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Spotlight on Aloha's Canadian star Sugar Lyn Beard

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She was born Stephanie but everyone calls her Sugar.

Credit Sugar Lyn Beard’s sweet personality and naturally high-pitched voice for the name change. Growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, Beard loved experimenting with different voices.

“I think I was 10 when I went through a six-month period where I put on a really low voice, and then there was the time I talked like a baby in grade eight, so my voice training came very early,” says Beard on the line from Malibu, where she’s housesitting for a friend.

You may recognize Beard from her days as a DJ on Toronto’s rock radio station Kiss 92.5, or for her stint as a host on the Ytv program "The Zone". She made her move into voice work with animated shows such as "Sailor Moon" and "Care Bears", and a few years ago got in front of the camera for films such »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts on Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees

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Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees ambitiously ties two very different story lines together, creating a film that’s ties these differing tonal elements together under one narrative. We spend a bulk of the film inside the Aokigahara forest in Japan where a despondent man named Arthur (Matthew McConaughey) meets a fellow hurting soul (Ken Watanabe), and they try to find their way out of their circumstance.

In a flashback we learn of Arthur’s relationship with his wife Joan (Naomi Watts), and learn through this social drama some of the causes that leads the central character to find his way to Asia.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with mixed critical response, with some applauding its collision of styles and others less charitable. In a wide ranging conversation following the film’s screening, Watts, Van Sant and McConaughey had a frank discussion with the media about the themes of the film, »

- Jason Gorber

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Kristen Stewart & Jesse Eisenberg get stoned in red band American Ultra trailer

28 May 2015 2:54 PM, PDT

Former Adventureland partners in crime, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are living the high life in the red band trailer for stoner action comedy American Ultra.

Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe’s (Stewart) small-town stoner existence is shaken to the core when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him.  As a sleeper agent, he is activated by a mysterious government alliance (led by Connie Britton and Topher Grace) with the intent to wipe him out.  Written by Chronicle-writer Max Landis, the movie co-stars John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale.  Expect lots of laughs, explosions, and stoner comedy in the movie which rolls into theatres on August 21st.

As you could have guessed, this stoner flick contains mature subject matter and adult language, so watch the red band trailer at your own discretion (Nsfw).  Scroll down to see two character posters for Eisenberg and Stewart below:   »

- Rachel West

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The Rock faces off against the Big One in San Andreas

28 May 2015 2:22 PM, PDT

Dwayne Johnson has played his share of outsized heroes over the years. His characters have taken down crazed criminals and evil empires. He's crushed an army of fire ants with his chin. He's even flexed his way out of a plaster cast.

But not even "The Rock" can beat an earthquake.

In San Andreas, Hollywood's latest venture into the well-trod territory of disaster films, the famed fault line takes the spotlight as the unforgiving cause of a series of devastating earthquakes from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The 810-mile long rift might not have the maniacal drive of Ultron or the eat-or-be-eaten focus of genetically engineered dinosaurs, but as blockbuster villains go, it does have the distinction of being a real threat to many people.

That's part of the reason why it has proved to be such a compelling cinematic foe. Whether triggered by natural causes as in 1974's Earthquake, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams say Aloha in 4 new clips

28 May 2015 1:33 PM, PDT

Some might say that A-list celebrities are inherently lucky compared to us normals, but we can’t help but think that A-list celebrities who get to shoot a movie in Hawaii are extra lucky.

That’s exactly what the cast of the aptly titled Aloha got to do for their new movie, which follows a military contractor that returns to his Hawaiian base. Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin, the movie’s impressive cast will have the incredible Hawaiian landscape to compete with for attention.

Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams play a new colleague and an ex-wife respectively, who both have very different tactics to win over Bradley Cooper’s character. Bill Murray cameos as an esoteric billionaire running a tech company. »

- Amanda Wood

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Battle Royale: Summer Blockbusters - Round 1 Results

28 May 2015 12:58 PM, PDT

The first round of Battle Royale has come and gone, and the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Indiana Jones are amongst the victorious, leaving the Spider-Man and Transformers franchises in the dust.

Unfortunately, the (arguable) “first blockbuster ever,” Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, is out of the running for you favourite summer blockbuster, as it was beaten out by Darth Vader and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. Jaws put up a good fight, but sharks have nothing on lightsabers, clearly.

Another notable loss in the first round of Battle Royale was the Harry Potter franchise getting completely shut out by the Avengers. This makes a lot of sense, given that the S.H.I.E.L.D.-run superheroes enjoyed a boost from their May release of their Joss Whedon follow-up, Age of Ultron.

 

We have some great showdowns to look forward to in »

- Cineplex Entertainment

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New details on mo-cap king Andy Serkis' role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

28 May 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

Since Andy Serkis - one of the leading pioneers of motion capture performance – joined the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s been much speculation around not only who the actor would play, but what kind of character he’s portray in the Star Wars universe. 

As part of Vanity Fair’s Star Wars issue photographed by Annie Leibovitz, it has now been revealed that Serkis is indeed playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke and the performance will be created through motion capture.  Serkis may be the mo-cap king, but he's not the only one on this set: Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o's performance will also be a mo-cap one.

If you’re looking for any more insight into the character, you’ll come up empty handed.  We have no idea who or what a Snoke is, if he’s a human, what exactly he’s the supreme leader of, »

- Rachel West

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Q&A: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro on Denis Villeneuve's Sicario

27 May 2015 2:46 PM, PDT

Over the last decade, Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has made a mix of hard-hitting and compelling films, from his sombre take on a Montreal school shooting in Polytechnique to his Oscar nominated 2010 drama Incendies. Denis released two films in 2013 that both starred Jake Gyllenhaal: the experimental and brash Enemy, which provided a surreal and haunting look at a spousal relationship; and Prisoners, a kidnapping drama with Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo joining the fray.

Villeneuve’s latest film may well be his best yet (he certainly thinks it is). Sicario is a richly drawn story about the moral ambivalence at the heart of the war on drugs. Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, a seasoned FBI agent, who takes on the cartels directly with the assistance of a team led by Matt (Josh Brolin). Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), a mercurial figure with a sordid past, also joins Kate »

- Jason Gorber

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Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg take a road trip in trailer and poster for The End of the Tour

27 May 2015 11:21 AM, PDT

The End of the Tour follows the true-to-life story of a Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he joins novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) on his book tour after the incredible success of Infinite Jest in 1996.

Though the interview from the five-day road trip was never published, Lipsky compiled his taped conversations with the novelist in his memoir Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. The film, adapted from the memoir, received high praise from critics this winter at the Sundance film festival.

Directed by James PonsoldtThe End of the Tour also stars Ron Livingston (Office Space, “Band of Brothers”) and boasts music by the Academy Award-winning composer (and probable best friend to Tim BurtonDanny Elfman. The film will play select Cineplex theatres starting on July 31, 2015.

Watch the first trailer for The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, »

- Sasha James

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Cannes wrap-up: Top 10 films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

27 May 2015 11:01 AM, PDT

The annual Cannes film festival is a surreal place at the best of times but it gets even weirder the longer you stick around. There’s nothing particularly “normal” in the human sense of spending a sun-baked Mediterranean day inside in the dark, but such is the siren call of cinema that one trades the beach for hours spent watching flickering lights projected on a screen.

Seen en masse certain films will pop out, and others that might on their own be perfectly fine are found in the crucible of the fest environment to be simply satisfactory, or, at worst, entirely forgettable. Sometimes even something that makes you angry and annoyed has more of an effect that the films where you didn’t even remember you saw it only a few days ago.

These, then, are ten films to watch out for in the coming months.

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- Jason Gorber

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Johnny Utah doesn’t fear death in first trailer for Point Break remake

27 May 2015 9:13 AM, PDT

Nostalgia meets extreme sports in the first trailer for Point Break, this year’s remake of the Kathryn Bigelow-directed original starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

As in the 1991 original, Point Break follows FBI agent Johnny Utah – this time played by Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) – as he goes undercover, snowboarding, rock-climbing, parachuting, and of course surfing his way through his latest investigation alongside suspect Bodhi (Zero Dark Thirty’s Édgar Ramírez).

Pushing familiar themes of brotherhood, betrayal, and… explosions, the remake's trailer feels like the original had a baby with The Fast and the Furious franchise – and you know what? We’re kind of okay with that.

Point Break is directed by Ericson Core, written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium), and also stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Ray Winstone (The Departed). It plays in Cineplex theatres on December 25.

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- Sasha James

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Five reasons why we love Bill Murray

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

With Aloha in theatres this weekend, we thought we would take a look at our favourite things about the man, the myth, the legend: the one and only Bill Murray.

Though an enigma off-screen, Murray has long-established his position as one of the funniest and most consistent comedic actors in film history with an output of modern classics like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Rushmore, and Lost In Translation.

According to Emma Stone in Zombieland, Bill "has a direct line to my funny bone." We agree with you, Emma – though we probably wouldn’t go so far as punching a child for not knowing who Bill Murray is, Woody Harrelson.

So, yes -- with the exception of some the participants of his infamous "Saturday Night Live" era feuds -- everybody loves Bill Murray. But why exactly is Bill so universally loved?

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- Sasha James and Amanda Wood

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Carla Gugino on facing Mother Nature with Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas

26 May 2015 3:49 PM, PDT

Carla Gugino has one tough opponent in San Andreas.  No, we’re not talking about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  The actress is up against Mother Nature in the new natural disaster flick that sees her character in a desperate race to reach her daughter from within the disaster zone.

Johnson, ever the action hero, plays a helicopter pilot who, along with his former wife Emma (Gugino) uses his survival skills and all around kick-ass nature to journey across the devastated state of California to rescue daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario).  Co-starring Paul Giamati, Ioan Grufford, and Archie PanjabiSan Andreas was directed by Gander, Newfoundland’s Brad Peyton (“Republic of Doyle”).

Cineplex caught up with Gugino on the red carpet to get the scoop on San Andreas at CinemaCon.  Watch what she had to say about her new movie below plus check out a special message for fans and see how »

- Rachel West

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Chris Pratt takes on new dinos in 30 new Jurassic World images

26 May 2015 10:01 AM, PDT

Chris Pratt knows a thing or two about dinosaurs but, as these new images show, his keen dino senses can't protect him from every dinosaur in the park. Loads of new images were released that give an inside look at the characters (reptilian and human) and technology involved in Jurassic World.

These new stills include everything from the impressive landscape of Isla Nublar, the fictional island that is home to these dinosaurs, to varying versions of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard running in terror from the new Indominus Rex, to some of the cool technology used in the park. We also get a look at some behind the scenes action with director Colin Trevorrow, as well as individual looks at all the main characters.

The film stars Chris PrattBryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nick Robinsonand Ty Simpkins as employees and guests of the fully functional Jurassic Park. »

- Amanda Wood

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Johnny Depp returns to the life of crime in new Black Mass trailer

25 May 2015 11:47 AM, PDT

Johnny Depp is no stranger to over-the-top costumes and makeup. Basically all of his roles require some kind of physical transformation, whether that means a giant top hat and crazy orange wig for Alice in Wonderland, or ghostly-white makeup and prosthetic blade-hands in Edward Scissorhands.

He’s at it again, transforming into real-life criminal Whitey Bulger for this year’s Black Mass. Practically unrecognizable as the Boston gangster, Depp sports ice-blue contacts and a serious bald spot. Doing double duty as both a violent criminal and an FBI informant, Depp plays Bulger at the most complicated time in his life.

Black Mass also stars Dakota Johnson as Bulger’s wife, Benedict Cumberbatch as Bulger’s state senator brother, as well as Juno Temple, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, and Corey Stoll.

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- Amanda Wood

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Cannes ends in upset as Dheepan wins coveted Palme d'Or

25 May 2015 10:32 AM, PDT

The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.

The choice of Dheepan, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as A Prophet and Rust and Bone, some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard's film. Dheepan is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.

"This isn't a jury of film critics," Joel Coen told reporters after the awards ceremony, alongside fellow jurors likeGuillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal. "This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work."

The win for »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Matt Damon gets stuck in space again in 8 new photos from The Martian

25 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

Seems like Matt Damon just can’t get enough of being stranded in space.

He’s back in a futuristic-looking spacesuit to play pioneering astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian, a tale of survival on the Red Planet helmed by veteran director Ridley Scott. Damon’s character gets left behind on Mars after a brutal storm, and has to survive until Nasa can figure out a way to get him home.

We already know Matt Damon can do stuck-alone-in-space, as he proved in his treacherous Interstellar cameo last year. This time there’s no Matthew McConaughey to come rescue him, but the cast includes the very capable Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig and Michael Pena.

The new photos released seem to follow the source novel by Andy Weir pretty closely, and we’re interested to see how the usually »

- Amanda Wood

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