Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in 'Dawn Of Justice,' and we know how it will happen
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Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in 'Dawn Of Justice,' and we know how it will happen

Somewhere, Vincent Chase is cursing his agent over this turn of events

So remember a few weeks ago when Jason Momoa made headlines because he said he was tired of being asked if he was going to play Aquaman in "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice"?

Well, he's totally playing Aquaman in "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

While Warner Bros. hasn't made that announcement officially yet, HitFix can confirm that he will be playing the part, and that Zack Snyder has already finalized his designs for the character so shooting can take place soon.

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See the entire Alejandro Jodorowsky conversation with Drew McWeeny from SXSW
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See the entire Alejandro Jodorowsky conversation with Drew McWeeny from SXSW

Turns out one of the professional highlights of this year is online in its entirety

While it's not exactly breaking news (this has been online much longer than I realized), I thought I'd round off my Friday night by sharing with you the full panel I moderated at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

I love that they made this available. One of the worst parts of moderating a panel that seems to go well is the ephemeral nature of these things. You do it for the people in the room, and then it's gone. It is particularly sad when you get a chance to talk to someone who is an outright legend, and I can think of no other word that more perfectly applies to Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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Review: 'The Signal' is a thrillingly rendered but familiar science-fiction story
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Review: 'The Signal' is a thrillingly rendered but familiar science-fiction story

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Director William Eubank is ready for his blockbuster, Hollywood

When William Eubank made his first film "LOVE," it was a personal obsession filmed in a set that he built on his family's property and left standing for years. It was funded by the band Angels & Airwaves, and their score was also their third album, a big double-album release. When I saw the film, I thought it was remarkable mainly as an example of just what is possible when someone sets their mind to it. The film didn't really work on a script level, but it suggested that Eubank is capable of great things visually, and that he could stretch a dollar well past the breaking point.

His new film "The Signal" made its premiere as a midnight entry at Sundance this year, and I've been chewing on it since seeing it. I have some issues with the film as a narrative, but I am fairly sure at this point that Eubank is a guy who is going to be making big studio event films in the very near future. He creates some remarkable images and moments in this movie, and his sensibility leans towards a sort of painterly love of quiet and sustained imagery. He juggles some pretty big shifts in tone here, and doesn't always pull it off, but it's really interesting to watch him try.

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We dig deeper into the rumored schedule of Warner Bros' 'Justice League' films
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We dig deeper into the rumored schedule of Warner Bros' 'Justice League' films

From 'Batman Vs Superman' to 'Green Lantern and Flash,' is this what we'll be seeing?

Yesterday was a long travel day for me, featuring an eleven-hour flight from London to Los Angeles, and the most memorable part of the day was when we touched down at LAX last night, turned on our phones, and saw that Nikki Finke had blown up the internet with a rumor about the schedule that Warner Bros. will be following for the next few years as they try to ramp up their own DC Films division with as many as seven films between now and 2017.

We'll know at Comic-Con if Nikki's report was right. Let's assume it is for the time being, and break down the plan that she laid out, film by film. It sounds extraordinarily ambitious by any standards, and I'm fascinated by the idea of three DC movies a year. Even Marvel must look at that and think, "Hey, slow your roll there, Warner."

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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'
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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'

How do you think Korea's going to feel about this?

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have become a major force for good in film comedy over the last decade, and after their co-directing debut, "This Is The End," it would be fair to say that they are the all-purpose package. They write, they direct, they produce, and Seth's a bona-fide movie star.

Some of the best chemistry Seth has ever had with a co-star was with James Franco, so it's good to see the two of them working together as well. I had no idea what "The Interview" was about the first few times I heard it mentioned, and for some reason, I thought it was about a job interview. Turns out, it sounds like a truly weird concept that could yield a fantastic movie. In it, Rogen and James Franco play guys who are recruited by the CIA to go to North Korea, pose as journalists, and assassinate Kim Jong Un.

That's a description that absolutely makes me want to see the film immediately, but even if I hadn't been sold right away, the new poster is so great that I can't believe it's for a real studio release. Studios don't take chances on the posters for the most part, but this one looks amazing.

The art style is perfect, suggesting a political propaganda poster from WWII. Seth and Evan seem fairly unstoppable these days, especially coming off the spring hit "Neighbors," which has made back something like 130,000 its budget.

Looking good so far, guys.

"The Interview" arrives in theaters October 10, 2014.

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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer
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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer

Why does this look like 'Scrat: The Movie' to me?

Somewhere, right now, my kids are losing their minds.

I'm not particularly fond of the "Madagascar" films, but they're fine, I guess. This is the side of Dreamworks that I'm less fond of, the super-jokey frantic-to-be-funny side. Coming on the heels of the beautiful, heartfelt "How To Train Your Dragon 2," it feels like a far more crass decision. That sort of sums up exactly what's wrong with Dreamworks as a studio. They are capable of greatness, but they seem to aim for the "farts are funny" crowd more often than not.

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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'
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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'

We premiere the images as she battles online censorship of her new album cover

The more I've thought about Eli Roth's latest film "The Green Inferno," the more I like it, and especially the way it fits into Eli's overall filmography.

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Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'Americanah' is more exciting than 'Star Wars Episode VII'
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Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'Americanah' is more exciting than 'Star Wars Episode VII'

This is what real representation looks like

There was a fair amount of excitement that greeted the recent news that Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie had been added to the cast of "Star Wars," and the exaltations that I read were just as fervent as the condemnations of the table read photo that led me to write this piece a few weeks ago. I'm glad people are excited for them to be cast, and I certainly think they are both talented performers, but I'm not sure party hats are appropriate yet.

I think both sets of reactions are sort of ridiculous, and not because I have any problem with the idea of discussing how people feel under-represented in movies. I think the reactions are ridiculous because we still have no idea what roles they're playing or what story is being told. We have no idea if they'll have big roles or small roles or even interesting roles. Terrence Stamp is one of my favorite actors, and he makes 100% no difference in "The Phantom Menace." It is inconsequential to even mention his work in the film because of how little he has to do. Who knows? Maybe Lupita Nyong'o will be sitting next to Han Solo in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and get every great line in the film.

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14 great science-fiction indie films from 'Under the Skin' to 'The Terminator'

14 great science-fiction indie films from 'Under the Skin' to 'The Terminator'

It's important that films like these are made outside the system

It's an interesting summer for science-fiction, and we're going to see a lot of younger filmmakers wearing their inspirations on their sleeves this year, even as we see guys who are jumping to the next level, taking on massive scale projects for the first time. One of the guys who is working somewhere between the two extremes is Will Eubank, director of "The Signal."

Eubank's previous film was "LOVE," a hand-made science-fiction that he shot on his own property. It's a beautiful, odd, unique movie that would never have happened at a studio. Likewise, "The Signal" is a film that unfolds in its own particular way. It's not like any other science-fiction movie you're going to see this year, and that's to its credit.

While science-fiction is normally the domain of the giant budget, especially since "Star Wars" landed on the mainstream in 1977, some of the most provocative and interesting science-fiction films of all time are independent films that had to happen outside the system. We picked ten that we particularly admire because of the way they work first as great stories, but also because of what they say about using the genre the right way.

Science fiction can tackle any idea, any concern, any type of character study. It is an incredibly rich genre, but it's often used to just tell simple good-bad power fantasies. We wanted to spotlight some films that have dared to do something truly different and that made permanent impact on the genre.

The thing is, we started with a list of at least 40 titles that could have easily been part of this list. It's actually pretty encouraging to look at that many films that have dared to redefine what science-fiction is. I believe we will always have people who dare to dream big on a very small budget, and that we are better for it.

Check out 14 must-see independent Sci-Fi films in the embedded gallery below.  Did we miss a favorite? Let us know in the comments section.

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Review: Shailene Woodley lights up the lovely and unsentimental 'Fault In Our Stars'
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Review: Shailene Woodley lights up the lovely and unsentimental 'Fault In Our Stars'

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As YA adaptations go, this one's got a more mature idea about love than most

Love is not convenient.

For all the words that poets have spilled trying to describe love over the years, it seems to me that it is easier to describe by explaining what love is not. Love is rarely on your schedule. It would be amazing if we could simply snap our fingers and have love whenever we want it, but if that were the case, it wouldn't be love. The pain that is a huge part of the experience is one of the reasons it matters. Love is not easy. Love is not casual. Love is not interested in what we want.

"The Fault In Our Stars" is a very simple story about two kids, each struggling with cancer, who find each other at the least convenient time and fall in love. I don't think any part of that sentence is a spoiler. It's just a description. The details are what matters, and the script by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, adapted from the well-loved novel by John Green, is very smart and fairly unsentimental, which works to the material's advantage. When you're talking about a movie that deals with two young people with cancer falling in love, the potential for that to be hugely sappy is overwhelming. I haven't read the book, but the film nimbly avoids most of the things I expected from it, and does so in a lovely, thoughtful way.

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