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Poll: Move over Twilight, make way for the next big Ya novel adaptation

17 November 2012 8:05 AM, PST

With the final installment of The Twilight Saga now out in Cineplex theatres, we turn our attention to the next big movie to come out of Ya literature. There’s plenty of contenders ready to fill the gap left by Twilight and become the next big thing. The movie pipeline is stacked with films based on teen-targeted novels (that adults love too) with some major productions currently filming and hitting the cinema in 2013 and beyond.

Some of the Ya-based films that are tops on our radar are Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight follow-up The Host with Saoirse Ronan which opens in March and whose first full trailer just debuted online. But before the The Host's aliens attempt to take over the Earth, we'll have February's Beautiful Creatures based on Kami Garcia’s novel with Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis, and the Tribeca Film Festival sensation Struck by Lightning »

- Rachel West

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See Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock chase bad guys in The Heat

16 November 2012 2:17 PM, PST

2013 is going to be the year of Melissa McCarthy. The comedienne will be a big screen staple next year with roles in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman, The Hangover Part III, and Tammy, written by McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone who you’ll recognize as the air marshal in Bridesmaids. McCarthy  re-teams with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for The Heat, a new buddy cop comedy co-starring Sandra Bullock.

Bullock channels her Miss Congeniality character as a by-the-books FBI agent who joins forces with the unruly street smart cop played by McCarthy. The crime world better watch out for these ladies as they’re on the hunt for a Russian mobster!  The film co-stars "SNL's" Taran Killam (of our current office obsession "The Legend of Mokiki and the Sloppy Swish") and "Arrested Development's" Tony Hale.  

Check out the trailer for The Heat after the jump! »

- Rachel West

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#Movie Social Scene: Eddie Murphy Tribute Reactions, The Hobbit Balloon Recreation and More!

16 November 2012 7:25 AM, PST

Social media has become an added medium of coverage to all news genres, including sports, politics and entertainment. We’re bringing you a social media round-up of interesting and entertaining items making film headlines in the social sphere.

Some of comedy’s best came out to honor one of the best-of-the-best on Wednesday night, as Spike TV put together a well-needed tribute show to actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. As DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg put it, "From time to time, people use the phrase 'comedian genius,' but this is a guy who really deserves to earn those words,” he said during the evening.

The special two-hour event titled “One Night Only,” saw many of Murphy’s closest friends, like Chris Rock and Adam Sander, sharing a few fond memories of the performer over the years. And the stage was just as hot on Twitter. Many jumped online to »

- Jeremy Singer

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Bring your own snacks; Liz Lemon is getting married!

15 November 2012 12:12 PM, PST

Tina Fey's television alter ego is set to celebrate a big life event that most didn't see coming after seven seasons of comic romantic misadventures, numerous disappointing boyfriends and one Beeper King (Dean Winters).

Liz Lemon, perpetually single, will be marrying Criss Chross (played by cute-as-a-button guest-star James Marsden) and as their save-the-date clearly states (see below) she is presenting herself, as opposed to her parents, and their impending nuptials are intended to take place on November 29 and though she's 42, "it's no big whoop."

Of course for viewers of "30 Rock," who have chuckled knowingly or gasped in horror as Liz Lemoned her way through sometimes-promising dates with too-pretty-for-his-own-good- Dr. Drew (Jon Hamm), the pilot Carol (Matt Damon) and dependable Floyd (Jason Sudeikis), it's a pretty big whoop that the typically emotions-allergic Liz is settling down. »

- Andrea Miller

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Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX preview to play in front of The Hobbit

15 November 2012 8:26 AM, PST

Following in the not-inconsiderably large footsteps of Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight trilogy, J.J. Abrams will debut the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in roughly 500 IMAX theatres starting December 14. The highly anticipated footage will play in front of the newly released The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Nolan started the end-of-year, sneak peek trend when he showed the opening sequences of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises on IMAX screens the December before their releases. The first film previewed in front of I Am Legend and the last, this past December, in front of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Like all four of those films, Abrams shot parts of his upcoming sequel using IMAX-format cameras and, unlike the previous previews, plans to show his extended preview in IMAX 3-D. A first for movie audiences. »

- Emma Badame

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Watch: First trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

15 November 2012 8:07 AM, PST

Get ready to enter a hidden world in the fantasy-action film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Based on the bestseller by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones introduces us to a contemporary world filled with angels, warlocks, werewolves, and a secret demon-fighting society known as the Shadowhunters.

Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins leads the cast as Clary Fray, a girl whose ordinary world opens up to the Shadowhunters when her mother disappears. Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Lena Headey, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers round out the rest of the cast. City of Bones is primed to be the first in a long-running franchise: there’s six books in The Mortal Instruments series plus three prequels known as The Infernal Devices trilogy. That’s a lot of demon-hunting.

Check out the trailer and poster beyond the cut! »

- Rachel West

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Is this the next Eddie Murphy? Jackson nabs lead in 'Beverly Hills Cop'

14 November 2012 1:05 PM, PST

You know how when you think of a movie you haven't watched in ages and then All Of A Sudden, it's on TV the next week and it seems as if the universe was listening to your unspoken inner thoughts and it's eerie but awesome? Well, just the other day while packing up to move offices and noticing a can of Booty Sweat - swag from the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder - I realized that up-and-coming comedian Brandon T. Jackson was my first interview at Cineplex. Whoa.

And then I wondered just what became of Jackson, beyond a role in Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son. Turns out, just today, it was announced that he'll be taking on a franchise made famous by Eddie Murphy and has scored the lead in the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop TV reboot-sequel.

It's a reboot in that Jackson will play Murphy's character Axel Foley's son, »

- Andrea Miller

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Channing Tatum is 'Sexist Man Alive', according to People magazine

14 November 2012 8:12 AM, PST

After a very strong year at the movies, alternately shaking his moneymaker and then getting the snot beat out of him for Steven Soderbergh, making Rachel McAdams fall in love with him (again) in The Vow and making us howl with laughter in 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum is capping off 2012 as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Reacting with a mix of Southern humbleness and that Tatum charm - "Y'all are messing with me" - he apparently thought someone was pulling a fast one on him before realize that in fact they all weren't messing with him and he was joining the exclusive group that counts among its members George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and last year's main man, Bradley Cooper.

The 32-year-old went from being that guy in the Step Up movie to a household name in a scant six years, getting the attention of a certain type of »

- Andrea Miller

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Cooper, Lawrence, Russell talk unconventional romance and Silver Linings Playbook

14 November 2012 7:56 AM, PST

Director David O. Russell returns to unconventional form in Silver Linings Playbook, the story of Pat (Bradley Cooper) –a delusional and bipolar man sent to live at home with his parents after a stint in a mental hospital. When not berating Hemingway at three in the morning for being a proponent of unhappy endings or trying to surreptitiously find a way around the restraining order from his ex-wife Nikki, he's running (literally) from his manic-depressed, self-proclaimed nymphomaniac neighbour, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence),whose desire to help Pat overcome his affliction borders on a Pepé Le Pew-like determination.

Co-starring Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Rush Hour's own Chris Tucker, Russell crafts a visceral film about mental illness and the affects on family in a story that make us easily recognize how close to instability we all are.

We sat down with the film's director and its stars, Bradley and Jennifer, »

- Rob Lazar

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Full trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful debuts online

14 November 2012 7:07 AM, PST

Hop aboard James Franco’s hot air balloon and fly away to Oz in the new full-length trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. We get a better look at the not-so-merry old land of Oz in this new trailer which features a trio of witches: Evanora (Rachel Weisz), Theodora (Mila Kunis) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). These witches three aren’t exactly convinced he’s the great and powerful wizard from Kansas that he’s been proclaimed to be.

Raimi works some cinema magic, just like the original Wizard of Oz film, as the black and white Kansas world before expanding into a high def full colour paradise full of whimsical special effects.

Get whisked away to Oz in the trailer after the jump! »

- Rachel West

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Gallery: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 premiere plus after party pics

13 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST

The stars walked the red carpet for the final time at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 premiere in Los Angeles last night. The cast, led by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were in attendance along with the rest of the film’s cast including Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz and Mackenzie Foy. Loyal fans camped out on the red carpet last week, a full five days in advance of the premiere hoping to catch a sight of the Twilight stars.

The cast posed with fans and signed autographs on the red carpet before heading into the film and the post-screening after party which was decked out in true Twilight fashion with werewolves, costumes, and a re-created wedding set from Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

Hit the jump to see the full-size photos in the gallery! »

- Rachel West

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First full The Host trailer should ease end of Twilight saga

13 November 2012 10:45 AM, PST

As Twihards are bracing themselves for the end of Edward and Bella's epic vampire romance - stay strong, kids! - the next adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer's best-seller steps in to take its place, but this time the main lady is caught between her own feelings and those of the parasitic alien who's been injected into her body and as we'd imagine, that's gotta be rough.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, one of the last surviving rebels in a future where human bodies are used as vessels and their memories erased. When an icy-hot Diane Kruger, who plays The Seeker, decides that Melanie's human body should be used as the next host, Melanie manages to maintain a degree of consciousness as she struggles to reconnect with her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons), who no longer sees her as human. Talk about your communication issues.

Catch the first full-length trailer for The Host right now! »

- Andrea Miller

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Listen to Howard Shore's full Hobbit score now!

13 November 2012 10:35 AM, PST

Yesterday Peter Jackson and the team behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released the full theme song from the movie, sung by fellow New Zealander Neil Finn. As if that wasn't enough of a treat for Tolkien fans, today Empire premiered the film's full official score.

Building on recognizable themes from his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, composer Howard Shore brings us back to Middle Earth with just under two hours of music. Fans of the previous scores are sure to pick up on a few very familiar pieces, including personal favourite "Concerning Hobbits" as part of the "Old Friends" track at around the 9 minute mark, but there are enough new themes present to truly make this a new experience for music lovers.

Take a listen to the enchanting score after the jump! »

- Emma Badame

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Movies at home: Week of November 13

13 November 2012 9:43 AM, PST

The Cineplex store boasts over 25,000 titles, from the newest hits to award-winning classics, indie fare and even your favourite TV shows. Come back here every Tuesday to find out what new movies you can Buy or Rent on DVD, Blu-ray or as a Digital Download and how many Scene points you can earn with each purchase. We make it easy to catch up on all the movies you may have missed or finally start the first season of that series everyone is talking about.

So what are you waiting for?

Get your fill of Hollywood at home or on the go with this week's list of the hottest releases. »

- Andrea Miller

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Daniel Day-Lewis finds Lincoln's surprisingly high voice

13 November 2012 7:40 AM, PST

A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right? Not in Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation.

Day-Lewis, who plays the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's epic film biography Lincoln, which goes into wide release this weekend, settled on a higher, softer voice, saying it's more true to descriptions of how the man actually spoke.

"There are numerous accounts, contemporary accounts, of his speaking voice. They tend to imply that it was fairly high, in a high register, which I believe allowed him to reach greater numbers of people when he was speaking publicly," Day-Lewis said in an interview. "Because the higher registers tend to reach farther than the lower tones, so that would have been useful to him." »

- Associated Press and Cineplex Staff

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Neil Finn's Hobbit theme premieres online

12 November 2012 3:14 PM, PST

Peter Jackson's epic adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just over a month away, but the film's theme - courtesy of balladeer Neil Finn - premiered online today. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the New Zealand-born musician gave some background on how the theme song came to be: "'The Song of the Lonely Mountain' was developed from a dark and mysterious theme which the dwarves sing early in the movie." He explained that director Jackson and his production team suggested he get in a "dwarven state of mind" as he developed the tune, which will be featured in the film over the end credits. "After some days of mining underground (actually, in Peter's office) I emerged with the song, then set about recording it with my sons Elroy and Liam. Dave Fridmann came in at the end with a bold mix. He seemed to respond well to my demands for 'more anvil! »

- Emma Badame

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The look of 007: How to master James Bond's style

12 November 2012 3:04 PM, PST

Few men can claim to look killer as killers, but James Bond is a striking exception. Since being brought to the big screen in 1962’s Dr. No, the womanizing, martini-guzzlin’ spy has always maintained an effortless air of sartorial greatness that kept pace with the times. With sharp suits and tuxedos in heavy rotation, his style doesn’t necessarily re-invent the wheel of menswear but it solidifies the fact that it pays off to dress up.

Bond’s style targets power and precision, and hits the bull’s eye every time. And while you may never actually find yourself in a race against time to save the world from nuclear disaster (fighting for your life in hand to hand combat atop a train flying over the hills of a distant land, no less), you’ve still got important events – say a first date or job review – that could benefit from »

- Ingrie Williams

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21 and Over finally gives college boys their own Hangover

12 November 2012 2:49 PM, PST

Even though it's in sizable print on the poster and wastes no time calling out to it in the top-half of the first trailer, we're guessing most would assume frat-com 21 and Over is from the guys who brought you The Hangover as soon as getting a friend wasted is referred to as a moral obligation and the "one crazy night" conceit is revealed.

Scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore hit on something inventive with the first Hangover, and their script, as delivered by Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, made gigantic stars out of the actors, so it makes sense that they wouldn't stray far from the drunken-antics-and-the-boys-who-get-into-them plotline with their directorial debut. They just made their leads about 10 years younger.

The movie follows college boys Miller (Footloose's Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Astin of Pitch Perfect breakout fame) who get their uptight and freshly-21 friend Jeff Chang (Justin Chon »

- Andrea Miller

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Robert Pattinson: A bittersweet ending?

12 November 2012 10:39 AM, PST

Robert Pattinson was expecting his life to change this year — but not as radically as it has, of course.

With this month's opening of the fifth and final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the 26-year-old English actor was hoping for a break from the frenzied fans and photographers who have forced him to calculate his every public move for more than four years.

And that mad fame brought by playing dreamboat vampire Edward Cullen probably will ebb. But since breaking up — and then perhaps getting back together — with his on-screen and real-life lover, Kristen Stewart, earlier this year, Pattinson's life has been the subject of even more intense, and certainly more personal, tabloid scrutiny and Twihard speculation than ever before.

Speaking in Beverly Hills before word got out of Stewart's affair with Rupert Sanders, the married director of her movie Snow White and the Huntsman, the unknowing Pattinson was »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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Bond is bigger than ever with record box office debut for Skyfall

12 November 2012 7:32 AM, PST

James Bond's Skyfall has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. and Canadian theatres.

Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters Skyfall has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That lifts the worldwide total for Skyfall to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million.

The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, Skyfall outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008's Quantum of Solace, the franchise's previous best opening. Skyfall more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's Casino Royale.

Skyfall already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for Quantum of Solace and by Monday, it will top the $432.2 million international haul for Casino Royale. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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