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Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' to open 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

May 23, 2011 | 10:30 am

Bernie 2 Richard Linklater's new film, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as a Texan mortician, will open the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, event organizers announced Monday. The independent film, which does not yet have domestic distribution, joins a lineup of both low-budget and largely commercial fare at the Los Angeles Times-sponsored festival, which runs from June 16-26 at L.A. Live.

The black comedy centers around an  undertaker (Black) who commits a crime but is still popular within the community, especially with one surly, wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine). The movie reteams Black with Linklater, who directed the comedian in 2003's "School of Rock." That was the last box office hit for the filmmaker, best known for his work on movies such as "Dazed and Confused," "Before Sunrise" and the subsequent "Before Sunset." His last directorial effort, 2008's "Me and Orson Welles," starring Zac Efron, received positive critical reviews but flopped upon its release in theaters.

The festival also revealed that it will welcome musician Quincy Jones and writer Frank Pierson for a conversation about the legacy of filmmaker Sidney Lumet. Meanwhile, the event's guest director, Guillermo del Toro -- whose "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will close the festival -- will present a little-seen Italian film called "The Arcane Enchanter." Del Toro is presenting the 1996 release, written and directed by Pupi Avati, as an example of a film that influenced him.


2011 Los Angeles Film Festival will welcome stars Guillermo del Toro, James Franco, Ryan Reynolds and more

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival lineup unveiled

With 'Limpet' remake, Richard Linklater could take a new plunge

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: Jack Black stars in "Bernie." Credit: Los Angeles Film Festival.

With 'Limpet' remake, Richard Linklater could take a new plunge

March 15, 2011 |  4:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Independent filmmaker Richard Linklater last tried his hand at a big-studio movie when he tackled the Billy Bob Thornton edition of "The Bad News Bears" in 2005.

Now he could be returning to the Hollywood game, and this time with a different kind of reboot: The director is the top candidate to come aboard the new version of the underwater adventure-comedy "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," according to two people who were briefed on the project but were not authorized to speak publicly about it. [UPDATE, 6:22 PM: One of the sources said studio Warner Bros. is set to make it official and hire Linklater.]

LimpetThe original "Limpet," from 1964, starred Don Knotts as an everyman who is transformed into a fish and goes on to fight  Nazis. The new edition has been, um, kicking around Warner Bros. for a few years. ("Enchanted" director Kevin Lima was initially hired in the summer of 2009 but later fell off the project.) At one point last year, Zach Galifianakis was in talks for the lead part.

Linklater has met several times with Warner Bros. executives to discuss his vision for the film and is the top choice to take the reins, though no deal has been struck yet.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on any director hiring.

Linklater is best regarded for more human-centric movies such as "Slacker" and "Before Sunrise." The new "Limpet" is expected to be an animated/live-action hybrid, as the original was, but Linklater, the helmer behind animation experiments like "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly," has experience with the form.

The new version of "Limpet" is expected to get a modern update that moves the story beyond its WWII roots.

--Steven Zeitchik



Zach Galifianakis could be a fish

Photo: "The Incredible Mr. Limpet." Credit: Warner Bros.


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