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 »

For three days only, New York fans of Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers are going to be in art heaven. The Spoke Art Quentin vs. Coens art show opens at the Bold Hype Gallery in New York from this Thursday-Saturday only and is even more epic than we originally reported. We first ran a small gallery of images, then featured awesome prints by Tim Doyle and Max Dalton, but with the show opening Thursday, so much more art has come to light that we had to share it with you. Below you’ll find over 20 images from the show, all of which will be for sale, dramatizing and interpreting classic Coen and Tarantino films like Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowksi, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs and so on. Check out the images and all the specific information after the jump. Read More »

Oscar the Grouch Predicts the Oscars

Full-time awards season columnists, move over. There’s a new prognosticator in town: Oscar the Grouch is ready to tell you how the Oscars are going to go when the awards are handed out this Sunday. And at least Oscar — this Oscar — is consistent in his reasoning that leads to each prediction. (Hint: trash is a factor.) Check out the video after the break. Read More »

Interview: Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins

I’ve done a lot of interviews during my time at /Film, but I usually don’t have the opportunity to interview cinematographers. However, when the offer came to chat with Roger Deakins, I jumped at the chance. Deakins has helped to craft some of the most memorable images in the history of cinema. His insanely accomplished filmography includes the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, Revolutionary Road, and A Beautiful Mind, not to mention many of the films of the Coen Brothers. This year, Deakins received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the Coen Brothers True Grit (his 9th nomination, although he hasn’t yet won). He will also be the recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below is an excerpted version of our lengthy conversation. Note that there is a quasi-spoiler for True Grit in the interview.
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