Scarlett Johansson hail caesar

Way back in 2001, when she was just a teenager, Scarlett Johansson had a supporting role in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Man Who Wasn’t There. Now that she’s all grown up, she’s getting ready to team up with them again.

The Avengers actress is in talks to board Hail Caesar!, the Coens’ upcoming comedy about ’50s Hollywood. She’ll join Josh Brolin and George Clooney. Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are also negotiating to appear. Hit the jump for character details and more.

UPDATE: We’ve just received word that Jonah Hill has also entered talks. More after the jump.

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I probably shouldn’t be as excited as I am about the idea of Joel and Ethan Coen directing Channing Tatum in their new film Hail Caesar!. And yet here we are. After Tatum’s gigs with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, not to mention his work with Steven Soderbergh, I can’t wait to see what the Coens do with him.

We know this new film from the brothers is the third in their loose, so-called “idiot trilogy,” with O Brother Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty being the first two chapters. The common thread is George Clooney, who also stars in this upcoming film. And now, in the way that casts for movies by the Coens tend to do, the new film’s roster has become even more impressive. We’ve got a bit more info about Channing Tatum’s Hail Caesar! role below, along with details on fellow new recruits Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Read More »

Mark Rylance Steven Spielberg cold war

If you needed any confirmation about what Steven Spielberg‘s next movie will be, this could provide the news you’re looking for. Tom Hanks and Spielberg have been developing a true-life Cold War thriller, and a new actor has just signed on. Mark Rylance (Anonymous (above), The Other Boleyn Girl) will now play  a role in the film that has a recent rewrite by Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie will tell “the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was put into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.” Read More »

clooney brolin hail caesar

Joel and Ethan Coen have set the leading cast for their next film, Hail Caesar!, and the two leads will be familiar presences on the Coen set. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star in the film. Each actor has done multiple films with the Coens before; Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, and Burn After Reading, and Brolin in No Country For Old Men and True Grit. Universal will distribute Hail Caesar!. Read More »

Joel and Ethan Coen on Inside Llewyn Davis set

Would you watch a Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks, written by the Coen Brothers? Yeah, thought so. Last year, Matt Charman wrote a true-life cold war drama that tells the story of a US attorney who negotiated with the KGB to secure the release of a spy plane pilot. Tom Hanks came on board, and Steven Spielberg was recently attached to the Dreamworks project. It’s at the point now where the film is being talked up as one of the most likely next projects for the director. And now Joel and Ethan Coen are rewriting the script.  Read More »

Coen brothers Hail Caesar

If the plot of Inside Llewyn Davis didn’t break your heart, the soundtrack surely did. No wonder, then, that the Coens are now ready for some sunnier fare.

Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly gearing up for Hail Caesar, a comedy set in ’50s California. While this isn’t the first we’ve heard about this project, the plot details sound a bit different from the last time we checked on it. Hit the jump for all the new info.

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Gambit trailer

Remember Gambit? Not the Marvel Comics character, but the remake of a great ’60s caper that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake was scripted by the Coen Brothers — hence our interest in the movie. While that script kicked around town for a few years, it was eventually directed by Michael Hoffman. Colin Firth plays an art dealer who tries to con a wealthy buyer (Alan Rickman) into buying a fake painting, and enlists the help of a Texan lady (Cameron Diaz) to pull off the caper. While the film was finished in 2012 it never got proper US distribution. Until now. People have asked how they could see it, and with the film hitting VOD this weekend, here’s a current Gambit trailer to remind you that it exists. Read More »

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Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian who competed in 1936, and a World War II veteran who survived a plane crash at sea during the war only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy and interred in a POW camp.

Angelina Jolie directs the film as her follow-up to In the Land of Blood and Honey, but it’s a few of the other names in the crew roster that might get your attention: Roger Deakins (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall, Prisoners) shot the film, and Joel and Ethan Coen did some work on the script. (Just how much we don’t know, but their involvement is a good bullet point in Universal’s sales pitch if nothing else.)

Here is an unusual “trailer,” written and cut specifically for an Olympic audience, with narration by Tom Brokaw and vintage photos and footage of Zamperini cut into the footage from Jolie’s film along with a recent interview with Zamperini. Read More »

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