Q: I just finished watching the first installment of “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. I’ve heard that the subsequent seasons with a different cast and mystery are not as good, so I might just skip those. Will there be a fourth season, and is there any chance that Harrelson and McConaughey will return for it? -- E.O.
A: When the anthology series “True Detective” premiered on HBO in 2014, I remember being surprised that two big movie stars were doing a TV series together. Nowadays, television and streaming services have so many quality projects, it’s easy to see why stars cross over often without a second thought.
The third installment of “True Detective” did seem to win back fans and critics alike with lead actor Mahershala Ali taking home an Emmy. According to Deadline.com, a fourth season is in the works, with Casey Bloys, chief content officer at HBO/HBO Max, “working with a couple of writers to find the right tone and take.”
McConaughey seems to have shifted away from acting, at least for now. He taught a film production class at the University of Texas and recently expressed interest in running for governor of the Lone Star state. Harrelson will play Timothy Leary in an upcoming limited series “The Most Dangerous Man in America,” but it’s not known yet when or where that show will air.
Q: Is Jake Tapper the novelist the same man who is on CNN? -- R.E.
A: Yes, the multitalented Tapper hosts a weekday news program along with other onscreen duties at CNN. He has published both nonfiction and novels, and also is a political cartoonist. His latest book, “The Devil May Dance,” is set during the Rat Pack world of Hollywood in the early 1960s. Tapper, 52, has said in interviews he’s fascinated with that era. Right now he seems to be at ease juggling his many hats. Let’s hope it continues.
Q: I saw a preview a while back for another musical by the man who created “Hamilton.” I thought it was going to be in movie theaters, but then the pandemic hit. Did they ever finish it? -- S.T.
A:You’re thinking of “In the Heights,” which Lin-Manuel Miranda created for the stage long before “Hamilton” became a Broadway sensation. The film adaptation was due out a year ago, but COVID-19 put a halt to that. Fortunately, it’ll be in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max beginning June 18.
“In the Heights” the film is directed by Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and stars Anthony Ramos and Leslie Grace. It’s set in the largely Dominican, Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Ramos reprises his lead role of Usnavi, a bodega owner who dreams of winning the lottery and the heart of a young woman who works at a beauty salon. Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue”), Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda himself round out the talented cast.
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