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Rachel McAdams Talks TRUE DETECTIVE — “JOB OF A LIFETIME”

RachelRachel McAdams opens up to Marie Claire about her role in the upcoming second season of TRUE DETECTIVE on HBO. Information about the project has been guarded, so even this abbreviated conversation is of interest.

Excerpt from Marie Claire:

Rachel McAdams [is] something of a complicated proposition, because it turns out Rachel McAdams is not really all that interested in being a movie star. What Rachel McAdams loves to do is act.

“What I love is dropping into someone else’s life and exploring it,” she says … She’s in town from Toronto, shooting season two of HBO’s hit gothic crime drama True Detective with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, which she describes as “the job of a lifetime.” McAdams, 36, plays Detective Ani Bezzerides—a hard drinkin’, hard gamblin’, cigarette smokin’ Ventura county cop … trying to solve a grisly murder. “I love the exploration of someone who has such a different background from you. That exploration runs to compassion, and to cracking yourself open and creating more understanding of how weird and amazing life is.”

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The show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto has said that this season will feature “bad men, hard women.” McAdams likes the fact her character is not a familiar one. She says:

“I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife. She doesn’t really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people’s feelings. She’s not trying to be charming, which isn’t always the case with a leading lady. There’s [usually] sort of a responsibility to be a little bit likeable… Not that you want to be a horrendous character, just a little more human.”

TRUE DETECTIVE returns to HBO on June 21.

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The ‘Disconcerting Psychology’ of True Detective 2, Plus New Character Posters

HBO has just released new character posters for the four stars of TRUE DETECTIVE, season 2. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch look intense despite the fact that each image is cropped just below the eyes. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs Slashfilm wonders “if any of these characters can see that new world coming.” true-detective-colintrue-detective-vincetrue-detective-racheltrue-detective-taylorCreator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto says there is no connection between the events in season one, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the plot of season two. “There’s no relationship between the stories or characters, which was the result of fully committing to something new, but I do think that the seasons have a deep, close bond in sensibility and vision, a similar soul, though this is a more complex world and field of characters,” he tells Medium.

Also, season 2 features no occult element or baroque Southern creepiness: “The gothic horror suggested by Louisiana’s coastal landscape didn’t feel appropriate in this place. These new landscapes have their own unique voice and their own unsettling qualities. While there’s nothing occult in this season, I think there’s a disconcerting psychology to this world, and its characters have other kinds of uncanny reality with which to contend,” says Pizzolatto.

Season 2 sounds like it has its own identity: “We were conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves … And there was the conviction that if we were to do something entirely new, then we shouldn’t lean on past conceits, but really build from scratch,” he concludes.

Here’s the first teaser in case you missed it:

The lyrics to the teaser’s haunting original song (performed by Lera Lynn) certainly point to a disconcerting psychology: “change will come to those who have no fear,” “were we like a battlefield locked inside a holy war,” “were we like a pair of thieves, tumbled locks and broken codes, you cannot take that from me,” “your love is my due diligence, the only thing worth fighting for.”

You Had Me at Aloha: Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper Shine in Cameron Crowe Film, Plus Wisdom from Bill Murray

screen-shot-2015-02-11-at-9-02-20-pm-png-1Sony has just released a new clip from the upcoming Cameron Crowe film ALOHA. Could this be a return to form for the director of JERRY MAGUIRE, ALMOST FAMOUS, and SAY ANYTHING ? This scene suggests the answer is yes.

In ALOHA, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and produced by Scott Rudin, ALOHA also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

screen-shot-2015-02-11-at-9-04-00-pm-pngMurray dispenses wisdom in the first trailer for the film: “The future isn’t just something that happens. It’s a brutal force., with a great sense of humor, that’ll steamroll you if you’re not watching.”

The song in the trailer is an instrumental version of ROCKS by Imagine Dragons. This song is not on the soundtrack, but there are a number of familiar names on the album, including  indie and classic acts such as Beck, David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac, Kurt Vile, The Blue Nile, Radical Face, The Tallest Man On Earth. and Jónsi & Alex.

The marketing tagline for the picture is “Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello.” Here’s the poster:

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A Gorgeous Supercut: 120 Years of Cinema

-1Youtube is littered with tribute videos that review the history of cinema, but this one is something special. French editor Joris Faucon Grimaud has created an inspired tour thru the last 120 years of film. You will see over 300 of your favorite movie moments, some of which  you had forgotten. Most are from Hollywood films. Grimaud makes surprising connections that give each shot added meaning and context.

Thanks to Oktay Ege Kozak over at The Playlist for bringing it to our attention.

Here’s the list of films included:

Une scène au jardin de Roundhay
La Sortie de l’usine Lumière à Lyon
L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat
Lover of Beauty
Edison’s Films
Edison’s The Kiss
Le Voyage dans la Lune
The Great Train Robbery
The General
Les Vampires
The Birth of a Nation
Intolerance
Pandora’s Box
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Kid
Broken Blossoms
Way Down East
Nanook of the North
The Phantom of Opera
The Golden Age
Sunrise
Strike
Battleship Potemkin
Metropolis
Citizen Kane
La Belle et La Bête
The Dictator
Le Quai des Brumes
The  Wizard of Oz
City Lights
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The Seven Samurai
Rashōmon
A Date with Judy
Sunset Boulevard
Frankenstein
The Night of the Hunter
Witness for the Prosecution
La Dolce Vita
Singing in the Rain
12 Angry Men
Psycho
Casablanca
Double Indemnity
All About Eve
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gone With The Wind
It’s a Wonderful Life
Paths of Glory
Rebel Without a Cause
To Kill a Mockingbird
The 400 Blows
La grande vadrouille
Les Tontons Flingueurs
Belle de Jour
La Piscine
It Happened One Night
Vertigo
Dr. Strangelove
North by Northwest
Lawrence of Arabia
Lolita
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Contempt
Breathless
Some Like It Hot
Manhattan
Mad Max
Top Gun
Taxi Driver
Goodfellas
The Godfather
Raging Bull
Once Upon Time in America
The Godfather II
Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket
The Thin Red Line
Platoon
Hook
Schindler’s List
Once Upon Time in The West
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The Quick and the Dead
Stagecoach
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Little Big Man
Dances With Wolves
Giant
Rio Bravo
The Wild Bunch
Dead Man
Unforgiven
3:10 to Yuma
No Country for Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
True Grit
Django Unchained
Fantasia
Snow White
Cinderella
Alice in Wonderland
Dumbo
The Sword in the Stone
Pinocchio
The Lion King
Sleeping Beauty
Balto
The Jungle Book
Aladdin
Peter Pan
Mulan
Tarzan
Princess Mononoké
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Spirited Away
Lady and the Tramp
Beauty and the Beast
Corpse Bride
Bambi
The Fox and the Hound
How to Train Your Dragon
Pocahontas
Toy Story
Monsters, Inc.
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
Wall-E
Up
Toy Story 3
Fight Club
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Jurassic Park
Men in Black
Requiem For A Dream
Reservoir Dogs
A.I.
Pulp Fiction
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Matrix
Spiderman 2
Lord of The Rings
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
X-Men 2
American History X
Dr. No
Casino Royal
Star Wars:The Revenge of The Sith
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Kick Ass
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Minority Report
The Shining
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Saw
Insidious
Watchmen
300
Transformers: The Dark Side of The Moon
Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows part 2
The Avengers
Mission Impossible III
Saving Private Ryan
There Will Be Blood
V for Vendetta
Avatar
Star Trek: Insurrection
Die Hard
Léon
Titanic
Alien
Edward Scissorhands
Sin City
Eyes Wide Shut
Yves Saint Laurent
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Usual Suspects
Basic Instinct
Brokeback Mountain
Kill Bill
Secret Window
Little White Lies
The Shawshank Redemption
Birdman
Drive
La Vie en Rose
The Wolf of Wall Street
Interstellar
Man of Steel
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman
Batman Returns
The Godfather
Jaws
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Taxi Driver
Back to The Future
Rain Man
Scarface
2001 A Space Odyssey
The Tree of Life
Pulp Fiction
Lost Highway
Heat
Forrest Gump
La Haine
A Clockwork Orange
The Big Lebowski
Donnie Darko
The Notebook
Dirty Dancing
Mulholland Drive
Braveheart
Blade Runner
Gladiator
Se7en
The Artist
American Beauty
Amélie
The Great Gatsby
Black Swan

 

WE GET THE WORLD WE DESERVE — McAdams, Vaughn, Farrell look great in new teaser for True Detective 2

The teaser for TRUE DETECTIVE, Season Two sizzles. The promo features a smoky new song performed by Lera Lynn, with music by T. Bone Burnett, lyrics by Roseanne Cash.  The song begins with “Change will come to those who have no fear,” mentions being “locked inside a holy war,”  then repeats that love is “the only thing worth fighting for.”

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn star.

The official plot synopsis, via Den of Geek:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote all the episodes last season, will be writing all the episodes this season. Cary Fukunaga, who helmed Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre  and who directed all the episodes in the first season, will be an executive producer. The second season will have multiple directors. Justin Lin, who directed the Fast and Furious movies, directed the first two episodes of the eight-episode season.

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Vince Vaughn is playing former “thug turned businessman” Frank Semyon, “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” Vaughn’s character “is working with corrupt politicians to push through “a high-speed railway system” that would run along the coast of California bringing business in its wake. Semyon tries to go legit but the murder of an associate derails that plan. He’s got politicians in his pockets and more than misdemeanors on his mind. Deadline reported that Pizzolatto wrote Vince Vaughn’s part with the actor in mind. In an interview with Playboy, Vaughn said he got the part while discussing a Rockford Files project with Pizzollato.

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Rachel McAdams, who broke through as Regina George in the high school comedy Mean Girls in 2004, will play the main female lead, Sheriff Ani Bezzirades, “a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.”

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Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, “a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.”

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 Colin Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a California Highway Patrol officer whose official description reads: “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Farrell’s character deals with “cocaine and anger management” and was “suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over.”

The poster promises mystery and chills, just like Season One, and features an excellent piece of copy: “WE GET THE WORLD WE DESERVE.”f37ea163564fa1bdf483f54c229bc21b8871bfa3

Rachel McAdams joins James Franco in Wim Wenders’ 3D film EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE

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Rachel McAdams is joining the Wim Wenders drama, now in front of 3D cameras in Montreal. The film tells the story of  a writer (Franco) who loses control of his life after a car accident, in which he kills a young boy. Even though he is not directly at fault, his relationship with his girlfriend (McAdams) breaks down and his life sets off in a new direction. See The Playlist for more info.