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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Hail Caesar ?

Here's a new one! I had not heard of the Coen Brothers new one HAIL CAESAR! but it features Channing Tatum doing a sailor number (a la Gene Kelly?) , and Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in it too (see A BIGGER SPLASH below), along with Clooney ..... sounds intriguing at the very least ! 
The BFI says: "25 years after BARTON FINK the Coens revist Capitol Pictures with another colourful portrait of studio-era Hollywood. This time its the 1950s and Capitol boss Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is making a prestige Roman epic, but all hell breaks loose when star George Clooney is kidnapped. Many familiar faces - Tilda Swinton as Hedda Hopper (didn't Helen Mirren also portray Hopper in TRUMBO..) - populate an extraordinary cast." There's also Tatum doing a camp musical number, and Scarlett Johansson as perhaps Esther Williams doing a swimming number ....
We can see it when it opens here in March, (There really was an Eddie Mannix at MGM back in the day, a Mr Fixit for the stars). 


  1. Michael! :Hail, Caesar!" is terrific. I've a hunch you'll like it. And for the record, Tilda Swinton dos not play Hedda Hopper but - get this - twin gossip columnists, Thora and Thessaly Thacker, both hugely competitive and both deliciously venomous.

  2. I was less impressed with the trailer than you seemed to be but, of course, anything by the Coens is essential and with that cast! I have a ticket to see it at the Savoy in Dublin (massive screen) on Saturday morning.