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Shot of Tom Hanks from Coen Bros' LADYKILLERS remake!

Published at: Oct. 17, 2003, 3:17 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... Ordinarily remaking a great classic of cinema is a bad idea... but the Coen's are doing it, so shut the hell up, they never fuck up! All hail Joel and Ethan... just don't forget to check out Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness in the original, if you haven't... well, your homework assignment tonight space monkey is to get the video and watch it!









Harry,  

Sorry I took so long here. I didn't realize how many pics I got here. Anyways, I got some of Tom Hanks from Joel Coen's remake of The Ladykillers I thought you'd like...  

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Congrats again on your deal with Revolution  

All the best!  

Thanks...  

A Kid in King Arthur's Court

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  • Oct. 17, 2003, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Harry's right about the Coens never fucking up

    by Blacklist

    so that makes me officially interested to see this. Sure not all the Coen bros movies are equally as great, but I'll take ANY of them over 75% of the shit that seems to come out on a regular basis. Now only if the Coens were remaking Dawn of the Dead could I sleep easily.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 3:30 a.m. CST

    OK, it's 3:30 in the morning now. Third.

    by pencil-man

    Why do Cohen brothers movies always have to look so perfect. Doesn't that demoralize the characters, put them in a place where they don't belong?... Like, Heaven, or some place?

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Fourth

    by fourthwallimages

    wall images, making my debut....anyway, highly looking forward to this. Intolerably was good, but the Grazer influence (amongst others factors) made it seem like Coen-Lite

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Yes, the Coens do fuck up.

    by Mosquito March

    INTOLERABLE CRUELTY was merely tolerable. There were a few moments where their patent absurdist genius shone through, but overall, it was a very weak outing for them. And, the first big "twist" in the plot could be seen from a junk on the Yangtze. One brief, early scene gave the whole thing away, ruining any surprise, and leaving me completely bored until that particular table was turned, exactly the way I knew it would be. (And, I can't be the only person who thought that the "I'm going to allow <the strangulation of the gay witness>" joke was insipid.) The shame in this is that the thing I love MOST about the Coens is their ability to surprise me, to take a story into a direction that would never occur to me in a million years. Where was that, in this movie? I say all this as an avowed Coens fan. Hell - I drove from Florida to Louisville for the Lebowski Fest, this summer, just to bask in the brilliance of their funniest creation. I think it's easy to blame this on Grazer, and I have no doubt that the money-man had influence. But, in the end, it was THEIR comedy, and it just wasn't funny enough. "A Romantic Comedy With Bite"? Where were the teeth, Joel and Ethan?

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Intolerable Cruelity was weak!

    by Jon E Cin

    Coen brothers are great but that movie showed very little

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 6:48 a.m. CST

    What's with all these fucking remakes?

    by Eternal

    Enough already! Oh well, at least the Coens are doing this and they "never" fuck up... but, there's always a first time!

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 7:10 a.m. CST

    The Coens are always right

    by Heleno

    Although I only get to see Intolerable Cruelty this weekend. And I love that they kept the silly looking coat from the original. I reckon Hanks will do well, and the Coens are some of the few people I would trust with an Ealing remake.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Harry...even so, it's the Ladykillers, man. What next? Hulk Hoga

    by King Rhythm

    Headgeek and a few others may be interested [the original Ladykillers rates high, o'course] in TV Cream's Top 100 Films. Yep, it's Brit-centric, but we do make some good ones sometimes. Check it out [hope this works]: http://tv.cream.org/top100films/

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 9:38 a.m. CST

    original is still my favourite British film

    by Schnorbitz

    Irma P. Hall is really going to have her work cut out to compete with Katie Johnson as the new Mrs Wilberforce. But I hope she gets a better position in the opening credits than Katie Johnson did.

  • "I kill for love, brother!"

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11 a.m. CST

    "Are you Wheezy Joe?"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Intolerable Cruelty is *classic* Coen screwball, and shame on anyone who thinks Joel and Ethan have "sold out". Although, with Tom Hanks in Ladykillers, it makes me wonder if the Coens have forgone their art-house roots for good. Aw hell, at least it'll mean that Carter Burwell will finally get something significant to do on their films (Cruelty score is great!).

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I think some people just don't have a taste for screwball comedy

    by minderbinder

    IC certainly wasn't their best, but it made me laugh more than anything else I've seen in a long time. (what was the last GOOD comedy we've had?)

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Cruelty Defenders...

    by Truman_Burbank

    ...are morons. Osmosis Jones? You actually liked that movie? And by that movie, I mean "Osmosis Jones"? That puts your taste into some perspective, and Harry's ranting about it being a "true Coen flick" convinced me to go see it over Kill Bill, b/c the Coens are my personal favorite, but it turned out to be just like the lame trailer. Commercial garbage, few funny moments. HUGE disappointment. Even Jeff Wells missed the mark big time. I'm starting to think those who say it's a true Coens film haven't seen all of the Coens films. They're smart. Cruelty isn't. Big difference.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Man, Entertainment Weekly hates the Coens

    by HardcoreRocker

    They gave Intolerable Cruelty a bad review. Goes right up there with their O Brother Where Art Thou review (they named it Worst Movie of the Year, if I recall), and any comedies they do. Apparently the Coens "lack humanity" in their movies. Well, I'm a human, and I've never noticed. www.rockithardcore.com

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 12:44 p.m. CST

    seeing J.K. Simmons' name in the cast makes me happy; seeing Mar

    by Lance Rock

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 1:35 p.m. CST

    At last... The Coen Brothers fuck up! And don't you mean 'Alec

    by workshed

    God, you Yanks have some fuckin' balls I'll give you that. How would you feel if we remade 'Gone With The Wind' or 'The Searchers' with Cockneys replacing the standard Brooklyn patois? It's comedy Jim, but not as we know it.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 1:35 p.m. CST

    "Coming in 2004...Tom Hanks IS Young Colonel Sanders!"

    by LOTR2003

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 4:08 p.m. CST

    by drjones

    well...tom hanks... he looks a bit creepy... but i think it`s cool to see this cool actor keep trying a whole variety of interesting roles(of course not every choice is brilliant) and not ending up like harrison ford...

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 4:17 p.m. CST

    mmhhh...tom hanks looks creepy COOL...(to correct myself)

    by drjones

    i haven

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST

    minderbinder: My second favorite Coen Bros. film is HUDSUCKER...

    by Mosquito March

    CRUELTY is nowhere near the quality of that film.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Other than "Marylin, you're exposed!" were there any memorable l

    by FrankDrebin

    Any mention of the original LADYKILLERS just makes me miss Herbert Lom. (I think I read they're also remaking GAMBIT, a 1966 film he did with Michael Caine.) And JK Simmmons MUST BE GIVEN MORE SCREEN TIME in Spider-Man 2!

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Peter Sellers/Herbert Lom classics, they're actually

    by FrankDrebin

    Doomed.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Clark Pancake and Mountain Girl Are...

    by Jervis Tetch

    ...characters in "The Ladykillers" about whom I'm dying to know: who is playing them? Alas, Disney has required all the gallery shots other than 2 of Tom Hanks removed. This will be the bane of my existence. I gots to know. All the other actors playing all the other characters are accounted for. For the Love of God, somebody end this eternal hell of yearning and tell me. Please. Hanks looks pretty good though. Best casting possible for this role, and he needs the change of pace. Also, he does good Southern accents, eh? P.S. I can live with this remake, but I can understand those who can't. It's the new "Manchurian Candidate" that pisses me off, so I understand those of you who hate this one. P.P.S. When's the release date on "The Ladykillers"? Hanks has "Terminal" for the summer and "Polar Express" for Xmas 2004. How they gonna slip "The Ladykillers" in? That's all.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11 p.m. CST

    Truman_Burbank...

    by Osmosis Jones

    My last username got banned by Harry, so I just plucked a new name at random from my subconscious (and yes, I *did* like the movie). As for Entertainment Weekly hating the Coens, Owen "Shithead" Gleiberman *did* give The Man Who Wasn't There a B+. Still doesn't forgive an F for O Brother, but still...

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Worked on this.....

    by DJanomaly

    towards the beggining... ....JK was absolutely hysterical... you kids have my word this is going to be everything we love about the Coen Bros.... DJ Anomaly

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Wheezy joe looks like a goomba from that Hoskins/leguizamo Super

    by AshesOfDonnie

    Obviously IC sucks major ass compared to Lebowski, Barton fink, and even Hudsucker, but standing alone ,It was a pretty funny movie. Just seeing Geoffrey Rush as a bum sleeping in an alley in downtown LA was enough for me. but yeah the ending sucked. the coen's pulled too many punches.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:54 p.m. CST

    "IVe Been Working on the Railroad""CHOO!CHOO!"

    by AshesOfDonnie

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Is JK Simmons Clark Pancake, Or What?

    by Jervis Tetch

    No character name listed for JK at imdb, but it seems like he must be the guy. C'mon, somebody's got to know. I don't even care about Mountain Girl at this point. Touchstone: how about a nice big pic of JK over here to AICN? Or whoever's playing Clark. Or Mountain Girl. Something. Cut us a break.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 5:50 a.m. CST

    THIS FILM DID NOT NEED REMAKING!!!!!!!!!!!

    by booface

    The Coen Bros should be spending their time on *original* projects, not wasting it on a film that will never stand up to the original!!

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Missed casting opportunites

    by SoupDragon

    I would have thought Coen regulars John Goodman, John Tuturro, Jon Politio or Steve Buscemi would have fitted in with the cast of the Ladykillers perfectly. Not even one of them this time?

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 1:04 a.m. CST

    FYI; Coen's next project......

    by dascribe

    ... is another remake titled "Fun With Dick and Jane". Starring Jim Carrey & Cameron Diaz. Currently in pre-production. Principal photography is scheduled for 3/04.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Clark Pancake is....

    by DJanomaly

    in fact played by JK... ...and mountain girl is Diane (can't remember her last name) who played Ms Glass the teacher from that show Popular... ...btw, never saw the original so I have no idea how they all tie into the over all story....

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Re: Clark Pancake Is...

    by Jervis Tetch

    I thank you for the information. The script review for the new "Ladykillers" suggested that the bearded, safari-jacket- wearing, irritable-bowel-suffering Clark Pancake would be a John Goodman type, or possibly playable by William H. Macy (both Coen vets, of course). But giving JK a shot at a Coen comedy is probably a great way to go. Now he joins the list of Coen people(along with Hanks, who has never worked with the Coen's before.) The Mountain Girl casting is perfect, too. (In addition to "Popular," Diane Delano was the mannish lady bailuff in "LA Law" and on "Northern Exposure," too.) I hate certain remakes, too. "Psycho" and "Charade/Truth About Charlie" were busts, and I'm worried about "The Manchurian Candidate." But by converting the British "Ladykillers" into a Southern-fried version with generally new characters, and having the Coens, Hanks, and JK aboard, I think this one will be different enough from the British original to be a lot of fun. (BTW, the crook team in the new one is thusly: Hanks as the Professor, JK as explosives expert/filmmaker Clark Pancake (what a name), Diane Delano as Clark's hippie throwback girlfriend Mountain Girl, and Marlon Wayons as the black "inside man" at the casino they're out to rob. Plus "the General" (a Vietnamese tunnel expert who runs a donut shop), and a big dumb young white guy for "muscle." My hopes are high -- but I'll understand those of you who hate remakes rejecting this, too.