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 »
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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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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Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
- Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
- Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
- Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
- Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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Even before a pullquote hits comparing Julie Delpy‘s film 2 Days in New York to vintage Woody Allen, this new trailer for the film will have led you to the inescapable conclusion that Delpy is really working to channel Allen’s old tendencies. This one follows Delpy’s previous film 2 Days in Paris, which did have it’s own Allen-esque feel as it also inverted some of the spirit of Delpy’s films with Richard Linklater (Before Sunset and Before Sunrise.) But the New York setting for this one pushes that Allen tone forward even more. And with Chris Rock playing a version of what would have been the Woody role in years past, that’s actually something kinda fun.
The film peers into the relationship between characters played by Rock and Delpy, and what happens when her weirdo French family comes to visit them in NYC. There doesn’t seem to be anything surprising or particularly provocative about the shenanigans that ensue, but the film does look like a genial good time. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ethan Hawke was the first to give away the possibility of a Before Sunrise / Before Sunset follow-up during an interview last fall, but since then Hawke, star Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater have been careful to avoid saying anything too solid on the subject. Deply would only affirm that they were “thinking about it” when asked about the possible project at Sundance, while Linklater denied that there was anything “concrete” when he was posed the question this spring.
But apparently something‘s been brewing between the three of them while we haven’t been looking, because now Hawke has let slip that the plan is to shoot this summer. Read his comments after the jump.
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This one’s too good to hide after the break, so let’s begin this roundup of sequel news with a killer quote from Nicolas Cage. The actor often seems to go off the deep end with respect to movie roles, and one of his crazier ones in recent memory is the Neil LaBute remake of The Wicker Man. There’s no way to sum up the madness of the film; if you haven’t seen it, get that sucker now.
During a recent web chat with Empire, Cage was asked about revisiting old characters, and he said
I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made ‘Ringu,’ and I would like to take ‘The Wicker Man’ to Japan, except this time he’s a ghost.
Hideo Nakata is the director of whom he speaks, and it took me a couple extra seconds to call his name to memory as my mind was busy exploding. Was Cage serious? Hard to tell of late, given the other films he’s been doing. But I would watch that Ringu Man movie, whatever it turned out to be, without thinking twice.
After the break lurks a variety of news about an incredibly disparate collection of films: the theoretical follow-up to Before Sunset; Grown Ups 2; a possible R.I.P.D. sequel, and Riddick. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Even as Julie Delpy gears up for a possible third Before Sunrise pic with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, the busy writer-director-actress has attached herself to helm a biopic of iconic rock musician Joe Strummer called The Right Profile. Strummer is best remembered as the frontman of British punk group The Clash, though his musical resume also includes solo work, stints with The Mescaleros and The Pogues, and the soundtracks for Walker and Sid and Nancy. (The film is named after this Clash song, from London Calling. The tune even points back to the movies, with lyrics about ’40s film star Montgomery Clift.)
Few details about the project have been revealed at this time, though we do know the film will follow Strummer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982. Variety notes that Delpy could appear in the picture — seeing as she’s acted in nearly all of her directorial efforts, including the recently wrapped 2 Days in New York — but as far as we know, that’s just speculation at this point.
After the jump, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson finds his next project, while The Help director drops out of Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy.
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Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
On paper, Before Sunset, Richard Linklater‘s 2004 sequel to his delicate 1995 film Before Sunrise, shouldn’t have worked. The ambiguity of Sunrise‘s ending was what left the story, which follows French Celine (Julie Delpy) and American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) as they spend one perfectly romantic evening roaming the streets of Vienna, feeling so bittersweet. To actually answer the question of what had happened to the characters seemed like it would only ruin the mystery.
Instead, Before Sunset proved to be another rich, textured love story every bit the equal of its predecessor, as an older and wiser Celine and Jesse reunited in Paris — with, of course, another deliciously open ending. And now Hawke reveals that he, Delpy, and Linklater may be returning to that well a third time, with another movie revolving around the couple. More details after the jump.
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Looks like Teresa Palmer and Joel Edgerton will star in Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s directorial debut, a psychological thriller called Say Nothing. All three have been part of Blue Tongue Films, the loose organization that turned out The Square (by Nash Edgarton, brother of Joel) and Animal Kingdom.
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