True Grit will soon be opening in Europe and the UK, and to promote the film in the UK Paramount has done something a bit unusual. The studio commissioned a comic book that re-tells part of the story of Marshall ‘Rooster’ Cogburn’ (Jeff Bridges). It’s a tale heard for the most part in the film, when Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) first sees the Marshall testifying in court.

But this comic is taken more directly from the Charles Portis novel upon which the film is based. Reading it you can get a sense of what was left out of the film (not a lot) and what was added (some great dialogue). Having seen the film it’s difficult to read the comic and not hear the actors’ voices, but the storytelling here is good all the same. See a couple pages after the break. Read More »

83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced. As expected, big players include The Social Network and The King’s Speech, but there are very strong showings for The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter and True Grit. The Best Picture nominees are: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. If you’re going by the numbers, The King’s Speech is strong with 12, followed by a wonderful 10 for True Grit and then 8 for both The Social Network and Inception, with the latter scoring on technical nominations.

The full list of nominees is after the break. Read More »

UK graphic artist Tom Muller has created an awesome infographic connecting the dots of reoccurring actors in the movies of Coen Bothers. Hit the jump to see the graphic.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 (!?!) different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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LOL: ‘True Grit,’ Subtitled

This one doesn’t need much explanation: the folks at College Humor have added their own mocking subtitles to dialogue performed by Jeff Bridges in True Grit. Now, if you really can’t tell what Rooster Cogburn is saying in the film you either need to talk to your theater, or an ear specialist. But in the tradition of occasionally deliberate and entertaining mishearings that lead people to think Creedence Clearwater Revival was singing about a bathroom on the right, here’s True Grit, subtitled for clarity. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

True Grit is poised to cross the $100m mark in the US. While the movie is the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s widest open to date (1100 more screens than their last greatest domestic success, No Country For Old Men) that doesn’t lessen the fact that this is still their biggest domestic gross ever. Celebrate their achievement by checking out the brothers’ list of their favorite Westerns, and then puzzle over comments about making a new shot for shot version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Read More »

Flixster’s Top 10 Movies of 2010

IMDb might be the largest sample of user submitted movie ratings on the internet, but Flixster is a close second. After IMDb released their list of the top 10 user rated movies of 2010, Flixster has released their own listing. Find out which films ranked highly, after the jump.

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Hailee Steinfeld‘s performance in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit has a great chance of nabbing her an Oscar nomination. She, unfortunately, didn’t get a well-deserved CLIO for her performance in this commercial for “Blingatude” at K-Mart. It seems that even a 14-year-old on the brink of international stardom isn’t immune from their past. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Is True Grit going to be the new The Big Lebowski, inspiring fan gatherings all over the country? Probably not, but on the eve of the opening of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new version of True Grit, hundreds of people gathered in front of Judge Parker’s gallows at Fort Smith, Arkansas to partially recreate the classic showdown between Marshall ‘Rooster’ Cogburn and Lucky Ned Pepper. Watch video of the unusual gathering after the break. And, as a bonus, get the truth about the most curious credit in the film: Matt Damon’s Abs Double. Read More »

Writers Guild of America Nominations Announced

Along with the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood. So, when they announce their nominations for the best of the year, it’s usually a pretty good precursor to the Oscars. Check out their 2010 nominees after the jump. Read More »