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Paris, je t’aime Updated

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Just trying to hash out some new information on Paris, je t’aime that I didn’t cover in the original post. It appears that the 20 individual segments take place in each one of Paris’ 20 districts. The segments are all connected by a recurring character in each played by Emilie Ohana.

Here’s the official word from the producers. Enjoy…

Paris, je t’aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers will bring their own personal touch, underlining the wide variety of styles, genres, encounters and the various atmospheres and lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris. Each director has been given five minutes of freedom, and we, as producers, carry the responsibility of weaving a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments. The 20 films will not appear in the order of the arrondissements, from one to twenty, but rather, in a pertinent narrative order, initially unknown to the audience. They will be fused together by transitional interstitial sequences, and also via the introduction and epilogue sequences of the feature film. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film, and will have a threefold function: 1) The first is to extend the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, 2) The second is to prepare the audience for the surprise of the next segment, and 3) The third is to provide a general, comfortable and cohesive atmosphere to the feature film. The delightful and brief interludes of these transitions will enable the viewer to slide from one world to the next, featuring a recurring and unexpected character. This mysterious character is a witness to the Parisian life and helps create a continuous narration. It appears both in and in-between the films. In addition to the information these transitions will provide about the city and its people, their tone will be intentionally light often referring to famous scenes easily attributed to the history of Paris cinema. Similar specifications will be followed by the composer who will supervise the musical fusion between the films and the transitions as he creates the musical score of Paris, je t’aime. Considering the common theme of Paris and Love, the fusion between the films and the transitions, the fast pace of a fluid and complete storytelling, Paris, je t’aime will not be just another “anthology” picture. It will be a unique collective feature film that will constitute a two-hour cinematographic spectacle whose original structure will make for a dramatically different experience for its global audience.

First Draft of “Gambit” remake by the Coen Brothers

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This is old news but according to IMDB the Coens wrote the first draft of the upcoming remake of Gambit. Bo Welch is attached and will be directing from his own rewrite of the Joel and Ethan’s first draft. Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley are slated to act. Apparently it’s a remake of the 1966 “Gambit” starring Michael Caine, Shirley Maclaine, and Herbert Lom. Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star along side Firth. Produced by Graham King, the producer behind “The Aviator”. In the film Firth would play an art curator, working for an eccentric billionaire (Kingsley), who sets up a bumbling heist job – with his boss as the target. Expected to be shot later this year in and around London. Haven’t seen the original, might have to check it out.

Coens to produce “Seasons of Dust”

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Tim Blake Nelson’s next directorial project “Seasons of Dust” will be executive produced by Joel and Ethan. According to IMDB it is the story a girl who’s life is turned upside down when her father leaves the family farm. Nelson wrote the film which will begin shooting in August in Oklahoma, and it should be out sometime in 2006.

Coen Brothers to Appear at Apple Store

Joel and Ethan will be appearing at the Soho Apple store in New York City on 5/10/05 at 8:00PM. It’s all part of Apple’s “Made on a Mac” filmmakers series. The Coens used Final Cut Pro to edit their last films Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers which they will be discussing. They will be questions after the presentation. It’s free so check it out if you’re in the area.
Update 01/09/2006 here are some photos from the event.

Joel and Ethan Directed a Portion of the upcoming Paris, je t’aime

The little information I have is straight from IMDB. It appears that there are 20 different segments. Joel and Ethan are listed as having directed the first. Gus Van Sant, Jean-Luc Goddard, and Alexander Payne are some of ther other notable American filmmakers involved. Not surpisingly Steve Buscemi is in the Coen directed arrondissement. If you have any other information please share it in the forum.

Joel and Ethan direct sound play called Sawbones in late April

THEATER OF THE NEW EAR
Live Music Conducted by CARTER BURWELL
Sawbones Written & Directed by JOEL COEN and ETHAN COEN
Hope Leaves the Theater Written & Directed by CHARLIE KAUFMAN
Foley Artist MARKO COSTANZO
Sound Design by DAVID SCHNIRMAN
Lighting Design by MANUEL LUTGENHORST

Featuring: STEVE BUSCEMI | HOPE DAVIS
PETER DINKLAGE | JOHN GOODMAN
MARCIA GAY HARDEN | PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
JOHN SLATTERY | BROOKE SMITH | MERYL STREEP
Music performed by PARABOLA

Award-winning filmmakers JOEL COEN and ETHAN COEN (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Big Lebowski; Fargo) and recent Oscar winner CHARLIE KAUFMAN (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Being John Malkovich; Adaptation) bring the quirky drama and savage wit of their movies to the stage in a live reading of two original sound plays set to music by their long time collaborator, composer
CARTER BURWELL. The Coens’ Sawbones and Kaufman’s Hope Leaves the Theater come to life before your ears, with eight great actors, scripts in hand, joined on stage by a sound-effects artist and a live band to create multiple characters and parallel realities located somewhere between melodrama and comedy. No film, no sets, no costumes. Should be an evening like none you’ve ever seen — or heard — before.

The music for this work was developed in the Resident Artist Program 2004/05 of Mabou Mines/Suite.

Theater of the New Ear was made possible in part by generous support from SIRIUS Satellite Radio.