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Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have an easy, familiar chemistry on screen; it’s no wonder their third pairing, Before Midnight, stands out as one of the best films of the year so far.

Now the two have been recruited (along with their offscreen cinema partner Richard Linklater) to take part in a “don’t talk or text” PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain. The result is great, as it features the two perfectly in character as seen in the Before films, but also because it plays with the fourth wall and expresses some of the vitriol that many audience members feel when someone else is being inconsiderate in a movie theater. Read More »

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To steal a line from The Most Interesting Man in the World, Richard Linklater doesn’t always make sequels, but when he does, he makes some of the most vital sequels a film lover could ask for. One of those, Before Midnight, is about to slide into theaters this weekend with with almost unanimously positive reviews. Not bad for the second sequel to a movie that few thought needed a sequel in the first place.

Now the director reveals that he’s making plans to shoot a “spiritual sequel” to another of his hits, Dazed and Confused, this fall. Additionally, he reveals that Growing Up — his 12-year-long effort about childhood and adolescence — could hit theaters as soon as 2014. The next couple of years are gonna be a pretty sweet time for Linklater fans. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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After trying for the better part of a decade, Robert Redford may finally be able to bring Bill Bryson‘s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods to the big screen. Richard Linklater has just signed on to direct the project, which boasts a recent draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo. Redford remains attached to produce and star as Bryson, opposite Nick Nolte as Bryson’s friend Stephen Katz. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Before Midnight is perhaps the most unlikely sequel you’ll see this year, and it is very much a film you should see. Director Richard Linklater reunited with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to revisit the characters they created in Before Sunrise (1995) and to whom they first returned in Before Sunset (2004). The result is among the best films released in 2013 so far. For this third film, the trio ended up in Greece, where they crafted a story about the stage of a romantic relationship that has moved far past the first blooms of love.

If you don’t want to know anything about how Hawke and Delpy’s characters are seen together once more, don’t even watch this trailer. Not that it gives away too much, but there are some basic story points it can’t help but reveal. So if you’d like to go in truly cold, just wait for the May release date. For those open to knowing a bit about where Celine and Jesse are today, check out the footage below. Read More »

With a cast decades ahead of its time, characters that are both funny and honest, and a story perfect enough to have universal appeal, Richard Linklater‘s Dazed and Confused is undoubtedly one of the best films of the Nineties.

2013 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the film. To celebrate, the state of Texas is honoring it, along with its writer/director, in a few ways. First up, Quentin Tarantino will attend the 13th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards and give the film a Star of Texas Award. Then the Austin Film Society will host several screenings of the film with cast and crew in attendance, accompanied by a beautiful, limited edition screenprint by Chuck Sperry. All the info is below. Read More »

Briefly: One of the biggest hits of Sundance last month was Richard Linklater‘s third collaboration with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, Before Midnight. The film was universally praised as a great picture, and a very satisfying continuation of the story begun in Before Sunrise (’95) and Before Sunset (’04).

Sony Pictures Classics nabbed the film at Sundance, to no one’s surprise, and now we know that some audiences won’t have long to wait. Expect to see the film in New York and LA on May 24. Read More »

There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:

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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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