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Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some already has an April 15, 2016 release date locked in thanks to Paramount. But before the film rolls out nationwide, it’s making a quick stop in Linklater’s beloved Austin, Texas. The 1980s-set film has been selected to open the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off March 11, 2016. Get more details on the Everybody Wants Some SXSW debut after the jump.  Read More »


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Cate Blanchett in Carol

Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump.  Read More »

Richard Linklater Exits ‘The Rosie Project’

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Earlier this week Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) dropped out of The Rosie Project. Now Richard Linklater (Boyhood), has followed her lead, leaving the Sony project without a star or director. Learn why Linklater exited The Rosie Project after the jump.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay 1 Jennifer Lawrence

Lots of big directors want to work with Jennifer Lawrence, and who could blame them? She’s a star as beloved by critics as she is by fans, who attracts blockbuster grosses as well as Oscar buzz. But there’s still only one of her to go around, and that means she can’t take every promising gig thrown her way.

As such, Lawrence has just dropped out of The Rosie Project, to be directed by Richard Linklater. But on the bright side, she’s just picked up an untitled film by Darren Aronofsky. Get (a very few) more details on the Jennifer Lawrence Darren Aronofsky movie after the jump.  Read More »

The Rosie Project Director

Richard Linklater has already completed his follow-up to Boyhood — when your last feature took over a decade to make, pretty much any other turnaround seems quick. The movie has been called That’s What I’m Talking About, and also referred to as Everybody Wants Some, but the current status pegs it as Untitled Richard Linklater movie.

What we do know about the film is that it follows a young man as he arrives at college, and now the film has an April 2016 release date. In addition, Linklater is the top choice to direct The Rosie Project, which Sony has set up with Jennifer Lawrence set to star. Read More »

Dazed and Confused Spiritual Sequel

Richard Linklater shot his next film earlier this year. Originally called That’s What I’m Talking About — that was the film’s logo, via sales art, above — the movie now reportedly has a new name. (So that sales art is out of date; we’re giving it one last run now.)

Given that Linklater’s films often use contemporary rock tunes as a major part of their makeup, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to find that the new title is borrowed from a Van Halen song. We’ve got that info and some reported soundtrack info for the film below. Read More »

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There are less than 24 hours until the big event and Captain America is out. The text comes in at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday March 18. For the past two weeks, I’ve been talking regularly to writer/director Jason Reitman about the latest installment in his Live Read series, the ongoing set of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in which he assembles famous casts to read famous scripts from famous movies as a one-night only event. We’ve been covering them for a long time. For the final one of this season, I wanted to know how it was done.

This Live Read was to be Dazed and Confused by Richard Linklater, a sprawling coming of age film with a huge cast of characters, many of whom have become iconic for moviegoers. The most iconic is Wooderson, played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a small role, and one that Reitman thought he had cast months before the event.

Reitman was at the 87th Annual Academy Awards back in February representing Whiplash, a Best Picture nominee he produced. There he ran into Captain American actor Chris Evans and asked him if he wanted to read the role of Wooderson. Evans enthusiastically agreed and was on board… until less than 24 hours before the event, when he had to drop out. “He had a sincere personal reason to pull out,” Reitman writes via text. “He’s an incredibly decent and lovely guy.” Nevertheless, Captain America has caused a bit of a problem.

Below, find out both how that turned out and the entire making of story behind the Jason Reitman Live Read of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused Live Read. Read More »

Dazed and Confused Linklater

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age.

Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious nature and mischievousness are and will continue to be universal. In Linklater’s script those ideas are delivered with an almost unfairly simple and eloquent precision.

At Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, Jason Reitman brought together a group of actors to read the script and, yes, the huge cast of characters made things a little confusing. In back-to-back scenes, an actor might have to jump from nerd to cool guy to stoner, giving the whole evening an unpredictable energy. It was even more unpredictable as they were reading an earlier version of the script that had some huge differences from the final film.

Below, we’ll break down those script changes, the cast, some of the crazy performances, and talk about how even in a form that’s unfamiliar to most of us, Dazed and Confused remains as good as ever. Read More »

new linklater film

A new Richard Linklater film is a prospect we’ll happily look forward to. When it is a collaboration with Annapurna Pictures, the company run by Megan Ellison, we’re really going to perk up. The director is in talks to direct a film adaptation of Where’d You Go Bernadette, the 2012 novel by Maria Semple that features an architect who goes missing, and is narrated by the missing woman’s 15-year old daughter. We’ve got more info on the potential new Linklater film below. Read More »