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Because time is a flat circle, it’s time to once again sort through all of the casting rumors for the new season of True Detective. Though no actors have officially been confirmed, several names have been thrown around as contenders for the second season of Nic Pizzolato’s hit TV show. According to The Wrap, the current front runners are Vince Vaughn as a corrupt businessman, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch as detectives with a host of personal issues (among them drug problems and abuses of power), and Elisabeth Moss as the female lead, a sheriff with a troubled past and problems with alcohol and gambling. So, just your usual upbeat crime fare.
True Detective would be Moss’ first major role after wrapping up seven seasons of Mad Men. But True Detective is only a one-season commitment, so Moss would still be free to pursue other opportunities, instead of being tied down to one show for several more years. Plus, it’s the buzziest show currently on the air, which is bound to open the amount of projects and opportunities headed her way even further.
Mad Men has allowed Moss to showcase the range of her talent, but Ani Bezzerides seems so different from Peggy Olson that it would allow her the opportunity to stretch even further. Moss’ character on Top of the Lake , Det. Robin Griffin, was also a drastic change of pace to Peggy, but it remained very much under the radar during its run, despite the critical and awards acclaim it earned. Thanks to its surprising first season and the clout that HBO’s programming enjoys, True Detective is a much more recognizable property. More people would be aware of Moss’ work on the show, which means she’s much more likely to finally take home that Emmy. Look at what True Detective did for Matthew McConaughey, and just imagine what it could do for someone like Moss, who is already a critical darling.
But a role on True Detective might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Though Moss would be the show’s female lead, she still seems to be setting up as a second fiddle to Farrell, the show’s alleged primary protagonist. That’s not to say that her character would be any less complex and interesting, but it’s hard to imagine that most of the attention – both on the show and in the press – wouldn’t focus on the movie star instead of the TV vet. After playing second fiddle to Jon Hamm for the last seven years, it would be better to see Moss find a project where she can finally get the chance to shine.
A lateral move might not be what Moss needs right now. She’s spent several years proving that she’s an incredibly talented actress on television, but her films roles, even at the height of Mad Men’s fame, have been few, and have tended towards the supportive girlfriend type instead of anything that made use of her talent. Perhaps it’s time for her to find the right film role in order to really make an impact on Hollywood and audiences outside of Peggy Olson.
Of course, it’s also entirely possible that Moss isn’t looking for another gritty detective series this soon after Top of the Lake. That role offered her many of the same things that True Detective does (a change of pace, a challenging character, a talented cast, awards attention), albeit on a slightly smaller scale. Moss might be satisfied with her foray into the detective genre, and might want to avoid True Detective so that she doesn’t get typecast. Considering the fact that she’s largely avoided period pieces outside of Mad Men, it wouldn’t be too surprising.
Whatever she decides, the truth remains: Elisabeth Moss will probably be fine, because she doesn’t actually need True Detective. She has already built a respected career thanks to projects like Mad Men and Top of the Lake, and now that the former is wrapping up, she likely has her pick of projects. Sure, True Detective would be a great move, but it’s not the only one she has right now, and no matter what she chooses, something tells us that we’ll still see a lot more of Moss. Even if it isn’t on a weekly basis anymore.
Folk stars The Civil Wars have officially broken up. Joy Williams and John Paul White took a hiatus from the group in 2012 after cancelling their tour due to "internal discord", and on Tuesday (05Aug14), the pair took to its website to formally announce its split.
A statement posted online reads,"The Civil Wars - made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White - have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who (sic) has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012. As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of You Are My Sunshine..."
Williams adds, "I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I'm so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I'm excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition..."
White continues, "I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars - from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one."
Williams and White formed the band after meeting in 2008.
In 2011, they released their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, which won two Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
They released their final album, The Civil Wars, in 2013.
British actor/comedian Steve Coogan is hoping to land an honour from Queen Elizabeth II so he can turn it down.
The Philomena star dreams of being picked for inclusion on one of the British monarch's honours lists, but he wants to join an elite group of celebrities who have turned down medals and titles from the royal.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "I don't believe in all that. If you look at the people who've turned them down, that's always cool."
Stars who have rejected honours from the Queen in the past include Beatles legend John Lennon, who returned his Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal as part of an anti-war protest, and David Bowie, who snubbed a knighthood in 2003.
Actress/singer Zooey Deschanel has reportedly found love with producer Jacob Pechenik after meeting on the set of her new film Rock The Kasbah. The New Girl star appears to have split from Dear John screenwriter Jamie Linden, who she began dating in the summer of 2012, after she was photographed getting close to Pechenik during a recent lunch date at Los Angeles' Cafe Aroma.
An eyewitness tells Eonline.com, "(They were) definitely acting like a couple. (Pechenik was) feeding her blueberries and they were holding hands across the table.
"She was smiling and laughing at the things he was saying... When they got up to leave, he put his arm around her and they walked out together."
The rumoured new couple was also snapped together during a break from filming Rock The Kasbah in California late last month (Jul14).
Deschanel was previously married to Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard. They split in 2011 after two years of marriage.
The former White House Press Secretary to U.S. President Ronald Reagan has died at the age of 73. James Brady, who served in office from 1981 to 1989, suffered serious injuries in 1981 after overzealous Jodie Foster fan John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate Reagan in Washington D.C.
Hinckley, Jr. hit the leader in the chest and arm, while also injuring three others, including Brady, who was left partially paralysed by the shooting, confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Brady subsequently became an outspoken campaigner for gun control.
His recovery from the shooting became the basis for Emmy-winning TV movie Without Warning: The James Brady Story in 1991, with Beau Bridges in the lead role.
Brady died on Monday (04Aug14). His cause of death has yet to be made public.
Actress Christina Hendricks was dropped by her talent agents after accepting a role on period drama Mad Men, because they were convinced the show would be a big flop. The 39 year old reveals she was advised against taking on the part of Joan Harris on the programme, set in the 1960s advertising world, but she decided to ignore her agents' concerns and follow her heart.
She tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "(My agency) said, 'It's a period piece, it's never going to go anywhere. We need you to make money and this isn't going to make money.' They ended up dropping me."
Hendricks' instincts proved to be correct - Mad Men, co-starring Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Elisabeth Moss, became a critical and commercial hit upon its premiere in 2007 and her role has earned her five Emmy Award nominations to date.
She adds, "I had been on several shows that were meant to be the big ones, that would go on forever, and they didn't. So there was no sure bet and I'd already taken a chance on them, and I felt, why not do the one you're in love with and take a chance on that?"
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Adam Sandler made a personal call to a young boy battling leukaemia after the poorly youngster proclaimed himself the actor's biggest fan in an online video.
Grady Lynch, eight, shared a clip on YouTube.com declaring his love for The Waterboy star, thanking him for making him laugh during hard times and inviting him to a barbecue.
The clip was shared by friends and relatives, including family pal John Kinnear who penned a blog post begging the actor to contact Lynch and asking for Internet users' help to spread the word.
Kinnear has since updated his post to reveal that Sandler made a direct call to Lynch and shared a picture of the boy on the phone with his hero, writing, "Adam was fantastic and called Grady directly this evening, the two of them hit it off and had a great conversation! Here is a pic of Grady on the phone with his hero! Thank you all for your help in getting this out there. You are all awesome!"
A man was arrested at Beyonce and Jay Z's concert in California on Saturday (02Aug14) after he allegedly bit off the tip of another man's finger.
Robert Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was arrested at Pasadena's Rose Bowl after he reportedly groped the victim's girlfriend, and as a fight ensued, Alcaraz-Garnica chomped on the man's finger.
Lieutenant John Luna of the Pasadena Police Department confirms to TheWrap.com that Alcaraz-Garnica "sexually assaulted" a female and the man sustained a "serious injury" to his finger.
Alcaraz-Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem following the incident and is being held on $100,000 (£59,426) bail pending his initial court appearance.
In addition, local police also arrested eight revellers for public intoxication and two for ticket scalping. Saturday's gig was part of the hip-hop supercouple's On The Run tour, and the pair played another show at the same venue on Sunday (03Aug14).
Six previously unheard recordings by late British singer/songwriter Nick Drake have been pulled from auction following an ownership dispute. Drake's pal and fellow folk star Beverley Martyn, the widow of singer John Martyn, planned to place the 1968 tape featuring versions of Fruit Tree and Cello Song under the hammer at London auction house Ted Owen and Company on Thursday (31Jul14), but the sale was postponed after lawyers for the tragic star's estate raised concerns about her ownership rights.
Martyn claims the recordings, which were expected to fetch at least $425,000 (£250,000), came into her possession legitimately and she is adamant she is the rightful owner of the tape.
She says, "I looked after them for 38 years, treasured them. I know the person who made the tape and they are happy for me to have it. The Drake family even offered to buy it off me eight years ago for £2,000 ($3,400)."
Drake was just 26 when he committed suicide in 1974.
Actress Cheryl Hines will exchange vows with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on Saturday (02Aug14), according to the groom's cousin. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy has confirmed the couple will wed at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress became engaged to Kennedy in April (14). Kathleen Kennedy, her stepdaughter-to-be, recently told the New York Daily News the wedding will be a "secret affair, very private".
Kennedy is son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. This will be his third marriage.