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Last year, my favorite film of the year was "Her," the Spike Jonze movie about a guy falling in love with the operating system of his computer. My pick for number two was "Before Midnight," about a couple reaching a stress point in their marriage and trying to figure out if it makes sense to stay together or if it would be better if they let each other go. There was no conscious decision on my part to pick those two films to satisfy an agenda or make some point about my life. Far from it. It's only now, looking back on 2014, that I realize how clearly issues of love and commitment and human connection were on my mind in a big way. I may not have known for sure that I was about to have my marriage collapse, but I was definitely already grappling with some big feelings, and »
- Drew McWeeny
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
Award season is officially underway. In November, the Hollywood Film Awards kicked things off with a televised event honoring Gone Girl, Michael Keaton, and Julianne Moore among others. And during a ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards handed the first competitive trophies of the season.
Hollywood Film Awards: A Complete List of Winners
Birdman took the top prize for Best Feature beating out Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love is Strange, and Under the Skin. The dark comedy, with Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood superhero, also earned the 63-year-old star the award for Best Actor.
Taking home the Audience Award was Boyhood. Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused, Before Midnight), the film is a coming-of-age drama that literally tracks 12 years of newcomer Ellar Coltrane’s life and has been celebrated for its ambitious achievement development. The movie was also named Best Film by the »
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
“You and I are both old enough to remember how difficult it was for the Golden Globes originally . We are just trying to launch the Hollywood Film Awards for TV and hope we can grow into possibly an annual event (for CBS), ” CBS chief Les Moonves told me in keeping expectations in check just moments before Friday night’s inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards was to begin . Moonves, a Motion Picture Academy voter himself who appeared to be having a good time throughout the show, was seated with wife Julie Chen at one of the two Weinstein tables at the event between Harvey Weinstein and his The Imitation Game stars Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch who both would go on to receive trophies for, respectively , Hollywood Supporting Actress and Hollywood Actor though both are British (full disclosure: I also happened to be seated at the other Weinstein table »
- Pete Hammond
“The truth will only be told over a career.” This quote by Richard Linklater opens a new documentary on the filmmaker and also could be applied to another that just hit Netflix Watch Instantly this week. The first is called 21 Years: Richard Linklater and follows a career spanning more than two decades, beginning with 1991’s Slacker and ending with Before Midnight — there’s no mention of this year’s Boyhood. The second is Altman, about Robert Altman, whose long career ended eight years ago as he was scouting for locations for his next feature, at age 81. Linklater’s statement isn’t saying a life story is told over a career (you can see the context in the Reverse Shot interview it comes from), but with both films it’s hard not to expect some sort of biographical portrait of their subjects through their work. The lives of artists, Linklater and Altman included, are »
- Christopher Campbell
Playing more like a distended awards show package than a proper documentary, 21 Years: Richard Linklater reflects on the first half of its title subject's directorial career. Directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood gather Linklater players and admirers to muse on the experience of working with the Austinite and the sensibility that he's brought to bear across a diverse but startlingly coherent body of work. To the extent that the release of Before Midnight and this year's Boyhood (mentioned only briefly here) prompted a reconsideration of that body, the assessments offered in 21 Years manage to feel like too little arriving a little late. Still, there is pleasure to be had in the reminiscences of Jack Black, Ethan Hawke, Keanu Reeves, and the much-in »
21 Years: Richard Linklater, which had its world premiere at Austin Film Festival on Oct. 24, primarily consists of two types of footage: interviews with charismatic actors who have worked with Richard Linklater, and scenes from the director's films up to and including Before Midnight (Boyhood is mentioned in passing). The result is often enjoyable but limited in scope, and ultimately the film comes off as more of a puff piece than an insightful documentary.
The question underlying 21 Years seems to be, "Why isn't Linklater better known and and as universally well loved as he is in Austin?" It's a good one to ask, but directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood don't so much answer that question as compile a series of examples that he is truly respected and admired by actors who have worked with him.
- Caitlin Moore
It's been nearly 20 years since Todd Solondz directed his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and now the filmmaker is putting together a film that will somewhat act as a sequel, but not really. THR has learned that Solondz has quietly been developing a film called Wiener-Dog that will be backed by Megan Ellison and her awesome Annapurna Pictures production banner. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) will both star in the film featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy. Read on! You might be wondering how that could be considered a sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse. Well, Gerwig's character would be playing Dawn Wiener, the adult version of the character teased with the titular nickname "Wiener Dog" in the 1995 film. The role was originated by young actress Heather Matarazzo, playing the »
- Ethan Anderton
Pic also stars Carmen Ejogo, who appeared in “The Purge: Anarchy,” and will be in the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” and Callum Keith Rennie, whose credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Memento.”
Pic is written and directed by Robert Budreau, and produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger of New Real Films, Budreau of Lumanity Productions and Jake Seal of Black Hangar Studios. Executive producers include William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-sang of Productivity Media, Adam Moryto, Stefan Jacobs, D. Matt Geller and Gurpreet Chandhoke.
K5 Intl., which is handling the film’s international rights, is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. Entertainment One is distributing the film in Canada.
Budreau’s film is inspired by the rise of Baker, who has it all, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Before Midnight actor will portray the late musician in Born to Be Blue, a film based on Baker's troubled life and career.
The story will follow Baker's comeback in the late 1970s, and the love affair that led him to his eventual resurgence in popularity after years of drug abuse and prison time.
He died aged 58 at his hotel in the Netherlands in 1988, with his death ruled as an accident after taking cocaine and heroin.
Listen to Chet Baker's 'My Funny Valentine' below: »
Is anyone else taken aback by Richard Linklater's "That's What I'm Talking About"? For years, the director couldn't get the "spiritual sequel" to his classic '70s coming of age movie "Dazed & Confused" going. But Linklater has found a lot of industry heat in recent years with "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," the latter of which possibly a 2014 Oscar contender, so Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is acting as patron and getting 'Talking' made. Perhaps "spiritual sequel" is meant in the loosest sense. Because yes, while set in the '80s during college, "That's What I'm Talking About" follows a college freshman who rolls with some colorful baseball players. All the actors cast in the film are mostly unknowns or rising talents—Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell—with Zoey Deutch just landing the female lead role. So what's the connection »
- Edward Davis
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