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Billy Bob Thornton has strung together a career’s worth of memorable performances in films including Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, Primary Colors, Bad Santa, Monster’s Ball, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, and the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Has he ever played as riveting a character as his small screen turn as Lorne Malvo, the manipulative, malevolent murderous catalyst for the series transfer of the Coen Brothers film classic Fargo? Thornton is smack in the center of an Emmy category stacked with fellow movie stars lured by the superior writing and character development largely missing from features nowadays. Here, he tells Deadline why the small screen was the perfect forum for his resurgence, and what happens when an actor interprets a mortal character as something else.
Deadline: Lorne Malvo facilitated all the good and bad that happens in Fargo‘s snowy Minnesota town. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum is the latest name set to be added to the new Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!. Tatum is said to be in negotiations along with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) to feature in the cast, joining George Clooney (Gravity) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) who have previously signed on to the project.
The film, which is set for release in 2015, is about a man maned Eddie Mannix, who is a Hollywood fixer in the 1950′s. Star Clooney said back in 2005 that the film would be the conclusion of his “idiot” trilogy with the Coens, after he featured in Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (he has since teamed with them for Burn After Reading).
Not much else is know on the project, but The Hollywood Reporter have said that Tatum’s part is a Hollywood star »
- Scott Davis
Following a disappointing turn in the underwhelming Old Boy remake, Josh Brolin will return to his No Country For Old Men writer/ directors The Coen Brothers for their next film, Hail Caesar, opposite the already cast George Clooney. Variety broke the news late yesterday about Brolin’s casting the film, which revolves around a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s working to keep a studio’s stars in line.
The Hail Caesar element supposedly refers to a Roman production set-up within the film.
Great to see Brolin back with the Coens, and also the mighty Clooney. Hail Caesar will be his fourth collaboration with the duo, following O’ Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty, and Burn After Reading. Shooting kicks off later in the year.
Source: Variety »
- Paul Heath
The Academy Award-winning filmmakers have inked a deal with Universal Pictures for the upcoming comedy, reports Deadline.
Hail, Caesar is an original script by the Coens about a Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix who protected the stars of the era.
No release date has been set yet for Hail, Caesar.
Watch a trailer for True Grit below: »
The story centers on Eddie Mannix, a 1950s fixer who works for major Hollywood studios to try and keep the biggest movie stars in line. Our report from May revealed that the character is loosely based on Fred Otash, a spy who worked for Confidential Magazine, digging up dirt on all of the biggest celebrities using his wiretapping techniques. Fixers were used by the studios in the 1950s to stop any scandalous story involving a major star from spreading. It isn't clear who George Clooney and Josh Brolin are portraying at this time.
Josh Brolin previously starred in »
A double dose of news today for Coens fans: Universal Pictures has netted worldwide distribution rights to the brothers' "Hail Caesar!," in which Josh Brolin has officially been cast opposite George Clooney. Working Title Films' Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce this story of a '50s Hollywood fixer who manages the reputations of stars who're falling out of line. Back in Winter 2013, in the days of "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coens' told us in our Q&A that "Caesar" is "about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business." The film will reunite the Coens with both Clooney -- who has starred in their more comedic fare including "O Brother Where Art Thou," "Burn After Reading" and "Intolerable Cruelty" -- and Brolin, who played Llewelyn Moss in "No Country For Old Men." Check out our ranking of the Coens' oeuvre here; meanwhile, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
By this point in the careers of the Coen brothers, they have an embarrassment of past talent to draw upon for the next films. And for their upcoming "Hail Caesar," they've tapped two leading men who have been part of some of their most successful films to date. Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men," "True Grit") has joined the previously reported George Clooney ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Burn After Reading") in the siblings' next film, "Hail Caesar." Even more, Universal has swooped in to distribute the film, a long develping project that focuses on a fixer in the 1950s who works for Hollywood studios to protect their stars. It'll be the first time Brolin and Clooney have paired up for a feature film (though they both appeared in the 2012 doc "Radioman") and that it's for a Coens pic is really promising stuff. No word yet on when production will begin, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In an announcement Monday, Universal Pictures confirmed that they had acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hail, Caesar!, an original screenplay from the Oscar-winning siblings who will also write and direct the film, which, Deadline reported, centers on a 1950s-era Hollywood “fixer” named Eddie Mannix.
Josh Brolin, who starred in No Country for Old Men and True Grit, will join fellow Coen brothers regular George Clooney (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) in the pic. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Breaking: Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay. The siblings will direct George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the starring roles. The Coens will produce under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films. This will be the eighth collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title. Clooney starred for the Coens in Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading, while Brolin starred for them in No Country For Old Men and True Grit. The last film by the […] »
One of 2013′s best films, Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1960s-set musical drama Inside Llewyn Davis, was unfairly shut out of the Academy Awards and almost every other major awards ceremony, but no quantity of eyebrow-raising snubs will make moviegoers forget that the Coen Brothers are two of the most versatile and talented directors in the industry today. That’s why it’s exciting to learn that they are moving forward with their next project, a Hollywood-set comedy titled Hail Caesar.
The film has been in the works since 2004, and George Clooney became attached last December to play the part of the male lead. Deadline reported today that the project has been confirmed as the filmmakers’ next directorial gig, and that the pair have reworked the story pretty extensively since its inception.
Originally, Hail Caesar was said to focus on a 1920s matinee film star who signed on to an »
- Isaac Feldberg
It's not particularly a new idea that the Coen brothers' next will be a project titled "Hail Caesar," as Deadline is claiming "exclusively." But we haven't written about it around these parts yet, so let's do that… I'm actually coming off a Coen binge in recent months. After what was one of the filmmaker siblings' absolute greatest achievements, "Inside Llewyn Davis," I felt a desire to dig back through the catalogue. A number of their films I had not actually seen in some time, so it was good to explore them again. These guys simply remain on another level, and it started right out of the gate with "Blood Simple" in 1985. "Hail Caesar" will tell the story of a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who works for the studios and protects the stars. So immediately, there is a whiff of "Barton Fink" here, the Coens' masterful, esoteric Palme d'Or winner »
- Kristopher Tapley
Before the Coen brothers even made True Grit there was talk of them directing Hail Caesar and it seems the time has finally come for the industry-driven comedy. Deadline reports the film, centering on a "fixer" in Hollywood, circa 1950s, working for the studios to protect the stars of the day, will be the brothers' next film. The story centers on a man named Eddie Mannix, similar to Hollywood police officer and private investigator Fred Otash who worked for Confidential magazine, using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt. Otash was a former lifeguard who became a cop, then helped operate a call girl ring and lost his job as a cop and became a private eye who wiretapped. Of course, there is also the possibility of the lead character being based on the MGM general manager and vice-president, who holds a connection with the death of "Adventures of Superman »
- Brad Brevet
The Coen Brothers themselves have been planting the seeds of "Hail Caesar" for a while now, teasing last fall that this would be next. First conceived years ago, in what would've been part of their loose knit “Numbskull Trilogy” following “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and “Intolerable Cruelty," "Hail Caesar" was initially about a 1920s matinee film idol who takes on an Ancient Rome epic. But it seems that the sibling duo have upgraded the setting and the focus, as they gear up to finally make this one their next film. Deadline reports that the Coens are putting the project together, but reveal an entirely different storyline, one that focuses on a fixer in the 1950s who works for Hollywood studios to protect their stars. So, it's still a showbiz story, but one with a bit of a different bent. “It’s about the movie business and life and religion and faith. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In Withnail and I, two English chums go “on holiday by mistake” and seek refuge from their horrid lives in a bottle of whatever is nearby. The movie is loaded with writing that is memorized and used by the film’s fans in their daily lives as often as possible.
How can anyone resist lines like, “We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here, and we want them now!” And, of course, “There must and shall be aspirin!”
“Withnail and I” centers on two actors who can’t get a role if the rent depends upon it – and it does – who take a bit of R & R at uncle Monty’s English country shack for the weekend. This film features plenty to drink: there’s wine, there’s sherry, there’s more wine, there’s a pint of something and there’s lighter fluid. Oh, there »
- Randy Fuller
Billy Bob Thornton plays a strange gun-for-hire with some seriously deranged bangs in Fargo, FX’s miniseries adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. Et). Such a project raises many questions, such as, “Whyyyyy?” But Thornton, who has starred in two Coen films (The Man Who Wasn’t There and Intolerable Cruelty), promises that the show is a well-done homage to the 1996 film — one with a completely different story, written by executive producer Noah Hawley. It begins when Lorne Malvo (Thornton) makes a pit stop in the small town of Bemidji, Minnesota, and offers to help out emasculated insurance agent Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) with a problem he’s having with a bully. Things spiral colorfully out of control from there. Vulture sat down with Thornton to discuss many things, but especially his bizarre hair.Noah said you showed up to set with those bangs. »
- Denise Martin
Actor, comedian and producer Cedric the Entertainer has been tapped to host the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The awards show will broadcast live on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Et on The CW. Cedric stars on new TV Land comedy “Soul Man,” which he created and executive-produces, as well. He's alls the current host of syndicated show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Also read: Forest Whitaker, ‘Before Midnight’ Team To Receive Special Critics’ Choice Movie Awards His film credits include “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” the “Madagascar” animated franchise, “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Johnson Family Vacation,” among others. The awards are given by. »
- Jethro Nededog
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
In his 30-year career as a composer, Carter Burwell’s film scores have run the veritable cinematic gamut. From composing for Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) to his work being the best parts of the Twilight saga, Burwell’s résumé is sporadic and unconventional, even for a man who makes film music for a living — it’s fitting, given his less-than-conventional roots as a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon and later as a vagrant New York punk rocker. Undoubtedly, Burwell’s become best known for the his collaborations with Joel and Ethan Coen. Last week, Sound on Sight ranked the films of the Coen Brothers, so what better way to take over The Big Score than with a similarly themed meditation on their work with Burwell? As much as the Coens’ filmography is defined by their trademark cynicism and wit, Burwell’s compositions are »
- David Klein
With Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest – Inside Llewyn Davis – due out today, I’ve returned to the filmography of the two enigmatic brothers, and a Masters of Cinema book dedicated to them. The author of said book is Ian Nathan, executive editor of Empire Magazine, author of Terminator Vault (2013) and Alien Vault (2011), and a contributor to numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Sharing his thoughts on the process of writing the book, and his own exploration of the tricksy Coen brothers, here is what Mr. Nathan had to say:
Piers McCarthy: How easy was it to balance the research and writing of this book with your work at Empire Magazine?
Ian Nathan: This is always tricky in terms of sheer workload. Books are just hard work, and soak up your time. »
- Gary Collinson
Joel and Ethan Coen have built a reputation as two of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers working today. Dabbling in Film Noir to screwball comedy, from off-beat indies to big-budget studio pieces, their films are adored by critics and audiences alike. The two-man writer-director-producer-editor team, have long been regarded by cinephiles as masters of the craft. Choosing our favourite Coen Bros. film isn’t an easy task, but we asked our staff to rank their films from favourite to least favourite. The results were interesting, with Fargo running away with first place, and two of their 16 films not producing enough votes to justify making the cut (The Lady Killers, Intolerable Cruelty). Here are the results. Let us know which is your favourite Coen Bros. film?
13. Burn After Reading, 2008
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