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.

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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LONE SURVIVOR Blu-ray Review

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‘Tis the season for red, white and blue patriotism, which finds perfect cinematic expression in the pro-American military thriller Lone Survivor, which recently debuted on Blu-ray.  Based on The New York Times bestselling book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” Lone Survivor doesn’t stop to ask any big questions about what we’re doing in the Middle East, let alone offer any Kubrick-ian treatise on the nature of war.  Instead, it simply dramatizes with harrowing effectiveness the true story of four heroic Navy SEALs who fought against the Taliban to the bitter end out of unmitigated love of country and their fellow American soldiers.

Hit the jump for my complete Lone Survivor Blu-ray review.

Exclusive THE GRAND SEDUCTION Clip: Brendan Gleeson Comforts a Seasick Taylor Kitsch

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We have an exclusive clip from The Grand Seduction to share.  Taylor Kitsch stars as a big city doctor who ends up in a small Newfoundland fishing village for a month as part of a trial residence.  Little does he know that the townspeople (led by Brendan Gleeson) pull out all the stops to convince him to stay to secure a lucrative business contract.  The plot takes a step beyond Northern Exposure logic, yet with a likeable cast, The Grand Seduction looks like a charming, modest comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the Grand Seduction clip.  Directed by Don McKellar, The Grand Seduction is now in theaters.

“I’m Just the Fool Who Got Played”: Matt Revisits X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Since X-Men: The Last Stand killed Cyclops and Jean, half-killed Professor X, and weakened Magneto, the trilogy had concluded not because it was narratively fulfilled, but because it was exhausted.  There was no place left for the X-Men to go, but fans knew that Wolverine’s story had plenty of places to visit, most notably, his origin.  X2 gave causal viewers enough information to figure out what happened to Logan, but fans knew there was far more to his story.  The movie lined up not only the Weapon X narrative, but also provided fan-favorite characters such Deadpool and Gambit.

But behind-the-scenes disasters and an abominable script weakened Wolverine and the franchise more than a revolver full of adamantium bullets.

First THE GRAND SEDUCTION Trailer Starring Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, and Liane Balaban

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Director Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction trailer is now online, courtesy of eOne Entertainment.  The light-hearted comedy takes place in the small fishing village that’s in desperate need of a doctor, not just to treat its variously (and humorously) afflicted residents, but to fulfill a business contract that will keep the local factory up and running.  When a young doctor (Taylor Kitsch) arrives for a trial residency period, the town’s mayor (Brendan Gleeson) pulls out all the stops in order to woo the man into setting up shop permanently.  It’s an odd bit of plot that comes out of left field, but the trailer shows off the film’s quaint sense of humor.

Also starring Liane Balaban, the film opens May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch The Grand Seduction trailer.

Full Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Julia Roberts

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HBO has released a new, full-length The Normal Heart trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer stage play.  The film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and it looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  Though Murphy is a bit hit and miss (his last two films were Running with Scissors and Eat, Pray, Love), I’m encouraged by The Normal Heart’s stellar ensemble cast and the fact that Kramer penned the screenplay.  Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, in particular, look to be standouts, and the tone feels reminiscent of the heartwrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague, in which Kramer plays an integral role.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length The Normal Heart trailer.  The film also stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart premieres on HBO Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET/PT.

Teaser Trailer for THE NORMAL HEART Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts

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Earlier tonight, HBO released the first teaser trailer for The Normal Heart.  Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee), the film follows the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, and looks at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.  While I’ll certainly tune in to see it, I’m not a big fan of Murphy’s work, and I’m worried this is going to come off as schmaltzy and melodramatic.  I hope I’m wrong, because it’s certainly an important story and one worth telling.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.  The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia RobertsThe Normal Heart airs Sunday, May 25th at 9pm on HBO.

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana Talk LONE SURVIVOR, Working with Real Navy SEALs, and More

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It’s tough enough to perform in a film loaded with heart, military logistics, and action, but in Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana were also tasked with delivering an authentic and admirable representation of real Navy SEALs who lost their lives in the hills of Afghanistan during a devastating mid-mission attack.

With the film now playing in limited release and its January 10th nationwide expansion approaching, all four actors sat down for a press conference in New York City to talk about working with the sole survivor of the real-life ambush, Marcus Luttrell, the connections they built with members of the SEAL community, the pressure to honor their sacrifice, and more. Hit the jump for the full discussion.

LONE SURVIVOR Review

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After watching Battleship and Lone Survivor, I have no doubt that director Peter Berg has a deep and earnest respect for America’s military.  While one movie is a silly blockbuster and the other is based on a true-story tragedy, they both celebrate the honor and dedication of men and women in uniform.  Where I take issue with Berg is how he expresses his adoration of the troops.  In Battleship, a movie with aliens, spaceships, and explosive pegs, throwing in an appreciation of sailors is a nice sentiment.  In Lone Survivor, appreciation isn’t a sentiment; it’s a cause.  Berg’s desire to honor the Navy SEALs who lost their lives on a FUBAR mission is admirable, but the film’s heavy emphasis on action makes physical endurance appear more commendable than deeds and intentions.

Peter Berg Says There Won’t Be a New FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie

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Friday Night Lights is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time, but fans have been clamoring for just a bit more since the NBC show’s series finale in 2011.  Executive producer Peter Berg and many FNL castmembers have been teasing the possibility of a Friday Night Lights movie for the past few years now.  Though the show initially began as a spinoff of Berg’s Billy Bob Thornton-fronted 2004 film of the same name, this proposed new film would follow Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor and Connie Britton’s Tami Taylor.

Steve recently had a chance to speak with Berg in anticipation of his upcoming feature directorial effort Lone Survivor, and during the course of their conversation he provided an update on the status of the Friday Night Lights movie by saying it’s most likely not going to happen.  Hit the jump for more.

12 New Images from LONE SURVIVOR Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch

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Universal Pictures has released some new images from director Peter Berg’s (The Kingdom) adaptation of the non-fiction book Lone Survivor.  The film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.  The film has drawn positive responses from early screenings, and Berg has more than proven himself to be a skilled action director.  Hopefully the dramatic character interplay is on point here as well.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman, and Rohan ChandLone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.

New Trailer for LONE SURVIVOR Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster

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Universal has released a new trailer for Peter Berg‘s drama Lone Survivor.  The film is based on a true story, and centers on four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.   This is a much better trailer than the first one because even though there’s a much heavier emphasis on the action, this is a case where the action sells the drama.  These four SEALs were fighting for the lives, and Berg looks like he’s nailed the intensity without being exploitative.  The only moments in the trailer that give me pause are the pull quotes from Bill Simmons, Pete Hammond, and Peter Travers—three guys whose opinions I couldn’t trust less.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric BanaLone Survivor opens in limited release on December 27th and goes wide on January 10, 2014.

Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine Headline HARRY AND THE BUTLER; Robert Pattinson Joins THE LOST CITY OF Z; Taylor Kitsch to Play Bad Cop in EXIT 147

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Here’s some more casting news:

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