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A Southerner's Defense of Bayou Gothic 'True Detective'

Emily Nussbaum may be my favorite critic working today -- her New Yorker column is my North Star of trusted opinion in the televisual wilderness. But she gets "True Detective" wrong, wrong, wrong.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2014 3:56 PM
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Colin Firth Joins Nicole Kidman's Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Colin Firth is joining Nicole Kidman to star in Rowan Joffe's "Before I Go to Sleep," a thriller set up at Scott Free and Millennium Films. The film is based on Brit novelist S.J. Watson's book of the same name. Joffe adapted the screenplay, which centers on a woman (Kidman) with amnesia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 1:41 PM
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Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'

"Lilyhammer," Netflix's first foray into original programming, failed to generate sustained attention when it premiered last year. One suspects this won't be true of its star-studded second attempt, "House of Cards," debuting Friday. Except Netflix's latest isn't so novel after all: its animating force is the BBC's mostly excellent original.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 29, 2013 12:03 PM
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'Prisoners' Sounds Familiar: Dano Joins Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Leo

Imitation is the usual form of Hollywood flattery. You can count on a movie like "Taken" to not only spawn a sequel (which opened well enough to reinforce Liam Neeson's misguided belief that chasing big paydays is the best career path) but a slew of imitators.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:02 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson Talks Reagan-Era Satire Thriller 'The Stepfather'

Trailers from Hell kicks off September with Josh Olson talking "The Stepfather."
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  • September 3, 2012 12:41 PM
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Park Chan-wook Thriller 'Stoker' Gets March 2013 Release; Stars Wasikowska, Kidman, Goode, Mulroney & Weaver

Fox Searchlight has picked a March 1, 2013 release date for "Stoker," the same day as Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium." Directed by Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") and scripted by Wentworth Miller, the film features Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "Alice in Wonderland"), Matthew Goode ("A Single Man," "Brideshead Revisited")...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 4:29 PM
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Casting Watch: Daniel Radcliffe to Grow 'Horns' in Supernatural Thriller

After the box office success of Gothic ghost story "The Woman in Black," it makes sense that Harry-Potter-no-more Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in another supernatural thriller, "Horns," from director Alexander Aja...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:20 PM
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Now and Then: Tilda Swinton's Big Crack-Up

Tilda Swinton is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She's been sent reeling by the loneliness of a Russian winter, the carnal passions of an Italian chef, a kidnapping conspiracy, two murderous sons, and a class-action lawsuit. In fact, it's her affinity for such crack-ups that have made her a critical darling and art house star.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 29, 2012 2:54 PM
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Relativity Acquires US Rights to 'Paranoia' with Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till

Relativity Media has acquired U.S. rights to distribute "Paranoia," a thriller starring Liam Hemsworth ("The Hunger Games"), Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight"), Oscar-nominee Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones") and Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class"). Robert Luketic ("21") will direct and begin production this summer.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 19, 2012 12:36 PM
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Cannes Market: Brosnan & Cooper in Espionage Thriller 'November Man'; Roger Donaldson to Direct

The Solution Entertainment Group is partnering with Pierce Brosnan's Irish DreamTime production banner in a multi-picture financing and distribution deal, and will be shopping the first title at Cannes, "November Man," directed by Australian-born, New Zealand-raised Roger Donaldson ("The Recruit," "Thirteen Days").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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