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Did 'True Detective' Season 2 Finale Have A Satisfying Ending?

8/10/2015 8:36am EDT
'True Detective' Season 2 Finale Did Not Provide A Satisfying En
Can a bad season of television be redeemed by the final episodes? That’s what season 2 of True Detective seemed to be asking. The first half of the season was truly terrible. The plot has been so convoluted and contrived that it became hard to follow for casual viewers. No show should require multiple viewing to understand the basic plot. The dialogue was often cringe-worthy, especially scenes that required Vince Vaughn to deliver 5-minute monologues. It took far too long to showcase what really makes True Detective unique: the incredible chemistry between characters. Once Paul, Ani, and Ra...

'True Detective' Continues Its Hot Streak

7/27/2015 9:28am EDT
'True Detective' Review: The Incredible Improvement Of 'Church I
If you ignore every Vince Vaughn scene that’s not with Colin Farrell, this season of True Detective isn’t actually that bad. His acting is beyond terrible, shooting for some sort of brooding but really getting a sort of monotone acting that’s usually reserved for community theater. The other characters have gotten more and more interesting, especially as they delve into the case and get closer to each other. But Frank’s issues, such as whether or not he’ll adopt a child, are boring, poorly written, and badly acted. Every time he’s on screen, the tension dissipates.

It’s really too bad, bec...

Did 'True Detective' Kill Off Its Main Character?

7/6/2015 9:30am EDT
'True Detective' Review: Musings On 'Maybe Tomorrow'
As suspected, True Detective was never going to be the type of show with the courage to kill off a main character in its second episode. Even though Ray Velcoro is the show’s most—and only—interesting character, that would have been a major, fascinating turning point for the show. It could have raised the very low stakes for the other characters and forced them to shine a bit more.

It doesn’t take long to reveal that Ray was only shot with buckshot, with no more damage than to his piss-soaked clothing. The problem with this sort of fake out is that the show just exposed itself as a show mo...

Rachel McAdams Is Hooking Up With Another Co-Star

7/1/2015 3:28pm EDT
Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams is reportedly dating longtime friend, "True Detective" co-star and fellow Canadian Taylor Kitsch. The pair recently wrapped up filming the HBO series and are now focusing their attention on each other.

The pair was spotted dining together at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood on June 2, and multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly that they're a couple.

An insider revealed: "It hasn't been long. But it's serious."

Another source said: "I don't know if it’s full-blown love yet, but they talk constantly. They're really into each other. She talks about him all the time!"

Rachel ...

Recap: Is 'True Detective' A Shadow Of Its Former Self?

6/29/2015 8:47am EDT
'True Detective': 5 Memorable Moments From 'Night Finds You'
Is True Detective a shadow of its former self? So many of the things that made the first season a success have fallen short so far in this season. Everything from the dialogue to the detective dynamics just doesn’t live up to what they once were. And since those were the elements that made True Detective more than just another murder mystery with a famous cast, the show isn’t quite the stand out it used to be. If season 2 had been the introductory season, it probably wouldn’t have the following it originally had.

However, there is still some potential. Ray Velcoro is one of those Rust Cohl...

Will 'True Detective' Season 2 Live Up To The First Season?

6/22/2015 10:00am EDT
'True Detective' Season 2 Premiere: Ways 'The Western Book Of Th
True Detective’s first season was without a doubt a cultural phenomenon. Rust Cohle’s insane speeches were just as memorable as his flash forward facial hair. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s chemistry doubled, as did their career resurgence. But the lackluster ending marred some of the show’s overall shine. True Detective’s second season not only has a lot of live up to. It also has a lot to make up for.

While the show has made a valiant effort to fix some of its worst errors, it’s also lost some of its charm. Replacing the Southern Gothic setting is a familiar Los Angeles locati...

Vaughn Says Guns Are OK In Schools

6/2/2015 12:02pm EDT
Vince Vaughn Argues For Guns In Our Schools In New British GQ In
Vince Vaughn isn't afraid to admit it: he wants guns in every school in the country. The star (who'll be playing a major part in "True Detective's" second season) opened up to British GQ about his stance on firearms.

"I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home," proclaimed Vaughn. "We don't have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It's not about duck hunting; it's about the ability of the individual."

Vaughn then argued against the idea of schools as gun-fr...

Colin Farrell Stopped Dating -- Get The Details

4/28/2015 9:31am EDT
Why Hasn't Colin Farrell Had A Date In 4 Years?
Colin Farrell was once the hottest ladies' man in Hollywood- there's a reason he was once nicknamed "The Lusty Leprechaun"- but it turns out those days are behind him.

In an interview with The Sunday Times (via MSN), Farrell revealed something rather surprising. Not only is he not in the dating game right now, he hasn't dated in four years!

"I have not dated for, ooh, four years now. It's just not happening, what with the work, the kids and my life," Farrell admitted in the interview. "I know it's not what people expect to hear, but that's the honest truth."

Apparently, the star's kids, ...

The Best TV Finales Of 2014

12/27/2014 3:00pm EST
The Best TV Finales Of 2014
All things must end- a film, a book, a refreshing, low-calorie Diet Dr. Pepper- but TV's different. On TV, a story grows over months (years, even), letting you build up a real, regular connection with those onscreen.

Then, when the ending hits, it slams into you with the impact of all those devoted hours that came beforehand.

It just feels so final, you know? Maybe that's why they call it a "finale."

2014 had its share of massive finales- maybe nothing on the level of "Breaking Bad" last year, but solid enders nonetheless. Shows that capped off their seasons with ridiculous cliffhangers...

Seven Great Actors Who Excel In The Movies And On TV

12/22/2014 1:00pm EST
Double Threats: 7 Great Actors Who Excel In The Movies And On Te
The hierarchy when it comes to acting in Hollywood has historically always placed more importance and gravitas on the work of actors who have appeared on the silver screen when compared to their TV counterparts.

Legendary actors who got their start on TV like Bill Murray (Saturday Night Live), Michael Douglas (The Streets of San Francisco) and Denzel Washington (St. Elsewhere) were only said to have "made it" as huge stars once they were able to transition into movies.

But a strange thing has happened over the last few years - mega movie stars are falling all over themselves to try and ge...

'Birdman,' 'Fargo,' Top Golden Globes Nominations, See The Full List Of Nominees

12/11/2014 12:19pm EST
Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton all helped the Hollywood Foreign Press with the announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning.

"Birdman," which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor seeking a comeback with a Broadway play, leads the nominations in the movies category, including nods for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (Keaton).

Keatons' co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton are also up for Golden Globes in their respective supporting actress and actor categories. Alejandro Gonza...

Taylor Kitsch Confirms He's In Second Season Of 'True Detective'

10/28/2014 7:31pm EDT
Taylor Kitsch Confirms He's In Second Season Of 'True Detective'
"Friday Night Lights" star Taylor Kitsch has confirmed that he'll be joining Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell for the second season of HBO's True Detective.

During an interview with, Kitch said he's itching to get started on the series and that he took the past year off to keep his schedule free because he really wanted the part.

"I can't f---ing wait to hit camera," he said. "So I'm excited. I loved that first season of it so much. It's just unlike anything I've seen in, you know, I don't know when.

"And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I lo...

Rachel McAdams Reportedly In Talks To Join 'True Detective'

9/26/2014 7:03pm EDT
Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams is reportedly in talks with producers of HBO's hit drama series True Detective, and is the frontrunner to land the role of the show's female lead.

Sources told Variety magazine that McAdams has been offered the role and that her schedule was reworked so that she could continue work on a drama based on the Catholic Church sex scandal in which she had already been cast.

Once a deal is in place, McAdams would join stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, both of whom were confirmed as stars earlier this week.

The show's producers made it clear that they're seeking four leads for...

New 'True Detective' Star Vince Vaughn's Dramatic Resume

9/24/2014 12:07pm EDT
New 'True Detective' Star Vince Vaughn's Dramatic Resume
Many people were surprised and confused by HBO's announcement that Vince Vaughn would join Colin Farrell as the co-lead in the next season of True Detective, and we can't blame them - in recent years, Vaughn has been known for almost nothing but comedies, including Wedding Crashers, The Internship, The Watch, and his awesome cameos in the Anchorman films as Ron Burgundy's rival Wes Mantooth.

However, we'd argue that casting Vaughn in the role of Frank Semyon, "career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business part...

Colin Farrell And Vince Vaughn Confirmed As Leads In 'True Detective' Season 2

9/23/2014 11:30pm EDT
Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn
HBO confirmed on Tuesday that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will play the two leads in the upcoming second season of hit series "True Detective."

Farrell made the announcement that he'd be joining the show over the weekend, telling Ireland's Sunday World, "I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited ... I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot.

"I know very little about it, but we're shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great," he adds. "It means I get to stay at home and see the kids."

HBO confirmed the news on Tuesday in a press releas...

Creative Arts Emmys 2014: HBO Tops Winners List (Complete List)

8/17/2014 8:12am EDT
Creative Arts Emmys 2014: HBO Tops Winners List (Complete List)
Yes folks, there was an award ceremony last night.

The Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to honor programs and individual achievements. The ceremony, held the week before the bigger Prime Time Emmys, honored the many talented individuals who work behind the scenes as well as guest performers who appeared in TV series.

Taking home the most Emmy awards was HBO with 15 awards, followed by NBC with 10; PBS with 8; FOX and Netflix tied with 7; CBS with 6; ABC had 5 respectfully. You can see the complete tabulation of awards here....

'True Detective' Creator Accused Of Plagiarism

8/8/2014 9:02am EDT
True Detective
"True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto has defended himself against allegations that he plagiarized dialogue used by Matthew McConaughey's detective Rust Cohle on the hit HBO series.

Jon Padgett, founder of the fan website for Thomas Ligotti Online, has accused Pizzolatto of using phrases and ideas from Ligotti's "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror" as well as parts of other philosophers' works.

Padgett told The Lovecraft eZine, "It became obvious to me that Pizzolatto had plagiarized Thomas Ligotti and others - in some places using exact quotes, and in others...

'True Detective' Eyes Female Lead

8/5/2014 10:59am EDT
Elisabeth Moss
Once the second season of True Detective was announced and it was revealed it would feature an all-new cast, rumors and wish lists emerged featuring everyone from Brad Pitt to Jessica Chastain. It now appears HBO is closing in on a male and female lead.

According to The Wrap, Vince Vaughn is in discussion to play an antagonistic role in the second season and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss may soon get an offer to star as an investigator. Colin Farrell, who had been named previously in casting rumors, is reportedly wrapping up a deal to star alongside Moss. Taylor Kitsch could be joining the p...

Colin Farrell In Talks For Season 2 of 'True Detective'

7/12/2014 9:47am EDT
Colin Farrell
Irish actor Colin Farrell is reportedly "deep in negotiations" to join the cast of the highly anticipated second season of HBO's True Detective.

According to Variety, Farrell has been considered to be cast as one of the main male characters for the upcoming season.

On Thursday, at the Television Critics Association HBO president Michael Lombardo hinted "I think the people we will cast will be well-known names."

Writer Nic Pizzolatto also confirmed that the second season will be set in California.

The successful television crime drama created by Pizzolatto, has earned numerous Emmy nomi...

'True Detective' Season Two Casting News Expected In The Very Near Future

7/11/2014 2:01pm EDT
True Detective
Casting for the second season of HBO's hit series True Detective is underway, and by the middle of next week we should have a good idea of who will star on the show, replacing season one leads Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

HBO execs have promised that the second time around the show will be "more exciting," but plot details and who will star have been kept heavily guarded.

Rumor has it there will be three main stars, one female and two male, and HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has promised to give fans a little more to go on over the next week or so.

"It will not be...

Blu-ray Review: 'True Detective'

5/29/2014 11:30am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'True Detective'
Ready to go on a 17-year hunt for a killer? The follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray 8-episode series "True Detective" out June 10th from HBO Home Entertainment. We review the case and its results below!

Title: "True Detective"

Grade: 4 1/2

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 458 minutes

Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment


The Show: HBO and the creators of "True Detective" are a clever bunch. The idea of creating a rich complex story, weaving it over o...

'True Detective' Producers Want Brad Pitt For Second Season

3/17/2014 12:07pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Rumor has it the executives behind True Detective have their eye on another A-list actor for the second season of their anthology series.

After Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson wowed viewers as they tried to unravel the mysteries of the Yellow King, producers are working on securing Brad Pitt to join the show.

A source tells HollywoodLife, "Brad’s name has come up many times, it’s just a matter of what his other commitments are.

"It’s the show everyone wants to be on, because the writing and the roles are just so exquisite and complex. Brad has tight relations with HBO — he teamed...

'True Detective' Season One Finale: Light Above Darkness

3/10/2014 9:40pm EDT
True Detective Finale
The ending of the ending of the first season of True Detective on HBO - by which I mean, starting at the moment that Rust and the psycho are in that room, right up to moment that Marty takes Rust towards the car outside the hospital - is about the best, longest extended ending of anything I've seen in a long while if ever on television.

The ending does but a few things, but the things are profound indeed, and the ending does them extraordinarily well.

Rust and Marty's relationship is at last repaired. In retrospect, it could never have been repaired with their sicko quarry still at large....

'True Detective': Memorable Moments From The Season 1 Finale

3/10/2014 4:20pm EDT
'True Detective': Memorable Moments From The Season 1 Finale
Welcome to the final episode of True Detective season one, in which you say goodbye to one of the most epic fictional detectives ever and all your fan theories are proven wrong.

Horror Movie Hillbillies

What a disappointment it was to see that the scarred man, who popped up mowing lawns and giving directions in the most ominous way possible, was not much more than a horror movie cliché. His name is William Lee Childress and he’s nothing new. In a show that constantly pushed the boundaries of what a detective show could be, Childress was just another retread of what’s been done a dozen tim...

HBO Go Crashes During 'True Detective' Finale

3/10/2014 2:00pm EDT
HBO Go Crashes During 'True Detective' Finale
HBO's website crashed on Sunday night after viewers rushed to catch the season finale of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey's crime drama "True Detective."

After the network's streaming service HBO Go went down, a representative for HBO tweeted: "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for True Detective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon."

McConaughey, who recently won a Best Actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club," plays a Louisiana State Police detective alongside Harrelson in "True Detective." The men's lives collide and entwine during a 17-y...

'True Detective': Can Matthew McConaughey Earn An Emmy For His Role?

3/4/2014 2:22pm EST
True Detective
The first season of True Detective concludes on HBO Sunday, so I thought it was time to say a few words about it. Started a little slow - I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of Criminal Minds and its pacing - but True Detective has become one of my favorite shows in the history of television, with an indelibly philosophic and anguished detective we've never seen the likes of before on TV and likely never will again.

Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar Sunday night for Dallas Buyers Club and he deserves an Emmy and more for his portrayal of Rust Cohle (in 1995 and 2012, and...

Matthew McConaughey Says He Won't Return For 'True Detective' Season 2

3/3/2014 9:46pm EST
Matthew McConaughey
Now that he's an Oscar-winner, Matthew McConaughey has said he won't be returning to HBO's True Detective if the network greenlights a second season.

The Dallas Buyers Club star explained that actually he and co-star Woody Harrelson won't be back for a second season because the show's initial pitch to HBO said that the show would be based on a different storyline and a different cast each season.

"We won't be back for season two. Season one was finite," he said backstage at the Oscars. "Eight episodes, that's the EOC (end of conversation)."

The first season of the show will come to a clo...

'True Detective': Memorable Moments From 'After You've Gone'

3/3/2014 9:41am EST
'True Detective': Memorable Moments From 'After You've Gone'
First of all, congratulations to Matthew McConaughey for his Oscar win last night. No doubt a small part of his win has to do with his incredible performance as Rust Cohle and the True Detective phenomenon. Unfortunately, tonight’s episode overlapped with the Oscars.

Hart Was On Point With His Insults:

His hatred of Cohle sure resulted in some great one-liners.

“Time has a way with us all. You must have pissed him off.”

“If you were drowning, I’d throw you a f*****g barbell.”

“You told yourself this story and kept drinking it ‘til you believed it.”

What’s Hart Been Doing Since 200...

'True Detective': The Best Moments Of 'Haunted Houses'

2/24/2014 12:02pm EST
'True Detective': The Best Moments Of 'Haunted Houses'
True Detective is truly a show that can’t just be watched once. After re-watching the last two episodes, I saw at least a dozen things I never saw before. My theories shift ever few seconds. In one viewing, I’m convinced that Hart is the killer, due to his volitaile behavior, MESSED UP daughter, and eagerness to kill LeDoux in an instant. In the next viewing, I fully believe that Hart and Cohle are faking their rift to continue their investigation. Every viewing and new scene changes my perspective in almost every way.

One thing that never changes for me: True Detective is a show unlike an...

11 Reasons 'True Detective' Will Fill Your 'Breaking Bad' Void

2/23/2014 1:30pm EST
11 Reasons 'True Detective' Will Fill Your 'Breaking Bad' Void
When TV viewers caught their final glimpse of Walter White during the series finale of "Breaking Bad" this past September, there was a collective national mourning for Vince Gilligan’s masterful AMC drama and its damaged anti-hero. But fear not heartbroken Heisenberg enthusiasts, because HBO’s riveting existential cop drama “True Detective” has all the necessary elements to get your quintessential “Breaking Bad” masterful TV drama high. Here are 11 reasons why True Detective will fill your Breaking Bad void.

1. Complicated relationship between series protagonists

One of the delights of “B...