Filming Begins on Richard Linklater’s THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT; Logo Revealed

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As Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking Boyhood looks poised to be a serious awards contender this year, the director has already started production on his next film.  That’s What I’m Talking About is Linklater’s long-developed “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, which takes place over the course of a single weekend in the 1980s and revolves around a college freshman and pitcher for the baseball team.  As with Dazed and Confused, the cast is made up of largely new faces—Blake Jenner (Glee) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) are the leads—but also like Dazed and Confused, we could be looking back on this one in ten years and saying, “Man, everybody is in this movie!”

Today marks the second day of production on That’s What I’m Talking About, and to mark the occasion producer Megan Ellison shared an image of the film’s logo on Twitter.  Unsurprisingly, it’s delightfully 80s.  Take a look after the jump.  The film also stars Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell.

Annapurna to Finance THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, Richard Linklater’s Spiritual Sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED

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Boyhood is surprisingly close to reaching $40 million worldwide to go along with the waves of acclaim for director Richard Linklater.  We recently learned that Linklater plans to capitalize on this buzz to pursue That’s What I’m Talking About, a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused that Linklater has wanted to make for years.  Now he’ll get the chance: Deadline reports Annapurna Pictures has signed on to finance That’s What I’m Talking About.  Paramount will release the movie in North America.  Annapurna International will sell the foreign rights.

Blake Jenner stars as a college freshman and pitcher for the school baseball team, set in 1980 during his first weekend at college partying with his teammates.  Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell co-star.  Linklater, Sean Daniel, Sandra Adair, John Sloss, Ginger Sledge, and the ineffable Megan Ellison will produce.

Richard Linklater Setting Cast for THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT; Wyatt Russell, Blake Jenner, and Tyler Hoechlin May Star

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Filmmaker Richard Linklater is indeed planning on next directing his “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, a baseball-themed film called That’s What I’m Talking About.  Linklater has been discussing making the college-set project for years now, and coming off the massive success of Boyhood (and after dropping out of The Incredible Mr. Limpet), it appears that the time has finally come.  The filmmaker previously said the pic was hard to put together because he didn’t want to cast “stars” in the film—much like Dazed and Confused—and indeed, a report has surfaced that offers for three leads have gone out to Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Blake Jenner (Glee), and Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf).  More after the jump.

Richard Linklater Exits INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET; May Next Direct DAZED AND CONFUSED “Spiritual Sequel”

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Richard Linklater is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents working today, as evidenced by his eclectic yet phenomenal filmography.  He’s making waves this year for finally releasing Boyhood after a 12-year shooting period, and the result is quite simply a masterpiece.  No doubt the film will be in the awards conversation later this year, but now talk has turned to what Linklater might be making next.  The director has never been one to follow a predictable path and a studio tentpole or franchise installment feels out of character, but he does have a couple of interesting projects percolating.  He’s been attached to a remake of the 1964 film The Incredible Mr. Limpet for some time now, planning a live-action/animated hybrid redo, but a new report breaks the unfortunate news that Linklater is exiting the project.

However, Linklater’s exit might have to do with the fact that he may next be tackling his talked-about “spiritual sequel” to his magnificent Dazed and Confused, a 1980s college-set film called That’s What I’m Talking About.  More after the jump.

Nickelodeon Preparing to Shoot SCHOOL OF ROCK TV Show; Will Air in Spring 2015

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Looks like we’ll be pledging our allegiance to the band of Mr. Schneebly again in 2015 because Nickelodeon is bringing back School of Rock – as a TV show.  The network just put in a straight-to-series order for a live-action show that’s based on the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy starring Jack Black.

The odds of Black joining the cast are slim to none, but the show is bringing back Dewey Finn, a guy who’s having a tough time making it as a rock star so poses as a substitute teacher at a ritzy prep school and turns his students into his very own rock band.  Hit the jump for more on what Nickelodeon’s got planned.

BOYHOOD Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Boyhood opens today in limited release.]

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.

Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater Talk BOYHOOD, Tackling the Ambitious Project, Deleted Scenes, Keeping in Contact, Pop Culture Trends, and More

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From writer/director Richard Linklater, the indie drama Boyhood is a very unique and special project, in that it was filmed over 12 years with the same cast.  As you watch Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow up, from age 6 to age 18, you will see him navigate all aspects of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations, and all of the moments in between.  The film also stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, as Mason’s parents, and Lorelei Linklater, as his sister Samantha.

During a conference at the film’s press day, filmmaker Richard Linklater and actor Ethan Hawke talked about taking on such an ambitious project, how they kept in contact when they weren’t filming, deciding which pop culture trends to include, deciding on the music, how much was scripted vs. improvised, the approach to the editing process, whether there’s a lot of deleted footage, and if he would ever consider using this process again.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

BOYHOOD Featurette: Richard Linklater and Cast Discuss the Process of Making a Film for 12 Years

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IFC Films has released a new Boyhood featurette for writer/director Richard Linklater’s wholly unique drama.  The film was shot over a period of 12 years with the same cast, as Linklater set out to fully capture the experience of “growing up” through the eyes of a young boy named Mason (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane).  I caught the movie at Sundance and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece.  It’s a film absolutely unlike any other, and even though this is Mason’s story, you come away feeling like it’s also your story.  In this new featurette, Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette talk about the unique process of making the film and their goals when they started shooting back in 2002.  I cannot stress this enough: see this movie.

Hit the jump to watch the new Boyhood featurette.  The film opens in limited release on July 11th before expanding to more screens in the following weeks.

BOYHOOD Images Featuring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane over the Span of 12 Years, Plus Info on the Film’s Soundtrack

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You really can’t question Richard Linklater’s commitment to a project.  Take Boyhood as a prime example: the writer/director filmed this ambitious drama over the course of 12 years, not due to budget issues or breaches of contracts, but because he intended to capture a few scenes of one boy’s life in each year from age 5 to 18.  Played by Ellar Coltrane, who viewers literally get to see grow up on screen, Mason’s journey from childhood into adolescence is captured on film, along with all of his life’s events that act as waypoints throughout the years.

We have a few new images from Boyhood that feature Coltrane alongside his on-screen parental co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, along with information on the film’s soundtrack, the span of which is almost as impressive as the film itself.  Make sure to check out Boyhood’s trailer here, and take a look at Matt’s Sundance review, if you’re so inclined, before the film opens July 11th.  Hit the jump for more.

Richard Linklater to Direct Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in LARRY’S KIDNEY

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An exciting team is coming together to bring Larry’s Kidney to the screen.  The Wrap reports that Richard Linklater will direct The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s memoir Larry’s Kidney, which recounts Rose’s journey to China with his black sheep cousin Larry and his mail order bride in order to save Larry’s life by securing him a kidney transplant.  Ferrell will play Rose while Galifianakis will play Larry, and with Linklater at the helm we can probably expect something a tad more thoughtful than a simple outlandish comedy.

This looks to be Linklater’s most “commercial”-sounding film since 2005’s Bad News Bears and 2003’s excellent School of Rock, as he’s been bounding between genres as of late to fantastic results.  His last three films are all top-notch (Bernie, Before Midnight, and the upcoming Boyhood), so hopefully he can keep the streak alive with Larry’s Kidney.  No word on when production might begin.

TOP 5: WonderCon Coverage, BOYHOOD Trailer, Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3, Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, STAR WARS News

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I’d like to apologize in advance for today’s opening paragraph lacking the fascinating insight and ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 gushing that you’ve come to expect. I’m writing from the press lounge of the 5th Annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2) where a majority of my time will be spent on the convention floor taking Cosplay pictures and searching for heavily discounted hardback comics. It’s not a complete loss, though, as I should be posting an image recap from the convention in the coming days much like I’ve done the last two years.

All dreams of hardback treasure hunting aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights our extensive WonderCon Anaheim coverage, the first trailer for Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, word that Roberto Orci is looking to direct Star Trek 3, Ray Fisher landing the role of Cyborg in Batman vs. Superman, and several new pieces of Star Wars info. Resting on the other side of the jump is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette

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The first Boyhood trailer for director Richard Linklater’s wonderfully ambitious drama came online a few days ago, but it was subsequently pulled down.  The trailer is now officially online, and instead of simply updating that article, we figured we’d go ahead and bring it to your attention again because the movie is just that good.  The story follows the life of Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from the age of 6 to 18, and Linklater shot the film over the span of 12 years with the same cast, crafting a wholly unique moviegoing experience that allows audiences to literally grow up with Mason.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s an astounding accomplishment that also proves to be highly emotional, poignant, and affecting.  It still stands as the best thing I’ve seen in 2014 so far, and it’s gonna be incredibly difficult to knock it out of that top spot.  As for this first trailer, it does an excellent job of conveying the tone of the pic without giving away any major plot points.

Hit the jump to watch the official Boyhood trailer (now free of Access Hollywood’s atrocious editing), and click here to read Matt’s review.  Also starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the film opens in limited release on July 11th.

Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD Will Be Released July 11th

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IFC Films has announced that it will release writer/director Richard Linklater’s phenomenal 12-years-in-the-making drama Boyhood this summer on July 11th.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son (Ellar Coltrane), and it was shot over a period of 12 years.  Linkalter filmed scenes for the pic every year for over a decade with the same actors, and the result is a movie that tracks the adolescence of young Mason through the formative experiences that shape and mold him into the man he will become.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s a tremendous, highly emotional achievement.  It’s truly amazing to see Coltrane literally grow up onscreen, and Linklater perfectly encapsulates the shared human experience of “growing up” with grace and poignancy.

Hit the jump to read the full press release and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance.  When Boyhood reaches a theater near you, I implore you to seek it out.  It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE Wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival; THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Takes Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

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The 2014 Berlin Film Festival awards were announced today. The Chinese production Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear for Best Film and star Liao Fan won Best Actor.  Wes Anderson‘s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.  The Alfred Bauer Prize that honors “a feature film that opens new perspectives” went to Alain ResnaisLife of Riley.  Richard Linklater was awarded Best Director for his decade-long undertaking Boyhood.

Check out Steve’s video blog from the festival here and see the full list of awards after the break.

Sundance 2014: BOYHOOD Review

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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.

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