<p>Sam Worthington wants another shot at making a great 'Titans' film, and he's convinced that 'Wrath' will make up for 'Clash'</p>

Sam Worthington wants another shot at making a great 'Titans' film, and he's convinced that 'Wrath' will make up for 'Clash'

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Watch: Sam Worthington throws himself on his sword over 'Clash Of The Titans'

And are we really going to have to wait until 2016 for more 'Avatar'?

Each time I sit down with Sam Worthington, I am struck by just how resolutely unpolished he is, and how refreshing that can be.

No matter how many press junkets and interviews he does, I get the feeling no one is sanding any rough edges off of Sam Worthington any time soon.  He doesn't have that filter that is so carefully trained into most movie stars, and he doesn't seem terribly political in terms of what he will or won't say.

As a result, I've always enjoyed talking to him.  If you do get a reaction out of him, it's genuine.  If you want to talk '80s metal bands with him, you'll get him to talk all afternoon, and you'll see what passion looks like.  But he'll be equally frank and critical if you want to talk about his own movies.

For example, as we sat down last week to discuss his new film "Man On A Ledge," I wanted to ask him about returning to play a character in a sequel, something he just did for the first time, and something that he's going to do soon (relatively speaking, considering the "Avatar" sequels aren't going to arrive until at least 2016) when he returns to Pandora for James Cameron.

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<p>The skyline of Coruscant may look beautiful, but in the proposed series 'Star Wars:&nbsp;Underworld,' we're going to see the seedy underside of this planet-sized city if George Lucas has anything to say about it.</p>

The skyline of Coruscant may look beautiful, but in the proposed series 'Star Wars: Underworld,' we're going to see the seedy underside of this planet-sized city if George Lucas has anything to say about it.

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Lucas talks 'Red Tails' trilogy and McCallum drops 'Star Wars: Underworld' title

All sorts of Lucas news breaks straight from the source

Wait, wait, wait… so "Red Tails" is a trilogy?

That's what George Lucas said during a fairly freewheeling interview on "The Daily Show" this week.  He's been making the rounds doing publicity for "Red Tails," which is a surreal thing to say as a longtime Lucas fan.  How many years has he been talking about this story, and how long has he been trying to get it made?  And now, finally, here it is.

Rick McCallum has also been doing interviews to support the film as well, and he dropped an interesting bit of information about the long-rumored live-action "Star Wars" television show… a title.

What's really interesting is how the title plays into what I'd already learned about the show, and every time they say anything official about the show, it sounds like they're making the series that I initially heard described.  And if that's true, it sounds like it could be a really interesting different take on the world of "Star Wars," one that's not like any of the films that have been made so far.

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<p>I just want to know if Natalie Portman's coming back or not, darn it</p>

I just want to know if Natalie Portman's coming back or not, darn it

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'Thor 2' hires writer of 'Saving Private Ryan' to prep the film for 2013

What does this mean for the Marvel sequel?

Robert Rodat, eh?

He is, of course, best known for his screenplay for "Saving Private Ryan," which was fairly heavily doctored by several other heavy hitters brought on once Spielberg was officially making the film.  That's the way it works, though.  No matter who did what, if you're the guy with the name on the movie, you're the one who gets the bounce.

The thing is, Rodat's a good writer, and that's true of his other work as well.  I quite like "Tall Tale," a fantasy picture that deals with some of the legendary characters of the American west, and I greatly admire "Fly Away Home," a strong family film starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin.  Rodat's done strong drafts of a number of films over the years, and he's a guy who works very well with directors, especially when they're about to start production on something and the clock is ticking.  That is one of the most important skills in modern screenwriting, and one he's going to put to use if he's going to get them ready for Alan Taylor to start production later this year on the sequel to "Thor."

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<p>It was the moments like this that led Toshi to conclusively state to his mother at the end of the movie, 'I figured it out, and the Muppets are really real, not like fake real.'&nbsp; Indeed.</p>

It was the moments like this that led Toshi to conclusively state to his mother at the end of the movie, 'I figured it out, and the Muppets are really real, not like fake real.'  Indeed.

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Film Nerd 2.0: We wrap up 2011 with 'The Muppet Movie' and pick the slate for 2012

One look back and one look ahead as we kick off a new year

Welcome back to Film Nerd 2.0.

As we move forward with this column, one thing is important to remember.  In the end, these are my kids.  Not a social experiment.  Not a reflection of me.  Not an accessory for the column.  But actual kids who only get one actual shot at childhood, and whose emotional lives are my responsibility.  I consider the sharing of movies to be one of the primary things that we share as social creatures, and that's not a small thing.  Movies travel across culture and geography and time to communicate essential truths and absurdities and experience and invention and hopes and fears.  They are invaluable, and as media becomes more and more portable and flexible in the daily lives of people, including my kids as they get older, why not be careful about the road map you provide these people?

Many of my DVDs have been removed from their cases and placed in 300-disc books, and one of Toshi's favorite things to do is page through those books and look at the various images and titles and ask questions about them.  I try to answer his questions honestly but there are a lot of films he asks about that I can't even summarize to him without it raising questions I can't answer yet.  He is aware that I write about the movies we watch together, and after the reaction to his Muppets interview at the school he attends, I think he understands that it is not something everyone does, and that it's special.

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<p>Katee Sackhoff, seen here with her castmates at the eighth season premiere of '24,' is going to bring her passionate SF&nbsp;fanbase with her to the new 'Riddick' movie</p>

Katee Sackhoff, seen here with her castmates at the eighth season premiere of '24,' is going to bring her passionate SF fanbase with her to the new 'Riddick' movie

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'Galactica' star Katee Sackhoff joins 'Riddick' cast as new villain rumored

Sounds like David Twohy's about to get this one off the ground and back into space

I don't care if you judge me for it or not:  I am dying to see another Riddick movie.

The original "Pitch Black" was one of those great little B-movie genre surprises, and when Harry and I first saw it, there was still some uncertainty on the part of USA Films about what to do with it.  We programmed the film at the very first Butt-Numb-A-Thon as our "middle of the night wake everyone up" movie, and it was a great screening.  Vin Diesel even ended up flying to Texas just to do a meet-and-greet at 3:30 in the morning.

When Universal made the much-bigger-budget sequel, it seemed to be the kickoff to a larger franchise, building out a SF world in which Riddick was more than just a scary dude, but a lynchpin for an epic adventure.  I have a huge affection for the work of writer/director David Twohy anyway.  I think he's a guy who speaks B-movie fluently, and while some might see that as an insult, I don't.  I think there's something about the high-concept genre movie that can be especially exciting when done right, and Twohy strikes me as a guy who genuinely wants to entertain, and who doesn't have a single film snob bone in his body.  While "The Chronicles Of Riddick" did not succeed wildly at the box-office, I thought it was wild, wicked fun, and had a great "what's next?" ending.

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<p>John Hillerman, Madeline Kahn, Cybill Shepherd,&nbsp;Burt Reynolds, and Eilieen Brennan would like to remind you all not to drink and drive.</p>

John Hillerman, Madeline Kahn, Cybill Shepherd, Burt Reynolds, and Eilieen Brennan would like to remind you all not to drink and drive.

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Peter Bogdanovich screens new cut of 'At Long Last Love' and tells story behind it

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We were there for what turned out to be a night of many surprises

When I was much younger and starting to actively get interested in film, there were a few key books that helped ignite that interest and validate it.  First, there was a copy of the Pauline Kael book "For Keeps," a sampler from her other published books of film criticism, that I must have read cover to cover a good four or five times.  Her book taught me to dig deeper into a movie, and to be able to articulate why I love something even when no one else does.

The Danny Peary "Cult Movies" books also were important to me because they suggested that the world of film outside of the mainstream might actually be more interesting or rewarding.  Peary's descriptions of these films have stayed with me so vividly that even this last year, when I finally checked one more title off the list, it was his book that was forefront in my mind as I sat down to watch.

There was another book that made an equally large impression on me, but for different reasons.  In 1978, Harry Medved, Randy Dreyfuss, and Michael Medved wrote "The Fifty Worst Films Of All Time (And How They Got That Way)," and what I didn't know at the time was that Harry Medved was 17 when he wrote it, while Dreyfuss was 19.  Makes sense, because the book is written with an insistent attitude that seemed very persuasive to nine-year-old me, but that I have found more grating each time I've gone back to it over the years.

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<p>Suzan Crowley plays the woman whose violent actions kick off the events of the new mockumentary 'The Devil Inside'</p>

Suzan Crowley plays the woman whose violent actions kick off the events of the new mockumentary 'The Devil Inside'

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Review: 'The Devil Inside' is a disappointing burn and not scary

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Mockumentary form just plain doesn't work for muddled horror misfire

"The Devil Inside" is an insidious kind of terrible movie, a movie that is simply low-grade bad for most of its thankfully brief running time before offering up an ending so openly contemptuous of the audience as to feel like a prank.  Short version of this review:  nope.  Don't see it.

If you require more than that, then I'll be happy to share.  I was invited to see the film at a screening tonight that Paramount held in downtown Los Angeles, and I was all set to go before I got invited to something else, something I'll write about tomorrow.  Because that was at the same time, I decided to do that and then just pay for a midnight show of "The Devil inside" somewhere in Los Angeles.  The other screening was on the Fox lot, so I considered staying there at the Century City AMC theater.  They had an 11:45 screening of the film listed.  Instead, because we got out of the other film and in our cars by 10:30, I decided to drive back to the Valley to see the movie near my house at the Woodland Hills Promenade 16.  They had an 11:30 listed.  I made the drive in time, and at 11:10, stepped up to buy my ticket and got told that the film was sold out.

I was so surprised that I think I stood there for a minute staring at the girl behind the window like she'd just called me a name.  I still had time to try to find another screening, so I checked my phone, saw that there was a theater at Coldwater and Victory, right in the heart of the Valley, where there was a 12:01 show.

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<p>When you're competing with something as iconic as 'Akira,' it seems like it's real hard to win.</p>

When you're competing with something as iconic as 'Akira,' it seems like it's real hard to win.

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Warner Bros. pumps the brakes on 'Akira' weeks before starting production

Budget and script issues rumored to be behind big case of studio nerves

At this point, I think Warner Bros. should ask themselves if there's any figure at which they truly believe audiences are clamoring to see a mostly-white live-action version of "Akira" made for a profoundly compromised budget.

I'm not sure there's any price tag that the film works at, frankly, because I'm still not sure who they think they're making the movie for.  This has been a long development process, and I've read a number of different drafts of this as it's been winding its way through the studio system.  It feels like every writer who's worked on it has tried hard to craft something that honors the spirit of what "Akira" is about, but little by little, most of the world-building, most of the rich detail that would make this something unusual or special, has been squeezed out, and what's left doesn't really work as "Akira," and it doesn't feel like it works as something new, either.

Ruairi Robinson almost made the film, and Albert Hughes almost made it as well.  It looked like Jaume Collet-Serra was going to be the guy to finally get it across the finish line, and the film was announcing cast members, looking like a full-speed-ahead green light…

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<p>It's things like this which make me happy to hear that Joost and Schulman will return for the fourth 'Paranormal Activity'</p>

It's things like this which make me happy to hear that Joost and Schulman will return for the fourth 'Paranormal Activity'

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Schulman and Joost return to direct 'Parnormal Activity 4' for this Halloween

Paramount's got this one humming along at this point

This makes sense.

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman adapted to the particular demands of making a "Paranormal Activity" movie with real aplomb this year, working quickly on a demanding schedule and turning in a film that absolutely extended the life of what is becoming one of Paramount's favorite franchises, teeny tiny cheap little movies that earn giant bags of cash for the studio each year.

So why wouldn't Paramount want to bring them back for another one?  After all, they've demonstrated that they understand the rhythms of the series, and that they have a head for the increasingly-complicated mythology that is evolving from film to film.  I talked to them this year about their work on the film, and they described the process to me as something that was difficult but also really exciting and fun, and it resulted in a movie that I think works very well.

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<p>This, of course, is the iconic cover of his recent smash hit CD release of traditional folk songs, 'Feelin' Kinda Rudd'</p>

This, of course, is the iconic cover of his recent smash hit CD release of traditional folk songs, 'Feelin' Kinda Rudd'

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Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig star for Errol Morris in true-life cryogenic comedy

Some strong players join forces to tell an intriguing story from the '60s

There are days when there is just a torrent of news you're interested in, and other days where there's nothing at all.  It's almost funny when one news story has about a dozen names you're interested in, all working together, a collision of many different interests all at once.

We talked yesterday about the needless panic about the prospect of a sequel to "Bridesmaids" happening without Kristen Wiig, and one thing that renders that question moot at this point is her schedule.  She's busy nine months of the year with "Saturday Night Live," and then she's got, evidently, 40 movies she's making in those other three months.  Those better be some well-scheduled months, but I think it could be worth it.

After all, who wouldn't want to be part of the second narrative feature film from acclaimed legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris?  True, his first shot at making a fiction film was the adaptation of Tony Hillerman's "The Dark Wind," a 1991 film that barely got any distribution after a troubled post-production process.  Even so, this is one of those guys whose voice is so strong and who has so much to say and who has been so consistently interesting since the amazing "Gates Of Heaven" in 1978, and if anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt as a storyteller, it's him.

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