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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

Things get bloody in exclusive image from post-apocalyptic Sundance film 'Turbo Kid'

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In a rush to see a post-apocalyptic, BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story that follows the epic journey of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future? Then we recommend you book a flight to next year’s Sundance Film Festival which, it was announced today, will see the world premiere of Turbo Kid. Written and directed by the filmmaking trio known as RKSS (Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell) the film boasts both the talents of genre legend Michael Ironside and just that premise.

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Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig crack each other up in 'Skeleton Twins' outtakes

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Some people were surprised when The Skeleton Twins, which reunited Saturday Night Live all-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, was a drama about attempted suicide and marital malaise. No one, however, will be surprised to learn that the outtakes from the dark film are a laugh riot.

After spending seven seasons together on SNL and even playing a married couple in 2009’s Adventureland, the duo has “a brother-sister relationship in life,” Hader told EW, before the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “We had such a shorthand with each other. The chemistry was just built in, which is nice. We were laughing a lot.”

“They are like brother and sister,” said director Craig Johnson. “I just stood in the corner, silent and in awe of these two people when they would just riff back and forth. They would be on set in between takes just going off on bits that were completely improvised, but were just so funny and so quick. … They know each other’s brains so well.”

All that, and more. But who knew the gag reel’s secret weapon would be Luke Wilson? READ FULL STORY

Malcolm McDowell on Stanley Kubrick: An all-too-human artistic genius

Malcolm McDowell is part of an increasingly exclusive club: He starred in a movie for Stanley Kubrick.

The film, of course, was A Clockwork Orange, the controversial 1971 movie about a young Beethoven-obsessed thug who becomes the government’s guinea pig for a Pavlovian mind-control technique to cure him of his criminal impulses.

McDowell was only 27 when he got the role of Alex DeLarge, the narrator and chief droog in Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel. And though he would go on to create many other memorable characters during his career, Alex remains the one that is burned on the back of the eyeballs of many fans and cinephiles. That he worked with Kubrick only adds to the fascination. After all, the revered and enigmatic director made only 13 films during his illustrious five-decade career, and no matter how huge the movie star—Jack Nicholson in The Shining, Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut—a close creative encounter with Kubrick is inevitably the subject of infinite curiosity. “I don’t think there’s a question I have not answered about Clockwork and Stanley Kubrick,” McDowell says amiably. “But listen, I’m happy to try.” READ FULL STORY

'Pitch Perfect 2' star and YouTube sensation Flula goes Christmas caroling at EW

Pitch Perfect 2 features a number of new faces, among them YouTube sensation and DJ Flula Borg. He’s the lead male vocalist for the Bellas’ biggest rivals, the very German (and very tough) Das Sound Machine.

In honor of this week’s cover, Flula paid a visit to EW’s office to spread holiday cheer.

See the exclusive music video for 'The Hobbit's 'Last Goodbye,' with Billy Boyd and goosebumps aplenty

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When it came to finally bid farewell to Middle-earth after 16 years and six epic films, Peter Jackson gave the last word to one of the original members of the Fellowship. Billy Boyd, who portrayed loyal hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, collaborated with Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens to write “The Last Goodbye,” the song that will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on Dec. 17.

“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd, in an e-mail. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”

If you thought the ballad stirred some powerful goosebump emotions when it debuted online last week, you haven’t got a prayer this morning. EW has the exclusive music video for the franchise-capping song, and it includes Boyd’s performance, mixed with classic scenes from the series and touching behind-the-scenes footage of your favorite characters. This is the moment when you suddenly panic that the amazing journey is really coming to an end.   READ FULL STORY

10 Things You Need to Know About 'Pitch Perfect 2'

EW’s latest cover is an all-access, exclusive peek behind the scenes of next summer’s highly anticipated musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2. The movie takes place 3 years after the first film, with the Barden Bellas ruling the collegiate a cappella world. But then something happens. “They are prohibited—and I won’t say why—from competing at the collegiate level,” says director Elizabeth Banks, who produced the original and appears again as judge Gail. “So they are sort of forced to enter a professional world competition in order to be reinstated.” Here’s what else you need to know about PP2. READ FULL STORY

It's 'Lights! Camera! Mayhem!' in 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?' clip

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We haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, the new movie from Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono whose theatrical release is currently expanding around the country. However, the project’s synopsis is certainly intriguing:

There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The F— Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The F— Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death… on 35mm!

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Check out this exclusive 'Guardians of the Galaxy' deleted scene featuring the daughters of Thanos

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits Blu-ray on Dec. 9. To whet your appetite, EW is excited to share an exclusive deleted scene from this summer’s rock-and-roll space adventure. Originally meant to appear early in the movie, the scene takes a closer look at the sibling rivalry between Zoe Saldana’s eventually heroic Gamora and Karen Gillan’s generally villainous Nebula.

Guardians director James Gunn told EW yesterday that he’d like to see more Nebula in the Guardians sequel, so consider this deleted scene a possible preview of future sister strife. READ FULL STORY

See the poster for Anne Hathaway's 'Song One'

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In Song One, Anne Hathaway plays Franny, an academic whose research in North Africa is cut short by an emergency phone call from home: her younger brother Henry has been hit by a car and is in a coma.

Henry was an aspiring Brooklyn musician, a career development that had soured the siblings’ relationship. But as she and her mother (Mary Steenburgen) reconnect around his hospital bed, she also gains a greater appreciation for her brother’s commitment to music from the songs he left behind. She visits the clubs he frequented, and when the opportunity presents itself, she approaches her brother’s favorite singer, James Forrester (Johnny Flynn), with a recording of one of her brother’s songs.

Serene and guarded, James is suffering in his own way. A wave of early success has left him paralyzed creatively, but his connection with Franny and her family sparks a healing relationship for both of them.

Flynn was cast perfectly as James, a folksy musician from England who’s a star in Brooklyn’s hip rock-folk scene. Flynn has released four albums, including Country Mile in 2013, and he’d already performed in Brooklyn clubs like Pete’s Candy Store before ever being cast in Song One. “When I read the script, I was like, ‘Oh, in some ways, this is almost my experience of New York,'” says Flynn.

The film is written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland, who met Hathaway on the set of The Devil Wears Prada, where she was director David Frankel’s assistant. Song One debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is the first film Hathaway has produced with her husband, Adam Shulman. Film Arcade is releasing the film in theaters and on-demand on Jan. 23. READ FULL STORY

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