Stephen King’s Family Business
Life in Maine, where Stephen King has spent most of his adult years, requires long drives down country roads, time that King, whose mind is restless, likes to fill by listening to books on tape. In the ’80s, however, he sometimes could not find the books he wanted on tape — or maybe he just did not bother. He had three children: Naomi, Joe and Owen. They could read, couldn’t they? All King had to do was press record. Which is how his school-age children came to furnish their father, over the years, with a small library’s worth of books on tape.
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Jonathan Frakes talks William Riker, playing trombone with Phish, and more
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)/Star Trek: Voyager (1996)/Star Trek: Enterprise (2005)—“Commander William T. Riker”
AVC: How did you first end up on the radar to play Will Riker?
JF: I was just submitted, you know? I went in to read for Junie Lowry, who cast the show, and seven auditions later, I was lucky enough to be cast in spite of the rumor being that they’d wanted to get Billy Campbell to play it.
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Bryan Fuller walks us through Hannibal’s debut season
Few who follow TV had much hope at all for NBC’s Hannibal, an international co-production that aimed to take a seemingly played-out Hannibal Lecter character and build a crime procedural around him. Instead, the resulting series was unlike anything else on TV from frame one, a languid, often beautiful series that stared at the horrors men can do to each other but never pulled away or tried to undercut its mood with glib, superficial elements. Much of that was due to the sterling ensemble cast, the talented crew, and an A-list of TV directors. But even more was due to developer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, who took the idea of a Hannibal Lecter TV show and returned to what had made the character so compelling in the first place, drawing liberally from Thomas Harris’ novels and using the project as a way to flip his reputation as a writer—based heavily on whimsy and quirky dialogue—on its ear. In this, the first of four parts, Fuller walks The A.V. Club through the first three episodes of the series, discussing how he reinvented these familiar characters, the casting process for the Will Graham and Hannibal characters, and why much of the show was re-written on the fly.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Cool images of the week for July 26, 2013
A mishmash of cool images I’ve collected throughout the week.