January 11, 2011 |
Jeff Bridges calls the Coen brothers "cool," as in "no big deal. They don't get excited too much. " Josh Brolin, who, like Bridges, has worked with the Coens on two movies now, takes Bridges' description and runs with it. "They're extremely low-key ? sometimes too low-key," Brolin says, laughing. "Ethan and I had dinner once. And I see him, he's got something under the table. And I go, 'Dude, what are you doing?' And I reached over and saw that he'd brought a book. He was reading a book.
November 11, 2010
This year we'll find out how truly hip the academy is. Will members put "The Social Network" on their friends list? Will Oscar voters embrace the lesbian family in "The Kids Are All Right"? "Black Swan" has steamy girl-on-girl and solo action that would've made members blush in olden days. If traditional tastes end up reigning supreme, there are lots of quality contenders to hail, such as "The King's Speech," "True Grit" and "The Fighter. " It's early yet, so here we look at just some of the key awards.
January 12, 2010 |
Two sci-fi blockbusters and a raunchy box office hit comedy were nominated Monday for the Writers Guild of America Award. James Cameron, who earned a Directors Guild of America nomination last week, received a WGA nod in the original screenplay category for the sci-fi fantasy phenomenon "Avatar," which so far has made $1.3 billion worldwide. And Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman picked up a nomination in the adapted screenplay category for the acclaimed "Star Trek" reboot based on the original Gene Roddenberry series.
October 4, 2009 |
The Coen brothers' new movie, "A Serious Man," opens with a piece of advice from medieval French rabbi Rashi: "Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you." Fast forward to the film's long-suffering hero, physics professor Larry Gopnik, who would really like to heed those words, but after entering a world of pain and enduring a series of misfortunes that would put Job to shame, Larry needs answers, not proverbs. What did he do to deserve all this? And why does he seem so suddenly alone in a cruel, cruel world?
October 2, 2009 |
"If not now, when?" the Jewish sage Hillel famously asked, and with "A Serious Man" the Coen brothers have answered. Writer-directors Joel and Ethan have seized the opportunity afforded by the Oscar-winning success of "No Country for Old Men," to make their most personal, most intensely Jewish film, a pitch-perfect comedy of despair that, against some odds, turns out to be one of their most universal as well. Set in a very specific time and place -- the Jewish community in suburban Minneapolis circa 1967 -- that closely echoes the Coens' own background, "A Serious Man" is a memory piece re-imagined through the darkest possible lens.
March 25, 2009 |
Ethan Coen is going off-Broadway again. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker is returning to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City with "Offices," a new collection of one-act plays. Coen scored a success last season at the Atlantic with "Almost an Evening," another trio of one acts. "It was a good experience, so I'm going to try and repeat it," the filmmaker said in an interview. "Offices" will open May 7 with preview performances beginning April 15. The 11-person cast will include F. Murray Abraham, John Bedford Lloyd and Mary McCann.