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.

SHERLOCK Season 3 Premiere Recap: “The Empty Hearse”

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“Well, short version: I’m not dead,” Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells a bewildered John Watson (Martin Freeman).  But Sherlock spends its first episode back after two years addressing the fact of Sherlock’s return — call it the long version.  As fast-paced and masterful as ever, the series addressed emotional components, like Watson coming to terms with Sherlock’s resurrection, without letting it bring down the overall whimsical tone of the opener.  Sherlock made the rounds to visit his friends, and “The Empty Hearse” found ways to move forward, while still retaining the sentiment (and jokes) of prior seasons.  Hit the jump for more.

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

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch Tease What to Expect from SHERLOCK Season 3 in New Featurette

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In anticipation of the third season of the excellent BBC series Sherlock kicking off today in the U.K., a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the show has been released.  In the new featurette, stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch tease what to expect from the show’s third season alongside creators/executive producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.  Obviously spoilers follow for those that are not caught up with the show, which you can do by watching the first two seasons on Netflix right here.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  Sherlock season three debuts in the U.S. on PBS January 19th.

“He’s Coming Back”: Check out a SHERLOCK Mini-Episode to Prepare for Season 3

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If you live in the U.K., the third season of Sherlock is only eight days away.  But today is Christmas Eve, a day of anticipation, and so the BBC have fittingly released a mini-episode entitled “Many Happy Returns”, which should get you more than excited for the show’s return.  Written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, this mini-episode is entertaining in its own right, and serves as a nice, tiny bridge from season two’s finale and season three’s premiere.

Hit the jump to check out the mini-episode.  Sherlock premieres in the U.K. on January 1st and in the U.S. on January 19th.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Review

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After the disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson has found his way back to ruling in Middle-earth with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugUnexpected Journey gave us the comfort food of familiar locales, but the story lacked urgency.  Desolation of Smaug reveals that while Unexpected Journey may have been a somewhat tedious set-up, the payoff is a fleet-footed, thrilling second chapter that confidently expands the world instead of creeping around the one Jackson previously created in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

New Trailer for Season 3 of SHERLOCK

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This Friday, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will face off as hobbit and dragon, respectively, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  On January 1, 2014, they’ll be back together for real as Sherlock makes its long-awaited return.  BBC One has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season, and you’ll see that Sherlock is his old, Sherlock-y self, and explaining his resurrection is the least of his worries.  Two years have passed, Watson has moved on, and there are also those pesky mysteries that need solving.  Three new, 90-minute episodes aren’t a bad way to ring in the new year.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  Sherlock returns on BBC One on January 1st; season three will premiere in the U.S. on January 19th.

10 New Images from SHERLOCK Season 3 Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

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While Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will be sharing the screen (kind of) in next weekend’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we don’t have much longer to wait for their proper reunion on season three of the excellent BBC series Sherlock.  The show returns to UK airwaves on New Years Day and begins airing here in the US just a couple of weeks later, and now a batch of first-look images have landed online that give us a peek at Sherlock’s return and Watson’s very impressive mustache.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and if you missed the first teaser trailer click hereSherlock season three returns to PBS January 19th.

Latest THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Production Blog Focuses on Filming the Dragon Scenes

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With a little over a week to go before the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, director Peter Jackson has unveiled one last production blog to take fans behind the scenes of the second installment of his The Hobbit trilogy (though Jackson notes there will be one more blog before the end of the year).  The beginning of the video gives a peek into the filming of the scenes featuring the titular dragon, and it’s interesting to see that during principal photography, Jackson still hadn’t settled on a final design for Smaug.  Nevertheless, we get to see Martin Freeman reacting to the intimidating voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, who makes a cameo in the video.  We also get a look at the goings-on in Lake-Town featuring Stephen Fry, and the process by which Jackson “shot” many of the digitally enhanced Smaug sequences.

Hit the jump to take a look at the production blog, and click here to peruse a large batch of high-resolution images from the film.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

33 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray Review

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The Cornetto Trilogy (aka “Three Flavours Trilogy”) is a cinematic delight in every sense of the word, and its status as such was solidified with the third and final entry in the loosely connected trio of films, The World’s End.  Much more than simply riffs on the horror, action, and sci-fi genres respectively, writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have crafted three masterworks of structure that are as entertaining as they are emotionally satisfying.  Following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End may be the toughest and most mature work of the three, capping off the trilogy with a pair of career best performances by Pegg and Frost and wonderfully innovative visual storytelling courtesy of Wright.  Read my full review of The World’s End on Blu-ray after the jump.

Two New Images, 5 Posters, and End Credits Song from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the marketing continues to ramp up.  On Monday, we got a new trailer along with a live fan Q&A with Peter Jackson and the cast.  Yesterday, there was a new production blog, and today we have two more images along with the end credits theme, “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.  I presume that’s an abbreviated version of the full title, “I See Fire because It’s Coming out of the Mouth of the Giant Talking Dragon”.  Like a large portion of the marketing for Desolation of Smaug, these images highlight Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) because the characters are shiny and new.  As for the song, it doesn’t really do anything for me, but maybe it will work better after seeing the movie (I felt that way with Emiliana Torrini‘s “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

Hit the jump to check out the images and listen to the song.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

First Official Image from Season 3 of SHERLOCK Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

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While Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate) and Martin Freeman (The World’s End) will be on the big screen together (in some capacity) in Peter Jackson’s upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, this December, the detective duo will return to the small screen for the third season of Sherlock in January.  To tide fans over, the BBC One has released the first official image from the new season, which returns Stateside starting Sunday, January 19th at 10:00pm on PBS.  Hit the jump to view the full image along with more on the upcoming season.

7 Character Posters for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re only a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (holy hell, where did the year go?), and Warner Bros. is continuing to release character posters for the movie (just as they do with all their blockbusters).  This time, they have posters for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as new characters Bard (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  How is Thorin, the guy fighting to reclaim his home, the only one here who’s not holding a weapon?  Even Thranduil has tiny knives.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

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