HBO Vinyl

HBO is airing a couple of new shows next year worth getting incredibly excited about: a remake of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 sci-fi film, Westworld, and Vinyl. The latter is created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and produced by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones, duh). The last time Winter and Scorsese collaborated we got the unrelentingly giddy The Wolf of Wall Street, so these two working together again is one of the many, many reasons to watch Vinyl.

After the jump, watch the new Vinyl trail.

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Project Greenlight season 4

I’m a huge Project Greenlight fanatic. I’ve been watching the HBO series since it first made its debut in 2001. Actually, I even had a submission in for the second season of Project Greenlight (which was just a scene from the feature film I co-directed). This season of the HBO filmmaking “documentary” series was filled with drama, which I chatted about at length during this week’s /Filmcast.

Project Greenlight, like any reality series, shows a version of events that may or may not happened exactly as presented onscreen. 20,000 hours of footage is edited down into the four and a half hours of television that aired on HBO, and characters and storylines are streamlined and packaged to maximize the drama. So what is the reality behind the show? We’ll never know as we were there in person. But we can listen to a few of the people who were there, namely director Jason Mann and producer Effie Brown, who have commented publicly about the process.

In addition, there are a variety of things I have noticed or learned since watching this season of the show that you probably didn’t know about. So if you watched the fourth season of Project Greenlight, hit the jump to learn some information about what you might have missed.

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Jean-Marc Vallée Might Direct Big Little Lies

Any name actor probably wants to work with Jean-Marc Vallée right now. With Dallas Buyers Club, the director helped land Oscar wins for both Jared Leto (The Suicide Squad) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud). His followup film, Wild, scored Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Oscar nominations and plenty of acclaim. Jean-Marc Vallée might direct Big Little Lies next for HBO, reuniting with Witherspoon. Learn more after the jump.

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The Leisure Class trailer

Right now fans of Project Greenlight are watching as director Jason Mann pushes through the filmmaking process, hitting plenty of hiccups along the way, but seemingly doing a decent job of not compromising the vision he has for the filmmaking documentary series’ first comedy.

While we’ve still got a few weeks before the show is over, since this was all recorded months ago, we know the film is finished. And as has been the case with the previous seasons of the HBO show, the movie will premiere on the cable network right after the season finale of the show. So here we are with the The Leisure Class trailer for you to watch. Read More »

Game of Thrones Effects

The Game of Thrones effects are often incredibly good — so much so that the times where things are a bit under par (as we saw a few times in the last season) the deficiency truly stands out. One of the huge batch of Emmys awarded to the show this year was for visual effects, and that win is well-deserved. We’ve seen quite a few visual effects breakdowns for the show as a whole, and even a couple specifically aimed at the most recent fifth season.

That said, we’re always game to learn more about how the show’s effects are done, and so this five-minute reel showcasing the work that goes into bringing the dragons Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal to life is really terrific. This reel is entirely focused on season five, and it has all the dragon fire and hidden musculature you could want. Read More »

Denzel Washington Fences

While everyone knows Denzel Washington for his two-time Oscar-winning acting skills, you may forget that the actor has also gotten behind the camera as a director for Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters. And now he’s preparing for another stint wearing several hats on the movie set as director, producer and star of a new project at HBO.

During An Evening With Denzel Washington & Dr. Todd Boyd Friday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the actor revealed that he recently made a deal with HBO to adapt August Wilson‘s 2010 Broadway play Fences into a film at HBO. And that’s just the beginning of a whole batch of HBO projects based on Wilson’s work.

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Game of Thrones Babadook

There’s no official announcement about this yet, and the info comes from spy photos, so we’re going to keep potential spoiler stuff after the jump. But the short version is that the sixth season of Game of Thrones has recruited, among several other new actors, the lead of one of our favorite 2014 movies.

Even better, this person seems to be playing a role that is, in some ways, already part of the Game of Thrones story. Confused? Don’t be; just think Shakespeare.

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The Leftovers Season 2 Trailer 2: “Uh Oh”

The Leftovers Season 2 Trailer

HBO has released the second trailer for season two of The Leftovers, the premium cable drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. We previously posted a very brief Leftovers teaser trailer and the first full length trailer. The new trailer focuses on Jarden Texas, a town which had no departures, but also gives us a better look at the characters and story which will be featured in this upcoming second season. Watch The Leftovers season 2 trailer embedded now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Richard E. Grant Joins ‘Game of Thrones’

Richard E Grant Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has picked up the baton from the Harry Potter film series and is continuing an effort to give a role to every major actor in the British Isles. Somehow, the great Richard E. Grant never ended up in a Harry Potter movie, but now he has a role in the sixth season of Game of Thrones. That gig was possibly meant to be a surprise, but now that the info is out there, let’s speculate on what brings Grant to Westeros. Read More »