'True Detective' creator Nic Pizzolatto talks season 1
Earlier tonight, "True Detective" concluded its first season — and, with it, the stories of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. I reviewed the finale here, and as a bookend to a conversation we had before the season started, I spoke with the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, about the finale and the season as a whole (along with a vague but intriguing hint about season 2, which hasn't been officially ordered yet, but only because I suspect HBO is waiting until they've signed the actors they want before announcing). That's coming up just as soon as I strike you as more of a talker than a doer... The structure of the series means you could have done anything with the ending, up to and including killing the two leads, because you get a clean slate with the next season. Why did you choose this particular way to end the story? Nic Pizzolatto: »
- Alan Sepinwall
‘True Detective’: Finale Delivers Twists, Turns and Scented Meat
Sunday’s finale of “True Detective” will undoubtedly be in for a multiplatform dissection by fans of HBO’s oh-so-moody, incredibly creepy eight-episode murder-mystery series.
Spoiler Alert: Discussion of Sunday’s finale follows:
“True Detective” has been hailed as a revelation for stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and it has made an overnight sensation of writer Nic Pizzolatto, who had little smallscreen experience before fielding the story of odd-couple Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Harrelson).
The show has drawn much attention for the Southern-flavored literary prose delivered by Cohle’s character. Sunday’s finale was a roller-coaster road of disturbing plot twists, as the pair finally close in on serial killer who has committed unspeakable evil for decades, and extended exchanges between Cohle and Hart that enhanced the Butch-and-Sundance bond between their characters.
One of the bits that captured the show’s oddball humor came after »
- Cynthia Littleton
HBO Go Crashes During 'True Detective' Finale
Some True Detective fans who hopped online Sunday night to watch the finale were likely disappointed. Enough people logged on to HBO Go to watch the season ender that the streaming service crashed, according to its Twitter account. Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon," read a tweet sent out Sunday night. Some viewers who logged on to the service -- you have to be an HBO subscriber to access it -- saw a "fatal error" message indicating that
- Kimberly Nordyke
'Lindsay' Recap: Lohan Attempts Career Comeback With Self-Proclaimed 'New Chapter'
Viewers got their first look at Lindsay Lohan's new Own docu-series, Lindsay, on Sunday night. The show, directed by the Emmy-nominated Amy Rice, took viewers through Lohan's move to New York following her release from rehab, her search for an apartment, her life in the media spotlight and a shoot she booked -- then backed out of -- for a lingerie line. Photos: Lindsay Lohan Through the Years After showing parts of an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired last year, the episode shows Lohan as she is 11 days out of rehab. She says she's found "inner peace."
- Kimberly Nordyke
Khloé Kardashian Sheds Tears Over Lamar Odom Divorce in Emotional Kuwtk Mid-Season Finale—See the Full Recap!
Better keep the Kleenex on hand when you sit down to watch Sunday's mid-season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians—'cause there won't be a dry eye in the house. The episode starts out with Kim Kardashian packing for Kanye West's upcoming Yeezus tour. She sorts through a box of lacy panties and reminisces about an underwear game she once played with her friends, referring to a particular pair of undies as a "crotch veil." Oh, the memories. Khloé Kardashian stops by to visit Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, who are packing for a retreat in Arizona. Khloé and Kourtney share a laugh as they look over the resort's menu of services that include a "bang »
Katie Couric to Interview Michael Bloomberg for Yahoo
Katie Couric will use Yahoo comments, Tumblr posts and Flickr photos to interview Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York, in one of her first interviews since becoming Yahoo's Global Anchor. Yahoo will unveil the plan for the interview Monday, giving the public an early glimpse at how it will deploy the former “Today Show” host. The interview will air Friday. Also read: Weinstein, Netflix Circling Katie Couric ‘Fed Up’ Documentary (Exclusive) Yahoo will push Couric to leverage its myriad resources, from Flickr, a photo-sharing service, to Tumblr, a blogging platform. Couric and her team will use viewer submissions to. »
- Lucas Shaw
‘True Detective’ Finale Overwhelms HBO Go
Angry “True Detective” fans took to social media on Sunday to complain they weren’t able to watch the finale on HBO Go, which the premium channel acknowledged was being challenged by the series’ “overwhelmingly popular demand.”
While not all viewers were unable to watch the finale episode on HBO’s digital platform, enough cries for help spurred a tweet from the channel’s official account: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.”
While HBO’s description of the problem as being limited to “some users” indicates this probably wasn’t a full-on meltdown, the company’s reaction to the complaints may have been proof enough that this wasn’t just a handful of isolated incidents.
The problems didn’t interrupt the network’s finale telecast on its linear channels.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' scores record box office in limited release
The list of top per-screen averages tends to be dominated by Disney fare, everything from "The Lion King" to "Frozen" putting up staggering numbers. But sometimes something on the art house circuit can put up a whopper of a number, such as "Red State" or "The Master." Late last year, "American Hustle" surged in this frame, and just a few years ago, Wes Anderson proved his fan base was hungry for "Moonrise Kingdom" on just four screens, averaging over $130,000 per screen. Well, this weekend Anderson broke his own record and entered the top 10 of limited releases as "The Grand Budapest Hotel" averaged over $200,000 on four screens for an opening weekend tally of $800,000. The film is currently playing at the Arclight Cinerama Dome and Landmark theaters in Los Angeles, as well as the Regal Union Square and AMC Lincoln Square theaters in New York. "Moonrise Kingdom," released by Focus Features, ended »
- Kristopher Tapley
Season finale review: 'True Detective' - 'Form and Void'
A review of tonight's "True Detective" season finale coming up just as soon as I ask you what "scented meat" is... "Once, there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning." -Cohle When I interviewed "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto before this season began, I asked him about how he expected to distinguish this show from the abundance of other serial killer dramas filling (or polluting, if you'd rather) primetime at the moment. We've seen by now that even though "True Detective" has many superficial elements and character types and plot devices in common with a lot of those shows (and other crime-adjacent dramas, like an early scene here that evoked the last episode of "Breaking Bad"), it is very much its own thing, and could not easily be compared to the others. "True Detective" and "Hannibal" both featured killers who displayed their victims' bodies with antlers, for instance, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Lindsay Lohan Is a ‘Prisoner’ on Own Series: ‘It's My Last Shot’
The much-anticipated Own series starring Lindsay Lohan, titled simply “Lindsay,” already sets the season's storyline on Sunday's premiere episode: Who's the biggest threat to Lohan? The outside world or the actress herself? Director Amy Rice followed the “Mean Girls” actress as she decided to relocate from Los Angeles to New York City. The actress felt that a change of scenery and being closer to her family would give her stability as she tries to stay sober. At one point, Lohan acknowledged that the next few months are important ones. “It's my last shot,” the actress said of her career. See video: Lindsay Lohan. »
- Jethro Nededog
Korea’s Sbs Cancels Dating Show After Contestant Suicide
Hong Kong – South Korean broadcaster Sbs has cancelled its dating reality show “Jjak” after a female contestant last week committed suicide.
The 29 year old woman, identified only by her surname Chun, apparently told family that she felt misrepresented by the “Big Brother”-style show in which contestants are put through various different exercises in order to find a mate.
Chun is understood to have killed herself some time on Wednesday on the island of Jeju where the show was filming. Media reports say she hanged herself. Police say that she left a suicide note.
Sbs announced the show’s cancellation this weekend, but declined any direct responsibility for Chun’s death.
South Korea has a sad track record of cyber-bullying and high-profile suicides as well as one of the world’s highest rates of suicides.
- Patrick Frater
True Detective Finale Viewers Crash HBO Go
Well, we did it this time. Our collective thirst for the True Detective finale caused HBO Go to crash and Td fans to lose their minds on Twitter, fortunately both temporarily. "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon," HBO Go tweeted. In what we imagine will be a learning experience for HBO regarding the streaming demands of their subscribers (and their subscribers' children's roommates), some viewers were unable to access the site for close to two hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who had to wait until the site starting working again. As for everyone else: pretty great, right? »
- Halle Kiefer
Emerson College Opens L.A. Campus on Sunset Blvd. With Hollywood Gala (Photos)
Going on a semester abroad to Florence or Paris is so stock. Now there is a “Semester on Sunset.” Boston-based Emerson College opened a new Los Angeles Campus in Hollywood at 5960 Sunset Blvd, with 124 students moving in this past January. Larry David (a current parent), Tom Bergeron (a former parent), Vin Di Bona (an alum), Norman Lear (an alum), Max Mutchnick ('87), Jennifer Coolidge, and Maria Menounos ('00) helped christen the campus on Saturday night in Hollywood at a party in the 107,000 square foot space. Along with a program from Ithaca College, Emerson interns have been staples at film »
- Mikey Glazer
5 Things to Know About Lindsay Lohan's Own Docu-series Debut
The first episode of Lindsay aired on Own tonight, with the show opening up with Oprah Winfrey telling Lindsay Lohan essentially that she needs to get her life together. From there, we see the Liz & Dick star trying to do just that, but it doesn't exactly go off with a hitch. Missed the first episode of Lindsay? Check out the five things to know about the debut of the docuseries! 1. Oprah isn't in much of it: Well, at least not in this episode. We see Oprah at the beginning, when she tells Lohan she thinks it's a bad idea for her to go on a trip to Europe for yoga when she's only four days out of rehab. The Liz & Dick star decides to stay in the states…and Oprah's cameos are »
Louis C.K. Will Host SNL on March 29
Louis C.K. better dry clean his finest black t-shirt this week: NBC just announced the comedian will host SNL for the second time on March 29. No musical act has been selected for the date as of yet. So…JFK this time around? Nixon? A little Rutherford B. Hayes? Just kidding, Louis C.K. has to double down on his Lincoln. You're going to mention a character getting shot twice in a sketch? Come on now. The comedy rule of threes basically demands a follow-up. »
- Halle Kiefer
'Lindsay': What did you think of Lohan's new show?
Just so that we know "Lindsay" (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Own) is not a trashy reality show, somber black-and-white text greets us to set the stage. On July 30, 2013, Lindsay Lohan ended her 90-day stint in rehab. Four days later, she began filming this show. About two minutes after that, she started a deeply sublimated quest to make her handlers, sycophants and slave labor intensely crazy by stirring up drama in the most mundane tasks you can imagine. I half expected to see Lindsay arguing with the coin slots at the laundromat, but we can all assume Linsday does not do her own laundry. At first, though, it's the calm before the storm. Lindsay is looking for an apartment in New York City, so she drives from one location to another while her minions remind her what she's doing and where she is and one suck-up pal tries to »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Surviving Cliffside: SXSW Review
Austin — Jon Matthews withholds judgment as much as he can in Surviving Cliffside, his doc about drug addiction and bad choices in rural West Virginia. The subjects are his relatives, after all, and he clearly wishes the best for them despite their present circumstances. But viewers may have more difficulty hiding their disapproval of this couple's almost unrepentantly criminal, self-harming lifestyle and the indignities they shower on their eldest daughter for no obvious reason. Dispiriting and not very enlightening, it may open some eyes on TV but will have a hard time competing with other similarly themed docs.
- John DeFore
'Gravity' wins top prize at Society of Camera Operators Awards
The last awards of the industry guilds for film and television were handed out Saturday night by the Society of Camera Operators. Soc 's (they kept the abbreviation from their original Society of Operating Cameramen name) awards are rarely covered by the media, perhaps due to their dubious status, if any, as Oscar precursor. Unlike the other guilds, no equivalent Oscar or Emmy exists and the Soc Awards take place after the Oscars. "Gravity" was victorious — not unusual this season — as cameraman Peter Taylor claimed the top honor for his tracking shots in the effects-driven space film. The other nominated movies were "American Hustle," "Labor Day," "Lone Survivor" and "Saving Mr. Banks." This is Taylor 's first win. His past work includes "Gladiator," "Love Actually" and two of the "Harry Potter" movies. Taylor filmed one other 2013 film: the British thriller "All Things »
Pda Alert! Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman Share a Passionate Kiss on the Beach in Miami
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman are getting hot and heavy in Miami. The husband and wife duo were snapped canoodling and giving each other a passionate kiss on South Beach in Miami, as they soaked up the sun along the shore. During their romantic beach getaway, the 31-year-old Oscar winning actress rocked a white, long sleeved top over her black bikini and black shades, while her jewelry designer hubby opted for blue cargo shorts. According to the Daily Mail, the duo is in town for the 31st Annual Miami International Film Festival, which runs from March 7-16. Saturday, the Les Misérables star hit the carpet at the festival's premiere of Elsa & Fred, looking stunning in a black and white »
The Book of Mormon Headed to Utah in 2015
A little over four years after it opened on Broadway (only four years!), The Book of Mormon will finally head to that land of waterfalls and unicorns flying, Salt Lake City. The show will play at the Capital Theatre from July 28 to August 9, 2015, and is a must see for Utah residents who love controversy, love being enraged or can put all human emotions aside for a good song-and-dance number involving Jeffrey Dahmer and two anthropomorphic coffee cups. »
- Halle Kiefer
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