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By Michael Gray and Michael Gray,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1998
"Gates of Eden," by Ethan Coen. Rob Weisbach Books/ William Morrow. 261 pages. $24. Oh geez, Marge. Ya know those Coen brothers, right? Sure ya do. Those two fellas from 'round Minneapolis, went off to New York, make those movies folks are always callin' "darkly comic?" "Raising Arizona," "The Big Lebowski," "Fargo," for gosh sakes. So anyways, what I'm tryin' to tell ya is that the younger one, Ethan, he's got a book out now and I'm tellin' ya, it's a hoot!"Gates of Eden" is a hoot. Or several little hoots, actually: 14 short pieces of writing in the forms of monologues, scripts, memoirs and the occasional narrative populated by the same sorts of irony-plagued characters and situations that are the staples of Coen films.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | October 23, 2009
Our reigning smart-aleck directors, the Coen brothers, try to erase the thick line between wiseguys and wise men in "A Serious Man," a movie filled with adults stumbling in their search for truth and adolescents who can't see beyond the smoking joints in front of them. But all the Coens come up with is a movie about bad things happening to limited people. It's set in suburban Minneapolis in the late 1960s or early 1970s, when the ticky-tacky houses of the baby boom are beginning to show some wear and tear.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 16, 2007
No Country for Old Men is about the kind of amoral madness that can sweep across a country and redefine a landscape. It's so admirably lean and sinewy that it deserves not merely a rave review but a Johnny Cash song about matter-of-fact killings in shady hotels and sun-scoured landscapes. The Coen brothers' best movie, hands down, is a chase film in which all the characters scatter their essences as they run. There's nothing self-conscious or secondhand about it. Maybe working from a spooky, percipient Cormac McCarthy novel rocked the brothers to the core.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 12, 2008
B urn After Reading, Ethan and Joel Coen's return to way-out comedy after the rewarding rigors of No Country for Old Men, involves agents of various kinds (CIA, the Treasury) who can shoot straight but can't think straight. It's a sophisticated goofball - a Bizarro-world version of the betrayals and reversals in solemn movies like Breach and Good Shepherd - except it doesn't supply much of a kick. Sure, it has a demented tapestry of backgrounds and locations, ranging from CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., to a suburban gym where all the workers wear red shirts.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 26, 2004
SUN SCORE *1/2 You can tell when the comedy cord snaps in a Hollywood superstar. For those who value art over all-American iconography, it's not a pretty sight. That horrible snap happened to Tom Hanks when he got all gooey and noble in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. There hadn't been anything like it since Jack Lemmon lost his euphoria and won accolades for playing serious middle-class schlubs in films such as Save the Tiger. Actors who have a genius for comic invention and gaiety often lose that notoriously elusive genius when they neglect it. They may later develop into formidable actors, but Lemmon displayed mature power only intermittently, and Hanks has become an icon simply by snuggling up to America's heartstrings.
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November 29, 2007
64 Diane Ladd Actress 58 Garry Shandling Comedian 53 Joel Coen Movie director 52 Howie Mandel Game show host 43 Don Cheadle Actor
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April 6, 2006
On April 5, 2006, MARY RUTH (nee Coen); beloved wife of the late Curtis Winfield Hopkins; devoted mother of Valerie A. Florian and Barry C. Hopkins of Evanston, IL; dear grandmother of Joshua C. Florian; dear sister of Robert L. Coen and the late James V. Coen. Funeral Services will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc, 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A) on Friday at 11 A.M. Interment in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jarrettsville, MD. Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Contributions may be made to St John's United Methodist Church, 216 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093.
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By Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 20, 2003
It isn't often that you hear the term "sexually adventurous" and the name Frances McDormand in the same sentence. McDormand is out to change all that with Laurel Canyon. She plays Jane, a California record producer who works out of a studio in her Laurel Canyon home. The film shows what happens when Jane's straight-arrow son (Christian Bale) and his fiancee (Kate Beckinsale) drop in for a visit with his hipster mom. The role, says McDormand, "was a gift, a complete gift, for a 45-year-old female actor to play."
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By Leon Lazaroff and Leon Lazaroff,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 7, 2004
NEW YORK - The advertising industry appears poised for stronger-than-expected growth next year, two leading industry forecasters said yesterday. Bob Coen, a senior vice president at Universal McCann, predicted U.S. advertising spending would rise 6.4 percent next year to $280.6 billion, while global spending can be expected to increase 6.1 percent to $553.4 billion. Coen and Steve King, chief executive at ZenithOptimedia, made their forecasts on spending at the opening of the 32nd annual UBS Media Week Conference in Manhattan.
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May 16, 2004
On May 13, 2004, CHARLES F. "Sonny" MILLER, beloved husband of Elayne A. (nee Raver) Wahmhoff Miller, devoted father of Pam Steele and Amanda Miller, dear step-father of Vicki Rakowski, cherished grandfather of Timmy J. and Christina M. Novotny; loving brother of Shirley Jurgenson, Peggy Coen and Clarence Miller, Jr.; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the family owned Evans Chapel of Memories - Parkville 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM Sunday. A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Monday.
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By michael sragow and michael sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 12, 2008
The Coen brothers are fabulously talented filmmakers, but for my money, they come a cropper whenever they veer into the crazy- or extreme-comedy territory of Preston Sturges. Movies like Intolerable Cruelty and today's premiere, Burn After Reading, yearn to echo the homicidal laughter of Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours or the sprawling knockabout farce of The Palm Beach Story, but they just don't make the wacky grade. In Burn After Reading, the Coens lavish all their virtuosity on the silly shenanigans of a slice of contemporary America: a former CIA man, some gym workers, a U.S. Treasury agent and a children's-book writer.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | May 30, 2008
A film series spotlighting the work of Joel and Ethan Coen, whose No Country for Old Men dominated February's Academy Awards, will unspool Wednesdays through June in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Pre-Clinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. The series kicks off Wednesday with No Country for Old Men, starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald in the sordid tale of...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | February 25, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Last night was a great time to be Joel and Ethan Coen, as the Minnesota-born brothers performed an Oscar hat-trick, collecting gold statuettes for producing, writing and directing 2007's best picture winner, No Country for Old Men. The film, the story of a drug deal gone horribly bad and the aftermath gone even worse, was the evening's most-honored film, winning four Oscars.
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February 24, 2008
Steve Yeager, 58, is a professional filmmaker who won the Filmmakers Trophy for Best Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for Divine Trash, his feature on Baltimore director John Waters. Best Picture --No Country For Old Men. This tour-de-force is a faithful adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy's novel. ... Has there ever been a more fiendish assassin than Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh? ... Roger Deakins' cinematography beautifully conveys the isolation and barrenness of the Texas border town in 1980.
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November 29, 2007
64 Diane Ladd Actress 58 Garry Shandling Comedian 53 Joel Coen Movie director 52 Howie Mandel Game show host 43 Don Cheadle Actor
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 16, 2007
No Country for Old Men is about the kind of amoral madness that can sweep across a country and redefine a landscape. It's so admirably lean and sinewy that it deserves not merely a rave review but a Johnny Cash song about matter-of-fact killings in shady hotels and sun-scoured landscapes. The Coen brothers' best movie, hands down, is a chase film in which all the characters scatter their essences as they run. There's nothing self-conscious or secondhand about it. Maybe working from a spooky, percipient Cormac McCarthy novel rocked the brothers to the core.
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By David Rosenthal | September 27, 1990
The New Community College of Baltimore's plan to strengthen its downtown business education center has been sidetracked by the sudden resignation of the center's director, who held the job for about two weeks.Alice Daum Coen had little comment last night on her departure. She said only that she resigned "for personal and professional reasons."The college's interim president, Dr. James Tschechtelin, said, "She may have thought it was more of an up-and-running center. But it's more a rebuilding job. We've never had a full-time executive director."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 9, 2001
HONOLULU - After chronicling a series of errors contributing to the collision between the submarine Greeneville and a Japanese trawler, an investigating admiral said yesterday that he did not believe the submarine's captain, Cmdr. Scott D. Waddle, had acted with criminal negligence. As he ended a fourth day before the Navy's court of inquiry at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station, the investigator, Rear Adm. Charles H. Griffiths, acknowledged that he had uncovered no evidence that Waddle had intentionally ignored warnings of a collision or otherwise acted negligently.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun reporter | October 15, 2006
This is not the way your featured attraction on homecoming weekend, the football game, is supposed to turn out. Towson's troubles actually began Friday night when coach Gordy Combs was informed by trainer Terry O'Brien that quarterback Sean Schaefer, the Atlantic 10's most productive passer, might not be able to play yesterday because of an "unspecified illness." Schaefer did sit out the game against Massachusetts, and the Minutemen capitalized on backup Andrew Goldbeck's lack of practice time and the Tigers' miscues to romp to a 35-0 victory before 6,820 at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
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April 6, 2006
On April 5, 2006, MARY RUTH (nee Coen); beloved wife of the late Curtis Winfield Hopkins; devoted mother of Valerie A. Florian and Barry C. Hopkins of Evanston, IL; dear grandmother of Joshua C. Florian; dear sister of Robert L. Coen and the late James V. Coen. Funeral Services will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc, 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A) on Friday at 11 A.M. Interment in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jarrettsville, MD. Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Contributions may be made to St John's United Methodist Church, 216 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093.
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