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 »
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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 »
Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
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 Brothers‘ Inside 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 »
Coen Brothers fans, prepare for paroxysms of excitement. Los. Bros. Awesome are making a TV show. But settle down just a bit, however, because they’re not going to be writing every episode, and at this point we’re not even certain that Joel or Ethan will direct an installment. But plans are afoot to create a show called HarveKarbo, which would be an idiosyncratic LA-based detective show. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
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 Bridges, John 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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Let’s get one thing straight: John Turturro is a treasure of an actor. (I don’t think that needs clarifying, but still.) While he has a broad and impressive resume both in front of and behind the camera (I don’t care what people say; I kinda love Romance and Cigarettes) it is his work with Joel and Ethan Coen that will likely be his most well-known down the trail into the future.
Speaking to the AV Club in yet another one of the site’s wonderful Random Roles interviews, Mr. Turturro talked about making his own films and working with Spike Lee and the Coens, among other things. In doing so he reiterated the idea of a spin-off from The Big Lebowski and a sequel to Barton Fink. Both are ideas that have been mentioned over the years, and neither is really likely to be made. But they’re still fun to think about. Read More »