HBO continually prepares for a banner weekend this coming Sunday with the premieres of 'Game of Thrones' season 4, Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley' and 'Veep' season 3, but also promotion for its late spring and summer assets. To wit, the latest trailer for HBO's star-studded Ryan Murphy AIDS drama 'The Normal Heart' has arrived, chock full of Emmy-caliber performances we'll be hearing about in the months to come.
Just when you thought HBO had enough to focus on between the 'True Detective' finale, our first real look at 'Veep' season 3, and yet another 'Game of Thrones' trailer, the pay-cable network hits us again. Ryan Murphy's adaptation of iconic stage play 'The Normal Heart' has its own first trailer, with everyone from Julia Roberts to 'The Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo shouting about the HIV-AIDS epidemic of the '80s.
War, in case you've forgotten, is hell.
I don't mean to sound flip concerning a very serious topic, but I'm not really sure what else to glean from Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor,' a based-on-true-story tale of a Navy SEAL operation gone south. It is a brutal, unpleasant way to spend two hours. The violence is relentless and unsubtle, and when the audio/visual PTSD smoke clears, there's the realization that you've learned nothing about these characters or the wider situation in Afghanistan. Berg's sole intent is to simply show the job these men do - “gotta pay the bills,” one character IMs to his wife. While slice-of-life narrative can sometimes be rewarding, in a film with as much manipulation as this it just isn't enough. 'Lone Survivor' rattles but it doesn't stir.
How exactly do you bounce back from a critical and financial bomb as big as 'Battleship'? If you're director Peter Berg, you go make 'Lone Survivor,' a war film based on true events that's already started generating extremely positive pre-release buzz. The newest trailer for the film has arrived and we certainly hope the finished film is as intense as it looks here.
From 'Glee' to 'American Horror Story,' Ryan Murphy fans know that the dedicated showrunner attracks plenty of talent to his work across a number of mediums. The coming months will see the 'Glee' creator tackling his first HBO movie 'The Normal Heart,' an adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play of the same name, amassing TV and film stars alike for the effort. Latest to join the piece are big-budget flop-master Taylor Kitsch and 'The Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parsons, so will 'The Normal Heart' prove HBO's next award winner?
Taylor Kitsch had a rough 2012 thanks to box office disappointments 'John Carter,' 'Battleship' and 'Savages.' Yet with a screen presence like that, you can't stay down-and-out for long. Looks like Kitsch's next project finds him squaring off against a killer in a more modestly budgeted film called 'Exit 147.'
Looks like #33 won't be hitting the Hunger Games field anytime soon. Taylor Kitsch, known for his days on 'Friday Night Lights' and this summer's 'Battleship' and 'John Carter,' is a guy whose name was being thrown around to co-star in the 'Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire.' But according to Kitsch himself, it's not happening.