Larry Gopnik’s 1966 DODGE CORONET is being auctioned off for charity. The auction will benifit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California. After 8 bids and with 6 days to go it’s at $5000. A steal if your interested in extremely dull cars used in extremely great movies.
Even though I’ve never heard of the International Cinephile Society I thought I’d report on the outcome of their 2009 awards since A Serious Man won their Best Film prize. They also won in the directing and original screenplay categories. The “ICS” was formed in 2003 and is made up of 60 journalists, scholars, and historians. Blah, blah. All I know is they have good taste.
In the upcoming A Serious Man there were 3 actors plucked from casting calls in Minnesota where the film was shot and takes place. Jessica McManus was one of them and she plays Sarah Gopnik daughter of Larry Gopnik our “Serious Man”. Seventeen at the time she’s now graduated from High School and is heading off to College. Here’s an article from her hometown paper the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, MN. Look for the film in theaters starting October 2nd.
ASCAP has bestowed the honor of the Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film music. Joel and Ethan Coen sent a congratulatory video for the event which took place May 11th. Burwell has scored every Coen Brothers film except O Brother, Where Art Thou? Since they collaborated on Blood Simple which happened to be Burwell and the Coens’ first film. Burwell’s upcoming films include A Serious Man and Where the Wild Things Are. If you’d like to hear more of Carter Burwell’s work check out Radio Burwell on his website.
It looks as though A Serious Man will not be ready in time for Cannes in May. Various reports are saying that Joel and Ethan will not be taking their latest film to the Festival that has treated them so well in the past.
Of the Coen Brothers films 8 of 13 went to Cannes. No Country for Old men, The Ladykillers, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona all appeared at the most respected of film festivals.
The Man Who Wasn’t There earned them the best director award in 2001. Best Director was won again in 1996 with Fargo. In 1991 Barton Fink turned in the best results with 3 wins. The Palm d’Or the most prestigious prize, Best Director, and Best Actor for John Turturro.
With results like that it’s a shame they won’t make it back with A Serious Man. Maybe they’ll be at the Toronto film festival in September which is closer to the release date of October 2nd.
Just confirmed that A Serious Man will have a US limited release date of October 2nd, 2009.
London’s Daily Mail is reporting that The Coen Brother’s next, next project will be a recreation of the John Wayne classic True Grit. Not necessarily a remake, perhaps more of a retelling of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel. Full Story
George Wyner is an actor a lot like Adam Arkin and Richard Kind. He’s done a great deal of television work including Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, and LA Law. He’s also had a few notable Film appearances in Spaceballs and Fletch.
In A Serious Man he plays Rabbi Natcher one of the 3 rabbi’s Larry Gopnik seeks out for advice.