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 »

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 »

Joel and Ethan Coen are assembling the cast for their new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is based on the ’60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, NY. Oscar Isaac landed the title role just a few days ago, and he’ll play a guy loosely based on folk singer Dave Van Ronk, whose book The Mayor of MacDougal Street, chronicling his experience in the NYC folk revival, is part of the inspiration for the movie.

One of the other major leads could be Justin Timberlake, as the Coens have offered him the role of another folk singer named Jim. 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 »

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