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This week, Hope Schiphorst joins Charlotte Boyd to review “Obvious Child”—which has been billed as an “abortion comedy”—starring Jenny Slate and directed by Gillian Robespierre. We’ll also hear about the TV show “Fargo,” James Franco’s newest Cormac McCarthy adaptation,” Child of God,” and more.

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Set in the same world as the Coen Brothers film of the same name, the television show “Fargo” brings viewers back to the killer tundra inhabited by Jerry Lundegaard and Marge Gunderson; but this time we follow the story of a psycopathic hitman Lorne Malvo (played by Billy Bob Thornton), an insurance agent who breaks bad (played by Martin Freeman), and the cop who is investigating their crimes (played by Allison Tolman). This show also featured a heavyweight supporting cast; including Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Oliver Platt, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.

Fargo played on FX, and has not yet been renewed for Season 2.

‘Looking for Alaska’

When the film adaptation of John Green’s book “The Fault in Our Stars” opened with a $48-million weekend, studios unsurprisingly scrambled to adapt the author’s other works. News came recently that “Looking For Alaska,” Green’s first novel, would be written for the screen and directed by Sarah Polley. Polley is best known as an actress and starred in the 2004 Dawn of the Dead as well as 2009’s Splice, but she was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her screenplay for Away from Her.

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is a love story which writer and director Ned Benson made into three versions: “Him,” “Her” and “Them.” The “Him” version was accepted into the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and the “Her” version was accepted into the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Now, coming out in a wide release is “Them,” which cuts the other two versions together. All three films star James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.

‘Child of God’

Last year, “Child of God” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, and competed for the Golden Lion. The film was picked up by Well Go USA Entertainment and will see a limited release starting August first. The film stars Franco as well as Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and Scott Haze. Aside from films such as “Pineapple Express” and “Spider-Man,” Franco is known for striking, high art pieces such as “As I Lay Dying,” “The Broken Tower,” and “Interior. Leather Bar.” This film joins “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road” as Cormac McCarthy adaptations,and is perhaps the most graphic and off-putting plot of the three—it is about a necrophiliac serial murderer.