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Steve Buscemi

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Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (IPA: ; born December 13, 1957) is an American character actor and film director.

Buscemi (pronounced Boo-shemi) was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Dorothy, who worked as a hostess at Howard Johnson's, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker and Korean War veteran. Buscemi's father was Italian American and his mother Irish American. He has three brothers: Jon, Ken, and Michael. Buscemi was raised Catholic. He graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School in Valley Stream, New York, a school which he attended with actress Patricia Charbonneau and writer Ed Renehan. In high school, Buscemi wrestled for the varsity squad and participated in the drama troupe, at that time directed by Mr. Lynne C. Lappin (Buscemi's 1996 film Trees Lounge, in which he not only starred but served as screenwriter and director, is set in and was largely shot in his childhood village of Valley Stream). Buscemi briefly attended Nassau Community College before moving to Manhattan to enroll in the Lee Strasberg Institute. In the early '80s Buscemi also served as a firefighter for four years with the FDNY. On March 4th 2005, Buscemi returned to his old high school where he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the school's 75th anniversary celebration.

Buscemi is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. Buscemi’s first appearance was in Parting Glances in 1986, where he played Nick, an AIDS stricken man.

He first hit the cinema in the 1988 film Call Me, where he played Switchblade. He also was in Slaves of New York in 1988, and Tales from the Darkside, a 1990 film with 3 segments, where Buscemi starred in the first, playing Bellingham, a college student who orders a mummy and unleashes it on fellow college students played by Christian Slater and Julianne Moore.

During 1990, Buscemi had a couple of additional crime roles. He played the henchman of Laurence Fishburne named Test Tube in Christopher Walken’s King of New York, and played Mink in the Coen Brothers Millers Crossing. This marked the first of six of the Coen Brothers' films in which Buscemi appeared.

In 1991 he played the bellboy, Chet, in the Coen Brothers film, Barton Fink. His first lead role was in 1992, where he played Adolpho Rollo in In the Soup. Then he finally came to public attention for playing Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs.

Buscemi's most notable character roles include Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, Garland Greene in Con Air, Rockhound in Armageddon, Donny in The Big Lebowski and Carl Showalter in Fargo. Although usually a supporting actor, he has had critical success as a lead actor, particularly in his role as Seymour in Ghost World. Buscemi often plays characters that are neurotic and paranoid. He has appeared in a number of films by the Coen Brothers, in which he tends to die in a grisly, prolonged or unexpected manner. He frequently provides comic relief in Adam Sandler films such as Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy and Mr. Deeds. Buscemi also starred with Sandler (as brothers) in Airheads. Buscemi also played a nemesis to Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He also has worked with Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Jarmusch, The Coen Brothers, and Robert Rodriguez on various occasions.

In 2003, Buscemi made a brief celebrity guest appearance as himself on the long-running FOX animated television show The Simpsons in the episode "Brake My Wife, Please". Most recently, Buscemi provided the voice for Dwight, a bank robber who Marge promises to visit in jail if he turns himself in to the authorities. This episode, entitled "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", originally aired on October 14, 2007.

In 2004, Buscemi joined the cast of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano's cousin and childhood friend, Tony Blundetto. Buscemi had previously contributed to the show as director of the third season episode "Pine Barrens" (one of the most critically-acclaimed episodes of the series). He appeared in the third episode of Season 6, as a doorman in heaven (portrayed as a country club) in Tony Soprano's dream. He returned to direct the episode "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...", the fifth episode of Season 6.

In 2005, he played James McCord in The Island.

In 1995, Buscemi played suspected cop-shooter Gordon Pratt in the episode "End Game" at the end of a three-episode arc of Homicide: Life on the Street. He also had a role as Phil Hickle, Ellen's father and older Pete's guidance counselor, in The Adventures of Pete and Pete, as well as guest-starring in Miami Vice in 1986. Buscemi was rumored to be considered for the role of The Scarecrow in Joel Schumacher's proposed fifth installment of the Batman franchise, Batman Triumphant, before Warner Bros. cancelled the project.

In 2007 he played the voice of a gingerbread man in a cell phone commercial.

In 2004, Buscemi appeared in the music video for Joe Strummer's cover of the Bob Marley track "Redemption Song". The video is shot after Strummer's death, and Buscemi appears alongside of a graffiti portrait of Strummer.

In 2008, he provided the voice for Scamper, an intelligent and suicidal rabbit in the animated film Igor.

Buscemi worked extensively as a director, having worked on (and starred in) the feature film, Interview (2007). He directed Trees Lounge (1996), Animal Factory (2000), and Lonesome Jim (2005). In addition to feature films, he directed episodes of the television shows Homicide: Life on the Street and The Sopranos, as well as two episodes of HBO's prison-drama series Oz, entitled "U.S. Male" and "Cuts Like a Knife". He also recently directed an episode of 30 Rock, entitled "Retreat to Move Forward".

The day after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Buscemi went to his old firehouse to volunteer for recovery work at Ground Zero. That week, he worked 12 hour shifts digging through the rubble, while refusing to do interviews or have his picture taken.

In April 2001, while shooting the film Domestic Disturbance in Wilmington, North Carolina, Buscemi was stabbed while intervening in a bar fight between his friend Vince Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg and a local man, who allegedly instigated the brawl.

Buscemi has one son, Lucian, with his wife Jo Andres.

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry


I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (a.k.a. Chuck and Larry) is a 2007 comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. The film was released on July 20, 2007 in the U.S., August 16, 2007 in Australia and on September 21, 2007 in the UK and Ireland.

Lawrence "Larry" Valentine (Kevin James) and Charles "Chuck" Levine (Adam Sandler) are veteran FDNY firefighters. Chuck is single while Larry is a widower trying to raise a daughter (Tori) and a son (Eric) (Cole Morgen). Larry, being distracted by his sadness and obsession because of his wife's death, fails to change the primary beneficiary of his pension from his wife to his children within the deadline. His only option is to marry someone, but he finds no woman whom he thinks can be trusted with the charge of his children.

Larry, inspired by an article about same-sex domestic partnership rights, decides to register Chuck as his partner, making him Larry's beneficiary and caretaker of Larry's children. Chuck is reluctant but agrees on grounds that Larry saved his life. Although they register the partnership in New York, on the advice of their lawyer Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel) they are legally married in Niagara Falls, Ontario when it becomes clear that their case is likely to be investigated.

After Chuck's first morning with Larry, Larry discovers that specialist Clinton Fitzer (Steve Buscemi) has been sent to investigate the partnership. Fitzer indicates that he doubts the partnership's legitimacy.

During a shopping trip, Chuck runs into Alex, who invites the couple to a gay costume benefit party. After the party ends, the participants are confronted by an anti-gay rights group (transparently based on the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas), whose leader Jim (Rob Corddry) calls Chuck a faggot. Chuck then strikes him, provoking applause and the attention of a tabloid newspaper.

The next morning, Chuck and Larry are called to speak with their Captain, Phineas Tucker (Dan Aykroyd), who warns them that they face consequences if their domestic partnership claim is false. Chuck and Larry are subsequently shunned by the other firefighters, who react to the news with homophobia. Chuck is also approached by Fred Duncan (Ving Rhames), an intimidating fellow firefighter whom the others have long feared for his power and intensity, and who now confesses his own homosexuality.

Larry and his son Eric find themselves verbally assaulted by a homophobic man and a homophobic school bully. Father and son both win their fights easily. Eric does a dancing split and punches the bully in the gonads. Then Eric celebrates his victory with a tap dance.

Meanwhile, Chuck and Larry's court case becomes a media spectacle. Chuck and Larry's fellow firefighters attend in support, and apologize for their ill-treatment of the couple. During the court case, Chuck and Larry are badgered by Fitzer, who attempts to reveal that their partnership is a fraud by asking questions designed to reveal or imply flaws in their arguments. His ultimate demand is for the men to kiss to prove that their relationship is physical; this is interrupted by Captain Tucker, who reveals that they are lying but tells the judges that their lie has helped everyone around them and hurt no one. Fitzer replies that the law has nevertheless been broken; in a Spartacus-inspired sequence, the firefighters all claim that they helped Chuck and Larry break the law and should also be jailed, hoping that the show of solidarity will discourage any attempts at punishment. This fails and all are sent to jail.

Later, Councilman Banks (Richard Chamberlain) shows up and offers to free Chuck and Larry if they admit to a misdemeanor and agree to raise funds for AIDS research. The fundraising scheme takes the form of a calendar featuring the firefighters and the Canadian wedding chaplain in erotic poses. Fred Duncan is then seen marrying Alex's brother Kevin (Nick Swardson). All the ceremonies take place in Canada, where Chuck and Alex make amends and Larry meets another woman, suggesting he is starting to move on from his previous marriage. Singer Lance Bass makes an appearance to play a song emphasizing the importance of freedom. Cole, as Eric, dances his signature tap-dance as part of the wedding celebration.

The MPAA initially rated the film R for "some crude sexual humor and nudity". Universal appealed the rating, but it was upheld. Upon losing the appeal, Universal edited the film: this version was rated PG-13 for "crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references".

The film was released on both DVD and HD DVD Combo Format on November 6, 2007.

On the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 14 percent critic rating from 145 reviews, with a 13 percent Cream of the Crop rating based on reviews from major news outlets.

The film was ranked the #1 "worst" film of the year according to Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum. She writes, "I now pronounce this a witless, squeamish message comedy about two straight men pretending to be gay. Adam Sandler gets his knickers in a twist straining to be at once unexpectedly homo-friendly and typically hetero-jokey. Unclench, buddy." The magazine also rated the film a 'C-' upon its release.

Newsday's John Anderson said in his review, "What were they thinking? Simple: They weren't." David Ansen of Newsweek said, "There is something to be said for a movie that may end up preaching gay propaganda. If only the laughs were bigger, smarter, and more frequent than they are." Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote, "Sporadically funny, casually sexist, blithely racist and about as visually sophisticated as parking-garage surveillance video." And Variety's Brian Lowry dubbed the film "relentlessly juvenile and awash in stereotypes." The film received eight Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture, but did not "win" any.

The film grossed $34,233,750 in its opening weekend in 3,495 theaters, an average of $9,795 per theater and managed to gross a total of $119.6 million domestically.

As of December 2007, the film has grossed approximately $184,866,019 worldwide.

The film was screened prior to release for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). GLAAD representative Damon Romine told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "The movie has some of the expected stereotypes, but in its own disarming way, it's a call for equality and respect".

According to Alexander Payne, the writer of an initial draft of the movie, Sandler took many liberties with his screenplay, "sandlerizing" the movie, in his own words. At some point, he didn't want his name attached to the project.

Critics have also said the character played by Rob Schneider is a racist depiction of Asian men, labeling his portrayal as yellowface.

In November 2007, the producers of Australian movie Strange Bedfellows initiated legal action against Universal Pictures for copyright violation.

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Lonesome Jim

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Lonesome Jim is a 2005 American comedy/drama film directed by Steve Buscemi. Filmed mostly in the city of Goshen, Indiana, the film stars Casey Affleck as a chronically depressed aspiring novelist who moves back into his parents' home after failing to make it as a writer in New York City. Liv Tyler also stars as a good-hearted nurse who finds contentment through encouraging optimism in Jim's glum world.

Lonesome Jim premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize but it lost the award to Ira Sachs' Forty Shades of Blue.

Jim (Casey Affleck) is a perennially gloomy 27 year-old aspiring novelist from Goshen, Indiana who moved to New York City in hopes of finding success with his writing. After two years of barely making a living as a dog walker and no success with writing, he defeatedly decides to move back home to his parents' house in Goshen.

Jim's 34 year-old brother Tim (Kevin Corrigan) is a recently divorced father of two young girls whose business recently failed. Tim has never left his parents' home and he works in the ladder factory that's owned and operated by their pessimistic father Don (Seymour Cassel) and overly cheerful mother Sally (Mary Kay Place). Jim has no interest in the family business and he resists pressure from Don to start working there. After an argument between the two brothers on whose life has been more pathetic so far, Tim, having previously made repeated unsuccessful attempts to commit suicide, drives his car into a tree in hopes of ending his life; he is gravely injured and hospitalized. Jim now finally gives in to Don's pressure to work in the factory by taking over Tim's duties who isn't able to work. He also takes over Tim's job as the coach of a girls basketball team; the team, which has not scored a single point in the last 14 games, includes both of Tim's daughters.

While Tim is in the hospital, Jim finds out that Tim's nurse is Anika (Liv Tyler), a good-hearted single mother with whom Jim had a brief sexual encounter in the past. Anika is sympathetic to Jim's problems, whether real or perceived, and she decides to stand by him in encouragement even when he tries to convince her that it's in her best interest to not be around him.

At the ladder factory, Jim is introduced to his uncle Stacy (Mark Boone Junior). Stacy is a drug dealer who prefers to be called "Evil" and sells drugs in the factory. Being somewhat impressed by Evil's demeanor, Jim tries to help him with his drug dealing business but with disastrous results. Believing Sally to be the drug dealer, the police arrest and imprison her. The eternal optimist that she is, she finds happiness in her new surroundings and makes friends with her fellow prisoners.

Despite working a job he hates and feeling responsible for his mother's imprisonment, Jim slowly allows his monumental depression to be dismantled by Anika and finds himself believing that life is better than what he had believed it to be so far.

The film was originally a part of a deal with Universal Studios and had a proposed budget of $3 million. However, the deal with Universal was unexpectedly cancelled and Lonesome Jim then ended up being shot and produced on a meager budget of $500,000 with the original filming schedule being reduced from 30 down to 17 days. As a cost saving measure, screenplay writer James C. Strouse, a native of Goshen, Indiana, employed two of his nieces as actors in the film, another family member as location manager, as well he used his parents' home and factory as as a location for Jim's parents' home and factory. More money was saved by recording the entire film onto a mini-DV digital video camera rather than a film camera.

During its theatrical run, Lonesome Jim never earned back its initial budget of $500,000; instead, the film grossed less than $155,000 domestically and less than $175,000 worldwide.

The film received mixed reaction from film critics. The aggregate review websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic record a rating of 59% and 54/100 respectively as of October 28, 2008. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film 3 stars out of four, also awarding it "Two thumbs up" on the film review television program At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper co-hosted by Richard Roeper. Mathew Turner of ViewLondon proclaimed "Lonesome Jim is one of the year's best films, thanks to a superb script, terrific performances and Buscemi's assured direction". Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine awarded it three stars out of four calling the film a "deadpan delight" and proclaiming "I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression". Critic Christopher Campbell declared the film "hilarious throughout. By far it is the funniest thing I saw during the festival".

Stephen Holden of The New York Times did not give the film a very favorable review, criticizing the film's sense of humor by calling it "only as broad as the Mona Lisa's smile" and detracting Affleck's portrayal of Jim. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly awarded the film a grade of C minus, blaming the film's perceived lackluster on director Steve Buscemi "who is stymied here by the inertia of his material".

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Fargo (film)

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson.

Fargo is a 1996 American film produced, directed and written by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in Minnesota, it is the story of a car salesman who hires two men to kidnap his wife for an $80,000 ransom. The crime sets off a chain of murders, which in turn are investigated by pregnant, small-town police chief Marge Gunderson. The film stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Harve Presnell.

Fargo earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay for the Coens and Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand. The film also won the British BAFTA Award and the Award for Best Director for Joel Coen at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1987, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), an Oldsmobile car salesman from Minneapolis, hatches a plan to end unspecified but severe financial troubles. Through a mechanic at his dealership, a Native American ex-convict named Shep Proudfoot, he enlists the service of Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and his partner Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), an ex-convict. At a bar in Fargo, North Dakota, the three discuss Jerry's plan to kidnap his wife Jean, who will be returned unharmed for a ransom of $80,000, half of which is to go to Jerry. The kidnappers receive the other half, as well as an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera from the dealership. Jerry's greater plan is to tell his wealthy but antagonistic father-in-law and boss, Wade Gustafson, that the ransom is $1 million, intending to use the large difference to settle the debts he's accrued.

Even after cutting the deal with the kidnappers, Jerry tries to sell his father-in-law on a $750,000 investment in a 40-acre parking lot. Initially skeptical, Wade eventually shows some interest in the deal; Jerry contacts Proudfoot to have the kidnapping plan called off, but Shep tells him he has no direct contact with Carl or Gaear.

Jerry goes to meet Wade at his office to discuss the deal. Wade and his accountant, Stan Grossman, say they're ready to make the deal; however, Jerry misunderstood the arrangement: Wade's firm wants to invest in the property and pay Jerry a finder's fee. Jerry was intent on borrowing the $750,000 to invest it himself, presumably so he could gain control of the funds and use them to pay off his debts. Wade tells Jerry that he has no intention of loaning him the $750,000, but if Jerry has no objection, Wade wants to pursue the project on his own.

While Jerry is at the meeting, Carl and Gaear break into his house and kidnap Jean Lundegaard. When Jerry returns to his ransacked house, he calls and tells Wade about the situation. Jerry claims that the kidnappers insist that the police not be contacted or they will harm Jean. Wade reluctantly takes his advice, but only after the concurrence of his business partner Grossman.

Later that night, on Minnesota State Highway 371 near Brainerd, the kidnapping takes a dramatic turn for the worse when a state trooper pulls over the two kidnappers because Carl has forgotten to put the temporary car-dealership license plates on the car. The trooper rebuffs his attempt at a bribe, then notices Jean lying in the backseat. Before the trooper can react, Gaear pulls a pistol out of the glove compartment and kills him, then orders Carl to drag the body off the highway. Two witnesses drive by the crime scene, see what's just happened and speed off. Gaear takes the wheel of the Oldsmobile and pursues them at high speed. A few miles down the road, the witnesses' car skids off the highway and overturns. As Gaear pulls up, the driver pries himself out of the car and attempts to escape across a snowy field, but Gaear shoots him in the back. Gaear then approaches the overturned car, spots a young woman pinned inside the front passenger seat and calmly dispatches her with one shot.

The deaths are investigated the next morning by the seven-months-pregnant local police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand). She quickly figures out the chain of events and follows the leads that arise, such as the dealer tags on the murderers' vehicle and interviewing two dim-witted prostitutes with whom the kidnappers had sex earlier. She discovers that Shep is linked to the murderers through phone records from a truck stop where the kidnappers met with the hookers. Marge decides to take a trip to Minneapolis for investigations and to get together with an old friend from high school named Mike Yanagita, who tells her he is now a widower and awkwardly tries to flirt with her before breaking down in tears.

Marge interviews Shep and Jerry, both of whom claim not to be involved in the situation. She asks Jerry whether his dealership is missing any tan Cieras, catching Jerry off-guard. Shep later goes after Carl (who has come to Minneapolis to collect the money from Jerry), interrupts him having sex with a hooker and beats him up for getting him in trouble and threatening his freedom on parole. Recovered, but humiliated and angry, Carl demands Jerry deliver him the money atop a parking garage; Wade, mistrustful of his son-in-law, decides to deliver the ransom himself. At the meeting at the garage, Wade refuses to hand over the money until his daughter is returned. Angry and frustrated, Carl shoots Wade and moves to pick up the satchel. Wade, bleeding on the ground, shoots Carl in the face. He recovers and kills Wade. Leaving the parking garage, Carl also shoots and kills the lot attendant when the attendant does not open the gate. As he leaves the parking garage with the money, Carl passes Jerry, who has followed Wade. Arriving atop the parking garage, Jerry encounters Wade's body and (presumably) loads him into the trunk of his car. Leaving the garage, Jerry passes the lot attendant's booth and is horrified by the carnage that Carl has left behind.

The next day, Jerry must field phone calls from a GMAC representative from whom he has obtained a fraudulent loan, ostensibly for the purchase of cars for the dealership. The GMAC rep complains that he cannot read the vehicle identification numbers on the financing documents he faxed, and therefore cannot correlate the money ($320,000) with actual vehicles. The GMAC rep threatens legal action and an anxious Jerry sees his schemes collapsing around him.

Discovering that the case contains a million dollars, a stunned (and injured) Carl buries most of the money by the side of a remote, snowy prairie highway and crudely marks the location with an ice scraper so he can find it later. Carl returns to his and Gaear's backwoods hideout on Moose Lake (with the expected $80,000) and discovers that Gaear has apparently murdered Jean for simply annoying him. In a dispute over who gets the Olds Ciera, Carl tells Gaear that it belongs to him and storms out of the house. Moments later, Carl is pursued by an axe-wielding Gaear, who kills him in the front yard of the hideout.

Jerry is later arrested in a motel outside Bismarck, North Dakota while on the run. In the final scene, Marge and her husband, Norm, sit in bed together watching television, and they discuss his mallard artwork winning the three-cent-stamp award. The fate of the hidden $920,000 remains unknown.

The Coens claim the actual murders took place, but not in Minnesota. The main reason for the film's Minnesota setting was based on the fact that the Coens were born and raised in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.

On the special edition DVD's trivia track for Fargo, it is revealed that the main case for the movie's inspiration was based on the infamous 1986 murder of Helle Crafts from Connecticut at the hands of her husband, Richard, who killed her and disposed of her body through a wood chipper. There was a rumor going around that a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, died while searching for the missing money in the film, but the death was actually ruled a suicide and the media had invented the Fargo motive. The end credits to Fargo bear the standard "all persons fictitious" disclaimer for a work of fiction.

The title to the film, "Fargo", is taken from the North Dakota city of Fargo, which plays a small role in the beginning of the film seen only in a wideshot for only a few seconds following a short scene set in a bar. Although a subtitle states the scene is set in Fargo, the actual shooting location for the bar was in northeast Minneapolis. The rest of the film is completely set around Minnesota, mostly in Minneapolis and Brainerd. However, due to the mild winter of Minnesota during production, much of the film was, in fact, shot in North Dakota. During an interview with Charlie Rose on the special edition DVD, the Coens stated that they titled the movie "Fargo" because it sounded more interesting than "Brainerd".

The unseasonably mild winter weather of early 1995 forced the crew to move locations frequently to find suitable snow-covered landscapes. Fake snow had to be used for many scenes. Pools and streams of meltwater are visible in many scenes. Fargo was also shot very cheaply after the Coens' expensive box office flop, The Hudsucker Proxy.

Fargo was met with universal critical acclaim. Film critic Roger Ebert named Fargo as his fourth favorite film of the 1990s (he also named it 'best of 1996'). In his original review Ebert called it "one of the best films I've ever seen" and explained that "films like Fargo are why I love the movies." Many prominent critics named it 'best of the year' including Joel Siegel, Lisa Schwartzbaum of Entertainment Weekly, Gene Siskel, and Leonard Maltin. Fargo has the honor of being one of the very few films to ever receive a unanimous 'A' rating from the critical mass of ratings at Entertainment Weekly.

The film was ranked #84 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies" list in 1998, although it was removed from the 2007 version, and #93 on its "100 Years...100 Laughs" list. The character Marge Gunderson was ranked #33 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains. In 2006, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", currently one of the only five films to make the Registry in its first year of eligibility, and is one of the leading examples of the neo-noir and comedy genre.

The film's use of "Minnesota nice" and a "singsong" regional accent are remembered years later, with locals fielding requests to say "Yah, you betcha", and other lines from the movie. According to the film's dialect coach, Liz Himelstein, "the accent was another character." She coached the cast using audio tapes and field trips. Another dialog coach, Larissa Kokernot (who appeared onscreen playing a prostitute), notes that the "small-town, Minnesota accent is close to the sound of the Nords and the Swedes," which is "where the musicality comes from." She also helped McDormand understand Minnesota nice and the practice of head-nodding to show agreement. Additionally, most rural Minnesotans do not speak with an accent similar to that found in the movie and it is far less detectable in the Twin Cities where over 60% of the state's population lives. Speakers from Minneapolis and St. Paul are more characterized by the Northern Cities Vowel Shift which is also found in other places in the northern United States such as Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo.

Fargo was screened at many film festivals. It was in the main competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prize for best director. Other festival screenings included the Pusan International Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Naples Film Festival. On March 1, 2006, for the film's tenth anniversary, the annual Fargo Film Festival showed Fargo by projecting the film on the side of the Radisson Hotel (the city's tallest building) in downtown Fargo.

As with all the Coen Brothers' films, the score to Fargo is by Carter Burwell.

The main musical motif is based on a Norwegian folk song called "The Lost Sheep", or natively "Den Bortkomne Sauen". It has been recorded by Norwegian musician Annbjørg Lien on her album "Felefeber".

Other songs in the film include "Big City" by Merle Haggard, heard in the Fargo, North Dakota bar where Jerry Lundegaard meets with kidnappers Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud, and "Let's Find Each Other Tonight", a live nightclub performance by José Feliciano that is viewed by Showalter and a female escort. Neither song appears on the soundtrack album. Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes into the film (during the scene at the restaurant with Mike Yanagita) there is an instrumental (piano) rendition of Sometimes In Winter (Blood, Sweat & Tears) in the background.

The soundtrack album was released in 1996 on TVT Records, combined with selections from the score to Barton Fink.

All selections composed by Carter Burwell.

In 1997, a pilot was filmed for a television series based on the film. Set in Brainerd, it starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson. Directed by Kathy Bates, the episode was shown during Trio's 2003 "Brilliant But Cancelled" series of failed TV shows.

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I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Lisa is named "Student of the Millennium", so Marge stresses that Homer has to attend her ceremony due to past absences at most of the kids' events. Homer then wakes up early and takes Maggie to the school auditorium. Meanwhile, Marge gets impatient waiting in line at the bank, so she strikes up a conversation with an apparently charming man named Dwight. He later takes out his pistol and holds up the bank. Gil Gunderson then arrives, prepared for his new job as a security guard, however he is repeatedly shot by Dwight's accomplice.

Homer is smugly waiting for Marge at the ceremony. Marge privately calls Homer, informing him she's a hostage at a bank robbery. Dwight notices Marge on the phone. Dwight makes a compromise; he will promise to turn himself in as long as Marge promises to visit him in prison, to which she reluctantly agrees. A nervous Marge returns home. Homer attempts to convince Marge not to visit Dwight in the prison, but Marge wishes to honor her promise and visit him. However, while going to the prison, she makes continuous stops to avoid going to the prison, and misses visiting hours. At the prison, Dwight expectantly waits for Marge. While watching Snake Jailbird and his girlfriend, Gloria, who promises to kill who ever edited his biography on Wikipedia, Dwight becomes depressed and then angry, and Marge's guilt begins to get to her while watching a frightening movie about a prisoner who was to be electrocuted. At the same moment, Dwight is breaking out of Springfield Penitentiary. He finds Marge's address in a newspaper, and sets out to find her.

At home, while watching TV, Kent Brockman makes a news report on Dwight's escape from prison. Dwight begins stalking Marge in various places, and successfully catches up to Marge and keeps her as his hostage. Dwight takes her to the same amusement park where he was abandoned by his mother, with the intention to have Marge help him repay the time he had lost, and promises to let her go afterwards, to which Marge, out of sympathy, agrees. He and Marge then ride the Viking ship ride together. Chief Wiggum arrives attempting to save Marge, but he is caught in the ride. Dwight jams the ride's gears by throwing in his own body to save Wiggum. He survives, fortunately, and returns to prison after being hospitalized and making a full recovery. Back at the prison, Marge finally visits Dwight, who gives her a flattened dandelion encased in a bar of soap he had carved for her with a message on the back intending to recruit her in helping him attempt another prison break. Marge does not agree to the escape attempt and Dwight, although saddened, says she can keep the token.

The title of this episode is take-off of the 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Dwight's buggy eyes is a reference to his guest voice actor's Steve Buscemi's eyes. Homer reveals he works on a Superman novel. Agnes and the guys laughing, why Agnes quotes that Dwight and his partner are "Johnny and Clyde", a take on Bonnie and Clyde. Chief Wiggum watches The Negotiator on a portable DVD player to learn how to deal with a hostage situation. The Itchy & Scratchy episode "The Un-Natural" parodies the baseball steroids scandal, and the title references the book and novel The Natural. Dr. Hibbert and Krusty, who meet up at the end, reference the earlier hostage scene, off-hand implying The Nine. "Dilbert's Flying Cubicle", "Tilt N' Spew", "Mr. Frog's Mild Ride", "FedEx Presents: The Bathroom" and "It's a Long Line" are seen at the amusement park, references to famous and well known rides, comics, companies, and chains. Also, when Snake was talking with his girlfriend, he told her any write his biography on Wikipedia.

The episode had 8.8 million viewers. Robert Canning of IGN enjoyed Buscemi's appearance, and he particularly enjoyed the scene where the fun house mirror ballooned Buscemi's eyes to a "hilarious extreme"; he also felt Buscemi's voice was the first guest voice of the season to have been used to its fullest potential. Despite the humour of the episode, he also stated the ending of the episode did indeed falter a bit at the end, and felt it couldn't deliver as many laughs as everything that came before it. This episode was also one of two episodes he enjoyed this season, the other being "Midnight Towboy".

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Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio; pronounced /ˈdʒɑrməʃ/) is an American independent filmmaker and script writer.

Jarmusch holds a B.A. in English and American literature from Columbia University. He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts but dropped out. Instead, he invested his scholarship funds into his first feature, Permanent Vacation. With this, Jarmusch introduced audiences to the deadpan style that is developed in Stranger Than Paradise and Down by Law. Nonetheless, while at NYU, Jarmusch worked as an assistant to director Nicholas Ray. Through Ray's efforts, he became a production assistant on Wim Wenders' documentary, "Lightning Over Water" (1980).

Jarmusch's first major film, Stranger Than Paradise, was released in 1984 to much critical acclaim. Recounting a strange journey of three disillusioned youths from New York to Cleveland to Florida, the film broke many conventions of traditional Hollywood moviemaking, and to this day is still considered a landmark work in modern independent film. In 1986, Jarmusch wrote and directed Down by Law, a film about three convicts in a New Orleans jailhouse. As a result of his early work, Jarmusch became an influential representative of the trend of the American road movie. His next two films each experimented with parallel narratives: Mystery Train told three stories, one after the other, set on the same night in and around a small Memphis hotel, and Night on Earth involved five cab drivers and their passengers on rides happening simultaneously in five different world cities, beginning at sundown in Los Angeles and ending at sunrise in Helsinki.

In 1995, Jarmusch released Dead Man, a film set in the American West in the 19th century starring Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer that has been called a Western movie, an "acid western," an "anti-Western," and a "post-Western" by various critics. The film has been hailed as one of the few films made by a Caucasian that presents an authentic Native American culture and character, and Jarmusch stands by it as such; however, critics have both praised and decried the film for its portrayal of the American West, violence, and especially Native Americans. The film was shot in black and white by Robby Müller, and features a score composed and performed by Neil Young.

Following artistic success and critical acclaim in the American independent film community, he achieved mainstream renown with his far-East philosophical crime film shot in Jersey City, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, starring Forest Whitaker as a young inner-city man who has found purpose for his life by unyieldingly conforming it to Hagakure, an 18th-century philosophy text and training manual for samurai, becoming, as directed, a terrifyingly deadly hit-man for a local mob boss to whom he may owe a debt, and who then betrays him. The soundtrack was supplied by the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA. The film was unique among other things for the number of books important to and discussed by its characters, most of them listed bibliographically as part of the end credits.

In 2004 he released what is possibly the final version of Coffee and Cigarettes, a collection of short film vignettes the first of which had been shot for and aired on Saturday Night Live in 1986, featuring actor-filmmaker Roberto Benigni and comedian Steven Wright, followed three years later by Coffee and Cigarettes: Memphis Version with actors Steve Buscemi and Joie and Cinque Lee, then Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California in 1993 with musicians Tom Waits and Iggy Pop. In 1993, Jarmusch said, "I've shot two more which are waiting to be edited, and I've scripted two or three more. Although the intention is for them to work separately as short films, I plan to shoot around 12 to 14 and put them together for a video release." . The film was eventually released to selected theaters consisting of 11 installments featuring, among others, Jack and Meg of The White Stripes, Cate Blanchett, RZA, GZA, Bill Murray, Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina.

Jarmusch' latest film, The Limits of Control, is set to open on May 22nd 2009. The film will star Isaach de Bankolé and be set in Spain. The film will also star Hiam Abbass, Gael García Bernal, Paz De La Huerta, Alex Descas, John Hurt, Youki Kudoh, Bill Murray, Jean-François Stévenin, Tilda Swinton and Luis Tosar.

Many of Jim Jarmusch's films include some foreign actors and some (at times substantial) foreign-language dialogue, usually subtitled although intentionally not so in the Cree and Blackfoot exchanges in Dead Man, which were left untranslated for the exclusive understanding of members of those nations. Jarmusch has experimented with a vignette format in three films either released or begun around the early nineties, Mystery Train, Night on Earth, and 2004's Coffee and Cigarettes. In his two later-nineties films, he seemed fascinated by different cultures' views on violence, and by textual appropriations between cultures: a wandering Native American's love of William Blake, a black hit-man's passionate devotion to Hagakure.

Jarmusch is the founder of The Sons of Lee Marvin, a humorous 'semi-secret society'. Members of the society reportedly include musician Tom Waits and actor John Lurie, both of whom have worked with Jarmusch on several occasions. Richard Bose, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop (who has also worked with Jarmusch), Josh Brolin and Neil Young are also rumored to be members. The entry criterion for the club is that the person must have some physical resemblance or plausibly look like a son of the actor Lee Marvin — as such, women are not allowed to join. Most current members also share what seems to be a beat mentality in that they represent and express the lives of the down and out.

The club supposedly meets occasionally to watch Lee Marvin movies together. Its members perpetuate the joke in the media.

I'm not at liberty to divulge information about the organization, other than to tell you that it does exist. I can identify three other members of the organization: Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Richard Bose. You have to have a facial structure such that you could be related to, or be a son of, Lee Marvin. There are no women, obviously, in the organization. We have communiques and secret meetings. Other than that, I can't talk about it.

The real son of Lee Marvin is said to have objected to the existence of the organization when he encountered Waits in a bar.

Jarmusch was the keyboardist and one of two vocalists for the No-Wave band The Del-Byzanteens, whose sole LP Lies to Live By was a minor underground hit in the US and Britain in 1982.

Jarmusch is also featured on Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture quoting Bach and Yehudi Menuhin.

Jarmusch divides his time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

Although Jarmusch does not frequently make public appearances, in early 2003 he signed the Not In My Name declaration (along with people such as Noam Chomsky and Susan Sarandon), opposing the invasion of Iraq.

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