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It’s great that folks in Cannes will get a chance to see Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, later this month. But for the rest of us… how does December sound? Not so great, right? I’ll take a release date inside this calendar year for a new Coen Brothers movie over no date at all, but that December date won’t even put the film in theaters nationwide. It’s an award-qualifying run, which will lead to an expansion starting December 20. More info is below. Read More »

Good news for Coen Brothers fans: the pair’s new film, Inside Lleywn Davis, has a home. CBS Films bought the movie for US theatrical distribution. We don’t have a release date yet, though we can likely expect to see it this year. A trailer for the film was released in January, but that won’t be the final look at the indie that Joel and Ethan Coen shot last year. (The movie was the first one they did in many years without any studio or distributor backing.)

The film stars Oscar Isaac as the title character, a folk singer navigating life in New York in the ’60s. The supporting cast includes Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, and Justin Timberlake. Read More »

Superheroes aren’t the only ones showing off their goods today. A batch of new photos have dropped for a trio of highly anticipated releases that don’t involve flowing capes or secret powers (at least, that we know of): Ti West‘s The Sacrament, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, and Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder. Check them out after the jump.

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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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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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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 »

One of the reasons — one of the many reasons — that people weren’t too excited about Warner Bros.’ live-action remake of Akira was the casting. Garrett Hedlund was cast as the young biker delinquent-turned hero Kaneda, or a version of him at least. It wasn’t just that Hedlund was too old and too white for the part; it’s that he’s Garrett Hedlund. Did you see Tron: Legacy?

But with Akira back on the drawing board for a bit, Hedlund has an opening in his schedule. Make that ‘had an opening,’ actually, because he was just tapped by Joel and Ethan Coen to be in their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Read More »

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Reading the comments on the piece that ran this weekend, I guess a lot of people aren’t happy with the fact that Justin Timberlake is likely to be cast in Joel and Ethan Coen‘s new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. I don’t really get that — the Coens have shown almost purely impeccable taste in casting throughout their career, and I’m not going to start questioning them now.

Regardless, this current news should be a lot easier for long-time Coen fans to appreciate. John Goodman is strongly rumored for a role in the film, which would make this his fifth collaboration with the Coens after Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. (Or sixth, if you count his small role as a newsreel announcer in The Hudsucker Proxy.) Read More »