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The Big Sick helmer to direct The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Variety is reporting that The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter has found his next project, signing on to direct the contemporary Western thriller The Last Ride of Cowboy Boy, which is being produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Fox Searchlight.

The film is based on a Texas Monthly article from 2005 by Skip Hollandsworth which tells the true story of Peggy Jo Tallas, a female Texas bank robber who disguised herself as a man – Cowboy Bob – during her heists, wearing elaborate disguises that includes a towel stuffed under her shirt, a leather jacket and a fake beard.

Showalter’s latest film The Big Sick proved to be the most successful independent movie of the summer. His previous credits include 2015’s Hello, My Name is Dolly, as well as co-writing the 2001 cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer.
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Jason Reitman To Write And Direct Animated 'Beekle'

Not even the critical and commercial drubbing of "Men, Women & Children" can stop Jason Reitman. He's currently filming the Hulu series "Casual," and on deck he's got a heist movie based on the Texas Monthly article "I Only Rob Banks For My Family" penned by Skip Hollandsworth ("Bernie"), with a script from Nick Hornby ("About A Boy," "Fever Pitch," "High Fidelity") penning the script. And now he's really mixing it up. Read More: Jason Reitman Will Produce And Direct TV Series 'Casual' At Hulu. Variety reports that Reitman will write and directed "Beekle" for DreamWorks Animation. It's based on Dan Santat's award-winning “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend," which follows an imaginary friend who journeys to find his child companion. Here's the book synopsis: This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary...
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How Jason Reitman Is Planning To Break Out Of His Slump

After a string of critical hits, Jason Reitman has hit a rough patch with a pair of duds, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children. But Reitman is looking to turn things around with an enticing new project. THR reports Focus Features has just signed Jason Reitman to helm I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, a comedy penned by Nick Hornby of About a Boy fame. Incredibly, the film is actually a biopic of sorts, based on a real incident where a seemingly normal Texas family banded together to pull off a pair of bank robberies before being collared. This bizarre family adventure will be adapted from Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly article of the same name, "I Would Only Rob Banks For My Family." Read the original story here. Fittingly, I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family will be a family affair, as Jason Reitman will direct
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Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby team on bank heist film

Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby team on bank heist film
Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby are teaming on a bank heist film.

The Men, Women & Children director and London-based novelist are adapting Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly article 'I Only Rob Banks For My Family', according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It will tell the true story of the Catt family of Houston, who made a living robbing banks until their crimes caught up with them.

Hollandsworth also wrote the article which inspired Richard Linklater's Bernie.

Fox Searchlight is producing the film.

Hornby recently wrote the screenplay to the Reese Witherspoon-starring Wild.

Reitman is known for the films Up in the Air, Young Adult and Labor Day.

It will follow Reitman's work on Hulu series Casual.
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Reitman, Hornby Plan A Family Heist Film

Filmmaker Jason Reitman and author Nick Hornby are teaming for the true story bank heist film "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" for Fox Searchlight and Montecito Picture Company.

Based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth, the story revolves around a seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled off two bold heists before they were caught attempting a third.

Hornby will adapt the script while Ivan Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Ali Bell will produce. The younger Reitman is not expected to work on the project until after he wraps his duties on the upcoming Hulu series "Casual".

Source: THR
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Jason Reitman to Direct ‘I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family’

Jason Reitman to Direct ‘I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family’
Jason Reitman will direct “I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family,” a true-life tale of an unlikely family of bank robbers, for Fox Searchlight.

The project is based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth, published in July, about a Houston family that pulled off two heists before members were caught attempting a third. Scott Catt, a structural engineer, teamed with his 20-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter for the robberies.

Reitman is producing through his Right of Way company and his father, Ivan, is a producer via Montecito Picture Co. Right of Way’s Helen Estabrook and Montecito’s Ali Bell are also producing.

The Reitmans collaborated on “Up in the Air” with Jason directing. He most recently directed “Men, Women and Children” for Paramount.

Nick Hornby will write the script. He adapted the “Wild” script for Searchlight, which is opening the Reese Witherspoon drama Dec. 3.

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Jason Reitman Plans A Heist

Jason Reitman Plans A Heist
His last two movies, Labor Day and Men, Women And Children, might not have been as rapturously received as some of his previous efforts, but Jason Reitman isn’t ready to turn to crime just yet. Except, that is, for his next film, where he’s planning to adapt a real-life story of a family trying to rob a bank.In actual fact, Nick Hornby will be the one doing the heavy lifting on the adaptation, turning Skip Hollandsworth’s Texas Monthly magazine article I Would Only Rob Banks For My Family into a script.The piece tracks a seemingly ordinary family who fall on hard times and turn to heists to make money. They manage to pull off two daring robberies before they’re caught attempting a third. Reitman is aboard to produce and direct the film, though he’s currently busy making online series Casual for Hulu.Hornby has also been active,
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Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman and Nick Hornby Team for Bank Heist Movie I Would Only Rob Banks For My Family

Hulu just put in a ten episode straight-to-series order for Casual with Jason Reitman serving as executive producer and directing the premiere episode, but Reitman is also busy lining up a new film project, an adaptation of a Skip Hollandsworth article published in the Texas Monthly. I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family will mark the first time Reitman is teaming up with his father, Ivan Reitman, since 2009’s Up in the Air and the project will also be a reunion for Nick Hornby and Fox Searchlight as well. Hornby is the writer behind Wild, which is picking up a good deal of Oscar buzz right now. Hit the jump for more on what the group’s got coming in I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family. The Hollandsworth article tells the true story of an average Texas family who manages to pull off two heists, but then gets caught attempting a third.
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Jason Reitman To Direct Bank Heist Film Penned By Nick Hornby Based On Story By 'Bernie' Writer

You gotta have faith, and even though his critically drubbed computer panic movie "Men, Women & Children" had one of the worst leaps from limited to wide release this year, Jason Reitman still has friends in the right places. And he's lining up a new feature film project has some pretty big names behind it. Reitman will direct an adaptation of the excellent, must read Texas Monthly article, "I Only Rob Banks For My Family," with Nick Hornby ("About A Boy," "Fever Pitch," "High Fidelity") penning the script. The true story comes from Skip Hollandsworth, who also penned the article that inspired Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and, as the title suggests, it centers on a bank robbing family whose criminal activities finally caught up with them. Perhaps it's the kind of lighter fare Reitman needs to reignite his filmmaker juices after the two more mature efforts, "Labor Day" and the aforementioned "Men,
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Jason Reitman & Nick Hornby Teaming Up for New Bank Heist Film

He's headed back to Searchlight. After releasing his latest film Men, Women & Children this fall, filmmaker Jason Reitman is lining up projects to jump into next. THR has announced one of them that he's now attached to direct, an adaptation of the Texas Monthly true-life story I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family written by Skip Hollandsworth. The project was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Nick Hornby on the script. Reitman worked with Searchlight previously distributing his early films Juno and Thank You For Smoking. However, his most recent films – Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children – were all released by Paramount. Honestly I'm glad to see Reitman back at Searchlight yet again. The entire article can be read here on TexasMonthly.com, but the story behind "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" involves a "seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled
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Jason Reitman, Nick Hornby to Team on Bank Heist Dramedy for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

Jason Reitman, Nick Hornby to Team on Bank Heist Dramedy for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)
Jason Reitman is set to team with Nick Hornby on a bank heist film for Fox Searchlight. Reitman will direct and Hornby is onboard to adapt I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, a true-life story based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth. The story revolves around a seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled off two bold heists before they were caught attempting a third. The family-themed project marks a father-son reteaming of Reitman, who also will produce the film through his Right of Way banner, and his father, Ivan Reitman, who is producing via

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Move Review - Bernie (2011)

Bernie, 2011.

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.

Synopsis:

Small-town Texas mortician Bernie Tiede begins a friendship with a recently-widowed millionaire, and after he kills her the local community rallies in support of Bernie.

In Bart Layton’s excellent 2012 film The Imposter the line between documentary and thriller is blurred with the use of actors to recreate events based on the testimonial of it’s participants. While The Imposter is ultimately a documentary which borrows from fiction, in Bernie we are given a fiction which borrows from documentary.

Bernie tells the true story of a Bernie Tiede, a Texan mortician who, in 1996, shot dead Marjorie Nugent after a five-year relationship which began following the death of her millionaire husband. The script is adapted from an article by Skip Hollandsworth (who receives a writing credit along with Linklater) written in 1998 which detailed the events of their
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'Bernie' review: Jack Black reunites with 'School of Rock' director

'Bernie' review: Jack Black reunites with 'School of Rock' director
Director: Richard Linklater; Screenwriters: Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater; Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman; Running time: 99 mins; Certificate: 12A

Truth is stranger than fiction, and it doesn't get much stranger than this. Jack Black is Bernie, a pillar of his small-town Texas community who is charged with the murder of a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine). Heinous as it is, the crime itself is unremarkable. It's the reaction of the locals and Bernie's way of coping with the burden that boggles the mind. While these things are unexpectedly funny, director Richard Linklater seems uninterested in the whys and wherefores.

After directing Black off the leash in School of Rock (2003), Linklater draws a picture of someone who is much more restrained here and, arguably, repressed in many ways. Black is so mild-mannered he's almost bland. Still, they're angling for comedy in an unusual approach that also uses testimony
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‘Bernie’ Review

Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux, Rick Dial, Brandon Smith, Larry Jack Dotson | Written by Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth | Directed by Richard Linklater

Fact is always stranger than fiction. That statement has been a part of our popular lexicon for as long as I can remember. Even with its common use the factual nature of that statement has gone relatively unexamined. While that is not the exact purpose of Richard Linklater’s Bernie it is a welcomed side effect. In Bernie Linklater tells the story of Bernie, an eccentric funeral director that completely takes over a small Texas town. Instead of presenting this story in a normal biographical framework Linklater uses a combination of actors and real life townspeople by weaving them in through documentary style interviews and actual scripted scenes. With this blend of fact and possibly fiction we get a fascinating portrait into
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Oscar Nomination Predictions

From about the age of ten, I have been inexplicably fascinated with the Academy Awards. If pressed to explain the foundation of this obsession with an awards show from what is ultimately just an arbitrary body of members with vastly varying tastes across the many different disciplines it requires to put a competent movie up on the silver screen, I’m not sure I could muster up a satisfactory response.

I suspect at the time my Oscar obsession grew from what seemed like the perfect marriage between the art of cinema and the competition of sports, but even now, these many years later, after hours of voluntary studying of countless Oscar books (to the point where I can name every Best Picture winner chronologically from memory), I still can’t explain it in any way that doesn’t make me sound like some freakish Oscar junkie. Nevertheless, between the Oscar season and the NFL playoffs,
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Home Invasion: Blu-Ray & DVD Releases for August 21, 2012

Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! If you buy any of these products through the links provided, you help support the site as well. All links take you to Amazon.com. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com.

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Bernie is a 2011 tragicomedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. The film is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” that chronicles the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39-year-old,
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DVD Review: Bernie

Bernie

Review by Dan Clark

Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey | Written by Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth | Directed by Richard Linklater

Fact is always stranger than fiction. That statement has been a part of our popular lexicon for as long as I can remember. Even with its common use the factual nature of that statement has gone relatively unexamined. While that is not the exact purpose of Richard Linklater’s Bernie it is a welcomed side effect. In Bernie Linklater tells the story of Bernie, an eccentric funeral director that completely takes over a small Texas town. Instead of presenting this story in a normal biographical framework Linklater uses a combination of actors and real life townspeople by weaving them in through documentary style interviews and actual scripted scenes. With this blend of fact and possibly fiction we get a fascinating portrait into the world of Bernie and the unbelievable life he lives.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Bernie

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012

Price: DVD $28.99, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Millennium

Jack Black cares for Shirley MacLaine in Bernie.

Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels), Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) and Mathew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer) star in the critically acclaimed 2012 comedy Bernie, directed by Richard Linkaleter (Dazed and Confused).

Bernie is based on the true story, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Black), one of the most beloved citizens of small town Carthage, befriends crusty widow Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), the town’s least popular citizen. Marjorie quickly becomes fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggles to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continues to handle her affairs, and the townspeople go for months without seeing Marjorie. When Marjorie disappears and it’s subsequently reported that she’s been dead for some time, things take a turn for the bizarre as the townspeople rally around Bernie when he is tried for her murder.
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Bernie Movie Review

It’s really hard to be genuinely surprised by a movie these days. With the almost absolute destruction of any barriers to information, thanks to the wide proliferation of internet access across the world, hyper-specialized news outlets catering to any and all fandoms and fetishes have sprouted like weeds in the unkempt yard of an anti-social Doomsday Prepper.

Are you into saltwater fly-fishing? Google it and see the myriad websites that pop up just bustling with tomes of information on the subject. Or perhaps you count yourself as a knot-tying hobbyist? Then be sure to check in at the Igkt (International Guild of Knot Tyers) website and sign up for a five-year membership for only 100 British Pounds. Or maybe you have an inexplicable fascination with the 1907 Jamestown Exposition? Then scour the internet and you can read articles on the subject until your eyes fall out.

The practical consequence of this
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‘Bernie’ clunky and lacking cohesion

Bernie

Written by Skip Hollandsworth and Richard Linklater

Directed by Richard Linklater

USA, 2012

Bernie’s a really nice guy. I mean really nice. There are a lot of people in Carthage, Texas that still think so, even though he just shot an old woman in the back four times.

Bernie (Jack Black, in a performance as good as any in his career) is the local assistant funeral director in the small town of Carthage, Texas. Bernie might be gay, he’s actively involved in local theater productions, and he’s a spendthrift. Bernie’s specialty is comforting old widows, so when Marjorie Nugent’s (Shirley MacLaine) oil-rich husband dies, he’s immediately on the case. Marjorie and Bernie quickly become the odd-couple, but their relationship rapidly evolves from one of friendship to servitude, taking its toll on Bernie’s perpetually sunny disposition and leading to a surprising crime.

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