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 »

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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 »

An Education wasn’t Carey Mulligan‘s first film, but it’s the one that launched her to the top of every director’s wishlist. Since that coming-of-age tale opened in 2009, she’s been picking up one juicy role after another. This year saw her starring opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and earning praise for her bold performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame, and she’s currently at work playing the ultimate girl who got away in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Now she’s lining up her next two jobs, and they sound every bit as promising as her previous gigs: the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis, and an untitled Spike Jonze picture. More details after the jump.

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Anyone who has paid attention to the work of Oscar Isaac over the past few years has likely predicted great things for the actor. He’s a great presence in Drive, a solid presence in Sucker Punch (fighting against a terrible role) and he’s worked with a stable of established big name directors like  Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, and Alejandro Amenábar.

Now he’s being handed what could end up being a defining role, as Joel and Ethan Coen have chosen him to play the lead role in their music-oriented indie Inside Llewyn Davis. Read More »

Like so many film geeks, I’m an ardent admirer of the Coen Brothers (obviously), so I’m thrilled to reveal that a couple of interesting new tidbits have dropped about their next feature. Earlier this summer, the Coens revealed that their next movie would be based on the ’60s folk scene in New York’s Greenwich Village, and apparently that project is starting to come together. A recent announcement that StudioCanal would be co-financing and handling international sales for the film revealed the title, as well as slightly more detail about the plot. Read more after the jump.

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Bowling shirts and bathrobes packed the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Tuesday night for a cast reunion and screening of The Big Lebowski, in honor of the film’s limited edition Blu-ray release. On hand to discuss the beloved cult classic were musical archivist T-Bone Burnett and stars Jeff BridgesJohn Turturro, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, each of whom walked on stage to thunderous applause and much yelling of quotes from the film.

Organized by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in conjunction with Lebowski Fest, the evening kicked off with a spirited Q&A hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer and Lebowski superfan Clark Collis before moving into a full-length screening of the cult classic. And yours truly was there in the middle of it all, guzzling watered-down White Russians and singing along to “The Man in Me” with the best of them. Check out video and higlights from the event after the jump. (Spoilers follow if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, although if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, I’m surprised you’re still reading.)

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Last month, a battle between Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers began on art gallery walls in New York City. Later this week, that battle continues in San Francisco as Spoke Art presents Quentin vs. Coen Round Two, a follow-up exhibit to their wildly successful New York show. Tons of recognizable artists have contributed new art based on the films of Tarantino and the Coens, and fans can see, and purchase it, for themselves, beginning June 2 through June 30 at the Spoke Art Gallery, 816 Sutter St., San Francisco.

We’ve got some exclusive images from Tim Doyle and Max Dalton as well as a video from the first show, information on how you can get free art and much more. This show looks awesome. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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