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Michael Fassbender on making Macbeth – plus new clips from "the Scottish film"

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Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the Macbeth curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it.

"The Scottish film" is what Michael Fassbender calls his Macbeth adaption, which is set to premiere Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. He's maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare's play - at least he wasn't in an interview ahead of the festival.

"Sometimes I say it, sometimes I don't," Fassbender said. "It depends on the day."

Macbeth, usually referred to by the euphemism "the Scottish play" by actors wary of its legendary spell, will be the final film to screen in competition at Cannes. Directed by Australian director Justin Kurzel and co-starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, it has been eagerly awaited as the blood-soaked finale of the French Riviera festival, which concludes Sunday with the presentation of the Palme d'Or top prize.

Although interpreting Shakespeare »

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Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara on nudity and relationships in Todd Hayne's Carol

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Todd Haynes has developed legions of fans over the last decades with a series of provocative and stylish films. In 1998 his Velvet Goldmine brought the world of glam rock to life, shifting in 2002 to the Douglas Sirk-influencedFar From Heaven. His last theatrical film, 2007’s I’m Not There, is a bold and bizarre take on the iconography ofBob Dylan, using actors such as Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whisaw, and Christian Bale to illustrate facets of the singer’s life and career.

The most astonishing performance in that film was Cate Blanchett as the “Don’t Look Back”-era Dylan, and these years later it’s with her that Haynes reunites for his telling of Carol, based on the novel The Price of Salt byPatricia Highsmith. The story of a wealthy wife at the end of her marriage who falls for a young woman she meets at a toy »

- Jason Gorber

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Shaun the Sheep heads to the big city in new Aardman trailer

21 May 2015 4:21 PM, PDT

The Shaun the Sheep movie, the latest stop-motion adventure from Aardman Animations, is based on the television show of the same name – which is a spin-off of Aardman’s beloved "Wallace and Gromit." The film follows Shaun and his fellow sheep as they head into the big city to save The Farmer, who is suffering from a bout of amnesia after an accident. Unfortunately, however, Animal Control is hot on their heels – wait, do sheep have heels? – and Shaun, the sheepdog Bitzer, and the rest of the Farmer’s flock need to avoid capture at all costs.

Shaun the Sheep is written and directed by Mark Burton (Madagascar, Chicken Run, Gnomeo & Juliet) and Richard Starzack. It plays Cineplex theatres this summer on August 7th.

Watch the trailer for Shaun the Sheep Movie below!

 

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- Sasha James

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Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black show us their emotions in Inside Out interview

21 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT

Inside Out, the latest in a long line of terrific films by Pixar, is a journey into the core of young Riley’s head, a mind powered by the emotions of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

Much of the film’s pleasure comes from the interaction of these various emotions, and the directors Pete Docterand Ronnie del Carmen have assembled another top-notch ensemble of voice talent. Lewis Black plays anger and any that has seen his stand-up performances or regular appearances on The Daily Show can attest to the fitness of this decision. Mindy Kaling, whose role on “The Office” was quite celebrated, leading to her own show “The Mindy Kaling Project,” brings her own brand of sarcasm and sweetness to the role of disgust.

The film had its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and Cineplex had the pleasure of doing this exclusive interview with Black and »

- Jason Gorber

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Gotham has a new hero in the Batkid Begins trailer

21 May 2015 7:34 AM, PDT

 

We love social media, but it’s no secret that it isn’t always the most positive of spaces. So, it’s always exciting to hear about social media being used to bring people together and do some good in the world.

The first trailer for the documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World hit the internet this morning, telling the story of 5-year-old Miles Scott, whose dream to save Gotham City as Batkid was realized with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and thousands of strangers.

Over twenty-five thousand people flocked to the streets of San Francisco to help Miles live the dream, and he got shout-outs from everyone from the mayor of San Francisco to Ben Affleck to Barack Obama. Viral sensations don’t usually result in more than a chuckle as you scroll down your newsfeed, but Miles’ story was enough to have thousands of »

- Amanda Wood

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Our 5 Favourite Predestined Heroes: From the Boy Who Lived to The One

20 May 2015 11:22 AM, PDT

Oh, the prophesized hero – the well-worn (but much-loved) trope of fantasy films and actioners alike.

There are so many heroes that almost fit into this category.

You could argue that The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen – forced into heroics by militarized peer-pressure – or any of the time-travelling Connors in the Terminator franchise were “predestined” of some sort to be heroes. EvenStar Wars' Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi with more midichlorians than he deserves, had a handful of heroic moments before he turned to the Dark Side – and sometimes a hero’s prophecy turns out to be bogus, like in The Lego Movie.

But, for now, let’s just stick to the prophesized protagonists – those select few who became legends (and more often than not received mysterious names starting with “The”) before they even earned it.

Here are just five of our favourite “Chosen Ones” on film. For more, check out the »

- Sasha James

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Woody Allen, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey on Irrational Man

20 May 2015 10:18 AM, PDT

Woody Allen has been making a film a year for decades now, and each one of them in their own way is its own special treat. Many of his films share similar themes about big questions – Is murder ever justified? What makes us happy? What makes us intellectually fulfilled? – with each film in its own way tackling these philosophical quandaries with a level of humour and sophistication that remains remarkable.

 Woody’s latest project Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy prof who wishes to go beyond simple prognostication and actually put his ethical beliefs into practice. Parker Posey plays one of his colleagues with whom be becomes romantically involved, while Emma Stone plays one of his students who similarly seeks out an intimate connection with him.

The film is playing as part of an out-of-competition showcase here at Cannes, a place that the filmmaker has long found a »

- Jason Gorber

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Veterans Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda shine in Youth

20 May 2015 9:43 AM, PDT

Paolo Sorrentino's bittersweet age drama, Youth, features a tour de force performance by Michael Caine as a retired conductor reflecting on the passing of time and memories of his wife, a former singer.

Caine's character, Fred, bitterly refuses a request by Queen Elizabeth to conduct his most famous work at a royal gala - because it used to be performed by his wife.

But as Fred tries to move beyond the pain of loss, he's able to look to the future; the theme of aging introspection riffing on Sorrentino's Oscar-winning 2013 smash The Great Beauty.

"That is the only subject that really interests people - passing time," said Sorrentino at the Cannes Film Festivalpress conference, calling his latest work, "very optimistic."

"The future gives us freedom and freedom gives us a feeling of youth. Whatever one's age, one can look toward the future," he added.

But the film's poignancy about »

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First look at Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

19 May 2015 9:17 AM, PDT

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is giving us our first look at Michael Fassbender as iconic entrepreneur and Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a new look at the man behind the ubiquitous Apple revolution.

This isn’t your typical chronological biopic on the man behind the iGeneration, and hopefully by now, we’ve all forgotten about that other Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher. In Steve Jobs, the action is set backstage at three of the brand’s iconic product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1997, and the iPod in 2001.  The film will chart an already successful Jobs through a career low and exile from Apple, before he returns to unveil the revolutionary iPod.

Based on Walter Isaacson's book with a script by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), the first teaser for the film gives us barely a glimpse at the titular Jobs as we instead get »

- Rachel West

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Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario are fighting for their lives again in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials trailer

19 May 2015 8:13 AM, PDT

If teens struggling to survive in a harsh post-apocalyptic world is your thing, then these past couple years at the movies must have been incredible for you. You can get excited again, because 2014’s adrenaline-filled The Maze Runner is getting a sequel.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is based on the novel by James Dashner, and brings Wes Ball back to direct. Having finally escaped the Maze that acted as the first film’s major obstacle, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and the rest of the Gladers must face the real world, known as the Scorch. Filled with unimaginable obstacles and run by a powerful organization, the Scorch promises to test the Gladers even more than the Maze.

Also starring Patricia ClarksonAiden Gillen, and Lili Taylor, this latest entry into the world of post-apocalyptic desolation hits Cineplex theatres September 18th. Until then, check out the first trailer below! »

- Amanda Wood

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Writer Damon Lindelof on his vision for the future in Tomorrowland

19 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

George Clooney is a former boy-genius in Disney’s Tomorrowland, opening in theatres this Friday.

The actor stars alongside Britt Robertson as they embark on an adventure into Tomorrowland, a world that exists somewhere within our collective memories, bridging time and space.  Co-starring Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, and Kathryn Hahn, the movie blends fantasy and sci-fi into a classic tale of adventure.

Directed by Brad Bird (Ratatouille), the fantasy film comes to us from the mind of Damon Lindelof, the former “Lost” writer who co-penned the Tomorrowland screenplay with Bird.  Lindelof is no stranger to the world of sci-fi having previously crafted the screenplays for World War Z, Prometheus, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, however, this is his first dive into more family-friendly fare. 

Cineplex caught up with Lindelof to talk about his vision of the future and how he views Tomorrowland.  Watch the interview »

- Rachel West

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Amy Winehouse documentary shows fame's dark side

18 May 2015 2:19 PM, PDT

Celebrity-worshipping Cannes got a sobering reminder of fame's dark side Saturday with Amy, a powerful documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse.

"I don't think I'm going to be at all famous," a teenage Winehouse says at one point in the film by British directorAsif Kapadia. "I don't think I could handle it."

Winehouse was a global celebrity when she died in July 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27.

The sense that the singer foresaw her fate lends extra poignancy to the film, which is getting its world premiere at a Cannes Film Festival midnight screening.

Musician Yasmin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, performed at a party before the premiere, along with jazz singer Gregory Porter and new artist Cosmina.

Bey called Winehouse a "dear friend" and "one of the realest" people he had ever met.

"I'm doing the songs that Amy never heard but I know she would like, »

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Tom Hardy on wheels again in Mad Max: Fury Road

18 May 2015 8:31 AM, PDT

Mad Max: Fury Road is Tom Hardy's second film in two years to take place almost entirely on wheels.

In 2013's Locke, Hardy played a construction manager who on a speedy nighttime drive fields a series of calls to confront a painful marital indiscretion. He barely moves from his seat throughout the film.

In Mad Max: Fury Road, which hit theaters this weekend after a wave of critical excitement and a glitzy premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Hardy is again on the road. This time, however, the action extravagance of directorGeorge Miller's dystopian sequel makes for a much bumpier ride.

"It's kind of the physicalized, athletic stunt version of Locke," Hardy said, laughing, in a recent interview. "I did all the dialogue in Locke and now it's just the physical dance piece in S&M clothes."

While the drama of Locke relied entirely on Hardy's verbal dexterity and subtle movement, »

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Go behind the scenes of Jurassic World with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard

18 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

The Jurassic Park movies are probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing real live dinosaurs walking the earth, which is why they tend to seem almost like scientific achievements as well as cinematic ones.

Next month’s Jurassic World is definitely no exception, as it features the most spectacular visual effects yet. There are lots of new dinos to look forward to in this film, with massive marine dinosaurs being used as part of an entertainment attraction. Old favourites are back too, like the various long-necked dinosaurs and the infamous raptors.

While we’re looking forward to seeing all of the dinosaurs come to life on the big screen, we’re most excited for the Indominus Rex, the genetically engineered creature designed to be the biggest and most terrifying in the park. The plot centers on the unforeseen consequences of creating a massive genetically-modified carnivorous dinosaur: naturally it gets loose, »

- Amanda Wood

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Quiz: Guess that ghost!

18 May 2015 8:27 AM, PDT

Cinema has long had an obsession with the undead. Everything from zombies to vampires to mummies have taken their fair share of turns on the big screen. These are all fine and have all had their truly terrifying moments, but nothing compares to good old-fashioned ghosts.

Where would horror movies be without ghosts? Nowhere good, that’s for sure. They have come in a variety of forms over the years, looking (almost) like normal people in Ghost and Beetlejuice, demonic corpses in The Conjuring and The Woman in Black, and semi-transparent blob-like shapes in Ghost Busters. Some movie ghosts can’t even be seen, like those in Paranormal Activity and The Amityville Horror, but that doesn’t make them any less menacing.

This month sees the release of a remake of a true horror classic with Poltergeist. Directed by Gil Kenan and based on a story by Steven Spielberg, this »

- Amanda Wood

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