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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 …

Around the Remote: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Ends Nine-Season Run

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Don’t Miss: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale — OK, so it wasn’t always “legendary,” to use someone’s favorite word. But over nine seasons, the show amused us, and moved us, and provided us with all kinds of silly catchphrases. Now, the gang suits up for its …

‘Noah’ Has All the Spectacle of the Bible Story, and More

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters. Be warned: Anyone familiar with the 500-year-old man and his …

You Won’t Want to Check Out of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I’m not sure what the formal definition of a masterpiece is, but The Grand Budapest Hotel strikes me as something very close. Wes Anderson, who wrote and directed those modern classics The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, now gives us Downton Abbey on laughing gas. Sophisticated, silly and …

‘Broad City’ Is TV’s Funniest

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series on Comedy Central, finishes its triumphant, hilarious, silly, bizarre, stoned-out-of-its-mind first season this week. If you’ve been watching, you know how great this season has been. If you haven’t been …

A ‘Reluctant Witness,’ Anita Hill in Spotlight Again as New Film Opens

Monday, March 24, 2014

It’s been more than 22 years since Anita Hill sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in that famous bright blue suit — one she could never bring herself to wear again — to make the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas that transfixed a nation. And much has …

Around the Remote: ‘Psych’ Closes Final Case in Series Finale

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Don’t Miss: Psych Series Finale — After eight delightfully offbeat seasons and one rousing musical episode, we must bid farewell to Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill). The finale, ominously titled, The Breakup, features guest appearances by Mira Sorvino and Billy Zane. It will be followed by …

One Star Finds Himself in ‘Divergent’

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pittsburgh — David Letterman did it. Twice. And then Sylvester Stallone opted to double down, too. What else was actor Theo James to do March 12 when confronted with the prospect of drinking raw eggs in front of …

The ‘Divergent’ Movie Is Better Than the Book

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. With the film adaptation of Divergent, the first novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of dystopian thrillers, director Neil Burger (Limitless) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s …

After Decades of Censorship, Burma’s Films Probe Dark Past

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yangon, Burma — Lin Sun Oo doesn’t take his eyes off the field and forest before him — the rich green grass and the leaves on the lush trees stand, almost obediently, as still as statues. It is …

The Muppet Interview: Miss Piggy, Kermit Tell All

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles — Cinema has plenty of classic couples — Hepburn and Tracy, Bogart and Bacall, Brad and Angie — but few are as ageless or as lovable as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The charming amphibian and his porcine paramour are reunited on the big screen …