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Coen Brothers Continue To Collect A-List Stars For 'Hail, Caesar!'

July 10th, 2014 3:01pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Ethan and Joel Coen are slowly gathering a spectacular cast for their next film, Hail, Caesar!. Jonah Hill recently confirmed he's joined the project, and Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in negotiations.

According to Variety, the Coen brothers are working to cast the pregnant Johansson for the film, which is ironically about a 1950s actress who becomes pregnant just as her new film begins production. The movie will follow a "fixer" for the film studio who works to keep all of their stars out of trouble, and it sounds like this pregnant actress is the latest issue for him.

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The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At Film Critics Awards

January 6th, 2014 12:41pm EST
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, was the big winner at this year's National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.

The film, about a struggling New York City folk singer out to audition for a music mogul during the 1960s, landed four awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac) and Best Cinematography.

Coming in second and third in the voting were American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, the latter of which saw star Chiwetel Ejiofor place second in the Best Actor voting.

The Best Actress prize was given to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody All...
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The Coen Brothers Receive France's Top Cultural Honor

October 17th, 2013 9:17am EDT
Joel Coen
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been awarded France's highest cultural honor in recognition of their film work.

On Wednesday, The Big Lebowski filmmakers were both made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony in Paris.

During the presentation, Joel joked that the award came as a shock, saying, "Sometimes life plays jokes on you, some of them are very unfortunate, some of them are very fortunate. This is one of the most fortunate jokes I think life has played on us."

French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti added, "We have extreme...
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Coen Brothers: No 'Big Lebowski' Sequel

May 20th, 2013 6:37pm EDT
The Big Lebowski
A lot of exciting news comes from the Cannes Film Festival, but the Coen Brothers were a bit of a downer when they said they don't have plans for a Big Lebowski sequel.

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen were chatting about their new film Inside Llewyn Davis when the popular question about a sequel to the cult classic film came up.

"John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus," Ethan said, according to The Star.

He continues, "He even has the story worked out, which he’s pitched to us a few times, but I can’t really remember it ....
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Blu-ray Review: 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

September 20th, 2011 3:22pm EDT
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A Coen musical comedy...on Blu-ray? You bet! The classic Coen Bros. outing "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson is now available via Disney/Touchstone Home Entertainment and were checking out it’s legit (and not so legit – prison break style!) specs below – head down brother!

Title: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Grade: 4

Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Company: Disney/Touchstone Home Entertainment

Website: www.BVHEBluray.com

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Own 'The Big Lebowski' Limited Edition on Blu-ray August 16

May 24th, 2011 12:18pm EDT
The Big Lebowski Limited Edition
Bowling, nihilists, a stolen rug and the occasional acid flashback have never been funnier when one of the most popular cult classics in history, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition, debuts on Blu-ray™ August 16, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. From the Oscar®-winning Coen Brothers
(True Grit, Fargo) and starring Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Crazy Heart), this acclaimed comedy has been newly remastered in high definition to provide longtime fans and first-time viewers alike with the ultimate Lebowski experience.

Available for a limited time with an all-ne...
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'Green Hornet' Takes Top Spot At Box Office

January 17th, 2011 9:16am EST
Green Hornet
Seth Rogen's superhero film "The Green Hornet" stung competition at the box office this weekend after taking profits of $34 million.

Director Michel Gondry's big-screen adaptation about a richboy-turned-masked vigilante opened at the top spot, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ron Howard's new comedy "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, opened at number two with $17.4 million in earnings.

The Coen brothers' western "True Grit" slipped from one to three with $11.2 million.

Rounding out the top five are "The King's Speech" and Darren Aronofsky's...
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DGA Nominations: Are Coen Bros. Doomed At Oscars?

January 11th, 2011 10:35am EST
Coen,_Joel
The Directors Guild of America announced is nominees for Best Director yesterday, and there was only one major surprise: the omission of Joel and Ethan Coen for ‘True Grit.’ They were edged out by these nominees:

David Fincher for ‘The Social Network’

Tom Hooper for ‘The King’s Speech’

David O. Russell for ‘The Fighter’

Christopher Nolan for ‘Inception’

Darren Aronofsky for ‘Black Swan’

The Coens still have a shot at being nominated at the Oscars, but it means edging out one of these nominees, probably Russell or Nolan. All five of the movies nominated at the DGA stand an extremely ...
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'Little Fockers' Wins Again

January 3rd, 2011 8:14am EST
Little Fockers
Ben Stiller's new comedy "Little Fockers" is the first film to dominate the box office in 2011, after grossing an estimated $26.3 million over the New Year's holiday.

The latest installment of the "Meet the Parents" movie franchise boasts a two-week total of $103.2 million, toppling over the Coen brothers-directed drama "True Grit," which came in at second with $24.5 million.

Disney's 3D "Tron: Legacy" placed number three, grossing an estimated $18.3 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' 3D family film "Yogi Bear" came in at four with $13 million and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit,' & More

December 20th, 2010 10:11am EST
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Hopefully you have finished most of your Christmas shopping by now, but if you still need to brave the crowds for a few last minute gifts, I wish you the best of luck. If you do not celebrate Christmas though, and you'll be looking for something to do on December 25th, fear not, because there are plenty of movies coming out this week for you to see.

In preparation for the sequel, last week I released a review of the original “Tron” film which you can find here if you haven't checked it out yet. I also had the chance to watch the new movie “Tron: Legacy” which is visually stimulating and ...
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Meet 'True Grit' Star-In-The-Making Hailee Steinfeld

December 12th, 2010 3:00pm EST
Hailee Steinfeld
Up-and-comer Hailee Steinfeld had very little acting experience before landing a role in the much-anticipated film "True Grit" opposite Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin.

The Coen brothers reportedly met with nearly 15,000 girls before picking Hailee to play Mattie Ross.

In the film, 14-year-old Mattie joins an aging U.S. marshal (Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory, an adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel.

Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, t...
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Holly Hunter's Nearly See-Through Dress - Hot Or Not?

September 28th, 2010 8:42am EDT
Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter posed for photographs at the opening night production of "Das Rheingold" held at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York City.

Fun facts about the "Saving Grace" star:

-She's the youngest of seven children

-She landed her first starring role in the Coen brothers' "Raising Arizona" (1987)

-She performed all of the piano music for her Oscar performance in "The Piano" (1993)

See more photos of Holly here!

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Robert De Niro, Robert Redford And Steven Spielberg Fight For Iranian Filmmaker

May 2nd, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Stars including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to released jailed filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

The Iranian director, a vocal supporter of the country's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, was arrested following a police raid on his home in Tehran in March and has since allegedly been held in the city's Evin prison.

A group of Hollywood's most high-profile stars have now come together to fight for the filmmaker's freedom, signing a petition calling for Panahi's release.

The document reads, "We... stand ...
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'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

February 2nd, 2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...
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Trailer Talk - This Week In Movies: 'Zombieland,' 'Whip It' & More

September 28th, 2009 8:57am EDT
Zombieland
I've been going over my zombie survival plan and acquiring a variety of weapons in preparation for the arrival of "Zombieland" in theaters this week. Actually, I haven't been acquiring weapons since purchasing a gun is a lengthy process in Massachusetts, but I have been foaming at the mouth to see this zombie comedy since I watched the initial trailer several months ago.

Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson look like the perfect odd couple paired together in the hopes of survival. Eisenberg oozes the fraidy cat vibe in every clip I've seen of the movie, while Harrelson does his best mac...
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Spotlight On The Coen Brothers' Remake Of John Wayne Classic 'True Grit'

April 7th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Coen brothers
It's difficult to conceive the Coen Brothers' next big venture, a remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit, as either a traditional western or a traditional remake. Our blogger friends are reluctant to speculate. They call it a case of the "remake bug" or "disappointing" (the spurs of the Duke can never be filled, right?), and the most common thread is that this isn't actually a remake since the Coens plan on staying true to Charles Portis' original novel.

Don't be fooled by the naysayers. This is absolutely a remake, somebody will play John Wayne, or rather Rooster Cogburn, ...
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'Burn After Reading' Out On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 23

November 5th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Burn After Reading
Intelligence is relative in this hilarious new spy comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award® -winning directors of No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski. Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton star in this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining comedy of errors. Burn After Reading is available on DVD December 23rd!

When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploit...
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Coen Brothers Spotlight: From Their Beginnings To 'Burn After Reading'

September 12th, 2008 11:37am EDT
Coen brothers
Many things come to mind when thinking about the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Dark witty humor, highly stylized production and costume designs, reoccurring actors, clever and often poetic dialogue, and above all some of the best character names in celluloid history.

Just look back at some of the brothers' most memorable characters: The Snoat brothers in Raising Arizona, Bernie Bernbaum and Eddie Dane in Miller's Crossing, Lou Breeze in Barton Fink, Norville Barnes in The Hudsucker Proxy, the Swedish-Americans Marge Gunderson and Jerome Lundegaard in Fargo, Jackie Treehorn and Jesus Q...
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Interview: Brandon T. Jackson of 'Tropic Thunder'

August 13th, 2008 9:57am EDT
Tropic Thunder
(Hollywoodchicago) – For “Tropic Thunder” star and Chris Tucker protégé Brandon T. Jackson, the fictional Booty Sweat literally is his Hollywood calling card.

The Red Bull-like energy drink is a scripted creation of writer, director, producer and star actor Ben Stiller in the new comedy. The film’s talent list, which includes both “A”-list actors and up-and-coming actors, is longer than two or three typical films today combined.

Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller, left) and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr., right) are shooting an epic war movie and wind up in a real battle in the action...
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Pitt & Clooney Star In New Coen Brothers Pic, 'Burn After Reading'

June 27th, 2008 6:27pm EDT
Burn After Reading
A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official's (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo), Burn After Reading also stars Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

Check out the trailer:

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Ten Years of 'The Big Lebowski': The Dude Still Abides

March 7th, 2008 11:36am EST
The Big Lebowski
Ever had one of those days when nothing went your way? This was the Dude's life. At least during the now cult classic "The Big Lebowski." In Joel and Ethan Coen's unforgettable and oft-quoted tale of mistaken identity, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is beaten by a pair of idiot thugs who have mistaken him for the other Jeffrey Lebowski: the "Big" Lebowski (David Huddleston), a local millionaire. They are looking for his wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), who owes money to a lot of seedy characters. As one thug plunges the Dudes head into the toilet, he asks, "Where's the money, Lebow...
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Minute-By-Minute Account Of The 80th Academy Awards

February 25th, 2008 8:35am EST
Jon Stewart
Only about 3,000 lucky spectators get to experience the majesty of Oscar night from inside the Kodak Theater, while the rest of us follow the action from our couch.

The following is minute-by-minute account from my couch. The snack of choice - frozen TGI Friday's Potato Skins. The drink of choice - selection of Henry Weinhardt's finest soft drinks.

For photos from the red carpet and show go here.

Now let's go to the play-by-play:

5:30 - So it appears the Oscars are delivered to the Kodak Theater by UPS through a digital dream world inhabited by all movie chase scenes. ...
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Academy Awards Aim To Cure 'Awards Fever' As Show Approaches With Usual Glitz And Glamor

February 24th, 2008 12:30pm EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - No matter who wins, one key prediction from Academy Awards overseers already has come true: The show will go on.

It was a nail-biter for weeks as a Hollywood writers strike threatened to decimate Sunday's Oscars, with stars and filmmakers indicating they would not cross picket lines if the labor quarrel remained unsettled.

In the wake of the Golden Globes, whose celebrity bash was stripped down to a pitiful mid-January news conference because of the strike, Oscar organizers insisted their ceremony would go on as planned.

The 100-day strike ended less than t...
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Reaction To The Oscar Nominations

January 23rd, 2008 9:17am EST
No Country for Old Men
And then there were five. Oscar morning has come and gone, featuring the usual mix of surprises, sure things and people getting up way too early. Here's a rundown of who's in, who's out, and what to expect come Oscar night.

Best Picture

"No Country for Old Men"

"There Will Be Blood"

"Juno"

"Michael Clayton"

"Atonement"

Front-Runner: "No Country for Old Men"

Surprise: "Into The Wild" out, "Atonement" in.

Snub: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

This category came up pretty much according to plan. Every movie nominated had a very good shot at it with about...
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The Complete List Of 80th Annual Academy Award Nominations Is Announced

January 22nd, 2008 9:35am EST
There Will Be Blood
1. Best Picture: ''Atonement,'' ''Juno,'' ''Michael Clayton,'' ''No Country for Old Men,'' ''There Will Be Blood.''

2. Actor: George Clooney, ''Michael Clayton''; Daniel Day-Lewis, ''There Will Be Blood''; Johnny Depp, ''Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street''; Tommy Lee Jones, ''In the Valley of Elah''; Viggo Mortensen, ''Eastern Promises.''

3. Actress: Cate Blanchett, ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age''; Julie Christie, ''Away From Her''; Marion Cotillard, ''La Vie en Rose''; Laura Linney, ''The Savages''; Ellen Page, ''Juno.''

4. Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, ''The As...
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Writers Guild Of America Nominees Announced

January 11th, 2008 10:21am EST
Diablo Cody
NEW YORK (AP) - While the Writers Guild of America continues its strike, throwing much of awards season into question, it still has some awards of its own to hand out. Among the WGA nominees for best original screenplay are stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody for the teen pregnancy comedy ''Juno'' and Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed ''Michael Clayton,'' about a fixer at an upscale New York law firm.

Also nominated for best original screenplay were Judd Apatow for ''Knocked Up,'' another comedy about an unplanned pregnancy; Tamara Jenkins for ''The Savages,'' about adult siblings car...
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Golden Globes Ceremony May Be Cancelled But We Still Have Our Predictions

January 8th, 2008 3:17pm EST
Juno
The writers' strike has officially infiltrated awards season. The Golden Globes have been reduced to a lackluster news conference. That means no best and worst dressed list. No boozy celebrities making a fool of themselves. All that remains is an hour-long meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with angry WGA picketers surrounding the premises.

So, until the Hollywood powers-that-be finally buckle down and give the writers what they want and deserve, we here at Starpulse are going to call the winners and losers. We looked at reviews, other expert predictions, viewer attitudes and who we ...
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'No Country for Old Men' Dominates DC Film Critics Awards

December 10th, 2007 10:30am EST
No Country for Old Men
The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) just announced its selection of the gritty thriller No Country for Old Men as Best Film of 2007.

In total, the Miramax/Paramount Vantage film won four awards including Best Director for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem.

Earning his first accolade from WAFCA, George Clooney was named Best Actor for his intense portrayal of an ethically challenged lawyer in Warner Brothers' Michael Clayton, while Julie Christie was awarded Best Actress for her heartbreaking turn as an ...
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George Clooney & Renee Zellweger Talk About Work, Prostitutes & More

November 10th, 2007 7:00am EST
George & Renee
In the December issue of W magazine, on newsstands November 23, George Clooney says he didn't know what prostitutes were until he cruised around in a Porsche with his cousin, actor Miguel Ferrer, when he first moved to California: "I didn't know what hookers were. We pulled up at the stoplight, and all of these girls came over, and they were like, 'Hey, do you want to party?' I looked at Miguel and I said, 'Chicks love me, man! I'm on fire here!'"

Following are other comments from George Clooney and Renée Zellweger's interview:

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ON BACKING BARACK OBAMA IN THE NE...
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