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Alejandro González Iñárritu Was Originally Attached To 'True Detective' & More Revelations From Cary Fukunaga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 5:25 PM
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There is a reason everyone you know is talking about "True Detective": it's that fucking good. With two episodes to go on HBO's breakout hit, and frontrunner for TV show of the year (and hell, the damn-thing-you'll-watch-in-any-medium of the year), the focus is turning to toward writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga, who collaborated to put forth a singular, riveting vision for their Southern philosophical mystery. Far from an ordinary procedural, certainly not a noir, and fairly uncategorizable—that's what makes the show so special.

Watch: New Trailer For Cary Fukunaga's HBO Series 'True Detective' With Matthew McConaughey And Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 9, 2013 11:01 AM
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Back in June, we caught the first glimpse of Cary Fukunaga's first foray into dramatic television with HBO's “True Detective,” and since then we had the opportunity to chat with the “Jane Eyre” director about both his vision for the project and two topnotch leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. “I saw a stark bland American landscape, and two really strong male voices,” he said. “That for me was kinda the drive, to get into the psychology of two men—one more of a philosopher and the other a non-critical-thinking man, and just to play with that world and observe.” Well now, we've got a much clearer look at exactly what Fukanaga described for the show, it's very clear that his vision will be making it to the small screen intact.

Idris Elba To Star In & Produce Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2013 8:32 AM
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There aren't many actors we'd say this about, but we'd pretty much pay to watch Idris Elba read anything. The phone book. The most embarrassing entries from our teenage diaries. Dialogue from "Pacific Rim." Anything. Since breaking through with "The Wire" a decade ago, Elba's gone from strength to strength, and 2013 will probably be marked as the year in which he became a full-blown leading man: he lent gravitas to, and stole the show in Guillermo Del Toro's aforementioned monster mash, he continued to give a phenomenal turn as the wounded bear of a policeman in "Luther," and he looks to be a serious awards contender as a surprisingly convincing Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom."

HBO Picks Up 'True Detective' TV Series Starring McConaughey & Woody Harrelson With Cary Fukunaga To Direct

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 1, 2012 8:58 AM
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Yesterday we got our first look at Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and we also heard that both “Girls” and “Veep” – despite only having aired a total of five episodes between them – had both been renewed for a second season. It must be a busy week in the HBO offices, because hot on the heels of all that they’ve announced that they’ve made an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for a show headlined by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

'Sin Nombre' & 'Jane Eyre' Director Cary Fukunaga In Early Talks For Sci-Fi Pic 'Spaceless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 8:35 AM
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Gore Verbinski ProducingDirector Cary Fukunaga is anything but predictable. The eclectic helmer broke out in 2009 with his harrowing, Sundance-winning, immigration drama "Sin Nombre" and then he surprised everybody by completely changing gears; opting to get behind the camera of this year's period-piece drama, "Jane Eyre," teaming Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska for a haunting version of the tale charged with an undercurrent of sexual tension. However, even before "Jane Eyre" came together, Fukunaga was revealing his all-embracing colors, talking up his plans for a musical, an African civil war drama and a time-travel film; so it's really anyone's guess where he could go next.

Cary Fukunaga To Direct Black List Civil War Heist Film 'No Blood, No Guts, No Glory'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 10:47 AM
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Was In Contention To Direct 'The Wolverine'You had us at "civil war heist film."

Review: 'Jane Eyre' A Hauntingly Effective Gothic Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2011 5:13 AM
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When tasked with reimagining Charlotte Brontë's immortal "Jane Eyre," which seems to be adapted somewhere, by someone, every couple of years, some key decisions must be made. The impulse that seems to have seized director Cary Fukunaga was to emphasize the gothic horror elements of the story, while making the narrative more structurally complex, allowing for more of Jane's back story to slip into the movie (it's the stuff most commonly left out of the multitude of adaptations).

Cary Fukunaga Talks His Horror/Romance Take On 'Jane Eyre' With Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikoska

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 8, 2011 7:39 AM
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Indie Filmmaker Also Discusses His Gestating Musical With Owen Pallett, His African Civil War Drama 'Beasts Of No Nation,' & His Good Filmmaking Fortune So FarExclusive: Delighting fans of period romance everywhere -- and kids who can't be bothered with even the Cliffs Notes of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel --"Jane Eyre" is making another appearance on screen. But rather than coming from a predictably English pedigree, the 2011 Focus Features version arrives from the seemingly unlikely source of Cary Fukunaga, a young American director with a single feature to his name, 2009's gritty immigration thriller "Sin Nombre." Fukunaga went young with his casting, opting for Mia Wasikoska ("The Kids Are All Right") to play to the title role, while Michael Fassbender ("Hunger," the dreams of many a female Playlister) takes on the brooding part of Edward Rochester.

New Images & Clips From Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre' Starring Mia Wasikowska

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 10, 2011 2:34 AM
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Focus Features is starting the last big push for Cary Fukunaga's upcoming film as new photos and two first look video clips have been unveiled of his revisioning of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" starring break out stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

New Photos: Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre' Starring Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 2:59 AM
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With its release just around the corner, "Sin Nombre" director Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel "Jane Eyre" has now unveiled a host of new images featuring a first look at the majority of the supporting cast members.

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