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Inside Llewyn Davis Among Coens' Best

Critics rave about musical tale

(Newser) - The Coen brothers' latest film tells the dark tale of a folk musician in Greenwich Village in 1961. Though you might not want to befriend Llewyn, his story is well worth a watch—in fact, some critics are calling Inside Llewyn Davis a candidate for the Coens' best. A sampling... More »

Coen Brothers Marvel: We're 'the Mainstream Guys'

In NYT interview, Joel and Ethan surprised they're 'the establishment' now

(Newser) - Joel and Ethan Coen give an interview to movie critics AO Scott and Manohla Dargis of the New York Times in which they marvel at the fact that they are now "the mainstream guys," shed a bit of light on their collaborative writing, and even offer a defense... More »

Coen Brothers Creating TV Show

Filmmakers will have a television project for the first time

(Newser) - Good news for Coen brothers fans: Soon you won't even have to leave your house to get a fix. The Oscar-winning filmmakers are creating an hour-long TV series for Fox, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The single-camera comedy Harve Karbo will center on a Los Angeles private investigator, his... More »

Real People Who Inspired Movie Crazies

Christian Bale looked to Cruise to inspire 'American Psycho'

(Newser) - Some things are too good to be true, but that's not the case for these fictional movie characters: BuzzFeed has a list of 10 popular movie icons that you'd never believe were inspired by actual people. A sample:
  • Big Lebowski's The Dude: Producer and political activist Jeff
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New Lebowski Tome Worthy of the Dude

It's a little late, but the essays by college scholars come through

(Newser) - The Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski has a growing body of critical literature to support it, though like the Dude, it moves at an abiding pace. Out now is The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, a collection of papers from the Lebowski Fest in Louisville—in... More »

Notable Golden Globes Snubs

Lee Daniels misses Best Director race, The Road shut out, and more

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are “as notable for the films and performances that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association omit as for those that they celebrate,” writes Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times , and yesterday’s nominations “had no shortage of surprising snubs.” Lee, and... More »

A Look Back at Movies of the '00s

Which films will be remembered, and which ones deserve it?

(Newser) - The shifting sands of entertainment technology make a look at the past decade's movies a tricky proposition simply because standing the test of time means something different almost daily. "The possibility of a digital, on-demand afterlife guarantees at least a theoretically universal long-tail immortality to blockbusters and curiosities alike,... More »

Coen Brothers' Ad Knocks 'Clean Coal'

Filmmaking duo mock coal industry in ad for Al Gore green group

(Newser) - The Coen brothers chuck the notion of "clean coal" into the woodchipper in a new ad commissioned by Al Gore’s Reality Coalition, the Guardian reports. The ad, which the filmmaking duo directed for the anti-coal environmental group, features a salesman spraying black smog from a can marked "... More »

Non-Mainstream Seduced Oscar

Non-Americans are dominating as increasing revenue comes from overseas

(Newser) - For a Hollywood award, Oscar wasn't too fond of Tinseltown last night. The Academy Awards were dominated by a crew of crack European actors—and a pair of maverick brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, operating far from the Hollywood mainstream. It was a record year for the number of Oscars... More »

No Country Is Thriller Heaven

Coen brothers adapt McCarthy novel to good effect

(Newser) - It's a far piece from their Oscar-winning Fargo, but No Country for Old Men, the new thriller from Joel and Ethan Coen, is generating the same kind of buzz. Set in a West Texas border town in 1980, No Country, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel about a drug... More »

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