<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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<p>Fred Rogers, seen here with director Benjamin Wagner, is the subject of the beautiful new documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me'</p>

Fred Rogers, seen here with director Benjamin Wagner, is the subject of the beautiful new documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me'

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One Thing I Love Today: 'Mr Rogers and Me' celebrates the beloved TV host

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A new documentary makes a case for Fred Rogers as a cultural giant and a moral hero

Tomorrow, March 20th, would have been the 84th birthday of Fred Rogers.  To commemorate the day, you'll be able to find the movie "Mr. Rogers and Me" on DVD, local PBS affiliates, and iTunes.  And if you are even remotely interested in the man and his work and his ongoing legacy, then I urge you to check it out.

I forgot I requested a screener for this one, so when I got home at 2:00 in the morning today from Austin, I was surprised to see it on the stack of things that arrived while I was gone.  I had to wait up for a while for the new "Snow White and the Huntsman" trailer to go live, so I figured I'd watch a few minutes of the documentary while I was waiting.

Of course I watched the entire thing, and of course there were about five or six places that brought tears to my eyes and of course it's a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.

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<p>The iconic apple gets a different interpretation in Rupert Sanders' &quot;Snow White and the Huntsman.&quot;</p>

The iconic apple gets a different interpretation in Rupert Sanders' "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Watch: Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth meet in fantastical world of 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

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This ain't for six-year-olds

I am back in Los Angeles after what felt like an inordinate time away from home.  I've missed my boys something fierce, and more than anything, I've missed sitting with them and watching something.  Anything.  They went to a few movies while I was gone, and in particular, they seemed to have a really good time going with my wife to see "Mirror, Mirror."

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<p>All the mysteries of 'Prometheus' will soon be decoded, but for now, Fox seems to be enjoying the tease</p>

All the mysteries of 'Prometheus' will soon be decoded, but for now, Fox seems to be enjoying the tease

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Watch: New 'Prometheus' viral ad and trailers reveal all sorts of new clues

Looks like a prequel to us, no matter what they're calling it.

I'm still in Austin, as the SXSW Film Festival is just ending today, but I know my fellow HitFixers are hard at work at Wondercon in Anaheim.  I had to check in on what's been going on, and there's nothing I'm more curious about than the presentation Fox made today for "Prometheus."

Fox has been playing a very slow burn with their "Prometheus" materials so far, and that's good.  I feel like this is going to be a pretty special film, and I don't want to see everything amazing thing in it before the film is in theaters.  I want it to shock me and surprise me.  I already feel like I know way too much about the film, much more than has been made public so far, and that makes me a little sad.  I wish I was going to walk in a blank slate and see some of these things without anticipating them.

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<p>Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in 'Abraham Lincoln:&nbsp;Vampire Hunter,' and when he fights Erin Wasson, that's probably a good thing.</p>

Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' and when he fights Erin Wasson, that's probably a good thing.

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Watch: New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer suggests crazy mayhem and grand scale

Timur Bekmambatov's take on the Civil War looks deliriously twisted

I gotta give it up to Fox.  I think they've won me over.

I am genuinely amused by this new trend of crossing one thing that's not horror at all with something else that is totally horror.  Seth Grahame-Smith should get full credit as the godfather of this sudden explosion of stuff, since his "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" was the flashpoint.  He also had a hit with his follow-up book, which was all him instead of cleverly repurposed Jane Austen, and now "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is gearing up for a summer release and revealing a new trailer that fully sets the tone of what you can expect to see.

Timur Bekmambetov is a perfect choice for a project like this.  He indulges in what I call "the cinema of the possible impossible."  His specialty is designing a moment that is absolutely ludicrous and impossible based on all known laws of physics, and then finding a way to make it look absolutely real.  It's the reason his Russian films "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" were so intriguing, so promising regarding this guy's voice.  He made these little low-budget films punctuated with moments of pure "Holy hell, did I just see that?"

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