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The concept behind filmmaker Richard Linklater’s latest movie Boyhood is inspired, but risky. Follow a child, and a group of actors playing his family, and watch as he grows into a young man. Linklater tells Kim Masters how he convinced a cast, crew and a single investor to sign on for this daring 12-year endeavor.

And later on the show, Linklater gives us an update on Bernie Tiede, the man who inspired his film, Bernie. Tiede has recently been released from prison and is living in Linklater’s garage apartment.

From ‘Mad Men’ to ‘Boyhood,’ AMC CEO is Thinking Long Term 5 MIN

Richard Linklater found funding and and distribution for Boyhood through IFC Films, one of the companies under the umbrella of AMC Networks. Kim Masters talks to AMC CEO Josh Sapan about funding Boyhood and other artist-driven projects like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Walking Dead. While just recently released at only a few theaters in the US, Boyhood has already broken even, thanks in large part to foreign sales.

Josh Sapan, AMC Networks

AMC Networks’ 12-Year Backing of Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’: The Opposite of Turnaround
The story of how IFC committed to ‘Boyhood’ - the incredibly risky ‘12 Year Project’

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 57 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Time Warner rebuffs Murdoch’s $80 billion offer...for now
- Restructuring at Fox post-Kevin Reilly
- Microsoft gives up on original programming

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Murdoch Puts Time Warner on His Wish List
Time Warner Explains Why It Rejected Bid as Fox Says No Current Talks
21st Century Fox to Put Broadcast, Creative Divisions Under Same Umbrella
Dana Walden, Gary Newman Take Over Fox Broadcasting in Restructuring
Microsoft is Shutting Down Xbox Entertainment Studios
Microsoft is Shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, but Halo TV Series Lives on

'Boyhood' 21 MIN, 50 SEC

Writer and director Richard Linklater is the mind behind a diverse oeuvre of movies including Slacker, Dazed and ConfusedSchool of Rock, as well as Before Sunrise, and the sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

Some say his latest film, Boyhood, is his masterpiece. The premise is simple: follow the life of a young boy and his family over the years--in real time.

Mason (Ellar Coltrane), age 9, in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Almost every aspect of this venture depended on luck. Linklater found a very patient backer willing to give him a budget of $200,000 a year--for 12 years.

Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), and Mason (Ellar Coltrane), age 9, in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

For the child in the movie, Linklater chose an unknown, Ellar Coltrane, and really could only hope that this little boy would stick with him to the end. He cast his own daughter Lorelei as the older sister and recruited Patricia Arquette to play the mother. Linklater’s frequent collaborator, Ethan Hawke, plays a once absent father who reappears in his kids’ lives.

And while Linklater was filming Boyhood over the course of years, he was working on other movies too. Among them, Bernie, starring Jack Black in the title role. The dark comedy tells the true story of popular small town Texas mortician Bernie Tiede. In 1996, he shocked the community by shooting and killing a wealthy elderly woman who had been his constant companion. Tiede was sentenced to life in prison but after serving 17 years, he was recently released. A judge concluded that Tiede could be freed if certain conditions were met, among them, that he find a place to live. Linklater knew just the place--his own apartment.

Richard Linklater behind the scenes of his film Boyhood

Richard Linklater, director and screenwriter

Richard Linklater’s Momentous Boyhood is an Experiment That Makes Time Visible
Richard Linklater’s career has all been leading up to his ‘Boyhood’ masterpiece
Richard Linklater on Living with Bernie Tiede


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