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The Leftovers star Carrie Coon joins Fargo season 3

12 July 2016 8:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The cast for the third season of FX’s Fargo is starting to come together, as TV Line recently revealed the news that The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon has landed the female lead role opposite The Impossible and Beauty and the Beast actor Ewan McGregor. While McGregor will portray a set of twins, Emmit and Ray Stussy, Coon’s character will be that of Gloria Burgle, “a practical woman who grabs the fire extinguisher when the bacon catches fire and everyone else panics.”

Showrunner Noah Hawley previously announced that the new season, which is the most modern yet, would take place in the year 2010; seasons 1 and 2 took place in 2006 and 1979, respectively. Setting the show during this decade sounds like it will affect how Coon’s Gloria operates, as the rest of the character description mentions that she is the “chief of police in Edna Valley and a newly divorced mother »

- Justin Cook

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Dwight Yoakam Reunites With Billy Bob Thornton in New Drama 'Goliath'

15 June 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.

Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Loving’

16 May 2016 2:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Crime of Being Married.” So read the headline that accompanied photos of Richard Loving, a Southern “white trash” construction worker, and his African-American wife Mildred in the pages of Life magazine. One day — maybe today — audiences will sit down to watch Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” which goes nearly the entire first reel before explaining that mixed-race marriages were illegal in the then-segregated Virginia of 1958, and they’ll be surprised to learn what the crime in question was, having already observed and accepted the on-screen couple without the blinders of racial prejudice.

It is from this position of relative enlightenment that Nichols approaches the true story of “the Loving couple,” a film of utmost sensitivity, but not nearly enough outrage, secure in its position vis-à-vis the bigotry that dominated before America’s Civil Rights revolution. Like the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that identified marriage as an inherent human right, »

- Peter Debruge

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Criminal – Review

14 April 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The incoherent mess known as Criminal is rescued from disaster by a game cast. Seasoned pros join hot younger stars to elevate a ridiculous script, keeping what could have (and should have) been a train wreck mostly on track and lending Criminal far more credibility than it deserves.

Criminal opens with a gritty chase through the streets of London that ends with CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) murdered by having a cattle prod shoved down his throat by the sinister “Spanish Anarchist” Heimdahl (Jordi Molla) and his vicious moll Elsa (Antje Traue). But Pope’s now-dead mind is full of critical, earth-saving info involving his interactions with “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt), a nut who has hacked his way into the controls of U.S. nuclear missile silos and will start Wwiii unless his demands, mostly involving a passport and a big bag of cash, are met. Pope’s CIA »

- Tom Stockman

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From Shoestring Budgets to Studio Sci-Fi, Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon Keep an Even Keel

16 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Midnight Special,” opening March 18, is the fourth collaboration between director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon. A studio movie made with the resources a genre story demands, it’s a far cry from the shoestring budget beginnings of their first effort, Nichols’ 2007 debut “Shotgun Stories.” But it’s also unusual in that the director maintained an independent writer-director voice within a Warner Bros. system that, of late, is focused on cranking out franchise blockbuster fare. That began right at the top with casting choice.

“There’s a lot of this that is a culmination of a relationship that has grown and flourished,” says “Midnight” producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, who represented Nichols as an agent on his first film. “I don’t think there’s been a bigger metamorphosis of a filmmaker from uber-indie and scratching it out, to being able to make a studio movie while not getting stuck in the financing bubble of, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Nichols Retains Indie Mojo With ‘Midnight Special’

15 March 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like every Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. is obsessed with making and releasing franchise blockbusters that can generate billions of dollars in revenue. But, the studio hasn’t totally abandoned smaller movies with indie sensibilities.

Midnight Special,” which is being released March 18, is an under-$20 million genre movie that marks the fourth collaboration between director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon. The film, co-starring Adam Driver and Kirsten Dunst, tells the story of a boy with supernatural powers, who’s viewed as a messiah by a cult-like community, escapes with his father (Shannon), and is hunted by the government. Like all of Nichols’ work, the movie is heavier on visual storytelling specificity than on plot particulars.

Nichols, 37, whose previous indie films — including “Mud,” “Take Shelter” and “Shotgun Stories” — were made on shoestring budgets, was able to maintain his independent writer-director voice despite working within the major studio system that is Warners. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

16 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

16 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Billy Bob Thornton: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

22 January 2016 12:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Billy Bob Thornton has come a very long way from his humble beginnings in the film business, where he’d regularly appear in bit parts on low-budget films like Chopper Chicks In Zombietown. Even then he showed a charisma that overcame the terrible scripts he was working on, but it was only when he created his own material that people started taking notice.

He wrote and starred in the acclaimed – but little seen – thriller One False Move, which soon led to him writing and directing Sling Blade, the film that made his career. Since then he’s written, directed and starred in a wide variety of movies, ranging from tiny budget indies to massive summer blockbusters.

There doesn’t appear to be any role Thornton can’t tackle, and he’s equally comfortable in sily comedies or deathly serious dramas. He also has the ability to find humanity »

- Padraig Cotter

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Principal Photography Begins on Bad Santa 2

19 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.

As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »

- Mike Tyrkus

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