“Burn After Reading”

No important reason for running this Burn After Reading shot of costars George Clooney and Frances McDormand. I was recently sent those John Malkovich-attacking-Richard Jenkins-with- an-axe photos from a guy with IMDB Pro, but I liked this one better. I read the Coen Brothers‘ script several months ago and had a good time with it. The movie I directed and saw in my head as I read it was very sharp and funny. It’ll debut at the Cannes Film Festival on 5.14.08 and open theatrically in the US on 9.26.08.

  • Balthazar

    looks like a couple laughing movie stars, not two people disappearing into their characters.

  • MilkMan

    George Clooney already disappeared into his character. Unfortunately, it was that Doctor he played on ER. Or, maybe the dude he played in Red Surf. Or maybe it was Booker.

  • bmcintire

    All that from a promotional still. Kudos to you, Bal.

  • Mumbleboy

    Frances McDormand!? I have thought the blonde was Patricia Arquette ever since I saw this image on CHUD all those months ago.

  • So you didn’t take note of the teeth?


    The performance in that photo is atrocious, espscially the accent.

  • Balthazar

    The lighting’s all off. Shouldn’t it be DARK in the theater?

  • T. Holly

    is he her lover or her brother?

  • The Bandsaw Vigilante

    BIG WAVE DAVE’S: THE BEARD YEARS finally makes it to the BIG screen…

  • Leonardcoenbrothers

    That isn’t from Burn After Reading, its a shot of them at the Oscars, laughing at the Coens’ awkward acceptance speeches.

  • BurmaShave

    I hope I’m not the only one who has to explain how hot McDormand is. And I’ve never seen so much snide pussy hating based on so little. This is the way movie theaters have been lit in movies for decades. I’m going to guess Balthazar was a JUNO fan, or his parents were killed by Anton Chigurh.

  • Jamie

    seeing Frances McDormand’s reaction to the Coens’ wins on Sunday was one of the highlights of the ceremony for me; the brothers looked bored and confused and she looked like she could barely contain how excited she was

  • Dan Revill

    Coens. Clooney. McDormand.
    I’m not sure if there’s a downside here. I’m there.

  • Aladdin Sane

    Coens. Clooney. McDormand.
    I’m not sure if there’s a downside here. I’m there.

  • cinefan

    I too, mumbleboy, thought that it was Patricia Arquette the first time I saw the photo. Frances Mcdormand can definitely be sexy in the right role – just check out Laurel Canyon. She was very hot in the film and, in my humble opinion, she was sexier than Kate Beckinsale was in the film.

  • George Prager

    Didn’t they DISCONTINUE that popcorn container design in 1993?

  • George Prager

    isn’t McDormand’s STRAW about 4 INCHES too long?

  • Edward

    Come on people this is most probably a still, not the scene from the film. Remember all the complaining about the lighting in those Indy IV stills? The scenes in the actual film (at least from the trailer) were much better looking.

  • DavidF

    Prager – she must be drinking Clooney’s milkshake.
    Someone had to say it.