<p>Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.</p>

Chris Pratt's juggling a ton of work right now, but he seems to give his all to every new project.

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Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders on helping Vince Vaughn grow up in 'Delivery Man'

Two TV stars poised to break through in movies discuss their new one with us

Looking at the way careers work right now, it's hard to believe there was ever a time where television and movies were considered very separate things, and stars didn't really jump back and forth at will. If you were a TV star, that was what you did, and you weren't really considered a potential lead in big giant movies. These days, the line between film and television is nonexistent, and you have people who straddle both world comfortably. Just the other night, I was at the "Frozen" premiere, and Kristen Bell was there just long enough to hear the huge round of applause the audience gave the film when it concluded, and then she had to run make her call time to shoot for her series "House Of Lies" until dawn.

Both Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders have emerged as key parts of ensemble casts in well-liked TV comedies in the last few years, and they're each in the midst of very different careers in feature films. Well… not that different, I guess, considering they're each playing roles in the ongoing Marvel movie universe. Smulders had a small but featured role in "The Avengers" as Maria Hill, and we'll definitely be seeing her again in both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the very least. Pratt just recently wrapped his role as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the very rowdy "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and I think it's very likely they could end up colliding at some point down the road with Hill and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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<p>Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.</p>

Chris Pratt and Vince Vaughn co-star in 'Delivery Man,' an uneven mix of family drama and broad comedy.

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Review: Uneven 'Delivery Man' represents a crossroads for star Vince Vaughn

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When you can't play the character you're known for anymore, what's next?

Vince Vaughn is at a crossroads, and beyond whatever value it has as a piece of entertainment, "Delivery Man" is a fascinating snapshot of a star in flux, struggling to maintain a comic persona that he's outgrown. It's a perfect collision of actor and material, but maybe not for the most apparent reason.

David Wozniak is a train crash of a person and, in fine Hollywood fashion, he's somehow managed to remain a complete train crash well into his 40s. That's mainly because he works for his father as part of the family business, a butcher's shop, and they seem willing to cut him a fair amount of slack.

At some point, you age out of playing these roles or the films start to feel somewhat pathetic, and I think Vince Vaughn has just reached that particular moment. If David is a 30 year old character, this is a turning point. If he's a 40 year old character, this is a last chance. Desperation changes as characters age, and so the stakes in "Delivery Man" are fairly high for David. He's got a regular girlfriend who he's ended up disappointing and hurting so many times that things are imploding as the film opens, and Emma (Cobie Smulders) is ready to move on. Or she is until she learns that she's pregnant, suddenly making things between her and David more urgent. He's either got to snap into focus as a person, or she has to move on and build a safe life for her child.

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<p>Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games:&nbsp;Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.</p>

Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz both return for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' and they were eager to talk about the way things escalate in the new film for both their characters.

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New tributes and old friends discuss the trials of making 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The cast just keeps getting bigger and better

One of the things that was important for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the casting of the new supporting players, and in particular, the tributes would would be returning to battle in the Quarter Quell.

Sam Claflin has been in several fairly big movies over the last few years, including a starring role in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." That was a thankless role, and it didn't help that the film was such a nightmare of tonal misfires. It was certainly no showcase for a younger actor trying to make an initial impression on an audience. Jena Malone, on the other hand, has been a hard-working actor for years now, and despite still being fairly young, there is a sort of battle-hardened quality to her in real life. Malone strikes me as someone who has seen a lot and who has fought to define how she wants to work in this industry, refusing to let anyone else define her. I've interviewed her before, and on the "Sucker Punch" set, we got to speak at length about her career and her goals as a performer.

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<p>Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.</p>

Donald Sutherland doesn't get older, he just gets cooler.

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Donald Sutherland takes the subtext of 'Catching Fire' very seriously

Find out which of his older films young fans have mentioned to him

We may be living in an age where genre material has become completely dominant, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily treated with any more respect than it was in the past.

Donald Sutherland didn't have a huge presence in the first "Hunger Games" film, but when I spoke to him about that movie, it was obvious that he felt like the books offered up some great meaty subtext, and he was eager to see if the films would end up reflecting that. This time around, he's playing a much more prominent role, and President Snow has become an active antagonist instead of just a presence hovering at the edge of things. He is focused on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now because he's aware of just how important she could be to the ultimate fate of Panem.

Sometime, I'd love to do a long-form interview with Sutherland about his full body of work. This is a guy who worked with everyone, who was a giant movie star during my favorite era of movie-making, and who helped birth Jack Bauer. Sutherland is about as badass as badass gets, and one of the nice fringe benefits of him getting cast in something like that that speaks to a younger generation of filmgoers is that it may inspire some of them to go back and check out some of his earlier work.

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<p>The make-up is subtle and so is the interpretation of Walt Disney by Tom Hanks in the new film 'Saving Mr. Banks'</p>

The make-up is subtle and so is the interpretation of Walt Disney by Tom Hanks in the new film 'Saving Mr. Banks'

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Tom Hanks says 'Cloud Atlas' rewired him for 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'Captain Phillips'

A sprawling interview with the actor on his new films and his future as a filmmaker

Last year, when Tom Hanks was just gearing up to play Walt Disney for the new film "Saving Mr. Banks," I sat down to talk to him about "Cloud Atlas," which was just coming out. He did a ton of press for that film, no doubt because he knew just how hard it was going to be to sell to anyone, and he seemed enormously proud of the picture in every conversation about it.

That's not to say he's any less proud of "Saving Mr. Banks" or "Captain Phillips," the two films he has in release this fall, and I have no doubt he will be nominated for one or the other for a whole shelf-full of new awards to go with all the other awards he's already racked up over the years. His publicity schedule has been a lot less demanding this year, though, as part of a very specific strategy. Hanks didn't do any online interviews for either of the movies on-camera, and at the very last moment, I got a call saying that he was willing to sit down with a group of five reporters for a half-hour to talk about "Banks" and I was one of the five that he had approved.

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<p>The Berserker staff causes all sorts of trouble in a special episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

The Berserker staff causes all sorts of trouble in a special episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Asgard and 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' come together in a special 'Thor' related episode

The tie-in wasn't what we expected, though

"I can't think of a single time when anything alien in human hands ended well."

So here we are… the first direct tie-in to a Marvel movie currently in release on "Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD." I've been curious to see how they would handle this since the moment they announced the series, and considering how many dangling threads there are at at the end of "Thor: The Dark World," it seems like this is a perfect test case.

Here's where we start to see what happens after the events of one of the big Marvel films, as characters move in to clean up, categorize, and study the aftermath of something like, oh, let's say giant Elven spaceships opening interdimensional rifts centered in the middle of England while Asgardian superbeings beat the ever-lovin' crap out of evil creatures.

Skye (Chloe Bennet) gives voice to the average citizen here, reminding Coulson (Clark Gregg) that not everyone knows all of the backstory already. It's funny hearing her talk about Thor and remembering that her character hasn't been front and center for any of the truly cosmic stuff yet. She's taking it all on faith at this point.

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<p>Vince Vaughn tries something different in 'Delivery Man,' and we talked about why he made that choice.</p>

Vince Vaughn tries something different in 'Delivery Man,' and we talked about why he made that choice.

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Vince Vaughn says 'Delivery Man' connects for both adults and young audiences

We talk about striking a very different note in this one

What would motivate any filmmaker to make a film that ends up being a success and then immediately turn around to make that same exact movie again with a different cast?

It's always seemed like a very strange move to me, and I had the same questions about Ken Scott remaking his 2011 film "Starbuck" as the upcoming Vince Vaughn movie "Delivery Man." It also seemed like an odd decision to cast Vaughn in the role, as the slacker charisma of Patrick Huard is almost completely different than the manic giant that Vaughn normally plays. I was curious to talk to Vaughn about what he liked in the material and why he signed on.

Vaughn's been one of those guys I've known and chatted with the entire time I've been writing about movies online. "Swingers" broke out at the very start of my time writing online, and it's been fascinating watching Vaughn work to define himself over time. It has not always been an easy process for him, and he has a reputation as a guy who pushes himself and his collaborators very hard behind the scenes. It seems almost unreal that "Delivery Man" would have come together as quickly and evidently painlessly as it did.

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<p>They're all smiles here, but things get serious this time around for Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger&nbsp;Games:&nbsp;Catching Fire'</p>

They're all smiles here, but things get serious this time around for Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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Harrelson and Hemsworth on fanning the flames of revolution in 'Catching Fire'

We discuss just how much support these supporting characters offer

Thanks to the way the release schedule came together this fall, I have interviewed Woody Harrelson thirty-seven times since September. Thank god it's Woody Harrelson, one of the easiest guys to chat with in this business, because when this happens with a star and with the strange ways things end up getting timed, it's easy to run out of things to talk about, and that doesn't seem to be the case with him.

When I went to the press day that Lionsgate held for 'Catching Fire,' the sequel to 'The Hunger Games,' Harrelson was paired with Liam Hemsworth, who returns as Gale, the young man who grew up with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as her best friend. Both of them play supporting roles in the film and, more than that, both of them are playing characters who have hidden agendas in the film, which means that they've got to play two totally different levels to what's happening from scene to scene.

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<p>Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'</p>

Mickey Mouse is literally busting out of the screen in the new short film 'Get A Horse'

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As he celebrates his 85th birthday, does Mickey Mouse still matter?

As he heads back to theaters next week, it's a question worth asking

As I mentioned in my review of Disney's newest animated feature film, "Frozen," there is also a short that's going to be playing in front of the movie, and as much as I would recommend the feature, I would also urge anyone who's an animation fan in a broad general sense to check it out for the short, "Get A Horse."

Directed by Lauren MacMullan, the short connects the present to the past in a fascinating way, and it is absolutely essential to see it in 3D if you want to see what the filmmakers had in mind. As I watched the short, I found myself laughing a fair amount, which wasn't wildly surprising at the time. It was only afterwards that it struck me: that might be the first time in my entire life that I have laughed out loud because of something that Mickey Mouse did.

Animation is one of my favorite things about the existence of movies. I cannot overstress how much I love the entire idea of animation, and from childhood on, I have watched anything and everything I could. I spent many of my childhood years in Florida, close enough to Walt Disney World that we went as often as eight or nine times a year. It's easy to see how large a shadow Disney animation has cast over the entire art form, and there is no denying that Mickey Mouse is an icon, instantly recognizable around the world.

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<p>Oddly, this is not a shot from Danny McBride's screen test to play the title role in 'Noah'</p>

Oddly, this is not a shot from Danny McBride's screen test to play the title role in 'Noah'

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Review: Kenny Powers sticks the landing and says goodbye in final 'Eastbound & Down'

The final season puts the perfect bow on one of our favorite TV characters

Why was I nervous?

The moment I went from thinking "Eastbound & Down" was fun to thinking it was sort of fiendishly brilliant was at the end of the first season, when the emotional climax of the entire run of episodes consisted of Kenny Powers putting someone's eye out with a baseball. It was played as a huge triumphant moment, complete with the best musical quote of the year, and it was so deeply unhinged that I couldn't believe anyone had convinced a network to air it.

This year, I've been writing about "Eastbound & Down" each week as it's been counting down to last night's final episode, and I found myself getting more and more anxious about the eventual fate of Kenny Powers. I should have relaxed, though, because this has been as confident a final season of television as "Breaking Bad" was, although far fewer people seem to have been caught up in the excitement of watching Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green (along with the other great writers and performers involved this year) pitch a perfect game. After the way the third season resolved, it felt like anything was possible this year, and there was no way to predict what the guys would do to tie things up.

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