<p>If you ever get off a plane and this is the first thing you see, twist ending... you are probably dead.</p>

If you ever get off a plane and this is the first thing you see, twist ending... you are probably dead.

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Director Joseph Kosinski jumps from 'Oblivion' to 'The Twilight Zone'

No word on what this means for a 'Tron' sequel or 'The Black Hole'

"The Twilight Zone" remains a potent title in terms of the immediate reaction it evokes from people, and while I'm glad the name hasn't been worn down to irrelevance, it does amaze me that they haven't done more with it in the last fifteen or twenty years. It seems like they should always be doing something with it, because more than anything else, it's a suggestion of a certain type of storytelling, and done well, these are stories people really love.

Obviously, they have tried to make "The Twilight Zone" work as a movie before. The anthology film from the early '80s might have successfully kicked off a series if not for the controversy around the real-life death of actor Vic Morrow during production. Even if the Landis and Spielberg stories didn't quite connect, chances are enough people would have dug the Dante freakshow and the George Miller exercise in pure tension that they would have been able to get four different filmmakers to sign up for a sequel. I can only imagine what it would have been like if Warner had been able to make a new "Twilight Zone" movie every two or three years, working with four interesting filmmakers every time.

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<p>Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal</p>

Jeff Bridges stars as a legendary wizard who takes on a new apprentice in the film 'Seventh Son,' which Legendary may now release through Universal

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Legendary takes 'Seventh Son' with them as they finalize their departure from Warner Bros.

'Godzilla' will still be released by Warner, though

If both Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter are using the word "divorce" in their coverage of what's going on between Legendary and Warner Bros. right now, I guess it's become pretty apparent to everyone now that this is going to get messy.

It's been very strange to watch the last six or seven months unfold. For the last few years, Warner and Legendary have seemed joined at the hip, and if you'd asked me in 2012 about the future of that relationship, I would have guessed that it was rock solid. So many of the biggest event films from the studio in the last five or six years have been co-produced by the two companies that it seemed to me like things would just keep on heading in that direction.

What we're starting to see now is a battle over the credit for those films, and it seems like it is very important for Legendary to establish what role they've played in the making of these films. "Pacific Rim," for example, was the first film that went from pitch to release with Legendary calling the shots across the board. If you like that film or if you hate that film, you ultimately have Legendary to thank. They were the ones who rolled the dice on the vision that Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro presented them, and they backed the film completely.

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<p>Here's the Ant-Man costume from the test footage that Edgar Wright shot for his 'Ant-Man' film, but who will wear the suit for the movie?</p>

Here's the Ant-Man costume from the test footage that Edgar Wright shot for his 'Ant-Man' film, but who will wear the suit for the movie?

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Simon Pegg hints on Twitter that he might be signed to play 'Ant-Man'

Could he be yanking our chain?

It would seem like a given that Edgar Wright would find a way to work Simon Pegg into "Ant-Man," his long-in-development Marvel movie that is set right now to kick off Phase Three of Marvel's world domination.

Honestly, though, I never would have guessed that Pegg would be suiting up for the role of Ant-Man himself, which makes today's Twitter tease by Pegg an intriguing one. If you haven't seen, Pegg appears to be touring Marvel today, and he's sent out several images. There's one of him with the Hulk, another of him holding Thor's hammer, and then one final one where he is standing in front of a painting.

Innocuous stuff, right? Just a fanboy-turned-actor enjoying his tour of the space where they're turning our collective childhood into a whole series of massive franchises, right?

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<p>Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are together for the first time since 'Air Force One' in the new film 'Paranoia'</p>

Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are together for the first time since 'Air Force One' in the new film 'Paranoia'

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Review: 'Paranoia' wastes Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in a limp predictable thriller

HitFix
C
Readers
n/a
Liam Hemsworth fails to impress in his biggest role yet

"Paranoia," based on a novel by Joseph Finder, resembles the template for early John Grisham films or for Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," stories in which the young hungry guy who wants to make a name for himself falls under the scrutiny of an older mentor figure who then tempts them down the path of wrongdoing, ultimately leading to a moral crisis for the lead. As directed by Robert Luketic, "Paranoia" is professional in every way, but there's no pulse to it. It is entirely adequate, livened up only by a few supporting turns.

Part of the problem is Liam Hemsworth, who seems like a charming enough guy, but who doesn't really have any onscreen energy. It doesn't help that he's caught between two CEOs locked in a pissing match that's gone on for years, or that those two CEOs are played by Gary Oldman, who savors every bite of the scenery that he takes, and Harrison Ford, who manages to suggest a real inner life for his character with very limited screen time. There's one great scene in the movie where Oldman and Ford come face to face and they play this subtle, funny, furious game of "Which One Of Us Is The Alpha Male?" that leaves poor Hemsworth stranded, standing there between them and completely out of his weight class.

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<p>Amber Heard seems happy that her first major movie, 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane,' is finally about to hit theaters, just as she's promoting her newest movie, 'Paranoia'</p>

Amber Heard seems happy that her first major movie, 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane,' is finally about to hit theaters, just as she's promoting her newest movie, 'Paranoia'

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Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard talk about their mini-movie in the midst of 'Paranoia'

Plus listen to me make an out-of-left field Walter Hill reference

I'm not sure if it's going to happen for Liam Hemsworth, but one thing's sure: he's being given every opportunity to prove himself a movie star.

There are, of course, plenty of famous siblings who have managed to find places in the entertainment industry, but there are also plenty of cases where one person in the family eclipses everyone else in terms of fame and employment. Sometimes it comes down to the luck of the draw. Someone gets the right role at the right moment and they blow up. Sometimes it comes down to charisma. You aren't always photogenic just because your brother or your sister is. And right now, with both Chris and Liam Hemsworth in the early days of their careers, it's hard to tell if they're both going to end up carrying movies.

So far, Chris has been way more high visibility, and it's his work in films like "Red Dawn" or "Star Trek" or "Cabin In The Woods" that has me convinced he's the real deal. Thor is certainly a very high visibility part, but Chris has shown that even in films that don't completely work, he's able to come in and create a magnetic, interesting performance that stands out. "The Avengers" isn't just a gimme, where anyone could have done equally well in the role. Chris Hemsworth makes smart choices as an actor, and he has this great decency that shines through even in short appearances.

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<p>The more benign a mask is, the creepier it ends up being, and the animal faces in 'You're Next' are incredibly effective</p>

The more benign a mask is, the creepier it ends up being, and the animal faces in 'You're Next' are incredibly effective

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An exclusive image from the animal-masked killers of 'You're Next' has us worried

Looks like Lionsgate is trying everything they can for their horror release

I can't believe "You're Next" is actually arriving in theaters this month.

I saw the film the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival almost exactly two years ago, and I thought at the time that it seemed like a natural to get picked up for distribution. At the time, it seemed like a big jump forward for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, and this was before the two "V/H/S" films raised their profile so significantly. The movie stuck me as an easy crossover hit, the kind of film that mainstream audiences love because it feels so rough and raw and fringe, but it's got a recognizable shape, a hook that works well, and a heroine who audiences can really invest in. It is a commercial film not because it is expensive and heavily marketed, but because it is so good at delivering kicks, start to finish.

Lionsgate has said from the very start that they were all aboard, and they've certainly lived up to that in the way they've tried to reach audiences during those two years. They've kept the film active on the festival circuit, so the buzz built gradually, and it sustained, and they've really kicked it up since about March or April of this year. They had a strong presence at Comic-Con, and I would imagine everyone on the entire team flipped out when Michael Fassbender found one of the animal masks in the podium when he came out for the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel. All of a sudden, one of the most covered events of the entire event turned into a beautiful bit of accidental marketing.

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<p>It all comes down to this for Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), Kick-Ass (Aaron&nbsp;Taylor-Johnson), and The Supervillain Formerly Known As Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

It all comes down to this for Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and The Supervillain Formerly Known As Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Review: 'Kick-Ass 2' offers a nasty, rowdy look at the ugly consequences of violence

HitFix
B
Readers
F
The real-world superhero sequel is an intentionally nasty ride

As much as I enjoy the "Kick-Ass" films, and I unapologetically do, what I enjoy more is watching the range of reactions that people have to the movies. The first film was embraced enthusiastically by one crowd I saw it with, and roundly rejected at another screening. I've seen people get spitting mad about these movies and what they mean, and I've heard people enthuse about some truly questionable things contained in the films.

As adaptations, both movies are fascinating exercises in pushing the envelope while also playing it safe regarding a rating. I don't think there was any danger that either one of the films would have gotten an NC-17, but if you were to just treat the original comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. as storyboards, the thing you'd get as a result would be an NC-17 no one would bother appealing because it would so obviously deserve it. Matthew Vaughn's movie streamlined relationships and also adjusted certain choices that made Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) a much more conventionally heroic figure. For the new film, writer/director Jeff Wadlow has taken material from the comic mini-series "Kick-Ass 2" as well as material from the spin-off series "Hit Girl" and he has built very carefully off of the end of the first "Kick-Ass" film to come up with something that I think does a good job of expressing the idea that the black and white notions of heroism and villainy that comic books sell to their readers are both ridiculous and dangerous.

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<p>Chloe Grace-Moretz seems awfully relaxed considering the non-stop work schedule she's had both making and promoting 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Chloe Grace-Moretz seems awfully relaxed considering the non-stop work schedule she's had both making and promoting 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Chloe Grace-Moretz talks about the surprising similarities between Hit Girl and Carrie

How is Mindy handling life without Big Daddy?

There are people I interview every year or so who seem to be basically the same people every time we talk. They may change their haircuts or make some superficial change to their appearance, but they don't really change.

With Chloe Grace-Moretz, though, every time we check in, I am struck by how much she's grown, both in terms of height (she's got to be at least a foot and a half taller now than when we first met) and in terms of maturity. She has become a very poised and confident young woman these days, and each new film she makes seems to expand both her ability and her ambition.

Since the first time we spoke, she has worked with with Martin Scorsese, Kimberly Pierce, and Tim Burton. She has gone toe-to-toe with Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock" to hilarious effect, and she has tackled difficult emotional material in films like "Let Me In" and "Hick." Even so, she is still a teenager, and what I find most encouraging about our chats every so often is that even as she puts together this impressive resume and turns in smart, sensitive performances, she still sometimes seems like a goofy, silly teenage girl, and that's got to be a healthy thing.

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<p>I've heard the special edition of the autobiography has actual finger-paintings by Brick included with every purchase.</p>

I've heard the special edition of the autobiography has actual finger-paintings by Brick included with every purchase.

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Ron Burgundy's autobiography hits shelves in November just ahead of new movie

I assume this is what Will Ferrell used for research

It's starting to look like 2013 is the year of Ron Burgundy.

It's hard to believe it has been a decade since the making of "Anchorman," and it was flat-out surreal when I was on the set of the sequel not long ago. If you saw me talk to Harrison Ford about his time on the set, he lit up at the mention of the film, and the same was true when I talked to Steve Carrell recently about "Despicable Me 2."

I know that Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are the best-known public spokesmen for Burgundy, but it appears that he's going to be speaking for himself later this year when Crown Archetype publishes "Let Me Off At The Top! My Classy Life And Other Musings," a memoir, on November 19th. That's about a month before the new movie hits theaters, giving audiences a chance to learn more about the real man before we see another film about him.

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<p>Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.</p>

Elijah Wood is under the gun, literally, as he tries to give a concert in 'Grand Piano,' one of this year's Fantastic Fest titles.

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Elijah Wood, Fantastic Fest alumni, and Robin Wright Penn announced for this year's line-up

As usual, at least one of these will make you say "They made a movie about WHAT?"

We ran the announcement of the first wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2013, and that was already a pretty promising list of movies. Now they've released their second wave of titles, and it's another great batch of filmmakers and titles.

It's impressive how this thing snaps into focus around this point every year, and at this point, there are filmmakers and actors and companies that I consider to be part of the Fantastic Fest family. I would be shocked if they didn't end up being part of the festival. Ben Wheatley, for example, or Elijah Wood, or Alex de la Iglesia, or Sion Sono. These are guys who all have been here before, and who are all turning out interesting work right now, pushing themselves from project to project.

That seems like the real larger narrative of the various festivals I attend every year now, checking in with people who are creating work that is alive and vibrant and interesting and resolutely not part of the disturbingly stagnant mainstream that seems to suck up such a disproportionate percentage of the conversation in the media. I think it keeps me sane, and I look forward to the highs, the lows, the surprises and the disappointments. At least it all feels promising, like there's room for discovery and for things I haven't seen before, and it's bizarre how little of that there is with "big" movies these days.

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