Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave YouWarner Bros. has released the first trailer for This Is Where I Leave You, and it looks extremely promising! I really liked the book and am definitely looking forward to the movie, which will be out in September and stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, and many more. (Seriously, all of Hollywood is in this cast.)

Justified to End After Season 6

JustifiedDuring his TCA press tour presentation yesterday, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf confirmed the rumors that season six would be the last season of drama Justified.

“It was [showrunner] Graham Yost and Timothy Olyphant’s decision,” he said. “I would have liked to have had more Justified. It’s one of my favorite shows.”

Justified, based on the work of Elmore Leonard, is currently airing season five, so I assume this means the final season will air in early 2015. Thoughts? While I’ll be sad to see such a good show go, I am a big fan of letting shows end on their own terms and in a good place, creatively, so I can’t really complain.

Movie News Briefs: Avengers 2, Dark Places, Swallows & Amazons, This Is Where I Leave You, & More

  • The Avengers 2 will reportedly begin shooting in early 2014.
  • Dan Stevens is in talks for Swallows and Amazons (based on the Arthur Ransome series).
  • Timothy Olyphant and Ben Schwartz have joined This Is Where I Leave You.
  • Chloe Moretz is in talks for the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places.
  • Baggage Claim will be in theaters on September 27th.
  • TLC is making a TV movie based on the Kennedy book Letters to Jackie.
  • Jim Sturgess is starring with Kate Beckinsale in Eliza Graves, based on Poe story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.”

Justified Season Finale Thoughts & Roundup

JustifiedJustified‘s fourth season came to an end on Tuesday night with “Ghosts,” and I’ll admit I have somewhat mixed feelings about this one. At the beginning of the season, I really liked the fact that they were attempting an overarching mystery plot, but I think I wound up liking it better in theory than in execution. As with most long mystery plots, it wound up being fairly convoluted and sometimes hard to follow exactly what was going on and how it all connected. But at the same time, week to week, this was still one of my favorite shows on TV; they did do a good job of making every week an interesting set piece even if the way they all connected was sometimes hard to follow. I liked the way the finale spent plenty of time on both Raylan and Boyd, and set them up to be in new, interesting situations in season five. And that final scene with Raylan is definitely one of those TV moments that sticks with you.

Here’s some coverage of the end of the season, including a bunch of interviews with showrunner Graham Yost about the finale and what’s to come. If you have some good ones I missed, put them in the comments!

Justified Season 4 Premiere: Hole in the Wall

Justified, based on Elmore Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, returned for its fourth season on FX last night. This show has an interesting relationship with Leonard’s work: It was based on one of his short stories, “Fire in the Hole,” and Raylan appears in a few of his novels.* And Leonard serves as an executive producer on the show, though I’m not sure of the extent of his day to day involvement. But after the show became a hit, he published the novel Raylan, with a picture of series star Timothy Olyphant on the cover. Elmore Leonard is obviously a great mystery writer in his own right, so this is no schlocky tie-in novel, but at the same time, he’s been marvelously upfront about the way the show has informed and evolved his thinking about his own characters. The book is even dedicated to Olyphant and showrunner Graham Yost.

One of the more novelistic aspects of the show is the complex nature and evolution of the central character; Raylan is somehow both understated and over-the-top all at once, and it’s thoroughly fascinating. “Hole in the Wall” sets up season four Raylan to struggle laconically with both his father’s betrayal and his child’s impending birth, all while dealing with his job, his new relationship, and everything else. (I kind of love that practically everyone on the show owns and/or works in bars now.) And this season, the show will also more closely resemble a novel in that it will be exploring one mystery almost all season. The mystery set up in last night’s premiere is, according to Yost, based on the Bluegrass Conspiracy, and it will be interesting to see how the characters all tie into this framework.

One more random bookish note: there was a fun shoutout to spy novelist Alan Furst at the end of the episode. There was also a hilarious and unexpected mention of furries as well as this delightful moment, as told by Vulture:

Boyd Crowder English Language Triumph of the Week: Boyd said this week that he’s been nonplussed by Johnny’s lack of motivation. YES! “Nonplussed”! Used correctly! Boyd Crowder, you can basically do whatever you want. You have our full support.

I’m going to try to check in on this show weekly, as I’d like to follow this larger mystery across the season, but if you’re looking for good weekly reviews I recommend Alan Sepinwall. Here’s his take on the premiere.

* Full disclosure: I’ve read the original short story but not the novels, yet. I should get on that.

(Image courtesy of FX.)