New Photos: Coen Brother's Burn After Reading
by Kevin Powers
April 29, 2008
The Coen Brother's hotly anticipated Burn After Reading (tentatively titled) is getting a lot of love this week. First we learn (via Yahoo) that the film, with its heavyweight cast of John Malkovich, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, will headline the Venice Film Festival on August 27th. And today we get some new photos of these characters in what looks to be a dark comedy the likes of which only the Coen's could pull off. Ready to start the hype for this year's Coen Brothers hit?
While just early eye-candy, the photos set the tone for the upcoming movie pretty clearly. Burn centers on Osbourne Cox (Malkovich), who has hit a bit of rough patch. He was recently fired from the CIA and decides to write his memoirs, naturally documenting government secrets along the way. His wife (Swinton) decides to steal the material to use in their upcoming divorce proceedings, but the CD mistakenly ends up in the hands of two doltish gym employees, Chad (Pitt) and Linda (McDormand). In response to Linda and Chad conspiring to sell the material to help pay for Linda's plastic surgery, the CIA dispatches Harry (Clooney) to sort it all out at whatever the cost.
So do you understand how seeing Malkovich donning house robe and pistol gives you a really clear idea of the comedic depths Burn will be heading? This looks like it's going to be great!
I haven't exactly been following Malkovich as of late, but since seeing him recently in the webisode Bathing With Bierko, I have a newfound respect for the guy. Or is it odd curiosity? Either way, he's definitely piqued my interest and I can't wait to see how he does in Burn After Reading, not to mention the newly awarded Swinton and classic Clooney. Although I hope Clooney's screwball-ness is kept to a minimum considering how well that shtick went over in Leatherheads.
Focus Features is releasing the Coen Brother's Burn After Reading on September 12th this year.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Looks great! I think this will be a nice quirky film that truly only the Coens will be able to pull off.
Napiers News on Apr 29, 2008
I honestly thought that was Bruce Willis in the 4th pic.
nemes1s on Apr 29, 2008
Brad pitt and George Clooney are annoying. I just say NO to any movie staring George and/or Brad.
Casper on Apr 29, 2008
George Clooney's going to suffer from serious overexposure at the rate he's going. Nonetheless,great cast.
twispious on Apr 30, 2008
This is going to be great.
Daniel on Apr 30, 2008
This movie is going to be like the whole world smiling.
DCompose on Apr 30, 2008
Come on ... too much George Clooney, especially in a Coen Bros' flick can never be bad. I've always been a so-so fan of Malkovich and Tilda did NOT deserve the Oscar, but this still looks like it could be a definite winner.
Hilander on Apr 30, 2008
They should have a rule that A-List stars have to have thoroughly concealing disguises when playing roles in movies with several other A-list stars. Wtf- how am I supposed to be convinced of any of these characters aside from Tilda Swinton? I'll rent it if some chick convinces me to.
Djo. on May 1, 2008
Tilda Swinton is so ugly cant believe she is having both bp and gc.
eva on May 1, 2008
Looking forward to this. I think George is a little too much at times when he is promoting. But the Coens + George+Brad+Malkovich and less NOT forget Frances McDormand; points to a funny movie. How do you even put these people together?? The stills are promising.
taegan on May 1, 2008
The only role that can rescue George Clooney in my eyes, is to reprise the dude he use to play on "the Facts of Life".
Djo. on May 2, 2008
Pitt's hair FINALLY looks good again after 15 or so years of disheveled bed-head no-style.
Mickey on Sep 27, 2008
We loved it Everyones performance was good. The punch line was very 'that how things are' non-stop screw up & misunderstandings.
Berni on Oct 22, 2008
A wonderful film -- funny but serious and scathing about the current state of affairs in America. The relatively innocent characters all die and they hypocrites survive to go on deceiving and killing. Thank you Coen Brothers. Thank you John Malkovitch, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.
Ustun Reinart on Nov 29, 2008
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