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Watch: First 7 Minutes Of FX Series 'Fargo' Promises Another "True Story"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 6:06 PM
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Fargo
Of the many elements that made the Coen Brothers 1996 crime drama "Fargo" such a winning success and one of their finest films, was how they hoodwinked the audience from nearly the very first frame. Presenting the film as "Based on a true story," it actually wasn't at all, with the Coens hoping the moviegoers would forgive some of the more twisty developments of movie, if they though it was true. And it seems the TV show will do the same.

Watch: Martin Freeman Talks To God In Clip From Oscar Nominated Short 'The Voorman Problem'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 4, 2014 10:44 AM
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The shorts categories at the Oscars can sometimes be a breeding ground for future talented feature-length filmmakers with past winners including “Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold and “In Bruges” helmer Martin McDonagh. Over the weekend, this year’s nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film hit selected theaters and a clip from one of the starrier efforts — via USA Today — has arrived to whet your appetite.

Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

New Images, TV Spot, Featurette & Posters For 'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 5:06 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
So, even though we're stuck with a bloated trilogy instead of what would've been a leaner two picture punch, the middle entry to Peter Jackson's latest saga—"The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug"—is coming to your local multiplex, but there is at least one reason to get excited: dragons.

Watch: Two New TV Spots For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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If you didn't have your fill of Middle Earth adventures with last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," well, you're in luck, because for the next two Christmases we'll be treated with a new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired odyssey (captured, for some reason, in ultra-fluid 48 fps 3D). The first sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (too many definite articles!) will be out this December, and two new TV spots have debuted for the film, which emphasize director Peter Jackson's frantic grasp of action and the connection to the later "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (via Flicks and Bits).

Watch: Brand New Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Arrives From Middle Earth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 9:01 AM
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Summer might be over, and the leave may be changing, but that doesn't mean Hollywood has given up entirely on popcorn thrills. This fall will still have a couple of offerings worthy of summer spectacle, and perhaps the biggest of them all is Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." And promising returning faces from "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and a big fucking dragon, this middle chapter in a new J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy could be the escapist fantasy of the season.

Martin Freeman Takes William H. Macy Role In FX's 'Fargo' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
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Before you say "What they heck d'ya mean?" and stand opposed to this TV version of the Coen Brothers wintry classic "Fargo," you should know that the siblings are actually executive producers of the limited FX series. And if casting continues to draw the names that it has so far, this is one that's going to be high on our DVR list next year.

Interview: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Completing The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Ant-Man' & Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" finally melts with the debut of apocalyptic robo-comedy "The World's End." Beginning with 2004's romantic zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" and continuing with 2007's buddy comedy send-up "Hot Fuzz," the loose trilogy and the films within are wild, visually stunning homages to very specific genres, all of them directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (Pegg also co-wrote all three.) Wright, Pegg and Frost all return for "The World's End," which dramatizes what happens when several childhood friends return to their hometown to find things are different. Like really different (minor plot spoilers ahead).

Watch: Deleted Scene From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' As Extended Edition DVD/Blu-ray Announced

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 2:58 PM
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While fans of Peter Jackson's original "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy eagerly eat up the extended editions on home video, which offered up lots more Middle Earth, did anyone walk out of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" saying, "I hope there's even more of that!" Okay, there are the super diehard fans who cry and shake at anything from the Tolkien universe, but it's likely safe to say that 'Unexpected' didn't quite capture the same pop culture buzz as 'LOTR' before it. Nevertheless, the marketing must continue.

Review: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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As the completion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s thus-far endlessly watchable Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End” is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever felt really disappointed by. Like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” before it, their collaboration once again produces some of the most genuine, earned, character-driven laughs in any modern comedy. And in many ways it evidences the trio’s individual and collective growth as performers and creators, employing what has become to their fans familiar techniques to communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas. But as a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.

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