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Hey guys, Jana here,

Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing their genius craft to Netflix in the form of a Western, anthology series about the American Frontier. The news was announced with typical Coen-flair – “We are streaming motherfuckers!”

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, writing and directing team that have amassed an immense following for films that are synonymous only by how off-center they are, have targeted their next project now that ‘Hail Caesar!‘ is on the back-legs of it’s journey in the production phase.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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 When we’re talking Hollywood, or just about movies in general and someone mentions the Coen’s. Everyone gets a different image in their heads. Some immediately think of Nicolas Cage‘s creepy porn-stache in ‘Raising Arizona‘, others think of the twangy song made popular in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?‘ (which is currently on my iPod). Still others think of ‘The Dude’ in ‘The Big Lebowski‘.

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Hi, Jana here,

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If we were to talk about filmmakers that have a specific feel to their films there would be a wide variety of names on that list. But if we narrow the field down to filmmakers that are a wildly successful pair of brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen would undoubtedly fit the bill.

The Coen’s have a peppered legacy of complex films with ‘Raising Arizona‘, ‘Fargo‘, ‘The Big Lebowski‘ and ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou‘ among many others. Looks like the pair is not taking any time off from a career that has most recently been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for 2013’s ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘. Universal Pictures has picked up ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ the latest original screenplay from the Coen’s. Besides writing the script, they will direct stars George Clooney and Josh Brolin in starring roles.

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Guess Which Coen Bros. Film Is Becoming a Series?!?!?

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

FX has just inked a deal with the Coen Bros. to bring ‘Fargo’ to series.  This will be an hour-long comedy drama loosely based on the Coen’s comedy-drama film from 1996, which won tons of awards according to Deadline.  The Coen Bros. will be executive producers and be written by Noah Hawley.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are set to executive produce an hourlong single-camera comedy for Fox, which the two co-created with another feature writer, Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids). The project, titled HarveKarbo, has received a script commitment with significant penalty from Fox.  How cool is this.  I wonder how hands on the Coens will be on this.

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Geek Image of the Day!!! Tarantino VS. Coen Bros.!!!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 8th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

I’ve been thinking of starting a new column and I’m going to try it out starting today.  This column will be called ‘Geek Image of the Day’.  It will consist of cool and geeky images such as: original artwork, lost vintage magazine artwork, and behind the scenes images.  This marks the first post of the Geek Image of the Day and we will see how well it does.  Let me know if you like it.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Several years ago, the Coen Bros. wrote a script for a remake of “Gambit”.  As of right now, they are not attached in any way, shape, or form to this film, other than their initial script they wrote.  However they already have a director to helm this project which is Michael Hoffman.  He directed the amazing film, “The Station Agent”.

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Hi Bryan Here…

The Coen Bros. recently sat down with EMPIRE MAGAZINE for an interview on True Grit, and as usual, the Coen’s were very vague and timid, when asked about upcoming projects.

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Cool!! The Coen Bros. Movies As An Info Graphic!!!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 24th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

The people over at MULLER, have created an info graphic of every Coen Bros. film and have related all the characters to one another.  It is quite the masterpiece.  Would love this as a poster.  After looking at the COENFOGRAPHIC, I realized the world needs more Garth Pancake.

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Coen Bros. Trailer for their New Film “True Grit”

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 27th, 2010

This trailer looks fantastic.  The Coen Bros. have re-made a great western movie that starred John Wayne called True Grit.  It is set to star Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.  I cannot wait to see this new Coen gem.  Watch the trailer below.



Hi Bryan Here….

Actor John Turturro (Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing, O’Brother Where Art Thou) will be directing his first Broadway play entitled: ‘Relatively Speaking’.  It will start next Fall and feature three one-act comedies by director Ethan Coen of the Coen Bros., Woody Allen, and Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid).

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Film Review: ‘Unbroken’!!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 22nd, 2014

Beka P., Here…

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Unbroken is a film that should break you; the true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) and what he went through should leave you shell shocked. This movie doesn’t have that effect, and that is where it falls short. The film is cast brilliantly, the cinematography is gorgeous, the screenplay (Coen Brothers) is well done, and I can’t even complain that much about Angelina Jolie’s directing. But when you put it all together, something doesn’t sit right with me.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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I guess someone at Warner Bros. really liked the Coen Bros.The Odyssey‘ adaptation, which was ‘O’ Brother Where Art Thou‘, and thought “Let’s do the complete opposite of that”, meaning instead of having it old-timey, let’s make set in the future and in space.  That’s how I pictured it going down when I heard that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a new adaptation that has Homer’s Odyssey set in outer space.

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THE JESUS ROLLS – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on May 4th, 2020

“The Jesus Rolls lacks any of the comedy and character that was brought forth in The Big Lebowski.”

The 1998 instant classic film The Big Lebowski became a worldwide phenomenon that has translated into big conventions similar to Comic-con, quote-along screenings, signature cosplay, and even religion. The Coen brothers perfectly crafted a brilliant comedic crime caper with some of the most memorable characters committed to the cinema with some of the funniest dialogue ever spoken. There are no real jokes in the film in the traditional sense, but the screenplay keeps knocking out each line of dialogue with comedy gold. Over 20 years later, The Coens gave their blessing to John Turturro who played the small, but vital role of Jesus Quintana, the ball-licking, angry opponent to the Dude, Walter, and Donny during league play to further the story of his own character in The Jesus Rolls that takes a new approach to the character and is void of any memory of the previous film.

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BLOW THE MAN DOWN – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Mar 20th, 2020

“Blow The Man Down shouldn’t be missed and is one of those diamonds in the rough that exceeds expectations. “

There’s a special little gem hidden inside Amazon’s digital library of movies with their new film Blow The Man Down from filmmakers Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole. With its darkly dry comedy, fantastic dialogue, and secretly crime-ridden small town in Maine, this feels like a sibling story set in the Coen Bros. universe of Fargo that hits all of the right genre tropes of drama, comedy, and thrills. Blow The Man Down is a unique modern-day noir tale full of great performances and one hell of a murderous yarn.

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My Favorite Movies Released in 2018!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 27th, 2018

The year of 2018 has come to a close and over the past 365 days, I’ve seen roughly 175 new films that were released.  I had a ton of fun watching each and every single one of them, even if I came out sour towards a film. There were a ton of great films this year that ranged from big action blockbusters, emotional indie dramas, scary-as-hell films that still haunt me, and some laugh out loud movies that always put me in the right mood. I’d chalk 2018 as a winner in the movie business, because there are some films that came out that I will truly cherish for a long time to come.

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Streep + Hanks + Spielberg = ‘The Post’!

by Bryan Kluger on Nov 8th, 2017

The first trailer and poster for the film ‘The Post‘ is standing straight up. It’s a big deal, because it has Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the lead roles with Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair. That’s a powerhouse right there. The film will release on December 22nd, just in time for the holidays, but really, they want to get it in for Oscar consideration. The film releases everywhere next year on January 12. In addition to Hanks and Streep, the film stars Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

This is definitely on my radar now. Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth, meaning The Dude and Thor are most likely going to star in a new film called Bad Times at the El Royale, which will be directed by Drew Goddard and released by 20th Century Fox. Despite the awesome two actors and the cool title, filmmaker Drew Goddard is one to watch for sure.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with actress Hailee Steinfeld to discuss her latest film ‘Edge of Seventeen‘, which is a coming of age movie that is being compared to the best of John Hughes‘ movies. Currently, the film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so be sure to catch this movie in theaters this weekend. Prior to this, Hailee starred in the Coen Bros. remake of ‘True Grit‘ with Jeff Bridges, ‘Ender’s Game‘, and ‘Pitch Perfect 2‘ amongst several others. We talked about working with the stellar cast of ‘Edge of Seventeen‘, some High School memories, and her favorite scenes from film. Don’t forget to check out her music too HERE.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you’ve missed ‘The Big Lebowski‘, get ready for ‘Going Places‘! It’s a spinoff of the Coen Brothers‘ hit film from 1998 and was written by, directed by, and starring John Turturro. What character could he be playing other than “the Jesus”?! We’ve got your first peek at Turturro from the new film!

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Here’s the Top 10 Music Films!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 7th, 2016

Jonathan A., here…

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Ah, the timeless combination of film and music. The two have been married since the earliest days of film, all the way back to Don Juan in 1926, which starred the uber-hunky mustachioed John Barrymore and was the first film to include a synchronized musical score.  In fact, the first “talkie” film was 1927’s “The Jazz Singer,” which included a number of quaint musical performances and even a truly and horrifically inappropriate blackface sequence.  However, today we aren’t just here to discuss soundtracks, but rather to shine a spotlight on the movies where music is a main (if not THE main) theme throughout the film.

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Mandrake

Sacha Baron Cohen who brought Borat to life has a new trick up his sleeve. He will be starring in ‘Mandrake the Magician‘ for Warner Bros., which is an adaptation off the old comic strip. Etan Cohen (not of the Coen Bros.), but of ‘Get Hard‘ and ‘Tropic Thunder‘ fame will direct the film. This project does not currently have a finished script and no other actors have been cast yet, but I suspect these announcements will come soon enough.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Hail, Caesar!‘ follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix. The film has some of the biggest stars in Hollywood today and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD June 7 and on Digital on May 24.

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Your First Look at ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Remake!

by Bryan Kluger on Apr 19th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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I can’t tell you how excited I am for this remake of ‘The Magnificent Seven‘. I’ve a huge fan of westerns. I wish there was more out there. luckily Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Bros. are making westerns still. You can add to that list Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), who is remaking the 1960 film that starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.

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Film Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!”

by Bryan Kluger on Feb 3rd, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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It’s always a good time when the Coen Bros. have a new movie in theaters. Film after film, the Coen Bros. have not only told bizarre, funny, violent, musical stories, but have conjured up some of the best characters in movie history. Their uncanny talent for telling stories on film is unrivaled with each movie they make. Their latest endeavor tackles the early years of Hollywood, specifically the year 1951, in a film called ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ that has an A-List cast of Coen regulars and newcomers. Even though the posters and trailers show this A-List cast throughout, the film follows one man, and that is Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), based on the real life Mannix who was a big time producer and  “fixer” at MGM.

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