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‘True Detective’s’ ‘Huge Aura’ Creates Big Target for Its Critics

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Early reviews of “True Detective” season two were mixed, and many were positive. One suspects that a lot of critics (including this one) were reluctant to completely bury the series based on the three episodes that HBO made available.

Yet once the show was exposed to sunlight, the blowback has grown more intense — or at least, the real-time dissection and grousing on Twitter and in recaps more pointed. At this point, it’s possible to seriously dislike what series creator Nic Pizzolatto hath wrought, and still feel a tad sorry for it.

“Hate watch” is a rather ugly term, but it’s a fair appraisal of the feelings harbored by many who brought high hopes to the project. In the past, such a program would have been assessed and then dismissed, with critics moving on. Today, in an age where traffic considerations drive coverage, a show with such a high »

- Brian Lowry

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Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie Is Already Done

28 July 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After rescuing Matthew McConaughey from the universe's most heartwarming black hole, what's Christopher Nolan doing for a follow-up? Directing a short documentary about a pair of avant-garde filmmaker brothers, of course! Actually, scratch the present tense on that — Nolan has already completed his film on the Quay twins, two identical brothers who have been making wordless stop-motion films since the late '70s. Knowing Nolan's obsession with puzzles and miniatures, it seems like a perfect match. The film's called Quay, and it will screen at New York's Film Forum in August — presumably to beat out Legend, the upcoming Tom Hardy movie about phonetically similar but completely unrelated Kray twins.Here is a selection of Quay Brothers films to get you up to speed: »

- Nate Jones

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Netflix Cco Talks Marvel TV Shows; Are The Thunderbolts Next?

28 July 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Today, at the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix Cco Ted Sarandos talked in detail about his company’s collaborations with Marvel, from the forthcoming Jessica Jones to series much further down the line.

Readers might recall that the original plan when Netflix announced its partnership with Marvel was to have four different heroes introduced in freshman seasons of their own shows (DaredevilJessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) before bringing them together for The Defenders, an Avengers-style team-up series. Given that Netflix and Marvel are fast-tracking a second season of Daredevil in the wake of overwhelming acclaim and high ratings for the first, however, that no longer seems to be the case.

Sarandos explained:

“I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Everything This Season of True Detective Has Made You Feel

27 July 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Maybe our expectations were just too high. The first season of True Detective (after, admittedly, a warmup period) was one of the best shows of 2014, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson delivering a dramatic gold mine, so our hopes were up there. And season two started off with potential, with a lot of excitement because of the promising cast, and when the premiere hit, it was like, Ok, there are some interesting questions here. But after six episodes, season two has become the hate-watch of 2015, with viewers tuning in only to take to social media each Sunday to complain that they're underwhelmed and over this season (well, no complaints about this, anyway). It's been such a shared experience that I've pinpointed how it has felt every step of the way to watch True Detective season two. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Tyro Scribe Lori Evans Taylor Lands Deal On ‘Bed Rest’

27 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: MGM has acquired Bed Rest, the first script deal for Lori Evans Taylor. Spec is a Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Rear Window and What Lies Beneath, centering on a pregnant woman who is isolated and confined to bed rest. Karen Rosenfelt is producing with Chris Sparling, the writer behind Buried and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-Gus Van Sant film Sea Of Trees. This was a competitive situation with interest from multiple studios. Evans Taylor is repped by… »

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‘Veep’ Stars Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons Developing Football Comedy

24 July 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veep” stars Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh have set up college football comedy “Red Shirt” with Paramount Studios.

Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is producing. The logline for the duo’s pitch is under wraps.

In college football, the practice of “redshirting” is widely employed: A player’s participation is delayed for a year in order to maintain his eligibility for another year.

HBO has ordered a fifth season of “Veep,” in which Simons plays former White House liaison Jonah Ryan and Walsh portrays the vice president’s director of communications Mike McLintock.

Simons is due to appear in “Goosebumps” with Jack Black, in “Michelle Darnell” with Melissa McCarthy and in “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey. Walsh appeared in “Get Hard” and is in Paul Feig’s upcoming “Ghostbusters,” starring McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

Paramount-based Red Hour is in post-production on Stiller’s “Zoolander 2,” due out Feb. 12.

Simons is repped by UTA and Brillstein. »

- Dave McNary

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Broad Green Pictures Lands ‘Just Mercy’ With Michael B. Jordan (Exclusive)

24 July 2015 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With several studios vying for the property, Broad Green Pictures has won the rights to the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Destin Cretton on board to direct.

Gil Netter will produce the adaptation of the book, which is based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children.

One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy and political machination that transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Several major studios, including Paramount and Universal, put bids in for the book before Broad Green landed the rights. »

- Justin Kroll

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Hot Horror Script 'Bed Rest' Sells to MGM (Exclusive)

24 July 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a competitive situation, MGM has bought horror script Bed Rest by relative newcomer Lori Evans Taylor. Chris Sparling, the scribe who wrote the upcoming Gus Van Sant drama Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, is attached to produce with Karen Rosenfelt. Spec scripts were the currency of much movie development in the 1990s and into the mid-2000s but the WGA strike, shrinking DVD revenues and studio contraction led to their waning. When they do occur, it's usually with major attachments. That's why clean specs such as this one are rare. The script began making the rounds last week,

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- Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit

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Tye Sheridan on Getting Locked Up in 'Stanford Prison Experiment' and Joining the 'X-Men'

24 July 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on the Dark Side of Human Nature in 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'  At 18 years old, Tye Sheridan has a career that would make even the most accomplished actor jealous. In the four years since making his acting debut opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Sheridan has continued to work with some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the business, including Jeff Nichols and Matthew McConaughey on "Mud," David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage on "Joe," Rodrigo Garcia and Ewan McGregor on "Last Days in the Desert" and more. Joining Indiewire over the phone from the Montreal set of another envious project -- Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," where he's taking on the role of a young Cyclops -- Sheridan spoke about working on his latest heralded indie, "The Stanford Prison Experiment, »

- Zack Sharf

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Reese Witherspoon Gets American Cinematheque Award

23 July 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Reese Witherspoon is set to receive the 29th American Cinematheque award at the organization's annual black-tie benefit gala on Friday, October 30 in the ballroom of La's Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Witherspoon was unanimously chosen by the Cinematheque board for her work as an actress, and as a producer under her Pacific Standard production banner, which she founded with Bruna Papandrea in 2012. This year, she was Oscar-nominated for her performance as Cheryl Strayed in the redemption drama "Wild." Witherspoon, who recently launched her own retail brand, took the 2006 Best Actress Academy Award for her steely portrayal of June Carter Cash. Read More: Recipe for a Successful Cinematheque Ball: Matthew McConaughey Last year's American Cinematheque award went to Witherspoon's "Mud" costar Matthew McConaughey. Recent honorees include Julia Roberts (2007), Samuel L. Jackson (2008), Matt Damon (2010), Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2013) and Jerry »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Reese Witherspoon to Receive American Cinematheque Award

23 July 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Cinematheque will honor Reese Witherspoon with its annual award Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the org announced today.

Witherspoon was most recently Oscar-nominated for lead actress in 2014’s “Wild,” which was produced by her Pacific Standard production company.

Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman said: “Reese Witherspoon’s career is a perfect example of an actress flourishing in today’s world. She achieved commercial success early in comedies like ‘Election,’ ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and then added major critical success to her resume with movies such as ‘Walk the Line,’ for which she received the Academy award for best actress. She has refused to be limited to only certain types of roles and has continued to impress with her varied choices, ranging from smaller roles in dramas such as ‘Mud’ to a tour-de-force, Oscar-nominated performance last year in ‘Wild.’  She is an active and successful »

- Shalini Dore

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Don't go changing: actor transformations that weren't worth the effort

23 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

These actors bulked up, slimmed down and puffed out in service of their work … and perhaps they shouldn’t have, when the only results were film flops

When popular actors make the bold choice to alter their appearance for a role, people take notice. Often the effort pays off: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron all won Oscars after transforming themselves for their art. Unfortunately, for some stars, the work ends up being in service of a project that doesn’t merit the gamble.

Related: Jake Gyllenhaal: ‘I’m fascinated by my own anger’

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- Nigel M Smith

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Stx Hires Qed’s John Friedberg as President of New International Arm

22 July 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fast-growing Stx Entertainment is launching an international sales division with veteran exec John Friedberg hired as president.

Friedberg joined the studio in Burbank this week. He will oversee all aspects of Stx’s international sales strategy, along with developing partnerships for foreign acquisitions.

Stx launched last year by producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing director Bill McGlashan to develop medium-budget projects — an area largely vacated by the studios in favor of superhero movies. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey (“The Free State of Jones”) and Julia Roberts (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).

For the past decade, Friedberg has overseen sales and distribution in partnership with Bill Block — first at Qed International and most recently at Block Entertainment. He worked on international sales for Brad Pitt’s “Fury,” Neill Blomkamp’s “District Nine” and the upcoming “Dirty Grandpa,” starring »

- Dave McNary

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a Drama Series

21 July 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Mad Men" has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the TV Academy. Matthew Weiner's series won Best Drama at the Emmys for its first four seasons, among other numerous trophies. But its leading man has never won. Despite earning a nomination every year "Mad Men" has been eligible (plus guest star nods for "30 Rock" in three seasons and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" this year), Hamm has lost every single year (spurring him to create the "Losers' Party" with fellow snubee Amy Poehler). Will he join the ranks of the unjustly ignored like Jason Alexander and Steve Carell, or will the Academy finally reward him in his final year as Don Draper?  The answer will be "no" if Kevin Spacey has anything to say about it. Hot off his Golden Globes win and feeling rejuvenated after Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey's exit from the category, the two-time Oscar winner »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a Drama Series

19 July 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Mad Men" has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the TV Academy. Matthew Weiner's series won Best Drama at the Emmys for its first four seasons, among other numerous trophies. But its leading man has never won. Despite earning a nomination every year "Mad Men" has been eligible (plus guest star nods for "30 Rock" in three seasons and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" this year), Hamm has lost every single year (spurring him to create the "Losers' Party" with fellow snubee Amy Poehler). Will he join the ranks of the unjustly ignored like Jason Alexander and Steve Carell, or will the Academy finally reward him in his final year as Don Draper?  The answer will be "no" if Kevin Spacey has anything to say about it. Hot off his Golden Globes win and feeling rejuvenated after Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey's exit from the category, the two-time Oscar winner »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Parker Posey: An Independent Woman in ‘Irrational Man’

17 July 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Irrational Man is the 45th feature that Woody Allen has directed, but what’s perhaps more shocking is that it’s his first film with actress Parker Posey. Triumphantly wearing the crown of “Queen of the Indies” during her prolific 1990s, it’s a shock and wonder Posey hasn’t already worked with Allen, who could easily be labeled the Godfather of the genre.

While Irrational Man may be the start of a fruitful collaboration between the two, Posey has a long history of working with other notable American independent filmmakers. Whether as the star or as a cameo she has the ability to bring a jolt of energy that feels strong enough alone to power a complete film. When utilizing Posey, it’s the director who finds their own way to harness her energy and shape it into the memorable moments that often bear multiple viewings. Looking back on »

- Rodney Uhler

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First Trailer For The Revenant – Will Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Win An Oscar?

17 July 2015 7:12 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (a pairing that dominated this year’s Oscars for their work on Birdman) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, there’s not really much of a question whether The Revenant is going to be any good. Heck, it’s pretty damn certain this’ll be great – the latest trailer (viewable below) has just dropped and it looks incredible; there’s little in the way of plot, but the teaser sets both the tone and scope of this western thriller brilliantly.

No, the big question about the movie is whether it’ll be the film to finally get DiCaprio his Oscar.

It’s become a running joke in recent years that one of the greatest living actors (seriously) has been consistently snubbed at the Academy Awards – he’s only been nominated four times for acting (and »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Mistresses Recap: Bartender Dysphoria

16 July 2015 7:57 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve all heard some variation on the “priest walks into a bar” joke, but this week’s Mistresses found the zinger walking right into the church, planting a not-exactly-chaste kiss on Karen Kim’s lips and scoring an invitation to a parish mixer — Kogi truck included!

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Surely this qualifies as divine intervention — even if the most open-minded of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the Lord-tell-me-this-isn’t-happening “Vivian feeds Alec toast, Alec kisses Karen on the forehead” montage that kicked off the episode. (Ditto the awkward house party for throuples, quints and quatros. »

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Hollywood Agencies Look for New Ways to Brand Clients as Competition Grows

14 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

How dramatically is the world changing for Hollywood’s largest talent agencies? Three words: Professional Bull Riders.

Wme/Img’s acquisition in April of the Pueblo, Colo.-based sports outfit underscores how talent agencies are searching far and wide beyond the traditional film, TV and music arenas for new profit sources.

The Pbr produces more than 300 bull-riding competitions a year around the world, making it a natural partner for Img’s event-management and promotion operations. It also makes money by selling media rights and branding opportunities to its various events, which complements Img’s sponsorship and media sales divisions. In other words, the bull-busting stars are a perfect fit with the new-model Wme/Img.

Abe Lastfogel, the late, storied leader of William Morris Agency from the 1930s through the ’60s, might have shuddered at the idea of rodeo roughnecks roaming his halls. But Uncle Abe didn’t have to make a living in 21st-century Hollywood. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Talent Agencies Turn Clients Into Brands Amid Pressure to Diversify

14 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

How dramatically is the world changing for Hollywood’s largest talent agencies? Three words: Professional Bull Riders.

Wme/Img’s acquisition in April of the Pueblo, Colo.-based sports outfit underscores how talent agencies are searching far and wide beyond the traditional film, TV and music arenas for new profit sources.

The Pbr produces more than 300 bull-riding competitions a year around the world, making it a natural partner for Img’s event-management and promotion operations. It also makes money by selling media rights and branding opportunities to its various events, which complements Img’s sponsorship and media sales divisions. In other words, the bull-busting stars are a perfect fit with the new-model Wme/Img.

Abe Lastfogel, the late, storied leader of William Morris Agency from the 1930s through the ’60s, might have shuddered at the idea of rodeo roughnecks roaming his halls. But Uncle Abe didn’t have to make a living in 21st-century Hollywood. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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