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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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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
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
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
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
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 6, 2015; Digital Release Date: Dec. 9
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD $39.98
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.
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. »
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
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
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
If you are a fan of the McConaissance — and, really, how could you not be? — you may have spent this year feeling a little deprived. After a three-year boom period of affecting, oddball, and occasionally award-winning roles — from Bernie and Killer Joe and Mud and Magic Mike to The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, which aired earlier this year — Matthew McConaughey will appear in just one role for the rest of 2014, as the star of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.The movie may be great and McConaughey may be great in it, but still: The math is undeniable. One role. In one big movie. Arguably the big movie of the fall. This very fact cements exactly the kind of tippy-top-of-the-a-list status which, if he’d achieved it earlier in his career, would likely have prevented him from taking roles in films like Bernie, Killer Joe, »
- Adam Sternbergh
Gabe Klinger’s unique, intimate film debuted at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion for Documentary on Cinema; earlier this year it received a one-week theatrical run at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, the East Village’s storied venue for avant-garde and experimental film. This makes sense; James Benning’s films have unspooled at Anthology many times over the years. On the other hand, Richard Linklater’s work is not really the stuff you’d typically expect the experimental crowd to connect with. But no matter. Linklater is currently enjoying the greatest success of his career with films that represent a refinement, possibly a perfection, of his authorial approach. The trifecta of Bernie (2011), Before Midnight (2013) and Boyhood (2014) clearly shows an artist at the height of his powers. »
It is amazing to think that just over a year ago, we were overlooking Matthew McConaughey projects as being either utterly forgettable or surprises like The Lincoln Lawyer. Then along came Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, Killer Joe, Bernie, and True Detective to show us what we were missing. Now that his celebrity is resurrected, each new Matthew McConaughey project is met with anticipation. Aside from Interstellar, we now have a first look at another upcoming film starring the Best Actor winner: »
- Alex Maidy
Drop your buzzword "McConnaissance" all you like, Matthew McConaughey’s about to make some art. From Richard Linklater’s "Bernie" in 2011 (or even arguably the deliciously good/bad B-movie "The Lincoln Lawyer") to present day, McConaughey hasn’t stepped into a bad role. In fact, all of them have been good, if not great. Turns with William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Cary Joji Fukunaga have all been stellar. And a film with Christopher Nolan is coming this fall as a kind of cherry on top of all his success. But his next project, with Gus Van Sant, sounds a lot more minimalist, philosophical and lyrical. Titled “Sea Of Trees,” in what sounds like a existential two-hander, McConaughey stars as a suicidal American on his way to die who befriends a Japanese man lost in a dense, mysterious forest near Mt. Fuji, and the two search for a way out. »
- Edward Davis
Change can be swift over the course of 12 years. Opinions are formed, relationships sour, and unused gift cards expire. 12 years is also quite a risky timetable to film a movie, but that didn't stop director Richard Linklater (director of "School of Rock," and "Bernie"). "Boyhood" is one of the most frustrating films I've had to explain my opinion on in a while. For one, it's a milestone in cinematic history, the early stages of a life captured in real time with one cast over the course of one film. On the other hand, it's hyperbolic in its minimalism and boring in spots and its overall narrative reach often exceeds its grasp. Even still, it's one »
- Dylan Green
Everything’s coming up roses for Richard Linklater these days. After stumbling slightly during the mid–2000s, the Texan's filmography is in great shape following the triptych of “Bernie,” last year’s swoon-worthy “Before Midnight” and this year’s fantastic and much-discussed “Boyhood.” With that “time sculpture” finally released, Linklater is looking for another project, and it may be one that’s been percolating for as long as “Boyhood.” During the run-up to the release of “Bernie,” Linklater was eyeing a return to the studio system, circling a remake of the 1964 Don Knotts-starring live-action/animation hybrid “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” The project developed in fits and starts, but "that project's not happening. The financing kind of went away," the director said last month. "That's the thing with those announcements. You never know the reason why it gets announced, but it's usually someone on the financing or sales side trying to. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Richard Linklater, one of his generation’s best and most influential filmmakers, has chosen That’s What I’m Talking About as his next project. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like Linklater has chosen his next project after the highly successful Boyhood. Since 2011 the director has been attached to direct a remake of the Don Knotts’ classic The Incredible Mr. Limpet, but he has now reportedly left the project for the more personal That’s What I’m Talking About.
The film is said to be semi-autobiographical and, as stated by THR, “follows freshmen as they navigate through the first year of college life, while trying to make the baseball team”. Set in the 1980s, the film seems like a spiritual successor to 1993’s Dazed and Confused. The film is said to be shooting this fall.
After helping create the indie boom of the late 80s/early 90s, »
- Max Molinaro
That expansive query kicked off one of the most daring experiments in film history: a 12-year odyssey to capture on the bigscreen the development of one young boy into manhood. Every year, the filmmaker and his cast would shoot for three or four days, and then Adair would splice together the footage over a three- or four-week period. That helped a project that might have seemed overwhelming become more manageable.
“The rhythm of the film came from having all these ordinary moments captured in the script,” Adair says. “I just tried to find the most natural rhythm, because the performances are so grounded in reality.”
The drama examines one Texas family through divorces, graduations, bowling outings and dinner-table confrontations — the flotsam and jetsam of ordinary life. »
- Brent Lang
The legendary Michael Caine has joined the cast of Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter which also stars Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Diesel is also producing the film alongside Mark Canton and Bernie Goldman.
The Last Witch Hunter is a supernatural action film, it tells the story of an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) having to team up with his enemy, a witch (Leslie), to prevent the witch covens of New York City from unleashing a deadly plague on all of humanity.
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.
The School of Rock star—who reunited »
- Nina Terrero
Chicago – Director Richard Linklater is a great American storyteller. In 2002, he embarked on a filmmaking journey that would be twelve years long, and conceived a fictional tale of a boy as he ages from age six to 18. Using the same actors over all those years, the result is the epic and philosophical “Boyhood.”
The power of “Boyhood” is embraced by the boy’s life cycle – portrayed by Ellar Coltrane through the ages. The ups and downs of his short but eventful existence is experienced as he grows during the 12 years. The basis for his perspective is forged through the difficulties of his estranged parents, two stepfathers and his mother’s dogged determination to keep everything together for him and his sister (portrayed by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei). Patricia Arquette (Mom) and the venerable Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke (Dad) are around for the whole ride, and there is a poignancy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Considering their relaxed, easygoing personas, why wouldn't a conversation between longtime friends Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey be genial and delightful? Sitting down for Interview Magazine, the director and actor — who have collaborated on "Dazed and Confused," "The Newton Boys," and, most recently, "Bernie" — start off discussing critics' fave "Boyhood," from the film’s novel approach to time to doing promo duties, and move on to the story of Linklater's Austin ranch burning down. Check out Toh's interviews with Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Eller Coltrane and potential Best Actress nominee Patricia Arquette as well as this scene clip from "Boyhood" — which may seem small, but is one of the film’s bigger dramatic moments. This isn't the kind of movie that burns down a ranch. »
- Nick Newman
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