<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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<p>Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) gives Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) some last-minute advice before she has to face the challenge of 'The Hunger Games'

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Review: 'The Hunger Games' is thrilling, emotional, deeply-felt blockbuster filmmaking

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The popular books make a successful jump to the bigscreen

Gary Ross was, to say the least, an unconventional choice when it came to helming the adaptation of the popular young adult novels "The Hunger Games," written by Suzanne Collins.  Ross has established himself as a particular kind of filmmaker with his work on films like "Dave," "Big," "Pleasantville," and "Seabiscuit."  He's not the guy you think of for world-building science-fiction or big action.  Yet when we look back at these films in the future, one of the smartest choices they could have made was giving this first film to Ross, because he's made something very special, concerned primarily with the human heart of the story instead of the spectacle.

The books by Collins are solid and interesting, and while they didn't inspire the same rabid fandom in me that they appear to have inspired in some, I can understand the excitement.  Ultimately, "The Hunger Games" is a series about personal responsibility and finding one's place in the world, and it is interested in more than just who's going to kiss who.  Each of the books is built differently, which already makes it more interesting than many ongoing series.

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<p>Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis co-star in 'The&nbsp;Do-Deca Pentathalon,' an early film by the Duplass Brothers that has finally been finished and readied for release.</p>

Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis co-star in 'The Do-Deca Pentathalon,' an early film by the Duplass Brothers that has finally been finished and readied for release.

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Review: Long-delayed 'Do-Deca Pentathalon' captures developing Duplass voice

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The missing link from 'The Puffy Chair' to 'Cyrus' finally finds its way onscreen

It's not quite accurate to call this the "new" film from the Duplass Brothers. 

That's actually "Jeff, Who Lives At Home."  Or "Kevin," a documentary that they also recently finished.

What happened here is that before "Cyrus," the Duplass Brothers directed this film about what happens when two brothers let something fester, unfinished, and then they ran out of money and time to finish it, and so it festered, unfinished.  And now, finally, they've gone back and completed it, and the result is a charming, low-key look at brotherly competition and the ways it can twist an already complicated dynamic into something sour and painful.

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<p>Gary Ross should be feeling good about his adaptation of the hit series 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Gary Ross should be feeling good about his adaptation of the hit series 'The Hunger Games'

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Watch: Gary Ross talks about his low-fi sober-minded adaptation of 'The Hunger Games'

How did he approach bringing the hit book series to life?

It's strange to think that, including "The Hunger Games," Gary Ross has only directed three films.

Those three films cover a lot of ground, too.  "Pleasantville" is very different than "Seabiscuit," and neither one of them would prepare you for what he's done with "The Hunger Games."  I'm going to guess he was not the first person on the list that Lionsgate put together when they bought the book and started talking about turning it into a film.  I'm not sure what I've been expecting.  I read the books last year, and since then, I've watched all the casting announcements and we've run the photos and the trailers, and honestly, none of it really told me what to expect from the film.

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<p>Mark and Jay Duplass are justifiably proud of their new film, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'</p>

Mark and Jay Duplass are justifiably proud of their new film, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

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Watch: Jay and Mark Duplass on 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' and working with Susan Sarandon

Comedy filmmakers seem to be getting better with each new film

At this point, I'm starting to suspect there are more than two Duplass brothers.

It's really the only way to explain their almost absurd level of productivity recently.  Since "Cyrus" played Sundance, it seems that there is always something coming out with either Mark Duplass starring or written by them or directed by them, and it's been a good run for the two of them.

I quite liked "The Puffy Chair," their early film, but when they made the jump to working with casts that are better-known, they also seemed to hone their craft in a way that is surprisingly at home in the mainstream.  Their new film, "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," is my favorite thing they've done, and so of course when asked if I wanted to sit down with them to talk about the movie, the answer was a very easy "yes."

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<p>Ginger Baker was a huge force in the classic rock world of the '60s and '70s, but also one of the most notorious monsters in rock'n'roll, and the new documentary 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' takes an unblinking look at his highs and lows</p>

Ginger Baker was a huge force in the classic rock world of the '60s and '70s, but also one of the most notorious monsters in rock'n'roll, and the new documentary 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' takes an unblinking look at his highs and lows

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Review: Documentary 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' offers wild ride with rock's greatest monster

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First-time director delivers a fascinating close-up look at music legend Ginger Baker

The film begins in total darkness, and an older English man is screaming at someone.  "NO YOU WILL NOT TALK TO THEM! NOT IN MY MOVIE! I DON'T WANT ANY OF THEM IN MY MOVIE!"  Then the darkness splits and you realize someone was pressed up against the camera.  The person moves back, waving a cane, swinging it with real intent.  We get our first look at the Ginger Baker of today, red-faced and furious.

"Are you really going to try to hit me with that?" someone asks from behind the camera.  That only seems to make Baker crazier, and he thrusts with the cane, rewarded with a satisfying crack for his efforts, and he roars, "I'LL SEND YOU TO F**KIN' HOSPITAL!"

There's a cut, and we see the director of the documentary, Jay Bulger, stagger outside the car, bleeding freely from the gash across the bridge of his nose.  "I think Ginger Baker just kicked my ass," he says.  BOOM.  The main title comes up.  "BEWARE OF MR. BAKER."  And just like that, you're off and running on a truly hilarious and harrowing look at one of the great monsters of rock, the legendary drummer Ginger Baker.  The film manages to make the case for his place in the firmament of musicians who helped shape an era, and it also reveals that time has not dulled his fangs one little bit.

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<p>Jamie Chung's work in 'Eden' won her a special award at this year's SXSW&nbsp;film festival, and it should launch her to a whole new level of roles she's offered as a result.</p>

Jamie Chung's work in 'Eden' won her a special award at this year's SXSW film festival, and it should launch her to a whole new level of roles she's offered as a result.

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Review: Jamie Chung does star-making work in harrowing SXSW award-winner 'Eden'

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A look at what one woman is willing to do to save herself from a Hell on earth

I was not familiar with the name Megan Griffiths until now, but it appears that I've been watching her work for years.  She produced two of Todd Rohal's films, she co-produced the outstanding "Your Sister's Sister" which I saw this year at Sundance, and she also helped produce the documentary "Zoo," which is a terribly disturbing film.  I did not see her previous films, but "The Off Hours" was at Sundance last year, and I know a few people who liked it.

I will definitely catch up with it, because I thought her new film, "Eden," was a strong, simple presentation of a harrowing story, with a great performance from Jamie Chung to ground the whole thing.  Based on the real life of Chong Kim, who gets a co-story credit, "Eden" tells the story of a young Korean girl who works for her parents in their store and who is just starting to experiment with freedom, sneaking out with her friend, smoking cigarettes.  She's very young, and despite her little white lies, she seems like a fairly innocent girl.

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<p>Susan Sarandon is just as cool in person as you would expect, and seemed pleased to discuss her work in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'</p>

Susan Sarandon is just as cool in person as you would expect, and seemed pleased to discuss her work in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

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Watch: Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer wrestle with love in 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

Greer talks about working with Ed Helms and Sarandon shares time with an unlikely love interest

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday than chatting with Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer.

Both of them were part of the same press day for their new film "Jeff Who Lives At Home," and I was excited to discuss the movie with both of them.  They are both sharp, vibrant performers who have spent most of their career making movies better just by being in them.

I love that Sarandon is so hard on her own work in the movie "Joe," which I brought up while we were talking.  That's a pretty great little '70s picture with an amazing central performance by Peter Boyle, and Sarandon stars as his daughter.  It's one of her earliest roles, and she shuddered at the mention of it, saying she's awful in it.  While I agree that she is much, much better now, I don't think she's right about how bad she was.  Even in the early part of her career, Sarandon had a great live-wire energy onscreen that made it impossible to look away.  Is her performance in "Dead Man Walking" better than her work in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"?  Sure.  Of course.  But she's still fascinating in "Rocky," and in "Joe," because you could see right away that she was wildly alive behind those giant almond eyes of hers.

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<p>Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth sat down together to discuss the world of 'The Hunger Games'</p>

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth sat down together to discuss the world of 'The Hunger Games'

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Watch: Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are the men of 'The Hunger Games'

They discuss the world, the Games, and Katniss Everdeen

The male leads of "The Hunger Games" really don't spend any time together onscreen, but the dynamic that each of them shares with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) helps shape not only this first film but the entire trilogy ahead.

What's impressive is that this is not about an easy love triangle.  If you were to remove the romantic entanglements from "Twilight," for example, there's nothing left.  And while there are definitely strong feelings between Katniss and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), that's not what drives this film.  That's not what drives the overall story.  That's not the point.  I like that Katniss is defined by way more than just the men in her life.

Having said that, Gale and Peeta certainly matter.  In this first film, Gale represents the life Katniss thought she was going to live forever, scratching by in District 12, caring for her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) and her mother (Paula Malcomson), sneaking off to hunt illegally with Gale by her side.  Peeta is part of this new life she stumbles into when she volunteers to take Prim's place in the The Hunger Games, with Peeta picked as the other tribute from District 12.

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