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‘Unicorn Store’ Review: Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Is a Quirky Mess with a Heart of Gold — Tiff

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‘Unicorn Store’ Review: Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Is a Quirky Mess with a Heart of Gold — Tiff
A millennial fairy tale that’s very confused about who actually belongs to that demographic cohort (aren’t we all), Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” is too adult for kids, too childlike for adults, and too muddled for the motley lot of misfits and dreamers who just want to think different. It’s a movie that sustains its strained plot with a huge heart — a movie that redeems its empty characters with a terrific cast. Most of all, it’s a movie that reminds you why “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” opted not to have a subplot about sexual harassment.

Larson, a creative force of nature who also stars in and produced her feature-length directorial debut, plays an aimless twentysomething named Kit. As a child, Kit was obsessed with unicorns. As an adult, Kit is still a child. We’re told that she dreams of being an artist (her ambitions
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'Unicorn Store': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Unicorn Store': Film Review | Tiff 2017
Fearlessly treading into potential snowflake territory and the perennial American indie theme of Being True to Yourself No Matter How Out of Step with the Mainstream You Are, Brie Larson embraces her inner sparkly child as the star and helmer of Unicorn Store. Beginning with its straight-dealing, truth-in-advertising title, this is a film that takes candy-colored metaphors seriously. But it’s also a deadpan comedy whose droll glance at conformity is heightened by the masterfully off-center contributions of Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Hamish Linklater and Mamoudou Athie.

Though the screenplay by Samantha McIntyre, whose TV credits include Married...
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TVLine Items: Happy! Premiere Date, Fox's Biggie & Tupac Special and More

TVLine Items: Happy! Premiere Date, Fox's Biggie & Tupac Special and More
Happiness is coming to Syfy this fall: The network’s adaptation of the graphic novel Happy!, starring Law & Order: Svu vet Chris Meloni, will premiere Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10/9c.

VideosKrypton Star, EPs Tease Syfy’s Untraditional Superman Prequel

The show follows Nick Sax (Meloni), an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hitman who, after a job gone wrong, finds his life forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue-winged horse named “Happy” (voiced by Patton Oswalt).

Syfy also announced return dates for several original series: Z Nation Season 4 (Friday, Sept. 29 at 9 pm), Van Helsing Season 2 (Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9 pm) and the
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Hamish Linklater to Star in TNT's 'Deadlier Than the Male' (Exclusive)

Hamish Linklater is headed to TNT.

The actor has signed on to star opposite Amy Brenneman in the Turner-owned cable network's drama pilot Deadlier Than the Male.

Executive produced by Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies), the project revolves around a three characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer; a former serial predator desperate to find redemption; and a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and their motives grows ever murkier,...
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Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater's Romance Is Far From a Horror Story

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Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater's Romance Is Far From a Horror Story
Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater first met on the set of the 2010 production The Merchant of Venice, but it wasn't until four years later that they began dating. Since then, they have costarred in four additional plays, including the upcoming production A Midsummer Night's Dream. In March, the pair welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, and while the couple is usually pretty private when it comes to their romance, they frequently show Pda on the red carpet. As if that wasn't cute enough, the American Horror Story actress often posts photos of them together on Instagram. In honor of their time together, take a look at their sweetest moments. RelatedThe American Horror Story Cast Is Like Their Own Little Cult at the Cher Concert
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Fargo Season 3, Episode 10 Review: Somebody to Love

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I gotta be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the Fargo Season 3 finale. There were a lot of balls up in the air and no clear way to tie off all the dangling plot threads. Last season's finale, with the crazy motel shootout and the sudden spaceship appearance, kind of left a bad taste in my mouth -- don't give me space aliens in my neo-noir, crime drama and then fail to explain it. Unfortunately, as events in this finale play out, prepare to be somewhat disappointed... but in a good way, I guess.

Gloria (Carrie Coon) writes a resignation letter in the cold opening, she's cleaned out her desk and headed for the door when the phone rings. IRS guy, Larue Dollard (Hamish Linklater), has built an epic case of fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion -- some of it actually illegal. Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) sent the care package to Dollard to take down Emmit. He's papered his conference room walls with the documents, it looks like a big deal but it's really not -- we later learn this is all just a false show of bravado, another red herring in a season of red herrings, and it makes the case (again) that we can't trust our eyes.

Related - Fargo Season 3, Episode 9 Review: Aporia

However, with that single phone call everything changes. Gloria's back... in an IRS team-up! What? Not the sexy, dramatic moment you were hoping for? Ok, then how about Nikki and Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) sawing-off shotguns and prepping for a heavy assault inside a dimly lit motel room. That's more like it, amirite?

Varga (David Thewlis) has sequestered Emmit (Ewan McGregor) in his house, playing out this minor subplot's endgame. He's surrounded himself with a platoon of patrolling gunmen, fearful of the Swango and Wrench alliance -- rightly so. Emmit is tired, he just wants it all to be over, and though he makes a desperate play to kill Varga, he predictably fizzles. Emmit's story (and by extension, Ray's story too) is the least interesting of the season; things just happen to Emmit and he does little to stop them. It's not that Emmit is an unsympathetic character, rather it's that he's barely present at all, an ultimately inconsequential plot device. Fargo Season 3 has been all about Varga, Nikki, and Gloria.

Nikki lures Varga and his fireteam to an abandoned storage facility. They head for a third floor rendezvous, which is shot like a horror movie. A grim corridor of death awaits as they exit the elevator -- It's a trap (sorry, my inner Star Wars nerd got loose for a moment)!!! Shockingly, we don't witness the bloody ambush -- creator Noah Hawley is showing restraint? Naturally, Varga makes a hasty exit, sacrificing his own men to save himself. Nikki and Wrench subsequently settle their accounts, and Wrench reluctantly walks away with a pile of cash -- he's proven to be the most loyal and honest broker in this warped season, next to Gloria of course.

And then there's Ruby Goldfarb (Mary McDonnell). I kept wondering what an actress of her stature was doing in such a tiny cameo role? It didn't add up. And now we know why: she was the big boss all along; the least among us rises again. Goldfarb takes over Stussy Enterprises and shows Emmit the door in an epic power play!

Feels like we all need a warm hug in a nice Minnesota quilt, eh?

Alas, Nikki's story ends in tragedy and disgrace. She tracks down Emmit on a lonely stretch of Minnesota highway and levels a shotgun on him... until a state trooper rolls up and things go South. I can't say it makes much sense, Nikki is a smart character, a survivor -- it betrays her intelligence to go out in such a stupid fashion. But she's happier now, I guess, reunited with Ray (if you believe in that kind of thing).

But wait, there's more! Another time jump, and it's five years later. Emmit has reconciled with his family; Sy is... alive; Varga's still in the wind; and the big IRS case resulted in a limp misdemeanor and probation (Emmit's illicit earnings allegedly stashed overseas), until Mr. Wrench proves his loyalty one last time and finally settles Nikki's score with Emmit.

On a more positive note, Gloria has moved on, she's a special agent in the Department of Homeland Security. Varga turns up in a Dhs holding cell, and so we finally get our Gloria vs. Varga faceoff (referring to himself now as Daniel Rand, a software salesman out of Brussels -- Hawley is a Marvel fan too, apparently). We've come full-circle, the ending scene is reminiscent of the season's cold opening in East Germany. The dialog here is sharp and there's a fun back-and-forth tension to the scene, but it doesn't tell us very much. Varga tries to convince Gloria that he is about to go free and she contends that he's headed for federal lockup... we wait for the door behind Gloria to open. Will Varga, Rand, the Devil, or whoever he truly is walk away free or in handcuffs? The clocks ticks down and the lights go dark, roll credits. Hunh?

It's a convoluted, kind of unsatisfying ending... but I gotta give Hawley credit, he avoided the formula. I'm glad the season ended on character rather than spectacle. Season 3 really didn't connect with Seasons 1 and 2, and that's Ok. There's no good way to end any complicated story, particularly one this quirky and oddball. What's actually so surprising about this finale is that it's all about the ladies. Noah Hawley is a progressive! It's not the slam bang ending we were expecting, but dammit, it's the ending we deserved! We wish you well in your future endeavors agent Burgle, it's well-earned.

Grade: B

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‘Fargo’ Finale: Noah Hawley Talks Season 3

‘Fargo’ Finale: Noah Hawley Talks Season 3
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched “Somebody to Love,” the June 21 episode of “Fargo.”

The third season of FX’s “Fargo” ended Wednesday night in bloody, morally murky fashion as is its wont. Creator and executive producer Noah Hawley spoke with Variety about season three, the big ideas at the center of the story, and what the future of the series looks like.

What was different about this season from previous seasons?

I think there was something to writing these last few hours that felt like a dialogue with our current moment. And I tried to
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Fargo Recap: Mansplaining a Murderer

Fargo Recap: Mansplaining a Murderer
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.

Moe’s head-in-the-sand idiocy hit a new low on this week’s Fargo… while Nikki got a taste of sweet revenge.

Gloria should be celebrating, with Emmit throwing himself at her feet and confessing to killing Ray — and also to tricking him into taking the Corvette instead of the stamps when their dad died. Emmit tells her how guilty he feels for how he’s treated his brother over the years, and Gloria leaves the interrogation room feeling vindicated. “Heck, I think I might finally put this thing to bed,
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set for a new adaptation and it features a literal butthead. Head of an ass is supposed to be the head of a donkey, but this "fresh" new take will feature a literal interpretation on the age-old pun. Bottom will have an actual ass for a face and you can see it in the picture below, no pun intended. Shakespeare wrote the comedy in 1595/1596 and it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Thseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. The events include the adventures of six amateur actors, aka the Mechanics and four Athenian lovers who are controlled and manipulated by fairies who live in the forest where most of the play is set.

The trailer for A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and in addition to the previously mentioned ass face,
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Emmy Contenders 2017: Guest Actor in a Drama

Emmy Contenders 2017: Guest Actor in a Drama
Look for returning characters to dominate the category, with last year’s winner Hank Azaria likely to repeat his nom for his role as disgraced FBI Agent Ed Cochran in “Ray Donovan.” Beau Bridges should land his third consecutive nod for “Masters of Sex.” Mark Margolis was last nominated for playing Hector Salamanca on “Breaking Bad” in 2012, and that was with a minimum of dialogue, so he has a good shot for bringing a younger but no less terrifying Hector to “Better Call Saul.” Ben Mendelsohn previously won in the supporting category for “Bloodline” but this year he’s eligible as a guest star. year. And both Dylan Baker and Matthew Perry could earn nods for bringing their characters from “The Good Wife” to its spinoff “The Good Fight.”

The freshman series “This Is Us” could be a powerhouse, with turns from Denis O’Hare, Brian Tyree Henry, Jermel Nakia and Gerald McRaney. But
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Fargo Season 3, Episode 6 Review: The Lord Of No Mercy

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We're on the downside of Fargo Season 3, and it's clearly go-time for this story. Unfortunately, the bulk of this episode seemed focused (yet again) on unresolved moves, counter-moves, and table-setting... and then it wasn't. Suddenly, all of the various plotlines converged, in big and small ways, illuminating character tics and procedural oddities, which were frustratingly teased at the periphery of this season. Creator Noah Hawley resets the playing board, and kicks snow in our face while he's at it.

V. M. Varga (David Thewlis), the mastermind behind whatever shadowy, quasi-communist organization he represents, riles at the various threads being tugged at by Chief Gloria (Carrie Coon), Ray (Ewan McGregor), and Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Varga's game is knowledge, which he wields like a scalpel, carving up Emmit (Ewan McGregor), Sy (Michael Stuhlbarg), and the IRS man (Hamish Linklater) to re-assert his tenuous status quo.  

Related - Fargo Season 3, Episode 5 Review
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‘The Whirligig’ Theater Review: Zosia Mamet Climbs a Tree on Guilt Trip

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‘The Whirligig’ Theater Review: Zosia Mamet Climbs a Tree on Guilt Trip
It gives a theater critic reason to pause when so many accomplished young actors gather to perform a new work. But the question needs to be asked: What attracted Zosia Mamet (“Girls”), Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em”), Alex Hurt (“Love, Love, Love”), Jonny Orsini (“The Nance”) and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz to Hamish Linklater’s new play, “The Whirligig,” which opened Sunday at the Pershing Square Signature Center? There’s certainly plenty of actor fodder in this story of angst and recrimination, about a young woman (Grace Van Patten) who’s dying of complications from drug addiction. Who’s to blame for.
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Fargo Season 3 Episode 5 Review – ‘The House of Special Purpose’

Shaun Munro reviews the fifth episode of Fargo season 3…

“The House of Special Purpose” marks the mid-way point of Fargo‘s third season, and in many ways feels like a transitory episode, nodding towards the potential dark ends down the road for many of these characters. That’s not to say episode five wasn’t totally hilarious too, though.

This instalment was all about the Stussy siblings, a keenly focused episode that also boasted one of the season’s best performances, while leaving audiences desperate to find out what happens next. It hit the ground running with Ray and Nikki’s new sex tape blackmail scheme, but in typical Fargo fashion, it blew up almost immediately, with Emmit’s wife Stella (Linda Kash) quickly finding and viewing it. Again demonstrating her deceptive intellect, however, Nikki managed to parlay that failure into an even bigger blackmail plot, one to reveal information
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'Fargo' Recap: Sex, Lies and Videotape

'Fargo' Recap: Sex, Lies and Videotape
How pathetic is Ray Stussy? He finally proposes to the love of his life, after robbing a bank, burgling a house and being responsible for at least two murders in the course of getting enough money to buy an engagement ring. And then he pops the question at the worst possible time. As his girlfriend Nikki Swango comes out of the bathroom "wearing a hooker wig" – minutes before they fake a sex tape to blackmail his brother Emmit – Ray drops to his knees with a jewelry box in his hand.
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‘Fargo’ Review: The Danger Lurking in Season 3 Becomes Very, Very Real as Ewan McGregor’s Brothers Go to War

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‘Fargo’ Review: The Danger Lurking in Season 3 Becomes Very, Very Real as Ewan McGregor’s Brothers Go to War
[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 5, “The House of Special Purpose.”]

Immediate Reaction

It finally happened. After four weeks of relatively harmless fun — save for the comically killed Maurice Lafay (Scoot McNairy) — “Fargo” took us to the emotional woodshed. It happens every season, at different times and in different ways, but Season 3 hit particularly hard by crossing lines on and off screen.

“The House of Special Purpose” began with back-to-back scenes of graphic, if a bit goofy, content. First, Ray (Ewan McGregor) permanently severed ties with his brother, Emmit, via a faked sex tape meant as blackmail. The only problem was Ray and Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) left the tape out in the open, and too many eyes witnessed its contents. We watch it, Emmit watches it, and, unintentionally, Emmit’s wife, Stella (Linda Kash), watched it before any of us. While devastating to Emmit, seeing Ray and Nikki in a bad wig — consummating their engagement in front of a video
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‘Fargo’ Review: The Danger Lurking in Season 3 Becomes Very, Very Real as Ewan McGregor’s Brothers Go to War

‘Fargo’ Review: The Danger Lurking in Season 3 Becomes Very, Very Real as Ewan McGregor’s Brothers Go to War
[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 5, “The House of Special Purpose.”]

Immediate Reaction

It finally happened. After four weeks of relatively harmless fun — save for the comically killed Maurice Lafay (Scoot McNairy) — “Fargo” took us to the emotional woodshed. It happens every season, at different times and in different ways, but Season 3 hit particularly hard by crossing lines on and off screen.

“The House of Special Purpose” began with back-to-back scenes of graphic, if a bit goofy, content. First, Ray (Ewan McGregor) permanently severed ties with his brother, Emmit, via a faked sex tape meant as blackmail. The only problem was Ray and Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) left the tape out in the open, and too many eyes witnessed its contents. We watch it, Emmit watches it, and, unintentionally, Emmit’s wife, Stella (Linda Kash), watched it before any of us. While devastating to Emmit, seeing Ray and Nikki in a bad wig — consummating their engagement in front of a video
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Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot

Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.

You’d think every Fargo character would know that rule pretty well by now, but someone had to learn it the hard way this week.

Ray’s out of a job, and he and Nikki lost their high-roller bridge sponsor when Ray blew off their dinner, so they’re forced to come up with another get-rich scheme — and yes, it involves more wigs. Ray poses as Emmit again and films a sex tape with Nikki (who’s wearing a long red “hooker wig”), placing it in an envelope on
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Happy Mother's Day to These First-Time Celebrity Moms!

Happy Mother's Day to These First-Time Celebrity Moms!
Janet Jackson, Peta Murgatroyd and Irina Shayk are just a handful of celebrity moms that will be celebrating their first Mother's Day with their bundles of joy on May 14. These first-time mommies will no doubt be smothered with gifts and well wishes from their friends and families.

Here are 25 famous ladies who will be having an extra-special Sunday!

17 Celebrity Moms Who Gave Birth in Their 40s

1. Janet Jackson

The pop icon gave birth to her first child, son Eissa Al Mana, with now-ex Wissam Al Mana on January 3. Jackson shared the first picture of her precious babe last month and he couldn't be any cuter.

2. Amanda Seyfried

The Mean Girls actress and husband Thomas Sadoski welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in March. Since her birth, the couple has kept their little one hidden from the limelight.

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3. Hoda Kotb

This year, the Today show co-host adopted a daughter, Haley [link=tt
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'Fargo' Season Premiere Recap: The Stamp Act

'Fargo' Season Premiere Recap: The Stamp Act
Quick question: At any given point during the first five minutes of Fargo's Season Three premiere – "The Law of Vacant Places" – did anybody else worry that FX was accidentally airing the wrong show?

After a trippy opening shot looks like a leftover from Noah Hawley's other FX runaway-hit show Legion, we're dropped into East Berlin circa 1988, for a scene that could easily be an outtake from The Americans (albeit with more deadpan comedy and less espionage). For a little while, we're about as far from Minnesota as we can get.
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‘Legion’ Finale Mid-Credits Scene Sets Dan Stevens on a Very Unexpected Trip — Watch

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‘Legion’ Finale Mid-Credits Scene Sets Dan Stevens on a Very Unexpected Trip — Watch
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first season of “Legion,” including the finale.]

Let the theories about the fate of David Haller begin.

As IndieWire had warned viewers after the Season 1 “Legion” finale aired last week, very important action happened after what many viewers thought was the end of the episode. As with many other Marvel properties, Noah Hawley included a mid-credits sequence that shifted the story forward to the next adventure.

In the scene, we see David (Dan Stevens) and Syd (Rachel Keller) standing on one of Summerland’s balconies at night when a metallic, baseball-sized orb flies up to them. In case you missed the clip the first time, we’ll let you see what happens yourself below:

Man, can’t David catch a break and enjoy a brewski before getting whisked away against his will again? Also, if anything starts to randomly scan you, run!

In a conference call with reporters after the finale, Hawley revealed that the orb was
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