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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »

- HitFix Staff

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How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sony Hires Writer for Decender Film Adaptation

3 February 2016 5:42 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter Jesse Wigutow to pen the script for "Decender", based on the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire. Josh Bratman from Immersive Pictures will produce the film with Lemire set as Executive Producer along with co-creator and artist of the series, David Nguyen. Sony Pictures picked up the rights to the graphic novel almost a year ago.

From The Hollywood Reporter, the plot for "Decender" reads:

"A space opera tells where in the distant future anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed. On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called Tim-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it’s believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy. Tim-21 bands with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions and goes on the run from one exotic planet to the next, »

- J.B. Casas

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New VOD and Digital Releases, Plus: Best Picture Nominee 'Spotlight' Available to Own Now

2 February 2016 7:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Last Witch Hunter (fantasy action-adventure; Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine; rated PG-13) Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg-directed drama-thriller; Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks, Domenick Lombardozzi; rated PG-13) Suffragette (drama; Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep; rated PG-13) Our Brand Is Crisis (drama-comedy; Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton; rated R) Truth (drama; Cate...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Our Brand Is Crisis movie review: unearned (and unneeded) sentiment

27 January 2016 1:49 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A protagonist who revels in the sheer cynicism of her job gets a sentimental redemption out of nowhere; Sandra Bullock’s comedic chops are undercut by it. I’m “biast” (pro): love Sandra Bullock

I’m “biast” (con): …though I often hate her movie choices

I have not seen the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So here’s the thing. Movie protagonists don’t necessarily have to be likable. But they do have to comprehensible. We have to understand what the central character of a story wants. Does she want to rule the world? Does she want to blow up the world? Fine. Just give us a story that takes us along on that journey.

But this Our Brand Is Crisis movie… I never got it. I never understood what is supposed to be motivating political strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock: Minions, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Last Call: 39 Films Leaving Netflix This February (And 7 You Can't Miss)

25 January 2016 9:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Gaspar Noé's 'Love,' 'Dope' and More Coming to Netflix This February (Plus Indiewire's Picks) "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." Winter is about to get a little tougher now that Netflix is taking away some of its most beloved titles next month. If you've been dying to Billy Bob Thornton get his Grinch on in "Bad Santa" or Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning role in "Ray," now is the time to start streaming or forever hold your peace. Below are all 39 movies leaving Netflix this February, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to see before it's too late. Synopses provided by Netflix. Leaving 2/1 "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999) "Asylum" (2005)" "Bad Santa" (2003)" "Benny and Joon" (1993) Indiewire Pick: "Big Fish" (2003)In one of Tim Burton's most resonant dramas, a reporter attempts to learn more about his dying father »

- Zack Sharf

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Our Brand Is Crisis review – dirty political dealings in South America

24 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton go head to head as strategists in a patchy satire about the 2002 Bolivian elections

David Gordon Green’s uneven Wag the Dog-style satirical political romp takes both its title and theme from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary about the role played by the gun-for-hire American consultants in the 2002 Bolivian elections. Sandra Bullock (who shares producer credits with, among others, George Clooney and Grant Heslov) is the reclusive political strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who turned her back on her profession after one dirty trick too many.

Reluctantly enlisted to help elect the unlikable bully Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida), Jane gets the bit between her teeth when she discovers that her arch-rival, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), is running the opposition’s campaign. Screenwriter Peter Straughan’s script originally featured a male protagonist, but Bullock makes the role her own, from vomiting into a wastepaper basket »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Under The Shadow to Receive Global Release from Vertical Entertainment, Xyz Films, Netflix

23 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It sounds like we already have our first great horror movie of 2016. Following its much talked about screenings at Sundance, the Farsi-language horror movie Under The Shadow is set for a worldwide release, thanks to Vertical Entertainment, Netflix, and Xyz Films:

Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered for global distribution of the Farsi-language horror thriller Under The Shadow, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut. The release date is still to be announced.

Under The Shadow is written and directed by British / Iranian Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is produced by Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films. »

- Jonathan James

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The Guardian film show: The Big Short, The Assassin, Our Brand is Crisis and Attacking the Devil – Audio reviews

22 January 2016 3:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes to assess The Big Short, Adam McKay’s starry, sleeper hit comedy about the financial crisis in 2007; The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ravishing martial arts drama; Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in spin satire Our Brand is Crisis; and thalidomide documentary Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime. All films are released in the UK on 22 January

Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes to assess The Big Short, Adam McKay’s starry, sleeper hit comedy about the financial crisis in 2007; The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ravishing martial arts drama; Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in spin satire Our Brand is Crisis; and thalidomide documentary Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime. All films are released in the UK on 22 January

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- Xan Brooks Peter Bradshaw Henry Barnes Rowan Slaney

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The Guardian film show: The Big Short, The Assassin, Our Brand is Crisis and Attacking the Devil – video reviews

22 January 2016 1:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes to assess The Big Short, Adam McKay’s starry, sleeper hit comedy about the financial crisis in 2007; The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s ravishing martial arts drama; Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in spin satire Our Brand is Crisis; and thalidomide documentary Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime. All films are released in the UK on 22 January

Can’t stand the pictures? Here’s the podcast version

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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Andrea Salvatici and Dan Susman

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Billy Bob Thornton: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

22 January 2016 12:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Billy Bob Thornton has come a very long way from his humble beginnings in the film business, where he’d regularly appear in bit parts on low-budget films like Chopper Chicks In Zombietown. Even then he showed a charisma that overcame the terrible scripts he was working on, but it was only when he created his own material that people started taking notice.

He wrote and starred in the acclaimed – but little seen – thriller One False Move, which soon led to him writing and directing Sling Blade, the film that made his career. Since then he’s written, directed and starred in a wide variety of movies, ranging from tiny budget indies to massive summer blockbusters.

There doesn’t appear to be any role Thornton can’t tackle, and he’s equally comfortable in sily comedies or deathly serious dramas. He also has the ability to find humanity »

- Padraig Cotter

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Our Brand Is Crisis review – laboured political satire

21 January 2016 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton fail to convince as rival Us spin-doctors on the presidential campaign trail in Bolivia

This is a disappointing fictional version of Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, about Us political consultant James Carville, the Democrat spin-doctor who famously married his Republican opponent Mary Matalin after the 1992 Us presidential campaigns. It’s a laboured and unoriginal satire, directed by David Gordon Green, which finds a cynical theme-variation in this unlikeliest of Romeo and Juliet unions, and makes a meal of Carville’s real-life adventure in 2002, when he masterminded a Bolivian presidential campaign.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

21 January 2016 9:49 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:

Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!

Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98

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Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »

- Derek Anderson

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Our Brand Is Crisis - video review

21 January 2016 9:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw review Our Brand Is Crisis, a pop-political satire about a cynical American campaign manager (Sandra Bullock) who’s coaxed out of retirement to help a south American politician win re-election. Our Brand Is Crisis, which also stars Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by David Gordon Green, is released in the UK on Friday 22 January

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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici

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Our Brand Is Crisis review: “Likeable though ultimately forgettable.”

20 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Our Brand Is Crisis review: A likeable comedy/ drama that definitely benefits from having Sandra Bullock in its lead.

Our Brand Is Crisis is based on the true story of the 2002 Bolivian presidential race where underdog Pedro Gallo brought in campaign strategist Jane Bodine to manage his flagging bid to lead the country. The story was famously made into a celebrated 2005 feature documentary of the same name, but here Sandra Bullock leads the cast as (Calamity) Jane opposite Billy Bob Thornton‘s Pat Candy, her highly skilled arch nemesis who is batting for the other team; firm favourite to win, Victor Rivera.

David Gordon Green, a director who cut his cinematic teeth with stoner comedies Pineapple Express and Your Highness, before going the more serious route with Joe and last year’s Mangelhorn, takes the helm for this over-cooked political drama that relies on Bullock’s quirk and overdone clumsiness. »

- Paul Heath

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‘Bad Influence’ Movie in the Works at Broad Green With ‘Perfect Guy’ Writer

20 January 2016 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green Pictures is developing the drama “Bad Influence,” based on a pitch from “The Perfect Guy” writer Tyger Williams (pictured).

The story is centered on a single mother who has to deal with her son’s obsessive ex-girlfriend. Producers are Offspring partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman.Hide

Williams is on board to write. Gibgot developed the project with Williams, whose credits include the Hughes Brothers “Menace II Society” in 1994.

Alix Madigan will oversee the project for Broad Green, headed by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond. The company built up its slate through acquisitions and has been moving into developing its own films in recent months.

The Perfect Guy,” starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Early, was a major success for Screen Gems with a worldwide gross of $60 million on a $12 million budget.

Three-year-old Broad Green began releasing movies last year with “Samba,” “99 Homes,” “I Smile Back” and its only »

- Dave McNary

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Filming sex scenes: 13 directors and their approaches

20 January 2016 7:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...

John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.

Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".

But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...

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Interview: Anthony Mackie talks Our Brand is Crisis

20 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

David Gordon Green’s political satire Our Brand is Crisis enters UK cinemas on the 22nd of January, and this week we’ll be running a series of interviews with the main cast, as well as Green himself. Today started off with Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton and now we take our turn with Anthony Mackie,

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- Jon Lyus

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Interview: Sandra Bullock & Billy Bob Thornton on Our Brand is Crisis

20 January 2016 5:32 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

David Gordon Green’s political satire Our Brand is Crisis enters UK cinemas on the 22nd of January, and this week we’ll be running a series of interviews with the main cast, as well as Green himself. In this interview we get to hear from lead actors Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton, who take opposing

The post Interview: Sandra Bullock & Billy Bob Thornton on Our Brand is Crisis appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Rectify's Clayne Crawford Boards Amazon's David E. Kelley Legal Drama

19 January 2016 2:27 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Clayne Crawford, a Critics Choice Award nominee for his work as Rectify‘s Ted. Jr., has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s recently greenlit legal drama from TV vet David E. Kelley.

RelatedSundance’s Rectify to End After Season 4

Ordered straight to series in December, the currently untitled drama stars Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) as a lawyer on a quest for redemption, in what is described as a 21st Century David vs. Goliath battle fought in the American legal system. William Hurt (Humans) also stars.

Details on Crawford’s role are under wraps, though his story arc is said to be pivotal. »

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