• How much does Thor’s hammer weigh?

    Anyone who has seen a Marvel movie in the past five years knows the awesome power of Thor’s hammer. It can bat baddies into the stratosphere and even give the Hulk quit a wallop.

    Moviegoers have seen the big man’s hammer “Mjolnir” (don’t bother trying to pronounce it) in action in three films now: “Thor,” “The Avengers,” and most recently “Thor: The Dark World.” (OK, it's four films, if you want to count the post-credits scene from “Iron Man 2.”) We all know this fictional weapon is extremely powerful, but a new video explains just how strong - and insanely dangerous - the hammer of Thor would be if it existed in real life. Jake Roper from YouTube channel Vsauce put together a handy, fact-filled explanation of how heavy the hammer would be if it had actually been forged from a dying star.

    So how how much does the hammer weigh?

    Based on Mjolnir’s dimensions and neutron star construction (the densest and heaviest material in the known universe), Roper estimates that the hammer weighs in

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    Canada’s Hot Docs will never have the glitz or the glamour of its sister event, the Toronto International Film Festival. Nevertheless, the thriving documentary film fest is one of the most important events of its kind on the planet.

    What Hot Docs may lack in red carpets and celebrities, the festival more than makes up for in the fascinating and compelling documentaries department.

    One could easily argue that Hot Docs (now the largest documentary film festival in North America) has become to the documentary film what fests like TIFF and Cannes are to narrative feature films. Movies that bow at TIFF frequently end up going on to win Academy Awards (as was the case with recent Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave”); quite often, documentaries that play at Hot Docs end up winning the Best Documentary Feature prize on Oscar night. Recent examples include James Marsh’s 2008 doc “Man on Wire” and Louie Psihoyos’ 2009 doc “The Cove” (winner of the Hot Docs Audience Prize), which both went on

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  • We all know the game "Kiss, Marry, Kill," in which you're given the names of three people, and you have to decide which one you'd kiss, which one you'd marry, and which one you'd kill.

    Well, when Miss Piggy came to Toronto to promote her new film "Muppets Most Wanted," our own Will Perkins used the opportunity to play a special version of the game: "Kiss, Marry, Karate Chop." Of course, famous diva that she is, Miss Piggy decided she was going to play the game her way.

     

    Watch the video to see who was the target of Miss Piggy's wrath, as well as her secret to her long-lasting relationship with Kermit the Frog, and what she thought of working with Tina Fey.

    "Muppets Most Wanted" is in theatres March 21.

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  • Universal Pictures

    Sorry, “Jurassic Park” fans: If you were hoping for the return of franchise characters like Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), or Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) in the upcoming “Jurassic World,” then writer/director Colin Trevorrow has some bad news for you.

    “I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic,” Trevorrow recently said in an interview with IGN. “But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation.”

    Though we may not be getting any of the central characters from the previous three “Jurassic Park” movies, there’s one minor character from the first movie who most definitely will appear in Trevorrow’s series reboot: Dr. Henry Wu.

    Henry who?

    BD Wong (right) will return for "Jurassic World." (Universal Pictures)

    Henry Wu (BD Wong) was the InGen geneticist responsible for the dinosaur cloning science that lead to the creation of John Hammond’s ill-fated

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  • Columbia Pictures

    A third “Ghostbusters” movie is officially on track to start filming sometime in early 2015, but already the sequel is facing quite a few obstacles.

    For one, “Ghostbusters” co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis recently passed away. It goes without saying that a new film just wouldn’t be the same without the presence of the bookish Dr. Egon Spengler -- or without Ramis’s contributions behind the camera, for that matter.

    Then there is the glaring fact that filmmaker Ivan Reitman (the comedy movie legend who directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films and one of the third film’s strongest proponents) quit the project this week in the wake of Ramis’ death. The director revealed to Deadline that the third film only featured the original Ghostbusters in very minor roles anyway, and that given recent events, his heart simply wasn’t in the film any longer.

    Reitman will remain a producer on the upcoming film, but his directing was a key ingredient in the success of the first two “Ghostbusters”

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  • Good grief, indeed! Charlie Brown and Snoopy are getting a serious makeover in this first look at the new 3-D, CGI version of "Peanuts."

    Charles M. Schulz's classic cartoon strip has been spiffed up by 20th Century Fox for release later this year.

    [Related: Hear Voice Whiz Sing 'Frozen' Song as 21 Disney Characters]

    But before fans of Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock decry plans to reboot the property, it's being overseen by Schulz's son, Craig.

    Peanuts... Charlie Brown and Snoopy getting rebooted (Copyright: Fox)

    "It's long overdue. The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right," he told USA Today.

    "I'm way more protective than my father would have been. Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy.”
    Original... the Peanuts crew from the TV series (Copyright: Rex)

    Directing will be Steve Martino, who helmed "Ice Age: Continental Drift," from a script by Craig Schulz and son Bryan Schulz, while "The Heat's" Paul Feig is among the film's producers.

    Though Craig Schulz was coy about the plot of the movie, he said that Charlie Brown's lifelong crush the Little Red-Haired

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  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Muppets Most Wanted at the El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

     

    Miss Piggy took Toronto by storm on Tuesday while promoting her new movie "Muppets Most Wanted." Starting her day off on Canada AM and ending up on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, the famous diva really made the most of her day around the big city.

    In the film, which opens Friday, miss Piggy stars alongside longtime boyfriend Kermit the Frog, as well as comedy heavyweights Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

    While Miss Piggy was out and about in Toronto, we happily let her take over our Yahoo Popped Instagram account. Check out the highlights from her big day:


    Hello Toronto! Tis moi! Miss Piggy! In town to meet & greet my many media admirers! Kissy! Kissy!

     

    Up early for my first interview on CP24 breakfast. Obviously my beauty sleep worked beautifully!

     

     Good morning Canada! It's moi, live on Canada AM. And no jokes about putting an "H" in front of the AM!

     

    I'm ready for moi's close-up! Behind the scenes on press day with a world famous movie star.

     

     Moi thrilling

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  • Is the car chase movie dead?

    Aaron Paul in "Need for Speed." (Touchstone Pictures)

    Despite more horsepower than forty Kentucky Derbies in almost every single scene, "Need for Speed" just couldn't entice movie audiences this past weekend.

    Touted by director Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”) as a throwback to the classic car chase movies of yesteryear, “Need for Speed” had a lot going for it -- namely actor Aaron Paul, fresh off of the popular TV series “Breaking Bad,” and, of course, enough vehicular mayhem to make a “Fast & Furious” movies blush. And, unlike the that certain Vin Diesel/Rock anchored series, “Need for Speed” makes a point of doing most, if not all, of the automobile action practically, with no computer graphics. Real cars, real drivers, real stunts. In an era where the movies are dominated by computer generated imagery, that old school, physical approach has got to be a draw, right?

    But the high-octane chase movie failed to make much of a dent at the box office, coming in third place with $17.8 million, behind “Peabody and Sherman” and “300: Rise of an

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  • 10 Reasons Why Four from ‘Divergent’ Is America’s New Fictional Boyfriend

    Tune in to the live red carpet premiere for 'Divergent' Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT!

    Theo James as Four (center), with Shailene Woodley (left), in 'Divergent' (Summit)

    Edward who? Peeta what? There's a new YA book-to-screen hunk taking up residence on the Avenue of Fine Fictional Boyfriends, and man is this one a keeper.

    Hellooooo Four. (Or as he's also known by his full character name, Tobias Eaton -- played by British actor Theo James -- though we'll just stick to "Four.")

    This "Divergent" hero has got it all, y'all — charisma, inner-strength, respect for the ladies, a pack of seriously chiseled abs, and so much more. We're definitely swooning over our newest fictional boyfriend because, yeah, there's a lot to love about the mysterious Mr. Four.

    Let's review, shall we?

    1. First of all, just check out that glorious smile.

    2. He’s perfectly imperfect.

    He might look it, but one of our favorite things about Four is that he is not 100 percent perfect. And he doesn't pretend to be, either. The man's got a bit of a hot temper at times, and he's certainly not

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  • Unlike most young adult book adaptations, "Divergent" isn't that easy to boil down to a simple logline.

    It can't be described with an easy premise like "girl meets vampire" ("Twilight"), boy meets witch ("Beautiful Creatures"), or "kids forced to kill each other" ("The Hunger Games").

    There is a lot going on in the high-concept "Divergent," the latest in a string of popular novels made for the big screen (and though many have failed, the highly anticipated movie adaptation is seen as having the best chance of replicating the success of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games").

    [Related: Tris vs. Katniss: An Epic Heroine Battle]

    The actors of "Divergent" even have a hard time distilling its plot down to one sentence, which we found out at the movie's recent Los Angeles junket when we looked to the cast for a "CliffsNotes" version of the story. "That is tough to do," Ansel Elgort, who plays Caleb Prior, admitted to Yahoo Movies. "A lot of stuff is going on," he said. "Ums," pauses, and stalls

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