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

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:

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  • Jack Black is the new Michael Cera... Can't stand the guy....
    • Xerxexx
      um...what? That kinda makes no to elaborate? Black came before Cera. 
  • Xerxexx
     I may be the only Black fan I now, and guess what? I like it!
    • grimjob
      I love Jack Black. I love Kyle Gass. They can do wrong. This movie will be great! 
      • Xerxexx
        Tenacious D for life! 
      • did you mean they can do "no wrong"?
        • Xerxexx
          I'll bet you 1 million dollars he does. 
    • JL
      I'm dying to see another Tenacious D movie.  The Pick of Destiny was hilarious.  Especially the 'shrooms/Sasquatch sequence.
      • Xerxexx
        Pick of Destiny was hilarious. Cock-push ups. 'Nuff said.
        • grimjob
          Ha! cock push-ups. brilliant.
    • JB fan here to, far from being forever alone on this one
      • Xerxexx
        Plus he's being directed by Linklater...Richard fucking Linklater!
  • Larry Jack Dotson
    Had a blast working on this one!
    • Xerxexx
  • Jace
    Love me some Jack Black
  • N.
    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!!!  
    • RhythmDave
      "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...
      • N.
    he looks like a sex offender.
  • Nice bright colors right there!
  • Kammynx
    ....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.
  • bro
    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




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