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April 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The fourth episode of NBC's serial-killer drama "Hannibal" scheduled to air next week has been pulled because of concerns over violence in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and other violent incidents. Bryan Fuller, who created the series, asked NBC to pull the episode, which featured guest star Molly Shannon as a woman brainwashing children to kill other kids. The fifth episode of the drama will air in its place. Clips from the fourth episode will appear on the website along with an introduction by Fuller explaining why he felt the content might be too disturbing.
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April 5, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Gillian Anderson did the unthinkable when she achieved pop culture fame as skeptical FBI agent Dana Scully in the landmark "The X-Files. " When the series ended in 2002 after nine seasons, she walked away from American television, moved to London and began taking on a variety of smaller-scale theater and film projects. Now, a year after the 20th anniversary of the start of "The X-Files," Anderson is more visible than ever in three TV series. She stars in BBC Two's "The Fall" as a senior police detective investigating serial murders, and NBC's "Crisis," in which she plays the chief executive of an international IT conglomerate whose daughter is kidnapped.
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BOOKS
November 16, 1986
So Mark Twain was born in Hannnibal, Miss. (The Book Review, Nov. 2). We learn something new every day. We will have to change that song from "Damn Yankees": "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo." to "Barefoot Kris from Hannibal, Miss." DAVID BOLENDAR Long Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays) . This week -- April Fool's Day, as it happens -- begins a second season for Amy Schumer's brilliant, biting sketch-cum-stand-up-cum-interview show. Although Schumer, who is 32, has been doing stand-up for about a decade, as with Louis C.K., it took a television show, and the authority of a few passed years, and the time being right, to make her gifts and purposes widely clear. As before, the subject is largely sex -- the series' very title is a porn trope -- a subject much, even too much, on the minds of people who make television.
BOOKS
February 1, 1987
Neither your reviewer, Hugh O'Neill, who said Mark Twain was born in Hannibal, Miss., nor letter writer David Bolendar, who said he was born in Hannibal, Mo., is correct. Twain was born in the small town of Florida, Mo., as he says in the very first sentence of his autobiography. He adds: "The village contained a hundred people and I increased the population by one percent. It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town." He did grow up in Hannibal, however.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1991
Once again I am completely disgusted with the Los Angeles Zoo ("Sale of Elephant to Mexico Zoo Protested," Metro, Sept. 20). Sounds to me like they are unloading Hannibal because Asian elephants are so common now. Doesn't 11 years account for anything? LAURY MILLER Murrieta
NEWS
January 17, 2001
I must agree, to a degree, with Joyce Westbrooks (Letters, Jan. 8). My difference is that we (African Americans) not only need to be included in books on U.S. history but also world history. As a child in third grade, I was told by one of my white teachers: "It is too bad that you don't have any black heroes." Fortunately for me, a black librarian gave me a book to read. It was about Hannibal. Although the book never called Hannibal black, it did describe his father. He was definitely black!
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February 13, 2001 | JAMES P. PINKERTON, James P. Pinkerton writes a column for Newsday in New York. E-mail: pinkerto@ix.netcom.com
"Hannibal" is devouring the competition. In its first weekend of release, the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" took in $58 million, making it the third-largest Friday-to-Sunday opening in Hollywood history. That the continued adventures of Hannibal "the cannibal" Lecter, the suave hero-villain portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, can sell so many tickets speaks volumes about the grossed-out state of popular culture today. But tomorrow could be different because social trendlines have a way of zig-zagging, even reversing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
“Wonderfalls” (20th Century Fox DVD); “Bent” (Hulu). It will always be the case, and more often than not, that good television series are canceled before their time (and, as seems increasingly important in a serial world, their conclusion). Still, as we do with the real people of Earth, we can celebrate the life even as we mourn the death. Here are two shows cruelly cut down in their prime that nevertheless managed to tell what feel like complete stories, and both of which are still available for you to see. In stolen moments over the last couple of weeks I rewatched, in its 13-episode entirety, “Wonderfalls,” a sweetly cynical 2004 romantic fantasy whose creative team included Todd Holland, Bryan Fuller and Tim Minear, a television Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1992
Hot on the trail of Hannibal's death, we have the death of the tiger cub from Malaysia (March 25). The importation of these animals and their transportation to faraway zoos, even for breeding purposes, should be abolished unless complete responsibility can be taken from the beginning of the journey to the end by people who are knowledgeable and devoted to the animals' welfare. RACHEL ROSENTHAL Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - This year's South by Southwest festival has a pall over it. No matter how great any band plays, or how tasty the breakfast tacos, there's just something weighing down the crowds after the early Thursday morning tragedy. There's no solution to this. Everyone's trying their best, but the mood is markedly somber, as it should be.  Perhaps the premiere of a new special from one the best (and most music-savvy) comedians working today could offer some levity, though.  Hannibal Buress is a longtime favorite in the indie/rap/comedy crossover scenes  - he's played the Fonda with Eric Andre, and has some of the most hilariously cutting riffs on hip-hop I've ever heard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Serial killer dramas are strange and guilty pleasures. Whether penned by a master or cranked out by a hack, there is no beauty and little insight to be gained from the story of an actual socio- or psychopath, beyond the obvious horror that such people exist. The brutal men (and once in a great while women) who kill again and again rarely create symbolic tableaux or tantalize with art and anagrams. Jeffrey Dahmer was not an erudite opera lover who invited people to elaborate dinners; John Wayne Gacy did not engage in a psychological minuet with an FBI profiler.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Oscar winner Halle Berry is joining forces with the History cable channel to develop "Hannibal," a miniseries about the legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. Berry will be an executive producer of the project, which will be written by Jeffrey Caine ("The Constant Gardener," "Goldeneye"). "Hannibal is not only the greatest African general to ever live," Berry said in a statement. "He may have been the greatest general, period. His story is an intricate and captivating ride and I'm thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
“Wonderfalls” (20th Century Fox DVD); “Bent” (Hulu). It will always be the case, and more often than not, that good television series are canceled before their time (and, as seems increasingly important in a serial world, their conclusion). Still, as we do with the real people of Earth, we can celebrate the life even as we mourn the death. Here are two shows cruelly cut down in their prime that nevertheless managed to tell what feel like complete stories, and both of which are still available for you to see. In stolen moments over the last couple of weeks I rewatched, in its 13-episode entirety, “Wonderfalls,” a sweetly cynical 2004 romantic fantasy whose creative team included Todd Holland, Bryan Fuller and Tim Minear, a television Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
"Hannibal," the recently renewed NBC drama about psychiatrist-serial killer-cannibal Hannibal Lecter, may be as fiendishly gory as TV gets, but the interior decorating is undeniably elegant. Series creator Bryan Fuller , a partner in L.A. design store Fuller + Roberts , hired production designer Patti Podesta and set decorator Jaro Dick to bring Lecter's deadly lairs to life. PHOTOS: The delicious decorating of "Hannibal" Podesta, whose credits include "Cinema Verite," provided L.A. at Home with a detailed postmortem via email on the show's stylish and atmospheric interiors for this edited Q&A: What was your design brief, and what were your references?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Looks like Hannibal Lecter has a few more dinner parties to look forward to. NBC announced Thursday it has renewed its drama "Hannibal," centered on the iconic villain who grew to prominence following the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs," for a 13-episode second season. Though no premiere date is in place yet, the network said the new season will roll out "no earlier than midseason. " The Bryan Fuller blood-splattering series, based on the famed characters from the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon,” made its debut in the troubled Thursday at 10 p.m. slot to a promising 3.4 million viewers - the slot's best performance for the network in more than a year, and a welcome distraction from the disastrous performance of its predecessor “Do No Harm.” SPECIAL COVERAGE: The Culture of Violence It's currently averaging 4.7 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2001
"Hannibal" may not be to everyone's taste (joke intended), but it is first-rate movie-making. I found Kenneth Turan's criticisms ludicrous ("A Cannibalized Tale," Feb. 9). Dr. Lecter isn't scary enough! What did Turan expect, for him to be lurching around Florence slobbering and jumping out and shouting "Boo!" What made Hannibal Lecter and Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of him memorable was his sinister stillness. I found the same, albeit older Dr. Lecter present in the latest offering.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Looks like Hannibal Lecter has a few more dinner parties to look forward to. NBC announced Thursday it has renewed its drama "Hannibal," centered on the iconic villain who grew to prominence following the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs," for a 13-episode second season. Though no premiere date is in place yet, the network said the new season will roll out "no earlier than midseason. " The Bryan Fuller blood-splattering series, based on the famed characters from the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon,” made its debut in the troubled Thursday at 10 p.m. slot to a promising 3.4 million viewers - the slot's best performance for the network in more than a year, and a welcome distraction from the disastrous performance of its predecessor “Do No Harm.” SPECIAL COVERAGE: The Culture of Violence It's currently averaging 4.7 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of May 26 - June 1, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Jimmy Kimmel Live Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Dr. Phil Rachael Ray CBS Steve Harvey Craig Ferguson Hell's Kitchen   SERIES Save Me Beth (Anne Heche)...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Some shows just haven't felt the love yet from NBC. The network on Friday gave early renewals to five dramas, including freshman series "Chicago Fire" and "Revolution. " But left off the list were some fan favorites, including the serial-killer drama "Hannibal" and the legendarily troubled sitcom "Community. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Those shows are on the proverbial bubble, which in TV industry parlance refers to series left hanging in the weeks before the networks officially announce their fall schedules in mid-May.
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