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First look at Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as a transgender artist in The Danish Girl

21 hours ago

There’s no rest for an Oscar winner.

Less than a week after taking home the Best Actor trophy at Sunday’s Academy Awards for his role in The Theory of EverythingEddie Redmayne is back on set of The Danish Girl, looking very un-like himself.

Redmayne stars as Danish-born Einar Wegener, one of the very person people known to have undergone gender reassignment surgery.  Born male, Wegener travelled to Germany and began gender surgery to become the artist known as Lili Elbe as early as 1930.  But the film looks at more than just Wegener’s transformation to that of a woman- it is a story of his marriage to Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander) in an intimate look at what it means to have the person you love desperately seek a dramatic change.

Redmayne seems poised to earn his second Best Actor nod with his role in the film »

- Rachel West

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Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel

22 hours ago

Wake up! Time for a sequel! 

We knew Ridley Scott was working on a sequel to Blade Runner. Since the first rumors, few details emerged, but it seemed to have been worth the wait. Variety confirmed that a sequel is indeed in the works, with actor Harrison Ford back as replicant hunter Deckard. Phew! The sequel is meant to take place several decades after the events of the first one, which was set in the very near future 2019 Los Angeles.

However, Ridley Scott will not be back in the director's chair. Considering his latest efforts, it may not be such a bad thing for him to take a break, especially as his heir apparent is Quebec director Denis Villeneuve! Ridley will produce the film along with Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, who noted Villeneuve's "singular talent". 

After Enemy and Prisoners, Villeneuve's next big American movie will be Sicario with Amy Adams and Benicio del Toro, »

- Valérie Bourdeau

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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered, passing away today at the age of 83

23 hours ago

There are very few characters on film and television that are as beloved as Star Trek’s human-Vulcan hybrid Mr. Spock, as portrayed by the legendary actor Leonard Nimoy. The Starship Enterprise – and the sci-fi genre as a whole – would be sorely lacking without him.

Nimoy lived up to his iconic phrase, living long and prospering until he passed away today at the age of 83. His wife, Susan, confirmed his death was cause by the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with which he had been recently struggling.

His last tweet – from Monday – is sadly and beautifully fitting in light of today’s news:

 

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Llap

Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015

 

 

As news reached the sci-fi community, colleagues and fans alike have gone on Twitter to express their grief for the affable actor and the unflappable character »

- Sasha James

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Lauren Holly on the fashion fairytale After the Ball

27 February 2015 8:01 AM, PST

Lauren Holly pulls off wicked stepmother with a delightful iciness in After the Ball, a Cinderella-inspired fairy tale set in a modern fashion world. Even over the phone, Lauren can hardly contain her excitement. “This was such a special movie for me. It makes me feel proud.”

Lauren’s character, Elise, is stepmother to Kate (Portia Doubleday), the young and talented fashion designer and estranged daughter of retail tycoon, Lee (Chris Noth). When Elise sabotages Kate’s career at her father’s company, Kate must transform into designer “Nate” in order to claw her way back into the company and her father’s heart.

When asked if it was difficult to play an “evil” character, Lauren laughs. “It’s always fun to do a role like this because you can go bigger with it and be more exaggerated.” In fact, the hardest part for Lauren was her fingernails in the movie. »

- Tiffany Wong

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What to Watch This Week: Focus, The Lazarus Effect

27 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Will Smith heads back to theatres to reclaim his movie star status as a con man in Focus, while Olivia Wilde is resurrected in The Lazarus Effect, this week’s two big movie releases.

Remember how charming Will Smith was the Fresh Prince?  Taking a page from the Will we know and love, Smith puts his charm on display in Focus as a high stakes con artist opposite Margot Robbie.  It’s not the first time Smith has played a con artist- he played a grifter early in his career in 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation.

Looking for a scare?  The Lazarus Effect has Donald Glover, Evan Peters, and sometimes writer-director Mark Duplass as a group of medical students trying to bring fellow student Olivia Wilde back from the dead.  Scary Stuff.

Get the scoop on this week’s releases: »

- Rachel West

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It's Chappie's day of reckoning in brand new featurette from the Hugh Jackman film

26 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST

It’s been a big couple of weeks for South African/Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. The District 9 director, a noted super-fan of the Alien franchise, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Alien sequel. On top of that, his latest film, Chappie, is rolling out into theatres – and hey, it which also stars Sigourney Weaver – Alien’s core hero – in a supporting role!

Chappie follows the story of an old police droid who is stolen, reprogrammed, and becomes the first fully independent, sentient robot. Unfortunately, by the looks of the below featurette and trailer, Chappie will be getting into a lot of unwanted trouble.

Blomkamp’s film opens in theatres next Friday (March 6) with a cast that also includes X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Blompkamp regular Sharlto Copley – obviously in a mo-cap suit – as the titular robot Chappie.

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- Sasha James

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Vlog: Behind the scenes of Spectre with Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, and more!

26 February 2015 12:24 PM, PST

Director Sam Mendes and the guys behind the next James Bond installment, Spectre, are taking advantage of the cold winter months by shooting in the mountains of Austria.

Daniel Craig – Mr. Bond himself – joined director Sam Mendes on set, and the cast and crew were kind enough to give fans an inside look behind Spectre. In the two below vlogs, Craig and Mendes are joined by 007’s new castmates, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour).

Naomi Harris, our Moneypenny as per Skyfall’s last reveal, makes a brief appearance as well. Ralph Fiennes – best known for Harry Potter or Schindler’s List, depending on your age – returns as M, taking over the reigns on MI6 from Judi DenchBen Whishaw, clad in a toque, parka, and stripped socks, also continues with his affable nerdy/hipster “thang” as our generation’s perfect Q. »

- Sasha James

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Avengers: Age of Ultron posters give us Iron Man, Cap, Vision, and more!

26 February 2015 10:09 AM, PST

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting crowded.  Just take one look at the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultronand see how many faces are vying for your attention. 

There’s ten – Ten! - characters assembling in the brand new poster including newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and a hovering Vision (Paul Bettany).  They join the old standbys the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johnasson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).  It looks like Cap is taking the lead in this one as Chris EvansCaptain America slightly edges out that attention hog Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

Still, with ten characters on this poster, you’d think they’d be able to give a little love to Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill.  But nope.  Marvel is also doing their best at keeping us on the edge of our seats when it »

- Rachel West

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Raising the dead in featurettes and clips from The Lazarus Effect

26 February 2015 8:31 AM, PST

Can you bring someone back from the dead?  That’s the name of the game the medical students in The Lazarus Effect are trying to answer, testing questions of ethics, morality, science and faith.

Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, and Mark Duplass are medical students experimenting with resurrecting and resuscitating animals when a freak accident injures one of their own.  Without wasting any time, the group takes on death, successfully reviving Zoe (Wilde), but their joy is short-lived when it seems that she’s not exactly the person they knew and loved before the accident.  It’s guaranteed to get creepy.

Chloe Wilde, Mark Duplass, and experts in the field of science and religion explore the very notion of returning from the dead in two behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the movie.  Plus, check out three clips from the movies, which opens in theatres on Friday, February 27. »

- Rachel West

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Every Day I'm Hustling: Film’s 10 most memorable con artists

25 February 2015 2:17 PM, PST

Big Willy’s latest big screen outing makes its way to the multiplex this month. In Focus, Smith plays the consummate con man, a smooth operator who liberates people of their wealth with the help of a Margot Robbie-shaped femme fatale.

The duo of tricksters aren’t the first con artists to grace the silver screen however. So from pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers; here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.

 

Fast Eddie Felson – The Hustler (1961)

One of the finest fraudster films to ever grace the multiplex; The Hustler stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, a pool shark intent on toppling legendary cue-man Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). With its smoky sets, stunning black and white cinematography and superb performances from Newman and Gleason; the film is just as good today as it was on its release more than 50 years ago. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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Elsa and Olaf are throwing a birthday party in Frozen Fever trailer

25 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST

Do you wanna see a snowman throw a birthday party? 

Apologie to Frosty, but our favourite snowman Olaf is on hand to help himself to some cake for Anna’s birthday party in the trailer for the animated short, Frozen Fever.

Exclusively screening in theatres before Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella film, Frozen Fever sees Elsa and Kristoff determined to throw the best birthday party ever for Anna.  When Elsa catches a cold, her powers put more than just the party at risk.

We got our first look at the short a few weeks ago with stills from the short and a behind-the-scenes featurette.  Now, we’re getting a full-blown trailer for the short that’s a follow-up to the worldwide film phenomenon.  

Consider yourself invited to Anna’s birthday party and check out the trailer below: »

- Rachel West

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Dark times call for extreme measures in final Insurgent trailer

25 February 2015 7:43 AM, PST

The final trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent has landed online, just in time for advance tickets to go on sale!

Dark times lay ahead for the gang of fugitives led by Tris (Shailene Woodley) who were expelled from the city and now find themselves on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) who will stop at nothing in her quest to rid society from Divergents.  Seeking answers with Four (Theo James) by her side, Tris is joined in battle against the Erudite by the Factionless leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) and Amity representative Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

There’s plenty of familiar faces from Divergent on screen including Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, and Mekhi Phifer.

Check out the final trailer for the movie now: »

- Rachel West

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Focus star Adrian Martinez on playing the con game with Will Smith and Margot Robbie

24 February 2015 8:06 AM, PST

It takes a lot of skill to play a con man on-screen.  Deft maneuvering, slight of hand, and a perfectly timed one-liner were all in a day’s work for Focus star Adrian Martinez.

Martinez joined a collective of con artists led by Will Smith in the brand new action drama Focus which hits theatres this week.

When veteran con man Nicky (Smith) embarks on the biggest con of his career, a former prodigy-turned-femme fatale named Jess (Margot Robbie) shows up, unexpectedly throwing his high stakes scheme for a loop.  With the help of trusted sidekick Farhad (Martinez), Nicky attempts to win both the con game and the girl.

Cineplex went 1-on-1 with Martinez who added more than a few laughs to our interview and the movie.  Hear what the veteran character actor had to say about working with Will Smith and Margot Robbie and how Focuswill keep you guessing »

- Rachel West

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Fifty Shades of Grey stays on top of weekend box office

23 February 2015 12:20 PM, PST

Fifty Shades of Grey didn't relinquish control of the box office.

Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel earned an additional $68.1 million overseas.

Despite the victory, director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted a steep 73 percent from its record-breaking $85 million three-day debut over President's Day weekend.

"There was a pent-up demand and excitement for Fifty Shades of Grey last weekend, so this was its destiny after it broke the box-office record for the biggest opening in February and didn't have the added bonus of a holiday weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office firm Rentrak.

The action spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service and the family friendly The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water similarly maintained their respective No. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Stars on Instagram: Celebs share their behind-the-scenes Oscar moments

23 February 2015 11:56 AM, PST

Proving that even A-list Hollywood status doesn’t make you immune to selfies and #gpoy, the nominees, presenters, and attendees of the 2015 Oscars took to Instagram to share their behind-the-scenes snapshots of the evening. 

From sneak peek’s of their red carpet looks to backstage posing, and post-ceremony parties.  Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, nominees Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts, and presenters Anna Kendrickand Jennifer Lopez, were just a few of the big stars who captured their nights for social media fans and followers. 

Check out some of our favourite backstage photos and behind-the-scenes looks shared by stars at the 2015 Oscars:  »

- Rachel West

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Gallery: The top 10 best dressed stars at the 2015 Oscars

23 February 2015 9:12 AM, PST

 

After a strong opening number that delivered on the magic of movie pictures, there were enough introduction stutters, name mis-pronunciations and awkward moments at the 87th Annual Academy Awards to warrant a lukewarm rating.

Luckily, there was lots of red-hot action on the red carpet to keep us entertained. Winter white was the hit shade of the evening, with many a lovely leading lady taking to the spotlight in a pearly shade (or just plain pearls, in Lupita Nyong’o’s case). Blush tones were also popular, and a handful of stars even revved things up in scarlet.

Herewith, the top 10 looks that made us applaud, point at the TV and shout ‘Yes!’ à la Meryl Streep.

Click below to access our photo gallery of the style highlights from the Oscars: »

- Ingrie Williams

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Oscars 2015: The snubs and surprises of the 87th Academy Awards

23 February 2015 8:59 AM, PST

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris jumpstarted the 87th Academy Awards last night with a musical number that included dancing stormtroopers. Immediately, his showmanship won over the crowd, but quickly, his charms started wearing thin, delivering weak jokes to an unreceptive crowd. Where was his writer from the Tonys’ ceremony? We wanted that Nph. 

Lady Gaga proved her pipes, singing a medley of The Sound of Music songs in celebration of the iconic musical. The Little Monsters must have been surprised by her Disney princess dress and hair. The queen of film musicals, Julie Andrews, appeared on stage after the tribute to The Sound of Music, which of course demanded a standing ovation from the crowd.

Twelve continuous years of filmmaking wasn’t enough for Richard Linkater’s Boyhood to own the 87th Academy Awards. Instead the illusionary “one take” Birdman stole the show from under the American director, banking Oscars for Best Picture, »

- Sasha James

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Quiz: Best Picture Oscar winners

23 February 2015 8:45 AM, PST

That’s it.  It’s over.  A winner has been crowned.  Birdman joins the illustrious ranks of Best Picture winners like The Godfather, On the Waterfront, Titanic, and uh, Crash.

With Aljeandro Gonzalez Inarritu's backstage drama taking home the top prize, and claiming additional awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography, only time will tell if it is remembered and revered the same way we now look back on The Sound of Music, Gone with the Wind, and Annie Hall. Or, in time, will leave us scratching our heads like the aforementioned Crash, A Beautiful Mind, or Shakespeare in Love whose repeat value and hindsight show that there may have been more deserving winners in those years:Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Saving Private Ryan, Life is Beautiful, Gosford Park and Moulin Rouge all lost out in their respective years.

The Academy Awards have now awarded 87 Best Picture winners. »

- Rachel West

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Oscars 2015: The full list of winners!

22 February 2015 8:26 PM, PST

That’s a wrap on awards season!

From those predictable winners (we’re looking at you, J.K. Simmons), and Will Arnett’s scene-stealing Batman in the “Everything is Awesome” number to  the fashionable red carpet couples and the tears we’re still shedding over Robin Williams in the gorgeous In Memorium reel, the Oscars have come and gone for another year. 

Neil Patrick Harris’ hosting skills may have fallen flat at times, but Patricia Arquette’s impassioned acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress had the entire audience on their feet, including fellow nominee Meryl Streepwho jumped out of her seat in a show of support worthy of another Oscar nomination.  Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the night’s top winners, but it was Birdman that took home the top prize of Best Picture.

From The Imitation Game to The Theory of Everything, check out the complete list of »

- Rachel West

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