Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
HBO’s True Detective has earned near-universal acclaim from professional critics and ordinary viewers alike, but it hasn’t gone completely without controversy. One that’s been attracting more and more attention lately has to do with its dearth of strong female characters.
Some have grown irritated by the show’s bad treatment of women, others argue that “that’s the point,” and still others insist that the ladies on the show are more complex than we give them credit for. But pretty much everyone agrees that True Detective is nowhere near as generous with its supporting women as it is with its leading men.
The beauty of the show’s anthology structure, though, is that this isn’t an impossible problem to fix. Indeed, if a recent comment by show creator Nic Pizzolatto is any indication, the stars of True Detective‘s second season could very well be a couple of lady detectives. Hit the jump to find out what he said.
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Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron won’t be out for 14 months, but audiences will get their first sneak peak on TV in 3 weeks. ABC will air a one-hour special called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe on March 18 at 8 p.m. In it, fans will get an inside look at the studio, including sneak peaks of their next three films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and, yes, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez‘s TV channel, the El Rey Network, is kicking off with a bang. It has the new adaptation/remake of From Dusk Till Dawn, for one. It also has a new show from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek and Transformers, in development. Now, the full details on that show have been revealed.
It’s called Matador, and is about a famous soccer player who leads a double life also a CIA agent. Filming starts in March, with Rodriguez at the helm, and it’ll debut July 2014. Read the full press release below, as well as info on a new series called El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
After months of record low temperatures and endless snowfall, most folks around the country are eager to get winter over with already. But FX’s Fargo may have you wanting to dive right back into the cold when it debuts this spring.
The first teaser for the 10-episode limited series, based on the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film of the same title, has Billy Bob Thornton‘s shifty drifter character engaging in a familiar wintertime ritual. Watch it after the jump.
[Update: Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have just boarded in recurring roles. Details on their characters after the jump.
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Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.
UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.
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HBO has released the first trailer for Doll & Em, a new comedy series about a British Hollywood star who hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant while she is making a film in Los Angeles. The series was created by and stars The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer and The Mighty Boosh’s Dolly Wells. The show was originally commissioned for Sky Living, part of BritishSky Broadcasting, but acquired by HBO. The 6-episode half-hour series premieres on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:00pm. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Thanks to his features Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre we’ve been enthusiastic for Cary Joji Fukunaga for years, but now that his show True Detective really owns the public imagination he’s finally getting big recognition from all corners of the entertainment industry.
Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the HBO limited series, with six having aired so far. With two weeks left in the very odd and unsettling police drama he directed for creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto, and a few feature developments in the fire (including Stephen King’s It) what’s next for the filmmaker? Read More »
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Storytelling is all about setup and payoff, control and release. I won’t talk about the end of the first season of Hannibal, to protect those who haven’t seen it, but we can safely talk about the opening of season two. The new season begins this Friday, and the first significant scene in the first episode sets up the episodes that will follow, if not quite in the way you’d expect.
Watch a long clip from the scene below, which will also serve as an intro to the show for those who haven’t yet tuned in. Read More »