• Compared to activities like talking on the phone or writing a letter, texting and instant messaging relatively new phenomena in human society. These forms of communication are also still pretty new for the movies.

    The latest video from editor Tony Zhou (the guy behind the most excellent “What is Bayhem?” video), “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film” explores how everyday interactions like text messaging and computer use are handled in movies and TV -- namely with the new convention of depicting text and instant messages on-screen.

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  • Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in The F Word. (eOne)Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in The F Word. (eOne)

    “The F Word” features something that most Toronto-shot, Toronto-set movies don’t have: a major international star in the form of “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe.

    Radcliffe plays Wallace, a young Brit living in T.O. who befriends a girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Wallace and Chantry get along extremely well, but the two quickly have their friendship complicated -- he may have romantic feelings for her and she’s in a already in a relationship. It's a familiar movie scenario, but one that hasn't really been done well in a long while.

    Directed by Michael Dowse (“Fubar,” “Goon”), “The F Word” is to Toronto what seminal rom-com “When Harry Met Sally” was to Manhattan. But despite the film being both extremely funny and a fantastic showcase for the city, Dowse and screenwriter Elan Mastai admitted that getting the movie seen outside of Canada was only really possible because of its star.

    “You need big, big star actors or else,” Dowse told Yahoo Movies Canada. “Occasionally there’s a

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    If you’re one of the many moviegoers whose pet peeves include people texting or talking during a screening, then the following news may very well send you into a rage.

    In an effort to attract texting and app-obsessed youth, several movie theatre companies in China are currently experimenting with a technology called “bullet screens," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The system allows moviegoers to comment on the film via text message and have that message projected onto the screen as the movie plays.

    Think of it like a newsfeed of sorts that allows viewers to silently engage in a community discussion about the movie they’re watching. Each message costs about 10 cents (USD) to send.

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  • Chloë Grace Moretz stars in "If I Stay." (Warner Bros.)

    In her brief but prolific Hollywood career, “If I Stay” star Chloë Grace Moretz has played all sorts of characters, from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s wise-beyond-her-years little sister in “500 Days of Summer,” to a foul-mouthed tween superhero in the “Kick Ass” movies, to a telekinetic teenager in “Carrie,” and more.

    But there’s one character the up-and-coming actress has absolutely no interest in playing: the stereotypical damsel in distress.

    “I’m not one to play a damsel, I kind of hate that,” Moretz told Yahoo Movies Canada. “The woman who’s always calling on the man to save her - I’ve turned down so many roles because of that. I want to portray characters that young girls can, in some sense, look up to. Even the characters I’ve played who are not people I’d like them to look up to, at least they’re forthright. I don’t have a good time playing someone who I’m not, which is this boring damsel character.”

    Moretz's next project "If I Stay" (based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling young adult

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  • Daniel Radcliffe takes on the rom-com this week with the August 22 release of "The F Word." (The "F" stand for "Friends!") In the film, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a down-on-his luck Brit in Toronto who thinks he's met the perfect girl (Zoe Kazan) -- except that she has a boyfriend. But surely she and Wallace could just be friends, right? Right?

    Given the subject matter of "The F Word," Yahoo Movies Canada thought this would be the perfect opportunity to play "Is This A Date?" with Radcliffe. We presented the 25-year-old actor with several ambiguous situations, and Radcliffe offered us his opinion on whether or not romance was on the table. Check out the video above to find out what he thinks.

    "The F Word" is in theatres August 22. Watch the trailer:

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  • DC, Marvel

    Have you seen that movie about the half-human space pirate, alien cyborg assassin, grieving rage monster, gun-toting talking raccoon, and sentient tree who team up to save the galaxy? Oh, you have?

    Love or hate “Guardians of the Galaxy,” there’s no disputing that on paper the premise for Marvel’s latest superhero adventure sounds, well, kind of insane. By all logic, “Guardians of the Galaxy” shouldn’t have been the blockbuster success it was. Yet the movie is now nearing $320 million in box office worldwide and a sequel is already in the works.

    So does the success of something as wacky-sounding as “Guardians of the Galaxy” mean that there’s big screen hope for another unlikely comic book superhero like DC’s Aquaman? That’s what studio Warner Bros. is hoping. As a member of DC's Justice League (an "Avengers" style superteam that includes Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman), Aquaman is poised to be a big part of the studio's recently announced nine movie slate of DC Comics films - and he's one of the weirdest superheroes around.

    But as "Guardians" proves, being weird doesn't necessarily mean people won't watch it. Here are three ways an "Aquaman" movie can copy the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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  • Tributes and stories have been pouring in from around the world since the untimely passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams earlier this week. Friends, colleagues, admirers, and fans of the late Oscar-winner have been sharing remembrances both online and on television.

    Unsurprisingly, YouTube has been a popular forum for remembering Williams. Tribute videos featuring clips from some of the actor’s most beloved films (like “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” and others) are popping up left and right. The tribute montage above is a nice showcase of Williams’ dramatic abilities, but for those who want to remember the comic actor with a laugh there are plenty of videos showcasing his funnier side as well, including this one:

    Twitter has also been a hotbed of remembrance for Williams. The trending hashtag #RIPRobinWilliams is full of anecdotes about favourite Williams moments or performances and personal encounters people had with the actor. Canadian comedian Norm

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  • Canada can lay claim to some of the funniest comedians and best performers on the planet, but very few of them could hold a candle to the late Robin Williams. The Chicago-born funnyman and Oscar-winner died on Aug. 11 at the age of 63.

    Williams wasn’t Canadian, but he was no stranger to the Great White North. He shot some of his most memorable (and terrible) movies in Canada and would often perform live comedy or improv while he was shooting in Vancouver, Toronto, or elsewhere. He famously performed the anti-Canadian song "Blame Canada" from "South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut" at the 2000 Academy Awards, but clearly had a lot of love for the country.

    During a 2013 Reddit AMA, he called the Canada the kindest nation in the world, jokingly comparing it to a "really nice apartment over a meth lab."

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    Here are eleven films Robin Williams shot in Canada over the course of his career.

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    Despite a film career spanning more than 30 years, Williams didn't shoot a movie in Canada until Joe

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  • Do you think that in 2014, major stars like Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, or Robert De Niro would have to audition for a role? Not a chance.

    But as the video above shows, those Hollywood icons (along with a boatload of other film and television actors) all had to audition for roles during their careers. Even the biggest A-list actors have had to audition at some point, and even after they've established themselves, things like screen tests are almost always part of the filmmaking process.

    The rare audition videos and screen tests open up some fascinating "what if?" scenarios. What if Robert De Niro had played Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" instead of James Caan? Neither Brad Pitt nor Robert Downey Jr. ended up being cast in “Backdraft” (the role ultimately went to Billy Baldwin), but seeing their auditions makes you wonder what the movie would have been like with them instead. Would Billy Baldwin still have a career if Pitt or Downey had been cast?

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  • While marquee superheroes like Batman and Superman hogged most of the San Diego Comic-Con spotlight a few weeks ago, there was another famous comic book character who made a surprisingly big splash: Deadpool.

    The wise-cracking Marvel Comics antihero last appeared on the big screen in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (played by Ryan Reynolds). But despite having a script, a director, and a willing star in Reynolds, a standalone “Deadpool” movie has been stuck in development hell for years.

    However, thanks to footage of the superhero's much-talked-about Comic-Con appearance going viral, the “Deadpool” movie is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. Capitalizing on all the post-Comic-Con buzz, “Deadpool” screenwriter Rhett Reese (“Zombieland”) took to Twitter this week to implore fans of the character for help.

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