Season one of HBO’s brilliant anthology drama series True Detective comes to a close this weekend with Sunday’s episode, but there’s little doubt that the show will return for a second season. The ratings have been stellar, buzz has been aplenty, and the anthology conceit of the show allows for an entirely new cast to take over the True Detective world in a second season. One of the key aspects of the show that’s made it so engaging thus far has been that every single episode was written by creator Nic Pizzolato and directed by Cary Fukunaga. It was a massive undertaking for one filmmaker to helm all eight episodes, but it provided a cohesiveness to the story that’s rarely found in episodic television.
Unfortunately, it sounds like season two won’t follow this exact same format, as directing every episode proved incredibly exhausting for Fukunaga and is time-prohibitive if HBO wants a new season every year. Hit the jump for more on what Pizzolato had to say about season two.
TV ratings for Wednesday, March 5th, are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow was down 22% to a series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers. The Tomorrow People also hit a series low, dropping 20% to a 0.4 rating and 1.33 million viewers. Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
- Over on ABC, The Middle was up 12% to a 1.9 rating and 7.15 million viewers, Suburgatory rose 21% to a 1.7 rating and 5.57 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up 6% to a 3.3 rating and 9.01 million viewers, Mixology dipped 6% to a 1.6 rating and 4.48 million viewers, and Nashvile rose 8% to a 1.4 rating and 4.85 million viewers.
- NBC’s Revolution matched last week’s series low 1.3 rating and scored 4.77 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dropped 20% to a 2.0 rating and 6.03 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. dropped 15% to a series low-tying 1.5 rating and 6.07 million viewers.
- CBS’ Criminal Minds garnered a 2.6 rating and 11.37 million viewers for a rise of 18%, while CSI was down 15% to a 1.7 rating and 9.19 million viewers.
There’s about to be a pretty excruciating lull in Sunday television programming when True Detective concludes this weekend, but after the month-long wait is up, we’ll have new episodes of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men to pore over. AMC is gearing up its campaign for the latter, which kicks off the first half of its final season on April 13th. The first teaser trailer for season seven part one—or “The Beginning” as it’s titled—has landed online, and it’s unsurprisingly enigmatic. We see Jon Hamm’s Don Draper getting off of a plane, and given where Draper ended up at the end of last season, there’s absolutely no telling where we’ll find the character when the show returns. I’m still a bit irked that AMC is dividing the final season into two halves of seven episodes each, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to seeing how creator Matthew Weiner decides to close out the story of Don Draper.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Mad Men returns for the first half of season seven on AMC Sunday, April 13th followed by the second half in spring 2015. [Update: We've also added the psychedelic poster for the new season after the jump.]
A24 Films has released the U.S. trailer for writer/director Steven Knight’s thriller Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. All of the action of the film takes place within the confines of the car during Locke’s drive, which is quite a tricky conceit to keep compelling for the length of a feature film. By all accounts, though, Knight has succeeded, as Matt called the film “surprisingly captivating” in his review. This trailer showcases the immense amount of pressure that Locke is under as well as Hardy’s intense performance, and it certainly looks to be engaging stuff.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, images, and poster. Locke opens on April 25th.
Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is putting together quite the cast for his upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Feig wrote the project for Melissa McCarthy to star as a female James Bond-type, and the cast has recently been filled out with Jason Statham and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne. Now The Wrap reports that Jude Law is in final negotiations to sign on, marking a shift to a purely comedic role for the actor and a casting coup for the Susan Cooper production. Hit the jump for more.
The first image from director Anton Corbijn’s (The American) upcoming drama Life has landed online. The film chronicles the friendship between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean as the two took a journey across the U.S. for a 1955 Life Magazine assignment. Dane DeHaan leads the film as Dean, while Robert Pattison takes on the role of Stock. It’s tough to judge how much DeHaan embodies the role of Dean based on this one slightly obstructed image, but the pieces are all in place for a fascinating drama that provides an interesting point of view on Dean’s life.
Hit the jump to take a look at the image and to read what Corbijn had to say about the casting. The film also stars Ben Kingsley. Life is currently in the midst of production in Canada but a release date has yet to be set.
The first trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s dark comedy Frank has been released online. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender. The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, as Fassbender sports an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film. I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s incredibly weird, very funny, and oddly sweet. Fassbender is excellent as the titular Frank, and Gleeson shines once again as the straight man opposite a bounty of strange characters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s full review. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy. Frank opens in the U.K. on May 9th and in the U.S. later this year.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Will Gluck‘s (Easy A) new musical adaptation Annie. The redo stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. The film is very clearly a modern day update of the story, as it bears little resemblance to the 1982 film adaptation of the same musical. Wallis appears to be sufficiently charming in the lead role, and Diaz puts an interesting spin on the mean Miss Hannigan sans drinking habit. Some of the music is rather heavy on the auto-tune, but all-in-all this looks to be a fairly entertaining musical aimed squarely at families looking for an agreeable holiday movie outing.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z, the film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens in theaters on December 19th.
Hollywood has been attempting to get a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground for years, with filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass to Oliver Stone attempting in vain to get an unflinching portrait of the civil rights leader made. While Greengrass still plans on getting to Memphis someday, MLK’s story will first be told on the small screen courtesy of HBO and The Wire creator David Simon. A six-hour miniseries adaptation of Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book trilogy America: In the King Years in currently in the works at the network, which would delve deeply into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Hit the jump for more.
It looks like an adaptation of one of crime novelist Jo Nesbø’s books is coming close to fruition. A few years ago, Working Title purchased Nesbø’s The Snowman and Summit acquired the rights to Headhunters, but neither project has materialized in the ensuing time. Last year, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the upcoming novel Blood on Snow as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Deadline reports that Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is in talks to develop to direct the adaptation. Now, “develop to direct” isn’t the same as “direct in the next few months” so we still may be a ways off from the Blood on Snow film, but this is certainly a step forward. Hit the jump for more.
One of my favorite films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival took me completely by surprise in the best way possible, and now you too will be able to enjoy the delightful wickedness of director Marjane Satrapi’s (Persepolis) dark comedy The Voices. Lionsgate has acquired US distribution for the pic, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a loveable psychopath who converses with his dog, cat, and other disembodied parts in his droll apartment. As I said in my review, Reynolds is positively stellar in the lead role and Satrapi mesmerizes as she takes us inside the mind of one twisted individual, basking in all of the colorful eccentricities of his point of view.
No details are given as to when Lionsgate will release The Voices, but the studio feels like a smart fit for the genre-bending pic. The film also stars Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles. Read the full press release after the jump.
Disney is putting a reboot spin on one of its classic villains this summer with the Sleeping Beauty origin story Maleficent, and in order to bring the right mix of sympathy and terror to the titular character, the studio knew it needed a fearless actress to take on the role. The Mouse House settled on Angelina Jolie to fill the shoes horns of the character, though in a new interview the actress admits she had a little apprehension herself. It was after she gathered her own kids around for story time and told them this new origin story for Maleficent that she became convinced it was a worthwhile endeavor, as the next day she overheard one of her children getting into a fight with another child, proclaiming he just “didn’t understand” Maleficent.
This tidbit and more were revealed in a recent interview with EW, along with a new image from the film that shows Jolie acting opposite her daughter Vivienne. Hit the jump to check out the image and for a couple of other highlights from the interview.
The folks at Laika Studios are truly doing special work. While other animation studios are chasing the almighty dollar with generic-looking animation and cheap, easy jokes and visual gags, Laika aims higher. The studio’s last two efforts, Coraline and ParaNorman, pair gorgeous visuals with sophisticated and challenging storytelling, and that formula looks to continue with their next film The Boxtrolls. Focus Features has released a new trailer for the pic, which tells the story of the misunderstood titular trolls that live underneath the streets of Cheesebridge, where they attempt to raise an orphaned human boy as their own. This trailer doesn’t feature any of the dialogue just yet, but instead opts to show off the adorable characters brought to life through the Laika magicians in a series of scenes set to Cee Lo’s new cover “They’re So Square.”
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annabele, the film features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan. The Boxtrolls opens in 2D and 3D on September 26th.
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Mike Flanagan’s (Absentia) new horror film Oculus. The pic stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Brenton Thwaites as siblings who set out to prove that an ominous mirror is responsible for the death of their parents 10 years prior, as well as the deaths of countless others over the centuries. The film looks to have a fascinating structure, as the lines between the past and the present are blurred and twisted until they become a part of the overall horror conceit.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane. Oculus opens in theaters on April 11th. [Update: We've also added a new poster and images to the article.]
What is Steven Spielberg up to? That’s the question that is, more often than not, on everyone’s minds, as one of the most famous and successful directors of our time ponders what film he will make next. Spielberg is a notoriously flirtatious filmmaker, eyeing or developing certain projects for long stretches of time before eventually deciding not to take them helm. When he does finally settle on his next directorial effort, it all happens rather quickly and quietly as the filmmaker is known for shooting incredibly fast.
Over the past year or so since Lincoln hit theaters, the director has considered helming both a big-budget sci-fi epic and a smaller scale true story drama, but now a remake of a classic musical has apparently caught his eye, as a Spielberg-led West Side Story remake could be on the horizon. Hit the jump for more.