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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.

Review: Animated Thanksgiving Comedy 'Free Birds' Is A Turkey

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2013 11:09 AM
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In the first fifteen minutes of "Free Birds," a jarringly awful, new animated comedy loosely centered around a bunch of historical anachronisms about Thanksgiving, we're introduced to Reggie (Owen Wilson), a turkey who is seemingly the only bird on the farm to realize that they're getting fattened up for slaughter. He's then ostracized from his flock and given the annual Presidential pardon. While relaxing at Camp David, he's intercepted by Jake (Woody Harrelson), the President of the Turkeys Liberation Front, and boards a time machine in an effort to stop the first Thanksgiving from happening, thus saving countless turkeys through history. Again: this is all in the first fifteen minutes.

Watch: 5 Eerie, Chilling Teasers For HBO's 'True Detective' With Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 10:05 AM
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We're living in a time where there are some TV shows that we're looking forward to as much, and perhaps more, than many movies. And considering the talent that's crossing over to the small screen, and the freedom to tell provocative, rich stories that wouldn't work or be given the space to breathe in the studio system, perhaps it's not such a surprise. And certainly, "True Detective" is one show that's high on our Must Watch list for 2014 (and perhaps it'll take the place of "Breaking Bad" for addictive viewing).

Review: 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Preaches To The Converted

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 28, 2013 2:44 PM
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Under certain circumstances, selling drugs to earn a living becomes a choice for many. Humans are nothing if not survivors, eking out a living by any means necessary to put food on the table, pay bills, and stay afloat. Beyond teaching viewers the correct way to pronounce sheeeeit, "The Wire" gracefully portrayed the lack of options for many people, proving the drug game isn't everything, it's the only thing. But what if we could actually choose what we want to do with our lives, and the moral quandary wasn't an issue? Just like Sonny told the "The Godfather," "There's a lot of money in that white powder."

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.

New Poster For Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' Spotlights Star Woody Harrelson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 3, 2011 1:38 AM
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"A wildly ambitious slow burn that succeeds immensely, powered by one of the best performances of Woody Harrelson’s career."

'Rampart' Starring Woody Harrelson Gets November 23 Oscar Qualifying Run Release

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 29, 2011 2:44 AM
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Film Will Hit NY & L.A. For One Oscar Qualifying Week & Will Reopen In Platform Release On January 27Largely known so far for straight to DVD/VOD fare ("Trespass," "Blitz" "Shadows and Lies" with James Franco) and some theatrical releases, (Chris Evans' "Puncture") Millennium Entertainment might seem, on the outside, like a strange fit for "Rampart," Oren Moverman's cop drama and follow-up to excellent 2009 film, “The Messenger.” But as the recent acquisition of Richard Linklater's black comedy, "Bernie" suggests, the company is in the middle of a rebranding strategy, and moving away from B-movie fare.

Woody Harrelson Is Going To Pull Some Jedi Mind Tricks In 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
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While Woody Harrelson has earned acclaimed for his post-"Cheers" dramatic work, the actor still likes to have some fun. In fact, prior to the TIFF premiere of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," Harrelson did everything from the raunchy comedy "Friends With Benefits" to the disaster movie "2012" to low-fi superhero pic "Defendor." And while those films are certainly a mixed bag, his next turn could see the actor taking part in some high class genre fare.

Millenium Entertainment Acquires Oren Moverman's 'Rampart,' Planning 2011 Oscar-Geared Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 25, 2011 3:10 AM
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At its TIFF premiere earlier this month, Oren Moverman's police drama "Rampart" was applauded by critics all round with lead actor Woody Harrelson, in particular, earning praise for his performance as Dave "Date Rape" Brown (not kidding), a corrupt cop caught in the '90's L.A.P.D. scandal where the film derives its name.

TIFF '11 Review: Woody Harrelson Stands Tall Amidst Crumbling LAPD In Riveting 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 7:33 AM
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"Everything you learned at the Academy is bullshit." That's the sage bit of wisdom Date Rape Dave (Woody Harrelson, and we'll get to his cop moniker in a moment) gives a new trainee in the opening frames of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," a searing and riveting look at a crooked cop's decay amidst the crumbling LAPD at the turn of the millennium.

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