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    As the colourfully-worded graph above demonstrates, the cost of making a mainstream Hollywood movie -- like Adam Sandler’s critically-derided 2010 comedy “Grown Ups,” for example -- has gone up considerably in recent years.

    "Grown Ups 2" (2013) also had an $80 million budget. (Columbia Pictures)

    The Sandler film, which features very little in the way of visual effects or explosive action set pieces, somehow cost around $80 million to produce. Of course, "Grown Ups" brought in around $270 million in box office earnings, which means that Adam Sandler can demand higher budgets for his productions, but $80 million still seems very steep.

    It’s an even more astonishing number when you consider how many critically-acclaimed, low-budget movies were produced for that same price.

    For the cost of one "Grown Ups" (one of the most critically-reviled films of the past five years) you could make "Juno," "Drive," "Lost in Translation," "500 Days of Summer," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Don Jon," "Shaun of the Dead," "50/50," "End of Watch," "Moon," "Paranormal Activity,"

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  • Ready to feel old? “Mean Girls” was released ten years ago this month --April 30, 2004, to be exact. To put that in perspective, star Lindsay Lohan was just 17 years old when “Mean Girls” was shot. If the Tina Fey-penned high school comedy had been made today, its star likely would have been born in 1997. Yikes.

    And how does the film hold up ten years on? According to the latest “Teens React to…” video, it holds up pretty well.

    Even kids who were three or four years old when “Mean Girls” was released (they're now high school students! Gah!) regard the movie fondly. It’s very rare for a movie to appeal across generations like this, let alone be quoted a decade later by kids who were basically infants when it was first released.

    Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried in "Mean Girls." (Paramount)

    Starring Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, and Lizzy Caplan, the high school comedy has become something of a cult classic in the years since it hit theatres. Most of the people involved in the film have gone on to much bigger careers,

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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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  • "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It" heads into theatres this week, and Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles have been traipsing all over the country to promote their third big-screen outing. We followed them on their adventures in Toronto, and we also sat down with them to ask the important question: What do they think of embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Watch the video above to find out.

    The boys were their usual hilarious selves, giving us more than a few laughs with their off-the-cuff answers:

    Be sure to see "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It" when it's released on April 18, but in the meantime, here's the trailer:

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    This is a very good year for fans of the Trailer Park Boys.

    With a third movie, "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It," set for release on April 18, Robb Wells (Ricky), Jean-Paul Tremblay (Julian), and Mike Smith (Bubbles) are taking the opportunity to show off their next project: “Swearnet.” What’s more, Yahoo Movies Canada has your first look at the film’s poster:

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    The documentary film follows the post-Trailer Park Boys lives of Wells, Tremblay, and Smith. Out of work and in search of their next project, the three embark on an in-character tour with comedians Tom Green and Carrot Top, attempt to start their own uncensored Internet channel, and try to acquire the TV and movie rights to the criminal characters that made them famous. It’s a raucous look at the trio as you’ve never seen them before - as themselves.

    “Swearnet” will premiere in Canadian theatres on August 22. For those looking to see the three in character, "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It" hits cinemas on April 18.

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  • Fans of "Frozen" will happily sing the film's praises whenever they can (no, literally -- they're going to sing). But the team at How It Should Have Ended has taken issue with what terrible parents the King and Queen of Arendelle were to Princesses Anna and Elsa.

    It turns out the whole "estranged siblings" and "eternal winter" stuff could have been avoided if the King and Queen had exercised some common sense -- instead of, you know, imprisoning their daughters inside a castle for years.

    But it turns out that the HISHE folks weren’t the only ones thinking long and hard about "Frozen's" ending.

    Prince Hans revealed

     

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    During the film’s lengthy development, Disney went through many different adaptations of the famed Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Early versions of the film revealed Prince Hans to be a villain much earlier in the story. Hans’s third-act reveal allowed Disney to play with viewer expectations that his kiss would be the "act of true love" to thaw Anna's heart.

    “If we

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    Legendary "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" actor Harrison Ford paid a visit to Reddit over the weekend to take part in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session, an online Q&A of sorts.

    In true Ford fashion, the actor's Reddit AMA was one of the grumpiest -- and funniest -- ever.

    "I love you."
    One of Ford’s funniest exchanges came when one Redditor simply posted “I love you” to the answer.

    Ford quoted his legendary response from “The Empire Strikes Back”: “I know.”

    Did Han Solo shoot first?
    For almost two decades, fans have vigorously debated over whether Solo or bounty hunter Greedo "shot first" in “Episode IV's" famous cantina confrontation.

    A hilariously terse Ford pulled no punches when asked to settle the debate, replying, “I don't know and I don't care.”

    On old grudges
    When asked by a fan (who apparently can't tell the difference between actors and the characters they portray) if he still bears any ill-will towards "Star Wars" Cloud City administrator Lando Calrissian, Ford's reply said

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  • MTV Movie Awards GIF Guide: Pecs, Puppies, and Peeta

    The 2014 MTV Movie Awards tend to deliver a good share of gaffes ("Catching Fires" — yeah, we heard that one, Cameron Diaz) and guffaws, like Mark Wahlberg's rambling acceptance speech for the show's Generation Award. Aside from a few brow-lifting moments, this year's fête was a bit of a snooze compared to past shows.

    At least we got to see some skin.

    It got a bit uncomfortable when Zac Efron won Best Shirtless Performance for his role as a book cover illustrator in "That Awkward Moment." You see, presenter and pop star Rita Ora, who took the stage with Jessica Alba, insisted that the winner take off their shirt.

    Beating out nominees Jennifer Aniston, Sam Claflin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Liam Hemsworth, Efron hit the stage. As he got the first words of his speech out of his mouth, Ora reached from behind and ripped open his denim shirt.  Smart of Efron to sport a shirt with snap buttons — easy removal.

    [Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards]

    Clearly tanned and totally ripped,

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    For better or worse, Nicolas Cage is a living legend. The 50-year-old movie star makes his long awaited return to serious drama this weekend in “Joe,” the latest film from director David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Prince Avalanche”). Cage plays Joe, a rural Texas man trying to outrun his troubled past. A hard-working guy with a temper, Joe's finds himself becoming an unlikely role model to a young teen at a crossroads (played by up-and-comer Tye Sheridan).

    Watch the trailer:

    In contrast to many of Cage's more recent, straight-to-video calibre roles (see flops like "Bangkok Dangerous," "Stolen," etc.), his performance in "Joe" has garnered near universal critical praise. The Wall Street Journal called the film a "stirring portrait of a violence-prone man" andL.A. Weeklysaid the film is Cage's "reminder that he's one of his generation's great talents."

    To mark the Oscar winner's triumphant return to the world of respectable film acting, we thought this would be a good time to

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