The new film Boyhood takes the concept of aging and maturity to a level never seen before onscreen.

Director Richard Linklater took a big gamble on a quartet of actors (two adults and two kids) and filmed them in different situations a piece at a time over the span of twelve years, all culminating in a touching and engaging storyline. A lot could’ve gone wrong with this experiment but instead Boyhood is a study in time and technique that makes for one of the best films of the year.

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Boyhood centers on Mason, who at the beginning of the film is played by six year old Ellar Coltrane. Over the course of the film, he along with his parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) and older sister (Lorelai Linklater) will have progressed through a story that uses natural aging and life experience instead of makeup tricks. Director Linklater admits pulling this off was no easy feat and on his recent promotional trip to San Francisco we discussed many things, including his passion to make Boyhood over a twelve year frame and his love for the Criterion Collection.

The following is a transcription of that conversation.

Richard Linklater: I just realized I’ve had my last three movies come out with the letter B. Bernie, Before Midnight and now Boyhood. I’m in the B phase of my career, the B movies. (laughs)

Q: Are you a fan of Michael Apted’s 7Up series and did that inspire any part of this film?

Linklater: Everyone’s seen those but this is the difference between a documentary and fiction. We’re not taking off every seven years but I think that is a powerful reminder of capturing a moment in film.

Q: As we see Mason grow from year to year in the film the audience has to play catch up with each scene. Did you consider putting in title cards to signify time passing?

Linklater: I never wanted that. To me I was looking back. I wanted people to look at the movie and see everyone getting older but from their own observations. Nothing from outside the film should tell you anything.

Q: There’s a lot of music for the many diverse periods in the film. Did you always have these songs locked in or did you experiment with other popular music of the period in the editing process?

Linklater: Always. A lot of the music we did toward the end anyway. Smells and music are the two things that can easily transport you to the past. It’s funny how our brains process memories, what triggers what.

Q: How much professional training did Ellar have prior to shooting?

Linklater: He was a mid-range professional. He had been in one movie and some commercials before he started this. As much as a six year old could, he seemed to like it. He also had the parental support, that was the key. He seemed like he’d be able to endure and he’s certainly a professional now. Twelve years of working on this. (laughs)

Q: Was there a point when he was going through puberty that he felt he didn’t want to do this anymore?

Linklater: Never. He never waivered. I never got any attitude from him, once. When he’s a little kid it’s more of a manipulation but as he gets older it’s more of a collaboration.

Q: Did you always have this project set up as a twelve year process from the beginning?

Linklater: Yes. I wanted it to go from first through twelfth grade. That was the structural device. I never questioned it.

Q: You also seemed to have some outside events guide the storytelling. With the Ethan Hawke character, he starts out as a very firm John Kerry supporter and later he seems more ambiguous.

Linklater: Not so much. I think his own life has taken over. He starts out as this youthful guy with all these opinions and a muscle car. He hasn’t been worn down by life and parenting so much but you see that slowly happen.

Q: The Criterion Collection has worked with you before putting together special editions of your films. Is there a Criterion edition of Boyhood coming in the future and if so, can you talk about some of the special features we might see on the release?

Linklater: Yeah, we’ve got a ton of behind the scenes stuff. We made this in the era where everyone has a digital camera so we unearthed an interview from year one with Ellar, Lorelai, Patricia and myself, Patricia interviewed me in 2002. I hadn’t seen this since we shot it, Ellar had forgotten quite a bit of it but he got to see himself as a wide-eyed six year old. For people who like the movie, I think there will be a lot of cool little treasures.

Q: Are these video diaries only from the first year?

Linklater: No, we did interviews throughout.

Q: Have they talked to you about when they want to release it?

Linklater: I don’t know yet but it will be cool.

Q: I think the last time you were here you were wearing a Criterion shirt.

Linklater: (laughs) Was I?

Q: Yes.

Linklater: The New Yorker just did a profile on me and I just happened to have that Criterion shirt on. I thought I would change the shirt but they liked it so I kept it on. So then I told Peter Becker, the head of Criterion, hey I got my Criterion shirt in the New Yorker. Give me that Jacques Demy boxset. He told me it’s on its way. (laughs)

Q: Have you been to the Criterion office to put together the Blu-Ray yet?

Linklater: Not yet.

Q: They have that segment on their website where they bring in directors and they take a handful of whatever Blu-Rays they want.

Linklater: I’ve been there plenty just not lately. Before they were putting it up on their website I was the guy who was always saying, I’ll take one of this. One of that. (laughs)

Q: Most of my Blu-Rays are Criterions.

Linklater: Bless Criterion, without them where would we be? And it’s magical the stuff they dig up. The Persona Blu-Ray had this making of a Bergman film. It was fascinating. It’s incredible to see what it’s like to hang out on the set of Persona. (laughs)

Q: Which of your films do you feel is the most underrated?

Linklater: The Newton Boys, hands down.

Q: You’re going from city to city answering a lot of questions. Is there one question you wish would go away?

Linklater: (laughs) Not really, they’re all very natural to the process. I guess when people ask me if I see myself continuing this film into manhood, it feels like an immediate sequel. The same thing happened with the Before movies, now every interview I do is going to beg that question. Patricia said the correct answer to that question is you don’t ask a mother who’s giving birth about her next kid. That’s where we find ourselves today, still in the birthing process. (laughs)

Boyhood is now playing in limited release.

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

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Marvel fans aren’t pleased with the twist in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.

By now you know that Steve Rogers is revealed to be a Hydra agent in the first issue of the new Captain America: Steve Rogers series (Read our in-depth analysis of the new issue here). Naturally this news — that ultimate do-gooder Cap would be so evil — has not sat well with fans.

The general consensus is that this shit is unacceptable…


… And the only thing to do is ignore it:



Others think Marvel need a taste of their own medicine:


And/or need to fire their lame-o writers:


Then there are beautiful Photoshops like this one of Chris Evans’ Captain America ripping up a tree the comic:


Some people are Photoshopping the comic to make him say things that are just as outrageous as him being a HYDRA agent:


While others are giving him a different revelation — one concerning Bucky. This is the twist that SHOULD be in the new Captain America series



Marvel, please write yourself out of this one as quickly as possible.


… Before you start coming up with other outrageous revelations