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The Fault in Our Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy lead MTV Movie Awards nominations

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Suffering from Academy Awards withdrawal? Never fear!  A new crop of movie awards contenders are here!  The MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced today and three of last year’s biggest hits came out on top. 

Fan favourites Guardians of the Galaxy and The Fault In Our Stars earned seven nods each, as did the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors.  Rogen will have some competition for Fault star Ansel Elgort as the two lead the acting pack with five nominations each, including in the Best Kiss category, though sadly, not together.

Hosted by Amy Schumer, the awards have been around since 1992 to award cultural juggernauts as well as the irreverent, usually favouring comedies and fandoms.  Next to the standard categories of best Actor and Best Actress, you’ll find the always amusing Best Kiss, Best Fight, and best Duo, not to mention best Wtf Moment and Best Scared-As-s**t Performance. 

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- Rachel West

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Chappie's Dev Patel and director Neill Blomkamp go behind the science of sentient robots

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Artificial intelligence – and its close link to the essence of humanity – is one of cinema’s favourite topics. There are tons of films about robots with varying degrees of sentience. 2001: A Space Odyssey, I, Robot, The Terminator, Blade Runner, Her, Wall-e, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence are just a few of them. The list could go on and on.

Two upcoming films join the growing list, tackling this exact topic: Ex Machina, starring Star Wars newcomersDomhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, and this weekend’s Neill Blomkamp film, Chappie.

Chappie stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev PatelSigourney WeaverHugh Jackman, and regular Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley as the titular sentient robot Chappie.

Blomkamp, Patel, and the Chappie crew go behind the science of artificial intelligence in the below two featurettes. Check them out below, and make sure to catch the film by the South African-Canadian director on Friday, March 6!

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- Sasha James

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Independence Day 2: Celebrate Jeff Goldblum's return with the actor's top 10 film moments

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It's official: Jeff Goldblum has signed on for Roland Emmerich's sequel to Independence Day. We're incredibly relived, to be honest, as Independence Day 2 would be nothing without Goldblum's MIT grad David Levinson.

Goldblum joins Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth and unknown actor Jessie Usher, who will portray the son of Will Smith's Captain Steven Hiller. Jury's out on which character will be taking over as the franchise's new lead in the Focus star's absence.

Excited to Officially announce @LiamHemsworth and #JeffGoldblum as the next two pieces of the#IndependenceDay sequel pic.twitter.com/GNuvffKWI3

Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 4, 2015

Jeff Goldblum is universally loved for his quirky performances and infectious laugh, but have you ever sat down and picked the exact moments that confirm his undeniable superiority to most of Hollywood? Though we couldn’t include all of our favourite Goldblum moments, we browsed through his career (and »

- Sasha James

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Unfinished Business: The best fictional office spaces on film

3 March 2015 11:07 AM, PST

Judging by the promotional campaign for Vince Vaughn’s upcoming comedy, audiences are in for a wild ride when Unfinished Business makes its way into the multiplex this week. The film, which also stars Tom WilkinsonDave Franco, and Sienna Miller sees Vaughn’s small business owner travel to Berlin as he attempts to close the biggest deal of his life.

But this is no ordinary business trip. From drunken debauchery to an unplanned stop at a fetish festival, it’s the kind of adventure that most of us can only day dream about as we struggle through the monotony of our 9-to-5s.

Of course Apex Select (as Vaughn’s company is called) isn’t the first on-screen corporation that we’ve cast envious glances towards. So in honour of Unfinished Business’ arrival on the big screen here are 10 fictional companies that we’d love to work for… »

- Daniel Bettridge

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Will Smith's Focus tops box office with $19.1 million

2 March 2015 12:51 PM, PST

Will Smith's con-man caper Focus disrobed Fifty Shades of Grey at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' Focus easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American multiplexes. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service, which made $11.8 million in its third week of release.

After two weeks atop the box office, Fifty Shades of Grey continued its steep slide, landing in fourth with an estimated $10.9 million for Universal Pictures. Fifty Shades, which has made $486.2 million globally, fell just behind Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which earned $11.2 million in its fourth week.

The weekend's only other new wide release, Relativity's horror film The Lazarus Effect, opened in fifth place with $10.6 million.

But the weekend was largely seen, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Quiz: Sing along to our movie musicals quiz!

2 March 2015 7:20 AM, PST

Hard to believe it’s been fifty years since we first learned that a former nun could belt out a tune.

March 2 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, the timeless musical starring Julie Andrews as a woman who leaves a convent to become the governess of a widowed Naval officer’s brood of children.

Whiskers on kittens and blue satin sashes are still a few of our favourite things, as are the now-iconic songs from the film, including “Maria,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-re-mi,” and “Edelweiss,” just to name a few.  It’s not called The Sound of Music for nothing.

The film would go on to win several top awards at the Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and of course, Best Musical Score.  As The Sound of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary and sings its way into select theatres this week and we’re celebrating »

- Rachel West

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about The Sound of Music

1 March 2015 9:30 PM, PST

It’s hard to believe, but The Sound of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The Julie Andrews musical is one of the most memorable movies of all time. It’s also one of the most famous -- a bonafide classic that won five Oscars and an avalanche of critical acclaim. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the film is still enchanting audiences half a century on from its original release.

So to celebrate its big day – and because trivia really is one of our favourite things – here are ten things you probably didn’t know about The Sound of Music.

 

1. Christopher Plummer didn’t like the film

The film is beloved by generations of film fans, but one major Sound of Music naysayer? Christopher Plummer, one of the classic's biggest stars. The man who became famous for playing Mr. Von Trapp referred to the film as "The Sound of Mucus" whilst on set. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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