• Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in "Draft Day." (Lionsgate)

    Everyone loves a good comeback, and Kevin Costner has been trying to stage his own for a while now. With this weekend's release of Costner's latest film "Draft Day," are audiences ready to forgive him for his past mistakes?

    "Draft Day" puts Costner in the role of Sonny Weaver, a football general manager who trades his No. 1 pick on draft day for the chance to rebuild his struggling team from the ground up. The sports dramedy is one of Costner's first starring roles since his Hollywood comeback began in earnest with a supporting part in 2013's "Man of Steel."

    Believe it or not, but there was a time when Costner was the undisputed king of Hollywood. A string of major critical and financial hits in the late '80s and early '90s -- including classics like “The Untouchables” (1987), “Field of Dreams” (1989), “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991) “JFK” (1991), and “The Bodyguard” (1992) -- helped transform the actor into the biggest movie star of his day. In

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  • Marvel

    With the blockbuster success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this past weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe family of films (“Iron Man,” “Thor,” “The Avengers,” etc.) officially beat out the “Harry Potter” series to become the highest-grossing movie franchise in North American history. To date, the nine Marvel films have brought in a gargantuan $2.46 billion domestically, more than the eight "Harry Potter" movies ($2.39 billion).

    Warner Bros. definitely struck gold with the "Harry Potter" franchise, but when it comes to superhero movies, the studio can’t yet hold a candle to the Avengers and friends. While WB’s Batman and Superman movies have grossed more than the MCU films ($2.7 billion), it has done so with 14 films over the course of more than 30 years. Not so impressive when you consider that Marvel Studios has earned almost as much with just nine movies since 2008.

    Should Warner Bros start following the Marvel model with its superhero films, creating a cohesive movie

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  • Believe it or not, 2011's “The Expendables 2” wasn't the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme ever faced off on the big screen.

    Back in 1987, filming was about to begin on director John McTiernan’s sci-fi actioner “Predator,” starring Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura. However, the film still needed to find a performer to fill the shoes of the titular alien monster.

    Jean-Claude Van Damme. (NBC)

    Enter a then 25-year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme, a rising martial arts star from Brussels, Belgium. Van Damme, who would go on to a great action movie career of his own, was a virtual unknown when he was hired to play a very different version of the Predator than the one audiences now know.

    As described by special FX and creature makeup wizard Steve Johnson (“Ghostbusters,” “Blade 2”) in the video interview above, the original version of the Predator was far more insect-like than the menacing alien that the filmmakers eventually settled on. With that in mind, McTiernan and the producers

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  • Lucasfilm, Getty Images

    Chewbacca -- everyone’s favourite smuggler, walking carpet, and sidekick extraordinaire from a galaxy far, far away -- is set to return in J.J. Abrams upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII.”

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, 7’3” (2.21 m) actor Peter Mayhew will reprise the role of the iconic Wookiee in the Disney-produced “Star Wars” sequel due, out in late 2015. The 69-year-old actor played Han Solo's Wookiee pal Chewbacca in the original trilogy of "Star Wars" films and again in for 2005’s "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."

    Mayhew’s involvement in “Episode VII” is very good news. The extremely tall actor has had health issues in recent years as a result of his height, being confined to a wheelchair for several years before undergoing a double knee replacement in 2013. His participation in the movie would apparently indicate that he is now in much better health.

    While neither Disney nor Harrison Ford himself will confirm Han Solo's involvement in “Episode VII,” Chewie's

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  • Will Captain America's third big screen adventure be a hit?

    Captain America's first trip to theatres -- 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- was one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies to date, bringing in "only" $370 million worldwide. A respectable number for other blockbusters, but not for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film where the global tallies usually range from $500 million to a billion dollars.

    Super soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) fared much better on his second trip to theatres, in 2012's superhero ensemble pic "The Avengers." The superpowered team-up was an unquestionable success, taking in an astounding $1.5 billion worldwide and winning plenty of critical praise.

    But a movie featuring every familiar face in the Marvel Universe is one tough act to follow. In "Avengers," Cap had Tony Stark, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk backing him up last time. Who's helping him in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"?

    Well, both Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

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  • Photo Credit: WENN.com

    They're back! The Trailer Park Boys return for another big-screen adventure in "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It," due in theatres on April 18. The boys were out and about in Toronto on April 3, and we thought of no better occasion to give them access to the Yahoo Popped Instagram account to document all of their exploits in the Big Smoke.

    Take a look at what the Trailer Park Boys got up to below, and be sure to go see "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It" on April 18.

    "Starting the day at Sirius XM. Thank $*#& we're not hungover. We're still drunk."

     

    "Makeup Bakeup."

     

    "Reality….and the hangover are starting to kick in…"

     

     "George Stroumbouhashopoulos"

     

     "Rockin' with the Mitchell"

     

    "Mission Accomplished"

     

    Watch the trailer for "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It," due out April 18:

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  • Kate Winslet: Nude Titanic painting still haunts me (exclusive)

    The actress responds to fans’ obsession with the naked sketch from her 1997 hit film.

    by Tom Butler

     

    Kate Winslet has admitted that the nude drawing of her in "Titanic" haunts her to this day.

    After Leonardo Di Caprio’s Jack painted Kate Winslet’s Rose “like one of his French girls” back in 1997 for "Titanic," the nude drawing has endured thanks in part to DVD, video, and of course the Internet.

    A keen fan was seen handing Winslet a copy of the sketch at the UK premiere of her new film "Divergent," so we just had to ask her whether she'd signed it or kept it for her drawing room.

    Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/REX (3659664gz) Kate Winslet 'Divergent' film premiere, Los Angeles, America - 18 Mar 2014

    “I don’t sign that [picture]. It feels very uncomfortable. Why would you do that?” Winslet tells us in our video above. “People ask me to sign that [picture] a lot.”

    [Gallery: Get naked, win an Oscar]

    “There’s a photo of it as well that someone has lifted from a still of the film, and that photo gets passed around too. I’m like 'No! I didn’t mean for it to be a photograph that I would end up seeing still 17 years later.'"

    “It’s still haunting me. It’s quite funny really.”

    Photo by c.20thC.Fox/Everett/REX (1691043k) TITANIC, Kate Winslet Titanic - 1997

    The actress shot to fame

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  • Where's Superman when you need him? As anyone who's seen "Gravity" can tell you, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney really could have used the Man of Steel's help during their big space crisis.

    Thankfully for them, filmmaker Krishna Bala Shenoi has remixed the opening to "Gravity" with footage from 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace." The result is a hilarious alternate opening scene that puts an entirely new spin on things. As it turns out, Superman (Christopher Reeve) may have been just as responsible for causing the space disaster as he was for the eventual rescue.

    Shenoi, an acclaimed 20-year-old writer and filmmaker from Bangalore, India, has been posting a lot of his clever videos online. His other work includes this wonderful animated tribute to legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

    Shenoi's version certainly means "Gravity" would be a much shorter movie. Just imagine how many other cinematic crises could be solved if only Superman happened to be hanging around!

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  • We've got the exclusive trailer debut of the new comedy "Dr. Cabbie," presented and co-produced by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.

    Set in Toronto, "Dr. Cabbie" follows Deepak (Vinay Virmani), a young doctor who emigrates from India to Canada only to be denied work as a medical professional. Deepak ends up driving a taxi to get by, but soon converts his cab into a mobile clinic in order to help people.

    The movie aso features "The Big Bang Theory" star Kunal Nayyar in his first major film role. Nayyar plays a local cabbie who shows Virmani's Deepak the ropes.

    A truly international production, "Dr. Cabbie" was shot in Toronto, directed by Quebec filmmaker Jean-François Pouliot ("La Grande Séduction"), and co-produced by Salman Khan's India-based Being Human Productions. The film also stars American actress Adrianne Palicki ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Canuck Stephen McHattie ("Watchmen").

    "Dr. Cabbie" arrives in theatres on Sept. 19.

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  • Paramount Pictures, Reddit

    Despite months of bad press, the first trailer for Michael Bay's “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot went over fairly well, amassing more than 30 million views on YouTube so far. But did something about the famous heroes in a half-shell seem slightly off?

    If you answered yes, then you join ranks of Turtle fans who have taken issue with the revamped appearance of the pizza-scarfing mutants -- specifically their noseless faces. The appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has remained pretty much identical for almost 30 years, from the original comic book up to the 2007 computer animated movie "TMNT." Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello have looked more or less the same in every medium they’ve appeared in -- except the upcoming Bay-produced reboot.

    Apparently very unsatisfied with the Ninja Turtles’ appearance, one fan put his photo altering skills to work: by digitally altering stills from the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” trailer, the fan made our heroes look a

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