fargo strong women

Ethan and Joel Coen’s film Fargo centered on a sheriff’s deputy played perfectly by Frances McDormand, and the spin-off TV series from Noah Hawley also featured a great female role: Deputy Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman. Tolman won’t return for the second season, for reasons we’ll explain below. But that doesn’t mean that the upcoming second season of Fargo will abandon the pattern of having great female characters at the center of the show.

In fact, when asked about the new season at the Emmys earlier this week, Hawley said it would be about strong women. Precisely how that will be the case is something he would elaborate on only slightly. But it’s a good start. Read More »

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Fargo season 2

Today FX announced the renewal of two of its most critically-acclaimed shows: Louie and Fargo. Writer/director/star/producer/editor Louis C.K. will create a fifth season of his unpredictable show. And Noah Hawley will get to make a second season of Fargo. But for the latter show there are some big changes ahead. The entire cast, story, and setting will be different for season two.

Update: Some story and setting details have been revealed about Fargo season 2 — that info is below. And part of this new info contradicts the previous report. The cast will be new, but a couple of characters will return, in younger incarnations.

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/Filmcast Ep. 278 – Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Dave, Devindra, Peter and Jeff discuss some of your “Dealbreaker” choices via our Facebook page, Peter explains to us what happened during his 4dX experience, Dave gets disappointed by The Rover, Devindra is reminded of the magic of The Abyss, and Jeff loves the Fargo TV series. Also, check out Peter’s post on the Forbidden Journey and iO9′s Transformers FAQ.

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fx fargo seven minutes

FX’s Fargo won’t premiere for another couple of weeks, but with all the good TV shows coming up on the horizon, why not get a head start on this one? The network has released the first seven minutes of their new Coen Brothers-inspired miniseries, starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the FX Fargo Seven Minutes clip after the jump.

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fargo featurette

April is shaping up to be a damn great month for TV lovers. Not only are Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men all set to return over the next few weeks, there are also a bunch of promising new shows coming up on the horizon. One of the most intriguing of the bunch is FX’s Fargo.

A brand-new Fargo featurette offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the series, from the talented cast (Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, and Oliver Platt also star) to the icy sets, to the wry tone. Meanwhile, three more promos give up some enticing footage. Watch it all after the jump.

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Fargo TV trailer

Fargo, the series, follows in the footsteps of Fargo, the movie, with the blessing of Ethan and Joel Coen. This isn’t a strict remake, but rather a new “true crime” story that is very much in the vein of the Coen Brothers movie, and which shares the same Minnesota setting and collection of friendly/quirky accents. That said, this new trailer shows that Martin Freeman seems to be doing his darndest to channel William H. Macy’s performance.

Some of the rest of the cast (which includes Billy Bob Thornton, Allison TolmanColin HanksBob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery) also has their own Coen debt to pay. Whether this will end up being able to stand on its own two feet is open to question now, but this trailer is entertaining enough that we’ll be watching the first episodes of the 10-episode series on FX. Read More »

Fargo

After months of record low temperatures and endless snowfall, most folks around the country are eager to get winter over with already. But FX’s Fargo may have you wanting to dive right back into the cold when it debuts this spring.

The first teaser for the 10-episode limited series, based on the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film of the same title, has Billy Bob Thornton‘s shifty drifter character engaging in a familiar wintertime ritual. Watch it after the jump.

[Update: Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have just boarded in recurring roles. Details on their characters after the jump.

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