With Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, director Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy created two amazing films about love, romance, relationships and fate. Films that were exceedingly simple visually, but incredibly powerful and complex in character, dialogue and performance. The first began the tale of an American named Jesse (Hawke) and a French woman named Celine (Delpy) who met on a train and fell in love while spending a day together in Vienna. The next was shot and set nine years later, and showed the couple rekindling the relationship during an encounter in Paris. Before Midnight takes place nine years after that, and continues the story of these two characters.
Since the film just premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and much of it remains a mystery, we’ll start with this: Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have created a complex, engaging and wholly satisfying third entry into this series. To explain more about it would mean to get into a few small spoilers, and we’ll do that after the jump. But if you wish to remain unspoiled, know that Before Midnight lives up to your wildest expectations of what the film could be. It’s among the best third films in a trilogy ever. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
The thing about these most-anticipated lists is that they can’t help but be woefully underinformed. While a few of the earlier 2013 releases have already revealed trailers or received film festival attention, others haven’t unveiled so much as an official still. So I’m going mostly by instinct, and as a result I will doubtlessly cringe at some of my misguided predictions when I look back on this list a year from now.
But that’s all part of the fun, of course. What’s exciting about a new year of movies isn’t any one specific title, but the hundreds of new opportunities it offers to be moved, thrilled, delighted, or surprised. That said, there are a few movies I’m especially eager to get to, and you can read my picks for 2013 after the jump.
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While the competition and spotlight films at Sundance are usually where the best of the fest reside, the big names are in the premiere categories. 2013 is no exception. Among the highly anticipated films that will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival are the Ashton Kutcher Steve Jobs biopic jOBS; Richard Linklater‘s trilogy-closing love story Before Midnight; Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction; the latest film from the team behind Sound of My Voice, The East; Park Chan-Wook‘s thriller Stoker; and the star studded film from the writers of The Descendants, called The Way, Way Back.
And that’s just a few of the features. The documentaries include subjects like Jeremy Lin, WikiLeaks, Mariel Hemingway, The Eagles and more.
After the jump, read the full list of premieres at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Star-crossed lovers, a sad-sack supervillain, a creepy kid, an obnoxious ghost, and a hard-partying clique all rub shoulders in this installment of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Writer says Dr. Horrible 2 is aiming to shoot in 2013
- The wolf pack returns to Caesars Palace for Hangover 3
- Before Midnight eyes a festival debut in early 2013
- Winona Ryder hasn’t heard anything about Beetlejuice 2
- Creepy Robbie is creepy in Paranormal Activity 4 trailer
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Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Some of today’s tidbits involve actors claiming they probably won’t do a sequel. Imagine that. After the jump:
- 300: Rise of an Empire stars gather for a group photo
- Watch an explosive video from Fast and the Furious 6
- Liam Neeson does not think Taken 3 will ever happen
- Mike Tyson and Kendra Wilkinson join Scary Movie 5
- Benedict Cumberbatch talks about mo-cap in Hobbit
- Ethan Hawke says Before Midnight may be the end of his unexpectedly long-running series with Richard Linklater.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Richard Linklater have been terribly wishy-washy about the second Before Sunrise sequel over the past year. Hawke was the first to let slip that something was in the works, but the trio immediately backpedaled by insisting that nothing was set in stone.
Then we got word that shooting would start this summer, but none of the three said a peep as June and July went by. Last week, Greek papers noted that Hawke had been spotted actually shooting the film — now rumored to be titled Before Midnight — in Messinia, but Hawke quickly clarified that they were only at the writing stage.
Today we’re getting yet another reversal, as it turns out Hawke’s been somewhat less than forthcoming. In fact, a new report says that not only have cameras started rolling, Linklater’s actually wrapped Before Midnight already. You can even see the first image after the jump.
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Video, casting, locations and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.
- 20th Century Fox has posted a new featurette for Taken 2.
- Ethan Hawke comes clean about the Richard Linklater film Before Midnight.
- Claudia Lee joins Kick-Ass 2.
- Check out a set being built for Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6.
- Spy Kid Alexa Vega speaks about her sensual role in Machette Kills.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
Last fall, Ethan Hawke spilled the beans on another potential Before Sunrise sequel, telling a French publication that he, co-star Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater had plans to get started on a script. But updates have been slow to trickle down since then. All three have been careful to emphasize that nothing’s set in stone, and until Hawke let slip in June that the plan was to shoot this summer we had only the vaguest idea of when cameras might roll.
Now we’re approaching the end of summer, and Hawke, Delpy, and Linklater are still keeping quiet about their plans. Newspapers in Greece, on the other hand, have not. According to local publications, Hawke is on set in the southwestern area of Pelponnese, shooting the film rumored to be titled Before Midnight. Mull over the details after the jump.
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