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Batman and Superman square off in official trailer for Zack Snyder's Dawn of Justice

17 April 2015 5:17 PM, PDT

While geekdom has been largely focused on the upcoming Avengers and Star Wars sequels, Warner Brothers and DC Comics have been quietly throwing together their own cinematic universe.

With movies like Suicide SquadWonder Woman, Shazam, and Aquaman now in development, we have a whole new supergroup of actors turned heroes, including the likes of Will SmithJai Courtney (Divergent), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), "Game of Thrones"' Khal Drogo -- I mean, Jason Momoa -- and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Even though DC tidbits have been popping up around the Internet lately, we've really only seen a few "first look" images and behind-the-scenes Instagrams. That all changes with today's trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

We finally get our Justice League.

Ben Affleck takes over the role of Bruce Wayne in Dawn of Justice, as directed by 300's Zack Snyder, who will also mastermind »

- Sasha James

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What to Watch This Week: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Unfriended, True Story

17 April 2015 9:21 AM, PDT

There’s something for everyone this week, with everything from a Kevin James comedy to an identity theft mystery hitting Cineplex screens.

Cinema’s most famous mall cop, played by Kevin James, is back again in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which finds Paul Blart hitting the streets of Las Vegas. Hilarity ensues, naturally.

If you’re looking for something creepier this week, Unfriended is your movie. Starring Heather Sossaman, this horror flick tells the tale of a haunted chat room that wreaks havoc on the lives of its users.

To lose the horror but keep the drama, check out True Story, starring James FrancoJonah Hill, and Felicity Jones. In a rare dramatic turn, Hill plays a reporter whose identity is stolen by Franco’s accused murderer. This aptly named movie is indeed based on a true story. 

Get the scoop on this week's new releases: »

- Amanda Wood

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The Force Awakens trailer debuts at Star Wars Celebration

16 April 2015 2:47 PM, PDT

The original trilogy’s Mark HamillCarrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams will reunite for this year’s Star Wars Celebration, an event deemed the “ultimate fan experience” for the Jedi-friendly.

Though there are definitely a lot of hardcore geeks in for the whole con, the rest of us are mainly interested in one panel – the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel. 

Heading into theatres everywhere in December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will star Harrison Ford, Fisher, and Hamill as well as John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy RidleyAndy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, Ex Machina), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist).

As the con advertised that its Force Awakens panel would be visited by director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and “special guests,” it became immediately apparent that we’d »

- Sasha James

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Monkeying around: Cinema's top 12 primates

16 April 2015 9:31 AM, PDT

It's a new Earth Day tradition: every year, Disneynature celebrates our little blue marble by introducing us to some of its most fascinating creatures. After spending some time with African big cats, chimps and bears, this year we meet the macaques of Monkey Kingdom

Narrated by Tina Fey, the documentary follows monkey mom Maya and her newborn son Kip, living the wild life with their extended family in the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Sri Lankan jungle. As we travel with the troupe and get to know their simian society, we are reminded of all our fave primates on the big screen : Ed, Mvp, Dunston, Mighty Joe Young, Amy the talking gorilla in Congo...

Here is our personal army of 12 movie monkeys!

 

Planet of the Apes

After the ape-ocalypse, our last chance for peace might be to go back to the dawn of Man. With so many sequels, »

- Martin Gignac

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Discover the truth behind True Story with James Franco & Jonah Hill

16 April 2015 8:31 AM, PDT

What would you do if an accused murderer claimed to be you?  For Mike Finkel, he wants to know why.

True Story is, as you’ve guessed it, based on the remarkable true story of accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) who, when arrested, gives his name as Mike Finkel of the New York Times. Finkel (Jonah Hill) is a disgraced journalist who finds himself drawn into Longo’s world as two men who have lost everything discover they might have more than a few things in common.

Based on the real life Finkel’s memoir, the movie gives real-life friends Franco and Hill an entirely new genre to work with, having last played buddies in the hilarious This is the End.  Joining them on their true crime adventure is recent Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones who plays Finkel’s partner Jill who is cautious of the bond forming between the two men. »

- Rachel West

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Discover the truth behind True Story with James Franco & Jonah HIll

16 April 2015 8:31 AM, PDT

What would you do if an accused murderer claimed to be you?  For Mike Finkel, he wants to know why.

True Story is, as you’ve guessed it, based on the remarkable true story of accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) who, when arrested, gives his name as Mike Finkel of the New York Times. Finkel (Jonah Hill) is a disgraced journalist who finds himself drawn into Longo’s world as two men who have lost everything discover they might have more than a few things in common.

Based on the real life Finkel’s memoir, the movie gives real-life friends Franco and Hill an entirely new genre to work with, having last played buddies in the hilarious This is the End.  Joining them on their true crime adventure is recent Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones who plays Finkel’s partner Jill who is cautious of the bond forming between the two men. »

- Rachel West

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Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson argue A.I. in 3 new clips from Ex Machina

15 April 2015 1:59 PM, PDT

Would you be able to tell the difference between a human and machine?  In Ex Machina, a young programmer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is tasked with determining whether the A.I. prototype Ava (Alicia Vikander) could pass the famous Turing Test set out to test whether a human test subject knows if they are interacting with a human or machine.  Sound easy?  Maybe if you haven’t met Ava.

Designed to look, sound, and act like a human being, Ava presents a unique challenge to Caleb who gets to put her to the test after being selected as a contest winner by her creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac).  As the lines between man and machine blur, Caleb has a hard time distinguishing between what is real and what is programmed.

Ex Machina marks the first time behind the camera for writer Alex Garland who has crafted the screenplays for many of »

- Rachel West

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Dan Stevens shares Beauty and the Beast cast selfie

15 April 2015 8:45 AM, PDT

Pre-production on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has begun and the Beast himself, Dan Stevens has given us our first look at the cast.

The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Stevens has rounded up co-stars Josh Gad (Le Fou), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), and Emma Watson (Belle) for their group shot.

The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche.  Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting.  It was just confirmed »

- Rachel West

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Watch the Avengers play Family Feud with Jimmy Kimmel – plus photos from the Age of Ultron premiere

14 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Last night, Avengers: Age of Ultron had its world premiere in Los Angeles, and the geek-inclined observed the premiere via Twitter from the comfort of their own couches.

Newcomers Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson joined Marvel regulars Iron Man and Age of Ultron’s Paul Bettany (in his second Marvel role!) and Captain America’s Anthony Mackie.

Also on hand were a couple actors with Marvel films in the pipe – Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd and Chadwick Boseman, our new Black Panther.

Before hitting the red carpet, however, the core Avengers – Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner – visited talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for a handful of lighthearted games, including Family Feud.

Our favourite part – as with the original Avengers (shawarma, y’all) – is Jimmy’s “after-credits sequence.”

Check out all of Jimmy’s videos below: »

- Sasha James

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Get ready to play a game in first Unfriended clip

14 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

A group of friends finds their deepest, darkest secrets revealed as a supernatural entity utilizing the account of their dead pal begins to systematically destroy relationships and threatening their lives in the process inUnfriended.

The new online horror film takes place entirely through the eyes of social media with chats and online videos, turning the medium on itself as the death of Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman) is blamed on an inappropriate video gone viral.  Is the evil force tormenting the group of friends really Laura on a quest for vengeance from beyond the grave?

This first clip from Unfriended gives us a sneak peek at the horrors that wait as “Laura” reveals some secrets that her friends would rather have remain buried.   Check out this scary clip from the horror movie now before the film opens in Cineplex theatres this Friday.

Watch now: »

- Rachel West

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Kevin James is back on duty in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 clips

14 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Paul Blart is back! 

After the success of the first Paul Blart: Mall Cop movie, Kevin James is back in uniform for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, opening in theatres this Friday.

The hard-working mall cop is taking a much-deserved vacation with his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) in Las Vegas, but of course, safety never takes a holiday.   Before long, Blart (James) is up to his old ways, making the Vegas strip a safer place for all.

It’s been six years since we last saw Blart on the big screen and not much has changed judging from these clips from the sequel.   Get a sneak peek at Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with six clips from the movie now!  Just sit back and let the laughs roll in like Paul Blart on a Segway: »

- Rachel West

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Quiz: On the front lines: Journalism in Film!

13 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT

This week, Jonah Hill and James Franco get serious in True Story, the real-life tale of an accused murderer and the unlikely bond he created with a disgraced journalist.

After Mike Finkel (Hill) is sacked from his prestigious position at the New York Times for fabricating a cover story, he returns home to snowy Montana with his tail between his legs.  Now branded as an untrustworthy voice, Finkel is desperate for any story, but soon, he finds himself as the central character in an unbelievable tale of his own.  Accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) was arrested while pretending to be a New York Times journalist named Mike Finkel.  The real Finkel is desperately seeking both answers and purpose in his life begins an unlikely friendship and correspondence with Longo, a man whose guilt isn’t as cut and dry as Finkel believes.

Co-starring Felicity Jones, the film is based on »

- Rachel West

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Rebel Wilson confirms Pitch Perfect 3 plus new 90's hip-hop pitch-off clip

13 April 2015 1:20 PM, PDT

Talk about aca-awesome!  Pitch Perfect 2 is a month away and Fat Amy herself, Rebel Wilson, has confirmed that the Barden Bellas will make it a trilogy with a third movie in the works!

The actress confirmed during an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday  that she has signed on for a third outing as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 3.  Few other details are known, though the reporter for the Times tweeted that Anna Kendrick isn’t confirmed to be a part of the third film…yet.

It’s a great day for Pitch fans since that’s not the only Bellas news today.  A brand new clip from Pitch Perfect 2 showcasing a riff-off between the Bellas and Euro competitors Das Sound Machine headed up by YouTube starFlula Borg.   We're not sure what role he plays in the film as of yet, but look out for David Cross as the riff-off moderator. »

- Rachel West

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MTV Movie Awards: Winners, losers, and most memorable moments

13 April 2015 10:39 AM, PDT

Despite being peppered with accolades for the serious teen drama The Fault in Our Stars and its thoughtful star Shailene Woodley, the MTV Movie Awards still managed to provide several moments of silliness Sunday, including a rump-shaking Channing Tatum and a scantily clad Rebel Wilson. As always, the prizes were secondary to the irreverence.

Here are the most memorable moments from the cable network's 24th annual celebration of movies:

After the hunky cast of Magic Mike Xxl presented Jennifer Lopez with a trophy for her "scared-as-(expletive)" performance in the thriller The Boy Next Door, the "American Idol" judge prodded the guys to show off their dance moves. Without missing a beat, Tatum turned his backside to the crowd and gyrated his gluteus maximus for Lopez. Unfortunately, his co-stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez, not Lopez, joined in. "Maybe next time," she teased.

Robert Downey Jr. was enthusiastically presented with the Generation Award, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Russell Crowe directs himself in 4 new featurettes from The Water Diviner

13 April 2015 9:56 AM, PDT

Russell Crowe has returned to his native Australia for his directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

The film follows an Australian farmer (Crowe) who travels to Turkey after the First World War in search of his sons who went missing in the Battle of Gallipoli. It’s understandable that the patriotic Crowe settled on the Gallipoli campaign, as the battle is the focal point of Australia and New Zealand’s “Remembrance Day” equivalent, Anzac Day.

For The Water Diviner, Crowe has enlisted the help of breakout Australian actor Jai Courtney, who you may recognize as the Dauntless recruiter (and probable psychopath) Eric in The Divergent Series. Quickly making a name for himself in the “geek” scene, Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys and one of the many villains in Suicide Squad.

The Water Diviner also stars Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), and will play select Cineplex theatres in Toronto, »

- Sasha James

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John Connor reveals a terrible secret in Terminator Genisys' new trailer

13 April 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

With “Game of Thrones”’ most recent season debuting last night, it makes a lot of sense that they guys behind her next big film, Terminator Genisys, would want to take advantage of the universal love for Daenerys Targaryen. Though the newest trailer is heavy on Khaleesi – I mean, Sarah Connor – Emilia Clarke is not the most exciting thing about the sequel’s trailer.

John Connor (Jason Clarke) has a horrifying surprise in store for his mother, his father Kyle Reese (Divergent’s Jai Courtney), and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Resistance-friendly T-800.

To be perfectly honest, we did not see this one coming, and we’re totally on board with this new development. It should make for some great drama between all the robot fighting and explosions.

Terminator Genisys also stars J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and “Doctor Who”’s Matt Smith in an undisclosed role. It hits theatres on July 1.

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- Sasha James

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Paul Rudd gets a shot at redemption in Ant-Man's new trailer

13 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT

When most blockbusters this summer are asking you to think big, one Marvel film is asking you to sign up for something altogether different. Though the special effects, supersuits, and villains are just as complicated as any superhero saga, Marvel’s Ant-Man plays at a much smaller scale.

We still get two pretty good jokes out of funnyman Paul Rudd, but Marvel has delivered a darker follow-up trailer for their newest hero. 

It seems as if Ant-Man is this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We didn’t believe a movie with a gun-toting, talking raccoon could ever succeed at the box office, but look how wrong we all were. Ant-Man is very much in the same vein – Paul Rudd as a superhero? – but this latest trailer is quickly proving Ant-Man is worthy of its inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The trailer also ends on one of the best »

- Sasha James

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