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Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey Talk The Odd DNA Of 'Bernie'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 19, 2012 4:52 PM
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Ever since his debut, “Slacker,” earned him a spot on the national filmmaking stage, Richard Linklater has been one of Texas’ favorite sons. It’s certainly helped that so many of his movies not only took place in the state, but paid real and honest tribute to its citizens, without insult or parody. But in “Bernie,” his latest, he skirts that line between celebrating and satirizing Texans with his retelling of the true story of Bernie Tiede, a funeral director who killed an elderly widow and threatened to go free thanks to his hometown’s near-universal affection for the man. Jack Black stars as the title character, and Matthew McConaghey plays the self-aggrandizing prosecutor who despite his legitimate pursuit of justice ultimately proves to be the film’s unexpected villain.

SXSW '12: Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey Talk Revisiting Wooderson In Prospective 'Dazed And Confused' Sorta-Sequel

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 16, 2012 10:17 AM
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Despite his status as something of an indie auteur, Richard Linklater is reassuringly populist in his thinking about movies, particularly when it comes to sequels. In 2004 he produced a sequel to “Before Sunrise” entitled “Before Sunset,” and after “School of Rock” became a runaway success, he and star Jack Black have spent years trying to mount a follow-up. But when it comes to his much-beloved “Dazed and Confused,” Linklater hasn’t explored that possibility as actively, although in interviews not long ago he mentioned the possibility of a second installment – well, sort of.

SXSW '12 Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 3:06 PM
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Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater's latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy "Bernie," is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable. In fact, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as an endearing mortician and well-loved member of his small-town community in Carthage, Texas, is so delightful, and rather wryly comical, it’s easy to be charmed with the picture despite its modest ambitions, small-scale aims and slight nature.

14 New Images Of Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey & Shirley MacLaine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:27 PM
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What do you get when you mix Texan manners, a mortician, a murder, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine into a comedic crime thriller? You get Richard Linklater's "Bernie," another fascinating stylistic detour from the filmmaker, marking his first feature film since 2008's "Orson Welles And Me."

SXSW '12 Interview: Matthew McConaughey & Tracy Letts Talk Working With William Friedkin & NC-17 Rating For 'Killer Joe'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 1:05 PM
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"Killer Joe" is a film primed to mark a comeback for its director and star. Not only has William Friedkin made his best movie in decades with the sordid Texan crime tale, but Matthew McConaughey continues to add to his recent renaissance of fascinating work that has seen him team with with filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh and Jeff Nichols.

Watch: Trailer For Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 29, 2012 9:29 PM
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A Renaissance man, a community leader, and a mortician who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow that leads to fatal consequences: this is the premise to Richard Linklater's latest, a black comedy called "Bernie." Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and the great Shirley MacLaine, "Bernie" is Linklater's first feature-length effort since 2009's "Me & Orson Welles."

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Reprises David Wooderson From 'Dazed & Confused' In Video For Butch Walker's "Synthesizers"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 4:10 PM
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It was just this week around the Playlist watercooler that we were talking about the awesomeness of Matthew McConaughey. That the guy is a charisma machine is without question, but his skills as an actor often go underappreciated. Last year's hit "The Lincoln Lawyer" was only watchable because of McConaughey (plus bonus points to Shea Whigham however), with the actor selling the smarmy, slick lawyer so winningly we wanted to see where (the increasingly absurd and pretty dumb) case and story went. And even when he wallows in dull rom-coms, he's still the best thing around, and dare we say, "Failure To Launch" has enough McConaughey Moments (as we like to call them) to make it worth a (very drunken) watch.

First Look: Channing Tatum & Matthew McConaughey In Male Stripper Film 'Magic Mike'

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 26, 2011 1:02 PM
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Perhaps we're not quite as excited for this film as E! Online writer Ted Casablanca, whose breathless reports about the picture are kind of amusing (even straight guys didn't write this breathlessly about, say, "Showgirls," did they?), but two Steven Soderbergh films in one year ain't too bad. The first one of 2012 arrives in January, Gina Carano's action thriller "Haywire." The picture also co-stars Channing Tatum, who's directly responsible for Soderbergh's second film of next year, the stripper film "Magic Mike." Based on Tatum's experiences as a male stripper in his pre-fame days, the actor pitched it to the filmmaker a few months after "Haywire" wrapped and the Academy Award-winning director was intrigued by the prospect of a film milleu he'd never really seen onscreen before.

A Sequel To 'The Lincoln Lawyer' On The Way In Addition To The TV Series

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 6:05 PM
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As the year comes to a close and we look back at the cinematic smorgasbord that 2011 was, it's easy to overlook movies as little and competent as "The Lincoln Lawyer," Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling Michael Connelly novel that starred Matthew McConaughey as a slippery LA lawyer who does business out of his town car. Did it push the medium in bold new directions? No, but it was a really solid thriller, one that didn't insult your intelligence or treat you like a small, sugar-riddled child. It was announced at the end of the summer that the movie would be turned into a weekly series for ABC, with the participation of Connelly and the film's writer John Romano, back for more. But it looks like we'll be getting even more of lawyer Mickey Haller, as Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns recently announcd on CNBC (via Deadline) that there will be a big screen sequel too.

First Look At Matthew McConaughey In Jeff Nichols' 'Mud'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2011 11:26 AM
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In case you haven't noticed, Matthew McConaughey is done being your buffed and tanned rom-com boy toy. Though he's still as handsome as ever, he's been putting his underrated acting skills first in a number of movies that have stepped away from the persona that made him famous. He led an unexpected box office hit earlier this year with "The Lincoln Lawyer," gives a memorable turn in Richard Linklater's upcoming "Bernie" and he will truly astonish everybody with his perverse performance in William Friedkin's amazingly wicked B-movie, "Killer Joe." Well, the actor is continuing his streak of Interesting Work against Easy Paydays, taking a role in "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols' next effort, "Mud." And even though it only started filming this fall, Empire has nabbed the first official look at the film.

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