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Sweet! The Coens get another A-lister to join Clooney in BURN AFTER READING!!!

Published at: April 20, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Fresh on the heels of the announcement that the Coen's newest NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN was playing Cannes (I'd kill to be there just to see that movie), comes the news that another A-lister joins George Clooney in the next Coen Bros flick, BURN AFTER READING... and it's a familiar face for Mr. Clooney. Looks like Brad Pitt will co-star with Clooney and Coen staple Frances McDormand. The only thing that is known about the project is that it involves a CIA agent who is writing a book and he loses the disc that contains his work. I love me my Coen Bros work (even their misfires) and I'm always happy to hear about them starting up a new project.


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  • April 20, 2007, 4:07 a.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men

    by palimpsest

    Read the book. Seriously. It's great.

  • April 20, 2007, 4:16 a.m. CST

    HAIL CAESAR?

    by palimpsest

    Has this been pushed back? Damn.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Coens at worst = better than most

    by filmcoyote

    Seriously, even the disappointing Intolerable Cruelty or the fairly painful Ladykillers are better than most crap turned out by Hollywood. The Coens are the most talented filmmakers working. Look at the genius and diversity of Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, Big Lebowski and Man Who Wasn't There. No Country For Old Men is one of my two kill-to-sees this year (with Simpsons). Can't wait, wish I was in Cannes.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    And speaking of Cannes...

    by palimpsest

    ...what's up with Tarantino re-cutting the DEATH PROOF sequence of GRINDHOUSE, extending it to full feature length, and putting it into competition as a solo film at Cannes?

  • April 20, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Shame Pitt never got to do TO THE WHITE SEA with them.

    by MaxTheSilent

    That would have been so bad-ass. Not a word of dialogue (apparently), just a downed WW2 pilot slaughtering his way through Japan to safety.

  • April 20, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Why the Hate for Ladykillers?

    by kevinwillis.net

    It wasn't a bad movie. It was no Fargo, but it wasn't that bad. A fun little flick.

  • April 20, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I never saw THE LADYKILLERS

    by MaxTheSilent

    The moment I saw Marlon Wayans' name in the credits I lost all interest.

  • April 20, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Actually

    by ByTor

    Ladykillers was not that bad. As filmcoyote points out, Coens at their worst is better than most other efforts, and I'll watch every single one. Overall, I liked Ladykillers.<P><P>Looking forward to this new effort.

  • April 20, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    A bad Cohen Brothers movie is still better...

    by rbatty024

    than most director's best efforts.

  • April 20, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I think I just copied at what at least five people said

    by rbatty024

    That should teach me to actually read what other's have posted before I post. Sorry to step on your toes, but it's so true it can't hurt to reiterate.

  • April 20, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Clooney

    by Boromir187

    I'm pretty sure that when this project and Clooney's attachment to it was announced last year, that it was stated that Clooney was going to be playing some sort of sleazy hitman.

  • April 20, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Found it...

    by Boromir187

    http://www.cinematical.com/2006/10/23/clooney-and-the-coen-brothers-finally-reunited/ and http://productionweekly.com/2006/10/22/clooney-ignites-coen-bros-reunion/ Yep, Clooney's an assassin!

  • April 20, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    ahem..

    by smylexx

    I didn't like The Ladykillers. Perhaps this is because i enjoy the original too much or maybe it's because my expectations are set pretty high when i view a Cohen Movie but it didn't do anything for me. Lebowski just gets better every time i watch it though. This is the post that holds the room together, by the way.

  • April 20, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Ignore Marlon in the Lady Killers and it ain't bad.

    by kinghenryVIII

    Ditto - there was NO need for a character like his or him, to be in the film. I thought Hanks was great (another reason for him to do more comedy). <p> Cruelty was pretty good - IMO - not as strong as the previous ones but not bad. Clooney was funny as hell in it. I've never seen The Man Who Wasn't There but ..... <p>We need a Jesus movie! My life would be complete.<p>I read To The White Sea .... awsome. And written poorly? It's all 1st person, the dude was educated in the wild, basically, so you have to take that into consideration while reading it. But the mayhem and the hiding and the killin' .... would have made a great movie. Damn.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Is this movie about Darfur or orphans?

    by CherryValance

    Oh no, I remember. It's a 3 hour laughfest built solely on jokes about being a two-time Sexiest Man Alive, who's in the CIA and loses the disk containing the book about how his wife doesn't love their rich white baby because she wasn't born in into poverty. It's gonna rock.

  • April 20, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Oceans shitstab

    by Filmrage

    I like Clooney and Pitt but after the unmitigated shite that was Oceans 12 you gotta question their sense in doing a sequel. I guess doin a Coen bros movie about balances that out.

  • April 20, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "We must all have waffles, forthwith!"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Ladykillers is hilarious. "You brought your BITCH to the Waffle Hut?!"

  • April 20, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Pitt & Clooney

    by DirkD13"

    Would probably have very handsome babies.

  • April 20, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Pitt and Clooney = Young Hollywood?

    by Black And Gold

    Are Pitt and Clooney really considered "young" hollywood? And I think they are quite established enough as individuals and just like working together. Why not work with your friends if you can, right? I thought Ladykillers was alright. Can't wait for "No Country For Old Men". As was stated earlier....read the book, you won't be disappointed.

  • April 20, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Scorsese is in the "Dustbin of cinema history"?...

    by DanielKurland

    I can understand you saying Stone, De Palma, and Coppola, but Scorsese is still doing fantastic work, even if the source material may not be as strong as what he was working with 20 years ago.

  • April 20, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    To The White Sea

    by Cameron1

    Is one of the best non produced scripts out there, the Coens would have been perfect to direct but ah well. I'm looking forward to No Country <em>immensely<em>

  • April 20, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The McCarthy source novel is tremendous.

    by Barry Egan

    I was very much looking forward to the paperback release of The Road and then that stupid Oprah puts it in her books club and the books has the Oprah seal on the cover? How can any self-respecting man be seen reading an Oprah book?

  • April 20, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    If The Ladykillers has a problem it's that it is

    by Barry Egan

    trying too hard to be funny. It's almost exhausting. But there are some really great bits of business in it. And yes, Hanks is a great comedian and should do a lot more comedy.

  • April 20, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Barry Egan

    by Black And Gold

    Read it anyway. It's tremendously heart-wrenching, moving, and depressing. I was a little suprised Oprah put her tag on it with the subject matter in the book but it's entirely worth the read. Just get it from the library and avoid the "O" stigma.

  • April 20, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    No Country for Old Men: Truly Amazing

    by 12-GAUGE

    If the Coens hit this up with similar tendencies they put behind Fargo, it could easily rank up their with their very best, if not the top spot. The book is phenomenal. But I wonder: *****SPOILER ALERT***** How will they handle the death of Llewellyn Moss? It's unusual in a film for the main character to die only 2/3 of the way through, with almost no fanfare. Unless they make Tommy Lee's character the main one, it sure would be unusual to see in a film.

  • April 20, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    OCEAN'S 14: THE QUEST FOR PEACE!

    by Err

    It's Matthew McConaughey (sp) and Clooney version 2.

  • April 20, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    info

    by jimmiebean

    ClooneyStudio.com has info. http://www.clooneystudio.com/movies/burn_after_reading.html

  • April 20, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST

    intolerable cruelty

    by imageburn13

    I was counting the minutes till that movie wrapped in the theater. Aweful. I agree with whats stated above, although I think Barton Fink is the Coens at their most pure. Stick with a rock solid script, have it written by 1 Coen bro, and use Roger Deakins. (And stick Buscemi in a cameo). Check and mate.

  • April 20, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Hanks was hilarious in Ladykillers.

    by jollysleeve

    True, the movie overall was a very mixed bag, and the general consensus is it's a misfire. That's a shame, because one of Tom Hanks's best performances gets dismissed as a result.

  • April 21, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    These guys are f'ing brillant and one of a kind.

    by GQtaste

    I would watch them make a film about reading phone books. Yes, their last two outings were below average. Esp. Tom Hanks bullshit, but The one w/ Clooney and Zeta Jones had so much potential, didn't it? Point is, I'd put them up w/ the best of them just for Big Lebowski alone, let alone Fargo, Oh Bro, Man who, Hudsucker, Barton, Oh hell, I don't need to rattle off their resume. Everybody knows it by heart. Oh and what could have been w/ the Pitt silent picture? I'm still upset about that one never coming to fruition!

  • April 21, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that, 12-Gauge

    by CorpseRide

    No, really, pat yourself on the back. Real hard.

  • April 22, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by El Bicho

    "Maybe if the Coens started doing ORIGINAL stories again instead of all this adapted crap." Some of the greatest movies are adapted. Let's see your top-ten.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I Know i am in a minority here

    by emeraldboy

    but the departed was the best film Scorcese has done in a very long time. He doesnt make duff movies. Even his bad movies are classics. His dylan doc is simply one of the greatest documentaries of all time and he created the rockumentary with the bands' last waltz. Even clint said that he voted for raging bull. Marty has two stones docs in the works. A mick jAgger doc/biopic and the definitive story which will be filmed at the two rolling stones sold out concerts in NY this year. The derparted was by anyone standards a great piece of work. I thought it was superb on very level. Acting, editing, Sound, score. To me it was the best of the year. Gangs of New york failure you can lay at the door of Bob and Harvey. I saw that film on tv a couple of weeks ago. I know wrote it off when i reviewed the film for my brother but there are still moments that would put lesser talents to shame. like the scene with day-lewis in the rocking chair wrapped in a bloody american flag. the opening was outstanding. the ending was terrible. I think the slapping he gave Leo di caprio. When leo turned up on set with a hangover, turned leo into much better actor.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I Know i am in a minority here

    by emeraldboy

    but the departed was the best film Scorcese has done in a very long time. He doesnt make duff movies. Even his bad movies are classics. His dylan doc is simply one of the greatest documentaries of all time and he created the rockumentary with the bands' last waltz. Even clint said that he voted for raging bull. Marty has two stones docs in the works. A mick jAgger doc/biopic and the definitive story which will be filmed at the two rolling stones sold out concerts in NY this year. The derparted was by anyone standards a great piece of work. I thought it was superb on very level. Acting, editing, Sound, score. To me it was the best of the year. Gangs of New york failure you can lay at the door of Bob and Harvey. I saw that film on tv a couple of weeks ago. I know wrote it off when i reviewed the film for my brother but there are still moments that would put lesser talents to shame. like the scene with day-lewis in the rocking chair wrapped in a bloody american flag. the opening was outstanding. the ending was terrible. I think the slapping he gave Leo di caprio. When leo turned up on set with a hangover, turned leo into much better actor.