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Richard Linklater on Boyhood: 'Resentment kind of motivates the world'

11 December 2014 11:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director on the unaccustomed glow of success, the robustness of children, and why playing the victim can be helpful

Boyhood: No 2 film of 2014

Richard Linklater is wearing the same shirt he had on last night. An airline baggage blip meant a last-minute dash to M&S, and picking up the best international feature prize at the British Independent Film awards in a crisp white number. This afternoon, the shop-fold creases are still visible. He’s sanguine about it. Linklater seems sanguine about everything; a Texan benevolence informs all his work, no matter how carefully scripted, from his breakthrough Slacker to the Before trilogy, Bernie and School of Rock and beyond. (Two weeks ago, he wrapped his next film, That’s What I’m Talking About, a quasi-sequel to Dazed and Confused.)

Plus, of course, Linklater would do well to stockpile dress shirts. For the first time in his career, »

- Catherine Shoard

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El Rey Network Cancels Matador

30 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The original action drama series, Matador, which launched on El Rey Network in July, will not return for a second season. The show was created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and ended its 13 episode run in October. Despite initial high hopes for the drama – the pilot of which was directed by network founder Robert Rodriguez – low international sales apparently played a significant part in the network’s decision not to renew. In a statement regarding the cancellation, El Rey Network explained its choice.

“Ultimately, it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level – creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have »

- Sarah Myles

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Visionary: Richard Linklater to Receive Big Palm Springs International Film Festival Award

26 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

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, »

- Manny

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Richard Linklater to Receive Visionary Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

26 November 2014 9:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Previous recipients of the award include Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius.

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

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Richard Linklater To Receive Palm Springs Visionary Award For ‘Boyhood’

26 November 2014 8:09 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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.

Past recipients include Academy Award-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius.

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.”

Linklater wrote, produced and directed Boyhood, a film about growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. »

- The Deadline Team

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Richard Linklater for career achievement by Casting Society of America

21 November 2014 10:01 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. 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 »

- Matt Patches

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Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby team on bank heist film

21 November 2014 5:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby are teaming on a bank heist film.

The Men, Women & Children director and London-based novelist are adapting Skip Hollandsworth's Texas Monthly article 'I Only Rob Banks For My Family', according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It will tell the true story of the Catt family of Houston, who made a living robbing banks until their crimes caught up with them.

Hollandsworth also wrote the article which inspired Richard Linklater's Bernie.

Fox Searchlight is producing the film.

Hornby recently wrote the screenplay to the Reese Witherspoon-starring Wild.

Reitman is known for the films Up in the Air, Young Adult and Labor Day.

It will follow Reitman's work on Hulu series Casual. »

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Jason Reitman To Direct Bank Heist Film Penned By Nick Hornby Based On Story By 'Bernie' Writer

20 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You gotta have faith, and even though his critically drubbed computer panic movie "Men, Women & Children" had one of the worst leaps from limited to wide release this year, Jason Reitman still has friends in the right places. And he's lining up a new feature film project has some pretty big names behind it. Reitman will direct an adaptation of the excellent, must read Texas Monthly article, "I Only Rob Banks For My Family," with Nick Hornby ("About A Boy," "Fever Pitch," "High Fidelity") penning the script. The true story comes from Skip Hollandsworth, who also penned the article that inspired Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and, as the title suggests, it centers on a bank robbing family whose criminal activities finally caught up with them. Perhaps it's the kind of lighter fare Reitman needs to reignite his filmmaker juices after the two more mature efforts, "Labor Day" and the aforementioned "Men, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Walk of Fame Honoree Matthew McConaughey Keeps Roots In Texas

14 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although Matthew McConaughey’s name will be permanently placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 17, the actor has never strayed far from his roots, deep in the heart of Texas.

From the moment he debuted on the big screen in Richard Linklater’s 1993 slacker comedy “Dazed and Confused,” the Uvalde, Texas, native has embraced his Southern heritage and worked to keep the state’s film business strong.

While lucrative tax incentives have lured production to such neighboring states as Louisiana and Georgia, McConaughey — as well as fellow Texans like Robert Rodriguez and Linklater — continue to push to work within Texas borders.

“The crews are relaxed yet professional,” the actor says of the local production base. “People are still excited and happy to have a film shot in their cities, towns and properties, and we try to be very aware of the footprint we leave. If we leave it like we found it, »

- Christy Grosz

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Elsa & Fred Review

10 November 2014 10:38 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It would take a lot to squander the talents of Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, but Elsa & Fred comes awfully close to doing so. Without much to recommend beyond the merits of the veteran actors, the inconsequential romantic drama swerves from being pondering to pleasant and back again. During the scenes of the couple’s impromptu running around the bustling city, trying to find a spark through more delinquent pleasures, the film finds its pulse. When we are locked in their apartments, watching their strained attempts at finding friendship, Elsa & Fred is dragged down by the screenplay’s inactivity.

Indifferently directed by Michael Radford of Il Postino fame, the drama focuses on two seniors living in adjacent, golden-lit New Orleans apartments. Elsa Hayes (MacLaine) is a bit of a troublemaker, trying to get out of paying for damaging a sports car by playing up her oblivious senior citizen qualities. Divorced »

- Jordan Adler

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’21 Years: Richard Linklater’ is more entertaining than must-see

7 November 2014 8:23 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

21 Years: Richard Linklater

Directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood

Written by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood

USA, 2014

Most filmgoers don’t know Richard Linklater’s name but his effect has been felt through the American independent film scene since the debut of Slacker in 1991. For the star-studded cast of commenters sitting down for some insights into Linklater, it’s hard to imagine a world without him. He is the unicorn who managed to build an entire career of passion projects, a rare opportunity indeed.

Written and directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, 21 Years: Richard Linklater seeks perspectives on one of cinema’s most underrated directors via interviews and stories shared by notable filmmakers Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Reitman, Kevin Smith, the Duplass brothers, and Matthew McConaughey. To provide a unique spin on talking heads, Dunaway and Wood splice in animated »

- Colin Biggs

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Film Review: ’21 Years: Richard Linklater’

6 November 2014 1:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As a midway celebration of one of American independent cinema’s most vital careers, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue — arriving significantly later than its title prescribes. This year, “Boyhood” sparked a serious reappraisal of Linklater’s oeuvre by film lovers everywhere (Brit film journal Little White Lies dedicated an issue to the helmer’s career, while Variety’s own critics ranked his 17 features to date), but this VOD-bound overview adds little to the conversation, beyond fresh endorsements from the likes of Ethan Hawke, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, embellished by amusing animated segments.

Given helmer Michael Dunaway and co-director Tara Wood’s evident affection for their subject’s contributions to cinema, it’s weird that they didn’t leverage their project as an excuse to gain access to the Austin-based auteur. Instead, the pair travel far and wide to interview his collaborators, »

- Peter Debruge

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The Role A Pissed Off Matthew McConaughey Lost To Jack Black

30 October 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Matthew McConaughey, of the McConaughnessance McConaugheys, has a easy-going motto of "Just keep living." But that doesn't mean this breezy, bongo-playing Texan hasn't had his moments of sheer outrage. One of those came leveled at long-time friend and colleague Richard Linklater, when McConaughey learned he'd lost out on a role he desperately wanted to Jack Black. You might rightly wonder in what world McConaughey and Black would ever be up for the same role. Planet McConaughey, baby. Yahoo reports how Matthew McConaughey mistakenly believed he'd been cast as the lead in Richard Linklater's 2012 dark comedy Bernie, meaning the titular mild-mannered man accused of murder. But in reality, Linklater had selected the handsome leading man to play Danny Buck Davidson, the tough-minded district attorney who has a little bit of cowboy in his attitude, and essentially serves as Bernie's antagonist. McConaughey wasn't going to take this lying down. McConaughey »

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The 31 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

23 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.

Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)

1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13

Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.

2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG

Walter Matthau is a grumpy hoot as a reluctant little league coach, Tatum O'Neal is great as the tomboy pitcher and the Bears (including a young Jackie Earle Haley) are perfectly, awfully bad.

3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13

Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »

- Sharon Knolle

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Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

22 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18:  King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn’t specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the 1976 remake rather than the 1933 classic.

But as the evening proved, McConaughey — whom the star’s Interstellar director Christopher Nolan referenced as “the new Paul Newman” — more than meets the Cinematheque’s definition of this award for a distinguished mid-point career of excellence and contribution to cinema.

Of course there were many mentions of what is now known as the “McConaissance,” his recent spate of career-changing film choices beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer, »

- Pete Hammond

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Matthew McConaughey Toasts Career With American Cinematheque Honor

22 October 2014 12:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey cleared some misconceptions and shared a few lessons he’s learned in 22 years in Hollywood at the American Cinematheque gala Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton.

“I did not get offered the ‘Titanic’ role,” said the night’s honoree, clearing that out of the way before getting to some of his lessons.

“No. 1: The same script with $10 million attached is funnier than the same script with $1 million attached to it,” he said.

Secondly, “you have to prepare, that structure helps you play,” he added relating the story of how early in his career, carried away with the thought of being a “natural actor” he didn’t read the script till he got on set. “Then I found out it was a two-page monologue in Spanish.”

The third lesson he wanted to share was about bringing his kids on set. When he was younger he’d thought that was a bad idea. »

- Shalini Dore

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Boyhood

15 October 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 6, 2015; Digital Release Date: Dec. 9

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD $39.98

Studio: Paramount

Filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s (Bernie)  2014 film drama Boyhood is a story about growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen==from the ages of 5 through 18—before the audience’s eyes.

Ellar Coltrane stars in Boyhood

Starring Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers) and Patricia Arquette (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater (the filmmaker’s daughter) as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between unspool on the screen, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s ‘Yellow” to Arcade Fire’s “Deep Blue. »

- Laurence

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'Mr. Turner' himself would have approved of going digital on Mike Leigh's biopic

7 October 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Filmmaker Mike Leigh has been wanting to make a biopic about English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner for a long time now, and there was surely no other choice for cinematographer than his longtime collaborator Dick Pope. The two have excelled at a breed of tableau filmmaking that can feel at once antiquated and invigorating. There are single frames from "Another Year" and "Vera Drake," among others, that arrest me still. But for "Mr. Turner," it was absolutely essential. The film was a unique prospect. It allowed Pope to show off a little more than any of his and Leigh's past efforts because of the subject matter itself. An artist who captured light on canvas like few others, who saw the encroachment of technology overtake the dominance of his art form, Turner is an intriguing figure. Leigh himself has said the film is about light — the very essence of Pope's contribution. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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“There’s No Slacker In That Slacker”: Watch The Trailer For ’21 Years: Richard Linklater'

1 October 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s nice to see director Richard Linklater getting his due. A few years ago circa “Me and Orson Welles," the filmmaker was having a rough time: he wasn't able to finance a picture and the aforementioned indie film barely received a release (and its box-office gross was one of his lowest ever). His comeback started quietly with “Bernie” in 2011, but by the time “Before Midnight” arrived in 2013, Linklater was back in a big way. And now, his “Boyhood” is seen by many as one of the best movies of the year. So if it seems like it’s time to tip our collective hats to the filmmaker, a new documentary has arrived like clockwork. Featuring folks like Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Duplass, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey among others, “21 Years: Richard Linklater” is »

- Edward Davis

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Annapurna to produce Richard Linklater's 'Dazed' spiritual sequel

30 September 2014 6:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Richard Linklater grew into one of North America's premiere filmmaking voices with films like "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "School of Rock," "Bernie" and the "Before" trilogy, but it took this year's "Boyhood" for full approval from auteur connoisseur Megan Ellison. Deadline reports that Ellison's artistically-inclined production company Annapurna Pictures will produce Linklater's next film, what he refers to as a "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed." Set in 1980, multiple sources report that "That's What I'm Talking About" follows a freshman student experiencing his first weekend as both an eager college student and the pitcher for the university's nationally ranked baseball team. "Glee" actor Blake Jenner will play the young man, who finds his willpower tested by his party-read teammates. Tyler Hoechlin ("Teen Wolf"), Wyatt Russell ("22 Jump Street"), Ryan Guzman ("Step Up All In"), Zoey Deutch ("Vampire Academy"), Will Brittain ("A Teacher"), and Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3") will costar. Linklater is »

- Matt Patches

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