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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

12 Oct 20184 stars

LFF 2018: The Coen Brothers present a stunning, haunting six-part Old West anthology

Originally intended as a multi-part television series, the new, Netflix-backed Coen Brothers movie has instead become an anthology film, comprising six stories of the American Old West. Each tale is presented as a chapter in a dusty storybook, complete…

10 huge TV projects from 10 film directors coming in 2018

8 Feb 2018

New projects from Danny Boyle, Michael Mann, the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Haneke and more

Everything has changed. Once upon a time film stars headed to TV when their career hit the skids, but nowadays pretty much every big name actor has a television project in the works. Unsurprisingly, movie directors are also turning their attention to…

Coen brothers to write Darknet movie

17 Oct 2016

Film gossip

The Coen brothers are to write a movie based on the Darknet. Joel and Ethan Coen are to team up for Fox thriller film 'Dark Web', which was previously titled 'Silk Road' and will tell the true story of Ross William Ulbricht, who worked under the…

George Clooney's happy to play the 'idiot'

3 Mar 2016

Film gossip

George Clooney plays "an idiot" well because he has "no vanity". The 54-year-old icon stars in the Coen brother's latest comedy offering 'Hail, Caesar!' as a dim-witted but beloved Hollywood actor, Baird Whitlock, who is kidnapped whilst in Roman…

Hail, Caesar!

16 Feb 20163 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Star-studded, brazenly frivolous comedy from the Coens

Despite their famously impenetrable mystique, it must be an annoyance to writer-director team the Coen brothers that their more serious efforts (Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, No Country for Old Men) are widely revered, while their out-and-out comedies (The…

Six movie-loving Coen Brothers double bills

21 Jan 2016

Celebrate the Coens’ love of cinema ahead of Glasgow Film Festival 2016 opener Hail Caesar

The words ‘premiere’ and ‘opening gala’ have an undeniable air of old-school Hollywood glamour about them, conjuring up red carpets, black ties, glittering gowns, paparazzi flashbulbs and spotlights strafing the sky above Hollywood Boulevard. It’s…

UK premiere of Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! to open Glasgow Film Festival

6 Jan 2016

All-star ensemble comes to Glasgow hot on heels of world premiere

Hail, Glasgow Film Festival! Anticipation for the coming 2016 edition of the fast-growing film fest reaches new heights today with the exciting announcement of its opening night film, the UK premiere of Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar! on Wed 17 Feb.

Coen Brothers named Cannes' jury co-presidents

20 Jan 2015

Film gossip

The Coen Brothers will be the co-presidents of this year's jury at the Cannes International Film Festival. Joel and Ethan are set to preside over the 2015 jury in recognition of their outstanding careers. In a statement, they said: "We look…

Coen brothers to revise Cold War script

21 May 2014

Film gossip

The Coen Brothers will revise the script of Tom Hanks' upcoming Cold War film. Joel and Ethan Coen have been enlisted to re-write the so far untitled DreamWorks project, which has already confirmed Steven Spielberg as director and Tom Hanks for the…

Inside Llewyn Davis

16 Jan 20145 stars

Oscaar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake star in the Coens' wonderful 60s folk movie

The Coen brothers return with the 16th film of their remarkable careers, once again vaulting the exceedingly high bar they’ve set for themselves. Set in the smoky dive bars of 1961 Greenwich Village, Inside Llewyn Davis is (very) loosely based on the…

Interview: Oscar Isaac, star of the Coen brothers folk dramedy Inside Llewyn Davis

13 Jan 2014

Isaac sits down to talk about Greenwich Village, Charles Bukowski and Justin Timberlake

Oscar Isaac was born in Guatemala and raised in Miami, Florida. After a stint as a musician he turned to acting, eventually securing supporting roles in Drive and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Isaac now makes the leap to leading man in Inside Llewyn Davis…

Programme highlights of the London Film Festival 2013

4 Sep 2013

The capital film fest will feature new works from Richard Ayoade and the Coen brothers

Tom Hanks thriller Captain Phillips, Walt Disney biopic Saving Mr Banks and Steve McQueen's Shame follow-up 12 Years a Slave are among the highlights of the London Film Festival's 2013 programme. The festival, which takes place in several venues across…

Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlights

25 Apr 2013

Hannah McGill tells us what's worth caring about in this year's Cannes Film Festival line up

What is the Cannes film festival, apart from a beach resort shindig where starlets model frocks, Lars Von Trier winds people up, and headline writers are driven to terrible Cannes/can puns? The film festival was set up in 1946 as a free world rival to…

Coen brothers to rewrite Angelina Jolie's Unbroken script

26 Feb 2013

Film gossip

The Coen brothers are rewriting Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' script. The iconic filmmakers have signed on to update the draft screenplay of the Hollywood actress' new project, based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling novel, 'Unbroken: A World War II…


13 Nov 20122 stars

Charmless remake of 1966 caper flick, starring Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Cameron Diaz

A very loose remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine as a cat burglar, the most notable thing about this art scam caper movie is that it’s been written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Don’t get too excited, though. While it boasts the precision plotting…

True Grit

2 Feb 20115 stars

Coen brothers reunite a great text with its original meaning

Henry Hathaway’s 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel was a rousing Hollywood crowd-pleaser, with the role of Marshal Rooster Cogburn allowing the unfashionable John Wayne an unexpected comeback. In the hands of the Coen Brothers, the 2011 version…

Interview - Jeff Bridges on his role in the Coen brothers’ True Grit

1 Feb 2011

From Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, via digital makeover in Tron, to classic western

After his Oscar for Crazy Heart and his digital makeover in Tron: Legacy, Jeff Bridges is now stepping into John Wayne’s old role for the Coen brothers’ True Grit. Alistair Harkness meets the most relaxed man in Hollywood

Best of a decade: Film

2 Dec 2009

Dogville, Che, Fish Tank, The Son, Hidden, 14 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Death of Mr Lazarescu, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Adaptation

A Serious Man

13 Nov 20094 stars

(15) 105min If the Coen brothers’ last film, CIA comedy Burn After Reading, was as empty as Brad Pitt’s bubble-headed gym-bunny, this latest effort is as rich as anything they’ve produced in their 25 years of filmmaking. While Fargo took them back to…

Burn After Reading

16 Oct 20083 stars

THRILLER/COMEDY Modern idiocy and bleak humour are the order of the day in the Coen’s latest – a reworking (conscious or otherwise) of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of An Author. Foul-mouthed CIA analyst Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich…

The Coen Brothers - Brother, thou art great

15 Sep 2008

As the screwball Kings of comedy, they have written, directed and produced some of Tinsel Town’s finest. Miles Fielder gets up close to the masters of mayhem, the Coen Brothers This past year was the Coen brothers' year. Following the release to…

Josh Brolin

17 Jan 2008

Josh Brolin has arguably been the most industrious American actor of the past year. In Robert Rodriguez’ Grindhouse homage Planet Terror, he was full of ticks and outlandish gimmicks as Dr William Block. In American Gangster Brolin acted Russell Crowe…

No Country For Old Men

17 Jan 20084 stars

THRILLER (15) 122min After the public ambivalence and critical lambasting of their last two films – Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers – the Coen Brothers return to form with this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, which features many…