<p>Not just a new hand, but a new haircut as well? Everything's coming up Jaime on season four of 'Game Of Thrones'</p>

Not just a new hand, but a new haircut as well? Everything's coming up Jaime on season four of 'Game Of Thrones'

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First full trailer for 'Game Of Thrones' season four looks epic and intense

Is it okay to call a trailer the highlight of the Golden Globes?

The only way I can deal with the time that elapses between seasons for "Game Of Thrones" is to forget the show exists completely. While I think many modern television shows have gotten scientifically precise about dropping cliffhangers on audiences from week to week, there is something about "Game Of Thrones" which sinks the hooks in just that little bit deeper, and season three was a fantastic example of that.

HBO took advantage of all the eyes locked on the Golden Globes tonight to roll out the first full trailer for season four of their most exciting series, and it certainly looks like this coming year is going to be full of monumental events.

More than anything at this point, I'm dying to see how David Benioff and D.B. Weiss handle the adaptation moving forward. While I wouldn't call anything about wrestling "A Song Of Ice and Fire" onto the screen "easy," I think the first three books offer a fairly solid dramatic spine, and while there were hard choices they had to make for each season, it still seemed like the basic starting place was a good one.

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<p>Jesse Plemons, seen here on 'Breaking Bad,' may be in the race for a major role in the new 'Star Wars'</p>

Jesse Plemons, seen here on 'Breaking Bad,' may be in the race for a major role in the new 'Star Wars'

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Report: Jesse Plemons being eyed for role in JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Young 'Breaking Bad' star said to be heading to LA to discuss the part

One of the pleasures of the final two seasons of "Breaking Bad" was watching the evolution of Todd, the character played by Jesse Plemons. His All-American Opie Cunningham exterior hid a truly dark heart, and Plemons played the role beautifully.

He's been working for fourteen years, though. "Breaking Bad" may have seemed like a breakthrough moment for Plemons, but it's one that he's been building to for a while. He played young Matt Damon in "All The Pretty Horses" back in 2000, a damn fine piece of casting, and then he ended doing small roles on a lot of TV shows for a while before "Friday Night Lights" finally came along and he got the role of Landry Clarke.

TV has never been an issue for Plemons, and one of the things you learn as an actor when you're working in television is to commit for a long period of time, and anyone who signs on for "Star Wars Episode VII" is going to have to be ready to be associated with "Star Wars" for the rest of their life. I'm not sure you really can explain to someone just how big an impact something like "Star Wars" is going to have on their lives.

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<p>I&nbsp;wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.</p>

I wish they'd have released the image from this same scene where Affleck tries smiling for the cameras.

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'Gone Girl' screenplay adaptation more faithful than Affleck interview suggests

Fans should be excited about the way Gillian Flynn adapted her own book

"Does any couple possibly know each other better than we do, right now?"

When Amy asks that question of Nick in Gillian Flynn's screenplay adaptation of her massively popular novel "Gone Girl," it's a genuinely provocative query. That's not a spoiler, either, because you have no idea where that happens on the timeline of the story of what happens between a married couple when the wife disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary and all the evidence clearly makes it seem like the husband killed her.

I'll confess that it threw me at first when David Fincher signed on to make the film, because it seemed almost too popular a pick. Then again, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sold a bazillion copies, so I guess this is within the same general wheelhouse. This week's cover story in "Entertainment Weekly" is built around interviews with Fincher, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Gillian Flynn, and they make a pretty strong case for why this particular chemical match game might result in something special.

There's one quote in particular that has people really worked up, though. It's sort of a weird convoluted quote, though. It's David Fincher quoting Ben Affleck's reaction to Flynn's adaptation of her own work: "Ben was so shocked by it. He would say, 'This is a whole new third at! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'"

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<p>Demetri Martin and Lake Bell star in the pointed 'In A World...'</p>

Demetri Martin and Lake Bell star in the pointed 'In A World...'

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Exclusive: First 10 minutes of Lake Bell's sharp and funny 'In A World...'

Is this enough of a glimpse to convince you?

Lake Bell has always demonstrated a knack for comedy, and since 2003, when I first saw her in "Miss Match," a short-lived TV vehicle for Alicia Silverstone, she has appeared in at least 30 different films or TV shows. Like any actress, she is at the mercy of Hollywood in terms of what roles she plays. Or at least… she was.

"In A World…" played at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and I missed it there. Then I proceeded to miss it at least a half-dozen other times, including the actual release date. Finally, when it showed up on the stack of screeners I watched at the end of the year, I made sure to give it a shot.

Written and directed by Lake Bell, "In A World…" follows Carol (Bell), her father Sam (Fred Melamed), and the very specific little community of people who do voice-over work, and in particular, voice-over work for movie trailers. Sam is one of the kings of the voice-over world, and he seems to be grooming a younger guy, Gustav (Ken Marino), to be his successor, which quite rightfully infuriates Carol.

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<p>Margot Robbie's got every reason to smile now that 'Wolf Of Wall Street' has put her on the map</p>

Margot Robbie's got every reason to smile now that 'Wolf Of Wall Street' has put her on the map

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Margot Robbie discusses Brooklyn accents and the power of sex in 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

Plus why she changed her mind after turning the film down

Margot Robbie is the very picture of potential right now.

She made two significant film appearances in 2013. First, she showed up in the under-seen Richard Curtis film "About Time," where she represented missed opportunity. She was a fetching object of desire, and she had a few nice moments, but it was a brief appearance. In Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," however, she is unforgettable, and by the time the film's three hours come to a close, she has made such an indelible impression as The Duchess that I would imagine filmmakers all over Hollywood are scrambling to figure out what role she can play for them.

In person, two things are immediately striking about her. First, yes, she is just as stunning in person as she is onscreen. Second, her Australian accent is more pronounced than I would have expected. After all, one of the most impressive things about her work in "Wolf" is how she nailed that specific Brooklyn accent, but in a way that is heightened just slightly, like everything else about the film.

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<p>Kristen Bell is back as 'Veronica Mars' and on her way to SXSW 2104</p>

Kristen Bell is back as 'Veronica Mars' and on her way to SXSW 2104

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'Veronica Mars' movie premiering at SXSW

Plus find out where you'll be able to see me during the festival

Since the embargo is up, I can finally announce that I'm going to be moderating a one-hour onstage conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky during SXSW this year in Austin.

I've moderated plenty of panels and interviews over the years, but Jodorowsky is one-of-a-kind. I think his work is beautiful and profane and surreal and silly and about eighty other adjectives. "The Holy Mountain," "El Topo," and "Santa Sangre" constitute a filmography so grand that even if he'd never done anything else, he would have secured his place as one of the greats. Last year, "Jodorowsky's Dune" played the festival circuit, detailing his attempts in the early to mid '70s trying to get a film version of Frank Herbert's novel off the ground. I was just flattered to have been interviewed for that. But to get a chance to actually spend an hour in conversation with this brilliant artist? And to be able to do it in front of an audience? There are days I can hardly believe this is my job.

I love SXSW every year, and it just seems to keep growing and getting more interesting, more varied. Today's announcement of the first batch of titles is a strong one, but this is all still just the warm-up for the big announcements coming soon.

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<p>Steve Coogan and Judi Dench take it easy in 'Philomena'</p>

Steve Coogan and Judi Dench take it easy in 'Philomena'

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Review: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan shine in the the unconventional true-life 'Philomena'

HitFix
B+
Readers
F
Difficult subject matter handled just right

There's a certain type of movie that I think of as a Harvey Weinstein Oscar Special, and on paper, "Philomena" fits the bill. After all, it's got a starring role for Judi Dench. It's based on a true story that can easily be exploited to create some outrage that can be used to sell the film. And it's directed by Stephen Frears, who is the very model of the kinds of filmmakers that Harvey loves to enlist as he stages his annual march on the Kodak Theater.

While it seems like there's a version of "Philomena" that could have been terribly calculated and cynical, exactly the sort of Oscar bait that it sounds like, the actual film is something very different. Written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and based on the non-fiction book by Martin Sixsmith, this is a smart, genuinely-felt film that tackles some difficult ideas head-on. I found myself surprisingly moved by the film, and it wasn't at all what I expected.

Philomena Lee (Dench) has spent her life haunted by thoughts of the baby she gave up for adoption when she was very young. It wasn't a choice she made, but one that was forced on her by the nuns at the convent where she was sent when she got pregnant. It's impossible to view what happens to Philomena as anything but an immoral crime, and the idea that it was done in the name of the church is infuriating.

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<p>Ice Cube thinks Kevin Hart's future is so bright that he's got to... well, you get the point.</p>

Ice Cube thinks Kevin Hart's future is so bright that he's got to... well, you get the point.

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Ice Cube compares his 'Ride Along' co-star Kevin Hart to Eddie Murphy

Big words, Cube. Big words.

I am an unabashed fan of Ice Cube on film.

Not every film he's been in works, but he's got a presence that I enjoy on film, and when he's got someone to play off of, he can be very funny. I think he's just as much a part of what I enjoy about "Friday" as Chris Tucker was, and frankly, I'm surprised he hasn't done more action-comedies over the years. I think "All About The Benjamins" is a perfectly enjoyable film, and I always root for Cube to make something like that.

"Ride Along" has an incredibly simple premise. Ice Cube plays a hard-assed detective, and Kevin Hart plays the guy who is dating his sister. He wants to prove himself to Cube, and Cube takes great delight in inviting the guy on a ride along with him so he can terrify him. When I sat down with Cube and Hart together, it was the first interview of the year, and it seemed like a nice way to shake off the holiday torpor.

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<p>Tom Cruise did some of his best work ever in Paul&nbsp;Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia'</p>

Tom Cruise did some of his best work ever in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia'

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Paul Thomas Anderson's dour, dizzying 'Magnolia' kicks off our 'Take Two' column

Can your opinion on a film change over time?

I've seen so many films in my lifetime that it amazes me I can recall things about them even decades after a single viewing. Every year, I add several hundred new films to that list, and I also revisit several hundred old films while also seeing older films for the first time as much as possible. I average three movies a day, and it's entirely likely that between January 1st and December 31st each year, I screen 1000 films or more.

So what sticks? And why? How is it possible that I can retain lines of dialogue or shots or other details about any of those movies, much less something I saw when I was 17 or 18 years old?

More importantly, should I really be able to say that I've got an opinion about a film that I saw over 20 years ago? How much of that opinion do you think would be the same today?

When those films come up in conversation and I say, "Oh, I love that" or "Wow, I hate that film," how can I be sure that I'd feel that way now? There are movies about which I hold very strong positive or negative opinions, and it only recently occurred to me that those opinions might be different now. It's certainly happened. I've seen films and been suddenly struck by some new detail or idea or theme that hits me in some whole new way. It's one of the most important reasons I re-watch any film.

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<p>I've seen wooden extras before, but this is ridiculous.</p>

I've seen wooden extras before, but this is ridiculous.

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' offers answers about Coulson but frustrates anyway

Is that really how they're going to explain things?

When the last episode of "Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD" aired, it seemed like a natural and intriguing place to hit pause for the season, and they promised that they'd be offering answers when the show finally returned.

So… did they?

Starting with the "previously on" clips package, there is an admirable sense of urgency to the episode. It felt like they took the mid-season break into account, using the entire pre-title teaser to re-introduce the team in action. We get May and Ward breaking up a deal to sell "100% premium grade Chitauri metal," and one guy gets away and takes off running. We get to see Fitz/Simmons and their drones head him off in one direction, we see Skye hacking the building's security network, and when the guy finally reaches the roof, there's a full SHIELD team waiting there with Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) at the head of it.

Picking up 36 hours after Coulson's abduction, things have definitely changed a bit. Agent Hand has taken over The Bus, which is now packed with agents, and it seems that there are two different agendas in play. Hand is looking for Centipede, and the team is worried about Coulson.

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