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Angelina Jolie: I Never Planned On Directing


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Angelina Jolie is facing some serious award nods for her second stint as a feature film director in 'Unbroken', and while filmmaking seems to be something this Hollywood superstar is naturally gifted it, she admits it was never on her to-do list.

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Angelina Jolie never thought directing was on the cards

Having won countless awards including an Academy Award in her prolific acting career, Angelina Jolie is without doubt one of the brightest stars Hollywood has to offer. She is just as well known for her extensive humanitarian projects, namely regarding sexual violence in military conflict zones and has done more than her fair share of charity trips and million dollar donations. It was perhaps this that took her to her 2011 feature filmmaking debut 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' which dealt with an issue close to her work: the Bosnian conflicts.

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Will John Turturro Reprise Cult Fave Jesus Quintana For Big Lewbowski Spin-Off?


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Big news for Big Lebowski fans: John Turturro is seeking legal clearance to reprise the role of Jesus Quintana, a colourful bowler with a chequered history, for a new film in 2015. 

John TurturroJohn Turturro's Jesus Quintana could be making a comeback

The news came about as Turturro chared his thoughts with the crowd during a masterclass at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on Saturday.  “If I can get the permission I need, I’d like to return to the role,” he announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His words were met with reassuring cheers. 

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Hail, Caeser! - A New Comedy From The Coen Brothers, Starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin


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Joel and Ethan Coen like nothing more than getting their old friends together for a project, which is exactly what’s happening with ‘Hail, Caeser!’ – their new film, announced today by Universal Pictures. 

The film, a comedy, which we can only imagine will be of the dark persuasion given the Coen’s penchant for black humour, centers on a 1950s-era Hollywood “fixer” named Eddie Mannix, according to Deadline. 

The Coen BrothersThe Coen Brothers at the BFI Film Festival 2013 [Photo: Wenn, Mario Mitsis]

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Hype Machine Nearly Explodes As Coen Brothers Join Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks


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The combination of The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks combining on what is being described as a cold war thriller has the potential to break every website on earth through sheer anticipation and ‘will this be the best thing ever’ articles. Luckily for some, we’re here to remind you of things like ‘The Monuments Men’ and ‘The Counsellor. Now breath.

The Coen BrothersThe Coen Brothers at last year's Cannes Film Festival

So here’s what we know so far: Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to pen a draft script telling the story of James Donovan - an attorney who became heavily involved in the Cold by negotiating the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers with the KGB. This is all according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Introducing 'Fargo', Your New 'Breaking Bad', 'True Detective', Etc, Etc


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Fargo regularly finds itself on the top rung of movie buffs' top lists, so when a TV adaptation was announced last year, there was obvious scepticism. Writer and showrunner Noah Hawley is the man behind the series - which extends the Coen Brothers classic movie to 10 one-hour episodes.

FargoMartin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in 'Fargo'

By mid last week, we already knew that Hawley had succeeded. The U.S critics had their say and the reviews were glorious. Now, following Fargo's premiere in the UK on Sunday (April 20, 2014), the Brits have had their say.

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Bob Odenkirk On The "Intense Evil and Darkness" of Fargo


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Bob Odenkirk isn’t a stranger to dark themes being explored on TV, especially having played the much loved and key character of Saul Goodman – lawyer to both Walter White and Jesse Pinkman – on AMC’s hit meth drama, Breaking Bad. 

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The actor, who is set to reprise the role of his career for the Breaking Bad spin off, Better Call Saul, also stars in the upcoming TV adaptation of The Coen Brothers’ 1996 hit, ‘Fargo’, which debuts on FX Canada on April 15 and on April 20 on Channel 4 in the U.K.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the Oscar Winner That Never Was


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There was a mild acceptance that Inside Llewyn Davis had only pulled in two minor Oscar nominations when the list was announced last week. 2013/2014 has been a phenomenally strong year for cinema, leaving critically acclaimed efforts like Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, The Dallas Buyers Club and the epic Captain Phillips second, third and fourth favorites in the category of Best Picture.

Oscar IsaacsOscar Isaacs as Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers latest effort, about a young folk singer navigating the Greenwich Village music scene in the early 1960s, failed to pull in nominations in the major categories, marking a major blot on the Academy's otherwise reasonable set of nominees. It is perhaps some consolation that the excellent Bruno Delbonnel - the man who brought Amelie to life - is rightfully nominated for Best Cinematography.

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Inside Llewyn Davis, Anybody? The 5 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs


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Ok, so the Oscar nominations pretty much played out as we expected on Thursday morning (January 16, 2013) with a minimal amount of surprise nominations and plenty for the big boys, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. However, it was the Oscar snubs that really made the headlines, with the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis - described by critics as the filmmakers' best work - ignored completely.

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Inside Llewyn Davis. The folksy Greenwich Village-set movie was the Grand Prix winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival and certainly warranted one of the ten best picture spots. It was one of the Top 10 movies of the year. It just was. The Academy didn't think so. It didn't receive a single nomination in the major acting categories. Not for Isaacs, not for Timberlake, not for Mulligan, not for the Coens, not for makeup, not for costumes. Nothing. 

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'12 Years A Slave,' 'American Hustle' and 'Breaking Bad' Among The Big Winners At The 2014 Golden Globe Awards: Full Winners List


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The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.

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American Hustle was the night's big winner

The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.

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Awards Season 2014 So Far: Films Gear Up For Oscars With Various Wins


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The awards season is full swing, and will culminate with the Academy’s statuettes being doled out in March. But the buzz has been palpable since 'Gravity' triumphed at the Venice film festival, and with plenty of films receiving awards since then, it’s time for a brief recap.

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Most recently – Saturday Jan 4th in fact – the Coen Brothers’ 'Inside Llewyn Davis' won big at the National Society of Film Critics. The story of the folk singer’s experience with the New York folk scene in 1961 also kicked off gong-giving season with a win at the Gotham Independent Films Awards on December 2.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At US Critics Society Awards


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Inside Llewyn Davis took home the top honour at the National Society of Film Critics Awards last night, winning the majority of votes from the panel made up of some of America's top film critics from the nation's best-known publishers. Having already found success at the Gotham Awards last month, the latest win for ...Llewyn Davis might further outline the credentials of the latest Coen Brothers film as a potential Oscar contender, having largely been overlooked by most commentators.

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The film's star Oscar Isaac was also honoured with the Best Actor award

The film was crowned Best Picture ahead of American Hustle, which came second in the overall voting, and 12 Years a Slave, which placed third. Despite winning yet another award, the Coen Brother's 'a week in the life' tale of a musician traveling through the Greenwich folk scene in 60's New York is still largely considered an outsider for major awards success, however if these gongs keep on piling up for the Coens then the Academy may be persuaded to change their mind somewhat when the votes are cast.

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10 Films Vying For Producers Guild of America Best Picture Prize, American Hustle Favorite?


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American Hustle appears to have emerged as the favorite to claim the Producers Guild of America Best Picture award when it’s handed out on January 19th. The darkly comic crime drama sees Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale play 1970s con artists.

American HustleAre these two plotting an Oscars raid?

The 'outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures' award certainly acts as a bellwether for the Oscars, which will be taking place shortly after the Producer’s Guild awards.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Gotham Award, But What About the Oscars?


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Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' movie starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, beat 12 Years a Slave to win Best Picture at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday evening (December 2, 2013).

Inside llewyn DavisOscar Isaac [L] Justin Timberlake [center] and Adam Driver [R] in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The award is considered a huge boost for the Coens' movie, which is set for limited release on Friday to make it eligible for consideration at the Golden Globes and Oscars in 2014. Though reviews have been highly favorable following screenings at the film festivals, the movie - a comedy-drama about a singer-songwriter who navigates his way through New York's folk music scene in the 1960s - has generally been discussed only as an outsider for the major awards behind Captain Phillips, Gravity and perhaps crucially 12 Years a Slave.

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Stars Hit Wet, Wet, London For BFI Premiere


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Inside Llewyn Davis might not be out until January 2014 in the UK, but it debuted in the capital this week at the BFI film festival. Most of the stars – Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman included – joined director partners – Joel and Ethan Coen on the red carpet.

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

The film follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis – a young folk singer at odds with the mundane domesticity of life, trying to live rather than exist. He’s muddling through the Greenwich Village folk scene in the harsh winter of 1961, New York. The goal: make a living from his music.

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The Coen Brothers Lining Up 'Fargo' TV Series For FX


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Joel and Ethan Coen will be reviving their much-acclaimed 1996 dark crime caper Fargo for a television audience, Reuters reported, with plans for a Fargo TV series being announced earlier this week. On Friday (2 August), a spokesperson for Fox's FX channel revealed that the filmmaking siblings are working on a TV-version of the Oscar-winning film, due to air on the channel in Spring 2014.

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The Coen Brothers are taking their first steps into television

The spokesperson also added that the 10-episode mini-series already has a major acting talent lined-up to star in the film-adaption, with Billy Bob Thornton unveiled as one of the stars of the series. The 57-year-old will play one of several new characters due to be introduced in the new series, taking on the part of criminal Lorne Malvo, who was described as "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction" in the FX statement. No further cast and character details were announced, however it was revealed that the Coens will be serving as executive producers for the mini-series.

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