<p>Taissa Farmiga and Emma Watson are two of the young stars of Sofia Coppola's new film 'The Bling Ring'</p>

Taissa Farmiga and Emma Watson are two of the young stars of Sofia Coppola's new film 'The Bling Ring'

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Emma Watson gets giddy about playing rich in first trailer for Coppola's 'Bling Ring'

The latest from the 'Lost In Translation' director is a fame-drunk true-life story

I understand how you might have different levels of reaction to the various films that Sofia Coppola has directed, but I don't understand at all when I hear people try to downplay her talents as a filmmaker.

As soon as "The Virgin Suicides" ended that first theatrical screening I saw back in '99, I knew I was onboard with whatever she did in the future because that was as clear a display of filmmaker's voice as I've seen in a debut film in the last twenty years. Dreamy, literate, perfectly capturing a specific age in the life of the American teen, "Virgin Suicides" lingered long after many of 1999's more hyped movies started to fade. I quite like "Lost In Translation" as well, and even if I don't love "Marie Antoinette" or "Somewhere," I think they are absolutely the films she set out to make. She has real control over tone and she's great at building spaces for her actors.

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<p>A group of old friends gets together for conversation, beer, and the possible destruction of the Earth in 'The World's End'</p>

A group of old friends gets together for conversation, beer, and the possible destruction of the Earth in 'The World's End'

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Nick Frost and Simon Pegg reunite for new photos from 'The World's End'

Plus Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall in a legal thriller called 'Closed Circuit'

Focus Features doesn't have a new film every weekend this summer, so they have time to pay attention to each film fully, and they've sent out a new batch of pictures to preview the two films they are releasing.

First up, there's Edgar Wright's "The World's End," which we couldn't be more excited about. The reteaming of Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg is irresistible to us, and with a cast that also includes Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman, it looks like it's going to be something special. Right now, we know very little about the plot and it seems like that's by design. Edgar Wright has played mum about almost everything regarding the film, so all we know for sure is that the film deals with a group of old friends who are reunited to participate in a pub crawl on a night where some very strange things happen in London.

Simon Pegg's look in the film is pretty outrageous, and it's interesting seeing how everyone else looks clean-cut and settled and happy. I hope that more than anything, this is another examination of the strange ways that friendships among men work. It is a thematic vein that has proven quite rich for Wright in the past.

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<p>Don Cheadle was looking happy and healthy when we sat down to discuss 'Iron&nbsp;Man 3'</p>

Don Cheadle was looking happy and healthy when we sat down to discuss 'Iron Man 3'

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Don Cheadle talks about new suits and the loneliness of being Rhodey in 'Iron Man 3'

The Iron Patriot discusses his new place in the Marvel Universe

At this point, I think of Don Cheadle as Rhodey, Tony Stark's good friend, and I have to be reminded that he didn't actually play the part in the first film. That's a testament to just how naturally Cheadle stepped into the role when Terrence Howard negotiated himself right out of the sequels, and I think things ultimately worked out the way they were supposed to work out.

When I sat down to talk to Cheadle at the press day for "Iron Man 3" last weekend, I mentioned to him that I drive by the donut shop from "Boogie Nights" at least four times a week just because of where I live in the Valley. "Ever get the urge to rob it?" he asked me with a smile.

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<p>I dunno... this all seems really dark for a Hanz &amp;&nbsp;Frank reboot.</p>

I dunno... this all seems really dark for a Hanz & Frank reboot.

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Review: Uneven 'Pain & Gain' gives Dwayne Johnson a career-best role

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Funny and rude and out of control, is this an evolution of the 'Michael Bay' movie?

Michael Bay is one of the few overtly, blatantly, unapologetically amoral filmmakers working in mainstream Hollywood.

I think a lot of what passes as moral material in mainstream cinema is phony, grafted on without sincerity. When someone learns something about themselves in a movie, more often than not, it's complete bullshit. I have always preferred films that challenge me to have my own reaction to something, that trust me to navigate my own way through a work. I don't mind the big broad strokes of filmmakers working in archetype. I'm all for great bad guys and perfect good guys, as long as it's done well, but I'm equally okay with just watching sociopathic dummies screw up terrible plans.

Good thing, too, because "Pain and Gain" fits that bill exactly. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely deserve credit for writing what feels like a tailor-made Michael Bay movie. Mark Wahlberg stars as Daniel Lugo, a guy who is the perfect customer for the self-help market. He wants to be a success. He wants to be famous. He wants to be a big man in his community. He wants every bit of the American Dream, and he doesn't want to work for it. He expects it. He believes he has a right to it.

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<p>Thor does not look like he's got it easy in 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark&nbsp;World,' which arrives in theaters this November.</p>

Thor does not look like he's got it easy in 'Thor: The Dark World,' which arrives in theaters this November.

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First trailer for 'Thor: The Dark World' promises a return to Asgard and beyond

Old foes, new faces, and the possibility of a broken heart all play into the sequel

Phase Two is in full swing.

While I can't say what I thought of it, I did see "Iron Man 3" over the weekend, and I conducted interviews with the cast of the film and with producer Kevin Fiege and director Shane Black. Now that we've seen three stand-alone adventures for Iron Man, it's about time for the first sequels to the other films that helped introduce the Avengers start to roll in, and it should surprise absolutely no one that the trailer for "Thor: The Dark World" will be on the front of "Iron Man 3" when it arrives in theaters.

Thankfully, it's online now, and it gives us our first taste of what to expect as Alan Taylor ("Game Of Thrones") takes over as director. Chris Hemsworth is back, as are Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, and Idris Elba. Zachary Levi steps in for the departing Josh Dallas as Fandral, and there's a new bad guy in the form of Christopher Eccleston as Malekith.

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<p>Simon Pegg, Craig Robinson, and Sandra Bullock are all part of this week's countdown of the most anticipated movies for Summer 2013</p>

Simon Pegg, Craig Robinson, and Sandra Bullock are all part of this week's countdown of the most anticipated movies for Summer 2013

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Summer 2013 Most Anticipated #15-11: 'The World's End,' 'This Is The End,' 'The Heat'

Is 'Frances Ha' a black and white version of 'Girls'?

So far, we've had a very healthy mix of movies in the countdown of the 25 most anticipated movies for the Summer of 2013, and there's been some controversy about the ranking of some of these choices.

The thing to remember here is that we've voted on this as a group, and the results surprised us as much as they seem to be surprising you. I never would have expected that the follow-up to "The Avengers" would rank so low, but I think I understand why. Anticipation is based at least in part on the desire to be surprised, to have something new happen. And while sequels are part of the fun of summer, there's also a hope that most movie fans harbor that something new is going to sneak up on them as well.

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<p>Halle Berry seems pleased to be suited up once again as Storm for Bryan Singer's 'Days Of Future Past'</p>

Halle Berry seems pleased to be suited up once again as Storm for Bryan Singer's 'Days Of Future Past'

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Bryan Singer reveals Halle Berry's new look as Storm for 'Days Of Future Past'

Yep... that's pretty much what we'd expect

One thing seems very clear at this point: Bryan Singer is excited to be back in the world of the X-Men.

Little by little, Singer's been using social media to release sneak peeks behind the scenes as he's been preparing to begin production on "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," the latest chapter in an increasingly odd franchise that features plenty of digressions and a semi-reboot right in the middle of things. When Singer left the series, it was a difficult professional moment for him, and it also left Fox in the lurch unexpectedly. When it happened, I would have bet that there was no chance Singer would ever return to the series.

What makes this return especially exciting is how it looks like he's enjoying himself so much. I feel like Singer has been struggling to define himself more often than not over the course of his career. He made such a huge splash with "The Usual Suspects," and his first "X-Men" may have helped kick off the current new wave of superhero cinema, but he has still managed to evade any particular directorial voice, and it's actually somewhat frustrating. I don't think every filmmaker has to have a particular unique voice, but Singer is a guy who seems to want to be thought of as an auteur of sorts, and it doesn't feel like he's ever really figured out what it is that matters to him about the films he makes.

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<p>I love that there is a movie that exists that allows this to be the still that comes up when you search for Will Ferrell and Jack Black together. Well-played, Hollywood.</p>

I love that there is a movie that exists that allows this to be the still that comes up when you search for Will Ferrell and Jack Black together. Well-played, Hollywood.

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Will Ferrell and Jack Black will try to declare each other 'It' in 'Tag Brothers'

Todd Garner produces the real-life comedy for New Line

There is something magical about doing something for no reason other than play.

It is uncommon for adults unless they make specific plans for it, but kids are great at walking into a situation and immediately beginning to play with other kids, even if they've never met before. I watch it in my own kids, and it's a sort of fearlessness that adults have crushed out of them. When kids are playing and really enjoying themselves, they're not worried about anything else. They're not thinking about anything else. They're not worried about how cool they look. They're just playing, and it's a very pure form of pleasure.

Holding on to that, in any form, is not easy, and I'm curious to see how Will Ferrell and Jack Black handle "Tag Brothers," a film that The Wrap reports is being developed for the two of them to star in by New Line and Todd Garner's Broken Road. It's based on an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about a group of adults who started playing an elaborate game of tag years ago. Now, as they approach middle-age, they still spend one month out of the year going to insane lengths to declare one another "It."

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<p>What does this photo, which may be the reason cameras were invented, have to do with today's episode of the MCP?&nbsp;You'll have to listen to find out.</p>

What does this photo, which may be the reason cameras were invented, have to do with today's episode of the MCP? You'll have to listen to find out.

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A new MCP takes on Lawrence Kasdan, Drafthouse Films, and Carpenter and Russell

Why do I want to change the title of the podcast again?

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse.

I've been a fan since I first set foot inside the original Colorado Street location in Austin, TX, back in 1998, and that love has continued unabated since then. Even as the company has changed dramatically and the locations shifted, then started adding new locations, I've been a fan. What makes the Alamo Drafthouse special is more than just their programming or their menu or their attitude towards people who disrupt the movies. It has always been a collective of people and energy, and now that they're also involved in distribution and production, that means something different than it did originally.

When I was last in Austin for SXSW, I spent an afternoon outside the Alamo Slaughter Lane location, one of the newest in Austin, and I spoke with Tim League, Evan Husney, and James Shapiro about the past, the present, and the future of the brand, and what it means to run a curated home video and theatrical distribution company. It's a pretty loose and relaxed conversation, and one I'm pleased to finally let you listen to.

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<p>I'm not sure it'll work for everyone, but I was blown away by this trailer for the Shane Meadows documentary about The&nbsp;Stone Roses</p>

I'm not sure it'll work for everyone, but I was blown away by this trailer for the Shane Meadows documentary about The Stone Roses

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Shane Meadows and the Stone Roses collide in an amazing new trailer

Could this be the rock doc of the year?

Goosebumps.

I would not have guessed that there was a hole in my life shaped exactly like a documentary about the Stone Roses directed by Shane Meadows, but there totally was, and now I know it.

First of all, I love Shane Meadows movies. I just plain like the way he thinks. I like his characters, i think he's got a great subtle eye, and I think he's made some great, largely underseen films that deserve discovery by a larger audience.

Second of all, I love the Stone Roses. I remember when that album first came out. It felt like there was a real moment happening in music, and I loved a lot of what I was listening to, and even amidst a bunch of other great things going on, The Stone Roses stood out. It's one of those albums that has stayed in permanent rotation ever since, and every time I listen it, I get a sort of full-sensory time travel back to the first few times I heard it and the summer it was omnipresent in our house and great times that were scored by the album, and it's all tied up together in a flood of emotion and experience for me.

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