For their follow-up to 2010′s True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen are heading to a whole other time and place. Based on the memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street by musician Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis follows the a rising singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) through the folk music scene in ’60s New York. The film’s been at the top of my most-anticipated list pretty much since the moment I heard about it, and today we finally have a look at some footage. Watch the first trailer after the jump, but be warned that it contains a bit of salty language.

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Angie’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

The thing about these most-anticipated lists is that they can’t help but be woefully underinformed. While a few of the earlier 2013 releases have already revealed trailers or received film festival attention, others haven’t unveiled so much as an official still. So I’m going mostly by instinct, and as a result I will doubtlessly cringe at some of my misguided predictions when I look back on this list a year from now.

But that’s all part of the fun, of course. What’s exciting about a new year of movies isn’t any one specific title, but the hundreds of new opportunities it offers to be moved, thrilled, delighted, or surprised. That said, there are a few movies I’m especially eager to get to, and you can read my picks for 2013 after the jump.

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What we’ve got here is a remake of a classic caper movie from the writers of Fargo starring an Oscar-winner, a box-office bombshell and a naked Professor Snape. The movie is Gambit, directed by Michael Hoffman, with a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Firth plays an employee desperate to get back at his boss (Rickman) who enlists the help of a cowgirl (Diaz) to con him into buying a fake painting. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and performances by Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman and Tom Courtenay all factor in. A trailer has been floating around for about a week but is just coming to our attention now. Check it out below. Read More »

The classic Marge Gunderson quote “I just think I’m gonna barf” might comes to mind when you hear that FX has begun adapting the classic Coen Brothers film Fargo for television. But don’t go tossing your cookies just yet. While the idea was already attempted ten years ago without the Coen’s blessing both Joel and Ethan Coen will be executive producing this version of the show, an hour long project “loosely based” on the film written by Noah Hawley (My Generation, The Unusuals). Read more after the break. Read More »

Inside Llewyn Davis gets a spot on our most-anticipated list simply because it’s a new Coen Brothers project, but so far it’s been tough to get a good sense of what the film will actually be like. We’ve seen a few stills and have a basic idea of the premise, but no clips, teasers, or trailer have been revealed as of yet.

Over the weekend, however, actor Oscar Isaac offered another tantalizing taste of the goods to come during an event for his other new movie 10 Year. Isaac, who plays the titular ’60s folk singer in the Coens’ movie, picked up a guitar to perform “Dink’s Song” from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. Watch it after the jump.

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A movie I’m really curious to see, whenever the chance arises, is Gambit. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the movie is a remake of a 1966 romantic caper movie that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. This version was scripted some time ago by Joel and Ethan Coen, and finally shot with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in the lead roles, supported by Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman.

The original version of the story features Caine as a slick professional thief who recruits MacLaine to help him accomplish a major theft. This version is a bit different, as it follows this path: “An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.” With the Coens scripting I’m hoping that some of the weird comic charm of the original is intact, or altered in an interesting fashion.

We don’t know much about how the project came out, but two posters have come online as part of the film’s international promotion, and there is also a very brief look at footage. It’s all below. Read More »

This is pretty thin stuff, but it is a tidbit of new info — or corroborated info — about the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Lleywn Davis. We know that the inspiration for the movie is New York’s East Village folk scene that defined part of the musical landscape of the early ’60s, and that Oscar Isaac plays the title character, who is loosely based on real folk musician Dave Van Ronk. And Isaac confirms the execution of a plan that we’d heard for the film early on, with respect to how music would end up in the feature. Read More »

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These aren’t the most exciting set photos we’ve ever seen, but the interest in a new movie from Joel and Ethan Coen trumps any lack of zing in individual photos from the set of one of their films. In this case, the Brothers are now in New York City shooting Inside Llewyn Davis, a film that is based in part on the life of folk musician Dave Van Ronk, who was part of the mid-’60s Greenwich Village folk music upswing.

The onscreen analog of Van Ronk is played by up and coming actor Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, Drive) while Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake play a married couple, with Timberlake’s character a rival to Isaac’s. The photos will give you a good idea of the period details the Coens have assembled for the film. Check them out below. Read More »

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