It can be tough to take the Coen Brothers at their word – after all, the duo claims (seemingly in jest) that they never read Homer’s The Odyssey despite basing O Brother, Where Art Thou? on it. But if they were forthright about the origins of their latest work, the anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, then it serves as a kind of career compendium. They wrote the film’s first segment, a comedic musical western, decades ago when their work had a more overtly comical bent. They wrote the final segment, on the other hand, just before starting production on the film in order to put an adequate bow on the project.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs functions like a greatest hits album for the Coens, though somehow with songs we’ve never heard before. It spans and encompasses the many styles of filmmaking they mastered over decades behind the camera. Their expert wielding of tone and mood has rarely been so evident as it is within each yarn they tell, all from a book of stories complete with color plates. Read More »
A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.
However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.
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Joel and Ethan Coen‘s first TV project, the Western anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has landed at Netflix. And on brand for the Coen brothers, they announced the production with some choice words that aren’t publishable in the first paragraph. Avert your children’s ears.
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Earlier this year, we learned that filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen had become the latest Hollywood directors who were making the jump to the small screen when they announced they’d be writing and directing a new TV series. We knew the title (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), the genre (a Western, which is something they’re familiar with through films like True Grit and No Country for Old Men), and that they’d be collaborating with Annapurna Television for the limited series, which was described as an integrated TV and theatrical experience.
Exactly how that last part will work is still up in the air, but at least now we have some newly-released plot details for the show.
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Coen brothers haven’t gotten around to announcing their next directorial effort just yet. But they have just added another screenwriting project to their to-do list. Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to direct Dark Web, based on the true story of the online black market Silk Road and its founder, Ross William Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts). Read More »
If you’re a Coen Brothers fan, then you’re probably already excited about the directing and writing duo’s new film coming next month, the comedy Hail, Caesar! starring a cavalcade of great talent. We’ve already seen one trailer showing off the quirky story that takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and now a new trailer shows us even more. But rather than taking the traditional trailer route, they basically use an entire, hilarious scene to sell the movie with a brief montage at the end. And it’s just as fantastic as you’d hope. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
George Clooney is a magnet – place him in an undisclosed location and watch as talented people of all stripes slowly gather around him and agree to participate in whatever he’s working on at that given moment. The list of great directors who have cast Clooney in their films is staggering, and the list of great actors who have been directed by him is equally so. Even when he makes a bad movie, Clooney emerges from the mess smelling like a couple million bucks.
The latest news from Camp Clooney is that his latest directorial effort, the mysteriously titled Suburbicon, has started casting. In typical Clooney fashion, a handful of terrific actors have already felt the gentle tug of his magnetic forces and have already gathered, ready to do his bidding. Hit the jump for more on the Suburbicon cast.
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The directing duo of Joel and Ethan Coen has done some great work with American treasure George Clooney. They first worked together in 2000 with the spectacular O Brother Where Art Thou (one of my favorite Coen Brothers movies) and followed it up with Intolerable Cruelty in 2003 and Burn After Reading in 2008. However, it sounds like their next collaboration will shake things up a bit in more ways than one.
George Clooney is currently in talks to direct Suburbicon, a script from the Coen Brothers that has been gestating for over a decade. Find out more about the new George Clooney Coen Brothers collaboration below! Read More »
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Noah Hawley did the seeming impossible, turning the Coen Brothers acclaimed film Fargo into a TV series. Not only did he do the name justice, but FX’s Fargo is one of the most acclaimed series on television in its own right, joining the ranks of Breaking Bad, Man Men, Game of Thrones and True Detective on lists and nominations. So far there have been no characters from the movie Fargo in the series, so no Marge Gunderson or Jerry Lundegaard. It’s all been original characters like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) and police chief Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman).
For season two, Hawley took Fargo back to 1979 with an all new cast of characters. Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson play cops investigating the new crime, and Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons play a husband and wife who get wrapped up in it. I spoke with Hawley after FX’s Fargo panel for the Television Critics Association. Season two premieres October 12 at 10 on FX.
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New Coen Brothers alert! The filmmaking siblings have one film in the can — Hail, Caesar!, which will be released in February 2016. Now they’ve just made a deal with Warner Bros. to write a script adapting the novel Black Money, by Ross MacDonald, which follows McDonald’s private eye character Lew Archer into a troubling conspiracy.
Even better, Joel and Ethan Coen might end up directing the movie, too. Read More »