True Detective goes LA noir

19 June 2015 - 02:04 By Tymon Smith

The latest series of Game of Thrones is coming to an end but HBO is straight on to its next dramatic hit with the start of the second season of True Detective this Sunday. Starring Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, the show moves its action to LA for this series and the story is self-contained, having nothing to do with the events of the first series. Early reviews have been mixed but apparently if you let go of the first series and just watch this one for what it is, you could still be pleasantly surprised.The first trailer for The Program, British director Stephen Frears' film about the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, has debuted online. Ben Forster plays Armstrong and the cast includes Chris O'Dowd and Jesse Plemons. The film is based on the book Seven Deadly Sins by journalist David Walsh. It premieres in Europe later this year.The Weinstein Company is in talks with Laurence Fishburne and Idris Elba for an adaptation of the multimillion bestseller The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Fishburne is set to direct the film and Elba will play the lead as the Spaniard in search of hidden treasure buried in the Egyptian pyramids. Whether or not you are interested in this might depend more on how you feel about the project's director and star than you do about its source material.

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