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As you looked out over the audience you could see antlers poke up from several heads. Are they here for a deer appreciators meeting. Nope, these are the Fannibals. The completion of the third and final season of Hannibal made this Q&A appointment viewing for Hannibal fans at Fan Expo, a kind of epilogue to the dear departed series. When Mads Mikkelsen came out though, he was dressed down in a pair of jeans and had grown a beard. Not exactly the stylish serial killing cannibal we’ve come to know and love, but the charm was still there. (more…)

Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond will indubitably go down as one of his best in the franchise’s storied 50 year history. Somewhere between the shaken and stirred reality-based reboot of Casino Royale and old familiar Bond of yesteryear lies Skyfall, a film that ably and deftly continues Bond’s journey through the 21st century as England’s reigning super-spy.

In this outing, Bond isn’t trying to stop some terrorist financier, put the kibosh on a shadowy organization consolidating world oil, or ending a mad North Korean soldier’s world domination scheme using a giant space magnifying glass. (Remember Die Another Day?) At the risk of sounding clichéd, the plot of Skyfall, this time, is personal. Bond’s boss M (Dame Judi Dench) is targeted by enemies foreign and domestic, a stolen hard drive listing agents embedded with terrorist groups is stolen by someone looking to taunt MI-6’s leader, while British politicians, lead by Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, want to use the theft as rationale for putting M out to retirement.

In between is Bond himself, who’s knocked out of commission when he’s accidentally shot on assignment to retrieve the hard drive. When MI-6 headquarters is attacked, Bond comes out of his self-realized “death” to help his old boss, but this Bond is not at the top of his game. Damaged physically and psychologically, Bond goes up against one of the most cunning villains he’s ever faced.

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