True Detective

Things are really heating up on HBO’s True Detective. The crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga has sparked all kinds of speculation, debate and praise from critics and fans alike. Last week the focal point of discussion was the epic tracking shot. This Sunday’s episode, The Secret Fate of All Life, finally broke the show’s past and present structure with elements of subtlety and surprise.

There are only three episodes left of the show — at least in this first season incarnation with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So now is as good a time as any to delve into the mythology and making of the series. Below, we’ve found two making of featurettes about this week’s episode, plus a free download to the book The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, which is becoming a heavy influence on the show. Read More »

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Twitter absolutely exploded Sunday night when the fourth episode of True Detective aired. It ended with a six minute long take, which is about 5 minutes and 45 seconds longer than 99.9% of the shots on television. Apparently, it was breathtaking. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it yet, but now you can as the shot has made it online. Below, check it out as well as see the full version of the above image, a brand new Mondo poster for the show by Phantom City Creative. Read More »

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Game of Thrones, a show which has never had a reputation for being kind to its characters, completed what may have been its bloodiest season yet this year. So fans were naturally alarmed to hear that Season 4 would contain more deaths than ever. But the first tiny bit of footage, just released as part of a larger promo for HBO, isn’t not so bad. Not a single person gets beheaded or disemboweled or burnt to a crisp by dragon flame.

And if grim medieval fantasy-drama isn’t your thing, don’t worry: Elsewhere in the HBO ad, we also get peeks at new shows Looking, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers, and True Detective; the Ryan Murphy-directed AIDS drama The Normal Heart, the literary miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and much, much more.

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And we’re back with another awesome, ominous trailer for the HBO limited series True Detective. This first self-contained season, directed entirely by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), tracks a decades-long murder case that unfolds as the same two detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, dig into the details in both the mid-’90s and the modern day.

Like the other videos promoting the series, this one goes more for atmosphere, intensity, and a sense of general foreboding than it does story details. Which is just fine; these shots just make the story seem more interesting and odd. Read More »

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A song from Austin band The Black Angels powers this new trailer for HBO’s True Detective, and that pretty much puts the whole concept over the top for me. The show, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops embroiled in a very long murder investigation, has looked wonderful in a couple of previous promos and trailers.

Though there’s some already-familiary footage in there, this trailer sets up just a bit more of that murder mystery and gives a lot more info about the two main characters: McConaughey’s pessimistic but smart investigator, and Harrelson’s steady but troubled guy who usually colors inside the lines. We’ll know in January whether or not the show lives up to its potential; for now check out the trailer below. Read More »

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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 simple concept of HBO’s upcoming show True Detective is enough to make it a must-see: Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) directs Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in a miniseries about a years-long investigation into murder and rural mystery.

We’ve seen a teaser and a trailer that position the show as essential for fans of Zodiac, and which promise something a bit more than your typical cop procedural. Now there are five brief but oddly ominous teaser clips that offer additional enticing visions. Watch them all below. Read More »

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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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