Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Will Have “Musical Comedy” Elements

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If you thought you had the Coen Brothers‘ upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” all figured out, guess again. What we’ve known so far is that the movie features a star-studded ensemble — Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill  and is set across a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Supporting player Alex Karpovsky recently described the movie as “wacky and zany,” comparing it to the Coens’ undersung “The Hudsucker Proxy.” Or is it?

The Coens’ composer, Carter Burwell, appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival for the “Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens” masterclass and shared some intriguing details about the movie, painting a far more complex portrait of the film the siblings are putting together.

“It’s a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there,” Burwell explained, but he goes on to clarify that it’s not actually a “musical comedy.”

“I wouldn’t actually call it a ‘musical comedy’ — there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we’re making is actually not comical,” he elaborated. “I haven’t written the music yet, but I’m quite certain it’s actually going to be quite the opposite. It’s going to be rather serious, and it’s about faith. It’s not about the music.”

And for anyone who is a fan of the Coens, maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. Even something like “Inside Llewyn Davis” goes far beyond the description of “musical comedy.” It’s just as much a movie about loss, grief, and artistic ambition — and yes, it’s also very funny. So I’d wager that “Hail, Caesar!” will also be an interesting blend of themes and subjects, all under the guise of a throwback, screwball movie.

February 5, 2016 can’t come soon enough.


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23 April 2015 · No Comments »
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‘Magic Mike XXL’ CinemaCon Trailer Reveals Jada Pinkett Smith Is The New Boss In Town

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The cast of “Magic Mike XXL” made a surprise appearance onstage at Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, in Las Vegas Tuesday. Not only did the film’s stars, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello and Kevin Nash feign the beginning of a strip routine and throw money into the audience, they also premiered a new trailer for the forthcoming dramatic comedy.

While previous trailers focused on the A-lister’s shirtless strip teases, the CinemaCon trailer instead offered other scenes from the film that were not so sexually-charged. “We didn’t want to show the best parts of the movie in this trailer,” read the tagline.

After showing a few shots of Mike (Channing Tatum) doing construction, a car driving down a road, among other non-exciting moments, a shot of Big Dick Richie (Manganiello) dancing provocatively on a soda machine showed up onscreen. A continuation of the tagline, “But it was hard to resist,” followed.

Unlike the first “Magic Mike” film which starred Matthew McConaughey as Dallas, the head of the male strippers, “XXL” appears to have a new lead in Jada Pinkett Smith.

“This game is evolve or die,” Pinkett’s character says to the boys in the teaser. “Let’s see if there is still magic in that Mike,” she tells Tatum’s character.

The trailer concluded with the hashtag #comeagain. “Magic Mike XXL” also stars series newcomers Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell. The film is scheduled to premiere July 1.


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Magic Mike XXL Stills

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Added 2 stills to the Gallery!

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Channing Tatum’s Evel Knievel Biopic Plans Advance

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Plans are moving forward for Channing Tatum’s long-held intentions on making a bio-pic of daredevil Evel Knievel. The Tracking Board recently broke the news that Peter Berg is on board as director for the pending film. They also report that there is a script for the film.

Berg has a lengthy track record of directing successful films, most notably Lone Survivor and Friday Night Lights. He currently is showrunner and one of the executive producers for Dwayne Johnson’s HBO football comedy, Ballers (which debuts June 21st).

A hard-living, intense man, Evel Knievel attempted more than seventy-five motorcycle jumps and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most broken bones (reportedly 433).

In addition to his many injuries and the subsequent excruciating pain, he also survived a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis C from a blood transfusion from one of his many surgeries.

Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007. He was 69.

A bio pic of the late daredevil is nothing new. George Hamilton starred in the 1971 version while George Eads had the lead in a 2004 TV film. Both were titled, “Evel Knievel.”

No word on when production will begin though it may take a while because Mr. Tatum is extremely busy with current and pending projections into next year.


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