Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • VIDEO: Watch Darth Vader tell Luke ‘I am your father’ in multiple languages

    "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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  • ‘Scooby-Doo’ reboot in the works: 3 ways the movie can avoid being terrible

    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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  • ‘Batman Returns’ turns 22: The 5 weirdest things about the movie

    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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  • Chloe Grace Moretz gushes over Hillary Clinton in Toronto

    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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  • WATCH: Everything wrong with ‘Frozen’ in 10 minutes or less

    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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  • ‘Jurassic Park’: How have the special effects held up so well?

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    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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  • The Angry Police Captain: The Movie Cop’s Greatest Foil

    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)

    (Warner Bros.)

    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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  • Co-starring Toronto: Canada's largest city finally gets to be itself on the big screen

    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

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  • Artist recreates 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' scenes with LEGO

    Vesa Lehtimäki (Avanaut)Vesa Lehtimäki (Avanaut)

    If you enjoy movies like “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” and if you also love things like LEGO and action figures, then you might appreciate the fine work of Vesa Lehtimäki (who also goes by the screen name Avanaut). The Finnish photographer is, as many are, a big fan of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series. Lehtimäki also happens to be a bit of a toy collector and one heck of a photographer to boot.

    So what do you get when you put all those passions together? You get some absolutely striking movie-themed dioramas set in the fictional worlds of Luke Skywalker and Dr. Indiana Jones.

    Using baking soda for snow, professional quality lighting, and a forced perspective technique that gives LEGO figures and vehicles a fantastic sense of scale and motion, Lehtimäki’s “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” photo dioramas are a breathtaking sight. The photographer even “crosses the streams” so to speak, placing Indiana Jones in scenes with recognizable “Star Wars” characters and locations.

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  • Even in this shaky and clearly nervewracking screen test for the first "Harry Potter" film, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint had palpable on-screen chemistry. That chemistry helped spawn eight films and an incredible $7.7 billion in box office receipts.

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