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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;in the new NBC&nbsp;drama.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal" in the new NBC drama.

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Series premiere: 'Hannibal' - 'Aperitif'

What did everybody think of Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter and friends?

I published my review of "Hannibal" yesterday. As you can see, I was a big fan. Despite Bryan Fuller's track record, I went in assuming I'd hate it, just based on serial killer drama burnout. Instead, Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and company really impressed me with a show that's both fairly faithful to the Thomas Harris books (the killer from this episode is taken straight from "Red Dragon") while feeling like its own thing.

My hope is to add this to the weekly review rotation, though given the sheer number of interesting shows airing this spring, I can't promise that I'll get to it every episode.

In the meantime, though, I'm curious what everybody else thought of this one. Did you enjoy Mads Mikkelsen's more understated Hannibal the Cannibal? How did you feel about the visual device for showing how Will Graham learns to think like the killers? Was it creepy, or cliched? Did anyone make the mistake of trying to eat while watching? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Danny Boyle, James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel on the set of &quot;Trance.&quot;</p>

Danny Boyle, James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel on the set of "Trance."

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With 'Trance' on the way, ranking Danny Boyle's 10 feature films to date

Counting down the Oscar-winning director's filmography, from worst to best

It's been interesting watching British critics dance around Danny Boyle's "Trance" (which opened in the UK last week, and hits US screens tomorrow), squaring the film's superficial genre pleasures with the director's unlikely new status as a national treasure. Boyle has, of course, been regarded with affection for some time now, both at home and abroad, but in the last five years, his career has taken a turn for the prestigious that wasn't easily seen coming.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;ran into Russell (Dermot Mulroney).</p>

On "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ran into Russell (Dermot Mulroney).

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'First Date'

Nick asks Jess out, but Russell's presence complicates things

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I shoot up a bear with Hep C...

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<p>Gillian Jacobs as Britta in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Gillian Jacobs as Britta in "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Herstory of Dance'

Britta tries to cover up a mistake, and Abed tries to date two women at once

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm in an all-girl kazoo band...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;revisits his hometown.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Ben (Adam Scott) revisits his hometown.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Partridge'

Ben returns to his hometown, Jamm sues Ron, and Ann and Chris struggle with compatibility

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I know how many pounds of money I have...

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<p>Last night's &quot;The Americans&quot;&nbsp;is available online for those who missed the final scene due to a DVR&nbsp;mix-up.</p>

Last night's "The Americans" is available online for those who missed the final scene due to a DVR mix-up.

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FX apologizes for 'The Americans' DVR snafu

FX publicity department takes the blame for listings error

Last night, I published my review of another terrific episode of "The Americans" that had a particularly memorable final shot (no spoilers). Then the commenters began expressing their confusion — and anger — because their DVR recordings had cut off at an earlier, more mild moment in the final scene.

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<p>Yeah, that's pretty much exactly how I&nbsp;remember my prom, too.</p>

Yeah, that's pretty much exactly how I remember my prom, too.

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Chloe Grace Moretz gets in touch with her powers in the new 'Carrie' trailer

How has Kimberly Pierce made this new version feel contemporary?

When I first heard about the casting for Kimberly Pierce's "Carrie," I thought she was making a mistake.

Don't get me wrong. I think Chloe Grace Moretz is very talented. The problem seemed to me to be that Moretz is someone who projects a self-confidence and a natural strength that makes her a tough fit for Carrie White, who is so insecure she's practically transparent. In the movie "Let Me In," it is young Kodi Smit-McPhee who plays the weak one, and Moretz is the stronger friend who teaches him how to take some control over his life. As Hit Girl, Moretz is a deadly little whirling dervish, afraid of nothing.

When I was on the set of "Kick-Ass 2" in November of last year, Moretz had just come off of this experience, and she was still mulling over the experience. She is almost always accompanied by her brother Trevor, her acting coach, and her mother, and the two of them talked candidly with me about how hard a project "Carrie" turned out to be and what an emotional experience it was. They seemed to feel that it was a very difficult thing to get right, and that Kimberly Pierce had, at the very least, a clear idea of why she wanted to tell the story again and how that story might be relevant to kids dealing with a modern type of bullying.

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<p>Lorraine Warren was proud to appear at WonderCon to discuss 'The Conjuring'</p>

Lorraine Warren was proud to appear at WonderCon to discuss 'The Conjuring'

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Lorraine Warren speaks to the true story behind this summer's 'The Conjuring'

Want to see who Vera Farmiga plays in the movie?

Whether or not I believe Lorraine Warren is not the point.

This past weekend, I moderated a panel at WonderCon that previewed both "Pacific Rim" and "The Conjuring," and when I first spoke to Warner Bros. about doing that, they mention that there was a chance Lorraine Warren would be part of the panel. Growing up in the '70s, I was aware of her name because of her involvement with the investigation around "The Amityville Horror," and I remember hearing her name-checked as a partial inspiration for the Beatrice Straight character in "Poltergeist" as well.

Last year, I saw a documentary called "My Amityville Horror" that looks at the adult life of Daniel Lutz, the youngest kid from the family that was the focus of the famous story. He's grown up with people always knowing that about him, and it's obviously left a very deep mark on who he is as a man. Lutz struck me as a clenched fist, a guy who is angry and sad and frustrated and unable to fix himself, and part of the issues that define his life deal with the way people perceive him.

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<p>Kree Harrison from Wednesday night's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Kree Harrison from Wednesday night's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 7: Results - Plus Carrie Underwood and Casey James

Will Lazaro Arbos go home or will the judges use the Save?

It seems like a good night for a Judges' Save, doesn't it? 

I could be wrong, but I've got a feeling.

Otherwise, it's going to be a full hour just to watch Casey James [Remember him?] and bid farewell to Lazaro Arbos, which would almost be anti-climactic, wouldn't it? 

Click through for the full "Idol" Thursday (April 4) adventure...

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<p>Roger Ebert receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</p>

Roger Ebert receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Roger Ebert on my favorite movies

Reading through his thoughts on my personal top 10

I always found that my taste tended to line up quite a bit with Roger Ebert's, particularly when it came to our favorite movies of all time. His list of 10 best ever overlapped with mine in three instances, while other films he loved -- such as "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" -- were certainly among those I held sacred.

With the unfortunate news of his passing this afternoon, I thought I'd go back and read his thoughts on the films that popped up on my list, which I published for the first time last May. Many of them were a part of his "Great Films" series and soaking up his insight seemed like the best way to remember him today. Check out blurbs on each, linked to his respective pieces, below.

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<p>An Academy gathering.</p>

An Academy gathering.

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More details on Academy's unusual May membership meeting

Focus will be on what AMPAS does 'the other 364 days of the year'

When the news landed two days ago that a meeting of the entire AMPAS membership had been scheduled in May, with "the future of the Academy" as its theme, Kris speculated that it likely wasn't as dramatic as it sounds. "One should not expect major issues like the number of Best Picture nominees or the Academy's calendar to be on the table in any significant way," he reminded us. "Those decisions are left to the elected Board of Governors."

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<p>Cee-Lo rocks the crowd at Coachella 2011.</p>

Cee-Lo rocks the crowd at Coachella 2011.

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Coachella/Stagecoach promoters reach deal to stay in Indio through 2030

Goldenvoice's pact allows for two more festivals at Empire Polo Grounds

After threatening to pull out of Indio last year over raised fees, Coachella promoters Golden Voice have now agreed to a deal with the California city that could keep both Coachella and its sister festival Stagecoach on Indio’s Empire Polo Grounds through 2030.

As part of the deal, according to the Los Angeles Times, AEG subsidiary Golden Voice will more than double the city’s share of per-ticket revenue starting next year, when it will leap from $2.33 per ticket to $5.01 per ticket.

Goldenvoice’s proposal, which was unanimously accepted by Indio’s Planning Commission, includes the plan to expand the current three weekends of festivals (two Coachella and one for Stagecoach) to five if Goldenvoice wishes to. If they are added, the two additional festivals would happen in the fall.

Coachella has been held on the Empire Polo Grounds since it started in 1999. It expanded to two weekends last year. Stagecoach rolled into town in 2007.

The three festivals brought in $89.1 million in 2012 to the local economy according to the Direct Management Group,

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