14 items from 2014
Bringing the Coen Brothers' classic film Fargo to television was a risky proposition, but showrunner Noah Hawley did a terrific job, and the anthology series is set to return in 2015 for a 10-episode second season with a new cast, new story, and a new setting. Season 2 will take place around an incident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979 and focuses on a young Lou Solverson (played in season one by Keith Carradine). Hawley says the new season will not only draw inspiration from Fargo, but also from other Coen Brothers movies such as Miller's Crossing and The Man Who Wasn't There. Casting is currently underway and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) is moving to the cold Midwest, and might be joined by Nick Offerman. According to The Wrap, Donovan has been cast to play Dodd, not that the character name means anything other than he's not playing the young Lou. I »
- Matt Goldberg
When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.
What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »
If you didn't watch the first season of Fargo on FX, you really missed out on an incredible show. If you have On Demand, I suggest you binge watch that shit! As a testament to how good this series actually was, it was nominated for 18 freakin' Emmy Award nominations.
According to THR, the series will be back for a new "true crime" story of 10 episodes, and it will have an all-new cast of characters and take place during a new time period. FX CEO John Landgraf had this to say in regards to Noah Hawley's anthology series:
"We could not be more proud of Fargo. Noah's audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations — the most for a single program in our history. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking, and we look forward to the next installment."
The plan is to reboot the »
- Joey Paur
A few hours after FX picked up its much acclaimed series "Fargo" for a second season, the producers of the series have revealed some basic details about where and when the new story is set to unfold.
Like "American Horror Story" and "True Detective," "Fargo" is an anthology series and so each season tells a completely different story in a different setting and with different characters. Although in this case, one particular character from the first season will return.
Producer Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield have confirmed the new season will be based on an incident in Sioux Falls in 1979 referenced to in the first season episode "A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage". Said incident involved Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine), the now elderly father of Molly (Allison Tolman).
With the new season to be set in 1979, we'll follow a 33-year-old Lou who has recently returned from Vietnam. The producers »
- Garth Franklin
This was a "Tbd" panel on FX's TCA schedule and, given the opinions, my guesses were down to either a "Partners" panel with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence or a "Fargo" renewal panel. Since "Partners" premieres early next month and Grammer and possibly Lawrence (I didn't see him, so I don't know) were at last night's Fox/FX party, that wouldn't have seemed to require "Tbd" mystery. And, indeed, FX began the morning by announcing a "Fargo" renewal and John Landgraf demurred on several questions about Season 2 specifics, saying that Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield would have more details later. Don't expect That many details, but follow along... 4:45 p.m. This is our panel of the day. "Sons of Anarchy" had a fine panel previously that Geoff Berkshire will be writing up for us and, in fact, he's probably doing that as I type. 4:50 p.m. The second »
- Daniel Fienberg
John Turturro's career as a director has been picking up steam in the last few years with the likes of Romance And Cigarettes, Passione and, most recently, Fading Gigolo, in which he also co-starred with Woody Allen. Shoring up those gigs behind the camera have been higher-profile roles in things like the Transformers films, but he remains perhaps best known for his four collaborations with the Coen Brothers (Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?). It's one of those in particular that continues to fire his imagination, to the extent that he wants to make a spin-off. Turturro has serious plans to revisit The Big Lebowski's preening bowler Jesus Quintana for a project of his own.Quintana, you'll recall, was The Dude's arch nemesis at the alley. The creep could roll, man, but he was also a pervert. As described by John Goodman's less-than-tolerant Walter Sobchak, »
Quentin Tarantino, during his Cannes Film Festival press conference (watch it here), mentioned an email chain he was a part of where he and some friends discussed what they believed to be the ten most exciting directors working today. Among those listed he said only David Fincher and Richard Linklater where in everyone's top ten, he wasn't sure why Pedro Almodovar wasn't on everyone's list and he also qualified what he believed it meant for a director to be the "most exciting". Here's how he put it: "I think what that means is, you feel that their best work is still in front of them. That's what makes a filmmaker exciting, that's what makes you anticipate a new movie coming out. Because the new movie could be their best one. From this day on that will be the new barometer from which they're judged. We could be wrong, and their »
- Brad Brevet
Secret Cinema has concluded its latest production in London.
Secret Cinema 21 review: A roaring, hidden success
Over the space of two months, more than 16,000 people attended the event, with 30 cast members playing to 450 visitors each night.
The production ended with a large finale attended by over 1,000 people. The town hall was converted into an Election Results Day Fete earlier this week.
Secret Cinema has also confirmed that it will return with a new large-scale outdoor event later this year.
The film is described as a "cult" classic, and will be staged ahead of next year's international expansion.
It's a pleasure to see a witty, wise and unneurotic version of Woody, and Turturro's Fading Gigolo has many other admirable qualities
We know him best as nerdy schlemiel Herb Stempel from Quiz Show, as weenie-wagger and bowling kingpin Jesus from The Big Lebowski, and as any number of rats and weirdos and yutzes these 30 years past. But for more than 20 years now, John Turturro has run a spirited little cottage industry on the side as writer-director and star of his own movies. Fading Gigolo is the kind of work you find yourself forgiving for its flaws because there is a core of sweetness and mildness to his films, and because their incidental pleasures often add up to more than the sum of the movie itself.
- John Patterson
Calgary - As pages go, Warren Littlefield is slightly overqualified. The Brandon Tartikoff protege spent 20 years as an executive at NBC, cultivating in a '90s run as NBC Entertainment President a gig that was, at times, rather wildly successful. On this March day in Calgary, though, Littlefield is serving as a tour-guide for a group of reporters visiting the set of his FX limited series "Fargo." Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Calgary, we've left the urban center behind and we're at a facility that is doubling for the Bemidji Police Department, as well as several other rural Minnesota hubs. Depending on which way you wander, there are interrogation rooms, a main squad area, portions of a local hospital and a middle school cafeteria, in which we're conducting most of our interviews next to a fine piece of juvenile art that has nothing to do with "Fargo," but I'm including it anyway. »
- Daniel Fienberg
'There's nothing more foolish than a man chasing his hat," says a character in the Coen brothers' 1990 movie Miller's Crossing. If Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from the filmmaking siblings, is any indication, Joel and Ethan Coen have apparently changed their opinions on the subject: There's actually nothing more foolish than a man chasing his cat.
The Coen Brothers Talk 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
The brothers' affectionate look back at the early sixties Greenwich Village folk scene comes out on DVD today, and we're presenting an extended — and exclusive »
It has not been an easy week, saying goodbye to two old friends, Hollywood producer Jim Jacks and studio executive Tom Sherak, who shared something in common; they were both good guys. They were generous and giving to their friends; they were adored by the people who worked for them. At the Academy Board of Governors meeting on Monday night, the governors gave former AMPAS president Sherak a moment of silence, and talked about how much he had done to help shepherd the organization through a challenging time. Wednesday brought a Catholic Mass in North Hollywood, followed by a heartfelt celebration of the life of Jim Jacks at West Hollywood restaurant Craig's, where he used to have dinner once a week. Along with his family, the friends who shared Jacks stories included Circle Releasing's Ted Pedas (who backed three Coen brothers movies, "Raising Arizona, " "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," produced »
- Anne Thompson
With Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest – Inside Llewyn Davis – due out today, I’ve returned to the filmography of the two enigmatic brothers, and a Masters of Cinema book dedicated to them. The author of said book is Ian Nathan, executive editor of Empire Magazine, author of Terminator Vault (2013) and Alien Vault (2011), and a contributor to numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Sharing his thoughts on the process of writing the book, and his own exploration of the tricksy Coen brothers, here is what Mr. Nathan had to say:
Piers McCarthy: How easy was it to balance the research and writing of this book with your work at Empire Magazine?
Ian Nathan: This is always tricky in terms of sheer workload. Books are just hard work, and soak up your time. »
- Gary Collinson
Sadly - though perhaps predictably - overlooked amid this year's raft of Oscar nominations, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) thankfully doesn't need lashings of awards to appeal to those who have admired the work of the brothers Coen over the course of the last three decades. Featuring a breakthrough lead turn from Oscar Isaac as a struggling folk singer, the Coens have returned to the high watermark of such classic efforts as Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink with a tale of cats and calamity set against the wintry backdrop of the sixties Greenwich Village scene, where its key players orbit around a black hole of grief.
- CineVue UK
14 items from 2014
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