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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 …

Dartmouth Film Society Focuses on Director Wes Anderson

Friday, March 21, 2014

L ike marzipan or Turkish Delight, the films of Wes Anderson are a taste you acquire — or not. His movies, eight in all, are the focus of a Dartmouth Film Society retrospective that begins this Sunday at …

TLC Plans to Return to ‘Kate Plus 8’

Friday, March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Times It seems like a lifetime ago that America bid farewell to Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight kids, but it’s been just three years since the final episode of Kate Plus 8 aired on TLC. Time for a reunion! That’s not to say the …

Networks Build Drama, Ratings With a Break in the Season

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Diva Rule No. 1: Know how to make a big entrance. Diva Rule No. 2: Know how to make a big exit. Diva Rule No. 3: Do these things as often as humanly possible. The return earlier this …

Around the Remote: Olympic Champs on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Monday, March 17, 2014

Don’t Miss Dancing With the S tars — OK, so they were pretty darn good on frozen water, but how will Olympic ice dancing champs Charlie White and Meryl Davis fare without their skates — and each other — as they compete separately in the ballroom? That’s one …

‘Wind Rises’ Offers a Mesmerizing Final Flight of Fancy yazaki

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It seems like just yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki, the master of Japanese anime, was making his U.S. theatrical debut with The Princess Mononoke, a lush, deeply imagined environmental allegory. That 1997 movie was the first time many American …

Abs Mostly Absent in a Lesser ‘300’

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gazing at actor Michael Fassbender’s fine tuxedoed self as he celebrated the historic win of 12 Years a Slave at the Academy Awards, it was hard to believe that seven years had gone by since we first met the dreamy Irish actor, when he played a brave Spartan …

Rob Schneider Back on Stage

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New York — From making copies on Saturday Night Live to prostitution in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, comedian Rob Schneider has always thrown himself into every crazy situation possible to make us laugh. Now the Schneidmeister is focusing …

‘Need for Speed’: Crash Course

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Need for Speed is a piece of auto-collision pornography that weighs down its car-flip-and-massive-fireball money shots with a preposterous plot involving vehicular manslaughter vengeance, a road trip that’s basically one long police chase and an illegal drag race …

Leno Inducted, Defended at TV Hall

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. — Bill Maher took advantage of pal Jay Leno’s Television Academy Hall of Fame induction to offer a spirited attack on what Maher called undeserved “bad publicity” for the former Tonight Show host. Introducing Leno …

Danes Are Coming To a TV Near You

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If the people of Long Island started making locally resonant TV dramas — maybe with a little help from Queens — do you think our tiny slice of population could change the face of global viewing? Because that’s …