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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 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 caution against »
- Darren Ruecker
On the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" last month, most of the cast was there either shooting or dropping by on an off-day to chat with a group reporters. Billy Bob Thornton couldn't make it, but sent his regrets and expressed the desire to talk to all of the assembled scribes pre-premiere. That's the sort of thing you hear a lot in-the-moment, but doesn't normally come to pass. Things slip through the cracks and nobody's really to blame. People get busy. Billy Bob Thornton followed through. After a series of crossed wires and adjusted schedules, the Oscar-winning "Slingblade" scribe checked in last Sunday morning, delayed only because he got caught-up watching early baseball, which immediately gives us something in common. "You can imagine what I think about your team," Thornton drawls. He's famously a Cardinals fan. I'm not-especially-famously a Red Sox fan. "You guys just creamed us twice," Thornton admits, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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
Directed by Jason Bateman
It only seems like yesterday that Jason Bateman was starring in one of the biggest sequel turds of all time, Teen Wolf Too, and whose own career was seemingly destined to be the male Judy Greer in any and all big studio rom-com. Then came a little TV show called Arrested Development, followed by a few choice film roles and today we are talking about Jason Bateman, movie star and now director. While the director part may have been inevitable career choice (since he has directed quite a few TV episodes from various shows) and you can certainly debate how big a star Bateman really is, the guy has parlayed his career quite well. Bad Words, Bateman’s first feature film directorial effort, is a movie that after seeing the trailers, I felt I was going to like. »
- Craig Dietz
Jason Bateman has come a long way since the days of Little House on the Prairie and Silver Spoons. Now, with his new film Bad Words, Bateman adds another adjective to his long career – feature film director. While comedies don’t typically get the respect and accolades as other film genres, it’s extremely difficult to make people laugh. Mastering that is challenging in and of itself, and with Bad Words, Jason Bateman succeeds.
In the film, Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a man who’s a bit down on his luck and on a particular mission. For some reason, which is eventually revealed towards the end of the movie, Trilby takes advantage of a loop hole in the rules of a national spelling bee and enters the competition as an adult, which immediately puts him at odds with fellow contestants and competition officials. Tagging along with Trilby cross country »
- Dane Jackson
Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity Cast: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Phillip Baker Hall, Ben Falcone, Steve Witting and Allison Janney Written By: Andrew Dodge Directed By: Jason Bateman Bad Santa, Bad Teacher, Bad Grandpa… all movies in which an authority figure who should by all accounts […]
Read Review: Bad Words on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
Written by Andrew Dodge
Directed by Jason Bateman
One of the mainstays of the holiday season is Chuck Jones’ masterful animated short adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which manages to both be a clever embrace of everything that Christmas embodies in its secular form and to be a nasty piece of work about a grumpy so-and-so who eventually turns good. The feature-length take on the same story, by director Ron Howard, is one of the worst blights of recent holiday-film entries, precisely because if you spend 2 hours with the Grinch, he either becomes totally intolerable or must be given a sufficient enough backstory to explain why he’s such…well, a Grinch. And the only reason why the Grinch is so memorable is that he’s inexplicably mean, but in short bouts; the longer we spend with him, the less appealing he becomes. »
- Josh Spiegel
After a steady stream of teasers, FX have finally released a full trailer (a whole minute!) for their upcoming miniseries adaptation of the Coen Brothers' classic Fargo.
The 10-episode limited series is executive produced by the Coens, who also have writing credits alongside Noah Hawley (Bones), with Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) directing the first episode. It will "follow an all-new 'true crime' story and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that has made the film an enduring classic." You can watch the trailer below...
Fargo will air later this year and stars Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) as drifter Lorne Malvo, Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as businessman Lester Nygaard and newcomer Allison Toleman (Prison Break) as Deputy Molly Solverson. »
- Oliver Davis
Exclusive: Punk’d alum Ryan Pinkston (Bad Santa) and Groundlings Matt Cook (Harry’s Law) and Mike Castle have been cast as leads in TBS‘ multi-camera ensemble workplace comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The untitled project (aka Buzzy’s, Clipsters) is about a group of kids from high school who ran in different circles but now all work together at a local Charlestown, Ma barbershop called Buzzy’s. Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in. Pinkston, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Principato-Young and Lev Ginsburg, plays Ben, the greedy owner of Buzzy’s, who is always trying to squeeze an extra penny out of his business and appears to be unaware that all his employees know and despise his shopworn manipulative ploys. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Signature line: “Your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence -- you know, arrested development.” – Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth from TV’s "Arrested Development." That utterance from Bateman’s cult series, which made a comeback on Netflix last year, could be applied to his own career as he continues to distance himself from his child-star past. He takes a step in the right direction by starring in his feature directing debut as a disagreeable foul-mouthed lout who crashes a kids’ spelling bee and picks up a doe-eyed Indian tyke as a sidekick he refers to as “slumdog” in the just-opened R-rated comedy "Bad Words" – aka "Bad Santa" with dictionaries. Career peaks: Bateman was born into a showbiz family on Jan. 14, 1969, in Rye, N.Y. His father, Kent, was a producer, director and screenwriter while older sibling Justine played Michael J. Fox’s under-achiever sister on the TV series "Family Ties. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Jason Bateman has become so good at playing milquetoasts that there’s something immediately bracing about watching him play an actual jerk in Bad Words. As Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old taking advantage of a loophole in the rules for the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee, the actor turns his characteristic deadpan into a weapon: He maintains his even-keeled delivery, and hurls agonizingly cruel insults at the world — about people’s vaginas, their ethnicities, their weight. The film itself is uneven, but it’s kind of awesome seeing Bateman act so vile.Directed by Bateman himself from a screenplay by Andrew Dodge, and billed as a zany comedy — Bad Santa for high-achievers — Bad Words is a lot darker and more twisted than you might expect. Why is Trilby even here? What would possess a grown man to lay orthographic waste to a bunch of nervous middle schoolers? Though he doesn’t »
- Bilge Ebiri
Jason Bateman has described his directorial debut, "Bad Words," as "'Bad Santa' with spelling bees," a comparison so evident in the material that it's practically a remake. The actor's step behind the camera, in which he plays a bitter 40-year-old who crashes a national children's spelling bee by amusingly upstaging the pre-pubescent competitors, moves along at an enjoyable pace carried by its steady heap of one-liners. Taking cues from Andrew Dodge's Blacklist screenplay, "Bad Words" has a caustic wit that puts its comedy in league with "Bad Santa," but just barely delivers on the cruel intensions of the premise without deepening it, as the aforementioned precedent does so well. It's less of a showcase for Bateman's ability to direct comedic storytelling than simply to make people laugh, which makes "Bad Words" a sufficiently vulgar playground. "I'm not good at a lot of things," confesses Guy Tribly (Bateman) in an opening voiceover. »
- Eric Kohn
Scatological Prowess: Bateman’s Directorial Debut an Amusing Vulgarity
Fans of fare like Bad Santa and Bad Teacher should rejoice in Bad Words, foul-mouthed fodder involving funny but typically inappropriate exchanges with schoolchildren, which also serves as actor Jason Bateman’s directorial debut. Those with a puritanical mindset will most likely find the film off-putting, though most of the film’s hysterical moments originate from its more audacious and unhinged twitches. While closer examination of its narrative only results in unraveling it to be a thinly veiled showcase for the type of witheringly putrid character Bateman is so good at playing, that’s not to say there isn’t a lot of fun to be had.
Guy Trilby (Bateman), a persnickety and disgruntled 40 year old, expert speller and embittered citizen, has found a loophole in the rules of the Golden Quill national spelling bee and thus decides to hijack the »
- Nicholas Bell
Back in October we brought you the news that Peter Dinklage had signed up for a Bad Santa-like "R-rated leprechaun comedy". At the time the Paramount project was untitled and didn't have a director in place, but both those issues have now been rectified. The film is called O' Lucky Day, and the director will be Lawrence Sher.Sher is following Wally Pfister's recent form, seizing the director's chair following a successful career as a cinematographer. In particular, he's known for his association with Todd Phillips, acting as Dp on all three Hangover films and Due Date. He also shot Garden State, The Chumscrubber, Dan In Real Life, Paul and The Dictator. But it's not all indies and comedies: he recently contributed some additional photography to Godzilla. The only plot synopsis available for O' Lucky Day so far is that it involves Dinklage trying to pass himself off as a real leprechaun. »
(Cbr) "Bad Santa" actor Billy Bob Thornton isn’t quite as far as the North Pole, but he’s certainly hip-deep in snow, and undeniably up to no good. Thornton scrapes an ice-covered windshield in the teaser trailer for "Fargo", the upcoming FX anthology series based on the Coen Brothers’ classic Oscar-nominated film. He doesn’t do much else in the teaser, but it’s right in line with the tone and look of the 1996 original — more than enough of a tease until the show’s April 15 premiere. But if you’re hungry for further "Fargo" fun times, there’s this bit of news: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, of Comedy Central’s "Key and Peele", have signed on for the final four episodes of the season. They join an all-star cast that includes Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk and Oliver Platt. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
FX has released the first teaser trailer for Fargo, the Coen brothers' upcoming small screen adaptation of their classic 1996 film of the same name, which you can check out below....
The 10-episode limited series is executive produced by the Coens, who have also written along with Noah Hawley (Bones), with Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) directing the first episode. It will "follow an all-new ' true crime' story and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that has made the film an enduring classic."
The teaser promo gives very little away, but it does give us our first look at Billy Bob Thornton's (Bad Santa) drifter Lorne Malvo, who's set to lead Martin Freeman's (The Hobbit) businessman Lester Nygaard on a path of destruction. Also featuring in the cast is newcomer Allison Toleman (Prison Break) as Deputy Molly Solverson.
Fargo is set to air later this year. »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Leading up to its SXSW screening next month, Indiewire is pleased to exclusively premiere stills from Jason Bateman's directorial debut ,"Bad Words." The photos all feature Bateman, who, in addition to his behind-the-camera work, stars in the foul-mouthed comedy alongside Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. Read More: Jason Bateman On His Old Partying Days and Why He Made His Directorial Debut 'Bad Words' In the film, Bateman stars as a vulgar adult competing in children's spelling bees thanks to a bizarre loophole (he technically never passed the 8th grade). He soon comes to befriend an awkward little boy (Rohan Chand of "Homeland") that he takes under his wing in albeit unconventional ways (think Billy Bob in "Bad Santa"). "Bad Words" opens in select theaters on March 14 and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th. Bateman will also be speaking at SXSW. »
- Ziyad Saadi
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
The words above may come from Liverpool's legendary soccer manager Bill Shankly, but they perfectly epitomise the feelings and mindsets of the characters inhabiting Peter Berg's 2004 sports drama Friday Night Lights. Set in Odessa, Texas - where high school team the Permian Panthers are the beating heart that keeps the local community alive - Berg's film hones in on the team's state championship run-in and the trials and tribulations of the players and their coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton).
Five years previously, Oliver Stone made the flashy Any Given Sunday (a drama stretching from locker to boardroom) but here the focus is on the grass-roots, a side of the game untouched by big corporate deals and mega-money professional contracts. »
We’re nearly six months past Miley’s earth-shaking performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs, but the singer is still taking it all off and shocking us.
Isn’t Miley Cyrus known for always yammering on about how she can’t stop and all that? Oh right, she has that song — and it couldn’t be anymore accurate. The singer’s boundary-pushing revolution is almost a year old at this point, but she’s still stripping down every chance she gets, whether she’s on stage or in a music video.
Miley Cyrus Strips Down For ‘Adore You’ Video
Let’s start with a bang (almost literally) — Miley’s video for “Adore You.” The singer turned her sweet song naughty with a sex tape-themed video in which the most she wore was a see-through bra and matching panties. While Miley rolled around in a bed straight up molesting herself, her entire »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
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