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“Hail, Caesar” to start shooting SOON!

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Word is “Hail, Caesar” is going to start shooting soon. This makes it official. Hopefully it can be ready for the end of the year. Following the story of a 1920’s theater troupe putting on, or trying at least, a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”. George Clooney is the one source we have on this picture, so we can assume he’s in the cast. That’s all the info we have at this time.
I’ve put a new page in the movies section dedicated to film number twelve. If you want to see previous posts about the film please go there.

“Hail, Caesar” and “No Country For Old Men” now in IMDB

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Just a quick glance at Joel Coen in IMDB.com shows that Hail Caesar is in pre-production for release in 2006. No Country For Old Men is “announced” for 2007. This is a pretty good indicator that they’re planning, at least for now, to do both films. Excellent.

The Next Coen Brothers Film?

George Clooney has stated that he’s going to star in the next Coen Film “Hail, Caeser”. According to Clooney “The star would have an idiot toga and a pencil mustache” and will complete the “trilogy of cowardly idiots” he’s made with Joel and Ethan. The story will follow a troupe of theater actors in the 1920’s putting on a play about ancient Rome. Some reports state this is already in pre-production, but they can’t begin shooting until after Clooney completes “The Good German” with Steven Soderberg.

Looking for a good book?

It occured to me that there are a lot of books about Joel and Ethan out there. Let me try and gather some of them together here. I’ll start with the ones I’ve actually read. The Coen Brothers by Ronald Bergan. Has some good insight into the way they work. The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film by William Preston Robertson with help from Ethan’s wife Tricia Cooke. Talks a lot about the making of the first film Blood Simple and some in depth scene analysis with storyboards from Lebowski. Then there’s Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen. A collection of short stories. Hilarious, Horrific, and Coenesque.

Here’s a few others…
The Coen Brothers: The Life of the Mind by James Mottram
The Coen Brothers: The Story of Two American Filmmakers by Josh Levine
Coen Brothers: Virgin Film by Eddie Robson
The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way by Ethan Coen
The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen by Caroline R. Russell