As a huge fan of the 1996 Coen brother’s classic Fargo I was a little apprehensive when I heard there were plans to turn the movie into a TV mini series. As more details emerged about the project my fears were allayed following the Coen Brothers announcement that they themselves would act as executive producers on the 10 part series and that the plot would be entirely different from the film, focusing on another story of crime, deception and murder with new characters, albeit in the same bitterly cold location.
Today FX officially announced the cast with Billy Bob Thronton as a ruthless, manipulative man who crosses paths with a meek small town insurance salesman played by Martin Freeman and through a set of circumstances the pair embark on a path of destruction. Colin Hanks has also been confirmed as a single dad and Duluth police deputy and the always excellent Oliver Platt has signed on too.
No word yet on an expected broadcasting date.
American fast food chain Jack In The Box have launched a new advertising campaign which clearly aims to target a certain demographic. Jack’s Munchie Meal is tailor made for those with a certain penchant for natural herbs and probably a little late night Xbox or PS3 action.
The award winning drama series Homeland embarks on it’s third season next month and to bring all it’s fans back up to speed with the story so far, the creative minds behind the series have made this nine minute long fictional mini-documentary which serves as an excellent re-cap.
Without revealing any spoilers it picks up right at the end of season two.
Jon Snow has a hard challenge ahead. He has to win the respect of the men from the Night’s Watch. He might just do it thanks to an 80s training montage.
I’m a Breaking Bad fan. A huge fan, so you can imagine my excitement at the news of a possible spin-off series centred around the character of Saul Goodman, once Breaking Bad comes to a close later this year.
Speaking to Empire Magazine earlier this month writer/creator Vince Gilligan filled in some of the blanks regarding a possible Saul Goodman series:
… well, we’ll move heaven and earth to make it every bit as high quality as Breaking Bad, but then there’s the intangible question of whether it’ll affect people, whether it’ll move people as much as the mothership show did, and there’s no real answer to that. In fact, the safest answer to that is: ‘Probably not to the same level.'”
“Then you ask yourself, does that mean it’s not worth doing? I think it is indeed worth doing, and the way to approach is knowing that it’s not going to be the same thing. It’s not to be completely of a piece with the original show, but if it’s a challenge, and it’s interesting to us to do it, that’s reason enough. Worst case scenario, it’s like the spin-off to M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, that nobody remembers – and I don’t think it hurt M*A*S*H any that it existed. I don’t think we’re going to have that problem, though. Anything based around the character of Saul Goodman and any show starring the wonderful Bob Odenkirk has more than an even chance of being quite good indeed.
Holy Schnikes! A spin-off show involving Saul Goodman and his crooked legal practise, with the possibility of the appearance of familiar characters from the original Breaking Bad series? How can this not work?
To read the entire story chart a course for HERE.
Right here’s the abbreviated version of this over-long, unnecessary story about a bloke called Phillip ‘Phil’ Penny who appears on the Irish version of Geordie Shore, (yes, there’s even an Irish version), which is hilariously entitled Tallafornia. Why should this story be even remotely engaging? Well Phil has gone and blown a gasket after a picture featuring himself posing with a supposed fan was posted up on Facebook.
The reason for Phil’s upset can be seen above and is quite obviously a set-up to prank the TV person, which then led to him responding in the manner suited only to somebody who is egotistical enough to appear on such a show, with threats of legal action. That’s when the Internet stepped in and spread the pic around the information superhighway like Nutella on toast, stirring up the anger sharks in Phil’s head even more:
Of course I think you’d join me in agreeing that the real crime here isn’t the prank picture, but instead Phil’s lack of basic grammar. Here’s the young man in an excerpt from Tallafornia with another reality TV star, from Geordie Shore, who I can’t even be arsed to look up, discussing ‘how many birds they’ve banged‘. Stay classy
This is a strange one indeed. Back in 2006 I remember thoroughly enjoying a BBC detective mini-series entitled Low Winter Sun. It was unashamedly Scottish in its grit and tone and at times was a tad gruelling for the viewer, but the major plotline rattled along like so:
Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) is a law abiding detective at Blackmoss CID in Edinburgh. When his girlfriend Sinada goes missing, his colleague Joe Geddes informs him that his corrupt partner Brendan McCann has murdered her and so Agnew, with Geddes’ help, takes revenge.
Fast forward six years and American TV channel AMC have the rights to the series and have filmed a remake only this time instead of Edinburgh, Frank Agnew is now a troubled detective out for revenge on the streets of Detroit. Most of the characters in the original have been retained, (albeit played by different actors), with actor Mark Strong returning as the lead once more. Although I’ll doubt he’ll keep the Scottish accent. Apparently AMC have ordered 10 hour long episodes for the first season which means the original plot of the BBC two-parter will either be stretched beyond capacity or there will be a lot more filler, which might not necessarily be a good thing.