Hail Caesar trailer, annotated: The Coen Bros.’ new movie is full of references to MGM (VIDEO)

Hail, Old Hollywood! All the MGM References in the New Coen Brothers Trailer, Annotated

Hail, Old Hollywood! All the MGM References in the New Coen Brothers Trailer, Annotated

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Oct. 12 2015 12:30 PM

Hail, Old Hollywood! All the MGM References in the New Coen Brothers Trailer, Annotated

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Coen Brothers fans have been speculating about the real-life inspirations behind their new movieHail, Caesar!, for months now, but the release of the first trailer on Friday morning cleared up a lot—while raising a whole batch of new questions.

Some inspirations appear to be pretty clear. Channing Tatum seems to be channeling MGM star Gene Kelly, who was known to bust a move or two while wearing a sailor suit. Scarlett Johansson is definitely channeling swimmer and MGM star Esther Williams. And, as MGM studio exec and “fixer” Eddie Mannix, Josh Brolin seems to be channeling ... MGM studio exec and “fixer” Eddie Mannix. Similarly, a glance at the credits on IMDb reveals you were right if you thought Tilda Swinton’s Hollywood gossip columnist seemed reminiscent of real-life Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. But what about George Clooney’s bumbling star? Ralph Fiennes’ foppish director? We break it all down, as best we can, in the video above.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.