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Convicted murderer from 'Bernie' released, will now live in Richard Linklater's garage

Bernie Tiede, the convicted murderer portrayed by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s 2011 dark comedy Bernie, was released from prison on Tuesday after a lifetime sentence was reduced to time served. There were a few conditions, in addition to a $10,000 bond. The oddest and most notable of them: living in Linklater’s garage apartment. READ FULL STORY

Spirit Awards reaction: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, more weigh in

The nominations for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. We checked in with Jack Black (Bernie), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook),  Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and more for their reactions. Check out what the stars had to say below and read our full analysis of what the nominations mean for awards season here.

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'Bernie': Jack Black talks about his 'lovable killer' character at AFI Fest -- VIDEO

As the annual AFI Fest comes to a close, one of its final events put a spotlight on Jack Black and his recent dark comedy, Bernie, which reunited him with School of Rock director Richard Linklater.

On Wednesday, EW teamed up with AFI Fest to present a conversation with Black about Bernie, where he talked about why the role of “a lovable killer” appealed to him, recalled his first acting gig in a commercial for Atari game Pitfall and gave a shout out to Dexter. Check out part of the discussion with Black and EW’s Anthony Breznican in the video below. READ FULL STORY

Jack Black, Richard Linklater on awards buzz for 'Bernie,' working with Shirley MacLaine -- VIDEO

Jack Black has the kind of silly, spastic face you definitely don’t forget. In most of his comedies, it stretches into a wide-mouthed deranged grin, as in 2006’s Nacho Libre, or a bug-eyed howl, as in 2003’s music-filled School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater.

In the dark comedy Bernie, also directed by Linklater, Black takes it down about 12 notches, playing sweet, good-natured but still musical Bernie Tiede, with dark hair and a little mustache, a complete 180 from the parts he usually plays. The performance has landed him praise from critics and a lot of buzz for the upcoming awards season. The character Bernie is based on a real person, a gay mortician who sings in the local church choir and is popular in his small east Texas town of Carthage. He befriends nasty, wealthy, unpopular widow Marjorie Nugent, played by Shirley MacLaine, and ends up killing her. The movie, in theaters earlier this year, is out on DVD and Blu-ray.

Black and Texas native Linklater sat down with EW and talked awards buzz, Black going against his natural instincts as Bernie, and how working with MacLaine, who would impress Black with tales of “old Hollywood,” was a dream. As for the future, Black is quite open to playing similarly against-type roles. “I don’t have any plans for any dark comedies presently, but I’m open to it” Black told EW, stroking his beard. “I like the idea of playing more characters that are far away from myself. That was very gratifying. If you think about what people expect of you, you can get stuck in a rut. I’ll be looking for opportunities to go in different directions.”

Check out more from Black, plus Linklater, in the video below:

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