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The Beatles' 'Help!': What was helping out the Fab Four behind the scenes? -- EXCLUSIVE

How did director Richard Lester, writers Charles Wood and Marc Behm, and the Beatles themselves find inspiration for Help!, the Fab Four’s second feature film? Hint: They had a little help from their pal Mary Jane. More specifically, says one member of the movie’s team: “I never really alluded to this until now — when I think it doesn’t matter at all — but an awful lot of pot smoking was being done.”

Get a load of that pot smoking’s legacy in this exclusive clip from “The Beatles in Help!,” a 30-minute doc that accompanies the newly remastered film on its recent Blu-ray release. The talking heads are interspersed with footage of The House that Ganja Built, plenty of Liverpudlian antics, and the boys themselves sweetly singing “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl.” The remastering makes it even easier to tell how red their eyes are!
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Drafthouse Films to rerelease deranged 1979 sci-fi movie 'The Visitor'

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Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, has announced plans to rerelease the infamously nuts, 1979 sci-fi/horror/action movie, The Visitor. The movie stars legendary film director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) as — per the official synopsis — “an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.” (Now, that is something I might be tempted to pay $50 to see on the big screen, particularly as Huston’s costars include Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Franco, Nero, and his fellow director, Sam Peckinpah.) A new, HD restoration of The Visitor will be released to cinemas later this year and will also be available on VOD.

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'Warm Bodies': Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult turn into action stars -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Zom rom com Warm Bodies featured a lot of sweet and funny teen romance moments but also plenty of post-apocalyptic action scenes. When production transitioned into those run-from-zombies sequences near the end of the shoot, Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who plays Julie, had to get into action star mode.

Below check out an EW exclusive video from Warm Bodies’ Blu-ray extras (out tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4) that features Palmer recollecting the taxing transition into the production’s action sequences.

Then read on for more from Palmer about the making of Warm Bodies and Australian drama Wish You Were Here, where she plays one of four friends who embark on a vacation-gone-wrong in southeast Asia. Following its premiere at Sundance in 2012, Wish You Were Here opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, June 7. The 27-year-old actress also told EW about her work on Terrence Malick’s upcoming film, Knight of Cups, and how it inspired her to make her own cinéma vérité project that will complete production in late August. READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy in 'Identity Thief' Blu-ray: Step aside, boys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. With McCarthy playing the outrageous, unpredictable crook and Bateman playing the perfect trusted, beleaguered neighbor who could live in your cul-de-sac, Identity Thief scored $133 million at the box office, making it the biggest February opening since Hitch.

Makes you wonder… what were the boys thinking in the first place? I think I speak for everyone, Melissa, when I say, “I visually enjoy you.”

Identity Thief can be downloaded digitally beginning tomorrow, and an Unrated Blu-ray is set for release on June 4. Check out an exclusive video clip that discusses how McCarthy changed everything. READ FULL STORY

Own 'Spring Breakers' foreverrr: DVD/Blu-ray comes out in July -- EXCLUSIVE

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You’ve got designer t-shirts. You’ve got gold bullets. You’ve got Calvin Klein Escape. You’ve got shorts in every f–in’ color. But you don’t have Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers on DVD or Blu-ray; in fact, you don’t even know when you’ll be able to buy it.

Or at least you didn’t… until now.

EW can reveal that discs of Korine’s candy-colored crime spree flick will hit shelves July 9. The film comes packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes (oh please, let it include James Franco’s Alien listing more of the things he owns!), a VICE featurette that gives “an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach,” and “an insightful look at the music of Spring Breakers,” which hopefully means even more footage of stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine singing Britney Spears songs.

Clearly, our excitement about this release can be expressed only in the form of GIFs:

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'The Impossible' Blu-ray: Tom Holland talks about tsunamis, Shakespeare, and Ben Kenobi -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Naomi Watts was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Impossible, and Ewan McGregor starred as the husband and father who refused to quit looking for his missing family in the devastating aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. But the emotional core of the heartrending disaster film was Tom Holland, the 13-year old English actor who played their oldest son Lucas. Nearly swept away by the wave, Lucas clings to life among the dangerous flotsam and survives to help his injured mother to safety. Never striking a false note as his character veers between terror, hopelessness, and bravery, Holland delivers a performance reminiscent of Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. The first-time movie actor, who’d starred in the London stage production of Billy Elliot, won several newcomer acting awards for his role in The Impossible, including a Breakthrough Award from the National Board of Review.

Now 16, Holland is poised to star in three upcoming high-profile movies in the next year. But speaking to EW just after coming home from school in London, it’s clear he’s in no rush to hurry matters.

Click below for a Q&A with the precocious actor, plus an exclusive video clip from The Impossible Blu-ray, which is available today. READ FULL STORY

'Lincoln' Blu-ray: Saying goodbye to the president -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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“Now he belongs to the ages.”

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was credited with that death-bed epitaph hours after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in 1865, and with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln arriving on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, his words resonate — albeit in a less hallowed sense. Ever since Daniel Day-Lewis agreed to portray Lincoln — a role that must’ve felt as daunting as Hamlet mixed with Jesus Christ — cinephiles and academics alike awaited the finished result, to see if the British actor who’d magically infused himself into the souls of characters like Christy Brown and Daniel Plainview could resurrect and reintroduce our 16th president to the 21st century.

The result, we can say now, was truly historic. Day-Lewis won the Oscar — his third for Best Actor — and we learned all the tales of his total commitment to the role, which entailed him being in-character for as much as possible while on the set. “I never ever felt that depth of love for another human being that I never met,” Day-Lewis told 60 Minutes about playing Lincoln, and in countless interviews promoting the film, he expressed how sad it made him to say goodbye to the character.

In an exclusive feature from the new Blu-ray, Spielberg talks about the day their film work was finally done, when Day-Lewis, who’d been Lincoln for months, finally lowered the veil to his director. READ FULL STORY

25 great one-liners from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' -- VIDEO

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit sprang into theaters in the summer of 1988, animation was as beleaguered as ol’ Wily E. Coyote. These were the dark days of Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective and Universal’s An American Tale, which only seemed to prove that the glory years of cartoon mice and other fuzzy critters had finally run its course. But Robert Zemeckis’s Roger Rabbit changed everything, practically overnight. Much was made of the novelty of combining live-action with animated characters, but Mary Poppins had mixed both a quarter century earlier — and Bert and his dancing penguins were hardly the first themselves. No, what really made Roger Rabbit a hit with audiences of all ages was the come-together moment from all the iconic ‘toons that had thrilled generations of children. It was like “We Are the World,” but instead of Bob Dylan and Ray Charles, there was Daffy and Donald Duck squaring off against each other on dueling pianos and there was Mickey and Bugs free-falling with Eddie (Bob Hoskins) from the top of a skyscraper.

Throw in a new wascally-wabbit named Roger and his ahh-OOOOOOOO-gaa femme fatale of a wife (voiced by Kathleen Turner), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit became the first animated movie to make the year’s top-10 box-office list in more than a decade. The next year, Disney would present The Little Mermaid, which would confirm the resurgence of animation and set the course towards the new golden age that has lasted until the present day.

Tomorrow, Roger Rabbit arrives on Blu-ray for the first time, and even though the new 25th Anniversary Edition doesn’t include any new special features, it’s a delight to revisit Toontown and get hit on the head a few times with some classic Acme-brand laughs. Below, check out 25 great one-liners from the crazy, loony, genius movie that can’t help but make you feel like you’re nine years old again. READ FULL STORY

'Perks of Being a Wallflower': How the cast bonded during the 'best summer ever' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a high-school movie, capturing the trials and tribulations of adolescents trying to find their place in the world, but for the actors in Perks, the set felt a lot more like college.

“We were kind of living in a dorm environment,” star Logan Lerman said of the nights in the hotel during production with Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and other castmates.

A featurette on Perks’ DVD and Blu-ray (available today) called “Best Summer Ever” puts a spotlight on the bonding the young cast did in that dorm-like environment. Check out an EW exclusive clip from the featurette below, then read on for what Lerman had to say about shooting Perks and his next project with Watson, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. READ FULL STORY

'Les Miserables' sets Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What exactly is it about Les Misérables? Has any musical ever been so beloved? Based on Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, the stage musical about the redemption of prisoner Jean Valjean ran on Broadway for 16 years beginning in 1987 and was a worldwide sensation. Director Tom Hooper’s ambitious film adaptation has been a spectacular popular and critical success, grossing more than $144 million at the box office and earning eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Supporting Actress frontrunner, Anne Hathaway. Fans of the musical flocked to theaters to watch Hugh Jackman’s heroic Valjean joust with Russell Crowe’s devious Javert, to see Hathaway sing the heartbreaking “I Dreamed a Dream,” and to vicariously stand atop the barricades on the eve of France’s 1832 revolution. On March 22, the experience comes home when Les Misérables arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.

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