FX has released a new trailer for their upcoming 10-episode limited series, Fargo. Based on the classic Coen Brothers‘ film of the same name, the series isn’t a straight adaptation, but rather a story that takes place in the same world and with a similar tone. The plot centers on “a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), who arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).” As you can see from the trailer, Lester is reminiscent of William H. Macy‘s Jerry Lundegaard and Allison Tolman‘s cop could be along the lines of Frances McDormand‘s Marge Gunderson. However it lines up, the dark comedy seems very much alive (the Coens are executive producers), and this is definitely one of my must-see series of the spring.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The series also stars Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann Emery. Fargo premiers April 15th.
Back in 2003, Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) took on the nefarious plan of Damian Claus (Andy Dick), the evil Gentile son of Santa Claus who sought to destroy Hanukkah (and Kwanzaa) in order to claim December for Christians as a Christmas-only month. Ten years later, The Hebrew Hammer has plans to return in order to take on an even greater threat to the Chosen People: Hitler himself. Goldberg will return in the appropriately titled The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, along with Judy Greer, who plays his wife, Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal. Hit the jump to see what Goldberg had to say about the project.
There are two competing Linda Lovelace biopics in the works right now. Amanda Seyfried will play the 1970s porn star in Lovelace. A report from yesterday added Adam Brody, Eric Roberts, and Demi Moore to the supporting cast alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria, and possibly James Franco. Malin Akerman will assume the starring role in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, surrounded by the likes of Matt Dillon, Paz de la Huerta, Harold Perrineau, and Sasha Grey. For my money, Lovelace is winning the casting battle handily, a fact not changed by Variety‘s report that Adam Goldberg is in final talks to play fellow porn star Harry Reems in Inferno. Maybe I am swayed by my fondness for Brody, who’s playing Reems in Lovelace. But really, Seyfried + Sarsgaard > Akerman + Dillon. However, I am on record saying I don’t have the heart to watch this ugly tale, so no need to appeal to me. Matthew Wilder will direct Inferno based on his own script, adapted from Lovelace’s autobiography Ordeal.
Hit the jump for details on Michael B. Jordan‘s upcoming guest spot on House.
Universal has been releasing Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused together for a while now. I guess it makes sense. They’re both “party” films in that it’s hard to imagine Fast Times having the impact it did without Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicoli character, and Dazed and Confused second half is virtually one long party. Universal has embraced that, often selling both with pot jokes. Fast Times follows a group of teens (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Penn, Judge Reinhold and more) as they look for love and deal with sex in high school, while Confused follows a set of juniors (including Jason London, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey and Adam Goldberg) as they are about to become seniors and become rulers of the school. Our reviews of both Fast Times and Dazed and Confused on Blu-ray follow after the jump.
With Fox’s new workplace comedy Breaking In premiering tomorrow night after American Idol, the network brought most of the cast (Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman and Alphonso McAuley) and executive producers Adam Goldberg (Fanboys) and Doug Robinson (Rules of Engagement) to WonderCon. It’s about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services.
While the show was on my radar, after learning about an upcoming episode, I’m definitely tuning in. So what sold me? In the next few weeks they do a Comic-Con show where Contra Security (where they work) is hired to transport Goonies 2: The Legend of Sloth so it doesn’t get pirated. Any show that works in a sequel to The Goonies has me.
Before the panel I got to speak with Bret Harrison and we talked about karaoke, collecting DVDs, how he got involved in Breaking In and who he plays, WonderCon, what it’s like to get the post Idol timeslot, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Christian Slater will hope that the third time’s the charm for his television career as he’s signed on to play the lead in Adam Goldberg’s untitled comedy pilot for Fox. Slater has struck out twice before with NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy (a show worth noting if only because it made Mike O’Malley seem threatening) and ABC’s The Forgotten, which I can only remember because it’s what I turn off as soon as I’m done watching Lost.
According to THR, “the show centers on a team of twentysomething geniuses who crack security systems,” with the (obviously not twentysomething) Slater as a, “charismatic renegade who runs the Titan Team, a gruff ex-military misanthrope with a checkered past.” The show also stars the very funny Trevor Moore, who should know from The Whitest Kids U Know and try to ignore Miss March.
Shark Tale co-director Bibo Bergeron has nabbed Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, and Danny Huston to provide voices for his upcoming animated film A Monster in Paris for Europacorp, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trio will join Bob Balaban, Catherine O’Hara, and French music pop singer Vanessa Paradis. The film, co-written by Bergeron and Stephane Kazandjian (Modern Love, Scalp), is described by THR below:
“The story, set in Paris in 1910, follows a shy movie projectionist (Harrington) and an inventor who team up with a cabaret star (Paradis), an eccentric scientist, and his monkey to save the city from a monster. The real villain, however, turns out to be the ruthless police chief (Huston).”
Hit the jump to find out why the tone that Bergeron is aiming for is being compared to King Kong and additional cast details.