<p>Channing Tatum's worth big money around the world now, so does that make him the perfect guy to help sell a gay themed rom-com?</p>

Channing Tatum's worth big money around the world now, so does that make him the perfect guy to help sell a gay themed rom-com?

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Can Lee Daniels and Paul Feig make big gay rom-coms and superhero films?

Would Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer make it possible?

Rupert Everett had his breakthrough moment, commercially speaking, when he co-starred in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and stole every single scene he was in. It's a familiar story… someone has a big moment in a supporting role in a comedy and suddenly studios start developing material specifically for them to see if they can carry films on their own. Right now, Melissa McCarthy's having her moment like that, thanks to "Bridesmaids," and so far, thanks to the box-office of "Identity Thief" and "The Heat," it seems like it's working.

For Everett, the summer of 1997 was the moment when it all seemed possible, and one of the biggest projects that was developed for him was what Sony and Everett excitedly described as "a gay James Bond movie." He'd been working before that, and anyone who saw "Another Country" or "Dellamorte Dellamore" already knew what he was capable of, but "My Best Friend's Wedding" was a monster hit, and because Everett played a gay character in the film, that became the hook in trying to find him a big movie to do by himself. I'm not sure who worked on it with him, but at one point at least, Everett was writing it for himself.

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<p>This is just one of the many sequences in '12 Years A Slave' that left me worn out from sheer terror.</p>

This is just one of the many sequences in '12 Years A Slave' that left me worn out from sheer terror.

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Review: '12 Years A Slave' offers an emotionally raw and harrowing experience

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If this isn't the very definition of horror, then what is?

When people complain that there are no great horror films coming out this October, they are wrong, because "12 Years A Slave" is flat-out terrifying, a beautifully-made, deeply-felt look at what it would feel like to wake up one morning in chains, your old identity simply wiped away, a life of bondage and servitude ahead, reinforced with brutal, nightmarish physical punishment.

Chewitel Ejiofor has been consistently great over the years, but this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles that an actor can't ever fully prepare to play. The opportunity presents itself, and it's either sink or swim. You have to throw yourself into it completely just to see what will happen, and Ejiofor shines here, finding every single grace note inherent to the story of Solomon Northup.

Director Steve McQueen has been revving up to this movie his entire career, and the work he does in this film is transcendent. To put it in a blunt sports metaphor, he doesn't just hit the home run, he tore the cover off the ball and set it on fire. There is a depth of emotion here that is harrowing at times, and yet McQueen exhibits such remarkable control, such a clean, focused sense of what story he's telling, that it becomes far more than the angry "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED?" that it could have been.

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<p>Chloe Moretz cleans up well, but she was more than willing to get dirty and damaged to play the lead character in 'Carrie'</p>

Chloe Moretz cleans up well, but she was more than willing to get dirty and damaged to play the lead character in 'Carrie'

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Chloe Moretz on why she has more in common with 'Carrie' than you'd guess

She may not be the most obvious choice, but she feels an affinity for the character

Since the moment they announced that Chloe Moretz was set to star in Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie," I've been wondering about the casting. Moretz is a very talented and intuitive young actor, and I certainly don't think you cast people only to play themselves in films. But I do believe you cast to someone's strengths, and Moretz is so self-confident, so at home in her own skin, that she seems like strange casting for a character who is the very definition of bully-bait.

There's a protracted series of scenes in "Kick-Ass 2" where Mindy, aka Hit-Girl, has to contend with mean girls, a threat her father never taught her to handle. The way she finally handles them seems entirely within character, and she refuses to allow herself to be pushed by someone she sees as weaker than her. That seems like what we've come to expect from Moretz and the characters she plays.

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<p>Shia Le Beouf is just one of the stars who is getting dirty for Lars Von Trier in the upcoming 'Nymphomaniac,' and we've got a whole gallery of new character posters from the film for you today.</p>

Shia Le Beouf is just one of the stars who is getting dirty for Lars Von Trier in the upcoming 'Nymphomaniac,' and we've got a whole gallery of new character posters from the film for you today.

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Lars Von Trier releases 'O-face' posters for Thurman, Le Beouf and Dafoe in 'Nymphomaniac'

The year's craziest campaign turns it up a notch with new character posters

Lars Von Trier is a big fat troublemaker.

That may, in fact, be part of why I love the guy. He seems perfectly happy to roll a hand grenade into a press conference just to see what will happen, even if it means he's going to get blackballed by the Cannes Film Festival. He doesn't seem like he's able to control himself, but that's part of what defines his work, and I don't think he could or should change.

Another thing that makes me love him is that I honestly believe awards are the last thing on his mind when he starts a new piece of work. He seems driven by his own particular sensibilities and his own particular interests, and he seems more than happy to make audiences so uncomfortable that they don't know how to react.

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<p>If we're going to start the awards talk, can I&nbsp;nominate Jennifer Lawrence for 'best dress' for 'American Hustle'?</p>

If we're going to start the awards talk, can I nominate Jennifer Lawrence for 'best dress' for 'American Hustle'?

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New 'American Hustle' trailer features a very different Christian Bale

Forget about awards... this looks likes fun

Now that David O. Russell has successfully revived his career and transformed himself into a "serious" Oscar-contender filmmaker, can we stop focusing only on the awards potential of his movies and get back to just enjoying what he does?

Admittedly, it is amazing that the guy who couldn't quite manage to finish the film "Nailed" has managed such a huge rebound. After all, there is no greater sin to the people who fund movies than wasting the budget of a film on something that never gets released and which has no way whatsoever to recoup the investment. For Russell, who already had a less-than-perfect reputation thanks to incidents around earlier films, including the infamous George Clooney scrap on the set of "Three Kings," to not just manage to recover from "Nailed," but manage to turn out a run of movies like "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook," and now "American Hustle," seems like perhaps the single greatest recovery we've seen a filmmaker pull off.

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<p>Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond:&nbsp;Two Souls'</p>

Ellen Page discussed the possibility of playing Kitty Pryde for a video game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' with us today at a press day for 'Beyond: Two Souls'

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Will Ellen Page play Kitty Pryde for a game version of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'?

As we discuss her work in 'Beyond: Two Souls,' the question came up

Earlier today, Ellen Page sat down with a small group of reporters to discuss her work in the new game from Quantic Dreams Studios, "Beyond: Two Souls." I just got my copy of the game today and played a grand total of about twelve minutes while I was waiting to talk to her, but I can tell you already that anyone who played the game "Heavy Rain" will recognize many of that game's design ideas in this game, and there is no doubt when you look at it in motion that the lead character is meant to be Ellen Page.

We discussed the game, and I'll run that material for you tomorrow. First, though, I wanted to bring you a short bit from the end of our conversation. Right now, there's such a huge back-and-forth energy between Hollywood and the gaming community that I wanted to know if after this experience she would be willing to play her "X-Men" character for a game adaptation.

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<p>Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss&nbsp;Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Chloe Bennet is turning out to be cut from the same cloth as many earlier eminently crush-worthy characters in other Joss Whedon shows, and now we know where her loyalties lie after a strong episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' introduces its first big bad guy from the comics in week three

It's safe to say we just saw the birth of Graviton

Heading into the third episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", I'm struck by how many people have already written it off. With any TV series, I consider it amazing if they hit their full stride in the first year. My favorite Joss Whedon show took a full first season before it figured out what it was doing, and until the last few moments in season one of "Buffy," I don't think it was "Buffy" yet.

In addition, I think it's wrong to call this a Joss Whedon show. He's not managing it week to week, and he's not the showrunner. That's fine… he can't do everything, and so this creative team seems to me to be on a learning curve right now. Will they get "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." working perfectly? Beats me. Will I be willing to give them some time to work it out? Sure.

The opening this week featured a trucker who pretty much looks exactly like what I am afraid every trucker on the road looks like, with dark hollow eyes and a crazy meth stare. His tractor trailer truck is revealed to be part of a team of vehicles, and one of them, code-named "Little Girl," is suddenly flipped up into the air by something completely unseen. It happens to another SUV, and then to the trailer truck itself, and then after it's smashed, a small team of soldiers come running out from hiding and open the trailer, which turns out to be a lot more high-tech than it initially appeared. And inside? A prisoner who seems totally unsurprised to be rescued, greeting them with an annoyed "Are we there yet?"

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<p>I would love to be in one of the meetings where executives tell each other 'This could be our 'Star Wars'' just so I could see if I can control my laughter.</p>

I would love to be in one of the meetings where executives tell each other 'This could be our 'Star Wars'' just so I could see if I can control my laughter.

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'Masters Of The Universe' tries to find another screenwriter to make it work

A fool's mission if I've ever seen one

Columbia seems determined to get a new version of "Masters Of The Universe" into theaters, and I have to wonder who the audience is that they believe is eagerly anticipating this project.

Terry Rossio has been hired as the latest screenwriter to take a crack at the material, and while the story by Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter mentions that the project used to be called "Grayskull," that's actually a different incarnation of the film altogether. That was the 2008 version, developed by Joel Silver and written by Justin Marks. This new version, which is set to be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, had John M. Chu attached as director for a while. Basically, Chu seemed set to become the official caretaker of Things '80s Kids Loved, but it appears he is now off the film.

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<p>Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'</p>

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both flying high after this weekend's massive opening numbers for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

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3 on 3: Is 'Gravity' a game changer in Hollywood?

And what's next for Cuaron now that he's pulled off the impossible?
Sitting in my office at the new HitFix headquarters in Los Angeles, I can hear everyone chatting about "Gravity" as they discuss what they did over the weekend. This is one of those things that I've missed not being in an office environment since 1999, that Monday morning sense of what really landed with people and how they're reacting to whatever the biggest moments of pop culture are.
 
It makes perfect sense, then, that this afternoon's "3 On 3" would be about "Gravity" and what impact it might have on the industry and on Cuaron's career. Kris Tapley, Greg Ellwood, and Guy Lodge kicked around some thoughts on the film's awards prospects in the last "3 On 3," and today we're looking at some of the other questions that linger after the genuinely huge box-office weekend they had.
 
I don't often write about box-office, because I think the coverage of it is one of the reasons that conversations about films often feel like arguments over sports teams these days, but in this case, I'm curious to see if Cuaron is given real freedom after this, and even more importantly, if this opens any doors for other filmmakers. We each answered three questions, and you can see our answers below before heading to the comments sections, where I would love for you to share your own answers as well.
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<p>April (Katy Mixon)&nbsp;tries to keep things normal when Kenny (Danny&nbsp;McBride) begins to once again chase fame and fortune.</p>

April (Katy Mixon) tries to keep things normal when Kenny (Danny McBride) begins to once again chase fame and fortune.

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Kenny Powers bounces back in the dazzling second episode of this year's 'Eastbound & Down'

Wait... did Kenny Powers actually get tears out of me this week?

At the end of the first episode of the new season of "Eastbound & Down," I was left unsure what to expect from the rest of the season, and I liked the feeling. Often, a season premiere sets up certain expectations and then we just watch whatever it is play out for the rest of the episodes. Here, I had no idea where they were headed. I feel like I have a slightly better handle on it at the end of episode two, but only in broad thematic terms. How they're going to actually get there is still a mystery to me, and I feel like they are already doing such amazing things that anywhere they go is fine by me.

Kenny Powers has never been a hero. He's the lead character of the series, certainly, but his egocentric worldview has always been something to be observed, not emulated. Until this year, I've never been particularly emotional about Kenny or what he's been going through. The end of the second episode, directed by Jody Hill, left me in tears, though, and for the first time, I am genuinely rooting for Kenny to get what he wants, and the stakes have never felt higher.

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