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The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Coming For The Oscars With December Release Date Locked Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 5:21 PM
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So, is the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in just a couple of weeks the start of a long haul awards season run for the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis"? CBS Films is banking on it as they've now marked the calendar with release date for one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

FX Developing Charlie Kaufman-Penned Series 'How & Why,' Greenlit Coen Brothers-Produced 'Fargo' Series

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2013 10:58 AM
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While the name HBO has become synonymous with quality television, the last few years have seen rival network FX catch up in a big way. The network might only be on basic cable, and it might air the terrible Charlie Sheen vehicle "Anger Management," but in "Justified," "Archer" and "The Americans," it has three of the best TV shows airing anywhere right now, and has also been home to near-classics like "The Shield," 'Terriers," and the still-ongoing trio of "Louie," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," and "Wilfred."

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Coens' Cult Classic 'The Big Lebowski'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 6, 2013 1:06 PM
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Aside from perhaps "The Ladykillers" (and even that film features a great Tom Hanks performance, at least), it's hard to find at least one Coen Brothers movie that doesn't have passionate supporters that declare it the best thing the directing duo ever made. From debut "Blood Simple" to the recent megahit western "True Grit," every Coen picture has its advocate (this writer has an unconditional adoration of their 1994 commercial disaster "The Hudsucker Proxy," for instance). But none of their films are more beloved than "The Big Lebowski."

Justin Timberlake Talks Mumford & Sons Soundtrack Collaboration For The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 27, 2013 1:03 PM
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OK, slightly old news. We already knew that members of Mumford and Sons were collaborating with Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and the cast members of the Coen Brothers' '60s folk scene movie "Inside Llewyn Davis." The likely connection is that lead Son, Marcus Mumford, is married to the film's co-lead Carey Mulligan and well, he's a pretty well-respected musician to boot.

5 Things You Should Know About The Making Of 'No Country For Old Men'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2012 3:40 PM
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At the start of 2007, the Coen Brothers were not in a good place in their careers. Even after the major success of "O Brother Where Art Thou" and the critical acclaim of "The Man Who Wasn't There," they weren't able to get their Brad Pitt-starring adaptation of James Dickey's WWII novel "To the White Sea" financed, and two commercially-aimed star-laden pictures, "Intolerable Cruelty" and "The Ladykillers," had disappointed financially and seen them pick up the worst reviews of their careers.

Review: Coen-Derived Caper Comedy 'Gambit' Features A Game Colin Firth, But That's About It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2012 12:58 PM
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Of all the genres to try and pull off, the romantic caper flick -- think "To Catch A Thief," or "Charade," or even "Ocean's Eleven" -- is one of the trickiest. For such a film to work out, it's got to be as light as a feather and feel entirely effortless, and all too many films aiming to hit that sweet spot end up feel entirely effort-ful. But if anyone feels like they might be suited to that sort of thing, it would be the Coen Brothers, who penned the script for the remake of a minor classic of the genre, the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film "Gambit." Have they pulled off?

FX Confirmed To Bring 'Fargo' Series To TV, Coen Brothers To Executive Produce

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 25, 2012 9:18 AM
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It seems in their attempt to get themselves out of bankruptcy, and use their back catalog for everything its worth, MGM holds nothing sacred. The studio has struck a deal with FX to create a dramatic series based on the Coen Brothers’ seminal 1996 film “Fargo.”

Justin Timberlake Offered A Starring Role In The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 29, 2011 2:56 AM
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If you were gearing up to make a film based on the '60s folk scene, or any music-based film for that matter, why not recruit one of the most popular musician-turned-actors of recent times?

Joel & Ethan Coen Team With 'Cedar Rapids' Writer Phil Johnston For Fox TV Show 'HarveKarbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:26 AM
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No, We Don't Understand What's Going On Either The Coen Brothers have always delighted in evading expectations. Enjoy our dark film noir debut "Blood Simple?" Why not try our live-action Looney Tunes follow-up "Raising Arizona." Impressed by our multi-Oscar-nominated "Fargo?" Here's a stoner detective movie about bowling and German porn stars! We've finally reached mainstream success after the Best Picture-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the star-studded "Burn After Reading?" Let's make a dense, oblique Jewish period piece without a single recognizable face, and follow that with a curiously old-fashioned Western that turns out to be a massive box office hit!

Coen Brothers Going The Indie Route With 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 10:32 AM
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After the runaway success of "True Grit," which nabbed a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, you'd figure Joel and Ethan Coen would cash in their chips with a major studio, try to get something expensive made, or force the major studios to pony up prior to shooting. The Coens haven't operated independently for awhile, as a distributor has been in place for their last few films before the project was even shot. This time, however, the brothers are doing something different: out of the Toronto International Film Festival, the rumor is that the Coens' latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," will be filmed without a domestic distributor attached, with only Studio Canal backing the picture for international rights.

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