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'Hail Caesar!' Scarlett Johansson & Jonah Hill Join The New Coen Brothers Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 9, 2014 4:36 PM
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Don Jon
Let’s see, the new Coen brothers movie “Hail Caesar” has George Clooney, Josh Brolin Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in it. Ok, sold already, but in case you need convincing (because you’re crazy), one more Coen Brothers alum is rejoining the fold: Scarlett Johansson, who co-starred in the siblings’ 2001 eerie existentialist drama “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” is joining the cast.

Ranked: Our Favorite Directing Duos From Best To Worst

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 12, 2014 4:03 PM
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Best Directing Duos
This weekend comedy sequel “22 Jump Street” hits theaters, on a wave of goodwill and giggly advance reviews (our own included). For once it seems the usually barren ground of the comedy sequel has yielded something decent, and that is cause for celebration indeed. But already now the question is starting to bubble to the surface: well, why are we surprised? What did we expect? Didn’t we know that the infallible genius directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are behind it?

DP Roger Deakins Will Shoot Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’ & Hopefully The Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail Caesar’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2014 11:02 AM
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Prisoners
“Don’t be surprised when [Rodger Deakins] or [Nicolas Bolduc] pops up for one of these upcoming projects,” we wrote in April. Of course we were talking about Denis Villeneuve and his two upcoming films, the crime film “Sicario” starring Emily Blunt and the sci-fi film “The Story Of Your Life” starring Amy Adams (the latter, a project Paramount bought the rights for recently at Cannes for a record $20 million).

Coen Brothers Writing Cold War Thriller For Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 21, 2014 9:45 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Like most A-list directors, Steven Spielberg has a habit of attaching himself to projects he’ll likely never get around to making (fun fact: Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming “Interstellar” started life as a Spielberg project ) so when the legendary filmmaker began circling a Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller, we didn’t really give it much stock despite the shared history between the two. While we questioned whether the untitled film would “survive the development process,” DreamWorks has decided to directly challenge our cynicism and you’re going to want to sit down for this.

The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners From The Cannes Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 14, 2014 1:34 PM
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The 15 Best Palme d'Or Winners
Right about now, taking the time difference into consideration, a bevy of beautiful celebrities will be spritzing and primping their last in preparation to walk the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. But while the festival is a byword for glamour in the wider media, underneath the glossy surface is where its real heart beats, in the long queues in pouring rain, in the panic of swimming against the tide in the mercurially mutable traffic flow system on the Croisette, in the flocks of deskless journos sitting cross-legged on the floor riding out caffeine highs and blood sugar crashes in an effort to file on time. This side of Cannes may not be its prettiest but it is where the action is at, and it is all made worthwhile by the quality of the films we’re privileged to enjoy, across all the sections of the festival for the ten days of its duration before the Palme d’Or is announced and we all pack up and go home.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Dominates National Society Of Film Critics Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2014 8:48 PM
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Inside Llweyn Davis
Could "Inside Llewyn Davis" have a few more songs left in its awards season campaign? After a week that left its Oscar prospects in serious question, after being shut out by both the PGA and WGA nominations, the latest from the Coens has scored some big honors at the National Society Of Film Critics Awards.

Coens Say There’s “A Good Chance” That ‘Hail Caesar’ With George Clooney Will Be Next

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 12, 2013 10:04 AM
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Joel Coen Ethan Coen George Clooney Catherine Zeta-Jones Intolerable Cruelty
The benefit of having a career as diverse as the Coen Brothers is that no genre or idea seems outside the realm of possibility for them—if you told us they shot second unit on “Jupiter Ascending” there might be a moment of consideration before dismissing the idea. But a number of potential projects have trickled into press rounds surrounding their excellent new film “Inside Llewyn Davis," and now it seems they may landed for certain on their next venture.

Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' An Excellent, Funny & Melancholy Look At The Hard Road That Inspires Great Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 11:00 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake Oscar Isaac
Long hours on the road, sleeping on sofas, eating very little, playing shows for little money; it's a wonder why anyone struggles to make it as a musician. But for Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) there really isn't any other option to playing music. "...And what, just exist?" he counters, when his sister suggests he stops couch surfing, borrowing money and barely getting by, and re-enter the Merchant Marine. While Llewyn can't quite put into words the passion that sustains an existence perpetually on the fringes, hustling for the next dollar, it's that weary energy that drives the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

The Coen Brothers Say They're Also Working On A "Musical Comedy"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2013 11:29 AM
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Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
With "Inside Llewyn Davis" opening tomorrow, it seems folks are already eager to find out what the Coen Brothers might do next. Thankfully, they generally don't take too long between pictures and usually have a few ideas on the boil. Earlier this week we learned they have some kind of "sandal movie" set in ancient Rome brewing (perhaps they've revisited their once mooted "Hail Caesar"—about a '20s theater group putting on a production of "Julius Casear"—that at one point had George Clooney linked to star?) and now they've teased something else they've got cooking.

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