Fear not, fans of Joel and Ethan Coen. You won’t have to wait much longer for their follow-up to True Grit. Inside Llewyn Davis is coming soon, and now it’s even got a folky little trailer to tide you over.
Based loosely on Dave Van Ronk’s memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which was published after his death, the film follows singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) through the murky waters of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the 1960s. But if that’s not enough of a hook, Llewyn brings along a pretty cute cat for the ride.
Alongside Isaac in the cast is Carey Mulligan, who seems right at home in the iconic place in space and time that brought us Bob Dylan, as well as Van Ronk and the Mamas and the Papas. Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, and Adam Driver of Girls also star.
Inside Llewyn Davis doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s likely that we’ll see it picked up for distribution in 2013. After all, who doesn’t love a classic story of trying to make it in New York?
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When celebrities have something to say they talk to Oprah. And it sounds like Lance Armstrong has something to say. The disgraced cycling hero, who last year was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling after a report documented in detail his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs (a charge he's repeatedly denied), is going to appear on Oprah's Next Chapter on January 17 on OWN. This comes after a report in The New York Times last week cited an anonymous source who said that Armstrong was considering revealing a history of doping. And the description of Armstrong's appearance on the Next Chapter website says, "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career."
We have no idea what Armstrong will say, but we are certain that he will face some pretty tough questions. Still, it'll take a lot for his sitdown to rank among our picks for Oprah's 10 Most Awkward Interviews Ever. This is a list full of ugly crying, couch jumping, mic painting, and not one but two appearances from Elizabeth Taylor.
10. Mary Tyler Moore (1997)
It's putting it very mildly to say that Oprah Winfrey is a fan of Mary Tyler Moore. Actually, in a surprise 1997 interview with the comedy pioneer, she revealed that she'd pretty much patterned her life on that of Mary Richards, MTM's alter ego on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It's impressive that Oprah was able to recover from the following tear-soaked hysterics upon first seeing Moore to even speak coherently.
9. Barbra Streisand (2003)
Mind you, Streisand's interview didn't have to be awkward. But it very quickly became just that after Oprah realized that Babs had spray-painted one of Harpo's microphones white so that it could match her ensemble. The stuff Kathy Griffin parodies are made of.
8. Mackenzie Phillips (2009)
In which the American Graffiti star reveals she had a years-long incestuous relationship with her father, Mamas and the Papas' singer John Phillips.
NEXT: Oprah stages a public reconciliation with an author who refused her Book Club and the interview she called "the hardest of my career" 7. Jonathan Franzen (2010)
In 2001, Oprah extended an offer to author Jonathan Franzen to appear on her Book Club to promote his National Book Award-winning novel, The Corrections. What happened next is still unclear: Franzen appeared to refuse the honor. So Oprah withdrew her invitation. Nine years later, Franzen and Winfrey publicly made up on-air during the final season of her show.
6. Whitney Houston (2009)
Everyone talks about Houston's infamous "Crack is Whack" interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002. But even more disturbing was her 2009 chat with Oprah, in which she put on a none-too-convincing facade of normalcy. Though Houston spoke candidly about her struggle with addiction, she blamed her history of drug abuse on her marriage to Bobby Brown and acted like she was completely sober. Seen in hindsight through the prism of her tragic death, her last major interview is a portrait of the point when addiction becomes its most dangerous: when its hidden.
5. Elizabeth Taylor (1988)
In a segment on her 25th anniversary DVD box set, Oprah says Liz told her right before the start of the interview that she would not answer any questions about her personal life and, instead, only wished to discuss her perfume line, White Diamonds. No wonder Oprah herself called it "the hardest interview of my career." However, it wouldn't be the last time she would cross paths with Taylor...
4. Michael Jackson (1993)
Oprah didn't hold back when she sat down with the King of Pop at the Neverland Ranch. After questions about his changing appearance and lightening skin tone, she asked, "Are you a virgin?" MJ replied, "How can you ask me that? I'm a gentleman!" To make things even more uncomfortable, Oprah's "hardest interview ever," Elizabeth Taylor, popped up unexpectedly, ambushed the interview, and deflected some of the more difficult questions on Jackson's behalf.
NEXT: The hardest-hitting interview Oprah ever conducted is also her most awkward. 3. Jay Leno (2010)
If it weren't for the No. 1 pick on this list, we'd say Oprah's one-on-one with Jay Leno, following his return to The Tonight Show in 2010 after Conan O'Brien's ouster, is the hardest-hitting interview she's ever conducted. (The interview subject in the No. 2 slot brought about the awkwardness entirely on his own.) She point-blank asked Leno if he thought he'd been selfish ("I've asked myself that," he said) and if he thought he'd "robbed Conan of his dream." It was all the more awkward because in every previous encounter on her show, Oprah and Jay came across like best buds — he even wheeled out her birthday cake during her 50th birthday celebration! The most squirm-inducing moment, however, came when Oprah revealed the results of an oprah.com poll in which 98% said Leno was at fault for the failure of Conan's Tonight Show.
2.Tom Cruise (2005)
It was the couch-jump seen across the world. Tom Cruise so could not contain his newfound love for Katie Holmes that he played a grown-up version of Jack B. Nimble on nationwide television.
1. James Frey (2006)
This wasn't an interview. This was a massacre. After it was revealed that Frey's memoir A Million Little Pieces wasn't a memoir at all, and that Frey had fictionalized key episodes in the supposedly confessional account of his struggle with substance abuse, Oprah brought the Book Club author back on her show for a brutal Round 2. She said she felt "betrayed," then proceeded to rip him a new one for the next hour. When it was all said and done, it was our frayed nerves that were in a million little pieces.
You got an opinion! You got an opinion! Everybody's got an opinion! Sound off about our picks in the comments below.
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In all of popular music, there is no greater tribute to the mood and mentality of 1960s America than Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco," known best for its refrain of the phrase "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." Tragically, the song's singer McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim) died on Saturday at the age of 73. The news was reported by McKenzie's website in a passage written by site perpetrators Gary and Raylene Hartman.
The statement reads, "It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Scott McKenzie in LA on 18th August, 2012. Scott had been very ill recently and passed away in his home after two weeks in hospital." Since 2010, McKenzie has suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nervous system disorder that resulted in regular hospitalization for the singer/songwriter.
In addition to bestowing the great, haunting 1967 ballad "San Francisco" unto the world (the song was written by The Mamas & the Papas leader John Phillips, who formed a band called The Abstracts with McKenzie in the early days of their careers), McKenzie is also the artist responsible for co-writing the Beach Boys' hit, "Kokomo." In '67, he released his first album, The Voice of Scott McKenzie, following up with Stained Glass Morning three years later. In the 1980s, McKenzie began touring with a new incarnation of The Mamas & the Papas; he stayed with the band until 1998.
McKenzie was an active performer well into 2001.
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The One Day at a Time star shocked fans with the 2009 release of her memoir High on Arrival, in which she revealed she had shared a decade-long sexual relationship with her dad John Phillips, the founder of The Mamas & the Papas.
Her whole family, including her half-siblings singer Chynna and actress Bijou, have distanced themselves from Phillips as a result of her controversial claims and she admits it's been hard to deal with.
But it's being completely cut off from Almost Famous star Bijou which hurts the 51 year old the most.
Speaking on daytime chat show The Talk, she says, "I haven't spoken to Bijou since the book came out... We were like cosy little mice in a pocket. I miss my baby sister Bijou the most, I miss her terribly...
"She would call me in the middle of the night for advice for men, life, boyfriends. I would go over and help her rehearse lines for auditions. I miss her like a missing limb."
Phillips understands why her family have stopped speaking to her, admitting it's important to protect the legacy of her dad as a musician: "I understand, because he was a brilliant musician, a brilliant writer, a brilliant arranger, (although he was) a terrible father and a fairly reprehensible human being.
"If you can separate the man and the music, please continue to enjoy the music of The Mamas and the Papas. I can."
But Phillips still stands by her decision to come forward about her ordeal, especially after hearing how her story helped others in similar situations: "I feel terrible about the negative effects this has had on my family, but then I look at the thousands of women and men across the world and across the country and I've opened up this national dialogue and people who didn't feel they had a voice, I've been able to speak for them and with them."
The 51 year old shocked fans with the 2009 release of her book High on Arrival, in which she revealed she had shared a decade-long sexual relationship with dad John Phillips, the founder of The Mamas & the Papas.
Chynna spoke out in support of Mackenzie when the news hit the headlines, insisting she was "proud" of her sister, but the Wilson Phillips singer later admitted she had distanced herself from the actress as she struggled to come to terms with the revelation.
But Mackenzie is baffled by her half-sister's behaviour, because Chynna's virtually cut off all forms of communication with her.
She tells America's Today show, "I'm very, very sorry that my family has been hurt by the truth.
"I don't really know (what happened with Chynna). I remember when she was on the tour for the Wilson Phillips Christmas album, she said, 'You know, my sister and I are taking a break'. Well, if taking a break is just stopping talking to the other person, then yes, we're taking a break."
The star shocked fans last year (09) when she released her book High on Arrival, in which she revealed she had been involved in a decade-long sexual relationship with her father, The Mamas & the Papas star John Phillips.
She has since had to deal with family criticism and banishment and accusations her tell-all prompted half-sister Chynna Phillips to check into rehab for anxiety issues.
And now the actress is facing up to her critics - with a new face.
The 50 year old debuted her enhanced features on U.S. TV on Wednesday (17Mar10), and reveals she spent $50,000 on Botox, Restylane and laser treatments to her face, and underwent almost two days worth of dental and hair work.
But Phillips insists she isn't trying to escape her turbulent past - which includes serious drug addiction and arrests - with the help of beauty treatments.
She says, "I've no desire to erase anything. I'm really happy."
The star shocked fans when she released her book High on Arrival last year (09), which revealed she had a decade long sexual relationship with her father, founder of The Mamas & the Papas, which began when he raped her on the night she wed Jeff Sessler.
After pledging her support for her sibling, Chynna Phillips entered rehab in February (10), staying for two weeks to deal with "anxiety" problems.
Upon leaving the unit, the singer/songwriter filed for divorce from husband Billy Baldwin, only to withdraw the bid two days later.
Mackenzie Phillips insists the recent turmoil in her relative's life is not down to her revelations - but admits her own behaviour has had "severe consequences" for some family members.
She tells Larry King, "I've been reading a lot about people who are sort of laying Chynna's hospitalisation at my feet.
"I think that certainly there's been a lot of stress in this family since High on Arrival came out.
"But I can't say my revelations about my father put Chynna in rehab. I do know that my addiction has had severe consequences with (sic) my loved ones. Absolutely."
The former Wilson Phillips star, who is married to Billy Baldwin, was admitted to an undisclosed recovery facility over the weekend (13-14Feb10).
Mackenzie has vowed to stand by Chynna as she battles her personal issues, just as the singer/songwriter did for her when she shocked Hollywood last year (09) with the news of her decade-long sexual affair with their father, Mamas & The Papas founder John Phillips.
And the former One Day At a Time actress is confident Chynna will bounce back from her rehab stint.
Mackenzie tells In Touch Weekly magazine, "I love my sister so much. She was there for me, and I am here for her... She is so very strong and funny. She is going to be just fine, I know it."
Mackenzie's incestuous relationship with her dad, which started after he raped her on the night of her wedding to Jeff Sessler, was exposed in her memoir High On Arrival.
Phillips shocked Hollywood last year (09) after revealing in her memoirs that she had a decade-long sexual affair with her Mamas & Papas star dad, which started after he raped her on the night of her wedding to Jeff Sessler.
She told TV titan Oprah Winfrey that although the warped relationship began with rape, she later consented to having sex with her late father.
However, after a year of meeting with fellow victims of incest since her book High On Arrival was published, Phillips has changed her view on the nature of their relationship.
In an interview with U.S. chatshow host Joy Behar, she explained, "I'd like to reframe my word, 'consensual'.
"As I was writing the book, I thought, this word, it kept sitting wrong with me, but I used it for lack of a better word, and since then I've been schooled by thousands of incest survivors all across the world that there really is no such thing as consensual incest due to the inherent power a parent has over a child... So, I wouldn't necessarily call it a consensual relationship at this time."
Phillips stunned the world earlier this year (09) when she revealed she and her father, Mamas & The Papas star John Phillips, had a decade-long romance, which began with a non-consensual sex encounter.
She went public with the shocking revelation in her bestselling book High on Arrival - and then appeared on U.S. TV shows to discuss her twisted relationship with her late dad.
The big reveal split her family, with half-sister Chynna supporting her decision to come forward and stepmother Michelle Phillips insisting Mackenzie was wrong to go public with the incest claims.
And now it seems John's Mamas & The Papas bandmate and ex-wife is having the final say on the controversy by insisting Mackenzie stays away from the family over Thanksgiving.
Mackenzie says, "I have been uninvited to the family Thanksgiving, which is very difficult."
Meanwhile, in a recent interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Michelle states she still struggles to believe her recovering drug addict stepdaughter's incest story: "I respect John, I will always respect him as a musician and a man... If these accusations were gonna be made, they should have been made while John was alive."
Mackenzie has confessed she knew the revelations in her memoirs would upset her stepmother. In a TV interview in September (09), the actress said, "There are a lot of people who won't be happy about this book because they don't want these truths revealed about a man who was a hero to them and some of those people are in my own family."
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Monday (23Nov09), Michelle states, "I really don't wanna discuss this at all. I refuse to get drawn into the controversy."