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If you're going to spend millions of dollars on a Super Bowl commercial, you might as well do something special and have a well-known director at the helm. Many of the ads playing during Super Bowl Li are indeed from established filmmakers. And for a special distinction this year two of the spots will be produced and broadcast live, one by Peter Berg and another starring Adam Driver. Mercedez Directed by the Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Hail Caesar!) Starring Peter Fonda with a nod to his role in Easy Rider Wix Directed by Louis Letterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me) Starring Jason Statham (The Transporter) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) Kia Directed...
- Christopher Campbell
Joel and Ethan Coen have lured moviegoers to films ranging from “The Big Lebowski” to “No Country for Old Men.” Can they now direct football fans to blow tens of thousands of dollars on a new Mercedes?
That will be the challenge come Sunday, when a 30-second ad will air during Super Bowl Li featuring Peter Fonda, the auto manufacturer’s slick Amg roadster, and a gang of burly bikers listening to Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” The question, of course, will be if the Coens can make the kind of art that leads to commerce.
Based on the teaser made available online – a 60-second behemoth that will no doubt be ill-served by the editor’s knife when it is cut down to half that length – the answer may be “No.” After spending time with the colorful denizens of the tavern (it’s called “Tiny’s,” by the way) it’s hard to figure out why »
- Brian Steinberg
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Forman, Spielberg, Hitchcock, and more play as part of “Universal in the ’70s.”
Ronin screens on Friday; King Kong shows this Saturday.
Museum of the Moving Image
Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and New York, New York will screen as part of the ongoing Scorsese retrospective.
- Nick Newman
In The Coen Brothers’ 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” actor Steve Buscemi plays Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos, the good-hearted but slow-witted member of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Walter’s (John Goodman) bowling crew. To keep up with Walter’s long-winded stories or diatribes, he frequently asks factual and inane questions, provoking Walter to constantly yell at him, “Shut the fuck up, Donny!” or “You’re out of your element!” Like many other lines of dialogue in the film, this has entered the culture as a staple from the cult film.
Read More: Park City Women’s March: Massive Crowd Turns Out to Protest Donald Trump During Sundance
Last weekend all across the globe, many participated in the Women’s March, a series of protests addressing women’s rights, as well as other various civic and social issues, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Thousands of people stood in solidarity, »
- Vikram Murthi
Given the massive number of people who walked in the Women’s March yesterday, showing solidarity for women’s rights and opposition to the actions and attitudes of President Donald Trump, it’s not surprising that some of those folks were famous. But while we’re all in favor of Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, and Madonna giving speeches in which they repeatedly say “Fuck” live on CNN, few of those celebrities—barring Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and her amazing “Pussy Of Steel” sign—managed to combine message and messenger as well as this shot of Steve Buscemi that’s making the rounds today.
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) January 22, 2017
The photo shows the Big Lebowski star standing next to a protest sign containing a quote repurposed »
- William Hughes
There’s nothing fresh about the story of a movie star facing down the barrel of mortality, but it’s comfortable terrain for writer-director Brett Haley. The filmmaker’s tender 2015 drama “I’ll See You In My Dreams” found Blythe Danner playing an ex-singer looking back on her life in somber terms; now, Haley sets his sights on Sam Elliott — who played Danner’s suave romantic interest in “Dreams” — for another melancholic character study about the tribulations of getting old. “The Hero” finds Elliott in a deeply contemplative role, riffing on his own career and delivering a touching meditation on fading stardom. Haley may traffic in traditional sentiment, but again the actors elevate it.
As the perennial cowboy figure, it’s been many years since Elliott’s iconic roles in “Lifeguard” and “Tombstone;” for younger generations, his iconic drawl may be most familiar as the rambling voiceovers in “The Big Lebowski. »
- Eric Kohn
Sam Elliott must have made out of John Wayne’s rib, so fully does he ooze cowpoke charm. It’s a shame that Hollywood doesn’t make many westerns these days, because no actor wears a ten gallon hat more convincingly than Elliott. Some of that ease is attributable to his handlebar mustache and the rest stems from Elliott’s voice, a Texas-tinged baritone that seems to luxuriate over every syllable. So it’s a bit intimidating to hear Elliott pick up the phone, sounding a little like he just finished wrestling longhorns.
“You’ll have to excuse me,” Elliott says with the same drawl he’s used to hawk Coors beer or beef. “I’m right on the tail end of a flu bug. Still feeling kinda like shit. I hadn’t been sick in years and I’ve forgotten what it felt like.”
After years of well-regarded character »
- Brent Lang
21 January 2017 10:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
As any fan of The Big Lebowski — and countless other movie buffs — will tell you, Sam Elliott’s smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema’s undervalued treasures. A reliable source of pleasure, that voice can also be something of a saving grace: It pretty much rescues Brett Haley’s Sundance dramatic competition entry The Hero, cutting clean through the film’s pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.
- Jon Frosch
Rob Leane Jan 11, 2017
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs will see the Coen Brothers directing for TV....
Here's some exciting news. Joel and Ethan Coen - the Oscar-winning writer/directors of such timeless cinematic classics as The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men and more recently Hail, Caesar! - are heading to TV.
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The Coen brothers will write, produce and direct The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, a TV western series, through the production company Annapurna Television. It's not yet known which network will air the show - if that's not been decided yet, I'm sure there will plenty of interested parties.
The plan, according to a report from the ever-reliable Collider, is for "an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach," which makes it sounds like some »
Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Sources tell Variety that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.
The Coens will produce “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” through their Mike Zoss Productions label. Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television’s president of television, Sue Naegle, will serve as executive producers.
“We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project,” the Coen brothers said in a statement to Variety.
It’s still unclear how theatrical distribution could play a part in the project, but the intent is to shoot “Buster Scruggs” as a miniseries. »
- Justin Kroll
Ryan Lambie Jan 11, 2017
A 1997 episode of Pokemon contains an unexpected homage to Ray Bradbury's The Fog Horn - the loose basis for a pivotal 50s monster movie.
There's a certain pleasure in spotting pop culture references in animated shows aimed at kids, whether it's unmistakeable allusions to Goodfellas in Animaniacs or The dude from The Big Lebowski showing up in an episode of Powerpuff Girls. An early episode of the animated TV series Pokemon, meanwhile, took the unusual step of spending a large chunk of its duration on paying homage to one of America's most distinguished genre writers.
Mystery At The Lighthouse was the 13th episode of Pokemon, which made its first Japanese airing in 1997 and appeared on Us screens the following year. Arriving near the start of Pokemon's global explosion in popularity, »
Mark Ruffalo has joined the cast of this spring’s Broadway revival of the Arthur Miller drama “The Price.” The “Avengers” star is stepping in for John Turturro, who had to withdraw from the production due to his filming schedule on “Going Places,” on which he is serving as writer, director and star — reprising his role from the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” as the Latin American bowler Jesus Quintana. Ruffalo, a Tony nominee in 2006 for an acclaimed revival of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” will play opposite Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito in the “The Price.” Also Read:. »
- Thom Geier
When it comes to Kate Hudson, she's an open book. The actress partnered up with longtime pal and fashion designer Michael Kors for his third-ever Glamour Games, a viral video segment that tested just how much Kate and Michael know about each other's most favorite things. Things quickly took a turn for the candid when the blond stunner was asked to reveal her fave celebrity crush. Kate didn't pause to play coy, and instead teased, "'The Dude' in The Big Lebowski. He kind of weirdly looks like he could be my dad's brother!" Unfortunately, Michael couldn't pair Hudson's pops Kurt Russell to the man in question and Kate ultimately »
13 items from 2017
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