Watch: Ellen Page and Kate Mara Are TINY DETECTIVES in Funny or Die Spoof

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The amount of coverage on the upcoming second season of HBO’s anthology series True Detective has been, well, intense.  Just about every actor on the planet was reported as being on a shortlist, in talks, circling, or eyed for a role in the new season, and while the cast is nearly set with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn confirmed, Rachel McAdams holding an offer for the female lead, and Taylor Kitsch expected to take a supporting role, speculation continues for a few more unspecified parts.  While we await further development on that front, the excellent duo of Ellen Page and Kate Mara have thrown their hats into the ring for a spinoff of sorts, Tiny Detectives.  The title of the new Funny or Die short is pretty self-explanatory, and yes it’s a very simple joke, but that doesn’t make it any less funny.

See for yourself by watching the Tiny Detectives video starring Page and Mara after the jump.

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.

Michelle Monaghan Talks FORT BLISS, Working With Director Claudia Myers, the Experience of TRUE DETECTIVE, Adam Sandler’s PIXELS, and More

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In the indie drama Fort Bliss, U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) struggles to find her place in her five-year-old son’s life, after returning home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan.  When news of another deployment threatens the tentative bond she’s formed with her son, she’s forced to find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother with her obligations as a soldier.  Written, directed and produced by Claudia Myers, the film also stars Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber and Dash Mihok.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Michelle Monaghan talked about how she got involved with Fort Bliss, why she found the story so compelling, how intense the experience was, and how putting on the uniform really affected the way she carried herself.  She also talked about her experience on True Detective, and how excited she is about Pixels, with Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.  Check out what she had to say 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.

THE POLITICIAN: Vince Vaughn Could Be on the Upswing in New Comedy

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It looks like Vince Vaughn is willing himself out of a career rut with some of the projects he’s been signing onto recently, which is something I’m pretty happy about.  I’ve always loved his comic timing and have found him to be a relatable, charismatic and funny screen presence more often than not.  But the shine started to come off of him over the past few years as his comedies grew more formulaic (in my opinion this fallow period stretches from Fred Claus up until Delivery Man).  But with a role in Season 2 of True Detective and what sounds like a darker film coming up in Term Life, maybe Vaughn truly is taking back his career á la Matthew McConaughey.

The Politician could be another step back in the right direction.  At first glance, it appears possible that this studio project could be another paycheck gig, but with the addition of What If writer/director Michael Dowse behind the camera, its prospects brighten.  Also, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are two of the producers.  Another encouraging sign.  Hit the jump for more on Vince Vaughn as The Politician.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

Allison and Adam Predict the 2014 Primetime Emmy Winners

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It was another fantastic year for television, and the 2014 Emmy nominations mostly captured that (…more or less). But when it comes to winners, the Emmys can be a wily beast, as seen in last year’s bevy of baffling wins (Jeff Daniels for NewsroomBobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire, among others).  Expect the expected with the Emmys, usually — unless they go completely off the wall.

This year, I have requested the expertise of Collider’s own Adam Chitwood to assist me with picks, not only because he closely follows the awards circuit year-round, he also has a much better track record than I do for picking awards winners in general.  Hit the jump for our guesses about how the results will play out and why in our 2014 Emmy predictions.  The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 to Be Slightly Less Dark; New Season Will Use 3 or 4 Directors

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Although True Detective was a show that plumbed the depths of time, death, futility, and other fun topics, I never considered it a downer show.  Russ’ misanthropic observations were always balanced out by Marty’s reactions and the sheer charisma of McConaughey’s performance.  Saying “Time is a flat circle,” is more fun in a Texas drawl.

But since True Detective is an anthology, season two will be a whole new ballgame.  According to Variety, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told the audience at the Guardian International Television Festival in Edinburgh that the new season “won’t be quite as dark as the first.”  But then he added, “It’s still dark. [Creator, writer, and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto] explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”  Hit the jump for more.

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: Vince Vaughn in Early Talks to Join the Investigation

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A few weeks ago, we reported that True Detective had begun casting by bringing on Colin Farrell in one of the four lead roles, and was eyeing Taylor Kitsch for another. However, rumored plot details indicated that there are only three lead roles: Farrell’s character who suffers from cocaine addiction and anger management issues; a female sheriff who’s an alcoholic and addicted to gambling; and a young highway patrolman who was suspended for sexually exploiting a woman he pulled over.

In an attempt to reconcile these two stories, it could be that there’s a fourth character, but we don’t know have any details on him.  However, we do know that Vince Vaughn is in early talks to join True Detective Season 2.  [Update: Click here for new details including season 2 character breakdowns.]  Hit the jump for more.

TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

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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