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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
"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
An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story. Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined. From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King. During this recent interview to promote the show’s April 15th premiere, actor Billy Bob Thornton talked about finding this character, not wanting to know Malvo’s backstory, playing menace, being both scary and likable, his character’s look, the freedom in television, why he wasn’t worried about taking on such a classic movie, why he rarely ever changed anything in the scripts, how his previous »
- Christina Radish
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming comedy-drama, ‘Wish I Was Here,’ featuring stars Zach Braff, Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin, has been released. The trailer also includes indie rock band The Shins’ acclaimed ‘Simple Song.’ ‘Wish I Was Here’ will be distributed by Focus Features on July 18 in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film will then expand nationally on July 25 and August 1. The comedy also stars Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison and James Avery in his final film role. Braff co-wrote ‘Wish I Was Here’ with his brother, Adam Braff. The movie marks the former [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
You know there are kids involved. You suspect Braff plays their Dad. Mandy Patinkin is in the hospital, and is likely Gramps. There’s also something odd going on, possibly a Walter Mitty-esque idea, but who knows.
It seems that what Zach Braff would most like you to know about his film is that he’s in it. If you need to know more than that, well, he’s not entirely sure how to sell you.
The only real clue you get, if you’re looking for something that might hint at whether the film is good, or even interesting, is that Mandy Patinkin agreed to be in it. »
- Marc Eastman
Joey King (The Conjuring, Oz The Great And Powerful) has been cast in Lifetime’s original movie Outlaw Prophet from Sony Pictures Television. It focuses on the true story of Warren Jeffs, the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who spent more than a year on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, eluded authorities and was ultimately caught by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. Based on Stephen Singular’s book When Men Become Gods, the movie chronicles Jeffs’ rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Martin Landau). King will play Elissa Wall, the battered young woman who brings Jeffs (Tony Goldwyn) to justice. King, repped by Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment and Meredith Fine at Coast to Coast Talent Group, will next be seen in FX’s Fargo and Zach Braff’s indie Wish I Was Here. Scottish actor Steven Cree (Brave) has joined the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Wish I Was Here Trailer. Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here (2014) teaser trailer stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, and Ashley Greene. Wish I Was Here‘s plot synopsis: “‘Wish I Was Here’ is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, [...]
Continue reading: Wish I Was Here (2014) Teaser Trailer: Braff Looks for Purpose in Life »
- Rollo Tomasi
About a year ago, Zach Braff ("Scrubs") attempted to raise money for his "Wish I Was Here" comedy on KickStarter. He needed $2 million, which is usually a high number on the website. But much to everyone's surprise, he raised $1 million in one day and ended up with over $3 million by the end of the campaign. Now, Focus Features has unveiled the trailer for the film, which is Braff's second directorial feature after "Garden State." The movie will be released in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 18th. Check out the trailer below. "Wish I Was Here" tells the story of a man who finds himself at major crossroads, forcing him to examine his life, his career, and his family. It stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon. Trailer: »
While Zach Braff is best known for his role on the tv sitcom Scrubs, many were surprised to see him step behind the camera for his 2004 filmmaking debut Garden State. Many were curious to see what Braff’s next effort behind the camera may bring, curiosity which was heightened when the performer put the movie up on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter for donations from fans to finance the film. Titled Wish I Was Here, the movie soon became one of the highest funded projects on the site. Along with taking on directorial duties, Braff also shares writing duties with Adam Braff, and stars in the film alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King, Jim Parsons, and Donald Faison. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
I don’t think Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here made the splash at this year’s Sundance that he, or the many that crowdfunded the film, would have liked. It received negative reviews from most critics, including myself, who felt that it tread much of the same water as 2004’s Garden State, while failing to live up to his acclaimed directorial debut. In Braff's sophomore effort, he stars as an out-of-work actor who takes on the responsibility of homeschooling his son and daughter when his ailing father can no longer pay their tuition.
This teaser trailer is mostly quick shots of the film’s beautiful cinematography cut to The Shins’ stirring single “Simple Song.” I’ve ranted about how deceptive trailers can be, and having seen the film, I can say this trailer (thanks mostly to the music) makes the movie look better than it was. It felt »
- Eli Reyes
Zach Braff's new film "Wish I Was Here" had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and I reviewed it out of that first screening. At the time, I didn't even think about the film as being potentially controversial. It's such a sincere, sweet, sharply-performed film that it seemed like an easy one to recommend. I guess I was absent from the Film Critics Union meeting where we all decided that we're not allowed to like Braff's work anymore, past or present. That same meeting must have been where we all decided that because he used Kickstarter to help make the film, we must automatically hate the movie and review the way it was made rather than the film itself. Already, I'm seeing plenty of snark today in response to the trailer for the film. Allow me to offer a counterpoint to that by saying that the trailer »
- Drew McWeeny
When Zach Braff first announced his Kickstarter campaign to fund his new project Wish I Was Here (on the heels of Veronica Mars' historic success), I was cautiously optimistic. As a huge fan of Garden State, I have been hoping for a movie that captures the same boldness and relatability - possibly with another life-changing soundtrack. The trailer for Wish I Was Here is a great start. It doesn't say much about the plot, though we know the movie stars Braff as a father/actor struggling to find his identity. Kate Hudson also stars, though you won't see a ton of her here. You will see: a variety of unique dolls, Joey King with a sweet wig, a dying Mandy Patinkin, and Braff's Scrubs costar/best friend Donald Faison. Jim Parsons, who appeared as the knight in Garden State, will be back as well. The trailer features The Shins' "Simple Song, »
- Maggie Pehanick
After nearly a decade-long break from feature film directing, Scrubs star Zach Braff is making a comeback this year with Wish I Was Here, a comedy drama and spiritual sequel to Garden State about a thirty-something struggling actor who finds himself in desperate financial straits and is forced to home school his two children.
The first teaser trailer for Wish I Was Here has now been released, and its not shy about echoing Garden State‘s tone or soundtrack. The Shins are back, serenading the mostly dialogue-free trailer with “Simple Song,” and Braff is joined in the cast by Kate Hudson, Joey King and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons (who also made a memorable short appearance in Garden State).
Wish I Was Here caused quite a stir even before it began production, as Braff ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
A decade after Braff made his directorial debut in 2004 with “Garden State,” the new trailer is set to the tune of “Simple Song” by the Shins, which previously benefited from its song “New Slang” being featured in “Garden State.”
The film, which Braff co-wrote with his brother Adam, directed and starred in, centers on 35-year-old struggling actor, father and husband as he searches for his identity and purpose in life. Unable to pay for private school for his two children, he decides to homeschool them.
While the trailer offers very little dialogue and doesn’t reveal much about the storyline, the music gives the clip a “Garden State” feel as viewers catch a glimpse of the movie’s other stars including Joey King, »
- Andrea Seikaly
Almost exactly one year after launching a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first trailer for director/writer/star Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here has debuted. The multi-hyphenate plays Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor who reluctantly agrees to home school his much younger siblings, after his father (Mandy Patinkin) falls on hard times and can't afford private school. Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison and Pierce Gagnon co-star in this indie dramatic comedy, debuting in limited release July 18.
Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid.
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Zach Braff has taken his share of heat for his new film Wish I Was Here, which began as a Kickstarter campaign and has since found domestic distribution from Focus Features and a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival. Set to hit theaters on July 25, the film marks Braff's first feature directorial outing since 2004's Garden State and tells the story of a struggling actor (Braff) who finds himself at a major crossroads, forcing him to examine his life, his career, and his family. Alongside Braff, the film co-stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene and Donald Faison. Check out the trailer below. sb id="911595" height="343" width="610" »
- Brad Brevet
Cue the Shins (literally). Zach Braff emotionally screams into the infinite abyss (as he's wont to do) at the end of this teaser for Wish I Was Here, "This is it." This is the movie he Kickstarted and the movie we discussed him Kickstarting about a year ago. So, how does it look? It looks like if you like Zach Braff you'll be like, "Woo, Zach Braff!" and if you don't like him, you'll be like, "Ugh, Zach Braff." Zb plays a father who is forced to homeschool his kids after he can no longer afford private school. It co-stars Joey King, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, and Ashley Green, and opens on July 18. It's a classic summer blockbuster, if instead of shooting lasers, superheroes just stared blankly into the distance and tried to truly live for once. »
- Jesse David Fox
Focus Features has released the teaser trailer for director Zach Braff’s comedic drama Wish I Was Here. Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). I am in no way surprised that this trailer is set a song by The Shins (they provided two of the tracks on the Garden State soundtrack) and plays like a music video minus the musicians. It's a montage of clips from the movie, and based on the tone, it's not going to change anyone's mind about how much they want to see this flick. Hit the jump to watch the Wish I Was Here trailer, and click here to read Adam’s review from Sundance. The film also stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Josh Gad, »
- Matt Goldberg
Braff took the dramatic comedy to bow at Sundance at the start of the year, just as he did with Garden State ten years earlier. Until today, all we’d seen from the film so far was a handful of images and the first teaser poster from the festival. But now Braff has revealed to his Kickstarter backers, of which I am proudly one, the first teaser trailer to start sharing online.
Wish I Was Here tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the »
- Kenji Lloyd
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
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