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Review: Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' Lacks the Mysteries of 'Lost' -- And That's a Great Thing

26 June 2014 12:25 PM, PDT

Damon Lindelof may forever be haunted -- or blessed -- by his breakout television show, "Lost," depending on your opinion of the twisty, mystery-driven ABC drama. While some fans were pleased with the ending, it seems like most were frustrated with the answers provided for a show with so many questions. In Lindelof's first foray into television since his island drama ended in 2010, he's chosen a premise friendly to an audience skeptical of his ability to finish strong. "The Leftovers" doesn't demand an answer to its big, central question. Instead, it asks for acceptance that you may never know. Read More: What 'The Leftovers' Had to Offer Fans of 'Lost' and What It Doesn't, According to Damon Lindelof Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, who also serves as co-creator and executive producer, "The Leftovers" begins on October 14th, a date carrying as much meaning as 9/11 in this universe. »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: The First Clip From The Second Season of Our Favorite Show 'Please Like Me'

26 June 2014 9:05 AM, PDT

If you have not heard of "Please Like Me" you should immediately find a way to watch it's first season (as soon as you're done reading this post, at least). The Australian import -- picked up for the Us by Pivot -- is a half hour comedy-drama based on the autobiographical stand-up of 26-year-old gay Aussie comedian Josh Thomas. Drawing consistent comparisons to "Girls," "Louie" and "Enlightened" (who doesn't want to be compared to those amazing shows?) the first season gained a cult following, and the second should be an event as far as we're concerned.  Now finally we have some footage to aid us in that: Entertainment Weekly has posted the below clip, which shows Josh and company a few years beyond the first season finale.  Josh and Tom are roommates again, along with a new character Patrick (who is apparently going to be a love interest for Josh »


- /bent

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First Look: Final Season Of ‘The Killing’ On Netflix; Plus Video Recap Of Seasons 1-3

26 June 2014 9:01 AM, PDT

“The Killing” is a curious show with almost nine lives. A major hit out of the gate for AMC that looked like it could replicate some of the success of “Breaking Bad” or other flagship shows on the network. Like we wrote at the beginning of season 2, “the pilot episode of the show—an eerie mix of David FincherSe7en” rain/gloom aesthetics and the “Twin Peaks”-like ominousness found in the Pacific Northwest—received near universal acclaim from critics.” But the show quickly went south, dragged everything out and went a little nuts with red herrings that lead into cul de sac after cul del sac. Ratings dropped and by the end of season two, the show was canceled. AMC then unkilled it, brought it back for season 3 and then canceled it again. But clearly there is a loyal audience of some kind and it registered on the Netflix »


- Edward Davis

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NBC Summer Series 'Taxi: Brooklyn,' Based On Luc Besson Film Franchise, Debuts Tonight. Watch 3 Clips

25 June 2014 2:51 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, NBC acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series "Taxi: Brooklyn South," a 12-episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"). Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four installments of the film franchise have been released: in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007; and all were met with mixed reviews, but good box office. In 2004, the French film franchise spawned an American remake that I think we'd all rather forget ever happened, starring...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Sarah Jessica Parker Eyes Return to TV in Cop Drama

25 June 2014 1:42 PM, PDT

Now that film romantic comedies have gone the way of the dinosaur, and while TV continues to provide rich, substantial roles to women, Sarah Jessica Parker is eyeing a return to the small screen.  Parker is currently attached to a cop drama based on Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker's police thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love. Busted itself is based on Ruderman and Laker's nonfiction book of the same name, which chronicles their discovery of one of the biggest corruption scandals in the history of the Philadelphia police department.  Parker would play one half of the core partnership at the heart of the investigation. After seeing her as the lovelorn Carrie Bradshow for a dozen years in the Sex and the City franchise, it would be interesting to see her in a radically different role. Plus, potential bonus: Parker speaking in a cheesesteak-soaked Philly accent! »


- Inkoo Kang

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This Bootleg DVD Cover For 'True Detective' Promises "Full Frontal Action" And Eiffel Tower Explosions

25 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

While "True Detective" took viewers deep into the heart of the scary parts of Louisiana, perhaps we were all watching so intensely that we missed the episode where Marty and Rust went to Paris. But that's why DVDs are so great, because you can catch up on the parts you missed.... ....or in this case, imagine the parts that never happened. Jezebel has come across a rather glorious bootleg DVD cover for "True Detective" and there is no shortage for how amazing it is. Promising "Full Frontal Action" (hot), the cover amazingly places Matthew McConaughey's head on Brad Pitt's body from "Killing Them Softly," and then pastes him with Woody Harrelson in front of a backdrop of about one thousand explosions all at once, including one at the Eiffel Tower. It's like "True Detective" as directed by Luc Besson or Michael Bay. Check it out below. 

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Opinion: The Thigh Gap is Dead, and 'Orange is the New Black' Killed It

25 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT

It seems unlikely that I would look to television for affirmations about my body image, especially since just last Wednesday night I watched while a reality housewife got plastic surgery so she could get the "coveted" thigh gap.  A thigh gap, in its most literal sense, is a space between your upper legs, but it has evolved into a mass cultural delusion that suggests the presence of one means you are thin enough to be pretty, while the absence of one means you need to put the pizza down, fattie, and go for a run. However, when you flip through your channels -- network, cable, or otherwise -- you aren't always seeing the types of female characters that would waste precious time worrying about arbitrary beauty standards meant to undermine our images of ourselves. What you do see, instead, is a pushback against this inane delusion. Shows like Netflix's "Orange is the New Black, »


- Sundi Rose-Holt

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Jada Pinkett Smith Is "Scary, Dangerous, Tough, Cunning" As Fish Mooney In 'Gotham' Character Poster

25 June 2014 11:05 AM, PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to TV to co-star in the Fox TV 1-hour drama series "Gotham," which, after watching most of the trailers for new 2014/2015 series, is one of the few that I'm actually interested enough in to check out when it debuts. I'm digging the seemingly dark, gritty world that the show's creators have created, and, quite frankly, of the 4 major broadcast TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox), Fox's primetime lineup in recent years (with series like "Almost Human" - which was sadly canceled - "Sleepy Hollow" and, one of my faves, "The Following," as well as "Cosmos" and "24: Live Another Day") has had my attention above all the others. The network takes more chances with original content, in my not-so humble opinion - as much as a broadcast TV network can - and I'm always a fan of the dark and gritty. Let's see if »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Announce The Return Of 'Project Greenlight'

25 June 2014 11:01 AM, PDT

First airing in the early 2000s, "Project Greenlight" ran three seasons (the first two on HBO, the third on Bravo) and turned the struggle to make it in Hollywood into a reality series style event. But a bit classier than the stuff you see now. And the results were interesting, with the show—that follows a first time filmmaker through the steps of making their debut feature—bringing the Shia Labeouf starring "The Battle Of Shaker Heights" and the horror "Feast" (which spawned two sequels) to the masses. And now, nearly a decade after it ended, producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are bringing it back. The pair have hit the web to announce the return of "Project Greenlight," and the format is pretty much as you remember it. A Hollywood-vetted script will be given to a newcomer (determined by an online contest) to make their first feature film, and »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Elisabeth Moss And Luke Evans Join Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise,' Craig Roberts Visits 'Red Oaks' & More

25 June 2014 10:42 AM, PDT

A terrific cast is forming around U.K. filmmaker Ben Wheatley's net film, “High-Rise." The movie already stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy (HBO’s “Rome”). That’s good enough as it is, but announced last night, joining the cast are “Mad Men” and “Top Of The Lake” star Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans of “The Hobbit” and the upcoming “Dracula Untold.” Based on the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name, the movie will chronicle the unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Wheatley's probably the most exciting filmmaker to come out of the U.K. in some time and has directed a succession of excellent genre films like the comedic serial killers film, "Sightseers," the hit man horror "Kill List," and the crime family comedic drama, "Down Terrace." Wheatley regulars Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando and Dan Renton Skinner »


- Rodrigo Perez

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Tanya Fear Joins International Cast of London-Set Crime Drama 'Spotless'

25 June 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

Brit actress Tanya Fear is a member of the ensemble cast of French pay-tv group Canal Plus' London-set crime drama series "Spotless," with StudioCanal's Tandem Communications producing in association with Rosetta Media. Co-created by British writer/producer Ed McCardie ("Shameless") and American Corinne Marrinan ("C.S.I."), "Spotless" is described as a “dark, sexy one-hour crime drama peppered with black humor.” It tells the story of a troubled man whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crash lands into his world, and gets both of them fatally involved in organised crime. The brothers are different – Jean is a conservative and successful French immigrant to London; Martin is a visceral and libidinous wanderer; their lives marked forever by a violent killing that took place almost 30 years ago. The series plays out against a backdrop of Jean’s niche Crime Scene Cleaning business, with gangsters, corruption,...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Attention Filmmakers: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Want to Make Your Dreams Come True with 'Project Greenlight'

25 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Ready to be judged by Batman and Jason Bourne? Now's your chance (again). HBO has announced that they're bringing back the talent competition "Project Greenlight," allowing aspiring filmmakers to submit for the chance to make a feature film -- under the watchful eye of producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and a crew of reality TV cameras.  A reality show born of the late-90s indie film boom, the first seasons of "Project Greenlight" produced a few underseen features -- "Stolen Summer," "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and "Feast" -- that did not launch any megastar careers (well, except for "Shaker Heights" actor Shia LeBeouf, that is). Of course, that was a pre-YouTube era, when cell phones weren't capable of shooting HD video. How that changes the playing field could be most interesting.  In the amusing and self-deprecating announcement video below, Affleck and Damon admit to not having had any new »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Guess Which Book-Reader Favorite Character Won't Be Appearing on 'Game of Thrones' After All?

25 June 2014 9:27 AM, PDT

Spoilers for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire below Looks like critics who felt "Game of Thrones" was getting plenty supernatural without the addition of book-reader favorite character Lady Stoneheart are getting their wish: Michelle Fairley, who played the pre-dead Catelyn Stark, has told Entertainment Weekly she will not be returning as George R.R. Martin's reanimated angel of vengeance. (She also discusses this week's episode of "24: Live Another Day," so spoilers there as well.) You couldn’t have missed the online furor over the lack of Lady Stoneheart in the "Thrones" finale. Were you surprised by that attention? I actually haven’t seen any of that. I don’t look that stuff up. I avoid it like the plague. I was totally unaware. There was a lot of online conversation. I heard third-hand that you were basically told that it’s not likely to ever happen. »


- Sam Adams

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Emmys: 12 Drama Leads We'd Love to See Get a Nomination

25 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

If we left it up to the networks and their campaign departments, almost no one worthy of an Emmy nomination would make the cut (stop nominating Jim Parsons!). So we here at Indiewire are hoping to start some grassroots campaigns of our own, pushing the best of the unlikely nominees to the forefront and hoping to receive some support from you, our wonderful readers. Below you'll find our picks for the lead comedy actors we'd like to see honored by the Television Academy, as well as video evidence of their talents. Next week, we'll pick our favorites for comedy series, then drama series the following week before the nominations are announced July 10th. Without further ado, our picks:  6) Keri Russell - "The Americans"Pk: Of all the lists we've been offering over these weeks, this is the one that to me I'm amazed I even have to vouch for -- »


- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Review: The Lost Women of The Leftovers

25 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

I'll say this for The Leftovers: it is equal-opportunity sad. Men, women, children: there is enough existential despair in HBO's new drama to go around, and then some. Damon Lindelof's adaptation of the 2011 Tom Perrotta novel sees the town of Mapleton, NY, dealing with the aftermath of a Rapture-like event from three years earlier, in which two percent of the world's population simply disappeared. In the style of Lindelof's Lost, it is a large and ensemble-ish cast, though Justin Theroux's police chief and his family are clearly in the foreground. I'll try to write about the pilot in a non-spoilery way, though if you really don't want to know anything, I'd suggest skipping this until after you've seen it for yourself. The show premieres Sunday at 10 Pm. The show features several potentially juicy female roles, and I'm hoping this turns out to be true, especially after spending »


- Sara Stewart

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LatinoBuzz: Participant’s 'Cesar Chavez' is Nominated for Four Imagen Awards, Including Best Picture

25 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

The nominees for the  29th Annual Imagen Awards, honoring portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film, have been announced and Diego Luna's "Cesar Chavez" is up for four awards: Best Picture Best Actor (Michael Pena) Best Actress (America Ferrera) Best Actress (Rosario Dawson) The awards will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner on Friday evening, August 1st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, airing as a one hour special on PBS SoCal. The complete list of nominees is below: Best Primetime Television Program: Drama or Comedy The Bridge (FX Networks/Shine America and FX Productions) Chicago P.D. (NBC/Wolf Films/NBCUniversal Television) The Fosters (ABC Family in association with Prodco, Inc.) Law & Order: Svu ...

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- Sydney Levine

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Trailer Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal is a British Arms Dealer in The Honorable Woman

25 June 2014 7:41 AM, PDT

Maggie Gyllenhaal has joined the mass migration of prestige film actresses to television.  The Dark Knight and Crazy Heart co-star has finally found a role worthy of her considerable talents in Sundance TV's eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman. In the period spy thriller, Gyllenhaal plays the Israeli-British Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms dealer who takes over her father's company but also attempts to shift the family business from running guns to laying down data cable networks between Israel and the West Bank. Back in Britain, she is granted peerage -- an event that creates a "political maelstrom." Janet McTeer plays the head of MI6(!), Stephen Rea the aging intelligence agent who investigates Nessa, and Lindsay Duncan is his wife. The 60-second trailer below doesn't provide a whole lot of information, but does provide a good sense of the secret-identity tension running throughout the series as well as Gyllenhaal's. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Watch: 'Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery' Blu-ray Trailer Is The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

25 June 2014 6:44 AM, PDT

Listen, we get it, there is already enough new stuff on TV to deal with, that the thought of catching up with something you missed (or watched already) the first time around seems a bit daunting. But we're pretty sure you'll want to square away a rainy weekend this summer and get to know "Twin Peaks" all over again. David Lynch's cult TV series is returning to home video on Blu-ray and according to Irritating Voice Over Guy Who Ruins The Entire Mood Of The Thing, you'll want to pick it up. And we'd agree. Not only does it present the entire series all newly restored and looking pretty great, it packages the prequel movie "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" with it too, along with 90 minutes of extensive deleted and extended scenes, and more. And all yours for the low, low price of three easy payments of $9.99! Okay, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jay Leno Shouldn't Get the Mark Twain Award For Humor (But Not Because He's Not Funny)

24 June 2014 12:45 PM, PDT

Everyone's definitions of comedy are different. Poll a random group of strangers about who should win an award for being best at being funny, and the answers can range from Louis Ck to a football to the groin.  However, if there's one figure who's elicited no amount of distain from people who are ostensibly his peers, it's Jay Leno. "As a comedian, you can't not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out," Jimmy Kimmel told Rolling Stone last year, and many agree with him. General consensus is that while Leno is one of the hardest-working stand-ups in the business, his name will never be mentioned in connection with the greats, like Richard Pryor or George Carlin, except as to serve as poor contrast.   Which is why it was a genuine shock when it was announced that the now-retired "Tonight Show" host is this year's recipient of »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

24 June 2014 12:09 PM, PDT

Bad news if you’re a member of the Television Academy: balloting for this year’s Emmys closed on June 20th, with the nominees to be announced a few weeks from now, on July 10th. That officially brings to an end the 2013/2014 TV season, and if anyone was worried that the string of quality TV was starting to come to an end as some of the most famous dramas and comedies of recent years wrapped up their runs, they were sorely mistaken: the medium is in as remarkably healthy a state as ever. Every year, at about this time, we put together our list of the best television of the previous season, and for 2013/2014, there was such a wealth of goodness that we felt compelled to extend our line-up from fifteen to twenty for the first time. It’s not surprising: quality television now has more outlets than ever, from »


- The Playlist Staff

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