Archive for March, 2008
Check this out. A movie mashup condensing the Coen’s entire filmography into seven and a half minutes.
MTV.com has a brief interview with George Clooney primarily about Burn After Reading but he also goes on to mention that he may NOT be directing the Coen-penned Suburbicon as previously reported. Here’s what he had to say;
“No, no, I wanted to do that, [but] I haven’t stolen that one away from them yet. I think they are going to do it, I think they are going to direct it, but I love that project. I have a part in it that I would love to play.”
Thanks to Bunnie for emailing this in.
Ethan Coen has written three short plays which make up a show called Almost An Evening. It is on now until June 1st at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker off-Broadway in New York. How I wish I lived in the US right now. If you get out to see it please let me know how it was and if you’d like to do a little write up for the site I’d appreciate it. Hopefully it will be as good as Theatre of the New Ear.
Thanks to Sheryl for emailing it in.
For anyone, like me, who was unable to watch the Oscars this year (damn you BBC for not picking it up!) here are the relevant acceptance speeches;
On Accepting Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Thank you very much for this. Thank you, Scott Rudin for bringing us this novel and giving us the opportunity to make the movie. I think whatever success we’ve had in this area has been entirely attributable to how selective we are. We’ve only adapted Homer and Cormac McCarthy, so thank you.”
“We, uh… Thank you very much.”
On Accepting Best Director:
“I don’t have a lot to add to what I said earlier. Thank you. “
“Ethan and I have been making stories with movie cameras since we were kids. In the late ’60s when Ethan was 11 or 12, he got a suit and a briefcase and we went to the Minneapolis International Airport with a Super 8 camera and made a movie about shuttle diplomacy called “Henry Kissinger, Man on the Go.” And honestly, what we do now doesn’t feel that much different from what we were doing then. There are too many people to thank for this. We’re really thrilled to have received it, and we’re very thankful to all of you out there for letting us continue to play in our corner of the sandbox, so thank you very much.”
On Accepting Best Picture:
“This is an unbelievable honor and a complete surprise. So many people have a part of this, chief among them Cormac McCarthy, who wrote a wonderful book that it was an honor to make into a movie. The three men sitting down front, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee JOnes, Javier Bardem, without them there would be no movie. These two gentlemen [to Joel and Ethan Coen], I can’t think of anybody I would rather be standing here with than the two of you. Thank you so much for this. Everybody at Vantage and Miramax who financed the movie together. The entire team at Miramax who did a brilliant, brilliant job selling it. Thank you to all of them. I want to thank Mark Roybal, It’s a pleasure to work with Him every day. I want to thank my friend, Sydney Pollack, who taught me that with the responsibility — with the opportunity to make movies comes the responsibility of making them good. This for him. This is also for my partner John Barlow. Without you, honey, this would be hardware. Thank you so much. Thank you.”
Amusingly editor, Roderick Jaynes, was Oscar nominated for his fine work on No Country For Old Men. As regular readers will know he doesn’t actually exist, he is a figment of the Coen brothers minds. They have used his name on all of their films but we’ve never SEEN him before. Till this year’s ceremony when they used this picture to represent him. Anyone know who this dapper gent actually is?
The world’s most awful newspaper, the UK’s Daily Mail, is reporting that the Coens are set to work on True Grit. Apparently they are to adapt the original Charles Portis novel as opposed to remaking the John Wayne movie. “The book recounts the girl’s story,” Joel apparently told said newspaper. “In the John Wayne film, she was played older. We want her to be her real age – it’s her story!”
This stinks of either crappy journalism or a Coen joke to me. Let’s not forget that the Coens have spoken about making a violent western in the recent past (see the entry dated 30th Dec below).