True Detective

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It’s been a big news week for True Detective fans as information about the second season of the critically-acclaimed HBO show has been coming in fast and furiously. (You’ll get that later.) Following up on the recent casting announcement of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn for two of the series’ four main roles comes word that Rachel McAdams is circling the third. Nothing’s confirmed just yet, but sources say that McAdams is very close to taking on the role. In the meantime, you can tell that True Detective has fully entered the zeitgeist because now it has its very own parody courtesy of Funny or Die! Get your full load of True Detective news below. (more…)

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It’s taken a long time, and there’s been an awful lost of speculation up to this point, but now there’s been a semi-official announcement concerning the cast of True Detective season 2. You can hardly blame any actor in Hollywood for the hesitancy, True Detective was the smash success of winter and a new prestige hit for HBO, a network known for prestige hits. All that, and the fact that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are going to be a tough act to follow, would scare even the boldest of actors from being the follow-up act in the new season. But fortune, as they say, favors the bold, and Colin Farrell hopes that this is the case because he says he’s just signed up to lead True Detective season 2. (more…)

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A theatrical version of the Stephen King apocalyptic epic The Stand, set to scrub the memory of the  ABC 1990s miniseries from your brain, just took one step closer to being a reality. According to Collider, Josh Boone, who has been  tapped to direct the sprawling tale of the aftermath of a plague that wipes out most of humanity, has  reportedly finished adapting the thousand page+ novel into a sleek three-hour movie. And if any fans of  The Stand are worried about a rerun of the first cinematic outing, Stephen King himself has apparently read the script and given his stamp of approval. (more…)

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2014 is halfway over.

For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.

But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment — a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)

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True Detective still stands as the best film I’ve seen all year (which is technically cheating, I know). Made with an auteurist mindset, the HBO series’ First Season told a complete story that sported stellar turns from leads Matthew McConaughey (whose work as Rust Cohle is better than that which he won a Best Actor Oscar for) and Woody Harrelson, not to mention a star-making performance behind the lens from Cary Fukunaga (who I’d imagine is batting away offers left and right). While the rest of the world is salivating over the cannibalistic delights of Hannibal, I’d argue that True Detective did the “artistic serial killer procedural” far better.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting news regarding the series’ Second Season, to the point that they’ve created the unendingly hilarious #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag as a means of fan-casting creator Nic Pizzolatto’s next eight-hour opus. Now the notoriously tight-lipped show-runner has finally dropped some hints about the second go ’round, and the tidbits will more than likely drive those who obsess over the series’ prospects to carve their own little families out of Lone Star tall boys.  (more…)