<p>Disney fans may know the film 'The Emperor's New Groove,' but not all of them know the story behind the film, detailed in the long-unavailable documentary 'The Sweatbox'</p>

Disney fans may know the film 'The Emperor's New Groove,' but not all of them know the story behind the film, detailed in the long-unavailable documentary 'The Sweatbox'

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One Thing I Love Today: Disney behind-the-scenes documentary 'The Sweatbox' shows up online

It may not last long, so watch it while you can

I would assume that for some people, the kick that comes from seeing "The Sweatbox" is because they know Walt Disney Pictures really doesn't want you to see the film.

I'm excited to see it show up online today because I think it offers a rare honest look at a development process that is anything but easy.  So often, even when you see what is called a "detailed" making-of film, what you're seeing has been sanitized to show you the triumphs of filmmaking without dwelling on the defeats.

That's nonsense, though, and it does a disservice to the people who work on these movies.  You have to be willing to get things wrong in service of eventually getting them right, and that means you have to be willing to make mistakes and try some bad ideas and, in general, screw things up.  That's really the only way to get to the great stuff, no matter how talented a team you're dealing with.

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<p>Robert Pattinson is front and center for the teaser trailer to 'Cosmopolis'</p>

Robert Pattinson is front and center for the teaser trailer to 'Cosmopolis'

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Watch: Robert Pattinson makes strong impression in trailer for Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

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Could this be DeLillo done right? And what will 'Twilight' fans think?

This makes me happy on so many levels.

I may not write about him as frequently as some of my other favorite filmmakers, but David Cronenberg is very near the top of the list of working directors whose work is important to me.  He's got one of the great voices in movies, and I look forward to each new film he makes.  I didn't particularly like "A Dangerous Method," but the rare one-off from him doesn't make me any less fond of the vast majority of his body of work.

When they announced that he was adapting Don DeLillo's "Cosmopolis" into a film, it was exciting because the author's voice is so distinct and strong that watching Cronenberg insert his own perspective into that material seemed like an exciting creative cocktail.  So far, DeLillo's work has pretty heartily resisted film adaptation, but there was a time where I would have said the same about William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, and Cronenberg did pretty well by both of those guys.

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<p>This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.</p>

This is the single most intense dance-off... EVER.

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Review: Dance Dance Revolution comedy 'The FP' tries way too hard

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Can you just decide to make a cult movie, or do they have to happen on their own?

I will admit that I walked into "The FP" ready to love it.

After all, it's being released by Drafthouse Films, and I'm a big fan in principle.  After all, this is a company that was formed by Tim League to release "Four Lions" when no one else in America had the balls.  And having known Tim for the better part of fifteen years, I know that our taste doesn't always align, but that more often than not, we do enjoy the same sort of weird.

So I found myself depressed when, about a half-hour into "The FP," which Drafthouse Films is currently rolling out in limited release, with more theaters being added this weekend, I realized that not only did I not love it, but I was impatient for it to end.  The film feels to me like a short film stretched way past the breaking point, which makes sense, because it started as a short film.

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<p>Tim Curry's make-up as Darkness in 'Legend' is one of the most iconic images in all of fantasy cinema</p>

Tim Curry's make-up as Darkness in 'Legend' is one of the most iconic images in all of fantasy cinema

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One Thing I Love Today: Reggie Watts does an original score for Ridley Scott's 'Legend'

One of today's most eclectic performers delivers a remarkable performance

I am fascinated by Reggie Watts.  I don't even know if I'd describe him as a comedian, because his live shows are such an original mix of music and humor and attitude, and there's no one else I can point to who does what he does.

One of my favorite moments in the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up And Play The Hits," which I absolutely recommend to you, is when Reggie Watts shows up during that final Madison Square Garden performance to collaborate on a song.  It's just amazing to see how Watts can build this wall of sound that drops into what James Murphy and the band do so well, and it makes the case for Watts as far more than "just" a comedian.

Ridley Scott's "Legend" is an absolutely gorgeous movie, but as a film, it's wildly uneven and occasionally stone-cold silly.  I still remember the afternoon I saw it the first time, and my friend and I who saw it together ended up yelling at each other because of how differently we processed it.  He really bought into the world of the film and thought it was a great accomplishment regardless of the script, while I couldn't really get past some of the things that I think hobble the film.

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<p>The SHIELD&nbsp;Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.</p>

The SHIELD Helicarrier is only one of the sights that appears in the Japanese 'Avengers' trailer but not the American one.

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From the Japanese 'Avengers' ad to Hasselhoff in 'Piranha 3DD' - catching up on the latest trailers

We take a look at everything we missed during SXSW, including 'Dark Shadows'

One of the interesting side effects of being at a film festival, especially one that lasts longer than a week, is that you become unstuck in time.  You stay so busy that the outside world sort of recedes completely.  I came up for air a few times during SXSW, but for the most part, it was the rest of Team HitFix that was dealing with breaking news and posting new trailers.  I missed quite a few of them, and when I realized that, I thought I'd go back and catch up.

I know I talked to people at SXSW about that Japanese "Avengers" trailer, and it's certainly worth some conversation.  It's interesting that the Japanese trailer just plain reveals the alien invasion aspect of the film that the American campaign has so carefully hidden.  There's a lot more material here, including an appearance by Pepper Potts that surprised me.  Until now, I wasn't 100% sure she was even in the film.

There's more of an emphasis on both Hawkeye and The Black Widow here, and we finally see Cobie Smulders, who I hear is one of the surprise highlights of the film.  All in all, this is a great sneak peek at the film, and now that I've seen it, I don't want to see anything else until I see it all put together.

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<p>I'm guessing anyone who sat through 'Cop-Out' has this same recurring dream.</p>

I'm guessing anyone who sat through 'Cop-Out' has this same recurring dream.

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Review: Seann William Scott stars in surprisingly funny and affecting 'Goon'

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Bloody hockey comedy more than delivers the goods

There is something about hockey that lends itself naturally to comedy when someone makes a film about it.  "Slap Shot" is one of the best sports films of the '70s, and even today, it holds up because there's something authentic about the world it creates.  I think it's the casual brutality of the sport that makes it so cinematic, and the script that was adapted by Jay Baruchel & Evan Goldberg from the novel by Adam Frattasio & Doug Smith feels like a perfect fit for the comic gifts of director Michael Dowse.

I don't understand how Dowse is still marginalized.  I'm late to the game, but when I caught up with "Fubar" and "Fubar: Balls To The Wall" and realized they were both from the same director as "It's All Gone Pete Tong," it was one of those moments where I suddenly realized I'm a fan of someone and didn't even know it.  I'm guessing part of what roadblocked him professionally was the film "Take Me Home Tonight," which started life as "Kids In America" before it sat on a shelf for a few years.  Anytime you have a film that flames out like that, no matter what the reason, it can have a huge impact on your career.

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<p>The Muppets got their star on the Walk of Fame today, just in time to celebrate the release of 'The Muppets' on DVD and Blu-ray.</p>

The Muppets got their star on the Walk of Fame today, just in time to celebrate the release of 'The Muppets' on DVD and Blu-ray.

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One Thing I Love Today: 'The Muppets' arrives on Blu-ray

Plus they get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

I enjoyed 'The Muppets' when I saw it last year, and the soundtrack has been fairly omnipresent in my house thanks to my sons, who at this point know every word of every song.  When we have long trips in the car, I admit that it makes me happy to listen to them sing "Mah Nah Mah Nah" or "The Rainbow Connection."

My parents introduced me to The Muppets in the '70s via "Sesame Street" and their syndicated series, and I like the idea that they've endured as characters long enough now that I can pass that love along to my own kids.  They are an institution, and it is genuinely encouraging to see that they've endured this long.

It seems long overdue for Walt Disney to have finally sponsored The Muppets for a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.  I think it's a very commercial honor, and I don't think it's particularly merit-based, but if anyone deserves one of those stars, it would be The Muppets.  It looks like it was a very nice ceremony, and there's something special about seeing news photos of Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy and all the familiar characters.  It makes them feel real.

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<p>Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, seen here presenting an award at last year's Spike Awards, are now set to direct their first film, 'Hell Baby'</p>

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, seen here presenting an award at last year's Spike Awards, are now set to direct their first film, 'Hell Baby'

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'Reno 911' stars Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant announce plans to direct 'Hell Baby'

Will this be the wild and crazy or the family friendly version of their work?

This was inevitable.

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have made quite a name for themselves as studio screenwriters for hire, and they've had enough giant mega-hits that they have proven themselves to be worthy of the studio's trust.  I'm partial to their no-apologies crazy-ass rated R style comedy, but I respect the fact that they have figured out how to have their fun and still work successfully inside the system.

Now it looks like they're going to finally be calling the shots on a film of their own, co-writing and co-directing a movie called "Hell Baby," which they'll also star in, along with Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb.

Darko Entertainment, which has proven itself to have very eclectic and dark taste in movies, and especially in comedy, so I'm hoping this is unfettered and insane Lennon/Garant.

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<p>Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet is one of the things Toshi and Allen loved most about 'Spaceballs,' but the film didn't sit as well with Dad this time around.</p>

Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet is one of the things Toshi and Allen loved most about 'Spaceballs,' but the film didn't sit as well with Dad this time around.

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Film Nerd 2.0: What happens when I realize I hate a movie that the boys love?

A screening of a silly comedy lands wrong for dad, but the boys both love it

This is a first.

When I was picking movies for this year's Film Nerd 2.0 with my sons, we went through books full of DVDs and shelves full of Blu-rays, discussing things that interested them, explaining things they asked about.  I thought the final list we chose was a nice mix of styles and filmmakers, and it seemed like a nice trip through several eras of Hollywood.

After our last film together was "To Kill A Mockingbird," it seemed appropriate to go in the other direction and pick something that was light and fun and that we could enjoy together before I left for a film festival trip.  Those long professional moments away from home are hard on the kids, and they're hard on me as well.  At six and four (Allen just had a birthday), they like being silly.  They are silly all the time.  They are constantly struggling to make each other laugh, and I find myself watching them in the playroom, them unaware that I'm paying attention, and being amazed at what dedicated clowns they are.

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<p>This is either going to be the weirdest French kiss ever, or it's a scene from 'The Cabin In The Woods'</p>

This is either going to be the weirdest French kiss ever, or it's a scene from 'The Cabin In The Woods'

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Want to see an early screening of 'Cabin In The Woods' in Philadelphia?

We've got details on how you can register and who will be there as a special guest

So are you excited about "The Cabin In The Woods" yet?

I think Lionsgate is doing a good job with a difficult situation.  They picked the film up from MGM because they believe in it, and they've been very clear about that since they first started reaching out to press last year.  They have also been very clear from the start that they recognize just how hard it is to sell this movie without giving away so much of what makes it great.

Ultimately, a good film is more than just the sum of its secrets, and "The Cabin In The Woods" is a film that plays even better once you watch it a second time.  The film is loaded with tiny details that pay off in a whole different way the second time around.  I suspect that horror fans will see the film many times, just to dissect all the things that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have layered into it.

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