The Dude Abides the Gospel According to The Coen Brothers

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thedudeabidesbook A forthcoming book by Cathleen Falsani is scheduled to be released in October, to coincide with the release of A Serious ManIn the spirit of The Gospel According to The Simpsons, and the Gospel According to Disney the book will look at the serious existential and theological questions presented in their films. 

Cathleen Falsani is an award winning author of two previous books The God Factor and Sin Boldly and the religion columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.  In addition to that she is a great fan of The Coen Brothers.  Check out her blog at The Dude Abides and follow her on Twitter.  The Dude Abides is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

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No Cannes for Coens

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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. 

bartonfink01 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.

Who dares try to fill John Wayne’s shoes.

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johnwayne I was just thinking about who the Coens could possibly have in mind to play Rooster Cogburn in their upcoming adaptation of True Grit. I’ve seen many names thrown about as possibilities.  Michael Caine, Peter O’Toole, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Nolte, James Caan, and even Steven Segal.  To the latter, I say, please no.  In reading several different blog posts on the subject I noticed there’s even a little viral marketing campaign to get Val Kilmer considered for the role.  I think the most obvious choice, given Joel and Ethan’s propensity to use the same actors, is Tommy Lee Jones.  It just makes sense to me.  He’s around the right age, he’s a little rough around the edges, he’s got enough clout that everyone won’t be saying “he could never pull it off”, and he was brilliant in No Country for Old Men and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. I’d almost be willing to bet on it.  What do you think?

Ethan Coen going Off-Broadway, Again

ethansOffices Ethan Coen is returning to the Atlantic Theater Company with a set of three one act plays entitled Offices directed by Neil Pepe.  Each takes place in the workplace and is focused on white collar workers.  Peer Review, Homeland Security, and Struggle Season are the one acts.  Described as comedies Ethan warned “the audience will be the judge of that.” Inspiration for the theme comes from Ethan’s only job post-college as a typist in an office.  I guess he doesn’t consider being an award winning screenwriter, producer, director, author, poet, playwright a job.  Does this guy sleep? 

This is Ethan’s second foray as a playwright.  Almost An Evening, also directed by Pepe, premiered at the same theater before transferring to another after its extended engagement sold out.  Almost An Evening saw its final performance July 1, 2008.  A book with this trio of plays will be released on April 7, 2009.  You can order it here Almost an Evening

Offices will run from April 15 – May 31, 2009 at the Linda Gross Theater in New York.

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The Forum is Live

So after a few years of being out of commission, due mostly to a mysql failure and my laziness, the forum is back.  It’s a great place to start a conversation about anything Coen Brothers.  It’s kind of lonely over there right now, so why not join and get things going.

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