Watch Christopher Nolan, Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, and More in 50-Minute Roundtable Discussion

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THR has been releasing some fascinating roundtable discussions with a number of Oscar hopefuls over the past few weeks, from actors to actresses to cinematographers, but today they’ve released a video featuring a mighty impressive lineup of directors.  In the 50-minute roundtable discussion, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) touch on a number of topics, including their wildly different approaches to filmmaking in general.  As always, the best part is seeing the discussion flourish amongst the participants themselves, as they ask each other thoughtful questions aside from the moderator.

What are you waiting for?  Watch the roundtable interview after the jump, and if you’re interested in keeping tabs on the awards race, be sure to check out our Oscar Beat columns.

Watch 10-Minute Featurette THE MAKING OF BOYHOOD as Director Richard Linklater and the Cast Comment on the Project over the Course of 12 Years

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With Boyhood available today on Digital HD, IFC Films has released a 10-minute featurette on Hulu briefly chronicling the film’s production.  I think the movie is remarkable, and it deserves credit not only for how it was made, but also because the finished feature has emotional resonance.  The concept is a hook, but not a gimmick, and this featurette weaves the production and its themes together as writer-director Richard Linklater and lead actors Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke discuss the project at various points over its production.  The movie continues to be fascinating, and I can’t wait to see it again.  It’s currently making waves on the awards circuit, and while I don’t know if it will go the distance to a Best Picture Oscar, nothing can take away from the fact that Boyhood is a singular picture, and I if I have one complaint about this feautette, it’s that ten minutes is too little time for such a massive achievement.

Hit the jump to check out the The Making of Boyhood featurette.  The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on January 6, 2015.

New York Film Critics Circle Names BOYHOOD Best Film of 2014; Also Wins Best Director and Best Supporting Actress

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While there are all sorts of barometers and ways to gauge awards season, for me the season truly begins when the New York Film Critics Circle give out their year-end awards.  From there, we have The National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Golden Globe Nominations, Screen Actors Guild Nominations, and Critics Choice Nominations all within the span of 15 days, and that’s not to mention smaller critics groups as well.

Today, the NYFCC announced their winners for 2014, and awarded Boyhood for Best Film along with Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)  Other choices that get my full support (because the New York Film Critics Circle deeply cares about my opinion) are J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash), The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Feature, and The Babadook for Best First Film.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and remember if you want to keep up with the state of the awards race, be sure to read Adam’s regular column, Oscar Beat.

Oscar Beat: The Best Director Race at a Glance

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As we head out of the Thanksgiving holiday, studios have been scrambling to get screeners out to critics and voters before early December deadlines, and some of the year’s later releases are finally starting to be seen, which means the Oscar race is becoming much clearer.  We already have one potentially huge game-changer in the form of Selma, which has enjoyed enthusiastically positive response from its initial screenings, but that film also throws a curious prospect into the mix: for the first time in history, could we actually have two female directors nominated for the Best Director Oscar?

After the jump, I consider this question as I take a look at the current state of the rather crowded Best Director race in this edition of Oscar Beat.

Mondo Announces BOYHOOD SteelBook with 76 Minutes of Bonus Features

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Not only is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood a fantastic film, but it’s also quite the cinematic achievement.  Just in case you don’t know, Linklater completed the film over the span of 12 years and did so with the same cast and crew.  The movie begins with five-year-old Mason Jr. and sticks with him until he turns 18 with Ellar Coltrane portraying the character all the way through.

Mondo just announced that Boyhood will be Mondo x SteelBook #002.  If you’re in Canada, you’ll have two versions to choose from, a standard edition and a hand-numbered variant with a 16-page booklet.  Per usual, Mondo is only selling a select number of both copies, 4,000 of the standard edition and 2,000 of the variant to be exact, so you might have to act fast if you want to get your hands on it.  Hit the jump for more on the Mondo Boyhood SteelBook.

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.

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