Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Richard Linklater has put out several films over the last decade — School of Rock, Before Sunset, Me and Orson Welles and the upcoming Bernie, just to name a few — but during all that time, he’s been slowly working on another, quietly epic project as well. Linklater began shooting Boyhood (formerly called Growing Up) back in 2002, following one young actor (Ellar Salmon) as he ages naturally from first grade to the start of college. Linklater recently reported that he has three more years of shooting left to go, which, yup, sounds about right — a six-year-old in 2002 would be eighteen in 2014. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette also star Salmon’s parents. Read more about the project after the jump.
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I’m hoping that the reunion of Richard Linklater and Jack Black turns out to be a very good thing. The picture above is the first still from Bernie, the director’s new film in which Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who befriends an old woman (played by Shirley MacLaine) and then… well, I’ll give you slightly more spoilerish info after the break, but all you really need to know is that Mr. Linklater has called the film his own Fargo. The film is now slated to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, and I’m looking forward to the first reviews. See another image and get some additional detail on the film after the break. Read More »
Without Richard Linklater‘s slice of life film Slacker, the independent film boom of the 1990s might not have happened. Unlike almost anything American audiences had seen before, it inspired a generation of filmmakers to go out and make their own movies. Kevin Smith often credits seeing the film at the Angelika Film Center in New York as his inspiration to make Clerks, the film’s success gave Linklater the ability to make Dazed and Confused and so much more. First released in 1991, Slacker celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up for a remake.
In typical Austin and Drafthouse style, though, isn’t a by the book remake. There aren’t any big special effects or A-list actors. Instead, 23 Austin filmmakers will reshoot scenes using the same dialogue and locations from the original film and string them together as a meta-homage. Read who the filmmakers are and more about it after the break. Read More »
Could we see The Incredible Mr. Limpet filtered through Waking Life? Two years ago Warner Bros put a remake of the old Don Knotts live-action/animated film into motion. Enchanted director Kevin Lima was attached, and there was word that Zach Galifianakis was in talks to take the lead role.
But things stalled, Kevin Lima moved to other things, and Mr. Limpet seemed ready to float belly-up. But now Richard Linklater looks set to direct, which would make this his second overtly mainstream movie, after The Bad News Bears. Read More »
I’ll see your RoboCop rap and the Predator rap recaps and raise you the same approach applied to Richard Linklater‘s great film Dazed and Confused. Because where the RoboCop recap took ten minutes, this one is done in a delirious two. Read More »
It’s been a tough year for Richard Linklater. He came into the year with his film Me and Orson Welles finally open in US theaters, but then he had two films fail to get off the ground. That’s What I’m Talking About, the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused, and the road-trip movie Liars A-E both fell apart.
Now he’s got another film written and ready to shoot. Bernie is based on an East Texas crime story and has roots in something the director wrote a decade ago. And now he’s got the unlikely duo of Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine set to appear in the film when it shoots in Texas this fall. Read More »
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing author and renown pop culture critic, Chuck Klosterman, for /Film on subjects ranging from whether or not Avatar will be the cinematic equivalent of Chinese Democracy to the abstract theory that our society is unconsciously working for Don Draper. I’ll be posting the results shortly, but for the time being, here is what Klosterman had to say regarding the film adaptations in development of his books Killing Yourself to Live and Fargo Rock City, the latter of which we reported on back in October. Interview excerpt after the jump…
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The prospect of Richard Linklater making a third film in the Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset series is terrifying to me. The first film was a perfect piece of twenty-something romance, and through some sort of miracle, Linklater was able to craft a superior second film that sees the characters ten years later in very different places in their lives. Could they really do it a third time? Our friend Frosty from Collider recently had a sit-down with Linklater for Me and Orson Welles, and popped that very question.
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