He's Having a Ball

Director Richard Linklater doesn't sweat the small stuff. Or, actually, much of the big stuff either

You're thinking he went soft, or, worse yet, is doing it for the money. Why else would the indie director of Slacker and Before Sunset--a guy whose idea of an action sequence is to have two characters walk while they talk--do a remake of the '70s kids' baseball movie Bad News Bears? It's because, although his office building off the highway in Austin, Texas, is lined with framed posters of French auteur Jean-Luc Godard movies, Richard Linklater is not a film snob. He just likes to make movies. "I would have loved to have been a '40s studio director like Vincente...

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