TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2: FAST FIVE Helmer Justin Lin in Talks to Direct the First Two Episodes

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Look, I’m still optimistic about True Detective Season 2.  I like Vince Vaughn and think he’s due for his own version of the McConaissance and this might be the gig to do that for him.  I think series creator Nic Pizzolatto is a truly interesting voice.  I also like the idea of Colin Farrell joining the cast and can even see how Taylor Kitsch is a diamond in the rough (that rough consisting of several bad movies that he was at least pretty good in).  And the rumors about this year’s plot seem strong to me.

I don’t even dislike Justin Lin (in fact, I loved Fast Five), but what sort of unnerves me as a fan is the fact that there will be multiple directors.  While we all know that this has been the plan for a while, something about seeng it start to come together has me rattled.  Hit the jump for more on Justin Lin directing part of True Detective Season 2.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

ALEXANDER: THE ULTIMATE CUT Blu-ray Review

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When Oscar-winning writer/director Oliver Stone first unleashed his epic Alexander the Great biopic back in 2004, critics launched a war of words and audiences retreated from the box office battle lines.  In the aftermath of its disastrous theatrical release, Alexander was re-tooled for its 2005 home entertainment debut by Stone, who trimmed 8 minutes for a special “Director’s Cut” DVD, whose packaging promised a “faster-paced, more action packed” film.  Although the “Director’s Cut” sold moderately well, certain critics pummeled Stone once again, this time for further de-gaying an already largely de-gayed narrative about history’s most famous bisexual conqueror.

Determined to placate critics once and for all, Stone re-edited the film a third time in 2007 and, rather than subtracting footage, added in a total of 40 extra minutes, which included more literal sword fighting and implied naked sword fighting.  The resulting release, Alexander Revisited, was supposed to be the final word on the film.  Seven years later, however, and we have a fourth cut of the film, Alexander: The Ultimate Cut, which shortens Revisited by seven minutes.  The question is, has Stone finally made Alexander great?  Hit the jump for my Alexander: The Ultimate Cut Blu-ray review.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Plot Details and Character Descriptions for Vince Vaughn, Elizabeth Moss, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Michelle Forbes

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We learned earlier today that Vince Vaughn is in talks to star in True Detective season 2.  A new report from The Wrap surfaced tonight and suggests creator Nic Pizzolatto is close to firming up the rest of the cast.  Vaughn is in talks to play the central antagonist.  Colin Farrell is reportedly nearing a deal for the older male lead, while Taylor Kitsch is the frontrunner for the younger male lead.  Elizabeth Moss is under consideration for the female lead and Michelle Forbes is in contention for a key role.

The report also expanded on the previously reported True Detective season 2 plot details, provided character descriptions for the above roles, and mentioned a candidate to direct some episodes.  Hit the jump for more.

New Images from A LITTLE CHAOS, LOVE & MERCY, MISS JULIE, and MR. TURNER

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The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman.
  • Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti.
  • Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton.
  • Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the TIFF images released thus far.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 2 Plot Rumors Revolve Around Corruption and Addiction

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A few days ago the news hit that True Detective Season 2 was zeroing in on its leads (Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to join the hit HBO series with Taylor Kitsch being in the mix for another role).  The day before that creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles and William Friedkin claimed to be considering a directing gig on the series (Season 2 will have multiple directors, standing in contrast to Season 1 which was directed solely by Cary Fukunaga).

At the time Pizzolatto seemed reticent to discuss plot specifics, backing away from the rumor that Season would deal with the U.S. transportation system.  But now talk of that story angle has returned with a much greater degree of specificity.  There’s also a lot of new info in terms of the demons that will be haunting our protagonists.  Hit the jump for more on True Detective Season 2 plot rumors.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Colin Farrell in Talks for Season 2 of the Hit HBO Series; Taylor Kitsch Also in the Mix

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True Detective season 2 may have finally begun casting its major roles as Colin Farrell is in talks to join the hit HBO series.  Additionally, Taylor Kitsch might be in the mix as well  Earlier today, we posted an interview with HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, and Lombardo said he assumed “at least some announcements will be happening in the next week.”  Since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson got two juicy roles and earned nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the show is presumably a hot ticket in Hollywood for actors and actresses looking for rich material in an acclaimed series that won’t permanently take them away from acting in movies.  Yesterday, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that there will be four central roles, and now Farrell presumably has one of them, and Kitsch is being eyed for a part as well.

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SAVING MR. BANKS Blu-ray Review

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Sometimes a movie that screams Academy Award-pedigree just doesn’t score the nominations–let alone the rewards.  Such was the case in 2013 for Saving Mr. Banks, which landed numerous critics’ award nominations but tallied only one Oscar nom (for Best Original Score).  Perhaps that says more about the strength of the then seemingly wide-open Oscar field than the film itself, since Saving Mr. Banks is a thoroughly delightful film.  Hit the jump for my Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray review.

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint and Akiva Goldsman Talk WINTER’S TALE, Fairy Tales, and the Movie’s Secret Message

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Life isn’t a fairy tale.  Life requires life beyond loss and according to writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman, that’s why we need fairy tales for adults like his new movie, Winter’s Tale.  The book-to-film adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake.  Peter’s perfectly fine stealing to get by, but after crossing paths with Jessica Brown Findlay’s Beverly Penn, he abandons everything he’s known for something he’s experiencing for the very first time – true love.

Just ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day debut, Goldsman, Farrell and Brown Findlay as well as co-stars Jennifer Connelly who portrays Virginia, a mother with an ailing daughter whose fate becomes intertwined with Peter Lake’s, and Eva Marie Saint who steps in as the older version of Beverly’s younger sister, all sat down for a press conference in New York City.  Check out what the gang had to say about the challenge of enticing an audience to suspend disbelief, their personal experiences with miracles, the ups and downs of shooting the film’s most intimate scene and more. Hit the jump for more. 

Watch 6 Clips from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, Warner Bros. has sent over us 6 movie clips from the film.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new clips give a great look at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Winter’s Tale also stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

Crazy Synopsis for DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Latest, THE LOBSTER, Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we reported that Colin Farell and Rachel Weisz would be starring in the English-language debut of Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos.  At the time, the logline for the film stated, “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’ve seen Dogtooth or Lanthimos’ follow-up, Alps, you know his films are far stranger than that one-line synopsis.  Today, we have a longer, more detailed synopsis, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Lanthimos’ bizarre stories.  Simply put, it sounds like Logan’s Run meets The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.  The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (Alps), and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

30 New Images from WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint

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In advance of the Valentine’s Day release of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, we have 30 new images from the film to share with you.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel follows a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay), and discovers that neither death nor time can stand in the way of true love.  These new images give great looks at the romantic fantasy drama’s cast of characters across time and space.

Also starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to view all the images.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz to Star in THE LOBSTER, the English-Language Debut of DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are set to lead The Lobster, which will mark the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos.  I’ve only seen Lanthimos’ previous two films, Dogtooth and Alps, and they’re incredibly weird.  Their plots’ defy easy description, and judging by THR’s synopsis, The Lobster sounds like it will be only slightly less nuts: “an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death.”  If you’re a fan of Lanthimos’ work, that probably makes you giddy, and I hope I’ll enjoy this one more than Dogtooth and Alps.

He’s certainly got a strong cast, which also includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Olivia Colman.  Lanthimos will also be re-teaming with actresses Ariane Labed (Alps) and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).  Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland.

New Trailer for WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale.  Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin, the story takes place in a mythic New York City and spans more than a century, revolving around a thief (Colin Farrell) whose love appears to transcend time.  As opposed to some of the time-bending TV spots that have been playing recently, this new trailer smartly focuses on the love story aspect between Farrell and the character played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).  We also get plenty of Russell Crowe’s villain and his goofy accent.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Connelly and William HurtWinter’s Tale opens February 14th.

Colin Farrell Talks SAVING MR. BANKS, How Passionate He Was about Signing On, What He Collects, WINTER’S TALE, MISS JULIE, SOLACE, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.  Based on a true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood.  Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year’s award season.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Colin Farrell.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, what it was like to work with animals and kids, how he’s changed as an actor, if he likes to switch it up in each take, what he collects, future projects like Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale,  Solace Miss Julie, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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