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First Look: Coen Brothers' True Grit

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2010 at 6:15AM

Here's a first look at the Coen Brother's True Grit, which was filmed (along with another western, Cowboys & Aliens) around the Southwest. Paramount has released this still of grizzled Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, respectively.
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Here's a first look at the Coen Brother's True Grit, which was filmed (along with another western, Cowboys & Aliens) around the Southwest. Paramount has released this still of grizzled Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, respectively.

In 1969, John Wayne won an Oscar for the role of Cogburn in the adaptation of the Charles Portis novel. The Coen's take on the story is said to be closer to the book, tracking the 14-year old Mattie as she hires Cogburn to help her avenge her father's death (Josh Brolin plays the drifter they are chasing). They are joined by Texas Ranger Matt Damon. The movie also starred Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper in roles now played by familiar war-film face Barry Pepper (Flags of our Fathers, Saving Private Ryan) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, Never Let Me Go.

True Grit opens on Christmas Eve--just in time for awards season consideration.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, First Look, Coens, Remake, Books, Western, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.