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After months of rumors, we now have the full lead cast confirmed for the highly anticipated second season of True Detective. Following in the big shoes of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will be the already announced Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell who are now formally joined by Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly, and Taylor Kitsch. The second season of HBO's anthology series will take a different tone and approach to the critically lauded debut series directed by Cary Fukunaga »
- Alex Maidy
Having ticked off Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald from her period adaptations to-do list, Carey Mulligan's latest literary endeavour springs from the pen of Thomas Hardy. Far From The Madding Crowd filmed in Oxfordshire late last year, and following a handful of stills, the first trailer has just been released.This version sees Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) joining the likes of Ang Lee and Cary Fukunaga in casting an international eye over a classic of English literature. In cahoots with cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, he's clearly making the most of the cinematic potential inherent in Hardy's rolling Wessex countryside.The story, should you be unfamiliar, centres on Mulligan's Bathsheba Everdene (yup, that's where Katniss got her name from), the beautiful, headstrong and independent woman who turns the heads of three different suitors, with varying consequences. Matthias Schoenaerts plays the earthy Gabriel Oak; Tom Sturridge is »
Ioncinema has begun rolling out its predictions for the Sundance 2015 lineup, offering updates on over three dozen projects (so far) by the likes of Athina Rachel Tsangari, Bob Byington, Cary Fukunaga, Dees Rees, Jorge Michel Grau, James Ponsoldt, Joe Swanberg, Rick Alverson and Jonás Cuarón. Meantime, James Schamus will make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel Indignation. Christian Petzold's working on a crime thriller for Bavarian television. David O. Russell is looking to work with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro again. And we have more new of projects in the works. » - David Hudson »
After Tim Sutton’s portrait in 2014, this could this be a back-to-back Sundance editions with the idea of Memphis in the forefront. Taking perhaps the tortoise route towards fruition, Free in Deed was part of the same 2005 Screenwriters Lab (same year as Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre and So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain) with stops at the but the Cannes Atelier, 2006 Sundance Institute Director Lab and Annenberg Film Fellowship Grant. This project is definitely in the homestretch. Jake Mahaffy who first broke out with Frontier section War in 2004 and followed that up with the 2008 SXSW Dramatic Comp Grand Jury Prize winning Wellness (also an Ifp Gotham Awards – Best Undistributed Film Nominee) has been keeping the coals fired up working in the short and installation forms. He had previously made appearances in Park City with his Motion Studies series in Gravity (2005), Mobile (2005), Heat (2005), Inertia (2008), and most recently broke onto the »
- Eric Lavallee
Alfonso Cuaron was hailed as a master storyteller, a filmmaker of boundless vision and a generous friend and collaborator during a tribute to the Oscar-winning director Monday at the Museum of Modern Art.
The man who sent Sandra Bullock into space in “Gravity,” chronicled Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s journey of sexual discovery in “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” and created a nightmarish future in “Children of Men” was the main attraction amid a swirl of high society glitterati, artists and Hollywood players. Novelist Salman Rushdie, Katie Holmes, Emile Hirsch, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, director and artist Julian Schnabel and “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, were among the bold faced names who turned out at the Gotham event.
“My dad is a filmmaker I admire, my teacher, and above all a great father,” said Jonas Cuaron, the director’s son, during a presentation of his father’s work. »
- Brent Lang
While HBO Films have yet to date the TV movie (according to a recent interview they’d be aiming for early ’15) they’d definitely use some of the Sundance swagger in a pre-television premiere launchpad. The Sundance Institute and the festival are the lieus where Dee Rees first explored and then successfully launched her career with the critically acclaimed Pariah back in 2011. Production began this summer in Atlanta on Bessie, which was formerly known as “Blue Goose Hollow”. A dream role/project reality for Queen Latifah, a part she has been gunning for years; the supporting cast is made up of Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Worth noting, is the detail that Rees put into the project – a color palette that transforms and informs the given timeline.
Gist: The story of legendary blues performer, »
- Eric Lavallee
The main title theme song for “True Detective” now comes to mind when I think of the unfairly talented Cary Fukunaga. A scheduled autumn award season release is strategically more sound, and Focus Features, who rarely make an appearance at Sundance with a finished film, might take advantage of the fact that this is where the filmmaker broke out with Sin Nombre. Shooting on Beasts of No Nation took place this summer in Ghana and we’d expect this to be sizeably larger budget item fit for a Premieres slot. The long in the works adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel starring Idris Elba (in the lead role of the Commander) is definitely a long shot, but not impossible. Non-professional child actors make up the cast, while on the tech side we find Production Designer Inbal Weinberg (St. Vincent) in the mix.
- Eric Lavallee
I originally took notice of the project when the trades announced that the oft-used supporting indie starlet Louisa Krause (non-related pic above — who we interviewed back in the day for Martha Marcy May Marlene) was the featured “potential screamer” lead on this project. Filmmaker Jordan Galland has flirted with Park City before, his debut Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009) received a special screening status at Slamdance. Along with his sophomore film item Alter Egos (2012), the summer shot Brooklyn set Ava’s Possessions basically informs us that the musician slash filmmaker’s interests lie within the framework of the horror genre. Certainly the addition of supporting players include Lou Taylor Pucci, Jemima Kirke, Stella Schnabel (You Wont Miss Me) and John Ventimiglia amps up the end product, and Galland’s ongoing creative collaboration with musician Sean Lennon might earmark the project as an appointment with the occult that avoids trappings of »
- Eric Lavallee
Cable channel HBO has had a history of critically and commercially acclaimed shows, from The Sopranos to Game of Thrones. Adding to their ranks this past television season was the channel’s newest offering, True Detective. With Cary Fukunaga and Nic Pizzolatto respectively directing and writing each episode, fans of the show were intrigued to see what shape the show would take in season two, with leads Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as well as Fukunaga, following through on their promise to exit the show after its first season. With Justin Lin stepping into the director’s chair for the first two episodes of the new season, the show’s casting began to take shape a while ago, with Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and the recently confirmed Taylor Kitsch all set to play key roles. Now the show has added a number of other performers to its roster.
Headlining the new additions is Rachel McAdams. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
By now, thanks to his extensive work on films by Steven Soderbergh, and his imprint on recent cult faves "Drive" and "Spring Breakers," composer Cliff Martinez doesn't need much introduction. In fact, his unique brand of percussive, synth-y compositions make his scores immediately recognizable every time out, and yet, they are distinct, and bring a singular texture and mood to whatever project they're associated with. And once again, he's got an intriguing film on his plate. During an interview with Celluloid Tunes (via Film Music Reporter), Martinez revealed he'll score Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts Of No Nation." Starring Idris Elba and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the story follows Agu, a young boy forced to become a child soldier, with Elba playing The Commander who initiates Agu into his army. It's certainly much different than the genre world Martinez sometimes finds himself in, and we're intrigued to see what his flavor adds. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Believe it or not, the 21st annual Austin Film Festival starts today. If you're a procrastinator or chronic second-guesser (that's me) you probably haven't mapped out a definite schedule yet, but you know what? That's okay. To help you along, Debbie has offered her film and panel picks for the entire festival and I'll post a few daily highlights that may help to offer some direction.
If you're into taking it one day at a time, start here with a few Thursday panel and film possibilities.
Thursday Panel Picks:
A Conversation with Cary Fukunaga -- The conference starts out strong with a discussion with the director of True Detective, Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre. How did one person end up behind such different projects? Maybe Fukunaga will tell us here. (Thursday, Oct. 23, 1-2:15 pm in the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Ballroom)
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- Caitlin Moore
"The Knick" has wrapped up its first season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as your colon has to go as well... "What have I done?" -Thack "Crutchfield" did a nice job of bringing the major stories of the season to a boil, mostly while linking them to the series' larger questions about scientific and social progress. "The Knick" is set in a time when modern medicine became, well, modern, and in some ways we can see how the work that Thack and Edwards (and, for that matter, Cornelia) are doing ties neatly with how medicine is practiced today. But this was an age of experimentation, which brought many, many misguided follies for every brilliant success, and we see that in action as so many of the characters' circumstances go from bad to worse. Most obvious of these is Thack being taken to »
- Alan Sepinwall
HBO’s “True Detective” —arguably 2014’s most engrossing and talked-about show— has, since airing its debut season, been the subject of an almost alarming amount of think pieces, critical essays and general scrutiny. The show, which began as a grim, somewhat familiar police procedural/murder mystery and quickly evolved into a searing look at the ravaged psyches of two very different men, has also been something of a lightning rod for controversy. There were the accusations of plagiarism against series creator Nic Pizzolatto, and some criticism over the show’s depiction of women. There were also those who claimed that the show exploited “sensitive” material in the name of sensationalism, and that later plot developments bordered on ludicrous. However, the emergence of this new documentary from Vice Magazine titled “The Real ‘True Detective’?” suggests that Pizzalatto and series director Cary Joji Fukunaga exaggerating only slightly when creating their dead from the inside. »
- Nicholas Laskin
It’s no secret that we’ve been living in the “Golden Age of Television” for some time now, going back to the early days of The Sopranos and The Wire. The quality has remained high over the past decade or so, but as with all forms of media, it has evolved with the times. Story is still king and the abundance of cable networks have allowed a wide variety of stories to be told on a number of different canvases: a five-season long character transformation on Breaking Bad, a dense and obtuse period study on Mad Men, a twist on the “procedural thriller” formula on Homeland, and even a unique take on the horror genre with Penny Dreadful. However, in addition to the high quality and the sheer enormity of solid programming on display, a new trend has begun to take shape thanks to HBO’s tremendous True Detective. »
- Adam Chitwood
This summer the immigration crisis hit a feverish high with tens of thousands of women and children crossing the border illegally in search of a safe haven from dangerous Central American countries like Honduras. The situation was met with both compassion and the red foreheads of those afraid that starving children (yes, children) were here to kill us with leprosy or by depleting our national reserve of Fruit Roll-Ups. Texas Governor Rick Perry even stated that the influx of large number of child immigrants may have been part of a detailed plan crafted by the drug cartels, although he didn’t go into specifics on what the plan was meant to achieve. This short film from Josh Soskin lives next door to the issue. It features a young boy trying to save his mother’s life. Desperate for money, he accepts the worst job possible. With shades of Sin Nombre (which rightly vaulted Cary Fukunaga into prominence »
- Scott Beggs
The 2010s have been good for David Fincher. His highly anticipated Gone Girl is coming out on Friday. He has been flirting with, but ultimately not directing, Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the new Star Wars, and Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic. And after directing the first two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards and winning an Emmy for it, Fincher will be sticking with television for a while by directing all of HBO’s adaptation of Channel 4′s Utopia.
Utopia on Britain’s Channel 4, home of Skins and Misfits, revolves around a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments that has supposedly predicted the calamities of the past century. The motley crew that possess the unpublished sequel are targeted by a shadowy organization that means to destroy them and the manuscript. It recently finished its second season, with twelve episodes total.
Fincher will not be »
- Michelle Leibowitz
David Fincher is no stranger to television, as he successfully shepherded Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" to prominence early last year, spawning the widespread cultural acceptance of binge-watching and in turn picking up an Emmy for his directorial efforts on the series' premiere episode. However, while he stepped out of the director's chair after that show's first two episodes, Fincher intends to remain at the helm a little bit longer when his new HBO series "Utopia" starts production. As he tells The Guardian, he plans to direct the entire first season -- and then it's anyone's guess what his involvement will be after that, though I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him stick around and produce future seasons, much as he did with "House of Cards." Gillian Flynn, who scripted Fincher's upcoming film Gone Girl based on her own novel, will pen the scripts for season »
- Jordan Benesh
More and more filmmakers are making the jump to work in television, where the stories that studios will never finance as mid-budget dramas can flourish as long-form narrative experiments. Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh have done significant work with True Detective and The Knick, respectively, for which each director took charge of the entire season, […]
- Russ Fischer
Talking up "Gone Girl" with The Guardian, Fincher revealed that he will be directing every episode of HBO's remake of the U.K. cult series "Utopia". The remake received a series order earlier this year.
The group tries to prevent the next disaster predicted in the pages of the manuscript from happening as an organization, known only as The Network, hunts them down.
- Garth Franklin
Cary Fukunaga, he of the beautiful man-braids, will not be returning to the upcoming second season of True Detective. In his place (at least for two episodes) will be director Justin Lin, the man who turned the Fast and Furious franchise into the safe-robbing, plane-chasing juggernaut it is today. While Fukunaga's True Detective tenure was marked by a moody stillness, Lin's work so far has showcased his bold, hyperkinetic style — above all, he's a director of motion. To get a sense of what you can expect from #TrueDetectiveSeason2, here's a guide to Lin's journey from microbudget indies to globe-spanning blockbusters.Shopping for Fangs (1997)A self-described "working-class kid from Orange County," Lin went to film school at UCLA, where he met fellow director Quentin Lee. After graduation, the two collaborated on Lin's first directorial effort, a Tarantino-influenced horror comedy with a predominantly Asian-American cast. It was a purposeful effort to break »
- Nate Jones
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