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Colin Hanks battled freezing temperatures for Fargo TV series

April 8th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Colin Hanks
Actor Colin Hanks shivered through filming on new TV series Fargo after temperatures on location in Calgary, Canada plummeted to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (-34.4 degrees Celsius).

The King Kong star reveals he had to cover his body with hand and foot warmers under layers upon layers of clothing just to keep him from freezing.

He explains, "I sort of got it down to a science. I would come into the trailer every morning, I would put on foot warmers that attached to your feet, and then I'd take two toe warmers and I'd sandwich the toes, and then I would take a large body warmer, about the size ...
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Billy Crudup staging Sundance concert of William H. Macy film songs

January 9th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Billy Crudup
Actors Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin are set to show off their musical skills at Utah's Sundance Film Festival by taking the tunes they perform in William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut to the stage following its big premiere.

The Fargo star stepped behind the camera for upcoming drama Rudderless, about a grieving father, played by Crudup, who forms a band to perform the songs secretly composed by his recently-deceased son.

Rudderless has been selected to close Robert Redford's annual independent film event later this month (26Jan14), and Macy is planning to celebrate the proje...
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Martin Freeman to take Macy's role in Fargo TV series

September 26th, 2013 8:33pm EDT
Martin Freeman
The Hobbit star Martin Freeman will take on William H. Macy's role in the TV revamp of Coen Brothers movie Fargo.

The Brit will play Lester Nygaard in the 10-episode limited series inspired by the cult 1996 film, which earned Macy a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod.

Freeman joins Billy Bob Thornton among the cast for the TV spin-off, set in Minnesota.

Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote, directed and produced the film, will executive produce the project.
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FX Orders 10-Episode Limited Series 'Fargo,' Inspired By The Film

March 28th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Fargo
FX has just announced that it ordered its first limited series, "Fargo." The 10-episode show will follow an all-new "true crime" story featuring a new case and new characters.

The network promised the TV show will include the trademark humor, murder and "Minnesota nice" that made the film such a classic.

"Fargo"  will be written by Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals") and executive produced by Hawley, Joel & Ethan Coen ("True Grit," "No Country for Old Men") and Warren Littlefield ("The Unusuals").

John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks, said in a statement: "For years, people...
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Best Movies Set In Cold Locations

December 26th, 2009 11:56am EST
Fargo
Often times, weather plays an integral role in films, whether it be that it helps to set the tone, has symbolic significance, or makes a kissing scene all the more steamy, like the passionate lip-lock between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" (2004), whose sexiness skyrocketed thanks to it taking place during a downpour. Sometimes the weather even takes on a life of its own, like in the film "Twister" (1996), in which the tornado acts as just as much of a protagonist as both Helen Hunt's and Bill Paxton's characters.

So now, with winter officially getting its frosty self...
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Our Favorite Bug-Eyed Celebrities

April 21st, 2009 10:11am EDT
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
In Hollywood, you've got show-stopping performances and eye-popping beauties. But what about those Hollywood beauties whose eyes just pop? Some celebrities are recognized by their plunger lips, or by their adorable pair of dimples, while others are distinguished by their bulging peepers. The bug-eye feature is very hit or miss, however. On one hand, bug-eyes have the ability to create unconventional gorgeosity in a person, but on the other hand, they are also capable of making good faces go Muppet.

Christina Ricci falls into the former category of bug-eyed celebrities. Her sizeable...
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Spotlight On The Coen Brothers' Remake Of John Wayne Classic 'True Grit'

April 7th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Coen brothers
It's difficult to conceive the Coen Brothers' next big venture, a remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit, as either a traditional western or a traditional remake. Our blogger friends are reluctant to speculate. They call it a case of the "remake bug" or "disappointing" (the spurs of the Duke can never be filled, right?), and the most common thread is that this isn't actually a remake since the Coens plan on staying true to Charles Portis' original novel.

Don't be fooled by the naysayers. This is absolutely a remake, somebody will play John Wayne, or rather Rooster Cogburn, ...
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Storm Coming? Warm Up To These Winter Movies

February 18th, 2009 4:32pm EST
Groundhog Day
It's snowy, it's blustery and for a lucky few it's in the 40s. Welcome to the middle of winter. Save portions of the south, this is absolutely the time when a working DVD player can save sanity and stave off cabin fever. So, in the spirit of the don't-you-dare-go-outside season, power up that TV and pop in some of the best winter movies.

First, negate all Christmas movies that could jump into the list. They not only get their own season, they get their own holiday. Now it's time to pay tribute to some of the seasonal gems that don't have to rely on elves and trees to pull the plot alon...
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Place Your Bets: Who Will Win An Oscar?

February 3rd, 2009 3:32pm EST
Kate Winslet
With the biggest gambling day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday, having just passed, it's time to turn our attention to best gambling day to beat Vegas: Oscar night.

Yes, Oscar night. You can bet on the Oscars on various websites, at various casinos, and probably in many illegal outlets as well (though we discourage this practice). What does each betting spot have in common? They probably have no idea how to handicap the race, giving the savvy better tremendous odds of winning big.

Whether it's Frances McDormand getting 6-1 for "Fargo", Helen Hunt 8-1 for "As Good As It Gets" or M...
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Satan's Helpers: Powerhouse Actors Embody The Devil

October 30th, 2008 11:50am EDT
Legend
Another Halloween is upon us, and in addition to witches and goblins "All Hallows Eve" conjures up images of everyone's favorite bad guy, Satan. Here's a list of some of Hollywood's best actors and their interpretation of the world's "worst" guy.

Tim Curry in "Legend" as "Darkness"

Only in the darkness will Satan have power and only in a Ridley Scott film will Tim Curry be the ultimate Satan for all time as "Darkness" itself. Amazing costume and make-up design help to bring the most sexual and darkly beautiful embodiment of the Devil to film. Darkness is a lonely and sadly...
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Slideshow: Creepy Actors - Who's The Creepiest?

October 13th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Steve Buscemi
These actors have either played someone creepy or just look creepy. There's something about them that reminds us of fingernails on a chalkboard. Peruse our photo slideshow, and tell us who you think is the creepiest one of them all!

Willem Dafoe

Wild at Heart, Shadow of a Vampire

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Gary Oldman

Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Professional

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Joan Rivers

Plastic surgery junkie

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Steve Buscemi

Reservo...
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'Burn After Reading' Is Entertaining But Not Oscar Worthy

September 15th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Burn After Reading
The biggest challenge for an Oscar winner, be it a writer, actor, or director, is the first project following the ultimate Hollywood triumph. Expectations are so high and buzz is so great, it can create an almost impossible set of standards to live up to.

This is the case with the Coen brothers' latest release, "Burn After Reading." Though an entertaining enough way to kill two hours on a Saturday afternoon, you can be sure this will not be the film to earn the duo their next little gold man.

The story is of a former CIA agent's (John Malkovich) "top secret files" that fall in...
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Coen Brothers Spotlight: From Their Beginnings To 'Burn After Reading'

September 12th, 2008 11:37am EDT
Coen brothers
Many things come to mind when thinking about the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Dark witty humor, highly stylized production and costume designs, reoccurring actors, clever and often poetic dialogue, and above all some of the best character names in celluloid history.

Just look back at some of the brothers' most memorable characters: The Snoat brothers in Raising Arizona, Bernie Bernbaum and Eddie Dane in Miller's Crossing, Lou Breeze in Barton Fink, Norville Barnes in The Hudsucker Proxy, the Swedish-Americans Marge Gunderson and Jerome Lundegaard in Fargo, Jackie Treehorn and Jesus Q...
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Interview: Brandon T. Jackson of 'Tropic Thunder'

August 13th, 2008 9:57am EDT
Tropic Thunder
(Hollywoodchicago) – For “Tropic Thunder” star and Chris Tucker protégé Brandon T. Jackson, the fictional Booty Sweat literally is his Hollywood calling card.

The Red Bull-like energy drink is a scripted creation of writer, director, producer and star actor Ben Stiller in the new comedy. The film’s talent list, which includes both “A”-list actors and up-and-coming actors, is longer than two or three typical films today combined.

Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller, left) and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr., right) are shooting an epic war movie and wind up in a real battle in the action...
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Pitt & Clooney Star In New Coen Brothers Pic, 'Burn After Reading'

June 27th, 2008 6:27pm EDT
Burn After Reading
A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official's (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo), Burn After Reading also stars Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

Check out the trailer:

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Top Movie Cops List

June 19th, 2008 10:49am EDT
Dirty_Harry
I know what your thinking. When ranking the top movie cops of all time did we rank six cops or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is Starpulse, the most powerful website in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

5. Alex Murphy in "RoboCop" - 1987

Director Paul Verhoeven has quite a talent for taking material, which in anyone else's hands would be campy schtick, and creating a statement on the current state of media...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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Will Work For Fame: Celebrities' First Jobs

March 12th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Cindy Crawford
The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," singer Mary J. Blige, was goofing around in a mall as a teenager making a demo in a karaoke booth. Anchorman Stone Phillips was waiting tables. Supermodel Cindy Crawford was a college freshman shucking corn at a fair in Illinois.

We've all heard countless stories of ways ordinary people were plucked from obscurity and catapulted into stardom. Still, let's be real: Mary, Cindy and Stone are the exception, not the rule. So, how many random gigs did most celebrities weather on the rocky path to fame?

Nothing wrong with a little guyliner...

Johnny De...
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Ten Years of 'The Big Lebowski': The Dude Still Abides

March 7th, 2008 11:36am EST
The Big Lebowski
Ever had one of those days when nothing went your way? This was the Dude's life. At least during the now cult classic "The Big Lebowski." In Joel and Ethan Coen's unforgettable and oft-quoted tale of mistaken identity, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is beaten by a pair of idiot thugs who have mistaken him for the other Jeffrey Lebowski: the "Big" Lebowski (David Huddleston), a local millionaire. They are looking for his wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), who owes money to a lot of seedy characters. As one thug plunges the Dudes head into the toilet, he asks, "Where's the money, Lebow...
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Felicity Huffman And William H. Macy Forget Their Anniversary

February 28th, 2008 2:52pm EST
Filliam H. Muffman
Actress Felicity Huffman was relieved her husband William H. Macy forgot their 2007 wedding anniversary - because she hadn't remembered the special occasion either.

Felicity, 45, and the Fargo star were due to celebrate their 10th year of marriage last September, but, after failing to make any special arrangements, they promised to throw a lavish celebration in the near future instead.

Huffman explains, "We both forgot about it! I dropped the kids off at school, got home, called Bill (Macy) up at about 11am, and said, 'Hey, it's our wedding anniversary!' He said, 'Oh nooo!' But t...
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Minute-By-Minute Account Of The 80th Academy Awards

February 25th, 2008 8:35am EST
Jon Stewart
Only about 3,000 lucky spectators get to experience the majesty of Oscar night from inside the Kodak Theater, while the rest of us follow the action from our couch.

The following is minute-by-minute account from my couch. The snack of choice - frozen TGI Friday's Potato Skins. The drink of choice - selection of Henry Weinhardt's finest soft drinks.

For photos from the red carpet and show go here.

Now let's go to the play-by-play:

5:30 - So it appears the Oscars are delivered to the Kodak Theater by UPS through a digital dream world inhabited by all movie chase scenes. ...
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Academy Awards Aim To Cure 'Awards Fever' As Show Approaches With Usual Glitz And Glamor

February 24th, 2008 12:30pm EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - No matter who wins, one key prediction from Academy Awards overseers already has come true: The show will go on.

It was a nail-biter for weeks as a Hollywood writers strike threatened to decimate Sunday's Oscars, with stars and filmmakers indicating they would not cross picket lines if the labor quarrel remained unsettled.

In the wake of the Golden Globes, whose celebrity bash was stripped down to a pitiful mid-January news conference because of the strike, Oscar organizers insisted their ceremony would go on as planned.

The 100-day strike ended less than t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 27

August 27th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Sarah Chalke
Happy Birthday to "Spy Kids" actress Alexa Vega (1988), R&B singer Mario (1986), rapper Mase (1978), "Scrubs" actress Sarah Chalke (1976), skiier Jonny Moseley (1975), Chicago White Sox DH Jim Thome (1970), No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal (1970), "Wonderfalls" actress Diana Scarwid (1955), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (1953), "Fargo" actor Peter Stormare (1953), Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens (1952), actor Harry Reems (1947), actress Barbara Bach (1947), actress Tuesday Weld (1943), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock (1940), d. 1994), actor Tommy Sands (1937), 36th President...
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Sienna Miller And Steve Buscemi Go Head-To-Head In 'Interview'

June 12th, 2007 4:58pm EDT
Interview
In Interview, the beautiful Sienna Miller (Factory Girl, Casanova, Alfie) and actor/director Steve Buscemi (Lonesome Jim, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs) go head-to-head in a sexually charged drama about media, truth, and celebrity.

Self-destructive journalist Pierre Peders (Buscemi) is no stranger to violence and inhumanity. Having made his name as a war reporter, he has traveled the world seeing some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So he feels that his current puff-piece assignment, an interview with pop diva, TV and movie star Katya (Miller), is beneath his dignity. The two meet in...
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Fascinating Facts

May 17th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley was so determined to keep herself to herself while filming the third Pirates of The Caribbean movie she threw her BlackBerry mobile communications device into the ocean.

Cheap Trick and Sammy Hagar will join the existing members of Boston to pay tribute to the rock group's late frontman Brad Delp, who died in March. The acts will join the members of Delp's Beatles covers group, Beatlejuice, at the all-star tribute, which will take place on August 19 at an as-yet undisclosed venue.

William H. Macy is to play a charity worker-turned-safecracker in a new TV series, wh...
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William H. Macy Thanks Midlife Crisis For Career

April 10th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
William H. Macy
Hollywood actor William H. Macy has taken control of his own movie career, after suffering a 'midlife crisis' when he turned 50.

The actor, who only found fame in his forties with roles in Boogie Nights, Fargo and Magnolia, says reaching 50 made him review his life and address what he was lacking.

When he hit the milestone, Macy, 57, start writing again and began to take control of his own projects, and as a result now has two films coming out: Keep Coming Back, a romantic drama starring Salma Hayek; and The Deal, a comedy about the movie business.

Macy says, "Just after 50 I...
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'Rocky,' 'Fargo' & 'Groundhog Day' Join National Film Registry

December 28th, 2006 10:19am EST
Rocky
Rocky, Blazing Saddles, Fargo, Groundhog Day and Halloween are among the 25 films that were just added to the National Film Registry. The registry is part of the nonprofit National Film Preservation Foundation, a public-private partnership to benefit the film preservation efforts of American film archives, historical societies and similar institutions. The National Film Registry list, which began in 1989, now numbers 450 works.

Films Selected to the 2006 National Film Registry, Library of Congress:

1) Applause (1929)

2) The Big Trail (1930)

3) Blazing Saddles (1974...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 14

September 14th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kimberly Williams
Happy Birthday to Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto (1985), rapper Nas (1973), actress Kimberly Williams (1971), Everclear bassist Craig Montoya (1970), "Reno 911" actor Ben Garant (1970), "The Young and the Restless" actress Michelle Stafford (1968), TV actor Callum Keith Rennie (1960), A-Ha singer Morten Harket (1959), Free guitarist Paul Kossoff (1950; d. 1976), "Event Horizon" actor Sam Neill (1947), "Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig (1936), "Fargo" actor Harve Presnell (1933), "The Lone Ranger" actor Clayton Moore (1914; d. 1999), British actor Jack Hawkins (1910; d. 1973), and film produ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 27

August 27th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Sarah Chalke
Happy Birthday to "Spy Kids" actress Alexa Vega (1988), R&B singer Mario (1986), rapper Mase (1978), "Scrubs" actress Sarah Chalke (1976), skiier Jonny Moseley (1975), Chicago White Sox DH Jim Thome (1970), No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal (1970), "Wonderfalls" actress Diana Scarwid (1955), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (1953), "Fargo" actor Peter Stormare (1953), Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens (1952), actor Harry Reems (1947), actress Barbara Bach (1947), actress Tuesday Weld (1943), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock (1940), d. 1994), actor Tommy Sands (1937), 36th President...
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