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Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and more talk the cinematic achievement that is Avengers: Infinity War

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:42:09 -0400

The culmination of a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe-building, Avengers: Infinity War and its unnamed sequel next year are not just the most ambitious comic-book movies of all time. Arguments can be made that they are the most ambitious Hollywood achievement ever. “What’s about to happen, no one has ever faced anything quite like it. It’s going to blow people away,” claims Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the MCU. “We shot Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 back to back, most of last year. The film is the biggest thing in film history. There are 70-something cast members that had to be wrangled together, and the inner workings and complexities of all of these stories coming together and these relationships… “I said to Joe and Anthony Russo after we’d wrapped, ‘I don’t know how you’ve gotten this far and how you’re now going to edit and put all these things together,’” Hemsworth continues, referring to the brothers who directed the last two Captain America movies, and now Infinity War and its follow-up. “But it has just been such a joy, and beyond impressive, to watch them orchestrate this thing together.” There was, as you might imagine, quite a bit to orchestrate. The broad plot of Infinity War finds the space villain Thanos — who’s haunted the background of previous Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and is now played by Josh Brolin — coming to Earth to gather more of the powerful Infinity Stones. Once he has the six stones known to exist in the universe Thanos will essentially have the power of God. And if past behaviour is any indication, he won’t use that power benevolently. Of course, the Avengers would be the perfect band of superheroes to foil Thanos and protect our planet. Trouble is, the group isn’t really around anymore. Following the schism of Captain America: Civil War, many members are at odds with each other. Some, like Chris Evans’ Captain America, are essentially fugitives, and the fate of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor and some of their potential allies are in question after they encountered Thanos’s ship in the post-credits scene of last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. Fortunately, fellow do-gooding superheroes Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and all those Guardians join the fight. Although, as welcome as those newcomers are, they may have created more headaches for the Russos, who had to finesse their characters and storylines into the film. But the Russos had a little expert help from James Gunn, who wrote and directed the two Guardians movies. “It’s different, but it’s weird,” acknowledges Dave Bautista, who plays the comically forthright Guardians strongman Drax the Destroyer. “My first day on set, I was really nervous and worried that the Russos were going to try to be controlling of our characters, which we had already established through two films. The one luxury that we had was that James did a lot of the writing for the Guardians for Infinity War. That was a huge relief, but also the Russos were very encouraging of letting us be ourselves. We knew who our characters were, we did business as usual, bounced off each other a lot and threw stuff out there to see if it’d stick. A lot of times it did, and the Russos were super-excited about it.” Smoothly integrating elements from all of the Marvel movies is also the function of a higher power. I think that Kevin Feige keeps a pretty good eye over the whole mechanism, making sure that all of the wheels are turning properly and all of the pistons are firing,” says Sean Gunn of the Marvel Studios’ president and overall MCU mastermind. Gunn plays Kraglin, Yondu’s first mate in the Ravagers, and does the on-set body work for the animated Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in his brother James’s Guardians movies. “So I think everything worked together. I didn’t notice any problems making Infinity War, I think it all fits together pretty well.” Some returning Avengers even marvel about how well their charact[...]



Counting down our five favourite moments from Bridesmaids

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:46:19 -0400

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The female-led comedy reached new heights with Bridesmaids. The box office smash hit that also earned two Oscar nominations, Bridesmaids is a modern-day classic, and we're super excited to watch it on the big screen again as part of Cineplex VIP's One Night Only event on April 30th. (Click here to get tickets!)

Bridesmaids follows Annie (Kristen Wiig), a woman whose life is a mess, especially when compared to her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) who just got engaged. Tasked with being Lillian's Maid of Honour, Annie needs to get it together for both herself and for Lillian, but she faces competition from another one of the bridesmaids, Helen, who one-ups Annie at all of the bridesmaid duties.

To get you pumped for this special event, we're counting down our five favourite moments from Bridesmaids below!

5. Lillian's engagement party

In a classic bit of awkward comedy, Annie meets the rest of the women in the bridal party, including the zany Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and her eventual arch-nemesis Helen (Rose Byrne).

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4. Annie and Helen play tennis

The competition between Annie and Helen has been building up, and Annie gets to take out some of her aggression when Rose challenges her to a game of tennis.

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3. Annie and Helen try to get Rhodes' attention

Annie has a complicated relationship with the police officer Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd), but now that she needs his help, she'll do anything to get his attention. This charming bit is hands-down one of our favourite sequences in the movie.

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2. Annie disrupts the first class cabin

On their way to Las Vegas, Annie, a nervous flyer, takes a sedative that leads to her becoming hilariously out of control on the plane. This scene couldn't have been this funny with anyone but Kristin Wiig in the lead role!

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1. The bridesmaids get food poisoning

Finally, the scene we all remember best: after a meal at a sketchy all-you-can-eat Brazilian meat buffet recommended by Annie, the party heads to a bridal fitting. The tension between them evaporates when everyone comes down with sudden food poisoning and chaos ensues.

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Bridesmaids is the perfect film to see on a girls night out, or even with your own bridal party! Click here for more details!




The cast of Kings talk about the relevance of Rodney King's story

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:30:34 -0400

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Writer/Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven chose a significant time to tell Rodney King's story.

In one of the most memorable instances of police brutality and racism, Rodney King was beaten by four police officers in 1991 during a routine arrest. The incident was captured on videotape by a nearby civilian and released to the press. The officers' acquittal led to the 1992 L.A. riots, and Kings takes place leading up to this event.

Told through the perspective of a foster family housed by Millie (Halle Berry), we see how the Rodney King trial affects the lives of these young, disadvantaged children who are also dealing with racism in their everyday lives. We had a chance to speak to writer/director Ergüven and two of the film's young stars, Jesse Cooper and William MCgee about their experience with this story and making the film.

Kings opens at select Cineplex theatres on April 27th, 2018. 

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We asked you: Which Avenger has the power to take down Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:15:25 -0400

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Marvel fans have been patiently awaiting the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War. The film finally opens at Cineplex theatres on April 27th, and it will feature almost every Marvel character you could possibly think of. With that many people all in one movie, we know they're not all going to make it out alive. Rumours are already swirling online about which Avenger or ally might not make it to the end of the movie.

In the same vein, that means only a few, or maybe even one Avenger will be the one to take down Thanos, if they succeed. (They will succeed, right?) We went to Toronto Comic Con and asked the fans who they think will be the Avenger that would take down Thanos. Check out the responses in our video below and get your advance tickets for Avengers: Infinity War here!

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Making fun of Canada with the cast of Super Troopers 2

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:42:13 -0400

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It was all the way back in 2001 when we first met the Super Troopers. These Vermont State Troopers weren't so great at their job, but they definitely knew how to have a good time.

Thorny, Mac, Rabbit, Foster and Farva are all back in this sequel, which has them dealing with a border dispute between the U.S. and Canada, where a small city in Quebec is discovered to technically be on American soil.

The film pokes a lot of fun at Canadians, but luckily we're the nation with the best sense of humour. We sat down with Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske to talk Super Troopers 2, Canada, and maple syrup.

Check out the interview below and see Super Troopers 2 in Cineplex theatres on April 20th. Click here for tickets and showtimes!

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Who's who in Deadpool 2: we're breaking down the cast for you

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:55:09 -0400

Our favourite foul-mouthed mercenary Wade Wilson is back. Details about Deadpool 2, arriving in theatres May 18, have been long kept under wraps, to the point where we still aren't certain what exactly is going to happen in this highly anticipated sequel. Deadpool delivered a lot of breakthrough performances from lesser known actors when it came out in 2016, and a lot of the cast from the first film is returning, but we're also going to meet some new characters. We're excited to see these guys all back up on the big screen together again, and to see where the new people fit into the narrative. In anticipation of Deadpool 2, which looks to be another R-Rated superhero riot, we're breaking down the cast of the film. Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool/Wade Wilson Ryan Reynolds was a notable actor and heart-throb long before he became Deadpool, but he never really had his true breakout performance until he put on that red suit. Ryan was always trying out different paths, from comedies like Just Friends, Van Wilder and The Proposal, to horror/thrillers like The Amityville Horror and Buried, and then also doing some more low-key indie projects like Paper Man, The Voices and Adventureland. Essentially, Ryan Reynolds has proven that he can do any genre, but it was truly a match made in heaven when he landed the role of Deadpool, allowing him to showcase his strong comedic chops alongside lots of action. We're certain it'll remain his most legendary role. Morena Baccarin, Vanessa Morena Baccarin plays Vanessa, the love of Wade's life. Prior to her breakout role in the first film, Morena was mostly known for her work on television with major roles in a bunch of series, including "Homeland", "The Flash" and "Gotham", though it all began with Joss Whedon's "Firefly". While her role as Vanessa in the first Deadpool saw her a regular human being, we are curious if that'll change in the sequel, seeing as the original character from the comic books was also known as Copycat, a shape-shifting mutant. We'll soon find out if her alter-ego will emerge. Josh Brolin, Cable Okay seriously, what movie is Josh Brolin NOT in? He has to be one of the most frequent working actors in Hollywood, and for good reason: he's simply great in everything that he does. It's crazy to think that this summer, he's starring in both Avengers: Infinity War as the villain Thanos as well as bringing the comic book character Cable to the big screen for the first time in Deadpool 2. We're still not quite sure if Brolin's Cable is the villain of the film, or if in some warped sense he's the hero, but we do know that he's come from the future to kill a mystery child character. Brolin's career is vast and while he's worked on a countless variety of projects, he tends to have an affinity for films based on comic books, including Oldboy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Jonah Hex, and his new Marvel ventures. Brianna Hildebrand, Negasonic Teenage Warhead Apart from a couple of independent films, Brianna Hildebrand hasn't been involved in much other than Deadpool, where she broke out in 2016 as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. She's returning for the sequel, but we're not too sure yet about how big of a role she'll have here. Zazie Beetz, Domino Actress Zazie Beetz is most known for her role as Van on the popular FX series created by Donald Glover, "Atlanta". It speaks volumes that she won the coveted role of Domino in Deadpool 2. She has a strong presence in the comic books, as the result of a government breeding program that was trying to build the ultimate mutant weapon. Domino has some cool powers, mainly a telekinetic ability to change her environmental surroundings to work out in her favour. We're excited to see Zazie take on one of the leading roles here. T.J. Miller, Weasel T.J Miller made waves in comedy with his TV role in "Silicon Valley" and voice work in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Big Hero 6, and who could fo[...]



Raid and The Princess & the Matchmaker are the International Cinema titles opening this weekend!

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:34:09 -0400

(image) 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 the International Cinema titles out this weekend that you’ll surely enjoy!

Raid (Hindi w/English subtitles)

Based on real life events, and set in 1980s India, a fearless IT officer carries out an endless raid at the mansion of the most powerful man in Lucknow. This is the first film to tackle the topic of income tax raids, and it is a crazy untold story. 

Raid opens on March 16th at select Cineplex locations.

For showtimes, click here!

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The Princess & the Matchmaker 
(Korean w/English subtitles)

The Princess & the Matchmaker tells the story of a princess in search of the best marital harmony that will determine the fate of her family's dynasty. The palace arranges for Princess Songhwa's marriage, bringing her four prospective husbands from candidates all around the country. However, she refuses to accept her life partner purely based on traditional rituals, and decides to take the matter into her own hands.

The Princess & the Matchmaker 
opens on March 16th at select Cineplex locations.

For showtimes, click here!

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Click here for more International Cinema films now playing at Cineplex!



Walton Goggins talks about his role in Tomb Raider

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:58:03 -0400

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Lara Croft is back.

This Friday, Alicia Vikander takes on the iconic role, as a young woman who defies all odds to solve the puzzle of her missing father. There might be someone in her way, and that is a man named Mathias Vogel, played by character actor Walton Goggins. We sat down with Walton to talk about the film and how he prepared for the role.

Check out the interview below and see Tomb Raider at Cineplex theatres on March 16th! Click here for tickets and showtimes! 

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Tomb Raider and Love, Simon top our What to Watch weekend preview

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:44:17 -0400

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This weekend in theatres, I'm excited to see Tomb Raider and Love, Simon!

Lara Croft (played by Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Based on the popular video game of the same name, the epic action in this is a must see in IMAX!

Love, Simon tells the tale of a 16-year-old, not-openly gay student, who's emails fall into the wrong hands, causing his secret to be potentially exposed and forcing him to step out of his comfort zone before he's outed.

For more on these movies, check out my video below and have a great weekend, Movie Lovers!

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(image)  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!