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 »
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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 »
Casting Net: Matt Damon keen on joining George Clooney's 'Monuments Men.' Plus: Seth MacFarlane, Jason Clarke, Marcia Gay Harden
• Together again! Matt Damon is in talks to sign up with The Monuments Men, George Clooney‘s next directorial effort, based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who infiltrate into Nazi Germany during the end of World War II in the hopes of recovering priceless works of art before the Nazis obliterate them. Clooney, who penned the script with writing partner Grant Heslov, will also star in the film, alongside a pack of unknowns like Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom). [Deadline]
• Seth McFarlane is aiming to direct and star in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a period comedy Western he penned with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (Ted). No word on whether it features an anthropomorphized talking cow. [THR]
• Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Oscar Isaac (Drive) will star in Mojave, an indie psychological thriller about two men who meet in the desert and decent into a world of crime. William Monahan (London Boulevard, screenwriter for The Departed and Body of Lies) will direct from his screenplay. [Variety]
• Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of in Elsa & Fred, about two new neighbors (Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine) who form an unlikely romance. Chris Noth, James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce (The Wire), and Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) costar. Michael Radford (Flawless, The Merchant of Venice) is directing from a script he wrote with writing partner Anna Pavignano (Il Postino), based on the 2005 Spanish-Argentine film of the same name. [Variety]
• Homeland‘s David Harewood is negotiating to play legendary actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (Show Boat, Othello) in the indie biopic Robeson. Producer Richard Akel wrote the script with Terry Bisson. No director is yet attached. [Variety]
Casting Net: George Clooney teaming with Paul Greengrass. Plus: Daniel Bruhl, Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike
Casting Net: Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye. Plus: Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz
Casting Net: Laura Linney, James McAvoy circling Benedict Cumberbatch/WikiLeaks movie. Plus: Marisa Tomei, James Corden
Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and the rest of young Hollywood star in high school reunion film '10 Years' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER
One day, while hanging out on the Charleston, S.C. set of the 2010 Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John, star Channing Tatum got to talking with costar Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and the film’s screenwriter, Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall). Porter and Linden were old high school buddies, and they’d just come back from their 10 year reunion. “Channing didn’t go to his,” Linden tells EW, “so he had a bunch of questions.” Soon, producers Reid Carolin, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey joined in.
Sometimes, filmmaking is just that simple: Stars + writer + producers + personal experience = The indie ensemble comedy 10 Years, written and directed by Linden, and starring Tatum, Porter, and a who’s who cavalcade of young Hollywood. EW has an exclusive first look at the poster for the film, which opens Sept. 14 — check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
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