• Making the leap from child star to adult actor is difficult. No matter how successful a career a young performer has, very few are able to make the transition successfully.

    Rember “Sixth Sense” star Haley Joel Osment?

    Haley Joel Osment in 2014. (Getty Images)After the success of M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller, there was no bigger child actor in Hollywood. Osment landed major role after major role, like 2000’s “Pay It Forward,” opposite Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, the starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film “A. I. Artificial Intelligence,” and 2003’s “Secondhand Lions.” But then he pretty much disappeared from the public eye, spending much of the past decade voice acting in cartoons and video games.

    Well, now Osment is back, and in a pretty big way. The actor popped up online this week in the first trailer for the Canadian sci-fi thriller "I'll Follow You Down." Osment plays Erol, the son of a scientist whose mysterious disappearance haunts his family for years. Directed by Richie Mehta ("Siddharth"), the

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  • Getting to spend a little time in a galaxy far, far away is the dream of every “Star Wars” fan.

    Sadly, the fact that the “Star Wars” saga is a work of fiction makes an actual visit to Tatooine, Cloud City, or Alderaan all but impossible. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the next best thing - like a walk-on role in the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII.”

    In a brief video shot on the Abu Dhabi set of "Episode VII," director J. J. Abrams announced that Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot are teaming with United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) for Star Wars: Force for Change, a crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise money and awareness for the organization.

    Disney has already pledged $1 million in support of Force for Change and, here’s the kicker: for every $10 fan contribution made by fans, participants will be entered for a chance to win a background role in the next “Star Wars” movie. “Wars” fans with deeper pockets can spring for larger donations and earn some impressive rewards

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  • In the flurry of “Star Wars Episode VII” news and rumours, it’s easy to forget important anniversaries related to everyone's favourite galaxy far, far away.

    This past weekend, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” turned 15. Released on May 19, 1999, the George Lucas-directed prequel followed the adventures of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and introduced audiences to young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), the boy who would become the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader.

    Though the film has its defenders, there’s very little to really like about “Episode I.” Between its paper-thin characters, mind-bogglingly terrible dialogue, endless space politicking, and Jar Jar Binks, we could go on for hours about everything wrong with the movie (many people already have). But instead, let’s look at the positives. Here are the five best things about the worst “Star Wars” movie - “The Phantom Menace.”

    John Williams’s score

    Good old reliable John Williams. While “Episode I” itself left much to

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  • When the award-winning sitcom “Corner Gas” ended back in 2009, it left a gaping hole in Canadian airwaves that still hasn’t been filled.

    The Brent Butt-created comedy series about the strange and hilarious town of Dog River, Sask. certainly wasn’t for everyone. But it was a rare bird for Canadian television, lasting an impressive six seasons (107 episodes) and gaining legions of fans around the world in the process.

    Though it's been off the air for five years, there's good news for “Gas” fans this week. Butt and friends are set to return to Dog River next month when production on “Corner Gas: The Movie” begins - and they want fans of the show to get in on the action.

    “Corner Gas: The Movie” already has all of its financing in place, but Butt and the producers wanted to find a way to engage with longtime fans of the show -- so they've turned to the crowdfunding service Kickstarter to do just that. Backers of the project will earn all manner of "Corner Gas"-related swag and get

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  • Director Joss Whedon. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files)

    The folks behind the Joss Whedon-scripted indie drama “In Your Eyes” have been randomly sending out some pretty awesome gifts to people who paid to watch the film online, including posters, scripts, and even video game consoles. As if fans of Whedon needed more reasons to like the guy!

    “In Your Eyes” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and was quickly made available online shortly thereafter, eschewing the traditional theatrical distribution in favour of a video-on-demand rental model. That move wasn’t all that groundbreaking for an indie film like this, but what happened next was pretty unusual.

    People around the globe who rented “In Your Eyes” on Vimeo soon started receiving unusual thank you packages from Whedon and company.

    "The cast and crew of ‘In Your Eyes’ thank you for supporting the film by renting it on Vimeo On Demand,” the notes said. ”Enclosed is a little token of our appreciation."

    Tweets from as far away as Germany, New Zealand, and Dubai soon started

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    Want good seats for your night out at the movies? It’s first come, first serve, right? Not for long. If a new Cineplex pilot project succeeds, you can forget about arriving early or lining up. Canadian moviegoers may soon need to pay extra to get the best seats in the house.

    This week, Canadian theatre chain Cineplex unveiled plans to start charging patrons $2 to $3 on top of their current regular admission prices ($11.99 CAD) to secure the coveted middle row seats. Similar to the more expensive UltraAVX and VIP options already offered, the pilot project will kick off later this year at Toronto’s Varsity cinema. Cineplex claims the new strategy is about offering their customers choice, though how exactly charging people more money for an already expensive night out is supposed to benefit consumers is a bit of a mystery.

    The company has inexplicably compared the plan to tiered seating on airlines, where customers who want more leg room, better food, and amenities can pay a premium for

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  • The events of 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006) are no longer considered canon. (20th Century Fox)

    With the mutant extravaganza “X-Men: Days of Future Past” hitting theatres on May 23, fans of the series will no doubt be spending the next week or so brushing up on previous entries in the X-franchise to prepare. But don’t worry about watching “X-Men: The Last Stand” or “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” -- according to series producer Lauren Schuler Donner, they don’t count.

    “Just forget about 'X3' and the first 'Wolverine' - forget about that, too!" Donner said at the U.K. premiere of “Days of Future Past.” He had been asked about confusing continuity like the death of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and the previous adventures of Logan (Hugh Jackman).

    Donnera dded: “['Days of Future Past'] will be putting all that right.”

    Though "X3" and "X-Men Origins" were two of the most financially-successful films in the series, the movies are widely considered the worst in the franchise by both hardcore fans and critics.

    On top of that, the continuity of the “X-Men” films can get pretty confusing.

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  • The Godzilla attack at the corner of Yonge & Elm in Toronto. (Warner Bros.)

    An impressive guerrilla marketing stunt for “Godzilla” is giving Toronto an up-close look at how a giant monster attack might affect the city.

    The destructive installation at the intersection of Yonge and Elm includes a heavily damaged full-sized subway car jutting out from the road, wrecked cars, airplanes littering the rooftops, and giant creature claw marks covering the nearby building.

    Situated right in the heart of downtown Toronto, the stunt has understandably attracted a lot of attention. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, it’s not every day that you see a smashed subway sticking out of the street. The “Godzilla” installation has been a popular subject on Twitter and social feeds.

    One user caught crews installing the subway car earlier this week. (You mean it wasn’t actually Godzilla?)

    Other users were more interested in the chewed-up

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  • 'Sad Batman' takes over Twitter

    Why so sad, Batman?

    That’s the question that countless Twitter users were asking this week after director Zack Snyder released the first image of Ben Affleck’s Batman online:

    Zack Snyder/Twitter

    black-and-white photo, taken by Snyder, shows a bulky and brooding Caped Crusader posed next to the Batmobile. Fans were quick to note the “Dark Knight Returns”-style Batsuit, complete with stubby ears and oversized insignia.

    But people also remarked on how sad Affleck’s Batman looks. Naturally, this quickly spawned the #SadBatman hashtag on Twitter, with users digitally altering Snyder’s photo to put Batman in various sad or serious situations. Here are some of the highlights:

    Inevitably the #sadbatman and #sadkanye memes met head on, with a little help from “Star Wars":

    Larry Wright/Twitter

    We get it. Sure, Bruce Wayne has a lot to be upset about (dead parents, violent crime taking over Gotham City, super villains running amok, etc.), but we’ve always thought of Batman as more a scowling character. The Dark Knight should be

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  • 'Transformers 4' Imagine Dragons Video Reveals New Footage

    Michael Bay has found his new soundtrack muse.

    by Tom Butler

    Las Vegas rock group Imagine Dragons has been announced as the musical collaborator for "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

    The announcement was made via an epic new video (which you can watch above) that also features new footage of Grimlock.

    [John Goodman and Ken Watanabe join 'Transformers 4' voice cast]

    The T-Rex-esque Dinobot can be seen rampaging with Optimus Prime on his back and breathing fire, reinforcing our belief that he’ll be the breakthrough star of the fourquel.

    The Grammy award-winning band will contribute an original song to the soundtrack as well as perform live at the film’s global premiere in Hong Kong on 19 June, 2014.

    Beard... This cigar-chomping Autobot, possibly Hound, is also glimpsed in the new video (Credit: Paramount)

    Along with the new song ‘Battle Cry’ which the group wrote after seeing preview footage, the band will collaborate with composer Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer on the score.

    The film-makers collaborated with US rock act Linkin Park on previous "Transformers" films, so the new musical direction fits with Bay’s promise of a new experience

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