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Since his early days on the '90s sitcom “Hearts Afire,” Billy Bob Thornton largely stayed away from television — a career path that worked for him, given his three Oscar nominations and his win for writing “Sling Blade.” But the 58-year-old actor, writer and director came back to TV with a vengeance for the miniseries “Fargo,” in which his portrayal of of the implacable killer Lorne Malvo landed him one of the show's 17 Emmy nominations. Also read: Emmy Nominees: The Complete List How significant are awards to you? Well, I think they're very significant. For actors, it begets work. And since. »
- Steve Pond
The Emmy race for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor is more crowded than ever thanks to a surge in longform programming in the last year. The field includes several past Emmy-nominees as well as a few previous Oscar contenders, whom the TV academy loves to honor when they move to the small screen (recent winners of this race include Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, and Al Pacino). Will the movie stars continue to dominate? -Break- After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Thornton, Ruffalo, Cumberbatch, or Freeman? Click here to discuss close Emmy race in our forums! Frontrunners Our Experts, Editors, and Users expect this category to be won by another Oscar-champ: Billy Bob Thornton, who won film's top honor »
This year's Emmy race for Best Miniseries has two clear frontrunners, which both aired on FX: "Fargo," a spin-off of the 1996 Oscar-winning movie, and "American Horror Story: Coven," the third installment in that chilling franchise. (See the racetrack odds for all contenders here). -Break- Can 'True Detective' upset 'Breaking Bad'? Discuss all things Emmy in our infamous forums After reading our recap, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Frontrunners While the Coen brothers aren't among those credited with creating the TV version of "Fargo," the spirt of their original film version pervades this small-screen version. Oscar champ Billy Bob Thornton ("Sling Blade") steals scenes as a drifter »
Directed by: David Michod
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: June 23, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a loner (Pearce) looks for his stolen car with the help of an abandoned American (Pattinson).
Who’S It For? Viewers who like their thriller spaced out, with ebbs of intensity. On a smaller scale, this movie is also for anyone who has not yet confirmed Pattinson’s acting abilities.
There is a profound interest in impulse within the work of Australian filmmaker David Michod, whose number of features finally reaches two with his anticipated followup to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. Even his co-writing work for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s life-crasher movie Hesher is indicative of a storytelling force jazzed by that which is abrupt and unexplainable, and without worry of how polarizing these weirdo choices may be. With »
- Nick Allen
Described by its headlining star Robert Downey Jr as ‘the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make,’ The Judge revolves around a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
Downey plays said lawyer and screen veteran Robert Duvall assumes the role of the father.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” starring Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Tropic Thunder,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films, the “Iron Man” franchise), Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) and Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”). The film is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the »
- Paul Heath
In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Catch the first trailer below for the film that bows during the upcoming awards season.
The film also features Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare. »
- Michelle McCue
Not Rated, 2 Hrs., 18 Mins.
She ran in the same circles as Sartre and Camus and was mentored by de Beauvoir, but French feminist writer Violette Leduc achieved a mere fraction of her peers’ fame and respect. In Martin Provost’s graceful biopic, Emmanuelle Devos plays Leduc as a powder keg of a woman who used her loneliness and insecurity as the explosive fuel for her work. She gives a tremendous performance, somehow managing to turn an emotion as ugly as self-loathing into something beautiful to behold. A- –Missy Schwartz
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 45 Mins.
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- EW staff
Karl Schanzer, a longtime story analyst whose real-life experience as a private eye was an inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, died May 25 in Studio City. He was 81. Schanzer worked as a reader for Jeffrey Katzenberg at Paramount (where he found what would become the 1982 Eddie Murphy hit 48 HRs.) and as a creative executive at 20th Century Fox, among many studio positions. He also produced and created the story for Camouflage (2001), co-written by Billy Bob Thornton under the pseudonym Reginald Perry. (Thornton’s character in Sling Blade is named after Schanzer.) Born in Hartford, Conn., on Nov. 25, 1932, Schanzer
- Stephen Galloway
Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo’s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Et, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn.
The two actors — whom you may remember co-starred in Love Actually, »
- Jeff Labrecque
"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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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
Dwight Yoakam is certainly best known as a country singer, but he has several acting credits under his belt (Crank: High Voltage, Panic Room, Sling Blade, and "Wilfred" to name a few) and is about to add another.
Per TV Guide, Yoakam has joined the cast of CBS's "Under the Dome" for Season 2 and will play Lyle Chumley, who runs Chester's Mill's barbershop, the Two Scissors.
Lyle has a complicated history with Big Jim (Dean Norris), having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline (Sherry Stringfield). Like Pauline, Lyle has a mysterious connection to the Dome and very well may know the answer to its origins.
- Debi Moore
In fact, his character has been there the entire time! In season two of CBS’ summer breakout drama, the actor-musician will play Lyle Chumley, who runs the Chester’s Mill’s barbershop. We’re told Chumley “has a complicated history with Big Jim — having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline. Lyle also has a mysterious connection to the Dome, and very well may know the answer to its origins.”
Yoakam will appear in multiple episodes as a recurring guest star in season 2, which gets underway June 30. The Grammy-winning Kentucky native »
- James Hibberd
Hong Kong — Rap musicians 50 Cent (pictured), Timbaland and Eminem and New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony are among the unlikely U.S. investors behind “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the cutting edge Chinese film which won the Golden Bear at Berlin this year.
They were corralled into backing the film by New York-based Daniel Victor of Boneyard Entertainment. Through its Boneyard Entertainment China offshoot, it was a financier and co-producer of “Black Coal.” The lead producer is China’s Jiangsu Omnijoi Movie Co.
The film, which is unusually dark by Chinese standards, and depicts a former policeman and a mystery woman on the trail of a serial killer, releases this week in China.
Victor says the high-profile investors share a long-term vision of building a film company focused on the world’s most exciting and quickly-evolving market.
“We were all passionate about the idea of building a film business in China, »
- Patrick Frater
The channel's name is Sundance, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that much of its original programming would evoke art house films from the nineties, arguably the peak of the Sundance Film Festival's cultural influence. The channel's latest miniseries The Red Road, about the conflict between entitled but troubled whites and an unrecognized Native American tribe, gets even more specific in its influences. It's a feel-bad regional potboiler in the vein of such dramas as Incident at Oglala, Sling Blade, and Heavy. Such movies prioritized atmosphere and characterization over plot, and examined their milieus with anthropological exactness, to the point where every pregnant pause and dropped "g" seemed freighted with meaning. Red Road creator Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners) and producer Sarah Condon (Bored to Death) go heavy on the portent.In theory, the show's main character is Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson), a New Jersey cop. He's the buffer between his community's »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
Just as Bruce Broughton has been punished by the Academy for his questionable campaign tactics, Vulture has chimed in with a detailed timeline of strategies employed by the master of Academy manipulation, Harvey Weinstein -- not all of them strictly by the Oscar playbook. Take this anecdote about Weinstein's 1996 campaign for Billy Bob Thornton in "Sling Blade": "John Ericson, a retired actor who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., said he was called several times recently by a representative from the studio. In the first call, this person asked Mr. Ericson if he had received Sling Blade and urged him to »
- Guy Lodge
Entourage has made room for one more member of its entourage. Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (he won for Sling Blade's screenplay and was also nominated for starring in that film) may be joining the cast of the comedy/drama currently shooting in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter says Thornton's been asked to play a billionaire who helps finance the Dracula movie Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) is starring in.
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The Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based sales and finance company will handle all rights outside mainland China.
Starring Liao Fan and Gwei Lun Mei, the film is the story of a former police detective who falls in love with a mysterious woman who seems to be linked to a series of murders he is investigating.
It was produced by Vivian Qu as a presentation by Omnijoi Media Corporation, Boneyard Entertainment China, and China Film Company.
Bec is the Hong Kong-based film finance unit of New York-based Boneyard Entertainment, which has financed films including Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade” and Hal Hartley’s “Henry Fool.” Omnijoi is a large private-sector Chinese media investor and producer with »
- Patrick Frater
Starring Liao Fan (Let The Bullets Fly) and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun-mei, the film revolves around a former detective who, while investigating a series of murders, falls in love with a mysterious woman with a link to all the victims.
An official China-Hong Kong co-production, the film is produced by China’s Omnijoi Media Corp; Boneyard Entertainment China, the local subsidiary of New York-based Boneyard Entertainment, and China Film Company.
Diao previously directed Night Train (2007), which premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and Uniform, about a man impersonating a police officer.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
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