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Home Invasion: Blu-Ray & DVD Releases for August 21, 2012

21 August 2012 7:51 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

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, »

- Andy Triefenbach

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DVD Review: Bernie

10 August 2012 3:24 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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

29 June 2012 10:28 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

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. »

- Laurence

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Bernie Movie Review

26 June 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

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.

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- Christopher Lominac

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‘Bernie’ clunky and lacking cohesion

8 June 2012 5:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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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- Neal Dhand

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Film Review: Tour de Force for Jack Black in Fact-Based ‘Bernie’

18 May 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jack Black is a smart and interesting actor. Not content to ride on the modern day John Belushi-type roles that might have pigeonholed him, Black portrays “Bernie,” a convincing conniver in Texas, based on a true story. Veterans Matthew McConaughhey and Shirley MacLaine add spice to the brew.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Proving again that truth is stranger than fiction, director Richard Linklater (“Me and Orson Welles,” “Dazed and Confused”) goes back to his native Texas and creates a dark comedy based on the memorable personalities that are involved in this true story of a rich widow and her caretaker named Bernie. Jack Black establishes the Bernie character early, and precisely delivers all of the permutations that makes the circumstance so unbelievable. The story is driven by Black, and he makes the character both sympathetic and clearly off-kilter.

Bernie (Jack Black) is a mortician, looking for a new town in Texas to ply his trade. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Bernie – The Review

18 May 2012 5:09 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A True Crime story – In 1997, in the town of Carthage, Texas, the body of wealthy, epically bitchy widow Marjorie Nugent, 81, was found in her freezer, shot four times in the back. Beloved local funeral director Bernie Tiede soon confessed to the murder so the District Attorney took him to trial and won a conviction. Director/writer Richard Linklater’s comic take on this story is the new film Bernie.

Bernie (played by Jack Black) is well-regarded by his boss not only for his skill in dressing up the deceased, but in subtly pushing more expensive coffins on their families. He’s a pudgy, effeminate man who sings with a church choir and is the director and leading man in a local production of The Music Man. Is Bernie gay? One Carthagian notes: “He just loves hugging and kissing the old ladies, but a woman his own age he wouldn’t »

- Tom Stockman

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Popcorn Preview: Bernie

30 April 2012 2:23 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Film: Bernie (2011) Cast includes: Jack Black (The School of Rock), Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) Director: Richard Linklater (Fast Food Nation, The School of Rock) Genre: Dark Comedy | Crime (104 minutes) Bernie would settle for nothing less than perfection when it came to "cosmetizing, dressing and casketing" the deceased. But it wasn't just his dedication to "final procedures" that made Bernie so popular... "he was a real people person." When Don Leggett was looking for an assistant funeral director, Bernie had such a "magnetic personality, I hired him over the phone... I really hit the jackpot with Bernie." "Bernie was about the most popular man in Carthage." As popular as Bernie was, few would have predicted that Bernie could soften the heart of Marjorie Nugent. But after her husband was laid to rest, Bernie did what Bernie always did... visiting the widows. He regularly dropped by »

- Leslie Sisman

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In Theaters: 'Bernie,' 'The Five-Year Engagement,' And 'Pirates!' Are 'Safe;' 'The Raven' Not So Much

27 April 2012 2:57 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Happy Friday! It’s the last minute run-up to summer blockbuster season, and since no one wants to even contemplate challenging “The Avengers” next week, a swell of smaller, independent, and foreign pictures are hitting theaters this weekend. And with the Tribeca and San Francisco International Film Festivals in full swing, we’re happy to go along. Despite the blockbuster-less slate, there’s still plenty of mystery, horror, and gun-filled action to (temporarily) sate any action lovers’ palate. Plus a romantic comedy and a maybe-for-children-maybe-for-adults animated feature. Enjoy!

Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror and woe are put into practice in this week’s “The Raven” from James McTeigue. The part-biography/part-thriller stars John Cusack as Poe, who, after cleared of initial suspicions, is tasked with solving a series of murders fashioned after gruesome deaths from his own stories. Like “E.T.” and Elliott, the life of the film seems »

- Emma Bernstein

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Richard Linklater and Jack Black On the Real-Life Story Behind 'Bernie'

27 April 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Bernie" marks Richard Linklater's reunion with his "School of Rock" star Jack Black, but it's in no way a retread of their earlier collaboration. It's a whole other beast. Based on a true story, "Bernie" centers on Bernie Tiede (Black), a steadfast and ambitious mortician, beloved by the locals in his East Texas town of Carthage for his hard work ethic and ability to charm anyone he meets. That latter talent comes in handy when he gets to know Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a reclusive millionaire widow despised by everyone in Carthage, including her own family. As depicted by Linklater and co-writer Skip Hollandsworth, there's nothing redeeming about Marjorie (she really is a sourpuss of the highest order), so imagine the townsfolk's collective surprise when Bernie moves in with the grouch, giving up his practice to become her full-time aide. After putting up with her petty and demeaning demands for a good long. »

- Nigel M Smith

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Movies This Week: April 27 - May 3, 2012

27 April 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

This is a great week for first-run comedies in Austin. I've seen three of these new movies and I would watch them all again -- they all made me laugh. And if those aren't not enough for you, The Cabin in the Woods is still screening in town.

In addition, SXSW 2011 multiple awardwinner and Central Texas-shot film Natural Selection (Debbie's review) returns to Austin this week as part of Austin Film Society's "Best of the Fests" series. Writer/director Robbie Pickering and producer Paul Jensen will attend the Wednesday, May 2 screening at Alamo Drafthouse Village. Get your tickets now via the Afs website.

On Thursday night, Cinema41 screens the 1997 movie Clockwatchers, starring Toni Collette and Parker Posey, at Salvage Vanguard Theater. And the Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke is playing at Alamo Drafthouse all week long as part of Alamo's Studio Ghibli series.

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- Jette Kernion

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Jack Black Is Amusing, Empty in Richard Linklater’s Bernie

27 April 2012 11:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jack Black is highly amusing in Richard Linklater’s true crime dark comedy Bernie, and yet I spent most of the movie trying to imagine someone else in the part — someone not so obviously doing a silly impersonation. Black plays Bernie Tiede, an assistant funeral director whose trial for shooting down a rich, elderly widow in 1996 was the basis of Skip Hollandsworth’s Texas Monthly piece “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.” The twist is that Bernie — a cheerful, effeminate do-gooder, probably gay, most likely celibate — was far better-liked than the nasty piece of work he killed, apparently after being driven to the breaking point by her relentless broadsides. As in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, the audience is meant to scrutinize the protagonist’s mask of “normalcy” and look for chinks — glimmers of the pathology that we know from the movie’s premise is going to lead to »

- David Edelstein

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Richard Linklater and "Bernie"

27 April 2012 11:04 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This week's theatrical release of Bernie, after a long and winding run through the festival circuit, beginning at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer, has prompted more than a few appreciations of Richard Linklater's career overall, regardless of how each individual critic ultimately comes down on his new film. Noel Murray and Scott Tobias have written up a primer at the Av Club and, at Slate, Seth Stevenson's attached a sidebar of rankings to his assessment of the oeuvre.

And then there's Kent Jones, writing for Film Comment: "My belief that Richard Linklater remains America's most underestimated filmmaker has been reinforced by the reception thus far to his new film Bernie, treated as either a failed Jack Black comedy or a movie that has not made up its mind about whether it wants to be fiction or documentary, funny or serious. Which leads me to the inescapable conclusion »

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[Review] Bernie

27 April 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Does a single act define a lifetime? In the unfortunate case of Bernie Tiede, it seems to have. Otherwise a kind, caring, outgoing and lovable man, Bernie is the story of how a companion from hell can drag you down with them. Jack Black‘s lovable effeminate assistant funeral home director carries the film along a joyful path that twists into a darkness that is both humorous and sad. This is based in real life and, as such, has an odd air of sadness around it. Someone actually went through this. Set in Texas as nearly all of the best Richard Linklater films are, this is one dark comedy that will actually get one talking afterwards.

In Carthage, Texas, there is a kind mortician named Bernie Tiede (Black). He often befriends the older widows, but his relationship always seems purely platonic. When Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) becomes the newest widow, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort

26 April 2012 12:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater's latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy "Bernie," is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable. In fact, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as an endearing mortician and well-loved member of his small-town community in Carthage, Texas, is so delightful, and rather wryly comical, it’s easy to be charmed with the picture despite its modest ambitions, small-scale aims and slight nature.

Based on a true story, and shot in a faux, docu-drama-like style not unlike the Christopher Guest films ("Best In Show," "Waiting for Guffman"), "Bernie" centers on Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede (Jack Black in a nice, dialed-in and mannered performance), an effeminate but beloved local mortician with people skills to spare. Empathetic, soothing and understanding, Bernie transforms an average local funeral home into a sanctuary; a warm protective cocoon where families can »

- Edward Davis

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Director Richard Linklater on "Bernie," Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey's Mom

25 April 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Bernie director Richard Linklater (left) with Jack Black

photo: Getty

Richard Linklater's latest film, Bernie, has been making its festival rounds and has been getting plenty of attention -- but it isn't necessarily cut from the same cloth as other Linklater favorites such as School of Rock or Dazed and Confused.

The dark comedy is based on a Texas Monthly article about the real-life relationship between Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent in the rural town of Carthage, Texas. Bernie was one of the town's most beloved residents while Marjorie was a rich widow that everyone despised. Although complete opposites, the two were basically best friends. After years of friendship, the people of Carthage noticed that they hadn't seen Marjorie in a while. It turns out that she had been dead for months, and Bernie was charged with the murder.

We recently had the opportunity to talk with director Richard Linklater »

- Dino-Ray

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Sfiff: Richard Linklater Talks Making 'Bernie,' Bringing True Stories To Life & The Films He Has Brewing In The Background

25 April 2012 7:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” is hitting New York and Los Angeles theaters later this week and we caught up with him at the San Francisco International Film Festival to talk about the film.

The film tells the real-life story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a much-loved funeral director who forms a relationship with Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a cold and insanely rich recently widowed woman. After several years of under-appreciated service and company, Bernie loses it and puts several bullets in Marjorie’s back, killing her. During the following nine months, Bernie is able to keep his crime a secret as he goes about spending her fortune buying gifts for the people in the town of Carthage and saving struggling businesses sort of like a dark Robin Hood.

Spattered throughout the film are a series of documentary-style interviews with the citizens of Carthage expressing their views on Bernie and his violent act. »

- Sean Gillane

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New Clip for Richard Linklater's Bernie Comedy

23 April 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Bernie starring Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, gets a new movie clip. Helmed by Richard Linklater, who also co-writes alongside Skip Hollandsworth, Bernie opens in limited areas via Millennoum Entertainment on April 27th. Brady Coleman, David Blackwell, Rick Dial, Richard Jones, Dale Dudley, Tommy G. Kendrick and Sonny Carl Davis also star in the film produced by Liz Glotzer, David McFadzean, Ginger Sledge, Martin Shafer and Matt Williams. Bernie is a Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films production. This marks the second addition for a MIllennium Entertainment release, after we just added 3 new clips from A Little Bit of Heaven a short while ago. In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, »

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New Clip for Richard Linklater's Bernie Comedy

23 April 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Bernie starring Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, gets a new movie clip. Helmed by Richard Linklater, who also co-writes alongside Skip Hollandsworth, Bernie opens in limited areas via Millennoum Entertainment on April 27th. Brady Coleman, David Blackwell, Rick Dial, Richard Jones, Dale Dudley, Tommy G. Kendrick and Sonny Carl Davis also star in the film produced by Liz Glotzer, David McFadzean, Ginger Sledge, Martin Shafer and Matt Williams. Bernie is a Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films production. This marks the second addition for a MIllennium Entertainment release, after we just added 3 new clips from A Little Bit of Heaven a short while ago. In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, »

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Wamg At The Bernie Press Conference

18 April 2012 9:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Jack Black is back in the all new dark comedy Bernie, a story so unbelievable it must be true. and Wamg attended the press conference featuring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Director Richard Linklater. You can find the wildly entertaining audio from the day below.

In the dark comedy Bernie, director Richard Linklater captures all the hilarity, friendliness, eccentricity and absolute strangeness of small-town Texas life. Jack Black plays Bernie Tiede, Shirley MacLaine plays Mrs. Nugent, and Matthew McConaughey plays the town.s blustery real-life District Attorney, Danny Buck Davidson, who was determined to get to the bottom of the crime. Co-written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth, Bernie is a Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films production.

Bernie Press Conference W/ Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Director Richard Linklater 

In the tiny, rural town of  Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town.s most beloved residents. »

- Melissa Howland

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