• Peter Stults

    What if movies like “X-Men: Days of Future Past” or “American Hustle” had been made in another decade? Who would star in them? And -- most importantly -- what would the posters look like?

    Those are the questions answered by New York-based graphic designer Peter Stults in his ongoing poster series “What If: Movies Reimagined.” Transplanting familiar films into past decades, Stultz creates era appropriate poster art featuring actors and actresses from that period.

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  • If the marketing for Disney’s “Maleficent” is to be believed, villains are the new heroes. In the upcoming fantasy film, megastar Angelina Jolie brings the evil sorceress from "Sleeping Beauty" to life, exploring the character's mysterious past and examining how that past shaped the events of the famous fairy tale.

    Disney has already toyed with this idea a bit in the past, most notably with 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (inspired by the segment of the same name from "Fantasia") and the in-development Cruella de Ville movie. But "Maleficent" is the first time that the House of Mouse has really mined one of its beloved animated films like this.

    If applied correctly, the villain angle could provide Disney with some very cool opportunities in the future. There are plenty of other Disney antagonists whose back stories could be mined for their own stand-alone films:

    Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”)

    Much like Maleficent, Ursula is also an outcast of sorts. There’s a reason she lives alone

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  • Director Xavier Dolan is the toast of Cannes 2014 with his film "Mommy."

    Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is big in France. The 25-year-old Montreal native has been a darling of the Cannes Film Festival ever since his award-winning 2009 fest debut “I Killed My Mother,” and he now appears to be poised for even greater success. Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” is rumoured to be this year’s frontrunner for Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award.

    Touching on themes that Dolan has addressed in past films, "Mommy" tells the story of a single mother (Anne Dorval) struggling to raise her troubled and violent teenage son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). Things begin to change for the family when a neighbour (Suzanne Clement) offers to help. The film premiered this week at the glitzy Mediterranean festival to rave reviews from both critics and famous attendees.

    Variety critic Peter Debruge called the film "A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work." The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton labelled it "an explosively emotional portrait of a troubled mother-son

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  • Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore went to South Africa to film "Blended." (Warner Bros.)

    We all suspected it, but it took Adam Sandler to finally admit it: Most of the funnyman’s movies are basically just an excuse to go on a sweet paid vacation.

    Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week to promote his latest comedy “Blended,” Sandler answered in the affirmative when Kimmel asked if his movies are just an excuse to go somewhere nice on vacation.

    “Yes,” came Sandler’s unequivocal answer. “I have done that since ‘50 First Dates.’ It was written in another place. I said, ‘Imagine if we did it in Hawaii, how great that movie would be?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, that’s a very artistic idea.’ I’ve been doing that ever since.”

    It’s true. Ever since the 2004 rom-com “50 First Dates” (which also stars his “Wedding Singer” and “Blended” collaborator Drew Barrymore), most of Sandler’s movies have either been filmed in or heavily featured exotic locales. Parts 2008’s “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” was filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and 2011’s “Just Go With It” shot almost entirely

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  • 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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