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Watch: Harry Potter Gets The Richard Linklater Treatment In 'Boyhood' Parody Trailer 'Potterhood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 1:25 PM
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As you've probably heard by now, there are few films like Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." A coming-of-age story that was literally shot as the lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, came of age, the director filmed the movie for a few days, over the course of a dozen years, putting together a unique cinematic snapshot. But there is at least one other movie series that has allowed us to see the lead character grow up with its audience, and that's the Harry Potter franchise, that not only catapulted Daniel Radcliffe to worldwide fame, but also put him in the position of living out his awkward years on the big screen (as a wizard).

Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

Listen: The Post-Beatles ‘Black Album’ From Richard Linklater's ‘Boyhood’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 21, 2014 3:18 PM
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If you’re at all a fan of the Beatles, or hell, even contemporary pop music, chances are you’ve made this mixtape-like album on your own at some point in your life. I know I have. The Beatles released arguably 12 classic, must-own albums: almost everything from A Hard Day's Night through Let It Be. And after their break-up in 1970, they also had a rich life of solo albums too (admittedly some were really patchy).

Box-Office: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Beats Chest & Keeps The Alpha Position At #1

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2014 12:28 PM
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Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes
Well, it looks like we have our second repeat of the #1 position of this year. Before now, Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” was the only film of 2014 to stay at the #1 box office position for two weeks in a row. But now Matt Reeves’ “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” has achieved the same distinction. Falling only 50% (a great hold for a tentpole), the film was still able to gross $36 million in its second week of release to retain the box-office top spot. The movie is now at $138 million domestically, and reaching $200 million at home seems like a foregone conclusion. Pundits are already hypothesizing that the film will hit around over $600 million worldwide, which is a strong sign for the life of this franchise. But the box-office is still ailing domestically overall, down some 45% from 2013.

Richard Linklater Confirms 'Boyhood' Is Coming To The Criterion Collection With Special Features

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 18, 2014 8:17 PM
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Boyhood
“Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood.” The chatter about the Richard Linklater indie has been omnipresent in the last two weeks, but for good reason: if you somehow haven’t heard, it’s really something else. At almost 3 hours, “Boyhood” is a film shot over twelve years documenting a divorced family as seen through the eyes of a young boy (Ellar Coltrane). You might have quipped to yourself when you saw Linklater visiting at Industrial Light & Magic this past week on Twitter, that the ambitious director could have saved himself a little time by just going the ‘Benjamin Button’ route of special effects. But there’s no CGI here. “Boyhood” is the real deal. We watch a boy of six years old grow into a man around the age of eighteen right before your eyes over the span of a 164-minute movie.

Did You Spot All The Pop Culture References In 'Boyhood'? Plus Full List Of Theatres Playing Richard Linklater's Epic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 10:25 AM
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Boyhood
In case you haven't heard, there is a little film called "Boyhood" making a big, big noise. Richard Linklater's decade-plus-in-the-making drama about the coming-of-age of a young boy has been earning critical accolades from every corner, and has been doing really well in limited release with some of the best per screen averages of the year (not bad for a movie that runs nearly three hours long). And as you might wager from a movie that aims to spans twelve years in the life of its characters authentically, "Boyhood" touches upon no shortage of pop culture references to signpost where you are in history.
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Interview: Richard Linklater Examines 'Boyhood,' Memory, Time & Perspective

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 15, 2014 11:36 AM
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Richard Linklater says making "Boyhood" was "unlike any film ever," and it's hard to disagree with him. Plenty of movies have spent more than a decade stuck in turnaround, but there's nothing in the history of fiction film to match the unique process of "Boyhood," shooting several days each year for 12 years and then turning the results into a poetic and deeply moving look at how time changes us in ways we both do and don't see (If the title weren't already taken, "Boyhood" could easily have been called "Life Itself.") Since its late-breaking debut at Sundance, Linklater's sprawling but intimate story has been met with near-universal praise, and continued a winning streak that, after "Bernie" and "Before Midnight," is rivaled only by the early threepeat of "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused" and "Before Sunrise."

Box-Office: Audiences Go ‘Ape’ For ‘Dawn’; 'Transformers 4' Becomes Highest Grossing Film Of 2014

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 13, 2014 11:46 AM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Biting sharply into Michael Bay’s box-office hegemony, 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” took the #1 spot this weekend with an extremely healthy $73 million opening. That’s up around 33% from 2011’s “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a surprise hit that veered very close to $500 million worldwide. A lot of components factored into its success: extremely positive reviews, great word of mouth, little competition — and considering Matt Reeves’ sequel is darker, more adult, and nowhere near as “crowd-pleasing” as the average blockbuster (at least not in the traditional sense), this is a great sign for Fox and the lifespan of this franchise, especially when a A- Cinemascore means audiences were very satisfied. Couple that with weak box-office competitors next weekend (“Sex Tape,” “The Purge” sequel), its possible ‘Apes’ could remain at #1 next week and or at least continue to do considerable business for the next few weeks (its $73 million gross is higher than the 14 films combined in the box-office top 15 this week).

Watch: 'Apehood' Is The Must-See 'Boyhood' & 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer Mashup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 5:06 PM
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This weekend, both Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (review here) and Matt Reeves' "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" (review here) hit theatres, and we understand that you might not have time for both. Well, luckily video editing whiz Nelson Carvajal is going to save you some time.

Watch/Listen: Richard Linklater Extensively Talks 'Boyhood,' Reflects On 'Dazed And Confused' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 11, 2014 9:03 AM
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This weekend should serve as welcome respite to those of you that usually hate the unrestrained cacophony of the summer movie season—“Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” we’re looking at you—with not only the best blockbuster of the summer (read our review of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” here) opening but also the release of the long-gestating time sculpture, “Boyhood.” Since the latter lacks both franchise recognition and CG apes, IFC Films is wheeling Richard Linklater around everywhere to talk up the movie and we’ve rounded some of his better appearances for you.

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