Sunday, July 21, 2024

Add John Goodman to Coen Brothers’ Folk Music Movie


Exclusive: It looks like the Coen Brothers have another of their repertory company returning to the fold. John Goodman–who’s been featured in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother Where Art Thou?”– is coming back. I’m told Goodman will join Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the story loosely based on Dave van Ronk and the Greenwich Village folk music scene circa 1960. This will be like “The Mighty Wind” with ominous twists. Goodman is currently seen everywhere, but most especially in two big end of the year Oscar buzzed films– “The Artist”–he’s one of the three American actors– and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The Coens had better get over to Bleecker Street and start shooting before the whole place becomes a CVS-Ralph Lauren-Marc Jacobs-NYU ghetto.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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