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Toronto gets A Serious Man World Premiere

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image The Toronto International Film Festival announced today that the Coen Brothers new film A Serious Man will be premiering there.  The festival begins September 10th less than a month before the official US release date.  Also participating in the festival will be new work from Michael Moore (Capitalism: A Love Story) and Werner Herzog (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans). 

A Serious Man Updates

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Apparently there have been some screenings of the Coen Brothers latest film A Serious Man.  At least one confirmed in New York for people who worked on Ethan Coen’s play Offices.  One viewer described it as “Very Hebrew” and that it “was shot beautifully, Michael Stuhlbarg is a genius, and it plays like a fable out of Jewish folklore.”

Also, the MPAA has released their rating of A Serious Man.  Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence. 

October 2nd gets closer everyday.  Can’t wait!

A Serious Graduate

jessicamcmanus 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. 

Carter Burwell receives career achievement award

carterburwell 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. 

Carter Burwell’s Work

Cannes Line-up Announced





The 2009 Cannes line-up has been announced and as suspected the Coen Brothers are missing.  Another Cannes favorite, Tarantino, will probably steal the show with Inglorious Basterds.  Check out the full list over at Empire.

The Dude Abides the Gospel According to The Coen Brothers

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

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.