HBO’s new eight-episode drama series True Detective tells the story of detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), whose lives entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer that started with the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 and continues into the re-opening of the case in 2012. The show is as intriguing as it is unsettling, expertly acted and compellingly brought to life. It’s dark, brutal and volatile, but will keep you coming back for more.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre), who directed all eight episodes of the series, talked about how this show came about, what led to the casting of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, why he wanted to take on all eight episodes, how he approached it as an eight-hour film broken into chapters, the challenges of creating suspense, why he wanted to shoot on 35mm film, and how important all the little details are to him. He also talked about his next film Beasts of No Nation, with Idris Elba, and what compelled him to tell that story, that he’s currently rewriting the first part of the two-part It movie (based on the Stephen King novel) that he plans to make and his desire to modernize the horror in that story, and how involved he’ll be, if True Detective continues for future seasons. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones is just a couple of months away, and in anticipation of Sunday’s big trailer debut, HBO has released a few teasers to tide fans over for the ensuing 48 hours. Though these “teasers” are nothing more than five short, individual Vines showcasing bits of footage from the fantasy series’ new season, fans itching to get a look at the further adventures of Westeros will be keen to take a gander. The fourth season of Game of Thrones will roughly cover the second half of author George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, A Storm of Swords.
Hit the jump to watch the teasers. The full trailer for season four will debut on HBO this Sunday at 8:58pm ET, just following the premiere of the new anthology series True Detective and right before the season premiere of Girls. Game of Thrones season four premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th.
HBO just made some premiere date announcements for season four of Game of Thrones and a couple of other series, but the network has also released the first images from a few new shows as well as the return of one of the network’s comedies. Briefly:
- The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof, the new drama takes place after what some believe to be the Rapture and centers on people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. The show stars Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler and premieres this summer.
- Silicon Valley – The new comedy series from creator Mike Judge takes place in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. The show stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch and premieres April 6th.
- Looking – A new half-hour dramedy series starring Jonathan Groff that follows three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The show premieres January 19th.
- Girls – The third season of the comedy series starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky premieres January 19th. Additionally, HBO has announced that it has already renewed Girls for a fourth season.
Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned series.
The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets. Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm. The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th. Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective. Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head. Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
Anticipation was already pretty high for HBO’s upcoming anthology series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but the recent reviews heaping effusive praise on the show’s first few episodes have made the wait for next Sunday even more excruciating. In an effort to ease some of the pain, HBO has released another new trailer for the eight-episode drama, which revolves around the lives of two detectives during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. Director Cary Fukunaga—who helmed every episode himself—looks to have put together a gorgeously haunting design for the show, and I can’t wait to tune in for the first installment next weekend.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Alexandra Daddario, Kevin Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, True Detective premieres on HBO Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.
With 2013 winding down, HBO is taking the opportunity to offer a preview of the pay cable channel’s January 2014 offerings by way of a trio of new trailers and a new featurette. Briefly:
- Girls – The new trailer for Lena Dunham’s comedy series gives an extended look at the show’s third season, and unsurprisingly the standout is Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna. Season three kicks off on HBO January 12th.
- Looking – The full-length trailer for HBO new drama/comedy series finally delves a bit into the show’s plot, as the series follows three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Jonathan Groff and Scott Bakula star. The half-hour series premieres on HBO January 19th.
- True Detective – Early word on the network’s upcoming anthology series has been incredibly positive, and this new trailer and 12-minute featurette only work to increase anticipation for the eight-episode run that stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. The show premieres January 12th on HBO.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers and featurette, and to check out the first poster for Looking.
The passing of actor James Gandolfini earlier this year was an enormous loss for us all, and now HBO has set a tribute special to honor the man and his work. The network will air James Gandolfini: A Tribute this coming Sunday, December 22nd at 8:30pm ET. Though Gandolfini is best known for excellently portraying mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, this trailer more closely focuses on Gandolfini the man. We see friends and castmates ranging from Edie Falco to Diane Lane to Sopranos creator David Chase remembering the late actor, and the special is sure to be an emotional half hour. Watch the trailer for the tribute special after the jump.
HBO has released a self-congratulatory promo for its 2013 programming a look ahead for what viewers can expect in 2014. Once we reach 2014, we’ll get more in-depth promos for the network’s spring programming, but for now we’ll have to settle for stuff like a few brief seconds of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. This footage confirms that there are at least eight seconds of season four where no one dies. There are also glimpses at other returning shows such as Girls and Veep and newcomers The Leftovers, Looking, True Detective, and Silicon Valley not to mention original movies, miniseries, and documentaries.
Hit the jump to check out the promo.
Telltale Games are doing something special in the world of video games. While other studios are competing for best graphics or best ways to squeeze every last nickel out of you via micro-transactions, Telltale is trying to re-imagine narrative storytelling in video games. Their solution has been to evolve the point-and-click adventure game with an emphasis on morally ambiguous choices. It worked beautifully in their adaptation of The Walking Dead, and now they’ll be taking their talents to another fatality-friendly world with Game of Thrones. Telltale has partnered with HBO “an interactive episodic game series” based on Game of Thrones that will be released across “home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices” in 2014. I’ll be interested to see how the game’s release schedule relates to the TV series, which will return in the spring. In any case, winter is now coming to video games, and it will probably be much better than the last time Game of Thrones graced home consoles.
Hit the jump for the press release. Telltale Games is currently releasing The Wolf Among Us based on the comic series Fables, and on December 17th will begin releasing The Walking Dead: Season Two.
My expectations for True Detective are becoming unfair. I have to keep telling myself that there are plenty of serial killer shows on TV right now, and just because this one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and is directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good. But then I see these ominous teaser trailers and I can’t help but be intrigued because this looks like it will be like nothing else on television. The framing device is two detectives (played by Harrelson and McConaughey) investigating a serial killer and then talking about it seventeen years later. These new teasers provide a better look at the main characters, and once again convey the show’s unsettling vibe.
Hit the jump to check out the teasers. True Detective premieres January 12th on HBO at 9/8c.
Not many television series are afforded the opportunity to wrap up their stories on their own terms. Treme marks the second time David Simon has been given that rare pass, showing how much HBO believes in our ability to appreciate his work after all is said and done. Both The Wire and now Treme were ratings underachievers, but while the former has achieved rabid cult status (and the distinction of being the answer to, “if enough white people stand around talking, they will eventually bring up …”), Treme has never been so beloved. It’s a tough watch — you need to do your homework. But in the end, just like with The Wire, Simon has rewarded viewers who have stuck around. Hit the jump for more.
One of the great “what ifs” in cinema history is Stanley Kubrick’s long-developed biopic Napoleon. The filmmaker planned a historical epic chronicling the life of the French Emperor, but the ambitious project proved too difficult to get off the ground when studios refused to front the massive budget needed to tell the story; Kubrick would even tell the studios that Napoleon would be “the best film ever made.” The project remained uncompleted when Kubrick unexpectedly passed away, but Kubrick’s friend Steven Spielberg announced earlier this year that he would be turning the filmmaker’s Napoleon script into an HBO miniseries. Now it appears that Spielberg and HBO are courting a very interesting director to tackle the adaptation: Baz Luhrmann. Hit the jump for more.
HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming anthology series True Detective. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), the eight-episode event stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. While the previous teasers have been excellent mood pieces, this new trailer delves a bit more into the intriguing plot while continuing to promise a pair of swell performances from the lead actors.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. True Detective premiered Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.
HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming third season of Lena Dunham’s polarizing comedy series Girls. While the second season ended on a rather down note, this trailer amps up the fun level and promises plenty of drama, comedy, and Adam Driver (on a related note, Adam Driver should be in everything). Series regular Christopher Abbott made a public departure from the show during the beginning of production on season three, and in this trailer we see Allison Williams’ Marnie reeling from his absence. We also get a peek at a possible new career path for Dunham’s Hannah and more adorable shenanigans courtesy of Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna. Though Girls is certainly a bit of a mixed bag at times, the good seems to outweigh the bad and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what season three has in store.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Season three of Girls premieres with two back-to-back episodes on HBO January 12, 2014.
A trailer for the upcoming “gay dramedy” HBO series Looking has been released online. The show stars Jonathan Groff (Glee) and revolves around three friends in San Francisco “who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.” While it may be easy to write the show off as a male version of Girls by watching this trailer, it’s the involvement of Weekend director Andrew Haigh that promises Looking will be something more substantial than an easy rip-off. Haigh—whose Weekend is a compelling portrait of gay life—is an executive producer on Looking, and the show appears to have a strong mix of comedy and drama led by the always charming Groff.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The series also stars Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett with special guest appearances by Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula. Looking premieres on HBO Sunday, January 19th.