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Fast & Furious star Paul Walker dies in car crash

30 November 2013 9:45 PM, PST

 

Paul Walker, the star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told The Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

Walker was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, Hours, which is set for release this month. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Poll: What's your favourite Josh Brolin movie?

30 November 2013 7:28 AM, PST

Josh Brolin may have an Oscar nomination under his belt for Milk.  He may have shared screen time with Denzel Washington, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor, and Jeff Bridges.   He’s appeared in not one, but two Woody Allen movies (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda and Melinda) and even played President George W. Bush in W.  No matter all he achieves in his cinematic career, Josh Brolin will most often – and most fondly – be remembered for his very first screen role.

In 1985, a 17-year-old Brolin who was then only known as the son of actor James Brolin, was cast in a family adventure film, The Goonies.  His role as older brother Brandon “Brand” Walsh in the classic and much-loved film served as a career launching pad for Brolin, who stars in this week’s Oldboy and in the upcoming Labor Day.

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- Rachel West

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Exclusive: Bale, Affleck and brotherly love in new Out of the Furnace preview

29 November 2013 8:43 AM, PST

Academy Award winner Christian Bale takes justice into his own capable hands in the gritty new crime thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). Co-starring Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe, the suspense-filled flick follows Russell Baze (Bale) as he works his dead-end job in the economically-depressed Rust Belt by day, while caring for his terminally-ill father at night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Affleck) returns home from his tour of duty in Iraq, he is lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and then disappears. With next to nothing left to lose - except is freedom - Russell puts his own life on the line to seek out justice for his brother.

Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio from a script by Cooper and Brad Inglesby, we've got an exclusive preview look at the drama, »

- Emma Badame

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Behind the music: Inside Llewyn Davis featurette

28 November 2013 1:37 PM, PST

Folk songs are ruining Llewyn Davis’ life.  Luckily for us, he’s leaving a trail of music in his wake.

The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis focuses on the music and life of fictional singer Llewyn Davis, a composite of Bob Dylan and 1960s folk singers.  Music is so intrinsic to the film that it became the foundation of the script and the first thing that was tackled when production began.

For their Llewyn Davis, the Coen’s needed someone who was both an actor and a credible folk musician.  They found their perfect Llewyn in the form of Oscar Isaac (Drive, Prince John in Robin Hood), a practiced guitar player since the age of 12.  The Buster Keaton-esque Davis navigates the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene in New York, coming in contact with anguished singer June (Carey Mulligan) and performer Jim (Justin Timberlake). »

- Rachel West

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Interview: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel get animated in Frozen

27 November 2013 12:55 PM, PST

Arriving on the heels of Canada's first real blast of early winter weather, the release of Disney's latest animated 3D comedy-adventure Frozen seems incredibly well-timed but we're not sure if even the mighty Walt Disney Animation Studio and its sizable marketing department has that much sway over Mother Nature. But then again...

We sat down with Josh Gad for a one-on-one chat in Toronto this week and caught up with his co-stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and co-director Jennifer Lee in L.A. this past summer to talk about their new chilly adventure. Watch the interviews after the cut now! »

- Emma Badame

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Idris Elba takes on new cinematic challenges in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

27 November 2013 10:35 AM, PST

When portraying South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela in the biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomIdris Elba embraced the harsh realities of Mandela's life and was determined to stay in character even when the cameras stopped rolling.

But the British actor knew his latest movie wouldn't be believable unless his fellow actors could deliver a performance as raw as his own - so he pushed them to embrace uncomfortable realties, too.

Elba recounted one such instance when he was shooting scenes that focused on Mandela's 27 years in jail under white minority rule. During the filming, he sensed that a couple of white actors were struggling to portray the brutality in which Mandela was treated. »

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12 Years A Slave leads this year's Spirit Award nominations

26 November 2013 12:13 PM, PST

In what is usually the first shot across the bow of the oncoming award season juggernaut, the nominees for the 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced earlier today. Not surprisingly Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with a total seven nominations - including bids for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor (for Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

The winners will be announced at the annual pre-Oscar ceremony, presided over this year by host Patton Oswalt, on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

For a full list of nominees, scroll through the list after the cut! »

- Emma Badame

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Watch: Behind-the-scenes with the cast of Black Nativity

26 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Get an inside look at Black Nativity as stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson and Nas take us behind-the-scenes of the film.  

Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), the story follows young Langston (Jacob Latimore) who is sent to stay with his estranged grandparents, Aretha and Reverend Cornell (Bassett and Whitaker) over the holidays where he discovers why his single mother (Hudson) has broken contact with the family.  A musical treat featuring performances from Hudson, Nas and the rest of the cast, Black Nativity is largely set around Reverend Cornell’s nativity sermon and performance.

Hear what the cast has to say about the holiday story and working with one another in this new holiday musical after the jump! »

- Rachel West

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Josh Brolin and Spike Lee talk remakes and transformations in Oldboy

26 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Josh Brolin undergoes a heavy physical transformation as a vengeance-obsessed man locked up by an unknown perpetrator for twenty years in Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Billed as a re-imagining of the original 2003 South Korean film of the same name by Chan-wook Park, Lee’s English update boasts a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli and former Much Music VJ and current “New Girl” star Hannah Simone.

Lee, Brolin, and Jackson give us an inside look into the making of Oldboy and take us through the astonishing physical transformation Brolin underwent in the role of Joe Doucett.

Delve into the twisted world of Spike Lee's Oldboy in two featurettes after the jump! »

- Rachel West

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Moon director Duncan Jones exits 007 writer Ian Fleming biopic

25 November 2013 9:51 AM, PST

Duncan Jones, the director of the Sam Rockwell space drama Moon has just stepped away from a planned biopic of James Bond writer Ian Fleming

Scheduling conflicts have caused the director (and son of David Bowie) to exit the 007 project in order to continue work on Warcraft, which is currently in pre-production.  The fantasy/adventure movie stars Colin Farrell, Paula Patton, Paul Dano and Anton Yelchin and is based on the popular World of Warcraft video game. 

According to news sources, Warcraft, which is set to begin shooting early next year would need extensive time in post-production causing his Fleming biopic window to evaporate. »

- Rachel West

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Catching Fire scorches with $161.1M opening

25 November 2013 9:23 AM, PST

Moviegoers satiated their appetite for the Hunger Games franchise by making the sequel Catching Fire one of the year's biggest hits.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened with $161.1 million at the domestic weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It became the biggest November debut ever, as well as Lionsgate's most lucrative opening.

The result fell short of some expectations and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening, Iron Man 3 with $174 million. But the film opened massively worldwide, taking in a total of $307.7 million. »

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

25 November 2013 7:27 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 epic Frozen has an impressive voice cast behind the icy landscape and snowy exteriors including Kristen Bell as the movie's heroine, Anna.

Can you guess which famous faces lent their voices to these popular animated characters? Hit the jump to access the quiz! »

- Rachel West

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