Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
In its second season, HBO‘s The Leftovers went from being a fascinating and totally compelling curiosity to one of the best shows on television. By embracing a few lessons he learned on Lost, showrunner Damon Lindelof managed to maintain the series’ trademark sense of overwhelming, existential despair and make it fun to watch at the same time. The Leftovers has been as punishing as ever this season, but now each emotional pummeling is accompanied by riveting mysteries and strong, fast plotting.
And cliffhangers. Oh boy, has this season had some cliffhangers. Last week’s episode, which was set entirely in a dream/afterlife/purgatory and managed to not be totally obnoxious, ended on a series-changing note. Last night’s episode completely ignored those events to focus on other characters, but it also culminated with a gigantic twist that puts the events of the past nine episodes in new context. Now, Lindelof has opened up about that twist, speaking at length about this big reveal in a new interview.
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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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Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
In terms of viewership, Season 5 was Game of Thrones‘ best yet. In terms of narrative quality, however, the jury’s still out. Even as the season was showered with praise for highs like “Hardhome,” it caught a lot of flack for its uneven pacing and nasty twists. What Game of Thrones could really use right now is a valiant champion to fight for it in the court of public opinion.
Luckily, it seems to have found just that in Damon Lindelof. The Lost creator — who knows a thing or two about angry fans — has unleashed a long rant defending the show, and taking the “haters” and “clickbait-y media culture” to task. Read the Damon Lindelof Game of Thrones comments after the jump. Read More »
HBO ended their Television Critics Association sessions with a panel on season two of The Leftovers. Damon Lindelof, author and co-creator Tom Perotta, and stars Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and Regina King were on the panel. As (spoiler) the first season ended with Kevin Garvey (Theroux) leaving town with a new surrogate family, season two finds them in Miracle National Park. Read More »
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I wasn’t immediately taken by The Leftovers when I watched the pilot on HBO, but over the course of the first few episodes the show really grabbed me. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the show has a very cool mystery set-up (set two years after 2% of the world’s population mysteriously disappeared) but focuses more on the characters and drama (and even though I think the character focus works here better than in Lost, I’m still drawn more to the mysterious twists). The Leftovers season 2 teaser trailer has been released by HBO and can be watched now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: Mondo’s Tom Whalen Solo Show: “Pulp Menagerie” Looks Absolutely Sensational
THE RISE OF THE TRANSNATIONAL WESTERN
The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked
SDCC EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey “Weekend Update” Action Figures for Comic-Con
From Wags to Riches: 9 of TV’s Most Famous Dogs
7 Classic Geek-Friendly Franchises That Deserve A Sequel
‘Tomorrowland’ Shirt Coming to Disney Parks Online Store from May 22-28
6 FILMMAKING TIPS FROM BRAD BIRD
The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival
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More Star Wars Bits! This one even goes back to the prequels, and you can read about all these items below:
- Damon Lindelof would like to write a Lobot movie.
- George Lucas was scared of the Yoda/Dooku fight in Attack of the Clones.
- Disneyland has a Han Solo in Carbonite lunch combo.
- Read Vanity Fair interviews with Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, Pablo Hidalgo and more.
- Did you see Craig Drake‘s new Star Wars posters?
- Why did Dice decide to reboot Star Wars Battlefront instead of sequelize it?
- Check out a four page preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #3.
- There might be a big New Hope easter egg in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Learn about a connection between Rey and Han Solo in The Force Awakens.
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I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland. I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.
I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.
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By now you’ve heard it a million times. After J.J. Abrams passed on the film a first time, Brad Bird was given the opportunity to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Bird, however, had to choose between Star Wars and Tomorrowland, a film he was also passionate about which was already in pre-production, and had a star attached. Obviously, Bird chose Tomorrowland, Abrams reconsidered and both are very happy with those decisions. However, fellow Star Wars fan and Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof recently said he was sure Bird was going to leave their project. In fact, he told Bird to do so and Bird happily surprised him.
Below, read what Lindelof thought about Bird’s choice, if Lindelof would do a Star Wars movie, and Bird’s quote when he’s reminded there’s an opening for a Star Wars Anthology film. Read More »
The Japanese trailer for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland had a very explicit reference to the Walt Disney theme park the film is named after. While investigating a mysterious pin, Casey (Britt Robertson) ends up at a geek store called Blast from the Past. There, the clerks played by Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn explain the link between the Disney theme park and the real life Tomorrowland of the movie. But when the film hits theaters on May 22, that exchange won’t be there. In fact, the name “Disney” isn’t mentioned in the film once. While we see some of his creations, the character and theme parks are pretty much a non-entity.
In a new interview, Tomorrowland producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof explained why the above scene was cut along with other references to the visionary filmmaker. Read about the Tomorrowland Walt Disney references below. Read More »