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

9 hours ago | 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 new series 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 »

- Darren Ruecker

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Series premiere review: 'Fargo' - 'The Crocodile's Dilemma'

12 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I reviewed FX's "Fargo" in advance this morning, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I get more familiar with the ham... "It's a red tide, Lester, this life of ours." -Lorne Malvo As I said in my advance review, the early passages of "The Crocodile's Dilemma" feel a bit too much like Noah Hawley playing mix-and-match with familiar elements from the movie just to see how we would react. So it's a male police chief, for instance, who is about to become a parent, and when two cops arrive at a crime scene by a snowy stretch of open road, it's the man correcting the woman's investigative technique, rather than good ol' Marge Gunderson telling Lou that she doesn't agree with his policework. Lester Nygaard isn't introduced arranging the kidnapping of his wife, but Martin Freeman plays him with an »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Fargo Recap: Series Premiere “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

12 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Neither part of the term "original adaptation" fully applies to FX's new limited series Fargo, even if it's branded as such.It evokes a sense of the original Ethan and Joel Coen film without using the same characters, yet it's full of callbacks.  There are currently many series on air that tie in with movies: NBC's Hannibal (a prequel of sorts to Silence of the Lambs), A&E's Bates Motel (a prequel to Psycho), and even NBC's comedy About a Boy (like Fargo, it is "inspired" by the world of the movie).  What they have in common is that each series is at its best when its the farthest away from its source material.  Once it becomes its own interpretation of the world it's using as a base, it gets stronger.  With Fargo, it may take a few episodes for that to develop, but once it does, there's great potential. »

- Allison Keene

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'Fargo' Premiere Recap: The Same -- Only Different

12 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the series premiere of FX's limited series Fargo.] With original Fargo screenwriter-directors Joel and Ethan Coen on board as executive producers, FX set the stage for its take on the 1996 Oscar-nominated feature with the first of its 10-episode series. From showrunner Noah Hawley (My Generation), FX's Fargo is set in a world that begins the day after the events in the film. The new series draws similarities from the original, which earned the Coen brothers an Academy Award for their screenplay, while still standing out with its own punches.

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- Brian Porreca

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'Fargo' Reviews Are In: How Does The Show Compare To The Movie?

20 hours ago | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

It was the movie that made "You betcha" a catchphrase before Sarah Palin did and made Steve Buscemi synonymous with a wood chipper. Now, it's coming to TV. "Fargo" the movie was released in 1996, the brainchild of Joel and Ethan Coen, and went on to garner incredible critical praise and two Oscar wins, becoming one of the most acclaimed films of the 1990s. The darkly comic film is funny, heartbreaking and thought-provoking and also ...

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5 Reasons the Fargo TV Show Is Just as Good as the Movie

21 hours ago | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

As a fan of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 crime film, Fargo, you may understand why I've been skeptical about FX's TV adaptation. Why do we need a series when there's a perfectly good movie? What if some of the magic gets lost in translation? I felt a little better when I read that the Coens would be executive producers on the series, but I still wasn't sure I could get into it - especially given how different it would be from the movie. I've never been more glad to be proven utterly wrong. The drama premieres this week on FX, and we have a few reasons why this is your new must-see TV show. Billy Bob Thornton is magnetic. Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention to Billy Bob Thornton lately, but the guy is transformative here as a drifting hit man who shows up in town. He's slightly psychopathic (I mean, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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With Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, FX's "Fargo" Makes a Surprisingly Smooth Transition to the Small Screen

22 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Opening with the same bogus "Based on a True Story" disclaimer as Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 movie, FX's "Fargo" sets alarm bells ringing from its opening frames. But what showrunner Noah Hawley has done is not to Xerox the Coens but copy them freehand, embellishing and reimagining the movie in a way that feels neither false to nor slavishly imitative of it. I'll have more to say on the pilot tomorrow, once I can safely spoil its conclusion, but for now, here's what critics are saying about its surprisingly successful and almost uniformly lauded transition to the small(ish) screen. The first episode (of 10) airs on FX tonight.Christopher Orr, the AtlanticThe idea of making Fargo into a TV show has been around almost since the movie itself hit theaters, and it’s always seemed to me a terrible one given the idiosyncratic nature of the source material. In 1997 a pilot was even shot, »

- Sam Adams

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'Fargo's' Billy Bob Thornton on What TV Can Teach the Film Industry

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton returns to the small screen with FX's Fargo, an anthology series inspired by the "Minnesota nice" that helped the Coen brothers earn an Oscar nomination for the film starring William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. In the 10-episode drama from showrunner Noah Hawley, Thornton plays Lorne Malvo -- the big bad opposite Martin Freeman's bumbling car salesman Gus Grimly  -- in his first series regular role since he co-starred in Hearts Afire. Here, The Hollywood Reporter talks with Thornton about returning to TV, what the film industry can learn from the risks that broadcast

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- Lesley Goldberg

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FX’s ‘Fargo’ is as good as the Coens’ masterpiece

22 hours ago | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

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

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Guillermo Del Toro's FX series 'The Strain' to have world premiere at Atx Television Festival -- Exclusive

23 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The Austin-based Atx Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with Atx for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo.

“We at FX Networks really respect and appreciate the independent spirit of the Festival, and what Caitlin and Emily are building, so we feel like this is the perfect year to get involved,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, »

- Karen Valby

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Murder, Snow and Minnesota Nice: The Return of 'Fargo'

15 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I mean, the guy is a fucking Komodo dragon, but he has the bangs of Ken Burns?" The whole table laughs, and Billy Bob Thornton smiles, knowing he's just nailed it. The subject is a hired killer; specifically, the horrible, Moe Howard-ish bowl haircut that this professional hit man sports. Sitting across from Thornton in a Midtown conference room, Colin Hanks stares up at the ceiling and then adds "He's like a human ficus plant. Put the guy in a corner, and you wouldn't even notice him."

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Review: FX's 'Fargo' reinvents the Coen brothers movie

15 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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

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News Nuggets: New FX miniseries 'Fargo' proclaimed as 'nearly perfect'

14 April 2014 7:14 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Robert Bianco is floored by the new FX miniseries "Fargo," calling it "nearly perfect." He says that the current TV landscape is excellent, so "who would have thought FX would give us not just another contender for TV's top quality slot, but one that is both thoroughly original and outrageously entertaining." While named after the 1996 film and executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the new project is more of "a tribute without coming across as a cheap imitation." The leads are Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy nominee Martin Freeman with strong support from Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Adam Goldberg, Russell Harvard, Kate Walsh, and Oliver Platt. Episodes air each Tuesday night starting this week. USA Today. -Break- The best dressed celebrities at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards are unveiled. A new photo gallery praises Shailene Woodley, Lupita Nyong'o, Rihanna, and Jessica Alba. On the other ha »

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Talking To The Cast Of Fargo At The NYC Premiere

14 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic 1996 film, Fargo, is heading to the small screen this Tuesday, courtesy of FX. Starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, the new series (which is not a straight remake) follows a drifter named Lorne Malvo, whose arrival in small-town Minnesota shakes up the population due to the malice that he brings with him. Throw in some dark humor, grisly violence and strong performances, and you have a show that perfectly captures the spirit of the original.

In celebration of Fargo‘s premiere this week, FX rolled out the red carpet for the cast and crew (along with some special guests) last Wednesday in New York City. Seeing as the show is one of our most anticipated new series of the year, we were thrilled when we got the invite to attend. Though there wasn’t enough time to speak with all of the talent that were there, »

- Justine Browning

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Interview: Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield bring 'Fargo' to the small screen

14 April 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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'Fargo' Boss on Appeals of Anthology Series, Cable vs. Broadcast and a Future Beyond Season 1

14 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

FX heads to Fargo with showrunner Noah Hawley, revisiting the "Minnesota nice" made famous by the Coen brothers Oscar-winning feature film of the same name. Hawley (My Generation) heads to cable for the first time with the 10-episode anthology that explores what would happen the day after Frances McDormand's detective Marge Gunderson solved the case depicted in the film. (Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen won a screenwriting Oscar for the film, which was nominated for best picture.) While FX's limited series is not an interpretation of the movie, its characters are inspired by Steve Buscemi's bumbling criminal

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Martin Freeman on why he normally would have turned down 'Fargo'

14 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Martin Freeman prefers to be a bit of a drifter.

“It’s not like a life choice where I just want to live in a part forever,” the actor says of his preference for close-ended work. “That’s the joy of the job for me: In a little while, I’ll be playing somebody else with a different load of people.”

Between filming The Hobbit and Sherlock, Freeman had two stipulations for the next project he would take on: He didn’t want to do series television, and he didn’t want to travel far from his London home. Then »

- Amber Ray

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TV Review: 'Fargo' Honors the Coens' Original Vision While Allowing Us More Time in Their Wintery World

14 April 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"It's a red tide, Lester, this life of ours. The shit they make us eat day after day, the boss, the wife, etc, wearing us down, if you don't stand up to it, let 'em know you're an ape, deep down where it counts, you're just going to get washed away." That's Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo on the new FX miniseries, "Fargo," an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning film from 1996. Thornton's character is the hand that tips the dominos in writer, executive producer, and showrunner Noah Hawley's miniseries that the Coen brothers also produce. He's the stimulant. He's the creator of chaos, and what makes him truly unique, compelling, and magnetic is that he loves every second of it. Malvo will say and do anything to get a rise out of someone, sometimes with ulterior motives in mind and sometimes for the sheer joy »

- Ben Travers

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TV Review: 'Fargo' Honors the Coens' Original Vision While Allowing Us More Time in Their Wintery World

14 April 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"It's a red tide, Lester, this life of ours. The shit they make us eat day after day, the boss, the wife, etc, wearing us down, if you don't stand up to it, let 'em know you're an ape, deep down where it counts, you're just going to get washed away." That's Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo on the new FX miniseries, "Fargo," an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning film from 1996. Thornton's character is the hand that tips the dominos in writer, executive producer, and showrunner Noah Hawley's miniseries that the Coen brothers also produce. He's the stimulant. He's the creator of chaos, and what makes him truly unique, compelling, and magnetic is that he loves every second of it. Malvo will say and do anything to get a rise out of someone, sometimes with ulterior motives in mind and sometimes for the sheer joy »

- Ben Travers

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Billy Bob Thorton on FX's 'Fargo' and 'a Haircut Gone Wrong'

14 April 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New York (AP) - After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put "Fargo" on series TV.

The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. Edt on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

Like that movie, the series is set in rural, snow-glazed Minnesota, but 20 years later (in 2006), and is stocked with new characters, deadly mischief and a bounty of stars including Allison Tolman as a bright-eyed deputy and Martin Freeman as a nebbishy insurance salesman (distant echoes of the roles played by McDormand and Macy in the film). Also on hand are Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and more.

At the core of its deliciously deranged narrative is Lorne Malvo, »

- The Associated Press

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