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This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on FX. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

Billy Bob Thornton Stars in ‘Fargo’ Adaptation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put Fargo on series TV. The 10-episode season premieres tonight at 10 on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder. Like that movie, …

CBS Takes a Gamble on Stephen Colbert For its ‘Late Show’

Monday, April 14, 2014

With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV’s generational shift is complete — and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America’s most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central’s news sendup The Colbert Report, as the next host of Late Show. Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have …

Around the Remote: ‘Fargo’ Goes From Movie to TV Series

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Don’t Miss: Fargo — This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit, but presents an all-new “true crime” story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) down a dangerous path. Is the series filled with …

Sports a Good Fit for Kevin Costner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in Draft Day, the latest entry in the actor’s long association with sports on film. Bull Durham was a benchmark for Costner as an actor who fits seamlessly into Hollywood’s musings on baseball. He cemented his role as baseball’s everyman …

‘Le Week-End’: Laughter Cuts the Middle-Age Angst

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One of the joys of attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the generous helping of adult-oriented romance on offer, from Nicole Holofcener’s funny and wise Enough Said to the ruefully triumphant Chilean drama Gloria. One of the sparkliest jewels in that crown was Le Week-End, an …

In ‘Rio 2,’ the Musical Numbers Shine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are …

Kevin Spacey of ‘House of Cards’ Honored at New York Museum

Friday, April 11, 2014

After playing Southern Democrat Frank Underwood for two seasons on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey addressed the realism of the Netflix series using his own true-to-life impression of Bill Clinton. “As Bill would say: 99 percent of what they do in House of Cards is accurate, and the …

It’s the ‘Mad Men’ End, Part 1

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMC’s Mad Men returns at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday for the beginning of its swan song: The first seven episodes of season seven start airing this month (AMC calls it “The Beginning”), and the final seven episodes (aka …

Oxygen Seeks To Breathe New Life Into Its Lineup

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Los Angeles Times Oxygen Media on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 programming slate in New York, which will include new reality series aimed at modern young women. The new lineup will include two competition series. In Nail’d It, hosted by Adrienne Bailon, top nail designers will vie against each …

Television Is Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, in Style

Monday, April 7, 2014

The fast-forward button is right there. At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch — at least the kind that involves a DVR or streaming video — the binger has the option to press those two rightward-pointing triangles, scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. …

Around the Remote: ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns for Fourth Season

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don’t Miss: Game Of Thrones — Let the Game begin. The horrific events of last year’s Red Wedding figure to cast an ominous shadow over Season 4 of the fantasy epic. Now Arya (Maisie Williams) and what’s left of the Stark family are vowing bloody revenge on the …

Movie Makes You Hunger For More

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen. It’s a captivating first feature from Indian writer/director Ritesh Batra. In her Mumbai apartment, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) spoons deep-fried chickpeas and succulent …

‘Winter Soldier’ Raises the Bar for Comics Movies

Saturday, April 5, 2014

You wouldn’t think that there was much more to do with movies set in the Marvel comics universe. You’d be wrong. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and …