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May 13, 2015 11:57 AM

Cannes Watch: Don't ask the Coens about TV

The Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) Don't ask the Coen brothers about TV. They're not watching.

Joel and Ethan Coen are presidents of the jury that will decide the Cannes Film Festival top honor, the Palme d'Or. Introducing their jury, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaking brothers confessed Wednesday they remain outsiders to the much-celebrated rise of TV dramas.

"It's not that I don't like TV," said Ethan Coen. "It's alien to me. I haven't watched a television show in decades."

Joel suggested he was no less familiar, despite his wife, Frances McDormand, recently starring in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge." ''You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

The Coens' 1996 film "Fargo" was turned into the FX series, but with little input from them.

On the increase of new digital avenues like Netflix for movie watching, Joel wasn't much more enthusiastic.

"How do we feel about people watching 'Lawrence of Arabia' on their iPhone?" he said, archly rephrasing a more general question about digital media. "There's something special about sitting with a big crowd of people watching a movie on a big 80-foot screen."

By Jake Coyle, http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP


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