<p>Jody Hill and Danny McBride, pictured here at the 'Foot Fist Way' premiere, are reuniting for the film &quot;L.A.P.I.&quot;</p>

Jody Hill and Danny McBride, pictured here at the 'Foot Fist Way' premiere, are reuniting for the film "L.A.P.I."

Danny McBride and Jody Hill reunite for 'L.A.P.I.'

Newly-formed Rough House Pictures buys their first pitch

Variety just put up a story that I'd link you to if they weren't hidden behind a paywall these days.  Oh, well.  I guess I'll just have to paraphrase and share the good news with you m'self.

When I was at Sundance, I was walking out of the "Cyrus" premiere at the Eccles, desperate to get to a bus for the next screening, and I ran into a group of familiar faces standing together outside, including Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green.  They all seemed really excited by what they'd just seen, and we talked for a moment about the Duplass Brothers film and how "Your Hightness" is shaping up and finally about Rough House Pictures, the new company they just set up as part of Mandate Pictures.  Their assigned task is to develop small comedy films that can be delivered at a price, and it sounds like they're already up and running.

For example, today they announced that Jody will direct "L.A.P.I.", a Los Angeles-based detective film that will star Danny.  That combination is reason for comedy fans to rejoice, and even without any further story details being known, consider that one of my most-anticipated films right now.  What I find interesting is that the script for the film did not originate with McBride and Hill, a la "Foot Fist Way." 

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<p>This image from Lucio Fulci's &quot;Zombie&quot;&nbsp;is as beautiful as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel... only with a zombie and a shark.</p>

This image from Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" is as beautiful as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel... only with a zombie and a shark.

Credit: Blue Underground

Motion/Captured Must-See: Lucio Fulci's 'Zombie' wraps up the A-Z list of our first 26 titles

Zombie versus shark! Zombie versus shark!

Welcome to The Motion/Captured Must-See Project.

When I started this last year, I didn't have a set publication schedule.  It was only this year that I decided that it should run every Thursday.  I don't have a set agenda for what's going to get covered when, and it's not organized by any chronlogy or theme.  That makes it hard to figure out what to publish, and so for the first 26 entries on the list, I decided to go from A-Z, picking one film for each letter.  When I started, I wasn't even sure what the 26 titles would be, with one exception.

I always knew that I'd be writing about Lucio Fulci when I got to that last letter.

It would have been easy to pick the Costa-Gravas film "Z" for this entry, and at some point, we'll loop back around to talk about it, but one of the points of my list is that the true essentials, the films that have shaped me, are made up of equal parts high and low art.  Film snobs creep me out just as much as fanboys in their extremism.  I think one of the things that is glorious about cinema is how it encompasses everything.

Lucio Fulci, like many Italian genre filmmakers, tried his hand at a number of filmic styles over the course of his career, including spaghetti westerns, giallo thrillers, and gangster films. Today, though, he’s probably best known for his gore films like "House By The Cemetary," "Gates Of Hell," "The Beyond," and, of course, 1979's "Zombi 2," which was released in America as "Zombie."  It's the film that made his reputation.  Personally, I think his best film is "The Psychic," which is also worth discussion at some point, but for now, let's look at the version of "Zombie" that Blue Underground released on DVD a few years back.

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<p>No, seriously... 'MacGruber' starring Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and Ryan Philippe will be one of over 100 movies showcased at this year's SXSW&nbsp;festival in Austin, TX.</p>

No, seriously... 'MacGruber' starring Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and Ryan Philippe will be one of over 100 movies showcased at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

Credit: Universal Pictures

'Kick-Ass', 'MacGruber,' 'The People Vs George Lucas' among the SXW titles announced

IMAX 3D, documentaries, and mumblecore horror all part of this year's fest

As many years as I've been going to Austin for film-releated events, it shocks me that last year was my first time visiting SXSW from end to end, and I loved it.  Each film festival has its own energy, and the fact that SXSW is half music-fest, half film-fest gives it a very unique party vibe.  This year's festival sounds like it's going to be amazing, and we'd already heard a few titles that would be screening, like the opening night film, "Kick-Ass."

The official line-up has now been announced at the festival's website, and let's take a look at each of the sections of the festival, pointing out some of the major highlights we can expect to see and cover this year.  Since I've already reviewed many of the films, I'll include links where I can:

HEADLINERS

These are the big tickets, the red-carpet premieres and the films that will most likely get the most initial coverage, the ones that are essentially programmed to make sure the smaller films get a shot at coverage.  Every festival does this, and I think it's interesting to see how this section is programmed, because it says a lot about a festival's overall taste and clout:

"'Cyrus'

Directors and Screenwriters: Jay and Mark Duplass
With John’s social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life – her son. Written and directed by Jay & Mark Duplass, the iconoclastic filmmaking team behind The Puffy Chair, Cyrus takes an insightful, funny and sometimes heartbreaking look at love and family in contemporary Los Angeles. Cast: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh

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<p>Logan Lerman stars in 'Percy Jackson &amp;&nbsp;The Olympians:&nbsp;The Lightning Thief&quot; in theaters February 12.</p>

Logan Lerman stars in 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" in theaters February 12.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Watch: 'Percy Jackson' has teacher trouble at the museum in this exclusive clip

A quick taste of Fox's new franchise picture, 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief'

Next week, I'll be sitting down with the director and screenwriter of "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," which Fox hopes will be the first in a series of adaptations of the young-adult novels about a young man who learns that he is descended from the Greek gods.

It's been interesting to watch Fox and Warner Bros. jockey for position on this film and "Clash Of The Titans," since they're both obviously covering similar ground.  The difference in tone, though, marks them as dramatically different projects, and I don't think there's much chance of confusion.  "Clash" is aiming at an older audience, and it's actually set in the period.  Fox seems to be targeting younger viewers here, and it's a modern-day story that reintroduces the Greek gods in a new context.

The "Clash" trailers so far have been almost pure action, and while the latest trailers finally mention the idea that Perseus (Sam Worthington) is the son of a God and a mortal, that hasn't been the main thing the trailers have emphasized.  If anything, he seems disdainful of his own heritage, like he wants no part of it.  In "Percy Jackson," the main journey of the character is uncovering the secret of who he is and where he came from, and so you can expect it will be a major part of the movie.

The cast of "Percy Jackson" includes Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Kevin McKidd, and Catherine Keener as Percy's mortal mother, which sort of reads like the cast lists for the "Night At The Museum" movies, a comparison I'm sure Fox would be happy to make at the box-office if possible.

The clip they sent over is more like a condensed version of a scene set at a museum during a field trip, when Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) first discovers that the world is not exactly what he thinks it is.  You'll get a glimpse of Pierce Brosnan here, who is playing Chiron, and who appears to be a teacher for Percy, evidently so he can stay close and keep an eye on him.

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<p>Logan Lerman, holding the shield in the middle, may turn out to be the new 'Spider-Man' for Sony, particularly if 'Percy Jackson &amp;&nbsp;The Olympians:&nbsp;The Lightning Thief' does as well as Fox hopes next week.</p>

Logan Lerman, holding the shield in the middle, may turn out to be the new 'Spider-Man' for Sony, particularly if 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief' does as well as Fox hopes next week.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Is Logan Lerman going from Greek God to Spider-Man?

'Percy Jackson' star confirms he's in the running for the highly-coveted role

As the press junket for "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" takes place in LA this weekend, my guess is that Logan Lerman can expect to be quizzed about this rumor incessantly.  Evidently, Logan Lerman is one of the people currently talking to Sony about playing Peter Parker in the new "Spider-Man" reboot directed by Marc Webb.

It's his own fault, really.  After all, he's the one who spilled the beans to Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" in the first place.  The casting makes sense.  One studio's already hung a major franchise on the young actor, and he's the right age to play a high-school Peter Parker.  Lerman's 18 years old, and he's been working in film for a decade already, having made appearances in films like "The Patriot," "Hoot," and "3:10 To Yuma."  He's not a big star yet, so Sony won't have to spend out the nose to sign him, but there's a chance he's about to break big, which makes him a good bet.

This is the first truly credible casting rumor so far, and hopefully it puts a bullet in the head of that ridiculous Zac Efron tabloid rumor that's been bouncing around for a while.  Keep in mind, though... Lerman doesn't have the job yet.  He's just had conversations, which is a long way from being "in talks," as many outlets are reporting right now.

In the meantime, we'll be following up on this like prety much everyone else online in the next few days, and if there's solid news about the casting, we'll make sure you hear it right here at HitFix.

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<p>Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are finally starting to spill some major beans regarding 'Lost,' and we look at some of what they have to say in today's Morning Read.</p>

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are finally starting to spill some major beans regarding 'Lost,' and we look at some of what they have to say in today's Morning Read.

Credit: J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times

TMR: The 'Lost' creators start explaining themselves

Plus a new Massive Attack video, 'Watchmen 2' rumors, and more

Welcome to The Morning Read.

What an amazing night.  If you haven't been lucky enough to see "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" in Los Angeles and you're a fan of the character, let me just say that Paul Reubens absolutely still has a handle on what people love about that creation, and the show is preposterous amounts of fun.  That, followed by the two-hour "Lost" premiere here at the house with Quint and Kraken from Ain't It Cool and "Brothers Bloom" director Rian Johnson, made for a great but late evening, especially since I had to write up my "Lost" recap afterwards and then get up at 8:30 this morning for a life insurance physical.

If you're like me, you probably wanted to follow up "Lost" today with some reading on the subject, and a good place to start would be with this conversation with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse over at EW.com.  They talk about their overall plan for this year, but they keep things just vague enough to be delightfully maddening.  I'm amused by the people who have already started bitching about the ending of the series after just seeing the season premiere, but not surprised.  This show has always been a magnet for naysayers, and in almost every case I've read, I think they are reacting to their own expectations and not what they're actually watching.  You can find another worthwhile Lindelof interview over at Collider as well.

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<p>This is exactly what your mother warned you would happen if you didn't stop in a painful moment from Universal's 'The Wolfman,' in theaters February 12.</p>

This is exactly what your mother warned you would happen if you didn't stop in a painful moment from Universal's 'The Wolfman,' in theaters February 12.

Credit: Universal Pictures

The best preview yet of Benecio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in 'The Wolfman'

Check out Benecio, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and plenty of fur and fangs

The more I've seen of the film, the more I'm crossing my fingers (even the disturbingly broken ones) that Universal has pulled off a stylish and freaky remake of "The Wolfman."  Benecio Del Toro approached this as a passion project, and I love that it's a no-joke Monster Kid wearing Rick Baker's make-up in this one.  I still wish I could have seen what Mark Romanek would have done with the material, but considering when Joe Johnston stepped into the process, this sort of is Romanek's film.  He made a lot of the big choices that will influence what you see onscreen a week from Friday.

Toshi's become a big fan of the original Universal "The Wolfman" in the last few months.  It started when his godfather gave him a series of monster books, each one highlighting a different classic monster.  He's had me reading them to him at bedtime almost non-stop, and he's particularly drawn to the plight of "Lorren Tablet," as played by Lon Chaney Jr.  I get it.  There's something heartbreaking about a monster who doesn't want to be a monster, and if this new film gets that part of it right, that'll go a long way towards making the film work.  Lawrence Talbot always resonated for me as a kid, and it's interesting to see that my little budding film nerd feels the same way.  It'll be a looooooong time before he ever lays eyes on this new film, of course, since it's an R-rated take on the material, but for now, he's happy to watch the final fight from "Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman" over and over, cheering as he does so.

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<p>Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin all star in the horror/comedy 'Zombieland,' available today on BluRay and&nbsp;DVD.</p>

Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin all star in the horror/comedy 'Zombieland,' available today on BluRay and DVD.

Credit: SPHE

DVD & Games Forecast: 'House Of The Devil' goes VHS and pan-and-scan and we love it

Plus 'Star Trek Online' sends Trekkies into orbit

Welcome to the DVD & Games Forecast.

It's not a terrible week for releases, but as I'm looking at the weeks ahead, it seems to me like the industry is just going through the motions.  I'm a film nerd, so I absolutely will find something to be excited about every week, but for the general public, there are fewer and fewer must-have titles, fewer and fewer great surprise catalog releases.  It just seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy, like the industry has decided that VOD is going to take over, so they're doing everything they can at this point to make that come true.

Blech.  I love my physical media, and I don't want an all-VOD future.  Let's see what's going on this week that will keep me feeling like someone somewhere cares:

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TITLES:

"The Music Man" (BluRay)

That's right... the beloved Robert Preston vehicle finally hits BluRay, and that starts with "B" and that rhymes with "P" and that stands for "pool."  I watched this Sunday night with both of my boys, and they loved it.  The music delights, number after number, the comedy still plays loud and clear, and the new transfer by Warner Home Video is probably the best we could ask of the film.  There are places where the grain inherent to the print is a little overwhelming, but for the most part, the colors pop and the image shimmers.  This is one of those feel-good movies that you can never overplay, and that was built to last, and this new edition only underlines just how true that is.

"Zombieland" (BluRay/DVD)

quite liked Ruben Fleischer's debut feature, and the BluRay looks sensational. What's interesting about rewatching the film is that you can clearly see how it was structured originally as the kick-off of a TV series, several episodes from a larger arc smooshed into a theatrical feature instead.  The film's got clever to spare, whether in the way it establishes the rules at the beginning or in the case of the Big Movie Star Cameo sequence, and Fleischer has an excellent eye.  I think one of the reasons the film ended up being so much fun is because it didn't use the idea of zombies to push a larger metaphor, which is typically how the genre ends up playing out.  Not that I dislike zombies as a metaphor, but it's just occasionally nice to see a film cut loose and have fun.  It helps that the cast is all on their game, and that the film plays more to the comedy side of the horror/comedy equation.  "Zombieland" may not be an all-time genre classic, but sometimes "just plain fun" is exactly what you're looking for.

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<p>The cast of 'Lost,' including many figures thought to be long gone, gather for one in a series of mysterious 'Lost Supper' parodies that are leading up to the final season of the remarkable series.</p>

The cast of 'Lost,' including many figures thought to be long gone, gather for one in a series of mysterious 'Lost Supper' parodies that are leading up to the final season of the remarkable series.

Credit: ABC/Touchstone

Sixteen episodes to go, and I'm feeling more 'Lost' than ever

A look back at the series and some thoughts on the final season ahead

Tomorrow night is a huge one in pop culture for me.  The first part of the evening, I'll be at "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" at the Nokia Live in downtown LA.  I'm taking my wife and Toshi, and based on everything we've been hearing from people who have already gone to see the show, it should be a hell of a night.

And as soon as it's over, we'll be speeding back to Northridge, with AICN's Quint and Kraken in tow, so we can watch the two-hour season premiere of "Lost."  I'll be recapping the final season of the show, just as I did last year, and the only reason I haven't been babbling about it for the last few weeks is because I've been distracted by Sundance and other work that's been piled up.  Good thing, too, because when I think about tomorrow night, I get unreasonably excited.

Here's the thing... I don't expect that every single question raised by the series over the past five seasons will be answered this year.  We've got sixteen episodes to go.  They're going to have to cover some serious ground just to cover the big things, and I'm fine with that.  I don't think great fictions comes with every single thing tied up and gift-wrapped.  I remember when I was interviewing Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott a few years ago, and we were discussing the construction of the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise.  Say what you will about those scripts, but one of the things we discussed really rang true for me.  They talked about the theory of "distant mountains" when you're building a series, the idea that you should always leave yourself more room in your world than you explore.  It leaves room for the viewer to insert themselves into the world, giving them things they can "solve" for themselves.  As long as the creators of "Lost" don't give you every single little detail set in concrete, there's still room for interpretation and conversation, and that's just plain smart storytelling.

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<p>What do you think is happening in this new image from the upcoming horror film 'The Crazies'?&nbsp; Read today's Morning Read to find out.</p>

What do you think is happening in this new image from the upcoming horror film 'The Crazies'?  Read today's Morning Read to find out.

Credit: Overture Films

TMR: Three new exclusive stills from 'The Crazies'

Plus possible first looks at 'Thor,' 'Green Lantern,' and 'Captain America' on film

Welcome to The Morning Read.

Any time I take a break from The Morning Read, jumping back into it feels intimidating until I actually do it.  These are probably the most labor-intensive columns I put together for the site.  It probably doesn't help that I had weekend plans with Rip Torn that got a little complicated, and I haven't heard back from him.  I guess I need the distraction, so let's jump right in.

Mike Fleming was the first to reveal the existence of Shane Salerno's mysterious documentary about J.D. Salinger, a passion project that's been underway for years now, and I'm curious to see if the rumored missing five minutes actually turn out to be an appearance by the author, or if this is going to be another hype moment like Morgan Spurlock's ultimately empty Osama documentary.

And speaking of documentaries, Karen Schmeer's work as an editor was tremendous, and her reputation among filmmakers was amazing.  This weekend, Errol Morris broke the shocking news that she had been killed by a car that was speeding away from a robbery.  That's the sort of death that will never make sense to anyone who knew her, and all they can ever hope to do is remember her work and her spirit, much like Shawn Levy did in his moving tribute to her.

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