Here is your Xmas gift from Richard Linklater: The first trailer for “Everybody Wants Some.”


Starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Tyler Hoechlin, this “spiritual companion” to “Dazed and Confused” makes its world premiere in Austin during South By Southwest film. Here is one poster for the movie:


Here is another:


Lord, I am looking forward to this thing.



Louis Black’s Linklater doc to debut at Sundance Jan. 26

"Richard Linklater - dream is destiny"
“Richard Linklater – dream is destiny”

Austin Chronicle and SXSW co-founder, Louis Black’s début documentary “Richard Linklater – dream is destiny” will première at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 26.

The doc, which focuses on the life and career of the Austin filmmaker, reportedly uses never-before-seen archive footage, early writings and journals from Richard Linklater, original interviews with the filmmaker, and footage of him at his home and on the set”Everybody Wants Some,” which débuts at South By Southwest Film in March.

Also look for interviews with Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Kevin Smith, and colleagues such as editor Sandra Adair, producer’s rep John Pierson, friends and family.

Richard Linklater’s ‘spiritual sequel’ to ‘Dazed and Confused’ renamed after Van Halen song

Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater will follow up his success to Oscar-winning “Boyhood” with a “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused.”

Photo by Ralph Barrera
Photo by Ralph Barrera

The Film Stage recently reported that the film, which has been in the works for years under the title “That’s What I’m Talking About,” has been renamed after a Van Halen song.

Everybody Wants Some” will feature a group of friends not unlike the group of Texan teenagers from “Dazed and Confused,” but this time around, the moon tower parties will be on a college campus.

The official synopsis for the upcoming fall comedy set in the 1980s is as follows:

It’s the last weekend of freedom before college starts and Everybody Wants Some.

A “spiritual sequel” to “Dazed and Confused” and set in the world of 1980 college life, “Everybody Wants Some” is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

According to The Film Stage, the soundtrack will feature songs by the Talking Heads, Pat Benatar,  Devo and Blondie.

Ryan Guzman (“Step Up”), Zoey Deutch (“Ringer,” “Vampire Academy”), Tyler Hoechlin (“7th Heaven) and Wyatt Russell (“22 Jump Street”) are among those confirmed for the film from Paramount Pictures.



Richard Linklater makes Time 100 Most Influential People list

He didn’t walk home with the best director trophy for 2014’s “Boyhood,” but Austin director Richard Linklater joined an elite club Thursday: the Time 100.

The magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world inducted Linklater into the same league as rapper Kanye West, Apple CEO Tim Cook, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, singer Taylor Swift and President Barack Obama, among 94 other luminaries.


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As is customary for the Time 100, a contemporary, peer or notable fan wrote the profile of each honoree, and frequent Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke did the honors for the “Before Sunrise” director. A sample:

“We may never understand Rick’s unorthodox path and how it led to movies like School of Rock, Before Sunrise and Boyhood: the vegetarian baseball star from Huntsville, Texas; the years of hard labor on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico; teaching himself the history of film through the ingenuity of starting the Austin Film Society (with the help of a local Kinko’s and a 16-mm projector).”

Read Hawke’s tribute to Linklater at Time.

Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards honors Wilson, del Toro, others

Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro and Danny Trejo walk the red carpet. (Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman)
Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro and Danny Trejo walk the red carpet. (Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman)

There aren’t many better ways to start an evening than hearing Mike Judge say, in perfect Hank Hill voice, “Boy I tell you what, it feels good to be a gangster.”

That’s how the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards (aka the unofficial kickoff to SXSW Film) started Thursday night. The joke was a reference to both “King of the Hill” and “Office Space,” two of Judge’s best and most Texas-centric creations. Judge served as the Master of Ceremonies at this year’s ceremony, held at Austin Studios.

Judge was also there to induct Luke Wilson into the Hall of Fame, which he did with an excellent story about the Austin-shot “Idiocracy.”

Unfortunately, Wilson, ostensibly one of the evening’s bigger stars, was not present. According to Charles Attal, who accepted the award, Wilson was stuck on set. Ah, well.

Judge presented an award to the family of the late actor Christopher Evan Welch, who played the Asperger’s-ish venture capitalist Peter Gregory brilliantly on Judge’s current HBO show “Silicon Valley.” Welch died of lung cancer in 2013.

Welch was raised in Irving and studied acting in Dallas; his widow Emma said Welch was fiercely proud of his Texas roots and never got rid of his Texas driver’s license.

Judge then introduced Robert Rodriguez — there to present a Honorary Texan award to Guillermo del Toro — by thanking him “for keeping Danny Trejo from killing us all in a home invasion.”

(Trejo, who was present, is a frequent actor in Rodriguez’s films and did time before becoming a character part sensation.)

Rodriguez called de Toro a shining example of a visionary filmmaker: Both men love fantasy and Rodriguez said that to see del Toro’s drawings, compared to his own, was “like Salieri looking at the work of Mozart.”

Del Toro said he was a frequent San Antonio visitor as kid, “like every other self respecting Mexican,” always returning home with a suitcase full of comics and toys.

After his father was the victim of a kidnapping in the late 1990s, del Toro and his family moved abroad and del Toro headed to Austin, a place he had never been. Del Toro said he loved stories folks such as Harry Knowles told him: “It made me dream of a perfect place.”

Del Toro, who developed “The Devil’s Backbone” while living here, said he thrived in Austin. It is a place that “cherished what we do,” he said, and is not concerned with the film-making “of power and prestige.”

Austin Chronicle editor/ SXSW co-founder Louis Black  and del Toro presented a posthumous award to their late friend, writer, actor and producer L.M. Kit Carson. Carson was a fixture of the Texas film scene. “What I’m trying to say (with my art is that), you’re not alone,” Carson said in archival footage, which included a tribute from Wes Anderson.

Actress Jess Weixler, co-star of the hit TV show “The Good Wife” presented to producer and Dallas native Bonnie Curtis Curtis’ collection of clips included a tribute from friend and mentor Steven Spielberg, with whom she worked for 17 years on such films as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Minority Report.”

Curtis talked about movies as “something of a religion,” and how she often “attended church” at the Arclight in Hollywood, where last July she saw Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

Curtis said the scene where Patricia Arquette’s character said “I just thought there would be more” was particularly inspiring and creatively sustaining: “I said ‘There! That’s my moment!'”

(Grammy award winner Adrian Quesada (of bands Spanish Gold and Brownout) and his band of Texan all-stars performed at the awards ceremony; they played Curtis off with the Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” which is a pretty great choice for a producer.)

Bill Wittliff, writer and executive producer of “Lonesome Dove,” and writer of “The Black Stallion, “The Perfect Storm” and “Legends of the Fall” presented the HEB Legend award to Tommy Lee Jones, who got a standing ovation when he came out to accept.

The San Saba County native told a story about shooting the cult movie “Rolling Thunder” in Texas and how, while he has shot many pictures in the State, that one stayed with him.

Jones said of his career,”I am grateful for every frame.”

Variety editor (and Monte Hellman collaborator) Steven Gaydos presented an award to Richard Linklater for  “Boyhood”. Gaydos joked that he and Linklater’s therapist “were going to take him off the awards slowly.” (The critically beloved “Boyhood” has garnered dozens of accolades in the year.)

Linklater — who noted the “Boyhood” “never leaves the borders of Texas,” just like himself as a young man — invited everyone in the cast and crew who had worked on the film over the long haul onto the stage to accept the award.

“Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane noted that perhaps the praise for the film meant that audiences were ready for “new kinds of movies” and that Austin was about “making movies for the sake of making them.”

Judge announced that the dinner and auction raised $883,000 for the Austin Film Society.


Watch: ‘Boyhood’ star Ethan Hawke talks Tolstoy with Charlie Rose

Austin native Ethan Hawke appeared on “Charlie Rose” last week to talk about “Boyhood,” the Richard Linklater film that has scored him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at this year’s Oscars. In the clip below, Hawke discusses how the director approached him to undertake the daunting, multi-year film shoot, comparing it to Russian literature.

“Boyhood” is nominated for nine Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hawke, who was nominated for his supporting role at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards but did not win, also spoke about the filming process on the red carpet of that ceremony. His co-star, Ellar Coltrane, called Hawke his “best friend” at the event.

‘Boyhood’ takes top honors from Austin critics

“Boyhood,” the 12-year look at the evolution of a boy into a young man by Austin director Richard Linklater, took home the top awards today from the Austin Film Critics Association.

“Boyhood” won best film, best director, best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette) and the Austin Film Award, for movies shot by Austin filmmakers. It was the fifth time that a Linklater film has taken home the Austin Film Award. “Boyhood” also came in No. 1 in the annual top 10 critics poll.

“Nightcrawler,” a look at the sleazy side of reporting TV crime news in Southern California, won three awards: best actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, best original screenplay for writer-director Dan Gilroy and best first film. It placed sixth on the critics group overall top 10 list.

“Birdman,” which was No. 4 on the top ten list, took home best cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and best score by first-time film composer Antonio Sanchez.

“Gone Girl” also won two awards: Rosamund Pike for best actress and Gillian Flynn for best adapted screenplay.

Filmmaker Jennifer Kent was honored with the breakthrough artist award for “The Babadook,” an Australian horror film.

J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor for “Whiplash,” while “Force Majeure” won best foreign language film. Other awards included “Citizenfour,” for best documentary, and “The Lego Movie,” for best animated film.

The Central Texas-shot “Joe” was also recognized with a special award for the late Gary Poulter, for his outstanding performance in the film.

The full list of Top 10 films is below:

1. “Boyhood”

2. “Whiplash”

3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

4. “Birdman”

5. “Snowpiercer”

6. “Nightcrawler”

7. “Selma”

8. “The Imitation Game”

9 and 10. TIE: “Inherent Vice” and “Gone Girl”

Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which scored five Golden Globe nominations.
Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

A look at the SAG nominees

“Boyhood,” directed by Austin’s Richard Linklater, had  a good showing Wednesday in the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and that’s important because they’re often indicative of what will happen when the Oscar nominations come out.

Its ensemble cast, along with the ensemble from University of Texas alum Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” received nominations for performances by a cast in a motion picture. The other nominees were “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.”


The television nominations for ensemble performance were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” and “House of Cards” for drama series. The comedy series nominations went to “The Big Bang Theory,” “Modern Family,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Veep.”

The winners will be announced Jan. 25.

The complete list of nominees is below.

Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture



“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“The Theory of Everything”

Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”

Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”

Naomi Watts, “St. Vincent”

Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”


“House of Cards”

Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Modern Family”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

“Orange Is the New Black”


Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Adrien Brody, “Houdini”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers In The Attic”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”

Frances Mcdormand, “Olive Kitteridge”

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful”

Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”

Matthew Mcconaughey, “True Detective”

Kevin Spacey, “House Of Cards”

Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”

Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family “

Louis C.K., “Louie”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture


“Get On Up”

“The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”


“X-men: Days Of Future Past”

Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“24: Live Another Day”

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Game Of Thrones”


“Sons Of Anarchy”

“The Walking Dead”

More awards for “Boyhood” and a making-of featurette

We mentioned last week that readers should get ready for Richard Linklater’s epic “Boyhood” to start racking up awards and hosannas — especially critical awards — as the year draws to a close.

Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which scored five nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards
Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), the Boston Society of Film Critics and  Los Angeles Film Critics Association have all named “Boyhood” best film. The NYFCO gave Linklater best director as did the L.A. critics. THe latter also named Sandra Adair best editor and Patricia Arquette best actress.

The Boston critics also gave Linklater best Director and best screenplay, as well as best editing and best ensemble.

The Los Angeles Times ran an interesting piece Dec. 9 by Steven Zeitchik about the campaing IFC mounted for the film, framed  IFC president Jonathan Sehring, who Linklater has said was the film’s direct protector at the company for its 12 year genesis.

The piece notes that, given the film’s critical acclaim and its stiff competition from outfits like the Weinstein Company “has made ‘Boyhood’ something of an awards-season paradox: the underdog front-runner.”

IFC is also released this week “The Making of Boyhood – 12 Years on Film” on Hulu. The 10-minute featurette spans 12 years and looks at the movie’s process. It is essentially a DVD extra, but one you can see right now

Get used to this: ‘Boyhood’ starts piling up awards

Year-end awards lists and best-ofs are starting to be compiled, and it’s a shock to absolutely nobody to see Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” pick up a few trophies.

Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which scored five nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards
Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.”

The New York Film Critics Circle named “Boyhood” the best film of 2014. Linklater also got a best director award, while Patricia Arquette won for best supporting actress. Former Texan Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the prize for screenplay, while Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook,” a Fantastic Fest hit that 0pens Friday, won for best first film.

Linklater also recently won the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awesomely named Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. This is Linklater’s first honor from the Palm Springs fest.