<p>Amber Heard seems happy that her first major movie, 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane,' is finally about to hit theaters, just as she's promoting her newest movie, 'Paranoia'</p>

Amber Heard seems happy that her first major movie, 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane,' is finally about to hit theaters, just as she's promoting her newest movie, 'Paranoia'

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Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard talk about their mini-movie in the midst of 'Paranoia'

Plus listen to me make an out-of-left field Walter Hill reference

I'm not sure if it's going to happen for Liam Hemsworth, but one thing's sure: he's being given every opportunity to prove himself a movie star.

There are, of course, plenty of famous siblings who have managed to find places in the entertainment industry, but there are also plenty of cases where one person in the family eclipses everyone else in terms of fame and employment. Sometimes it comes down to the luck of the draw. Someone gets the right role at the right moment and they blow up. Sometimes it comes down to charisma. You aren't always photogenic just because your brother or your sister is. And right now, with both Chris and Liam Hemsworth in the early days of their careers, it's hard to tell if they're both going to end up carrying movies.

So far, Chris has been way more high visibility, and it's his work in films like "Red Dawn" or "Star Trek" or "Cabin In The Woods" that has me convinced he's the real deal. Thor is certainly a very high visibility part, but Chris has shown that even in films that don't completely work, he's able to come in and create a magnetic, interesting performance that stands out. "The Avengers" isn't just a gimme, where anyone could have done equally well in the role. Chris Hemsworth makes smart choices as an actor, and he has this great decency that shines through even in short appearances.

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<p>The more benign a mask is, the creepier it ends up being, and the animal faces in 'You're Next' are incredibly effective</p>

The more benign a mask is, the creepier it ends up being, and the animal faces in 'You're Next' are incredibly effective

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An exclusive image from the animal-masked killers of 'You're Next' has us worried

Looks like Lionsgate is trying everything they can for their horror release

I can't believe "You're Next" is actually arriving in theaters this month.

I saw the film the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival almost exactly two years ago, and I thought at the time that it seemed like a natural to get picked up for distribution. At the time, it seemed like a big jump forward for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, and this was before the two "V/H/S" films raised their profile so significantly. The movie stuck me as an easy crossover hit, the kind of film that mainstream audiences love because it feels so rough and raw and fringe, but it's got a recognizable shape, a hook that works well, and a heroine who audiences can really invest in. It is a commercial film not because it is expensive and heavily marketed, but because it is so good at delivering kicks, start to finish.

Lionsgate has said from the very start that they were all aboard, and they've certainly lived up to that in the way they've tried to reach audiences during those two years. They've kept the film active on the festival circuit, so the buzz built gradually, and it sustained, and they've really kicked it up since about March or April of this year. They had a strong presence at Comic-Con, and I would imagine everyone on the entire team flipped out when Michael Fassbender found one of the animal masks in the podium when he came out for the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel. All of a sudden, one of the most covered events of the entire event turned into a beautiful bit of accidental marketing.

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<p>It all comes down to this for Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), Kick-Ass (Aaron&nbsp;Taylor-Johnson), and The Supervillain Formerly Known As Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

It all comes down to this for Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and The Supervillain Formerly Known As Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Review: 'Kick-Ass 2' offers a nasty, rowdy look at the ugly consequences of violence

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The real-world superhero sequel is an intentionally nasty ride

As much as I enjoy the "Kick-Ass" films, and I unapologetically do, what I enjoy more is watching the range of reactions that people have to the movies. The first film was embraced enthusiastically by one crowd I saw it with, and roundly rejected at another screening. I've seen people get spitting mad about these movies and what they mean, and I've heard people enthuse about some truly questionable things contained in the films.

As adaptations, both movies are fascinating exercises in pushing the envelope while also playing it safe regarding a rating. I don't think there was any danger that either one of the films would have gotten an NC-17, but if you were to just treat the original comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. as storyboards, the thing you'd get as a result would be an NC-17 no one would bother appealing because it would so obviously deserve it. Matthew Vaughn's movie streamlined relationships and also adjusted certain choices that made Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) a much more conventionally heroic figure. For the new film, writer/director Jeff Wadlow has taken material from the comic mini-series "Kick-Ass 2" as well as material from the spin-off series "Hit Girl" and he has built very carefully off of the end of the first "Kick-Ass" film to come up with something that I think does a good job of expressing the idea that the black and white notions of heroism and villainy that comic books sell to their readers are both ridiculous and dangerous.

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<p>Chloe Grace-Moretz seems awfully relaxed considering the non-stop work schedule she's had both making and promoting 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Chloe Grace-Moretz seems awfully relaxed considering the non-stop work schedule she's had both making and promoting 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Chloe Grace-Moretz talks about the surprising similarities between Hit Girl and Carrie

How is Mindy handling life without Big Daddy?

There are people I interview every year or so who seem to be basically the same people every time we talk. They may change their haircuts or make some superficial change to their appearance, but they don't really change.

With Chloe Grace-Moretz, though, every time we check in, I am struck by how much she's grown, both in terms of height (she's got to be at least a foot and a half taller now than when we first met) and in terms of maturity. She has become a very poised and confident young woman these days, and each new film she makes seems to expand both her ability and her ambition.

Since the first time we spoke, she has worked with with Martin Scorsese, Kimberly Pierce, and Tim Burton. She has gone toe-to-toe with Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock" to hilarious effect, and she has tackled difficult emotional material in films like "Let Me In" and "Hick." Even so, she is still a teenager, and what I find most encouraging about our chats every so often is that even as she puts together this impressive resume and turns in smart, sensitive performances, she still sometimes seems like a goofy, silly teenage girl, and that's got to be a healthy thing.

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<p>I've heard the special edition of the autobiography has actual finger-paintings by Brick included with every purchase.</p>

I've heard the special edition of the autobiography has actual finger-paintings by Brick included with every purchase.

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Ron Burgundy's autobiography hits shelves in November just ahead of new movie

I assume this is what Will Ferrell used for research

It's starting to look like 2013 is the year of Ron Burgundy.

It's hard to believe it has been a decade since the making of "Anchorman," and it was flat-out surreal when I was on the set of the sequel not long ago. If you saw me talk to Harrison Ford about his time on the set, he lit up at the mention of the film, and the same was true when I talked to Steve Carrell recently about "Despicable Me 2."

I know that Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are the best-known public spokesmen for Burgundy, but it appears that he's going to be speaking for himself later this year when Crown Archetype publishes "Let Me Off At The Top! My Classy Life And Other Musings," a memoir, on November 19th. That's about a month before the new movie hits theaters, giving audiences a chance to learn more about the real man before we see another film about him.

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<p>Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.</p>

Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.

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Elijah Wood, Fantastic Fest alumni, and Robin Wright Penn announced for this year's line-up

As usual, at least one of these will make you say "They made a movie about WHAT?"

We ran the announcement of the first wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2013, and that was already a pretty promising list of movies. Now they've released their second wave of titles, and it's another great batch of filmmakers and titles.

It's impressive how this thing snaps into focus around this point every year, and at this point, there are filmmakers and actors and companies that I consider to be part of the Fantastic Fest family. I would be shocked if they didn't end up being part of the festival. Ben Wheatley, for example, or Elijah Wood, or Alex de la Iglesia, or Sion Sono. These are guys who all have been here before, and who are all turning out interesting work right now, pushing themselves from project to project.

That seems like the real larger narrative of the various festivals I attend every year now, checking in with people who are creating work that is alive and vibrant and interesting and resolutely not part of the disturbingly stagnant mainstream that seems to suck up such a disproportionate percentage of the conversation in the media. I think it keeps me sane, and I look forward to the highs, the lows, the surprises and the disappointments. At least it all feels promising, like there's room for discovery and for things I haven't seen before, and it's bizarre how little of that there is with "big" movies these days.

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<p>Harrison Ford talked to us about how his work in '42' presented him with some very specific challenges for his new film 'Paranoia'</p>

Harrison Ford talked to us about how his work in '42' presented him with some very specific challenges for his new film 'Paranoia'

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Harrison Ford explains why he had no choice but to go bald for 'Paranoia'

Plus we talk about crazy 'Blade Runner' rumors back in the day

It may be impossible to overstate the microscope that Harrison Ford was under when he started production on Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."

After all, he was both Indiana Jones and Han Solo (twice) by the time he started production on the Ridley Scott film that promised to be the first major shake-up of his newly minted movie star image, and an R-rated existential drama disguised as a science-fiction action film was a pretty bold next step for Ford. Much of his career seems to be defined by major successes, but I always find the moments where Ford tried to stretch and got roughed up in the process to be the most interesting moments.

I remember how brutal the reviews were for "Blade Runner" and how the box-office stories went way past reporting and felt more like bloodsport. It was a weird summer overall. The movie that no one had on their radar ahead of time, Spielberg's "E.T.", had turned into a box office juggernaut, and some of the movies with the best pedigrees were going belly up. It was the summer I learned conclusively that my taste does not always align with the mainstream, as I was head over heels for "Conan The Barbarian" and "The Thing" and "Blade Runner." And it was one of the first times I ever remember reading strange stories about production on a film, in this case reports of a bald Harrison Ford.

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<p>Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson made their best pitches for good and evil when we sat down with them to talk about their new film 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson made their best pitches for good and evil when we sat down with them to talk about their new film 'Kick-Ass 2'

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We ask Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chris Mintz-Plasse to win us over to their side for 'Kick-Ass 2'

Who makes the better case here? Good or evil?

Between my time on set, my panel moderating duties at Comic-Con, and a recent press day for "Kick-Ass 2" in New York, I feel like I've had a pretty good chance to ask the three main stars of the movie any and every thing I wanted to.

I decided to try something different when I sat down with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. If you somehow don't know the name of the character Mintz-Plasse is playing in the sequel to the cult hit "Kick-Ass," I should warn you that there's almost no way for this interview to be 100% safe for work. Even beeped, I think you'll get the idea.

Of the three main returning cast members, I think Mintz-Plasse is the one who really had to push into a whole new direction here. He's growing as an actor these days, and a lot of it just comes from experience. He has an idea of what he wants from his work now, and what he thinks he brings to something, and he seems happy to demolish any sort of niche that people want to put him in as an actor.

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<p>Hard to believe that it's taken forty years for footage from the infamous Jerry Lewis film 'The Day The Clown Cried' to leak.</p>

Hard to believe that it's taken forty years for footage from the infamous Jerry Lewis film 'The Day The Clown Cried' to leak.

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Is this the closest we'll ever come to seeing Jerry Lewis in 'The Day The Clown Cried'?

A fascinating glimpse of a very famous troubled movie

If I could snap my fingers and magically see any movie that already exists right now, there is no question in my mind what film I'd watch. I have been fascinated by the stories about the Jerry Lewis film "The Day The Clown Cried" since the very first time I heard about it.

And why wouldn't I be? The premise is fairly audacious, and the idea that Lewis finished it, looked at it, and immediately ordered it to be buried forever only makes it that much more enticing. I am just as interested in art that fails as I am in art that succeeds, because I think those failures can be incredibly revealing about the artists and the decisions they were making. Jerry Lewis is someone I have grown up watching, and my feelings about him have changed repeatedly over the years. There were times I liked him, times I hated him, times I have considered him both overrated or unjustly overlooked, and when you look at his career as a whole, there's almost no way to dismiss that he is a major part of Hollywood's comedy and filmmaking history.

My own kids have been introduced to his work. The first film I showed them of his was "The Bellboy," and they ended up watching it three times in a week, watching certain scenes repeatedly each time they screened the film. It's amazing to see how far ahead Lewis seemed to think at times, and how he also couldn't resist some of the cheapest gags possible. He appears to be at war with his own sense of taste at times, and that only makes it more interesting to watch his work.

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<p>That looks about right for a Vin Diesel character.</p>

That looks about right for a Vin Diesel character.

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Vin Diesel drops a Facebook hint that he's voicing Groot in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Does Marvel know about this?

"I am Groot!"

If Vin Diesel's not-so-subtle hint today on Facebook is indeed accurate, then it looks like the "Fast and Furious" star could be providing the voice for one of the strangest Marvel characters to make the jump to the big screen so far.

I think it's pretty clear that I've been enthusiastic about James Gunn's film version of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and I particularly dig the idea that they're playing the film as comedy as much as action or science-fiction. I've seen that Comic-Con footage twice now, and I am just fascinated by the entire production. Gunn is starting to look like an inspired choice for the project, and his casting seems to me to be dead on. I'm not sure Chris Pratt would have been at the top of any list for any Marvel movie for me, but now that I've seen him as Star Lord, I think it's a natural fit. Zoe Saldana is rocking the green, as is Dave Bautista, and I think I could watch a whole movie of John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz just discussing various alien prisoners.

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