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Legendary director David Cronenberg is in Reykjavik to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been speaking about his long career, as well as those projects that fell by the wayside, including hit television show True Detective, which he turned down last year.
Many directors were approached to come on-board the second season, including Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) and William Friedkin (The Exorcist). And while there’s been no official word on why they turned the opportunity down, Cronenberg has shed some light on why he passed on the project.
Speaking at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, the director of The Fly and Videodrome, said: “The heat is in TV…..Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective, I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn’t do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, »
- Scott J. Davis
Mia Maestro is probably best known to American fans as the dark brooding vampire Carmen in the “Twilight” movie saga. But there’s no mistaking her hot-blooded Latina roots in a stunning Esquire photo spread. After the epic saga, she landed another high-profile role Oliver Stone’s 2012 crime thriller “Savages,” with Blake Lively, Salma Hayek Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta and Benicio del Toro. ...Read More »
Scott Porter's son is already one popular little boy! The Friday Night Lights star introduced his baby, named McCoy Lee Porter, to two of his former co-stars, Gaius Charles and Matt Lauria. The actor shared an adorable picture of the moment on Twitter and WhoSay, writing, "Good friends...livin' large in Texas"...and babies. #TexasForever @MattLauria @GaiusCharles." It was quite the all-male reunion! While all three have moved on to other projects, it's awesome to see how close they still are. Working on the NBC hit show must have left quite the effect on them, as Porter's tweet references Tim Riggins' (Taylor Kitsch) famous words, with the addition of "and babies," of »
The X-Men franchise is in a state of flux. The original series launched in 2000 by director Bryan Singer is said to come to a close with X-Men: Apocalypse, and future films will exist in a fractured timeline caused by the events seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Coming next year are two spinoffs, with Deadpool arriving in February and Gambit supposedly coming in October 2016 (that could change though). Its unclear how these next two adventures will tie into the past while creating a new future for the franchise, but one thing is certain. Anna Paquin will not crossover into Gambit despite how important Rogue is to that character.
Rupert Wyatt, best known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the The Gambler remake, was set to direct Gambit, with production rumored to start before the end of the year. But he had to drop out due to scheduling issues. »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The 34-year-old Canadian first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Oh, and let's not forget his many hot moments on True Detective this Summer! Take a look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Writer-director-producer Luc Besson has a habit of creating popular cinematic characters that migrate to television. In 1997, La Femme Nikita brought the premise of his 1990 film Nikita to the small screen (and again, with Nikita in 2010), while 2012 saw the television arrival of Transporter: The Series. The latest to join this elite club is the character of Bryan Mills from the Taken franchise, as NBC have just ordered Besson’s latest TV pitch straight to series.
The Taken movie franchise spans three films, and gave the career of Liam Neeson a new lease of life in the action genre. Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, it told the story of a former CIA operative who must re-engage his training in order to retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Thanks to Neeson’s towering display of an unflinching passion for revenge, the movies quickly became iconic, to the extent that the main character »
- Sarah Myles
It’s been said before, but it really is an incredible time to be a fan of superhero movies. You don’t have to go too far back to find a time when it was just Batman films carrying the torch, but now you have the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe in the works, as well as the and franchises over at Sony and Fox.
Three of the ten highest grossing movies of all-time are those featuring comic-book heroes (both Avengers films and Iron Man 3), while The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises both grossed over $1bn. Even something like Spider-Man 3, generally a poorly-received film, took almost $900m at the box-office.
It’s big business, and that means that studios are determined to cash-in while the going is good. They now have plans not just for next year and the year after that, »
- James Hunt
If you own the rights to a superhero property, you can’t just sit on them any more. Marvel have managed to turn comic book adaptations into the biggest business around, releasing two (soon to be three) distinct movies a year and getting heaps of praise (and money) in the process. And because Hollywood’s Hollywood, this means every other rights holder has to get in on the act.
DC may be pushing out their Extended Universe, but it’s Fox who are really going for it. Not only are they planning a sequel to the terrible Fantastic Four reboot nobody wanted in the first place (just so they can keep the rights no less), they’re also trying to take the X-Men from bi-/tri-annual releases to multiple movies a year, supplementing the typical big movies with a lot of spin-offs. All of this in the face »
- Alex Leadbeater
Summer may be unofficially over, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a Fall fling. And since celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, and Jamie Foxx currently have no real-life leading ladies, Hollywood might be the perfect place to look. But while most people place unmarried celebrities who are still in relationships in the singles category, we took things a step further. What good is it to stare at a taken man all day when you know his heart can never be yours? None. Keep reading to see the stars who you can realistically end up with, then take a minute to mourn the loss of single Taylor Kitsch (darn you, Rachel McAdams). »
- Caitlin Hacker
Casting any kind of project is probably pretty tough. You have to find the exact person who will best fit the role, so it's no wonder Fred Armisen had a little trouble finding the perfect person for a commercial highlighting the five-year partnership between Absolut Elyx and nonprofit Water for People. Like any casting director, Armisen holds auditions to fill the role, but he doesn't have the gumption to tell people "no." Instead, he hires everyone for the one-person job. Included in the tryouts are Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Kitsch and more celebrities. Miles Teller even gives it the old college try when he gives it a go via Skype. Even though some of the stars didn't get a chance to review the »
Gambit isn’t the most prominent character in the X-Men universe, but since his debut in 1990, he’s definitely become a firm fan favourite.
A thief hailing from New Orleans, the character’s a charmer with the ability to charge objects via telekinesis, thus rendering them explosive. That often includes using playing cards as projectiles, but he also exercises extreme proficiency in hand to hand combat. He’s the match of almost any other mutant out there.
Gambit made his big-screen bow in 2009’s X-Men: Origins Wolverine, portrayed by Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch. The actor received fair notices for his work, but the film itself was heavily derided, leading to a complete rethink from Fox regarding a potential spin-off adventure. Eventually, after campaigning for the part, Channing Tatum was cast as Kitsch’s replacement, but that’s not all there is to know about this iteration of the beloved mutant. »
- Daniel Kelly
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
There are a few things of note going on in the top 10 this past weekend, first and foremost that Straight Outta Compton just made a ton of money. Like, nearly-twice-its-budget-just-domestically ton of money. It’s set the new domestic box office record for an R-Rated opening in August. That’s great for many reasons: a bright future for its young stars, F. Gary Gray is relevant again, and hopefully this will encourage more high-profile films about the rap and hip-hop community.
But looking down the list, something is amiss with the low receipts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which means that’s two straight franchise starters that have bombed for star Armie Hammer. A very disconcerting question arises: Is Armie Hammer suffering from the Taylor Kitsch syndrome? »
- Dylan Griffin
It’s fair to say that, at the very least, True Detective season 2 did not capture the hearts and minds of critics and audiences in the way the first did.
Season 1 of the show was led by two stellar performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who brought Nic Pizzolatto’s nihilistic, philosophising, masculine characters to life in incredible fashion, aided by his writing and the vision of director Cary Fukunaga.
Season 2 doubled the leads, but halved the quality. Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were all pretty solid, but they didn’t have an awful lot to work with, given thin characterisation and poor dialogue. The less said about Taylor Kitsch, as Paul Definitely-not-gay-just-wants-to-ride-his-bike-do-you-know-how-he-got-those-scars Woodrugh the better; he was badly written and terribly acted. There was no reason to really care about the characters, nor a mystery that was so convoluted it required pretty much the entire »
- James Hunt
HBO’s “True Detective” wrapped Sunday, and many fans from Season 1 still don’t know what the second season was all about. Despite a star-studded cast led by Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, the series failed to live up to sky-high expectations set by the award-winning first season led by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Similarly, the remake of “Fantastic Four” bombed at the box office and with critics, despite the promising casting of rising stars Miles Teller, Kata Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell. Also Read: 'Fantastic Four' Fails, Tom Cruise's »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
One project we've not heard much about lately is that of the remake of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts action thriller "The Raid". Acclaimed by critics, the project was picked up and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics who were also developing an English language remake for their Screen Gems arm.
At last report Patrick Hughes was set to direct and both Frank Grillo and Taylor Kitsch were attached to star. Speaking at the Television Critics Association on behalf of his DirecTV original series "Kingdom" on Sunday, Grillo revealed to Slashfilm that the project seems to have stalled due to casting issues:
"The Raid was a go movie and there was one character, the critical character, that they were just not happy with. There's not a lot of 30-something guys out there that... there's a lot of training, a lot of martial arts training.
They weren't going to remake The Raid, which is a beloved film, »
- Garth Franklin
After the almost masterpiece that was the first season of True Detective, it seemed almost inevitable that this new season would be met with a more mixed response. That being said, I’m sure creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto wasn’t expecting Season Two to be nearly as divisive as it was. Having just wrapped up last night, I certainly enjoyed it quite a bit, but like most also recognize that Season One was a bit of an anomaly with how amazing it was. You were never going to beat Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the top of their game, backed by Cary Fukunaga directing all six episodes like one long movie. Still, for many this second time around left a lot to be desired. Not me though… Much like last season, True Detective centered around a murder mystery but really was more concerned with the personal and professional »
- Joey Magidson
True Detective‘s penultimate episode ended with Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Ray (Colin Farrell) sleeping together while on the run, Frank (Vince Vaughn) torching all of his former properties and the death of Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch). In “Omega Station,” Ani, Ray and Paul all seem destined to meet the same end as Paul. True Detective Recap […]
The post ‘True Detective’ Finale Recap: Ani & A Baby Survive ‘Omega Station’ appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
While it pained many fans of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” that the sophomore effort from creator Nic Pizzollato did not quite live up to expectations, they certainly found a place to join in venting their frustration where all rage defaults: social media. Confusion, anger, disinterest and disappointment has been expressed over the past eight weeks while Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch gave it their best. Sunday saw the series finale, and the parting thoughts of viewers made “#TrueDetective” a number one trend on Twitter. “What did I just watch? Was it good? »
- Matt Donnelly
Two conversations have surrounded what was a highly anticipated second season of HBO’s “True Detective”: The first was how disappointing it was both in comparison to the first season and as a standalone body of work, the second how confusing the plot had become ahead of Sunday’s finale. Always bleak, packed with byzantine B-stories and laughably quotable, the last 90-minute chapter has been delivered and with it resolutions for its four leads. Blogs have published lengthy service pieces explaining what on earth is happening to three detectives — Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) and Paul »
- Matt Donnelly
Long form storytelling on television comes with its own set of frustrations. It has to work within certain tropes just by virtue of the medium, but this can lead to predictability and boredom. There's a desire on the part of the creator and audience to encounter surprises. With the second season finale, "True Detective" swings for the fences to try to find what surprises it can to reward a viewership that has stuck with a meandering and sometimes incomprehensible season. Did it succeedc A high body count was certainly something most would have expected before "Omega Station" began. An anthology series means no character is ever safe, which is part of why Velcoro (Colin Farrell) surviving the shotgun early in the season felt like a cop out, as if it belonged in a different show. What does transpire in the finale walks the balance between predictability and surprise. Bringing the »
- Michael Hindle
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