What can’t the great Melissa McCarthy do? The 43-year-old actress—whose style of go-for-broke physical comedy is at once wild and grounded, brash and vulnerable—opens movies. She gets awards love. She stars in her own material: the road-trip comedy Tammy (in theaters July 2), which she co-wrote with her husband, first-time director Ben Falcone. She can do everything…except escape stupid. READ FULL STORY
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One of the many, many reasons I absolutely loved Fargo — the FX drama that builds upon the 1996 Coen Brothers movie of the same name — is that it’s filled with allegories and digressions and asides that may or may not mean something, but they always make you think. (More on that later.) So in the spirit of the show, let’s start with one of my own — or rather, one that, like this show, builds upon somebody else’s. READ FULL STORY
Watching the FX drama Fargo has sometimes felt like playing a game of I Spy: What loving homage to the original Coen brothers film might pop up next?
That’s not to say the series is a mere knockoff or shoddy imitation. Though heavily inspired by the Coens’ 1996 classic and rooted in its lore, the 10-episode adaptation more than stands on its own, thanks in large part to a stunning study in character transformation by star Martin Freeman. As Lester Nygaard, he has gone snow-booted toe-to-toe with some of the darkest criminals (Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo) and most dogged cops (Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson) on television. Still, it’s been a lot of fun to connect the dots between the film and series.
With the season winding to an end — the finale airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX — we present a near-comprehensive guide to the Fargo Easter eggs that have so far popped up in the show. [SPOILERS AHEAD!] READ FULL STORY
For Game of Thrones fans, today is arguably the most important day of 2014, because it marks yet another season finale, and furthermore, it will probably determine Tyrion’s fate. So to those of you who are obsessed with the show, I wish you good luck. But for the rest of you who are looking past tonight’s finale, there’s an entire week’s worth of possibilities that await you.
Here’s what your pop culture calendar looks like this week: READ FULL STORY
Allison Tolman was unemployed and unsure what she was going to do next with her life in Chicago when she sent in an audition tape to play Molly Solverson on FX’s Fargo. “I wore earmuffs, I think, for one of the scenes to signify it being cold, because I’m a master of my craft,” she remembers. A couple of weeks later, she heard her tape was still being considered. A couple of weeks after that, she heard it again. “I thought, ‘That’s awesome! Maybe the Chicago casting directors will get a bug in their ear and they’ll know who I am, and I’ll book a commercial for the Illinois lottery,’ which would’ve been cool.” Eventually, she got the call to come to New York and test. “I distinctly remember playing ‘Domino’ by Jessie J in my hotel room as I got ready. It’s not a Molly Solverson song at all,” she says, laughing, “but it was a good pump-me-up song.” And five days later, she finally had the part.
We got to know Tolman, a Texas native with a BFA in theatrical performance from Baylor University and Second City’s conservatory program on her résumé, when she stopped by to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find out which movie scene she acted out as a child (the photo may be a hint), which TV series she’ll insist you watch (Texas Forever!), and which shows helped shape her sense of humor. READ FULL STORY
Fargo‘s fourth episode, “Eating the Blame,” didn’t simply pay homage to the 1996 Coen Brothers film that inspired the series. In it, writer Noah Hawley and director Randall Einhorn actually confirmed that both the series and movie take place within the same universe.
The episode begins with a young Stavros Milos and his family attempting to escape a life of debt by fleeing to Minnesota in 1987. When they run out of gas, a desperate Stavros has his prayers answered… by an ice scraper sticking out of the snow at the side of the road.
It’s the same ice scraper seen in the 1996 film. In fact, it’s the same snowy field and fence where kidnapper Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) buried close to $1 million in cash for later retrieval. Carl met an untimely demise, but now fans know what happened to that money — Stavros Milos (Oliver Platt) used it on his way to becoming the Supermarket King. READ FULL STORY
The new FX drama Fargo doesn’t simply borrow themes, setting, and mood from its namesake 1996 film — it lovingly, sometimes quite obviously, pays homage to the entire Coen brothers oeuvre.
Here are the Coen Easter eggs that we picked up on in episode 2, The Rooster Prince: READ FULL STORY
Secret identities and a whole lot of scandal — that about sums up television’s big premieres and finales this week. From whatever (ahem, or whomever) Don Draper/Dick Whitman is doing on Mad Men, to the deepening mystery behind the origin of the clones on Orphan Black, and however the heck Olivia is getting out of her latest jam on Scandal, there’s plenty of must-watch-live TV this week. But there are lots of reasons to get off the couch, too. Here are our picks over the next seven days:
Sure, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving holiday is that big, glorious meal — a sacred tradition that shouldn’t, nay, mustn’t be sullied by glowing rectangles bearing texts or emails or live television programming. But what about after the tryptophan sets in, leaving you and your family tired, sluggish, and yearning for entertainment — long before the Steelers/Ravens game begins at 8:30 p.m. ET? For that matter, which of the Internet’s zillions of entertainment options should you turn to throughout the rest of the weekend?
Well, that’s where your friends at EW come in. Whether you’ll be juggling restless kids, grumpy siblings, weird uncles, or frazzled parents — let alone some unholy combination of all four — give thanks to PopWatch: We’ve got you covered with 10 streaming suggestions, each tailored to a specific holiday situation. Such as…
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Fargo as a TV series? You betcha. Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly executive producing an adaptation of their Academy Award-winning movie for the network that brought us Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and American Horror Story.
This new project isn’t the first attempt to bring Fargo to the small screen — a Coen-free pilot for a Fargo TV series was filmed in 1997 and ultimately aired as part of a special in 2003. The first televised Fargo starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the pregnant police officer immortalized by Frances McDormand in the film — and if it were still 1997, I think Falco would be an excellent choice to strap on Marge’s fake belly for this new show as well.
But since Falco and McDormand are both a little too old to credibly play pregnant — and because William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are a little busy with movie careers and cable series — which actors could step into their snowboots for this new Fargo? READ FULL STORY
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