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Oscar Talk: Who's Ahead in the Oscar Race, Post-AFI FEST and the Governors Awards, Documentaries and Beyond

Kris Tapley and I get back into the Oscar race, covering the AFI FEST showings of "Out of the Furnace," "Saving Mr. Banks," and "Lone Survivor." We get into the documentary short list, the opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska," and how the top contenders worked the room at the Governors' Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2013 12:11 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Films of the Coen Brothers from Best, 'No Country for Old Men,' to Worst: What's Your Pick?

The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters in limited release December 6. Below, TOH! ranks all 16 films by the Coens.
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  • November 19, 2013 1:38 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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Telluride XL Day Four: Mystery Doc 'Galapagos Affair,' Guest Directors Don DeLillo and B. Ruby Rich, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and More

I started the day with cold leftover coffee and the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary, "Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," by the celebrated Bay Area documentarians Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller ("Ballets Russes"). I cannot imagine picking up and moving to a deserted island even today, much less in the 1930, when three disparate groups of people fled Europe for life on an uninhabited bay on one of the smallest islands of the Galapagos.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 5, 2013 11:58 AM
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Telluride Tributes the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett, Screens 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Publicity shy writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen came to Telluride for the first time, not only to screen "Inside Llewyn Davis" for festival audiences but to pay tribute to their long-time musical collaborator T-Bone Burnett. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is as pure as the driven snow, much like the title character played by gifted actor/musician Oscar Isaac (who played supporting roles in "Sucker Punch" and "Drive" as Carey Mulligan's husband). Which is to say that the movie is about an artist who can't be anything but himself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 5:31 PM
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AFI FEST 2013 Opens with 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Closes with 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' More Early Details

The American Film Institute has announced early details of its AFI FEST 2013 program. The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks" will open the festival on Thursday, November 7. The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" will close the festival on November 14.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 9:00 AM
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New York Film Festival Main Slate of 35 Features Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' UPDATED

UPDATE: NYFF has added Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" to its main slate of films. This is the director's first feature since 2008's "Tokyo Sonata."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 12:32 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

A new trailer has landed for the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," the '60s folk-music favorite out of Cannes starring Oscar Isaac as a musician facing the looming possibility of failure.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 2:32 PM
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Soundtrack Gets September 17 Release, with Performances by Timberlake, Mulligan, Isaac (NEW TRAILER)

The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' upcoming and already much buzzed about new film "Inside Llewyn Davis" will be released on September 17 via Nonesuch Records. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the folk-inspired album includes 12 songs performed in the film by cast members Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and more. Full list of tracks, plus the film's new trailer, below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 1, 2013 1:42 PM
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