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When Joel and Ethan Coen were assembling their new film Inside Llewyn Davis, they realized the film posed a unique challenge: their script featured a lead character who needed to be able to play and sing just as well as he had to act, and there are other side characters who need to be able to play and sing as well. The brothers lucked out with Oscar Isaac, who turned out to be a more than competent musician in addition to being an actor of no small skill.

Three new featurettes talk about the creation of the film specifically with respect to the music — one features music producer T-Bone Burnett discussing the creation of the song ‘Please Mr. Kennedy,’ which features Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver. One focuses on finding Isaac and working with him, and is backed by a lot of early rehearsal footage. The last is about finding some of the supporting cast, including Timberlake and Carey Mulligan. Read More »

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Coens True to True Grit

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Variety are reporting that the Coen Brothers‘ adaptation of True Grit is set to be their next movie. Why The Yiddish Policemen’s Union won’t be next out of the traps, as we had previously believed it would be. I suspect it’s simply that the script isn’t in shape yet. For all we know, Joel and Ethan might have hit one of their legendary skid-patches of writers block with that one.

The True Grit remake first bobbed up, though wasn’t widely reported, a year or so ago – The Daily Mail had the scoop then, I think, but The Daily Mail being what they are, it was easy to dismiss the whole report. They quoted Joel Coen on the casting of Mattie Ross, the 14 year old lead.

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