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Kieran, here. There are certain actors whose absence would create a huge void in cinema. It’s not always the movie stars, despite their merits. It’s often the character actors. The beautiful, interesting, wholly human faces that populate our films, only semi-regularly leaping forward to truly headline a vehicle, but still remaining a vital part of the movies we love. Few actors working today embody this more fully than the wondrously versatile, endlessly watchable Frances McDormand whose entry into the world we celebrate today.
What’s your favorite Frances McDormand performance? Okay...that’s a rhetorical question. We all know what it is. But her filmography is diverse and fascinating to explore, who what's your #2?
Frances McDormand’s 5 Best Movie Performances
5. Burn After Reading (2008)
Broad, but undeniably funny and completely understanding the tone of the vehicle. Mileage varies in terms of McDormand’s many outings with the Coen Brothers, »
- Kieran Scarlett
George Clooney and the Coen brothers look to have wrapped up their unofficial American Idiot trilogy with the release of Burn After Reading in 2008, but low and behold, when Joel and Ethan Coen came knocking seven years later, Clooney answered the call to headline Hail, Caesar! as dim-witted Hollywood superstar, Baird Whitlock.
Set against the movie industry’s Golden Age, the Coen’s period dramedy centered on Josh Brolin’s studio fixer, who is tasked with locating the kidnapped Whitlock or risk paying an exorbitant ransom. Alden Ehrenreich – your new Han Solo – Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand also star.
Now that Hail, Caesar! is fast approaching a release across home video, We Got This Covered has a prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. Bundling together that aforementioned American Idiot trilogy, the grand prize includes Blu-rays of Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, »
- Michael Briers
When it comes to movie stars, few actors in Hollywood better encapsulate what you want out of a veteran A-lister than George Clooney. Not only is he an accomplished actor with an Academy Award on his mantle, he’s a highly regarded writer and director, with an Oscar for producing under his belt as well. He’s a jack of all trades, and with a new star vehicle out on Friday in Money Monster (which I actually see tomorrow), I thought it was high time to go over his best performances to date. There’s no shortage of quality on Clooney’s permanent record, so finding his top works so far won’t be hard, on top of being a pleasure. He’s had a great career that’s only about at the midway point, so there’s not only tons to look at, but plenty more to come as well! »
- Joey Magidson
★★★☆☆ The arrival of a new Coen brothers film is invariably met with wild excitement by their fervent fanbase, and rightly so. The duo's talent is such that a new release can justifiably find itself being hailed as an instant classic in some quarters, which was the case with their previous feature, Inside Llewyn Davis. Despite the winning performances from an all-star cast, all bathed in a delicious Technicolor glow, Hail, Caesar! fits in the more fluffier and inconsequential titles in the brothers' eclectic filmography. Akin to something like Burn After Reading, there's much fun to be had during the film, only to have that uneasy feeling of "is that it?" creep in as the end credits roll.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Burn After Reading on 14th March, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. When a disc filled with some of the CIA’s most irrelevant secrets gets in thehands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is
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Full of the Coen Brothers’ usual exuberant joie de cinema, and a helluva lot of fun, but too scattershot to ever settle on saying the things it has to say. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Coen Brothers, and most of the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Hail, Coens! Even when their films aren’t entirely successful — as Hail, Caesar! is not — they are always fascinating to watch and to ponder. This one is in the same realm as The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading for its exuberant joie de cinema. Hail is a helluva lot of fun… but it’s too scattershot to ever settle on saying the things it has to say, and it never gives most of its many characters — too many, probably — room to work as stand-ins »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The great rule of thumb when working with the Coens, the actor says, is whether you can hear them guffawing like donkeys in the background
Tilda Swinton is on her second Coen brothers film, after Burn After Reading: here she plays the small but toothsome role of identical twin sisters Thora and Thessaly Thacker, feuding Hollywood gossip columnists of the Hedda Hopper/Louella Parsons variety. Typically for such an idiosyncratic acting intelligence, Swinton has her own ideas on the characters, which aren’t to be found anywhere in the actual script. The Thackers, she theorises, with their neurotic needling and ferocious competitiveness, must be failed actors themselves, the product of stage schools that didn’t make it, and are now compensating by rechannelling their frustrated energies into journalism.
Related: Hail, Caesar! review – George Clooney bigger, broader, zanier in classic Coen caper
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- Andrew Pulver
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of Hail, Caesar!, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Joel and Ethan Coen as director.
Joel and Ethan Coen, known collectively as the Coen brothers, are a filmmaking duo who have been active making feature films since the 1980’s. Together they share many production-related roles on their films, including writing, directing, editing, and producing. Although they are typically both equal contributors in many of these roles, they often trade off as lead billing. For editor, they typically use the pseudonym “Roderick Jaynes”, and for director Joel was listed on all films up until The Ladykillers even though both of them shared directing responsibilities. On later films, they are both listed as director.
Their first feature film was Blood Simple (1984) which was not a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Hail Caesar review: The Coen Brothers bring to the screen their love letter to the studio films of the 1950s.
Hail Caesar review by Luke Ryan Baldock. The Coen brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are two of the finest filmmakers ever. They have produced classics throughout their career cementing them as genuine talent. However, every now and again they like to dabble in farcical screwball comedies that always meet a mixed response. Their misguided remake of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers left many feeling a bit dry, Intolerable Cruelty had its fans and haters (I’m one of the former), and Burn After Reading once again split critics. It’s great to see that The Coen’s never give up on something they obviously feel passionate about, and also that they won’t be bullied into a corner of making the same type of film over and over again. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
What's better than watching Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters? Watching it at home with all your buddies! The musical comedy is just one of the many movies coming to HBO Now and HBO Go this March. Vacation, Spy, and Ouija are all going to be available in the upcoming month, along with a bunch of other notable films like Friday Night Lights and The Birdcage. Unfortunately, some of the old titles have to be cleared out to make room for the new ones, so several films are also leaving for good. Check out the list below! Theatrical premieres: March 1: Ouija March 1: The Gallows March 1: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl March 5: Spy March 12: Max March 19: Pitch Perfect 2 March 26: Vacation Original programming highlights: March 12: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill March 14: Ebola: The Doctors' Story March 14: Orphans of »
- Maggie Pehanick
It's President's Day weekend, and last year it was the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey dominating all things box office with a record-smashing $85.1 million opening that bumped up to $93 million for the four-day. This weekend brings a different kind of R-rated heat to the box office in the form of the superhero feature Deadpool, which won't likely top Fifty Shades' record, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to perform in a big way. Additional new releases include the romantic comedy How to be Single and the fifteen-years later sequel, Zoolander 2, both of which will battle for a distant second. Arriving in a big way this weekend, Fox's Deadpool will hit 3,558 theaters with its sights set on settling among the top ranks of R-rated comic book adaptation opening weekends. The list is currently topped by 2007's 300 with $70.8 million, followed by 2009's Watchmen with $55.2 million. The film is looking at »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
A somewhat quiet week for moviegoing as all eyes turn towards the Superbowl. Well, not all eyes. I don't know who's playing other than Beyoncé. Kung Fu Panda had no trouble fending off newcomers. Star Wars recently crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide (though it's still behind Titanic and Avatar globally) but the new movies didn't make enough of an impression for ticket buyers. Unfortunately Hail, Caesar! opened significantly below the gross of the last widescreen comedy from the Coen brothers Burn After Reading.
01 Kung Fu Panda 2 $21 (cum. $69)
02 Hail, Caesar! $11.4 new Coen Brothers - 17 Films, Interview: Score
03 The Revenant $7.1 (cum. $149.7) Interview: Costumes, Interview: Production Design
04 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.9 (cum. $905.9) Review, Podcast
05 The Choice $6 new
06 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies $5.2 new Review
07 The Finest Hours $4.7 (cum. $18.3)
08 Ride Along 2 $4.5 (cum. $77.2)
09 The Boy $4 (cum $26.8)
10 Dirty Grandpa $4 (cum $29.3)
What did you see this weekend?
I rewatched Silence of the Lambs (for »
- NATHANIEL R
There's a reason the Coens make a lot of comedies. They're funny. Read one of their inimitable scripts or see "Burn After Reading," "Raising Arizona," or "The Big Lebowski," and you'll be howling with laughter. Even their "serious" movies are pretty funny. "Hail, Ceasar!" is an out-and-out comedy in the vein of such other period valentines as "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" So it's no surprise that hanging out with them in a relaxed way is a huge amount of fun, even if it doesn't amount to much in the way of a ground-breaking 15-minute interview. The pattern is the same. Joel sits down and tends to lead the answers, while Ethan paces around and jumps in with additions, curlicues and comments. And they often laugh at each other. They crack each other up. And me. Josh Brolin and George Clooney are front and center in this homage to 50s Hollywood. »
- Anne Thompson
Po the Panda will rule the U.S. box office again with Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ nabbing at least $20 million at 3,955 theaters this weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
The animated comedy will leave a trio of new entries in the dust during a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend, led by Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” with $9.5 million at 2,231 sites. The Coen Brothers’ look at 1950s Hollywood commanded a moderate $3.5 million on Friday, including $543,000 in Thursday night previews.
Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was headed for $9 million at 2,930 sites with a $3 million opening day on Friday. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody of Jane Austen’s iconic 1813 novel.
Only a modest number of moviegoers were choosing “The Choice,” which opened Friday with about $2.5 million at 2,631 sites on its way to a $6.5 million weekend for Lionsgate’s romancer.
Fox’s seventh weekend »
- Dave McNary
While there are plenty of interviews with the Coens to dive into this week as their new film "Hail, Caesar!" hits theaters, it's also a good time to dip into the archives, and that's just what the folks at The Film Society of Lincoln Center have done. They posted a 2011 talk between the sibling directors and Noah Baumbach, and as you would expect, the chat was a fascinating one. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, from filmmaking itself, opening shots of their careers, and more, with lots of interesting little insights. For example, the Coens consider "Burn After Reading" their version of a Tony Scott film. "We discussed Tony Scott a lot," Ethan said. "[It's one of his films] except the people are knuckleheads...Constantly on the set with Chivo we would say 'What would Tony do?' "We thought, 'Well, we’ll never do a movie that starts starts with a little »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hail, Caesar!, 2016.
Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Max Baker, Heather Goldenhersh, Veronica Osorio, Clancy Brown, Wayne Knight, Fisher Stevens, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lambert, Natasha Bassett, Alex Karpovsky, John Bluthal, and Alison Pill.
A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
“It’s either going to work or it isn’t” – George Clooney in some interview I once read online that I can’t find anymore discussing the production of Hail, Caesar!.
Producers, writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen have a rich history of tackling different genres, in turn making for a broad range of films; you’ve got classic characters like The Dude in the freewheeling stoner comedy The Big Lebowski, symbolism permeating the experience of more »
- Robert Kojder
“Hail, Caesar!” opens today, Joel and Ethan Coen’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s mournful and beautiful “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The Coens have cultivated a habit of following their more somber dramatic works with madcap comic exercises (see: “Raising Arizona” following “Blood Simple,” “The Big Lebowski” as the stoney palate cleanser after “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men” leading into “Burn After Reading”), and although the jury is still out on whether or not “Hail, Caesar!” is a truly great Coen Brothers movie, it looks to be very much in keeping with that established formula. The Coens have always peppered their work with loving and self-aware references to old Hollywood productions, so to see them set their comic sights on the pomposity and decadence of this faded old world is a very exciting prospect indeed. Read More: The Films Of The Coen Brothers, Ranked Since “Hail, Caesar!” is the Coen’s seventeenth film, »
- Nicholas Laskin
A kidnapping is at the center of some of the Coen Brothers’ most indelible pictures. From Raising Arizona to Fargo to The Big Lebowski, someone goes missing and it’s through this unfortunate victim’s disappearance that characters are revealed. You can now add Hail, Caesar! to this list. However, while most of these kidnappings spawn a colorful cast of characters where hilarity and morality often sway from the light to the very dark, Hail, Caesar! doesn’t exactly use the taking of the half-wit Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) as the catalyst to propel most of the characters and the story. In fact, it becomes simply just another piece of this collage that the Coens have assembled that is equally both an ode to classic cinema and a biting satire showcasing a facade of what many believe to be what Hollywood is really like.
As studio fixer for Capitol Pictures »
- Michael Haffner
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
George Clooney met the Coen brothers in the early days of his movie career, when they approached him with the idea for 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Since then, Clooney has risen to one of the biggest stars in the world, while still finding time for regular collaborations with Joel and Ethan: 2003’s “Intolerable Cruelty,” 2008’s “Burn After Reading” and the upcoming “Hail, Caesar,” where he plays a 1950s big-screen star kidnapped by a secret cult. As part of this week’s cover story, Clooney talked to Variety about what it’s like to work with the Coens and their next project together.
You and the Coen brothers have worked together a lot.
Well, let’s face it. If you’ve been involved in any part of filmmaking in the last 35 years, they hold a very special place for people in the industry. It’s their ability to mix drama, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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