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Yes, okay, we get it, technically the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Richard Linklater's seminal high school stoner opus "Dazed and Confused" was a few weeks ago. But who says the party has to stop?
After all, the New York Film Festival is hosting a special screening tonight, boasting his Linklaterness himself, along with some of the flick's original cast members. If the Film Society of Lincoln Center says it's not over, it ain't over. After all, one of the things we love about 1993's "Dazed and Confused" is that we get older, but it stays the same age. Read on for 20 things you may or may not know about "Dazed and Confused."
1. The character of Wooderson was based on Matthew McConaughey's older brother.
"The first thing you ever told me," Linklater said to McConaughey onstage at a SXSW reunion, "was, 'I'm not this guy. »
- Kase Wickman
With Ben Affleck’s upcoming role as Batman stealing the headlines lately, one project of his that has really been brushed out of mind is the Whitey Bulger film that he’s set to direct his childhood buddy Matt Damon in. We haven’t heard anything about it in a while now but this week we’re receiving word that Warner Bros. and Affleck are bringing scribe Aaron Stockard on board to do some re-writes on the script, which hopefully means fresh life for this long-awaited project.
Stockard and Affleck previously worked together on Gone Baby Gone and The Town, the latter of which being the film that proved for many that Affleck is a legitimate director and has a bright future behind the camera. We don’t know a ton about the Whitey Bulger project just yet but it’s been confirmed that Affleck, his brother Casey and Matt Damon will all star. »
- Alexander Lowe
Directed by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Slacker, Dazed and Confused, flopped at the box office, but Dazed and Confused went on to become a huge cult hit. It’s set somewhere in suburban Middle America (filmed in Texas) on May 28, 1976, on the last day of school, and everyone’s looking for something exciting to do. First, however, the incoming freshmen students must spend the day fleeing from bizarre initiation rituals from paddle-wielding, abusive seniors – while everyone else does their best to get stoned or get laid. Set over the course of 24 hours, Linklater’s observations about the rituals of teenage life, and about small town mentality, is spot on – as is his attention to the smallest details of time and place. The camera swerves between some two dozen youngsters and a handful of stories, but Linklater keeps everything and everyone on the same level. »
- Ricky da Conceição
It was in February of 2000 that we first met Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel), a highly dangerous convicted killer being transported to prison aboard a spacecraft in Pitch Black. After crash-landing on a deserted planet ruled over by alien creatures that thrive on darkness and human blood, Riddick turned out to be the least of the surviving crew members' fears, and ended up becoming the badass antihero in the end. With his ability to see in the dark and kick alien ass like no other, Riddick became an instant cult icon, and the box office success of the film ensured that he'd be back. Diesel reprised the role four years later in the sequel Chronicles of Riddick, and the franchise is set to head back to its R-rated roots this weekend with a brand new installment simply titled Riddick. For more Riddick goodness, be sure to read Scott Weinberg's review, »
- John Squires
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Not many films that bomb as catastrophically as 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick get a sequel, yet in agreeing to helm this third entry to the tune of a mere $38 million – that’s roughly one-third Chronicles’ budget – returning director David Twohy has initiated a minor coup as far as blockbuster filmmaking is concerned. An economic, back-to-basics approach is the order of the day, then, for Riddick, and though the pic sporadically entertains, it’s also painfully subject not to its lower budget, but simply a dearth of fresh ideas.
Riddick begins with one of the downright strangest first acts to any action film in recent memory, misguidedly going the minimalist route, as we encounter Riddick (Vin Diesel) having been double-crossed by the Necromongers and clinging to life on a remote planet. These early portions don’t much want for dialogue – though a laboured voiceover narration is »
- Shaun Munro
Battlestar Gallactica/Dollhouse fave Tahmoh Penikett is set to take The CW by storm this season, first with his previously reported role on Supernatural and then with a newly announced recurring gig on Star-Crossed.
The futuristic sci-fi drama, bowing at midseason, centers on the aftermath of the government integrating a society of teen aliens (aka Atrians) with a group of humans.
Per E! Online, Penikett joins as a mysterious Seu (Sector Enforcement Unit) officer whose duties include supervising the Atrian sector’s walls.
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- Megan Masters
Exclusive: Cole Hauser is set to star opposite Thandie Newton on the upcoming second season of DirecTV‘s original drama Rogue, which will air in 2014 on Audience. Hauser succeeds Marton Csokas, whose character’s arc came to an end at the end of Season 1. After finally avenging her son’s death, in Season 2 Grace Travis (Newton) moves on with her life and is assigned, as a handler, to an FBI task force investigating a local prostitution ring. However, when circumstances conspire against her, Grace is faced with the difficult decision to go back undercover inside a security firm founded by Ethan (Hauser). A former soldier who left law school to enlist in the military after 9/11, Ethan runs his security firm with three former military buddies who are all united by a terrible secret, a dark event that has quietly haunted them for years. Production of the second season of Rogue, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Earlier this month we got our first peek at Academy Award-winning cinematographer and regular Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister's upcoming directorial debut Transcendence thanks to a behind-the-scenes photo, teaser poster and international featurette [see here], and now we have another Bts image, along with a brief plot synopsis:
"Will Caster, forefather of A.I., has his consciousness uploaded onto the internet. Once there, is it really Will who is interacting with humanity in order to make things better, or a darker sinister clone bent on the termination of the world as we know it?"
Transcendence is set for release on April 18th, 2014 with a cast that includes Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Paul Bettany (Iron Man 3), Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek), Cole Hauser (A Good Day to Die Hard), and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises »
- Flickering Myth
Whenever I talk to Clifton Collins Jr., the talk invariably shifts to the several projects he always has on his slate, whether it be movies, music videos, or TV. At the moment, he is currently shooting Transcendence, the directorial debut of The Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister. When we reported in April that he had joined the cast, no details were given about who he is playing, until now.
Take a look at what he had to say about his character named Martin.
"I can't really say too much about it, because it's pretty secretive, but I play this character named Martin, who works, basically, for Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. I take care of some situations for them. You've got Johnny Depp, you've got Rebecca Hall, you've got Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser. It's a pretty fantastic cast, and I'm really stoked just to be in their company. »
Clifton Collins Jr. has always been one of my favorite actors to talk to, since we first spoke back in 2009. Naturally, I couldn't pass up the chance to chat with him recently about his role as Tendo Choi in director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. While Tendo is not one of the Jaeger pilots, his work as a Chinese-Peruvian member of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. is crucial to the success of any Jaeger mission, and the diversely talented Clifton Collins Jr. shines once again in a very unique role.
Take a look at our conversation, which ranged from working with Guillermo del Toro, directing music videos, his upcoming role in Wally Pfister's Transcendence (which he is currently shooting) and much, much more.
This movie is just a spectacle. It's insane. »
Also starring Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman, Transcendence is Academy Award-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut. The story follows scientist Evelyn Caster who uploads her husband Will's consciousness into a computer after he is assassinated by terrorists. Together they work toward their goal of technological singularity for creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. Transcendence was written by Jack Paglen and is set to be released in theaters on April 18th, 2014. »
- Pietro Filipponi
After years as Christopher Nolan's Director of Photography (an Oscar winning one at that), Wally Pfister is stepping out for his directorial debut, Transcendence. Starring Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) and Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), the film looks revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and Depp plays a man who uploads his brain to the machine.
The film is being co-financed by Beijing-based company Dmg Entertainment, but unlike its previous collaborations on Iron Man 3 and Looper, there will be no Chinese-specific footage in Transcendence. Dmg co-founder Dan Mintz tells the L.A. Times that the movie “is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide.” He continued that the story is “more science reality than science fiction” and that it something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes. A very interesting concept. »
- Chris Cooper
Shooting is said to be almost complete on Oscar-winning cinematographer and Christopher Nolan’s frequent collaborator Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence. The film follows a group of top scientists trying to build the worlds first intelligent supercomputer. However, when their leader is killed it gives the remainder of the team the perfect opportunity to resurrect him by uploading his brain to the machine.
Three scientists – Max and the husband and wife team, Will (Depp) and Evelyn – have been developing a programming code for the world’s first fully self-aware computer. A group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form. She goes on to connect Will to the Internet so he can help make further scientific breakthroughs. Will asks Evelyn to connect »
- Craig Hunter
Filming is underway on Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception). The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and Depp plays a man who uploads his brain to the machine, but is then killed. The film is being co-financed by Beijing-based company Dmg Entertainment, but unlike its previous collaborations on Iron Man 3 and Looper, there will be no Chinese-specific footage in Transcendence. Dmg found Dan Mintz tells the L.A. Times that the movie "is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide." He continued that the story is "more science reality than science fiction" and that it something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes. That's an interesting and also somewhat creepy concept, and I'm interested to see what Pfister will do with it. Hit the jump to check »
- Matt Goldberg
Bruce Willis is back as iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) – unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. 20th Century Fox's A Good Day To Die Hard was written by Skip Woods and directed by John Moore ("Max Payne"). The film stars: Bruce Willis as John McClane, Jai Courtney as John "Jack" McClane, Jr., Cole Hauser as Collins, Sebastian Koch as Komorov, Yuliya Snigir as Irina and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy McClane. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD.. ......................................................... Jack The Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young »
Chicago – Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy can’t be blamed for the deteriorating state of modern action films any more than Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” can be held accountable for commercializing American cinema. Yet the spectacular box office performance of Nolan’s terrific series has naturally caused studios to misinterpret the root of their success.
Many tentpole attractions in 2013 have strained to emulate the grit and grimness of “The Dark Knight,” but have made no attempt to create an equally compelling story. The vast majority of screen time in Nolan’s “Batman” pictures was devoted to character development, with dialogue-driven set-pieces delivering nearly as many thrills as the ones involving explosions (kudos to the underrated screenwriting abilities of Nolan and his brother Jonathan). But since studio executives are too thick-headed, or simply too lazy, to realize that the power of “Dark Knight” was in its story, they’ve simply »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
For the past 33 years, Steve M. Davison has served as a stunt performer and stunt coordinator on blockbusters such as Scarface, Beverly Hills Cop, Desperado, Lethal Weapon 4, Bad Boys II, and over 150 more movies and TV shows in between. His latest is A Good Day to Die Hard, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD June 4. Director John Moore's sequel delivers some of the biggest action set pieces in the whole franchise, and Steve M. Davison was there every step of the way. I recently had the chance to speak with this stunt coordinator over the phone to discuss his involvement in this action-packed sequel. Here's what he had to say.
First off, I was curious how you came into the stunt world, and how that »
Since the first Die Hard in 1988, John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing – and as cinemagoers we’ve loved him for it. However now John McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, with A Good Day to Die Hard. The fifth film in the franchise sees John McClane stumble on his estranged son Jack’s daring prison rescue of a Russian scientist bent on testifying against the countries corrupt leader. When the escape attempt goes awry, father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy.
When news broke that A Good Day to Die Hard »
- Phil Wheat
Jake Peffer ranks the six installments of Fast & Furious franchise....
Since beginning in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has become one of the most successful movie series of the past decade, combining cool cars with incredible action set pieces and likable characters. The franchise has changed somewhat over the years, going from being about street racing to following these characters as they run from the law. Each film certainly ranges in quality, but they all have plenty of entertaining moments, so with Fast & Furious 6 coming to theaters I felt it was time to rank the series from worst to best...
6. Fast & Furious (2009)
2009 saw the original cast from the first Fast & Furious movie reunite. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster all returned for the fourth installment, which ended up being the worst in the series. What makes this one the low point of the franchise is the »
- Flickering Myth
It seems like only yesterday that Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) walked up to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and inexplicably started a sentence with, "So check it out, it's like this," kicking off the first illegal street race in the "Fast and Furious" franchise ten minutes into "The Fast and the Furious" (2001). Alas, that was twelve years and many "the"s ago.
Now, on the eve of this week's debut of the sixth installment (!) of this venerable institution of American cinema, cleverly titled "Fast & Furious 6," we'd like to briefly recap the first five films of the franchise for those of you who may have missed a street robbery or a Ludacris megaphone shout along the way.
Yes, Lettys and Gentle-Doms, it's the Idiot's Guide to the "Fast and Furious" movies. Start your engines.
'The Fast and the Furious' (2001)
Detective Brian O'Conner, who looks like he just dropped out of »
- Nick Blake
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