The Coen brothers take on the folk music scene of the 1960s in Inside Llewyn Davis, which follows a struggling singer-songwriter. Oscar Isaac plays the title character, while other famous faces like Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, and Carey Mulligan have supporting roles — and they also sing! The movie is one of the most anticipated films of the season, and the soundtrack is its own draw. Along with the already-mentioned voices, musicians like Marcus Mumford (who also produced the soundtrack with T Bone Burnett) are contributing. Whether you end up seeing the movie or not, the soundtrack is worth a listen, and these are the songs that you have to hear.
A newly brunette Carey Mulligan had a big weekend while promoting her latest project, Inside Llewyn Davis, around NYC. On Saturday, Carey hit the red carpet for a screening of the movie during the New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall. She stepped out in a black Alexander McQueen dress and debuted her darker 'do while posing for photos. The following evening, Carey joined her Inside Llewyn Davis costars Oscar Isaac and John Goodman, the film's directors Joel and Ethan Coen, and a group of musicians including Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, and her husband, Marcus Mumford, at a one-night-only concert, "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis," in Manhattan. Carey spoke on stage during the event before crooning alongside folk singers Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens. Justin Timberlake, who also stars with Carey in the music drama, wasn't able to attend as he was busy performing at the iTunes Festival in London over the weekend.
This Summer, my playlist has been inspired by indie films, romantic comedies, and big-budget Leonardio DiCaprio movies. That's right — it's time for another round of music from movie trailers! After all, would Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street seem as fierce without Kanye West's stompin' track? Would The Spectacular Now seem as adorable without One Republic's tunes? I think not. Click through to find out which great songs are in the most recent trailers!
Inside Llewyn Davis — the Coen brothers' story about a folk singer played by Oscar Issac in the 1960s — is one of the movies I'm looking forward to most this year, and the new trailer makes me even more excited. The first preview was still good but lacked quite a bit — I wanted more story, more feeling, and more importantly, more Justin Timberlake. It's interesting enough that he's in a Coen brothers' film, and now he gets to actually speak in the new trailer.
Aside from JT as a '60s musician, there's also more Garrett Hedlund, there's more to the plot, and Mulligan's character doesn't seem quite so comically angry as she did in the initial trailer. And there's an added bonus if you watch: this trailer features "Dink's Song," which is performed by Marcus Mumford (aka Mr. Carey Mulligan). Check it all out ahead of the Dec. 6 release when you read more.
The Cannes Film Festival is the most prominent cinematic celebration in the world, making it a place where a film can either skyrocket to success — or crash and burn.
This year, a handful of movies came to dominate the conversation among industry insiders in the South of France. Sofia Coppola's study of youth and excess in LA, The Bling Ring, and the latest Coen brothers offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, were two of the most talked-about projects in contention at the fest, and some unexpected films also made a splash. Click through for our breakdown of the six movies that got the most lip service — both good and bad! — during our time at this year's festival!
A Marchesa-clad Jessica Biel joined her husband, Justin Timberlake, at his Inside Llewyn Davis premiere in Cannes this evening. The pair showed PDA as Justin wrapped his arms around his wife while walking the carpet. The film's leading lady, Carey Mulligan, who wore a stunning Vionnet number for the big event, accompanied Justin and Jessica. Tonight's red carpet was a couple's affair as L'Wren Scott-clad Nicole Kidman was accompanied by doting husband, Keith Urban, and Kirsten Dunst, who wore a Michael van der Ham gown, stepped out in support of boyfriend Garrett Hedlund, who stars alongside Justin and Carey in the film.
Jessica popped up in Cannes after making a fashionable stop in Monaco. She took a front row seat at Dior's runway show along with Marion Cotillard yesterday. Her husband has kept equally busy since he attended the photocall and press conference for his Inside Llewyn Davis alongside Carey and his crew this morning and also showed support for Spinning Gold on the festival's opening day last week.
Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and Oscar Isaac joined forces today at the Cannes Film Festival to promote their new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie, which follows Oscar's character as a fictionalized, struggling folk singer in the 1960s, was one of the most anticipated of the day.After a photocall by the beach, the cast and directors gave a press conference, where they talked about the familial bond they shared on the set and the vital role that music plays in the telling of the story. Here are some highlights:
Justin on his connection to the movie's music: "As far as singing in the movie, obviously on the surface, it’s a different style from the music I make in real life. But listen, man, I grew up in Tennessee. Home of the blues, birthplace of rock and roll. . . . My grandfather [had] an old Gibson guitar — he taught me how to fingerpick. So it felt warm and fuzzy to me to be in this movie."
Carey on singing on screen: “I’m very nervous about singing in front of people. We had a week before we started shooting where we worked — what did we do? We all met up, and T-Bone produced the music and decided . . . what everyone’s voice was going to sound like.”
Oscar on the importance of music in creating character: "For everybody, the songs were what really showed you their inner life and their taste, their point of view. I saw it almost as much as a rehearsal for the personhood as the music.”
Justin on making it as a musician: “There is sort of the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours theory about how you can’t consider yourself an expert at anything until you’ve kind of had 10,000 hours at it. I agree with practice. There's many people that spend that much time and somehow never get heard. You meet so many talented people along the way who for some reason or another don’t get heard."
Been crossing your fingers for Joel and Ethan Coen to take on the controversial world that is the early days of folk music? Great news. In the trailer for the brothers' new venture, Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac (whom you may know from Drive and The Bourne Legacy) plays Davis, a struggling folk singer in a pre-Bob Dylan world. He's broody, he carries around a cat, and according to his ex (Carey Mulligan), he's a raging jerk. Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, a couple of Girls stars (Alex Karpovsky and Adam Driver), and Coen regular John Goodman also have roles in the music-packed period piece.
This trailer has a lot of elements I wouldn't expect from a Coen brothers film (an appearance from Timberlake being just one of them), and the '60s Manhattan vibe is a new setting for the filmmakers. I already love the intensity Mulligan is bringing, and I'm on board with Isaac as a leading man. We'll see how they fare when the movie hits theaters. Until then, you can watch the trailer after the jump.