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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the talent! Before they were big-name performers, many of the industry’s best got their start in their Lone Star State hometowns. Here are 15 of them! Matthew McConaugheyMcConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he changed his major from law to film. After graduating, he worked on a number of student and short films in Texas, but found true success after being introduced to Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater and landing a role in “Dazed and Confused.” McConaughey went on to win an Oscar for his role in the 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club.” Ethan HawkeAlthough he spent much of his life in New Jersey, Hawke was born in Austin. The Oscar-nominated actor gained notoriety after starring in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society,” and recently starred in “Boyhood” as well as horror flicks like “The Purge,” “Sinister,” and “Sinister 2.” Renée ZellwegerBorn in Katy, »
It’s a pretty good time to be Richard Linklater. In spite of the odd post-Oscar backlash haters who greeted the admittedly hyperbolic praise of his intimate epic “Boyhood” with vitriolic jeers, the picture has done quite well and will, I suspect, endure over time. Then there’s “Everybody Wants Some”, his upcoming baseball film that’s supposed to be a “spiritual sequel” to his high school saga “Dazed and Confused”, and is sure to be something special. For those of you in need of a Linklater fix, however, we have something interesting for you today. “$5.15”, a bare-bones comedy pilot from the director that was produced back in 2004 but was ultimately passed over by HBO, has recently found its way online. It’s a warm, well-observed, very funny bit of small-scale storytelling that boasts many of the independent titan’s favored motifs, themes and obsessions. The title “$5.15” refers to the »
- Nicholas Laskin
At some point in our lives - most often early on - we were all young. But when it comes to some actors, that's hard to believe... until you watch their fresh-faced audition tapes, that is.
Here, then, are 8 examples of joyfully awkward casting tapes where the now rich and famous were very young and eager to please. Resist the urge the hug the following, if you can...
1. Hugh Jackman
Film: X-Men (2002)
Role: Logan / Wolverine
Age at the time: 33
Did he get the part? Yes
Film: Dazed and Confused (1993)
Role: David Wooderson
Age at the time: 22
Did he get the part? Yes
MTV's heavy metal show Headbangers' Ball, incidentally, was "killed off" in 2012. Fortunately, thanks to this audition tape, it lives on! »
Horror and comedy have always gone hand in hand. Laughs often alleviate the tension and who doesn’t crack a smile at the goriest, over the top scenes of horror? But the true horror-comedy, a purposeful bland of the two genres can be trickier to pull off than you think. When it works, it can produce wonders such as Shaun of the Dead, Brain Dead and last years horror hit, Wyrmwood. But when it doesn’t work, eurgh… That’s when things can go horribly wrong. But what happens when the comedy takes over and the laughs outweigh the horror? Well you get fantastically funny, bloodsoaked comedy like Bloodsucking Bastards.
- Phil Wheat
Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
Reefer Madness was one of many »
While Van Halen is considered one of the most influential and popular hard rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, they got their start in a particularly unglamorous and very Dazed and Confused manner — playing massive and raucous backyard parties in Southern California. This excerpt, from Greg Renoff's fascinating (even for non Vh fans) Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, a book almost anthropological in its level of detail, finds the band gigging at one of the aforementioned parties. Until, that is, things start to get out of hand. On Saturday, Van Halen moved their equipment outside and ran through their set. Jeff Touchie, who’d spent much of the week at the house, remembers, “We just hung out in the back and they played. Even though I had seen them a million times, it was always good. Back then, you never got tired of Van Halen, »
- Greg Renoff
Don't get Jane West started on Seth Rogen. West – the co-founder of Women Grow, a professional network for female cannabis entrepreneurs – is no fan of the monopoly that stoner bros seem to have on pop culture. You know the type: Cheech and Chong, The Dude, the guys from Friday and Mall Rats and Half Baked, and, of course, Rogen, the current cinematic standard-bearer of the bong-hitting, heavy-lidded, very male tribe. "Seth Rogen makes millions of dollars propagating the entire image of what a stoner is," West says. The problem with »
Over the course of his long career, Woody Allen has always managed to line up stellar casts for each of his films. Having said that, the cast for Allen’s still untitled 2016 film was recently revealed in a press release, and it’s no exception.
The cast includes Kristen Stewart (On the Road), Blake Lively (Age of Adaline), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Parker Posey (Dazed and Confused), Ken Stott (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man). Set to co-star in the film are actors Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Stephen Kunken (Still Alice), Sari Lennick (A Serious Man) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation).
Some of the listed actors have worked with Allen before, such as Eisenberg, Parker and Stoll. Eisenberg worked with him on 2012’s To Rome With Love, Parker starred in his recent film Irrational Man and »
- Justin Cook
While The Rosie Project recently found its headlining star in Jennifer Lawrence, Sony has been in search of someone to fill the director's chair following the departure of directorial duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie). According to Deadline, Richard Linklater might be Sony's guy, or at least he is the studio's prime target. amz asin="1476729093" size="small"Adapted from Graeme Simsion's book of the same name, The Rosie Project tells the story of socially-awkward genetic professor Don Tillman, who comes up with a scientifically sound survey to find his perfect mate. Things get more complicated, however, when he meets Rosie Jarman (Lawrence), a woman who doesn't possess any of the qualities he's looking for yet becomes irresistible to him. For anyone who listens to Ted talks as much as I do, the Tillman character sounds an awful lot like a male version of Amy Webb, who »
- Jordan Benesh
Fans of Richard Linklater (Boyhood) may have heard about his spiritual successor to Dazed And Confused and Boyhood, which was dubbed That's What I'm Talking About. The film follows a group of college freshmen as they work their way through the first year of college life and try to make the baseball team. As of now, the film still has no title, although IMDb currently has it listed as... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About” — for an April 15 release.
The studio also moved its untitled comedy, which had been starring Leslie Mann, out of that release slot with no new date set.
Megan Ellison is producing the baseball movie along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and the late Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”
The pic is the first film for Linklater following his Oscar-nominated family drama “Boyhood.”
Blake Jenner stars as a new pitcher on a highly ranked college baseball team that also parties extensively. Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell also star.
The movie — set in the 198os in Texas — has also been informally titled “Everybody Wants Some.” It’s Linklater’s second baseball comedy »
- Dave McNary
Richard Linklater's Boyhood follow-up, a film being referred to as Everybody Wants Some has a release date and it's not coming in 2015. Previously known as That's What I'm Talking About, but most affectionately known as the "spiritual sequel" to Linklater's classic (yes, classic) Dazed and Confused, Paramount has now set an April 15, 2016 release date for the flick, perhaps just long enough to give them time to settle on a name, because I don't think Everybody Wants Some is going to fly with the marketing department. Hell, the trailer for the upcoming We Are Your Friends trailer got laughs when the title popped up at a recent screening of mine. As for the film, it largely features lesser-knowns in its cast and takes place in the 1980s, following an incoming college freshman who experiences his first weekend in college as a pitcher on the school's baseball team, as he and »
- Brad Brevet
That's right. Richard Linklater's sort-of sequel to "Dazed and Confused" won't hit theaters until April 15, 2016. Rumors abound that the film's title, formerly "That's What I'm Talking About," is now "Everybody Wants Some" — like the Van Halen track. But Paramount Pictures lists the movie on Rentrak as untitled. That means a Winter 2016 festival berth—where "Boyhood" and "Before Midnight" were slotted in the past, at Sundance and Berlin—could be in the cards, but the film will not be a Fall festival contender as we had hoped. Linklater, whose "Boyhood" won an Oscar for Patricia Arquette as Supporting Actress win, is also in talks to direct Jennifer Lawrence in Sony's "Rosie Project," reports Deadline. Read More: Fall Fests: What's Coming Up and What's Not? From producer Annapurna and distributor Paramount, Linklater's untitled film is about college baseball players in the 1980s and stars Blake Jenner, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Music supervisor Season Kent is responsible for two of summer’s hottest soundtracks: the sensual stripper anthems of “Magic Mike Xxl” and the indie teen grooves in “Paper Towns.” She established herself as a pop influencer after assembling the soundtrack for “The Fault in Our Stars” last summer, which launched Charli Xcx’s “Boom Clap” into the stratosphere. Kent now has two beloved John Green novel adaptations under her belt, with “Paper Towns” in theaters this weekend. Ahead of the premiere, Kent told Variety about her favorite teen movie soundtracks, Green’s obsession with the Mountain Goats and the disaster that would unfold if the soundtracks for “Magic Mike Xxl” and “Paper Towns” got mixed up.
When did you know you wanted to go into music supervision?
I was in college and kind of trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I’ve always been a big fan »
- Marianne Zumberge
Chicago – It was a Chicago moment for the legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, as he walked the Red Carpet on behalf of his latest film, “Irrational Man.” He was joined by a co-star in the film, Parker Posey, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to capture these Exclusive Portraits.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
“Irrational Man” is Woody Allen’s 47th film as director, an amazing output for an American filmmaker, and unlikely to be duplicated for mainstream releases in the future. He began with “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” in 1966, won an Oscar for directing Annie Hall (1977) and has written or co-written every screenplay he has ever filmed. “Irrational Man” is another Woody Allen contemplative film, set on a college campus, regarding a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who shakes himself out of a case of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Irrational Man is the 45th feature that Woody Allen has directed, but what’s perhaps more shocking is that it’s his first film with actress Parker Posey. Triumphantly wearing the crown of “Queen of the Indies” during her prolific 1990s, it’s a shock and wonder Posey hasn’t already worked with Allen, who could easily be labeled the Godfather of the genre.
While Irrational Man may be the start of a fruitful collaboration between the two, Posey has a long history of working with other notable American independent filmmakers. Whether as the star or as a cameo she has the ability to bring a jolt of energy that feels strong enough alone to power a complete film. When utilizing Posey, it’s the director who finds their own way to harness her energy and shape it into the memorable moments that often bear multiple viewings. Looking back on »
- Rodney Uhler
By Alex Simon
2015 will most likely go down as the year that the once-taboo became respectable, with both gay marriage and marijuana finding legal and public acceptance nationwide. While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we’d take a look at some of cinema’s greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle, before it all becomes downright conventional.
10. Jeff Spicoli—Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Sean Penn not only became a star with his turn as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1980s’ most iconic teen movie, he established how the stoners of the ‘80s differed from their predecessors: while the rebels of the ‘60s and ‘70s viewed their use of cannabis as a symbol of rebellion, and preferred it to alcohol and the other symbols of their parents’ generation and its decadence, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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. »
“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 »
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