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Drive, Black Swan, Melancholia: Sydney Film Critics Top Ten Movies

22 December 2011 10:53 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Sleeping Beauty Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks, was the Sydney Film Critics' choice for Best Film of 2011. In the United States, Drive was the top pick of the Utah Film Critics; elsewhere, most Us critics groups have gone for either Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist or Alexander Payne's The Descendants. A 2010 release (in the Us), Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan was the Sydney Critics' no. 2 movie. Natalie Portman stars as a disturbed ballerina who slowly loses her grip on reality. That was followed by two arthouse movies: Lars von Trier's Melancholia, which earned Kirsten Dunst the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, a transcendental family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The Tree of Life won this year's Palme d'Or in Cannes. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Why it's the theatre that's given us a Ladykillers to die for

22 December 2011 3:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers succeeds where the Coen brothers failed: it's actually funny

Graham Linehan's new stage adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing movie The Ladykillers, directed by Sean Foley, is up and running in London's West End. My colleague Michael Billington has delivered his verdict and I went to see it the other day. The questions this production throws up – apart from "Wasn't that brilliant?" and "When for goodness' sake can I see it again?" – are "How has Mr Linehan bucked the trend of film-to-play adaptations being so cynical and awful?" and "How has he succeeded where the Coen brothers failed?"

Joel and Ethan Coen produced their own remake of The Ladykillers in 2004. The original had a wacky criminal gang, led by Alec Guinness's loopy professor, renting a room in a tumbledown old house in London's King's Cross from a sweet old lady, whom »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Colin Firth Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Interview

21 December 2011 6:43 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in limited release is director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) great new movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Based off the 1974 British novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first novel of the “Karla Trilogy” and the first installment that may spawn a franchise.  The spy thriller features Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, just to name a few, and is set during the Cold War era and follows former spy George Smiley (Oldman) through his investigation of a possible double agent within Mi-6.  It's a hell of a movie and one you should definitely see. Anyway, over the past few weeks I've been posting the video interviews I did at the New York City press junket and tonight I've got the last one with Colin Firth.  During our short interview we talked about how he got involved in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Drive, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Ryan: Utah Film Critics Surprise Winners

21 December 2011 5:20 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ryan Gosling, Nicolas Winding Refn on the set of Drive This awards season, the Utah Film Critics have gone for both the unusual and the expected. As a result, Us critics' fave Michelle Williams, Rango, and A Separation found themselves listed alongside Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, the Utah Critics' Best Picture pick, in addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Ryan, and Will Reiser. [Utah Film Critics' 2011 Awards.] Michelle Williams was the Utah Critics' Best Actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. So far this awards season, Williams has topped more Us-based critics' awards lists than any other female performer. Another critics' favorite is Gore Verbinski's Johnny Depp-voiced Rango, the Best Animated Feature winner. Asghar Farhadi's Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner A Separation, Iran's submission for the 2012 Oscars, was the Utah Critics' Best Foreign Language Film. Though well-liked by critics, Drive has been »

- Steve Montgomery

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Casting News: Franco, Serralles, Walker

20 December 2011 10:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lovelace

James Franco is in talks while Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick have all joined the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Lovelace" at Millennium Films which begins filming today in Los Angeles.

Amanda Seyfried is set to play porn star Linda Lovelace. Franco is up for a cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Azaria will play the director of Lovelace's most famous film "Deep Throat",

Cannavale and Noth will play the film’s financiers, and Patrick will play Lovelace’s father. Peter Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple also star. [Source: Deadline]

Inside Llewyn Davis

Stage veteran Jeanine Serralles ("Two Lovers," "Across the Universe") has joined the cast while "Amadeus" star F. Murray Abraham is circling the role of legendary manager Bud Grossman in Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music pic "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting News: Franco, Serralles, Walker

20 December 2011 10:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lovelace

James Franco is in talks while Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick have all joined the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Lovelace" at Millennium Films which begins filming today in Los Angeles.

Amanda Seyfried is set to play porn star Linda Lovelace. Franco is up for a cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Azaria will play the director of Lovelace's most famous film "Deep Throat",

Cannavale and Noth will play the film’s financiers, and Patrick will play Lovelace’s father. Peter Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple also star. [Source: Deadline]

Inside Llewyn Davis

Stage veteran Jeanine Serralles ("Two Lovers," "Across the Universe") has joined the cast while "Amadeus" star F. Murray Abraham is circling the role of legendary manager Bud Grossman in Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music pic "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, »

- Garth Franklin

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Matt Damon Is Casting Frances McDormand

20 December 2011 7:37 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Okay, so it doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "I'm f**king Matt Damon!" but, really, what does?

That Matt Damon has had a heckuva year. He lost a wife to a horrible virus that caused victims to seize up and foam at the mouth ("Contagion"), he bought a zoo (uh, "We Bought a Zoo"), he talked a lot of trash about the Bourne franchise in GQ, and his long-awaited film "Margaret" caused a stir among fans and critics who fought the studio for a wider release.

Now Damon has revealed his first casting pick for his directorial debut, and it's a goodie. Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar for performance as a pregnant crime-solving cop in "Fargo," is the first official cast member in the currently unnamed project.

McDormand's pedigree is as impressive and interesting as Damon's; she's a regular in the Coen brothers' movies (she »

- Jenni Miller

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The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis Adds Jeanine Serralles, F. Murray Abraham Circling

19 December 2011 4:52 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The career of F. Murray Abraham has always somewhat puzzled me. An Oscar winner for his absolutely brilliant work in Milos Forman's Amadeus, Abraham's career over the last 27 years has largely consisted of small roles and mediocre films that fail to compare to titles early in his filmmography, like All The President's Men and Serpico. But do you know who could turn that around in a heartbeat? The Coen brothers. Variety has learned that Joel and Ethan Coen are circling F. Murray Abraham for a role in the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis. Loosely based on the life and times of '60s folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the film is already set to star Oscar Isaac as the titular talented musician trying to make it big in New York. The cast also includes Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman. The new report also says that Jeanine Serralles, best »

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F. Murray Abraham and Jeanine Serralles Board ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

19 December 2011 4:11 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Has it really been over 2 1/2 months since there was news on Inside Llewyn Davis? I guess that no longer matters, as Variety reports that both F. Murray Abraham and Jeanine Serralles have either jumped on or are in talks for Joel and Ethan Coen‘s music-centered film. The former, best known for his starring role in Amadeus — and, for the six-year-old in me, Jumanji — is negotiating to play “Bud Grossman, a legendary manager.” Serralles‘ part hasn’t been detailed, but a background in theater — as well as a previous role in Across the Universe — leads me to think that a folk musician role is planned.

The film centers on the titular lead, played by Oscar Isaac, who “struggles as a folk musician during the genre’s 1960s heyday in New York City.” Also in the cast are Justin Timberlake as a folk musician, Jim; Carey Mulligan as his wife; and John Goodman, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Jeanine Serralles joins Ethan and Joel Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis

19 December 2011 10:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Inside Llewyn Davis casts Jeanine Serralles. Serralles (Two Lovers, Across the Universe) has been cast in Ethan and Joel Coen's film which is set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, reports Variety. Inside Llewyin Davis tells of a character loosely based on Bob Dylan's friend Dave Van Ronk (played by Drive and Sucker Punch actor Oscar Isaac). In the story, the struggling musician from Queens can't seem to make ends meet, despite the fact that he's a talented guitarist as well as singer. Multi-talented Justin Timberlake has been cast as another folk musician, while Carey Mulligan (currently in Shame with Michael Fassbender) plays his wife »

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Jeanine Serralles joins Ethan and Joel Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis

19 December 2011 10:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Inside Llewyn Davis casts Jeanine Serralles. Serralles (Two Lovers, Across the Universe) has been cast in Ethan and Joel Coen's film which is set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, reports Variety. Inside Llewyin Davis tells of a character loosely based on Bob Dylan's friend Dave Van Ronk (played by Drive and Sucker Punch actor Oscar Isaac). In the story, the struggling musician from Queens can't seem to make ends meet, despite the fact that he's a talented guitarist as well as singer. Multi-talented Justin Timberlake has been cast as another folk musician, while Carey Mulligan (currently in Shame with Michael Fassbender) plays his wife »

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Jeanine Serralles joins Ethan and Joel Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis

19 December 2011 10:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Inside Llewyn Davis casts Jeanine Serralles. Serralles (Two Lovers, Across the Universe) has been cast in Ethan and Joel Coen's film which is set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, reports Variety. Inside Llewyin Davis tells of a character loosely based on Bob Dylan's friend Dave Van Ronk (played by Drive and Sucker Punch actor Oscar Isaac). In the story, the struggling musician from Queens can't seem to make ends meet, despite the fact that he's a talented guitarist as well as singer. Multi-talented Justin Timberlake has been cast as another folk musician, while Carey Mulligan (currently in Shame with Michael Fassbender) plays his wife »

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Jeanine Serralles Heads Inside Llewyn Davis

19 December 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Another cast member has signed on for Inside Llewyn Davis , Variety reports. Jeanine Serralles will appear opposite Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman in the next film from Joel and Ethan Coen. The project is based on the life of musician Dave van Ronk, part of the folk music scene that hit Greenwich Village in the 1960's. The script is said to be based in part on van Ronk's memoir, "The Mayor of MacDougal Street." At a talk they did earlier this year at the Lincoln Center's new Elinor Munroe Film Center, the brothers told moderator Noah Baumbach that they were working on a musical-based film, which they compared to Baumbach's own film, Margot at the Wedding , and its dialogue and "music [that's] pretty much all performed live, »

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Their Holiday Favorites: Agnes Varnum, Her Mom and 'Bad Santa'

6 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome to Their Holiday Favorites, a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. We're starting with Agnes Varnum, the Director of Marketing for Austin Film Society. Here's her description of a family holiday favorite:

My mom is a sucker for Joel and Ethan Coen. Raising Arizona was her favorite movie until O Brother, Where Art Thou? came out. Besides Elf and Miracle on 34th Street, our holiday greatest hit is the Coen-produced Bad Santa.

The grungy, foul Santa played by Billy Bob Thornton is exactly the kind of sardonic character that folks without a sense of humor love to hate, but if you ever feel like commercialism and sentimentality have overtaken the holiday, Bad Santa is the cure.

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- Jette Kernion

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New York's finest step out for Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' premiere

3 December 2011 10:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - The world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" took place Sunday night at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and a slew of notable New Yorkers came out to screen the potential best picture player. Besides Spielberg himself, other industry faces included Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross, Joel Coen, Stephen Daldry (who has his own awards season player waiting in the wings), best actress contender Elizabeth Olsen, "Shame" director Steve McQueen, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Brian Cox, Billy Connolly, Ed Westwick, Stephen Lang, Eriq La Salle, Phylicia Rashad and um, Kathie Lee Gifford among others. »

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Colin Firth Confirms Oldboy Rumors; Talks About Working with Coen Brothers Dialogue in Gambit

22 November 2011 12:52 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While many were skeptical about an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy when it was announced, things got interesting when Spike Lee signed on to direct. Then the director locked Josh Brolin as his star and many fans’ fears (mine included) were abased. The next question was who Lee would choose to play the incredibly nasty villain, as the crux of the movie hinges on the dichotomy between the protagonist and the antagonist. Rumors began to surface that Colin Firth, an odd yet exciting choice, had been offered the role. There reports were unconfirmed at the time, but Steve recently sat down with Firth to talk about the upcoming spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and he confirmed that he’s been approached about the role but no decisions have been made just yet. In addition, the actor talked about his recently wrapped remake of the 1966 caper comedy Gambit. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Best Picture Five Film Set

21 November 2011 4:46 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2011

Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $54.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Shakespeare in Love

Timed for Oscar season, the Best Picture Academy Award Winners Five Film Collection packages together Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Chicago, No Country For Old Men and Crash in one set on either DVD or high-definition Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray set marks the debut on that format for Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, also available individually priced at $14.99 each.

None of these films need any introduction, but in case you want a reminder, here’s the lowdown on each:

1998′s romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love explores what might have been the renowned playwright’s inspiration for many of his romances. Joseph Fiennes (The Red Baron) plays the bard, who falls in love with Gwyneth Paltrow’s (Country Strong) Viola, a lady who’s scheduled to marry Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) but would »

- Sam

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Films To Watch Before You Die #4 - Fargo (1996)

16 November 2011 11:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Fargo, 1996.

Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare.

Fargo is the product of the Coen Brothers and is apparently the telling of a true story. Macy plays Jerry, a financially crippled car salesman married to a woman with a rich and tight fisted father. In order to try and resolve his financial difficulties and find investment money for a new business venture he plans to have his wife kidnapped and her father to pay the ransom.

Jerry meets two criminals Carl (Buscemi) and Gaear (Stormare) who agree to kidnap his wife in return for a new car and a cut of the ransom money, but Jerry plans to raise a lot more than the original ransom fee. The two kidnap his wife »

- flickeringmyth

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Av Room: Blood Simple Blu-ray

10 November 2011 8:01 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Blood Simple Blu-ray MGM Home Entertainment 1984/Rated R/Running Time 99 mins List Price: $19.99 – Now Available   Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have spent the last 27 years flaunting traditional movie storytelling with such quirky fare as Raising Arizona, the Oscar-winning Fargo and No Country For Old Men and O Brother, Where Art Thou? 1984's Blood Simple is not only the film that put the writer/director siblings on Hollywood’s radar, but remains one of their best nearly thirty years after its release. The film concerns Texas bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya), stewing over the recently discovered infidelity of his wife Abby (Frances McDormand) with bartender Ray (John Getz). Stung by the explicit photographic proof supplied by sleazy private investigator Loren Visser (M. Emmet Walsh), Marty retains Loren for yet another task, one that will end the affair permanently. Any further discussion of the plot would be futile. From that point, »

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Scott Rudin Acquires Rights to The Marriage Plot; Ron Nyswaner to Adapt American Wife

4 November 2011 3:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In Great American novel-adaptation news today, producer Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has purchased feature rights to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot. The coming-of-age story focuses on a love triangle involving three graduates of Brown in the 1980s. Eugenides previously penned “The Virgin Suicides” and won the Pulitzer for “Middlesex." Adapting the best-selling Curtis Sittenfeld novel, American Wife, will be Ron Nyswaner, best known for scripting Philadelphia and The Painted Veil. The novel tracks the First Lady as she struggles with a scandal that threatens to derail her husband’s presidency and their marriage. When it was published in 2009, American Wife drew speculation that its central characters resembled President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Hit the jump for more on both projects. Deadline reported the news of Rudin’s acquisition of The Marriage Plot. Rudin is currently producing Inside Llewyn Davis »

- Dave Trumbore

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