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Only ten years have passed since Canadian comedy Seducing Doctor Lewis was released, and yet now comes a remake in the form of Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction. It’s not the first time that a screenplay by Ken Scott has been recomposed for a more luminous cast, having been the man behind Starbuck – and then its Vince Vaughn reimagining, Delivery Man. Sadly, this is also not the first time that such an endeavour has seemed somewhat superfluous.
Set in the intimate harbour of Tickle cove, we shine a light over a washed up society, struggling to make ends meet as the residents all collect their welfare cheques, with so few job opportunities available to them. However when a new factory is proposed to the locals, they realise that for it to become a reality, they need to have a doctor – and so when Dr. Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) arrives for a month, »
- Stefan Pape
Brendan Gleeson is perfectly cast in The Grand Seduction, a comedy drama that aims to send up the postcard image of rural life. Unfortunately, Canadian director Don McKellar falls into his own trap with a storytelling style that wavers between wry cynicism and twee romanticism.
American muscle-head Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) loses some of that action hero bulk to play Dr Paul Lewis, but he still looks out of place in a small fishing village where he is forced to act as Gp after getting caught with cocaine at customs. Just the name, Tickle Cove, is enough to conjure a picture of seaside tranquillity, but on the contrary, the fishing business has dried up and its residents need to find an alternative source of revenue »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?
Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the »
- Jenni Miller
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It’s always a bit silly when the Hollywood machine decides in advance who the next big star will be, mostly because they’re rarely correct in their prognosticating. Sorry Taylor Kitsch. Sorry Alex Pettyfer. Sorry Yahoo Serious. But the odds increase a bit in the actor’s favor when it’s the press singing those praises. Currently it’s Jack O’Connell who’s being sung about, and the reason why is his breathtaking turn in Starred Up. (Although it’d be more of a star-making performance if we could understand more than 3/4 of the »
- Rob Hunter
Following his comments about sex and violence in the network's "Game of Thrones," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also spoke at this week's Edinburgh International Television Festival about the upcoming second season of the network's critically acclaimed drama "True Detective".
First off he claims it won't be as dark as the first: "It's still dark. Nic [Pizzolatto, creator] 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."
He confirms they start shooting in September with the program scheduled to air next Summer. As for the setting and characters: "It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."
Pizzolatto will again script the new season, but three or four directors will tackle the assorted episodes. »
- Garth Franklin
HBO programming head Michael Lombardo can’t stop talking about the upcoming season of True Detective, though we don’t have even so much as an official casting announcement from the network. With the first season going up against Emmy heavyweight Breaking Bad, which has the nostalgia vote boosting its already stellar chances at this year’s awards, True Detective likely needs all the buzz it can get – so Lombardo is likely doing anything he can to keep the good press coming.
Included in his recent discussion about the acclaimed detective series have been some interesting comments about season 2, which will arrive on HBO next year and is again written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto. At the Edinburgh TV Festival, Lombardo confirmed some details about the upcoming season, stating:
“We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It’s set in California, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Although True Detective was a show that plumbed the depths of time, death, futility, and other fun topics, I never considered it a downer show. Russ' misanthropic observations were always balanced out by Marty's reactions and the sheer charisma of McConaughey's performance. Saying "Time is a flat circle," is more fun in a Texas drawl. But since True Detective is an anthology, season two will be a whole new ballgame. According to Variety, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told the audience at the Guardian International Television Festival in Edinburgh that the new season "won't be quite as dark as the first." But then he added, "It’s still dark. [Creator, writer, and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto] 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." Hit the jump for more. Filming on True Detective season 2 is expected to begin next month in California, »
- Matt Goldberg
While fans only have a few short days to find out if HBO's True Detective can take home the Best Drama Series award at the Emmys this Monday, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed at the Edinburgh TV Festival that Season 2 will start production in September for a Summer 2015 premiere, with casting to be announced shortly.
"We're going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."
There have been a number of actors rumored to be in contention for various roles this season, including Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund and Vince Vaughn. Elisabeth Moss was also reportedly approached for a role, but she denied any involvement with the show earlier this month. »
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
The Raid remake is currently in development, and is being directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3). I saw The Expendables 3 over the weekend, and it was pretty entertaining, but I'm still not sure that Hughes has what it takes to make a movie like The Raid. In the end, the remake seems like it is going to be nothing like the original movies.
Grantland recently sat down with the director for an interview where he describes the movie as being in the vein of Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty, both of which are nothing like the original Raid movies. He says that the ensemble cast will include twelve central roles that he's currently casting, and he's looking to start shooting early next year.
“After that, I’m pretty sure I won’t do a movie with ensembles, camouflage, and guns for a while.”
As of right now, »
- Joey Paur
Though The Expendables 3 shot blanks at the box office last weekend, only mustering a weak $16.2 million, that threequel’s director Patrick Hughes is already moving onto hopefully bigger and better things by heading up Screen Gems’ remake of The Raid. It seems a little strange that an American remake would be thought necessary for a three-year-old Indonesian martial arts actioner that has already been widely embraced across the world, but here we are. And recently, Hughes provided more details on what we can expect from this new Raid.
Stallone’s endorsement is already paying off for Hughes. As The Expendables 3 rolls into theaters, the director is prepping his next blockbuster: a remake of the 2011 Indonesian fight film The Raid: Redemption. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The upcoming American remake of the Indonesian action thriller "The Raid" sounds like it could be quite different to its predecessor.
The original film is kind of famous for its spartan approach. Character development and narrative complexity is kept to a minimum in favor of a high-concept, fast pace and brutal series of action set pieces. The cast is also kept pretty tight with only five or six key characters and about a dozen non-speaking background characters who kick far more than they speak.
In an interview for Grantland, the remake's director Patrick Hughes says his version is more an ensemble piece in the vein of "Black Hawk Down" and "Zero Dark Thirty," and he's casting the twelve integral roles of the film's ensemble with the aim of shooting early next year. He says "After that, I'm pretty sure I won't do a movie with ensembles, camouflage, and guns for a while. »
- Garth Franklin
The Raid is getting remade, and, as you'd expect, it's not going to be a one-to-one comparison. Certain changes will need to be made to adapt the property for Hollywood, as suggested in the reported casting of Taylor Kitsch in the lead role (though co-star Frank Grillo is a martial artist, and is awesome). But now news has come around that the property is actually getting a full facelift - according to director Patrick Hughes. Are you ready for The Raid By A Dozen? Grantland sat down with The Raid director Patrick Hughes, who revealed that he's eyeing an ensemble focus for the new film, with "12 integral roles" within the film's ensemble - akin to "Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty." This is an awfully bizarre way to over-think things, but hey, maybe this just means twelve times the ass-kicking. The Raid: Redemption, for those of you who »
Foreign cinema fans groaned when the news broke that The Raid would be getting the American remake treatment. Currently in development and to be directed by The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes, the film is another in the long line of foreign films that have broken through to mainstream audiences. Rather than just being happy that that film has performed well studios inevitably throw money at an English language version of the film, because we all know that us Brits/Americans can’t read right?
One person not getting his knickers in a twist though is the originals director Gareth Evans. In fact he is welcoming the project as it gives him time to focus on other projects before having the make The Raid 3. Speaking to Digital Spy he remarked that where it not for the remake there wouldn’t have been any money for a sequel. He was »
- Kat Smith
Evans told Digital Spy that Hughes "should be given the same creative freedom and space that I had to do mine".
"For me there are two good reasons why I think the remake could work," Evans said. "Firstly, let's just get this one out of the way, the remake helped pay for me to make The Raid 2, it's very beneficial to us in terms of being able to secure the funding on The Raid 2.
"Also, The Raid is not plot dependent. Once you get past the first 10 minutes, it's more about the adrenaline rush, and it's more about the experience. »
In a recent interview with USA Today, the Mad Men actress smiled when asked about the buzz, before telling the paper that she hasn’t been approached by HBO — at least “not in the way everyone is talking about… I had to ask my own people, ‘Have you not told me something?'”
Moss isn’t perturbed by the headlines, »
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
Hey, remember that time in 2012 when Taylor Kitsch was poised to become the next great Hollywood leading man? And then he saw two $200M+ films tank in the span of two months and was flung into the depths of Failed Leading Man Hell to rot for all eternity? It turns out eternity isn’t as long as we expected, and instead it appears he was just biding his time in Failed Leading Man Purgatory. Now that he’s served his time, Kitsch is back, baby, to try this Hollywood star thing all over again. He’s working hard to secure a part in the second season of True Detective – a lofty goal sure, but it’s not quite “leading man” material — but who knows if Kitsch is even capable enough to wrench the spotlight away from folks like Colin Farrell or Elisabeth Moss. What he needs is to look at the big picture… with »
- Adam Bellotto
True Detective Season 2 Casting and Plot Details. Official plot details and casting rumors True Detective: Season 2 have been released for the HBO TV series. Vince Vaughn, Elisabeth Moss, Michelle Forbes, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch are all rumored for key roles in the series. On the plot of True [...]
Continue reading: True Detective: Season 2: Actors Circling, Character & Plot Points Released »
- Rollo Tomasi
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
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