When the Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection was unveiled last week, many were surprised not to see one carry-over from the Sundance fest in the Un Certain Regard section -- in recent years, it's been something of a tradition for a Park City sensation (often the Grand Jury Prize winner) to compete again there, with the likes of "Precious" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" getting a second surge of festival buzz on the Croisette.
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We'd been waiting a good long while to see James Gray's "The Immigrant" even before it premiered at Cannes 11 months ago, and we've been waiting a good long while since -- split festival reviews presumably made The Weinstein Company cautious with this delicate art-house item, but those excited for it have been understandably impatient. Anyway, the wait (in the US, at least) is almost over, with the film set to hit screens on May 16 -- just as Cannes 2014 starts up, as it happens. And while the posters thus far haven't exactly sold the film, the latest trailer is rather more seductive.
CALGARY - One week ago, on the eve of the premiere of FX's "Fargo," most of the stories focused on Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, the biggest names associated with the semi-adaptation of the Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning film.
Having already seen the pilot, I knew the secret of "Fargo," which is that while Thornton and Freeman have the showy parts -- and they're both terrific -- the actual hero of the twisted story of murder, blackmail and revenge is wet-behind-the-ears local cop Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.
Of course, Thornton has an Oscar and Freeman is simultaneously Watson and Bilbo Baggins, while Tolman is a total newcomer, a Texas-born, Chicago-based actress who had been concentrating on writing and sketch comedy before "Fargo" came her way.
But now, after "Fargo" delivered a solid premiere for FX last week, it seems like the right time to shine the spotlight on Tolman.
I sat down with Tolman on a sunny March day on the "Fargo" set in Calgary shortly before she settled in to shoot a prickly scene opposite co-star Bob Odenkirk, who plays a less capable member of the Bemidji PD. The balminess of the weather that day -- temperatures perked up above freezing for the first time in months -- steered the initial conversation before we discussed the strange circumstances of her landing the role, Tolman's approach to Molly's investigative capabilities and finding the proper balance of comedy and drama for that "Fargo"-flavored tone.
Click through for the full Q&A and check out the second episode of "Fargo" on Tuesday (April 22) night on FX...
Another new Housewife, another crumbling marriage. Of course, we knew the picture-perfect (and utterly boring) image Shannon tried to drill into us in last week's season premiere was total crap, and this week we discovered she's a looney hypocrite in a crumbling marriage. Aw, shucks! She's gonna fit right in!
Aaron Sorkin says "I apologize" about "The Newsroom"
“I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin said during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, admitting there was a "terrible misunderstanding" he had with the media.
Michelle Obama reacts to the “Scandal” season finale
"It was pretty intense,” the first lady tells “ET" at today's White House Easter Egg Hunt. "I just started following ‘Scandal' this year, so now of course I'm hooked.”
Sarah Chalke & Selma Blair team up for Amazon pilot “Really”
They’ll join Jay Chandrasekhar, who’s writing, directing and starring in the comedy pilot about a group of 30-something friends.
Party anthems! It's fitting, I guess, that the guest judge is Redfoo of LMFAO. Even though he won't be able to offer any useful critique of the dancing, he will be able to keep energy high at the judges' table. More importantly, he'll probably bother the hell out of Len, and that can never be a bad thing. So, what is he looking for in the performances? Something that will make him "go woo," of course. Aren't we all?
Netflix says Maryland "House of Cards" tax dispute is “overcome-able”
Netflix is still in talks to keep the two-season drama in Maryland. PLUS: “Veep” will stay in Baltimore for Season 4.
Courteney Cox: I’ve tried and failed to have a “Friends” reunion at my house for 10 years
“It’s not going to happen,” she tells Letterman, who asked Cox the typical "Friends" reunion question.
Former Fox, NBC and WB boss accused of sexual assault in case related to Bryan Singer
Garth Ancier, who put shows from “Buffy” to “The West Wing” on TV, is accused of sexually abusing Michael Egan when he was a minor. Ancier was founding entertainment president of Fox and The WB, before assuming the same job at NBC.
“Devious Maids” returns up from last year
In the young adult demo, the ABC Family series reached nearly 1 million viewers.
“Obsessive-compulsive” James Spader has to speak with “The Blacklist” producers 7 days a week
"I haven't talked to him today yet," says exec producer Jon Bokencamp tells Rolling Stone, "but last weekend, on his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating.” PLUS: Ryan Eggold says Spader is great to work with — when he gets the opportunity.
Finally, “Mad Men” makes race the prominent theme of an episode
Peggy’s a-hole behavior sequence, says Seth Stevenson, "seems like a pretty solid metaphor for midcentury American racial relations.” PLUS: Sally Draper turns 60 this month, about that episode-ending Zombies song, and Matthew Weiner on how he cast Pete Campbell.
Maisie Williams on “Game of Thrones’” 2nd most shocking scene of the week: “It was awful”
"It was disgusting, and I was dry-heaving throughout the whole day,” she says.
Complaint: TV nudity is annoying!
"Here’s the main reason why TV nudity makes me anxious,” says Simon Doonan. "The characters on any series become, over time, familiar and squishy and cosy. They become my TV friends. Because they are my TV friends I expect them to behave like my real friends.”
Report: One of Andi Dorfman’s “Bachelorette” suitors was critically injured in a paragliding accident
Season 10 bachelor Eric Hall was reportedly hospitalized after crashing on Sunday in Utah.
“Boondocks” isn’t the same without creator Aaron McGruder
It’s been 3 1/2 years since the last season, but that time off won’t make you forget what’s missing in Season 4. As Phil Dyess-Nugent notes, “based on a small sampling of upcoming episodes, the new season is a copy of McGruder’s baby made from a printer that needs a fresh ink cartridge. The clear, hard lines of McGruder’s vision and sensibility aren’t the only things that are a little faded.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a “Portlandia” cameo
Allen, owner of the Portland Trailblazers and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks, appeared in a Kickstarter sketch.
Kate McKinnon: “SNL” plans to do more all-female music videos
“We’ve got a process worked out about writing these songs so I think we’ll try to do more in the future,” she says of sketches like “Twin Bed” one with Jimmy Fallon and “Dongs All Over the World.” PLUS: Cecily Strong’s apartment gets a makeover.
Chris Messina defends last week’s “Mindy Project” twist
"I know that’s a wimpy cop-out, and something a lot of guys do,” he says, "but I think you’ll see if you watch the remainder of the season that he tries to redeem himself — he’s made an awful mistake and she’s the woman of his dreams.”
The "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape is the most-pirated sex tape of all time
Mimi Faust’s sex tape is even bigger than Kim Kardashian’s.
Aubrey Plaza: I’ve been trying to get pregnant on “Parks and Rec,” too
"I think they’re doing it to spite me, getting Leslie pregnant,” she jokes. PLUS: Chris Pratt can make a French braid.
“Orphan Black’s” Donnie ranks the clones
"The most awesome clone, the winner of the clone-off for episode 201, has gotta be Sarah. She’s killing it. She’s killing it!” says Kristian Bruun.
Why this week’s “Veep” was one of its best-ever episodes
There was a “scarred humanity” in one scene this week.
Pharrell turned 41 with a “SpongeBob”-themed birthday party
Check out the giant “SpongeBob” burger cake.
Guess who's got two thumbs and may be playing Steve Jobs.
One of the advantages that Danny Boyle will have if he does indeed sign on to direct the Steve Job biopic that Sony is preparing to make is that he can look at "Jobs," the film released last year, and make sure not to repeat any of that movie's creepy tone-deaf mistakes.
It helps, of course, that Aaron Sorkin is writing the film. In the genuinely weird Ashton Kutcher movie, there are no less than two scenes that treat product reveals as major triumphs of the human spirit. If Sorkin was able to expertly chart the way the various relationship dynamics in "The Social Network" shifted and evolved, then I'm confident he'll be able to turn Jobs, Wozniak, and the other strong personalities in the film into equally memorable and authentic characters. Water Isaacson's book walked a tricky line between the typical authorized mythmaking that happens with autobiographies or officially sanctioned biographies and the tell-all end of the business. It's a sympathetic but not saintly portrait of a guy who sounds like he was incredibly complicated as a human being and undeniably brilliant as a businessman.
LOS ANGELES—For the 50th episode of its genre-swapping performance show, “Crossroads,” CMT turned to two female performers at the top of their game: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves. (SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you don't know the songs they performed)
George R.R. Martin defends “Game of Thrones’” controversial scene, which was altered from the book
The book, Martin points out, is from Jaime’s point of view. He also notes that the TV series is operating on a different timeline, adding that "the scene was always intended to be disturbing.” PLUS: The director of last night’s episode never read the scene in the book.
John Turturro will take over James Gandolfini’s role on HBO’s “Criminal Justice”
Turturro will take over for Robert De Niro, who took on the role following Gandolfini’s death last year. Gandolfini starred in the pilot of the legal miniseries, playing a defense attorney.
Shonda Rhimes to deliver Dartmouth’s commencement speech
Like Mindy Kaling, the “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho is a graduate of the Ivy League school.
“Lazaretto” opens with a funky stomp, as White sings that “every single bone in my brain is electric.” That’s a medical impossibility, but we get what he’s going for. As usual, there’s some woman that’s causing him trouble. “When I say nothing, I say everything,” he sings as he laments being quarantined on “The Isle of Man,” or maybe in this case, it should be lower case man, as he sings about the war between the sexes (or so we think; some of the words are indecipherable).
The song then goes into a fuzzy, lacerating guitar solo as a bridge into the second part, a Who-like, high-energy blast about closing the doors of the prison. That part only lasts for about 30 seconds, before the last portion is a fiddle-based, high-octane fizzy rock instrumental.
In other words, it’s all over the place and, yet, somehow hangs together with duct tape, White’s distinctive vocal, and guitar shredding. “Lazaretto” is more frenetic and less blues-based than “High Ball Stepper,” an instrumental track from “Lazaretto” released earlier this month.
By the way, the official definition of lazaretto is a quarantine station for travelers by sea.
As we previously reported, White recorded a live, mono version of “Lazaretto” and manufactured and distributed it Saturday (April 19) as part of Record Store Day in an effort to set the record for World’s Fastest Released Record. We’re not sure exactly who held the old record.
The single, "Lazaretto," will be available via iTunes April 22.
Track listing for “Lazaretto”
1. Three Women
3. Temporary Ground
4. Would You Fight For My Love?
5. High Ball Stepper
6. Just One Drink
7. Alone In My Home
9. That Black Bat Licorice
10. I Think I Found The Culprit
11. Want And Able
"Deadliest Catch" kicks off season 10 (yes, 10) on Tues. April 22 at 9:00 p.m. on Discovery, and to kick things off Time Bandit Captain Johnathan Hillstrand and Cape Caution Captain Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski stopped by the HitFix studio first thing in the morning (well, 9:00 a.m., so it wasn't all that early for them) to talk about the new season, which they deemed the "bloodiest one yet."