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When it comes to analyzing awards, the Emmys are the hardest to gauge. The Academy Awards have the luxury of looking to Guild Awards or BAFTAs, which share a voting body with the Academy, but the Emmys noms are determined by a panel of unknown—and unpredictable—judges, before going to the voting body. Still, Variety’s Debra Birnbaum and Jenelle Riley take their best guess at who will bring home the gold Monday night.
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Jenelle: In a category of stellar turns, it’s really a three-man race between previous winners Aaron Paul for the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones” and three-time Emmy nominee Jon Voight of “Ray Donovan.” Dinklage submitted a showy episode where he gets a great speech, demanding a trial by combat. Voight is beloved and considered the best thing about the Showtime drama. Still, »
- Debra Birnbaum and Jenelle Riley
Season 2 of HBO’s critically acclaimed drama “True Detective” won’t be quite as dark as the first, according to HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who spoke Thursday at the Guardian Intl, Television Festival in Edinburgh.
Again scripted by creator Nic Pizzolatto the season will feature a new story and cast of characters, led by three cops — a woman and two men, said Lombardo, according to HuffPost UK. But just because the new story isn’t necessarily as dark as the first, don’t expect it to be all sunshine and rainbows, either.
“It’s still dark,” Lombardo said at the festival. “Nic explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”
Filming is expected to begin in September in California, and while the first season’s episodes were directed exclusively »
- Kevin Noonan
On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, new New York indie distributor Bleecker, latest festival news and make our picks of the week. (One correction: the tape edits out the part where I amend an error--Williams was nominated for four Oscars and won for "Good Will Hunting.") »
- Anne Thompson
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — continuing with our look at the comedy and drama series directing categories. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series "Episodes," "Episode 309" - Iain B. MacDonald "Glee, »
- Alan Sepinwall
On the occasion of the Karlovy Vary Film festival tribute to Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, I sat down with the veteran manager who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As we talked, HBO's "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, is competiing for multiple Emmys and coming up was Soderbergh's elegant new Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. How long have you been working with Steven Soderbergh? I’ve been working with him… it’s now been six years. And so you’ve navigated this interesting career trajectory. Soderbergh is like the canary in the coal mine: someone who sees the future sooner than others. What did he go. »
- Anne Thompson
The late Aaron Spelling was modest and courtly to a fault. So when asked about his storied career at the TV Critics Assn. tour years ago, he gave most of the credit to the actors, writers and artisans with whom he’d worked.
When a rather naive reporter wondered what he contributed if that were true, Spelling spoke at length about approving and overseeing every aspect of production down to the smallest details, then added, “Other than that, I don’t do anything.”
Despite the 56,000-sq.-ft., 123-room mansion producing helped him furnish, Spelling was never referred to as a “showrunner” — since by all accounts the term didn’t exist through most of his career. Indeed, it’s not precisely clear when the designation began to be widely used, with most pegging its coining to the late 1980s or early ’90s, as writers exerted greater influence over the medium.
- Brian Lowry
Premiering tonight on Cinemax, The Knick is a case study in how, when in the right hands, a standard medical drama with the standard boobs and blood of a period cable drama can make for required viewing. The Knick is must-see TV in a literal sense of the phrase. Put away the laptop, fold the laundry some other time, and empty your fluids before airtime: if you’re not keeping your eyes on The Knick, you’re missing out on the most visually stimulating show of a year that’s been full of them. That the pilot also suggests we’ll be getting a pretty good (potentially great?) medical procedural out of it, as well, is just icing.
TV 2014 has turned into the Year of the Director, despite the old adage being that the boobtube is, first and foremost, a writer’s medium. Long thought of as the place would-be »
- Sam Woolf
Some more news has surfaced surrounding the second season of HBO's True Detective. We've already heard that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch were in talks to play two of three investigators in the story. Now according to The Wrap, Vince Vaughn is in talks with the cable network to play the central antagonist. They also report that Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss is looking to take on the female lead. If this all goes through, then this show is going to have a pretty incredible cast.
I've seen a lot of people complaining about Vaughn's possible part in the series, but I think the guy would be awesome. He may have made a lot silly comedies in his career, but the guy has acting chops, and I can see a series like this bringing out a side of the actor that no one has seen before. I think a lot »
- Joey Paur
With a bunch of casting news/rumors and plot points beginning to leak out about the second season of HBO’s acclaimed anthology series True Detective, I wanted to take another look at the talent surrounding the show. Basically, I’m thrilled to see that it’s really the one program out there that’s looking to be more like a movie than a TV show. Television has always been a very different medium than film, but True Detective is really working hard to bridge the gap, in a big way too. This next season, if it’s as good an as artful as the first, could really do it. On the inaugural season, it almost came as a shock how cinematic the series was. Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto created a blueprint for something that could have been just another procedural, but the talent that came together really elevated it. »
- Joey Magidson
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.
The grant supports four annual Labs hosted by the Institute’s Feature Film Program (Ffp): the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab and the Creative Producing Summit.
Films supported by Ffp include Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda (pictured), Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Following the news that Vince Vaughn is in talks to play the central antagonist in season two of True Detective, plenty of new story details, possible casting decisions and even director’s being considered have started rolling in, and we have all the latest on the HBO drama for you right here.
While both Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are in talks for two of the male leads, Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss is being eyed for True Detective’s female lead (there are said to be a total of four leading roles, only one of which is a woman), while Michelle Forbes (The Killing) is circling a key role in the drama as well.
The following is a spoiler-free synopsis of the series which gives us an idea of the direction that season two of True Detective will take when it returns to the small screen hopefully next year. »
- Josh Wilding
Yesterday, it was announced that Vince Vaughn is in early talks to take on one of four main roles in True Detective Season 2. Now, it looks like Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss is also circling one of these four lead characters, with The Killing's Michelle Forbes looking to sign on in some capacity as well.
If he signs on, Vince Vaughn will play the main protagonist, though it is noted that he may not necessarily be the villain or a murderer, as True Detective is primarily a mystery based series. Elisabeth Moss is eyeing the lead female detective, while it is not known which role Michelle Forbes is currently vying for.
Colin Farrell, who will star as the lead detective, is close to wrapping up his deal. Taylor Kitsch is still the frontrunner to play a younger detective. HBO has not yet confirmed any casting for the crime drama. »
The role is unknown but sources say it is unlikely that Vaughn would play one of the lead detectives in the show as the third lead is expected to be played by a woman.
Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is still working on the scripts while HBO moves quickly to assemble the cast. Sources say Vaughn has been interested in joining for sometime and has been campaigning with HBO for a part in the show.
HBO is also looking for a director and sources say it is likely that there will be multiple directors this season, unlike the last, »
- Justin Kroll
Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
True Detective was a series which took everyone by surprise earlier this year. Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, it was a fascinating character study and a gripping crime thriller which had everyone talking and coming up with their own theories, and even theories on those theories.
The first season of True Detective (which consisted of eight episodes) was directed solely by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and while the Jane Eyre director seemed like an odd choice, there’s no doubting the fact that he did an incredible job. However, a commitment to adapting Stephen King’s It means that he will likely be too busy to return to direct so much as a single episode for the highly anticipated second season.
Since that was revealed, there has been some talk of hiring a number of different directors – similar to Game of Thrones and »
- Josh Wilding
There's a “RocknRolla” reunion on the horizon, as Idris Elba is in talks to co-star in Guy Ritchie‘s “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Elba is not circling the lead role of Arthur, but rather an older Knight named Bedivere, Arthur's father's right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny. Also read: Idris Elba Goes to War in First Look at Cary Fukunaga's ‘Beasts of No Nation’ (Photo) Joby Harold wrote the script and will produce with »
- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge
A few days ago the news hit that True Detective Season 2 was zeroing in on its leads (Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to join the hit HBO series with Taylor Kitsch being in the mix for another role). The day before that creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles and William Friedkin claimed to be considering a directing gig on the series (Season 2 will have multiple directors, standing in contrast to Season 1 which was directed solely by Cary Fukunaga). At the time Pizzolatto seemed reticent to discuss plot specifics, backing away from the rumor that Season would deal with the U.S. transportation system. But now talk of that story angle has returned with a much greater degree of specificity. There's also a lot of new info in terms of the demons that will be haunting our protagonists. Hit the jump for more on True Detective Season 2 plot rumors. »
- Evan Dickson
The Irish actor (Fright Night, In Bruges) has been in talks for the role. We’ve been sitting on this news waiting for the deal to close, but as another outlet broke ranks and posted, we’re joining the inevitable online chorus despite the situation still being uncertain. So keep in mind there is no deal at this time as sources say the actor has not accepted HBO’s current offer. But as of today, Farrell is definitely in the mix and considered the most likely lead name to join the acclaimed drama. »
- James Hibberd
Yesterday, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed plenty of new information about Season 2, including the fact that it will feature 4 main leads. Today, it looks like one of those central characters will be portrayed by Colin Farrell.
Colin Farrell is currently in deep negotiations to portray one of the main characters, in a storyline that takes place in the lesser known areas of California. The story may also deal with the little known occult history of the U.S. transportation system, but Nic Pizzolatto doesn't want to confirm that just yet.
Colin Farrell will follow in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who both earned Emmy nominations for their roles in True Detective Season 1. Colin Farrell will continue the HBO series' tradition of bringing in high caliber talent for just one 8 episode season. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain were previously rumored to be up for roles in True Detective »
In the dog days of summer, we sometimes feel very, very thirsty -- and not for a cool, refreshing beverage, but for any information about the upcoming second season of HBO's peerless mystery series "True Detective." So far we know that there will be four lead characters, that at least one of them will be a woman (here's hoping) and that the central mystery concerns the "secret occult history of the United States transportation system" (ohmygodsocool). But today we got our biggest bit of information yet, as it looks like HBO is zeroing in on two of the new season's leads. And yes, they are very impressive.
According to The Wrap, Colin Farrell is negotiating for the lead role in "True Detective" Season 2. According to the site, "HBO was intent on landing a true movie star," and apparently Farrell fills that role although god only knows when he had a true hit movie, »
- Drew Taylor
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