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"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
Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John Wells’ Bradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.
Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.
Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
- Leo Barraclough
Slate great piece on why we need less reboots and more original genre fiction - interesting points made that aren't just the usual bitching
Interview talks to the director of Wild Tales, which I loved at Tiff, Damián Szifrón
Shark Robot Avengers as cold cereal t-shirts. The best ones are clearly Thorrios and Loki Charms 'bifrosted!"
- NATHANIEL R
Following weeks of rumors, months of amusing memes and hashtags and Colin Farrell leaking the news himself anyway, HBO has finally confirmed that Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Director Justin Lin are signed on for the second season of Nic Pizzolato’s True Detective.
Via Deadline, Farrell will play a compromised cop in a corrupt Los Angeles police department torn between his allegiance between the Lapd and a mob boss. Vaughn will play another “career criminal” whose legitimate business partner threatens both his new legal endeavor and his criminal empire.
Deadline also has the log line for the new season: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
That third »
- Brian Welk
After months of speculation, rumors and even actors making announcements ahead of HBO, we now know who two of the stars of "True Detective" season 2 will be: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. HBO describes the new season thusly: "Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder." Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him," while Vaughn has been cast as Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner." Additional casting — notably the other two main cops — is still to come, though HBO also confirmed that Justin Lin will direct the season's first two episodes, stepping in for Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga. It's »
- Alan Sepinwall
While HBO keeps threatening to release an official casting statement for True Detective Season 2, Colin Farrell has gone ahead and pulled the trigger himself, confirming that he will take on one of three lead roles when the series returns next year.
True Detective will be the actor's first foray into the world of television with a major recurring role on a series, though his involvement will last only one season. About appearing on the series, Colin Farrell stated:
"I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited."
“I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids,” Farrell said.
Neither HBO nor Creator Nic Pizzolato have yet to confirm Farrell’s addition to the cast, but he was one of many names in the rumor mill, which includes Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn Elisabeth Moss, Rachel McAdams and the debunked rumor of Jessica Chastain. One other rumor has involved the choice of Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to take the place of Cary Fukunaga from last season.
This would be Farrell »
- Brian Welk
After the stupendous first season with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, actors have been fighting for a spot in Nic Pizzolatto’s unique television crime drama. Farrell spoke to the Irish Sunday World and also revealed a little more about what he knows already. He had this to say:
“I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”
Supposedly the plot will focus on the “bloody murder of a corrupt city »
- Dan Bullock
Colin Farrell is your new "True Detective." After weeks of speculation, the "Saving Mr. Banks" actor has confirmed he'll be starring in Season 2 of the HBO crime drama, telling the Sunday World: "I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited." He then added: "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids." The network still hasn't confirmed Farrell's casting. "True Detective" Season 1 starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and was directed by Cary Fukunaga, who won an Emmy for his work on the show. It was additionally nominated for four more Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Harrelson and McConaughey. Farrell is the first actor to »
- Chris Eggertsen
The actor himself confirmed he’s on board to Irish newspaper The Sunday World. “I’m doing the second series,” Farrell (Fright Night, In Bruges) reportedly said. “I’m so excited.” And we hear Farrell’s deal with the network is indeed either done, or very close to it.
HBO, however, officially remains mum on what’s become a rather torturous casting process (in the press anyway), as the network and creator Nic Pizzolatto seek to fill several key roles on the show in the wake of the first »
- James Hibberd
Drop your buzzword "McConnaissance" all you like, Matthew McConaughey’s about to make some art. From Richard Linklater’s "Bernie" in 2011 (or even arguably the deliciously good/bad B-movie "The Lincoln Lawyer") to present day, McConaughey hasn’t stepped into a bad role. In fact, all of them have been good, if not great. Turns with William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Cary Joji Fukunaga have all been stellar. And a film with Christopher Nolan is coming this fall as a kind of cherry on top of all his success. But his next project, with Gus Van Sant, sounds a lot more minimalist, philosophical and lyrical. Titled “Sea Of Trees,” in what sounds like a existential two-hander, McConaughey stars as a suicidal American on his way to die who befriends a Japanese man lost in a dense, mysterious forest near Mt. Fuji, and the two search for a way out. »
- Edward Davis
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