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'Fargo' Recap: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

4 hours ago

For three seasons now, Fargo's heroes and villains have shared the same exaggerated upper Midwestern accent, all clipped consonants, elongated vowels and pleasant cadence. Listen closely, however, and you can hear how the show's creator Noah Hawley has borrowed as much from David Mamet as the Coen brothers, in the way that he has his cast sputter out sentences riddled with incomplete thoughts. So it's a credit to the writing and the acting that although the players are clearly speaking the same stop-start language, they're easily distinguishable – especially when played by the same actor. »


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David Byrne Remembers 'Incredibly Generous' Jonathan Demme

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David Byrne, who collaborated with director Jonathan Demme multiple times, most notably on the famous Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, remembered the director on Wednesday with a post on his website. Demme died early this morning at age 73 from esophageal cancer. 

Byrne praised Demme for his "focus on character, his love of ordinary people, [which] made the movies something different and special." Byrne also commended the filmmaker for his musical enthusiasm and ability to "slip a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways »


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Peter Travers on Jonathan Demme: The Movies' Great Humanist

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Jonathan Demme, dead of cancer at 73. It's hard to take in those words.

Or to stop feeling the gut punch of his loss. High praise will flow, deservedly, about Demme's virtuosity as a filmmaker; about the Oscars he won for The Silence of the Lambs; about his concert films, from Stop Making Sense to Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, that brought audiences closer than ever before to the sweaty intimacy and creative pulse of music. His influence is everywhere. Paul Thomas Anderson was once asked for a list of the »


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M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis to Reunite for 'Unbreakable' Sequel

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M. Night Shyamalan confirmed that he finished the script for the follow-up to both Unbreakable, a film from 2000 starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and Split, starring James McAvoy that was released last year. The new movie, Glass, will come out in early 2019. 

Shyamalan announced the news in a series of Twitter posts. "It's taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, 'Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?'" he wrote. "My new film is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. »


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Why Jonathan Demme Was One of the Greatest Concert Movie Directors Ever

13 hours ago

Jonathan Demme's death at the age of 73 prompted an outpouring of online memorials from film lovers who remembered the Oscar-winning director for his varied career: everything from the chilling, intelligent thriller The Silence of the Lambs to the brittle 2008 indie drama Rachel Getting Married. But for music fans, those highlights don't even scratch the surface of what cemented his legacy.

It's not hyperbole to say that Demme was arguably the greatest concert filmmaker ever – look at the number of them that he made, the range of artists he chronicled »


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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dead at 73

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Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs and the filmmaker who revolutionized concert movies with his 1984 Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense, died Wednesday morning from esophegal cancer. He was 73.

"Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children," Demme's rep said in a statement.

"I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him, »


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Watch Caitlyn Jenner on Why She Won't Play Golf With President Trump

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Caitlyn Jenner dissected her complicated relationship with President Trump on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday. Jenner, who voted for Trump last year, offered qualified support for the President but rebuked him for revoking protections for transgender high school students. 

Jenner and Trump were initially slated to play golf following his election last November, but Jenner changed her plans after the President's administration took a public stance against the transgender community in February. "I would've gone down there and had an opportunity to spend four hours with [Trump] on a »


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Watch Patton Oswalt on Feeling Unworthy of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot

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Patton Oswalt is thrilled be part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Netflix reboot – but his younger self would be horrified at the casting, as he told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's Tonight Show

The comedian plays the bouffant-sporting "TV's Son of TV's Frank," a role first portrayed by Frank Conniff on the B-movie-bashing cult comedy. Watching his revived series now, Oswalt hears a judgmental inner voice from his past. "I'm just very self-conscious," he says. "I still have the 22-year-old me in my head, going, 'This is not Frank Conniff. »


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See Stephen Colbert's Yogurt-Covered Alex Jones Spoof

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Stephen Colbert continued to tease radio host and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on The Late Show on Tuesday night, mocking his macho bluster and his ongoing lawsuit with the yogurt company Chobani, which Jones has accused of "spreading crime and tuberculosis." 

Colbert parodied Jones by playing the ranting radio host Tuck Buckford, a frequent contributor to The Late Show in recent weeks. Buckford speaks in a growl, sniffs Sharpie markers, pounds his chest to emphasize key points and sees a left-wing plot in every shadow.

"I'm not going to roll over for Big Yogurt, »


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Disney Schedules Release Dates for 'Star Wars' Films, 'Frozen 2'

25 April 2017 5:09 PM, PDT

Disney and Lucasfilm will release Star Wars: Episode IX May 24th, 2019, Variety reports. Disney announced the premiere date along with a slew of other upcoming films including the Han Solo standalone film, Frozen 2 and a live-action remake of The Lion King.

In the Star Wars universe, the still-untitled Han Solo anthology film will arrive May 25th, 2018. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young space smuggler, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Michael Kenneth Williams. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct. »


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Watch Iggy Pop's Angelic Turn in 'Starlight' Movie Trailer

25 April 2017 11:29 AM, PDT

Iggy Pop watches over a troupe of troubled circus performers in the stark new trailer for the French film, Starlight. The Sophie Blondy-directed film first made the festival rounds in 2013 and will arrive on Blu-Ray and video-on-demand May 9th.

Pop plays an angel-type figure who appears throughout the film as the members of the failing circus company find themselves embroiled in feuds and love triangles on the shores of the North Sea. As the troupe struggles to attract an audience, they split into warring factions with the ballerina Angele, »


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Inside 'El Chapo' TV Series: How a Cartel Kingpin Became a Pop Outlaw

25 April 2017 8:38 AM, PDT

The most memorable images of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán paint him as an almost cartoonish figure: a stout, mustachioed man disappearing down a hole underneath the shower in his jail cell like a mole; a dirt-smeared fugitive being manhandled by military police as he's marched into prison. But the cartel kingpin who had dominated the drug trafficking industry for the past two-and-a-half decades was a cunning, ruthless criminal, one who held positions in most wanted lists from the Chicago Crime Commission to Interpol. His submarines, airplanes and vast network of »


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How 'The Handmaid's Tale' Became TV's Most Chilling Trump-Era Series

25 April 2017 8:13 AM, PDT

"Girls, I know this must feel very strange," the woman in the black robe says. She is older, stern, severe, authoritarian; she's addressing a group women seated in a circle, all of whom have been stripped of their reproductive rights, forcibly separated from their families and remanded to sexual slavery. "But ordinary is just what you're used to," she continues. "This might not seem ordinary to you right now. But, after a time, it will. This will become ordinary."

The promise of a "new normal," spoken by an apparatchik of a totalitarian theocracy – it's chilling, »


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'Girls'' Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham Plot Tour Behind Feminist Newsletter

25 April 2017 6:17 AM, PDT

Days after the series finale of their acclaimed HBO series Girls, co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner announced a tour behind their weekly feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. The six-date trek kicks off May 31st in St. Louis and wraps June 6th in Milwaukee. Tickets go on sale Friday. Lenny subscribers can access a special code for a presale launching Wednesday, April 26th.

During the Lenny: America Irl Tour, Dunham will be joined by nine other Lenny contributors: comedian/Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata, poet Jenny Zhang, novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge, »


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Martin Scorsese and Ben Wheatley on 'Free Fire,' Gunfights and Crime Flicks

24 April 2017 9:04 AM, PDT

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A group of criminals meet up for a gun deal. It goes bad – very bad. And the rest of the story, you ask? "Doesn't matter!" Martin Scorsese exclaims, laughing. "You don't need it. We're beyond that now." The burly, bearded man sitting next to him – British director Ben Wheatley – wholeheartedly agrees. "There's only, like, 12 characters in this movie anyway," he adds. "There are no twists, because it's either going to be that one or that one or that one. So what's the point? »


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Watch John Oliver Prove Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Aren't White House Heroes

24 April 2017 7:06 AM, PDT

The media often depicts Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as moderating influences within President Trump's White House – but what evidence do we actually have? John Oliver devoted his main segment on Sunday's Last Week Tonight to answering that question.

The comedian opened by describing how the couple's more level-headed presence in Trump's government comforts many liberal Americans. "Basically, if Trump is thinking about pressing a button labeled 'Nuke Earth,' they will, on behalf of all of us, guide his hand toward the button labeled 'Hey … Maybe Don't,'" he cracked. »


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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Review: Marvel Space Opera's Sequel Is a Blast

24 April 2017 7:05 AM, PDT

Let's face it: No one gave half a damn about Guardians of the Galaxy before the bastard child of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit the multiplex in 2014. Then we all effing loved it. So what if the comic book, created in 1969, felt like Avengers-lite on the page; on screen, it achieved a near-perfect comic lift-off, thanks to cowriter-director James Gunn throwing out the rulebook invented to protect major Hollywood investments and just letting the craziness rip. You could see that anarchic spirit in the now-iconic image of Chris Pratt, in »


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'American Gods': Everything You Need to Know About 2017's Trippiest TV Show

24 April 2017 5:58 AM, PDT

Get ready for some more Peak Weird TV.

American Gods, the unconventional new drama from Starz, is the latest mind-bending show to go all-in on off-the-wall. How so, you ask? For starters, the premiere episode features, among other things, Vikings, a towering Leprechaun, a ghostly white buffalo with flaming eyes, a massive tree with talons at the end of its branches and a vicious gang of faceless cyber thugs called the Children. Also, at one point, a man is swallowed whole by a woman's vagina.

At the core of all »


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