Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family
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Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family

We look at how movies can help create a dialogue when we need it most

"When are they going to kill a bear?!"

Allen appears to have missed the point of "Meatballs," but we'll get to that presently.

I have been on the road for much of this last eight weeks. A few days here, a few days there, ten days here, ten days there. As a result, there's been a lack of connection between me and my sons. That's been exasperated, of course, by the fact that we no longer share a primary residence, something that is new to all of us.

I know I'm not inventing the wheel here. Any parent who's gone through a divorce has had to figure out how to invent a new space for them to exist with their kids, whatever the situation is. My wife has an advantage, one that I specifically wanted her to have, which is the house that my kids have grown up in. I think they need some sense of continuity right now, and both of us being in new homes would be really difficult. They get to spend the majority of their time, and their school week, at the place that they've known at home for the vast majority of their lives. For Allen, there's never been anything else.

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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage
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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage

Plus he confirms his appearance in 'Batman v Superman'

We confirmed that Jason Momoa would be playing Aquaman for you back in June of this year, and it's something that's been in the works for a lot longer than that. Until last week, though, Warner Bros. hadn't officially connected him to the role, and Momoa was still silent on the subject. Now that Warner Bros. has finally revealed their DC Universe game plan, with Momoa right there in the midst of it, the actor is able to discuss how excited he is about the role and his approach to it.

According to a report from this weekend's Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Momoa talked about the months of denials he's had to give to reporters asking him about the role. "Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you've just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean? I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone's wishes. I'm really, really happy that I don't have to be quiet anymore, because that's really hard for me."

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<p>Spoilers make Batman sad.</p>

Spoilers make Batman sad.

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Local reporter believes Detroit extra knows major character spoiler for 'Batman v Superman'

Watch how this game of Internet Telephone evolved

Warner Bros has been hard at work on "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" in Detroit, where local news crews have been stalking the film, trying to break whatever they could about the production.

Now it appears one station is at the center of a controversy about information they revealed. While there are plenty of details that have already been confirmed about the film, the vast majority of what we'll see in March of 2016 is still a mystery. And good for them. Warner Bros. has no other film in production right no that is more important to their overall game plan for their tentpole movies for the next six years. Forget about the creative side for a moment… just in terms of numbers, this movie matters more to them than anything else they're making right now. If it works, they are off to the races. If it doesn't, then they're looking at a whole slate of stuff they might start second-guessing.

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Review: Tatum is hilarious in smart and funny cross-cultural family film 'Book Of Life'
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Review: Tatum is hilarious in smart and funny cross-cultural family film 'Book Of Life'

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This one doesn't look like any other movie in theaters right now

Right away, "The Book Of Life" is appealing to me on a purely visual level. Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish. Using CG to create a tactile world and a style that feels like part puppet, part cartoon gives the characters an unusual quality.

It's kind of a lovely moment for family-audience movies right now. If you're in the right area this weekend, your options include "The Book Of Life," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," all of which are excellent exercises in voice. It's true that Pixar and Dreamworks have house styles, that there is a thread that runs through the way their films look and feel that unites them. And it's hard not to get used to it. Familiarity sometimes hurts the reception to these films because we're used to seeing them get it right. It's still an incredible accomplishment any time you make a good animated film, a monumental task of artistry and collaboration, and we sometimes take for granted that big companies make it look easy.

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Exclusive: Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly wrestle with grief in deleted 'Life After Beth' scene
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Exclusive: Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly wrestle with grief in deleted 'Life After Beth' scene

Plus: Win a signed poster by Aubrey Plaza and DeHaan

Dane DeHaan. Molly Shannon. And the great John C. Reilly. All of them in a great deal of pain. All of them mourning the loss of Beth (Aubrey Plaza).

So why is it funny?

"Life After Beth" is on its way to home video on October 21st, and there will be some deleted scenes included among the extra features on the disc. Today, we've got one of those scenes for you, and it comes from early in the film. At this point, Beth has died, and her boyfriend (DeHaan) and her parents (Shannon and Reilly) are still in shock, still trying to process what's happened.

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Ryan Gosling flirts with 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad' for Marvel and DC
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Ryan Gosling flirts with 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad' for Marvel and DC

Is he finally ready to play the blockbuster business?

Ryan Gosling does not strike me as the sort of actor who is going to sign up to do most big down-the-middle mainstream movies.

Little wonder. Starting your career as a Mouseketeer could probably sour anyone on plastic very, very quickly, and it feels like he's spent most of his career consciously reacting against that place where he started. From the moment I first took note of his work in the scathing, angry "The Believer," where he played a Jewish Neo-Nazi, he has been determined to mine some of the darker corners of human behavior for his work.

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Review: Michael Keaton soars as a troubled actor in the electrifying 'Birdman'
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Review: Michael Keaton soars as a troubled actor in the electrifying 'Birdman'

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This one digs deep and hits hard

Starting with "Amores Perros," it has been obvious that Alejandro González Iñárritu is fascinated by the darkest corners of the human heart. It is easy to imagine that is the sum total of his gift as an artist is inflicting misery on these people he creates, but that's a misreading of his work. Yes, "21 Grams" and "Babel" and "Biutiful" are movies in which misery is as omnipresent as oxygen, but there is also proof that he believes in redemption and mercy and moments of grace, or at least the struggle towards those things. He has never found the balance between the light and the dark with quite the same skill as he does in his new film "Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)," and the result is one of the most thrilling pieces of film craft that I've seen so far this year.

Iñárritu worked with co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo to polish one of the year's densest, busiest screenplays. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) begins the movie alone in his dressing room at the St. James Theater on Broadway. He is clad only in his tighty-whiteys, and he levitates a few feet above the ground. In his head, the voice of Birdman speaks, lambasting Riggan for the choices he's made, the choices he's about to make. It is a bold image, and sedate in a way that no other moment in the film is sedate. "Birdman" is not a quiet film, and everything about the work that Iñárritu does here is practically shouting in your face.

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Big questions for every new movie in the 'Justice League' universe
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Big questions for every new movie in the 'Justice League' universe

They're both following Marvel and challenging them at the same time

When Ben Fritz began live-tweeting today's Warner Bros. stockholder's meeting and the details began to emerge about Warner's full planned line-up of superhero DC titles, fandom went crazy.

If you need any indicator of where Warner's heart is in all of this, consider that they could have easily made this announcement at the New York Comic-Con over the weekend in front of a room full of people who would have lost their minds to be getting all of this information in one massive info-dump. Instead, they did this for the shareholders to reassure them that they've got a plan.

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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one
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Wonder Woman's origin for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is the boring one

Aaaaaaaannnnnnd.....Yay.

One of the major problems facing DC in adapting their characters to the screen is just how many times they have completely overhauled some of them. Case in point:  there is some controversy this week after producer Charles Roven explained which version of the origin story of Wonder Woman will be featured when the character makes her debut in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

Basically, they're making her Thor. This is the version of the character who is part of what's called the DC New 52 Universe. She is a demigod, and her father is Zeus. That's pretty much it.

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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors
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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors

Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps geting bigger

Never play poker with Kevin Feige.

That man could be standing in front of the actual Captain America answering hard questions and never give up anything. I just saw him, and he never let on even slightly that they were close to dropping news of this magnitude. While the Russos have been dropping some clues about how important "Captain America 3" would end up being to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, they really didn't prepare people for the news that broke tonight.

Robert Downey Jr., who so carefully clarified last week that he is not going to be making "Iron Man 4," was studiously avoiding the real news that was brewing the entire time, and now Variety has the story that Downey is going to join "Captain America 3," which will most likely be officially subtitled, "Civil War."

And if that's exciting to you, that's because you have some idea of just how serious the ramifications are for all of the Marvel characters that we've met so far.

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