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Yah, That's a Good One: 'Fargo' Premiere Lands More Than Four Million Viewers UPDATED

UPDATE: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million total tuning in throughout the first and repeat airings.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 4:52 PM
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Jeff Bridges & The Abiders to Headline This Year's Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles (CLIPS)

The Dude lives! Jeff Bridges & The Abiders have just been added as the musical headliner for the 2014 edition of Lebowski Fest, which hits LA's Wiltern Theater on Friday, April 15.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:06 PM
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You Betcha: 'Fargo' Arriving on Newly Remastered Blu-ray

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 1:22 PM
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WATCH the Intriguing First Trailer for FX's New Series 'Fargo,' Based on the Coens' Classic

Set to premiere April 15, FX's new series "Fargo" has its first teaser, and it features Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the intriguingly oblique trailer below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 26, 2014 4:00 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdown on the Coen brothers' bizarre tale about folk music with the Oscar nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and sound mixer Skip Lievsay (also nominated for "Gravity").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 21, 2014 2:03 PM
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WATCH the First Trailer for Director Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

Director Angelina Jolie's third film "Unbroken" is a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Check out a preview for the film, which aired during the 2014 Sochi Olympics TV broadcast, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 17, 2014 1:33 PM
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Famed Cinematographer Roger Deakins Talks Coens, Storytelling, 'Prisoners'

I spoke to British cinematographer Roger Deakins via Skype while he was filming Angelina Jolie's challenging new film "Unbroken" on the water in New Zealand. Deakins, who often collaborates with the Coen brothers, is a go-to cinematographer for many filmmakers and is revered by actors because he puts storytelling front and center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 7:47 PM
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Stream These: Five Great New Year's Eve Movies (CLIPS)

In lieu of spoiling your holiday by watching Garry Marshall's crummy ensemble film "New Year's Eve" -- which you can pay $9.99 for on Amazon Instant Video if you must -- stream these five great movies set on or around New Year's as the bell tolls for 2013 and a terrific movie year comes to an end.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 30, 2013 1:12 PM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-ful final installment in his "Paradise" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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WATCH: In New Clip from 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Isaac, Timberlake and Driver Sing 'Please Mr. Kennedy'

Check out a new clip from the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," where Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver have a recording session for a pretty humorous number, "Please Mr. Kennedy." Driver steals the scene with his guttural and bizarro noisemaking. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 2:08 PM
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