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Watch 12 years of 'Boyhood' in 11 heartwarming minutes


Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the film he quietly made with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and a cast of unknowns over a span of 12 years, is having a difficult time saying goodbye.

Since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the ambitious cinematic experiment about Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his family has become one of the year’s most beloved films. It’s one of the favorites for year-end awards, and with the film now available on Digital HD, IFC Films has posted an 11-minute featurette, The Making of Boyhood, on Hulu.  READ FULL STORY

'Boyhood,' 'Into the Woods' make the AFI Awards list


The American Film Institute typically gives out honors to 10 films each year, but this year, 11 made the cut, including Boyhood, which picked up even more critics’ prizes over the weekend. According to AFI, this is “the first time in AFI AWARDS history that the voting procedure – including tiebreakers – has resulted in the inclusion of 11 motion picture honorees.”  READ FULL STORY

Patricia Arquette is all-in for more 'Boyhood'

Guardians of the Galaxy and Mockingjay might be the year’s biggest movies, but 2014, in many important ways, has also been the year of Boyhood. Since it debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival to rhapsodic reviews, Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) and his family has forged a deep bond with audiences and critics alike. From Sundance, it went to Berlin in February, where it won several awards, and then reveled in a euphoric homecoming at March’s SXSW Festival in Austin. It opened in July in the heart of blockbuster season, and is still humming along 22 weeks later, already earning more than six times its $4 million budget. Now, with awards season shifting into high gear, Boyhood might actually be the Oscar frontrunner after critics groups in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston named it the best film of the year.

Boyhood is about a boy named Mason from the ages of 6 to 18, but it would require just minor editing to reframe it as Motherhood. Patricia Arquette plays Olivia, the divorced mother-of-two who pulls herself up by her bootstraps to provide a life for Mason and his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). It is almost as much her movie as Mason’s, because her arc, from an overwhelmed single mom to a successful college professor—with a couple bad marriages thrown in between—is so raw and riveting. Olivia is courageous and vulnerable, and Arquette is so powerfully authentic, perhaps because of 12 years of her own life experiences that paralleled the production of the film: her own new baby, a teenage son leaving the nest, a new marriage and a divorce. “This movies means so much to me personally,” she says, “and the people in it mean so much to me personally because it’s a movie about kids growing up and families and human beings, and it’s kind of a love story to the working class.”

Arquette has been the one to beat in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar race since January’s premiere, and recent year-end prizes have provided additional momentum. With Boyhood poised for Digital HD release tomorrow (Dec. 9)—the Blu-ray/DVD arrives on Jan. 6—Arquette spoke to EW about her amazing Boyhood experience, struggling to say goodbye, and the house fire that kept the project going. READ FULL STORY

'Birdman' tops 'Boyhood' at Gotham Awards

In an early showdown between two Oscar frontrunners, the Gotham Independent Film Awards honored the movie with stronger New York credentials. Birdman, Alejandro Iñárritu’s surreal story of a washed-up Hollywood superhero actor grasping for meaning and relevancy by mounting a Broadway play, topped Richard Linklater’s Boyhood for Best Feature.

Michael Keaton, who—in a very meta piece of casting—played the sinking actor haunted by his costumed alter-ego, took home the prize for Best Actor.  “I’d like to thank the folks of Gotham,” Keaton joked. “It feels awfully good to be back home. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but when’s the last time you saw the Joker or the Penguin causing any problems?” READ FULL STORY

'Boyhood' wins top prize at New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The New York Film Critics Circle showed a lot of love for Boyhood today, anointing Richard Linklater’s film the Best Picture of the year. The NYFCC Awards are frequently seen as one of the first bellwethers of the coming Oscar race.


'Birdman' leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Birdman scored six Independent Spirit Award nominations, the most of any film, when the nods were announced today, but for the most part the Spirit Awards spread the love around.

BoyhoodNightcrawler, and Selma each got five nominations, while Whiplash, a source of buzz since its debut at Sundance, received four. Though most of these films have Oscar hopes, the Spirit Awards have also honor films that haven’t made much headway in the awards conversation, despite critical praise. For instance, the John Lithgow-Alfred Molina film Love Is Strange was nominated for Best Feature, and received four other nominations, while A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a film described as the “first Iranian Vampire Western, has three nominations to its name.

See the full list below.   READ FULL STORY

'Boyhood' leads Gotham Awards nominations

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was nominated for four Gotham Independent Film Awards, including a nod for Best Feature. Also competing for best picture are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, and Under the Skin.

While the Gothams celebrate only independent film, they are one of the first notable—if not the most reliable predictor—year-end movie awards. Last year, the Gothams rewarded Inside Llewyn Davis and Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson, in addition to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyer’s Club.

Boyhood was also recognized for Ethan Hawke in the Best Actor category, Patricia Arquette in Best Actress, and Ellar Coltrane in Breakthrough Actor.

The Gotham’s nominating committee for the Best Actor category—of which EW‘s Mark Harris was a member—voted to award a joint Special Jury Award to the three leading actors in Foxcatcher—Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Their film’s director, Bennett Miller, will also receive one of three Gotham Award Tributes, along with Tilda Swinton and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held Dec. 1.

View the complete list of nominees below. READ FULL STORY

Actors and directors praise Richard Linklater in '21 Years' trailer

Richard Linklater’s had a good year, with Boyhood enjoying strong buzz since its debut this summer. Linklater took 12 years to shoot and produce the film. In that span of time, the renowned director created a number of other influential films.

In honor of his work, 21 Years: Richard Linklater brings together actors and directors who have worked with or been influenced by Linklater, and the film’s first trailer offers no shortage of praise for him.


TIFF: Ethan Hawke on 'Good Kill' and his post-'Boyhood' blues


Ethan Hawke is on a roll. Last year, he was nominated for another screenwriting Academy Award for Before Midnight, while also starring in the horror film, The Purge, his biggest hit since Training Day. This year, he’s kept it going with Boyhood, the best-reviewed film of the year that has him in the hunt for a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Add to that Good Kill, which debuted last week at the Venice Film Festival and screens at Toronto on Sept. 9. The film marks Hawke’s third collaboration with director Andrew Niccol, who helmed Gattaca and Lord of War, and co-stars Bruce Greenwood and January Jones. In Good Kill, Hawke plays Maj. Tom Egan, an Air Force pilot who has reluctantly traded the wild blue yonder for remote-controlling the deadly drones that rain down on the Middle East’s most dangerous regions from the comfort of home. “Every time I would sit and read the paper and read about a drone strike, I kind of had no idea what that really meant,” says Hawke. “I think I pictured some drone from Star Wars or something. But the reality is extremely interesting and the hope is to tell a true story about the experiences of the soldiers.”

Hawke spoke with EW about Good Kill and his new documentary, which is also playing at the Toronto Film Festival, as well as his biggest takeaway from the 12-year odyssey that was BoyhoodREAD FULL STORY

Meet the nice guy who plays 'Boyhood's terrifying stepdad


A character actor with more than 80 film and TV projects to his name, Austin, Tex.-based Marco Perella is receiving his widest exposure ever—for a movie he finished shooting eight years ago. As the drunk disciplinarian stepfather of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in Richard Linklater’s decades-spanning Boyhood, Perella plays the pathetic bully with a finesse that’s left some viewers thinking the movie was all too real.

EW spoke to Perella about his role in the film and the choice of words when he’s being praised for being bad.

The interview below references specific scenes and plot details of Boyhood. READ FULL STORY

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