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Fargo Season 3, Episode 10 Review: Somebody to Love

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I gotta be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the Fargo Season 3 finale. There were a lot of balls up in the air and no clear way to tie off all the dangling plot threads. Last season's finale, with the crazy motel shootout and the sudden spaceship appearance, kind of left a bad taste in my mouth -- don't give me space aliens in my neo-noir, crime drama and then fail to explain it. Unfortunately, as events in this finale play out, prepare to be somewhat disappointed... but in a good way, I guess.

Gloria (Carrie Coon) writes a resignation letter in the cold opening, she's cleaned out her desk and headed for the door when the phone rings. IRS guy, Larue Dollard (Hamish Linklater), has built an epic case of fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion -- some of it actually illegal. Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) sent the care package to Dollard to take down Emmit. He's papered his conference room walls with the documents, it looks like a big deal but it's really not -- we later learn this is all just a false show of bravado, another red herring in a season of red herrings, and it makes the case (again) that we can't trust our eyes.

Related - Fargo Season 3, Episode 9 Review: Aporia

However, with that single phone call everything changes. Gloria's back... in an IRS team-up! What? Not the sexy, dramatic moment you were hoping for? Ok, then how about Nikki and Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) sawing-off shotguns and prepping for a heavy assault inside a dimly lit motel room. That's more like it, amirite?

Varga (David Thewlis) has sequestered Emmit (Ewan McGregor) in his house, playing out this minor subplot's endgame. He's surrounded himself with a platoon of patrolling gunmen, fearful of the Swango and Wrench alliance -- rightly so. Emmit is tired, he just wants it all to be over, and though he makes a desperate play to kill Varga, he predictably fizzles. Emmit's story (and by extension, Ray's story too) is the least interesting of the season; things just happen to Emmit and he does little to stop them. It's not that Emmit is an unsympathetic character, rather it's that he's barely present at all, an ultimately inconsequential plot device. Fargo Season 3 has been all about Varga, Nikki, and Gloria.

Nikki lures Varga and his fireteam to an abandoned storage facility. They head for a third floor rendezvous, which is shot like a horror movie. A grim corridor of death awaits as they exit the elevator -- It's a trap (sorry, my inner Star Wars nerd got loose for a moment)!!! Shockingly, we don't witness the bloody ambush -- creator Noah Hawley is showing restraint? Naturally, Varga makes a hasty exit, sacrificing his own men to save himself. Nikki and Wrench subsequently settle their accounts, and Wrench reluctantly walks away with a pile of cash -- he's proven to be the most loyal and honest broker in this warped season, next to Gloria of course.

And then there's Ruby Goldfarb (Mary McDonnell). I kept wondering what an actress of her stature was doing in such a tiny cameo role? It didn't add up. And now we know why: she was the big boss all along; the least among us rises again. Goldfarb takes over Stussy Enterprises and shows Emmit the door in an epic power play!

Feels like we all need a warm hug in a nice Minnesota quilt, eh?

Alas, Nikki's story ends in tragedy and disgrace. She tracks down Emmit on a lonely stretch of Minnesota highway and levels a shotgun on him... until a state trooper rolls up and things go South. I can't say it makes much sense, Nikki is a smart character, a survivor -- it betrays her intelligence to go out in such a stupid fashion. But she's happier now, I guess, reunited with Ray (if you believe in that kind of thing).

But wait, there's more! Another time jump, and it's five years later. Emmit has reconciled with his family; Sy is... alive; Varga's still in the wind; and the big IRS case resulted in a limp misdemeanor and probation (Emmit's illicit earnings allegedly stashed overseas), until Mr. Wrench proves his loyalty one last time and finally settles Nikki's score with Emmit.

On a more positive note, Gloria has moved on, she's a special agent in the Department of Homeland Security. Varga turns up in a Dhs holding cell, and so we finally get our Gloria vs. Varga faceoff (referring to himself now as Daniel Rand, a software salesman out of Brussels -- Hawley is a Marvel fan too, apparently). We've come full-circle, the ending scene is reminiscent of the season's cold opening in East Germany. The dialog here is sharp and there's a fun back-and-forth tension to the scene, but it doesn't tell us very much. Varga tries to convince Gloria that he is about to go free and she contends that he's headed for federal lockup... we wait for the door behind Gloria to open. Will Varga, Rand, the Devil, or whoever he truly is walk away free or in handcuffs? The clocks ticks down and the lights go dark, roll credits. Hunh?

It's a convoluted, kind of unsatisfying ending... but I gotta give Hawley credit, he avoided the formula. I'm glad the season ended on character rather than spectacle. Season 3 really didn't connect with Seasons 1 and 2, and that's Ok. There's no good way to end any complicated story, particularly one this quirky and oddball. What's actually so surprising about this finale is that it's all about the ladies. Noah Hawley is a progressive! It's not the slam bang ending we were expecting, but dammit, it's the ending we deserved! We wish you well in your future endeavors agent Burgle, it's well-earned.

Grade: B

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Fargo Season 3 Episode 7 Review – ‘The Law of Inevitability’

Shaun Munro reviews the seventh episode of Fargo season 3…

As Fargo’s third season enters its final stretch, it hit the ground running following Ray’s shocking demise last week, with Nikki promptly being arrested and Varga’s presumed frame-up attempt working perfectly. It’s now clear that Nikki is essentially the series’ de facto protagonist, or at the very least the character to cheer on for as long as she remains alive.

Despite the previous episode suggesting that Gloria would be taking no prisoners this week, her and Winnie were quickly thrown off the case, and it was odd to see her hit a brick wall once again this late in the season. Amusingly, the hyper-bureaucracy that Gloria attempts to navigate in order to talk to Nikki feels straight out of a Terry Gilliam movie.

At least it was fun to see her attempting to explain the convoluted scenario
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'Fargo' Recap: Sex, Lies and Videotape

'Fargo' Recap: Sex, Lies and Videotape
How pathetic is Ray Stussy? He finally proposes to the love of his life, after robbing a bank, burgling a house and being responsible for at least two murders in the course of getting enough money to buy an engagement ring. And then he pops the question at the worst possible time. As his girlfriend Nikki Swango comes out of the bathroom "wearing a hooker wig" – minutes before they fake a sex tape to blackmail his brother Emmit – Ray drops to his knees with a jewelry box in his hand.
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TVLine Items: John Noble Visits TNT's Librarians, Major Star to Fargo and More

TVLine Items: John Noble Visits TNT's Librarians, Major Star to Fargo and More
Walter Bishop is becoming an actual bishop.

Fringe vet John Noble will appear in The Librarians‘ Season 4 premiere as Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is the secret leader of the Heretical Order of the Shadows, EW.com reports.

RelatedYoung Shakespeare Series Gets TNT Date

Additionally, the TNT series has tapped Rachel Nichols (Continuum) to recur as Nicole Noone, the mysteriously resurrected guardian of Flynn (played by Noah Wyle).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes) will guest-star in Fargo‘s May 17 episode as “the so-called storage queen of The Great Lakes region, Ruby Goldfarb,
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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons,
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Round-Up: The Fifth Element Pop! Vinyls, The Curse Of Downers Grove Release Details, Grinder NY Screening

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Directed by Luc Besson, sci-fi film The Fifth Element now has seven vinyl figures to collect courtesy of Funko's Pop! Movies series. Also in this round-up: release details for The Curse of Downers Grove and a rough-cuts screening of Grinder in New York.

The Fifth Element Figures: Standing at 3 3/4-inches tall, The Fifth Element figures will be released sometime in September.

"The Fifth Element is crash-landing into the world of Pop!

Leeloo comes in two costumes, including her civilian clothes and thermal bandages ensemble!

Korben, Special Forces solider turned cab-driver, comes as her backup!

The glamorous radio host, Ruby Rhod, is accompanied by the revered operatic performer, Diva Plavalaguna!

The evil Zorg and his Mangalore henchman are also included in the series!

Collect the whole set before the Mondoshawans do!"

Images courtesy of Funko:

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The Curse of Downers Grove: Press Release: "Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly announces the release
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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

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Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...

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Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials
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'Saturday Night Live' sets 40th anniversary celebration for February 2015

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'Saturday Night Live' sets 40th anniversary celebration for February 2015
You thought that maybe "Saturday Night Live" was going to ignore its 40th birthday? NBC announced on Friday (April 18) that "Saturday Night Live" will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary next February with a three-hour orgy of clips, guests and back-patting. Set for Sunday, February 15, 2015, the "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special will feature past and present cast members, as well as musical guests from the show's lengthy run. NBC will milk many months of coverage for the special by parsing out announcements over the next several months. One thing we can say for sure? Generallissimo Francisco Franco will not be there. He's still dead. “‘Saturday Night Live’ is an institution unlike anything else in television history,” blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The many brilliant ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ over the years is a who’s who of film and television comedy for the last two generations. The roster includes everyone
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Bethesda Announces Stellar Voice Cast For The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda Softworks has announced a stellar voice cast for its highly anticipated Mmo, The Elder Scrolls Online. Set for release on April 4th, 2014, the game will boast the talent of esteemed actors like John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Gambon.

“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”

As for who each of the voice actors will portray, the following paragraph explains exactly that and is taken from the official press release:

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a
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What to Watch Friday: The Carries Diaries and Grimm Return, Dracula Premieres and More

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What to Watch Friday: The Carries Diaries and Grimm Return, Dracula Premieres and More
On TV this Friday: The Carrie Diaries returns with Samantha in tow, Grimm comes back with a zombie horde, Dracula takes its first bite, Strike Back‘s origins story premieres in the U.S. and more. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Carrie Diaries (CW) | Season 2 premiere: The Sex and the City gang’s half here! After a night on the town with Donna Ladonna is ruined when Sebastian shows up, Carries meets the iconic man-eater herself, Samantha Jones (Lindsay Gort, Vegas). How will Samantha’s voracious… appetite be handled on this teen-friendly show? (Read our full preview.
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Alison Owen: internet won’t kill movies

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Alison Owen: internet won’t kill movies
Producer Alison Owen says it is “crazy to say the internet is going to kill off movies”.Scroll down for full speech

Alison Owen, managing director of Ruby Film and Television, has used her keynote speech at the BFI London Film Festival to defend the art of movie storytelling and play down the threat of the internet.

Speaking at the Curzon Soho this afternoon, Owen said: “There’s many a Cassandra touting the death of the movie industry. But is that true?

“It is crazy to say the internet is going to kill off movies… The problem is not technology per se but the management of that technology – and the lack of a pervasive business model.”

Using YouTube clips such as “Charlie bit my finger”, Owen said such content was “incredibly simple” and that “people still want good stories”.

“As digital comes of age, there’s going to be more and more demand for content,” she said.

“If
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Owen: internet won’t kill movies

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Owen: internet won’t kill movies
Producer Alison Owen says it is “crazy to say the internet is going to kill off movies”.Scroll down for full speech

Alison Owen, managing director of Ruby Film and Television, has used her keynote speech at the BFI London Film Festival to defend the art of movie storytelling and play down the threat of the internet.

Speaking at the Curzon Soho this afternoon, Owen said: “There’s many a Cassandra touting the death of the movie industry. But is that true?

“It is crazy to say the internet is going to kill off movies… The problem is not technology per se but the management of that technology – and the lack of a pervasive business model.”

Using YouTube clips such as “Charlie bit my finger”, Owen said such content was “incredibly simple” and that “people still want good stories”.

“As digital comes of age, there’s going to be more and more demand for content,” she said.

“If
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The Great British Bake Off's 'soggy bottoms' are perfect for BBC1

The only surprise about Bake Off's move from BBC2 is that it didn't happen long ago – the show is mainstream TV at its best

• Poll: will the move to BBC1 work?

At this stage, The Great British Bake Off barely even counts as a television programme any more. It's an institution. It's a place where millions of people congregate every week to drool over cakes, zone out during the boring history bits and use Twitter to aggressively denounce Ruby's continued unconvincing attempts at false modesty.

It's a monster. According to Barb, the only BBC shows with more viewers than The Great British Bake Off last week were Strictly Come Dancing, New Tricks and one episode of EastEnders. The number two rated show on BBC2, The Wrong Mans, achieved less than half the ratings of the Bake Off. So the news that it'll move to BBC1 next year isn't really a surprise.
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Casting Net: Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, Zoe Kravitz to share screen in 'The Road Within'; Plus Judd Nelson, more

Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Robert Sheehan (Misfits), and Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) will star in The Road Within, an indie drama adapted from award-winning 2010 German film Vincent Will Meer. Sheehan will star as Vincent, a young man with Tourette syndrome left at a residential clinic by his father following his mother’s death. Vincent and two fellow patients — an anorexic woman (Kravitz) and his Ocd roommate (Patel) — break out of the clinic on a road trip to take his mother’s ashes to the ocean. Production for The Road Within begins in Los Angeles this July. [Deadline]

Judd Nelson is
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The perfect couple for Ruby Sparks

How to follow the success of Little Miss Sunshine? Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton finally settled on a film that elides life and art: just the thing for a husband-and-wife team

As directing partners who happen also to be married, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are doubly anomalous. Their comedy-dramas – Little Miss Sunshine, which inspired a Sundance bidding war and won two Oscars, and the new Ruby Sparks, a bizarre psychological love story – are searching, compassionate and zesty. Judging by the hour I spend with them, their relationship is no less stimulating. They welcome me into their hotel room with a merry babble of overlapping greetings. They don't so much finish each other's sentences as nip in and out of them, supplying any just-out-of-reach words or asides as though passing the condiments across the dinner table.

In his straw Panama hat, striped shirt and navy tank-top, Dayton, who is 55, looks like a bearded,
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Interview: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan Channel Real-Life Romance in ‘Ruby Sparks’

Chicago – He’s the accomplished actor best known for locking horns with Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, “There Will Be Blood.” She’s the acclaimed playwright who’s earned raves for her acting both onstage (“Angels in America”) and onscreen (“The Exploding Girl”). Together, they are a match made in movie heaven.

The new romantic comedy, “Ruby Sparks,” marks the latest collaboration of real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, who first met after being cast in Jonathan Marc Sherman’s 2007 Off-Broadway play, “Things We Want.” Last year, Dano and Kazan played an anguished married couple in Kelly Reichardt’s existential western “Meek’s Cutoff.” Yet “Sparks” features the couple’s most intimate and complex collaboration to date. Kazan performs double duty as leading lady and first-time screenwriter, while Dano tackles the tricky role of a lonely writer whose lovable neurosis harbors a potentially repellant dark side.
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TV highlights 23/07/2012

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Care Home Kids: Looking For Love | Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger | Absolutely Fabulous | Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions | Arena: Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came To Dingle | The Daily Show

Care Home Kids: Looking For Love

9pm, BBC3

Ashley John-Baptiste is widely known as the guy who quit The X Factor (he left boy band The Risk last year while they were still in the running). Here, though, he wants to talk about something else: from the age of two until he was an adult he was in care and moved between foster and child care homes. Though he admits he's done remarkably well in life, he still carries the emotional scars of his upbringing. In this documentary he revisits the care system, meeting children who are currently in care, to try to find out what really went on. Martin Skegg

Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger

9pm, BBC
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"True Blood" Recap: "Too Cute to Be Goo"

Following last week's relative snoozer, this week's True Blood once again had chicken-fried batsh*t on the menu, with all sorts of minor revelations and developments adding up to one complicated humdinger of an episode.

Strap on your bib and let's dig in!

We start off with a shot from the Channel 5 Vampcam - new vamp (and newly-exfoliated) Tara (Rutina Wesley) is wandering around in the woods gazing at the sky and looking at squirrels. Ah - I get it - becoming a vampire is just like that time I ate mushrooms and went to the planetarium. Now it all makes sense! She runs from Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and ends up almost eating a girl with a flat tire - but she sees her own vampy reflection in the windshield, apologizes, and scoots off. She's pretty fast for someone who's so hungry, isn't she? She must have grabbed a Snickers.
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Ruby Wax, 'Reservoir Dogs' Michael Madsen for Celebrity Big Brother?

Ruby Wax, 'Reservoir Dogs' Michael Madsen for Celebrity Big Brother?
Michael Madsen and Ruby Wax are the latest names to be rumoured for a Celebrity Big Brother appearance. The Reservoir Dogs actor and the comedienne have reportedly signed a deal to star in the Channel 5 reality series, which starts next month. Pineapple Dance Studios star Andrew Stone is another new name linked to the show, according to The Sun. Stone appeared as a guest housemate during Channel 4's final full series in 2010 as part of a special dance task. A studio insider revealed: "Ruby is very feisty and speaks her mind so she won't take fools lightly in the house. Michael is a great (more)
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Jason Isaacs: 'I like being anonymous'

The star of the BBC's Case Histories on being a reluctant sex symbol, his need to help people – and how he hopes Mel Gibson will find some peace

'I am not a sex symbol," says Jason Isaacs, fixing me with those dreamy blue eyes. Well, that's not what everybody else is saying. The Observer's Euan Ferguson wrote that Isaacs has "won his promotion to officially approved national lust object". He's apparently right up there with Colin Firth and Daniel Craig, thanks to his performance as soulful, damaged and yet stirringly buff private detective Jackson Brodie in BBC1's Case Histories, which concludes tonight.

Think of that moment in last night's episode when Brodie woke up in his hospital bed scarred, amnesiac and yet pleasingly barrel-chested after trying to drag a collapsed old lady out of her car that had crashed on to the Aberdeen-Edinburgh main line. You can stop now.
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