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Fargo Is a Television Adaptation Done Right

The latest television adaptation of the Coen brothers' film is a dark but lively trip to the frozen north.<p><i>Fargo</i>, the Coen brothers’ masterful, mordant fable of banal evil and simple decency from 1996, is the rare kind of crime picture that enriches the genre with enough feeling and detail to make a …

TV

John Turturro on Being Pimped Out by Woody Allen in Fading Gigolo

In John Turturro’s new comedy <i>Fading Gigolo</i>, out in theaters this Friday, the filmmaker, Emmy-winning actor, and Coen brothers regular stars as a sensitive florist who begins moonlighting as a male gigolo at the insistence of his friend, and first-time pimp, Murray, played by Woody Allen. Somewhat …

Woody Allen

Will Leonardo DiCaprio’s Violent New Project Finally Earn Him That Oscar?

After circling the project for a long time, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally committed to making <i>The Revenant</i> with director Alejandro González Iñárritu. DiCaprio must have emerged from this year’s Academy Award upset with one of two attitudes: he has a renewed sense of determination to nab that …

Leonardo Dicaprio

Ashton and Mila Are Having a Girl

In today’s gossip roundup: Kutcher and Kunis are welcoming a baby girl into the world, Katy Perry had a Coachella hookup, and Leonardo DiCaprio sports a controversial hairstyle.<p>Jackie and Kelso are having a baby girl! Oh, sorry. I mean Mila Kunis and her fiancé, Ashton Kutcher, are having a baby …

Man Caves

Tina Fey Considers iCarly to Be the Gold Standard of TV Finales

And she is not even joking. In a new finale-centered feature for <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, Tina Fey and <i>30 Rock</i> executive producer Robert Carlock talk about their inspirations in sending off their NBC sitcom last year.<p>When asked what they consider “the gold standard of TV finales,” Fey responds that in …

Comedy

Are Tom Cruise and Laura Prepon Dating?

In today’s gossip roundup: There’s a rumor that Tom Cruise has hooked up with Orange Is the New Black actress Laura Prepon, Chelsea Handler says she is not going to CBS, and Miley Cyrus can’t stop crying.<p>Richard Johnson at Page Six ran an interesting item this morning suggesting that Tom Cruise, an …

Miley Cyrus

Someone’s Planning a House of Cards-Style Reality Show

Hopefully minus any dramatic subway send-offs. <i>The Washington Examiner</i>’s Betsy Woodruff reports that a “veteran” of the two-season-old Netflix drama <i>House of Cards</i> is hoping to launch a political reality show featuring Capitol Hill young-uns between the ages of 19 and 29.<p>Mother Jones has gotten ahold …

Reality TV

Scandal Heat Index, Season-Finale Edition: Olivia Pope Is the Scandal

Olivia leaves on a jet plane, Mama Pope ends up where she started, and three characters hit the dust.<p>There were basically eight season finales contained within last night’s one season finale of <i>Scandal</i>’s third season. The major cliffhanger from the previous episode—the ticking timebomb, deployed by …

TV

Imagined Celebrity Connections: Kim Kardashian Harasses Beyoncé via Text Message

Also, Gwyneth lies in the grass at Drew Barrymore's baby shower, and Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner text about Justin Bieber.<p><i>Each week, Josh Duboff looks at the biggest celebrity news—and amuses himself by imagining how those celebrities might have reacted.</i><p><b>Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Reese</b> …

Celebrity Gossip

Toronto Film Festival: Al Pacino's 'Humbling' goes the art-life route

There are many ways that fallen-from-grace veteran actors can work their way back into our consciousness, but perhaps none more popular than playing fallen-from-grace-veteran actors.<p>It’s a recipe followed with varying effectiveness by a number of performers over the years, and one undertaken by Al …

Joan Rivers joked she wanted 'a huge showbiz' funeral, but service will be private

In typical Joan Rivers fashion, the TV icon detailed an over-the-top plan for exactly how she wanted her funeral to go down in her 2012 no-holds-barred book “I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me.”<p>“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my …