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How often do we get to see a movie that is utterly unlike anything we have ever seen before? It is rare. For his entire career, from the start with his Sundance breakout "Slackers" in 1991, Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has worked outside the box. He tracked the couple Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) across 18 years and three "Before" films (1995-2013), opening up the writing collaboration to his two lead actors. Linklater is a generous soul. He doesn't try to control as much as to steer his outcomes, with a great deal of confidence, something he needed with the philosophical rotoscoping animation experiments "Waking Life" and the Philip K. Dick adaptation "A Scanner Darkly." The secret of Linklater's success is his willingness to fail. He left some audiences behind with his earnest attempt to fictionalize Eric Schlosser's nonfiction food expose "Fast Food Nation," which played Cannes. But »
- Anne Thompson
If you missed the Gecko brothers face off against the neck-chomping creatures of the night on El Rey Network earlier this year, don’t despair: you can pop season one of the series into your Blu-ray or DVD player. For those that have already seen it, we have a breakdown of the special features that may be worth your while:
“From executive producer Robert Rodriguez comes the first season of the original El Rey Network series, From Dusk Till Dawn, swooping onto Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all 10 Season One episodes, including episodes directed by Rodriguez and Eduardo Sánchez(The Blair Witch Project). This supernatural series, based on Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 cult classic film of the same name (starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek and Tarantino), centers on bank robbers Seth and Richie Gecko, who are wanted by the authorities after a heist leaves several dead. Escaping across »
- Jonathan James
From executive producer Robert Rodriguez comes the first season of the original El Rey Network series, From Dusk Till Dawn, swooping onto Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all 10 Season One episodes, including episodes directed by Rodriguez and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project). This supernatural series, based on Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 1996 cult classic film of the same name (starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek and Tarantino), centers on bank robbers Seth and Richie Gecko, who are wanted by the authorities after a heist leaves several dead. Escaping across the Mexican border with a family of hostages, the Gecko brothers take a detour to a strip club that's populated by bloodsucking creatures of the night.
From Dusk Till Dawn returns to El Rey Network in 2015 with brand-new episodes for its eagerly awaited second season.
Boardwalk Empire begins in 1920. Its lead character, Nucky Thompson, is on top of the world. History is bending in his direction. He has established an elaborate criminal conspiracy that will funnel an addictive drug (alcohol) directly into the mouths of its consumers (most of America), all of it untaxed. What could go wrong?
Boardwalk Empire began in 2010. Its network, HBO, was on top of the world. It was coming off a decade which you could, with only a bit of hyperbole, referred to as the HBO decade. The Sopranos redefined what television could be; so did Sex and the City, »
- Darren Franich
As executive producer Eva Longoria points out in her new documentary Food Chains, the hands that sort much of America’s food are themselves often forced to live hand-to-mouth due to exploitative policies established by businesses involved with commercial agriculture.
In an exclusive trailer for the film, Longoria joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr., fellow producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), and other activists in arguing to stop the systemic (and sometimes physical) abuse of farm workers while securing their rights. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker narrates Food Chains, which hits theaters Nov. 21.
Ed. note: A previous version of this post misstated that this trailer features apples, »
- Lanford Beard
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in the Weinstein Company’s Paddington, based on the popular children’s literature character. Firth departed the live-action/CGI-hybrid project in June. Producer David Heyman told the Daily Mail, which broke Thursday’s news, that Firth’s voice was “too mature” for the part; the film needed a slightly younger voice for the beloved bear who arrives in England from Peru. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi will also lend their voices to the film. [The Wrap]
- C. Molly Smith
Universal’s comedy The Nest has added actress Renée Elise Goldsberry in the role of Kim, a longtime friend of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s characters who throw one last house party at their parents’ pad. Goldsberry recurs as Assistant Da Geneva Pine on CBS’s The Good Wife and also recently appeared on Fox’s The Following and NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She’s also set to do a stint on the second season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Goldsberry is repped by Innovative Artists and Sweet 180. Glen Powell (Fast Food Nation, Best Friends Forever) has joined the cast […] »
You’ve never seen a movie like Boyhood before because, until now, no one’s had the patience to make one.
“We’ve been working on it for 12 years,” explains Ethan Hawke, who co-stars in the film directed by Richard Linklater, his collaborator on the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy. “It’s a film about childhood. We shot a short film for about four or five days every year for the last 12 years. When we started, the boy was six and now he’s 19.Patricia Arquette plays his mom and I play his dad. It follows the development of this one young man.”
“What? How? Where? Wtf?” Linklater jokes about his achievement, arguably the most audacious in a long line of unusual movies that began in 1991 with Slacker and has continued through Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, Tape, School of Rock, Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Bernie and the aforementioned Before films. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Talk about the role of a lifetime. Ellar Coltrane was just 8 years old when he began filming Boyhood. And now, just a month before his 20th birthday, audiences will watch Coltrane grow up before their eyes in director Richard Linklater's film, which has been 12 years in the making. "It was a very transformative thing," Coltrane tells People of getting to grow up alongside his character, Mason. "You can look in the mirror, but you can't really see yourself changing - or how you don't change - over the years. It is very bizarre to see it all organized [on screen]." Boyhood follows Mason, »
- Patrick Gomez
Talk about the role of a lifetime. Ellar Coltrane was just 8 years old when he began filming Boyhood. But starting Friday, just a month before his 20th birthday, audiences will watch Coltrane grow up before their eyes in director Richard Linklater's film, which has been 12 years in the making. "It was a very transformative thing," Coltrane tells People of getting to grow up alongside his character, Mason. "You can look in the mirror, but you can't really see yourself changing - or how you don't change - over the years. It is very bizarre to see it all organized [on screen]." Boyhood follows Mason, »
- Patrick Gomez
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
Yes, the current cinematic landscape is filled with giant, towering transformers that can handily destroy large swaths of both Chicago and China, super-intelligent apes leading a revolt against humanity, and dueling, computer-generated dragons. But the most epic film of the summer, maybe the entire year, is entering into limited release this weekend, available only in boutique cinemas or art house theaters. And that movie is "Boyhood."
This is a movie that has literally been filming for 12 years. Writer/director Richard Linklater, previously responsible for "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock," would gather his actors once a year and film for a few days, with the ultimate goal of chronicling how a young boy grows up. But this isn't some stodgy documentary; this is a fictionalized account of adolescence that is full of very dramatic moments.
But is this something that impenetrably artsy? Or something that is worth leaving the multiplex for? »
- Drew Taylor
An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of Richard Linklater
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We’ve seen children grow up onscreen before. Ron Howard. Jodie Foster. All the Harry Potter kids. But not like this. Not in a single film. Richard Linklater had the audacious idea to shoot a story about almost the entire span of one boy’s childhood using the same actors over the course of a dozen years. Audacious because such a long production time — probably the longest ever in the history of cinema — comes with unique challenges. (The most dramatic one might be: What if one of your actors dies midway? Recasting would have ruined the beautiful authenticity the film aims for, and achieves.) Audacious because in retrospect, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a bit of an indie A-lister, though far from an unknown. It’s filmmaker Richard Linklater, a writer and director who has managed to consistently do things in a unique way and bring audiences along with him at the same time. As heralded as he already is (especially this week with Boyhood hitting theaters), he still sometimes seems underrated to me. For a man with a pair of Oscar nominations, he still manages to work decidedly outside of the box and still cultivate an audience. Even his studio outings have been memorable. Frankly, Linklater is one of a kind. Linklater has always done things his way, from his fly on the wall debut Slacker to Dazed and Confused to the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight). Throw in Boyhood and you have five near classics from one filmmaker, »
- Joey Magidson
12 years in the making, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the coming-of-age movie to end all coming-of-age movies. Shooting with the same core actors - Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater - for a few days every year since 2002, writer-director Linklater has crafted a wonderful film that captures the rollercoaster ride that comes with growing up.
The Up documentary series and Michael Winterbottom's Everyday (filmed over a five-year stretch) have tackled the passing of time on screen, but Boyhood is something of a different proposition. It's a film that manages to be both breathtakingly epic and poignantly intimate, dipping into the life of Mason (Coltrane) from ages five to 18.
Linklater never signposts the passing years with filmmaking flourishes, instead immersing the viewer in place and time with brilliant »
By Robert Welkos Name: Jeff Skoll Net Worth: $2.7 billion (TheRichest.com) to $3.8 billion (Forbes) Source Of Wealth: eBay ‘Bio: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he earned an Mba degree. He was the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, the Internet auction firm. He sold a portion of his company holdings for $2 billion. In 1999. he created the Skoll Foundation, which quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship. In 2004, he created the movie production company Participant Media. In 2009. he founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, focusing on issues that could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict. Marital Status: Single Hollywood Connections: Participant Media seeks to make films that »
- Robert W. Welkos
Fittingly enough for a film about a long, unhurried process of discovery, it wasn’t until near the wrap of production that Richard Linklater decided he would call his 16th feature “Boyhood.” That was in the summer of 2013, more than a decade after he and his cast and crew had shot the first frames of their movie about an East Texas kid named Mason Evans Jr. and his journey through childhood and adolescence. Seeking a title that would suggest not only the picture’s narrative scope but also its lengthy shooting history, Linklater settled on “12 Years” — a seemingly perfect choice, at least until the writer-director discovered there was a similarly named, soon-to-be Oscar-winning prestige picture on the horizon.
“I was like, not ‘10 Years a Slave?’ Not ‘15 Years a Slave?’ Are you kidding me?!” Linklater says with a laugh. “I was like, Ok, the world is telling us to stay out of numerical titles. »
- Justin Chang
Whoa - where did this come from? A press release has announced that Gravitas Ventures has acquired Us release rights to release a documentary about the filmmaking career of Richard Linklater, who just debuted his 12-year project Boyhood at Sundance earlier this year. Titled 21 Years: Richard Linklater, the feature-length doc "examines the first 21 years of Linklater's career and includes intimate interviews with many of the filmmakers' longtime collaborators and animation by Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios." His first 21 years of work includes classic films like Slacker, Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise & Sunset, Waking Life, School of Rock, Bad News Bears, Fast Food Nation and A Scanner Darkly. Read on. The documentary is made by Paste Magazine's movies editor Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood. Here's the full description of the project direct from the press release, detailing some of the people interviewed: Drawing on the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist, »
- Alex Billington
Ten years ago, Morgan Spurlock’s super-sized diet showed audiences just how drastically fast food could affect one’s physical, physiological and psychological well-being. Around the same time, Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation exposed an industry at the helm of a nation’s obesity epidemic. Now, in 2014, news anchor Katie Couric and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David have served audiences another portion of healthy, thoughtful subject matter about the food we eat and what it is doing to us.
Fed Up is a sometimes effective, sometimes questionable doc that wants to figure out why a nation filled with low-calorie options and raised on exercise videos still has trouble losing weight. The results are hardly revelatory, but that does not mean Stephanie Soechtig’s film is worthless viewing, especially for students and families. Even if there are oversights throughout, the doc raises some important concerns.
Over montages of alarming news reports, »
- Jordan Adler
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