Posts Tagged ‘John Wayne’

The Coen Brothers Get Their Grit

March 23, 2009

true-gritThe Coen Brothers‘ career is nothing if not Quixotic. If anyone had mentioned getting them to do a remake of the Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers, the response would have been “…” In fact, the response was “…” A similar reaction might await the news that they’re remaking a John Wayne film. Undaunted, the odd couple have made another odd pairing. Following their next adaptation, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, the writer-directors are tackling an adaptation of Charles Portis‘s True Grit, the novel which in 1969 was made into an Oscar-winning film with the Duke.
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The Movies, Mr. Griffith and HBO

March 17, 2009

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The big film news of the day doesn’t have much to do with film at all. It’s that David Chase, whose The Sopranos became a kind of Mahābhārata of the Mob, is headed back to HBO and making a miniseries about the days when Hollywood wasn’t much more than an orange grove.

Ribbon of Dreams will unspool around the friendship between a cowboy and a mechanical engineer who both go to work for D.W. Griffith. They graduate to becoming producers of their own, and are soon negotiating the nascent business of the movies–as well as real life characters like John Ford, John Wayne, Raoul Walsh, Bette Davis and Billy Wilder. An unconfirmed and possibly imaginary report implied one episode would see the two guys barely surviving a drinking bout with John Barrymore, Errol Flynn and W.C. Fields.
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