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San Francisco International Film Fest Selects Opening and Closing Night Films

Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its opening and closing night films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2014 8:36 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor's 1981-Set Crime Drama 'A Most Violent Year'

A first-look image has arrived of Jessica Chastain in "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's newest endeavor, "A Most Violent Year." The period crime drama has been in production for a couple of weeks now.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2014 12:22 PM
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Secrets and a New Coens Movie Revealed: Q & A (VIDEO)

The Coen brothers, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett dig into making "Inside Llewyn Davis"--and the Coens may know what their next movie is--with George Clooney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2013 3:57 PM
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WATCH: In New Clip from 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Isaac, Timberlake and Driver Sing 'Please Mr. Kennedy'

Check out a new clip from the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," where Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver have a recording session for a pretty humorous number, "Please Mr. Kennedy." Driver steals the scene with his guttural and bizarro noisemaking. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 2:08 PM
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The Musician Who Helped Oscar Isaac's Guitar-Picking in the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Oscar Isaac, who plays the eponymous troubador in the Coen brother’s upcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis,” was on the set of a little indie on Long Island a couple of years back when a grip started passing a “cheapo” guitar around. One actor started playing it, in a style Isaac knew.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 31, 2013 2:12 PM
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OSCAR WATCH: Oscar Isaac Talks Acting and Guitar Picking for the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

"Inside Llewyn Davis" is as pure as the driven snow, much like the title character played by gifted actor/musician Oscar Isaac in a breakout role that should earn awards attention. (He played supporting parts in "Sucker Punch" and "Drive," as Carey Mulligan's husband.) The movie is about an artist, for better or worse, who can't be anything but himself. The biggest challenge for the Coen brothers was finding an actor/musician who could carry the movie and sing its roster of challenging folks songs, holding the screen and not sending viewers toward the exits. Isaac was their guy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 1:15 PM
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Showtime To Air Benefit Concert Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

A lucky group will get to see the one-time-only Town Hall concert in New York on September 29, mounted by the Coen brothers' music supervisor T Bone Burnett, called "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'" Luckily for the rest of us who can't be there, Showtime has just acquired exclusive television rights to film and air the benefit concert.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2013 1:58 PM
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Roadside Attractions Snaps Up US Rights to Emile Zola Adaptation 'Therese,' Starring Elizabeth Olsen (CLIP)

Anticipating the film's world premiere at TIFF in September, Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic thriller "Therese," written and directed by Charlie Stratton from the Emile Zola novel "Therese Raquin" and starring Elizabeth Olsen.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 12:46 PM
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The Coens, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Oscar Isaac Give Seven Easy Steps to Get To Know 'Llewyn Davis'

The Coen Bros' re-visit of the early folk music era in New York's Greenwich Village was certainly not lost in translation here in Cannes where it was received with almost universal affirmation earlier this week. "Inside Llewyn Davis" may also mark a turning point for actor Oscar Isaac, who's presence is in virtually every frame of the film; he even gets to show off his musical chops, while carrying the film about an unheralded folk singing talent who attempts to succeed solo after the suicide of his singing partner.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 22, 2013 6:47 PM
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Cannes Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Vintage Coens

There is a moment in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the new Coen brothers film that stormed the Palais Saturday, when the owner of Manhattan's Gaslight club circa 1961 asks Davis what he thinks of the four Irish sweater-clad singers performing. Davis, a struggling folk singer with an edge, ponders the question. “I like the sweaters,” he says.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 19, 2013 8:41 PM
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