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In an effort to get all my ducks in a row for our "True Detective" podcast I decided to sit down and rewatch the first three episodes, taking notes on each character, situation and the fictional city of Vinci. Before getting to the dirty details, the nuts and bolts of the series begin with the murder of Vinci City Manager Benjamin Caspere, a murder that brings together Detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) and career criminal attempting to go legit, Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). Ray Velcoro is a drunk, troubled detective with an ex-wife looking for sole custody of their child and the misfortune of working the Caspere murder case while also having to answer to the corrupt Vinci police department, mayor and Frank Semyon. Semyon finds himself in a financial fix as a result of Caspere's death as Caspere was »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Nic Pizzolatto
Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on HBO
By far the worst thing about this week’s third episode of True Detective’s second season is that it feels mostly inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Not that it is entirely clear at this point what “the grand scheme of things” even is, but there is a massive difference between world-building and complete pointlessness. After Ray’s survival quickly resolves last week’s cliffhanger, the rest of the episode consists mainly of the team pursuing leads in various places around Vinci and Los Angeles. It may be representative of good police work, not to mention how readily it presents opportunities for the leads to interact with each other at length on car rides and strolls, but it doesn’t make for very compelling television. A »
- Whitney McIntosh
"True Detective" is back for a new season. I posted some overall thoughts on the early episodes on Wednesday, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I display some Meryl Streep-type expressive creativity... "Everybody gets touched." -Jordan The first season of "True Detective" opened with a lot of layers of storytelling — meeting Marty, and then Rust, being interviewed by the cops in 2012, with their stories sometimes bringing us back to the case from 1995, and sometimes bouncing to other stages of their partnership — but what was at the moment a relatively compact story itself. In the 1995 scenes, these guys were already partners, albeit relatively new to each other, they got a case, and they followed it. That allowed Nic Pizzolatto and company to dive in deep on exactly who these guys were, since ultimately the show was much more interested in being a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Midway through watching the very first episode of "True Detective" season 1, Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle delivered what was already his fourth or fifth monologue about the pointlessness of existence, and I jotted down the following note: Do I want to watch many hours of McConaughey saying this (stuff)? As it turns out, I did. McConaughey was just that mesmerizing, Woody Harrelson wasn't far behind, and the direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga was so stunning that I was able to look past Cohle's lectures, the thinness of the female characters (or, really, anyone who wasn't Rust or Marty Hart), and the serial killer tropes and other recycled devices and even lines of dialogue peppered throughout Nic Pizzolatto's scripts. It had its flaws, but it was still one of the best things on TV a year ago. Pizzolatto's writing was memorable, mixing in hard-boiled detective cliches with Cohle's nihilist philosophy, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Those expecting anything approaching the magic conjured by the original Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson pairing should immediately temper their enthusiasm for “True Detective’s” second season. Impeccably cast around its marquee stars, the new plot possesses the requisite noir-ish qualities, but feels like a by-the-numbers potboiler, punctuated by swooping aerial shots of L.A. courtesy of new director Justin Lin, whose intense close-ups bring to mind a Sergio Leone western. Although generally watchable, the inspiration that turned the first into an obsession for many seems to have drained out of writer Nic Pizzolatto’s prose, at least three hours into this eight-episode run.
Somehow, the first installment managed to take TV’s most venerable genre and put a fresh coat of paint on it, thanks to the intoxicating mix of McConaughey’s unorthodox, philosophizing cop, its grisly crime and the time-bending narrative. Here, Pizzolatto more straightforwardly plows ahead, featuring »
- Brian Lowry
True Detective June 2015 Episode Titles, Plots, Air Dates, TV Promos. HBO has released the True Detective: Season 2 episode titles, official plot synopses, and the air dates for the June 2015 episodes of its cop TV series. The True Detective episodes discussed are episodes 9-10. The two new True Detective: Season 2 TV commercials are entitled ‘Chaos’ and ‘Stand.’
In the first trailer, Los Angeles detective Ray Velacro (Colin Farrell), a corrupt cop under the control of crime lord Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), asks if he is even supposed to solve the case he’s investigating. Seymon also says at one point, “I need a direction to turn, or I may just start pulling down walls.”
The second trailer is a wordless, pulse-pouding look at the four main characters, including Ventura County Sheriff’s detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and motorcyle »
- Rollo Tomasi
HBO is now entering the heavy promotion stage for "True Detective" Season 2, which stars Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch and premieres June 21. The network recently shared two new teasers, even letting some of the high-profile cast occasionally speak instead of just looking menacing or depressed:
HBO also issued materials with more details on what will happen in the first two episodes, which air in June, listing more cast members and guest stars.
What's The Show About?
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California in "True Detective."
Colin Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vince Vaughn portrays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of »
- Gina Carbone
True Detective 2 and all its stressful, chaotic madness is almost here, but first the network has a couple more teasers up its sleeves — in the form of an extended synopsis and first-episode details. As you know, "a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal." That quad is portrayed by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn, respectively, and they're all going to dive into a mess tied to the United States' transportation system. (Kelly Reilly, Christopher James Baker, Afemo Omilami, Chris Kerson, James Frain, Lolita Davidovich, W. Earl Brown, David Morse, and Rick Springfield will round out some of the ancillary roles.) So just how messy is that mess?Well, here's the extended synopsis for the season: Colin Farrell (Golden Globe winner for “In Bruges”) plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
A new Black Mass poster has just been released by the folks over at Warner Bros. The film, which already has some awards buzz for it, particularly for lead actor Johnny Depp, will be released towards the tail end of the year on November 13th.
Check out the brand new poster for the film below, followed by the lengthy synopsis as released by the studio. Remind yourselves of the trailer for the film here.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »
- Paul Heath
The drama also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter, and Jeremy Strong.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick and Scott Cooper are producing the film, with Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff and Gary Granstaff serving as executive producers. »
- Michelle McCue
It looks like Seth Rogen is going to continue peeling back the curtain on production on AMC’s Preacher pilot; this past weekend, he dropped the first image of Jesse Custer and Arseface from the long-awaited comic book adaptation, and now he’s debuted another image from the set of the show…
Rogen is directing the Preacher pilot alongside Evan Goldberg, while the cast includes Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root, Tom Brooke (Sherlock) as Fiore and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
With filming underway on the pilot episode of Preacher, Deadline is reporting that British actor Tom Brooke (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) has nabbed a series regular role in the AMC adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, where he will play Fiore, one of two Adephi angels to to Earth to retrieve Genesis.
The Preacher pilot is being directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Interview), and sees Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) leading the cast as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Rogen recently Tweeted the image, which shows Jesse having what looks to be an intense conversation with fan favorite Arseface, aka Eugene Root, a young man who, in the comic books, was spurred on to attempt suicide after Kurt Cobain's death, only to survive a gunshot to the face.
Joining Rogen and Goldberg behind the camera is Bill Pope, who's worked as the director of photography on The Matrix films, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, Edgar Wright's The World's End, and much more. Rogen and Goldberg are directing from a screenplay they wrote with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).
- Derek Anderson
Now that production is under way on Preacher, AMC's upcoming TV series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic, executive producer Seth Rogen has shared a new photo from the set, featuring Dominic Cooper as the Preacher Jesse Custer and Ian Colletti as Arseface. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't give us too good a look at each character, but it appears that Custer is speaking with young Arseface in his room, which is adorned with posters for Jack White and other bands. Sports fans will also notice the University of Texas Longhorns pillow on his bed.
The series centers on Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who somehow ends up merging with a supernatural entity from heaven, which gives him the power to make anyone do what he says. He goes on a perilous mission to literally find God, after he abandoned his post in heaven. Jesse is accompanied on »
Seth Rogen took to his Twitter page yesterday to reveal that production is finally under way on the long-awaited Preacher TV series. The comedic actor is serving as executive producer on the series, and directing the pilot with his filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg. It isn't exactly known where filming is taking place at this time.
The project is based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, which centers on a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who becomes merged with a supernatural entity from heaven that gives him the ability to make anyone do what he says. He goes on a perilous journey to literally find God, who has abandoned his post in heaven. Dominic Cooper stars as Jesse Custer, with Ruth Negga playing Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip and Joseph Gilgun playing an Irish vampire named Cassidy, both of whom accompany Custer on his journey.
The supporting cast »
Preacher is set to star Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher who finds himself bonded to a supernatural creature called Genesis and sets out on a journey to find God. The pilot is being directed by Rogen and regular collaborator Evan Goldberg, with Cooper joined in the cast by Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow and W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root.
- Gary Collinson
We're back with with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror new sent our way. Today's feature includes artwork from Blood & Gourd, release details for The Vatican Exorcisms, and news of a Sledge Blu-ray release:
Blood & Gourd Details and Artwork: "It's Devil's Night in Olympia, Wa - and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell's lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch you die."
For more information on this comic, and its creators, visit: http://www.bloodandgourd.com
The Vatican Exorcisms DVD »
- Tamika Jones
The cast won't be back but the show title will be. ABC has decided to renew their low-rated anthology series, American Crime, for a second season. The show currently airs on Thursday nights.
On the first season of American Crime, a home invasion in Modesto, California results in the murder of war veteran Matt Skokie and a horrific assault on his wife Gwen. Four suspects are brought into custody for the crimes. Though the suspects and the victims fit a profile, they and their situations are far more complicated than anyone would have initially believed. The cast includes Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz, and Regina King.
The series debuted in early March to positive ratings but they quickly eroded. Last week saw the series hit a new series low with »
AMC's upcoming comic book TV series Preacher has added two more cast members, Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson, as brand new characters who didn't appear in the original comic books. Jamie Anne Allman is playing Betsy Schenck, a timid wife who appears to be in an abusive relationship with her husband, Donny (Derek Wilson). Although, when Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) checks in on her, she tells a different story.
Derek Wilson's Donny Schenck is a Civil War reenactor and abusive husband who gets into several altercations with Custer, but still makes it to church every Sunday. Both actors will have recurring roles in the AMC series, but it isn't known how many episodes they have signed on for. Preacher is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic book series, which follows Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher, who ends up merging with a heavenly entity »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Knights of Badassdom (2013)
Directed by: Joe Lynch
Cast: Ryan Kwanten (Joe), Steve Zahn (Eric), Peter Dinklage (Hung), Margarita Levieva (Beth), Summer Glau (Gwen), Joshua Malina (Travis), Michael Gladis (King Diamond), W. Earl Brown (Randy), Brian Posehn (Gilberto), Douglas Tait (Abominog)
I’m pretty much going to watch any film called “Knights of Badassdom”. I just am, and probably if you are reading this, you would too. I’m absolutely astounded at how the social stereotypes are melding together little by little, and this film is definitely a testament to that. Remember being the weird kid and only having a handful of equally weird, but loyal friends. That definitely was me, and I couldn’t see it then, but I pretty much had it made. Being weird now is a little more tolerated that it used to be, but »
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