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'Inside Llewyn Davis' charms Toronto critics

The Coen brothers latest movie was sweet music to the ears of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Inside Llewyn Davis and its star, Oscar Isaac, were named Best Picture and Best Actor respectively, and the sibling filmmakers were mentioned as runners-up for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for Gravity, and Spike Jonze won the screenwriting award for Her.

In the other major acting categories, Oscar frontunners Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) won.

Hayao Miyazaki’s animated biopic The Wind Rises won for Best Animated Feature, and Neighboring Sounds was named Best First Feature edging Fruitvale Station and Lake Bell’s In a World….

The Toronto critics have a contrarian bent, and are not relied on to necessarily forecast the Oscars. In recent years, they’ve honored The Master, The Tree of Life, Hunger, and Wendy and Lucy for Best Picture.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis': Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford, and the Punch Brothers perform a song from the film -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The star of the upcoming Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis may be the dark, handsome, and somewhat mysterious  Oscar Isaac, but the soul of the film is its music — a folk-inspired soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names in music, including Justin Timberlake. Isaac is featured on several of the tracks, which he performs himself in the film as the titular down-on-his-luck songsmith Llewyn Davis. To celebrate the film, the producers staged a concert in New York with folk geniuses the Punch Brothers (literally — band leader Chris Thile won a MacArthur Genius Award in 2012) and filmed the event for an upcoming Showtime special. The Punch Brothers were joined by Isaac and Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford (who associate produced the soundtrack) on “Fare Thee Well,” which you can listen to in an exclusive clip below.

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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.

Check out the trailer below:
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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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Angelina Jolie teams up with the Coen brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to work on Angelina Jolie’s next project, EW confirmed Monday. The Oscar-winning screenwriters (Adapted for No Country For Old Men, and Original for Fargo), have agreed to rewrite the script for a film about Lou Zamperini, a former Olympian who was captured by the Japanese Navy while serving as an Air Force pilot in World War II. Jolie will direct.

The script will be based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 novel Unbroken, but the idea of a Zamperini project has been in the works for decades, with versions by screenwriters such as William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Richard LaGravanese (The Bridges of Madison County). After Zamperini’s B-24 crashed in the Pacific, he and two crew mates (one died at sea) survived on a tiny raft for 47 days, only to be taken prisoner and held in a Japanese internment camp for two and a half years. Assumed to be dead, Zamperini received a hero’s welcome upon his return to the United States and later returned to Japan to carry the Olympic torch at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, not far from where he had been imprisoned during WWII.

This will be Jolie’s first narrative feature since In The Land of Blood And Honey, her directorial debut. The Coen brothers, meanwhile, are best known for their success writing and directing their own projects – though they have written scripts for other directors, including Michael Hoffman’s Gambit, with Alan Rickman and Cameron Diaz, which should be released in the United States sometime in 2013. Regardless, this is an interesting, high-profile partnership on a story that seems to have awards potential written all over it.

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Coen brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' goes to CBS Films

CBS Films has acquired the American rights to the Coen brothers next film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Their first movie since 2010′s True Grit tells the story of an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) coming of age in Greenwich Village during the 1960s folk-music scene. Isaac reunites with his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan, who appears alongside Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, and frequent Coen player John Goodman. T Bone Burnett is the film’s executive music porducer, Marcus Mumford is associate music producer, and Timberlake joins them both in contributing music to the film’s soundtrack.

Studio Canal will release the film internationally, but the movie still does not have a release date. Click below to see the trailer and a photo of Timberlake and Mulligan singing: READ FULL STORY

'Inside Llewyn Davis' trailer: The Coen Brothers' mysterious folk-singer movie

It’s been awhile since Joel and Ethan Coen were in theaters. Their last movie, 2010′s True Grit, was the highest-grossing movie of their career, their third Best Picture nominee in four years — and one of their most conventional films ever (though “conventional” for the Coens is still miles away from regular.) By comparison, their long-awaited next project is a hard-left turn into eccentricity. Inside Llewyn Davis follows a folk music singer through mid-60s New York and beyond. It stars Oscar Isaac (a.k.a. Standard, the non-Ryan Gosling husband of Carey Mulligan in Drive), alongside people like John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, and Justin Timberlake. (Carey Mulligan’s here, too, blessedly not crying.) The film still doesn’t have domestic distribution, but a mysterious trailer mysterious leaked onto the internet. Check it out — there’s an HD version at ildatthegaslight.com. READ FULL STORY

Coen brothers line up folks for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coen brothers long-rumored project about a struggling 1960s folk musician is finally taking shape. A spokesperson for the Oscar-winning filmmakers confirms a Variety report that StudioCanal is co-financing Inside Llewyn Davis. Though the film still lacks a distributor, producers Scott Rudin and Robert Graf, who also worked on True Grit and No Country for Old Men, are involved. In June, it was confirmed that the musical film will be set in Greenwich Village during the height of the folk-music scene.

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Oscars 2011: Director Troy Miller talks about making last night's opening spoof movie

hathaway-franco-oscar-spoofDirector Troy Miller has a long list of comedy credits, from Flight of the Conchords to Parks and Recreation to Mr Show. But there’s no doubt Miller’s most viewed work has been his Academy Awards opening montages spoofing the nominated films. Last night’s opening spoof, starring hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (along with Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman), was in fact his sixth for the awards. EW spoke to the director about getting Morgan Freeman to bring the funny and what it was like to do “covers” of Inception, True Grit, and The Social Network. READ FULL STORY

'True Grit' exclusive: Joel and Ethan Coen pick their favorite Westerns

true-grit-coensImage Credit: Wilson WebbJoel and Ethan Coen aren’t just great filmmakers, they’re world-class cinephiles as well. Take a look at their filmography and you’ll find movies that are love letters to Old Hollywood gangster flicks (Miller’s Crossing), film noir (Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn’t There), screwball comedies (The Hudsucker Proxy), and even Wallace Beery wrestling pictures (Barton Fink). For True Grit, their first foray into the sagebrush-and-saddle territory of John Wayne, EW reached out to the brothers Coen to find out their picks for their favorite Westerns. Here, in their own words, are their all-time faves: READ FULL STORY

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