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Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' gets summer release date

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a movie 12 years in the making, will open in theaters on July 11.

Back in 2002, Linklater had the idea to make a movie about childhood — but rather than telling a story about a singular moment or chapter from growing up, he decided to cast a 6-year-old (Ellar Coltrane) and film him a little bit every year until he went to college. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play the boy’s parents, and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, plays the boy’s sister.

IFC Films agreed to produce and distribute the film at the outset, and their faith was rewarded when Linklater’s daring, unconventional film wowed audiences at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film went to receive more accolades at the Berlin Film Festival and SXSW.

SXSW: 2014 Jury and Special Award winners announced

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The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced the winners of this year’s Jury and Special Award winners in a ceremony held Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, and hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors). Among the winners are Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (Louis Black “Lone Star” Award) and True Detective (Excellence in Title Design).

Check out the complete list of winners below:

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Matthew McConaughey, more Oscar nominees reveal the stars who inspired their careers -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday, EW asked Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), and Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) about the people who inspired them in their careers and got them interested in the movies to begin with. From Spencer Tracy to a little-known Egyptian comedian to Monty Python, check out the video to hear more: READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Richard Linklater unveils 'Boyhood,' a movie 12 years in the making

It took 39 days for Richard Linklater to make Boyhood. Well, actually, to be more precise, it took him 39 shooting days, spread across 12 years — more than 4,000 days — to complete the ambitious cinematic experiment, which follows a boy and his complicated, constantly evolving family as he grows up. Linklater cast Ellar Coltrane as young Mason when he was only 6 years old, and began shooting in 2002. Every year after, the cast — which includes Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s divorced parents and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, as Mason’s sister, Samantha — would reunite for three or four days to film a new chapter in the life of a boy. The finished result — a fluid 12-year odyssey compressed into 164 minutes — premiered last night at the Sundance Film Festival, and critics were quick to heap praise on the filmmaker and the cast.

Linklater had just finished making Waking Life and Tape in 2001 when he sat down to write a film about childhood. But he was stymied by the cinematic limitations of relying on a singular time or event to express all his themes and ideas. “I didn’t really have enough to say about one moment,” he said last night, during a post-screening Q&A. “And so I just got this ‘Eureka’ moment of like, ‘Well, why couldn’t we just shoot a little bit and encompass all of it?’ so that was the idea.”

He pitched the idea to Hawke, his frequent collaborator, before they’d even decided to reunite for Before Sunset, the second in their Before trilogy with Julie Delpy. “We were just sitting at a little cafe in New York, and he got this weird look on his face and said, ‘That’s like the craziest idea… but yeah, I’m in.’” READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Richard Linklater's entrancing 'Boyhood' captures the Zen of growing up

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance last night, is an entrancing, one-of-a-kind act of dramatic storytelling: a beautiful stunt of a movie. It was shot over a period of 12 years, beginning in 2002, and it takes two hours and 40 minutes to tell the story of a boy named Mason as he grows up in Texas. The hook of the movie — and if it is a stunt, it’s a visionary one — is that Mason is played throughout by a young actor named Ellar Coltrane, who we literally watch grow up, year after year, on camera. That makes the film a kind of cousin to Michael Apted’s series of Up documentaries, but I’m not sure if this sort of thing has ever been attempted in a work of cinematic fiction before.

Linklater, of course, is a storyteller who reveres the art of naturalism, and Boyhood, though it’s a genuine movie, full of bustlingly staged scenes and performances and motifs and arcs, has the feel of a staged documentary about a fictional character. It’s lively and boisterous and very entertaining to watch, because stuff keeps happening, but the film also rolls forward in an almost Zen manner, so that everything that occurs — an angry family dinner, a camping trip, a haircut, an afternoon of videogames — carries the same wide-eyed, you are here significance. The film has that deadpan Linklater tone of slacker haphazardness, but you could also say that it’s almost Joycean in its appreciation of the scruffy magic of everyday life. READ FULL STORY

Road to Sundance: 'Before Midnight' brings sequels to Sundance -- VIDEO

Every Monday until the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, EW is celebrating a great success story from independent film’s most prestigious showcase. So far, we’ve revisited Lee Daniel’s Precious, Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. Today, we look back at Before Midnight, the much-anticipated 2013 sequel from Richard Linklater.

Sundance and sequels don’t typically go hand-in-hand. But Before Midnight, the third film in Richard Linklater’s accidental trilogy about the ongoing romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), felt right at home when it debuted at the festival last year. The original 1995 movie, Before Sunrise, was a studio film that became beloved despite barely making a blip at the box office, and the latest installment was completely independent.

When Before Midnight debuted last January, fans were obsessed to see where the couple would be nine years after Before Sunset, the Paris-set sequel that left fans hanging on whether Jesse would catch his plane back to New York or start a new life with the “one that got away.” That film earned won the trio an Oscar nod for screenplay, and the three collaborated again on Midnight, which finds the couple together, with kids, in Greece.

Critics and fans adored the latest film, which featured combative marital scenes that were raw and honest. (Who hasn’t wanted to call one’s spouse the mayor of Crazytown?) The romance was still there, but it was no longer an ideal or a wish. It was real and grounded, evolved and maturing along with its characters.

Click below to see the trio at last year’s Sundance, discussing the movie and the future of their “franchise.” READ FULL STORY

Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' to premiere at Sundance

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Richard Linklater is no stranger to daunting projects (look no further than Before Midnight and its beloved predecessors). But his newest film, Boyhood, may be his most ambitious yet. Starring  Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke, the new film, written by Linklater as well, will have a special preview screening Jan. 19 at Sundance, the festival announced today.

“[Boyhood is] also known as The Twelve Year Project,” Hawke said in a chat last year. “Richard Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy from age 6 to 18. I play the father, and it’s Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor — to watch his voice and body morph — it’s a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being.”

With the addition of Boyhood, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah will present 121 feature-length films, including 35 in competition. The festival takes place January 16-26.

'Before Midnight' Blu-ray: Richard Linklater on the little trilogy that could -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Richard Linklater made Before Sunrise with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in 1995, the chances of their adorable characters returning for a sequel, much less two, were as remote as the Greek island of Pserimos. Not only did the original, which captured the chance encounter of a grungy American guy named Jesse and a sophisticated French beauty named Celine as they spent less than a day in Vienna, gross just $5.5 million, but the characters’ soulful, Generation-X banter was the absolute antithesis of a modern movie franchise. Yet people who liked the film really liked the film. And since Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy enjoyed their very collaborative filmmaking experience, they reunited to co-write Before Sunset in 2004, which picked up the story nine years after Jesse and Celine had promised each other to meet up again six months after their meeting in Vienna. Turns out they did not, and Jesse had written a novel about their beautiful, coulda-been fling, which helps bring them back together in Paris. Critics swooned, the Academy nominated the trio for Best Original Screenplay, and everyone who loved the original turned out for the sequel: it grossed $5.8 million!

Clearly, money talks. So eight years later, Linklater got the band back together, packed their bags for Greece, and made Before Midnight. The cliffhanger of Before Sunset — will Jesse stay with Celine in Paris or leave to catch his plane for New York — is settled immediately: they’re married with children of their own. But their lives and love are more complicated than ever, and their story is richer and more layered as well. Their ambitions, their flaws, their insecurities all laid bare, Celine and Jesse have become surrogates for those early-20′s audiences who fell in love with Before Sunrise and now perhaps find themselves at difficult, reflective moments in their own relationships, asking “How did we get here?”

Since Before Midnight premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy — who also co-wrote Midnight — have fielded repeated questions about Celine and Jesse’s future. Is this the end? Or should we expect another check-in in 2022? I’m bullish, especially since Midnight clobbered its predecessors at the box-office. And by clobbered, I mean it cleared more than $8.1 million. Obviously, this isn’t a trilogy built around box-office, but audiences don’t seem ready to say goodbye.

Before Midnight, which should get some Oscar buzz, is out on Blu-ray tomorrow. Below, in two exclusive video clips, Linklater discusses the sequels, how they came about, and what it’s like to collaborate with Delpy and Hawke. If nothing else, just let Graham Reynolds’s strumming score marinate over you. It can’t transport you to a Greek island, but it’s almost the next best thing on a Monday morning. READ FULL STORY

'Before Midnight' poster: Are Jesse and Celine looking forward or looking back? -- EXCLUSIVE

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When Before Sunrise opened in 1995, it would have been difficult to predict that Richard Linklater’s sweet — but little seen — romance would deliver not one but two sequels. But after Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) promised to reconnect after their chance encounter on a European train, passionate fans demanded to know what became of their romance. With Before Sunset, the two reconnected in Paris and discovered that their chemistry was as strong as ever. And in Before Midnight, which screens tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theaters on May 24, we find the couple on vacation in Greece, with their children.

Click below for an exclusive poster for the film, featuring the couple looking out across the Mediterranean. Are they watching the sun set? Is midnight approaching on their storybook romance? READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Clint Eastwood to headline Tribeca Talks series of chats

Clint Eastwood, Darren Aronofsky, and Richard Linklater will headline the Tribeca Talks panel discussions at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Aronofsky will interview Eastwood as part of the festival’s Directors Series of chats, following the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Linklater will sit down with his Before Midnight collaborators, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Tribeca also announced four new innovative movies that will screen during the festival, to be followed by conversations with the filmmakers. They include Paul Verhoeven’s Tricked, whose script was crowd-sourced, and Beyond: Two Souls, an interactive PlayStation3 videogame scheduled for release in October that stars Ellen Page.

Click here for more information about this year’s festival and the Tribeca Talks series:

The Tribeca Talks panel series is open to the public and will take place throughout the Festival, which runs from April 17-28 in New York City.

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