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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 …

All About the Boy Who Plays the Boy on New NBC Sitcom ‘About a Boy’

Monday, March 10, 2014

NEW YORK — It wasn’t hard for Benjamin Stockham to figure out his role as Marcus, the title character of NBC’s new sitcom About a Boy. “It was pretty obvious from the script that he was kind of a nerd,” said Ben during a recent chat. “Well, not …

Around the Remote: Oscar-Winner’s ‘Detective’ Series Comes to Close

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Don’t Miss: True Detective — Last weekend, we watched Matthew McConaughey nab an Oscar. This weekend, he closes out the eight-part series that might bring him an Emmy. Yes, all good things must end and so it is with this incredibly compelling, gritty, trippy, mesmerizing and occasionally maddening …

New ‘Cosmos’ Series Starts With a Bang

Saturday, March 8, 2014

If science, as Neil deGrasse Tyson says, is “the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher,” Carl Sagan’s flame is in good hands. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Tyson’s long-anticipated, 13-episode reboot of Sagan’s classic 1980 …

‘Mr. Peabody’ Film Retains Its Bite

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I needn’t have worried. The prospect of a feature-length Mr. Peabody & Sherman made me nervous, since the Sahara-dry humor that made the old Jay Ward cartoon unique is all but absent from today’s animated efforts. The story …

‘Mr. Peabody’ Lacks Fun, Charm

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It’s possible, I suppose, that some children may find things to like about Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The animated feature about a time-traveling dog with a genius IQ and his human companion has even more than the recommended daily allowance of scatological humor and B.O. jokes for the …

‘Review’ Is Rated Hilarious

Saturday, March 8, 2014

“Life is all we have, but is it any good?” asks ultimate critic Forrest MacNeil in Comedy Central’s appealingly hilarious new series, Review. Instead of reviewing books, movies or — yeesh — TV shows, MacNeil (played by Andy …

The Wild West in Vermont’s White River Valley: ‘Pasghetti Western’ Movie to Debut in Woodstock

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Oscar statuettes have all been handed out, but a pint-sized version of Hollywood glamour will descend on Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre Saturday evening. Pasghetti Western, a film made by Royalton residents Myra and Jim Hudson, will have …

‘The Act of Killing’ and ‘The Square’: Two Great Documentaries Explore Epic Events

Friday, March 7, 2014

Anwar Congo has bad dreams. At night the ghosts of the people he’s murdered visit him, wake him, sit on his chest, laugh at him, keep him from sleeping. In 1965, at the behest of a cadre of …

A New Batch of Celebrities Will Hoof It on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Los Angeles — The new crop of celebrity hoofers competing in Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed. As has become tradition, the unveiling occurred Tuesday morning during Good Morning America, with the celebrity cast …

Elfman Returns to TV Comedy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — There was one time in her life when Jenna Elfman considered quitting acting. “Sometimes when I’ve gotten overwhelmed trying to do acting and motherhood I’ve wanted to quit acting so I could just be a …