<p>The fact that anyone would pay me money to go sit in a room and chat with Kate Beckinsale is flat-out amazing, and it makes me feel like I&nbsp;win the Internet.</p>

The fact that anyone would pay me money to go sit in a room and chat with Kate Beckinsale is flat-out amazing, and it makes me feel like I win the Internet.

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Watch: Kate Beckinsale describes how she gave good wife in 'Total Recall'

Can you believe she doesn't consider herself an action star?

I find it fascinating that the fortunes of Screen Gems over the last decade have been primarily decided by two married couples, each with a filmmaker husband and an action star wife.

What's funny is that Beckinsale seems unconvinced that she's an action star.  When I sat down to talk to her, I mentioned that the last time we spoke was for "Snow Angels," and she thanked me for being one of the six people who saw the film.  I really love her work in that film and in "Laurel Canyon," and I think when given the right material, she can be a very effective performer.  But for most people, the most indelible image of her so far on film is wrapped in tight black latex for her role as the monster killing badass at the center of the "Underworld" movies.

We discussed the thought process that would lead her husband, Len Wiseman, to cast her as the thunderously awful Lori, Quaid's fake wife in the new "Total Recall," and it seems to entertain her that she was asked to play such unrepentant evil by Wiseman.  It certainly must have made for some interesting days on set. 

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<p>Andy Samberg rocks the glasses during the recent press day for 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'</p>

Andy Samberg rocks the glasses during the recent press day for 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

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Watch: Andy Samberg gets serious about his work in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

Plus how do you think Samberg felt about Jorma Taccone's work on 'Girls'?

When I interviewed Andy Samberg at the press day for "That's My Boy," he was joined by Adam Sandler, and it was a rowdy, loose conversation, which seems fitting based on the movie itself.

When we sat down to talk about his new film "Celeste and Jesse Forever," though, there was a very different mood in the room.  And while Samberg may be incredibly self-deprecating in the interview about his own abilities as an actor, he should be proud of the work he does in the film.  It's an indication that there's more to him than we've seen so far in films like "Hot Rod" or during his run on "Saturday Night Live."

We went pretty far out of our way not to talk about either SNL or "That's My Boy" during this conversation, and while that may sound limiting, I think there's enough to discuss in "C&JF," and the time zipped by as it always seems to during these interviews.  Samberg has an innate likability that was important to his part in the film, and I think people will be surprised by him when they see it.

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<p>Bill Nighy sneaks a peek inside Colin Farrell's head in 'Total Recall,' and what do you think he finds?&nbsp;Cigarettes, supermodels, and enough beer to fill the Grand Canyon.</p>

Bill Nighy sneaks a peek inside Colin Farrell's head in 'Total Recall,' and what do you think he finds? Cigarettes, supermodels, and enough beer to fill the Grand Canyon.

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Review: Colin Farrell in 'Total Recall' remake delivers modest action movie pleasures

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If you're looking for a beat-for-beat remake, this is most assuredly not that

I'm that guy who really doesn't like the Paul Verhoeven film.

I like things about it, certainly.  I like the idea of Rekall as a company and as a premise for a science-fiction film.  Then again, Rekall isn't really a premise for a movie… it's a device, something you still have to build a plot around, and the one undeniably genius move of the original script is having someone ask to have the secret agent memories implanted, only to suddenly find himself in a secret agent scenario, unsure if it's really happening or if this is what he paid for.  Great idea.  Huge idea.  So much you can do with it.

Perhaps that's why I remain disappointed by both versions of "Total Recall" to some degree.  Here's this amazing opportunity, and both films eventually just turn into fairly standard action movies.  Verhoeven's film ladles on the weird and tries to be subversively funny in the same way "Robocop" was, but it's an uneasy mixture at best, and I think the Schwarzenegger film is largely witless.  This is a movie that actually contains a scene where Arnold sits at the controls of a giant drill that he uses to kill someone as he screams "SCREEEEEEEEWWWWWW YYYYYOOOOOUUUU!"  It's hard for me to see the things the Verhoeven film does right when there is so much of it that makes me actively embarrassed to be watching it.  I saw the film a few days before it opened at a midnight screening at the theater where my friend worked.  I was tremendously excited for it, and I was a fan of Verhoeven's work even before "Robocop."  I'd seen "Soldier Of Orange" and "Flesh and Blood" and "The Fourth Man" already, and I really liked his overall sensibility.  To me, "Total Recall" felt like Hollywood swallowing him up, and it's not until it spit him back out and he made "Black Book" that I was fully onboard one of his films again.

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<p>Colin Farrell seemed pleased with the end result when we sat down to talk about the pressures of remaking a widely-loved science fiction film like 'Total Recall'</p>

Colin Farrell seemed pleased with the end result when we sat down to talk about the pressures of remaking a widely-loved science fiction film like 'Total Recall'

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Watch: Colin Farrell talks about being a more 'human-sized' lead for 'Total Recall'

Watch his eyes light up at the mere mention of the David Cronenberg draft

I think it's specifically appropriate to say that Colin Farrell is one lucky cat.  After all, if anyone in Hollywood has nine lives, it's Farrell.  

He was an overnight sensation when he starred in "Tigerland," Hollywood's hot new flavor of the month.  Never mind that he'd been working for four years beforehand, including the show "Ballykissangel."  "Tigerland" was the moment international audiences first noticed him, and almost immediately, he was everywhere.  His first big commercial run included roles in "Hart's War," "Minority Report," "Phone Booth," and "Daredevil," and he failed as many times as he succeeded, enough so that when "Intermission" rolled around in 2003, just three years after "Tigerland," it was already referred to by some of the media as a "comeback."

I think Farrell has made choices over the years that indicate just how seriously he takes the job and how little he cares about stardom.  You don't star in "Ask The Dust" because you think you're going to get an action figure deal out of it.  You don't make "In Bruges" because you're hoping to make $50 million off of your gross points.  He's worked with Malick, Stone, Mann, Gilliam.  He's taken some outrageous chances, and even in his most mainstream movies, like "Miami Vice," it seems like he makes the least safe versions of these big studio films.

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<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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