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  • A young girl disappears from the back of a car at a truck stop… and then things get really disturbing.

    That’s the set-up for Atom Egoyan’s new abduction thriller, “The Captive,” and we have the first look at the new trailer and movie poster from eOne.

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    Starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos as the parents of the missing girl, the film follows the twists and turns into the investigation. While the detectives (Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman) do their best to find the young girl, it turns out that what’s happened to her is far more nefarious than they thought.

    This might be the most high-action film ever made by Egoyan, who has become known for emotional and psychological dramas like “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Chloe.” But with the film’s A-list cast and terrifying subject matter, there’s no doubt we’ll be on the edge of our seats when “The Captive” is released in theatres on Sept. 5.

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  • "No, I am your father."

    Darth Vader’s revelation to Luke Skywalker in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” is one of the most famous lines in movie history. It’s also one of the most misquoted. When the subject of “Star Wars” comes up, many casual fans like to trot out the line “Luke, I am your father.” Die hard fans of a galaxy far, far away know that Vader doesn't say it exactly like that.

    But what does that famous quote sound like in other languages? Does the Sith Lord’s Cloud City confession carry the same weight in Spanish as it does in English? What does Vader sound like in German or Japanese?

    We now know the answers to those questions thanks to a handy video compilation featuring Darth Vader’s famed line in multiple languages. We're particularly fond of the grim German delivery and the inexplicably calm Hebrew line reading.

    The fact that "The Empire Strikes Back" has been translated and dubbed into so many languages speaks to the popularity of "Star Wars." Vader's line is just as

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  • Warner Bros.

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than ten years since the last Scooby-Doo movie, “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” hit theatres. Apparently studio Warner Bros. has a hard time believing it, too, because they’re marking the decade anniversary of one of the worst reviewed films of 2004 by announcing that a reboot of franchise is "finally" in the works.

    The announcement also comes just days after the death of Shaggy voice actor Casey Kasem. Great timing!

    So Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are heading back to the big screen, but should Warner Bros. really reboot the “Scooby-Doo” franchise? In short: No. No, no, no.

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  • Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton in "Batman Returns." (Warner Bros.)

    The summer of 1992 saw the release of one of the most anticipated sequels of all-time: "Batman Returns." The follow-up to Tim Burton's blockbuster 1989 hit "Batman," the superhero sequel upped the ante in a big way, but not in the way most people expected.

    A bigger budget, more villains (Catwoman, the Penguin, and Max Shreck), and unprecedented creative control for Burton resulted in one of the most unusual studio tentpoles ever made. By the gritty and realistic standards of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" films, "Batman Returns" is an especially weird movie, one full of oddball characters, incredibly imaginative settings, and a dark and twisted sense of humour that would never fly in a modern blockbuster. Here are a few of the weirdest things about "Batman Returns":

    Robin was cut at the last minute

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    Warner Bros. desperately wanted Batman’s comic book sidekick Robin to appear in the sequel, but Tim Burton wasn't very keen on the idea. As per the studio's request, early versions of

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  • Photo: Yahoo Popped/Instagram

    Rising star Chloe Grace Moretz (“Kick Ass,” “Carrie”) stopped by Toronto this week, hitting the MuchMusic Video Awards red carpet on Sunday to promote her upcoming film “If I Stay,” based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling young adult novel of the same name.

    At least, that was the plan. Even as Moretz took over Yahoo Popped's Instagram account on Monday, her schedule with the press was running slightly behind. The reason? The 17-year-old starlet was meeting Hillary Clinton.

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  • Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the fastest-rising stars in Hollywood – and she’s only 17! The actress was in Toronto on Monday to promote her new film “If I Stay,” and she documented her whirlwind day on Yahoo Popped’s Instagram.

    Take a look at what Moretz did during her time in Toronto, and make sure to catch “If I Stay” in theatres on August 22.

    "Breakfast of champions - @cmoretz #chloegracemoretz #ifistay #toronto"

    "Ready for a day of interviews - @cmoretz #chloegracemoretz #ifistay #toronto"


    "Momofuku heaven compost cookies - @cmoretz#chloegracemoretz #ifistay #toronto"

    Me and the future Madame president Hillary Clinton - @cmoretz #chloegracemoretz #ifistay #toronto

    "Signing posters - @cmoretz #chloegracemoretz #ifistay #toronto"

    Watch the trailer for "If I Stay" below.



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  • Disney’s smash hit fairy tale “Frozen” can do no wrong at the box office. The animated film recently ended an unprecedented 13-week run atop the box office charts in Japan (pulling in a stunning $225 million overall), and just a few weeks ago surpassed “Iron Man 3” to become the fifth-highest grossing film of all time. Not bad for a movie based on a 19th century Danish children’s story.

    But there’s one thing that even positive reviews and apparent box office invincibility cannot protect “Frozen” from: Nitpicky people on the Internet!

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  • Universal Pictures

    Despite hitting theatres over two decades ago, the visual effects in 1993's “Jurassic Park” still hold up very well. The velociraptors, the T. Rex, and other dinosaurs are just as believable today as they were more than twenty years ago.

    But why is that? How have Steven Spielberg's effects in “Jurassic Park” stood the test of time, while other movies have not aged so well?

    When used properly, computer generated visual effects can help transport viewers into the world of the movie. Filmmakers can use VFX to build sets they could never build practically, or to render fantastic creatures and locales. When used poorly, though, CG imagery sticks out like a sore thumb. There’s nothing worse than being engrossed in a movie, only to be taken out of it by a bad or fake-looking piece of VFX.

    In the early 1990s, movies were suddenly filled with VFX and barely any of it was up to snuff with the Industrial Light & Magic’s Oscar-winning work on “Jurassic Park.” It’s hard not to cringe looking back

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  • Ice Cube in "22 Jump Street." (Columbia Pictures)

    In this week's "22 Jump Street," Ice Cube reprises the role of Captain Dickson, continuing the proud Hollywood tradition of police bosses with serious rage issues -- and little to no respect for their officers. As any good angry police captain should, Dickson again makes life a living hell for undercover detectives Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum).

    The hilarious role puts Cube in very good company. Here are a few of the most memorable angry police captains to ever grace the silver screen.

    “Dirty Harry” (1971) – The Mayor (John Vernon)

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    Though not technically a police captain, the Mayor from the original “Dirty Harry”(memorably played by Canadian actor John Vernon) definitely fits the mold of the angry superior making life difficult for his heroic underling. In this case, that underling is rough and tumble Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), who reports directly to the San Francisco mayor on his efforts to catch the feared Scorpio killer. Vernon would

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  • Toronto serves as the backdrop for the upcoming romantic comedy The F Word. (CBS Films)Toronto serves as the backdrop for the upcoming romantic comedy The F Word. (CBS Films)

    In movies, Toronto often stands in for other world cities (frequently New York and Chicago), but Hogtown is very rarely given the opportunity to play itself in the movies. But recently, the Ontario capital has been able to actually be itself in big Hollywood productions, instead of pretending to be something it's not.

    After so many years of playing other cities, why is Toronto suddenly getting to play Toronto on the big screen?

    Part of it has to do with the emergence of great Canadian filmmaking talents like Denis Villeneuve, Sarah Polley, and Michael Dowse. These directors don’t see setting a movie in Canada as the impediment to success south of the border. Not since director David Cronenberg’s breakout success in the 1980s has Toronto been featured in so many high-profile films.

    Then there’s Toronto’s growing reputation on the world stage. If there has been one positive outcome of the ongoing drama with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, it’s that the international spotlight has been shining

    Read More »from Co-starring Toronto: Canada's largest city finally gets to be itself on the big screen

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