'Suicide Squad' cast ruins their rotten reputations on way to wrap party
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'Suicide Squad' cast ruins their rotten reputations on way to wrap party

Stop being nice! You're bad guys!

"Suicide Squad" has wrapped production.

One of the things that surprised me most about the Comic-Con sizzle reel that then turned into a Comic-Con leak that then turned into an official release was that it only represented two weeks worth of shooting. They packed a hell of a lot into that first two weeks of production, and it makes me wonder what a real trailer for the film is going to look like once director David Ayer and Warner Bros. have had time to consider it more carefully.

The cast should be careful, though. If they keep doing random nice things, they're going to ruin their reputation. Consider this, for example:

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Do we really want a digital Peter Cushing in a new 'Star Wars' film?
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Do we really want a digital Peter Cushing in a new 'Star Wars' film?

Things are about to get really creepy in Hollywood

We're at the dawn of a new age.

It is, to be blunt, a very creepy new age. If you saw "Ant-Man," you got a glimpse of it in the opening scene where '80s-era Michael Douglas shows up, and for the first time, it felt like they could stage actual dramatic scenes involving actors who have been aged backwards or, in the most extreme possible cases, brought back from the dead.

For years, there's been a script in LA that has been an example of someone's ambition exceeding the ability of the town's FX artists. "The Gemini Man" was supposed to pit a mysterious serial killer against an older police detective, only to reveal that the killer was a decades-younger clone of the detective, allowing "Unforgiven"-era Clint Eastwood to go head to head with "Dirty Harry"-era Eastwood. That's just an example of who they could cast, of course. It could have been any actor who had shot enough films as a younger actor for them to be able to draw sufficient reference material to use to build the younger version.

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Lily Tomlin and the generational feminism of her new film 'Grandma'
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Lily Tomlin and the generational feminism of her new film 'Grandma'

We sat down with a national treasure to talk about absolutely everything

I don't keep a running list of all the people I have or haven't interviewed over the last 17 years. I think my first official Ain't It Cool interview was either with Brad Bird or maybe Neil Gaiman. Or was it Kevin Spacey? I have memories of many of the interviews I've done. Specific questions or reactions. But as many things as I remember, I'll bet I've forgotten five times more things, simply because of the sheer volume of all of the interviews I've done.

There are people I know I've never spoken with, though, because if I had, those memories would not fade. And one of the people that I have always wanted to meet and talk to about their work was Lily Tomlin. I say "was" because as of last Friday, she is no longer on my "to do" list. We sat down to talk about her new film, "Grandma," as well as anything else I could pack into 20 minutes, and the result was a delightful way to spend part of a busy afternoon.

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When did Colonel Sanders get so incredibly creepy?
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When did Colonel Sanders get so incredibly creepy?

It's interesting when ads decide it's perfectly acceptable to make your skin crawl

At this point, the job of an advertisement is simply to punch through all the noise in whatever way necessary. Good impression, bad impression, none of it matters. All a company really cares about is getting their name stuck in your head, and they'll do anything it takes to make that happen.

Case in point: the bizarre new campaign that Kentucky Fried Chicken has been running. When they premiered the ads with Darrell Hammond playing Colonel Harlan Sanders, the founder of the company, I thought they were bizarre. Hammond's got a darkness and an anger that readers of his autobiography are familiar with, and there's something genuinely sinister and strange about his take on the character.

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You're invited to James Franco's house for Halloween Horror Nights this year
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You're invited to James Franco's house for Halloween Horror Nights this year

'This Is The End' is the latest addition to the park's annual celebration

Now we're talking.

I admire the team at Universal Studios Hollywood and their dedication to making each year's Halloween Horror Nights experience brand-new for the audiences that sell out something like two solid weeks every single year.

In general, I like Halloween. I will enjoy it more when my boys are old enough for me to actively scare the living shit out of them. Right now, I have to be very careful not to traumatize them. I'm a fan of scary Halloween more than slutty Halloween, and I accept that there are several different versions of the holiday being celebrated in different ways on that same night. Right now, we celebrate little-kid Halloween, with the door-to-door walk and the parties with friends and the handing out candy. That's it.

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One of the funniest films this year is a documentary called 'Hurricane Of Fun'
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One of the funniest films this year is a documentary called 'Hurricane Of Fun'

This behind-the-scenes peek at a cult comedy classic is surprisingly strong as a stand-alone

As I was talking to a friend last night about the Netflix miniseries "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp," I found myself laughing all over again at my favorite lines or performances. Like the film back in 2001, there are some big highs and some total bomb-outs, but there is so much happening that you're bound to laugh at something.

One of the unexpected benefits of the release of the new "Wet Hot American Summer" is the release of Amy Rice's "Hurricane Of Fun," a documentary built entirely from footage shot during the filming of the original film in the summer of 2000. For fans of that film, it's going to feel like a brand new sequel since it is so fast and funny and filled with the cast playing all sorts of games, and it follows such a clean narrative arc that it ends up feeling like a companion film, not a mere behind-the-scenes peek.

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A first screening of 'Jaws' becomes an all-day event for Film Nerd 2.0
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A first screening of 'Jaws' becomes an all-day event for Film Nerd 2.0

We make an event out of the movie that ushered in the age of event films

"What's WRONG with you?!"

As the angry tears erupted and Toshi jumped up from the edge of the pool, suddenly red-faced and livid at me, I realized I had made a serious miscalculation, and perhaps ruined a day that I've spent much of this summer planning and anticipating in the process.

Let's back up, though.

The seeds of this amazing day began when I was looking for an apartment last year in the wake of my separation from my wife of over a decade. I remember the entire process as sort of a blur. I looked at about 20 buildings in different parts of town, and when I visited the building I live in now, something about it resonated immediately. It's a nice building, it's a good area, and it felt like the kind of California apartment building I remembered from movies like "The Karate Kid" when I was younger.

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Tom Hardy's taking a chance on Agent Graves and his '100 Bullets'
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Tom Hardy's taking a chance on Agent Graves and his '100 Bullets'

New Line's Vertigo adaptations keep getting more interesting

Hands down, this is the best comic-book-movie news of the year.

Tom Hardy has got to be thinking about how the rest of his career looks. There's no question that he'll have one. He's a remarkable actor. He's had an uneasy relationship with the press, but he's not the first nor the last talented performer to feel that way. I honestly don't care if he gives interviews or doesn't as long as he continues picking strong filmmakers to collaborate with and keeps giving smart, challenging performances.

Just looking at his two recent "spends most of the film in a car" movies, "Locke" and "Mad Max: Fury Road," it's obvious that Hardy's not going to get easily pigeonholed. He's too interesting, too willing to bend or break his own public image for the sake of his own entertainment. The idea of him producing as well as acting now makes me doubly curious about his taste and what it is he's going to fight to get made.

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Toronto unleashes 3D porn and Turkish nightmares with Vanguard and Midnights
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Toronto unleashes 3D porn and Turkish nightmares with Vanguard and Midnights

Patrick Stewart and POV action are just some of the kicks to expect in September

This year's Toronto Film Festival is already overwhelming when I look at the line-up, just in terms of trying to schedule everything I'd like to see. There are so many interesting and promising films that I'm not sure how I'm going to see even half of the titles. And of course, they hold the announcement of my two favorite sections of the festival until after they've announced all the big stuff, and now that they have, I'm about to throw my hands up in delicious exasperation because oh my god does it look like September should just be renamed Movie Christmas for me this year.

First up, let's look at the Vanguard section. When I didn't get to go to Cannes this year, there was one title that made that unbearable. I think Gaspar Noe is a beautiful terrorist, a filmmaker who takes a nearly-giddy delight in grabbing his audience by the face and shaking them. His 3D film "Love," full of graphic sex, got mixed reviews from the festival, but I remain manic about getting a chance to see it. And now, thankfully, I will. I am equally excited about seeing new films from Alex de la Iglesia and Anders Thomas Jensen, whose last film as a director was in 2005.

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Review: Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer have major chemistry in winning 'UNCLE'
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Review: Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer have major chemistry in winning 'UNCLE'

Three beautiful leads throwing major attitude certainly helps

Light on its feet, utterly inconsequential, and quite often a pleasure to look at and listen to, "The Man From UNCLE" is Guy Ritchie's big-screen reboot of the classic '60s spy show. Showcasing the charms of Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander, it is a piffle, a fetish piece for anyone who loves the pop side of the '60s, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is not a non-stop action movie, though, and I suspect that on the heels of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," it's going to be treated more roughly than it deserves.

Ritchie has been working with writer/producer Lionel Wigram since "Sherlock Holmes," and they seem to have settled into a pretty happy system of doing things. They share screenplay credit on this one, with the story attributed to Jeff Kleeman & David C. Wilson as well as Wigram and Ritchie, and it's a pretty simple, straightforward thing. After extracting Gaby (Vikander) from East Germany, Napoleon Solo (Cavill) finds himself pressed into escorting Gaby to find her long lost father and, more importantly, the nuclear secrets he possesses. In order to do this, though, Napoleon is teamed up with a huge, borderline psycho Russian secret agent named Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) since both superpowers have an interest in keeping these nuclear secrets out of the hands of terrorists.

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