Exclusive: Big cats play scary games in a clip from the deliriously crazy 'Roar'
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Exclusive: Big cats play scary games in a clip from the deliriously crazy 'Roar'

Plus further details on tomorrow night's LA screening of the film with our moderated Q&A

While I was waiting for the screening of "Unfriended," I was sitting with some friends and the conversation turned to "Roar", as it often does if I'm involved right now.

After all, if there is any film being released theatrically this year that deserves to be obsessed over, it is "Roar." This oddity from 1971 was rediscovered by Tim League and the rest of the amazing Drafthouse Films team, and they're releasing it in limited markets starting this Friday. I've written my review of the movie, and I mean it sincerely when I say that the pull quote they used from me in the trailer for the film is one of the proudest moments of my entire career writing about movies.

What makes the film special? Why have I seen it five times and I'm still willing to drive from Anaheim to Sherman Oaks after a long day at Celebration just to see the film for the sixth time and then do a Q&A? Because this is a movie that simply should not exist.

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Want to see what a hand-animated Brad Bird version of 'The Spirit' looked like?
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Want to see what a hand-animated Brad Bird version of 'The Spirit' looked like?

Brad Bird's got a couple of intriguing almosts out there that drive me crazy as a fan of his work.

We'll be writing more about Bird and his work between now and the release of "Tomorrowland," but this morning, we're going to take a look at one of those films that didn't happen, but could have and, if we're being honest, should have.

I'm not a huge fan of the original "The Spirit" comic strip, but it's not because I dislike it; I just don't know it at all. I assume it is nothing like the horrible Frank Miller film, and I'm going to also assume it was a precursor to much of the superhero pulp that followed.

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Review: 'Unfriended' uses new social media language for familiar ghost story
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Review: 'Unfriended' uses new social media language for familiar ghost story

HitFix
B-
Readers
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A game cast makes this one fairly painless, although silly

"Unfriended" is a very silly film.

"Unfriended" is also a very clever film. For a very silly film. And that combination of clever and silly will most likely make "Unfriended" a small sensation of sorts among the audience it is clearly chasing. It made me laugh when a group of teens paused mid-conversation to explain to one another what a "troll" is, because every person in that conversation would 100% already know that word. It's clearly a nod to the idea that my parents might see "Unfriended," and they wouldn't know, so someone has to explain it. The makers of "Unfriended" shouldn't worry, though, because there's little or no chance my parents would ever see this movie.

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Sylvester Stallone has become the new Mickey in first image from 'Creed'
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Sylvester Stallone has become the new Mickey in first image from 'Creed'

The first time I really took notice of Michael B. Jordan was the back-to-back combination of "Chronicle" and his work on "Parenthood." What was immediately apparent was that Jordan was a remarkably poised young man, someone with an intensity that felt like it was grounded in a profound decency.

Working with Ryan Coogler, Jordan garnered a fair amount of justifiable attention and praise for "Fruitvale Station," an angry and heartfelt look at just one of the many murders committed against unarmed young black men by police officers in this country, a film that now feels vaguely ahead of its time, sadly. The two of them got a big bump out of that movie, as often happens.

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Bryan Singer thinks Olivia Munn is a Psylocke for an 'X-Men' role
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Bryan Singer thinks Olivia Munn is a Psylocke for an 'X-Men' role

When I used to make semi-frequent appearances on "Attack Of The Show," it was always made easier by co-hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn. Kevin walked that fine line between game show host and uber-nerd, and Olivia was the living embodiment of Amazing Amy's "Cool Girl" speech.

Since she's made the jump to acting full-time, Munn's been defined, like most actors, by the strength of the material she's given. In the best written scenes on "The Newsroom," she's proven herself a fairly sharp and interesting performer.

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5 Rules for Designing a 'Star Wars' Character
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5 Rules for Designing a 'Star Wars' Character

Hard to argue with the guy who designed Darth Maul

One of the people most directly responsible for the design of the "Star Wars" prequel is Doug Chiang, so it seemed only fitting that I would hop on the phone with him to discuss "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" the morning after the announcement was made.

Before we spoke, Fox sent over a clip from the extras on the "Digital Collection," and in it, Doug talks about lessons he learned from George Lucas about design, lessons that Disney summed up for me in the following bullet points:

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'Suicide Squad' leader David Ayer teases a glimpse of Jared Leto's Joker look
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'Suicide Squad' leader David Ayer teases a glimpse of Jared Leto's Joker look

Someone's a big 'Killing Joke' fan

UPDATE: 4/24/2015

And here he is...

UPDATE: 4/16/2015

Jared Leto seems to have shared a little more on snapchat.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

David Ayer seems to have developed a wicked Twitter habit.

More likely, someone smart in the publicity/marketing food chain at Warner Bros. encouraged him to develop a wicked Twitter habit to help stoke the frenzy around what it hardly a guaranteed slam dunk.

Sure, there are a number of things that the film has going for it, and in today's climate, the first non-Superman or Batman shot fired in the DC vs Marvel war is going to be closely scrutinized. And, yes, I know that "Suicide Squad" is at least Batman-adjacent and might, for all we know, end up featuring the world's greatest detective in a cameo or even a small supporting role. But it's not a "Batman movie" in the sense that he's the driving force of the film.

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Did you know there's an entire book of 'Tomorrowland' spoilers available?
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Did you know there's an entire book of 'Tomorrowland' spoilers available?

I have moments from the last 17 years of doing this job that I regret, and in most cases, it's simply a matter of degrees. I try to approach most things from a place of no malice at all, but occasionally, even the best intentions land completely wrong. The way I typically realize I've made someone upset is when I get the e-mail or the phone call saying, "Oh, man, did you make me upset."

I have enormous fondness for Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof, as well as the cast of "Tomorrowland," and when I wrote a piece in which I broke some of the first details of the story, I wasn't trying to ruin the film. I was just excited to finally have some sense of what they were up to. I definitely irked them, though, and since then, I've done my best to just wait until Disney put out whatever they were going to put out.

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Have you seen Josh Trank's Thing?

Yep... that's The Thing.

As we kick off the summer movie season (and considering "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" screens for press tonight, summer is here as far as we're concerned), we're going to start seeing more and more images from the big movies that are coming out. Marvel has evidently decided to go all in on revealing the Vision in these last three weeks, with a new character poster arriving today on the heels of yesterday's "Entertainment Weekly" cover.

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Chris Pratt establishes his dominance in new 'Jurassic World' clip
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Chris Pratt establishes his dominance in new 'Jurassic World' clip

Pratt's transformation into the New Harrison Ford continues apace

Well, the early speculation/rumors turned out to be correct, as this new clip from "Jurassic World," which just made its debut on MTV, demonstrates. Chris Pratt's character in the film is indeed able to lead the raptors, and that means we're going to see a scene where he leads them in against other dinosaurs and just typing that makes me feel like I'm nine years old because HOLY COW THAT SOUNDS AWESOME.

Basically, that's the mood I hope Colin Trevorrow is able to strike with the entire film. He was a little kid when he saw "Jurassic Park," and now he's making his own film set in that same world. He's been handed the toys to play with, and now we'll see if he can take that excitement he felt when he sat in that theater and if he can translate it to an experience that will turn the audience into those same rapt amazed little kids.

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