Considering all the time that Ethan Hawke has spent working with acclaimed director Richard Linklater, you would think and hope that the Boyhood actor would have picked up a half-decent directing trick or two. Well, turns out you’d be right, because Hawke has turned his hand behind the camera once again and come out of it with a documentary – and a rather charming documentary at that.
The project is Seymour: An Introduction, a journey into the life and work of legendary piano player Seymour Bernstein. While you may think this is you common or garden story of a tortured musician who burned too bright, you’d be wrong. Damn wrong! Seymour: An Introduction explores Bernstein’s decision to give up a prosperous career as a concert pianist to teach others. The result is heart-warming and thoroughly touching. Have a look at the trailer, courtesy of IFC Films:
If you’re a fan of Linklater’s work, you will certainly see a similar stroke in Hawke’s directorial brush. The actor appears in the film alongside the subject, discussing with him the understanding of the true values of life and music that can only come from experiencing both to the full. catch this film’s release on March 13th, 2015.
Does Seymour hit all the right notes for you?
It was certainly gratifying to see Richard Linklater‘s latest triumph Boyhood received a generous amount of attention and awards at the Golden Globes this year. A side effect of all this attention is that people have been refreshing themselves with a look back at the Linklater movie catalogue. The funny thing is that, when this many people start looking backward, a whole bunch of amusing bits and pieces start resurfacing. one such bit or piece is an audition video for Linklater classic Dazed and Confused starring none other than legendary man Matthew McConaughey.
While McConaughey has done a great job establishing himself as an accomplished actor over the last few years with Dallas Buyer’s Club, True Detective and Killer Joe, we can’t forget those good old days when he was just a young, bright, bumbling Texan with a hairdo full of dreams. So with that in mind, check out this old footage of a very young McConaughey, courtesy of the Criterion Collection:
What a delightful trip down memory lane that was. Undoubtedly the most surprising thing about this video is that Richard Linklater has seemingly not aged since this video was made. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more nostalgic tidbits like this turning up, because they’re a hell of a lot of fun; and who knows, they might convince McConaughey to bring the old ‘tache back.
Would you have hired McConaughey based on this audition?
There’s two things Richard Linklater does really well: one is making amazing films, the second is his delightful brainteasers. Let’s face it, there’s nothing straightforward or even remotely linear about Linklater’s style of writing or directing and that’s never been a bad thing. But his latest puzzle takes the cake, as he explained how his next project Now That’s What I’m Talking About will be a sequel of sorts to both Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.
The coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused is arguably one of Linklater’s most popular films and remains both a cult favourite and a quintessential high-school movie. On the other hand Boyhood is quickly becoming known as the director’s master-work, spanning twelve years and touching on the notions of memory and maturing in a way no other film has before. So how can Linklater’s next project be a sequel to both?
Well, it is and it isn’t. While the film will follow a smaller character from Dazed and Confused, the story will begin where Boyhood left off, with the character leaving for college. Here’s how Linklater himself explains it to Creative Screenwriting:
You’ve said in the past that your next film, That’s What I’m Talking About, is a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Do you realize that because so many people love that movie that you’re playing with fire?
Well, I think the word “spiritual” gets me off the hook. I just shot it and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the younger characters went off to college. It’s a party film. It’s really about the beginning of school, not the end of the school year. I guess personally or autobiographically it’s kind of in that realm, but it’s also a continuation of Boyhood, believe it or not. I don’t know if one film can be a sequel to two different movies, but it begins right where Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new roommates and a girl. It overlaps with the end of Boyhood.
That’s What I’m Talking About will star a bunch of hopeful newbies, including Tyler Hoechlin,Zoey Detuch, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell. We can expect it some time next year of all goes well, and it will be interesting to see how Linklater follows up both of his most celebrated pieces of work.
Th Palm Springs International Film Festival has already announced the names of 8 recipients for its prestigious awards: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Linklater, Reese Witherspoon and the collective cast of The Imitation Game. Now we can add another two names to the list, and they’re more than capable of handling such impressive company.
Robert Duvall and Alejandro G. Inarritu have both been named on the PIFF page as being the latest names in the line-up of honourees. Duvall has been named as the recipient of the Icon Award, following his appearance in The Judge, directed by David Dobkin, alongside Robert Downey Jr.. For his role as the titular judge who finds himself on the wrong side of the law with only his slimy lawyer son to protect him, Duvall has already been nominated for a Golden Globe, an SAG Award and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award. It’s hard to think of an actor more deserving of the Icon Award than Duvall, considering his length and prolific career in almost every pocket of cinema.
Inarritu has been receiving all the right attention for his stunning work Birdman: or, the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, alongside his revitalised star Michael Keaton. Birdman has been storming the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and now Inarritu will receive the PIFF’s Director of the Year Award.
Both the Director of the Year and the Icon Award have a legend-studded history of recipients. Winners of the Icon Award include Meryl Streep and Michael Douglas. As for the Director Award, winners include Steve Mcqueen for 12 Years a Slave, Stephen Daldry for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Jason Retiman for Up In The Air.
If you think that’s all the PIFF has to offer then you couldn’t be more wrong. Well, to be fair you’re pretty close. One more award still needs to be announced, so we can expect that over the next week or two.
The Palm Springs Festival will begin on January 2nd, 2015.
What’s your favourite Robert Duvall film?
Awards! AWARDS! We all love awards! Give us more awards! AWARDS! AWAAAAARDS!
Right now that I’ve got that out of my system, here are some awards. These would be the Golden Globes ones by the way. There’s been a lot of talk about American Sniper being snubbed and Selma Director Ava DuVerny getting a best director nod, and there’ll undoubtedly be more of the same in the coming weeks. But for the moment, here’s some lists to keep you going. It’s only films, of course – you know how we operate here. courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
So we’re starting to see some much anticipated traction with Selma, snagging nominations in Original Song, Best Drama and Director. Although many would have been expecting an Actor nomination for David Oyelowo. That is not to say that there aren’t some very deserving names in that particular mix. It’s good to see The Grand Budapest Hotel elbowing its way into four categories, and Big Eyes making a big showing. My favourite nomination you ask? Has to be Robert Duvall for Supporting Actor in The Judge.
Are you seeing gold?
It’s been a while since I originally watched Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, but every time I think back on it my mind still boggles. To combine such an intimate, quiet character with such a sprawling time span makes for a unique viewing experience to say the least. Whether its accomplishments will put it over the top come Oscar-time is yet to be seen. But for the moment, a featurette has been released on Deadline, cramming the 12 years of filming into an even smaller size than the feature’s 2 hours and 45 minutes – if that was even possible!
The featurette gives some charming, eye-opening looks behind the camera, and reveals a lot of the method behind Linklater’s magic. All in all, it looks to have been an experience unlike any other to work on this project. Check it out for yourself here:
Accolades already picked up by Boyhood and its team are the Best Director Silver Bear at its original release in Berlin, Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and most recently a nomination for the AFI Film Awards. We’ll keep you posted as award news continues, as it surely will!
More news from the Palm Springs International Film Festival!
The Wrap has reported that David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been named as the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor. Oyelowo will join an esteemed list of winners of this award, including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong’o.
Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring march from Selma to Montgomery in 1955. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Release in theatres is scheduled for Christmas Day.
Names of award winners for the PSIFF have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. So far the list includes Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater and Julianne Moore. Here’s the list as it stands so far:
Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
David Oyelowo – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Selma)
J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
Reese Witherspoon – The Chairman’s Award (Tracks)
The Theory of Everything – Ensemble Performance Award
Richard Linklater – Sonny Bono Visionary Award (Boyhood)
As if this weren’t already a list that was bustling with heavyweights, we still have yet to hear who will be receiving the awards for Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, or the Icon Award. Oyelowo is definitely a deserving addtion to this list. We will keep you updated as the announcements continue.
The ceremony will take place on Jan. 3, 2015.
Excited to see Selma?
And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:
1. Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
2. J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
3. Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
4. Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.
Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.
The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.
To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.
This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .