Joel and Ethan Coen are not known for doing interviews. But over the weekend they took part in the opening celebration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, by participating in an hour-long talk with director Noah Baumbach. The subject was primarily the openings to several films from all the participants, but the conversation ranged a bit wider than that.

Check out the entire conversation via video after the break, and we’ll also highlight the news that emerged about one of their possible next films. Read More »


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Zombieland and The Social Network minted Jesse Eisenberg as a new star, but Noah Baumbach was an early booster as he cast the young actor in The Squid and the Whale. That, along with Roger Doger, was what really put the young actor on the map, positioning him for his current success. And now there is evidently a possible reunion brewing for the director and actor. Noah Baumbach is preparing While We’re Young, and is reportedly talking to Jesse Eisenberg for one role and Naomi Watts for another. Read More »

There’s a lot of small casting news today. Let’s kick off with word that Spongebob Sqaurepants himself, Tom Kenny, will once again lend his voice to a robot in the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. He voiced Skids (one of the generally reviled ‘racist’ bots) and Wheelie in the last film, but we don’t know what character(s) he’ll be voicing this time. [Popeater]

After the break, Frances McDormand voices a rare villain role, and the Sam Raimi-produced Dibbuk Box gets a lead. Read More »

Fresh off the welcome Spirit Award nominations for his latest film, Greenberg, writer/director Noah Baumbach will once again team with Ben Stiller, along with Oscar host James Franco, for a film called While We’re Young. It’s about how a hip, young, Brooklyn couple inspires an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife to loosen up. Franco would be the young man with Stiller playing the filmmaker and offers are apparently out to Greenberg co-star Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchet for the female leads, though neither has officially signed. Read more after the break. Read More »

I’m still waiting for Peter Bogdanovich to fulfill the mandate handed him by the late Orson Welles to finish the legendary director’s final film, The Other Side of the Wind. But that film is the victim of a long list of legal and technical troubles, so I can forgive him for the decades the project has taken.

In the meantime, let’s be content with a new film from Mr. Bogdanovich. His last theatrical dramatic feature was the decent The Cat’s Meow in 2001, but now he’s working on a new picture, Squirrels to the Nuts (ahem), with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach co-producing. OK, he’s got my attention. Read More »


This is basically an incremental update on Tower Heist, which we’ve known for a while would likely be the new film from director Brett Ratner. The script and cast were reconfigured a while ago from the original conception (at one point described as a “black Ocean’s Eleven“) and Ben Stiller has been attached to star. Now the film is almost ready to shoot, and should have cameras rolling late this fall. Read More »

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It’s like a miniature Page 2 right here (that’ll return as fall hits and smaller stories start to fly) with three short stories and/or rumors on a very slow news day. (Welcome to August, where in a lot of places it is just hot enough that no one wants to do much, even if it involves making deals.)

First up, there’s a new Batman 3 rumor for today, which says that up to half the production might shoot in New Orleans and surrounding Louisiana. WB’s Green Lantern has been shooting there and enjoying big tax breaks from the city and state. That leads to the story that WB will keep on taking advantage of the tax breaks for Batman 3, which is certain to be rather expensive. Every penny saved will count.

But Batman‘s home via Christopher Nolan has been Chicago and much of the film will still shoot in that city. I wouldn’t be averse to the New Orleans locations, though, if this turns out to be true. Would add some visual spice to the picture. [CBR]

After the break, Avatar sequels are rumored to shoot back to back, and Noah Baumbach rewrites for DreamWorks. Read More »


Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are doing pretty well together thanks to the current film Greenberg, and now the pair may end up working together once more. This follow-up won’t quite be in the same vein of their current film, however, in which Stiller could be charitably called an unlikable guy.

The new film would be based on a children’s book: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater. It’s not a huge stretch for Baumbach, who co-wrote Fantastic Mr. Fox, but in the wake of Greenberg, it might look like a real left turn. Read More »


Noah Baumbach‘s latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.

But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns. Read More »