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As DreamWorks Preps Next Chapter, Spielberg's Next Two Pics Land Release Dates (UPDATED)

It looks like we finally have some answers as to what Steven Spielberg is directing next, thanks to an announcement from DreamWorks laying out the release dates for his next project. (UPDATE)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2014 1:30 PM
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The Coens' "Hail Caesar!" Lands a Distributor, and a Co-Star for George Clooney

A double dose of news today for Coens fans: Universal Pictures has netted worldwide distribution rights to the Brothers' "Hail Caesar!," in which Josh Brolin has officially been cast opposite George Clooney.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 9, 2014 7:50 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Locke' Breaks Out, CBS Films Takes VOD Route for Diaz-starrer 'Gambit,' Written by Coens

April tends not to be a standout month for new top specialized releases, sometimes by design, sometimes because films under perform. This weekend provided s not the final word for ultimate performance), with A24's "Locke" coming in as third best for the month (after "Fading Gigolo" and "Under the Skin").a fourth to open with a decent per screen average of over $20,000 (a reasonable low-end benchmark for two city openings at this time of the year, but as ever not the final determiner of ultimate performance).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 27, 2014 6:54 PM
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Yah, That's a Good One: 'Fargo' Premiere Lands More Than Four Million Viewers UPDATED

UPDATE: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million total tuning in throughout the first and repeat airings.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 4:52 PM
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Jeff Bridges & The Abiders to Headline This Year's Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles (CLIPS)

The Dude lives! Jeff Bridges & The Abiders have just been added as the musical headliner for the 2014 edition of Lebowski Fest, which hits LA's Wiltern Theater on Friday, April 15.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:06 PM
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You Betcha: 'Fargo' Arriving on Newly Remastered Blu-ray

Coens fans, take note. Crime classic "Fargo" is arriving on newly remastered Blu-ray on April 1. No, this isn't an early April Fool's joke.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 1:22 PM
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WATCH the Intriguing First Trailer for FX's New Series 'Fargo,' Based on the Coens' Classic

Set to premiere April 15, FX's new series "Fargo" has its first teaser, and it features Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the intriguingly oblique trailer below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 26, 2014 4:00 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdown on the Coen brothers' bizarre tale about folk music with the Oscar nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and sound mixer Skip Lievsay (also nominated for "Gravity").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 21, 2014 2:03 PM
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WATCH the First Trailer for Director Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

Director Angelina Jolie's third film "Unbroken" is a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Check out a preview for the film, which aired during the 2014 Sochi Olympics TV broadcast, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 17, 2014 1:33 PM
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Famed Cinematographer Roger Deakins Talks Coens, Storytelling, 'Prisoners'

I spoke to British cinematographer Roger Deakins via Skype while he was filming Angelina Jolie's challenging new film "Unbroken" on the water in New Zealand. Deakins, who often collaborates with the Coen brothers, is a go-to cinematographer for many filmmakers and is revered by actors because he puts storytelling front and center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 7:47 PM
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