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It’s not every week that a major milestone in filmmaking opens in theaters, but this is one. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a dozen years in the making, finally makes its ways to an initial handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The IFC Films release has a lot of momentum behind it, with word-of-mouth and buzz that should translate into a successful opening; word has it that advance sales are “strong”. It will be joined by a filmmaking milestone of a much different sort in Variance Films’ Closed Curtain, an acclaimed feature created by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who […] »
Coming off the slowest Fourth of July in over a decade, the box office should get a boost from one of the Summer's most-anticipated movies this weekend.Playing at 3,967 theaters (3,133 with 3D), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should at least match its predecessor's $54.8 million debut. With goodwill from that movie and some of the best reviews of the year, it's possible that Dawn actually opens quite a bit higher than that.The original Planet of the Apes earned $32.6 million in 1968 and spawned four sequels that arrived yearly from 1970 to 1973. Those follow-ups received mixed responses and dwindling box office returns, and the franchise was retired from the big screen for nearly three decades. The 2001 remake, directed by Tim Burton, set a July opening weekend record with $68.5 million, and ultimately earned over $180 million total. The movie received poor marks from critics and audiences, though, and a sequel never came together. »
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Poor Caesar already has a lot on his plate between defending his family and community and helping the humans restore power in San Francisco. Now, he has to step up, squash the Transformers, and save the summer box office as well, which is down nearly 20 percent from last year’s record-smashing season.
It’s a good thing everyone so far seems to really like Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—the second installment in their rebooted franchise, which picks up in the world of 2011′s Rise 10 years later. As of Thursday afternoon, it had the distinction of »
- Lindsey Bahr
Richard Linklater’s drama Boyhood isn’t a documentary, but it has a documentary hook. Linklater filmed his leading actor, Ellar Coltrane, over 11 years, beginning when Coltrane was 7 and ending on the far side of puberty, when the boy was 18. So you see the actor go from cute and compact to a wee bit pudgy to long-waisted and deep-voiced, and the ongoing transformation alters the way you watch. Time in cinema is relative and easily fudged, but in Boyhood, the realness of time is central — and, in context, uncanny. You go, “Whoa, he shot up!” And you might find yourself thinking, as I did, “Oh, right, this is how it was when I was young and every atom was in flux, when I felt something new every second of every day and didn’t have a name for it.” Each moment is fleeting and, for that reason, momentous.When we »
- David Edelstein
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is everything it’s been cracked up to be: an altogether extraordinary, one-of-a-kind endeavor that represents American filmmaking at its best. Chronicling the unpredictable path of a Texas boy’s life from the ages of 6 to 18 (along with the other members of his family), it eschews cliché and melodrama to explore the ups and downs of an ordinary life, dotted with dreams and disappointments. In a remarkable casting coup, Ellar Coltrane as Mason commands our attention from start to finish. There are moments in the film when, conditioned by Hollywood movies, I expected an accident to take place. That’s what might have happened in a conventional...
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- Leonard Maltin
Michael Sugar: " I have to sell it - so I have to love it."
The production and management company Anonymous Content that has backed any number of films, directors and TV series (among them Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wild at Heart, Winter's Bone, and HBO's True Detective, recent recipient of three Emmy nominations (*) and the upcoming The Knick, from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen) has been the subject of a special focus at Karlovy Vary.
Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the veteran producer behind Being John Malkovich, and producer and partner Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling, among many others.
- Richard Mowe
The first thing that catches you about Richard Linklater‘s new movie, Boyhood, is the gimmick: It took 12 years to make. And this wasn’t some Orson Welles-like fight with a studio or money people or an artistic fugue state like those afflicting early Terrence Malick or late Stanley Kubrick. It was done on purpose. And the studio behind the project, IFC, was all for it, doling out about $200,000 a year so Linklater could annually gather his cast and crew to shoot a few days at a time for a dozen years followed by, as Linklater put it, “a big chunk at the end” to finish the film. But […] »
We love the Alamo Drafthouse's policy on talking and texting in its theaters. The Alamo folks don't stand for it, and if someone complains about you chattering and tweeting during a movie, they'll haul you right out with no refund. To keep reminding folks of this rule, the theater continually creates a series of fun videos, many of which feature words of advice from actors, actresses and/or filmmakers with new movies coming out. With director Richard Linklater's Boyhood arriving in theaters this week, the Texas native became the latest to offer some hilarious words of wisdom to those bothered by talkers and texters inside a movie theater. Check out his video below: Boyhood is without a doubt one of the year's best films, and definitely a...
- Erik Davis
I can't remember if I saw Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused when Universal unceremoniously dumped it into only 183 theaters on September 24, 1993, but seeing how it topped out at 191 theaters I have to assume I was among the masses that caught it on video shortly thereafter. No matter when I first saw it, I do remember when I fell in love with it. It was 1995, my freshman year in college and while I wasn't a teen of the '70s, it didn't take much to find a connection. My college roommate and I would damn near have this film playing on a loop, and while I can't speak for him, for me it hit home because while the film is centering on a junior high student's initiation into high school, I had a similar experience transitioning from high school to college. While many aspects of Dazed and Confused are teenage dreamworld scenarios, »
- Brad Brevet
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
The morning after Boyhood had its Austin premiere at SXSW, I found myself with about 10 other journalists, all eagerly awaiting the arrival of writer/director Richard Linklater and star/former-boy Ellar Coltrane for a roundtable discussion of their respective life's work. SXSW marked the second festival appearance of Boyhood, but given that the film was shot in Texas, the premiere in Austin, a city where an especially memorable portion of the film takes place, it came with a sense of homecoming and geography, considering Linklater spent much of his own boyhood in Houston before relocating to Austin in his early 20s to find independence and develop his voice.Though the film contains many nods and in-jokes regarding growing up Texan (many of which only became apparent...
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This weekend, Gary Oldman leads a band of human survivors against an army of genetically evolved apes in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a young man's adolescence, from the ages of 5 to 18, is chronicled in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," a doctor and his team investigate a mysterious viral outbreak in Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain," premiering on FX Sunday at 10 p.m., and "Masters of Sex" returns for its second season this Sunday on Showtime.
Also in theaters this weekend: In "Land Ho!", a pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland, where they share thoughtful and existential -- and even a few vulgar -- moments. In "A Long Way Down," Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Aaron Paul form a surrogate family to help one another overcome the troubles of their lives. "Road to Paloma" follows Wolf (Jason Momoa), a Native American »
- Jonny Black
Since the onset of soft filters, much of Hollywood has been trying to pretend time doesn’t exist. Whether it’s through make up, recasting or good old plastic surgery, you either stay young on the Sunset Strip, or you die trying. The bright and youthful must remain bright and youthful; the audience must never be broken from its idealized, Photoshopped reverie. The linear passage of time has irked many a Hollywood director, but Richard Linklater isn’t a Hollywood director, he just wants to make movies.
There is no sweeping Father Time under the rug when Linklater’s around. Most notably, his Before Trilogy chronicled the ups and downs of a couple across a span of three decades – wrinkles, warts and all. But where our time with Jesse and Celine was but small insights into the story of two people growing slowly old together, Boyhood is more of an »
- Dominic Mill
Shot over the course of 12 years with the same core cast, Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood is a rare cinematic feat for reasons that go beyond its already unorthodox production. Call it "This American Boy's Life", Linklater's chronicle of growing up white and middle class in America is extraordinary merely because it is -- for being white and middle class in America --so careful, considerate and contemplative with what can seem ordinary.Boyhood begins with a shot that feels lifted from the director's animated dream-scape/ philosophy course Waking Life. We are witness to the sky: a brilliant blue, with fluffy clouds that look like they are out of, well... a dream. In one shot, even before we see our hero, Linklater establishes an exacting theme...
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According to The Wrap, Mad Men star Jon Hamm is circling Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s next film, a remake of 1964′s The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The original film followed a man named Henry Limpet, who turns into a talking fish and helps the United States Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines.
I’m not kidding about that description. Go ahead and read it again. I’ll wait.
Linklater’s remake will utilize a mixture of CGI and live-action, and give the film a more contemporary update.
Zack Galifianakis (The Hangover trilogy) is set to star as Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he finds himself turned into a fish, he sets out to save his town and the sea world, while facing off against Hamm’s character, a shrewd businessman who mines the ocean floor.
- James Garcia
For the sort-of-newcomer Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood has been more than just a movie. He begun shooting the picture at the age of just 5, working every year on Richard Linklater’s stunning production all the way until his 18th birthday. Which, as you can imagine, gave us quite a lot to talk about.
Coltrane discusses when and why he signed on to this project, if he ever had any doubts across the 12 years, and how strange life is now without Boyhood being a part of it. He also talks about his own career, and what the future may hold for him.
Boyhood is released on July 11th, and you can read our review here.
- Stefan Pape
Filmed over a twelve year period, director Richard Linklater's truly unique film follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he quite literally grows up on screen. We join Mason aged six, watch as he grapples with adolescence, and concludes as he graduates from high school and heads to college, aged 18. Surrounding Mason are his divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) and older sister (Lorei Linklater) who also grow and evolve around him. »
Directed by: Richard Linklater Written by: Richard Linklater Main Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, and many others as well… Past Oscar relations: Richard Linklater has been nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay for Before Sunset and Before Midnight), while Ethan Hawke has three Academy Award nominations (the two Linklater got and Best Supporting Actor for Training Day) on his resume… Here’s a brand new article in this series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of notable Oscar attention as contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the one of a kind coming of age story Boyhood, which seeks to take its unique premise and making of tale and compel Oscar voters to throw some love its way. Personally, I’m hoping that it does. This is a literal coming of age story, in more ways than one too. »
- Joey Magidson
It was once mounted as a vehicle for Jim Carrey, but now the story of The Incredible Mr Limpet is headed for the big screen via Warner Bros, with The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis and writer/director Richard Linklater. Galifianakis is enough bang for anybody’s buck, but Linklater is upping his game with a smorgasbord-style wishlist of talent in support. Jon Hamm could be trying to prove there’s life after Don Draper in the role of the film’s villain, an… er… “unscrupulous businessman”. Meanwhile Sarah Silverman, who’s been adding to her CV of shock with Masters Of Sex, is lined up for an as yet unspecified part.
Based on the 1964 movie and the novel by Theodore Pratt, the production will be part live action, part animation. Sounding like a cross between Local Hero and Finding Nemo, the plot follows the title character, whose attempts to save »
- Steve Palace
Sure, we see a boy grow up on screen in Richard Linklater's new film, "Boyhood," but that can also be said of the actor who plays his father. Ethan Hawke, who turns 44 this fall, has been acting since 1985's "Explorers." We've watched him mature from shy, uncertain school boy in "Dead Poets Society" to a scruffy '90s lothario in "Reality Bites" and checked in with him at pivotal 10-year intervals in the "Before Sunrise" trilogy.
From child star to Gen X icon to Oscar nominee to fledgling horror star, see how the actor has changed over the past three decades.
Article photo courtesy of Getty »
- Sharon Knolle
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