True Detective is HBO’s new crime drama which premiered Sunday night. Our recap breaks down the events of season 1, episode 1 “The Long Bright Dark.”

True Detective season 1 is the story of two Louisiana detectives played by Woody Harrelson (Hart, who describes himself as a “regular dude with a big ass dick”) and Matthew McConaughey (Cohle – more on him later) who investigate the wicked murder of a woman in a sugar cane field in 1995. Prior to this case, the two have been working together for three months. The story throughout the season is framed by their retelling of the investigation to two cops in 2012. They bring them back in for questioning because some of their files were ruined during Hurricane Rita (September 2005).

The episode kicks off with video tape of the commencement of the interviews with the detectives in 2012. The new investigators want to hear Hart talk about Cohle, who they’ve heard is a strange guy. Indeed: When we first see Cohle for his interview (they’re conducted separately), he’s insisting on smoking in the office. He later asks for a break so he can go get some beer.

Hart points out to the new investigators that one of Cohle’s odder points was his giant notebook that earned him the nickname “the taxman.” Hart describes his partner as a smart, quiet man who lives alone in an empty apartment with a mattress on the floor. Adding to the obscurity, Cohle is not religious but has a cross hung up over his bed. He says he uses it as a form of meditation. Later in the episode we learn that Hart specifically requested Cohle stay with him on the case.

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True Detective is HBO’s new crime drama which premiered Sunday night. Our recap breaks down the events of season 1, episode 1 “The Long Bright Dark.”

True Detective season 1 is the story of two Louisiana detectives played by Woody Harrelson (Hart, who describes himself as a “regular dude with a big ass dick”) and Matthew McConaughey (Cohle – more on him later) who investigate the wicked murder of a woman in a sugar cane field in 1995. Prior to this case, the two have been working together for three months. The story throughout the season is framed by their retelling of the investigation to two cops in 2012. They bring them back in for questioning because some of their files were ruined during Hurricane Rita (September 2005).

The episode kicks off with video tape of the commencement of the interviews with the detectives in 2012. The new investigators want to hear Hart talk about Cohle, who they’ve heard is a strange guy. Indeed: When we first see Cohle for his interview (they’re conducted separately), he’s insisting on smoking in the office. He later asks for a break so he can go get some beer.

Hart points out to the new investigators that one of Cohle’s odder points was his giant notebook that earned him the nickname “the taxman.” Hart describes his partner as a smart, quiet man who lives alone in an empty apartment with a mattress on the floor. Adding to the obscurity, Cohle is not religious but has a cross hung up over his bed. He says he uses it as a form of meditation. Later in the episode we learn that Hart specifically requested Cohle stay with him on the case.

We flashback to 1995 when they arrive at the crime scene where Dora Lange’s body resides. The woman has had antlers taped to her head, her body is naked, there’s a symbol on her back, and she’s bent forward towards a tree. A strange object which we later find out is referred to as a “devil’s nest” is also there. A cop at the scene thinks the symbols are satanic. Cohle’s inspection of the woman is very detailed. He thinks she was a prostitute, amongst other specifics. Hart doesn’t like all of the assumptions Cohle is making and thinks he’s being prejudice. In a weird departure from the topic at hand, Hart invites Cohle to dinner with his family.

Cohle shows up to the dinner – which he put off for as long as possible – drunk with a bouquet of flowers in his hand. It’s an awkward family dinner where Cohle is asked by one of Hart’s kids if he’s ever shot a gun (yes).

true-detective-recap-season-1 Cohle heads out to a bar to ask some prostitutes who may know who the woman was, even though she hasn’t been identified yet. He asks them if anyone’s been missing lately, and they don’t offer any helpful leads other than a suggestion to speak to someone else. He also asks one of the ladies for some downers because – here’s another thing that’s strange about him – he doesn’t sleep.

Arriving home for the night, Hart ends up sleeping on the couch and barely has any time to talk to his wife Maggie when she wakes him the following morning. She’s missed him for a couple days, she tells him, but there’s no time for reminiscing because he’s got to get straight back to work. It’s an early sign of a relationship that’s falling apart.

At the coroner’s office we learn more about the body. She had LSD and crystal meth in her system and was drugged, bound, and tortured.

With still no solid leads in sight, the media starts describing the attack as one done by a cult, which lights a fire under the entire police force to keep digging for answers.

Shortly thereafter Hart and Cole interview a priest of a church attended by a missing person’s family several years ago. The priest brings up a case where two dead cats were found hanging. They also show the priest one of the objects they found at the crime scene which he describes as a devil’s nest.

Out at a house they choose to investigate because of some small connections to the case, Cohle heads into the backyard to look around and finds another one of the “devil’s nests.” The way the scene was shot, it seems like his gut led him to the backyard.

We jump to modern day, and Cohle is shown by police a new crime scene with a woman tied up. It looks similar to the one he investigated in 1995. They want to know how this could’ve happened again when Cohle and Hart caught their guy back in ’95.

“You better start asking the right fucking questions,” Cohle tells the cops. The episode ends there.

The mystery of Cohle

Forget the crime… one of the most compelling aspects of this show is Cohle. In this episode we learned that his daughter died years prior, and the 1995 murder was discovered on her birthday. Hart describes him as “smart, aloof, and doesn’t care about making friends.” Towards the end of the episode Hart reveals that their friendship ended in 2002 and they haven’t stayed in touch, but we don’t know why.

To make matters more complicated, the 2012 detectives seemed interested in Cohle’s backstory when speaking to Hart when it was irrelevant to the crime, and Harrelson’s character was suspicious of those questions.

Will you stick with ‘True Detective’?

Hypable screened the first three episodes of the season and we were very pleased with where the story heads. Though slow moving, the characters are gripping and the tension between Cohle and Hart is very compelling. Many questions are laid out in the first couple of episodes, and episode 3 concludes on a cliffhanger that suggests there will be an important payoff in episode 4.

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017