The Problem with Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal

Preface: I’ll warn you: This one requires a bit of ancillary reading on your part. Not books or anything (though they are always good things to read), but blog posts and articles. I hope you’re all right with that…because it’ll be worth it.

I am a huge fan of the world and mythos of Hannibal Lecter, and so I’m a bit ashamed of myself that I didn’t know, until the week of airing, that NBC was creating a new ongoing series called Hannibal, based on the events directly preceding Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. But, upon hearing of what should have been a wondrous occurrence, I was what I’ll call “Aggressively Meh” about the whole thing.

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Morgan Freeman, Jon Stewart & The Balloons of the Cosmos

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Morgan Freeman with cigar

Morgan Freeman: so smooth that this image doesn't even have to actually relate to this post.

Showing that he knows how to maximize good interview time, Jon Stewart wastes no time in discussing Morgan Freeman‘s soon-to-hit Now You See Me and goes straight to discussing science. The conversation covers not only Stephen Hawking‘s party skills but also how you can use balloons to explain damn near anything in physics.

I have not caught Freeman’s show, Through the Wormhole, but all I can say is that if you paired these two on some sort of science road trip documentary series, I would watch the living hell out of it. It’s after the jump.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, the Shower of Evil, & the Gravity Well of Fanservice

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Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek: Into Darkness

You want to stare at me like a piece of meat, do you? So...shall we begin?

Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn’t mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this–and in J.J. Abrams‘ appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn’t quite work in that way.

But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:
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Disney Makeovers: Why Stop With Merida?

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Merida Brave Makeover

On the left, Merida-Prime. On the right, the Merida from the New 52.

So…many people are complaining that Merida, the heroine from Pixar’s Brave, has been given a sparkly makeover that robs her of her awesome hair, her bow and arrow, and her draw (no pun intended) as an animated role model for female children everywhere.

I, on the other hand, ask this: why stop there? I see this as an opportunity for Disney to clean house. Many of their character designs are, like Merida, simply not optimized to move product. Since even Pixar appears to be more focused on making money than they were in the past, we’d like to take this opportunity to offer up merely a smattering of the brilliant marking-enhancing-synergy-snorting ideas we can bring to the table. Our rates are reasonable.

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A Brand New Way to Come Flip Out With Us

Need Coffee Flipboard iPhone Need Coffee Flipboard iPad

So there I was, staring down the barrel of Google killing their perfectly good (IMO anyway) Reader. Alternatives? There are many. A lot that are way too fancy for me–sometimes you just want a boring damn list of stuff, right?

But then I ran across Flipboard. There is something oddly satisfying about the notion flipping through feeds like they were a magazine. I find this to be especially so on the iPad version of the app, since you are flipping from left to right and, you know, it’s a decent-sized screen for reading things. Especially when you are no-sighted (the ultimate combo of near- and farsighted) like me. It was nifty, sure.

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