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Patricia Clarkson on the long road to Learning to Drive with Sir Ben Kingsley

28 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Patricia Clarkson stars alongside Sir Ben Kingsley in the crowd-pleasing festival favourite Learning to Drive, in theatres today.

It’s been a long but worthwhile journey from page to screen for the actress who stars as Wendy, a Manhattan writer who in the wake of a dissolving marriage decides to take driving lessons from a Sikh instructor Darwan (Kingsley) who is facing marital issues of his own.  Together, the pair being to find the courage and confidence to take the wheel of their own lives.

Directed by Isabel Coixet, Learning to Drive is more than just a story about a woman attempting driving lessons.  Backed by a powerhouse of women behind-the-scenes of the film, Cineplex talked to star Clarkson to discuss how the little film that could is surprising audiences everywhere as we find out what working in a car with Sir Ben is really like. »

- Rachel West

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Mads Mikkelsen rumoured to have joined Doctor Strange

27 August 2015 2:16 PM, PDT

Marvel is about to break the Internet – or at least Tumblr.

Variety has now reported that “Hannibal”’s Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to portray an undisclosed villain opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.

 

In the upcoming Marvel film, Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon, becomes involved in the mystical arts and starts jumping into alternate dimensions after a career-ending car accident. Under the tutelage of the “Sorcerer Supreme,” the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Strange becomes Earth’s protector against all mystical enemies.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is already cast as Strange’s main foe, Karl Amadeus Mordo (a.k.a. Baron Mordon), the former “Sorcerer Supreme” disciple who eventually betrays Strange and the Ancient One.

Mikkelsen is also confirmed for another geek-friendly Disney film, Star Wars: Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange is slated for late 2016.

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- Sasha James

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John Boyega gets a lightsaber in new The Force Awakens footage

27 August 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

Teasing Episode VII on Instagram, J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars team dropped about 15 seconds of footage, including a new shot of Daisy Ridley as Rey with her ball droid Bb-8. The most exciting part of the new footage, however, is John Boyega with a lightsaber.

We’re kidding. That’s John in Attack the Block, which is an absolutely must-see before The Force Awakens opens in theatres on December 18. Here’s the video:

The footage hints at a lightsaber duel between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Boyega, which we cannot wait to see. When John Boyega was cast as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we had hoped and hoped and hoped that he’d be a Jedi – and now that actually might be happening.

Check out two new behind the scenes photos of John Boyega on the set of Episode VII: »

- Sasha James

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First look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed

27 August 2015 11:40 AM, PDT

Michael Fassbender is collecting an eclectic group of characters over the next year, including MacbethSteve Jobs, and of course, he's returning as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Before he gets back into Erik Lensherr’s red and purple get-up, however, Fassbender will go incognito in a less flashy number in Assassin’s Creed.

Fassbender won’t be playing one of the assassins from the already released games, but rather a new protagonist – “hero”’s not exactly the correct term – named Callum Lynch will lead the Assassin’s Creed movie. “Callum” is a Gaelic name, so there’s a chance Fassbender may retain his native Irish accent for the film.

Honestly, though Fassbender’s great and all, we’re really just waiting around for our first look at Fassbender’s Lady Macbeth, Marion Cotillard, in full assassin gear, carrying around knives and brooding. It’s going to be awesome.

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- Sasha James

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Zac Efron talks sushi, his DJ internship, and We Are Your Friends

26 August 2015 12:19 PM, PDT

According to the guys in We Are You Friends, some of the best sushi in the world can be found in a strip mall in the Sacramento Valley. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, we asked Zac EfronEmily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), and director Max Joseph (“Catfish”) – and they confirmed that, yes, the sushi really is that good.

In this weekend’s We Are Your Friends, Cole (Efron) and his club promoter friends fight to makes waves in Sacramento Valley’s electronic dance music (Edm) scene. Cole, a struggling DJ, crosses paths with an established DJ, James (Wes Bentley), who gives Cole his shot at making it big after he becomes the younger DJ’s de facto mentor. Unfortunately, however, things get complicated when Cole befriends James’ girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski).

We Are Your Friends, which also stars Alex Shaffer and Shiloh Fernandez, hits theatres everywhere on August 28.

Watch Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, »

- Sasha James

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Tiff rolls out the red carpet for Johnny Depp, Jessica Chastain, and more

25 August 2015 11:35 AM, PDT

Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.

Johnny DeppJoel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica ChastainMatt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The MartianJake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.

There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »

- Sasha James

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about The Wizard of Oz

25 August 2015 10:48 AM, PDT

We’ve been following the Yellow Brick Road for three-quarters of a century and Dorothy hasn’t aged a bit. It's been over 75 years since The Wizard of Oz debuted, quickly becoming a classic film that has delighted generations of the young and young at heart.

Originally released wide in theatres on August 25, 1939 (and a whole week earlier in select theatres in Canada), the move has been subject to many a myth, homage, and parody over its lifetime. The beloved film recently celebrated its diamond anniversary with an impressive remastered blu-ray/dvd release proving our love of Dorothy and co. is  ever-lasting.

Bust out those ruby red slippers and your little dog too and check out ten facts about The Wizard of Oz you may not have known:

 

Toto was played by a female dog named Terry.  Judy Garland became so attached to Terry on the set ofThe Wizard of »

- Rachel West

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Quiz: DJ Movies

24 August 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

Zac Efron’s latest, We Are Your Friends, is taking him back to his musical roots. The High School Musical days might be over, but Efron’s still making music on screen.

We Are Your Friends stars Efron as an aspiring DJ navigating the choppy waters of the struggle for fame. The electronic music scene is a cut-throat one, where there are fortunes to be made and some sick beats to be dropped.

As the concept of an electronic DJ is relatively new in comparison to the history of film, Hollywood hasn’t tackled the subject very often. A more common form of DJ found on film is the radio DJ, covering a career that has enjoyed a much longer lifespan. We’re talking about some real classics here: Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume, Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam… we could go on, but we’ll let »

- Amanda Wood

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Soundtracking: Pump up the Volume

24 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

There are so many elements of Allan Moyle’s Pump up the Volume that would seem totally foreign to today’s teenage audiences.

Yet, as the film celebrates its 25th anniversary on Aug. 24, its “of the moment”-ness is what makes it one of the seminal films of its generation. The idea that a suburban Phoenix kid (Christian Slater) can steal the imagination of his high school with a pirate radio broadcast is a nearly-impossible sell to today’s audiences. Too much has changed.

However, in 1990 the filmmakers came up with a winning formula: One of the hottest movie stars going, teen angst, an anti-censorship stance and a killer soundtrack.

The film does well to set the scene for Slater’s “Happy Harry Hard-On,” beginning with a pan over the sleepy suburbs as he delivers his nightly sermon on the horrors of high school and the concerns – the government, the environment, »

- Shane McNeil

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