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Fargo Series Premiere Review: The Crocodile’s Dilemma (Season 1, Episode 1)

16 April 2014 12:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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TV Review: ‘Fargo’

10 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As bracing as the snowy vistas in the movie on which it is based, FX’s “Fargo” quickly establishes itself as its own property, possessing the tone and style of the rightly admired Coen brothers classic, but pursuing a new tawdry true-crime tale, albeit in similar environs. The limited series also goes far out on a limb in proclaiming its veracity, saying its story’s being told “exactly as it occurred” — a claim that invites skepticism (artistic license has a way of encroaching), but does nothing to cool the passion the show should inspire. Boasting a stellar cast and hypnotic tone, is “Fargo” worth a 10-episode commitment? You betcha.

Indeed, what looked like a daunting challenge — translating the Coens’ idiosyncratic style to TV — can join “American Horror Story” in FX’s quiver of limited-series concepts that are well-suited to the genre. Only unlike that overheated mess, “Fargo” has considerable latitude »

- Brian Lowry

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Interview with Rebecca Zlotowski about Grand Central

15 March 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Rebecca Zlotowski: "This maybe the film Grand Central - someone coming to this new dangerous masculine world and then be driven by desire." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim create electricity in Rebecca Zlotowski's precise and fiery Grand Central with powerful performances by Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet and Camille Lellouche adding to the volatile mix.

Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train and Robert Bresson's Pickpocket come to mind as we meet Gary (Rahim) on a train to a place undisclosed and two noticeable cuts for Seydoux set the tone early - the cut of her shorts in Grand Central and the cut of her hair after the making of Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Rebecca Zlotowski on scoring the film with her composer Rob: "It was a real challenge…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Part prison one enters voluntarily, part futuristic neon-white belly of a nuclear whale, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Tense trailer for thriller The Two Faces of January with Viggo Mortensen

12 February 2014 5:29 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Writer Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman) is making his directorial debut with The Two Faces Of January, an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for her books Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The thriller stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac as three people intwined in a murder/conspiracy who end up on the run from authorities. The first trailer for the film presents a mysterious and suspenseful vibe and looks like »

- Paul Shirey

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'The Office' Actor Joins Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara in 'Carol' (Exclusive)

11 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Carol, a drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, has added The Office actor Jake Lacy to its cast. Directed by I'm Not There helmer Todd Haynes, Carol follows a young woman (Mara) in 1950s New York who becomes obsessed with another woman (Blanchett) she spots in a store. Lacy will play Richard, Mara's character's boyfriend. Photos: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Premiere Draws Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara The film is adapted from Strangers on a Train writer Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, which was originally published in 1952 under a pseudonym. The book became famous because

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- Rebecca Ford

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‘The Two Faces of January’ Trailer: Oscar Isaac Abandons Folk Music for a Life of Crime

11 February 2014 6:44 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s a little disconcerting to see Oscar Isaac in a 1960s period piece and find him without cat, guitar, or mop of overly cynical dark brown curls. Yet that’s exactly what lies within The Two Faces of January: an Isaac who’s cleanly shaven and clearly takes care of his hair. Also, he’s a tour guide in Greece who occasionally cons his customers out of their cash. And it’s in Greece where Rydal, Isaac’s character, will happen upon Chester and Colette MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst), an American couple who happen to be doing a little conning of their own. One murder later and they’re all tangled up in each others’ various crimes; forcing Rydal and the happy(ish) couple to go on the lam together. Intrigue, sexual tension and gun violence ensue. Based off a novel by Patricia Highsmith (the author whose previous work became Strangers on a Train and »

- Adam Bellotto

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First Trailer: "The Two Faces of January"

10 February 2014 7:17 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Drive" screenwriter Hossein Amini takes to the director's chair for this twisty Greece and Turkey-set period thriller boasting the star power of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

An adaptation of the 1964 suspense novel by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train" author Patricia Highsmith, the story follows an American con artist (Mortensen), his wife (Dunst), and a stranger (Isaac) they meet while traveling in Athens.

After one of them kills a police officer, the trio enter a high-stakes game with the authorities and one another as they attempt to cover up the crime and flee to Istanbul.

Empire has debuted both the first trailer and a new poster for the film which is screening at the Berlin Film Festival ahead of a May release in the UK. Check out the clip below, and follow the link for the poster.

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- Garth Franklin

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Berlin Review: 'The Two Faces Of January' With Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac And Kirsten Dunst

10 February 2014 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On paper, there are any number of reasons to be excited for "The Two Faces of January," which screens during the Berlin Film Festival this week. The three leads, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac are all actors we admire, the director may be a first-timer in this role, but Hossein Amini is the high-profile screenwriter of "Drive" and "Snow White and the Hunstman" and, beyond that, it's based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, whose books have previously yielded such films as "The Talented Mr Ripley," "Strangers on a Train," and the underseen "Ripley's Game." But something is lost in the translation of all these promising elements from the page of the novel (which itself is not generally regarded as top-tier Highsmith), to the page of the screenplay, to the big screen itself, and the resulting film is little more than a competent disappointment, and a strangely old-fashioned one at that. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Kyle Chandler Meets Carol

2 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson are already signed on for Todd Haynes' drama Carol, and now they have a further co-star in Kyle Chandler. He'll play Blanchett's husband in the Patricia Highsmith adaptation.As a novel, Carol was originally published as The Price Of Salt in 1952, with Highsmith (Strangers On A Train, The Talented Mr Ripley) writing pseudonymously as "Claire Morgan". The book's lesbian trappings prompted the secrecy: a positive and sympathetic portrayal of a sapphic relationship unusual in an era when such things were viewed as degenerate.The story involves a bored suburban housewife going through a divorce and child custody battle, whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a much younger woman. Blanchett and Mara are, obviously enough, the couple at the heart of the film, with Chandler the other half of Blanchett's divorce proceedings.Producing credits aside, this is Haynes' first film since 2009's I'm Not There, »

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Rotterdam 2014. Projectile Bombardment

30 January 2014 6:12 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Bombardment!

Bombardment: textures. If you, like many, have been waiting so many years for Soviet/Russian master Aleksei German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin; Khrustalyov, My Car!) to finish what, upon the director's passing last year, has ended up being his final film (with finishing touches by his wife and co-writer Svetlana Karmalita and his son Aleksei German Jr.), you will have to embrace muck. You will have to swim in shit, slather yourself with grime, dirt, and water, enrobe yourself in filthy fog, feel roughened leather, splintered wood, caked and hardened cloth, rusted and creaky iron armor; you will have to embrace the damp, dank, dirty opus of cinema that is Hard to Be a God. It is cinematic texture taken to an extreme.

Based on a 1964 novel by the Strugatsky brothers (literary sources for Tarkovsky's Stalker and Aleksandr Sokurov's Day of Eclipse, among other adaptations), its barely sci-fi »

- Daniel Kasman

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New Shameless Season 4,Episode 4 Crazy Spoilers & Clips Hit The Net

27 January 2014 11:41 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Shameless season 4,episode 4 crazy spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,Showtime served up the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clips (below) for their upcoming "Shameless" episode 4 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Strangers On A Train," and it appears to be crazier than ever before as Frank tries to get Carl to break his leg for insurance money, Fiona to totally gets her freak on with another dude, and more! In the new "Strangers On A Train" episode, Against her better judgment, Fiona is going to totally keep engaging in her secret affair with Robbie. The situation will nearly boil over when Mike shows up at Robbie’s apartment while Fiona is inside. Fiona will be able to hide just in time before her infidelity can be exposed. Frank, in increasingly dire health straits due to liver disease, will try to contrive an “accident” that will give »

- Chris

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New Shameless Season 4,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By Showtime

26 January 2014 11:55 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Shameless season 4,episode 4 official spoilers,plotline revealed by Showtime. Recently, Showtime dished out the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Shameless" episode 4 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Strangers On A Train," and it sounds like things will get very,very interesting as Fiona is totally cheating on Mike, tries to hide it, and more! In the new,4th episode press release: Against her better judgment, Fiona is going to continue her secret affair with Robbie. The situation will nearly boil over when Mike shows up at Robbie’s apartment while Fiona is inside. Fiona will be able to hide just in time before her infidelity can be exposed. Frank, in increasingly dire health straits due to liver disease, is going to attempt to contrive an “accident” that will provide an ample insurance payout to cover the cost of a potential transplant. The episode was directed by Pete Segal, »

- Derek

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11 family cameos in movies & TV, with Cumberbatch, Culkin and Coppola

6 January 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham made a surprise cameo appearance in Sherlock as the titular detective's mother and father in season three's opening episode The Empty Hearse.

The acting duo were introduced as members of the Holmes family for the first time, with the show's co-creator Mark Gatiss explaining: "This is the first time we've sort of gone beyond [the canon]. I don't know if Sherlock Holmes's parents have ever been shown. It just felt the right thing to do in the third series."

From Robert Downey Jr and his son to James McAvoy and his sister, here are 11 more famous family cameos across the big and small screen:

1. Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia

Sofia Coppola appeared in all three parts of father Francis Ford Coppola's cult classic The Godfather. The Oscar-nominated director appears (uncredited) as baptized baby Michael Francis Rizzi in the first film, »

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11 family cameos in movies & TV, with Cumberbatch, Culkin and Coppola

6 January 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Benedict Cumberbatch's real-life parents Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham made a surprise cameo appearance in Sherlock as the titular detective's mother and father in season three's opening episode The Empty Hearse.

The acting duo were introduced as members of the Holmes family for the first time, with the show's co-creator Mark Gatiss explaining: "This is the first time we've sort of gone beyond [the canon]. I don't know if Sherlock Holmes's parents have ever been shown. It just felt the right thing to do in the third series."

From Robert Downey Jr and his son to James McAvoy and his sister, here are 11 more famous family cameos across the big and small screen:

1. Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia

Sofia Coppola appeared in all three parts of father Francis Ford Coppola's cult classic The Godfather. The Oscar-nominated director appears (uncredited) as baptized baby Michael Francis Rizzi in the first film, »

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