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The Snubs & Surprises Of the 2014 Emmy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2014 11:02 AM
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The Snubs & Surprises Of the 2014 Emmy Awards
Don't expect a swift response to any communication sent to someone who works in the TV industry: last night was the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (see the list of winners here), and the parties were going on long into the night. As we said this morning, "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Sherlock" were the big winners, with Bryan Cranston, Julianna Marguiles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Lange taking the leading actor trophies, and Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Martin Freeman and Kathy Bates winning prizes for supporting roles.

HBO Says 'True Detective' Season 2 Will Be A Lighter Journey Through The Meat Thresher Of Existence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 9:05 AM
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True Detective
Throughout the first season of "True Detective," Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle articulated his view that the world around him was not worth saving. While it had its dose of humor thanks to a tremendously underrated turn by Woody Harrelson as Rust's partner and foil, the mystery at the heart of the series only went deeper and darker across its eight episodes. But according to HBO programming director Michael Lombardo, season two will be a bit lighter (relatively speaking, we'd imagine).

Watch: 11-Minute 'The Film Before The Film' About The History Of Opening Credits

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 19, 2014 12:31 PM
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Se7en Opening Credits
Like artful movie posters, opening title sequences have been largely cast aside by an increasingly stats-obsessed studio system that cares little for the long and storied cinematic tradition. Sure, there are a few that still practice and revere the art —hello David Fincher and Edgar Wright— but if a credit sequence is made at all, it’s bumped to the end, as is the case with most blockbusters. A short documentary, “The Film Before The Film,” has been making the rounds online and it serves as both an introduction to and a welcome reminder of the power of opening credits.

Discuss: What Do The Season 2 “Reboots” Of ‘Fargo’ & ‘True Detective’ Say About The Future Of TV?

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 11, 2014 2:23 PM
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TV Reboots/Future of TV
Hey, ever hear the one about how we’re living in a “Golden Age of Television”? Of course you have. It’s a cliché so often repeated by now that it has the ring of well-duh irrefutable truth. And even the staunchest holdouts, proud to not know their Walter Whites from their Red Reznikovs, can’t deny the seismic changes in the TV landscape that have occurred over the last few years. You don’t have to be involved in those watercooler conversations to know that traditional outlets like HBO, Showtime, FX and more recently online services like Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu have changed the way we consume television.

HBO & Nic Pizzolatto Issue Official Statements Denying Plagiarism Charge Against 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 4:02 PM
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True Detective
Earlier this week, the interwebs lit up when a detailed argument surfaced accusing "True Detective" creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto of plagiarizing significant portions of his scripts for the show. A piece over at the at The Lovecraft E-zine noted the startling similarities between dialogue from "True Detective" and portions of Thomas Ligotti's "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race." Other examples, including works by William S. Burroughs and Alan Moore, were brought to light as well. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before a response was issued from the HBO camp, and indeed it has arrived.

Nic Pizzolatto Says 'True Detective' Season 3 Could Be In The Vein Of 'The Big Lebowski,' Has Rodeo Drama In Works At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 2:35 PM
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True Detective The Big Lebowski
The timing could probably be a little bit better. With an Emmy campaign underway and a helluva lot of buzz around the second season, "True Detective" writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto has been hit with charges of plagiarism. You can read the full details here, but essentially some horror fiction pundits allege that the influence the show takes from the work of Thomas Ligotti goes beyond mere homage to outright theft. Nevertheless, Pizzolatto is still one of the hottest names on the TV landscape, and in a new profile in THR he reaches beyond season two to talk about what season three of the hit HBO drama could look like (even as he doesn't see the show going beyond that).

'True Detective' Creator/Writer Nic Pizzolatto Accused Of Plagiarism

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 9:01 AM
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True Detective
"The only honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing and march hand-in-hand into extinction," the always cheerful Rust Cohle says in the memorable, meme inspiring car conversation sequence from "Seeing Things," the second episode of "True Detective." That line and many others from the sequence are heavily indebted to the work of horror writer Thomas Ligotti, in particular his book "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race." While series creator Nic Pizzolatto has cited Ligotti for his influence on the show, two horror scholars have alleged that he stepped over the line from homage to plagiarism.

Elisabeth Moss Eyed For 'True Detective' Season 2, Andrew Dominik Approached To Direct & More Plot Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2014 9:07 AM
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Elisabeth Moss, True Detective' Season 2, Andrew Dominik
The mystery surrounding the casting for the second season of "True Detective" is beginning to clear up. With Colin Farrell looking more certain for a lead role, and Vince Vaughn now in talks for the second of three lead roles, it appears that HBO is now focused on locking down an actress for that third part, for which a new name has surfaced.

Vince Vaughn In Talks For 'True Detective' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 3:36 PM
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Vince Vaughn, True Detective
As "True Detective" season two comes together, the rumors have been flying back and forth. Last month we learned that Colin Farrell was in talks for one of the lead roles, with Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund up for key parts. But today, coming completely out of left field, comes news that would've left Rust Cohle blindsided.

FX CEO Says 'True Detective' Will "Have To Prove It's Not Just A Vehicle For Movie Stars"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2014 9:19 AM
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True Detective
Given the pedigree of talent assembled for "True Detective" season one—Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan—and the actors already being tipped for season two (Colin Farrell), not to mention the widespread critical acclaim for the show, it's understandable rivals might be a little jealous. But leave it to FX CEO John Landgraf to fire a shot at HBO about their prestige drama.

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