HBO Series Shakedown

Back in September word leaked out that director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have been planning a series at HBO that would be “ts that “a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” Now deals are done, and the show is moving forward under the title Shakedown.

And it isn’t just a show featuring some of the same noir ideas Ellroy explored in novels such as L.A. Confidential. It is actually based on the life of a real LA crime figure named Fred Otash, who (in fictionalized form) featured in two of Ellroy’s other novels and one novella, and upon whom the Jack Nicholson character in Chinatown was partially based. Read More »

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Inherent Vice scene commentary

Inherent Vice begins its limited rollout tomorrow, and the excellent and unusual film should be on your must-see list for the end of the year. (Or for early January, if you’re in a market that doesn’t get it this month.) As prep for that release there has been a new trailer, a handful of clips, and now writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a minute to talk the New York Times through one scene in the film. The upshot of that is, you can listen in. Check out a brief Inherent Vice scene commentary from the director below. Read More »

Cormoran Strike TV series

After finishing off Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling started to explore some different territory, but her efforts are all leading to movie and TV projects. Her first “adult” novel, The Casual Vacancy, was quickly put into development for television as a joint effort between HBO and the BBC. Now there’s a Cormoran Strike TV series in the works, centered on the character of the same name who is a former army officer turned private investigator and based on the books published under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The first effort in the BBC series will be The Cuckoo’s Calling, based on Rowling’s debut novel as Galbraith.  Read More »

Jesse Plemons in Breaking Bad

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are bundling up and heading up north. The two actors have just joined the cast of Fargo Season 2, Noah Hawley‘s FX anthology drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen‘s 1996 film. More details on the Fargo season 2 Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst casting after the jump. Read More »

Cuba Gooding OJ Simpson

Showrunner Ryan Murphy has made a name for himself by freaking people out. Whether it’s the twists of American Horror Story, the tension of Nip/Tuck or the singing in Glee, he loves to put something provocative on the screen. His latest project is going to do something similar, but in a very different way. We already knew he was starting a new miniseries called American Crime Story for which each season will be about one specific real-life crime drama from American history. We also knew season one would be about arguably the most famous case in recent memory, titled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Now we know the players. Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson in the FX miniseries and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) has been cast as lawyer Marcia Clarke. Read more about the OJ Simpson TV series below. Read More »

New Inherent Vice trailer

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice, opens limited on December 12, but for the markets that don’t get the film until January Warner Bros. is offering sneak preview screenings this coming Saturday, December 13. You can get theater info here, and there’s a great new Inherent Vice trailer that tells of the upcoming screenings. It also has some footage you haven’t seen before, a digitally-altered version of a shot from the film (above, with extra details added to the painting) and a little bit of the awesome Can song ‘Vitamin C’ that is used to good effect in the film’s opening.

This is a really good representation of the film condensed down into two minutes. Check it out below. Read More »

Sherlock special

New episodes of Sherlock probably won’t hit the air, at least in America, until 2016. If we’re lucky, maybe late 2015, but nothing is set in stone. Well, that’s not entirely true. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who’ll both be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, will soon shoot a special episode of the show that will air during 2015.

We don’t know exactly what will happen in the episode as the finale of the third season offered quite the cliffhanger, but we have the first image that hints at the story. Maybe this episode won’t actually be in sequential order with the rest of the show. Check out the Sherlock special image and see for yourself. Read More »

matthew mcconaughey the stand

Josh Boone‘s plans for Stephen King‘s The Stand are grand. Four movies, if all goes according to plan. If that plan is to work, he’s going to need “a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds,” or so he recently said on a podcast. He may have already started making that statement true as Matthew McConaughy is reportedly in talked to play Randall Flagg, the main villain of the story.

Read more about potential Matthew McConaughey The Stand casting below. Read More »

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