waco first look

On April 19, 1993, nearly 80 people were killed in a standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians religious sect after the group’s compound burned down. At the center of it all: David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians and a self-proclaimed prophet. Koresh was facing allegations of child abuse and illegal arms stockpiling and barricaded himself in the compound when agents came with a warrant for his arrest. Thus began a 51-day standoff known as the Waco siege that still draws polarizing reactions from Americans today.

With former heartthrob Taylor Kitsch taking on the role of Koresh, those polarizing reactions are sure to continue through Paramount Network’s Waco miniseries, which just unveiled its first trailer for the six-part show.

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Only the Brave Trailer

Right now, wildfires are tearing through the Western half of the United States, torching hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Utah. There have been more than 24,000 firefighters battling 137 blazes. These men and women are the best of the best, and the story of some of them from Arizona will be told on the big screen this fall.

Only the Brave will tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, the team that took on a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona that would go on to become the deadliest U.S. wildfire since the 1991 East Bay Hills fire, and the deadliest incident of any kind for United States firefighters since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A new Only the Brave trailer shows how Josh Brolin, James Badge Dale, Jeff Bridges and Miles Teller face that fire in what appears to be a no-win scenario. Read More »

american assassin red band trailer

The trailers for American Assassin are a tad generic, but the filmmaker behind the thriller doesn’t make generic movies. Michael Cuesta knows how to craft a drama with some real firepower. The director of 12 and Holding and Kill the Messenger has never made a thriller quite like his adaptation of Vince Flynn‘s novel, which stars Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. The trailers paint a movie you’d probably watching during daytime TNT (which I intend as a compliment), but since Cuesta directed the film, I suspect there’s more to American Assassin than the trailers suggest.

Below, watch the American Assassin red band trailer.

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American Assassin Trailer - Dylan O'Brien

It’s been some time since we’ve seen Taylor Kitsch, mostly because he starred in a stream of bad movies that included Battleship and Savages, as well as the sorely underrated and underseen box office bomb that was John Carter. He had a bit of an uptick by being part of the ensemble cast of Lone Survivor, but now he’s playing for the bad guys in a new action thriller.

American Assassin adapts Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, which introduces us to CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a recurring character in 15 of the aforementioned author’s books. Rapp is recruited by Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to join his team, tasked by the CIA to find the source of some recent attacks on both civilian and military targets. As we learn in a new American Assassin trailer from our friends across the pond, it turns out that the man behind these attacks is a former trainee (Kitsch) of Hurley’s, and that makes him quite the formidable opponent. Read More »

american assassin first look

Actor Dylan O’Brien still has work to finish on The Maze Runner series, but he recently attached himself to another potential franchise. Based on Vince Flynn‘s best-selling book series, O’Brien will play CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp. Director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the Messenger) thriller also stars Michael KeatonTaylor Kitsch, and Sanaa Lathan.

Below, check out the American Assassin first look.

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Taylor Kitsch American Assassin

The last addition to director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the MessengerAmerican Assassin was Michael Keaton. Now joining Keaton and star Dylan O’Brien is Taylor Kitsch, who recently did some strong supporting work in HBO’s True Detective and The Normal Heart. Kitsch has signed on to play the antagonist in American Assassin.

Below, learn more about the Taylor Kitsch American Assassin casting news.

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HDTGM: A Conversation with Renny Harlin

 

Renny Harlin

A couple months back, Paul Scheer and the gang covered The Covenant on How Did This Get Made? Ever since then, Paul and I have been trying to arrange an interview with the film’s director, the great Renny Harlin, a Finnish-born filmmaker best known for helming action-packed classics like Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger.

It took a little while to coordinate the conversation, as Harlin has been stationed in China these past two years. But luckily for us, between finishing post on his upcoming Jackie Chan film Skiptrace and launching his new production company in Beijing, Harlin carved out an hour to take a stroll down memory lane.

During our chat, we talked about all sorts of things. From his mission to assemble the “sexiest cast ever” for The Covenant to his original choice to play the villain in Cliffhanger. But as interesting as details like that can be—and as wonderfully quotable as Harlin tends to be—they pale in comparison to the unexpected and over-arching story of Harlin’s career. A career that, as you will now see, never even should have been…

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Taylor Kitsch in True Detective

Taylor Kitsch‘s career in front of the camera has an uneven one. He shot to fame playing dreamy Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, but his performance as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was met with shrugs and his would-be franchise-starter John Carter was a big, expensive flop. True Detective sounded like a good next step on paper, but Kitsch had the bad luck to star in the show’s polarizing second season instead of its widely acclaimed first one.

But maybe he’ll have more luck stepping behind the camera for a change. Kitsch is set to make his feature directing debut on Pieces, a crime drama which he will also write, produce, and star in. Peter Berg, who directed Kitsch in Friday Night LightsBattleship, and Lone Survivor, will produce.
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The Raid Redemption

The English-language The Raid remake may have run into the kind of trouble that no amount of gunplay or fisticuffs can solve. According to a new report, the project has just lost director Patrick Hughes, studio Screen Gems, and star Taylor Kitsch. Frank Grillo, as far as we know, remains on board. Read about The Raid remake below. Read More »

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True Detective season 2 character posters

There’s a set of four new True Detective season 2 character posters, but they almost do more to obscure the quartet of new leads than they do to reveal them. We see the new leads Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, but their eyes are all cropped out of each image. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs we have to wonder if any of these characters can see that new world coming.

See those posters below, and get some comments from creator/writer/producer Nic Pizzolatto about the new season.  Read More »