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Learn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John Hoffman

23 June 2017 1:39 PM, PDT

Learn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John HoffmanLearn how to draw Lightning McQueen from Cars 3 with Pixar's John HoffmanAdriana Floridia6/23/2017 3:39:00 Pm

Our very own Tanner Zee sat down with Pixar story artist John Hoffman to learn how to draw the star of the Cars franchise, Lightning McQueen (who is voiced by Owen Wilson).

This is Hoffman's first Pixar film, but he has worked on other high profile animated movies such as Anastasia and Paranorman. The Calgary-native is currently working on a top-secret new project at Pixar.

The video makes it look easy enough, and may inspire you to try drawing Lighning McQueen for yourself. Check it out below and see Cars 3, now playing at Cineplex theatres. For tickets and showtimes, click here! »

- Adriana Floridia

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Transformers: The Last Knight makes Tanner's What to Watch this weekend!

23 June 2017 12:43 PM, PDT

Transformers: The Last Knight makes Tanner's What to Watch this weekend!Transformers: The Last Knight makes Tanner's What to Watch this weekend!Tanner Zipchen6/23/2017 2:43:00 Pm

There's really only one movie that everyone will be talking about this weekend.

Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing at Cineplex theatres, and it's going to be an epic two and a half hours of autobots, explosions, Anthony Hopkins' wisdom, and Marky Mark in distress.

In this fifth installment in the franchise, humans and transformers are at war, and Optimus Prime is gone. We're expecting all the stops pulled out from director Michael Bay, and this is one you'll surely want to check out in IMAX 3D, or if you're extra adventurous, in 4Dx.

Find out more about Transformers: The Last Knight in our video below, and get your showtimes and tickets by clicking right here!

Tanner Zipchen is the Cineplex pre-show host. Don’t forget to get to the movies early to see him in action and play Timeplay, too! »

- Tanner Zipchen

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!

23 June 2017 10:05 AM, PDT

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Adriana Floridia6/23/2017 12:05:00 Pm

There was lots of exciting and controversial movie news that dropped this week. Take a look at some of the highlights below!

Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.

Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

We have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!

His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn

Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017

Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!

@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017

This week, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year. 

This week we got to feast our eyes on more footage from the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to marvel over in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!

We can't get over this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.

Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Service debuted its first trailer and poster this week! Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with this one and also serves as its screenwriter. The movie gives an in-depth look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. It stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Joe Cole. This looks like a powerful movie and we expect some Oscar buzz around this one. Check out the trailer below and see Thank You for Your Service in Cineplex theatres on October 27th!

A new trailer and poster for American Assassin dropped and this looks like an unbelievable ride. This one follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Check out the new trailer below and see American Assassin when it hits Cineplex theatres September 15th!

Deadpool 2 has an official release date of June 1st, 2018 and production officially began this week! Even though that's more than a year away we cannot be more pumped! Ryan Reynolds will return as everyone's favourite foul-mouthed anti-hero. The plot for this one is still under wraps but we do know that the story will involve Cable (son of the X-Men character Cyclops), played by Josh Brolin. David Leitch is set to direct; he also has Atomic Blonde hitting theatres this coming July. The original Deadpool was such a fun ride that the wait for Deadpool 2 is going to be looong... check out the teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 and a picture from the movie's set below!

Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big fucking surprise. No one's home. pic.twitter.com/svbUMEdKbb

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 17, 2017

Anyone know the number to 911? No Good Deed https://t.co/HyfsFn48Vl

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017

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- Adriana Floridia

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Top 7 Movies to Celebrate Pride!

23 June 2017 10:03 AM, PDT

Top 7 Movies to Celebrate Pride!Top 7 Movies to Celebrate Pride!Jenny Bullough6/23/2017 12:03:00 Pm

Pride Month is already well under way! With events, parades, and more, people are coming together to celebrate and show support for the Lgbtq community, and we love it!

But let’s face it, no matter how festive the mood is sometimes the last thing we want to do is go out in the boiling hot sun or pouring rain to stand side-by-side with a horde of sweaty strangers. If you’d rather stay home, you can still celebrate Pride with these movies (and more) from the Cineplex Store!

Boys Don’t Cry

Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her leading role in this film, which tells the true story of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen living in rural Nebraska. Although Brandon finds happiness and acceptance with his girlfriend Lana, played by Chloe Sevigny, he has a hard time fitting in with the rest of the town -- especially when his secret is exposed...

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

The Danish Girl

In this historical drama, Eddie Redmayne portrays the Danish artist Einar Wegener. When his wife Gerda, a portraitist, asks him to stand in for a female model, the simple act of dressing as a woman unlocks a longing Einar never knew existed, leading the couple on a journey through the meaning of identity -- and marriage.

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

Brokeback Mountain

Widely hailed as an instant classic for its sensitive portrayal of forbidden romance, this period drama tells the story of two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), and their decades-long love affair in 1960s Wyoming. Director Ang Lee beautifully depicts both the rugged scenery and passionate longing between Ennis and Jack. Have tissues handy!

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

Imagine Me & You

A happily-married newlywed (Piper Perabo) suddenly and unexpectedly falls head-over-heels for a woman she meets at her wedding (Lena Headey), creating a stir among her family and friends and causing her to question her sexual orientation in this surprisingly funny and bittersweet dramedy. 

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

In & Out

When a small-town high school drama teacher is outed as gay by a former student’s Oscar acceptance speech, it sparks a media frenzy. Except he's not gay! Is he...? Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack and Debbie Reynolds fill the cast of this hilarious tale of accidental self-discovery.

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

Carol

The friendship between two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) deepens into love in 1950s New York, challenging conventional social norms, and the effects ripple through their families and community. Nominated for multiple awards, this unmissable drama was included on many "Best of" lists for 2015. 

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Based (very) loosely on the familiar story of Dr. Frankenstein, this campy, outrageous cult classic finds a strait-laced couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) stumbling upon a party thrown by the "transvestite from transsexual Transylvania" Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry). The plot is wacky, but the final message of "don't dream it, be it" certainly fits with the Pride theme of self-acceptance!

Watch the trailer and click here to rent or buy:

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- Jenny Bullough

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Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in National Theatre Live’s Angels in America at select Cineplex theatres

23 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT

Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in National Theatre Live’s Angels in America at select Cineplex theatresNathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in National Theatre Live’s Angels in America at select Cineplex theatresAdriana Floridia6/23/2017 11:45:00 Am

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Angels in America has had a long life. From its debut in 1991 in San Francisco, to the Emmy award winning HBO mini-series adaptation, and even as an opera that was first performed in Paris, France, Angels in America is a timeless story that keeps resonating with audiences. In fact, it’s more relevant than ever.

Following a group of New Yorkers in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDs crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, Angels in America touches on themes of life, death, love, sex, heaven, and hell. The National Theatre Live production stars Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter, and he’s joined by Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Denise Gough, and Russell Tovey. It is directed by Tony award winner Marianne Elliott, who also helmed stage productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.

Angels in America is a play in two parts, and on July 20th, 2017, you can watch a live broadcast of Part One: Millennium Approaches at select Cineplex theatres. Part Two: Perestroika will be broadcast on July 27th, 2017. Encore dates will follow in August.

For more information and for tickets and showtimes, click here! »

- Adriana Floridia

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35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its Anniversary

23 June 2017 7:48 AM, PDT

35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its Anniversary35 Years in the Rain: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Blade Runner on its AnniversaryKurt Anthony6/23/2017 9:48:00 Am

From Ridley Scott, director of Alien, came Blade Runner – a chilling, bold, mesmerizing, and futuristic detective thriller, which celebrates its 35th anniversary today.

Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s visionary novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner was released in theatres on June 25, 1982 and has since earned the title of one of the best science fiction films of all time.

Despite the film’s estimated budget of $28M, Blade Runner was not an instant success. The complex plot and slow pacing resulted in low box office numbers, but the dystopian sci-fi classic eventually garnered a cult following and became a leading example of the neo-noir genre.

Journey with us to the savage world of the year 2019 as we track down ten facts about Blade Runner before they’re lost in time, like tears in the rain.

1. Dystopian Details

It’s all in the details, right? Through a process he called “layering,” Ridley Scott had the Blade Runner set created right down to the smallest detail to ensure his film appeared as realistic as possible. Many of these details were never seen on screen, like the parking meters with rates printed on them. In case you were wondering, 1 minute of parking costs $3 in 2019.

2. Constricting Co-star

It’s been said that you need to watch out for snakes in Hollywood. Fortunately for Joanna Cassidy (Zhora), she was already familiar with her serpentine co-star. The snake used in the film was Cassidy’s pet – a Burmese python named Darling.

3. What did he say?

The fictional street language used in Blade Runner’s dystopian Los Angeles is known as Cityspeak. The gibberish is a mishmash of French, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Chinese, and Japanese and was developed by Edward James Olmos (Gaff) during background research for his character.

4. Spinners

If you’re looking for information on fidget spinners, you’ve come to the wrong post. The levitating cruisers featured throughout the film are called Spinners. Although we’re a few more years away from flying our cars across the Trans-Canada Highway, Blade Runner fans can find a Spinner on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington.

5. Big-ticket Blaster

Fresh off the set of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Harrison Ford traded in his iconic whip for an Lapd 2019 Blaster to use while playing the role of retired blade runner, Rick Deckard. Blasters don’t come cheap, though. The original prop sold at an auction in 2009 for $270,000.

6. Pleasure Principle

How does a genetically engineered android celebrate a birthday? With an incept date! All Nexus 6 Replicants carry an incept date on their file to note when they were activated. Classified as a “basic pleasure model,” it’s no coincidence that Pris Stratton (Daryl Hannah) has an incept date of Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.

7. Blade Reefer

When Deckard (Harrison Ford) brings a questionable snake scale to a lab for inspection under a microscope, the image we see on the screen is actually that of a female marijuana plant. Pretty dope, isn’t it?

8. One Actress or Another

While Daryl Hannah ultimately brought life to the character of Pris, it was actually Debbie Harry who was Ridley Scott’s first choice to play the skin-job. In 2014, the Blondie singer revealed: “My biggest regret of all is turning down the role of the blonde robot, Pris, in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. My record company didn’t want me to take time out to do a movie. I shouldn’t have listened to them.”

9. Return of the Falcon

It seems as though Han Solo, the smooth talking smuggler from Star Wars, parked his Millennium Falcon spaceship in Los Angeles. As a nod to the fellow sci-fi flick and its shared star, Harrison Ford, a Millennium Falcon model was disguised as a building and included in several outdoor city scenes throughout Blade Runner.

10. Rough Read-through

As you know by now, Blade Runner draws its inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s award-winning sci-fi novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Despite it’s influence, Ridley Scott didn’t read the book before making his film: “I actually couldn't get into it. I met Phillip K. Dick later, and he said, ‘I understand you couldn't read the book.’ And I said, ‘You know you're so dense, mate, by page 32, there's about 17 story-lines.’”

Bonus!

Great Scott! Sci-fi fans with a good (or bionic) eye can spot a Spinner parked in a driveway during a scene in Back to the Future Part II.

Plus, don't forget Blade Runner 2049 arrives in Cineplex theatres on October 6, 2017. You wouldn't want to miss this much anticipated sci-fi sequel! Check out the trailer below.

Click here to buy or rent the original Blade Runner from the Cineplex Store! »

- Kurt Anthony

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Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!

22 June 2017 2:41 PM, PDT

Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!Jurassic Park news, Ron Howard takes over Han Solo, Stronger trailer and more make our daily movie news!Adriana Floridia6/22/2017 4:41:00 Pm

Today in movie news: the Jurassic World sequel's title is announced, the Han Solo prequel quickly finds a new director, Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the first trailer for Stronger, and more!

Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.

Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

In new trailers, we have one for the film Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman as a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American supreme court justice as he takes on a career-defining case. Check out the trailer below!

Witness the rise of the man who changed America. @ChadwickBoseman is Marshall. Watch the trailer now! #MarshallMovie pic.twitter.com/y2rUi1mxWp

Marshall Movie (@MarshallMovie) June 22, 2017

We also have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!

His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn

Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017

Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!

@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017

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- Adriana Floridia

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Tubelight and Can We Still be Friends? are International Cinema films opening at Cineplex theatres this weekend!

22 June 2017 9:56 AM, PDT

Tubelight and Can We Still be Friends? are International Cinema films opening at Cineplex theatres this weekend!Tubelight and Can We Still be Friends? are International Cinema films opening at Cineplex theatres this weekend!Adriana Floridia6/22/2017 11:56:00 Am

Every week, select Cineplex theatres feature some of the most popular and exciting films from all around the world, from countries like China, India, Korea, The Philippines and more. If you want to try something different at the movies, or simply celebrate your own or a new culture on the big screen, we’re highlighting two International Cinema titles that you’ll surely enjoy! Both films are opening this weekend!

Tubelight (Hindi with English subtitles)

Tubelight tells the story of Laxman (played by Bollywood star Salman Khan) who lives with his younger brother and only family member, Bharat. The two are inseparable, but that changes when Bharat gets drafted into the army and has no choice but to leave his older brother behind. As the war gets worse, Laxman decides he must intervene in order to get his brother back. The film features an outstanding Bollywood cast, including the late Om Puri in his last film role.

Tubelight opens on June 23rd at the following Cineplex locations:

Scotiabank Theatre Halifax + Imax

Cineplex Odeon Montreal Forum Cinemas

Coliseum 12 Ottawa

Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Cinemas

Eglinton Town Center 16

Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas

Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan (Woodbridge)

Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX-

Courtney Park 16 with IMAX

Silvercity 16 Brampton

Ajax 10

Cinema City Northgate

Sunridge Spectrum 14

Movies 12

Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX

Grande Strawberry Hill 12

Silvercity 12 Mission

For showtimes, click here!

Can We Still Be Friends? (Filipino with English subtitles)

This romantic comedy follows Digs and Sam, a pair whose relationship has gone from friendship, to romance, to exes, and back to friends. Now that they’ve both begun dating again, the two check in on each other’s new love lives. However, it has resulted into a competition on who will find a new relationship first...or may lead them to realize that they still love each other.

Can We Still Be Friends? opens on June 23rd at the following Cineplex locations:

Cineplex Odeon Forum, Montreal

Famous Players Canada Square, Toronto

Cineplex Scarborough

Northgate Winnipeg

Cineplex Movies 12 Edmonton

Cineplex Esplanade, North Vancouver

For showtimes, click here!

Check back every week for International Cinema films to look out for on Cineplex.com! »

- Adriana Floridia

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Watch Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins talk about filming Transformers: The Last Knight

22 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Watch Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins talk about filming Transformers: The Last KnightWatch Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins talk about filming Transformers: The Last KnightZachary Dent6/22/2017 10:01:00 Am

It's man versus machine in the fifth installment of the Transformers live-action movie series - and only one group will survive. In Transformers: The Last Knight, humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Mark Wahlberg returns after his role in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Sir Anthony Hopkins joining him in this explosive sequel. We sat down with the two of them to see what filming a movie shot almost exclusively with IMAX 3D cameras was like. Both only had good things to say about the film-making process and director Michael Bay. Watch the interview below and check out Transformers: The Last Knight when it hits Cineplex theatres on June 21st!

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- Zachary Dent

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Daniel Day Lewis quits acting, Han Solo updates, Blade Runner 2049 footage and more make our daily movie news!

21 June 2017 2:17 PM, PDT

Daniel Day Lewis quits acting, Han Solo updates, Blade Runner 2049 footage and more make our daily movie news!Daniel Day Lewis quits acting, Han Solo updates, Blade Runner 2049 footage and more make our daily movie news!Adriana Floridia6/21/2017 4:17:00 Pm

Today in movie news: retirements, creative differences, and tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Check it out below!

Last night, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year. 

Sad news in the Star Wars world, as we learned that the directors of the new Han Solo prequel film, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have left the project due to creative differences. The 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie filmmakers were likely bringing a more comedic approach to the film, as that is their forte. We're curious about how this will affect the prequel, which has been in production for some time now. Word is that Lucasfilm is looking to replace the duo with filmmaker Ron Howard.

We've got a new featurette from the film Thank You For Your Service, which stars Miles Teller as a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.The film also stars Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer. Check out the behind the scenes look below!

We're super pumped for War for the Planet of the Apes, which is getting stellar early reviews. Today a new featurette dropped, which highlights Andy Serkis' amazing motion-capture performance and the incredible visual effects used in the film. Check it out!

It's apparently the day of featurettes, as we have a third behind the scenes look, this time at the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to feast your eyes on in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!

Last but certainly not least, we are enjoying this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.

Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017

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- Adriana Floridia

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Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins talk Transformers: The Last Knight

21 June 2017 2:16 PM, PDT

Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins talk Transformers: The Last KnightMark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins talk Transformers: The Last KnightMelissa Sheasgreen6/21/2017 4:16:00 Pm

Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins are backstage at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum theatre in Las Vegas to talk about Transformers: The Last Knight.

Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor) arrives first, very casual, to what’s essentially a converted dressing room, and Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Thor, TV’s Westworld) follows. The two joke around as they set up for the interview.

Sir Anthony is new to the film franchise based on the Hasbro/Tomy toys that convert from cars to alien robots and back again. He plays Sir Edmund Burton, a historian with important information about the Transformers’ time on Earth, while Wahlberg reprises his role of Cade Yeager, the mechanic who came to the aid of the Autobots (the good robots) in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay is once again at the helm.

This time, Yeager leaves his family to search for information that will save the relationship between humans and Autobots and, in turn, save the world.

Cineplex: Where do we pick up?

Wahlberg: “Well, for me, when you meet Cade at the beginning of this film I’ve had to make a big decision and, basically, in order to give my daughter an attempt at a normal life I have to go on the run. So I leave everything that I know as far as home and family, I’m kind of hiding out in the desert and I get summoned by this gentleman’s character [points at Hopkins] and I get thrust into this world of basically trying to pursue and find some information in order to save the world and our relationship with the Autobots. It’s really a great kind of a fish out of water, me, thrust into this world in England with sophisticated, fancy-talking folks that like to make fun of me; Cade’s from Texas. And Cade’s a little taken by them as well.”

No pressure, just saving the world, right?

Wahlberg: “Well, this is what we do.”

And what about your character, Anthony?

Hopkins: “Well I play the kind of English lord, or knight, ancient family, that typical archetypal Englishman who sees Americans and is curious about them, never unfriendly.”

Wahlberg: “Kind of like a puppy.”

Hopkins: “Kind of like a puppy. Yes, these chaps, you know, very interesting these Americans. See, [in real life] I was raised with Americans as a kid during the war, because I’m that old, and so my dream was to come to America so I had an appreciation of that. So that’s part of my personality, and my character’s as well. I have the attention span of a gnat so I can’t describe the total scheme of the script to you because it’s so complicated to read.”

Wahlberg: “He’s really educating us on the origins of the Transformers, when they’re coming to our world, as well as the mythology, so it’s amazing to see him rattling off these amounts of dialogue and monologues pretty much effortlessly, and then to say that he has the attention span of a gnat is just him being humble because it was impressive. I’m one who really prides myself on being prepared and to see him show up like that and make everyone’s job a lot easier was impressive.”

Yeah, but as actors you need to do this every day all the time, right?

Hopkins: “Yeah, but you see, he [pointing at Wahlberg] does great stuff with improvising and I love that.”

Wahlberg: “Well, we had so much opportunity to really play around and there are so many laughs, and his character, I think what he brought to it too is he was just so excited to be there and his energy was really infectious and everybody kind of fed off of that and the humour and to see him say some of the things that he says are really going to get big, big laughs.”

Really?

Hopkins: “Sincerely, this sounds like such bull, but for me to be involved in an American movie, as I’ve been involved in many of them, especially in that ethos of English society and aristocracy and working with Michael Bay and Mark, it’s a great feeling because you get so bored watching serious movies and everything’s so boring and Michael Bay comes on set with Mark Wahlberg and you don’t have a chance to be bored, you just don’t have a chance, you have to keep up with it.”

Give me an example.

“There’s a wonderful moment when we’re at Stonehenge and Michael Bay comes into my trailer, and we were at Stonehenge, 5,000 years ago it was established, and there’s another Stonehenge that the art department had built down the road so they could blow up bombs and all that. So Michael comes into my trailer and says, ‘So we’re at the real Stonehenge, yeah?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ And he said, ‘Ours is much better than theirs.’ [Laughs.] Only an American would say that…. That’s what I love about America and working with Americans. You don’t have time to be precious and holier than thou, too thoughtful, because it’s so boring, all that stuff [pretends to snore while Wahlberg laughs]. It’s true, I was watching PBS, classic movies, after four minutes, that’s it, bye.”

Does this mean you’re doing all your own stunts in this movie?

Hopkins: “Oh, I did all of my own stunts, didn’t I? [Turns to Wahlberg, joking.]”

Wahlberg: “Yeah. And even all that you’re saying is not deterring me from wanting to be English and be a knight.”

Hopkins: “He wants to be a knight. I’ll see what I can do with the queen.”

Wahlberg: “Thank you.”

What do you think will surprise audiences most about this movie?

Wahlberg: “That Mike was still able to create new and exciting and fresh elements to this story, and new characters, and making it more exciting and more interesting than the last.” Bigger action and better stunts?

Wahlberg: “Yup. And new characters, the whole thing.”

Hopkins: “It’s a well-written script, isn’t it?”

Wahlberg: “Yeah, it’s hard and frustrating not to give away the good bits of the story because there are so many twists and turns and things that people are really going to be surprised about.”

Melissa Sheasgreen is a content producer for the Cineplex Pre-Show.

Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing at Cineplex theatres. For tickets and showtimes, click here! »

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Get ready to throw down: The Northern Fights finals hit Toronto June 24th

21 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT

Get ready to throw down: The Northern Fights finals hit Toronto June 24thGet ready to throw down: The Northern Fights finals hit Toronto June 24thZachary Dent6/21/2017 1:03:00 Pm

Presented by PS4: Northern Fights is a premier fighting game tournament featuring two of the most popular games in the genre: Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat Xl. And you better get those dukes up because the National Finals are this weekend! The Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto will be hosting the event at 12pm on Saturday, June 24th. The winner of each will be taking home $10,000 cash plus a trip to Evo 2017 (Evolution Championship Series) in Las Vegas.

Better yet, we're giving you the opportunity to come out and watch for less than the price of a movie ticket! You heard right, Northern Fights isn't just for those competing. Imagine seeing the best of the best duke it out on the big screen. If a general admission isn't your style we're also offering Fan Experience Passes for those who want the VIP experience! The Fan Experience includes admission, reserved seating, some awesome swag, and more! So, even if you’re not competing come check out the action. The regional qualifiers were held earlier this month which has set up an exciting roster of finalists. Each of them will have the chance to take top prize! 

We guarantee you'll be on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to the screen - so come out and watch the Northern Fights Finals! Get hyped with our video below:

Click here for tickets to the Northern Fights Finals! »

- Zachary Dent

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Connecting Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Chris Pine

21 June 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

Connecting Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Chris PineConnecting Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Chris PineJenny Bullough6/21/2017 12:58:00 Pm

Is it just us, or is every hot actor in Hollywood right now named Chris? Evans, Hemsworth, Pine, and Pratt are all saving the day (sometimes even the universe) onscreen. But did you know that they’re all connected by the movies and co-stars they’ve shared? Since it's Chris Pratt's birthday, we're sharing our Chris Degrees of Separation.

Obviously, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are connected by co-starring in the blockbuster Avengers movies! As amazing as Captain America: Civil War was, we missed seeing Thor fighting alongside his comrades-in-arms, and can't wait for Thor: Ragnarok!

Hemsworth, of course, was in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot with Chris Pine. Although they didn’t share screen time, Hemsworth played the first Captain Kirk, who sacrifices himself in the first minutes of the film so that his crew – including his wife and newborn son James Tiberius Kirk – can escape the Romulans.

Rumour has it that he'll reprise his role as George Kirk in the next Star Trek film. It might be just a flashback sequence, but we can't help but hope that some kind of rip in the space-time continuum will allow two of our favorite Chrises, Hemsworth and Pine, to meet on the big screen! Meanwhile, you can catch Pine inhabiting another superhero franchise, battling alongside Gal Gadot's titular Wonder Woman in his role as Steve Trevor! 

Bonus: read our Five Reasons to See Wonder Woman!

The Star Trek franchise also features Zoe Saldana as one of our favourite characters, Uhura. Saldana seems to be making a career of playing space-dwelling females – she’s also the green-skinned Gamora in the two Guardians of the Galaxy films alongside another favourite Chris: Chris Pratt!

Bonus: watch the trailer below and read our Five Reasons to See Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

We'll have to wait until May 2018 to finally see the Guardians alongside the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War, but we'll bet it'll be epic. We can’t wait to see what new connections will open up!

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- Jenny Bullough

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Thank You for Your Service, American Assassin, Annabelle: Creation, and more make our daily movie news

20 June 2017 2:49 PM, PDT

Thank You for Your Service, American Assassin, Annabelle: Creation, and more make our daily movie newsThank You for Your Service, American Assassin, Annabelle: Creation, and more make our daily movie newsZachary Dent6/20/2017 4:49:00 Pm

In today's daily news we've got some brand new trailers and posters coming at you! Plus, we've got some exciting news for everyone who loved the new Wonder Woman movie! (And judging by the box office so far, that's everyone who's seen it!)

Thank You for Your Service debuted its first trailer and poster today! Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with this one and also serves as its screenwriter. The movie gives an in-depth look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. It stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Joe Cole. This looks like a powerful movie »

- Zachary Dent

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Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!

20 June 2017 2:38 PM, PDT

Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!Nathan Fillion talks being Canadian and his voice role in Cars 3!Adriana Floridia6/20/2017 4:38:00 Pm

The third installment of Disney and Pixars Cars franchise is in theatres now!

Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, who now has to prove to a new generation of racers that he is still the best in the world. It'll be tough for Lightning, however, as a bunch of new racers are using a special technology that allows them to drive faster. Lightning basically has one last chance to keep his reputation.

Nathan Fillion joins the cast as a new character named Sterling, who is a big fan of Lightning. He has plans to make Lightning into a brand, and works with him to update his look and help him train.

We had a chance to talk to Nathan Fillion about his role as Sterling, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Deadpool 2, Valerian, and more make our daily movie news

19 June 2017 3:06 PM, PDT

Deadpool 2, Valerian, and more make our daily movie newsDeadpool 2, Valerian, and more make our daily movie newsZachary Dent6/19/2017 5:06:00 Pm

We've got something for everyone today! A clip, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer, poster, and an inside scoop from Ryan Reynolds make our daily movie news!

A new clip for War for the Planet of the Apes ​dropped today! Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. Quit monkeying around, watch the clip below and see War for the Planet of the Apes when it hits Cineplex theatres on July 14th!

“I came for you.” The ultimate showdown. See @AndySerkis and @WoodyHarrelson in the new clip from #WarForThePlanet. In theaters July 14. pic. »

- Zachary Dent

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Quiz: Prepare for Transformers: The Last Knight by taking our quiz on the Transformers film franchise

19 June 2017 8:03 AM, PDT

Quiz: Prepare for Transformers: The Last Knight by taking our quiz on the Transformers film franchiseQuiz: Prepare for Transformers: The Last Knight by taking our quiz on the Transformers film franchiseZachary Dent6/19/2017 10:03:00 Am

Transformers

Test your knowledge of the live-action Transformers movie franchise!

Transformers: The Last Knight opens June 21st and it's man versus machine in the fifth installment! Optimus Prime is a staple in the Transformers franchise; he is the leader and an all-around good guy. But in this one he seems to have turned his back on his allies.

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Mark Wahlberg returns after his role in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner and John Goodman (voice) joining him in this explosive sequel. »

- Zachary Dent

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