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Reel time: Coens next films, an update of 'The Road'

June 2, 2009 - Ray Eckenrode
Coens shuffle their deck
  You'll remember we almost wet ourselves when we found out the Coens were turning Michael Chabon's novel -- "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" -- into their next film. Now comes word that while that project is still in the works, a remake of "True Grit" has moved to the head of the Coens "to do" list. The brothers have said their film will be more an adaptation of Charles Portis' novel than a retelling of the 1969 film that starred John Wayne. Already in the can for the prodigious progeny is "A Serious Man," a small-budget, no-name, indie-type film set for October release.

Being 'There'
  If you've yet to see Todd Haynes' Bob Dyland biopic -- "I'm Not There" -- it's making the rounds on some of the pay TV channels this month and we highly recommend. It's the kind of wondrous film that gets better on each re-viewing. To refersh your memory about the bold concept for the film, here's our original review from January 2008. And here's a clip of one of the film's most beautiful and haunting scenes, featuring Calexico covering Dylan's "Goin' To Acapulco."

Almost on 'The Road'
  The film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is scheduled to hit theaters on October 16 and the first trailer is quite striking and informative:
  > It appears the role of the mother in the film (played by Charlize Theron) has been expanded from the novel.
  > The film looks like it will provide more backstory than the novel did about the calamity that leaves our planet an ashen shell (and as McCarthy has said in interviews since "The Road" was published, he always envisioned a natural disaster rather than a manmade one causing the trouble).
  > The abandoned Turnpike Tunnel near Breezewood were a portion of the filming was done gets some extended screen time.
  > And finally, we get appearances by two of our favorite actors (Garrett Dillahunt, "Deadwood" and Michael K. Williams, "The Wire") in supporting roles.
  You can watch the trailer by clicking here.

Next week on DVD
  Finally, "Gran Torino," the best film in years not to be nominated for a "Best Picture" Oscar, hits video stores and PPV outlets next Tuesday.


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