Thursday, October 3, 2013

Inside Llewyn News/12 Years Honored/Nebraska and the AFI

Good Thursday to Everyone...


The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" mad a big splash this past week with its unveiling as a part of The New York Film Festival.  The highlight may have been the benefit concert that happened on Sunday night.

Many of the musicians (Marcus Mumford, The Punch Brothers) and actors (Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman) that are a part of the soundtrack were a part of the show.  The concert also included appearances from musical stars of the early-60's era that the film portrays including Joan Baez.

The film is scheduled for release on Dec. 20.

Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood reveals the man behind Llewyn Davis: actor Oscar Issac.

Issac is making some noise concerning the Best Actor race but the category is loaded with possible contenders this year.  Alex Billington of addresses that issue:

The "Another Day, Another Time" concert featuring the music that inspired the film as well as music from the film itself was a big hit last weekend.  I have linked stories from Variety and The Playlist:


The announcement came earlier this week that director Steve McQueen and actress Lupita Nyong'o will be feted as a part of the Hollywood Film Awards for their work on "12 Years a Slave".  The film's profile has increased steadily since its premiere at Telluride and is aimed at a New York Film Festival screening within the week.  The Grio and The Hollywood Reporter both filed stories about the HFA that will include McQueen and Nyong'o:


Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" was one of three films named this week as centerpieces for the American Film Institutes's Film Fest.  The other films announced were Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace".  At least one of the films were likely added as a replacement for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" which has now been pushed to a 2014 release. AFI also announced that Bruce Dern will be honored as a part of the festival as well.  HitFix has the story here:

More on Monday...Have a great weekend.

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