July 30, 2016
A delicious 'Hannibal' When the trailer for Marvel's Doctor Stranger hit San Diego Comic Con last week, most people squealed at the sight of Benedict Cumberbatch as the superhero sorcerer. But we were much more excited to see the bad guy. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen - you may remember him as the Bond villain who cried blood in Casino Royale - plays the next Marvel antagonist. And while we're sure he'll be great, he already brought menacing to a whole new level in Hannibal , NBC's horror-drama that ran for three seasons, all of which are streaming on Amazon.
March 30, 2016 |
No one could have blamed Hugh Dancy if, after three seasons of wrestling with evil in NBC's Hannibal , he'd booked himself a romantic comedy. Or taken a break, at least, from darkness. Instead, though, he headed off almost immediately toward The Path , a drama premiering Wednesday on Hulu that stars Aaron Paul ( Breaking Bad ) and Michelle Monaghan ( True Detective ) as Eddie and Sarah Lane, a couple in crisis. Dancy plays Cal Roberts, a man with serious demons who is trying to lead the cultlike religious movement to which all three belong toward a light that may be fading.
November 11, 2015 |
Hannibal Lokumbe calls his new work, "One Land, One River, One People," a "spiritatorio. " Commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, it's less a concert piece than a spiritual explosion - a gumbo of blues, jazz, spirituals and joyful rhythm. Yannick Nezet-Seguin will conduct the work this weekend in a program that will begin with Copland's familiar "Appalachian Spring" and Sibelius' stirring "Finlandia. " "One Land" is scored for soprano Laquita Mitchell and tenor Rodrick Dixon, plus three choirs: the Delaware State University Choir, the Lincoln University Concert Choir and Morgan State University Choir.
June 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
February 3, 2015 |
Comedian Hannibal Buress deserved to sell out the Music Box at Atlantic City's Borgata on Saturday - just on the merits of his sharply incisive talents. Anyone making topics such as toilet paper, racist babies, and sports heroes on steroids ("Thank you for ruining your long-term health for our short-term entertainment") funny should be celebrated. But face it: Buress owes much to Bill Cosby. Before Oct. 16, Buress was a silly, observational stand-up known mostly for acting bits on 30 Rock and Comedy Central fare like Broad City . At September's end, I caught Buress opening for Aziz Ansari at the Wells Fargo Center with Seinfeld-ian parking shtick: Cranky stuff, but nothing innovative or memorable.
February 1, 2015 |
In Act II Playhouse's Mark Twain Unplugged , Tom Teti, as Twain, remarks, "The works of fine literature are like wine; mine are like water. But everybody drinks water. " Much beloved, oft-quoted, occasionally banned, with a history as colorful as his characters, the author makes an excellent, lively subject for a solo show. Unfortunately, this isn't that show. Teti, who also wrote the script and appeared in a 2012 People's Light and Theatre production as Twain, dons the white linen suit, white hair and iconic droopy moustache again here.
October 27, 2014 |
I have a terrible personality. According to Meyers-Briggs. My best friend sent me a version of the famous personality test to discover whether we would be good candidates for the CIA, hypothetically. It's the kind of thing we do. Don't ask. She forwarded me a Web link to a shortened version of the test. Neither of us had the spy personality; she was an INFJ and I came up with an INTJ - twinsies! Then I learned what my acronym meant: Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judgmental.
July 14, 2014 |
The back of Hannibal's black bathrobe said he was "Da Most Electrifying One. " The emcee wore a heavyweight title belt on Friday afternoon and traversed the Philadelphia University basketball court with a microphone. He makes his home at Harlem's Rucker Park and was brought in to give the all-star game at the Reebok Classic Breakout a playground-like vibe. If he needed reason to use that microphone - likely, he didn't - Hannibal found it in Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones. The area's top basketball recruit soared for a two-handed alley-oop midway through the first half.
March 2, 2014 |
Chloë Sevigny, who had a memorable turn as a transsexual contract killer in British TV writer Paul Abbott's Hit & Miss , continues to court the quirky with Those Who Kill , a reimagining of the Danish crime drama from X-Files and Millennium writer Glen Morgan. It's potable, for sure, though not exactly vintage stuff. Premiering Monday on A&E, Those Who Kill pretty much lifts its story lines from the Danish hit, but it has a much more perverse take on its main characters.