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Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo wrestle with history in Foxcatcher

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You often hear actors gush about how much fun it was to make a movie, but for Foxcatcher stars Steve Carell,Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo the experience was profoundly painful.

“I think we can comfortably say we were all just very happy when the movie was over,” says Tatum during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Or not happy, just relieved, just that, ‘God, that’s over.’ For however [the movie] turns out, we survived the film.”

Already lauded as one of the year’s most interesting dramas, director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher recounts the true story of mentally unstable multimillionaire John du Pont (Carell), who became obsessed with wrestling in the 1980s.

In particular, du Pont believes he can help 1984 Olympic gold medal wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum) regain his form, so he sets up an elaborate training facility at his 800-acre Foxcatcher estate just outside of Philadelphia. He »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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An octopus, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the Penguins of Madagascar

26 November 2014 10:28 AM, PST

What do you get when you mix an evil octopus, the internet’s boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch, and some spying penguins?  The Penguins of Madagascar.

A spin-off of the popular “Afro Circus”-singing franchise sees sidekicks Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico upgraded to leading bird status in their brand new adventure that sees them coming nose-to-nose- or beak-to-tentacle, as it were - with a dastardly octopus named Dave (John Malkovich) who’s bent on destroying the world.  But they’re not in this mission alone: the super-secret spy agency The North Wind has lent Agent Classified (Cumberbatch) to the cause.

The Penguins’ vocal cast includes all four of the original voice actors to provide their signature sounds while the film mixes in characters voiced by the likes of Peter Stormare, Andy Richter, and Ken Jeong.  Tom McGrath, the voice of Skipper, is one of the writers and original creators of the Madagascar series. »

- Rachel West

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Here at the End of All Things: Middle-earth gets its own supercut

26 November 2014 9:36 AM, PST

 It’s been thirteen years since Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) first left Bag End in director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Since then, the two Middle-earth trilogies have banked countless Oscar nominations, and have accumulated enough box office gold that comparisons to Smaug’s treasure are not out of realm of modest.

With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hitting theatres on December 17, we got a tad nostalgic about all those sneaky little hobbitses. Our time in Middle-earth has regrettably come to an end, but in the words of Mr. Frodo: “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.”

If you get a little weepy whenever Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) gives a speech – like we do – get your tissues ready for our supercut of some of our favourite Middle-earth moments.



- Sasha James

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Five reasons why we love Benedict Cumberbatch

25 November 2014 3:47 PM, PST

Narrowing down the talents and charms of one Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to just five is no easy task. Though it may seem like the 38-year-old Brit actor has only recently come on the scene, thanks to his sit-up-and-take-notice, pitch-perfect performance as Sherlock Holmes, dedicated fans know better. Though he's undoubtedly experiencing the kind of golden moment most actors would gladly give their right arm (and possibly a leg) for, the London-born, recently engaged thesp has been a jobbing actor for more than a decade and a critically-acclaimed one for almost as long.

From his BAFTA-nominated performances in "Hawking" (2004) and "Small Island" (2009), to charismatic but smaller turns in Starter For 10 (2006) and Atonement (2007), Cumberbatch was already making a name for himself before he was approached to audition for the titular role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern BBC look at Conan Doyle's famous detective. The role marked »

- Emma Badame

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Birdman leads Spirit Awards nominations

25 November 2014 2:27 PM, PST

Birdman, a dark comedy about show business, took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Star Michael Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu picked up nominations for the film from Fox Searchlight.

Nods also went to its supporting actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton and to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Collecting five nominations each were the coming-of-age drama Boyhood, the Martin Luther King Jr.biopic Selma, and the noir thriller Nightcrawler.

Other films recognized in the best feature category included Whiplash and Love is Strange, both of which received four nominations.

Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna announced the nominees live from the W Hotel in Hollywood. The awards recognize achievements in independent film, and Oscar hopefuls are sprinkled throughout each category.

Nods in the male lead category went to David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in SelmaJake Gyllenhall for »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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The legend is born in first trailer for Pan with Hugh Jackman

25 November 2014 11:24 AM, PST

How are legends born?

The first trailer for Pan gives us some insight into the origin story of the fabled Peter Pan and his nemesis Captain Hook in a colourful new world brought to life by Atonement director Joe Wright.

Newcomer Levi Miller stars as the orphan Peter who is spirited away to Neverland.  While in the lush and tropical world of mermaids, pirates, and magic, Peter comes face-to-face with James Hook (Garret Hedlund) and Princess Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara).  Before Peter can truly discover his destiny and the fairytale we are all familiar with, he must first face a foe in the form of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).

Jackman looks like he borrowed a page from Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean playbook on how to be a swashbuckler and there’s no denying the versatile actor is having a ball with the role.  It’s »

- Rachel West

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Jurassic World gets its first trailer

25 November 2014 9:34 AM, PST

The park is finally open.

“And remember, if something chases you, run.” That’s actually pretty great advice, Judy Greer. It looks like your kids will need it. They’re about to be hunted down by a new breed of dinosaur.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond’s dinosaur theme park, “Jurassic World,” is open and thriving. Behind the scenes, however, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and a team of scientists have created a new dinosaur for the park. Rumor has it, that new dinosaur is called a “D-Rex.”

Owen (Chris Pratt) has it right: It’s probably not a good idea.

Boot up your Unix computers, grab your green jello, and check out Jurassic World’s first trailer below:





- Sasha James

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Franco & Rogen meet Kim Jong-Un in latest trailer for The Interview

25 November 2014 8:22 AM, PST

Real life pals James Franco and Seth Rogen have navigated the halls of high school in “Freaks and Geeks,” thwarted drug dealers in Pineapple Express, and saw the end of the world in This Is the End.  Now, they face their greatest challenge to-date: they must assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in The Interview.

Franco stars as dim-witted pop culture tabloid TV show host David Skylark whose number one fan just happens to be Kim Jong-Un.  When the CIA gets wind that the dictator has granted Skylark an interview on his home soil, Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) are tapped with the unimaginable- they must “take out” the dictator.

The comedy, which hits theatres on Christmas Day, paints the 31-year-old Jong-Un as a Katy Perry-loving dictator.  And he’s none too happy about it in real life, threatening “merciless retaliation” against the U.S. calling the film an “act of war. »

- Rachel West

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X-Men: Apocalypse casts Oscar Isaac as the villain

24 November 2014 12:01 PM, PST

Forget the rumours.  Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac has signed on the play the titular villain in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

According to Variety, the actor, who is soon-to-be-seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens emerged victorious from the pile of big name stars that had been rumoured to be in the lead for the role including Tom Hardy and Idris Elba.  The sequel, which is set for 2016 and features a returning cast that includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters, is said to be set in the 1980s.

So who exactly is Apocalypse?  The X-Men’s foe is known as En Sabah Nur or “The First One” who we got a glimpse of in the post-credits sequence at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past (where he was played by another actor).  A super villain with mutant powers, Apocalypse was »

- Rachel West

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Carey Mulligan sings in Far from the Madding Crowd trailer

24 November 2014 8:07 AM, PST

The first trailer has emerged for Thomas Vinterberg’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed film The Hunt.  This time the Danish director brings us Far from the Madding CrowdThomas Hardy’s classically British tale of unrequited love and tragedy.

Carey Mulligan stars as the enticing Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who finds herself being courted by three very distinct men:  a shepherd (Matthias Schoenaerts), a farmer  (Michael Sheen), and a solider (Tom Sturridge).  Gorgeous pastoral landscapes, stunning mansions, social hierarchy, and above all things, love, are on full display in this trailer which is perfectly underscored by Mulligan’s enchanting singing voice.  The song that carries the trailer is “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” and is performed by Mulligan and Sheen.

The film, which also stars Juno Temple, was whispered, rumoured, and hoped for on the 2014 festival circuit, but having skipped Cannes, Venice, and Tiff, it looks like we’ll »

- Rachel West

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Mockingjay, Part 1 opens with $123 million

24 November 2014 7:28 AM, PST

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 didn't catch fire like the previous instalments of The Hunger Games, but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Lionsgate's Mockingjay opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's Hunger Games: Catching Fireand the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slide in the franchise,Mockingjay far surpassed the previous top weekend of the year: the $100 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment. After initial box office receipts of Mockingjay rolled in Friday suggested a weekend take below expectations, Lions Gate Entertainment's stock dipped 5 percent.

But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Quiz: Can you guess the voice of these animated characters?

24 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST

When it comes to voicing animated and stop-motion characters, who better to turn to than Hollywood’s A-list? With distinctive voices and acting styles a popular celeb can lend their vocal chops to give life to an animated being. Animators can use visual cues from the actors behind-the-scenes to add some personality, movement and facial expressions into their animated forms and let their on-screen personalities shine through. That CGI flying monkey in Oz: The Great and Powerful? That’s definitely a monkey version of Zach Braff.  And there's no separating Robin Williams from the iconic Genie in Aladdin.

This week’s animated offering The Penguins of Madagascar features the voice talents of non-other than Benedict Cumberbatch.  With a voice that sounds like a “jaguar in a cello” he’s just the latest celeb to lend his voice to an animated character.  Joining him in his Arctic adventure is John Malkovich »

- Rachel West

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