9 items from 2014
United Solo Festival celebrated the completion of its longest festival to date Nov. 23 with its award ceremony. Running 10 weeks, from Sept. 18–Nov. 23, the festival played host to 130 productions in its fifth year. “I couldn’t be happier to see how United Solo has grown, on many levels,” said Omar Sangare, the festival’s founder and artistic director. “Our festival expanded from a two-week event to a season spanning over two months. We created an overseas showcase, and we have our own collection of published scripts. But most importantly, we created a community of artists around the festival, with whom we can be in constant conversation about new ways to fulfill our mission.” A full list of winners is below. Best Production for “The Wonder” by Susan Ferrara, co-directed by Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley Best Direction for Estelle Parsons for “Rhapsody In Black” Best One-Man Show for “Faggy at 50” by Joe Gulla, »
More highly anticipated than the rodent guest speaker at a cat convention, broadcaster AMC have revealed the premiere date for Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. February 8th will see Bob Odenkirk’s super-slippery Saul Goodman ply his trade at the wrong end of the justice spectrum. Viewers only have to wait 24 hours for the next episode before the show sets out its stall on Monday nights. But is Saul going to be Saul, or Jimmy McGill, the previous identity shown in publicity material? Charlie Collier (AMC President) has revealed how it’s going to play out:
While some element of flashing back and forth has been mentioned, this is confirmation the prequel is going to go right back to Goodman’s beginnings. »
- Steve Palace
Fox has put into development a new half-hour TV series based on the 2005 hit comedy film Hitch, which starred Will Smith. The actor is attached to executive produce the new series, which has received a script commitment by Fox.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor) are writing the pilot script, which is described as a workplace comedy that explores dating and "sexual politics." The original movie starred Will Smith as a professional matchmaker/ date doctor, whose life is turned upside down when he meets the girl of his dreams (Eva Mendes). Kevin James and Amber Valetta co-starred in director Andy Tennant's comedy, which earned $370 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
Will Smith will executive produce alongside his wife and their Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Caleb Pinkett. The producers previously were working on TV adaptations in 2007 and 2010 at CBS and Fox respectively, with different writers, but neither incarnation moved forward. »
Director: Colin Bucksey
Writer: Noah Hawley
Synopsis: Molly Solverson gets closer to finding out the truth as Lester Nygaard has a close call.
After last week’s nail biting episode, this week’s episode of Fargo took on a more sedate tone. It felt almost like a filler episode, it wasn’t bad but I think after last week, it felt the need to remind you what you was watching.
The episode opens with a flashback on Lester Nygaard haggling a price of socks, he somehow manages to get a shotgun thrown into the deal. We see the night he killed his wife and how he was going to take down the sinister Lorne Malvo. And if anyone had any doubts on his wound, we see a slowed down »
- Lucinda Holt
Fargo The Rooster Prince TV Show Trailer. FX’s Fargo Season 1, Episode 2: The Rooster Prince TV show trailer stars Peter Breitmayer, Crystal Brooke, Leah Cairns, Spencer Drever, and Julie Ann Emery. Fargo: Season 1, Episode 2: The Rooster Prince‘s plot synopsis: “Molly begins to suspect that Lester is involved in the murders, but [...]
Continue reading: Fargo: Season 1, Episode 2: The Rooster Prince TV Show Trailer [FX] »
- Nick DeNitto
Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.
It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film. »
- Ernie Estrella
It's April, which means that the new Fargo limited series is but a few days away. As a treat, FX has released the first seven minutes for you to watch. If you're unsure as to how the TV show will differ from the Coen Brothers film, this recently released featurette should clear that right up for you. And if you need a little more encouragement, take a look at these two trailers for the series to get a taste. Hit the jump to watch the first seven minutes of FX's Fargo series. Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The show stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann Emery. Fargo premieres on FX April 15th. Get an early look at Fargo below: Here’s the official synopsis for »
- Dave Trumbore
FX has released a new featurette for its upcoming limited event series Fargo. The TV series is an adaptation of the Coen brothers film of the same name, but many have been curious to see how different (and how similar) the show is to the movie—which, to put it simply, is a masterpiece. This new featurette does a good job of explaining the distinction between the two, as the cast and producers note that while the show has new characters and a new story, it’s very much in the spirit of the movie. Fargo is one of my favorite films of all time so I was pretty wary of FX’s spin on the material, but everything we’ve seen thus far has been genuinely promising, and the close-ended nature of the miniseries format allows them to essentially create a 10-hour movie. Hit the jump to watch the featurette. »
- Adam Chitwood
FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming 10-episode limited series, Fargo. Based on the classic Coen Brothers' film of the same name, the series isn't a straight adaptation, but rather a story that takes place in the same world and with a similar tone. The plot centers on "a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), who arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman)." As you can see from the trailer, Lester is reminiscent of William H. Macy's Jerry Lundegaard and Allison Tolman's cop could be along the lines of Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson. However it lines up, the dark comedy seems very much alive (the Coens are executive producers), and this is definitely one of my must-see series of the spring. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The series also stars Colin Hanks, »
- Matt Goldberg
9 items from 2014
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