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How the Cats Were Trained for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Anyone who has worked with animals on a set or stage will tell you that training a dog for a scene is one thing. Training a cat is another matter entirely — just ask the animal trainers for this year’s Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  So there were certainly some issues when the Coen brothers decided that a lost cat would play a central role in the plot of Inside Llewyn Davis — in fact, Joel Coen admits that the cat was added to the film to give the movie about a drifting folk musician some “plot.” The three ... Read more

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Adam Driver Doesn’t Watch His On-Screen Work: “I go into a spiral and obsess about all the mistakes I made”

Adam Driver is stepping into new territory after appearing in the Coen brothers latest movie Inside Llewyn Davis. He makes a cameo appearance as a backup singer inside a recording studio alongside Oscar Isaac, who portrays the title role of the folk singer Llewyn, and Justin Timberlake as a Jim Berkey, Davis’s guitar-playing rival. The scene may be short, but the Girls star makes quite an impact on the film with his quirky comedic timing. However, he was working with some musical heavyweights in the film, so Driver did the wise thing and took a step back. He said, “I think ... Read more

Meet 14-year-old “True Grit” Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld

“I was in my bed and I heard my parents cheering in the other room — that’s how I woke up,” Steinfeld says. “The first thing that I did, I started crying.”

True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld: “I just had this thought in my mind that [Mattie Ross] was me and nobody else but me”

Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role as Mattie Ross in True Grit, on what it took to get her role.