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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.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

Coen Brothers Say Their Adaptation Of 'To The White Sea' Is Probably Not Coming Back

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 23, 2011 10:10 AM
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The Coen brothers are riding high these days. Their latest, “True Grit,” is already the highest-grossing film of their careers, it continues to rake it in at the box-office and come Tuesday, they'll probably (hopefully) have a few more Oscar nominations to add to their tally (ten so far). On their never-ending press tour for the film, the Coens recently stopped by the Creative Screenwriting podcast to discuss their latest and some of their other projects including their now famous adaptation of “Deliverance” author James Dickeys' novel “To The White Sea.” A WWII adventure pic starring Brad Pitt as an American pilot stranded in China and unable to communicate, the project is infamous among longtime Coen fans for the script's minimal dialogue but was shelved by the studios because of its $80 million budget. We featured the project as one of Ten Dead Projects We’d Like To See Resurrected but, as you've probably already guessed, its future is not looking any brighter.

Director's Roundtable: Aronofsky Played "Therapist" For Rourke, Coen Brothers Won't Direct Actors

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 22, 2011 7:16 AM
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L.A. Times Directors Roundtable With Fincher, Affleck, Cholodenko, Aronofsky, Hooper & Ethan Coen Give Fascinating (& Candid) Insight To ProcessSix directors recently sat down with The Envelope, the Oscars blog for the L.A. Times, for a roundtable chat about the pressures and joys of directing. Of the prestigious few were Ben Affleck (“The Town”), Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right”), Ethan Coen (“True Grit” with brother Joel Coen), David Fincher (“The SocialNetwork”) and Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech"). Though not all are expected to get an Oscar nod for Achievement in Directing when the announcements are made this Tuesday -- of the six, only Aronofsky, Fincher and Hooper are probably locks -- all of their names have been brought up as worthy of a nomination. Though a lot of the discussion is pretty standard fare -- what’s worse about being a director, how they get great performances -- there's still quite are a few golden tidbits of candid talk, insight and knowledge.

Oscarbation: How 'True Grit' Is Vanishing From The Oscar Picture

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 17, 2010 11:38 AM
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Momentum momentum moment. “True Grit” has none. Or at least, not enough.

Review: 'True Grit' An Old-Fashioned Oater Only The Coens Could Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 3:04 AM
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Judging by some of the early reviews of "True Grit" you would think that the Coens had left their bag of tricks at home when making the film, delivering a respectful if overly formal western. However, it seems those reviewers who got an early look forgot that the Coens are often found at the height of their creative powers when operating with a genre milieu. Take "Miller's Crossing," "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- all films with giant nods to filmmakers of yore, yet each imbued with the Coens' own distinctive thematic obsessions: this all continues with "True Grit." Wickedly funny, undeniably compelling and yes, touched with a less cynical heart than some of their most recent efforts (though hardly "sentimental" as some critics have suggested) the picture finds the Coens pushing all their usual techniques to the fore, while at the same time keeping them constrained by the genre they're working within and for most part, it works wonderfully.

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