<p>Dude... LISTEN&nbsp;TO&nbsp;HER.&nbsp; SERIOUSLY.&nbsp; DUDE.</p>

Dude... LISTEN TO HER.  SERIOUSLY.  DUDE.

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Red-band 'Evil Dead' trailer promises red meat and spilled blood galore

It looks like the remake is no-holds-barred, which could be a good thing

I am an original recipe first-generation fan of "Evil Dead."  I liked the first film before there was a sequel, and by the time "Army Of Darkness" opened, I was already starting to struggle with the difference between the thing that first won me over and the thing that was now being made.  In the end, each of the movies is so different that I view them almost like different riffs on the same theme and not direct sequels to one another.

The one thing that is consistent about all of the Raimi "Evil Dead" films is the presence of Bruce Campbell as Ash, and this is one of those cases where I would argue that the actor and the part are completely inseparable.  The reason I think of Bruce Campbell as iconic is because of his work as Ash, and the reason Ash is so fascinating is because of what Bruce Campbell did while playing him.  The way Raimi and Campbell tweaked the tone of the movies from "Evil Dead" to "Evil Dead 2" to "Army Of Darkness" is fascinating, and basically, the more mainstream the series became, the more they tipped the balance from horror to humor.

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<p>For the lunatics who made 'The Raid,' this is just another day at work and physics be damned.</p>

For the lunatics who made 'The Raid,' this is just another day at work and physics be damned.

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Director of 'The Raid' says sequel will pick up two hours after the original ends

Also gives a January date for the start of production

It's always an interesting moment for a filmmaker where they go from making their films in relative obscurity and then trying to get an audience to pay attention to having the audience's attention already and then trying to deal with scrutiny during production.  It's the difference between being a huckster and managing hype.  Some people manage it quite well, and others get positively freight-trained by the experience.

Which kind of person is Gareth Evans?

We'll find out this year.  After all, when "The Raid" made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, I'd wager less than half of the audience in the room had seen his first film, "Merantau."  I was on a jury that gave "Merantau" an award at ActionFest, and when I wrote about that film, I remarked that what set Evans apart at first was his obvious attention to every aspect of the film and not just the action.  He's not just a guy who can shoot a great stunt, although he certainly has an eye for that.  He's also a guy who understands that the more connected we are to the characters onscreen, the more involved we'll be in any action scene that unfolds.  It helps that he has found a group of action stars who also have real screen charisma, and in Iko Uwais, he may have found his very own movie star that he can work with over and over again.

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<p>Bruce Willis and Jai Courteney play father and son with a knack for trouble in 'A Good Day&nbsp;To Die Hard'</p>

Bruce Willis and Jai Courteney play father and son with a knack for trouble in 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

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Stylish action-packed final trailer promises 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

Could this be that rare part five that actually delivers?

What surprises me most about the latest trailer for "A Good Day To Die Hard" is that it actually looks like director John Moore has finally grown a sense of visual style.

Moore has been an in-house favorite for Fox for a while, but I don't get it.  "Behind Enemy Lines," "Flight of the Phoenix," "The Omen," and especially "Max Payne" are all borderline unwatchable, and he seems positively ham-handed when it comes to performance and text.  It's not enough to occasionally nail a pretty picture, and I'd argue that even in that department, he's seemed deficient so far.

This new trailer for the fifth "Die Hard" film is probably the longest coherent piece of film to ever have Moore's name attached to it, which is incredibly encouraging.  I think this is actually a pretty tremendous trailer overall.  Jai Courtney handled himself well in "Jack Reacher," and I like the chemistry between him and Bruce Willis in the quick glimpses we see here.  By the time most series reach a fifth film in a series, the juice is long since gone, but "Fast Five" absolutely revitalized that series, so it is possible.

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<p>Real-life heroes, Earth-bound gods, and hyperviolent hockey stars all made 2012 a year worth remembering at the movie theater.</p>

Real-life heroes, Earth-bound gods, and hyperviolent hockey stars all made 2012 a year worth remembering at the movie theater.

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When 'The Avengers,' Ben Affleck, and 'Damsels' are all runners-up, it's been a good year

Our comprehensive look back at 2012 continues

So 2012 is over.  Done.  Gone for good.

All that's left now is to put one final list together, and I love this time of year because it allows us to look back at the whole year and celebrate all the things that made the year special.  Often we just look at our top picks, though, and the truth is that there were way more than ten films that made my time in the theater worthwhile.  Now that I've published my list of my ten favorite films this year, it's time to dig deeper and look at all the other moments I'll remember when I think back on 2012.

This year, I've done something a little different.  First, I'll list my ten runners-up, which I always view as the alternate top ten list.  I would have been happy with any or all of these in the top ten, which is why I consider these the runners-up.  They were all in play while I was trying to sort out the list.  After that, we're going to look at the other films that made this year worthwhile, a much longer list, and point out what made each of them special.

This may take a while, so get comfortable.

11. "The Avengers"

Joy, pure and simple. In an age where even our blockbusters seem to focus on the dark and dour, "The Avengers" was a celebration of the pop iconography of the Marvel universe, a movie where Joss Whedon's strengths finally found their perfect expression. So far, television seemed like his perfect storytelling forum, but the truth is that Joss Whedon is the grown-up version of The Kid Who Is Most Fun To Play Action Figures With, a pop culture Dungeon Master, and Marvel should thank their lucky stars that he was the guy to carry the football across the finish line.  As much as I've enjoyed the other movies in the Marvel universe, this is the moment where every character finally came into perfect focus, where the humor was right, where the action was right… and the best part of all? He made it look easy.

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<p>If everyone in Hollywood wanted you for every part, you'd be smiling, too.</p>

If everyone in Hollywood wanted you for every part, you'd be smiling, too.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is latest name in the mix for 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' starring role

Could he be heroes for both Marvel and DC at once?

One of the most surprising things about the evidently heated battle to see who is going to end up starring in Marvel's upcoming "Guardians Of The Galaxy" film is that there is a heated battle to see who is going to star in "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

James Gunn is directing the film, which is perhaps the riskiest of all the Marvel movies coming in the near future.  At this point, I trust Marvel's development process, and I suspect this will fit neatly into the cinematic universe they've been building since 2008.  When they were getting ready to launch "Iron Man," I remember seeing many outlets write about how it was unlikely Marvel was going to be able to sell a second-tier lesser-known hero like Iron Man to the general public, and I heard the same hesitations before the release of "Thor."  Didn't really seem to pan out that way, though, and at this point, I think Marvel's name is enough of a stamp of quality for movie audiences that they can launch pretty much anything.

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<p>Join Albert Brooks as we raise a glass to ring out 2012 with one final episode of the podcast.</p>

Join Albert Brooks as we raise a glass to ring out 2012 with one final episode of the podcast.

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Albert Brooks joins us to talk about 'This Is 40' on the final podcast of 2012

We also dig deep on 'Star Wars,' 'The Hobbit,' and Christmas controversies

Yes, it's true.  I somehow managed to wrangle Scott Swan over to the house one last time for a final 2012 podcast.

This has been a terrible year for the podcast, frankly, and Scott and I are both aware of it.  I am tired of being a guy who is full of good intentions but who is also unable to follow through with those intentions.  It does me no good to want to publish something unless I actually prepare and publish that thing.  As the HitFix audience continues to grow, something that we here at the site are all intensely proud of, I've got to master my ability to juggle tasks.  There are times I'm good at it, and times I fail completely, and I am genuinely torn up about that.

In particular, I feel a sense of obligation to sort things out regarding the podcast.  The feedback Scott and I have gotten over the years from you guys has been incredibly kind and it feels like there's a community of you out there who have listened to them all and who have encouraged us constantly, and because of that, Scott and I are working out a way to maintain a regular schedule.  He keeps crazy hours these days, as do I, and we're both also dealing with the demands of family… and none of that matters, ultimately, to an audience who wants content at a reliable time each week.

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<p>Walton Goggins had a great experience with Quentin Tarantino on his new film 'Django Unchained'</p>

Walton Goggins had a great experience with Quentin Tarantino on his new film 'Django Unchained'

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Walton Goggins explains how his role kept growing in 'Django Unchained'

We spend a few minutes with one of the most striking character actors working today

Walton Goggins would be beloved if the only thing he'd ever done was his work on "The Shield." That was such a remarkable character, developed so carefully over the course of the series, that it set the bar very high for other roles for Goggins for the future.

Thankfully, the filmmakers who have worked with him since the end of that show seem to understand what a gift he can be to a production.  He found another great role in a series in the form of "Justified," and this holiday season, he's in the new films from both Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.  Considering how long he's been working as an actor (his first credit was in 1990), it feels like things have finally come up roses for a guy whose work more than justifies the attention.

In our interview, we talked about the way his role in "Django Unchained" evolved over the course of the shoot, and I can't say I'm remotely surprised to hear that Tarantino flipped for him.  Part of what makes Goggins so striking is the way he looks so dangerous, but when he speaks, there is a sly intelligence that you might not imagine at first.  When he plays a character who is supposed to be a threat, it doesn't feel like acting. It feels like he's a genuine threat, someone you wouldn't want to cross.

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<p>Any year that promises Johnny Depp as Tonto, the return of Katniss Everdeen, and a brand-new take on Superman is going to be an interesting one.</p>

Any year that promises Johnny Depp as Tonto, the return of Katniss Everdeen, and a brand-new take on Superman is going to be an interesting one.

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Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 include 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'Catching Fire,' 'Gravity'

25 of next year's most interesting films promise an eclectic 2013 in theaters

I've still got two more wrap-up pieces for 2012 to come, but first, we thought we'd take a look ahead at 2013, which promises to be a huge year for movies.

We've tried to put together a wide array of the types of films that people are looking forward to.  You'll see some familiar faces here as we anticipate the returns of "Star Trek," "Iron Man," and "Thor," and you'll see prestige pieces as well as potential blockbusters.

The thing about anticipation is that I'm not sure it means what it used to.  These days, movies arrive pre-digested thanks to all the information and clips and special glimpses and four-minute clip reels and IMAX previews and whatever other way studios have started to use to reach out to audiences.  At one point, there were something like 25 minutes of clips from "The Hobbit" floating around out there, all officially released by the studio, and that's for a film that is as pre-sold as pre-sold gets.  And I get it… studios are at the point where they are trying anything and everything to get people to actually show up to the theaters.

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<p>I have a feeling Judd Apatow has a lot to smile about this weekend.</p>

I have a feeling Judd Apatow has a lot to smile about this weekend.

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Judd Apatow talks about secret eating and drug vacations in 'This Is 40'

The writer/director takes a frank look at the dynamics of his new movie

On the eve of the recent TV press day for "This Is 40," Judd Apatow sent out a plea to any journalists that happened to check his Twitter feed.

"Tomorrow is the This Is 40 press junket. Hey journalists - be the one who asks unique, thought provoking questions no one else asks. Please."

As it happened, I was the last person into the room on the day of the interviews.  That was the same day Paramount held their "Star Trek" press day, so there was a whole lot of running around and scrambling to make my times for everything.  When I sat down across from Judd, I asked him if everyone had taken up his challenge, and he sighed.  "Nope.  Same four questions all day.  'What's it like to see Paul Rudd make out with your wife?' 'How fun is it directing your kids?' Pressure's on, Drew.  Let's see what you've got."

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<p>Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell face off in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' which looks like a truly silly comedy about Vegas magicians battling for supremacy.</p>

Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell face off in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' which looks like a truly silly comedy about Vegas magicians battling for supremacy.

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Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell go to war with magic in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' trailer

One of 2013's broadest comedies kicks off its campaign

I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a very good year for Jim Carrey fans.

I may not love everything Carrey's ever done, but I remain convinced that he is one of the wildest, most exciting talents working in film right now.  When he connects with a project, the results are intoxicating, and if everything I've seen and read turns out to be correct, both "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "Kick-Ass 2" are going to turn out to be great examples of what he can do with the right script.

Don Scardino, the director of this film, started as an actor in the '60s, eventually jumping behind the camera for some of the same soaps he acted on, and over the years, he's worked on shows like "The Days and Nights Of Molly Dodd," "Homicide: Life On The Street," "Sports Night," "The West Wing," "Law & Order," and "30 Rock," now ending up at the helm of what looks like one of the highest-profile studio comedies of next year.  After all, you've got Steve Carrell, Alan Arkin, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Carrey, all sending up the extremes of Vegas magic.

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