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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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Cinema Audio Society Nominations Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Gravity' and More

The Cinema Audio Society has revealed its nominations for 2014. Landing nods for live-action Motion Picture are "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Iron Man 3," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Lone Survivor." Check out the list below, including the animated Motion Picture category.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 10:28 AM
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Arthouse Audit: Awards Contenders Ramp Up for Oscar Bounty, 'The Rocket' and 'In Bloom' Open Modestly

The seasonally normal slow pace of new openings continues, with only two first-weeker's reporting grosses. Overall, highlighting the issue of an overabundance of theatrical releases, 20 new films opened in New York and/or Los Angeles, most of them to be little heard from again (at least five are already on Video on Demand).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 12, 2014 4:16 PM
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Debate Continues Over Use of A.O. Scott's Modified 'Llewyn Davis' Tweet; He Said No to Publicity Team When Approached UPDATED

UPDATE: It seems that when A.O. Scott was approached over email by "Inside Llewyn Davis" publicist Cynthia Swartz about using his tweet in a full-page NYT ad for the film, he gave her a pretty clear "No." Per the Times, he responded to Swartz via email:
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 12:08 PM
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PGA Nominations 2014: Ten Features Reveal Where Oscar Voters Might Go, Weinsteins Shut Out

The Producers Guild has unveiled its ten 2014 nominees, with a shocking shutout of all the Weinstein' Co.'s potential Best Picture contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 12:54 PM
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Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 this morning via Twitter. The list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies, such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha," that broke out in 2013.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 30, 2013 12:34 PM
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CINE-LIST: Ten Great Movie Quotes from 2013

Great films leave a mark. A shot will linger in your mind's eye, strains from a score will haunt you, and the perfect quote will always be associated with your experience of seeing a film. Below, Cine-List selects and ranks ten memorable movies quotes from 2013.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 19, 2013 2:22 PM
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Village Voice, Indiewire and Film Comment's Top Films of 2013: More Love for 'Llewyn Davis,' '12 Years a Slave' and 'Before Midnight'

Year-end critics polls of 2013's Top Ten films (or Top 50, as the case may be) continue to roll in. Below, check out the selections made by the Village Voice, Indiewire and Film Comment. All three outlets have their top three films in common (though in differing orders): "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave" and "Before Midnight."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2013 2:07 PM
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'American Hustle' Scores Year's Best NY/LA Launch, Softer 'Saving Mr. Banks' Hits More Cities

"American Hustle" (Sony) had a year's-best limited opening, while "Saving Mr. Banks" (Buena Vista) had a decent take in a slightly wider start, both in advance of 2,000-plus breaks next Friday. Nothing else of note opened this weekend, a sign of the times as the studios increasingly, particularly during awards season, dominate the market and make it difficult for smaller films to gain traction in the major cities.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 15, 2013 4:20 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Desolation of Smaug' Down from First 'Hobbit' While 'American Hustle' Scores in Limited Release

"The Hobbit" is off to a decent start this weekend, while "American Hustle" scored high at the box office in limited release, and "Saving Mr. Banks" did okay.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 14, 2013 2:15 PM
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