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The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]


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New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences a first taste of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers famed 1996 dark comedy. Starring Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') and Billy Bob Thornton ('Armageddon'), the new show has been developed by Noah Hawley ('Bones') but has received the blessing of Joel and Ethan Coen, who are acting as executive producers.

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British Star Martin Freeman Adopts A Minnesotan Drawl For His 'Fargo' Character.

With plenty of black humour and often shockingly overblown violence, the show has been described by Hawley as more like ''a ten hour movie'', than a traditional series. Set in snowy Minnesota, Fargo is a furtherance of the '90s crime classic and has already been tipped by some as the next Breaking Bad in terms of its must-watch factor. Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele all take supporting roles in the show.

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Martin Freeman Cast In Lead Role For TV-Version Of 'Fargo'


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Martin Freeman will take on the central role in the upcoming TV adaption of the Coen Brothers 1996 Oscar-nominated film Fargo. The Hobbit star has been handed the role of Lester Nygaard, who was originally portrayed by William H. Macy, in the 10-episode limited series based on by the cult 1996 film.

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Freeman will take on William H. Macy's role

Freeman is the latest main character to be cast in the series, with Billy Bob Thornton already lined up to star in the television spin-off to portray a completely new character. The series, which will be set in Minnesota and follow a different premise to the original 1996 film, will supposedly feature an completely different "real crime" story, with Nygaard this time being a hapless insurance salesman who is manipulated by the passing stranger Lorne Malvo (Thornton). Throughout the series, Malvo will sink his teeth into Freeman's character and enlist him to carry out illegal, money-spinning ploys on his behalf.

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66th Cannes Film Festival

Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen - 66th Cannes Film Festival - 'Inside Llewyn Davis' - Photocall - Cannes, France - Sunday 19th May 2013

Picture - Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen, Walter... Los Angeles, California, Saturday 2nd February 2008

Scott Rudin, Ethan Cohen, Walter Mirisch and Joel Cohen - Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen, Walter Mirisch, and Scott Rudin pose with the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award for Theatrical Motion Pictures for 'No Country For Old Men' Saturday 2nd February 2008 at Beverly Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, California

Garfield: The Movie Review


Terrible
At the very least, Garfield: The Movie explains why Bill Murray wore such a long face after Sean Penn picked up the Best Actor Oscar at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Apparently Murray had already seen a finished cut of the film and knew that the minute this cinematic litter box liner hit theaters, his chance of ever winning a golden boy would grow as slim as Calista Flockhart on the Atkins diet.

Blame the source material. The repetitive and one-dimensional Garfield is loosely based on Jim Davis' repetitive and one-dimensional comic strip. For those unfamiliar with the 'toon, Garfield's a tubby tabby with a taste for lasagna. He barely tolerates his wimpy owner, Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), and engages in a love-hate relationship with Odie, a dopey but earnest pooch.

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Toy Story Review


Extraordinary
The wizards at Pixar and Disney have created a film that is unlikely to be forgotten in the next few years. Toy Story, the first completely computer-animated movie ever, is fresh and funny, and it takes the state of animation to a heretofore undreamed-of level.

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) is the leader of a group of toys who come alive when no one is watching. Owned by young Andy (John Morris), they find new toy Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) thrown into the mix, and when Woody's insecurity causes him to try almost anything to get Buzz out of the picture, he almost succeeds with catastrophic effects. Soon, both Woody and Buzz find themselves captives in the next-door home of toy molester Sid (Erik von Detten). Not only must they get out of Sid's place, but the family's moving day is nigh, and no one wants to be left behind.

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Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Review


Terrible
Some movies don't require a review. Watch a commercial for Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and you know what to expect: An obese, lasagna-loving cat with a ton of attitude, many bad jokes, and Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt (now, sadly, in the Mom haircut phase of her career) generating the sparks of two ice cubes rubbing together. The movie is what you expect, meaning it's a hoot for the slackjawed fans of the comic strip cat and a colossal waste of time for everyone else.

The sequel to the abysmal Garfield: The Movie picks up with Garfield's owner Jon Arbuckle (Meyer) on the verge of proposing to veterinarian Liz (Hewitt). Garfield doesn't like this plan one bit, so he sabotages the special night. Regardless, there's not much to undo, as Liz bolts after announcing she has to travel to London for business. Jon, bummed that he missed his chance, flies to London so he can pop the question, while Garfield, with canine nemesis Odie in tow, sneaks aboard the plane.

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Toy Story Review


Extraordinary
The wizards at Pixar and Disney have created a film that is unlikely to be forgotten in the next few years. Toy Story, the first completely computer-animated movie ever, is fresh and funny, and it takes the state of animation to a heretofore undreamed-of level.

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) is the leader of a group of toys who come alive when no one is watching. Owned by young Andy (John Morris), they find new toy Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) thrown into the mix, and when Woody's insecurity causes him to try almost anything to get Buzz out of the picture, he almost succeeds with catastrophic effects. Soon, both Woody and Buzz find themselves captives in the next-door home of toy molester Sid (Erik von Detten). Not only must they get out of Sid's place, but the family's moving day is nigh, and no one wants to be left behind.

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Goodbye Lover Review


OK
Patricia Arquette plays a Sound of Music-obsessed, Martha Stewart wannabe, psychotic killer in this slightly clever but ultimately not-clever-enough comedy/film noir. While Arquette is delish, the story ultimately lacks much compelling material that isn't lifted from Double Indemnity or one of its contemporaries. Okay for a Sunday night, but hardly great filmmaking, especially from Roland Joffé, who's done better.

Garfield: The Movie Review


Terrible
At the very least, Garfield: The Movie explains why Bill Murray wore such a long face after Sean Penn picked up the Best Actor Oscar at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Apparently Murray had already seen a finished cut of the film and knew that the minute this cinematic litter box liner hit theaters, his chance of ever winning a golden boy would grow as slim as Calista Flockhart on the Atkins diet.

Blame the source material. The repetitive and one-dimensional Garfield is loosely based on Jim Davis' repetitive and one-dimensional comic strip. For those unfamiliar with the 'toon, Garfield's a tubby tabby with a taste for lasagna. He barely tolerates his wimpy owner, Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), and engages in a love-hate relationship with Odie, a dopey but earnest pooch.

Continue reading: Garfield: The Movie Review

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