Adam’s Top 10 Films of 2012

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It became clear around September that putting together a Top 10 list this year was going to be incredibly difficult.  We’ve been provided with an embarrassment of riches throughout the year, and so the prospect of whittling it down to a list of my ten favorites proved daunting.  2012 seems destined to go down in history as “one of those years” like 1999, 1994, or 1977, where a large number of the year’s offerings will stand the test of time.  Though this list expresses what films I connected with most out of the past 12 months, there are at least 10 or 15 other movies that I also really enjoyed waiting just outside the wings.  If forced to pick my ten favorites from 2012, though, this is what I’ve come up with.  Hit the jump to take a look.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees Announced; BERNIE, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE MASTER up for Best Feature

by     Posted 1 year, 184 days ago

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Lord help us, awards season is here again.  I’m a member of SEFCA (the Southeastern Film Critics Association) and my first screener arrived yesterday afternoon (it was for The Exotic Marigold Hotel).  Today, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees.  The Best Picture nominees are Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom.  I haven’t seen Planet or Nowhere, but I’m a bit surprised at the absence of Beasts of the Southern Wild, although the film did pick up nominations for Breakthrough Director (Benh Zeitlin) and Breakthrough Actor (Quvenzhané Wallis).

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be announced on November 26th.

Win a BERNIE Poster Signed by Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Richard Linklater

by     Posted 1 year, 242 days ago

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Director Richard Linklater returned to screens earlier this year with the dark comedy Bernie, and in celebration of the film’s release on Blu-ray/DVD today, we’ve been provided with a few goodies to giveaway to some lucky fans.  Jack Black stars in this true story about an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who woos and then murders a cantankerous, affluent widow.  We have three posters for the film, each signed by Linklater, Black, and Shirley MacLaine, that will go to three lucky readers.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

This Week on Blu-ray: THE DICTATOR, A SEPARATION, GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE RESCUERS and More

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We’re starting up a new weekly feature here on Collider.  Since we know many of you are Blu-ray collectors as well as moviegoers, we’ll be running down the major new releases to home video each week.  Here’s a brief glimpse at what August 21st has to offer.  Click on any title to buy it on Amazon:

Hit the jump for more details, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on our latest feature.

Jack Black and Shirley MaClaine Talk BERNIE, Favorite Movies, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 358 days ago

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie.  The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow.  Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing.  While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor.  For more on the film, here’s seven clips.

Last week I got to sit down with Black and MaClaine.   They talked about their favorite movies, were they shocked to learn the story was based on actual events, what changed while filming, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Richard Linklater Talks BERNIE, a Third BEFORE SUNRISE, Woody Allen, Favorite Movies, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 360 days ago

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie.  The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow.  Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing.  While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor.  For more on the film, here’s seven clips.

Last week I got to sit down with Richard Linklater for an extended video interview.  We talked about putting Bernie together, how the industry has changed over the past decade, casting, his favorite movies, Woody Allen, how the script changes in rehearsal but not as much on set, what’s the status of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset on Blu-ray, and if we’ll see another chapter in the series.  Hit the jump to watch.

7 Clips from Richard Linklater’s BERNIE Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey

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We’ve been provided with seven clips from director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie to share with our readers.  The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow.  Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing.  While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film opens on April 27th.

First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s BERNIE Starring Jack Black

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The first trailer for director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused) new dark comedy Bernie has gone online. Based on a true story, the film stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow. I’m a big fan of Linklater’s work, and while I was wary of Bernie after getting a look at the first poster, I really like this trailer. It’s strange, it’s weird, and it’s really funny. Matthew McConaughey is in fine form here as the one person in town who suspects that Bernie is in the wrong, and Shirley MacLaine looks to be wonderfully crabby as the victim of Bernie’s crime. I like the almost documentary-like style that Linklater uses to tell the story (not found footage), and I can’t wait to see more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Bernie opens April 27th.

Poster Debuts for Richard Linklater’s BERNIE, Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT, and an Unofficial Poster for JOHN CARTER

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We’ve got a few posters to share with you today. First up is the poster debut for Richard Linklater’s dark comedy Bernie. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey and centers on the assistant funeral director of a small Texas town (Black) who may or may not have murdered an affluent widow. The poster certainly gets the “dark comedy” feel across and I’m eager to see what Linklater has up his sleeve. His versatility is virtually endless and I’m interested in how he presents this strange tale.

Additionally, we’ve got a first poster for Tony Kaye’s (American History X) Detachment starring Adrien Brody as a substitute teacher on assignment at a failing public school as well as an unofficial poster for John Carter from the good folks at Hopko Designs. We recently saw the Mondo design for the sci-fi epic, but I think this Hopko one is a worthy addition to the John Carter artwork haul. Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Release Dates for DETENTION, BERNIE, and HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

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We have three new release dates to pass along.  Two of them are coming up quick, so have your calendar ready:

  • Detention – The high school horror-comedy led by Shanley Caswell and Josh Hutcherson will open in 10 theaters on April 13 before expanding.
  • BernieRichard Linklater‘s black comedy starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine is scheduled for release on April 27.
  • Hyde Park on Hudson – We’ll get to see Bill Murray play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the thick of award season on December 7.

Hit the jump for more on each movie.

South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Includes 21 JUMP STREET, CASA DE MI PADRE, THE RAID, and More

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The full lineup for South By Southwest 2012 has been announced and for those of you not attending the festival, prepare to seethe with jealousy. The Austin, Texas festival will host screenings of the Will Ferrell Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre, festival favorite The Raid, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, and the world premiere of 21 Jump Street, which recently screened to press to overwhelmingly positive praise. Add these films to the previously announced festival opener Cabin in the Woods (from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard), and I’m sufficiently envious of those making the trek to Austin.

Other highlights from the full lineup include the documentary The Imposter, Killer Joe, The Hunter, Lena Dunham’s Girls, and Kevin Macdonald’s doc Marley. Hit the jump to see the full list, but keep in mind that the midnight selections have yet to be announced. Collider’s own Matt Goldberg will be covering all the shenanigans from the festival, so keep an eye out for our coverage on the site. South by Southwest 2012 takes place March 9 – 17.

Millenium Acquires Rights to Richard Linklater’s BERNIE

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Having opening the 2011 LA Film Festival back in June, director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused) Bernie has now landed a distributor. Deadline reports that Millenium Entertainment is nearing a deal to distribute the black comedy domestically. Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine, Bernie is set in a small Texas town and tells the story of a beloved mortician (Black) who kills an adoring rich widow (MacLaine) and then plays it off as if she’s still alive. There is no word on when Millenium will release the pic theatrically but I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

As for Linklater, the director is still working on his real-time coming-of-age tale Boyhood (a.k.a. Growing Up), a film starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Salmon that he began shooting back in 2002. The completed pic will chronicle a young man’s (Salmon) trek from six years old to the twelfth grade and, as Linklater told The Playlist back in June, will continue shooting through 2014.

Richard Linklater’s BERNIE to Open LA Film Fest; First Images Released

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Richard Linklater’s new film Bernie will make its world premiere by opening this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.  The film stars Jack Black as the title character, a beloved mortician in a small Texas town who does a horrible thing.  He also has to contend with the town’s richest, meanest widow (played by Shirley MacLaine) even though she adores him.  The film also stars Matthew McConaughey in his first collaboration with Linklater since 1998′s The Newton Boys.

Hit the jump to check out the first images from the film along with the full press release.  No official release date has been announced for Bernie as it is still searching for a distributor. Nevertheless, expect to see it in theaters some time later this year.  The 2011 LA Film Festival begins June 16th.

Synopsis for Richard Linklater’s BERNIE Revealed

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With the sad unfortunate mess that was Gulliver’s Travels now finally behind us, it’s time for the world to reignite its love affair with Jack Black. If anything can get the pudgy comic back into the world’s good graces, it’s another project with his School Of Rock director Richard Linklater. The filmmaker hasn’t made a movie as financially successful since (it is really too bad that no one saw Me And Orson Welles, even if it was nice to know that the tide turned on Zac Efron that quickly) and Black certainly hasn’t had a film as well received critically since then either, so the timing could be just right for both of their careers.

Hyde Park Entertainment released an official plot synopsis for the upcoming Bernie today and the good news is that it sounds like a pretty odd and offbeat project even more in tune with Linklater’s sensibilities than School Of Rock. Black will star as kind and awkward funeral home assistant who may or may not have killed a domineering and bitter old woman played by Shirley MacLaine. Based on a true story, it could be the oddest film Black or Linklater has made in years and that’s a damn good thing.  Hit the jump for the complete official synopsis and more juicy details.

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