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Ethan Hawke says a third “Before Sunrise” film is coming

Ethan Hawke says a third “Before Sunrise” film is coming (photo)

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The Playlist spotted an incredibly cool and suprisingly informative interview with actor Ethan Hawke over at the French magazine Allocine. Instead of asking Hawke questions, they played him various musical tracks that connected to his career and let him free associate responses. So if they played him “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles, he’d talk about his own career as an author as well as the many times he’s played authors onscreen.

One of Hawke’s best known performances as a writer came in the “Before Sunrise” films — and Hawke told Allocine during that part of their conversation that he, co-star Julie Delpy and writer/director Richard Linklater are planning to start work on the screenplay for a third “Before Sunrise” film later this year. The beloved series of romance films started in 1995 with “Before Sunrise,” where Hawke and Delpy meet as strangers on a European train, then spend one magical night wandering through Vienna. It continued in 2004’s “Before Sunset,” where Hawke and Delpy reconnect at the Paris stop on his book tour and spend the few hours before his flight home catching up and reminiscing. Now, Hawke says, the trio’s ready to reunite for a third time:

“I don’t know what we’re going to do but I know that the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months. All three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re ready to revisit those characters. There’s nine years between the first two movies. If we made the film next summer, it would be nine years again, so we started thinking that would be a good thing to do. We’re going to try to write it this year.”

Listening to Hawke talk about the “magical” process of making those first two movies with Linklater and Delpy, it sounds like “Before Sunrise/Sunset” is the rare film franchise that’s as beloved by its creators as by its fans. Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke aren’t making these movies to satisfy our curiosity about Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine. They’re making them to satisfy their own curiosity. Hawke told Allocine, “If I had to pick some of my creative times of my life, a lot of them would be writing with Julie and Rick.” Lucky for us it looks like the creative times are about to start again.

You’ll find the entire interview embedded below.

Which do you like better: “Before Sunrise” or “Before Sunset?” Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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