• 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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  • Ben Affleck as Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros)

    With Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” currently setting August box office records, it should be clear that with the right team of creatives behind it and the right group of actors fronting it, you can make movies about characters who seem a little ridiculous even on the comic book page. (We're looking at you, Ant-Man and Aqua-Man.)

    That’s basically what Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are banking on in a big way. In addition to shifting the release date of the highly-anticipated “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” to March 25, 2016 (in order to avoid clashing with Marvel’s “Captain America 3”), Warner Bros. recently penned in release dates for nine (!) more DC Comics-based superhero movies between now and 2020. That means standalone movies about Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and more are likely on the way.

    The WB/DC plan is a very clear response to Marvel Studios, which has already found huge success with films like “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” and “Guardians of

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  • Image by Jirka VäätäinenImage by Jirka Väätäinen

    Ever wanted to know what some of Disney’s most iconic animated characters would look like as real people?

    With Disney rebooting or reimagining many of its animated classics as live-action movies (like the “Sleeping Beauty” prequel “Maleficent” and the upcoming Cinderella-inspired “Into the Woods”), audiences are likely to see many of these fairy tale characters in the flesh sooner rather than later. But in the meantime, there’s the work of Finnish graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen.

    Started as a school project in 2011, the Helsinki-based artist "decided to entertain" himself by creating a photorealistic version “Little Mermaid” baddie Ursula. Väätäinen subsequently posted the results on his blog where it attracted a great deal of attention. His Ursula illustration was so popular that the artist then set to work re-imagining other Disney heroines and villains.

    Here are some amazing examples of Väätäinen's ''Real Life Disney Girls" series:

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    It's pretty uncanny work. Translating the

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  • Marvel

    One of the coolest things about Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” are the spaceships. Taking the cake for coolest spacecraft in “Guardians” is superhero Peter Quill’s tricked out cruiser The Milano (yes, the ship named after “Who’s the Boss?” star and '80s crush object Alyssa Milano). Star-Lord's sleek ship is to "Guardians" what Han Solo's Millennium Falcon was to "Star Wars."

    If you left the theatre wanting to get a better look inside the ship that the titular galactic superteam spend a big chunk of the movie aboard, then you’re in luck. Marvel has posted a video tour of The Milano given by Star-Lord himself: actor Chris Pratt.

    Watch the video below:

    Having recently demonstrated his impressive hip-hop chops, it’s somewhat appropriate that Pratt’s “Guardians” set visit is shot in the rapid-fire style of MTV’s celebrity home tour show “Cribs.” Pratt takes viewers inside the Milano, showing the ship off as if it's his own interstellar vessel/home. Pratt explores the flight deck, the

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  • If you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but haven’t been particularly enthusiastic about the upcoming Michael Bay produced reboot, then star Megan Fox has two words for you: "F--- off!"

    Fox, who plays yellow-jacketed reptile pal April O’Neil in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” made the comment at a recent press event in Los Angeles when asked about the criticism the new version of “TMNT” has received online.

    "Let me tell you something about those people,” Fox said. “How much money did ‘Transformers 4’ make? Exactly. Those people can complain – they all go to the theater. They’re gonna love it – and if they don’t love it, they can f--- off, and that’s the end of that.”

    Fox's logic here isn't entirely sound. The Bay-directed “Transformers: Age of Extinction” made a boatload of money (over $1 billion worldwide at last count), so therefore “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be good? Fox is obviously passionate about the project, but telling fans or critics to "eff off" is a

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  • Thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Marvel family of superhero movies continues be a force at the box office, wowing both critics and audiences. Part of the reason for all that success is the fact that since 2008’s “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios has been building a big screen world with a shared continuity and characters - the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU. Movies about individual heroes like Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America are all part of it, and paved the way for superhero team-ups like "The Avengers."

    But if the MCU has one shortcoming, it’s the fact that despite a stacked bench of amazing superheroes (both male and female) waiting in the comic book wings, there has yet to be a Marvel movie based around a female character.

    That may change soon, as Marvel’s unofficial “Boys Only” policy is about to be challenged by rival studio Sony, the folks behind the Spider-Man franchise. Sony has thrown down the gauntlet by developing a female-centric superhero movie

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  • If you asked someone what their favourite parts of “The Avengers” or the “Thor” movies were, there’s a high probability that they’d mention a scene involving the supervillain Loki.

    Played by English actor Tom Hiddleston, the fan favourite is the troubled, troublemaking brother of the demigod Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Hiddleston’s character is scene-stealer in every movie he appears in, and is far and away one of the best elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    It’s unclear at this point what role Loki will have in future MCU movies like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or the still undated “Thor 3.” But for those currently suffering from Loki withdrawal there’s a fantastic letter between Hiddleston and “Avengers’ writer/director Joss Whedon that appeared online this week.

    Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Getty Images)Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Getty Images)

    Business Insider published the letter, which appears in the forthcoming book "Joss Whedon: The Biography," and it gives Marvel fans some awesome insight into how Hiddleston views the character of Loki:

    Joss,

    I am so

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