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Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Casts George Clooney, Josh Brolin
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George Clooney Josh Brolin Hail Caesar

Josh Brolin and George Clooney have both been leading men in Joel and Ethan Coen films. 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.

However, the two haven’t appeared together in one of their films, until now. Hail, Caesar! is the Coen Brothers’ upcoming project, and Brolin and Clooney have been cast as the two male leads.

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Blu-ray Deal: The Coen Brothers Collection
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Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray

Right now, Amazon has The Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $19.49 (that’s 68% off the list price of $59.99).

The 4-disc box set contains 4 movies from Academy Award-winning directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, along with bonus features like audio commentary, trivia, featurettes, and more.

– Blood Simple
– Fargo
– Miller’s Crossing
– Raising Arizona

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Netflix Review: True Grit
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True Grit - Netflix Streaming ReviewTrue Grit
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-Ray
Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Based on True Grit by Charles Portis
Starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
Paramount Pictures
Originally Released: December 22, 2010

The 2010 adaptation of True Grit by the Coen Brothers is a masterwork of modern filmmaking that handles the original source material with reverence and justice. Accompanied by a cast that collectively puts in stellar and memorable performances, and coupled with some breathtaking camerawork, True Grit is a must-see film.

Set at some point after the American Civil War and facing the turn of the century, the movie follows protagonist Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfield), a 14-year old girl who is both educated and steadfast beyond her years. Following an incident in which her father was murdered by a brigand named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), Mattie, being the most forward-thinking of the remaining family members, takes it upon herself to address her father’s final businesses including his funeral – and her quest for both retribution and justice.

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Carey Mulligan Joins The Next Projects From The Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze
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With her star distinctly on the rise, if it hasn’t already gone through the roof, actress Carey Mulligan has now become one of the biggest names in the acting game.

Variety is reporting that both The Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze have tapped the actress to star as the female lead in their respective next pictures. For the pair of brothers, she’ll star opposite Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis, and opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Jonze’s next project.

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An Oscar Nominations Observation: Did ‘The Social Network’ Doom Itself?
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The Social Network over the past couple months has been unabashedly accepting every award and congratulatory remark that has been sent its way. It seemed the film was determined to be held in eminence amongst other films that are in awards contention this year. Since the film opened in early October it has been on an irrepressible ascent, exceeding every other film in critical acclaim (according to the online site Metacritic it scored an impressive 95).

Satisfaction endured on the film’s behalf all the way up until this past Tuesday morning, where David Fincher’s Facebook film tallied a total of 8 Oscar nominations. You may say such a particular outing is absolutely superb. But taking into consideration the mentality of students attending Harvard University (like those in The Social Network), 8 is somewhat of a disappointment when you can have many more. Such students anticipate nothing but the best. Given the multitude of accolades The Social Network received, a measly 8 nominations simply cannot be adequately embraced.

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Geek Art: Mondo’s Limited Edition ‘True Grit’ Print
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Mondo True Grit postersAt some time today, Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, will be offering up a new limited edition True Grit print, based on the new film by the Coen Brothers out in theaters right now starring Jeff Bridges.

This new print, by artist Aaron Horkey, will be available in two versions and goes on sale today (Wednesday, December 22, 2010).

Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the “on-sale now” announcement. As with all of Mondo’s limited edition prints, these are sure to sell out super-fast.

Click the thumbnail at right for larger full view of both prints.

Both screen prints are 39″x15″; the regular print will have a limited edition of 400, while the variant will have a limited edition of 110.

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Barry Pepper Joins Matt Damon, Josh Brolin & Jeff Bridges In Coen’s ‘True Grit’
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True Grit

It’s been a while since we’ve covered Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s adaptation of Charles Portis‘s 1968 novel, True Grit. It was a year ago that the project was announced, and about six months ago that recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges joined the cast.

At some point along the line, superstars Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also joined the cast, and just a few weeks ago 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld grabbed the all-important lead role of Mattie Ross after an intense audition process that saw the likes of 15,000 or so teenage girls trying their luck.

Now, according to the trades, Barry Pepper is the latest to join in on the party. The actor has been cast as “Lucky” Ned Pepper. Pepper hasn’t been around very often lately, but he has certainly made his mark appearing previously as a talented sniper in Saving Private Ryan and as a prison guard in The Green Mile. Ryan director Steven Spielberg will act as an executive producer on this project as well.

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Hailee Steinfeld Joins Matt Damon, Josh Brolin & Jeff Bridges In Coen’s ‘True Grit’
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True Grit

The most important casting in the Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s new adaptation of Charles Portis’s 1968 novel, True Grit, is the role of main character Mattie Ross. After an intense audition process that saw the likes of 15,000 or so teenage girls, the part was given to 13-year-old relative unknown Hailee Steinfeld.

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Movie Review: A Serious Man
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A Serious Man movie posterA Serious Man – *1/2
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Peter Breitmayer, Fred Melamed
Release date: October 31, 2009

The Coen Brothers‘ catalogue of films displays verification, in the grander scheme of things, of how meager and unimportant human life actually is. Verification also of our incompetency as humans to realize what awaits us. To quote a line from the Coens’ film No Country for Old Men, “you can’t stop what’s comin’.”

Joel and Ethan Coen love to show their characters being submissive to the realms of evil; accepting what is coming to them regardless of the outcome. The perilous paths they travel down usually have connotations resembling desperation, greed and envy, all of which can lead to death. Acting against these overt connotations becomes imperative to the characters, almost to a point where discerning them becomes a natural instinct to ensure the longevity that life offers us. By not taking any action against these explicit sins a logical story cannot bloom, leaving an audience in dismay at what they just watched.

Stiffened in the fate that causes him to question his entire being, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a middle-aged man married with two children in suburbia Minnesota circa 1967, is falling through a portal of infinite darkness, plunging full throttle into this pool of black and not possessing the slightest will of halting this bleak voyage.

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Coen Brother’s ‘True Grit’ Reboot May Have A Jeff Bridges
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True Grit

Back in March we received the excellent news that film making masterminds Joel and Ethan Coen would be making a new movie based on the 1968 story by Charles Portis, True Grit (Read: Coen Brothers To Return ‘True Grit’ To The Screen). The story went on to become a 1969 movie starring John Wayne, which netted the legendary actor an Oscar. The first actor whose name has been attached to the project is none other than the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges. Bridges is currently in talks with Paramount to reunite with his Big Lebowski directors and appear in the movie as Rooster Cogburn — the same Academy Award winning role that Wayne played.

The movie follows a 14-year old girl whose father is murdered by his hired hand. She employs the assistance of an infamous old drunk of a U.S. Marshal named Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (Bridges), who obtains honest and true grit (ta-da!), to track the killer down and get her revenge. The original film followed Wayne’s character, but it is expected that this new movie will be more book-faithful and follow the young girl.

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