boyhood making-of

2014 has been the year of Boyhood, Richard Linklater‘s 12-years in the making chronicle of a Texas family. The film debuted to great praise at Sundance back in January, and twelve months later it is causing a stir as critics groups in Boston and Los Angeles hand it several awards. (Including a well-deserved Best Actress win for Patricia Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.) The film hits digital HD today, and will be on DVD and Blu in January. To help promote that digital release, IFC has offered up a great ten-minute video that looks at the twelve-year process of creating the movie. Read More »

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Richard Linklater

In this summer’s Boyhood, Richard Linklater summed up 12 years of a kid’s life into one feature-length movie. Now the documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater will do the same to the filmmaker’s career.

Directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the documentary is based on the idea that “the first 21 years defines the career of an artist.” In Linklater’s case, that means looking at everything he’s done from Slacker to Boyhood… which are actually 23 years apart, but we’ll let it slide. Hit the jump to watch the 21 Years Richard Linklater trailer.

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That's What I'm Talking About cast

In Dazed & Confused the sport on the minds of the main characters was football. (Well, it was drinking and sex, and then football) In the “spiritual sequel” to the 1993 film, That’s What I’m Talking About, the guys will play baseball. Richard Linklater has cast a fond eye towards America’s Pastime before, when he remade The Bad News Bears. Now, his new film will continue Dazed‘s process of filtering his own youthful memories and experiences through comedy. News on the potential That’s What I’m Talking About cast is below.

Update: The first cast member is signed, and it isn’t any of the three people originally mentioned. More info below.

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Linklater leaves Limpet

For the past few years Richard Linklater has been attached to direct The Incredible Mr. Limpet for Warner Bros. That’s the remake of the 1964 film (or a re-adaptation of the source novel by Theodore Pratt) in which a man turns into a fish… which then helps the Navy find and sink German U-Boats. The original film featured Don Knotts as the title character, and used classic cel animation to make the fish scenes come alive. The remake will ditch the war angle, and follow a beach bum who hopes to protect local marine life from rapacious business interests.

Now Linklater has bailed on making the film, and Warner Bros. is moving quickly to find a new director. But the reason for Linklater’s departure is one that will make many readers happy. He’s skipping the fish picture in order to make That’s What I’m Talking About, the semi-autobiographical film that has been called a “spiritual successor to Dazed & Confused.” Read More »

School of Rock tv series

While Richard Linklater jokes about what a Boyhood sequel might look like, Nickelodeon is putting the pieces together for an actual follow-up to one of his other films.

The cable network has given a straight-to-series order for School of Rock, based on Linklater’s 2003 film of the same title. Linklater is on board to executive produce along with Scott Rudin. Get all the details after the jump.

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boyhood-hawke-1

Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood.

When posed with this question in a recent interview, Linklater didn’t dismiss it. Instead, he offered up an absolutely perfect idea. Basically, he suggested he may have already made the sequel. Read the Boyhood sequel quote below. Read More »

Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD

One of the best and most buzzed about movies of the year is still expanding in theaters across the country. That movie is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, the epic and amazing story told over 12 years with the same cast of characters. No matter how many people find, and fall in love with, Boyhood during its theatrical run, though many more will find it when it eventually hits the home market. And when that happens, it’ll get a release deserving of such an amazing film.

In a new interview, Linklater confirmed the film would be getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release some time in the near future with special features including footage shot over the 12 year production. Read more about the Boyhood Criterion below. Read More »

Boyhood TV spot

This Boyhood TV spot opens with something that communicates the unusual scope of the Richard Linklater film in just a few seconds.

A set of photos of the central character, Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) flashes by in quick succession, illustrating his growth from age 6 to age 18. While the feature itself is a terrific vision of the growth of the boy and the family around him, that parade of images is a perfect way to condense the film into just a few seconds. The spot continues from there, of course, and you can watch the whole thing here. Read More »

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