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Update: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million total tuning in throughout the first and repeat airings.Now that Toh! is caught up with the show's first episode, we can report that it was quite close in tone to the neo-noir original, an interesting example of introducing the characters, setting and mood from the Coens' film, and then expanding on them. Unclear whether they're going to give the Frances McDormand character (aka Marrrrge Gunderson) her due -- it's a tough act to follow, not to mention an Oscar-winning one. But Freeman and Thornton are definitely delivering the goods. Earlier: It's the type of thing that could easily be a botched operation. But while FX's "Fargo" has intimidatingly big shoes to fill -- in »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Update: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million tuning in throughout the two repeat airings.Now that Toh! is caught up with the show's first episode, we can report that it was quite close in tone to the neo-noir original, an interesting example of introducing the characters, setting and mood from the Coens' film, and then expanding on them. Unclear whether they're going to give the Frances McDormand character (aka Marrrrge Gunderson) her due -- it's a tough act to follow, not to mention an Oscar-winning one. But Freeman and Thornton are definitely delivering the goods. Earlier: It's the type of thing that could easily be a botched operation. But while FX's "Fargo" has intimidatingly big shoes to fill -- in the form of the Coen brothers, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Last night saw the arrival of "Fargo" on FX, the second attempt (after a very short-lived late-'90s version starring Edie Falco in the role that won Frances McDormand an Oscar) to bring the Coen Brothers' beloved comedy-drama to the small screen. Unlike that version, this is something "inspired" by, rather than spinning-off the original. And by most accounts, it seems to have worked, with critics warmly receiving the series executive produced by the Coens and which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. It's hardly the first to attempt the transition—barely a TV season goes by without at least one big-screen spin-off, and indeed another one arrives shortly, with the Ari Graynor-starring adaptation of "Bad Teacher" debuting on CBS next week. But there's a very spotty rate of success—for everything that spawns a. »
- The Playlist Staff
Joel and Ethan Coen, despite the fact that they are a duo, are a singular force in modern cinematic history. That is to say, if you’ll forgive the grammatical confusion, there is only one Coen Brothers. Their outstanding 1996 film is equally singular, despite the fact that there is now a fantastic TV series that shares both its title and geographical setting: FX’s Fargo.
The similarities between the two works stand out enough to give the unacquainted observer a reasonable amount of pause. We’re in a period of film and television history where direct remakes are going out of fashion, but fresh takes on older stories are becoming more and more in vogue, whether they’re the evil Maleficent, the troubled Norman Bates or the up and coming Commissioner Gordon. The surge in this type of adapted storytelling gives rise to a certain skepticism that would caution against »
- Darren Ruecker
The Austin-based Atx Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with Atx for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo.
“We at FX Networks really respect and appreciate the independent spirit of the Festival, and what Caitlin and Emily are building, so we feel like this is the perfect year to get involved,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, »
- Karen Valby
"I don't watch movies," declares Lorne Malvo, the slippery, malevolent figure at the center of FX's new "Fargo" series. (The first of 10 episodes debuts tonight at 10; I've seen the first four.) The line rings true to what we have learned about Malvo, a professional hitman and amateur troublemaker who takes pleasure in encouraging people's worst impulses to see what will happen. But it also functions as a sly acknowledgment of the large shadow "Fargo" the movie casts over "Fargo" the TV show. Created by Noah Hawley (a "Bones" alum who created the charming but short-lived ABC cop show "The Unusuals," starring a then-unknown Jeremy Renner), the new "Fargo" takes place in the same frozen Minnesota winter of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning film(*), though it is not a remake of that film's story. Still, there are many nods to the movie both big and small — each episode, for instance, opens with »
- Alan Sepinwall
Calgary - As pages go, Warren Littlefield is slightly overqualified. The Brandon Tartikoff protege spent 20 years as an executive at NBC, cultivating in a '90s run as NBC Entertainment President a gig that was, at times, rather wildly successful. On this March day in Calgary, though, Littlefield is serving as a tour-guide for a group of reporters visiting the set of his FX limited series "Fargo." Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Calgary, we've left the urban center behind and we're at a facility that is doubling for the Bemidji Police Department, as well as several other rural Minnesota hubs. Depending on which way you wander, there are interrogation rooms, a main squad area, portions of a local hospital and a middle school cafeteria, in which we're conducting most of our interviews next to a fine piece of juvenile art that has nothing to do with "Fargo," but I'm including it anyway. »
- Daniel Fienberg
FX heads to Fargo with showrunner Noah Hawley, revisiting the "Minnesota nice" made famous by the Coen brothers Oscar-winning feature film of the same name. Hawley (My Generation) heads to cable for the first time with the 10-episode anthology that explores what would happen the day after Frances McDormand's detective Marge Gunderson solved the case depicted in the film. (Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen won a screenwriting Oscar for the film, which was nominated for best picture.) While FX's limited series is not an interpretation of the movie, its characters are inspired by Steve Buscemi's bumbling criminal
- Lesley Goldberg
New York (AP) - After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put "Fargo" on series TV.
The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. Edt on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.
Like that movie, the series is set in rural, snow-glazed Minnesota, but 20 years later (in 2006), and is stocked with new characters, deadly mischief and a bounty of stars including Allison Tolman as a bright-eyed deputy and Martin Freeman as a nebbishy insurance salesman (distant echoes of the roles played by McDormand and Macy in the film). Also on hand are Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and more.
At the core of its deliciously deranged narrative is Lorne Malvo, »
- The Associated Press
This is a true story. In 1998, the current TV belle epoque not even a twinkle in the eye of the Us networks, a pilot was filmed for a TV series of the Coen brothers' churningly tense black comedy Fargo, which had been released two years previously. It was the last writing and production credit for the late Bruce Paltrow (father of Gwyneth), starred The Sopranos' Edie Falco and was directed by Misery actor and occasional director Kathy Bates. Set in Brainerd, Minnesota, it featured Falco as police chief Marge Gunderson, the role immortalised by Frances McDormand in the movie. The Coen brothers were not involved. The project, though strangely enticing, fizzled out.
Then, in 2012, news emerged that another telly crew had taken an interest in the world of Fargo, »
- Ben Arnold
FX's "Fargo" was conceived as something of a ten-episode "movie" more than a standard television series. In this sense it shares something of a kinship with HBO's recently completed first season of "True Detective". And, like "True Detective", which is already developing a second season, the intent with "Fargo" is to feature one true crime story each season and, as writer/creator Nick Hawley said, "After a season or two of the show, people who see the movie might say that was a great episode of Fargo. Each season is a separate true crime story from that region. The movie now fits into the series as another true crime story from the region." The movie Hawley is referring to, of course, is Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 Best Picture nominee of the same name. And don't go feeling as if that comment, saying the movie could be considered just another episode, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (Laff) has revealed that filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will serve as artistic guest director for the upcoming edition of the fest. The festival runs June 11 through 19 in downtown La. Bong Joon-ho's lyrical apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer" is set to open it. Past guest artistic directors include David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Cholodenko is currently in post-production on the four-part miniseries "Olive Kittredge," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, and starring Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan. It centers on the lives of a number of inhabitants in the coastal town of Crosby, Maine. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive Laff 2014's Spirit of Independence Award. »
- Beth Hanna
Over the course of their career, the Coen Brothers have received critical acclaim for many of their cinematic endeavours, up to and including their 1996 feature Fargo, which earned the brothers a Best Original Screenplay Oscar as well as a Best Actress Oscar for Frances McDormand. Fans of the filmmakers were curious when it was revealed that a television series based on the movie was in the works on the channel FX, with the brothers onboard as executive producers. The cast for the series includes Bob Odenkirk, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and Joey King. Ahead of the show’s premiere on April 15th at 10 pm Est, the first seven minutes have been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
The post Video of the Day: Watch the first seven minutes of the FX series ‘Fargo’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Fargo - 20th Century Fox/MGM - Blu-ray Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi,Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell. Full cast + crew Fargo is a perfect movie. Yes, what a controversial stance in the year 2014, but there it is. It's an exquisitely written, perfectly plotted dark comedy about murder and congenial mayhem wrapped in a slice of Middle America most people never pay much mind to. There's not a note in this movie that's out of key. This is a remastered Blu-ray, so it should be a slight visual bump over the last release (which I don't have to compare it to, unfortunately), but other than that there's nothing new to this release. But we don't really care, because Fargo...
- Peter Hall
Cory Michael Smith has been cast in the role of Edward Nygma in the new Batman-inspired series Gotham. Nygma eventually becomes the Riddler. The drama will explore the origin story of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie.
Nygma is a brilliant yet socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked. As of right now, this is only a guest spot in the pilot episode that is currently being shot. It could – and should – turn into a regular role, though. It's the freakin' Riddler!
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
Cory Michael Smith has joined the cast of Gotham as Edward Nygma, the DC Comics character destined to become future supervillain The Riddler. In the prequel drama from Fox and Wbtv, Nygma is a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked. Smith has a guest role in the pilot and might become a series regular on the hourlong drama exec produced by Bruno Heller, which stars Ben McKenzie as young Gotham City cop James Gordon. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, and Camren Bicondova also star. Smith is coming off of HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge with Frances McDormand and turns in Todd Haynes’ Carol, opposite Cate Blanchett, and Camp X-Ray with Kristen Stewart. Smith is repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. Related: ‘Gotham’ Character Photos Revealed: Slideshow 2014 Fox Pilots »
- JEN YAMATO
When Jason Sudeikis presented at the Oscars earlier this month, it was as good an indication as any that the industry no longer sees him simply as an overgrown "Saturday Night Live" comic. And while his films thus far (a small role in "Drinking Buddies" notwithstanding) have been in a fairly broad mainstream comic vein, he's evidently looking to class things up a bit with something a little more festival-friendly. "Tumbledown," an independent romantic comedy in which he stars alongside Rebecca Hall, has begun shooting in Massachusetts -- filling in for Maine, apparently. In the film, Hall plays a recently widowed woman struggling to write a biography of her late husband -- a highly regarded musician. Sudeikis plays the brash academic who collaborates with her on the project; they clash, but I'm guessing not for too long. It sounds to me an awful lot like an Amerindie answer to "Three Colors: Blue, »
- Guy Lodge
Tumbledown, a romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, has begun principal photography in Devens, Massachusetts, it was announced by producers Kristin Hahn and Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star. Tumbledown is directed by Sean Mewshaw from an original screenplay by Desi Van Til.
Deep in the Maine woods, Hannah (Hall) is unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of a biography she's struggling to write, when she meets Andrew, a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband's life - and death. The unlikely pair must collaborate to craft the famous singer's story and begin to write the next chapter in their lives together.
Former “Glee” actress Dianna Agron has joined Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall in the romantic comedy “Tumbledown,” which began principal photography in Massachusetts this week. Agron co-stars with Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne and Richard Masur in director Sean Mewshaw's first feature, written by first-time screenwriter Desi Van Til. The filmmakers previously collaborated on the short film “Last Night,” which starred Frances McDormand and premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Also read: Channing Tatum's ‘Magic Mike’ Musical Moves Forward With ‘Spider-Man’ Scribe “Tumbledown,” produced by Kristin Hahn of Indigo Films and Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios, »
- Greg Gilman
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Fargo Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a used car salesman with money issues. He arranges to have his wife kidnapped in the hopes that her overbearing father will pay a ransom, she’ll be released, and everyone will come out a winner. Things don’t work out quite the way he planned though, and in addition to two madmen (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) holding his wife he’s also got a persistent cop (Frances McDormand) on his tail. The Coen brothers’ sixth feature film was their first to reach a wide audience, and that’s due as much to its fantastic sense of humor as it is its tremendous cast. It tells an incredibly dark and violent tale, but it does so in such a marvelously sweet and humorous way. Macy »
- Rob Hunter
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