It's a hidden gem. Anyhoo, said movie also starred Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal and King Arthur costar. Dancy's Mortimer Granville romanced Felicity Jones' Emily Dalrymple in the movie. So naturally someone decided to take that coincidence and run with it. The result is a charming crossover in the grand Hannigram AU/Rarepair tradition. Let the shy awkwardness and Victorian sexual tension between Galen and Mortimer commence. If you ask me Mortimer doesn't really get his due in Hannigram AU fic and this story lets his character shine.

The Speed of Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] Magical_Destiny

"My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in the desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things, but mainly about love.”

Notes: I get so emotional with Spacedogs stories. They are my favorite Hannigram AU pairing. Nigel and Adam make me smile. They make me cry. They are the best pick me up when you want to lose yourself in a story. Magical_Destiny is a beautiful writer and she deftly melds Star Wars with the world of Spacedogs. Nigel crash lands in Tatoonie and makes his way to a cantina in Mos Eisley where he runs into Adam. Adam is trying to commission a pilot to take him back to Alderaan. This story takes place during New Hope so I think you know what they're not going to find. If you're in the mood for a thoughtfully planned out crossover give this Spacedogs in actual space story a gander.

Scattering Stars Like Dust by [archiveofourown.org profile] hesterbyrde

Two years before the events of Rogue One, Galen Erso is hard at work devising a plan to weaken the Death Star. He is joined on the Eadu Research Station by Adam Raki, a brilliant navigations specialist. A relationship is born from their abiding lonliness, their passion for science, and their belief that the stars are for everyone.

Notes: Adam and Galen fit perfectly together. To steal a line from Hannibal, they are "identically different" and hesterbyrde brings out their personality with panache. There's such a small window for these characters and not a single moment in this story feels wasted. Their time together is well lived in. God knows these two need it.
 
Dust to Dust by [archiveofourown.org profile] Magical_Destiny

Galen Erso: a life.

Notes: Galen Erso is an extremely fascinating character. There are the obvious Robert Oppenheimer parallels in which scientific pursuits led to the creation of weapons of unspeakable destruction. In this short and potent story Galen's life is told in short burst before and after he's taken to work for Krennic. It's so incredibly sad but at the same time hopeful. Galen has lost his wife and he doesn't know of Jin's fate but he can persevere.

May the 4th be with you!
 
abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
For the past four years I have had a deep love affair with the TV show Hannibal. I fell hard. And even though it ended after three seasons almost two years ago, I've still got it bad.

And now Bryan Fuller, the man behind Hannibal and other beautifully creative shows like Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, has a new show and it's premiering tonight on Starz. Pretty much every critic I have read has said that his American Gods, based on the Neil Gaiman novel, is pretty much Hannibal season 4. That just grabs at my heart and gives it a good hard squeeze. The reaction from fellow fans on Tumblr confirms it. One fan described it as coming home and having all the furniture rearranged. Bryan is still at the helm delivering beautiful television, all of the directors on American Gods are former Hannibal directors, and a great number of the behind the scenes personnel are also Hannibal alums.

I'm not going to watch because I don't have Starz, but we live in a recap world and tomorrow I'll get to catch up on all the comings and goings of this new show. Plus, Tumblr will give me all the pretty, pretty shots in gif form. However I'm probably not going to seek this show out until the end of the year. I'm still smarting about the absence of Hannibal season 4. Once we find out officially from Bryan whether or not a season 4 will happen I'll be able to move on.

I just really miss my show and I'm pining.

I'll likely do a Hannibal season 1 rewatch during American Gods time. Episode 1 Aperitif with grumpy anti-social Will Graham and Hannibal the friendly neighborhood cannibal psychiatrist will be on queue.
abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
I've signed up for the free one month preview so I can check out The Handmaid's Tale. It' s got 10 episodes so if I like it enough I'll sign up for an additional month to finish it off. Although I don't plan on keeping it past then. I already have Amazon Prime and Netflix and that's more than enough for me.

In addition to The Handmaid's Tale I also plan to checkout the first season of unReal (I heard it was good but dropped off during the second season), the original Danish version of The Bridge (the US/Mexico version was alright), The Path (hello Hugh Dancy even if he does have that awful haircut), and maybe Fargo.

I'm both happy and bummed to discover that Smallville is here. Almost all of the other WB/CW shows ended up on Netflix but sadly Smallville wasn't one of them. Now it's on Hulu exclusively so once I cancel, it's bye-bye Smallville. Yes, I have the DVDs and yes, I have several episodes on iTunes but the convenience of streaming is so nice. Plus I'm lazy.

I'm positively giddy to discover that the BBC adaptation of Daniel Deronda starring a baby Hugh Dancy is also on Hulu. And because life is about extremes, I'm also amused to discover that Savage Grace, an indie movie mostly known for being about an incestuous relationship between Julianne Moore and a very, very young Eddie Redmayne, is also available. Of course the selling point for that movie is that Hugh Dancy has a small role as Julianne Moore's lover and gets engaged in a three way scene between mother and son. Tumblr gifs of that movie have him slinking around like a boss in a very fetching white fedora.



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