2015 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads the Film Categories with Seven; FARGO Scores Five TV Nods

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It looks as though Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman could have quite the awards season.  Not only did the film earn the most SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations, but now it’s got the most Golden Globe Nominations as well.  Birdman came in with a total of seven nods followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game, both of which got five.  Fargo led the television series or program categories with five nominations while True Detective came in right behind with four.

I’m glad to see Reese Witherspoon getting recognition for her work in Wild, but I hope the film itself gets some attention down the line.  It’s also unfortunate that Channing Tatum’s work in Foxcatcher isn’t being honored.  And sadly Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany didn’t make this list, but I’ve got no problem rooting for Girls Lena Dunham or Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling instead.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2015 Golden Globe nominees.

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons Set for FARGO Season 2

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FX is beginning to set its cast for Fargo Season 2, and a pair of rather talented actors are the first to officially sign on.  The network announced today that Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons have closed deals for co-starring roles in the second season of the anthology series, which will take place in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The logline for this new season was actually teased during the first season of the show, as Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson recounted a horrifying case that still haunted him.  Find out who Dunst and Plemons will be playing in the second season of Fargo after the jump.

AFI Announces Top Films and TV Shows of the Year; Includes NIGHTCRAWLER, SELMA, and SILICON VALLEY

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The American Film Institute has announced its official AFI Awards 2014 selections for the best films and TV programs of the year, and the results are a little surprising.  On the film side of things, AFI expanded its Top 10 to a Top 11, included some welcome additions like Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher alongside this year’s awards staples such as Boyhood and Birdman, but they also singled out Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which is frankly a not-so-great film (though AFI did name The Dark Knight Rises one of 2012’s finest, so their track record isn’t spotless).  And no love for Gone Girl, although they did recognize Into the Woods and Interstellar.  As for TV, the stellar The Americans and The Knick made the Top 10, as did Amazon’s critically hailed Transparent, HBO’s hilarious Silicon Valley, and ABC’s addictive How to Get Away with Murder.

Check out the full AFI Awards 2014 Top 11 Films and Top 10 TV Programs after the jump. 

FARGO: Season 2 Adds BURN NOTICE Star Jeffrey Donovan; Nick Offerman Being Courted to Join Cast

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Bringing the Coen Brothers‘ classic film Fargo to television was a risky proposition, but showrunner Noah Hawley did a terrific job, and the anthology series is set to return in 2015 for a 10-episode second season with a new cast, new story, and a new setting.  Season 2 will take place around an incident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979 and focuses on a young Lou Solverson (played in season one by Keith Carradine).  Hawley says the new season will not only draw inspiration from Fargo, but also from other Coen Brothers movies such as Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

Casting is currently underway and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) is moving to the cold Midwest, and might be joined by Nick Offerman.

Mondo Unveils GREMLINS and FARGO Knit Sweaters

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If you want to prepare for the holidays in style, the good folks at Mondo have you covered.  Today they unveiled a pair of heavy knit sweaters that are currently available for pre-order, and they’re pretty fantastic.  There’s a Gremlins knit sweater and a Fargo knit sweater, each designed by Middle of Beyond and made out of 100% acrylic.  Both sweaters range in size from XS to 3XL, and they’ll run you $85 each.  The Fargo one is based on the TV series rather than the Coen brothers masterpiece, but it’s solid nevertheless.  My favorite, though, is the Gremlins sweater.  It walks the fine line between stylish and tacky, and it features a variety of different Gremlins from Joe Dante’s 1984 film.

Hit the jump to take a closer look at the sweaters and to find out how you can get one for yourself.

New to Blu-ray: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, FARGO Season 1, Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more.  Briefly:

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

Watch: Celebrate the Work of Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins in Gorgeous Supercut

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Video tributes, or “supercuts” as they’re sometimes called, are rather commonplace, and while most of them are pretty one-note, today a video surfaced online that’s too good not to share.  Titled “Shadows in the Valley”, this video is a celebration of the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins, piecing together just a few of the masterful shots that make up his illustrious career.  From The Assassination of Jesse James to Skyfall to Barton Fink to Fargo to The Shawshank Redemption to O Brother Where Art Thou to No Country for Old Men, Deakins’ filmography is filled with gorgeous film after gorgeous film.  He’s a true genius at manipulating and capturing light, and he’s one of the most gifted people working today.  We have only one Deakins-led film to look forward to this year, the war drama Unbroken, but this video is a wonderful reminder of the variety of work Deakins has elicited, which somehow also feels so singular.

Hit the jump to watch the Roger Deakins video, which was put together by Plot Point Productions, and sound off in the comments with some of your personal favorite Deakins shots.

Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

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.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

FARGO Finale Recap: “Morton’s Fork”

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Even the title of Fargo‘s finale, “Morton’s Fork,” speaks to the series’ narrative inevitability.  Contradictory arguments leading to the same (unpleasant) conclusion?  That about sums up Malvo’s work in Bemidji.  When encountering Gus and Lester individually, Malvo offered them choices.  That continued explicitly with Lester through the last episode, and implicitly with Gus throughout the season.  The repetition in “Morton’s Fork” of Malvo asking, “is this what you want?” had two different answers that indeed led to the same outcome.  Hit the jump for why I “can’t say I liked his demeanor.”

Allison Tolman Talks FARGO, How She Got the Role, Taking to the Accent, Working with the Talented Cast Including Keith Carradine, and the Tone of the Ending

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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 with all-new characters.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who has turned the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined, and stirs up trouble everywhere he goes.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh and Joey King.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Allison Tolman (“Molly Solverson”) talked about how getting this role was a total fluke, the appeal of the project, how easily she took to the accent, why she loves Molly, working with such a talented cast, having Keith Carradine play her father, being on such an un-glamorous show, and just how right the ending of the story feels.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

FARGO Recap: “A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage”

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In Fargo‘s last episode, “The Heap,” I complained about the series’ fatalism, and how the expected outcome almost always occurred.  The same was true in “A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage,” but this time, Fargo did a great job of building up the suspense before the inevitable final scene.  Just like in the premiere, Lester set something into motion he doesn’t understand, and can’t control.  What that led to wasn’t a surprise, but the important thing was how everything played out beforehand.  Hit the jump if everyone was alive when you exited the elevator.

Noah Hawley Talks FARGO, Showing the Total Story to the Audience, Input from the Coens, Changes in Storytelling, and Possible Second Season Ideas

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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 with all-new characters.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who has turned the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined, and stirs up trouble everywhere he goes. From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh and Joey King.

During this recent interview to discuss the shift in storytelling for the remaining episodes and to look ahead to future seasons, Noah Hawley talked about writing the show knowing that the audience would get to see the totality of the story, the extent of the Coen brothers’ input, his writing process, not looking to any true crime story to base this on, the change in storytelling for the last couple of episodes, a possible Lester and Lorne showdown, what a second season might look like, and that he already has some possible ideas.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers

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