Hannibal Warning Promo, Cannibalism Video, & Guest Casting News

HannibalHannibal‘s second season premieres four weeks from tonight on NBC, and we’re getting more and more goodies in preparation for it. First, a bit of news: Jeremy Davies and Chris Diamantopoulos are set to guest star. Additionally, it was just announced that Michael Pitt will play Mason Verger. And now a new promo, called “A Warning:”

And here’s a rather, um, peppy video called “10 Fun Facts About Cannibalism.” Oh, show, never change.

Super Bowl Ad for Noah

NoahParamount has released the ad spot for Noah that they will be playing during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The movie stars Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Ray Winstone, and will be in theaters in March. What do you think of this peek at it?

Bones Promo & Clips: The Heiress in the Hill

BonesTonight on Bones, it looks like we’ll be dealing with Booth/Brennan money drama (which is something I’ve wanted the show to address) as well as some very intriguing Hodgins family drama. Whee!

Here’s a promo:

And some clips:

“Joint Accounts”

“Hodgins May Not Be an Only Child”

New Trailer for Winter’s Tale

Winter's TaleWarner Bros. has released a new trailer for Winter’s Tale, and this one hints at some more of the . . . magical? Supernatural? Science fiction? I don’t know . . . stuff going on. Intriguing. The movie, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe, will hit theaters on Valentine’s Day.

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Master in the Slop

Bones[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF BONES]

“The Master in the Slop” was one of those episodes of Bones in which the mystery was fine but made little impression on me because there was so much interpersonal stuff going on that drew my attention away. I did like the chess club setting in general and the hints about Sweets’s background in particular; they’ve made him into a really interesting, multifaceted character. “So you’re saying that I’m the lead on the case?” “No. You’re the chess nerd on the case.” Aww. I still love the Sweets/Booth dynamic.

The real drama of the episode comes when Cam wins an Outstanding Women of Science award and Brennan basically flips out. She sees herself as smarter so she can’t be happy for her friend/boss. Angela plays a great role here, encouraging Cam to take the award and coaching Brennan in correct emotional reactions. And Booth is amazing here, understanding Brennan but also not cutting her any slack. “And are you a worse scientist because Cam’s getting the award?” No, of course not. When Brennan points out that as her husband he’s supposed to be on her side, he replies “I am on your side, okay? I’m on your better side.” Booth is the one who sees Brennan as most human, most normal, as he’s there for both the big emotional times and the constant small domestic moments, so he’s committed to helping her be that person in her dealings with others as well. In the end, Cam requests that both Brennan and Angela be included in her honor – and the magazine ends up picking twelve women and coming out with a scantily-clad calendar. Hee.

  • “I pity the men who aren’t married to you, Bones.” This line was great because in the moment he’s joking/grumbling, but you also know he completely means it at heart.
  • “I don’t think we should use your father as an example here.” Probably a good parenting rule in general, guys.
  • “That’s why I don’t live in Canada.” All the Canadian jokes are funnier if you keep in mind that Bones EP Hart Hanson is Canadian.
  • “Unless my cat can talk, I have no alibi.” I’ve always wanted a suspect to say that.
  • “An institution where pulchritude is as honored as brilliance.” Ha!

The CW Orders The Flash & iZombie Pilots

Grant GustinThe CW has given official pilot orders to two new dramas based on DC Comics properties. The Flash is an Arrow spinoff – we already met the title character, played by Grant Gustin – and also stars Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, and Rick Cosnett. Gustin plays Barry Allen, a scientist who is given the power of super speed (during a lightning strike we saw on Arrow).

iZombie is being written and produced by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero of Veronica Mars. It’s a “supernatural crime procedural that centers on a medical-student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.” (via THR) I’ll admit I’m not a zombie fan, but I like Thomas and Ruggiero’s writing, so I’m willing to give this a try!

Arrow Thoughts & Open Thread: Tremors

Arrow[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF ARROW]

I really really liked last night’s episode, “Tremors,” though honestly, Bronze Tiger and the earthquake machine, the supposed A-plot, took a back seat, for me, to the various interpersonal developments. First of all, I love the budding mentoring/partnering relationship between Oliver and Roy, especially now that Roy knows who Oliver is. Oliver had him slapping water in a bowl! Adorable. “Yeah, well, I can’t wait to get attacked by a dog dish.” Roy’s look when he sees who the Arrow really is is great, and I hope this relationship remains a prominent part of the show for a while. “We’re just getting started.” Wheeee.

Meanwhile, Walter is trying to convince Moira to run for mayor against blood, which is an interesting commentary on the mindset in Starling City, at least. If Walter’s polling numbers are correct, a whole lot of people either believe Moira was doing the right thing or believe she was being manipulated but want to put her in charge anyway. (And yes, I love when my superhero shows digress into polling numbers and campaign minutiae. I know, I know.) I love Moira, so I’m excited about her getting another storyline, and curious what will happen with the paternity stuff (which I’d sort of forgotten about). Also, Oliver has already come out in favor of Blood and campaigned for him. Will his allegiance switch or will he try to stick with his convictions? Either way, there should be drama.

Laurel’s story continues to be sad and spiraling, though I like that the people in her life are honestly trying to help, within their own conceptions of how that would work. Her dad might be going about it the wrong way – tricking her into going to an AA meeting – but at least he’s obviously, visibly caring and trying. And Thea cares enough to call Oliver when Laurel’s a mess at the bar, and he in turn cares enough to get her home safely and call her sister. I am very much looking forward to seeing where the Laurel and Sara stuff goes. On the other hand, I have no idea how they leapt from a rumor – not even an official notification! – of the beginning of disciplinary proceedings to “I’m being disbarred.” I’m pretty sure there should be several other steps in that process.

  • Oliver: “He was my friend.” Felicity: “Troubling use of past tense there.”
  • Oliver: “You hacked into a prison system network?” Felicity: “Is that judgment I’m hearing?” Oliver: “Pride.”
  • “You do know that thing could kill hundreds of people.” “No, Mr. Turner. It could kill thousands.” Such a cliched line, but it still gave me chills.
  • Oliver: “Do you have one of your hoodies?” Roy: “Do you seriously have to ask?”
  • Presumably that picture of Tommy was inserted into the Merlyn house scene just to make me cry.“Coffee and olives? Bad combination.”
  • “Bar me from your bar. That’s today’s theme, right?”
  • In case you, like me, need a refresher on who Amanda Waller is and why she said “squad” like it was so meaningful, here she is.
  • “Do you actually think I’d kill my sister’s boyfriend?” I mean, maybe.
  • “But these are the only two that matter.” Aww.

Bones Renewed & Moving Back to Mondays

BonesTwo big pieces of news for you, Bones fans! First of all, the show has been renewed for season ten. From the press release quoted at Give Me My Remote:

“Over the course of nine seasons, BONES has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our lineup that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company in a statement. . . . “Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of BONES as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!”

In addition, the show is moving back to Mondays! Starting on March 10th, it will return to its 8/7c Monday slot (after Almost Human) is done for the season.

Are you excited about this news?