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Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” has been celebrated by critics and fans, acclaimed as something truly new and penciled in as a sure winner of critics’ awards and independent-film honors. But can it be more than that? Can it be a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, or even — don't say this too loudly — a winner? From a summer vantage point too early to have provided more than glimpses of virtually all the other major best-pic contenders, I would say “Boyhood” has a strong shot of landing a nomination, just as such indies as “Winter's Bone,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild »
- Steve Pond
Veteran director Michael Apted investigates the art of the lens in his new documentary Bending the Light, which takes audiences inside a lens-making factory to explore the relationship between artists and their tools. Apted spoke to EW about the film (set to premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival on Aug. 3), the challenges of being afforded a “rare glimpse” inside an otherwise secure factory, the cultural influences of his Up series, and whether or not he thinks it might have inspired Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
EW: Why did you choose this subject matter?
Michael Apted: Canon wanted to open »
- Lindsey Bahr
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
Earlier this month we showed you Apehood, a mash-up trailer for Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes created by Nelson Carvajal. After the parody trailer was released, film writer David Ehrlich tweeted it "would have been much more effective with Harry Potter," which makes sense since both were filmed over a long period of time with most of the same cast. Well, Slate thought it was a great idea, and decided to edit together a parody »
- Jesse Giroux
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: He’s More BBQ Than […]
- Peter Sciretta
Warner Bros. Pictures
When we watch movies, we tend to assume that pretty much everything we see on the screen has been carefully planned – movies, after all, cost a lot of money, and with studio execs breathing down the necks of the production team there’s unlikely to be much room for improvisation and experimentation.
Of course, there are well known exceptions – Mike Leigh has a strong reputation for allowing his actors plenty of room to breathe and develop their characters intuitively, and Richard Linklater has a similar disposition with his cast. But even Leigh and Linklater lock things down to a degree once the cameras start rolling, and their projects are often relatively low key, character-driven pieces. The idea that bigger productions could do the same seems almost counter-intuitive to our idea of film production – we imagine a meticulous attention to detail in which there is no room for »
- Andrew Dilks
As you've no doubt heard, there are few films like Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." A coming-of-age story that was literally shot as the lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, grew from a boy to a young man, Linklater filmed the movie for a few days over the course of a dozen years, compiling a unique cinematic scrapbook. There is, however, at least one other film project that has allowed us to see the lead character grow up with its audience, and that's the Harry Potter franchise, which not only catapulted Daniel Radcliffe to worldwide fame, but also put him in the position of living out his awkward years on the big screen (as a wizard). So it didn't take long for the parody trailer "Potterhood" to arrive, courtesy of Slate. And it's nicely cut, taking viewers on a journey through the eight film series, as we watch Radcliffe age before our eyes. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
World premiering at Park City’s legendary Egyptian theatre (playing opposite was the surprise screening of Richard Linklater 12-year opus), Mark Jackson’s sophomore film on isolation, alienation, introspection and new perspectives is measurably different from his 2011 debut, Without, but both have an air of unease and malaise that is rarely depicted. A rare American independent film to wash up in an Italian backdrop, War Story pulls from the rarely addressed headlines (war photographers/journalists dealing with their own horrific experiences) and begins where the film’s protagonist (Catherine Keener) a repressed, post-traumatic stressed fotog who nurses herself (multiple non-visible injuries) back to what may be a tolerable future.
Catherine Keener, cinematographer Reed Morano (our own American New Wave 25 – 2010) , co-writer and producer Kristin Gore (profiled here) and Dave Eggar (film composer) were among his collaborators and that were present during the post-screening Q&A.
- Eric Lavallee
The Gotham Awards’ tribute represents the latest industry acknowledgement of the importance of digital distribution to the future of the business. Under Sarandos’ leadership, Netflix has ventured not only into original TV programming with Emmy-nominated series including “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” but also has begun to acquire feature documentaries including the Oscar-nommed “The Square.”
Sarandos’ honor will be one of four annual tributes at this year’s Gotham ceremony, which is one of the earliest events in the film-world awards derby. The slate of annual Gotham trophies also includes juried awards (including feature, documentary, actor, actress, and breakthrough actor and director) and an audience award. In prior years, films including “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild »
- Gordon Cox
If you haven't gone our of your way to see Richard Linklater's stunning achievement that is Boyhood, make sure you see when and where it will be playing near you right here. But for those of you who have both seen the trailer for the coming-of-age masterpiece and are massive Harry Potter fans, you'll like this clever trailer that was put together to commemorate the wizarding franchise. Potterhood is exactly what you think it would be, framing the story of The Boy Who Lived as if it were the 12-year project Linklater made. The sound editing needs some serious work to make this more effective, but it's very touching to see the aging of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint framed in this cinematic fashion. Watch! Here's the trailer for Potterhood, inspired by Richard Linklater's Boyhood, from Slate: Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood covers 12 years in the life of a family. »
- Ethan Anderton
Sure, Richard Linklater might be the first to make a coming-of-age movie by shooting a single actor over a twelve-year period. But even as he was shooting his ambitious Boyhood, audiences around the world were breathlessly watching a different boy sprout up, fill out, drop his voice, fall in love, and endure a veritable parade […]
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- Angie Han
Now that the mysterious, so-called “12 Year Project” has hit theaters under the name “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater is very deservedly receiving all the plaudits in the world for successfully shepherding such a daunting, ambitious and ultimately touching project to fruition. After all, he had to cast, finance, write and direct the years-long tale of a young Texan millennial — all while keeping all participants engaged and involved, which may have been the hardest part of all. It was, indeed, an amazing accomplishment — but it may not have been possible without a trusted editor to make sense of all those »
- Jordan Zakarin
“He told me he wouldn’t be able to sleep, thinking I wasn’t going to make it to the set and that I wouldn’t be able to do the job,” she says.
It didn’t matter that Lundin, 55, was a third-generation member of the movie industry, and grew up on the sets of films and TV shows, even appearing as an extra on “Gunsmoke” when she was a girl. Nor were her prior credits as a driver — an impressive list that includes “Iron Man” and “The Hangover” — enough proof that she could handle a job that required her to move massive trailers, set up generators and keep the stars’ cushy offscreen homes clean and in shape.
“Being a woman, »
- Brent Lang
That expansive query kicked off one of the most daring experiments in film history: a 12-year odyssey to capture on the bigscreen the development of one young boy into manhood. Every year, the filmmaker and his cast would shoot for three or four days, and then Adair would splice together the footage over a three- or four-week period. That helped a project that might have seemed overwhelming become more manageable.
“The rhythm of the film came from having all these ordinary moments captured in the script,” Adair says. “I just tried to find the most natural rhythm, because the performances are so grounded in reality.”
The drama examines one Texas family through divorces, graduations, bowling outings and dinner-table confrontations — the flotsam and jetsam of ordinary life. »
- Brent Lang
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I dive right into Richard Linklater‘s 12-year intimate epic Boyhood. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in the coming week, including Noah, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, Guardians of the […] »
- Brian Roan
“Philip never really got to star in movies,” said Howard Cohen, president of the film’s distributor, Roadside Attractions. “He was always known as a utility player…There’s no question that part of the appeal is the idea of him giving a final, great performance.”
The adaptation of John le Carre’s novel debuted to $2.7 million on 361 screens last weekend, cracking into the box office top ten. Now Roadside and Lionsgate are preparing to double the number of screens this weekend to more than 700 in an effort to capitalize on the warm reception.
- Brent Lang
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" added more screens this weekend and currently finds itself in 107 theaters nationwide. With a per-screen average of around $16,000, the weekend gross was north of $1.7 million, bringing the overall tally to over $4.1 million to date. As it continues to find its audience, the film is obviously a long play for IFC Films, and the prospect of awards recognition lurks, as ever, just over the horizon. Can "Boyhood" be a significant player in the Oscar season for a company that has never really made awards a part of its overall business model? Better yet, if the answer is yes, could it become a significant threat in a season that may well end up a lackluster one when all is said and done? There are a lot of possibilities here, and plenty of questions, for what is easily one of the most unique films in the 2014 marketplace. I hopped »
- Kristopher Tapley
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Richard Linklater’s latest cinematic achievement, Boyhood. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: Shownotes Boyhood (00:05) Boyhood (28:30) Spoilers Credits Our music sometimes comes from the work […]
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- David Chen
In this bleak midsummer for specialized product, two strong new releases opened wider than the usual two-city norm. "A Most Wanted Man" (Roadside Attractions) even placed among the wide-release Top Ten--in just 361 theaters-- while Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" (Sony Pictures Classics) shows a continued late-career rebound in interest in the comedy auteur. But three weeks into its amazing run, the story remains Richard Linklater's slowly expanding "Boyhood" (IFC). The story of a boy's life from 6 to 18 ranked #14 despite playing in only 107 theaters, grossing $1,725,000 for a per screen average of $16,121 at a total so far of $4,126,000. This places the performance for this acclaimed (now with an unbelievable 100 score at Metacritic) at the upper end of recent specialized releases, more impressive with its three-hour length. ("Blue Jasmine" last summer in its third weekend in 119 theaters had a PSA of $19,700 on its way to $33 million »
- Tom Brueggemann
“A Most Wanted Man,” one of the final films of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, took off in its limited debut and Woody Allen‘s “Magic in the Moonlight” started solidly in its debut this weekend. But Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was nearly as impressive in its expansion. “A Most Wanted Man” delivered the first top ten opening in the 11-year history of Roadside Attractions, which is distributing the spy thriller based on John le Carre's novel with Lionsgate. The cerebral espionage saga, directed by Anton Corbijn and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright, opened to $2.7 million from 361 locations. »
- Todd Cunningham
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