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.
FX’s limited series adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
We’ve got some new casting developments regarding FX original programming to attend to today. First up, Billy Bob Thornton has been tapped to lead the network’s upcoming limited series adaptation of the feature film Fargo. Writers/directors Joel and Ethan Cohen are involved as executive producers, and FX has announced that Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, “the rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” The 10-episode series will feature a new “true crime” story and new characters, but Thornton’s role is similar to the one Steve Buscemi played in the 1996 Coen brothers film.
Novelist/writer Noah Hawley wrote all 10 episodes of the series, and production is set to begin in Canada this fall in anticipation of a spring premiere on FX. Hit the jump for a couple of additions to the horror anthology series American Horror Story: Coven.
Odd City Entertainment just keeps bringing the heat with their print releases. They came right out of the gate, with a successful and completely sold out Pacific Rim series and now they are proud to announce their next print release will be for the Coen Brothers fan favorite film, Fargo.
On August 21st, the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, will be screening Fargo as part of their Summer Classic Film Series. Focusing on Film Noir, and films that took that genre in a new direction, the Academy Award winning film will be featured on the big screen and in a limited edition screenprint. Odd City in conjunction with the Paramount Theatre, enlisted the help of polish artist Gabz to tackle this property. Hit the jump for more.
FX, home of Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:
- FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
- Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
- FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
- FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant Dekernion, Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.
Hit the jump for all the details.
In March, we learned that FX and MGM Television were mulling over a potential series adaptation of Fargo. Not only is the project a go, but Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to executive produce. That bodes well for the translation of Fargo to the small screen. Here’s the bad news: Deadline reports Noah Hawley will write and executive produce the hourlong drama. Hawley most recently created My Generation, which was offensively awful and swiftly cancelled after just two episodes. Hawley also created The Unusuals and wrote for Bones (two solid series), so hopefully My Generation was an aberration. Warren Littlefield—another man whose last project was, damningly, My Generation—will also executive produce.
MGM TV filmed a Fargo pilot with no Coen participation in 1997 with Edie Falco in the lead role. I doubt Falco will return, but you have to figure the wiles of the Coen brothers and FX will lure a great cast to the series. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Fargo.
Fans of the 1996 Coen Brothers’ classic Fargo may be interested to know that FX is looking at the property for translation into a TV series. While reports indicate that the talks between the network and MGM Television are in their infancy, MGM is on the lookout for opportunities to turn their extensive list of properties (for example, Teen Wolf) into programs for the small screen. Variety reports that there is no certainty of a deal at this time and it is unclear whether or not the interested parties have a scribe in mind to recreate the Coen Brothers’ black humor that worked well enough to earn them an Oscar the first time around.
Hit the jump to see how FX’s American Horror Story is hoping to bring home an Emmy.
After 25 years in the industry, Joel and Ethan Coen have filmmaking down to a fine art. And as such, A Serious Man plays like a meticulously orchestrated symphony.
With equal parts reverence for and mockery of suburban Jewish society in the 1960s, A Serious Man is unlike any other movie from 2009. Then again, each and every one of the Coen brothers’ films stands out from its contemporaries. In this updated Job story, Michael Stuhlbarg plays Larry Gopnik, a middle-aged Jewish physics professor who doesn’t know how good he’s got it until his world comes crashing down at his feet. The film hits DVD this Tuesday, and it’s definitely one for the collection. Follow the jump to see why.
On one hand it’s great Fox has been releasing their catalog titles in 1080p and in DTS looking great. On the other hand, they haven’t put in that much work to jazz it up for audiences buying it a second time. None of the films here have anything new, but all look appreciably better in their Blu-ray iterations. After the jump are my reviews of “Predator 2″, “Fargo” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Blu-ray.