This week’s Five Important Things You May Have Missed. Now with a Bonus impression!
5. FX’s Fargo Got Even Better.
Frothing at the mouth, I am. Holy shit, people. From the moment I heard about the Coen Brothers’ upcoming television series, I was intrigued. First, all we knew for sure was that Billy Bob Thornton would star as some kind of manipulative troublemaker. Next, Martin Freeman signed on as Lester Nygaard, an insurance man (modeled after William H. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard). Dustin’s cast round-up is here. And now, here’s the final nail in that La-Z-Boy coffin of yours: Bob mothereffin’ Odenkirk. That’s right; not only is Odenkirk getting his own Breaking Bad spinoff show, but he’s also joining this brilliant cast—he’ll play Deputy Bill Olson. Additionally, It’s Only Sunny in Philadelphia’s Glenn Howerton takes on the amusingly named Don Chumph, a personal trainer.
4. FX Also Nabbed Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for a 10-Part WWII Miniseries.
The team, who along with producer Christian Colson, worked together on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, will rejoin for Telemark, based on the true story of Norwegian saboteurs who worked with the British to thwart the German’s nuclear weapons development. Of the undertaking, Boyle remarked “This is one of the world’s greatest stories, and we want to tell it on an epic scale.”
3. We May Finally Be Getting a New Star Trek Series. (And Have I Got a Few Suggestions for CBS.)
Double holy shit! Producer Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow, Star Trek Into Darkness) paid CBS a little visit this week; finally someone remembered we’ve been short a television series for oh, about seven years now. There has apparently been an ongoing web series, but I’m pretty sure no one is watching that. Back in March I lamented the lack of a series, and put out a few casting suggestions. So if anyone out there in CBS-land is listening, please do the right thing and give us our BAMber. Can you say, “Hello Captain?”
2. New Oldboy Clips Hit the Interwebs.
Try as I might to keep an open mind, the more clips that are released, the less impressed I am. Just please, promise that if you’re going to see this, you’ve seen or will see the original as well. It’s only right. Spike Lee’s take stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copely, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Imperioli; it’s in theaters November 27th.
1. Charlie Hunnam Came to His Senses.
Over the weekend, the unexpected news broke that due to his “immersive” television schedule, Hunnam was dropping out of that hot mess known as Fifty Shades of Grey. Of course various unnamed sources who know the real deal are throwing out statements like “He was overwhelmed by the attention,” and perhaps he is. But I’d like to hope Hunnam realized he’s just too good for it. Maybe Otto had a little talk with him before…well, you know.
And Now, Your Bonus Impression aka a Rickman-off between Benedict Cumberbatch and Jimmy Fallon.
Cumberbatch totally wins.