Mar 18, 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Spoiler Room – ‘Justified’ scoop!

Mar 18, 2011

Entertainment Weekly: Spoiler Room – ‘Justified’ scoop!

I can’t wait to see these upcoming episodes!

Hi, I love your column and am thrilled that it’s now twice weekly. Some spoiler scoopage on Justified, please! — Susola
I hope some Boyd news will do the trick. In a chat with reporters this week, Walton Goggins hinted to a big moment of realization coming up for the ever-evolving character that — if you’ve been as awed as I have by this character this season — sounds completely fantastic. “Coming up in three or four episodes, you’re basically going to see what Boyd has taken away from this introspective, this journey within. He’s going to be able to articulate this in a way that Boyd would articulate this, in a poetic way. He’s going to just lay it all out there. Like having taken the time and looked at life from all these different angles, this is what I walk away with,” he says. “It’s beautiful, and in some ways, I think for the audience, hopefully you’ll really understand this guy and not just feel sympathy for him, but you’ll kind of understand it from a birds-eye point of view and you’ll see kind of his worldview laid out in a way that makes sense.”

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Mar 13, 2011

CraveOnline break’s down ‘Justified’ 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

Mar 13, 2011

CraveOnline break’s down ‘Justified’ 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

I think they make some very interesting points and key observations, what do you think?

Walton Goggins finally got a showcase episode this season and it’s easily the best one so far. Goggins basically made his name on FX as Shane on “The Shield,” who was also a fascinating character. But Boyd Crowder tops him in complexity. In just a few episodes this year, we’ve seen Boyd struggle to achieve some measure of redemption in his attempt to create a new life for himself. However, no one believes that he’s changed and it all piles up on to him. It’s not that Boyd doesn’t want to be a better man. He goes out of his way to not kill Shelby and even the way he switched the bomb on Kyle would only have killed him if he betrayed Boyd.

Boyd’s use of his cellphone to bug the meeting was a great moment that showed him to be the smartest guy in a room full of people plotting his death. Boyd seems to do a tremendous job of letting people believe that he’s not that sharp when the inverse is actually true. Watching Boyd turn a potentially fatal situation around on his would be killers was a thing of beauty. And this episode demonstrated that Boyd could have carried the entire episode without Raylan making an appearance at all.

I’m also really enjoying the slow burn between Ava and Boyd. It’s pretty clear that he loves her and she’s starting to come around towards him. When she got his note, she suspected that it was for something nefarious. But she followed his instructions anyway. If she was going to hang him out to dry, that would have been the perfect opportunity to do so. Just the fact that she went through with the call shows us that she cares for him.

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Mar 10, 2011

Good or bad, Walton’s ‘Justified’ character surprises even him

Mar 10, 2011

Good or bad, Walton’s ‘Justified’ character surprises even him

Walton Goggins can cast a spell over you during a phone conversation just as easily as he does playing the magnetic Boyd Crowder in FX’s “Justified.”

He puts everything out there—even when doing an interview at the end of an early morning shoot after he’s been up the night before with his new son, Augustus Somerset. It’s hard not to be drawn in by his zeal for the work he’s doing.

“It’s always exciting,” he said, answering a simple “how’s it going?” “One should be so lucky to be in this situation that I’m in, or any other person on television [is in], who really cares about what they do every day.”

The former “The Shield” star definitely cares, and that translates to “Justified” (9 p.m. Wednesdays, FX), where his mercurial character continues to trouble U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the childhood friend who just can’t trust Boyd, even if he claims his outlaw days are behind him.

Since last year’s freshman season, Boyd has gone from white supremacist criminal to born-again evangelist to leader of the disenfranchised to disillusioned ex-con. He’s about to change again, Goggins teased.

“I think that he has been without the ability to see himself as good or bad, and through the course of this season, he will acquire a pair of glasses that allows him to see himself really for the first time,” Goggins said, adding with a laugh, “How about that for a quote? Come on, Curt!”

Goggins talked more about working with Olyphant (“like doing a waltz”), being a father and how cool it would be to see Boyd wearing a marshal’s star. Continue Reading →

Mar 9, 2011

Justified Advance Review: 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

Mar 9, 2011

Justified Advance Review: 2×05 ‘Cottonmouth’

All I can say is after reading this little tidbit, I am aching for tonight’s newest ‘Justified’ episode!

For those who want to read the article but are concerned about spoilers, there is no need to worry about this review since it doesn’t feature actual “spoilers” rather than a outline of what will happen without filling in the blanks. You can read the entire Advance review at the source, linked below.

In other happenings, Boyd Crowder is apparently back to his old ways, mired in a new business proposition with his “friends” from the mine. To say any more than that one sentence would be egregiously spoiling, but needless to say it is not at all what you think it’s going to be – and it all makes perfect sense by the time it plays out. The storyline also leads to a heartbreaking scene between Boyd and Ava that’s so good, it once again makes me incensed that he hasn’t yet won a major award for this series yet. Joelle Carter is herself just as impressive, and the two of them together has been the most pleasant surprise to come out of the second season for me.

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Mar 7, 2011

Walton’s ‘Justified’ interview with Chud.com

Mar 7, 2011

Walton’s ‘Justified’ interview with Chud.com

Note: If you notice, this entire interview took place in the video posted previously from YourEntertainmentCorner.com – But regardless, it is a great interview!

Justified is one of the best shows on television these days, and that is in no small part to the work of Walton Goggins. Goggins was in the pilot, and there was talk that his character – Boyd Crowder – would be killed off, a “one and done.” But in crafting the pilot, they realized they could have some fun with him, and though Goggins was also shooting Predators, they managed to work him in to the first season, with his journey taking over the last couple episodes.

Goggins was wary of returning to television –as he says below – because of the seven years he put in on The Shield. His Shane Vendrell was revealed to be the heart and the central tragedy of the show. His work on The Shield is such that it’s fair to say he created one of television’s most indelible characters. And now with Justified he’s on his way to having two of the best characters put to screen. If this interview is fawning, it’s only because everyone in our group that talked to Goggins was a huge fan, and it was funny to see the women with us melting around him. Timothy Olyphant plays his role like walking sex, but Goggins definitely has his fanbase. Goggins proved to be a great interview, and at the end told us that we asked better questions than the New York Times. I’ll take it.

Your character is what absolutely sold me on this show. He’s one of the most fascinating characters on television right now. Does he know what he’s doing? Does he know if he’s on the path to redemption or not?

WALTON GOGGINS: No pressure on that answer. You know what I think that he…I don’t think that he’s ever taken the time to be introspective, to self-reflect. Last season was evidence of that. I think he started off in the pilot being one guy, and with that near death experience he went running in the opposite direction. Doing the same thing but finding God as a motivation for kind of repeating the same actions. And I think it’s only in the second season that Boyd – for the first time in his life – has looked at himself. Looked at what fuels him as a human being, and looked at his faults as a person, and in some ways has spent forty days in the desert. I think that he will emerge from this fully aware of who he is as a person – and be okay with it. It’s at the end of episode three with the throwing of that guy out of the car – it was very cathartic for him. He needed to grieve in that way, and it kind of manifested through this physical action of hurting another person, unfortunately. Because I think he was so hurt. Continue Reading →

Mar 3, 2011

Joelle Carter opens up to TVLine about Ava and Boyd

Mar 3, 2011

Joelle Carter opens up to TVLine about Ava and Boyd

In a recent interview with TVLine.com the lovely Joelle Carter who plays Ava Crowder on Justified opened up a little more on how Ava see’s Boyd and more!

TVLINE | What does Ava see in Boyd that she’s giving him the benefit of a doubt and now is letting him stay with her?
I think she knows that Boyd had a good heart, and she’s been involved with his family, the Crowders, for so long, that it’s familiar for her. It’s kind of like, “The grass is always greener, but once you get there sometimes it’s dead.” When she left Harlan to go to Lexington, the big town wasn’t really for her. She got a little lost, and the idea that maybe Raylan would show her the way got blown up, so… she’s gone back to what’s familiar, and Boyd is the only kin she really has around. They’ve always cared about each other to an extent. Like she said in the first season, people can change. I think she truly believes that.

TVLINE | Ava tells Boyd she will have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to his shady dealings. As they grow closer, do you think she might “waver” on that point?
Ava is an “act on the seat of her pants” kind of gal, and she wears her heart on her sleeve, so she tends to get in trouble. So she might open up to a few “exceptions.” But she will try hard to keep him to his word!

TVLINE | Will we see her away from her front porch, dragging on cigarettes, anytime soon?
The best thing about Ava this season is it’s a slow burn, and it’s leading up to something pretty spectacular that I think the fans are really going to like. They’re going to like Ava’s journey “home,” in a sense of her finding herself and what she’s capable of. She goes back to her true character and embraces it. And I think that I can say that, yes, Ava finds true love.

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Feb 20, 2011

The New York Post’s early review of ‘The I of the Storm’

Feb 20, 2011

The New York Post’s early review of ‘The I of the Storm’

Tiffany Wendeln Connors of The New York Post had this to say about ‘Justified’ and it’s newest episode which airs this Wednesday at 10pm on FX.

“Justified” (Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX) In the first two episodes of the season, we didn’t get to see much of TV’s most interesting villain, Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder. But this week, he makes his triumphant return when our hero Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) pursues Boyd as the likely culprit in a drug-related murder investigation. The carefully crafted story is funny, dark and sharp, demonstrating why this is the best police drama on the air.

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Feb 16, 2011

TVGuide: Justified is Right on Target

Feb 16, 2011

TVGuide: Justified is Right on Target

On Justified, when two hillbilly thugs walk into a room with an ominous-looking bag, you know they’re not toting the makings of a picnic. Anything might be inside: explosives, guns, a bear trap. For Timothy Olyphant, who stars on FX’s crime drama as the low-key but deadly deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and is now a producer, the secret to the show’s rich yet unhurried storytelling is how it triggers the imagination.

“I keep thinking about all the things that could be in the bag,” says Olyphant to staff writer Dave Andron as they sit on location in South Pasadena, California, outside of a police museum that’s doubling today as a jailhouse in rural eastern Kentucky. “Now the thing that tickles me most is live animals,” says Olyphant, who is dressed in full Raylan gear: nicely cut suit, collared shirt, tie, cowboy boots and, of course, his Stetson. “How about a…badger?” Olyphant collapses in a fit of giggles. “Badgers!” he drawls, riffing on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. “We don’t need no stinking badgers!”

Season 2 packs more unexpected twists than a sackful of such critters. Episode 1 will be memorable to every Justified fan for the indelible introduction of Raylan’s newest adversary, Mags Bennett, played by Margo Martindale. She’s the mother of three dimwit sons, including one played by Lost’s Jeremy Davies, and was inspired by both a real-life Kentucky crime matriarch and one of three brand-new Raylan-centric short stories penned by exec producer and master mystery writer Elmore Leonard. Raylan’s surprising affection for Mags stems from their shared past. Says Olyphant, “[Raylan]’s a guy who’s able to put aside certain things and say, ‘These are the people I grew up with. She knew me when I was wearing Pampers, she knew my granddaddy.'” Continue Reading →

Feb 10, 2011

5 Reasons You Should Watch Season 2 of Justified

Feb 10, 2011

5 Reasons You Should Watch Season 2 of Justified

You can read all 5 reasons at the source.

4. Two more words: Boyd Crowder. Although this is Raylan’s story, it’s harder than ever to take your eyes of Walton Goggins’ electrifying performance as Boyd Crowder, a former hellraiser trying to stick to the straight and narrow. There’s just one problem: No matter how hard he tries, nobody’s buying it, least of all Raylan. “Boyd is on this journey of self-discovery and he’s looking for one thing: to be absolutely numb,” Goggins says. “But people won’t leave him alone.” He will find one friendly soul, however, and it could grow into an unexpected romance. “What Boyd may very well wind up believing in is love,” Goggins says.

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Feb 9, 2011

Justified Boss Talks Feuds, Romance and New Season Secrets

Feb 9, 2011

Justified Boss Talks Feuds, Romance and New Season Secrets

You can read the entire article at E!Online. I highly recommend it but, bear in mind it is quite spoilery.

What does Ava’s relationship with Boyd look like this season?
I think that her relationship with Boyd is very conflicted. We’re going to be sensing stuff about her, which is, in going a little deeper, about who she is and the life she’s led. It’s not all just the surface story of this girl. There’s something else going on in there and that is something that will affect her relationship with Boyd. Coupled with the fact that Boyd is, with her, incredibly gentlemanly and caring and protective.

Is Boyd tempted to go back to life of crime?
What do you think? Yeah. It’s “tempted,” and it’s also, again, that sense of character is destiny. I think that Boyd will have a realization that his struggle to not be that guy that he was, was maybe the wrong struggle. You’ll see it in our fifth episode—it’s very Boyd-heavy, and we finally get to see him in a different light. When he got religion and went off on that path, it led to death and destruction. His conclusion could be that that’s just not the right path for Boyd Crowder.