<p>Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) walk reeeeeeeeeeeal hard in a scene from 'The Avengers'</p>

Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) walk reeeeeeeeeeeal hard in a scene from 'The Avengers'

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New featurette for 'Avengers' offers more on Whedon's take on the characters

We're getting close to release now, so how much more should we see?

We're at that point in the publicity campaign for "The Avengers" where they kick into high gear, and we start to see footage in all sorts of strange places.

The recent trailers offered up some big moments, and when I was speaking to writer/director Joss Whedon after the live-chat we did at SXSW for "The Cabin In The Woods," we discussed the decision to put that amazing shot of The Hulk catching Iron Man into the trailer.

"That comes late in the film," Whedon said, admitting that he wasn't sure about including the image at first.  "But Marvel tested it and they told me that whenever they included that shot in the trailer, the scores went crazy."  Based on the reaction online, I'd believe it.  In my own house, I can tell you that the focus group consisting of my wife and my two sons were 100% enthusiastic about that image and the trailer as a whole.

The thing that I worry about at this point in the release of a giant blockbuster is that the campaign will start to cough up things I'd rather see in the theater in the context of the finished film.  As other promotional partners start to put things out, that's a distinct possibility.  Today, for example, Norton Security released a behind-the-scenes featurette about the film, built around a short interview with Whedon.

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<p>I'd like to think we'll see a whole lot of this in 'Jupiter Rising' if Channing Tatum takes the part.&nbsp; Especially the awful tuxedo.</p>

I'd like to think we'll see a whole lot of this in 'Jupiter Rising' if Channing Tatum takes the part.  Especially the awful tuxedo.

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Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis offered leads in Wachowskis Sci-Fi 'Jupiter Ascending'

Will this be the next 'Matrix' or the new 'Speed Racer'?

It makes sense that the Wachowskis are looking forward to their next film now, because they're in the final stages of working on "Cloud Atlas," the movie they made with Tom Tykwer.

I'm dying to see "Cloud Atlas," if only because the book seems so wildly impossible to turn into a film.  I love that.  I love when artists take on a challenge that big, especially when the conventional thinking would be to do something safe and commercially friendly.  After all, the two "Matrix" sequels tarnished the reputation of the series to such a degree that it went from becoming the most promising franchise of the 2000s to being a punchline.  And while I love "Speed Racer," it is treated as a punching bag at this point.  Even with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon aboard, this is anything but a safe bet.

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<p>This is how fans will feel when they realize that 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.</p>

This is how fans will feel when they realize that 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

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Buzzkill: 'The Dark Knight Rises' will not be at Comic-Con 2012

That won't stop months of speculation, but it's true

Let me ask you this:  why would Christopher Nolan bring "The Dark Knight Rises" to Comic-Con?

Forget about a full-blown screening of the film, which is never going to happen.  Warner Bros. isn't going to show 10,000 people something they know those 10,000 people are going to see a week later at $15 a pop.  That's just math.  But regarding a panel for the film, what would make anyone think that with his final film, following up one of the most successful films of all time, Nolan would suddenly change his entire game-plan and show up with his cast and clips and answer questions?

To be clear, the rumor started to spread last week that Warner Bros. was planning a secret Comic-Con panel for the film, and as the rumor grew, it eventually became "AND THEY ARE SCREENING THE MOVIE, TOO!"

Nope.  Not true.  Neither one of those things is happening.

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<p>No matter what ending you saw for 'Mass Effect 3,' chances are you walked away disappointed.&nbsp; Does that mean Bioware should change it?</p>

No matter what ending you saw for 'Mass Effect 3,' chances are you walked away disappointed.  Does that mean Bioware should change it?

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The Bigger Picture: 'Mass Effect 3,' 'Mutant Turtles,' and The New Tyranny of the Fan-trum

What rights do consumers truly have when it comes to the content they digest?

When you write about entertainment all day every day, you tend to get caught up in minutiae, and it leads to editorial decisions I would call questionable.  When you're writing breathless headlines about Pez dispensers, you may be working too hard to find relevance in the irrelevant.  Getting hung up on the micro often prevents us from focusing on the macro, but I'd like to take the opportunity to take a step back from time to time to examine 'The Bigger Picture.'

There have been two stories developing this week that fascinate me because of what they seem to suggest about the larger world of media and the way the audience is starting to truly drive the major choices being made.

Last night, I was thinking about these two stories, about the controversy surrounding the ending of "Mass Effect 3" and the reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and I was watching reports stream in about the crowds turning out at theaters for the midnight screenings of "The Hunger Games," and it all seems to be further proof that we are in the midst of The Age Of Fan-Fiction.

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<p>Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are both on their way to Albuquerque right now to start work on a new season of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are both on their way to Albuquerque right now to start work on a new season of 'Breaking Bad'

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Bryan Cranston discusses the excitement of starting a new year of 'Breaking Bad'

The actor also discusses directing a recent episode of 'Modern Family'

Bryan Cranston may have been sporting a full head of hair on the set of the new film "Get A Job" this week, but that won't last long.  The actor is on a plane today to return to the Albuquerque location of his critically-acclaimed hit show, "Breaking Bad," and sounds thrilled to be getting back to work as Walter White.

During a conversation with a group of reporters visiting the set of the comedy, Cranston was asked about the difference between building a character like White over several years of a television show and on a film where he has significantly less running time to make an impression.  "I'm so excited.  I finish this Thursday night, my last day, and then I'm on a plane Friday morning.  I buzz my head over the weekend.  And then we're in front of the cameras on 'Breaking Bad' on Monday."

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<p>Bryan Cranston feels uneasy with the way the new film 'Detachment' treated the screenplay that originally attracted him to work on the film.</p>

Bryan Cranston feels uneasy with the way the new film 'Detachment' treated the screenplay that originally attracted him to work on the film.

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Bryan Cranston talks about on-set turbulence with 'Detachment' director Tony Kaye

Cranston doesn't feel the script for the Adrien Brody film was honored

Bryan Cranston spent the last two weeks on the set of the new film 'Get A Job,' and was just getting ready to leave for the set of "Breaking Bad" when a group of reporters sat down with him to discuss his role in the film.  In the middle of the interview, he confessed to having serious disagreements with director Tony Kaye, most famous for fighting with Edward Norton on the set of "American History X."

In trying to frame a question about how Cranston picks his projects now that he's not worrying about financial stability, one of the reporters brought up the example of "Detachment," a new film that is on VOD now, and rolling out in a limited release this week in a few cities theatrically.  He told Cranston he loved the movie and then started to ask his question.

"Wait," Cranston said, "did you like 'Detachment'?"

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<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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