<p>I was sort of hoping the sequel would be called 'X-Men:&nbsp;Magneto Kills A Whole Bunch More Nazis,' but I&nbsp;guess I'll settle for 'Days Of Future Past'</p>

I was sort of hoping the sequel would be called 'X-Men: Magneto Kills A Whole Bunch More Nazis,' but I guess I'll settle for 'Days Of Future Past'

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Bryan Singer teases further details on 'Days Of Future Past' and X-Men continuity

Will Matthew Vaughn's sequel be the unifying point of the whole franchise?

"X-Men: First Class" felt to me like a Hail Mary pass, a last-ditch effort to figure out what to do with the franchise, and the creative and commercial success of the film seems to have surprised the studio tremendously.

Part of what happened with the film was based on time, or the lack thereof.  They had a very tight production window on "X-Men: First Class," and in situations where that happens, there is far less opportunity for anyone to second guess a choice.  Matthew Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman crafted something that gave a shot of adrenaline to the series, and it's little wonder they've been brought back to work on the second film in this new series as well.

When word broke recently about the possible title of the sequel, we double-checked with the MPAA and confirmed that the title "Days Of Future Past" had indeed been registered as the title.  That's exciting because, like with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the title immediately suggests a particularly well-known story arc from the comics.

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<p>Ridley Scott will once again be calling the shots when Noomi Rapace returns for a 'Prometheus' sequel, which is now officially in development by Fox</p>

Ridley Scott will once again be calling the shots when Noomi Rapace returns for a 'Prometheus' sequel, which is now officially in development by Fox

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Fox clarifies status of Ridley Scott returning for 'Prometheus 2'

Will we head to the planet of the Engineers as early as 2014?

Even before "Prometheus" opened in May, we'd been hearing rumbles about work already underway for a sequel to the film.  I'd heard that it essentially ended on a cliffhanger, and that design teams had been engaged to work on figuring out the home world of the Engineers as well as some familiar Xenomorphs.

I think it's safe to call the reaction to the film "mixed" this summer, and as a result, it seemed likely that all those early plans would go unrealized and that we'd never actually see that sequel.

Fox must have been happy with the numbers, though, because according to a report this morning in the Hollywood Reporter, Fox is pushing ahead to develop a sequel with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace starring.  We checked in with Fox, and it's still very early days on this one.  They are indeed reaching out to new writers to try and figure the film out, but they confirm that Ridley Scott is the one steering the direction as they start to develop the movie.

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<p>You might want to look behind you.&nbsp; Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.</p>

You might want to look behind you.  Then again, this is 'Paranormal Activity 4,' so that might not end well for you.

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'Paranormal Activity 4' gets a trailer and drops some clues

Looks like we're done with prequels and finally dealing with fallout

When you're making films that are as small as the "Paranormal Activity" movies, it's easier to fly under the radar and not have major leaks involving story details.

It's not an insult to call these small movies, either.  That's part of the charm of the series, this handmade quality that makes them feel like they're not just part of the corporate machine.  It's deceptive, of course.  While the first "Paranormal" was about as handmade as a film can be, once Paramount finally released it and saw the reaction, they have created a system where they can make these films quietly, cheaply, and no one really knows what they're up to until they decide to share.

For example, with the last film, people didn't even fully know what premise they were using until the film began to screen.  The trailers carefully danced around giving away any details, and they way the process worked, they were able to experiment until they found the film they liked.  They've got the directors of the last one back this time, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, and it's almost surprising how clear a picture of what we can expect from the fourth film in the series we get from today's trailer debut.

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<p>I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'</p>

I wonder if Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon ever traded stories about the Wachowskis on the set of 'Killer Joe'

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Watch: Emile Hirsch explains how to plan a murder in 'Killer Joe'

Oh, Speed Racer, you got dark, didn't you?

Before the cameras started rolling, Emile Hirsch and I had a chat about the way "Speed Racer" is slowly but surely growing in reputation, thanks in large part to the younger viewers who saw it and who are going to revisit the film many times as they get older.  Hirsch told me he's certainly heard from young fans more and more, and he seemed pleased to hear that the film is not fading.  I know that for my own kids, it's one of the films that are just part of their ongoing canon, in the regular rotation, and beloved.

Hirsch has made interesting choices so far in his career, and I'm glad to see him working with someone like William Friedkin.  I think Hirsch has real talent, and maybe the commercial failure of "Speed Racer" was the best thing for him.  I'm not sure he'd survive a steady diet of giant tentpole films.  It seems like he's far more interested in exploring the darker, stranger corners of filmmaking, and that he's good at it.

I interviewed him for "Speed," and for "Into The Wild," and he seems to be a different person each time we come back together to discuss a new film.  I think he's the sort of guy who really internalizes these experiences he has, and he's still pretty young, still developing into the actor he'll eventually be.

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<p>B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

B.j. Novak will star as one of the Sherman Brothers opposite Jason Schwartzman in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

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BJ Novak signs to play songwriting Sherman for Walt Disney biopic 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The latest addition to a great cast makes this a project worth watching

I don't really work in the world of world of Oscar prognostication, but I think i'd be willing to put down a few dollars that "Saving Mr. Banks" is going to be a serious player when it's released in 2013.  I've read the script by Kelly Marcel, and it's kind of great. 

I'm fascinated by stories about Walt Disney, anyway, because he was such a great public figure, such a careful controller of his own image, and I think there are movies to be made about him.  I'd love to see a film that's just about his relationship with Kurt Russell, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Jodie Foster… the Disney kids over the years.  I'd love to see a film about the early days of trying to build his studio.  I'd love to see a film about how hard he worked to realize his dreams of theme parks before anyone really had any idea what the hell he was talking about.

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<p>'Yes, Emma, I'm just as sad as you are that the entire 'Potter' series is over, but can you imagine how much of that $500 per Blu-ray box we each get?'</p>

'Yes, Emma, I'm just as sad as you are that the entire 'Potter' series is over, but can you imagine how much of that $500 per Blu-ray box we each get?'

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'Harry Potter Wizard's Collection' details promise 31 discs of magic for Rowling fans

Just in time for Christmas, the ultimate Potter collection arrives on Blu-ray and DVD

Harry Potter is still a big deal.  Just so we're clear.

I'm amazed at the sheer weight of a set like the one announced by Warner Bros Home Video today.  I'd imagine this thing has be heavy enough to crush one of my kids, just based on the description of it.  31 discs.  I think that's the largest movie set I've ever seen.

It's fitting, though.  The world that JK Rowling created still seems to have its hooks in people completely, and a collection like this feels like a fitting way to wrap it all up for people who loved these movies.  I'm probably okay just owning the eight films, but I'm not a maniac for Potter the way some people are, and for them, this has got to be an exciting announcement.

We knew Warner was planning this, but we didn't realize what the five hours of new bonus materials would entail.  The full details were finally released today, and if you're on the fence about committing nearly $500 to a collector's set, check out the full list that Warner Bros. sent over.  And since, according to Rowling's writing, today would be Harry Potter's 32nd birthday, it seems like a perfect time for Potter fans to celebrate.

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<p>She looks like this, she wrote a great script, and she nails the performance. I'm not sure if I love or hate Rashida Jones at this point.</p>

She looks like this, she wrote a great script, and she nails the performance. I'm not sure if I love or hate Rashida Jones at this point.

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Watch: Rashida Jones on Lily Allen, friends and lovers, and 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

The co-screenwriter gives us a glimpse at why the movie is so smart

Rashida Jones was already annoyingly cool to begin with.  The daughter of Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones?  Awesome.  Gorgeous?  Definitely.  Tremendously funny on shows like "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation"?  Yep.  So now she's also written a movie that turns out to be smart and funny and wise about relationships?  Good lord, Rashida, is there anything you can't do?

When we sat down during a recent press day for "Celeste and Jesse Forever," we covered a fair amount of ground in just a few minutes.  We talked about the very real widow that seems to be represented in the way her film, co-written with Will McCormack and directed by Lee Toland Krieger, looks at the difficulties that come from trying to stay friends with someone after you've failed at romantic intimacy, but which also looks at just how hard it is to maintain any friendship after a certain age or even make new friends.

She's also very aware of the way people react to her past work.  I talked to her about my wife's ongoing reaction to her role on "The Office" several seasons ago, and she seems like she's heard that reaction before.

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<p>Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell are only three of the 'Seven Psychopaths,' but Walken's so crazy he should count twice, right?</p>

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell are only three of the 'Seven Psychopaths,' but Walken's so crazy he should count twice, right?

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Toronto announces Midnight Madness line-up including 'Seven Psychopaths'

Two 3D movies, Rob Zombie, and Barry Levinson? What a year

I was already excited for Toronto.  The Midnight Madness selection this year just pushes that excitement into a low-grade sustained mania that is going to make August seem very, very slow no matter what.

With this morning's announcement of the Midnight Madness line-up, I now have a pretty good picture of my September firmly in place.  Even the film I've already seen from the line-up has gone through a serious post-production process since the Sundance premiere, and I'm excited to see how "John Dies At The End" has come together.

It's a very diverse schedule this year, and I remain impressed with the breadth of what Colin Geddes programs each year.  He's determined to give audiences a wild ten-day ride that they can't predict, and looking at this year's slate, I'm guessing it will be another amazing experience.  In today's press release, Geddes said, "Audiences clamouring for this highly anticipated lineup can expect wild rides and crazy adventures into the most chimerical and wicked worlds imaginable.”

He went on to add, “Expect everything from outrageous horror comedies to mock-doc eco- apocalypse thrillers, featuring trans-dimensional bugs, lewd Catholic priests, meat monsters and dog-napping psychopaths that will animate the Ryerson Theatre when the clock chimes 12.”

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<p>Someone's having a good year, but then again, when you're Matthew McConaughey, I think you're probably always having a good year.</p>

Someone's having a good year, but then again, when you're Matthew McConaughey, I think you're probably always having a good year.

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey makes psychosis seem charming in 'Killer Joe'

An actor reinvents himself midstream, and we talk to him about why hes doing it

At the end of our interview, I had a chance to talk to Matthew McConaughey for a few moments with the camera off, and I told him how I tend to judge his movies first and foremost on the inclusion of a whole-hearted "Alright, alright, alright."  When I hear that, I know I'm in for something special, and hearing it in "Magic Mike" earlier this summer almost made me applaud in the theater.

"I only use it when I feel it's appropriate," he said.  "Sometimes I only manage to work in an 'alright,' and I have to be content with that.  But going back to 'Dazed and Confused,' that has always been something that feels right for certain characters, and I do… I like to break it out."

He must be walking around the house repeating it over and over and over this year, then, because McConaughey is having one of the very best years he's ever had as an actor.  His work in Richard Linklater's "Bernie" earlier this year not only reunited him with a director he loves, but it also gave him a great eccentric supporting role to play. 

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<p>I'm sure it's different if you grew up on it, but I look at this, imagine people talking about 'seriously' adapting it, and I laugh and laugh and laugh.</p>

I'm sure it's different if you grew up on it, but I look at this, imagine people talking about 'seriously' adapting it, and I laugh and laugh and laugh.

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Jon M. Chu continues his '80s nostalgia tour as director of 'Masters Of The Universe'

With his 'G.I. Joe' still struggling towards release, it seems like a gamble to us

When I was on the set of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," I had a chance to talk to Jon M. Chu about his approach to the sequel and to the world of "G.I. Joe" in general.  While that set visit remains embargoed, probably forever thanks to the post-production convulsions the film is going through, I think it's safe to report that Chu struck me as an '80s kid through and through, sincere about his love of everything involved in a "G.I. Joe" movie.

It's also probably safe to say that any kid who grew up with "G.I. Joe" as a regular part of his diet also was well aware of "He-Man" and "Transformers," the other two corners in the '80s afternoon cartoon pyramid.  I was too old for all three, but it seems that they marked the kids who watched them deeply, and at this point, it goes beyond nostalgia.  It's just part of their pop culture DNA, and so it makes sense that you'd want an '80s kid to come in to direct "Masters Of The Universe" for Sony and Escape Artist.  You want someone who's going to take this seriously, who has a love of the characters and the world already firmly in place, and who can find the right tone for what could easily be straight-up ridiculous.

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