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New Coen Brothers Movie About '60s Folk Legend Gets Financing, Is Titled 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 12:43 PM
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It looks like the Coens are a little closer to getting their next film mounted, and with producer Scott Rudin -- who paired with duo previously on "No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit" -- now behind the film, it looks like the trio are gearing up for another run at the Oscars.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

The Coen Brothers Next Film Will Take On The '60s New York City Folk Scene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2011 3:51 AM
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Will Be Loosely Based On The Life Of Dave Van Ronk; Will They Shoot On 16mm?It wasn't too long ago that we got our first morsel of info on what the Coen Brothers might be following up their adaptation of "True Grit" with. We sat in on a conversation the sibling directors had with Noah Baumbach at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center earlier in the month and they revealed they were at work on a music-based project. While they were mum on most of the details, they said it was “kind of like ‘Margot At The Wedding,’ ” Baumbach’s 2007 film, in which during the immediate opening of the film, the audience is just dropped into a scene already in progress without any setup or establishing shots or narration to let them know what’s going on. Joel Coen also suggested that the music in the mystery film would be "pretty much all performed live, single instrument." Well, there is now a much more complete picture of where the Coens will be venturing next.

The Coen Brothers Sometimes Channel Tony Scott & 5 Other Things Learned From Chat With Noah Baumbach

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 12, 2011 10:12 AM
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As we mentioned yesterday, this weekend is the opening of Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and opening night featured a candid conversation between the Joel and Ethan Coen and Noah Baumbach (note: the Coens revealed they are working on a new "music-based" film project). The event, called “Opening Shots,” saw all three filmmakers and mutual admirers examining the similarities and differences between the openings of their films. Clips were shown from Baumbach’s three most recent efforts “The Squid & The Whale,” “Margot At The Wedding,” and “Greenberg,” while the Coen’s filmography ran deeper going back to “Blood Simple” but skewing mostly towards their more recent work “The Big Lebowski,” “No Country For Old Men,” “Burn After Reading,” and “A Serious Man.”

The Coen Brothers Say They Are Working On A New, Music-Based Film

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 11, 2011 5:27 AM
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Not Being Written For Usual Repertory Company Of ActorsLast night at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, we were fortunate enough to catch a conversation between filmmakers and mutual admirers, the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan and Noah Baumbach. The theme of the evening was film openings and the trio picked a grouping of their film intros and discussed the who, what, where, when, hows and whys of their selected filmography (strangely enough the Coens elected to skip by one of the greatest film openings ever, the eleven-minute opening of "Raising Arizona").

CBS Films Picks Up Coens-Scripted 'Gambit' Remake With Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 2:13 AM
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It's not the easiest thing, in a business dominated by multi-billion-dollar behemoths that have been running for the best part of a century such as Paramount, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, to establish a new film studio and distributor from scratch. Summit has been making a good fist of it in the past few years, with both a Best Picture Oscar winner in "The Hurt Locker" and a highly profitable mega-franchise in the "Twilight" series, but CBS Films, established around the some time, hasn't had the same success.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

Will The Coen Brothers Actually Tackle The Horror Genre?

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • February 9, 2011 11:58 AM
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Probably Not. Ethan Coen Also Talks 'Barton Fink' Sequel & 'Gambit' Writing GigThe crazy and kooky Ethan and Joel Coen have dabbled in nearly every genre...except maybe horror. Sure, they've gotten their feet wet with elements of it in their debut "Blood Simple" not to mention shades in "Fargo" and lets not forget good old Anton Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" -- but nothing has come no where near a straight-on horror flick. Well, it seems like their take on the genre may not be far off or is it?

Coen Brothers Say They're Happy Tara Reid Is Working On A 'Big Lebowski 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 8:29 AM
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Cocaine is bad for you kids. Don't do it (most barbiturates aren't going to help your case either). By now you've probably seen this red-carpet video that's gone viral where thespian Tara Reid says she's working on "The Big Lebowski 2" (the inebriated-sounding actress was actually hosting a benefit promoting awareness about child snatching and sex trafficking at a Comedy Club in L.A., believe it or not). She's then asked what movie projects she has coming up next.

Cameron Diaz Joins Colin Firth In Coen Brothers Written Remake Of 'Gambit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 8:42 AM
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Knocking around for years, attracting a wealth of talent including P.J. Hogan, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston all attached at various points, the Coen Brothers' scribed remake of the Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine 1966 caper film "Gambit" is moving ahead full throttle.

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