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Richard Linklater's Boyhood is my most anticipated film of 2014 and to think we're just over a couple months away from its July 11 release makes the anticipation all that more difficult to bear. Today the first trailer for the film arrived as we take a first look at the movie that was twelve years in the making. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as Mason and Samantha's parents. Check out the trailer below. I can't wait to see what the director of Before Sunset and Before Midnight has to offer us now. »
- Brad Brevet
The summer movie season isn't exactly best known for independent film. With billions of dollars set to be spent on a vast amount of sequels and remakes ("The Amazing Spider Man 2," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "22 Jump Street," "Step Up All In," "Transformers 4," "The Expendables 3," etc, etc, etc.), one has to wonder: How much space is left for the little guys? But, while summer as a season will never equal the indie film hotbed that is the fall, in recent years there have actually been quite a few smaller scale breakouts during the studio's favorite months. Last year, for example, summer brought eventual best actress Oscar winner "Blue Jasmine" and best documentary Oscar winner "20 Feet From Stardom," not to mention "Mud," "Fruitvale Station," "Before Midnight," "The Bling Ring," "The Spectacular Now," "Frances Ha" and "The Way, Way Back." That said, summer can be a particularly risky time to release an independent film, »
The Los Angeles Film Festival (Laff) is gearing up for a bow this June, having already announced Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" as the opening night premiere. Today Film Independent, which puts on the fest, announced this year's guest director and a special honor for two all-timers in the indie game. First off, "The Kids Are All Right" helmer Lisa Cholodenko has been tapped as Guest Director for the 20th annual. Past Guest Directors have included David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón. Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat at the Parker Palm Springs, a gathering of festival filmmakers and honored artists. "Lisa's work exemplifies our mission of supporting artists who are diverse, innovative and have a unique point of view," Laff Director Stephanie Allen said. "We're lucky to have her share her insights and process with us at our annual retreat." Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics »
- Kristopher Tapley
I now hate the fact I left The Wolf of Wall Street off my top ten of 2013. I've seen it three times now and between my second and third theatrical viewing it never left me. I watched the Lemmons 'ludes scene over and over again, as well as this clip featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie and suddenly found myself hoping the film would offer up the ultimate upset at the Oscars. amz asin="B00H9KKKAY" size="small"Now, after having watched it again on Blu-ray this past week I look over my top ten of 2013 and wonder if any film on that list will be more memorable than Wolf in 10, 20, 50 years time. Certainly some will stick with me, the top three (Her, Inside Llewyn Davis and Before Midnight) for sure, but somewhere within that top five is where Wolf belongs, if not squarely at #1. Thinking back on it »
- Brad Brevet
A marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you’ve found it. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Nick (Jim Broadbent: Closed Circuit) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan: About Time) have been married a long time. We’re not sure how long, as Le Week-end opens with them on the train from London to Paris for a getaway, but the practiced ease of their togetherness, all reflexive sniping and easy intimacy, is plain. You know these people… but you don’t see them in movies often. Apart from the simple pleasure of spending cinematic time with intriguing yet realistic people exploring the conundrums of life in an engaging and sympathetic way, we have here the pleasure of seeing a couple of fresh, funny 60somethings having little »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Actor, comedian and producer Cedric the Entertainer has been tapped to host the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The awards show will broadcast live on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Et on The CW. Cedric stars on new TV Land comedy “Soul Man,” which he created and executive-produces, as well. He's alls the current host of syndicated show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Also read: Forest Whitaker, ‘Before Midnight’ Team To Receive Special Critics’ Choice Movie Awards His film credits include “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” the “Madagascar” animated franchise, “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Johnson Family Vacation,” among others. The awards are given by. »
- Jethro Nededog
Director Ti West has delivered some fine horror in the form of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, not to mention segments in The ABCs of Death and V/H/S. Now THR reports he's taking on the western genre with a new project called In a Valley of Violence. And while the trade reports that this is a western horror film set in the 1890s, West wrote on Twitter shortly after the story broke, "It's not a horror movie." But what he didn't dispute were the two leads announced to be in talks, and they are John Travolta, fresh off his Academy Awards gaffe, and Ethan Hawke, fresh off an Oscar nod for co-writing Before Midnight. Plot details are unknown, and if the film isn't a horror, we at least know it's still a period western, so maybe West is expanding his horizons a bit. But it »
- Ethan Anderton
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
Caught somewhere between the dialogue-rich, European snapshots of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy and the deep humanism and leisurely beats of a Mike Leigh drama, Le Week-End is a splendid, albeit salty look at two septuagenarians spending a few days in Paris to mark their 30th anniversary. The man is Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent), a weary college professor recently sacked from his teaching post. The woman is Meg (Lindsay Duncan), who wants to retreat from her dogged husband and find her own freedom. The couple ventures through the City of Love over three days of happiness and misery, as we wonder how their love will end up – faded away or reinvigorated?
Nick is still deeply in love with Meg, who has aged gracefully and has not lost the vigor or figure of a much younger woman. She knows that she controls him with an icy grip and that he will »
- Jordan Adler
The top 20. The scripts by which all others are defined and to which all others are compared. Brilliant scripts can be wordy. Brilliant scripts can be confusing. Brilliant scripts can be sweeping or intimate. This section runs the gamut, ranging from first time writers to established writing vets. It only gets better from here.
courtesy of wikipedia.org
20. Easy Rider (1969)
They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ‘em.
This portion’s “anybody can write a film” segment comes from 1969, with a landmark film that truly doesn’t have much weight. A road movie if there ever was one, Easy Rider follows Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) as they ride their motorcycles across the country to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. »
- Joshua Gaul
Richard Linklater is on a roll. Oscar-nominated earlier this year for the "Before Midnight" screenplay and currently traveling the festival circuit with his revered new film "Boyhood," the prolific writer/director will receive the prestigious Founder's Directing Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival, now in its 57th year. The award will be presented to Linklater on the festival's awards night, Thursday May 1, at The Regency Center. On May 2, Linklater will also be feted at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre with clips, an onstage interview and a screening of "Boyhood," which took 12 years to make and stars "Midnight" star/cowriter Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. It won him the Silver Bear Best Director prize at Berlinale. (Here's our glowing review of the film.) The casually charming, no-frills Linklater is no stranger to Sfiff. In 2013, he screened "Before Midnight," alongside star/co-writer Julie Delpy, and played "Bernie" in Sf the year before. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Richard Linklater will receive the 2014 Founder's Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival this May. The award recognizes a varied career that has encompassed coming-of-age comedies such as “Dazed and Confused,” commercial exercises such as “School of Rock” and science-fiction films such as “A Scanner Darkly.” Linklater helped kick off the art house renaissance of the 1990s with his low-budget film “Slacker,” a funny and cerebral look at “Generation X.” His screenplays for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” scored him Academy Award nominations and form two parts of a relationship trilogy that began in 1995 with »
- Brent Lang
“Fort Tilden,” Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ day-in-the-life chronicle of two vapid twentysomethings on an ill-fated odyssey through “deep Brooklyn,” contains several scenes that manage to skewer the infantile predilections of the Williamsburg jet set with truly ruthless, subtle precision. Unfortunately, it fails to find much humor in them, and its potent sense of place and underlying ideas never compensate for the tiresome millennial musings that constitute most of its runtime. Future festival play seems likely, though the film may well alienate more audiences than it seduces.
Although it has already drawn numerous pre-screening comparisons to a certain HBO program featuring wry Brooklyn hipsters of the same age and gender, “Fort Tilden” takes a far dimmer view of its subjects, and clearly derives its plot structure from Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours,” as 25-year-old roommates Allie (Clare McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) are perpetually waylaid while trying to make it to a date across town. »
- Andrew Barker
There seem to be two Ethan Hawkes working in the movies these days, operating in parallel universes. They look the same and sound the same but their choice in movies couldn't be more wildly different. There's the Ethan Hawke, whose warm, naturalistic performances in things like "Boyhood," are amongst the best in the business, profoundly moving and deeply identifiable. Then there's the Ethan Hawke who makes things like the horror romp "Sinister," where his defining character trait is his oversized cable-knit sweater that he wears in every scene. Last year might have reached a "Back to the Future, Part II" paradox, with Hawke starring in both one of the year's best movies ("Before Midnight") and one of the worst ("Getaway"). So it makes sense that he would sign on to "Predestination," a twisty time travel adventure that deals in alternate timelines and parallel dimensions. The question is: which Hawke showed up for this one? »
- Drew Taylor
Director: Richard Linklater
U.S. Distributor: IFC Films
A nod to Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel creation and a wink to 7-up series from a filmmaker who arguably might have given us his career best just last year with the third chapter in Celine and Jesse saga, perhaps in some parallel manner, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight might have been the test run for what might be one hell of an anthropological dozen year film experiment. Production commenced way back in 2002, so as much as we look forward in seeing three people age before our eyes, and before its unveiling at Sundance, what we were most curious in seeing was how Linklater might have embraced different technologies and how he framed, shifted positions narratively speaking. According to Hawke, the acting is in a league of its own, »
- Eric Lavallee
Every year, I look forward to the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It’s one of two film festivals in New York City that always pique my interest as a movie-goer (the other one is the New York Film Festival). Over the years, the Tribeca Film Festival has seen a lot of highs with movies like “Before Midnight,” “VHS 2,” and one of my personal favorites “Postcards From the Zoo.” The film festival has certainly come along way over the years and this year’s line up is positioned to be another landmark year in indie and foreign movies. Here’s the first half of films announced. Check out the [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Every year, I look forward to the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It’s one of two film festivals in New York City that always pique my interest as a movie-goer (the other one is the New York Film Festival). Over the years, the Tribeca Film Festival has seen a lot of highs with movies like “Before Midnight,” “VHS 2,” and one of my personal favorites “Postcards From the Zoo.” The film festival has certainly come along way over the years and this year’s line up is positioned to be another landmark year in indie and foreign movies. Check out the movies in competition this year below: World [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
The veteran publicist most recently served eight years at Block/Korenbrot.
Los Angeles-based Fisher (pictured) joins Pmk•Bnc’s expanding film marketing and distribution department as director of national publicity.
Prior to that she held public relations posts at the Seattle, Sundance and AFI Film Festivals.
“We are so fortunate to have Rebecca joining our team,” said Pmk•Bnc’s evp of film marketing and distribution Marian Koltai-Levine. “She has a wealth of knowledge that makes her the perfect addition to our department.
“In today’s fluid world of public relations and marketing, having someone with Rebecca’s honed skillset allows our department to grow with incredible depth of experience.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
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