Boyhood is a miracle. It is truly unique. It is a masterpiece. It is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever made. These superlatives may seem grandiose or even hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is a work of art unlike any other. More importantly, it’s a work that hits a thoughtful and emotional core. It is a movie that not only draws us into the lives of the characters, but also causes us to reexamine our own lives. Boyhood is both intimate and epic, subtle and overwhelming, and an absolute marvel.
Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and in a way it’s a movie that’s eighteen years in the making. Part of its power comes from growing up with the lead characters, and seeing them in different phases of their lives. Sundance has now announced that Linklater will return this year with Boyhood, a film that was literally shot over the course of twelve years. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son (Ellar Coltrane), and Linklater and his actors have been shooting scenes for the film every year since 2002 as the story traces the boy’s life from first grade to 12th grade. Aside from what they saved on old-age makeup, Boyhood is a unique picture that’s certain to be a hot ticket at this year’s festival. You can bet we’ll be lining up early to see all 164 minutes of the picture when it premieres Sunday, January 19th at 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre.
Hit the jump to read the press release and check out the first two images from the movie. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.
The fourth season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire kicks off on the pay cable network in a little over a month, but in advance of the premiere, HBO has unveiled some images from the new season that give fans a tease of what’s to come. Regular cast members Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Jack Huston, and more are joined this year by a bevy of newcomers including Jeffrey Wright, Ron Livingston, and Patricia Arquette, all of which are seen in these new photos. For those worried of spoilers, these images give away next to nothing by way of plot, but they do serve as a nice appetizer for the 12-episode fourth season.
Hit the jump to take a look at the high-resolution images. Season four of Boardwalk Empire begins on HBO September 8th.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater is no stranger to unique narratives. Dazed and Confused follows a number of characters on the last day of school in 1976, and Before Sunset plays out essentially in real time as Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine spend a couple of hours together in Paris. However, Linklater’s most ambitious film to date has actually been in production for the last decade. Growing Up (aka Boyhood) stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son, and Linklater and his actors have been shooting scenes for the film every year since 2002, as the story traces the boy’s life from first grade to 12th grade.
Steve recently spoke with Linklater in anticipation of the release of Before Midnight, and the director provided a promising update on the status of Growing Up. Linklater said that he’s actually mulling over a 2014 release for the film, revealing that the production process is nearly complete. Linklater also talked about how closely the finished product resembles his intial plan and how long the pic’s runtime will be. Hit the jump to read on.
The first trailer for writer/director Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III has been released. The film stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history. We previously saw some rather strange teaser posters for the film, and this trailer is certainly a trip. Sheen is joined on his journey by Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, who look to be playing a couple of suitably colorful characters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Katheryn Winnick. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III opens on February 8th. [Update: A batch of high-resolution images has been released and are now included after the jump.]
We recently got a promising look at writer/director Roman Coppola’s (Moonrise Kingdom) upcoming film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III by way of a few new images, and now a curious batch of teaser posters has been released. The pic stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history. These posters boast the name of the film’s stars alongside a corresponding sexually suggestive image, and while I’m not exactly sure what it all means, I’m sufficiently intrigued.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and a brief bit of the first footage from the film. Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, and Patricia Arquette also star. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III opens on February 8th. [Update: We've updated the article with hi-res versions of the posters along with the first images from the film.]
If you haven’t gotten enough casting news from us today, we’ve got even more. First up, THR reports that Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, and Mirando Otto have joined the Australian anthology film, The Turning. As we previously reported, the film is based off the short story collection by Tim Winton, and will feature 17 short films each from a different director. Per THR, “All of the stories in The Turning revolve around turning points in the lives of the people of the Australian coastal town of Angelus. While the segments are separate, there are plot and thematic links between them.” Actors Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska, and David Wenham are all set to make their directing debuts on the film. There’s currently no word on who Byrne, Weaving, and Otto will play or if they’ll be in the same segment.
Hit the jump for casting news on the 80s-set caper flick Electric Slide.
In the drama Girl in Progress, actress Eva Mendes plays single mom Grace, a woman who is too busy juggling work, bills and her very married doctor boyfriend (Matthew Modine) to give her teenage daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs and craves. Fed up and frustrated, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and get an early start on her life without her mother, but quickly learns that, in trying so hard to grow up, she just might end up exactly like the woman she’s trying so hard not to become.
At the film’s press day, Eva Mendes talked about playing such a damaged and complicated character, how she sees herself as a work in progress, her own difficult transition from girl to woman, working with her young co-star, and having no hesitation about playing a mom. She also talked about her recent trip to Sierra Leone, for an upcoming PBS documentary. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Director Roman Coppola is firming up the cast for his next directorial project, and he’s putting together quite the ensemble. Variety reports that Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have joined A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III. The film stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history. Coppola wrote the film himself and will also be producing and directing.
Murray has some history with Coppola, as he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Roman’s sister Sofia’s Lost in Translation. While the Sheen casting had me a bit nervous about the project, subsequent additions to the cast piqued my interest, and this latest trio is a welcomed addition. Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, and Katheryn Winnick also star. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.
We’ve got a few casting stories for you today. First up, Matthew Macfadyen (The Three Musketeers) has joined the cast of director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of Anna Karenina. The Daily Mail (via Dark Horizons) reports that Macfadyen replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Oblonsky in the film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tragic love story. In addition to Macfadyen, Olivia Williams, Domhnall Gleeson and Andrea Risebourough have joined the cast as well. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson and Kelly Macdonald are set to star in the Tom Stoppard-scripted (Shakespeare in Love) flick. Filming is set to begin this fall.
Next up, Patricia Arquette has joined the cast of brother David’s directing vehicle Glutton. The psychological thriller stars Abraham Benrubi (ER) as a 1,200 pound bedridden man. Arquette and Kacey Barnfield play the two female leads in the 3D flick. Variety reports that Arquette will play the man’s sister, while Barnfield will take on the role of a blind neighbor. Hit the jump for the casting of Adhir Kalyan in the indie film Samaritan as well as a synopsis of the book Anna Karenina.
After NBC decided they wanted no more of Patricia Arquette’s dramatic thriller series Medium, CBS graciously saved the series and added it to their line-up. However, cancellation recently seemed inevitable once more since the network didn’t pick up another nine episodes for a full season order for the series’ currently airing seventh season. Series lead star Arquette even said this to EW earlier this week, “I was trying to get information from the writers about the last episode. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but they’re really excited about it. They’re like, ‘We’re just going to burn the whole thing down!’ I’m really excited. It’s been a great time. I love that time in my life.”
Series creator Glenn Gordon Caron confirmed the cancellation on the show’s Facebook page: “It’s true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on Fri 1/21. In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink.” Certainly a bit hyperbolic, but it sounds like the writers are sending out the series in a blaze of crazy glory. I never got into the series, but there are likely some fans out there who are disappointed. Feel free to express your frustration in the comments.
While director Richard Linklater is having problems getting his “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused off the ground, that doesn’t mean he isn’t working. In fact, last week he was filming some of his secret 13 year project with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple. Haven’t heard of the film yet? According to Linklater, good.
The reason I say that is when I spoke to Linklater during a roundtable interview a few days ago, he said he wished IMDb hadn’t listed the project. Because now that it’s on the site, everyone is asking about a project that’s still being written and worked on.
But when I sat down to speak to him during my exclusive interview, when we finally got to talking about the project, he opened up a lot more than I expected him to. Saying that, since I knew he wanted to keep a lot of the project under wraps, I didn’t press him for info. But he still told me a lot about it and if you’re curious, hit the jump for what he said: