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Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.
Ethan Hawke has said that he is “grateful” for the dialogue roused by the cancellation of The Interview’s release, commenting that censorship “makes writing important”.
In a retrospective of his career at a BAFTA, the Training Day and Before Sunset star said: “Two things are to blame for that censorship: the weakness of Sony and the scumbags who are threatening people. It creates an interesting dialogue for us, so in a way I’m grateful to it.
“The second they censored that movie and the second these terrorists say they’re going to kill somebody: wow, you’ve just made that piece of art important. There’s something awesome about that. Now everybody in the world wants to see that movie, and they will.”
Hawke spoke at length about his body of work with director Richard Linklater. “My career and Rick’s are forever entwined »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film […]
- Germain Lussier
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.
In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »
- The Deadline Team
Filmmaker Oliver Stone managed to make and release a narrative feature film about a sitting U.S. President with W., and it appears that the same might occur with President Barack Obama. An independent film called Southside With You is in the works, though this is not a scathing indictment of presidential policy nor is it a story of Obama’s rise to office—it’s a date movie! Written by Richard Tanne (Worst Friends), the film will revolve around the first date between a young Barack Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson, who would later become his wife. Set during one summer afternoon in 1989, the picture is said to be in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Tanne is set to direct and produce Southside With You for Homegrown Pictures, with production poised to begin in July on location in Chicago. Get on Up »
- Adam Chitwood
Interesting, and unexpected but intriguing news here, given the style in which the film will be made... A film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle Obama is heading to the screen. Titled "Southside With You" - I suppose referring to South Side, Chicago, home to some of the most significant figures in the history of American politics, including Obama - the project is being pitched as a "Before Sunset"-style type of movie (in short, man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a period of time), which will take place entirely in one day during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law »
- Tambay A. Obenson
10. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Directed by: Max Ophuls
To be honest, the relationship at the center of “Letter from an Unknown Woman” barely even exists. It’s more of a longing from one side than the other. But the ways Ophuls structures the film qualifies it for this list. For the run of the story, we hear a voiceover, explaining the moments in these two characters’ lives. Lisa (Joan Fontaine) is a teenager who becomes obsessed with a pianist who lives in her building named Stefan (Louis Jordan). She only meets him once, but maintains her love for him. After her mother announces they will be moving, Lisa runs away, but sees Stefan with another woman. Lisa becomes a respectable woman and is proposed to by a young, family-focused military officer, whom she turns down, still in love with Stefan, a man she has barely met. Years later, she »
- Joshua Gaul
Richard Linklater is a visionary! His "Boyhood" is easily my favorite movie of 2014 for its creativity and heartfelt storytelling. It's very appropriate that the auteur us receiving the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will be joining other recipients such as Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Rosamund Pike.
Here's the full press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 26, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Academy Award® winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Richard Linklater.s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, »
“Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Psiff Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees »
- Laura Prudom
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
- The Deadline Team
Richard Linklater’s direction on "Boyhood" has won Berlin’s Silver Bear, and honors from the San Sebastián, Seattle, and SXSW film festivals, Gotham and Indie Spirits Awards nominations, and special honors from the Casting Society of America. And yet, this is just the beginning. With Oscars on the horizon, Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Linklater will receive another year-end prize: Sonny Bono Visionary Award. “Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.” Linklater has two Oscar nominations to his name (Best Writing, Adapted for 2004’s "Before Sunset" and 2013’s "Before Midnight") and seven Independent Spirit Award nominations »
- Matt Patches
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will give "Boyhood" filmmaker Richard Linklater the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. Past recipients include Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Nominated for two screenwriting Oscars for "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight," Linklater wrote, produced and directed Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood," whose star Ellar Coltrane literally grew up on screen over 12 years of filming. Supporting actor and actress contenders Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents, and Lorelei Linklater is his sister. The film was produced by Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss, and was financed and released by IFC Films. Linklater also directed "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," »
- Anne Thompson
The honor will be presented Jan. 22 at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York and Los Angeles. The Csa noted that Linklater has directed 17 feature films.
“Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless,” said Csa president Richard Hicks. “With ‘Boyhood,’ he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting.”
The Career Achievement Award was awarded last year to CBS Entertainment’s Nina Tassler.
Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award »
- Dave McNary
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
To American audiences exploring the indie film scene in the 1990s, few names mattered as much as Richard Linklater’s. One of Generation X’s essential voices, Linklater’s idiosyncratic dialogue-driven efforts – Slacker, Before Sunrise, Dazed & Confused, to name a few – struck a nerve among film fans across the country and beyond. On the verge of earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Director for the coming-of-adolescence masterwork Boyhood, the indie underdog is finally starting to reap the praises he has deserved since starting his career nearly 25 years ago.
Boyhood brought the writer/director virtually unanimous praise from critics and audiences. In the wake of that film’s success, though, a light career retrospective of Linklater’s principal work from the new documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, feels superfluous. It is easy to figure out why he is such an essential director to audiences craving original material, to the actors he »
- Jordan Adler
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.
The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
1. This is a great idea. Everyone knew that Marvel would figure out some way to keep making movies where Robert Downey Jr. wears some kind of cool metal suit. But Iron Man 4 was always a skeptical proposition. "Fun, Shambling Mess" is basically the best you can hope for when it comes to fourquels. (See: The fish-out-of-time-water shenanigans in Star Trek IV; Stallone solving the Cold War with his fists in Rocky IV; Harry and Ron having a really wacky wizard prom in Goblet of Fire.) Marvel could've positioned a fourth Iron Man movie as a complete in-franchise reboot by »
- Darren Franich
John Rhys Davies (“Indiana Jones”), Haaz Sleiman (“The Visitor”) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”), also star, with other cast members including Rufus Sewell (“Hercules”), Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”), Abhin Galeya (“The Bill”), Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”), Aneurin Bernard (“The White Queen”), Vernon Dobtcheff (“Before Sunset”), Tamsin Egerton (“The Look of Love”), John Lynch (“Sliding Doors”) and Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”).
Based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film will chronicle the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire surrounding his death.
“Killing Jesus” is set to begin filming this fall, »
- Shelli Weinstein
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