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Richard Linklater Discusses His 12-Year Project 'Boyhood,' Chronology, Memory & A Movie That Occurs Offscreen

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 18, 2014 1:20 PM
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Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Richard Linklater is a lot like a Richard Linklater movie. There’s a looseness, and an approachability that is engaging (and made for an enjoyably chatty Berlin Film Festival interview), but it’s also somewhat deceptive of the deeper currents of thoughtfulness and a kind of philosophical curiosity, that run beneath the laid-back, genial exterior. And both these sides of his personality are on full display in the wonderful “Boyhood” (our Sundance review is here) his twelve-years-in-the-making study of a young boy from ages six through eighteen, when he finally leaves home for college. It is both a simple, unpretentious portrait of a certain child coming of age, and a sprawling, ambitious, encompassing exploration of grand universal themes. It’s hard to think of another example where the operatic has been so unassumingly presented.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

Review: 'Getaway' With Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez & Jon Voight's Voice

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2013 6:17 PM
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All good things must come to an end, and Ethan Hawke's glorious summer of 2013, in which he starred in the most universally beloved indie darling of the year ("Before Midnight") alongside a bona fide horror movie hit ("The Purge"), has now come to an inglorious finale with his starring role in the ridiculously stupid car chase movie "Getaway." As artless as "Before Midnight" was arty and plodding as "The Purge" was thrilling, "Getaway" is like slamming your foot on the gas while the car is still in park. There's a whole lot of wheel spinning but it never really goes anywhere.

Review: 'The Purge' Starring Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 4, 2013 10:57 AM
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Rarely do horror films these days luxuriate in big ideas. Instead, they are usually a simple formula, based on a rudimentary conceptual framework (cameras capture supernatural activity, madman devises ingenious torture traps), stretched painfully thin over 90 minutes or so. One of the things that makes "The Purge," a new high-concept horror movie about a utopian society with a very dark secret, so refreshing, is that it actually takes the time to engage in some truly provocative and subversive ideas, and what's more -- these thematic interests never come at the expense of the thrills. "The Purge" manages to be smart, scary, and subversive. In the current horror landscape, this is much rarer than a demonic possession or capturing a ghost on videotape.

Watch: Julie Delpy Puts Pressure on Ethan Hawke in New Clip From Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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Reuniting its leads Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for a third entry, Richard Linklater's “Before Midnight” is by no means a simple cash grab, but a logical emotional step to its central romance. The film's couple have navigated their feelings from Vienna, Paris, and now Greece, and a new clip released shows their comfort with one another, but also their tiny annoyances.

Watch: Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy Are Reunited In The Trailer For Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2013 12:17 PM
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Made nine years apart from each other, Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" hold a very special place in the hearts of many, in terms of contemporary romances. The first film, released in 1995, saw Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy play twentysomethings who spend a night together in Vienna after meeting by chance on a train. Nine years later, the second film saw them meet up in Paris, older and a little wiser.

Ethan Hawke To Star In New Mystery Horror Pic From 'Exorcism Of Emily Rose' Helmer Scott Derrickson

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 14, 2011 10:04 AM
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Whether or not you were a fan of the supernatural thriller “Insidious” or the “Paranormal Activity” series, there’s no doubt that the films have been turning a pretty hefty profit, and there's been a pretty positive response from audiences. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down soon for those films’ producer, Jason Blum. As he preps his next untitled horror film, he also has Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem” starting production soon, along with Barry Levinson’s intriguing eco-thriller “The Bay” waiting to scare our pants off or disappoint us horrifically.

Ethan Hawke Says His 'Total Recall' Cameo Will Consist Of A 5 Page Monologue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 6:53 AM
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Geez. It's one thing to show up in a cameo role in a film, say a few lines, wink at the audience and then leave. It's another to show up and give a speech lengthy enough to be a State Of The Union.

The Small Screen: Zooey Deschanel Sitcom 'The New Girl' Gets Series Order From Fox

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams' Series 'Alcatraz' Also Picked Up, But Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key' Is DeadWith so much big-screen talent migrating to television, we're starting to cover more TV news here at The Playlist: while our heart will always be with the cinema, its upstart little cousin has wiped away any stigma that once remained, and in general, there's more good scripted comedy and drama around, both on network TV and on cable, than ever before. The current season is coming to a close over the next few weeks, which means that the networks will start unveiling their line-up for the coming 2011-12 season, and word's already started to leak with regards to the top-rated network, Fox.

Ethan Hawke Joins 'Total Recall' In (Not So) Top Secret Cameo Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2011 6:35 AM
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When is a top secret cameo role not a top secret cameo role? When it's reported by a major Hollywood trade publication.

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