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Woody Harrelson Dials John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine' & Tilda Swinton Joins Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 6:15 PM
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So, quick question: where has Woody Harrelson been through the media blitz that surrounded HBO's phenomenal "True Detective"? While Matthew McConaughey got the lion's share of the praise and media attention, let's pour one out for Woody Harrelson who was just as good in a far less showy role, with a character whose changes are much more subtle. Well, John Hillcoat was certainly paying attention to his work.

Exploring The Season Finale Of 'True Detective' & What We’d Like To See Carry Over To Season 2

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 10, 2014 4:16 PM
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This morning, a dull, gray dawn broke on a dull, gray “True Detective”-less world. The show that has had us gripped for the last eight weeks (or the last weekend for compulsive binge watchers—hi there!) came to an end in either a blaze of HBOGO-crashing glory, or a fizzle of HBOGO-crashing disappointment, depending on your point of view. We’re much more in the former camp than the latter, so much so that we found our usual Good vs. Bad approach wanting this time around, purely because after a couple of niggles we were really reaching for anything particularly bad to say about it.

Recap: 'True Detective' Finale Season 1, Episode 8 'Form And Void'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 2:50 AM
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For over fifteen years a conspiracy and myth has haunted Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), one involving a yellow king, a man with scars and the mysterious destination of Carcosa. An evil had spread its branches across Louisiana, something pervasive, powerful and for the longest time untouchable. The name of God was used as a cover for unspeakable crimes and killings, and Rust, Martin and anyone else who touched that darkness, found it touching them right back. "All my life I wanted to be nearer to God. The only nearness? Silence," Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham) said in episode six, "Haunted Houses." But in "Form And Void," that silence has answers.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'True Detective' Season Finale Makes Its Mark

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:31 PM
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Yeah, we know—the Oscars are happening right now, and it is indeed our Super Bowl. But if you wisely took an hour to watch "True Detective" tonight, you know it set things up for a helluva finale (here's our recap). And with seven days to go until it's all over, HBO has dropped the teaser for the last episode.

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 7 Investigates 'After You've Gone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:00 PM
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"I don't dwell in the past," Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) tells his former partner Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) in their first conversation in a decade, but neither can escape it. For Martin, the past is a series of mistakes and choices he's continually trying to correct, to varying degrees of success. When he meets Rust, he tells him he's trying (again) to stay away from the bottle, revealing he hasn't had a drop in a few weeks (suggesting he's forever relapsing into bad habits). As for Rust, the past continues to consume him in the shape of Reggie Ledoux, with the unanswered questions and knowledge that his death was just one loose thread in a larger tangle of horror still lingering. But where has Rust been?

Watch: The Amazing Full 6-Minute Tracking Shot From 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 11:20 AM
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Firstly, if you're not watching HBO's "True Detective," you're doing it wrong. One of the best things going on TV right now — if not the best, period — the drama series has proven to be fantastically written and richly entertaining, with a murder mystery woven across a couple of decades, in a case that continues to haunt the detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. But this past weekend's episode "Who Goes There" (full recap here) kicked things up a notch.

Recap: Explosive 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 4 'Who Goes There'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2014 10:00 PM
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Over the course of three episodes, "True Detective" has been a steadily ratcheting the tension as Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) track down a serial killer that is haunting the surreal South like a monster. Last week's "The Locked Room" concluded with a goosebump-raising closing shot of the wanted, parole-breaking ex-convict Reggie Ledoux as he prowled across some as yet discovered landscape, as the cops tried to find him. He's the man Martin and Rust think is good for a number of murders, and kicking off "Who Goes There," they're on the hunt.

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 1 'The Long Bright Dark' A Potent Start To A Promising Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 11:08 AM
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Movies and television see no shortage of twisted killers, finding ever more gruesome and brutal ways with which to dispatch their victims. And when the recently partnered detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) come across the body of a young woman named Dora Lange, bound and presented like an sculpture after a ritual killing, complete with antlers, you'd be forgiven if you thought you were watching a scene out of "Hannibal." And for a very brief, fleeting moment, the concern is raised that "True Detective" — as handsomely mounted and brilliantly cast as it is — will be nothing more than yet another serial killer drama where the cops track down the psycho. But writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Joji Fukunaga are less concerned with the case, than with the weight it bears on Rust and Martin.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Is Caught In A Life Trap In New Trailer For HBO's 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 5:18 PM
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"This is a world where nothing is solved," Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle declares in this new trailer for "True Detective." And it might seem an odd choice of words for a series built around a mystery that spans years, also ensnaring fellow detective Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), but that's just a jumping off point. Written by Nic Pizzolatto, and directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre," "Jane Eyre") the series will use a serious crime to deal with themes of death and darkness.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson Are Tested In New Trailer For 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 6:03 PM
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Earlier today, we dropped our list of 10 Films To See In January, and while all due respect to those movies, we think some of the best drama you're going to see this month is going to be at home on HBO. We know we've been talking about this one for a while, but just like that, "True Detective" will start airing in just over a week and a brand new trailer featuring lots of new footage is here to get you excited all over again.

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