TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Offers Role to Rachel McAdams; Brit Marling, Rosario Dawson, Abigail Spencer, and Others Could be in Contention for Another Part

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Man did people pretend to be really angry when Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were officially cast as the leads in True Detective Season 2.  This is such a strange case of armchair casting where people are decrying who is or isn’t right for a role that they know nothing about.  Have they read the scripts for the season?  No.  Also, after Failure to Launch would anyone have branded Matthew McConaughey as a likely candidate to pull off a role like he did on the show last year?  Nope.

So onto the actresses.  There are reports hitting that Rachel McAdams has been offered one of the female leads by HBO.  There is also a list of eight actresses that are ostensibly up for another part. Again we know nothing about the characters these people will be playing so there would be no degree of accuracy involved in me saying who I think would be best (except for the fact that I think Brit Marling is due to break out of the Fox Searchlight bubble if she happens to be the right woman for the job).  Hit the jump for more on the actresses in contention for True Detective Season 2.

Vince Vaughn Confirmed to Star alongside Colin Farrell in TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2; Official Logline Released

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We’ve been digging for every piece of True Detective Season 2 news we can find, and now we finally have some official news.  In addition to yesterday’s confirmation that Colin Farrell would play one of the leads, HBO has announced that he’ll co-star with Vince Vaughn.  The description of Farrell’s character has been true since it was first reported: “Ray Velcoro, who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.”  The official description, in addition to confirming the character’s name, adds that he’s “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owes him.”

As for Vaughn, we previously reported that his character was “Frank Semyon, a former thug turned businessman who’s working with a local Mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system,” so again, The Wrap was right.  HBO adds that Frank is “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”  Hit the jump for more including the official logline.

Colin Farrell Confirmed to Star in TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Offers Update on Show

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The rumors have been swirling for a while that Colin Farrell was in talks for True Detective Season 2, but now the actor has confirmed that we will indeed appear.  There’s still no official confirmation that Vince Vaughn will be appearing (or Taylor Kitsch for that matter), but now that this piece of info is firmed up I would expect some more official announcements in the coming weeks.

Season 2 of Nic Pizzolatto‘s show will reportedly take place in three different California cities with a plot that, to me, is beginning to resemble Chinatown via Zodiac in that it’s about land deals but also how different law enforcement agencies intersect with each other.  The casting news came with this semi-logline that this next stretch of episodes, “looks set to pick up on the vicious murder of a corrupt businessman found dead the night before he completes a deal.”  Hit the jump for more on Colin Farrell joining True Detective Season 2.

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass Reuniting for BOURNE 5; LEGACY Sequel Delayed

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Hell has indeed frozen over.  We’ve heard Matt Damon say many, many times that he would only consider returning for Bourne 5 if director Paul Greengrass came back, and we’ve heard Greengrass say many, many times that there was no more creative story left in the world of Jason Bourne.  Now it appears that they’ve stumbled upon an idea worth exploring, as Universal Pictures is currently in the process of making deals for both Damon and Greengrass to reunite on another Bourne picture—their third together.  Moreover, Universal is so bullish on this prospect that the plan is to have this ready in time for release in 2016.  So where does this leave the Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner?  More after the jump.

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.

Andrew Dominik to Pen Justin Lin’s 3D SHAOLIN TEMPLE Remake

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A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape.  It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay.  The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator.  Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel.  That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off.

Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement.

Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Offered Lead in LETHAL WEAPON Reboot; Justin Lin Attached to Direct [Updated with a Comment from Lin Himself]

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Since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are now literally too old for this shit, it looks like Warner Bros. is aiming to reboot the Lethal Weapon franchise, and hire someone who is not too old for said shit.  According to The Tracking Board, Chris Hemsworth has been offered the lead in a Lethal Weapon reboot directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).  The script centers on “the desires of an older cop’s son (presumably Riggs’) and his wishes to join the police force.”  This plot would leave the door open to connect the reboot with the originals, which could allow Gibson and/or Glover to have cameo or supporting roles.

Hit the jump for more.  [We've updated the story with a word from Lin himself after the jump.]

COMMUNITY Season 6 Renewal Looking More Likely as Movie Talk Heats Up; Justin Lin Could Direct

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The unofficial “Six Seasons and a Movie” slogan for NBC’s beloved if underseen comedy Community began as an offhanded joke by Danny Pudi’s Abed, but it’s now looking like a serious harbinger for things to come.  Though creator Dan Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season and things have been on a creative upswing, ratings remain very low.  However, every comedy on NBC’s Thursday night lineup has low ratings.  In fact, after canceling all of its comedy shows besides Community and Parks and Recreation last year, these two remain the only comedies still chugging along on Thursday night as new bets like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show have already fallen by the wayside.

As Community continues its low yet consistent ratings course, a sixth season renewal is looking more likely, and given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” moniker, talk of a movie is apparently heating up.  Hit the jump for more.

Justin Lin to Direct Crime Thriller TIMES SQUARE for Focus Features

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Focus Features has acquired Times Square.  That is to say, the crime thriller script from Taylor Materne and Jacob Rubin that landed on the Black List.  Justin Lin has been tapped to direct the picture, which takes place during “the last days of the old Times Square when it was transitioning from a seedy lawless midtown Manhattan dump to a family friendly corporate mecca.” That sets the stage for a young man with a secret past whose loyalties are torn between the neighborhood boss who raised him and a veteran ex-cop who tries to protect him.  Chernin Entertainment, Perfect Storm and Far Hills Pictures will produce.  Hit the jump for more.

TOYMAGEDDON Coming to a Theater Near You! Justin Lin to Produce and Possibly Direct for Fox

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Fox is developing Toymageddon, a high-concept project from Anonymous Content’s Tariq Merhab that has Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) attached to produce.  The picture is described as a live-action adventure movie centered around a toy factory that runs amok.  Plot details beyond that basic logline are nonexistent, but it’s said to be in the vein of Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters, though it sounds like it’s got some Jumanji-meets-Toys vibe going on.  Lin could eventually board the project as a director if the script is to his liking; the search for a screenwriter is currently underway. (Via Heat Vision)

Kurt Russell Talks THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Feature Adaptation; Considers Playing His Dad in the Film

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One of the more talked-about documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Battered Bastards of Baseball.  Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball.  Quite a few people—our own Matt Goldberg included—were fans of the documentary, and Russell’s son Kurt Russell was onhand to talk about the film.  News broke earlier today that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has acquired remake rights to Battered Bastards with the intention of producing a narrative feature film adaptation for writer/director Todd Field (In the Bedroom), making Steve’s recent interview with Kurt Russell all the more relevant.

During Steve’s interview with Russell earlier this week about the documentary, the actor discussed a possible narrative adaptation of the story and whether he would consider playing his father in the film.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Justin Lin to Produce Adaptation of Sundance Documentary THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL; Todd Field in Talks to Direct [UPDATED]

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The Sundance Film Festival is always host to a number of excellent documentaries, and this year was no exception.  One of the more talked about docs was The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and while various studios are currently vying for the distribution rights, the adaptation rights have already been snatched up.  THR reports that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has purchased narrative remake rights to the baseball documentary with the intention of producing via his Perfect Storm banner.  Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc tells the story of Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell).  The elder Russell built the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks from the ground up, eventually leading to confrontation with organized baseball.

After helming the last four Fast & Furious films, Lin is next set to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy for an August 2015 release date so this feature adaptation is a ways off.  That being said, Battered Bastards should make for an excellent feature when the filmmaker gets around to it.  If you missed it, read Matt’s review of the documentary from Sundance right here. [Update: THR has amended its story, clarifying that Lin is just producing the adaptation while Todd Field (Little Children) is in talks to write and direct.  Kurt Russell is also in negotiations to be involved with the project in some capacity.]

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray Review

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It’s now nearly impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6, and not reflect on the passing of star Paul Walker.  Surely this big fun summer movie will now be tinged with a melancholy that it will be the last time Walker got to play Brian O’Conner in total.  But removed from the context of grief, Furious 6 (as it’s titled on screen) is a lot of fun, for the most part.  Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez co-star in this tale of underground racers turned crime-fighters.  My review of Fast and Furious 6 follows after the jump. 

BOURNE LEGACY Sequel Set for Release on August 14, 2015; Luc Besson’s LUCY Opens August 8, 2014

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You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015.  Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3.  As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from LegacyAnthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.

Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyScarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive.  Morgan Freeman also stars.  For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.

Justin Lin to Direct THE BOURNE LEGACY Sequel; Jeremy Renner Set to Return

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After helming the last four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin will move to another action franchise to direct the follow-up film to The Bourne Legacy.  Jeremy Renner is set to return as Aaron Cross in a sequel story scripted by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus).  With Lin directing and Peckham writing, it looks like Tony Gilroy – who penned the previous four Bourne films and directed Legacy - may be stepping aside.  No title has been set just yet, but if Universal sticks with the titles of the novel series, then it may just be The Bourne Betrayal.  The studio is looking to release the film in the summer of 2015. Hit the jump for more.

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