News Bits: Hannibal, Constantine, 300, SXSW

NBC has released another promo for the second season of “Hannibal,” however this one is oddly geoblocked to be viewable by U.S. residents only. The new season is slated to premiere on February 28th. In the first episode, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. At the same time, Dr. Bloom will be able to help an imprisoned Will regain his memories.

Following on from his success with episodes of “Game Of Thrones” and the recent pilot of “Black Sails,” filmmaker Neil Marshall is now set to direct the pilot for NBC’s “Constantine”. Based on the comic “Hellblazer,” the story follows the enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective. [Source: Deadline]

300: Rise of An Empire
The original ‘300’ will return to cinemas for a limited run on February 7th in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto, and Montreal. At the same time, the first 13 minutes of the upcoming sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” will be shown in 3D IMAX prior to the screening. [Source: Warner Bros. Pictures]

The full line-up for this year’s SXSW film festival has been unveiled. Highlights include Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” the Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors,” the Ethan Hawke time-travel thriller “Predestination,” the “Veronica Mars” movie, and the premieres of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Silicon Valley”. The full line-up is at