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Among the most influential and important filmmakers of their generation, The Coen Brothers continue to pump out modern masterpieces (“Fargo," “No Country For Old Men," “Barton Fink," “A Serious Man”), solid genre-subverting efforts (“True Grit,” “Miller’s Crossing,” "The Big Lebowski," perhaps the greatest noir-comedy of all time), as well as the occasional dud (“The Ladykillers,” “Intolerable Cruelty”). As filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen find a sweet spot between technical and thematic predictability and subversive originality. There are many visual approaches, character archetypes and themes that link their films, yet they still manage to construct works that are original and unpredictable, especially when those works are expected to fit inside the mold of a certain genre. Vimeo user Grant Pichla’s twenty-minute dissection covers the brothers’ use of similar themes, characters, dialogue and visual styles, their tendency to create »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
The Coen brothers are gearing up for production on their next outing, "Hail, Caesar!," set to begin filming on Monday in studios and on location in Los Angeles, Variety reports. The film stars George Clooney as Baird Whitlock, a 1950s Hollywood fixer who cleans up the messes of other movie stars. The film costars Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton (who we interviewed here), Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill. 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." Swinton says it's definitely a comedy. 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. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Coen brothers' latest film Hail, Caesar! has set its release date.
It is currently the only film scheduled for release on that date.
Hail, Caesar! is an original script by the Coens about a Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix (Clooney) who protected the stars of the era.
Not so fast: Universal Pictures will release the Coen Brothers' show business comedy "Hail, Caesar!" on Friday, February 5, 2016. The movie starts filming in January 2015. The film stars George Clooney as Baird Whitlock, a 1950s Hollywood fixer who cleans up the messes of other movie stars. The film costars Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton (who we interviewed here) and, according to IMDb, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill. Swinton says it's definitely a comedy. 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." 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 »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 6: “Old Spice”
Written by Leonard Dick
Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
Airs Sundays at 9pm on CBS
For all of the huge life changes Alicia Florrick has had to endure over the course of The Good Wife’s five-and-change seasons, one character trait has always remained: her atheism. Alicia has never had the inclination towards belief in a higher power – at least, not one beyond the earthly plane. If anything, the years have made her ever more ruthlessly pragmatic as a matter of necessity. Her work and interpersonal relationships have been so toxic for so long that the notion of a loving, interventionist man upstairs has never been an option for her. Though many fans have long complained of the subplots given to Grace, Alicia’s pious daughter, their relationship proves to be the most fascinating aspect of “Old Spice,” an odd and somewhat »
- Simon Howell
The Coen Bros. – Joel and Ethan – are among that rarified group of filmmakers whose every project is eagerly anticipated with the assumption of excellence. This writing and directing team have been producing the highest quality cinema for over thirty years, and have almost never put a foot wrong. Inevitably, their work attracts the most interesting and talented casts and, though they often collaborate with particular performers regularly, they never shy away from adding new people to their routine roster. Their next film, Hail, Caesar! is no exception.
Set amid the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix – a ‘fixer’ whose own talents are tested when a star disappears during filming. George Clooney makes his fourth Coen Bros. appearance (after O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading) in the lead role as Mannix, and will be supported by fellow Coen Bros favourites Josh Brolin »
- Sarah Myles
A million leggy models/bartenders/aspiring red carpet hosts are having a little cry on the inside as George Clooney prepares to marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a reported 4-day fete in Venice. We tv shares the same sentiment as they announced a “Bye George!” Roseanne marathon, airing Clooney-centric Roseanne episodes starting Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. E.T. To those around the world who are still holding a candle for the Cloonz, here’s a nostalgic look back at some of Clooney’s great romantic roles in past and recent history.
E/R (1984-1985) – Dr. Mark “Ace” Kolmar
- Teresa Jue
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
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