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Film Review: ‘Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny’

4 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” is a fun, wily, and infectious portrait-of-the-artist documentary, filled with things we haven’t seen before (there’s a ton of footage of Linklater on the set), crafted with a deep curiosity about the mysterious, ever-changing nature of how movies actually get made. The film starts by going back to the halcyon indie days of 1991 and replaying the opening minutes of “Slacker” — a sequence that features the director himself, though no one knew it at the time. He’s a talky young guy in a loose-fitting green T-shirt, with dreamy eyes and a quasi-’70s bowl cut, who climbs into a taxi cab and starts waxing poetic to the driver (who greets his words with stone-cold indifference) about how if he had decided to walk or hitch a ride instead, he might have been inside a different reality. In that one, he could have met »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Undrafted’ Review: It’s a Great Year for Baseball Movies, Just Not This One

15 July 2016 7:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Some baseball stories are exciting even to non-fans, and in theory, “Undrafted” should be one of them. Over 30 years ago, writer (and fantasy baseball pioneer) Daniel Okrent used a 1982 regular season Milwaukee Brewers/Baltimore Orioles game as the basis for “Nine Innings.” From the perspective of an outsider, the book offered one of the purest glimpses at the details that make the sport a rewarding watch. What Okrent did in 288 pages, writer-director Joe Mazzello tries unsuccessfully to do in 105 minutes with his new film “Undrafted.” From a inspired-by-a-true-story premise, “Undrafted” takes that one-game premise inside the dugout, watching a team of hapless amateurs stare down a crucial league playoff matchup in the wake of learning that their best player was overlooked at the Mlb Draft.

“Team” is a loose term here, as the dozen players and their accompanying, overriding personalities never really seem like a cohesive group. There are the standouts: Philip Winchester as Fotch, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones 6×02: Home’ Review

2 May 2016 12:51 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“I wasn’t drowning, I was home.”

Bran Stark stands among the dead. Watching his father, uncle, and aunt at play through the power of his second sight, he is bewitched by the idea of returning to a family lost to him forever. But when he returns unwillingly to the waking world he is confronted at once with Meera’s family, with the vast emptiness of the Far North laid out where her brother used to be. What he has is an illusion; what she faces is reality. That the episode ends with another breach of the veil between life and death, the resurrection of Jon Snow at the hands of a desperate, shaky Melisandre, is an unsettling omen at the very least.

“It is beautiful under the sea,” the Raven tells Bran in the vision. “But stay there too long, and you’ll drown.” Their exchange begins the episode »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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The Phenom review: baseball movie throws a curveball

18 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ethan Hawke impresses as an abusive father to a major-league rookie pitcher in an intriguing character study that’s admirably hard to pin down

From its graceful opening credits sequence, which, backed by an elegant classical music score, fixes the viewer’s gaze on some tasteful wallpaper, writer and director Noah Buschel’s The Phenom immediately goes out of its way to subvert all the expectations associated with baseball movies.

Despite its rigorously formal leanings, The Phenom is still a film about a young man struggling to regain his focus and grow into the athlete he was born to be. But unlike Field of Dreams, Bad News Bears, Bull Durham and countless other films centered on the sport, The Phenom is more interested in its hero’s psychological trappings than his talents on the field.

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- Nigel M Smith

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The Phenom review: baseball movie throws a curveball

18 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ethan Hawke impresses as an abusive father to a major-league rookie pitcher in an intriguing character study that’s admirably hard to pin down

From its graceful opening credits sequence, which, backed by an elegant classical music score, fixes the viewer’s gaze on some tasteful wallpaper, writer and director Noah Buschel’s The Phenom immediately goes out of its way to subvert all the expectations associated with baseball movies.

Despite its rigorously formal leanings, The Phenom is still a film about a young man struggling to regain his focus and grow into the athlete he was born to be. But unlike Field of Dreams, Bad News Bears, Bull Durham and countless other films centered on the sport, The Phenom is more interested in its hero’s psychological trappings than his talents on the field.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Andrew Rannells Previews His Musical Simpsons Debut — Plus: Watch a Clip

8 April 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Andrew Rannells is finally stepping into the role he was born to play: Andrew Rannells.

The Girls scene-stealer appears as himself — well, a “boozier, meaner version” of himself, he tells TVLine — on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) in which he helps Marge and Lisa repair their fractured relationship.

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“They’re having some mother/daughter growing pains,” Rannells explains. “Lisa finds out Marge has never liked jazz, which is devastating to poor Lisa, so they decide to go on a little weekend trip; they end »

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Ranked: The Best Characters In Richard Linklater's Movies

4 April 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Austin, Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater helped define the 1990s American indie scene with “Slacker,” a loose collection of conversations with real and invented personalities from the local Austin scene. That first film set a pattern for the filmmaker, who often employs large casts to create sprawling slice of life portraits. The lineup in “Dazed and Confused” could overwhelm a “best characters” list from many other filmmakers, and then there are the “Before” trilogy, “Boyhood,” and the new “Everybody Wants Some!!” to consider, among many others. Read More: SXSW Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ With Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch & More While often an author of his own scripts, Linklater has adapted material by Eric Bogosian (“SubUrbia”), Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Stephen Belber (“Tape”), Philip K. Dick (“A Scanner Darkly”), and Bill Lancaster (“Bad News Bears”). Even in those cases, the director’s methods and style »

- Russ Fischer

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

11 March 2016 6:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After the dramatic one-two punch of “Before Midnight” and “Boyhood,” a master of the modern hangout movie achieves his most sustained comic bliss-out in years with “Everybody Wants Some!!” Billed quite accurately as a “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s latest acutely funny, achingly perceptive retro-sociology lesson follows a team of ’80s college baseball players wasting a longish weekend together before the start of a new school year; many scenes of pot smoking, disco dancing, knuckle flicking, skirt chasing and other forms of competitive male sport (and some baseball here and there) predictably and hilariously ensue. Linklater indulges his characters’ antics with such wild, free-flowing affection that you might miss the thoughtful undertow of this delightful movie: Few filmmakers have so fully embraced the bittersweet joy of living in the moment — one that’s all the more glorious because it fades so soon.

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- Justin Chang

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Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, Adam Devine, and James Corden Re-Create Every Sports Movie Ever Made

8 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you were hoping to see Zac Efron put on a blond wig and dress up as Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On at some point in your lifetime, prepare yourself for greatness. The actor appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Sunday night after the Super Bowl with his Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates costars Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick to accomplish one very daunting task: sum up the entire history of sports movies in less than seven minutes. In the same vein as fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap" video, Corden's "History of Sports" tackles everything from Bad News Bears and Varsity Blues to The Sandlot and Bend It Like Beckham. No movie was safe from their hilariously spot-on impersonations, so check it out above! »

- Quinn Keaney

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Brr, It's Cold in Here! James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Recreate Every Sports Movie Ever

8 February 2016 6:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies, »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Principal Photography Begins on Bad Santa 2

19 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.

As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »

- Mike Tyrkus

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