New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?
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New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?

Plus we discuss what to do when artists disappoint us in their lives

We're coming down to it.

We'll probably only have one more "Ask Drew" before the end of 2014, but it's been fun to see how well it's gone so far. The video team tells me there are always way more questions than we can use, and they love the breadth of stuff you guys ask about.

I'll admit that I may have stammered my way through one of my answers this week a little more than normal. I've always tried to stick to a couple of simple broad rules in what kind of material I'll publish about film: no gossip, no numbers, no Oscars. I'm sure I've broken all of those rules at some point, but for the most part, I stick to them. When I was asked what my feelings are about dealing with the art of someone who has a public scandal about their personal lives, I'm not sure I explained myself in the most elegant way possible.

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What does James Franco's sneaky 'Color Of Time' have to do with 'Oz?': Exclusive
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What does James Franco's sneaky 'Color Of Time' have to do with 'Oz?': Exclusive

This clip gives you a taste of Franco's grand experiment

One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me.

Take, for example, "The Color Of Time." You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of CK Williams.

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Man in suit! Man in suit! Maybe...

I did not see this one coming.

When Toho partnered with Legendary Pictures to make "Godzilla," I assumed that meant this was their official take on the franchise, dormant since "Godzilla: Final Wars," and it seemed like the film succeeded enough to make Toho happy. They're moving forward with a sequel, after all, which promises to introduce more of Toho's iconic monsters into the same film universe.

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2014 movies that won't make my list - Popcorn done particularly well

As I write the actual copy for my top ten list, I'm looking at the full list of my top 50 films from 2014, compiled and ranked as I narrowed things down, and I have to say, there was a nice batch of popcorn movies this year.

For those keeping score, I already covered #50 - #46, and I wrote a bit about my #45 pick, "The Overnighters," which I still say you should see knowing nothing at all about it. There's a cluster of popcorn pictures next, and I think all of them are smart and efficient and thematically sound and prove that we don't have to accept crap if we want to be entertained by something big and spectacular.

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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'
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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'

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A deceptively simple film with a powerful punch

 No one is more efficient or merciless about punishing us than ourselves. The older I get, the more regrets I accumulate, and there comes a point where you can either let yourself get crushed by the weight of them, or you can figure out a way to forgive yourself and let things go.

"Wild," the latest film from director Jean-Marc Vallee, is not what I expected. I knew it was about a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. That's 2,663 miles, from the US border at Mexico to the US border at Canada. I didn't know why she was hiking or what kind of drama the film would try to wring from the trip, and honestly, the concept didn't hook me in a way that made the film a priority. What I saw, though, was something tough and honest and unsentimental, and it's a pretty major piece of work for star Reese Witherspoon.

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Roberto Orci beams out of the director's chair for 'Star Trek 3'
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Roberto Orci beams out of the director's chair for 'Star Trek 3'

Could Edgar Wright end up taking the helm instead?

No matter how involved Roberto Orci has been involved in the new "Star Trek" franchise as a writer and a producer, it was always going to be a huge gamble to put him in the director's chair for "Star Trek 3."

I've heard some people offer the opinion that on films of a certain size and budget, directing is just factory work, and anyone can do it since they're propped up by their various department heads and their second units and their cinematographer and… hogwash. That argument can be negated by looking at the way certain filmmakers are able to clearly express personal themes and styles even when they're working in the blockbuster space. It is not a job that just anyone can do.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is officially 'Doctor Strange' really officially this time

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially 'Doctor Strange' really officially this time

How many times can we say we're excited about the same thing?

I am going to link you now to an article from October 27th of this year.

Every word of that is applicable today as Marvel finally actually makes the official announcement that professional handsome man Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in "Doctor Strange."

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2014 movies that won't make my list - Killer kids, super geniuses, and Saint Bill

I've got my top ten list locked now, which is always a liberating moment for me. Now I can start celebrating all the movies that didn't make the list, because as usual, there are about 50 movies that I genuinely enjoyed, that I think are worth seeing, and that I would tell anyone should be part of their 2014 film experience.

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Keanu Reeves and Eli Roth join the Sundance 2015 midnight line-up
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Keanu Reeves and Eli Roth join the Sundance 2015 midnight line-up

It sounds like we're in for a wild ride in Park City

Each year, the midnight shift at Sundance belongs to me, and that's the way I like it. I've had some of my most memorable experiences at the festival happen as part of the midnight screenings, and I look forward to this announcement every year.

I'm surprised to see "It Follows" there. That's been playing festivals since Cannes, and while it's good, I wouldn't expect to see Sundance use one of the slots for a film that's been seen as much as this one has already.

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'Bond 24' is officially titled 'Spectre': Who's in the cast?
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'Bond 24' is officially titled 'Spectre': Who's in the cast?

How many more Daniel Craig films do you think we'll get?

There are not many things that would have me out of bed and waiting for them at 3:00 in the morning, but I love the Daniel Craig era of James Bond, and I'm ready for the follow-up to "Skyfall."

Sony's done a tremendous job of treating James Bond like the crown jewel of the company, and they're treating this next movie like a major event. My guess is that we're not going to have too many more films with Craig playing the role, so I want each one to be special at this point.

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