• What if you discovered that somewhere out in the world you had an exact double? Same face, same voice, different person, different life. Would you want to meet them? What would you do when you did? How would they react?

    That’s precisely the unlikely situation that Toronto man Adam Bell finds himself in “Enemy,” a mind-bending psychological thriller from “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve.

    After spotting an actor in a rented movie who appears to be his exact double, meek college professor Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes obsessed with finding his lookalike. Adam’s double is Anthony Clair (also played by Gyllenhaal), a fiery Mississauga-based actor who, save for their appearance, is the professor’s opposite in almost every way. The pair’s eventual meeting ultimately sends both them and their loved ones down a very dark and dangerous path.

    The best way to categorize “Enemy” would be to call it a mash-up of David Fincher, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg movies. It has the intensity of

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  • Just when you thought the insanely catchy music from Disney’s Oscar-winning animated adventure “Frozen” couldn’t get any catchier, along comes star Idina Menzel, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, and the legendary Roots crew. The group delighted viewers with a version of the Academy Award-winning ballad “Let It Go” that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

    Menzel stopped by “The Tonight Show” this week and joined Fallon and house band The Roots for a very special version of "Let It Go" -- one accompanied by what can only be described as kid instruments like kazoos, triangles, toy blocks, and xylophones.

    Menzel provides the much needed “Let It Go” vocals (along with not-so-essential triangle dings), Fallon clops toy blocks together and jams on a Casio keyboard, Questlove toots on a kazoo, Black Thought plays the tambourine, and the rest of the Roots add xylophone, melodica, ukulele, lemon shaker, and bongos to the musical mix. It’s a far cry from the orchestrated version that

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  • Theo James Is the 'Perfect Warrior' in 'Divergent'

    If excitement could be measured numerically, we'd need to start counting now to measure ours for the release of "Divergent" on March 21. But, then again, we can pretty much guarantee we'd get stuck once we reached four.

    Four, in case you haven't heard, is one of the main characters of the bestselling novel series by Veronica Roth and is played by the undeniably handsome Theo James. In this exclusive featurette introducing them both, you can see why such a count might be distracting.

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    "Four is the perfect Dauntless warrior, but he also has his own secrets that he has to hide, so he's incredibly guarded and wary of anybody trying to get close to him," director Neil Burger explains.

    What's not a secret is the chemistry between James and his co-star, Shailene Woodley. "Theo's reactions are amazing, his capability of listening is incredible, but he's also tough on screen and a really strong person," she gushes.

    Oh, and did we mention he did all of his own fighting? Because he did.

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  • How Bill Murray Won Oscar Night: A Photo Essay

    by Christopher Wilson

    While it's hard to argue anyone had a better weekend than Lupita Nyong'o (birthday, No. 1 movie at the box office, Oscar, Spirit Award, getting in on the world’s most famous selfie along with your brother), it seems unlikely anyone had more fun on Oscar night than Bill Murray.

    He started off with a tribute to his friend Harold Ramis, ad-libbed during Murray's presentation of the Best Cinematography award alongside Amy Adams.

    (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

    Ramis, who passed away last month, worked with Murray on some of the best comedies in American film history. After the official nominees were announced, Murray added: "Oh, and we forgot one: Harold Ramis, for 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day.'"

    The legend was just getting started. He hit the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where he joined Selena Gomez on the red carpet for perhaps the best photobomb in a night full of great

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  • "12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Can Toronto International Film Festival audiences pick ‘em or what? As industry watchers predicted back in September, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” became the fifth TIFF People’s Choice award winner in the festival’s history to go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The slavery drama is also the twelfth winner of the People’s Choice overall to be nominated for Oscar’s top prize.

    Past Best Picture nominees that began their Academy Awards run in Toronto include “Chariots of Fire” (1981), “The Big Chill” (1983), “Places in the Heart” (1984), “Shine” (1996), “Life Is Beautiful” (1998), “American Beauty” (1999), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Precious” (2009), “The King's Speech” (2010), and “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Of those nominated films, “Chariots of Fire,” “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” and now “12 Years a Slave” have gone on to win Best Picture.

    The "12 Years a Slave" cast at TIFF 2013. (Getty Images)

    Although TIFF’s People’s Choice award is no

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  • Oscar Head-Scratchers: 7 Things That Had Us Asking, 'What the...?'

    Charlize Theron attended the Oscars solo, then met up with beau Sean Penn to party. (Getty)

    by Suzy Byrne

    There were plenty of viral moments at the Academy Awards — including Ellen DeGeneres's Twitter-breaking selfie! — as well as many LOLs and even some tears. But more than a few times, we were also left asking: What the...?

    Here are the 7 things that had us scratching our heads during the 2014 Oscars:

    1. Why Didn't Sean Penn Walk the Red Carpet With Charlize Theron?
    It was expected that the two-time Oscar winner would attend the show, especially considering his new ladylove and fellow Oscar winner, Charlize Theron, was a presenter. Come red carpet time? Charlize turned heads, but there was no Penn. However, while he stayed away from the main event, he was by the South African beauty's side at the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscar Party, which was a benefit for her charity, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). She made an outfit change, into a black pantsuit, and they held hands on the red carpet and posed with their arms around one another. They later

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  • Ellen Insults the Oscars Crowd, Then Wins Them Back With Pizza and Selfies

    Ellen Degeneres takes the stage to host the show at the start of the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)

    by Dave Nemetz

    How did Ellen DeGeneres do as Oscars host? Well, it depends on when you tuned in.

    The normally affable talk-show host went surprisingly dark with her opening monologue at Sunday's Academy Awards, tossing out a number of edgy zingers at the Hollywood crowd that even Ricky Gervais might have balked at.

    Referring to Jonah Hill's full-frontal "Wolf of Wall Street" scene, the openly gay comedian joked to him, "You showed us something in that film that I haven't seen in a very, very long time." She shouted at 84-year-old "Nebraska" nominee June Squibb as if she was hard of hearing. She intimated to the Academy crowd that if "12 Years a Slave" didn't win Best Picture, "you're all racists." (It did win, so we're all safe there.)

    [Related: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' Win Big at the Oscars]

    Most pointedly, she referred to showbiz legend Liza Minnelli as "one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen," even calling her "sir." Wow… who knew daytime's queen

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  • 6 reasons Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar

    Leo... Will he ever get his lion's share? (Credit: Reuters)

    Leonardo DiCaprio suffered an all-too predictable Oscar heartbreak again last night, missing out on a Best Actor prize to Matthew McConaughey.

    [Oscars 2104: The complete list of winners]
     
    Despite rave reviews for his turn in Martin Scorsese’s 'Wolf of Wall Street', he’s been snubbed once again. What does the poor millionaire actor have to do to win an Academy award? Why has he not got one already? We investigated…

    Magnanimous... DiCaprio congratulates Matthew McConaughey

    He’s been unlucky
    First, lets look at his nominations, and who he lost out to.
     
    Leo has been nominated twice before in the Best Actor category for ‘The Aviator’ in 2005 and ‘Blood Diamond’ in 2007.
     
    In those years he lost out to Jamie Foxx in ‘Ray’ and Forest Whitaker in ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Two towering and career-defining performances, much like Tommy Lee Jones’ in ’The Fugitive' which denied him earlier in his career when he was nominated for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’.

    [The real life 'Wolf of Wall Street' revealed]
     
    Ditto 2014. Let’s be clear, Leo is

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  • Lupita Nyong'o and her headband (Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
    The Grammys last month launched @PharrellsHat, the 2012 Oscars brought @AngelinaLeg, so what moments from Sunday night's Academy Awards inspired their own Twitter accounts?

    And, more importantly, what did they add to the online conversation on Oscar night?

    1. @LupitaHeadband
    Forget Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron — Lupita Nyong'o's won awards season fashion long before Oscar night and people couldn't wait to see what she'd wear. Fortunately, they weren't disappointed. Many were in awe as the Best Supporting Actress winner stepped out in her flowing, icy blue Prada dress and a sparkling headpiece fit for a princess. Not only did #NairobiBlue start trending, but @LupitaHeadband began tweeting.

    2. @OscarsPizzaGuy
    Who didn't love it when host Ellen DeGeneres asked the

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  • Oscars 2014: Was Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie a product placement stunt?

    As the Internet recovers from last night’s Oscars ceremony, and the excitement of THAT star-strewn selfie, it’s emerged the funny photo-op may have been part of an elaborate product placement stunt by show sponsors Samsung.

    Host Ellen DeGeneres whipped out her Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone at various points throughout the glitzy Hollywood bash, most blatantly when she asked Oscar legend Meryl Streep to pose for a soon-to-be-record-breaking selfie.

    [Oscars 2014: The full list of winners]

    Cue the now most retweeted picture of all time: Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Ellen Degeneres, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o (and her brother), Angelina Jolie… All thanks of course, to the Galaxy Note 3.

    DeGeneres, hosting the ceremony for the second time, had openly used the phone

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