Schwarzenegger's father-daughter zombie movie 'Maggie' gets a trailer
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Schwarzenegger's father-daughter zombie movie 'Maggie' gets a trailer

Lionsgate finally reveals images from the film that will be in theaters and at home in May

For the most part, I really like the people over at Lionsgate, and when they have a film they really like, they are completely unafraid to show it to critics.

But they do have a few habits I am less fond of. For example, if they buy a movie for distribution, they will pull it from festivals so that no one can see it. I'm frustrated with them right now over the film "Maggie," which was announced as part of the line-up for the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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'Entourage' trailer promises low stakes and a big budget

Oh, look, it's another "Entourage" trailer.

I'm not a fan of Facebook debuts for trailers, mainly because they make it a pain in the ass to embed their videos elsewhere, but if Facebook is what Mark Wahlberg wants, then Facebook is what Mark Wahlberg gets.

I'm guessing that the film will involve Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) finding himself up against a minor difficulty of some sort. Ari will yell. Turtle will smoke weed. And everything will magically work out for Vincent because that's what "Entourage" is... the most painless success story possible.

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One of the original 'Lost' writers delivers the best look at the show's origins

Here's a great way to kill an hour this afternoon.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a name that should be familiar to fans of genre television, and especially fans of "Lost." Today, he published a piece that should be required reading for anyone who wants to continue discussing that show and the work that went into it while I was on the air. It's so good, so complete, that I don't really have anything to add.

Seriously. Check it out.

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Anime-influence 'TIE Fighter' should make 'Star Wars' fans giddy
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Anime-influence 'TIE Fighter' should make 'Star Wars' fans giddy

I remember posting something about this before. At the time, it was just a trailer.

Now the film is finished, and it's safe to say that "TIE Fighter" is fantastic, one of the best fan films I've ever seen.

I can't get over just how slick this thing is, and how exciting it is to see this familiar iconography interpreted this way. There were manga versions of "Star Wars" produced for all three of the original trilogy films, and I love seing something we know so well pass through a completely different filter.

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George Miller on the origins of 'Fury Road' and the influence of 'Road Warrior'
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George Miller on the origins of 'Fury Road' and the influence of 'Road Warrior'

One of cinema's great action maestros looks back at his greatest film with us

"The Warrior Of The Wasteland! The Ayatollah of rock and rollah!"

When I heard myself bellow both of those phrases into a mic on the stage of the Paramount theater in Austin, I got this weird out-of-body feeling that sometimes happens when I'm doing something that younger film nerd me would have freaked out about completely. In this particular case, I was bringing George Miller to the stage to discuss his classic 1982 film, "The Road Warrior," known around the world by its more-accurate-but-less-poetic title, "Mad Max 2."

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You can help get 'Super Troopers 2' produced right meow if you hurry
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You can help get 'Super Troopers 2' produced right meow if you hurry

How much do I have to donate to get a moustache ride?

"The time is meow."

If that tagline makes you laugh, then you probably want to drop a bit of money on Broken Lizard over at their IndieGoGo page.

Remember when "Veronica Mars" asked for money and people gave "Veronica Mars" money and then everyone else went insane? Remember when people piled onto Zach Braff and freaked out about him asking for money? Well, is it just me, or does it seem like people are getting used to the idea of recognizable brands asking for crowd-funding help?

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Yep... that is definitely a 'Fantastic Four' poster

If nothing else, Fox deserves credit for creating a teaser campaign that genuinely teases, because August 7, 2015 is coming up quick and we've still seen next to nothing.

That's not a complaint, either. Honestly, I wish more studios would demonstrate a sense of control when it comes to giving away material in their marketing. I've been happy to see how carefully "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" has been in regards to showing you much of anything from the second half of the film, but there's still a little over a month until the film is released, and we haven't seen them kick the campaign into high gear.

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The Russo Bros. are officially confirmed to direct two-part 'Infinity Wars' epic
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The Russo Bros. are officially confirmed to direct two-part 'Infinity Wars' epic

So what does this mean for the scary 'Ghostbusters' they're making?

When I was on the set of Marvel's "Ant-Man," it was the first Marvel set visit for Devin Faraci, which I found somewhat hard to believe. As we discussed various rumors we'd heard about various films, Devin mentioned that he was already hearing strong indications that Joe and Anthony Russo would be making what at that time was only one "Avengers" sequel.

Within a few weeks, the announcements were made about the rest of Marvel's slate, and we realized that they were looking at a two-part event, "Infinity Wars" parts one and two, and now, it appears the deal has closed that guarantees the Russos are the guys at the helm for the two-part mega-sequel that brings all of the films in Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe together in one gigantic collision that should serve as a summation of everything that's come before it.

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Review: 'Spring' uses genre devices to tell a beautiful story about intimacy
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Review: 'Spring' uses genre devices to tell a beautiful story about intimacy

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I can't think of any other monster movie quite like it

Some people just plain have your number.

That's what it boils down to. We can talk of love and passion and chemistry and we can do our best to capture these ineffable things on film or in words, but the truth of it is that some people just plain have your number. You know what I mean. There are people that we meet who are simply part of our lives from that moment forward, who hit us like trucks. If you're lucky, you meet a number of them over the course of your life, at the times when you can embrace that all-or-nothing thing that lands on you, and you are able to get and to give everything that makes the connection so powerful and irrefutable. And if you're not, you still meet them, and you spend the rest of your life tangled in various ways, sometimes tied in knots by it. But either way, no matter what the outcome, the truth is the same. There's this person, and they've got you, completely, and there's no denying it.

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Review: Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy strike gold again with genre spoof 'Spy'
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Review: Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy strike gold again with genre spoof 'Spy'

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Would you have guessed Jason Statham is fall-down funny?

AUSTIN - When "Bridesmaids" was in production, I visited the set, and it seemed to me that the collaborators working on the film were flying happily under the radar, no pressure on them beyond whatever pressure they put on themselves. When they brought the film to SXSW for a "work-in-progress" screening, it absolutely destroyed the audience, and Universal suddenly realized what a hit they had on their hands.

Seeing Paul Feig onstage last Sunday at the Paramount to introduce his new film as a writer/director, I was struck by how far he's come even since I met him on the set of "Unaccompanied Minors." He's always been wildly funny and very smart, and if you haven't read his book, "Superstud," you are doing it wrong. It is a tremendous piece of writing. His work on "Freaks & Geeks" is also beautiful and nuanced. But with "Bridesmaids," he was launched into that rarefied A-list territory, and he cemented it by following that film with another giant hit, "The Heat," written by Katie Dippold, who is now his co-writer on "Ghostbusters."

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