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Colin Farrell confirms: I'm starring in 'True Detective' Season 2
Colin Farrell is your new "True Detective." After weeks of speculation, the "Saving Mr. Banks" actor has confirmed he'll be starring in Season 2 of the HBO crime drama, telling the Sunday World: "I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited." He then added: "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids." The network still hasn't confirmed Farrell's casting. "True Detective" Season 1 starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and was directed by Cary Fukunaga, who won an Emmy for his work on the show. It was additionally nominated for four more Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Harrelson and McConaughey. Farrell is the first actor to »
- Chris Eggertsen
Box Office: 'Maze Runner' Crushes 'Walk Among the Tombstones' With $32.5M
Proving that a boy-centric Ya film adaptation can click, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner opened to a pleasing $32.5 million at the North American box office, more the double the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's R-rated action offering A Walk Among the Tombstones. Shawn Levy's new adult dramedy This Is Where I Leave You followed at No. 3 with $11.9 million. Overseas, Maze Runner continued to impress, taking in another $37.6 million from its first 50 countries for a worldwide total of $81.5 million (the film began rolling out in several
- Pamela McClintock
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Previews ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack
Reznor scored the David Fincher film with co-composer Atticus Ross, marking the trio’s third collaboration. Previously, Reznor, Ross and Fincher worked together on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as well as “The Social Network,” for which they nabbed an Academy Award.
Reznor put the preview of the soundtrack on the Nine Inch Nails website earlier this week.
- Alex Stedman
Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch of Howard Stern Radio Show Dead at 39
Eric “The Actor” Lynch, a regular guest on Howard Stern's radio show, has died at the age of 39. His manager Johnny Fratto confirmed Sunday n a Twitter post that the radio personality died Saturday. His cause of death was not revealed, but Lynch died surrounded by family and friends in Sacramento, Fratto told TMZ. Lynch, who was also known as “Eric the Midget” on the Sirius Xm show and was a member of Stern's “Wack Pack,” stood three feet tall. Health problems confined him to a motorized wheelchair, but didn't prevent him from yelling at. »
- Todd Cunningham
Korea Sets ‘Sea Fog’ on Foreign-Language Oscar Course
Hong Kong — South Korea has selected “Sea Fog” (aka ‘Haemoo’) as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race.
The film, directed by Shim Sung-bo, is a largely sea-borne tale of human desperation both on the part of economic refugees and the fishermen turned human smugglers who transport them across unsafe waters.
The selection is made by a specially convened committee organized by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).
Production was by Lewis Kim with leading director Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”) as executive producer. International sales are by Finecut.
South Korea has had a huge impact on film-making in Asia in the past two decades, but no Korean film has ever been selected as an Oscar nominee.
- Patrick Frater
Test Your 'Sports Jeopardy!' Knowledge With First Clip (Exclusive)
It's game on, sports fans. Here is your first look at Sports Jeopardy!, which premieres on Crackle Wednesday. If the weekly series looks familiar to Jeopardy! fans, there's a reason. It was shot on the Jeopardy! set, used the show's writers, and even saw host Dan Patrick take over Alex Trebek's dressing room. Trebek also gave Patrick some advice on hosting. "He said 'have fun.' That's the one mistake he made early that he's almost trying to make up for," Patrick tells The Hollywood Reporter. Patrick says he has a newfound respect for just how hard Trebek's job is — saying
- Aaron Couch
Fall TV reviews: 'Scorpion,' 'Forever' & 'NCIS: New Orleans'
Last year, the network TV season began while I was still in a hospital bed recovering from a burst appendix and the complications that followed. Working at half-speed, I decided the only way to weather the deluge of new shows was to give all but a handful the capsule review treatment, offering up a paragraph or so on each, often with several shows in the same post, figuring I would revisit the ones that got more interesting down the road. An approach born out of medical necessity turned out to be one that made sense to continue even with improved health. The fact is, most new network shows don't warrant a 1000-word review based on a single episode simply because that's the way every TV critic (myself included) used to do things. Some are strong enough, or intriguing enough or — in the case of something like "The Mysteries of Laura »
- Alan Sepinwall
Kim Kardashian Played an Alien on American Dad Last Night
Kim Kardashian made a cameo on American Dad last night, playing a furry alien that looked like a sexy (okay, sexier) version of Cousin Itt. She definitely pulled the whole I am not from this planet thing off! But also, when does Kim K. ever sound like she's from this planet? That's a sign of great casting. Here's a clip:In this behind-the-scenes clip, American Dad's executive director calls Kim "very directable." That's nice, I guess! »
- Lindsey Weber
John Oliver Mocks the NFL for ‘Losing the Moral High Ground to TMZ’
John Oliver summed up the last few weeks of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's life with one sad, simple sentence: “You know that things are not going well when you lose the moral higher-ground to a TMZ reporter.” Also read: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘I Got it Wrong, I'm Sorry’ During a brief segment on Sunday's “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver addressed the NFL's catastrophic response to a flurry of domestic violence incidents involving their players. The masterclass in terrible crisis management culminated in a bizarre and ineffective press conference that Goodell gave on Friday. Also read: NFL May Finally Have to Address Domestic Abuse, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Teacher's Diary' for Foreign-Language Category
Thailand has submitted Nithiwat Tharatorn’s romantic drama Teacher’s Diary (Khid Thueng Withaya) as its candidate for the best foreign-language film honor at the 2015 Oscars, the National Federation of Thai Film Associations, which makes the selection, said Monday. The movie from Thai studio Gth grossed more than $3 million, ranking second in Thailand this year. It was released in March. Thailand becomes the latest Asian country to announce its Oscar contender. Read more: Lupita Nyong'o and Other Foreign Oscar Winners The film tells of two lonely teachers, a woman and a man, who are posted to the same rural
- Clifford Coonan
One Direction's Liam Payne Says Nude Pics Are Fake: "I'm 100% Not Gay" and "100% Not Homophobic"
Have you seen those pictures of Liam Payne naked in bed with another man? No, you haven't—they're not real. Fans speculated that the One Direction singer was photographed in the throes of passion with an unidentified male friend over the weekend. The 21-year-old "Fireproof" singer took to Twitter Sunday to dispel the rumors. "Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that," he wrote. Payne took heat for that tweet, as some questioned whether he has a problem with homosexuality. "I'm 100% not homophobic," Payne clarified. "But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am »
Spain, Colombia Link on ‘Troubling Monsters’
Spain’s Piaggiodematei and Colombia’s HierroAnimacion are uniting efforts on the project “Troubling Monsters,” to be pitched at Toulouse’s 25th Cartoon Forum on Thursday 25.
Monsters that could be hidden under kids’ beds or in closets trigger lots of fun and discovery adventures, where children will be able to deal with common fears through creativity and humor.
“‘Monsters’ takes the idea that when a kid can draw a monster, he or she is able to beat it, so the monster becomes funny or ridiculous and won’t be scary anymore,” said project director and producer Carlos Smith.
Made up of 26 x 7 minute episodes, “Monsters” is targeted on six- to eight-year-old children. “It’s a multiplatform media project with different expansion models; that is, there’s a difference between free and premium content, broadcast or streamed,” pointed out Laura Piaggio, Piaggiodematei CEO.
Project directors are Smith and Marcelo Dematei, co-production »
- Emilio Mayorga
Which Streaming Service Should You Sell Your Show To? A Guide for Producers
Pretend you're a TV creator — where should you shop your series, Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon? Netflix Who should sell here: Anyone looking for the biggest (potential) audience — and a big payday. Two executives who’ve had dealings with Netflix both say that when there’s a hot project in the marketplace, Netflix is usually, as one put it, “by far the most aggressive” bidder, assuming they’re interested in the idea. Adds the other exec: “The perception is that Netflix is spending more money on bigger projects with the most prominent stars. They feel more advanced. The rest of [the streaming players] are trying to get their sea legs.” Indeed, while Netflix isn’t any older than its rivals — it began streaming content in 2007, same as Hulu — it dominates the streaming space on multiple levels. It has two buzzy, Emmy-nominated shows (Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards); »
- Josef Adalian
How I Met Your Mother's New DVD Set Has Alternate Ending - and a Surprise!
Many viewers found How I Met Your Mother's maudlin season finale last March anything but legendary. (As People noted, it was ceme - wait for it - tery.) But fans of the show may be happier with an unseen - and far more upbeat - version contained in a new DVD box set available Tuesday. Without spoiling it, let's just say the "alternate ending" of the finale, "Last Forever," will cause tears of joy instead of grief. (Although, unfortunately, it still contains Lily's tragic bangs of 2016.) As co-creator Craig Thomas alluded to while filming the final season, the box »
- Henry Goldblatt, @HenryGoldblatt
David Fincher Puts Ben Affleck’s Evasiveness to Good Use in Gone Girl
Oh, what a stunning opening shot—a prelude to damnation—director David Fincher serves up in his elegantly wicked suburban noir Gone Girl, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her best-selling novel. It’s the back of the head of a woman (Rosamund Pike) on a pillow, her golden tresses aglow. An unseen man (Ben Affleck) narrates; he suggests that the only way to know what’s in a person’s mind would be to shatter her skull. Then the woman turns her face to the camera. It’s creamy-skinned, sleepily beautiful; her eyes open wide and she stares into ours. The look is teasingly ambiguous. Juxtaposed with the narrator’s violent words, the image poses the question: Who could want to violate a façade so exquisite? You want to pore over it, study it for clues to what’s underneath.You get that chance for many of Gone Girl’s 148 minutes. »
- David Edelstein
10 Years After Lost Premiered, Damon Lindelof Reveals Why He "Broke Down Sobbing" and Opens Up About Show's Legacy
Something really awful tends to happen when we lose someone we love—especially if the death itself didn't play out exactly the way that we might have imagined. For a period of time, all we can think about is the end, about the death itself, about how the final weeks or days or moments that maybe didn't exactly go how we had hoped. There's a period of grieving. And shock. And sorrow. But over time, if we are lucky, we start to focus again on what really actually mattered: That person's life. All the moments and experiences that made us love them so very much in the first place. You know, what really actually mattered. The living. It's time to do that for Lost. Today marks the 10th »
Sarah Silverman Slams Michael Sheen Engagement Rumors: "I Will Never Get Married"
Sarah Silverman doesn't want to be Mrs. Michael Sheen, contrary to reports. Star magazine recently ran a story titled, "Sarah Wants A Ring." The tabloid claimed Silverman, 43, had left "pictures of engagement rings all over the place" so Sheen, 45, would get the "hint" and propose. The recurring Masters of Sex special guest star responded to the ridiculous romance rumors via Twitter Sunday. "Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married," the Emmy-winning comedienne tweeted. "Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It's barbaric. That s--t never bothers me b/c who cares but I feel like this one is bigoted. The Jew girl »
Wulfie Animation, Monster Entertainment Set ‘Wulfie’
“Wulfie,” a 2D toon TV skein, will be carrying the Irish flag at this year’s Cartoon Forum, the Toulouse-set three-day confab.
Produced by Ireland’s Wulfie Animation, the series is one of nine Irish projects pitched at the mini-mart.
“Wulfie” turns on the relationship between the 10-year-old Libby and her new best friend. “It’s a comedy series about the ultimate friendship that grew from a bedtime story,” explained Lindsay J. Sedgwick, producer at Wulfie Animation.
Sedgwick is also an Irish writer and toon author, creator of the first mainstream toon skein, featuring a lead character with Down Syndrome, “Punky” –two seasons of 20 x 7 minutes–, which sold worldwide.
Dublin-based co-producer Monster Entertainment is a brand management shingle that produces and distributes worldwide mainly children’s mainstream animation but also handles documentaries and musicals aimed to kids. Its catalogue includes “The Travels of a Young Marco Polo” and “Planet Rock »
- Emilio Mayorga
France Sends ‘Saint Laurent’ to Campaign For Foreign-Language Oscar Nominations
Paris– Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint-Laurent,” a sultry biopic of the French famed designer, is set to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar campaign.
The movie world-premiered in competition at Cannes where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
It’s produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which also handled international sales. Arte Cinema et Orange Studio co-produced. Thomas Bidegain, one of the screenwriters of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,”co-wrote the script with Bonello.
Bonello’s film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. The helmer’s credits include “House of Pleasures” (then titled “House of Tolerance”) and “Tiresia,” both of which competed at Cannes.
Bonello’s take on Saint-Laurent is, however, more controversial and revealing than Lespert’s film, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Stephen Fry, ‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Join U.K. Drama Overseen by Martin Scorsese
U.K. actors including Stephen Fry and Game of Thrones stars Paul Kaye and Joss Stone have joined the cast of Tomorrow, a drama being executive produced by Martin Scorsese that began a six-week shoot in London on Monday. Tomorrow, which will delve into the difficulties faced by soldiers after returning from war, is Scorsese's first voyage into U.K. cinema and will mark the directorial debut of his long-time script supervisor Martha Pinson. "I’m honored to join Martha in her directorial debut," said Scorsese. "Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will
- Alex Ritman
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