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First Look: Jack Black in Richard Linklater's Newest Comedy 'Bernie'

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May 23, 2011
Source: Collider

Richard Linklater's Bernie

It was announced today that the new film from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly, Me and Orson Welles) will be opening the Los Angeles Film Festival, kicking off this June. Titled Bernie, the black comedy stars Jack Black as Bernie, a beloved mortician in a small Texas town. Even the town's richest, meanest widow adores him. You can't get anybody to say a bad word about Bernie—even after he commits a nasty crime. This sounds like it might have a Coen Bros murder mystery brilliance to it, or so we can only hope. A few new photos from Bernie hit via Collider, check them out below.

For bigger sizes of the photos or to read the full press release, head to Collider. Here's the first two photos:

Jack Black in Bernie

Jack Black in Bernie

"We're thrilled to be opening the Festival with the world premiere of this delicious black comedy – a treat from one of the most original and exciting voices in independent film, Richard Linklater," said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham. "With its fabulous all-star cast, Bernie is a perfect stage setter for the incredible line-up of original entertainment we've assembled for this year's Festival." Bernie, directed and co-written by Linklater with Skip Hollandsworth, also stars Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine, Gary Teague, David Blackwell and Larry Jack Dotson. Bernie has been described as a "Fargo-esque true crime" based on a real story, which is crazy. I'm definitely going to make sure I catch this! For more, visit: LAFilmFest.com.

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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments

1

Jack Black is the new Michael Cera... Can't stand the guy....

Ricardo Marques on May 23, 2011

2

um...what? That kinda makes no since...care to elaborate? Black came before Cera. 

Xerxexx on May 24, 2011

3

 I may be the only Black fan I now, and guess what? I like it!

Xerxexx on May 23, 2011

4

I love Jack Black. I love Kyle Gass. They can do wrong. This movie will be great! 

grimjob on May 23, 2011

5

Tenacious D for life! 

Xerxexx on May 23, 2011

6

did you mean they can do "no wrong"?

Conrad Williams on May 23, 2011

7

I'll bet you 1 million dollars he does. 

Xerxexx on May 23, 2011

8

I'm dying to see another Tenacious D movie.  The Pick of Destiny was hilarious.  Especially the 'shrooms/Sasquatch sequence.

JL on May 23, 2011

9

Pick of Destiny was hilarious. Cock-push ups. 'Nuff said.

Xerxexx on May 24, 2011

10

Ha! cock push-ups. brilliant.

grimjob on May 24, 2011

11

JB fan here to, far from being forever alone on this one

joshp on May 24, 2011

12

Plus he's being directed by Linklater...Richard fucking Linklater!

Xerxexx on May 24, 2011

13

Had a blast working on this one!

Larry Jack Dotson on May 23, 2011

14

Really? 

Xerxexx on May 23, 2011

15

Love me some Jack Black

Jace on May 23, 2011

16

This looks Awesome I dont know why but by the looks of it, it reminds me of Nacho Libre the feel of it that is and I love that movie most people hate it but I cant get enough of it!!!  

N. on May 23, 2011

17

"I dont know why but by the looks of it, it reminds me of Nacho Libre" ... because Jack lack is in the staring role as an odd 'non rock centric' character? perhaps that...

RhythmDave on May 24, 2011

18

True

N. on May 24, 2011

19

he looks like a sex offender.

SNEARS on May 24, 2011

20

Nice bright colors right there!

Davide Coppola on May 24, 2011

21

....Man. You guys shot that film in the town I was living in. I'm a diehard Linklater fan too! I really wanted to meet everyone.

Kammynx on Nov 16, 2011

22

ahh, they did some of the filming for this at my high school. a piano scene. an orchestra kid played the piano for it. i'm in the background at some point. (x

bro on Feb 11, 2012

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