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Hannibal: Finale Clip

The official NBC Hannibal tumblr (nbchannibal) posted a clip to their page from the finale. You can view the clip by clicking on the photo below to go to their tumblr. Remember to use the hashtag #HannibalFinale tonight!

May 23rd, 2014

Hugh Dancy Teases Changes Ahead on Hannibal: Let There Be Light?

Few roles on television require more intense concentration that Will Graham, especially throughout Hannibal Season 2.

But don’t worry, the actor behind this fascinating character assured us at the NBC Upfront in New York City last week, he doesn’t go home and have a “psychological breakdown” every night.

Typically, a beer suffices.

We caught up with Hugh Dancy at the network event and asked about changes ahead for this NBC drama next season, while also chatting with the star about co-star Mads Mikkelsen and creator Bryan Fuller.

Might Hannibal soon turn into a comedy? Not exactly. But look for things to lighten up a bit down the line…


May 23rd, 2014

People Magazine ‘one last thing’ Article

Last good laugh
We went to the MET Ball recently and sat with former Mayor Bloomberg, who turned out to be surprisingly funny. It’s not necessarily the first adjective that would spring to mind for him.

Last time I saw the sunrise
I have a young baby [Cyrus, 1, with wife Claire Danes], so I’ve seen the sunrise on several occasions, but they’re all sort of blurred into a haze of slightly painful memories.

Last vacation
We just went on a brief vacation to Bermuda with some friends. We had, like, five days, and when you become a parent, you really realize the value of a beach. And they know how to make a rum drink!

Last book I read
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham. I think it just officially came out, but he’s a friend of ours, and it’s just wonderful. I did get my hands on it early – one of the perks of befriending novelists.


May 23rd, 2014

Emmys chat with Hugh Dancy live from LAT

May 21st, 2014

Hugh Dancy on Avoiding Typecasting, Picking Quirky Indies and ‘Hannibal’ (Exclusive Video)

The 38-year-old Brit talks to THR about his life, career and acclaimed role as Will Graham on NBC’s hit drama series, for which he is in contention for an Emmy nom.

NEW YORK — Last week, I had the pleasure of moderating the second installment of “In Conversation,” a collaboration between BAFTA New York and The Hollywood Reporter that provides an opportunity for British filmmakers to discuss their lives and careers in-depth in front of an audience of BAFTA members. Our guest for the first such hour-long conversation, which was held back in February at The Standard High Line, was Benedict Cumberbatch. This time around, we were delighted to welcome another terrific young British actor, Hugh Dancy.

As you can see in the exclusive video of our full conversation that appears at the top of this page, 38-year-old Dancy and I discussed his early interests, influences and professional discovery shortly after graduating from Oxford; his breakthrough role in David Copperfield (2000); his flirtation with a certain kind of stardom via the big studio projects Black Hawk Down (2001), King Arthur (2004), Ella Enchanted (2004) and Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009); his Emmy-nominated work on the BBC mini-series Elizabeth I (2005); his work in the female-centric projects Evening and The Jane Austen Book Club (both 2007), the former of which paired him with his future wife, Claire Danes; his groundbreaking portrayal of a man with Asperger’s Syndrome in Adam (2009); his critically acclaimed work on Broadway in Journey’s End (2007-2007) and Venus in Fur (2011-2012); gravitation toward quirky indie films like Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Hysteria (2012); and, of course, his recent and highly acclaimed work on the hit NBC series Hannibal (2013-).
Conversations with actors who are as open, honest and generous with their time are increasingly rare. Dancy has the gratitude of everyone at BAFTA New York and THR, plus his passionate and growing fan base, for making this conversation such a memorable one. And THR looks forward to working with BAFTA New York and its leadership — including Luke Parker Bowles, Christina Thomas and Harlene Frazer — to make many more conversations like it possible.
Twitter: @ScottFeinberg


May 21st, 2014

Join a live chat with ‘Hannibal’s’ Hugh Dancy

May 21st, 2014

StandardCulture Interview – Hello Mr. Dancy


Hello Mr. Dancy
If you haven’t seen the critically acclaimed Hannibal, now approaching its third season on NBC, then you haven’t seen one of the most psychologically demented and blood-splattered shows, like, ever. Briton Hugh Dancy plays a criminal profiler opposite Mads Mikkelsen as the infamous foodie Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dancy’s credits include Black Hawk Down, Elizabeth I, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Saving Grace, Hysteria, and Evening, the last of which he co-starred with his future wife Claire Danes. Ms. Danes sat beaming with pride while Dancy delighted the crowd at The Standard, High Line for the second BAFTA In Conversation Series. Standard Culture had the pleasure of a one-on-one where we talked empathy, accents, and being totally grossed out.

STANDARD CULTURE: Let’s start with a hybrid questionnaire, sort of Proust meets Actors’ Studio meets Le Bain. Current state of mind?
HUGH DANCY: In transit

Favorite city to have a good time in?
New York

Idea of sublime happiness?
Being with my extended family in France.

Last thing that made you roll your eyes?
I had to go to a T-Mobile store this morning and it had me rolling my eyes in about 4 minutes.

What hangs above your sofa?
Collection of different bits and pieces of art ranging from some old pieces of junk that I picked up for five bucks to some really nice photos I bought in galleries. It’s sort of a jigsaw puzzle.

Talent you wish you could have?
Ability to create music.

Favorite curse word?
Fuck. It’s such a brilliantly malleable word. You can just take it and put it in your pocket and use it all evening.

Hannibal is set in Minnesota, but your character, Will, doesn’t have a Minnesotan accent don’t-cha-know?
Will is itinerant for a lot of his youth. Not unlike me actually. It’s my understanding and maybe we’ve extrapolated it, but he was definitely on the move with his father … Long story short, that gives me carte blanche to sound however the fuck I want. [B.T.W. Itinerant means traveling from place to place. We had to look that up, too.]

It seems English actors can come to the U.S. and do pretty solid American accents. Americans, perhaps, seem a bit more challenged going the other way … Is your American accent something you worked on?
Well, I have certainly heard some bad American accents from British actors and some great English accents from American actors, so I don’t really think that’s true. That said, I think because a lot of the movies and TV that we’re exposed to in England are American, we grow up with that noise in our heads, but you could approach that lazily as well. There is a sort of relaxing of the mouth that results in a strange pseudo-American, pseudo East-Anglican drawl. That said, I do think it’s easier going in the other direction. It’s a lot easier to soften up your consonants than tighten them.

You lost me. Which way is which?
Moving from an English accent to an American accent involves softening the consonants so the T’s become more like D’s. There’s also less tonal range. You tend to be … not monotonous, but more like a straight line.

What is it about gore and serial killers that people love so much?
You know, I’ve been offering up pseudo-answers to this question for quite a while and it had finally struck me: I have no idea. That would be a much more honest response.

Do you personally enjoy the genre?
I enjoy good versions of the genre. When I started on Hannibal I went off and started reading Thomas Harris’s books and I immediately understood it. He – to some extent – created that genre, not necessarily of murderers and serial killers, but of the fun, sophisticated, sharp guy who also happens to be a total monster. But we like seeing the “undoable” or the “unthinkable” and we are drawn to people who do awful things because it’s so taboo.

Your character has the gift of “pure empathy” to a degree that he basically re-lives the crimes. Do you see any parallels between his gift and the craft of acting?
Yeah, to some extent you’ve got to find your way in there. There’s a parallel. Some people say, “you’ve got to like every character you play.” I don’t know if that’s true. You’ve got to enjoy playing the character perhaps, but still hold in the back of your mind that he’s also a bit of a prick.

Most disgusting thing on the show so far in your opinion?
Easily the most disgusting thing is the opening of episode two of the second season. When the character, who has been sewn into the human mural, rips himself free. There are a lot of moments when I can’t believe what they’re going to show. I wasn’t involved in the filming of that, so I only saw it in the final version and I was doing the classic hands-on-the-face, scream-laughing in disbelief. It was really disgusting.

What kind of research did you do? Did you have to research cannibals and such?
Not really. Hannibal, as well as Will, were really the inventions of the author. Will was also blown up from some people that Harris met who worked in profiling. At that point, those were the people who pretty much created the science of profiling. Although at the time it wasn’t viewed as a science. It was viewed as just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo-voodoo.

There are some striking similarities between your character on Hannibal and your wife’s character on, Homeland – both psychologically unstable profilers working for the government. What would happen if those two characters met?
I am just so far from imagining that happening. There’s a lot of superficial parallels between the shows, not least the fact that we both ended up institutionalized and the very thing that put us away being the only thing that’s going to help us. But once you get past that stuff there’s no comparison because the tone of the two shows is so wildly different.

Do you ever share notes, talk biz with your wife? Or is it strict church and state?
No it’s not strict, of course not. I’d be crazy not to ask her for advice. Ha, and so would she. I can only speak for myself, but I love what I do and I do most of my shop talk with the people I’m collaborating with on that project, and so it’s more like any marriage where you discuss how your day was.

No social media? We couldn’t find you anywhere on Instagram.
Oh no, I have one. It’s just private. I just recently passed a 100 followers and I was just stoked about that, mostly because I actually know a hundred people. That’s the only form of social media I have. Although I do think it’s great. In a personal way, I have benefited so much from social media. It really has helped the following of our show.

Finish this sentence: Checking into a lovely hotel makes me feel…

Your motto?
There is a time and a place for everything.


May 20th, 2014

[May 18] Arqiva British Academy Television Awards – Additions

I have added additional high quality images of Hugh attending the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards to our photo archive.

May 18th, 2014

[May 18] Arqiva British Academy Television Awards – First Look

I have added the first image of Hugh attending the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards today to our photo archive. Keep checking back for more.

May 18th, 2014

Hugh Dancy Joins Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde Biopic ‘The Happy Prince’

BBC Films and Lionsgate UK have boarded the feature, which stars Everett as Wilde and co-stars Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

Embargoed online until Sunday, May 18 at 6 am French time, 9 pm L.A.

Hannibal star Hugh Dancy has joined the cast of The Happy Prince, the upcoming Oscar Wilde biopic which will be Rupert Everett’s directorial debut.

Dancy will play Robbie Ross, the best friend and unrequited love of the iconic Irish writer. In addition to directing, Everett will write and star as Wilde in an ensemble cast that includes Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

The Happy Prince focuses on the final days of Wilde’s life as the once celebrated writer and poet, in the midst of a very public meltdown, looks back on his life with characteristic dry wit.
BBC Films, Lionsgate UK and Raindog Films, Firth and Ged Doherty’s production shingle, have come on board as co-producers of The Happy Prince.

BBC will the UK broadcasting partner for the $14 million (€10 million) production, which Lionsgate will release theatrically in the territory.
The Happy Prince has been set up as a Germany-UK-France-Belgium-Italy co-production with German shingle cine plus as lead producer and France’s cine-@ and Britain’s Robert Fox Ltd co-producing. Producers include Jorg Schulze, Philipp Kreuzer and Frank Evers for cine plus; Philippe Carcassonne for cine-@ and Robert Fox in collaboration with Bavaria Film Partners.
Concorde has picked up the film for theatrical release in Germany. Beta Cinema is handling world sales.
Final casting is still underway for The Happy Prince, with principle photography set to start this October at Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and on locations in Italy, Belgium, France and the U.K..


May 18th, 2014

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