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New trailer for Annabelle is here to scare you

21 August 2014 12:54 PM, PDT

 I think we can all agree that porcelain dolls are in the upper echelon of scary things, right next to clowns and spiders. Child’s Play, PuppetMaster, Dead Silence, and Magic are just a few of the films that have scared the bejeezus out of us courtesy of their doll stars, but even they don’t hold a candle to Annabelle and the horrors she has in store for us.

The sort-of prequel to The Conjuring, keeps its plot close to its chest, but more details emerge in this new trailer which see the demonically-possessed Annabelle unleash a string of gruesome horrors upon a young couple and their newborn baby.

Loosely based on the case file of paranormal investigators the Warrens (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring), the real-life Annabelle was responsible for a number of unexplained and bloody goings-on in the 1970s. 

We were teased »

- Rachel West

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Jake Gyllenhaal means business in new Nightcrawler trailer

21 August 2014 12:43 PM, PDT

Do you love Jake Gyllenhaal? How about gritty crime dramas that mostly take place at night and feature lots of screaming and car chases? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you better clear your plans for this Halloween, because we have the movie for you.

A new full-length trailer was just released for Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), and it looks a little bit insane.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a man desperate to make some cash. Despite being a self-proclaimed hard worker (his motto is,  “To win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket,”) nobody credible will hire him. His desperation leads him to the nighttime underworld of freelance crime journalism, and proves to be a bloodthirsty and vicious way to make a living. Gyllenhaal’s character gets a little too involved in this world, »

- Amanda Wood

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The F Word's Daniel Radcliffe on genre-jumping and jelly sandwiches

21 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

On February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley had a hankering for a sandwich.

It wasn’t any old sandwich, however. This sandwich was a full loaf of French bread hollowed out, covered in butter, and filled with peanut butter, jam, and about a pound of bacon. It was -- and still is -- called the Fool’s Gold Loaf, and on that fabled night in 1976, Presley spontaneously flew across the country to satisfy his very specific craving for it.

The Fool’s Gold Loaf holds a place of honour in The F Word, a Toronto-shot romantic comedy by Canadian directorMichael Dowse (Goon, Fubar). Wallace (Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan, star and director of Ruby Sparks) become best friends and then (maybe, possibly) fall in love with the help of the jelly-infused mess.

Where The F Word’s heroes both agree on their pro-Fool’s Gold platform, their actor counterparts couldn’t be more opposed. »

- Sasha James

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Welcome to the Jungle, Bale, Blanchett & Benedict

20 August 2014 2:45 PM, PDT

It’s a jungle out there, at least where Hollywood is concerned.

With not one, but two Jungle Book films in the works, the Andy Serkis-helmed Jungle Book: Origins is busy adding some big, big names to its roster of jungle residents.

Hot on the heels, er, paws, of the announcement that funnyman Bill Murray is playing lovable bear Baloo in that otherJungle Book adaptation by Disney, Serkis’ film has gone for prestige by adding Oscar winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, and the internet’s favourite Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch to the cast.

Serkis’ version of the Rudyard Kipling story reportedly sticks close to the original text, focusing on the orphan boy Mowgli, played by Bad Words’ Rohan Chand.  A mix of CGI and live action, Mowgli will encounter Bale’s Bagheera the panther and the slithery charmer Kaa the snake played by Blanchett.  After perfecting his taunting and »

- Rachel West

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Exclusive first look at the new season of Doctor Who

20 August 2014 10:31 AM, PDT

The Doctor and his adventures in space and time return to television (and Cineplex theatres!) this month with a brand new Doctor helming the Tardis – In the Loop and “Thick of It”’s Peter Capaldi.

The Scottish actor is a lifelong fan of BBC’s science fiction classic, Doctor Who, and he couldn’t be more excited to play the Twelfth Doctor: “Every day is full of moments that you go, ‘Oh, wow! I’m the Doctor. This is amazing!”

Jenna Coleman will reprise her role as The Doctor’s travelling companion, Clara Oswald; and Steven Moffat(“Sherlock”), who oversaw Matt Smith’s run as The Doctor, will continue as showrunner.

Whether you’re a Whovian or Who-illiterate, make sure to grab your ticket for “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the next season of Doctor Who – in select Cineplex theatres on August 25 and August 30!

But first, here’s an »

- Sasha James

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Catching up with Sin City residents Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba

20 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

It’s been nearly ten years since we last checked in on the residents of Sin City.  My, how the times – and faces – have changed.

In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, we once again enter the black and white world of Nancy (Jessica Alba), Marv (Mickey Rourke), Gail (Rosario Dawson), Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) and Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who are joined by the vengeance-seeking Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the dame to kill for Ava (Eva Green).  And he may be a familiar character but Dwight’s rocking a totally new face, courtesy of Josh Brolin who steps into the franchise as the pre-facial reconstruction surgery Dwight (taking over from Clive Owen).

Brolin isn’t the only new face lurking in the shadows of Sin City which has had an influx of new inhabitants.  He’s joined by other newcomers Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, »

- Rachel West

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Jason Reitman's Tiff movie Men, Women & Children gets first trailer

19 August 2014 8:40 AM, PDT

Emma ThompsonAdam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer GarnerAnsel Elgort, J.K. Simmons, and Rosemarie DeWitt are the men, women, and children unleashing their innermost sexual desires, struggles, and secrets online in the first teaser for Jason Reitman’s dramedy Men, Women & Children.

The film joins Reitman’s past Tiff debuts like Juno and Thank You for Smoking by bowing at this year’s festival.  Like the director’s previous effort, Labor Day, Men, Women & Children is sourced from a novel, and is adapted by Reitman and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary).

Not much of the plot has been revealed other than that it sticks to the theme of how the internet and technology has shaped the sexual desires and frustrations of teens and adults in a modern world, which you can clearly see texting, online dating, Tumblr and Twitter playing a central part in the first teaser for the film. »

- Rachel West

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From Rdj to Cumberbatch, the stars are headed to Tiff 2014

19 August 2014 8:20 AM, PDT

Film fanatics and star gazers, your time is now. Well...almost now. More precisely, your time Will be September 4 - 14. That's when the A-list glitterati, with their films in tow, descend on downtown Hogtown as they flock to the Toronto International Film Festival.

As has become the norm, the list of Tiff-bound talent is both long and impressive. From movie stars to rock royalty, there'll be no shortage of bold-faced names to look out for. On the movie side of things, some big stars set to attend this year include Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, Kate Winslet, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Robert Pattinson and Bill Murray.

As if those weren't enough names to keep you busy, let's not forget the masses of talented filmmakers making Toronto their temporary home during the festival. Among the big-named directors set to make an appearance are David Cronenberg, »

- Emma Badame

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Soundtracking: Reality Bites

19 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

It’s funny how certain songs and certain artists have a way of resurfacing after years of relative silence.

A prime example right now would be Lisa Loeb. The bespectacled 1990s icon has flown under the radar since that decade came to a close, releasing six LPs in the 21st Century amid little fanfare and featuring in a couple reality TV shows. Then, this summer, she jumped back into the zeitgeist thanks to a singalong on Netflix’s smash series “Orange is the New Black”. Curious timing, since this year happens to mark the 20th anniversary of Loeb becoming the first unsigned artist to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

More precisely, this moment marks 20 years exactly since her signature song – “Stay (I Missed You)” –perched itself at number one, entering its second of three weeks at the top. The song, officially credited to Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (because backing bands are people, »

- Shane McNeil

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Chloë Grace Moretz takes the ride of her life in If I Stay

19 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

On the day I’m scheduled to talk to Chloë Grace Moretz about her new movie If I Stay I get a call asking if we can push it back a couple hours. When I arrive at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel later that day I learn the reason for the delay. Hillary Clinton was in town to sign her book Hard Choices and 17-year-old Moretz really, really, really wanted to meet her.

“It’s very exciting! I’m more excited about this than anything,” Moretz says when we finally sit down. Taller than expected and looking gorgeous in skinny jeans and a chic, army-inspired shirt, she opens her signed copy of Hard Choices to a page that reads, “Chloë, good luck! Hillary.”

Aside from Hard Choices, Moretz is reading Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl and she just finished Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Very adult choices for a high school senior. »

- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Hogtown romance

19 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

As Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe spent 10 years and eight movies playing the platonic best pal of smarty boots Hermione Granger. Some fans of the series will tell you that it’s Harry, not Ron, who Hermione really should have married. Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has admitted that Harry and Hermione are a better match romantically than Hermione and Ron.

And while Daniel Radcliffe has grown up and left Harry, Hermione and Ron behind, the notion that male-female friendships can be fraught with sexual tension remains a constant in life, and serves as the premise of Radcliffe’s newest film, The F Word (the F stands for “Friends”).

“Can men and women be friends? I think yes, absolutely,” says the 24-year-old Radcliffe on the line from New York. “I have a ton of female friends with whom sex does not get in the way.” »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Exclusive: Behind the scenes of Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

18 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT

Why are lemurs so unique? We’ll let the experts tell you why.

Dr. Patricia Wright, a primatologist, joins Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’s director-cinematographer, David Douglas, and writer-producer, Drew Fellman, to give Cineplex an exclusive inside scoop on Disney’s upcoming adventure with the lemurs of Madagascar.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is narrated by the dulcet-voiced Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, and opens in Cineplex theatres on August 22. Douglas filmed Lemurs using IMAX® 3D cameras, so make sure to catch the incredible journey of these endangered explorers in IMAX® 3D!

Check out an exclusive sneak peek into the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar below:




- Sasha James

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outguns Expendables 3 at the box office

18 August 2014 11:28 AM, PDT

New York (AP) - Moviegoers continued to shell out for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while Sylvester Stallone's action ensemble The Expendables 3 was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

Paramount Pictures' rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film's second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone's gang of aged but buff warriors.

The paltry, fourth-place total for The Expendables 3 is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgate franchise. The last two Expendables opened with $34.8 million (in August 2010) and $28.6 million (in August 2012). The third film was the first to be rated PG-13 in the previously R-rated series, which potentially signaled watered-down explosiveness to an audience that was largely over 25, anyway.

Expendables 3, which features a sprawling cast of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibsonand others, also leaked online before its release, potentially damaging its impact in theaters.

Instead, Marvel's »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Soundtracking: Only Lovers Left Alive

18 August 2014 8:28 AM, PDT

One of the most musical films of 2014 is making its way to blu ray and DVD tomorrow as Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive gets the home video treatment.

Devoid of sexy, big-name musical icons and indie buzz bands alike, Only Lovers Left Alive finds its musicality from an interesting source: the film’s settings. Bouncing back and forth between Tangiers, Morocco and Detroit, the film pays homage to the musical fabric of both cities and bridges it, through the main characters (vampires, portrayed by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) and their love and perfection of music over the course of eternity.

The musical fabric of Detroit is pretty easy to pin down for the educated and casual fan alike: the most obvious connection being the Motown label, or perhaps Jack White and his 21st Century bluesman ways. But beyond those two pillars, or perhaps between them there is »

- Shane McNeil

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Quiz: All About Joseph Gordon-Levitt

18 August 2014 8:28 AM, PDT

There's no pinning Joseph Gordon-Levitt down.

From child star to movie star, superhero sidekick, indie film darling, Nolan collaborator, to director and star of his own film, Jgl can do no wrong in our books.  After making his directorial debut with Don Jon in which he also appeared on screen opposite Scarlett Johansson last year, Gordon-Levitt is once again back in front of the camera in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Opening this week, the actor joins an ensemble cast of hard-boiled Sin City residents old and new as Johnny, a man out for vengeance.  The all-star movie comes nearly a decade after Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller teamed up for the original film.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For once again dazzles us with black and white graphic novel visuals and a cast that include Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, »

- Rachel West

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