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When HBO confirmed this week that Vince Vaughn would be joining the cast of the second season of True Detective, the Internet's reaction was mixed, to say the least. Colin Farrell had already been confirmed as one of the detectives, and while Vaughn's name had been linked to the show already, some fans felt that the show wasn't the appropriate place for the king of Frat Pack comedy. However, you shouldn't discount Vaughn too quickly, as there are actually several reasons why he may be a perfect fit for the new season. Keep reading to see our breakdown of why Vince is a great pick. He's Not Playing Colin Farrell's Partner One of the biggest misconceptions about Vaughn's role in the new season is that he is playing one of the lead protagonists. Instead, Vaughn is playing Frank Semyon, a career criminal who is being described as "the central antagonist" on the show. »
The McConaissance was already in full swing when Matthew McConaughey agreed to star in the first season of True Detective with Woody Harrelson. But HBO and show creator Nic Pizzolatto are gambling that the hard-boiled anthology can serve as a rejuvenation machine for other treading-water actors aching to break out of a rut. HBO officially confirmed today that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in season 2—but not as partners, a la Rust and Marty. Farrell is a cop, but Vaughn will play a “career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is »
- Jeff Labrecque
Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), The Judge is the first film to come out of Downey’s production company, Team Downey, and marks Downey’s first big return to Tiff since 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Your #TIFF14 opening night Rt @robertdowneyjr: First look, as promised. #TheJudge pic.twitter.com/eedMlXKqzt
— Tiff (@TIFF_NET) August 27, 2014
“David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event,” said Tiff CEO Piers Handling.
The Judge stars Downey as Hank Palmer, a ruthless attorney, who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies only to find that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), is accused of murder.
Any true Michael Cera fan knows the actor also has musical skills – from adding backing vocals and guitar to Weezer's Hurley to playing live bass for indie-rock supergroup Mister Heavenly to strumming nerdily in this adorable scene from Juno. But now Cera's taken a bigger step into the music world with a solo album, true that, which he quietly posted last week on Bandcamp.
While the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival closes with A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman (Truly Madly Deeply) and starring Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the festivities will commence with the screening of The Judge which is helmed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and features the acting talents of Robert Downey Jr. (Wonder Boys), Robert Duvall (Days of Thunder), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (The Whole Wide World), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Billy Bob Thornton (Primary Colors).
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
“I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto, »
- Trevor Hogg
David Dobkin’s drama to open Tiff in September.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production also stars Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton.
Downey Jr. plays big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
“The festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“The Judge,” with Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer trying to clear his father (Robert Duvall) of a murder charge, will serve as the opening-night film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Friday. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow production will open the fest on Sept. 4, 15 years after its director, David Dobkin, brought his first film, “Clay Pigeons,” to the festival. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. Also read: Film Festival Scramble: Telluride Loses Its Surprises as Toronto Gets Tough Tiff's opening-night film was conspicuously missing when the Toronto lineup of galas and. »
- Steve Pond
One of the higher-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s father-son drama "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a jaded city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. As the son tries to discover the truth about his father, along the way he reconnects with the family he left behind. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star in this mainstream dramatic heart-tugger. Is it Oscar material? Warner s is clearly testing the waters in Toronto. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. Dobkin brought his first film "Clay Pigeons" to the fest 15 years ago. Warners screened. »
- Anne Thompson
“The Judge” had been announced Tuesday as a world premiere at the festival’s unveiling of most of its lineup, then was elevated to the opening slot on Friday.
“The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the festival with The Judge,” said Piers Handling, the fest’s director and CEO. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event.”
Downey portrays a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged »
- Dave McNary
David Dobkin's "The Judge" will open Tiff 2014, according to a release sent out by festival organizers on Friday. "The Judge" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a hot-shot lawyer forced to return to his childhood home after his father is accused of murder.
Robert Duvall plays Palmer's father, a judge who must put his resentment against his son aside if he ever wants to clear his name. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
"The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the Festival with The Judge," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. "David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. »
- Brian Trinh
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