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Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Goes to CBS Films; Watch Exclusive Trailer Leak Here UPDATED

by Anne Thompson
February 19, 2013 2:10 PM
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Oscar Isaac in ILD

UPDATE: CBS Films takes US rights to the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." It's a big buy for CBS, reportedly with a price tag close to $4 million. The art house film, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake, will be helped at the box office by its big names and Coen devotees. Past CBS buys include Emily Blunt-Ewan McGregor title "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (which made just under $10 million at the domestic box office) and Bradley Cooper vehicle "The Words" (under $12 million).

EARLIER: While any Joel and Ethan Coen movie is worth waiting for, many of us are champing at the bit to see "Inside Llewyn Davis," their portrait of the 60s Greenwich Village folk scene that spawned Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi and Richard Farina and the inspiration for this film, Dave Van Ronk. Some of us hoped to see the film loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" in time for the 2012 holiday season, but it's more likely to turn up in Coen-friendly Cannes.

We got our hands on an exclusive invite from Nonesuch Records and T Bone Burnett to a special early preview pre-Grammy screening for music industry fiolks on February 9 on the Sony lot, with a link to the first "Inside Llewyn Davis" trailer. The Coens and producer Scott Rudin (Oscar-winner "No Country for Old Men," "True Grit") made the movie with backing from Canal Plus and no domestic distributor. Some buyers will be there, too.

Accompanied by Dylan, the trailer's exquisite photography by Jean-Pierre Jeunet cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel takes me back to my NYC youth. It provides tantalizing glimpses of folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) navigating the Village scene with guitar and cat, tangling with his love interest (Isaac's "Drive" co-star Carey Mulligan) who gives him a hard time and crashing a recording session with musicians Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network") and Adam Driver ("Girls"). Van Ronk mentored Dylan, only to be overshadowed by him. Also in the film are Garrett Hedlund (who sang in "Country Strong"), John Goodman ("Argo") and F. Murray Abraham ("Amadeus") as a club owner who wants Davis to perform for him in order to land a gig at his club.

The trailer leaves us panting for more.


  • Kosho | December 3, 2013 10:08 PMReply

    Reminds me of On the Road where the characters looked liked CQ models straight out of the Ivy League and the dialog was so clever I felt bad for Jack. If you want to hear the music, listen to the originals. If you want to hear the stories, read the books. I stopped trusting the Coens after Fargo where they used brutality for humor.

  • Airbrushing terrible | February 21, 2013 1:26 AMReply

    Why are you liking the trailer? There are so many faults. The dialogue is an imitation of themselves with utterly cheap lines. "I thought you were a musician." Come on, Coens! How long can you go?

    Apart from that, the biggest fault is that they have airbrushed all the faces, making them all look like dolls without detail and contour. Just look at Carey Mulligan, she doesn't even look like herself.

    Why would The Brothers sink to the level of a Fashion magazine?

  • Dan | February 19, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    This trailer is great, but is anyone else noticing the kind of weird low-budget sound design on the dialogue? Seems uncharacteristic of the Coens. Maybe it's because they didn't have as much money for this flick, I don't know, but I'm definitely hearing something.

  • Dan Benjamin | January 24, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    How can I RSVP to the Coen brothers' screening @ Sony on Feb 9? The link posted doesn't work.

  • serpico | January 24, 2013 11:15 AMReply


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