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Watch: Clips From Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' & Kevin Macdonald's 'Marley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 5:04 PM
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First up is an oddball look at Richard Linklater's slightly twisted, based on a true story tale "Bernie." Starring Matthew McConaguhy, Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine, the film tells the story of a beloved mortician (Black) in a small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. This slow burn thriller has been quietly making the festival rounds since last summer, and will screen at SXSW tomorrow. The scene is an intriguing one, centering on Kay McCabe who portrays the mother of the D.A. (McConaughey), and it highlights the quasi-documentary style interludes featured in the film. Looks delightfully surreal. "Bernie" arrives on April 27th.
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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."

New Posters For Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' &' The Raid: Redemption'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 5:59 PM
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A couple of posters for your eyeballs as we head into the weekend, so let's just get right to it...

Bill Murray's 'Hyde Park on Hudson' Hits On December 7th; Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Dated For April 27th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 1:28 PM
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A couple of release dates on the horizon, so get out your calendars....

SXSW Adds '21 Jump Street,' 'Do-Deca-Pentathalon,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Casa De Mi Padre' & More To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:00 PM
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Don't unpack that bag from Sundance too fast. SXSW in Austin, Texas is just around the corner and it has two things over Park City: spring heat and BBQ. With the film festival just over a month away, organizers have dropped their features lineup, and there will be some nice surprises for those making the trek.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey Picked Up By Millennium

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 1:39 AM
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Director Richard Linklater needs a hit. The indie filmmaking icon has been in the cinematic wilderness for a while following a trifecta of films -- "Fast Food Nation," "A Scanner Darkly" and "Me And Orson Welles" -- that didn't play to many people at all and came and went from theaters in the blink of an eye. However his latest effort, the black comedy "Bernie," certainly has the ingredients to get the director back on the radar. Starring “School Of Rock” star Jack Black and “Dazed & Confused” thesp Matthew McConaughey, the story centers on the titular character (Black), a beloved mortician in small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. The film premiered last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival to largely strong reviews, including one from us that noted the film has the "slow burn of a crime thriller" in telling its odd, messy (and true) tale.

L.A. Film Fest Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Is A Good Man

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 19, 2011 1:40 AM
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Meet Bernie: a man who has truly found his place in this world as an assistant funeral director and beloved member of the community in the small Texas town of Carthage. Soft spoken with an arguably effeminate Southern accent, of a round stature but always with admirable posture, Bernie Tiede is a gentleman. And a murderer. But the town of Carthage would really just like you to know that he is a gentleman.

Richard Linklater Says He's Got 3 Years Left On Annual Shooting On 'Boyhood' (aka 'Growing Up')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 4:21 AM
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Says 'Dazed & Confused' Spiritual Sequel 'That's What I'm Talking About' Will Feature New Batch Of CharactersLast night, Richard Linklater hit the Los Angeles Film Festival to unveil his latest film, the black comedy "Bernie." We caught up with Linklater on the red carpet and while comparisons to "Fargo" have been thrown around, he told us he doesn't understand where those parallels are coming from (he actually was the one who first mentioned any similarities to the Coen brothers film) and the only connecting tissue is that they are both based on true crime stories (well, actually, "Fargo" isn't). Anyway, the film stars Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine and centers on the titular character (Black), a beloved mortician in small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. And while you'll just have to wait a moment to get our thoughts on the film, Linklater did talk about a couple long gestating projects he has in the works.

First Look At Jack Black In Richard Linklater's 'Bernie,' Film Will Open & Premiere At LA Film Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 5:33 AM
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It's been a while since indie and sometimes mainstream filmmaker Richard Linklater has had a major hit. His last few films "Me And Orson Welles," "Fast Food Nation" and "A Scanner Darkly" all quietly came and went but his next effort "Bernie" -- which notably finds him reteaming with "School Of Rock" star Jack Black and "Dazed & Confused" thesp Matthew McConaughey -- could be the comeback he needs, and is certainly one we're looking forward to.
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