When Joel and Ethan Coen announced their new adaptation of the Charles Portis novel True Grit, much of the primary cast came together quickly. Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges were all announced in short order.
The last piece of the puzzle has been the actress who will play Mattie Ross. The girl propels the story by hiring a US Marshal, ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, to find her father’s killer. While the original film version ceded a lot of screen time to Cogburn, in the novel Mattie is the central character, and the Coens are following that path. Now they’ve found their girl: 13-year old Hailee Steinfeld. Read More »
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Joel and Ethan Coen are preparing to shoot their own take on the Charles Portis novel that became the John Wayne film True Grit. We’ve known for a month that the brothers plan to give Jeff Bridges the role of Wayne’s character Rooster Cogburn. The drunk, stubborn, eyepatched character won Wayne an Oscar, and I’m excited to see what Bridges does with it. Now we’ve got two more big, great names to add to the cast that is already looking like one of my faves of 2010. Read More »
In 2007 an omnibus film called Chacun son cinema (To Each His Own Cinema) played at festivals. Made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, the collection featured short films about cinema made by an amazing variety of directors: Takeshi Kitano, Gus Van Sant, Zhang Yimou, Jane Campion, Atom Egoyan and many more. Among those ‘many more’ were Joel and Ethan Coen, who enlisted their recent star Josh Brolin in a three-minute movie called World Cinema. Problem was, World Cinema didn’t show up on either of the DVD releases of Chacun son cinema, making it very difficult to see. (I was lucky enough to see it at Toronto that year.) But now it has found its way onto YouTube, and you should watch it after the break, right now, before it goes away again. Read More »
This is one ballsy trailer, but then, A Serious Man might be a ballsy movie. The latest Joel and Ethan Coen film features few big recognizable names and is about a physics professor in a midwestern Jewish community in 1967. And this trailer! Scored to the beat of a man’s head being slammed against a wall, and built around a series of repeated images and statements, you’ll get almost no indication of plot from this clip. Instead you’ll feel only encroaching malaise. Seriously, is this a Radiohead video or an ad for a Coen Brothers film? Read More »
We’ve been wondering when the hell we’d actually get to see Bad Lieutenant, the non-remake of Abel Ferrara’s film directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicolas Cage (click here to see the Bad Lieutenant trailer). Now the Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the film will screen as part of the ‘Special Presentations’ slate. No huge surprise, as Herzog is frequently represented at TIFF (he was last there with Encounters at the End of the World in ’07) but since Bad Lieutenant has seemed to languish without distributor interest this is a good sign. Other great filmmakers were also announced for the fest; get details of the Coen Brothers and Michael Moore appearances after the jump. Read More »
When it comes to the showdown, Peter and I will both be there with news on which film wins Best Picture this Sunday evening. However, right now we are both in agreement that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood is a better film than the Coen Brothers‘ No Country For Old Men. There is no question: It deserves to win the Oscar for 2007′s Best Picture. Will it? We’ll discuss that later.
I hope to further explain my opinion on this subject in a bit, but until then, tell us why you agree or disagree. And if you think Juno or Michael Clayton is superior to one or both of these modern classics, stay out of this forum or watch out for a braining bowling pin. Oh, and everyone, watch out massive spoilers, obviously. Bring your A-game to the comments.
Discuss one of the coolest Oscar showdowns in years: There Will Be Blood vs. No Country For Old Men.
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The first four official production photos for the next Coen Brothers film have been released. When a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande, violence and mayhem ensue. No Country for Old Men stars Josh Brolin (Grindhouse, Goonies) Tommy Lee Jones (Fugitive), Stephen Root (Office Space) and Woody Harrelson. The film will premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, with it’s official release tentatively scheduled for late 2007 (Oscar season). As always, left click to enlarge the images. More photos after the jump.
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