Cary Fukanaga‘s first feature, Sin Nombre, was a beautiful, effective drama, and his second, Jane Eyre, brought a compelling vision to the classic tale, even if it didn’t quite hit the mark. All told, Fukunaga is one of the more promising new directors to emerge in the last few years, and so his HBO crime drama True Detective is super-enticing.
The show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as detectives on the trail of a killer in Louisiana. Fukunaga directs the eight episodes of the first season, which hits on 2014. Nic Pizzolatto scripted. The first teaser trailer is below. It doesn’t give up much about the two detectives and their decade-plus case. It does, however, tell you a lot about the tone of the series. Read More »
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Almost everything Stephen Merchant touches turns to comedy gold. The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short, An Idiot Abroad: all shows that are hilarious and well-received across the globe. Merchant’s next show aims to do the same with one small difference. He didn’t co-create this one with Ricky Gervais.
On September 29, Merchant steps out on his own with Hello Ladies, an HBO comedy about a lanky British man (played by Merchant) on the prowl in Los Angeles. The actor/writer/director co-created the show with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two of the writers behind the American version of The Office. Check out your first glimpse at the show below. Read More »
Four strikes and Kenny Powers is finally out. The popular HBO show Eastbound & Down is set to start filming its fourth season this week and will premiere on September 29. Then that’s it. Though there was some question after the second and third seasons of the Danny McBride/Jody Hill show as to what would happen next, HBO has decided the fourth season will be its last.
UPDATE: McBride will not be gone from TV though, the new station FXX has just picked up his animated comedy show Chozen. Read More »
Damon Lindelof is returning to TV and he’s just cast his new Jack Shephard. Justin Theroux, star of Mulholland Dr., Your Highness and the co-writer of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2, has just been cast as the lead in the new HBO pilot The Leftovers. Based on a novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers takes place in a world where most of humanity mysteriously disappears. The story follows the confused people who remain and their struggle to survive with constant questions and insecurities.
Theroux will play Kevin Garvey, the town’s leader who tries to keep things normal even with frightening questions to be answered. Lindelof is co-writing and co-executive producing the show with Perrotta, marking his first return to television after Lost. Read More »
The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biography Behind the Candelabra, airing on HBO later this month, didn’t show us much of the work Michael Douglas did to bring the late entertainer back to life. This long featurette on the making of the film gives us a lot more to look at, while also introducing quite a few other elements of the film.
You’ll see some of Dan Aykroyd‘s work — he looks great — and there are some shots of other actors such as Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. There’s a puff piece aspect to this featurette, which is pretty common for promo pieces like this, but for those curious about Soderbergh’s film there’s some good info. For those who don’t know much about Liberace there’s a brief encapsulation of the pianist’s life and an explanation of his place in entertainment and popular culture. One person who doesn’t have any real voice here is Soderbergh, who is seen working, but doesn’t give an interview. Read More »
A project once intended to be a feature film is getting a new, different life at HBO. Naoki Urasawa‘s manga Monster — about a disgraced doctor’s global search for a warped young criminal to whom he has very particular ties — is something that Guillermo del Toro was once negotiating to make at the movie studio. Now he and HBO are working together to turn it into a TV series. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a kid, my favorite dinosaur wasn’t the vicious velociraptor or the majestic T-Rex, but the gentle (relatively speaking) giant brontosaurus. You can imagine my disappointment, then, when I later learned that the creature wasn’t just extinct, like all the other dinos, but that he’d never existed in the first place.
As it turns out, he was just an Apatosaurus that paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh had mixed up, in a mad dash to outdo his professional rival Edward Drinker Cope. While the pair’s feud ultimately ruined both men, it also contributed a great deal to the field of paleontology. Now, over a century later, their battle has yielded another potential treasure. Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are set to star as the scientists in the comedy Bone Wars, for HBO.
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Briefly: The battle for the Iron Throne will continue in 2014. HBO has officially renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season after its successful third season premiere earlier this week.
Based on the series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the first two seasons of the show have used the first two books as blueprints. The rumor is the show will begin to slow down with season three, splitting each book into two seasons. Hopefully, this will allow Martin to finish the rest of the series in print. (A Song of Fire and Ice is planned as seven books, only five have been published thus far.)
Our /Film Game of Thrones podcast, A Cast of Kings, will surely talk much more about this on Monday. [Deadline] Read More »