John Goodman Talks THE MONUMENTS MEN, Honoring the World War II Generation, THE GAMBLER, Looking Back on THE BIG LEBOWSKI, SPEED RACER, and More

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John Goodman turns in a moving performance in The Monuments Men as Walter Garfield, a role inspired by real-life Monuments Man Walker Hancock who was an acclaimed artist and St. Louis sculptor.  Goodman’s character is part of a motley crew of art historians and museum curators who rush to the front lines of WWII in a race against time to save priceless works of art from Nazi thieves.  Opening February 7th, the buddy action thriller directed by and starring George Clooney boasts an impressive cast that also includes Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balazar, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Goodman who spoke about what attracted him to the role, why he said yes to the project before reading the script and had the same reaction when the Coen Brothers offered him Inside Llewyn Davis, why honoring the generation that sacrificed so much to win the war was a big hook for him, how his acting process has changed over the years, his upcoming role in The Gambler and his reaction to William Monahan’s script, working with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, hosting SNL and his favorite sketch, the possibility of a Monsters University sequel, and looking back on making The Big Lebowski.  Check out the interview after the jump.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

HAIL CAESAR Has a “Good Chance” at Being the Coen Brothers’ Next Film; George Clooney Still Attached to Star

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The Coen Brothers‘ love making George Clooney look like a schmuck, and it appears they might be doing it again in the near future.  During a recent interview with Thompson on Hollywood, Anne Thompson asked about their comedy Hail Caesar, which they had talked about back in 2004.  According to The Playlist, the film is set to star George Clooney “as a 1920s matinee film idol who takes on Ancient Rome epic” and at one point Tim Blake Nelson was also being considered for the cast.  Joel Coen told Thompson they’ve been working on Hail Caesar, and “there’s a good chance that would be next”; Ethan Coen added that the film is “about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business”.

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 New York Film Festival.  Inside Llewyn Davis opens today in limited release.]

It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.

The Coen Brothers Say They’re Working on a Film about Ancient Rome; Could Just Be Messing with Everyone

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One of the many great things about the Coen Brothers’ is the way they limit their interviews.  They refuse to go in depth about the thematic elements of their movies or even overarching discussions about their careers.  Ambiguity gives their movies more room to breathe and invites thoughtful interpretations.  With their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, the furthest they’ve gone is discussing the film’s inspiration (Dave Von Ronk‘s memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street) and production aspects like selecting the appeal of the era and working on the music with frequent collaborator T-Bone Burnett.

And while the Brothers’ shooting style is steady and deliberate, they don’t take themselves too seriously. That’s why in a recent interview with the AP, they have playfully hinted they’re writing a movie about ancient Rome.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch Full Performance of “Please Mr. Kennedy” from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Plus a New Featurette

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The Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis is terrific, and it’s also probably the duo’s saddest movie.  However, it also has some hilarious moments, and its funniest scene by far is when struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) reluctantly plays “Please Mr. Kennedy” with his friend (Justin Timblerlake) and another musician (Adam Driver) who has a unique approach to the song.  I’ve recommended holding off on listening to the song until you see the movie, but that’s because I wanted you to see Driver performing it.  Now you can, and you absolutely should.  There’s also a new featurette, which does a good job explaining the music’s role in the production and in the story.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurette.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.

New Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Highlights the Comedy and the Critical Raves; Plus 4 New Images

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  I saw the film at the New York Film Festival, and though it was great.  It’s melancholy, but also quite moving, and the music is absolutely wonderful.  The new trailer provides a nice blend of the comic moments, the drama, and plenty of blurbs from ecstatic critics.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.

NYFF 2013: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Review

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It’s a terrible thing to feel like you’re not the protagonist of your own story—to simply exist with nowhere to go. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a man who doesn’t fit into his own life, and in the Coen Brothers’ most melancholy film to date, Inside Llewyn Davis, we’re taken on the moving journey of a folk singer trying to succeed in the right place at the wrong time. He can’t create a future from the songs of the past, and he lives ambivalently in the present. Toning down the stylized hyperrealism of their previous movies, Joel and Ethan Coen have created a work that still bears their signature, yet takes them and us to a restrained, yet tonally and emotionally frustrating place. Anchored by a subtle, touching performance from Isaac, as well as beautiful renditions of folk songs, Inside Llewyn Davis is a somber look at a wandering musician.

New Trailer for The Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake

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Inside Llewyn Davis is my most-anticipated film of 2013.  The Coen Brothers are among my all-time favorite filmmakers, and if I could have afforded to fly to France to see Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at Cannes this past May, I would have.  The film garnered rave reviews at the festival, and won the Grand Prix Award.  CBS Films has released a new trailer featuring plenty of footage, and I love the balance between the hardships faced by the eponymous character (played by Oscar Isaac) and the humor (he’s got a great answer to “Do you think about the future?”).  Like the previous trailer, Marcus Mumford‘s cover of “Fare Thee Well” plays over footage.  The song will be available on the soundtrack, which will be released on September 17th.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis will play at the New York Film Festival, and opens December 6th.

New Trailer and Images for The Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake [UPDATED]

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CBS Films has released a new trailer for The Coen Brothers‘ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis.  The film takes place during the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene, and follows a week in the life of frustrated musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).  This is my most-anticipated film of 2013, and I love the melancholy tone of Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford‘s cover of “Fare Thee Well” that plays over the trailer (the song will be available on the soundtrack that comes out September 17th).  The film premiered to rave reviews at Cannes earlier this year, and I can’t see this movie soon enough.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John GoodmanInside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th. [Update: CBS Films has released a couple of new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]

Director Documentaries: Watch a 40 Minute BBC 2 Doc about The Coen Brothers, and the 1-hour John Carpenter Doc, FEAR IS JUST THE BEGINNING

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If you have a spare hour and forty minutes today, you may want to spend it watching a couple of documentaries about a few beloved directors.  First up, there’s the 40-minute BBC 2 documentary about The Coen Brothers that was made during the production of O Brother, Where Art Thou?  At times, Joel and Ethan Coen have been mistakenly cited as “reclusive” when really they just don’t seem to seek the spotlight, and don’t feel the need to talk endlessly about their work.  Nevertheless, getting to watch them work is a rare opportunity, and a valuable insight into their superb filmography.

There’s also an hour-long documentary entitled Fear Is Just the Beginning, which focuses on the career of John Carpenter.  Made in 2004, the documentary has Carpenter looking back on his career as well as interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, George Romero, and more.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to sit and watch either doc yet in its entirety, but I plan to change that this weekend.  Hit the jump to watch the documentaries.

New Images and Details from the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS; Film Will Privately Screen Before Grammys; Cannes Debut Possible

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Even before watching the trailer, my most anticipated film of 2013 was the Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis simply because it’s from the Coen Brothers.  Joel and Ethan Coen could do a toothpaste commercial, and I would consider it a must-see event.  Davis stars Oscar Isaac as the eponymous folk singer/songwriter who struggles to find his way in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1961.  While the movie is based on The Mayor of Macdougal Street, the posthumous 2005 memoir by godfather of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, Dave Von Ronk, author Elijah Wald (who compiled the memoir from Ronk’s reminiscences) tells the New York Times that in Inside Llewyn Davis, “The character is not at all Dave, but the music is.”

Hit the jump for more including two new images.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman.

The Coen Brothers to Executive Produce FARGO Series for FX

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In March, we learned that FX and MGM Television were mulling over a potential series adaptation of Fargo.  Not only is the project a go, but Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to executive produce.  That bodes well for the translation of Fargo to the small screen.  Here’s the bad news: Deadline reports Noah Hawley will write and executive produce the hourlong drama.  Hawley most recently created My Generation, which was offensively awful and swiftly cancelled after just two episodes.  Hawley also created The Unusuals and wrote for Bones (two solid series), so hopefully My Generation was an aberration.  Warren Littlefield—another man whose last project was, damningly, My Generation—will also executive produce.

MGM TV filmed a Fargo pilot with no Coen participation in 1997 with Edie Falco in the lead role.  I doubt Falco will return, but you have to figure the wiles of the Coen brothers and FX will lure a great cast to the series.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Fargo.

Carey Mulligan Talks THE GREAT GATSBY; Geeks Out Over Working with Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Charlie Kaufman

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British actress Carey Mulligan is certainly on an enviable role. Fresh off of critical acclaim for Drive, she has the haunting NC-17 drama Shame out in December, and she’s currently filming Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby in Australia. Once done there, she’s not slowing down any, as she will start shooting Inside Llewyn Davis (a musician trying to make it in the 1960′s New York folk scene) for the Coen brothers, and then do the new untitled Spike Jonze project from a Charlie Kaufman screenplay that reportedly centers on world leaders who unite to discuss cataclysmic events such as oil prices and wars.

While she was in L.A. recently, Collider got the opportunity to speak with Mulligan about her current and upcoming projects, how outrageously lucky she feels about working with such incredible talent, in front of and behind the camera, how extraordinary it is to be in a Baz Luhrmann film, her audition with Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio, how the Coen brothers are her favorite filmmakers and that she can’t believe she gets to be one of their characters, and that she couldn’t refuse the opportunity to work with Spike Jonze. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

The Coen Brothers to Produce Private Eye Comedy Series HARVEKARBO at Fox with Phil Johnston

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The Coen brothers have signed on to executive produce HarveKarbo, a potential series they co-created with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids).  THR describes the premise: “[HarveKarbo] revolves around a touchy Los Angeles private investigator — and his deadbeat friends in El Segundo — whose cases frequently force him to cross paths with a who’s who of Hollywood.”  Imagine TV is shepherding the project through development with 20th Century Fox Television; Imagine head Brian Grazer is the man credited enticing the endlessly lauded brothers to a smaller screen.

While the last few years have seen respected filmmakers like Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) and Diablo Cody (The United States of Tara) dive head on into a TV schedule, the Coens likely have no interest in keeping up with the daily demand of a broadcast series.  Instead, expect the J.J. Abrams model: get the show off the ground, then hand the reins to a collaborator—in this case, Johnston.  Even such speculation is getting ahead of ourselves.  Fox has awarded the hourlong single-camera comedy a script commitment, but HarveKarbo has a long road through the competitive pilot season before any potential series order.  That said, it would be pretty cool to see “Executive Produced by Joel and Ethan Cohen” in a credits sequence every week.

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