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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
For those still wondering what the second season of “True Detective” was about, the snarky answer would be, “It was about 8 ½ hours.” Despite rallying marginally at the end, the encore to the acclaimed limited series that paired Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson proved a major disappointment – not just compared to the original, but on its own turgid terms. It’s hard to say if the concept is mortally wounded – the beauty of self-contained series, beyond opening casting doors, is the opportunity to start from scratch – but ultimately, this was to film noir what bad imitation Hemingway is to Hemingway.
If the first “True Detective” had a fresh, bracing quality – putting old wine in a new bottle – this one felt stuffy, self-conscious and angst-ridden almost from the get-go. Frankly, even those inclined to give the show some latitude should have sensed there was trouble when all those overhead shots displayed a »
- Brian Lowry
Taylor Kitsch may not be so great at picking roles (John Carter, X-Men: Origins, True Detective), but he's really good at college drinking games. Appearing on The Tonight Show Friday, the actor trounced Jimmy Fallon in a game of beer hockey, which is to air hockey what beer pong is to ping-pong. After missing his first shot (to Fallon's amusement), Kitsch bounced back. Fallon didn't score once, which means, by most fraternity house rules, that Fallon owes Kitsch a naked lap. Better pay up, Jimmy. »
- Greg Cwik
True Detective's Taylor Kitsch stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, chatting with host Jimmy Fallon about a funny time the show kept him from a friend. The handsome star looked dapper in a black suit, flashing his sexy smirk as he and Jimmy laughed. Of course, this isn't the first time Taylor has turned heads in the past couple weeks. In late July, he smoldered on the red carpet at an La event and was all smiles when he hit the stage. Meanwhile, he's rumored to be dating Rachel McAdams, his True Detective costar, and we couldn't help but create a Tim Riggins and Regina George mashup in their honor, giving a nod to their memorable Friday Night Lights and Mean Girls roles. Watch Taylor's appearance on The Tonight Show, above, then check out his hottest moments ever. »
Briefly: This weekend (Monday Am in the UK) sees the season finale of the brilliant True Detective season two, and we’ve just been alerted that the last episode will be feature length.
According to Cinema Blend, the final bow of the series, which is led by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, which is called ‘Omega Station,’ will run at 87 minutes. This is compared to the 55-65 minute run-time of the previous seven episodes.
The post True Detective season 2 finale will be feature length appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
The second season of HBO’s “True Detective” is truly defective.
It’s not just TV critics sensing a drop-off in evidence of positive buzz that the series generated in its first year. Canvs, which tracks sentiment regarding content on Twitter, detected that tweets with emotional reactions citing “hate” and “boredom” are up 52% and 97%, respectively, when the first six episodes of the season are compared with the first six from last year. On the flip side, “love” has decreased a whopping 81%.
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Similar dynamics are playing out on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, where a huge 38% drop is rippling across likes, shares, comments and views, according to ListenFirst Media. What is more worrisome is the major drops in the number of likes, shares, comments and views across Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, which went from 2.9 million to 1.8 million.
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- Andrew Wallenstein
After years of wanting to play the X-Men superhero Gambit, Channing Tatum finally got his chance when he was offered to play the character in his own movie. But when negotiations got started, The Wrap reported that the actor didn't feel comfortable and decided to drop out. It turns out that Tatum didn't drop out. In fact, the only issue was the regular disagreements that come up during negotiations. THR learned that one of those disagreements was regarding Tatum's involvement in the X-Men universe. 20th Century Fox wants to make Gambit into what the studio did with Wolverine, a character that Hugh Jackman has been playing since 2000. Tatum apparently isn't interesting in signing a deal that will lock him in for that long. But according to every credible report, it looks like Tatum will be Gambit. Sorry Taylor Kitsch fans. »
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “True Detective” season two, episode seven, titled “Black Maps and Motel Rooms.”
The penultimate episode of the show’s second season involved a good deal of bloodshed, resulting in what looked like the death of Taylor Kitsch’s closeted Chp officer Paul Woodrugh at the hands of James Frain’s blackmailing and scheming Kevin Burris.
Fans will have to wait until Sunday to find out for sure that Paul’s days are over (chances are pretty slim that he survived) and if remaining cops Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) are right about who killed Caspere. Until then, Kitsch was nice enough to answer (well, sometimes dodge) some burning questions from Variety about his character and potentially returning to the franchise down the line. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Ok, so maybe there's been some buzz about True Detective's second season not quite living up to the first, but there are some legitimate reasons for you to tune in - all of which (spoiler alert) died with the most recent episode. The show stars Taylor Kitsch, the (very) sexy star who made you fall in love with Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights. We're highlighting 10 important things we're going to miss now that Kitsch's character has perished. Keep reading, then check out more of Taylor's sexy stare plus what you may not have noticed about the show's theme song. »
The penultimate episode of the second season of "True Detective" is in the bag and only one, 90-minute episode remains to sort through the carnage. The episode picks up immediately following "Church in Ruins" as Ray (Colin Farrell), Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Paul (Taylor Kitsch) must sort through the information they've gained and figure out where it takes them next. Meanwhile, Frank (Vince Vaughn) has some housecleaning to do while Paul is dealing with a bit of blackmail. The details are coming together and it's now a question of how much you've enjoyed the journey and are looking to finding out how it will all end. Side Note: During this episode I reference the fact the lyrics to the opening theme song have been changing throughout the season. For more on that click here. You can listen directly below, download here or subscribe at iTunes. Episode: Season Two, Episode 7 - »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open Just days after Tiff issued its first big line-up announcement, the festival's artistic director, Cameron Bailey, traveled to Los Angeles to co-host a series of events in celebration of Canadian film with Film Independent at Lacma. The program kicked off with a conversation with Canadian-born actor Taylor Kitsch, followed by screenings of three Canadian films: "Felix and Meira," "In Her Place" and "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner." In discussing the events at Lacma with Indiewire, Bailey, who has been with Tiff for the better part of twenty-five years, provided a decisive survey of Canadian cinema of the past, present and future — distinctive insight as the festival prepares to celebrate its fortieth anniversary this September. For anyone who might not be familiar with Canada's Top Ten, could you »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
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