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Netflix Review: True Grit
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True Grit - Netflix Streaming ReviewTrue Grit
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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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Geek Gear: ‘True Grits’ Shirt Based On ‘True Grit’ Remake
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True Grits

The t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is a True Grit-inspired shirt called “True Grits.”

The tee, by artist Wes M, went on sale at RIPT today, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The design is based on the recent remake of True Grit and centers on the film’s eye patch-wearing main character, played by Jeff Bridges, turning it into an ad for whiskey-flavored grits.

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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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83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations Announced
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83rd Academy Awards Nominees

The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, with The Kings Speech leading the list with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and acting nods for stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

True Grit came in second with 10 nominations, while The Social Network and Inception tied for third place with 8 nods each.

The Disney/Pixar animated sequel Toy Story 3 is up for 5 awards, including both Animated Feature Film and Best Picture.

See the full list of nominees here below.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on February 23, 2011, and will be hosted by actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

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Movie Review: True Grit
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True GritTrue Grit
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper
Release date: December 22, 2010

Let’s see who justly possesses true grit: Is it the grizzled, one-eyed U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), whose depleted, wobbly, massive stature is indicative of his many battles with criminals and alcohol? How about LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), a prideful Texas Ranger who has a sinister appearance and a ruthless mentality that conceals a heart of gold? What about the murderous villains such as Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) or Lucky Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper)? Unquestionably, all these men have grit, but is it true grit? All of them have been around many years and seen and done many heinous things. They are regular frequenters of this Wild West world that knows of no remorse, killing individuals as if it were a seasonal sport. But what about Matty Ross (Hailee Steinfeld, in a commanding film debut), that 14-year-old girl whose appearance is as pure as the snowfall? Do not let this hide the inner strengths she possesses. She wants to enter this western world of wildness only to avenge the death of her father’s who was killed by Chaney. She has grit for even thinking of entering this environment. And it is true grit because this is a personal journey that she needs to fulfill.

Very furtively True Grit instigates the idea of Matty becoming consumed by vengeance more so than any man in the movie because she is willing to put at risk her purity. She has not yet been tainted by evilness, but she puts herself in a position to be acquainted with it. Joel and Ethan Coen construct a tale of lost innocence by making Matty their center of devotion. Watch her as the Coens do, as she puts herself in the company of men whose innocence was taken away from them a long time ago. They have nothing to lose. She has an abundance to lose.

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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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You’ve Seen The Teaser, Now Watch The Full ‘True Grit’ Trailer!
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A teaser trailer for the Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s new adaptation of the classic novel, True Grit, was released last week. It was a great teaser, showing off brilliant old west cinematography, but not too much dialogue. No time is being wasted in keeping the buzz going, and now the full trailer for the movie is online. This time around you’ll get quite a bit of dialogue, a lot of great new shots, and maybe a little Johnny Cash…if you’re good.

The movie tells the story of young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a girl whose father is murdered, leading her on a mission to find the man who killed him, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and get her revenge. She sets off to find the perfect man to help her on her quest, and meets Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), an old drunk with a knack for getting these types of things done. Also looking for Chaney is a Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon), who wants to bring him back to Texas for another murder.

Click on over to the other side to check out the full trailer for True Grit now! You can see the movie when it’s released on Christmas Day.

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Must Watch: Teaser Trailer For The Coen Brothers’ ‘True Grit’ Has Arrived
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The announcement of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen making a new adaptation of the Charles Portis novel, True Grit, was exciting to all fans of movies.

We’ve heard plenty about the movie along the way, but the real joy would only come when we saw the first trailer. That day has finally come. Paramount Pictures has released the very first teaser trailer for all to see, and it’s just as good as we’ve all hoped.

The trailer shows that this new True Grit — which is not a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie of the same name, only an another adaptation of the original book — looks like it could be a fantastic new western movie, and it definitely shows off some of that Coen Brother tone. It also shows off some great cinematography and the expected strong performances of its impressive cast.

Be sure to click on over to the other side for a synopsis and to check out the trailer now!

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Geek Peek: Jeff Bridges Does His Best John Wayne On The Set Of ‘True Grit’
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Some pictures from the set of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s upcoming western, True Grit, have found their way onto the internet.

These images, taken from across the street of where filming was taking place, focus mainly on recent Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. Bridges is of course taking on the role of Rooster Cogburn, which is the character made famous by the legendary John Wayne in the 1969 film. This new movie will not be a remake of that film, but it will actually be a new adaptation of the classic 1968 Charles Portis novel of the same name.

Not too much is going on in the pictures, but it’s cool to see Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, eye patch and all. You can also catch a peek at young Hailee Steinfeld, who plays the lead role of Mattie Ross. Be sure to click on over to the other side to check them out now, and head here for more set pics.

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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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