FARGO Recap: Series Premiere “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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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.  Hit the jump for more.

Billy Bob Thornton Talks FARGO, Finding His Character, Being Scary and Likable, the Freedom of Television, Taking on a Classic & Why the Role Was So Much Fun

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s April 15th premiere, actor Billy Bob Thornton talked about finding this character, not wanting to know Malvo’s backstory, playing menace, being both scary and likable, his character’s look, the freedom in television, why he wasn’t worried about taking on such a classic movie, why he rarely ever changed anything in the scripts, how his previous working relationship with the Coen brothers work to his advantage on this, how much the Calgary weather affect the shoot, and why this role was just so much fun.  Check out what he has to say after the jump. 

FARGO Blu-ray Review

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With the premiere of the intriguing new Fargo limited series, it was inevitable that we’d receive a new Blu-ray version of the modern classic that inspired it. Joel & Ethan Coen‘s Fargo remains one of the high points of their storied career, and while its arrival on Blu-ray has clearly mercenary motivations, it’s no less welcome because of it. Hit the jump for my Fargo Blu-ray review.

Watch the First 7 Minutes of FX’s FARGO Series

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It’s April, which means that the new Fargo limited series is but a few days away.  As a treat, FX has released the first seven minutes for you to watch.  If you’re unsure as to how the TV show will differ from the Coen Brothers film, this recently released featurette should clear that right up for you.  And if you need a little more encouragement, take a look at these two trailers for the series to get a taste.

Hit the jump to watch the first seven minutes of FX’s Fargo series.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The show stars Billy Bob ThorntonMartin FreemanAllison TolmanColin HanksBob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery.  Fargo premieres on FX April 15th.

New Featurette for FX’s FARGO Explains How the Miniseries Differs from the Coen Brothers Film

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FX has released a new featurette for its upcoming limited event series Fargo.  The TV series is an adaptation of the Coen brothers film of the same name, but many have been curious to see how different (and how similar) the show is to the movie—which, to put it simply, is a masterpiece.  This new featurette does a good job of explaining the distinction between the two, as the cast and producers note that while the show has new characters and a new story, it’s very much in the spirit of the movie.  Fargo is one of my favorite films of all time so I was pretty wary of FX’s spin on the material, but everything we’ve seen thus far has been genuinely promising, and the close-ended nature of the miniseries format allows them to essentially create a 10-hour movie.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The show stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery.  Fargo premieres on FX April 15th.

New Trailer for FX’s FARGO Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Martin Freeman

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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 EmeryFargo premiers April 15th.

First Trailer for FX Series FARGO Features a Look at Billy Bob Thornton in the Frozen North

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Our first look at the new FX limited series Fargo comes by way of this thirty-second teaser trailer.  It features a look at Billy Bob Thornton’s character in the frozen North, The Ames Brothers’ “It Only Hurts for a Little While” and hints of the dark humor that’s sure to come.  It also comes with the tagline: “This April, Lorne Malvo has a few things to clear up.”

Executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 10-episode show is a reimagining of the classic Coen brothers film and also stars Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Joey King, Tom Musgrave, Peter Breitmayer, Josh Close, Russell Harvard, Adam Goldberg, and Allison Tolman.  Hit the jump to watch.

FX Networks President John Landgraf Talks the End of JUSTIFIED, FARGO, THE BRIDGE, and the Future of AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series and how they determine the format and renewal for their shows.  During the interview, Landgraf talked about how they came to the decision to end Justified with six seasons, the format for Fargo, why they chose to order a second season of The Bridge, and hinted at what the fourth season of American Horror Story will look like.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

FX First Look: Debut Images from Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN and FARGO Starring Martin Freeman

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2014 is still quite new, but FX is getting a jump on things by debuting the first images from two highly anticipated new drama series that will be premiering this year.  The Strain is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and revolves around a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro directed the pilot himself but Carlton Cuse (Lost) will be assuming showrunner duties, and these first images give us a look at Corey Stoll (House of Cards) in the lead role.  The 13-episode first season of The Strain debuts on FX this July.

Additionally, we have our first look at the limited series adaptation of Fargo.  Executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the 10-episode show is a reimagining of the classic Coen brothers film and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Allison Tolman.  The series premieres sometime this spring.  Hit the jump for the first images from both The Strain and Fargo

Bob Odenkirk & June Squibb Talk NEBRASKA, Awards Consideration and the Upcoming Television Version of FARGO

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The family-dynamic of Nebraska makes or breaks the film. Alexander Payne (Election) has cast a diverse set of actors to form the central unit to the film: a sketch-comic writer turned actor, an SNL veteran, an acting legend and a journeyman actress. It’s a testament to these actors – Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, Bruce Dern and June Squibb – that not only does the film work but that the family itself feels real and lived in. Bob Odenkirk & June Squibb (in particular) share an interesting connection within the film. Odenkirk’s Ross Grant has long given up on a relationship with his deadbeat father (Dern), instead turning to his mother (Squibb’s Kate Grant) as his lone figure of parental guidance. It’s a nice supporting relationship to the film’s central father-son dynamic of Forte and Dern. In a lesser film, there would be no room for such supporting player kinship – but Nebraska fills in the margins of this family and it makes all the difference.

In the following interview with Bob Odenkirk and June Squibb, the two actors discuss the interpersonal relations of the film, dealing with awards notice and how closely they resemble their characters in Nebraska. In addition, Odenkirk briefly touches upon his role in the new television iteration of Fargo. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, and Glenn Howerton Join FX’s Limited Series Adaptation of FARGO

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FX’s limited series adaptation of the Coen BrothersFargo continues to rack up an incredibly impressive cast.  As we previously reported, the show will feature a new story and new characters with Billy Bob Thornton set to star as Lorne Malvo, “the rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.”  The show will also star Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and according to a recent press release, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, and Glenn Howerton have joined the cast.  It’s an exciting line-up of stars, but it should be noted that the Coens are only executive producing the 10-episode series.  The showrunner is Noah Hawley, a writer and producer on Bones, and the creator of the short-lived series The Unusuals and My Generation.

Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes other new cast members and character descriptions.  Fargo will begin filming in Calgary this November for a spring 2014 premiere.

Martin Freeman Joins FX’s Limited Series FARGO

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A couple months ago, we reported that Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) would be leading the FX limited series, Fargo.  (Read what Thornton had to say about the project in a recent interview.)  Now, it looks like Martin Freeman (The World’s End) will be joining him as a co-lead.  The 10-episode series, inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 film of the same name, will keep the same iconic “Minnesota nice” tone while being steeped in murder and other crimes.  Featuring a new case with new characters, Fargo centers on “Lester Nygaard (Freeman), a small town insurance salesman henpecked by his wife, whose life is changed when a mysterious stranger, Lorne Malvo (Thornton), comes to town.”  Fargo was written by Noah Hawley (Bones), and Adam Bernstein (Breaking Bad) will direct the opening hour. (Via Deadline)

Billy Bob Thornton Talks JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, Getting Back in the Director’s Chair, BAD SANTA 2, FX’s FARGO Miniseries, and More

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The big blockbuster and superhero movies can be a lot of fun, but sometimes quiet character films can be just as magical.  And when the talent of actor/filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton is involved, that movie is sure to be equal parts compelling and quirky.  Jayne Mansfield’s Car is set in 1969 in a small Alabama town, when the death of an eccentric family’s long-estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families for the funeral, forcing their differences to light and exposing truths that could lead to the most unexpected outcomes.  The cast includes Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, Katherine LaNasa and Frances O’Connor.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor/writer/director Billy Bob Thornton talked about why it’s taken him so many years to direct again, why he chose to do this script with a writing partner, how Jayne Mansfield’s car became a part of the story, how challenging the editing process is, having to cut Tippi Hedren out of the movie for time, and how he’ll probably include one of her scenes on the DVD.  He also talked about his desire to someday put his director’s cut of All the Pretty Horses on DVD, how everyone involved still wants to make Bad Santa 2 happen, what drew him to the FX mini-series Fargo, which Joel and Ethan Coen are executive producers on, and how he’ll probably wait at least a couple of years before he directs again.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Billy Bob Thornton Talks Status of BAD SANTA 2 and Signing on for FX’s FARGO Miniseries

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As great of an actor as he is, Billy Bob Thornton is also a very talented writer/director, and in his latest release, Jayne Mansfield’s Car (out in theaters on September 13th), he’s expertly doing all three, alongside a cast that includes Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, Katherine LaNasa and Frances O’Connor.  While we will run the portion of our interview with what Thornton had to say about making that film closer to its release date, we did want to share what he had to say about two highly anticipated projects that he’s connected to.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, Billy Bob Thornton talked about how everyone involved still wants to make Bad Santa 2 happen, and that it’s the kind of movie you do a sequel for, but that they jumped the gun a bit in saying just how quickly it would go into production.  He also talked about what drew him to the FX mini-series Fargo, just how good the pilot script is, and not wanting to pass up working with Joel and Ethan Coen (who are executive producers on the project) again.  Check out what he had to asy after the jump. 

FX CEO John Landgraf Talks FARGO Limited Series, THE STRAIN, and More; Says THE STRAIN Will End Up Running Between 39 and 65 Episodes

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While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf took some time to discuss some of their upcoming programming.  During the interview, he talked about what viewers can expect from the TV version of Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen’s involvement, the possibility of future seasons, their upcoming historical programming, just how graphic The Strain (from the novels of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan) will be, and how it will end up being between 39 and 65 episodes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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