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  • Every week through the remainder of 2014, Yahoo Movies is counting down Hollywood's 50 very best working actors and actresses. Come back to Yahoo Movies every Thursday to see who makes the cut.

    Greatest Actor Alive (No. 38): Robert Downey Jr.

    Age: 49

    Stating the Case: After a bout with drug addiction nearly torpedoed his career, Robert Downey Jr. has emerged as one of the most respected — and bankable — movie stars in the world. RDJ is one of the most creative and versatile actors, and he's been terrific since his earliest credits ("Weird Science," "Back to School," "The Pick-Up Artist"). He spent a mostly unmemorable year as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1985-1986) before he seared the screen as drug-addled Julian in one of the top guilty pleasures of the '80s (and that's saying something), "Less Than Zero" (1987), and then became an official serious, Oscar-nominated thespian with his tour de force performance as The Tramp in "Chaplin" (1992).

    Following several arrests and

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  • Homemade Spidey webshooter, inset, and a Spidey laser shooter (Patrick Priebe)

    Peter Parker is a whiz kid who turns his passion for science into some awesome Spider-Man accessories. Same with Patrick Priebe.

    The ultimate fanboy, Priebe has parlayed a love of lasers and mechanized thingamabobs into a steady paycheck. "It's enough to live," says the 31-year-old from Wuppertal, Germany, who sells his movie-inspired stuff to gizmo-heads all over the world.

    Priebe's superhero contraptions are real... and potentially lethal. Take, for example, his latest invention: a handmade electromagnetic webshooter, which made its debut on YouTube Wednesday.

    "The Spider-Man toy runs on 350 volts and the 100 joules [energy storage] charge can kill you," Priebe tells Yahoo Movies. "No kid will ever get a laser from me... or a gauss gun," he says, explaining that he sells much safer versions of his "toys" to adults only. "You would be very surprised, how many rich kids we have these days. And they try over and over again."

    That doesn't stop Priebe from making his own personal

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    The 2014 Cannes Film Festival is going to be one of the biggest ever for Canada. Although it doesn’t kick off until May 14, the esteemed French film fest has already announced its star-studded international lineup, and Canadian filmmakers and actors are finding themselves extremely well represented.

    Canuck exports in competition at Cannes this year include David Cronenberg’s "Maps to the Stars," Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy," and Atom Egoyan’s "The Captive." The high profile hat trick marks the first time that three Canadian films that have screened in competition at Cannes in the same year.

    Cronenberg's latest film, "Maps to the Stars," is a Hollywood set tale (the first time the legendary Toronto-based filmmaker has ever shot a movie in Los Angeles) that follows two former child-stars struggling to survive the entertainment industry. Co-starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Olivia Williams, the film is the second collaboration between Cronenberg and "Twilight Saga" star

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    The much-hyped “X-Men: Days of Future Past” heads into theatres on May 23, but some very serious legal trouble for the film’s director now threatens to overshadow the all-star mutant extravaganza. The Wrap reports that “X-Men” filmmaker Bryan Singer is being sued in a Hawaii court for allegedly drugging, raping, and using his power to exploit a 17-year-old boy in back in 1999.

    According to court documents, Singer is alleged to have “manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries.”

    The allegations are serious, but Singer’s lawyers have categorically denied the claims made by the lawsuit.

    “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit,” Singer’s attorney said. “It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to

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  • Is this a new 'Star Wars' set in the Abu Dhabi desert? (Getty Images)
    Is this the first official sighting of the production of "Star Wars: Episode VII"?

    "I'm never coming back to this planet again," mused Luke Skywalker when he went off to embrace his destiny in "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope," though the "Star Wars" storytellers keep proving him wrong.

    An AT-AT (Lucas Films)Following recent rumors that the seventh installment of the enormously popular sci-fi series would feature scenes on Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine comes what appears to be photo evidence, courtesy of a photographer from The National.

    The alleged set pics, taken on Tuesday morning in the dunes near the Qasr Al Sarab resort in the Abu Dhabi desert, reveal an encampment of tents with several crew members moving around pieces of equipment, including a large grey mechanical disc that looks particularly "Star Wars"-esque.

    Bloggers are already speculating that the large, round set piece in the photo is the 'foot' of an AT-AT one of those huge, walking armored transports that first appeared in "The

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  • Has there ever been a career resurgence quite like the one Joaquin Phoenix is having?

    When he "retired" from acting, ostensibly to focus on rap music, and then made a bizarre pseudo-documentary about it, many in Hollywood felt that Phoenix could never recover from such an off-putting public display. But after four years without a movie — not counting the fun-house version of himself he played in "I'm Still Here" — Phoenix returned with starring roles in back-to-back triumphs. He earned a Best Actor nomination for his unforgettably nervy characterization in 2013's "The Master," and he showed his sensitive side in last year's Oscar-winning "Her." And he's looking to keep his string of critical successes going with a dark and charming turn in the upcoming "The Immigrant."

    Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard plays the lead role of Ewa, a Polish woman who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 with her ill sister (played by Angela Sarafyan) who is not allowed into the country. With no friends

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  • Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher' (Sony Pictures Classics)It looks like the Croisette will be teeming with a ton of familiar faces once again this May.

    On Thursday morning, official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were finally announced, and unsurprisingly, many of the 18 pictures chosen to compete for the coveted Palme d'Or were helmed by festival or industry veterans with some serious reputations to protect.

    The line-up also boasts a fair amount of star power. Ryan Gosling, for instance, will see his directorial debut "Lost River" (previously titled "How to Catch a Monster") arrive among the Un Certain Regard candidates; meanwhile, the ever-popular Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will reunite, sort of, as each has a film in contention for the big prize. "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, was previously announced as the opening night film.

    As always with Cannes, though, the real excitement lies in discovering which competitor will prove to be the buzziest of them all. Last year "Blue is the Warmest Color" held that

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  • We have proof Robert Pattinson doesn't always play the coolest, prettiest, sparkliest guy on the block.

    The "Twilight" alum, known for being the dreamboat leading man, goes against type in the first full trailer for the post-apocalyptic road thriller "The Rover."

    Here, R.Pattz stars as Reynolds, a member of a roving gang of thieves in an Australian Outback that has devolved to "Mad Max" levels of crime and anarchy — without the added bonus of having cool tricked-out war vehicles and characters with names like "The Humungus." Reynolds is wounded and left behind when his cohorts, including his brother, Henry (Scoot McNairy), steal a car which happens to be the last possession that matters to our burned-out, bad-ass hero, Eric (Guy Pearce).

    [Related: Guy Pearce Goes Mad (Max?) in 'The Rover' Teaser Trailer]

    Pattinson spends most of the trailer being intimidated by the seething Pearce, a victim role that's a far cry from the sexy vampire he played in the "Twilight" movies, the dashing

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  • Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in 'Ride Along.' (Universal Pictures)

    If you've seen "Ride Along," or pretty much any Kevin Hart film for that matter, you know how many jokes come at the expense of Hart's diminutive stature. 

    Because we always like a good short joke, we thought we'd add one more. To commemorate this week's "Ride Along" Blu-ray release, we're offering up an appropriately pint-sized prize: an iPad Mini!

    One lucky Yahoo Movies Twitter follower will receive an Apple iPad mini along with a Blu-ray of "Ride Along," Hart and Ice Cube's "Training Day" inspired action comedy that rode along to the top box office spot three weekends running.

    And since good things come in little packages, we're also giving away a Blu-ray to five runners up.

    [Related: 'Ride Along' Makes an Odd Couple Out of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube]

    Here's how to enter:

    Step 1: Follow @yahoomovies on Twitter

    Step 2: Tweet this message: I want to go on a #RideAlong and win an iPad mini from @yahoomovies: http://yhoo.it/ManSmurf #YGiveaway

    Note: One entry per person/email

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  • Denzel Washington stars in 'The Equalizer' (Columbia Pictures)

    "Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equalizer."

    Denzel Washington is coming to make things right in "The Equalizer," the movie adaptation of the TV drama which ran from 1985 to 1989 starring the late Edward Woodward. In the film, Washington takes on the role of Robert McCall, a retired intelligence operator who faked his own demise to live under the radar. But after finding a young woman (played by Chloe Grace Moretz)  in trouble with the Russian mob,  he returns to action to use his extreme tactics for good.

    "The Equalizer" reunites Washington with director Antoine Fuqua ("Olympus Has Fallen"). The pair previously collaborated on 2001's "Traning Day," for which Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Washington has been on a tear lately, still packing movie houses with action flicks like "The Book of Eli," "Unstoppable," "Safe House," and "2 Guns." But his dramatic work is as strong as ever as well, having received his sixth Oscar nomination in 2012 for "Flight."

    Also

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