THE LEFTOVERS: Christopher Eccleston Delivers a Sermon on The Sudden Departure in New TV Spot

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Since I don’t watch True Blood (and judging by Allison’s recent recap, I’m not missing anything), there’s a huge gap in my Sunday night viewings since Game of Thrones has wrapped for the year.  That gap might be filled with HBO’s new series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  HBO has released a new TV spot, and like the others, it’s intense, mysterious, and it’s interesting enough to make me want to at least check out the pilot.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers TV spot.  The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

New Trailer for HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston

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HBO has released a new trailer for their upcoming series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Although it seemed like the series would be taking place after the Rapture, this trailer makes it clear that the reason for the disappearance is unknown, so presumably the “why” will hang over the series until the question is answered or a character definitively states that the answer doesn’t matter, and the show never focuses on it again.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Leftovers trailer.  The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

New Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Goes through the Stages of Grief

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HBO has released a new trailer for The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Unlike the previous trailer went into the details of the plot, this new trailer is more of a teaser that plays on the Kübler-Ross model (aka “the five stages of grief”) until nothing but anger remains.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 29th at 10pm.

First Full Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler [Updated with Teaser Poster]

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Following a couple weeks of teasers, HBO has now released the first full trailer for The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  With Damon Lindelof as the executive producer, some might be expecting a little more of a Lost-style mystery with regards to why some people were chosen and others weren’t, but that doesn’t seem to the case.  It may factor into the plot, but judging by this trailer, The Leftovers seems to be more about fallout and dealing with a new reality rather than trying to solve a mystery.  In some ways, that’s even more intriguing.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 29th at 10pm.  [Update: We've added the teaser poster after the jump.]

New Teaser Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler

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Earlier this evening, HBO released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming drama series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Unlike last week’s teaser which was more of an enticing announcement for people who didn’t know anything about the series, this new teaser hints at an interesting mix of reflective mystery and violent intensity.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers teaser trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 15th at 10pm.

Trailer for THE DROP Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini

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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for the crime drama The DropTom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.  Directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) working from a script by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), who adapted his own short story, I have high hopes for this one, not only because of the talent on board, but because it’s Gandolfini’s final film, and I want his filmography to go out on a high note.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James FrechevilleThe Drop opens September 19th.

Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS Ordered to Series at HBO

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Three years after Lost ended with a polarizing and much buzzed-about series finale, creator Damon Lindelof is officially returning to television.  Warner Bros. TV announced today that HBO has ordered Lindelof’s The Leftovers to series, with a 10-episode first season likely to premiere sometime next year.  Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Justin Theroux leads a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

The pilot was directed by Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg, and obviously HBO took a liking to the result.  Lindelof will serve as showrunner on the series, which will likely decrease the amount of time he is able to devote to feature films.  He most recently co-wrote the Disney pic Tomorrowland with Brad Bird, and that film is currently in production with George Clooney in the lead and a December 2014 release date set.

Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon Set for Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot THE LEFTOVERS

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Hot on the heels of last week’s news that Justin Theroux (Wanderlust) has been tapped to lead Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s new HBO pilot The Leftovers, four more actors have joined the cast.  Deadline reports that Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths), and Carrie Coon have joined the ensemble.  The potential series is based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta and takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.

Eccleston, who will be seen later this year as the villain in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, has been tapped to play Matt Jamison, a former reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid.  Dowd will play Patti Levin, the leader of an organization that is somewhere between a cult and a movement, Coon will play Nora Durst, a woman who loses her husband and child in the Rapture, and Warren will play Lucy Warburton, the town’s Mayor. Peter Berg is directing the pilot.

SBIFF 2013: Ann Dowd Talks COMPLIANCE, the Critical Acclaim for Her Performance, the Reaction to the Film, and More

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Based on true events, Compliance is a startling and stark film about a prank caller (Pat Healy) who convinces a fast food restaurant manager (Ann Dowd) to interrogate an innocent young employee (Dreama Walker), in a way that changes all of their lives, forever.  Recognized for her work in the small indie drama, Ann Dowd was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Ann Dowd talked about how gratifying the response to the film has been, along with her work in it, why she felt she could bring something to this character, what it was like to work with co-star Pat Healy entirely over the phone, how protective she felt of Dreama Walker, and the horrifying experience of her first professional acting job.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

COMPLIANCE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Compliance opens in limited release today.]

In recent memory, only last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene made my skin crawl and stomach turn like Compliance. In some ways, Compliance is far worse since it goes beyond two people and instead casts an accusatory finger at humanity and asks, “How easily can you be tricked into dehumanizing another person?” Craig Zobel‘s incredible script and brilliant direction slowly puts you in a chokehold until you’re struggling to breathe and begging to be let go. Compliance is almost impossibly difficult to endure and it only eases up when Zobel makes a minor mistake in casting, explanation, or resolution. But these are small missteps in a film that sickens you to your core. And then it gets worse when you remember that the story is based on true events.

Trailer for Craig Zobel’s COMPLIANCE Starring Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker

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The trailer for Craig Zobel‘s Compliance has gone online.  The film, based on true events, revolves around the employees at a fast food restaurant who bend to the wills of a disembodied voice on the telephone claiming to be a police officer.  I saw the film at Sundance, and it made my skin crawl and stomach turn.  It’s a movie where you want to chastise the characters for being stupid, but deep down you’re forced to seriously consider if you would have behaved the same way in their position.  Zobel did a tremendous job creating a psychological thriller that gets into some interesting and unnerving questions about human psychology.  The trailer’s worth watching although it could have done a better job at highlighting the film’s creepiness.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, and Bill CampCompliance opens August 17th.

Sundance 2012: COMPLIANCE Review

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In recent memory, only last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene made my skin crawl and stomach turn like Compliance.  In some ways, Compliance is far worse since it goes beyond two people and instead casts an accusatory finger at humanity and asks, “How easily can you be tricked into dehumanizing another person?”  Craig Zobel‘s incredible script and brilliant direction slowly puts you in a chokehold until you’re struggling to breathe and begging to be let go.  Compliance is almost impossibly difficult to endure and it only eases up when Zobel makes a minor mistake in casting, explanation, or resolution.  But these are small missteps in a film that sickens you to your core.  And then it gets worse when you remember that the story is based on true events.

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