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Directed by Chuck Workman
A documentary exploring the life and work of Orson Welles…
Vincent van Gogh, famously, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Leonardo Da Vinci struggled to finish many of the commissions he was given – his Last Supper is technically unfinished as he intended to include a roof on the mural. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles lifts the widely-respected filmmaker to such heights. Akin to van Gogh and Da Vinci, his canon of films includes multiple financial losses, alongside incomplete masterpieces that, even now, are rumoured to be lost in the deepest depths of Southern America. From Citizen Kane to F for Fake, his history is fascinating, and director Chuck Workman, takes us on the bumpy journey through his life.
Split into small, bite size chunks such as ‘The Boy Wonder’ and ‘The »
- Simon Columb
“Boyhood” star takes to Milan; SXSWedu accepting 2016 proposals; and two Austin filmmakers are featured in PBS's Online Film Festival. It’s this week’s Texas News Roundup. “Boyhood” Boy Becomes Male ModelAustin’s Ellar Coltrane, whom we saw grow up in Richard Linklater’s Academy Award-winning “Boyhood,” has started a new phase of his career, signing with Wilhelmina Models and taking to the runways of Milan, Italy. “I’ve always been quite a fashion whore, for lack of a better word,” he tells New York Magazine. “I just had a spread come out in L’Uomo Vogue and a couple other things that I shot earlier this year...[Now] they're telling me I need an Instagram.” SXSWedu Now Accepting Proposals for 2016 ProgramToday SXSWedu launched PanelPicker, which is described on their site as “a two-step, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to have a voice in the programming selected for SXSWedu 2016. SXSWedu »
Read More: Here's How 'Kids' Happened 20 Years Ago 1. It completely changed the "teen movie" genre. Larry Clark is said to have set out to "make the Great American Teenage Movie, like the Great American Novel." Before "Kids," teen movies were relegated to the soft high school comedy ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Dazed and Confused"). "Kids" put a much darker, grittier spin on the high school story, opting for the depraved underbelly of teenage counterculture rather than the meet-cute suburban sex comedy that largely comprised the genre. 2. It helped normalize non-actors. Along with "Slacker," Richard Linklater's 1991 portrait of Austin youth, "Kids" was among the first films to showcase the merits of using so-called "street kids" and other non-actors to enhance authenticity. »
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) was going to reunite with her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender in the film adaptation of the video game Assasin's Creed, but we learned only yesterday she will be unable to do so as she joined the cast of Bourne 5, which will be shooting at the same time. Well, it didn't take long for a replacement to be announced as Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed. Labed had a small role in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight during the dinner scene as shown above and starred in Yorgos Lanthimos' Alps in 2012 (pictured here) and made an impact in Cannes this year starring in Lanthimos' latest feature, The Lobster. There's still no word on which role Labed will be playing, but she joins not only Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard who is reuniting with both Fassbender and her Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for the film, which »
- Brad Brevet
“King of the Hill” star will be in “The Magnificent Seven”; Richard Linklater is left dazed and confused by a lawsuit; and Corpus Christi announces its 7-Day Film Challenge. It’s this week’s Texas News Roundup. San Antonio Actor to Be One of the Magnificent SevenSan Antonio native Jonathan Joss—best known as the voice of John Redcorn in Fox’s animated “King of the Hill”—just landed a role in the remake of “The Magnificent Seven.” His character is a Native American named Denali, described as the right-hand man of the main villain, Bartholomew Bogue, played by Peter Sarsgaard. The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and will star Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Denzel Washington. “Boyhood” Director Richard Linklater Loses Insurance Lawsuit Richard Linklater has come out on the losing end of a lawsuit against his insurance company over what he says was »
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their sixth piece, they discuss Bob Fosse’s film Star 80 (1983).
To say that Bob Fosse’s Star 80 (1983) has a bad reputation is a bit of an understatement. Even after the critical and commercial success of his previous hit All That Jazz (1979), 20th Century Fox executives turned their backs on Fosse. Less than three years after the rape and murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (to say nothing of the necrophilia), a film dramatization seemed to be in poor taste. To magnify the discomfort, Fosse not only left the filming of the grim finale for last – keeping his two lead actors in the dark – but decided to film in the actual house and bedroom the crimes occurred in. The grim »
- Landon Palmer
“Withdrawing in disgust is not the same as apathy,” comments one of the tenuously overlapping characters in Richard Linklater’s 1991 game-changer Slacker. The word itself, fairly recent at the time of production, is a moniker the speaker fully embraces. The branding may sound tactless, if not downright pejorative, but it’s not at all: It implies enough empathy and humanity to seek out options to offset destructive disinterest in matters tangible, ethical, or both. In the creative sphere, the shift in course can lead to an untried M.O. and the models it might generate — if the stars are properly aligned, […] »
- Howard Feinstein
A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and Aj Michalka from the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with "Weepah Way For Now." Inspired after watching Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party is universally »
- Edward Davis
Suffer the First Vision: Goddard’s Debut Anchored in Episode of Literary Distress
Doomed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas gets a contemporary biopic treatment in Set Fire to the Stars, taking its name from the last line of his poem “Love in the Asylum.” The film marks the feature debut of British television alum Andy Goddard (“Torchwood,” “Downton Abbey”) and is presented in striking black and white, giving the visual attributes a dramatic edge over the familiar succession of beats often evidenced in these portraits of mad artists. Told through the perspective of poet and literary critic John Brinnin, the man responsible for bringing Thomas to the Us for the first time, the treatment is based partially on his highly criticized account, Dylan Thomas in America. Goddard and co-writer Celyn Jones (who stars as Thomas) don’t appear to take many liberties and/or risks, despite some slight implications concerning Brinnin’s latent desires. »
- Nicholas Bell
Entertainment One (eOne), and producers No Trace Camping and Caramel Films, have confirmed that Liev Schreiber will return as the iconic Ross “The Boss” Rhea alongside Seann William Scott as lovable enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt in the highly anticipated Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, set to begin production in Toronto on June 22nd.
Wyatt Russell, most recently seen in the 2014 hit 22 Jump Street and starring next in Richard Linklater’s That’S What I’M Talking About, played professional hockey in Canada and Europe following a collegiate career at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. »
- Michelle McCue
Fifty years ago, Kodak introduced Super 8mm. Though "Cine Kodak Eight" was introduced as early as 1932, standard 8mm had a number of major issues that made it difficult for amateurs to handle. Read More: Film is Here to Stay! Studios and Kodak Strike a Deal But the new "super" format solved some of these problems. With the invention of the 50-foot cartridge in 1965, filmmaking became much more accessible to the masses. And many of today's most successful filmmakers -- including Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, David Fincher, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Richard Linklater and Christopher Nolan -- started out shooting Super 8 movies. The original Super 8 film was silent, but Kodak released a sound version in 1973. Over the years, these filmmakers and others have used Super 8 on films such as "Natural Born Killers," "The Fighter" and "Argo." Most recently, the documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" »
- Paula Bernstein
Richard Linklater’s critical and commercial hit Boyhood was turned down by a host of indie and studio distributors before and after its screening at Sundance in 2014, the film’s producer Jonathan Sehring has revealed.
Speaking at Creative Summit, the London-based event organised by Screen’s parent company Mbi, IFC Films president Sehring told gathered industry that the scale of the film’s success was a surprise to many, including himself.
“It felt like something special but when we looked at the final cut no-one knew,” said Sehring, speaking on stage at BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ to Screen International editor Matt Mueller.
“At the time when we all sat down, Rick [Richard Linklater] was very pleased but we didn’t know that it would find an audience like it did.”
The $4m-budgeted Boyhood, which won three BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and an Oscar as well as a host »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Last we knew, Richard Linklater's next film, described as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, was going to be called That's What I'm Talking About and would take place in the world of college life in the 1980s. But that information is now only partly true, as the film has received a new title that sounds a bit more in line with what I expect the film to explore. "You show up at college and you're listening to Van Halen, but you go to discos to chase women, but then you end up at a punk club or a country bar because Urban Cowboy was big at that time," Linklater told Marc Maron earlier this year on the Wtf Podcast (via The Film Stage). The Van Halen note is where emphasis should be placed, as Linklater's film has recently been retitled Everybody Wants Some, according to The Film Stage. »
- Jordan Benesh
Richard Linklater shot his next film earlier this year. Originally called That’s What I’m Talking About — that was the film’s logo, via sales art, above — the movie now reportedly has a new name. (So that sales art is out of date; we’re giving it one last run now.) Given that Linklater’s films often use […]
- Russ Fischer
Hou Hsiao-hsien and his writing partner, Chu Tien-wen, have been talking about their followup to The Assassin in which Shu Qi would play a river goddess. Meantime, Richard Linklater's been test screening his "spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused," a comedy about college life in 1980. Tilda Swinton "is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Craig Johnson's adaptation of Daniel Clowes's Wilson may feature Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. And Chuck Palahniuk says that he and David Fincher are still aiming to produce a rock opera based on Fight Club—and that Trent Reznor is working on a score. » - David Hudson »
I sit down with Anonymous Content veteran manager Michael Sugar, who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. HBO's 2014 drama series "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, won three Emmys including director, and now has a second season coming up with new directors and a new cast. And Soderbergh not only directed the 2013 Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra" for HBO (which won 11 Emmys) but directed the elegant 2014 Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. Both series follow innovative new models for director-driven television. Soderbergh will also direct all of "The Knick" Season Two, which returns with Owen in fall 2015. Also coming up...
- Anne Thompson
I sit down with Anonymous Content veteran manager Michael Sugar, who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. HBO's 2014 drama series "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, won three Emmys including director, and now has a second season coming up with new directors and a new cast. And Soderbergh not only directed the 2013 Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra" for HBO (which won 11 Emmys) but directed the elegant 2014 Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. Both series follow innovative new models for director-driven television. Soderbergh will also direct all of "The Knick" Season Two, which returns with Owen in fall 2015. Also coming up »
- Anne Thompson
One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours," "Clouds of Sils Maria") has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach! Have you seen them all? I've never seen the director's cut of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Sacha Guitry's "Désiré" or "Judex" by Georges Franju. I will have to remedy that. 1. "The Leopard" (Luchino Visconti) 2. "Pickpocket" (Robert Bresson) (tie) "Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky) (tie) "White Material" (Claire Denis) (tie) "A Christmas Tale" (Arnaud Desplechin) (tie) "Chungking Express" (Wong Kar-wai) (tie) "Dazed and Confused" »
- Anne Thompson
Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution of the four films in the U.S. following their theatrical runs. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers.
“The D Train” stars Jack Black and James Marsden; “Good Kill” stars Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones; and “Sleeping With Other People” stars Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Alison Brie and Amanda Peet. »
- Dave McNary
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