<p>Somehow I don&#39;t think there&#39;s going to be a lot of time to sit around looking pensive as we play our first full evening of Respawn Entertainment&#39;s amazing new game &#39;Titanfall&#39;</p>

Somehow I don't think there's going to be a lot of time to sit around looking pensive as we play our first full evening of Respawn Entertainment's amazing new game 'Titanfall'

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HitFix kicks off its first Twitch TV channel with a live 'Titanfall' broadcast

You're welcome to play along, but go easy on me

It's opening weekend for the year's first giant-scale blockbuster.

It's just not happening at a theater near you.

At this point, I think it's safe to say that the launch of a AAA-title in the gaming world is just as big a cultural moment as the release of any movie, and if you want to argue it purely on an economic level, then many game releases are bigger than their movie counterparts at this point.

Monday night at midnight, I was smack dab in the middle of seeing "Among The Living" at the SXSW Film Festival, a completely lunatic new horror film from the French filmmakers behind "Inside" and "Livid." When I travel to Austin, I stay with my favorite married couple, Aaron and Kaela, and it's become a home away from home for me. Aaron's a filmmaker, but he is also a rabid gamer, and while he was having a great time seeing films at SXSW, he had made arrangements months earlier to be busy with something else while I was watching that midnight movie. By the time I got back to his house, he had already gotten "Titanfall" up and running, and he was neck-deep in the campaign mode.

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<p>Gareth Edwards seemed exhausted but excited when we sat down to talk about his vision for the new &#39;Godzilla&#39;</p>

Gareth Edwards seemed exhausted but excited when we sat down to talk about his vision for the new 'Godzilla'

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Gareth Edwards talks about the responsibility of bringing 'Godzilla' into the 21st century

Just how hard is it to design an icon that's endured for 60 years?

My kids are growing up movie crazy, but for the most part, they don't really get the whole idea of a film festival. They just see the trips I take as "those things that make Daddy busy." For the first time ever, Toshi was very jealous and annoyed by something I did at a festival thanks to the special "Godzilla" event that was held at SXSW this week.

Little wonder. Godzilla has been part of their imaginary life as long as they've been watching movies, and Toshi in particular has been head over heels in love with Godzilla from the first moment he saw him. We've watched at least a dozen of the Toho films, we've seen the "Mystery Science Theater" versions, we've been reading the "Godzilla Rules Of Earth" comics together, and there are tons of toys of not just Godzilla but the other Toho icons as well all over the house. There's only one movie poster in their room, and it's for the 1954 "Godzilla."

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<p>Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring seem to get along great as long as &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; isn&#39;t in the room for them to fight over.</p>

Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring seem to get along great as long as 'Veronica Mars' isn't in the room for them to fight over.

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Chris Lowell and Jason Dohring bond over their fight for the love of 'Veronica Mars'

You might find yourself on Team Pizlogan after seeing these two together

One of the more popular tropes of fandom today is when people break down into teams along the romantic fault lines in whatever it is they're watching, the most famous case being the "Twilight" movies and their "Team Jacob" and "Team Edward" camps.

Before Jacob and Edward divided fans, though, there was Logan and Piz, and this weekend, "Veronica Mars" will once again be able to pick sides in what I feel like is a very smart and canny nod to the way fans feel. Rob Thomas could easily have done a full reset between the end of the show and the start of the film, and he could have simply left Chris Lowell's character Piz out of things completely if he'd wanted.

If you didn't watch the show and you didn't read my guide to everything you need to know about the show to enjoy the movie that we published yesterday, I'm sure you're asking yourself "Why does he keep using the word Piz like it's someone's name?" Ah, but it was. In the third season of the show, the series shifted from high school to college, and Lowell played Stosh "Piz" Piznarski, his last name a tribute to the guy who directed the pilot episode of the show. There was a vocal percentage of fans who rejected the character completely, and those fans had to feel somewhat let down when they heard that Powell, currently featured on the excellent comedy series "Enlisted," was back for the movie.

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<p>Jason Bateman is justifiably proud of his young cast for &#39;Bad Words&#39;</p>

Jason Bateman is justifiably proud of his young cast for 'Bad Words'

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Jason Bateman on directing his young stars in 'Bad Words'

Plus he talks about how great Kathryn Hahn is

Jason Bateman is about as good a spokesman as any movie can have, and when he's finally making the jump to be a director as well as an actor, he's got plenty of reason to turn on the charm.

When I was at the Four Seasons recently, I was in the first group of people talking to him in the morning, and I was sitting outside the room where we were going to speak along with four other people. When he came walking up, he stopped and looked down at all of us, smiling. "Hey, how about we just do this out here, press conference style? Right now. Let's go."

Bateman and I are pretty much the same age, and I feel like I've been watching him on TV my whole life. I have strong memories of him on "Little House In The Prairie" and, in particular, "Silver Spoons," where he perfected the art of being smug. There was something so gleefully rotten about Derek, the kid he played, that it sort of set him as a certain type right away. Bateman never really got roles as likable as the roles given to Michael J. Fox, but it felt like he got the scripts that Fox passed on, a tendency that reached its apex when he starred in "Teen Wolf Too."

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<p>Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; if that&#39;s what fans want.</p>

Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of 'Veronica Mars' if that's what fans want.

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Kristen Bell on making the 'Veronica Mars' film for old fans and new viewers

Did the Kickstarter success put pressure on the series star?

For some reason, I had to fly to Dallas to do all of the "Veronica Mars" interviews on the day before I flew to Austin, even though the entire cast and crew was heading into Austin the same time I was for the same film festival.

No matter. I'll take whatever the opportunity is to sit down with Kristen Bell. We met on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and at that point, I had just caught up with "Veronica Mars" and had realized that she was, in fact, awesome. I was on the set for a week in Hawaii, and my wife and my son had joined me, so they were hanging out at the pool and dropping by set to see some of what was going on as well. Bell was hilarious and completely disarming and didn't seem remotely stand-offish with any of the people staying at the hotel.

We ended up seeing her several times over the next few months, most notably at the premiere of the movie. Before the party, my wife and I were standing outside the restaurant on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland center, and we saw Bell approaching. She was in a dress that looked like a full-time job to wear, and she ducked behind us so that the photographers outside weren't able to see her. "Give me a minute here, guys," she said. She used the momentary shelter to make a few fairly major adjustments for both comfort and modesty, and then hurried inside.

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<p>This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.</p>

This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.

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Review: Aaron Paul is spinning his wheels in the ridiculous 'Need For Speed'

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This thing is barely a movie

"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid.

There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences.

Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, and if all you want is to see car mayhem that was shot for real without CG, then go see "Need For Speed." You'll feel like you got your money's worth.

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<p>You can&#39;t really talk about &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.</p>

You can't really talk about 'Veronica Mars' without also talking about the large ensemble cast that supported her over the run of the show.

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What you should know about the 'Veronica Mars' series so you can enjoy the movie

Catching up with this one should be fun for newcomers

There are several things you should know about "Veronica Mars."

First, you should know that it's great.

While I think the full run of the show, seasons one through three, is uneven at times,  particularly towards the end, the high points are so high, and the basic heart and soul of the show is so durable, that I am completely puzzled as to why it was ever anything less than a ratings gargantuan.

Second, you should know that the new film leans heavily on the relationships of the characters in the series, and at least in script form, it never felt like it was slowed down or over-explained for newcomers. It's very much a next chapter of "Veronica Mars," and that should have fans very excited.

The film's arriving in theaters tomorrow, and unfortunately, Netflix Instant doesn't currently have the show in its library. You can find it at iTunes and Amazon Prime, though, so we wanted to offer you a primer to pick up with the show and to help narrow things down for you so you can take a crash course.

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<p>Jaime Alexander shows up on Earth in pursuit of a deadly foe in this week&#39;s episode of &#39;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Jaime Alexander shows up on Earth in pursuit of a deadly foe in this week's episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Review: Asgardian temptress Lorelei complicates things for everyone on 'Agents Of SHIELD'

Plus how will this fit into the end of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?

One of the things I've noticed is that "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." is very careful to just show scenes in their "previously on" montage that directly relate to the episode ahead. It makes sense we'd see a little bit of what happened last week to Skye and Coulson and the rest of the team, but I was surprised to see them include a moment of May and Ward discussing their surreptitious sex life.

The show is feeling more and more serialized each week. We pick up immediately after the end of last week's episode, with Lorelei (Elena Satine) still traveling with the groom she stole from his own honeymoon. She finds a motorcycle gang that better suits her ambitions, and she tosses away the first guy like a dirty tissue. She's obviously looking to assemble an army of men under her own control, and because of her powers, it makes perfect story sense for Sif (Jaime Alexander) to be the one who has to go after her.

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<p>I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for &#39;Need For Speed&#39;</p>

I am fairly sure that I am the only person who decided to have a certain conversation with Imogen Poots at a recent press day for 'Need For Speed'

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Imogen Poots on how she built a dynamic role for 'Need For Speed'

Plus watch us bond over something very special that we share

One of the more unusual interviews I've had recently was with Imogen Poots, who is the female lead of the new action film "Need For Speed," and who was also seen in this spring's "That Awkward Moment."

It is not often that I sit down across from someone after seeing a film and find myself stymied for what we are supposed to discuss, but that happened when I attended the press day for "Need For Speed." After all, the role she plays in the film might as well just be named "The Girl." The part is so thinly written that the majority of what she has to do in the movie is sit in the passenger's seat and smile at Aaron Paul while he does things.

I decided not to tiptoe around things, and I asked her how she approaches the challenge of taking a non-existent character and turning it into something that keeps her dynamic and engaged and that gives her something worth doing. The truth is that most writing for women in mainstream movies is dire, and for young women, that is doubly true. At least there are more character roles available as people age, but when you're a young and beautiful woman, the range of what you're asked to do can be enormously frustrating.

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<p>Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight&#39;s SXSW event had him center-stage.</p>

Godzilla is almost ready for his big debut, and tonight's SXSW event had him center-stage.

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New 'Godzilla' makes a special appearance at a screening of the 1954 original

Gareth Edwards finally unveils his giant star in his full glory

AUSTIN - Anxious fans around the world have breathlessly analyzed each new bit of footage that has been released from the Gareth Edwards-directed "Godzilla," which arrives in theaters on May 16th, hoping that this will time, they will recognize the iconic monster, praying that this will not be a repeat of the awful 1998 movie.

I think it's safe for fans everywhere to relax.

One of the events at this year's SXSW festival was a special screening of the 1954 original version of "Gojira," the film that was re-edited with new footage when it was released in America and retitled "Godzilla." Rialto Films has held the American distribution rights to the Toho production for a while now, and this will actually be the second time they've done a national theatrical roll-out of the original movie.

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