New 'Fantastic Four' trailer gives us our best look yet at the team in action
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New 'Fantastic Four' trailer gives us our best look yet at the team in action

The biggest surprise? This thing feels positively intimate in scale

In one of those odd moments of synchronicity, just as fans were learning that Josh Trank would not be at the panel at Star Wars: Celebration where he was supposed to discuss his upcoming movie in the "Star Wars Anthology" series, the new trailer for "Fantastic Four" arrived online.

This is the trailer where fans are finally going to get to see the things they've been curious about, and it gives some indication of what you can expect from the finished film. I'm still not sure what to think. The things I've been hearing about the film from source after source after source make me nervous, but there are things I like about this trailer. It's mainly just small things, interplay between the cast or the way they handle Reed's stretching as an effect, but that's all you can ever really take away from a trailer.

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First 'Batman v Superman' trailer goes dark and moody in a big way
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First 'Batman v Superman' trailer goes dark and moody in a big way

This seems like the only logical way to follow up 'Man Of Steel' to me

As I sit here this afternoon, my kids are playing Disney Infinity with some of the newer figures they've picked up, so I am being treated to one ridiculous battle after another. At the moment, Stitch and Green Goblin are fighting, which is one of those images that is so silly that you have to love that this game can create those absurdities.

This seems appropriate as people are losing their minds, both good and bad, over the now-officially-released "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" trailer. There's also been a good deal of indifference, which doesn't shock me. People had pretty strong reactions to "Man Of Steel," and it seems to me at this point that people are drawing battle lines over Zack Snyder in general. Right now is a pivotal moment for DC and Warner's plan for the next few years. Honestly, I can't imagine having to deliver a movie under the sort of microscope that Snyder's dealing with at the moment. No matter what he does, people are going to be watching closely and jumping immediately on anything that makes them unhappy.

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Waxing Episodic: Jim's generous nature made for a great 'Taxi' episode
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Waxing Episodic: Jim's generous nature made for a great 'Taxi' episode

Scatman Crothers for the win

In HitFix's new feature 'Waxing Episodic,' we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget.

Before he ever played Doc Brown, I was a raving Christopher Lloyd fan.

We all have shows we love unreservedly. There are many TV shows that are important to me for many reasons. Many of my favorite shows are from recent years as television has hit a certain kind of stride, but the only reason we are where we are with television now is because of series that have pushed things forward in the past. There are shows that I love for single elements or single performances or even single moments.

With "Taxi," though, I love the entire thing. Top to bottom, start to finish, I think it's one of the greatest shows to ever appear on television, and even trying to explain all the things I love about it would be a Herculean undertaking. So maybe it's better that I focus on just one episode of the series, one that sums up so much of what I love, and one that came surprisingly late in the run of the series.

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First 'Battlefront' trailer should keep the good 'Star Wars' vibes going
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First 'Battlefront' trailer should keep the good 'Star Wars' vibes going

Isn't it funny how one day can alter things in a major way?

For example, heading into yesterday's Star Wars Celebration panel about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," I was in a fairly cynical place about the state of fandom and people's ability to let go of the prequels.

The energy in that room convinced me that I was wrong about where we are right now, and then watching people react to the trailer online, I actually think it's possible to turn that corner permanently. We may finally be done with the endless talk of who did what to whose childhood and it might be time to get back to being able to enjoy these movies as what they are, our most ubiquitous modern myth.

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Live reactions from the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' panel at Celebration

Live reactions from the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' panel at Celebration

We dig deep into what the presentation means

Right now, if you'd like, you can tune into the live stream broadcast of the panel where I'm currently seated at the Anaheim Convention Center.

As a result, this isn't going to be a conventional live-blog. If you want to watch every second, you can. Instead, what I'm going to do here is try to offer some perspective on what's happening in this room. You don't really care that they're firing t-shirt cannons into the crowd right now to keep them happy while we wait for the panel to start, do you? You want something more.

I've been covering "Star Wars" as long as I've been writing about films online. I honestly think part of the reason movie news sites caught on when they did was because we ended up coming online around the same time development began on the "Star Wars" prequels, and it felt like fandom connected in a huge way around that event.

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Review: 'Child 44' wastes Tom Hardy in a long, muddled non-thrilling thriller
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Review: 'Child 44' wastes Tom Hardy in a long, muddled non-thrilling thriller

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This film has no idea what story it's telling or what genre it is

Having never read the novel by Tom Rob Smith, I can't really comment on "Child 44" as an adaptation. Often, even I feel like a movie doesn't work, as long as it resembles the book, fans seem placated, and that might be the case here. Coming to it cold, though, my reaction is one of bewilderment. I have no idea what movie they thought they were making or why people flipped out for the book, because there's nothing in this film that would suggest a compelling story compellingly told.

Tom Hardy stars as Leo Demidov, who was orphaned and left in a miserable hellhole, eventually escaping and enlisting in the Russian army as a teen. When WWII came, he fought, and he eventually ended up in Berlin, where he become a propaganda icon thanks to his part in a pivotal battle and his posing for a famous photo. As the film gets going, Russians are adjusting to life in the '50s, and Leo works as an agent for the MGB.

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Patty Jenkins takes over as director of Warner's 'Wonder Woman' film
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Patty Jenkins takes over as director of Warner's 'Wonder Woman' film

What does this mean for the long-in-development project

Patty Jenkins was the original director of "Thor: The Dark World." While no reason for her departure beyond the omnipresent "creative differences" were cited, it obviously dented her reputation.

You can deny it all day, but after she left that film, she has worked exclusively in TV. Sure, TV is a good job, but she was in the mix on big giant movies before that. It will never stop baffling me how someone like Robert Schwentke can direct something as terrible and financially disastrous as "R.I.P.D." and then get handed a giant franchise sequel as a reward, while someone like Jenkins can simply stall out on a big film and find herself sent back to Lifetime Network for her trouble.

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Exclusive: Kristen Wiig reeeeeally likes Oprah in new film 'Welcome To Me'
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Exclusive: Kristen Wiig reeeeeally likes Oprah in new film 'Welcome To Me'

Kristen Wiig's work in "Welcome To Me" is pretty terrific, and she pulls off something that could have easily blown up in her face. She plays a character who is deeply, profoundly mentally ill in a film that is funny and sad in equal measure without ever taking a cheap or sensational approach to whatever it is that's wrong with her.

Not easy.

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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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