Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss on keeping the secrets of 'The One I Love'
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Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss on keeping the secrets of 'The One I Love'

Plus we talk about some of the film's technical challenges

Let's be clear: I don't actually think "The One I Love" hinges on a twist.

Instead, I think it's a very clever, very clearly laid-out fantastic premise on which to hang questions of character and behavior. There is a reveal early in the film, and another late in the film, and that's it. And honestly, telling you that doesn't ruin anything. It can't ruin anything from this film. This is a movie about behavior. It's about the delicate, fragile fabric of marriage and how easy it is to unravel once you start picking at it.

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Terry Crews explains why he gets benched for 'The Expendables 3'
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Terry Crews explains why he gets benched for 'The Expendables 3'

Wait a minute... Rocket Racoon was the action unit director on this?

I would happily sit down with Terry Crews once a week just to get the Terry Crews news update.

I can't believe how well the system has done at figuring out how to best utilize Crews, a very strong actor on all fronts, because I'm so used to seeing talented people of color trapped by opportunity or the lack thereof. Crews has been acclaimed for both drama and comedy, and it feels like directors and writers he works with keep finding new challenges to throw at him, and he keeps knocking them out. He's really good in pretty much everything and when I tune in to "Brooklyn Nine Nine" this coming season, he's absolutely part of that appeal for me.

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Warner pits writers of 'Gangster Squad' and '300' against each other on 'Aquaman'
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Warner pits writers of 'Gangster Squad' and '300' against each other on 'Aquaman'

This is part of the problem

Speaking as a member of the WGAw since 1995, I am disgusted whenever I hear that a studio is doing parallel development on a film. It's a terrible process for the writers, and it reduces the idea of authorship, handing all of the power back to the producers.

It's easy to see why a studio would do it. After all, they're in a rush right now at Warner Bros. to get into the game that Marvel has been winning non-stop for the last few years, and Aquaman is already set to appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," with Jason Momoa signed to play the character. For Warner Bros., they're trying to get these films up and ready to go as quickly as they can. Having two writers each work on a script to see what ends up working best sounds like a great way to short-cut things.

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'Inhumans' screenwriter revealed amid new rumors on Marvel project
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'Inhumans' screenwriter revealed amid new rumors on Marvel project

Will Vin Diesel really sign on to play Black Bolt?

We first mentioned Marvel's development of "Inhumans" as a property for possible big-screen release back in September of 2013, while rumors about the film have been swirling since March of 2011.

First, let's address the Vin Diesel rumors. Over the weekend, Vin dropped some cryptic hints about possibly joining the cast of an "Inhumans" movie, and if he does end up in the movie, there's a strong chance he'd be playing Black Bolt, one of the main characters in the comics. Here's what makes that sort of a genius-level move on Marvel's part. When they announced Paul Bettany as The Vision for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," it was not only a great chance to see him onscreen finally after just hearing his voice in the "Iron Man" movies so far, but it also makes sense from a story standpoint. Jarvis is part of the DNA of the creatures that are both Ultron and The Vision.

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Ronda Rousey explains the concept of the 'ho-box' to the rest of the new 'Expendables'
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Ronda Rousey explains the concept of the 'ho-box' to the rest of the new 'Expendables'

Listen for Kellan Lutz's hilarious interjection

One thing I've learned about doing these on-camera junket interviews is that anything more than three people in the room can lead to chaos. In the case of this interview with the young cast from "The Expendables 3," I had four people to interview together, and it was just on the verge of devolving into total chaos.

To complicate matters, there was no way I was going to jump in and try to assert any sort of control over that group of people. I was talking to Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Kellan Lutz, who all play new characters who are recruited by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) to replace the older Expendables, since Barney's worried that they'll get killed on an upcoming mission.

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Review: 'Expendables 3' delivers more of the same with slightly more style
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Review: 'Expendables 3' delivers more of the same with slightly more style

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Could this series be getting better as it goes?

By this point, I would have been entirely unsurprised if "The Expendables 3" was somewhat lazy, unfocused, and entirely too pleased with itself. That is, after all, the way the series works. The second film may have improved on the first film, but that didn't make it a "good" movie suddenly. It was just an agreeably not-good movie. And by now, I figured that was what I would expect any time they squeezed out another one of these.

And, to be clear, I think this new chapter in the series also has some weird issues, but it does indeed feel like each time they make one of these, they get closer to getting it right. I'm impressed that this is the direction they're heading, instead of just getting lazier and more diluted. None of the films have the same tone, and none of them really feel like part of a series. Instead, each film has sort of reinvented the idea of what an "Expendables" film really is.

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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy
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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy

Plus Rob Riggle talks about how nice it feels to play normal for once

When I first became aware of Jake Johnson's work, it was in the film "Paper Heart," and it's a very canny performance, an interesting one to see as somebody's first work. In the film, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, Johnson played Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of a documentary about Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera falling in love. I saw it first at Sundance, then ended up moderating a Comic-Con panel for the film with Johnson, Cera, Yi, and Jasenovec all participating. Over the course of those encounters that year, I saw a good deal of Johnson, and he invariably made me laugh like an idiot at least once per conversation.

"New Girl" appears to have been the thing that finally opened the door for Johnson in terms of audiences understanding him and seeing him showcased properly. In the pilot, he was paired with Damon Wayans Jr. and Max Greenfield as his two roommates, but Wayans ended up on another show, with Lamorne Morris stepping in as a new character.

"Let's Be Cops" allowed Wayans and Johnson to work together again, and when we sat down to talk about the movie, two things were clear. First, Johnson can still make me laugh like an idiot, and second, Wayans and Johnson have very easy chemistry, something that is essential when making a comedy that hinges almost entirely on the relationship between the two leads.

Rob Riggle was also part of the conversation, which is pretty much always a good thing. Riggle's one of the most striking comedy performers working right now, and beyond that, a really good guy who has always been an easy interview. I really like where they go with his role in "Let's Be Cops," and we talked a bit about that.

Overall, this movie isn't brain surgery. It's a broad comedy that walks a very careful line in terms of how far they push some of the ideas in the movie, and we talked about that first. I think Johnson and Wayans and Riggle make it clear that they considered how far was too far, and you'll get a chance to see if you think they got it right this weekend.

"Let's Be Cops" is in theaters everywhere on Friday.

Universal makes a deal for full run of Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' novels
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Universal makes a deal for full run of Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' novels

Will this be '50 Shades Of Grey' with fangs?

It's going to be an interesting next few years for fans of Anne Rice and, specifically, her most famous creation, the Vampire Lestat.

I still remember the furor around the first attempt to adapt the character to the bigscreen, with Rice basically freaking out over the casting of Lestat. Neil Jordan's "Interview With The Vampire" is a beautiful movie, perverse and strange and gorgeously made, and I'd argue it's about as good a film as anyone's ever going to make from that source material.

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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions
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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions

It was a very special summer for me for more reasons than what was onscreen

Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall.

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999.

It was the summer I became Moriarty.

To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, and in the spring, I was asked at the last moment if I would attend ShoWest in Las Vegas. ShoWest is known today as CinemaCon, and it's a trade show where the studios share highlights from their upcoming slate with the theater owners. I went because I was positively crazy about "Star Wars" and I was hoping to to see new footage from it, or perhaps something from the first new Stanley Kubrick film in over a decade.

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Exclusive: Fists fly in behind-the-scenes clip from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Blu-ray
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Exclusive: Fists fly in behind-the-scenes clip from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Blu-ray

Chris Evans calls his fighting style 'meat and potatoes'

I spent part of Wednesday morning at a special event for Disney Consumer Products, looking at toys and clothing and home video releases for the rest of 2014. One of the Blu-rays that they were most excited about was "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and why not? At this point, Marvel's as close to a sure bet as there is in this industry.

I'm excited to get my hands on the Blu-ray so I can see the film again. I know there are deleted scenes on there, and there will no doubt be a whole fistful of extras, and just to show you what you can expect, we've got a special little sneak peek today.

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