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Coen BrothersIf there's one thing that Joel and Ethan Coen are the masters of, it's keeping their viewers on the edges of their seats. They're the masters of many things, of course, but just think of the countless suspenseful scenes we've already seen in their body of work: Brad Pitt in the closet in "Burn After Reading," Frances McDormand stumbling upon a not-so-conspicuous wood chipper in "Fargo," any scene with Javier Bardem in "No Country For Old Men." The list of horrific moments is looooong, folks.

With all of those scares fresh in your minds, consider the following: according to the Coen Bros. themselves, the dynamic directing duo are eyeballing what they've described as "a full-on horror movie." Say it with us now: yikes.


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In case you missed it, Tara Reid dropped a news bomb earlier this week.

In a red carpet interview with, she mentioned off-handedly that she'll be working on a sequel to "The Big Lebowski" later this year. The revelation was greeted with much confusion by basically everyone, as fans and reporter have been asking for years while filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said, rightly I think, that there's really nothing there.

The Coens themselves were surprised as well, with Ethan telling Austin360, "I'm glad she's working on it. ... We don't [have a sequel in development] but we'll watch it when it comes out." Joel quickly added, "Especially if Tara's in it."

All of this talk of a "Lebowski" sequel sets the "what if" portion of my brain in motion. No matter how you slice it, I just don't see it, even if the news were real. There are so many other Coen movies that deserve it more.

Needless to say, spoilers ahead.


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This holiday season, celebrate with a little retribution, Coen Bros.-style.

Joel and Ethan Coen's upcoming Western "True Grit" shoots its way into theaters December 25, and the new teaser trailer, which just hit on Apple, won't disappoint fans of the brothers' 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men."

Like the badass gunslingers it depicts, the "True Grit" clip is short on words, long on action and piercing stares, and violent as all hell. And, if there were any doubts that "True Grit" would land the brothers Coen in awards contention once again, consider those doubts erased. Read More...

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December is going to be an amazing month. Disney unleashes "TRON: Legacy" on the world on December 17. Then, a week later, Joel and Ethan Coen follow up last year's amazing "A Serious Man" with an adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel "True Grit." The book has already been adapted once before, in a movie starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell. The Coens' version, which stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and feature newcomer Hailee Stanfield, is said to fall closer to the book than the 1969 film. It's impossible to tell from this newly released image, but it's great to see Bridges wearing that eyepatch. Can't wait for December 25.

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That headline isn't a reference to the Coen brothers' remake of "True Grit" being an up in the air prospect. It's more my general shock and awe at the idea of the master filmmakers actually doing it.

The remake has actually been percolating in the public's mind since September, when the news first hit the trades. It was confirmed at the same time that Coen pal and Oscar front-runner Jeff Bridges would reunite with the Coens, taking the Rooster Cogburn role that was previously made famous by screen legend John Wayne. It was later revealed that stars Matt Damon and Josh Brolin were in discussions for key roles in the film, as Cogburn sidekick La Boeuf and main villain Tom Chaney, respectively. Now it looks as though the final puzzle piece has fallen into place, with a casting announcement of a relative unknown for the character of Mattie Ross. Read More...

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This one's just a brief public service announcement. Joel and Ethan Coen aren't fretting too much about their fantastic 2009 release, "A Serious Man," being criminally overlooked thus far during the annual awards season. They're too busy to worry about such trifling matters. Busy because their next effort, an adaptation of the Charles Portis novel "True Grit," has to be ready before the just-announced release date of December 25, 2010.

The book has been adapted before, in a 1969 film starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell. The brothers Coen have already told us that Jeff Bridges, recent winner of the Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance in "Crazy Heart," will take on the Wayne role of Rooster Cogburn, eyepatch and all. Last we heard, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin were in talks to join the cast as well, but there's been no official announcement on that front. Read More...

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I almost can't take this news. The brothers Coen -- Joel and Ethan -- are among the best filmmakers out there. This isn't opinion; it is a fact, supported by such stellar efforts as "The Big Lebowski," "A Serious Man" and the Oscar-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, "No Country For Old Men." So when the news broke last month that they'd be directing a new take on Chris Portis' novel "True Grit," I was beside myself.

MTV's Josh Horowitz caught up with the duo later in September, in one of their only solo interviews of the Toronto International Film Festival. There they confirmed that Jeff Bridges, previously revealed to be playing Rooster Cogburn, would indeed be wearing his character's eyepatch, like John Wayne before him. "That'd be like doing Richard II without the limp," Joel said. He also revealed the source of the adaptation: "We’re not looking at the movie. It’s a great book. It’s a very funny book." Read More...

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By rights, Ethan and Joel Coen should not be the massively successful filmmakers they are. I’m not impugning their talent, skill or artistry with that statement; it's more that their movies are very, very strange. Weird by any standard, which makes it occasionally shocking to sit back and look at their success in popular culture.

Their movies, especially those made in the past ten years, are sold as mainstream motion pictures when they their tone and content should really sentence them to a boutique indie theater existence. When people gravitate towards entertainment that is easy to understand and comfortable to watch, how is it that guys who make something as densely surreal as “Barton Fink” or as willfully grim and ambiguous as “No Country For Old Men” are two of America’s favorite moviemakers? Read More...

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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

I saw "A Serious Man" last night. It was excellent. Better than that even. Joel and Ethan Coen have wrangled quite a few star-powered talents into quirky, offbeat roles over the years, but "Serious" excels even without a George Clooney or a Jeff Bridges in your face for the whole time. It is easily my favorite effort from the brothers Coen since "The Big Lebowski."

What's funny to me now is, I didn't even care for "Lebowski" the first time I saw it. Welcome to this week's Sick Day Stash. Read More...

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Please excuse the delay in running this week's Box Office Poll. I experienced some technical difficulties when working from home yesterday, so I put this post off for today. What a week we're in for movies. I don't know about y'all, but every wide release that opens is on my list as well as a fair few of the limited releases. So let's get to it.

Tough to say what the big one for the week is going to be. I think the top contender -- though not necessarily by a wide margin -- is "Zombieland," a comedy-horror flick starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. As a zombie apocalypse sweeps across the world, the foursome set out on a cross-country trip to... well I'm not entirely sure. They kill lots of zombies though. Read More...

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