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'Hannibal' Paleyfest panel: 10 delicious tidbits

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All week long, the Paley Center for Media has been hosting PaleyFest New York, its annual East Coast TV extravaganza celebrating a number of notable shows. Its penultimate night featured a panel celebrating an EW reader favorite: the beautiful, macabre psychological thriller Hannibal.

The panel included showrunner Bryan Fuller, as well as cast members Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas. Amid plenty of jokes directed at both each other and the audience, the Hannibal panel spoke pretty openly about the show and what’s in store for next season. Here’s what we learned. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen: Lecter is the devil... 'but I kind of like him'

“I don’t find you that interesting,” Hugh Dancy’s disturbed FBI profiler tells Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s new serial-killer thriller, Hannibal.

Maybe, but we certainly do. Since coming to life in Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon, Lecter has tantalized and terrorized readers and moviegoers alike, most notably in The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 movie that won Anthony Hopkins his Best Actor Oscar.

Tonight, Lecter is reborn — younger and more stylish than ever — with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen playing the brilliant psychiatrist long before he’s captured or even suspected of his gruesome crimes. Counseling Dancy’s Will Graham, whose ability to envision the most evil of deeds comes at a psychological cost, Mikkelsen’s Lecter is still safe behind a mask of respectability.

Mikkelsen, no stranger himself to playing a memorable villain (Casino Royale), initially hesitated at the opportunity to step into the role, but creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) sold him on the relationship between Lecter and Graham. “It’s all about Will,” says Mikkelsen. “Everything circles around his character, and he’s a troubled man. I believe I can help him, either to get out of that trouble or to embrace that trouble.”

The actor sat down with EW at a Manhattan coffee shop to talk about the show, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. For the record, there were no fava beans or chianti on the menu. READ FULL STORY

First full-length 'Hannibal' trailer: 'It looks like the ripper' -- VIDEO

“He catches insane men because he can think like them.”

In the first full-length trailer for NBC’s Hannibal, one FBI agent says that to another — but do they mean Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) or “special investigator” Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)? To be fair, most of what we see the doctor do in this footage is sip wine and offer counsel. Graham seems to be the nutty one.

This is by far the longest preview the network has released in advance of the show’s April 4 premiere, and while we get almost no new plot information (Graham is still a brilliant but troubled tracker of crazed men; Lecter is still poised to be his confidante and colleague), we do get a look at just how violent Hannibal may be.

And it is very violent: throats slashed, arms hacked, and women (always women) screaming. In fact, this newest video makes as much room for stylized slaughter as for anything else. This feels like an escalation of the trend pinned to the successful debut of Fox’s nightmarish The Following a few months ago — and it raises similar questions about the moral weight, not to mention aesthetic value, of fictional depravity. I’m still all kinds of excited… and at least now a few kinds of worried.

Watch and judge for yourself.

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