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Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In 'Galveston' From 'True Detective' Writer Nic Pizzolatto; Season 2 Looking Likely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 4:14 PM
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Galveston Matthias Schoenaerts
We don't know what you've been doing with your last few Sundays, but if you have HBO and haven't been watching "True Detective," you're doing it wrong. Easily a contender for the best show of 2014 (yes, we know it's only January), unless it really screws the pooch in the second half of the season, this will go down as one of the all-time great dramas. But here's something that has long been known, but that you might have forgotten: it's a one shot deal. Kind of. Sorta like "American Horror Story," if "True Detective" continues, the next season will feature a whole new cast, setting and story, but the man crucially behind it will stay the same: writer Nic Pizzolatto.

Martin Scorsese Doc On New York Review Of Books, First Two Eps Of 'House Of Cards' S2 Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 9:38 AM
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House Of Cards, Season 2
We're barely unpacked from the Sundance Film Festival, and already, the Berlin Film Festival is upon us. Kicking off next week, it's the first big Euro festival on the calendar, and as such, it's bringing the big guns. With Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" and Lars von Trier's director's cut of "Nymphomaniac Part One" among the bigger ticket items (with a line-up that also includes: "Boyhood," "Snowpiercer," "Two Faces Of January," "American Hustle" and more), organizers have put some impressive finishing touches on the schedule.

Watch: David Lynch's Home Pregnancy Test Commercial & PSA About New York City's Rat Infestation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 5:16 PM
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Sure, he's best known for his catalog of distinct, surreal and terrifying pictures, but David Lynch is a man of many artistic hats. He's a painter, musician, weatherman, coffee enthusiast, transcendental meditation advocate, nightclub entrepreneur and more. But sometimes you need a bit of pocket cash as you jump from endeavor to endeavor, and like so many before (and after) him, Lynch has sometimes found his working on commercials.

Rumor: Neill Blomkamp To Direct Pilot For Steven Spielberg Produced 'Halo' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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Despite once calling his attempt to make "Halo" into a feature film a "clusterfuck," Neill Blomkamp has never entirely ruled out the possibility of taking on the video game adaptation again, down the road. “I actually still really like the universe and the world of ‘Halo’ and the mythology of ‘Halo’,” he explained in 2012, though that did come the caveat that he would need total creative freedom.

Watch: 3 Episodes Of Sofia Coppola’s Short-Lived Comedy Central Series ‘Hi Octane’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 27, 2014 11:43 AM
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Sofia Coppola
Since first finding her feet as an actress in promos for Sonic Youth and Madonna before moving on into directing, Sofia Coppola has inextricably melded her observations from the music scene into the DNA of her cinematic efforts. Though she’s filtered both worlds through an affectionate and melancholic tone, a strong sense of humor has crept in as well, and as with Spike Jonze and his “Jackass” origins, we’ve got a taste of Coppola’s early days involving herself in some truly manic shenanigans.

Recap: 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 4 Feels 'Dead Inside'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:30 PM
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Girls
It's hard to figure out what will most fuel the post-"Girls" talk this week: Hannah's inability to express any kind of emotion following the surprise death of her editor David (John Cameron Mitchell)? Or the digs at Gawker and Jezebel? We'll probably have to go with the latter.

Recap: 'True Detective' Season 1, Episode 3 Goes Into 'The Locked Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:00 PM
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True Detective
While there is a case that needs investigating in "True Detective," the show's richest pleasures have been found in the characters. And in particular, writer Nic Pizzolatto is curious about what makes men tick—what allows them to survive unspeakable horror and what they require to keep a handle on this side of sanity, in a profession that continually brings them face to face with things that defy all logic and humanity. In this week's "The Locked Room," it's those intangible values and qualities that are explored, exposing who we become when those structures are stripped away, and how fragile they can be in the first place.

Watch: Jonah Hill's Spoof Of Spike Jonze's 'Her' From 'Saturday Night Live'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:27 AM
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Me, Jonah Hill, SNL Spoof
The spoofs keeping rolling in for "Her," with the man/machine romance sparking some fun takes on the movie. So far, we've seen what Samantha sounds like as voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as watched the parody sequel, "Him." Now comes yet another riff on the movie entitled, "Me."

15 New Images From 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Bring The Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 11:25 AM
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House Of Cards, Season 2
With the multiplex offerings currently a dismal state of affairs, there's no better time than right now than to stay in. Over on HBO, they've got "Girls" and "True Detective" killing it, NBC brings "Hannibal" back next month, Channel 4 drops their Danny Boyle pilot "Babylon" in a few weeks and Sundance Channel unveils "The Red Road" in February. But of course, we can't forget about Netflix's "House Of Cards," with the entire second season dropping like it's hot very soon.

Watch: New Tease For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'; Deathlok & Lorelei Headed To ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 24, 2014 10:42 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Though the its cinematic universe in divided into three — “Spider-Man” is with Sony, the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” characters with Fox, and the rest with the comics giant itself — Marvel is still far ahead of the competition with each of its futures more or less for the next several years. In fact, with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” the company hopes to slowly introduce more obscure characters from their catalogue to general audiences with the expense of a large blockbuster. In fact, yesterday came news that the middling ABC series will be adding two characters absent from the Marvel cinematic universe up until now.

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