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All 20 Richard Linklater Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 20 Richard Linklater Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
With “Last Flag Flying” arriving in theaters, we’re taking on the not-so-simple task of ranking the movies of genre-hopping director Richard Linklater. The top titles on this list could rightfully be called modern classics, but every one of his films somehow evokes the heartfelt philosophy of his hypnotic “Waking Life”: human interaction is the highest form of spiritual communion. 20. “Bad News Bears” (2005) The 1976 original was a true product of its time, with an all-star lineup led by Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal, but this unnecessary remake just felt like it was trying too hard. By 2005, the sight.
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Sunshine review – basketball and racial tensions collide in standout Australian drama

Anthony Lapaglia’s school-of-hard-knocks coach brings star power to this superb new series set in outer-west Melbourne

Remember that movie or TV show with the jaded, world-weary, what-have-i-got-to-live-for coach who reluctantly agrees to mentor a team of ill-disciplined rascals? Remember how sport becomes a metaphor for life, and the determination, hard slog and gradual improvement of the kids inspires in this broken person a new raison d’être?

Of course you do, and of course you don’t. You do because this archetype is almost as familiar as the absentminded professor or the whisky priest. You don’t because you’ve witnessed so many incarnations of this character – from the stubby-clutching Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau and later Billy Bob Thornton) in Bad News Bears to the smug Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) in The Mighty Ducks – that they blur together as one big, whistle-blowing splotch in the memory.

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After Soderbergh: See the Top 10 Box Office Track Records of Classic Indie Filmmakers

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After Soderbergh: See the Top 10 Box Office Track Records of Classic Indie Filmmakers
In a career that began with “sex lies and videotape” in 1989, “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s 26th theatrical release. It will extend his record as the top-grossing American director to come out of the independent scene in its formative years — a period we’ll define as 1975 (Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street”) through 1992 (Quentin Tarantino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs”).

To be clear, Soderbergh’s an outlier; his billion-dollar box office dwarfs every other indie filmmaker. However, looking at the performance of his contemporaries who got their start in that indie film movement, you may be surprised at who’s on the list. (Note: “Outside wide release” means less than 1,000 screens. Also, the list doesn’t include directors like Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, who have independent roots but were not discovered via the film festival/arthouse pathway, or Alan Rudolph, another significant ’80s figure; he started in horror films in the early ’70s.
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‘Goon’ sequel finally pucks it into UK cinemas!

Seann William Scott returns in Goon: Last of the Enforcers the cartilage crunching sequel to the 2011 hockey comedy Goon, a follow-up that’s even “faster, funnier and more foul-mouthed than the original.”

Back as hockey star Doug Glatt, Scott is supported here with cast that includes Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) and Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), reprising their roles from the first film, Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californication), with 22 Jump Street’s Wyatt Russell as Glatt’s nemesis, and Deadpool’s T. J. Miller on scene-stealing form as inappropriate sports commentator Chad Bailey.

From the press release:

An assured feature directing debut from comedy star Jay Baruchel (This Is The End, Knocked Up, How To Train Your Dragon), this is a film you can’t help but love – crass but charming, packed with eccentric and loveable characters, and just the right balance of sports carnage and comedy
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Guy I Never Thought Would Make It: Jackie Earle Haley

We all remember when Jackie Earle Haley played Kelly in Bad News Bears. All of us loved Kelly, the rebellious motorcycle driving best player on a team of misfits. He was “cool,” “slick,” and way out of everyone’s league. But then something happened to Kelly as the Bad News Bears evolved: puberty. By the time the third movie came out Jackie Earle Haley was a little gawky looking and by the time he was in the movie Breaking Away you had this feeling that his career might not amount to much. And if you followed his career until 1993 you’d

Guy I Never Thought Would Make It: Jackie Earle Haley
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Carson Kressley Reveals ‘the Hardest Part’ of The New Celebrity Apprentice — & Why He Has a ‘Sinking Feeling’

Carson Kressley Reveals ‘the Hardest Part’ of The New Celebrity Apprentice — & Why He Has a ‘Sinking Feeling’
The New Celebrity Apprentice is back with Arnold Schwarzenegger as its host and contestant Carson Kressley competing in the board room. This season, Kressley will be blogging exclusively about each and every week for People – check back weekly and follow him on Twitter at @CarsonKressley!

Okay kids, I’ve finally gotten over being terminated by my dear Arnold Schwarzenegger. I guess he’s not as fond of me as I was of him!!! I take solace in knowing that I looked fierce walking to the chopper!

Really, at this point, who cares about the final four? Brooke and Laila were great,
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Ed Catto: A Tangled Web

In December I (foolishly) jumped into the latest Nate Heller detective story, Better Dead, by Max Allan Collins. This book has nothing to do with the Holiday Season. This book has nothing to do with making oneself better or preparing for the New Year’s challenges. In fact, this book is so enthralling it distracted me from my Yuletide tasks and annual planning. Better Dead is just a fun book. As with other adventures in this series, the author places his hero in a real-life historical hotspot, bringing to light a fascinating true-life story with new insights.

Kind of like the musical Hamilton without the rap musical and colonial wigs.

ComicMix’s “Grand Poobah”, Mike Gold, once famously quipped “if you only read one Max Allan Collins book this month, make it this one.” He was teasing about the author’s prolific writing. The talented ‘true crime’ and detective scribe produces so many books.
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Once Upon a Time Season 6 Episode 10 Review: Wish You Were Here

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Be careful what you wish for.

On Once Upon a Time Season 6 Episode 10 the Evil Queen made the ultimate wish, giving us a glimpse into what the world would be like if Emma Swan had never become the Savior.

Elsewhere in the hour, we learned who the mysterious figure under the hood is — the person who is destined to end Emma's life.

There's a lot to talk about from "Wish You Were Here" so let's dive right in!

Where to begin?

Well, obviously with the Evil Queen, because let's face it — everything starts with the Evil Queen.

I wish that Emma Swan's wish to have never been the Savior be granted.

Evil Queen Permalink: I wish that Emma Swan's wish to have never been the Savior be granted. Added: December 04, 2016

After the Evil Queen discovered that Emma's mystery sword could hurt her without bringing any harm to Regina she upped
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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny review – intelligent examination of an 'American flaneur'

The director of films from Slacker to Everybody Wants Some!! is all enigmatic affability, concealing what is clearly an obsessive dedication to his art form

A long overdue documentary study of Richard Linklater, a film-maker whose lo-fi 90s debut Slacker pretty well reinvented “indie” as a genre, who created one of the great love stories with his Before Sunrise trilogy and whose real-time masterpiece Boyhood dominates the skyline of modern American cinema. Like Gus van Sant, Linklater has an auteur signature that he can set aside for a regular studio paycheck – and this film tactfully hints that his mainstream movies of the noughties like Bad News Bears, Fast Food Nation and Me and Orson Welles were forgivably disappointing because he had his mind on Boyhood the whole time. However, this was the time he also made very interesting movies A Scanner Darkly (2006) – and of course Before Midnight (2013).

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Film Review: ‘Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny’

Film Review: ‘Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny’
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” is a fun, wily, and infectious portrait-of-the-artist documentary, filled with things we haven’t seen before (there’s a ton of footage of Linklater on the set), crafted with a deep curiosity about the mysterious, ever-changing nature of how movies actually get made. The film starts by going back to the halcyon indie days of 1991 and replaying the opening minutes of “Slacker” — a sequence that features the director himself, though no one knew it at the time. He’s a talky young guy in a loose-fitting green T-shirt, with dreamy eyes and a quasi-’70s bowl cut, who climbs into a taxi cab and starts waxing poetic to the driver (who greets his words with stone-cold indifference) about how if he had decided to walk or hitch a ride instead, he might have been inside a different reality. In that one, he could have met
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‘Undrafted’ Review: It’s a Great Year for Baseball Movies, Just Not This One

‘Undrafted’ Review: It’s a Great Year for Baseball Movies, Just Not This One
Some baseball stories are exciting even to non-fans, and in theory, “Undrafted” should be one of them. Over 30 years ago, writer (and fantasy baseball pioneer) Daniel Okrent used a 1982 regular season Milwaukee Brewers/Baltimore Orioles game as the basis for “Nine Innings.” From the perspective of an outsider, the book offered one of the purest glimpses at the details that make the sport a rewarding watch. What Okrent did in 288 pages, writer-director Joe Mazzello tries unsuccessfully to do in 105 minutes with his new film “Undrafted.” From a inspired-by-a-true-story premise, “Undrafted” takes that one-game premise inside the dugout, watching a team of hapless amateurs stare down a crucial league playoff matchup in the wake of learning that their best player was overlooked at the Mlb Draft.

“Team” is a loose term here, as the dozen players and their accompanying, overriding personalities never really seem like a cohesive group. There are the standouts: Philip Winchester as Fotch,
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‘Game of Thrones 6×02: Home’ Review

“I wasn’t drowning, I was home.”

Bran Stark stands among the dead. Watching his father, uncle, and aunt at play through the power of his second sight, he is bewitched by the idea of returning to a family lost to him forever. But when he returns unwillingly to the waking world he is confronted at once with Meera’s family, with the vast emptiness of the Far North laid out where her brother used to be. What he has is an illusion; what she faces is reality. That the episode ends with another breach of the veil between life and death, the resurrection of Jon Snow at the hands of a desperate, shaky Melisandre, is an unsettling omen at the very least.

“It is beautiful under the sea,” the Raven tells Bran in the vision. “But stay there too long, and you’ll drown.” Their exchange begins the episode
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The Phenom review: baseball movie throws a curveball

Ethan Hawke impresses as an abusive father to a major-league rookie pitcher in an intriguing character study that’s admirably hard to pin down

From its graceful opening credits sequence, which, backed by an elegant classical music score, fixes the viewer’s gaze on some tasteful wallpaper, writer and director Noah Buschel’s The Phenom immediately goes out of its way to subvert all the expectations associated with baseball movies.

Despite its rigorously formal leanings, The Phenom is still a film about a young man struggling to regain his focus and grow into the athlete he was born to be. But unlike Field of Dreams, Bad News Bears, Bull Durham and countless other films centered on the sport, The Phenom is more interested in its hero’s psychological trappings than his talents on the field.

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The Phenom review: baseball movie throws a curveball

Ethan Hawke impresses as an abusive father to a major-league rookie pitcher in an intriguing character study that’s admirably hard to pin down

From its graceful opening credits sequence, which, backed by an elegant classical music score, fixes the viewer’s gaze on some tasteful wallpaper, writer and director Noah Buschel’s The Phenom immediately goes out of its way to subvert all the expectations associated with baseball movies.

Despite its rigorously formal leanings, The Phenom is still a film about a young man struggling to regain his focus and grow into the athlete he was born to be. But unlike Field of Dreams, Bad News Bears, Bull Durham and countless other films centered on the sport, The Phenom is more interested in its hero’s psychological trappings than his talents on the field.

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Andrew Rannells Previews His Musical Simpsons Debut — Plus: Watch a Clip

Andrew Rannells Previews His Musical Simpsons Debut — Plus: Watch a Clip
Andrew Rannells is finally stepping into the role he was born to play: Andrew Rannells.

The Girls scene-stealer appears as himself — well, a “boozier, meaner version” of himself, he tells TVLine — on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) in which he helps Marge and Lisa repair their fractured relationship.

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“They’re having some mother/daughter growing pains,” Rannells explains. “Lisa finds out Marge has never liked jazz, which is devastating to poor Lisa, so they decide to go on a little weekend trip; they end
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Ranked: The Best Characters In Richard Linklater's Movies

Austin, Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater helped define the 1990s American indie scene with “Slacker,” a loose collection of conversations with real and invented personalities from the local Austin scene. That first film set a pattern for the filmmaker, who often employs large casts to create sprawling slice of life portraits. The lineup in “Dazed and Confused” could overwhelm a “best characters” list from many other filmmakers, and then there are the “Before” trilogy, “Boyhood,” and the new “Everybody Wants Some!!” to consider, among many others. Read More: SXSW Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ With Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch & More While often an author of his own scripts, Linklater has adapted material by Eric Bogosian (“SubUrbia”), Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Stephen Belber (“Tape”), Philip K. Dick (“A Scanner Darkly”), and Bill Lancaster (“Bad News Bears”). Even in those cases, the director’s methods and style...
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
After the dramatic one-two punch of “Before Midnight” and “Boyhood,” a master of the modern hangout movie achieves his most sustained comic bliss-out in years with “Everybody Wants Some!!” Billed quite accurately as a “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s latest acutely funny, achingly perceptive retro-sociology lesson follows a team of ’80s college baseball players wasting a longish weekend together before the start of a new school year; many scenes of pot smoking, disco dancing, knuckle flicking, skirt chasing and other forms of competitive male sport (and some baseball here and there) predictably and hilariously ensue. Linklater indulges his characters’ antics with such wild, free-flowing affection that you might miss the thoughtful undertow of this delightful movie: Few filmmakers have so fully embraced the bittersweet joy of living in the moment — one that’s all the more glorious because it fades so soon.

Linklater loyalists will
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Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, Adam Devine, and James Corden Re-Create Every Sports Movie Ever Made

If you were hoping to see Zac Efron put on a blond wig and dress up as Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On at some point in your lifetime, prepare yourself for greatness. The actor appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Sunday night after the Super Bowl with his Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates costars Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick to accomplish one very daunting task: sum up the entire history of sports movies in less than seven minutes. In the same vein as fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap" video, Corden's "History of Sports" tackles everything from Bad News Bears and Varsity Blues to The Sandlot and Bend It Like Beckham. No movie was safe from their hilariously spot-on impersonations, so check it out above!
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Brr, It's Cold in Here! James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Recreate Every Sports Movie Ever

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Brr, It's Cold in Here! James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Recreate Every Sports Movie Ever
If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies,
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Principal Photography Begins on Bad Santa 2

Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.

As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox
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