FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

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FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed plenty of Emmy nominations this year.  Louis C.K.’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant Louie has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while Fargo season 2 is officially a reality.  Louie will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two Louie episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since Louie’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it.

Additionally, the buzzy anthology series Fargo is returning for a second season next year.  Though most were rightfully skeptical of a TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers masterpiece, many found writer/showrunner Noah Hawley’s show to be an inspired take on the material.  So how will Fargo move forward given how the first season wrapped up?  Details after the jump.

LOUIE Season 4 Review: FX’s Exceptional Series Returns Strong

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Over its first three seasons, Louis CK has created a darkly surreal existence in Louie that still manages to find a tinge of light.  It’s one of the most unique series on television, defying genre descriptions.  In some ways it feels familiar (there are aspects of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, and other reality-based comedies), but what makes Louie always stand apart is its devotion to the emotionally sincere, the raw and honest, and sometimes the very beautiful.  Hit the jump for why you should “abandon your kids.  Then you can sleep better.”

Louis C.K. Confers with Charles Grodin in First Clip from LOUIE Season 4

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We’re less than a month away from new episodes of Louie, and in anticipation of the debut, FX has released the first clip from season four to tide fans over.  It’s a brief teaser of what’s sure to be a fantastic batch of episodes, but what’s particularly exciting about this clip is that it reveals a guest presence by the great Charles Grodin.  He plays Louis C.K.’s doctor in the clip, and the less said about what transpires the better.  We know essentially nothing about what season four of Louie entails, but the writer/director/star/executive producer has excelled in previous episodes with delivering stories that are unexpected, hilarious, dramatic, and at times very dark.  Grodin is surely one of many familiar faces that will pop up throughout the new season, as season three’s excellent guest stars ranged from Jerry Seinfeld to Parker Posey to David Lynch.

Hit the jump to watch the new Louie clip.  Season four of the series debuts on FX May 5th with back-to-back-episodes, and the network will air the entire season in two-episode chunks through June 16th.

LOUIE Season 4 Premieres May 5th on FX; Will Air Two New Episodes a Week for Seven Weeks

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The long, long, long wait is over, folks: new episodes of Louie are on the horizon.  After taking a self-imposed 19-month hiatus, creator/writer/star/executive producer/director/editor Louis C.K.’s FX comedy series will return on Monday, May 5th for its fourth season.  The comedian asked the network for some time off after season three in order to prevent the show from getting stale, but Louie is now back with 14 all-new episodes.  In an atypical move, FX will air two new episodes a week, back-to-back, for seven straight weeks, finishing out the season on June 16th.

Louie is truly unlike anything else on television, mixing sharp comedy and often times very dark drama, all told through the singular voice of Louis C.K.  As a big fan of what came before, I can’t wait to see what he’s put together for this new batch of episodes.  Read the full press release after the jump. 

BLUE JASMINE Blu-ray Review

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Though the movie may be currently overshadowed by decades old events that have no bearing on the film itself, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his stronger late-period films, with a brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett as a woman of money who finds herself living with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and on the verge of madness.  My Blue Jasmine Blu-ray review follows after the jump.  

John Boyega Leads Jesse Owens Biopic, RACE; Kevin Hart Lends His Voice to a Pair of Animated Family Films for Universal and DreamWorks Animation Studios

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news:

  • John Boyega (Attack the Block) will lead the Jesse Owens biopic, Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
  • Louis C.K. (Louie), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will lend their voices to Universal’s 3D animated The Untitled Pets Project, opening February 12, 2016.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will voice characters in DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants, also starring Nick Kroll (The League), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), and Thomas Middleditch (The Wolf of Wall Street), for director Rob Letterman.

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Zach Galifianakis to Star in FX Comedy Pilot from Louis C.K.; Cast Finalized for HOKE with Paul Giamatti

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We just learned that Michael Cera and John Hawkes will be leading Charlie Kaufman’s FX comedy pilot How and Why, and now word comes that Zach Galifianakis will be leading another promising pilot for the network.  THR reports that Galifianakis will star in an untitled comedy pilot from executive producer Louis C.K., which is the first project under C.K.’s recent development deal with the network.  Details are unknown at this point, but Galifianakis created the potential series and will co-write the pilot script with C.K.

Additionally, FX has finalized its cast for the drama series pilot HokePaul Giamatti is already attached to produce and star in the potential show, which is described as a darkly comedic drama that revolves around a hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective in pre-chic Miami in the early 1980s.  Scott Frank (The Lookout) wrote and will direct the pilot, and he’ll act as co-showrunner with David Manson if Hoke goes to series.  The pilot will shoot in Miami.  Hit the jump for the full cast listing.

Louis C.K. Will Release His First Film TOMORROW NIGHT on His Website for $5

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Even though he took a yearlong break from his excellent FX series Louie, Louis C.K. had a very good 2013 with standout supporting roles in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.  While speaking to Jay Leno about the latter on The Tonight Show, though, Louis C.K. revealed that he will be making available his first film for just $5 on his website.  Feature-wise, C.K. is best known for having helmed the 2001 comedy Pootie Tang, but before that he directed a 1998 indie comedy featuring Steve Carell, J.B. Smoove, Robert Smigel, and more called Tomorrow Night.  C.K. pulled together the funding for the pic with help from fellow comedians like Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Denis Leary, and now he’s decided to unveil the pic to the public for a very low fee.

Watch the trailer for Tomorrow Night after the jump.  The fourth season of Louie will premiere on FX this May.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Review

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From its opening shot, American Hustle is about the art of the con, the small cons we pull on each other and, more importantly, ourselves.  The con can be in the image we project to the world to the point where we can no longer distinguish who we truly are from the lie we’ve created.  David O. Russell‘s new film features characters who lie to the world in order to lie to themselves, but the filmmaker never manages to organize the lies and the liars into something bigger and more poignant.  They’re random molecules bouncing off each other in a way that’s fun, flighty, and occasionally a little melancholy.  Russell seems bent on trying to meld his offbeat earlier films with his recent, more populist fare, but the result is a piece that’s often amusing, but rarely audacious.

First Trailer for David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle.  The story is based on an  undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.  Christian Bale plays the con artist, Amy Adams plays his lover/accomplice, Bradley Cooper plays an FBI agent, and Jennifer Lawrence is set as Bale’s “loose cannon of a Long Island house wife.”  Those plot and character details are mostly absent from the trailer, but we do get a look at what could be a wild and fun ride.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack JonesAmerican Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th. [Update: We've replaced the video embed with a higher-quality version and added high-quality images.]

First Trailer for Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Woody Allen‘s new film Blue Jasmine.  The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal.  Jasmine looks to take on a considerably darker tone that Allen’s recent output, but there’s still plenty of humor sprinkled throughout – particularly pertaining to Blanchett’s socialite clashing with her sister’s blue collar friends (played by the likes of Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale).  Blanchett looks to be giving an incredibly strong lead performance supported by an unsurprisingly talented ensemble, and I’m definitely enthused by the prospect of Allen once again tackling a character who is in the midst of an emotional crisis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.  Blue Jasmine opens in limited release on July 26th.

David O. Russell’s Next Film Gets New Title: AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Director David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s crowdpleasing awards contender Silver Linings Playbook now has a title.  Previously referred to as American Bullshit, the pic is now titled American Hustle per Box Office Mojo.  The story is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.  The film boasts an incredible ensemble cast that includes a number of Russell regulars like Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro as well as some exciting Russell newcomers like Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Huston.

Russell is currently in the middle of production on American Hustle in the New York City area, and we’ve already seen a number of wildly entertaining set photos of the cast done up in their 80s garb.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day, and it’s safe to assume that American Hustle will be a serious player in this year’s awards race.

Sony Sets Christmas Release Date for David O. Russell’s ABSCAM Film Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence

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Sony Pictures has given Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film a prime awards season release date later this year.  The untitled project (formerly known as American Bullshit) will hit theaters in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day.  The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called Abscam, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.

The cast reads like a “Best Of” from Russell’s filmography, as Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are set in the leads with Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off) rounding out the ensemble.  Hit the jump for more.

Louis C.K. Joins Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell’s Next Film

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Director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picked up a number of Academy Award nominations the other day (including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Russell), and now the filmmaker has nabbed a pretty great actor for his next film. THR reports that Louis C.K. is in talks to join the cast of Russell’s next project, formerly titled American Bullshit.  The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress.

C.K. is a welcome addition to an already stacked cast that includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams.  Details regarding the comedian’s character are under wraps, but it’s said to be a key role.  Filming begins next month.  C.K. previously announced that his excellent FX series Louie won’t return until 2014, and he appears to be making good use of his hiatus.  He most recently wrapped a role in Woody Allen’s upcoming film Blue Jasmine.

Woody Allen’s Next Film Entitled BLUE JASMINE; Sony Pictures Classics to Distribute

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Today, we’ve learned that Woody Allen‘s upcoming film will be entitled Blue Jasmine.  As we previously reported, the romantic comedy apparently centers on a woman whose “posh New York City lifestyle” comes crashing down so she makes a move to San Francisco.  The press release adds, “It is the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.”  As per usual, Allen has lined up a superb cast for his latest feature, which includes Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Blue Jasmine, which is the sixth Allen picture for the studio.  No word yet on the release date, but I’m willing to bet we’ll see it later this year since Allen manages to get out one new movie per year.

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