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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an up and comer who’s just joining the A-list, but one who does so with the potential to go to some extraordinary places. I’m talking of course about Miles Teller, someone who really could turn out to be the best actor of his generation. A mix of John Cusack and Vince Vaughn (plus his own unique flavor), Teller is going places, plain and simple. He’s only got about 20 credits to his name, but in his short time on the big screen he’s already established himself as someone worthy of the A-list. Teller got his start pretty quickly when, after only a few appearances in shorts and a guest spot on the TV show The Unusuals, he was cast in a main supporting part opposite Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole. An Oscar player all season long, »
- Joey Magidson
[Press Release] Sony Music is proud to announce the release on July 1 of the soundtrack for Fargo, the 10-part critically acclaimed television series for FX produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, featuring music composed by Jeff Russo. Jeff Russo is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, vocalist and producer. He came to prominence as founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the American rock band Tonic, recipients of two Grammy® nominations, with whom he still plays. Recently, he has had a prolific career composing scores for feature films, TV programs and commercials, including the ABC dramas The Unusuals and My Generation, The Discovery Network's FreeFall, the USA network series Necessary Roughness, the CBS network mini-series Hostages, and most recently the Starz »
- Pietro Filipponi
In FX’s limited series “Fargo,” a chance encounter causes an innocent man’s life to spiral out of control with deadly consequences. It’s trademark Hitchcock territory if it wasn’t inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 theatrical feature, which makes this a particularly malevolent landscape ruled by Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. (The series’ principal villain is named Malvo, after all.)
Like its predecessors, this re-imagined “Fargo” is rivetingly cinematic, from its nuanced performances to the meticulously crafted production values. Of particular note is Jeff Russo’s spare yet strikingly detailed score.
Perhaps the music’s most compelling characteristic is its contradictory qualities; it evokes a kind of Grimm’s fairy-tale dichotomy, where Minnesota’s winter wonderland quickly turns into a nightmarish landscape. In a strange way, the series’ underscore can be both soothing and unnerving at the same time.
When show creator Noah Hawley, »
- Steve Chagollan
The spate of TV shows currently being adapted from films could learn a great deal from FX’s Fargo…
Twelve Monkeys. Scream. From Dusk Till Dawn. Fargo. Us networks are steadily transforming the TV listings into the ‘New Releases’ shelf of a 1996 Blockbuster. We can either stamp our feet with ‘why aren’t there any new ideas?’ rage whenever a new film-to-tv adaptation is greenlit, or we can do what we’ve always done with new shows: sift through the pile to see what actually works.
Fargo, nearing the halfway point in its Us and UK broadcasts, works.
Messing with a much-loved, much-respected film like Fargo was a risk. Screw up a TV version of Jingle All The Way and who’ll care, but screw up Fargo? You’d be the devil himself. NBC’s Warren Littlefield, now producing the FX series, passed on a Fargo TV pitch in »
In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well. The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about. Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that. Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are »
- Daniel Fienberg
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I find a human foot in a toaster oven... Episode 1 of this strange new Coen-adjacent adventure kept things relatively simple. We got to know the perpetually bullied Lester, got to appreciate Lorne Malvo's role as a homicidal bringer of chaos, got to appreciation the relationship between chief Vern and deputy Molly, then saw how the murder of Sam Hess triggered all sorts of problems and additional violence. It's not the 1996 movie in microcosm, but it's a small enough story that one might wonder how Noah Hawley intends to get 10 episodes out of it. With "The Rooster Prince," Hawley makes very clear that he's got many weeks of material here, as he introduces several major new characters and plot threads. Sam Hess's murder is the inciting incident, but there's an awful lot more going on here. Because the murders of »
- Alan Sepinwall
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
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
"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
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
With FX’s new series, Fargo, (premiering April 15th at 10/9c), it would seem that the writers, producers, and any creative person behind the scenes would be facing the wrong end of a loaded gun, trying to create a series based on a stunning, stellar film by two of the most creative filmmakers working today. But, I’ve been wrong before. Hannibal became one of my favorite shows on television easily, and judging by the pilot episode, ‘The Crocodile’s Dilemma,’ Fargo has stepped up into the realm of pilots that are very, very impressive.
You needn’t have seen the film to understand anything that occurs in the 90 minute premiere, though you’d be doing yourself an immense disservice. Fargo follows an all new mystery, »
- Nathan Smith
The new show takes place in the same uncannily polite society of small-town Minnesota as the movie, with different, though familiar, characters. There's Martin Freeman as a putzy salesman named Lester Nygaard; Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a vaguely threatening out-of-towner with bad hair; Kate Walsh as a merry widow; Allison Tolman as the polite, upstanding police officer; and Adam Goldberg as a criminal element with a taste for gas station snacks. What do we think of their accents? A little off, right? Not quite that sweet spot between the Midwest and Canada, eh?
- Jenni Miller
News Louisa Mellor 10 Mar 2014 - 23:28
Channel 4 has been out shopping for import drama and once again has returned home with what promises to be a great buy. FX's forthcoming TV series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen and inspired by their 1996 crime film, will air on Channel 4 in the UK this spring.
The teaser promos released so far have been footage and dialogue-light, but undeniably share the original film's combination of macabre humour and small-town atmosphere. Though inspired by the film, Fargo the TV series introduces a new raft of characters and a brand new crime story.
It is produced by MGM Television and FX Prods., with MGM serving as international distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada. The series premieres in the U.S. on FX in April, and will air shortly after on Channel 4 in the U.K.
“Fargo” will follow a fresh crime and new characters, all entrenched in the dark humor and “Minnesota nice” that made the film a cult hit.
It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the »
- Leo Barraclough
With a certain amount of trepidation I am finally caving in and talking about the Pilot (that’s right, no guarantees we’ll ever see it) for NBC‘s Constantine. I really want this one to happen, and I’m afraid this will jinx it, but okay, here we go.
Back in September, NBC bought the project with penalty (NBC will pay a penalty if it doesn’t air the pilot) with Daniel Cerone (The Dark Corner, Threshhold, Dexter, Charmed) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Da Vinci’s Demons, the Dark Knight trilogy) as writers/executive producers.
Based on the DC/Vertigo comic books, John Constantine is a snarky con-man-turned supernatural detective, which sounds absolutely excellent but also slightly reminiscent of Powers, which once again reminds me that not all pilots, even excellent comics-based pilots with great casts, see the light of day.
The green light for the »
- Erin Willard
Trailer Louisa Mellor 5 Mar 2014 - 07:45
The promos are coming thick and fast for promising new FX series, Fargo...
April the 15th is the Us arrival date for FX's Fargo, a small screen take on the 1996 Coen Brothers film of the same name. Though inspired by the nineties crime comedy drama, the ten-episode limited series is to feature new characters and stories.
Billy Bob Thornton plays Lorne Malvo, a manipulative drifter who gets caught up with Martin Freeman's small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. Colin Hanks is Police Deputy Gus Grimly, with Allison Tolman his colleague, Molly Solverson. Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk also stars.
You'll see little of the cast in the dialogue-free teasers below that establish Fargo's comic yet macabre tone...
The Coen brothers' 90's crime drama is headed to TV via a new 10-episode limited series adaptation written by "The Unusuals" creator Noah Hawley. FX's "Fargo" series, which is inspired by the film but won't tell the same story or feature the same characters, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman, and will premiere April 15th. Check out these three new dialogue-less teasers that allude to grisly murders in an almost lighthearted way. »
- Taylor Lindsay
The Coen brothers' 90's crime drama is headed to TV via a new 10-episode limited series adaptation written by "The Unusuals" creator Noah Hawley. FX's "Fargo" series, which is inspired by the film but won't tell the same story or feature the same characters, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman, and will premiere April 15th. Check out these three new dialogue-less teasers that allude to grisly murders in an almost lighthearted way.
- Taylor Lindsay
Coming into the CBS Thursday comedy in its 11th season was easier than one might imagine.
"What if I just realized for the first time that Jon Cryer was physically abusive and Ashton Kutcher refused to speak to me and had his entire trailer moved?" Tamblyn asks Zap2it. "They are the two sweetest guys in the whole world. They are so kind and supportive, and so is Conchata Ferrell. She is so funny. I feel like Jenny will become Berta when she grows up.
"I'll help anyone drink," she says of her character. "I will support anyone's alcoholism or drug addiction, I don't care. Holland Taylor is so extraordinary."
She likens this to joining "House" during its long run, but working on a comedy is easier.
In her spare time, »
Hang around any Hollywood watercooler right now, and it seems the name you will hear is Adam Driver. Since appearing in an episode of The Unusuals in 2009, the former Us Marine has rocketed to the top of the casting pile, via a regular role on HBO’s Girls – now in its third season – and parts in J. Edgar, Frances Ha, Lincoln and Inside Llewyn Davis. That momentum shows no sign of dissipating any time soon either as he is now set to join Martin Scorsese’s next project, Silence.
Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, the story follows two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan, who witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of the government, after Catholicism and western influence are banned. With a screenplay by Jay Cocks (Gangs Of New York), and a cast list including Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Ken Watanabe (Inception »
- Sarah Myles
20 items from 2014
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