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'Inside Llewyn Davis' trailer takes us on the road -- VIDEO

Inside Llewyn Davis is a road-trip story. The title man is a musician on a mission — he wants to make his living playing music. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way. His friends and family are exasperated with the man and his impractical job. He, himself, is freezing, unable to afford a winter coat. Still, Llewyn is determined to share his passion through records and live shows, so he takes to the road to look for opportunities.

The new trailer tells us a little more about the despondent man but stops just short of letting us see him audition for a big music mogul.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' trailer takes us inside '60s folk scene -- VIDEO

The new trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis shows the titular character trekking around, selling his songs and clutching a cat.

The film is set in the 1960s when the music scene in New York was struggling. Inspired by the book The Mayor of MacDougal Street by folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the story follows Llewyn Davis as he struggles to make a living with his music.

Co-starring Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Adam Driver, the film features live singing produced by T-Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford (Mulligan’s husband). Burnett also worked with the Coen brothers on the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou.

If the songs in the trailer are any indication, the film is going to have another great soundtrack to accompany the classic Coen brothers eclecticism. Check it out here:
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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock (back) in talks to play Miss Hannigan in 'Annie'; Plus, Tom Hanks for a Dave Eggers adaptation, more

• Sandra Bullock passed once on starring in Will Gluck’s update of Annie, but reports surfaced Wednesday that talks may have started up again. The Oscar-winning actress would play the part of Miss Hannigan, the cruel, often drunk head of the orphanage that houses Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis). Carol Burnett played the role in John Huston’s 1982 version of the musical. Bullock can be seen next in The Heat (June 28) with Melissa McCarthy, and then in Alfonso Curaón’s Gravity (October 4) with George Clooney. [The Wrap]

• Tom Hanks is re-teaming with his Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) to turn the Dave Eggers novel A Hologram for the King into a film. Hanks will star in the film as Alan Clay, a downtrodden American businessman who tries to make it in Saudi Arabia. Hanks can be seen next in Paul Greengrass’s Somali pirates drama Captain Phillips, which hits theaters on October 11. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Carey Mulligan is front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton; Plus James Franco, Javier Bardem, Emmy Rossum, and more

A handful of American actresses have been rumored to be in consideration for the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in upcoming biopic RodhamScarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Stone, most prominently. But now a front-runner has emerged: British actress Carey Mulligan, who most recently starred as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Mulligan hasn’t officially announced her candidacy for the role of the former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, but THR reports that the 28-year-old actress will soon meet with director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) about the project. Rodham will focus on the early years of Clinton’s career, including meeting future president Bill Clinton and her position as a lawyer on the committee involved in Richard Nixon’s impeachment. [THR]

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Cannes 2013: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a close-to-the-bone tale of the early-'60s New York folk scene

Joel and Ethan Coen have never made a movie that didn’t have at least a few big bubbles of perversity percolating through it. That said, one of the ways that I divide their work in my mind is that there are the Coen brothers films in which the perversity stays, for the most part, just below the surface (Blood Simple, Fargo, A Serious Man), which tend to be the Coen brothers movies that I love best. And there are the ones in which perversity stands up and pokes you in the eye (Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), which I, for one, have always found tiresome. Their new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which premiered tonight at Cannes, is set in the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the early ’60s, and on the Coen perversity scale, I’d say that it’s right smack dab in the middle in a way that I found far from tiresome — the picture is lovingly crafted, eminently watchable, at times even inspired — yet ultimately frustrating. Inside Llewyn Davis comes just close enough to being an authentic, deep-dish portrait of a vital moment in pop-culture history that I felt a bit of an eye poke when it also turned out to be one of the Coens’ masochistic/misanthropic tall tales. READ FULL STORY

New 'Great Gatsby' shipper posters: Long live Jaisy!

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If The Great Gatsby were retooled as a contemporary YA book — oh look, it already had been! Twice! — you just know that rabid fans wouldn’t hesitate to pledge their undying allegiance to their “ship” of choice. These new posters seem tailor made for those hypothetical shippers — there’s one featuring Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-lost love Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), one with narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his girlfriend Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), and one devoted to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and his mistress Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher.) See the rest after the jump, but act fast — it may be days or even hours before new new Gatsby posters are released.

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New 'Great Gatsby' character posters feature glitz, glamour, green light -- PHOTOS

Between the trailers, the stills, and your vague recollections of 9th grade English class, you may feel like you’ve already seen Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby. Even so, this awards bait adaptation turned summer blockbuster certainly looks appealing — especially in these pensive new character posters, which combine fabulous ’20s style with the shiniest eyes this side of The Host.

Can English rose Carey Mulligan credibly embody American Jazz Age icon Daisy Buchanan? Will Leonardo DiCaprio’s Gatsby force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to finally come to its senses? And what’s Tobey Maguire like these days, anyway? We won’t know for sure until Gatsby is finally released May 10 — but in the meantime, these six images can get the discussion started. Prepare to be borne back ceaselessly into the past:

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'The Great Gatsby' posters: Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton as Myrtle and Tom -- PHOTOS

Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D take on The Great Gatsby, which was originally set to open Christmas Day but will now be released May 10, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton. The first character posters acknowledge the film’s famous literary roots with quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book about two of its main supporting characters. In the first picture, check out Edgerton as Tom Buchanan alongside Fitzgerald’s passage about “careless people”: READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby' gets new release date

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Director Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D film The Great Gatsby will open in theaters nationwide and in Canada on May 10, then worldwide the following week. The film was initially scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas day, but Warner Bros. pushed the release back last August.

The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. The film will now be able to “beat on, against the current” as it will no longer be competing with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les MisérablesThis is 40, Zero Dark ThirtyDjango Unchained, and other December blockbusters.

“Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off our Summer slate,” president of Warner Bros. domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in press release.

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Casting Net: Carey Mulligan to hunt for rich husband in 'Nancy and Danny.' Plus: Tom Hardy, Zoe Saldana, Joy Bryant

• Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are attached to star in The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard‘s play about an alcoholic named Sam (Hard), who’s drinking his life away on a South Dakota Indian reservation. Shannon would play his older brother; Leonard will pen the adaptation. In 2010, Hardy headlined the world premiere of the play at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. That production was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but it’s not clear whether he will join the feature film version. [Variety]

• Zoe Saldana will play the singularly voiced singer Nina Simone in the long-in-the-works biopic Nina, and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will play her longtime manager Clifton Henderson. Cynthia Mort (who wrote The Brave One and created HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me) is directing from her screenplay. [THR]

• Joy Bryant (NBC’s Parenthood) has joined the untitled adaptation of David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which itself was previously adapted into the 1986 romcom About Last Night… starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Bryant will play a Los Angeles woman who enters into a one-night stand with a man (Michael Ealy) that becomes a full-blown relationship, to the strenuous objection of their respective friends (Regina Hall and Kevin Hart). Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing from a script by Leslye Headland (Bachelorette). [Deadline]

• Elle Fanning (Super 8) is attached to an adaptation of Kevin Henkes Newbery award-winning YA novel Olive’s Ocean, a coming-of-age tale about a teenager who learns a girl named Olive, who had recently died, had admired her from afar. First-time feature screenwriter Christina Hammonds Reed is penning the script. [Deadline]

• Along with landing a high profile release date next JuneKick-Ass 2 added two more actors to its ranks. Morris Chestnut will play the legal guardian for Chloe Moretz‘s Hit Girl (a role that seemingly was originated by Omari Hardwick in the first film). And Robert Emms (War Horse) will play Insect Man. Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) is directing. [Deadline/Deadline]

• Speaking of Morris Chestnut, he’s also joining the thriller The Hive, as the love interest for Halle Berry‘s 911 call operator, who fields a frantic phone call from a kidnapped girl (Abigail Breslin). Brad Anderson (The Machinist) is directing from a script by Richard D’Ovidio (Thir13en Ghosts). [Deadline]

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