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Colin Farrell Could Star in 'True Detective' Season Two

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Speculations abound for the second season of creator Nic Pozzolato's dark, moody, acclaimed and now Emmy-nominated HBO series "True Detective." According to Deadline, Colin Farrell is first in line to star in season two, which will roots its mystery in a contemporary California setting. At Thursday's TV Critics Association presentation in Los Angeles, HBO prez Michael Lombardo said, "The people we will cast will be well-known names. But that wasn't our ambition (in season one)." Allegedly season two will feature an ensemble cast -- but it's unclear if Pizzolatto will address his critics and put a female star at the front-and-center of this very male-oriented series. (Season one stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both picked up Best Actor in a Drama noms yesterday; the series is up for Best Drama at the Emmys.) It would be refreshing to see Farrell take a meaty role -- his dry "Winter's Tale" earlier this year fell flat. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trailers from Hell Does a 'Dance with a Stranger'

11 July 2014 10:06 AM, PDT

Erudite Tfh guru Brian Trenchard-Smith takes a look at yet another artful true crime drama, the 1985 doomed romance "Dance with a Stranger" starring Miranda Richardson in a star-making role. Though the seemingly ubiquitous Albert Pierrepoint doesn’t appear in Mike Newell’s 1985 film about the notorious Ruth Ellis, he’s there in spirit, responsible as he was for Ellis’ execution, the last woman in England to be hanged for murder. Miranda Richardson stars as the star-crossed Ellis and Rupert Everett plays her two-timing lover and eventual victim, David Blakely. »


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Is the Auteur a Brand?

11 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

What is an auteur? That's a question for the ages. Richard Brody, writing at The New Yorker, ponders in a new essay, “An Auteur Is Not a Brand." Are there too many collections — retrospectives and box sets alike — celebrating directors of classic Hollywood who, though not without talent, bear little distinction? Are we placing too much emphasis on a film's production process? His answer to these questions is resolutely in the title of the essay. Read an excerpt: Yet that’s how it seemed from the start. The archetypal auteurs are Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks, directors who worked within the mainstream of the movie business, seeking and often achieving the commercial successes that rendered their work artistically dubious to critics who looked askance at precisely such Hollywood commercialism and the constraints that studio formats entailed. The young critics at Cahiers du Cinéma who formulated the concept of the director »


- Nick Newman

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Serkis and Weta Talk Photo-Real Performance Capture for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

11 July 2014 9:05 AM, PDT

From the outset, with that tight close-up of Caesar's face, it's clear that Andy Serkis and Weta Digital have taken performance capture to a whole new realm of photo-reality. The detail and emotional intensity are extraordinary. We're not even aware that Caesar is CG anymore. We are totally immersed in the moment and from there it just gets better as we witness the complexity of Caesar's epic struggle. As director Matt Reeves suggests, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is like "The Godfather" and Caesar is the Don: compassionate yet conflicted leader of the simian race as well as husband and father. And it's time that this crucial collaboration between Weta and Serkis be better understood and appreciated for this remarkable, Oscar-worthy achievement. To meet the photo-real demands of shooting on location principally in Muir Woods, Weta revamped its performance capture system, including bodysuits, cameras, markers, lighting and simulation of fur, »


- Bill Desowitz

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Steven Soderbergh, Frances McDormand, and Mike Nichols Spearhead HBO Projects and TCA Summer Session

11 July 2014 7:46 AM, PDT

Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep will begin work early next year on “Master Class,” an adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning play about opera great Maria Callas, HBO president Michael Lombardo announced Thursday at the Beverly Hills hotel. This officially confirms a rumored collaboration, in which Streep will play Callas and also executive produce along with director Nichols and Celia Costas. McNally will adapt his own work for the screen. In other news, Steven Soderbergh said he will, in the show's second season, do a ten-episode directing job on “The Knick,” the new Clive Owen-starring drama about a pioneering, cocaine-addicted medical doctor in 1900 New York. On Thursday, HBO announced it has renewed the series even before its August 8 premiere. Soderbergh, who also acts as D.P., camera operator, and editor on the series – which will air on Cinemax, HBO’s sibling channel – said, “You’re seeing a trend now »


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CBS Films Acquires Matthew Warchus Cannes Crowdpleaser 'Pride' for Fall Release

10 July 2014 2:35 PM, PDT

Another Cannes entry has found a buyer: CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus's "Pride" and is wasting no time opening the well-reviewed dramatic comedy starring Bill Nighy ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent"), Dominic West ("The Hour)" and Paddy Considine ("Submarine"). The film played well at Directors' Fortnight. CBS Films, which mounted an ambitious awards campaign for last year's "Inside Llewyn Davis," will release the film in theaters on September 19th.  Directed by Warchus ("Simpatico") from a screenplay by actor-turned-writer Stephen Beresford inspired by a true story, "Pride" is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher was in charge and the National Union of Mineworkers was on strike. When London gay and lesbian activists raise money to support the strikers’ families, the Union »


- Anne Thompson

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Witty Outfest Entry 'BFFs' Turns Female Buddy Comedy on Its Head

10 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT

Written by stars Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano and directed by Andrew Putschoegl, "BFFs" is a warm, winning female buddy comedy that turns the genre on its head in gently surprising ways. Its subversive story turns on Kat (Karsian) and Samantha (Grano), the titular best buddies whose middling ruts find them pretending to be lovers to land a spot at a poolside couple's retreat. The retreat is ridiculously called "Closer to Closeness" -- exactly the kind of thing most discerning couples looking to rebuild themselves should avoid, right? By the end of this weekend of relationship boot-camp, these eccentric BFFs are entangled in unexpected ways -- from befriending their fellow, and rather vanilla, couples in crisis (both straight and gay), to wondering if there may actually be some chemical fizzle between them. The film has wended its ways along the festival circuit -- and down the California coast -- from Santa Barbara to Newport Beach. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Martin Bonner' Director Chad Hartigan Preps 'Morris from America' in Germany

10 July 2014 12:57 PM, PDT

Following his semi-autobiographical Indie Spirit-winning breakthrough, “This is Martin Bonner,” starring Australian "Land Ho!" actor Paul Eenhoorn as a man inspired by his father, Karlovy Vary juror Chad Hartigan is sharing more details on his third feature. We drove together from the Prague airport to the festival. He told me that he's excited about scouting locations in Germany for his next feature “Morris from America,” a drama which found root during his tour across global festivals, including the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary, with “Martin Bonner.” The coming-of-age story will be financed by Medienboard and Sudwestrundfunk out of Germany and cast with German actors, except for his young American lead, who'll be playing "an overweight African-American child living in small-town Germany and falling in love with a local girl,” Variety reports. »


- Anne Thompson

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Bong Joon-ho Checks Into Criterion Collection, Lists 10 Favorite Films (Video)

10 July 2014 12:08 PM, PDT

"Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho's brainy bunch of Criterion Collection faves, below, runs the gamut from the canonical to the obscure to the cultish. Who knew the director of a gruesomely violent dystopian sci-fi allegory about the 99% had a soft spot for Mike Leigh? "Rushmore"?  In any case, here are Bong's top ten favorite Criterion films, with his commentary. It's more of a Blu-ray wish list: 1. "The 400 Blows" (Dir. Francois Truffaut) The most beautiful feature film debut in the history of cinema. I’m extremely curious about the abundant special features on the Blu-ray. I wish to explore every single one. 2. "Fanny and Alexander" (Dir. Ingmar Bergman) The most beautiful ending to a feature film career in the history of cinema. And the most beautiful DVD box set in the history of mankind. I’m keen to find out who the designer of the box set was. 3. "The Ballad of Narayama" (Dir. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris Star in New Clip from Michel Gondry's Whimsy-Fest 'Mood Indigo'

10 July 2014 11:35 AM, PDT

With a new, approved-by-the-director edit hitting New York and Los Angeles on July 18th, courtesy of Drafthouse Films, have a look at this clip from Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo.” Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris headline the French-language romance as two whimsical types whose love life is interrupted when she discovers a water lily has begun growing in her lungs. The peek is short but sweet -- “a bit quick,” as its female lead would say -- and briefly hints at some of the old energy its imaginative director has arguably been missing in recent efforts. Judging by this, another provided clip, and its three César nominations, there’s reason to hope the “Eternal Sunshine” director is on a good track again. Reviews so far are divisive, but promising. 

Watch the clip below (via Vulture): »


- Nick Newman

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Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill Joining Joel and Ethan Coen's 'Hail, Caesar!'

10 July 2014 7:57 AM, PDT

“Hail, Caesar!” is shaping up as one of the Coen brothers’s finest ensembles. A few weeks after securing Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton — who are joining already-cast alumni George Clooney and Josh Brolin — the production has, according to Variety, two promising additions. Following a brief collaboration with the Coens on 2001’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Scarlett Johansson is negotiating toclimb on board "Hail Caesar!" along with Jonah Hill, who would return to orbit with his “Jump Street” co-star Tatum. True to some rumored behind-the-scenes shifts made on “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Johansson — here said to have a small part — would portray “an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production.” Details on Hill’s potential involvement are sketchy. 

A story of classic Hollywood that we can only expect will have plenty of the siblings’ bite, “Hail, Caesar!” puts »


- Nick Newman

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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Cast John Hurt and Unknown Actress in Black-and-White Indie

10 July 2014 7:50 AM, PDT

Obviously refusing to bide what little free time he has, Guillermo del Toro will fill the gap between next year’s “Crimson Peak” and 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2” with yet another feature. Described to Collider as “really, really bizarre"--surprise!-- it’s a black-and-white picture with “one great creature in it” — and that's about as much as he'll reveal. Even the title remains under wraps, given the writer-director's preference for letting people in on his secret once the time is right. One interesting casting note: an unknown actress who caught his eye in a short film is his pick to lead his “very small” team. He's also interested in John Hurt. While nothing is confirmed — Hurt and del Toro worked together on two “Hellboy” films — the combination of director, star, and approach is enticing indeed. The plan calls for things to gear up in February or March, with production »


- Nick Newman

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Watch: Cotillard Seeks Help in Dardenne Brothers' Cannes Hit 'Two Days, One Night' (Trailer)

10 July 2014 7:06 AM, PDT

The Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have never made a bad movie. These painstaking writer-directors carefully prepare, rehearse for three weeks before filming, and always deliver something compelling and watchable. The Dardennes first approached Marion Cotillard when they were involved in producing Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone." As soon as they met her they knew they wanted to work with her, they said in Cannes. The feeling was mutual. A longtime admirer of the Dardennes, Cotillard signed on first for a story about a rural doctor and then a different script inspired by true stories from the economic crisis about a working class woman. The result is the stunning "Two Days, One Night" which failed to win a prize at Cannes (which has showered the Dardennes with prizes over the years). Watch the new trailer below.  Oscar-winner Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") manages to fold herself into this everyday woman, »


- Anne Thompson

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Emmy Nominations Snubs and Surprises, Early Picks to Win

10 July 2014 6:13 AM, PDT

Nominees from The Primetime Emmy Awards are listed below. Stay tuned for updates. Landing nominations were new contenders "True Detective" (HBO, 12 noms) and Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, who could knock each other out, as could Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton of "Fargo" (FX, 18),"Silicon Valley" (HBO, 5), "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 12), "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (Fox, 12) as well as surprise entrants Lizzy Caplan of "Masters of Sex" (FX, 5) and Ricky Gervais for Brit comedy "Derek." Among the usual suspects, HBO's "Game of Thrones" led nominations with 19, followed by "American Horror Story: Coven" with 17 and "Breaking Bad" with 16. Movie "The Normal Heart" also scored 16. AMC's "Mad Men" scored 8. Will Jon Hamm win after ten nominations? No, it will be "Breaking Bad"'s Bryan Cranston all the »


- Anne Thompson

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Venice Film Festival Opens With Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'Birdman'

10 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance". The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who first achieved fame for playing an iconic superhero struggling to mount a Broadway play and battling his ego and demons in the days leading up to the opening night. The trailer for Iñárritu's black comedy has been stirring up plenty of buzz since it was unveiled online last month. "Birdman" reportedly takes place in real time and unfolds in a series of long, uninterrupted takes. Keaton is joined in the cast by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri. »


- Matt Mueller

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Indian Crime Epic 'Gangs of Wasseypur' Coming to Us Theaters (Trailer)

9 July 2014 2:19 PM, PDT

Cinelicious Pics has acquired North American rights to director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyaps' ambitious Indian crime epic "Gangs of Wasseypur," hailed as the "Infernal Affairs," "Godfather" and "City of God" of India. The film is produced by "The Lunchbox"'s Guneet Monga. Here's the synopsis of this brutal, anti-Bollywood film, which currently has 100% on the Tomatometer: Gangs Of Wasseypur is Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts seventy years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs and beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940s, the film follows the ruthless rise of his son Sardar (a brilliant Manoj Bajpayee) and his offspring, the surreally-named Danish, Perpendicular and Definitive Khans and »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Is Linklater's 'Boyhood' the Most Radically Inventive Film Experience of the Year? (Clip)

9 July 2014 1:14 PM, PDT

Richard Linklater's new film "Boyhood," at almost three hours, overflows with beauty, truth, ingenuity, humanity and tenderness, and it firmly places the director in the pantheon of cinema's great auteurs. The entire early life of Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane), through childhood and into his first day of college, is compressed into an intimate epic as fresh and thrillingly alive as Francois Truffaut's films of Antoine Doinel, who was wrought in five movies beginning with "The 400 Blows." "Boyhood" is but one movie, and it's just as subversive. Shot a few days a year across 12 years with the same cast, "Boyhood" also bursts with Linklater's love of his native Texas -- the film's setting -- as well as two career-topping performances from Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's estranged but decent and good parents. Linklater manages to not only make his cinematic trickery transparent, favoring character over conceit, he effortlessly eludes. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Ridley Scott Talks Through ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer and Digital Magic (Videos)

9 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT

It's been a while since Ridley Scott's epic "Gladiator" took home the Best Picture Oscar back in 2001. Anyone who’s seen that or "Kingdom of Heaven" or "Robin Hood" can easily conjure the look, feel and scale of Scott's return to the sword-and-sandal genre with the Biblical "Exodus: Gods and Kings."  Lo and behold, see the first trailer below (the poster definitely reaches for a "300" feel).  Whatever you think of the trailer --  Christian Bale in gravel-voice mode vs. bald Joel Edgerton as Ramses as brother-vs-brother, white actors playing Middle Easterners for the millionth time —check out this Empire feature offering a behind-the-scenes look at what Scott has planned. We love it when a technology-obsessed director talks about digital landscapes interacting with physical objects, the use of digital, and other related material. Though Fox tore the official preview off YouTube, Variety has it »


- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman

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Daniel Radcliffe Leaves Potter Behind, Re-Teams with Jon Hamm in UK's 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' Season Two (Videos)

9 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

A new season of Brit drama "A Young Doctor's Notebook," once pegged as a four-part miniseries for the UK's Sky 1, now offers Daniel Radcliffe an extended stay in the television realm -- and life beyond Harry Potter. More than 18 months after the airing of what is now its first season, he and Jon Hamm -- no stranger to television, needless to say -- are both returning to the role of Vladimir Bomgard, a Russian doctor who, as we see in both 1917 and the early ‘30s, is struggling with opium addiction. (Btw, so is Clive Owen's 1900 surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming "The Knick" on Cinemax.) Flashbacks divide the two roles, but Radcliffe and Hamm interact onscreen, from consoling each other to dancing with their older (or younger) self. Opium is one hell of a drug. Radcliffe offered some kind words about his collaboration with Hamm in a new story at USA Today, »


- Nick Newman

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Trailers from Hell Says 'Let Him Have It'

9 July 2014 8:58 AM, PDT

Today on Trailers from Hell, Brian Trenchard-Smith rediscovers another dark Brit drama about the death penalty, "Let Him Have It," starring Christopher Eccleston as the real-life murderer of a policeman. The hangman Albert Pierrepoint (of "Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman") makes a small but important appearance in Peter Medek’s 1991 film about the controversial 1953 execution of Derek Bentley for the murder of a policeman (even though Bentley merely egged on the actual shooter with the phrase, “Let him have it.”) The film stars Christopher Eccleston as the doomed Bentley, Tom Courtenay as his father and a supporting cast featuring a who’s who of British character actors including Edward Hardwicke (Watson of BBC’s "Sherlock Holmes"), Michael Gough ("Horror of Dracula") and Clive Revill ("The Legend of Hell House") as the executioner Pierrepoint. Even though Bentley’s words "Let him have it ” were ambiguous when the policeman »


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