“This Was Like Designing for Six Different Leads and Six Different Backgrounds”: Costume Designer Mary Zophres on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel and Ethan Coen have been making films for over 30 years now and, since the mid-1990s, costume designer Mary Zophres has been a key part of creating their distinct aesthetic worlds. Working consistently with the fraternal directing team, Zophres has provided some iconic looks, among them the puffy jackets of Fargo (1996), The Dude’s sweater and bathrobe in The Big Lebowski (1997), and the prison garb of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), to name just a few. The designer’s resume also includes the delightfully quirky and punkish costumes of Ghost World (2001), which have inspired countless young women, […]
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“This Was Like Designing for Six Different Leads and Six Different Backgrounds”: Costume Designer Mary Zophres on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel and Ethan Coen have been making films for over 30 years now and, since the mid-1990s, costume designer Mary Zophres has been a key part of creating their distinct aesthetic worlds. Working consistently with the fraternal directing team, Zophres has provided some iconic looks, among them the puffy jackets of Fargo (1996), The Dude’s sweater and bathrobe in The Big Lebowski (1997), and the prison garb of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), to name just a few. The designer’s resume also includes the delightfully quirky and punkish costumes of Ghost World (2001), which have inspired countless young women, […]
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The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years

The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years
For the first time in eight years, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes have shortlisted the same five directors as the best of the year. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) received DGA nominations on Tuesday, two days after Cuaron won the Best Director Globe from the same lineup.

The last time DGA and the Globes went 5-for-5 was for the class of 2010. David Fincher (“The Social Network”) won the Globe over Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). But Hooper nabbed the DGA and then the Oscar; the academy only snubbed Nolan in favor of Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”).

See Directors Guild of America Awards nominations: See the full list

The DGA and Globes rarely match perfectly,
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Tim Blake Nelson on Trusting the Coen Brothers: "It's Like Hanging Out"

Tim Blake Nelson on Trusting the Coen Brothers:
Tim Blake Nelson offers listeners of The Hollywood Reporter's It Happened in Hollywood podcast a rare glimpse into the filmmaking process of Joel and Ethan Coen, the idiosyncratic brothers behind some of the best-loved films of the past 30 years.

Nelson, who trained as an actor at Juilliard, made his first big splash in 2000 with the Coens' Depression-era musical fable O Brother, Where Art Thou?, playing a dim-witted prison escapee alongside George Clooney and John Turturro.

"It's all very friendly and genial and clear. Ethan will say, 'Maybe … I don't know. Maybe pull it back ...
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Watch Josh Brolin’s Documentary from the Set of ‘No Country For Old Men’

Released over a decade ago, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Best Picture winner No Country For Old Men endures as one of the finest films of this young century thus far. As usual, the Coens are fairly tight-lipped about their creative process, but that didn’t stop star Josh Brolin from making is own behind-the-scenes documentary.

If you picked up the Blu-ray, you might have seen his 9-minute piece already, but it has now made its way online and offers a humorous look at the making of the Cormac McCarthy adaptation. What starts as standard Bts footage and anecdotes becomes more or less a winking troll of the Coens’ elusive nature–one we image the directors themselves found pretty funny.

Check it out below and for more on their most recent film, take a look at the VFX process of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
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Zoe Kazan Responds to Twitter User Who Criticized ‘Buster Scruggs’ and Tagged Her

Twitter is a place where moviegoers can share their reactions to movies and performances, but there’s a clear line between doing so in an appropriate way and being flat-out disrespectful. Actress and writer Zoe Kazan brought attention toward the latter camp when she decided to respond to one Twitter user who decided it was a good idea to criticize Kazan’s performance in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and tag Kazan’s account.

After Twitter user @SamBrod said Kazan was “frustrating to watch” in “Buster Scruggs,” Kazan responded by saying, “Solid example of when not to tag an artist in your tweet about their work. … Like I am not a restaurant, this is not yelp, I don’t need to know that you found the meal overly salty.”

The Twitter user quickly apologized for the tag, writing, “Dear all, I apologize for this tweet. I did not think Zoe
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Ryan Swen’s Top 10 Films of 2018

After the relatively lackluster theatrical release year of 2017, the variety and depth of quality found in 2018 felt like a breath of fresh air. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to watch (or write on) as many films as in previous years, but what I did see more than satisfied. True, there were more known quantities, and the pleasures felt slightly more familiar, but even in those environs there is a great deal of comfort and inordinate amounts of true artistic ingenuity to be found.

My favorite films can be roughly divided into the top two films and the other eight, so seismic are the former movies’ impacts, but this should by no means discount the immense value of the rest. A few films that I couldn’t fit into this expanded fifteen but which continue to stick with me, among others: A Star Is Born, Western, and Notes on an Appearance.
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Movie Review – Holmes & Watson (2018)

Holmes & Watson, 2018.

Directed by Etan Cohen.

Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Ralph Fiennes and Braun Strowman.

Synopsis:

A “humorous” take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

If the litmus test for a solid Sherlock Holmes spoof is the absence of a “No shit, Sherlock” gag, then it’s one that Etan Cohen’s – no, not Ethan Coen – new “comedy” fails enthusiastically beyond that mere moldy zinger.

Despite all the on-paper promise of an unofficial Step Brothers sequel by way of The World’s Greatest Detective, it’s tough to recall such a hugely talented cast being wasted on so desperately little in recent memory.

The particulars of the plot escape the mind almost immediately after the curtain raises on the movie – if not before, in fact – though the hook sees Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Watson (John C.
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Christopher Schobert’s Top 10 Films of 2018

It was a year of triumphant returns—for Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuarón, Paul Schrader, Joel and Ethan Coen, Steve McQueen, Pawel Pawlikowski, Spike Lee, Marielle Heller, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Orson Welles (!), and, of course, Paddington. And, it was a time in which new(ish) voices asserted their authority. Consider the likes of Boots Riley, Chloé Zhao, Paul Dano (and co-screenwriter Zoe Kazan), Ari Aster, and, yes, Bradley Cooper. Any cinemagoer who calls 2018 a disappointment simply was not looking hard enough.

Interestingly, my own top ten list features four foreign language films and two “kids” films. These categorizations are flawed, of course. Language makes no difference here, and anyone who considers Paddington 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to be kid-only movies is certainly close-minded. So let’s dispense with the categories and merely say that listed here are 10 gems (and five honorable mentions) that struck me as bold, original, breathtaking films
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The Film Stage Show Ep. 323 – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I discuss Joel and Ethan Coen’s western anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, now on Netflix.

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SAG Awards voters really, really like Netflix: From old favorites (‘Grace and Frankie’) to new friends (‘Kominsky Method’)

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As predicted, Netflix dominated the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday morning with a whopping 15 TV nominations for their dramas, comedies and limited series. To compare, Prime Video (also known as Amazon) had the next-highest number of noms for a television network with eight. While Netflix’s total is down from last year’s record-breaking 19 TV bids, the streaming service still earns bragging rights for its vast array of nominated performances for the 2018 calendar year. See the show-by-show breakdown below and click here for the complete list of noms.

See‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ tops 2019 SAG Awards nominations for TV and (gasp!) so does ‘Ozark

Not only were old favorites recognized this year, like “Grace and Frankie” scene-stealers Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, but brand new friends were also invited to the party in the form of “The Kominsky Method.” Since SAG Awards voters are notoriously late to the game
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Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ Leads Film Comment’s Top 20 Films of 2018

One of the best-curated year-end lists every year comes from the long-running Film Comment magazine and their poll featuring around 100 of their contributors. This year’s list is no different, topped by Lucrecia Martel’s astounding Zama (now on Amazon Prime!) and also featuring Orson WellesThe Other Side of the Wind, Valeska Grisebach’s Western, Claire DenisLet the Sunshine In, Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls, and more.

Along with their top 20, they also give a list of the best undistributed films of the year, from Mariano Llinás’s 14-hour epic La Flor to Jodie Mack’s gorgeous feature debut The Grand Bizarre to new films from Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang, Lav Diaz, Roberto Minervini, and more. So, distributors take note, and check out both lists below.

Film Comment’s Top 20 Films Released in 2018:

1. Zama Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain

2. Burning Lee Chang-dong, South Korea

3. First Reformed Paul Schrader,
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Zoe Kazan Talks Lack of Female Protagonists in 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs': "There's a Heightened Awareness"

Zoe Kazan Talks Lack of Female Protagonists in 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs':
Zoe Kazan stars in the six-part Western anthology film from Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and as she tells The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, it took the filmmaking duo almost 20 years to bring it to life.

"This is a very unusual film. It's told in six distinct chapters that are all Westerns, but they all have a different relationship to the genre. It's sort of like opening a box of candy or something; there are so many different kinds of treats," she says.

She further explains of the Coen brothers' writing process: ...
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Costume designer Mary Zophres on making ‘First Man’ Nasa suits and how Ikea came to the rescue on ‘Buster Scruggs’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Costume designer Mary Zophres on making ‘First Man’ Nasa suits and how Ikea came to the rescue on ‘Buster Scruggs’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Costume designer Mary Zophres has received two Oscar nominations for her work on Joel and Ethan Coen‘s “True Grit” (2010) and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” (2016), and she’s back in contention this year for two distinct projects from the filmmakers.

Shortly after “La La Land”’s awards run, Chazelle recruited Zophres for his next project, his Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.” “It was very much like ‘La La Land.’ It was just a different subject matter, but his approach is very much the same. He knows exactly what the film is going to look like,” Zophres said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “He’s very much a collaborator and is very open to ideas and to meetings and discussions and meetings and show and tells. He’ll be there whenever you need him to be there.
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Netflix Hires Film Production Executive Kira Goldberg From Fox

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Netflix has snatched up film production veteran Kira Goldberg away from Fox, an individual with knowledge of the hire told TheWrap.

Goldberg served as executive vice president of production at Fox, and worked most recently on the studio’s rock and roll hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as well as last year’s “The Greatest Showman,” “The Post” and 2016’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

She spent six years working at Fox, specializing in all original non-branded films, and championed “The Greatest Showman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Also Read: Bron Studios Hires Former Fox Searchlight Executive Cassandra Butcher as Chief Marketing Officer

At Netflix, Goldberg will report directly to Tendo Nagenda, who the streaming giant lured away from Disney earlier this year. Nagenda, a highly valued and respected production executive at Disney, was brought in under Netflix film head Scott Stuber to lead film production at Netflix.

Netflix has made strides
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Mondo to release an Exclusive The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Vinyl

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As a way of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski, Mondo has announced the details of a special edition vinyl that will really help tie your record collection together. Beginning on December 5th (Wednesday), fans of the beloved stoner comedy can purchase a copy of the film's soundtrack pressed into a stylish colored vinyl.…
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The 12 Most Memorable Coen Brothers Characters

Joel and Ethan Coen are my favorite filmmakers, and part of the reason why is how they come up with such stark, striking characters who hit to the heart of their films’ themes while never standing in as simple symbols or archetypes. These are characters who manage to break out even when they’re part of a milieu that’s as immaculately crafted as a Coen Brothers’ movie (and that’s saying something since the Coens tend to work almost exclusively with the likes of cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell). The Coens and their immensely talented actors have …
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‘The Big Lebowski’ Mondo Exclusive: 20th Anniversary Vinyl Release Details

‘The Big Lebowski’ Mondo Exclusive: 20th Anniversary Vinyl Release Details
Joel and Ethan Coen are back in theaters and on Netflix this year with their acclaimed Western anthology film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but that’s not the only reason 2018 is a great one for fans of the legendary directing duo. This year marks the 20th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” the 1998 crime comedy turned cult classic starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro. Mondo is celebrating the anniversary by bringing the film’s incredible soundtrack to vinyl this month.

The Mondo “Big Lebowski” vinyl goes on sale Wednesday, December 5 (purchase a copy on the Mondo official website here) and features songs by Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, The Gipsy Kings, and Townes Van Zandt, among others. The most iconic song from the film, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s “Just Dropped In,” is included as well. The package features all new artwork by Paul Mann.
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The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 9 Review: Daddicus Finch

Homer kills the mockingbird as The Simpsons make a hero sandwich of Daddicus Finch.

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This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.

The Simpsons: Season 30 Episode 9

Sometimes it takes a classic to make a classic. We learned in 1973 that a hero ain't nothing but a sandwich and real courage has nothing to do with a man with a gun in his hand. After 30 seasons, The Simpsons knows it's as licked as a science museum ice cream cone before it's begun but begins anyway and sees it through no matter what lunch Lady Doris or Moe may be dishing out. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. "Daddicus Finch" wins.

It's hard to be an institution when you began as a scrapper. The Simpsons has been on TV so long people forget it was condemned in the eyes of President Bush and his wife Barbara. Like Saturday Night Live, the initial revolutionary
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Netflix Stars Explain ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – The Contenders NY

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Netflix Stars Explain ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – The Contenders NY
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs actor Tim Blake Nelson first received the script for the Coen brothers-directed project back in 2002. Private Life director Tamara Jenkins revealed she wasn’t sure she wanted to broach the topic of infertility before embarking on Private Life. And Maggie Gyllenhaal said she needed to own the role of an educator obsessed with her student’s genius in The Kindergarten Teacher.

The trio of films represented the contingent of Netflix films taking the spotlight Saturday at The Contenders NY, the biggest company grouping of the all-day event.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Joel and Ethan Coen had a long gestation. The filmmaking duo completed a number of other projects before turning back to Scruggs with Tim Blake Nelson in the saddle as Buster. “I like to say Buster Scruggs is a great friend, but you wouldn’t want him as an enemy,” said Nelson.
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