Young actors play ball in ‘Everybody Wants Some!’

Posted on March 26, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By Bill Zwecker – Chicago Sun Times – 03.26.16

For the young actors to come together and bond — to be believable as Texas college baseball teammates in the early 1980s — writer-director Richard Linklater came up with a pretty simple plan.

“It was a great opportunity given us by Rick,” says Tyler Hoechlin, who portrays cocky senior star McReynolds in the film “Everybody Wants Some!” (opening Friday). “He allowed us to come out to his property in Texas for about three weeks prior to shooting. We basically lived together.

“We had a bunkhouse, where we would sleep every night. We would wake up and eat breakfast together. We would go through our table reads [of the script] together. We’d go to our dance rehearsals and baseball practice — always together. It was like being back in college and playing ball again.”

Hoechlin was the only actor in the movie who had much experience on school baseball diamonds, having played for three years in college.

“Getting back on that field was like a homecoming party for me to relive that,” he says. “It was a blast.”

For Will Brittain, who portrays a senior class pitcher in the movie, baseball was pretty much in his distant past.

“I played a ton of ball up until the age of about 13 or 14,” Brittain says. “I was pretty good at it but not as good as I was at other sports, so I started to focus on football and track.

“So it was really awesome for me to get back on the ballfield, swing a bat and throw a ball around again. It was a nice trip back to childhood.”

It wasn’t easy for Blake Jenner, the main star of this ensemble picture, to make himself convincing as Jake, the star freshman pitcher.

“I grew up playing a little bit of football and some basketball and still play basketball today,” Jenner says. “I also did some wrestling in high school. But I never played baseball — not ever.

“So, as you can imagine, what I had to do was to work very hard with some really good coaches at [the University of Texas] in Austin. They were terrific and very patient with me. It was cool to actually learn from them.”

Beside the athletic aspects of the film, the core of “Everybody Wants Some!” is Linklater’s somewhat autobiographical look at a group of young athletes as they connect and live together in a ramshackle, fraternity-like house off-campus the week before the start of the fall term. Though not a sequel, it is seen by many as Linklater’s follow-up to his 1993 cult classic “Dazed & Confused.”

Brittain says that while they were prepping to shoot the movie, he and his castmates were given a lot of leeway by Linklater — using that as an example of the Oscar-nominated director’s collaborative approach.

“When we were out on Rick’s farm, workshopping the whole piece before filming, we’d talk about the party scenes, for example,” Brittain says. “A lot of stuff you see at those party scenes came from us tossing around ideas with Rick — things that might be fun and that our characters might actually have done back in the day.

“In watching that final cut of the film, it was fun to see those ideas actually come to life on camera. It was very cool to see that.”

Jenner says he also was “pretty much in awe” of Linklater, impressed by how much the “Boyhood” and “School of Rock” filmmaker was willing to listen “to all of our ideas. … especially considering this was for a film that he not only was directing but also wrote based on aspects of his real life.”

Brittain was equally impressed with Linklater when the director wasn’t happy with how a scene was going.

“He was kind of like your favorite coach. He wouldn’t come up and tell you were doing something right — he’d just let you keep doing it.

“But when he did come up to tell you you were doing something wrong, it wasn’t to grill you. It was more like, ‘Why don’t you try this?’ It was always done in a way that was very gentle and respectful.”

For contemporary college-age kids watching “Everybody Wants Some!” the film will showcase a period when social media, cell phones and the like were not yet part of American culture.

Brittain says that was something he and the other actors embraced. “I loved the fact that we got rid of the phones on set. In other projects, other movies, whenever there’s a break, people immediately jump on their phones and start texting and the like.

“That never happened on this set. Frankly, rarely did people have their phones outside their trailers. I think that is one of the reasons we became so close. We simply had to sit down and talk to each and work things out — face-to-face and person-to-person.

“Of course, ironically, the way we now stay in touch is to keep texting each other almost every day now.”

Director Richard Linklater is the ‘best coach’

Posted on March 26, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

By Jake Mulligan BOSTON GLOBE – 

Actors Blake Jenner (“Glee”), Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf”), and Will Brittain behaved like teammates at the AMC Boston Common the other night — backslapping, trading punch lines, and telling a few of the rowdiest stories they’ve collected during their time together. The three portray college baseball players in director Richard Linklater’s latest, the ’80s-era campus-comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!” (The movie opens April 1 in Boston.) The trio says the celebrated director deserves all the credit for their camaraderie. Linklater is the “best coach ever,” Jenner said. “You want to be around whatever Rick’s doing,” added Brittain, in a distinctly Texas accent. “You feel like you want to be a sponge around him.” The three met for the first time at Linklater’s farm in the Lone Star State, where pre-production prep included dance lessons, baseball practice, and a read-through of Linklater’s ever-evolving script. “It was so inspiring to see people taking their character and working on it and honing it, and shaping it,” Hoechlin said during an interview at the Eliot Hotel. “It started to inform me of who my character was. Everybody kept pushing each other up, and the performances kept growing.” Having arrived here from Phoenix, the trio planned a night out in Boston, beginning at Kings Boston and then maybe a few rounds at Bleacher Bar. As for the future, it’s obvious the team of actors are hoping to reunite with their favorite coach, even if they have to wait a while. “You look to the ‘Before’ movies [‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ and ‘Before Midnight’], [and you see Linklater] takes his time,” Jenner said. “It shows how patient he is, and shows how much of an artist he is. We’re all obsessed with him. I keep calling him, and he’s not returning my calls. Can that be the headline? ‘Rick, Blake Needs You.’ ”

Compilation of ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Reviews

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

“The best player on the 1980 Texas college baseball team lovingly depicted in Everybody Wants Some is a senior named Glen McReynolds, a guy who looks like he walked right off a faded Topps card and into a keg party. Played by former Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin, Glen has the bulgiest muscles, the most luxuriant mustache, and the shit-eating grin of a guy who’s sure he’s going to go on as a pro athlete, that his life is going to become even more sweet than it already is. He’s introduced by almost caving in a kitchen ceiling with the waterbed he’s been setting up in the room above. He grinds every newcomer — including freshman main character Jake (Blake Jenner) — into the dirt to establish his dominance, and he handles losing very, very poorly. He’s the distilled essence of sporty douchebaggery.

But during a lazy afternoon hang-out around the baseball team houses (a pair of much-abused buildings donated by the city to house its players), Glen proposes a bet: wielding an axe as a baseball bat, he can cut a baseball in half midair. The teammate who takes up his wager tosses the ball, and as Glen hefts the axe above his shoulder and whirls it around, the movie slows down as if — like everyone else there — it can’t help but admire the easy certainty with which he pulls of this feat of strength and accuracy. Glen may be a asshole, but he’s enthralling in his physical magnificence, and in that moment, you can’t help but like him, even as he smirkingly offers to go two out of three.”
Buzzfeed 3.20.16

 

“The ensemble cast is bursting with charismatic young actors. Jenner and Powell are magnetic. Tyler Hoechlin as arrogant hotshot McReynolds prowls around his scenes like a panther. Wyatt Russell as pitcher and ur-stoner Willoughby has some of the film’s best lines. Juston Street, as Niles, is the film’s clown, a towering, pumped-up fount of comically bad vibes.”
Wired 3.15.16

 

“This is the best day of my life – until tomorrow,” says McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), one of the college baseball players that populate Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, aptly summing up the endless party vibe of the riotous comedy.
…. Immediately upon arrival at his new home, he’s hazed by McReynolds, a heavy hitter who can’t hide his disdain for pitchers. He fares better with his other housemates.
…. Collectively, they’re one hell of ensemble, with Powell and Hoechlin as charismatic standouts.”
The Guardian 3.11.16

 

“….Moving into the run-down house reserved for the baseball team, Jake is greeted with an uneasy mix of camaraderie and hostility by his fellow players, some of whom — like the cocky McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin, sporting a Burt Reynolds mustache), a heavy hitter on the field and elsewhere — hardly bother to hide their scorn for freshmen in general and pitchers in particular…”
Variety 3.11.16

 

“….It’s August of 1980, three days before the fall semester starts at a small Texas college. Jake (Blake Jenner), a fresh-faced pitcher who clearly was a star in his little hometown, parks his Oldsmobile 442 in front of the two houses used as ramshackle dorms by the baseball team. Inside, the first two upperclassmen he meets will barely shake his hand. “I hate pitchers,” boasts McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), a mustachioed stud with enough confidence to make him alpha male in a house of alphas. …”
The Hollywood Report 3.11.16

 

“… Like any good baseball team, Everybody Wants Some has a really deep bench of versatile role players. There’s McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), the team leader with a killer swing and a hyper-competitive streak; Finn (Glen Powell), the smooth-talking ladies man who could have been pals with the gang from National Lampoon’s Animal House; Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), the potheaded veteran who thinks weed enhances his natural telepathic powers; and “Raw Dog” (Justin Street), a hilariously insecure pitcher who will stop at nothing to prove his toughness (and whose deranged obsession with respect makes him the movie’s breakout star and biggest scene stealer).”
Screen Crush 3.11.16

 

“…Tyler Hoechlin also commands the screen as McReynolds, the leader of the bunch who has a habit of rubbing some the wrong way due to the fact that he’s a major sore loser.”
Collider 3.11.16

 

“…This first hour is bearable because of the cast assembled and their improvisational take on the material. I have no idea how much Linklater let them go off script, but Jake, who is privy to the wisdom of senior students Roper (Ryan Guzman) McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin) and Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), plays around the planned dialogue impressively. The group’s physical comedy is dynamic, and Linklater doesn’t shy away from possible incoherence, letting moments play out until their absurdity turns to charm.
The Daily Gazette 3.15.16

 

“McReynolds is the Alpha Dog of the team. He plays center field, is a pro prospect, is by far the best player, and he can swing an axe for a bat and cut a pitched baseball in half. McReynolds is so competitive, he won’t even befriend the pitchers on the team just in case he ever has to face them in the pros. He would never want to give them “an edge.””
Uproxx 3.11.16

 

“…Other standouts include Juston Street as the erratic and Ricky-Vaughn-esque Jay “Raw Dog” Niles, Wyatt Russell as a Twilight Zone loving stoner named Willoughby, and Tyler Hoechlin as the cocky, yet proven, team captain, McReynolds. But, again, the entire cast is aces.”
We Got This Covered 3.16.16

 

“… McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), star centerfielder and resident alpha dog, makes it clear from the beginning that college is going to be a whole ‘nother ballgame. He refuses to befriend Jake not only because he’s a newbie, but due to the fact that pitchers may become future competition in the big leagues one day. Jake also has other upperclassmen to contend with, though none of them are quite as bad as McReynolds.”
iDigitalTimes 3.13.16

 

“…The already-pretty-famous Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) is a stand-out as the only member of the cast with advanced baseball training.”
Vanity Fair 3.12.16

Paramount Shifts Release Dates For ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

Deadline 3.18.16

Richard Linklater’s ensemble comedy Everybody Wants Some, the spiritual sequel to his earlier Dazed And Confused that opened the South By Southwest film festival last week, is now hitting theaters two days earlier, moving its limited release to March 30 from April 1. The film will still go into wide release on April 8. It’s the second such move for Everybody Wants Some, originally scheduled for April 15 but moved to April 1 a month ago. Today’s move follows the universal acclaim the Annapurna Pictures and Detour Film production received after its SXSW debut and signals some confidence on Paramount’s part that it has a potential indie hit on its hands.

Review of ‘Everybody Wants Some’ – BuzzFeed

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Films, News, Tyler 0

Tyler getting some review love for Glen McReynolds…..

By Alison Willmore

“The best player on the 1980 Texas college baseball team lovingly depicted in Everybody Wants Some is a senior named Glen McReynolds, a guy who looks like he walked right off a faded Topps card and into a keg party. Played by former Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin, Glen has the bulgiest muscles, the most luxuriant mustache, and the shit-eating grin of a guy who’s sure he’s going to go on as a pro athlete, that his life is going to become even more sweet than it already is. He’s introduced by almost caving in a kitchen ceiling with the waterbed he’s been setting up in the room above. He grinds every newcomer — including freshman main character Jake (Blake Jenner) — into the dirt to establish his dominance, and he handles losing very, very poorly. He’s the distilled essence of sporty douchebaggery.

But during a lazy afternoon hang-out around the baseball team houses (a pair of much-abused buildings donated by the city to house its players), Glen proposes a bet: wielding an axe as a baseball bat, he can cut a baseball in half midair. The teammate who takes up his wager tosses the ball, and as Glen hefts the axe above his shoulder and whirls it around, the movie slows down as if — like everyone else there — it can’t help but admire the easy certainty with which he pulls of this feat of strength and accuracy. Glen may be a asshole, but he’s enthralling in his physical magnificence, and in that moment, you can’t help but like him, even as he smirkingly offers to go two out of three.”

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