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The Best TV Finales Of 2014

December 27th, 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

December 22nd, 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

December 11th, 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'

October 28th, 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'

September 26th, 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

September 24th, 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

September 23rd, 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)

August 17th, 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

August 8th, 2014 9:02am EDT
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"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

August 5th, 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'

July 12th, 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

July 11th, 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'

May 29th, 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

March 17th, 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

March 10th, 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

March 10th, 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

March 10th, 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?

March 4th, 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

March 3rd, 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'

March 3rd, 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'

February 24th, 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

February 23rd, 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...

'True Detective': The Best Moments Of 'Who Goes There'

February 10th, 2014 9:37am EST
True Detective
It’s pretty much pointless to try to find the worst moments of True Detective, because so many of my complaints about the show are truly reaching. The show thus far has been as close to perfect as possible. Every week I crave a peak into the mind of Cohle and to watch McConaughey’s amazing performance. Most of the negative comments I have about the show (detectives life outside of work is far more compelling than the actual case and female characters are underdeveloped) are likely to repeat every week. So until I see anything that sticks out as really bad, I’m going to stick with only the b...

'True Detective' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Locked Room'

January 27th, 2014 9:08am EST
'True Detective' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Locked Room'
Best: The Discussion of Religion and the Religious

At the beginning, Cohle and Hart discuss the people of the tented church that their murder victim once attended. Hart relates to the religious people, but Cohle is more unsympathetic and callous about them. There’s a fine bit of writing here, especially in this bit of banter:

Hart: “Can you see Texas from your high horse? What do you know about these people?” Cohle:“Just observation and deduction. I see a propensity for obesity, poverty. Yen for fairytales. Folks putting what little they do have in little baskets they pass around. It’s ...

'True Detective': The Best And Worst Of 'Seeing Things'

January 20th, 2014 9:48am EST
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Best: Additional Insight into Both Detectives

Holy cow. Matthew McConaughey’s performance really is incredible. It’s only been two episodes but I’d already put Rust Cohle on a list of the best fictional detectives. In “Seeing Things” we discover so much about Rustin, his past, and why he’s such a great detective. Cohle used to work in drug trafficking undercover and as a result often as flashbacks (resulting in a great sequence with a lightshow while he drove.) He believes that he is too toxic to be around people. (“I’m not good for people. It’s not good for them to be around me. I wear th...

'True Detective': Best And Worst Of The HBO Premiere

January 13th, 2014 9:38am EST
True Detective
Detectives on television aren’t anything new. Procedural TV often follows one case of murder per episode, showing the same police officers week after week solve a crime in the span of 42 minutes. The dark detective genre, however, is a newer phenomenon, only recently popping up frequently on the edgier networks. NBC has Hannibal, AMC tried it with The Killing, and FX aired The Bridge last year. While you can definitely see a show about gruesome murders on CBS, it’s far less likely to see one where the detectives and their own grim lives are the focus.

Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU t...