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 »
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 »
UPDATE: If you are in Los Angeles, you should swing by the L.A. County Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Though the theater is sold out, Reitman and Film Independent plan to broadcast the show into the courtyard. No rioting, please.
For one night only, Bunny Lebowski’s life is in Seth Rogen’s hands.
The Knocked Up star will be taking over Jeff Bridges’ iconic role for Jason Reitman’s live-read tonight of the Coen brothers script for The Big Lebowski. So call him The Dude. You know… that or, His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino (if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.)
Tonight’s Film Independent event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be the sixth and final of Reitman’s staged readings of classic movie scripts before a live audience (at least for now.) By recasting iconic characters with different actors, the events are basically a movie-lover’s experiment, and — sadly, due to rights issues — not recorded for later distribution.
It’s designed to get movie fans talking. Who would you cast in an alternate universe version of the movie? The Up in the Air and Young Adult filmmaker tells EW his picks for The Big Lebowski …
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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