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After surviving a tumultuous Season 2, the girls of Girls will be back for a third go-round this winter. HBO announced today that the comedy will premiere January 12, 2014 with two back-to-back episodes, starting at 10:00 PM. Creator and star Lena Dunham broke the news in a way that’d make her character proud: via a cute Instagram pic, which you can see after the jump.

The established hit will be bookended in its third season by two new shows. January 12 also brings the debut of True Detective, a rural crime drama directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

And starting January 19, the second half of the 10 o’clock hour will be filled by Looking, from Weekend director Andrew Haigh. The series follows the exploits of three young-ish gay men living in San Francisco.

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The teaser for the new HBO series True Detective featured real style, and this first full trailer suggests the show has plenty of substance to go along with it.

Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) put together the show, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as a pair of detectives who investigate a set of murders in 1995, and follows them as the story continues for years. This trailer will only give you a little bit of the story, but it does a lot to suggest that the investigation is a tough road for both men. The older McConaughey seen a bit at the end of the trailer is very clearly a different and more troubled man than the guy we see at the outset. If you’ve wanted a TV show to match David Fincher’s film Zodiac, this might be the one.

I have no idea what is really happening in half this footage, and I don’t want to know. I just want to watch this, as soon as possible.

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Just hours ago we talked about the fact that Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga had teamed with Idris Elba for a lead role and producing gig in his long-developing film Beasts of No Nation, based on the novel of the same name.

Now Fukunaga has been announced as the likely director for another adaptation. Noble Assassin, a Dreamworks project, is based on the proposed book of the same name, by Paul Kix. The film doesn’t have any cast at this point, but the story — about a Frenchman who worked as a spy for the British during WWII and pretty much set the template for James Bond — is insanely great. Get details below. Read More »

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Two of the breakout stars from The Wire just landed new jobs with some modern auteurs. First up, Idris Elba (most recently seen in Pacific Rim) will star in Cary Fukunaga‘s (Jane Eyre) latest film called Beasts of No Nation. Next, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams is the second actor to join Spike Lee‘s still untitled Kickstarter film. Read more about both projects below.

UPDATE: Lee’s film is reportedly called Da Blood Of Jesus.

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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 »

Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:

  • Sam Mendes and a Skyfall co-writer team for a Showtime project
  • Rupert Wyatt gets hired for AMC’s period drama pilot Turn
  • Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising desperately needs more viewers
  • Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
  • Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
  • Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
  • The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
  • Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
  • A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
  • Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
  • Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless

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Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre wasn’t a horror movie per se, but the director brought a distinctive ghostly chill to the classic Gothic romance. And now he’ll be bringing that same knack for dread and suspense to another literary adaptation that more obviously calls for it. Fukunaga has just been hired to direct a remake of Stephen King‘s It, which Warner Bros. plans to split across two films. More details after the jump.

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Cary Fukunaga impressed us with his first two features, Sin Nombre and his version of Jane Eyre, and he has been looking at interesting follow-up projects that include a Civil War heist film, and a sci-fi thriller for Universal. But it looks like his next project will be an eight-episode ‘event series’ called True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as a pair of cops on a seventeen-year hunt for a Louisiana serial killer.

HBO has just picked up the show with a straight to series order, and Fukunaga will direct all eight episodes. Read More »

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