<p>You'd smile like that, too, if you knew your movie was going to destroy audiences this summer.</p>

You'd smile like that, too, if you knew your movie was going to destroy audiences this summer.

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James Wan talks about redefining himself after 'Saw' with 'The Conjuring'

A genre filmmaker reinvents himself and we talk about how he did it

One thing's certain: it's hard to forget James Wan after you meet him.

For example, I've never heard anyone who worked with him have a bad word to say about the guy. That's genuinely unusual in this business, and you can't overrate the impression it makes on people. For another thing, you almost can't believe how wildly "Crocodile Dundee" he gets when he speaks. I think that's what I love about Australian accents in general... you can't go too big when imitating them, because they are big accents to begin with.

The last time I spoke to him, he was joined by his writing partner Leigh Wannell at the Magic Castle, part of the press day for "Insidious," and he seemed happy with the reactions he was getting for that one. One of the things we discussed in this new interview is how he's finally become more than just "the director of 'Saw,'" and how hard it is to be defined by the success of your first film no matter what else you do.

I think Wan won't have to worry about that after "The Conjuring" is released in July. It feels like he figured something out a few years ago and refocused himself, and the result has been a new energy to his filmmaking. During the WonderCon panel, as the clips were playing, I watched him watching the crowd, and every time they jumped or reacted or anytime someone tried to break the nervous tension in the room, Wan looked delighted. He genuinely loves the emotional experience of scaring the holy hell out of people, and he's more in touch with that skill set now than ever before.

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<p>Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are both back and together in Asgard in some of the first footage from 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark World'</p>

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are both back and together in Asgard in some of the first footage from 'Thor: The Dark World'

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Marvel unleashes a flood of concept art and new footage with 'Phase Two' featurette

Want to see shots from 'Thor 2,' 'Ant-Man' test footage, and some new 'Guardians' designs?

When I wrote about my always-evolving feelings towards spoilers last week, I got several e-mails from people asking if that means I'll never write about a movie during production again.

Of course not.

It just means that I am trying to be more conscious of what I say about something while it's being made, and I want to try to safeguard your experience with a film. I don't want to be the reason someone has to scrap an idea again, and I've put my foot in it enough times that I'm trying to figure out how to do my job better.

Now, when a studio decides to release a big sneak peek like Marvel did with the Phase One box set they put out, I consider that fair game. I would still warn that if you don't want to know anything, don't look at the gallery we've attached below, but if you don't mind being teased a bit, I think this is a great job of showing us enough to get fans talking but not enough to ruin anything they've got coming between now and "The Avengers 2."

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<p>Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam &amp;&nbsp;Friends'</p>

Jane and Jim Henson surrounded by their earliest creations on the set of 'Sam & Friends'

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We celebrate the life of Jane Henson, the unsung hero of the Muppets

Jim Henson's wife was a huge part of helping to found the beloved characters

Jane Henson may not have been the same sort of household name that her husband, the late Jim Henson, was, but her contributions to the work that Henson did were essential, and without her, who knows if we would have ever enjoyed the genius and the humanity of Henson's various creations?

She met Jim in the early days, when they were both still students, and when he worked on his first major television project, a show called "Sam and Friends," she was one of the Muppet performers, right there alongside her husband. It has been said that she was the one who first proposed the system that allowed them to see monitors as they performed, so they had some sense of how their work was playing.

It wasn't until the late '50s that the two of them began a personal relationship away from work, and they had a total of five children together, including Brian and Lisa, who both followed their parents into the family business. When Jane stopped performing, it was Frank Oz who was hired to take her place, and she's the one who trained him and got him ready to perform. Even once she was not officially a Muppet performer, she would frequently jump in for big scenes where there needed to be a lot of Muppets at the same time.

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<p>Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.</p>

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg seemed pleased to discuss their new film 'This Is The End' at Wondercon last weekend.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discuss making the jump to directing with 'This Is The End'

They promise gleeful gore and ball-busting galore

You want to see what I look like when my brain shuts down for no good reason right in the middle of an interview? Well, today's your lucky day.

I've spoken with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg dozens of times over the years, and I always enjoy seeing them and talking about what they're doing. Yet for some reason, as I'm making the introduction in this piece, you'll see me completely blank on Evan's name. It's just a few seconds, but internally, it was a full-system reboot, one of those "what did I just do?!" moments.

Thankfully, Evan and Seth laughed it off and we had a great chat about their first film as co-directors, "This Is The End," which arrives in theaters later this year. On the 16th of this month, I'll be publishing some observations and interviews from my time on the set of the film in Louisiana last year, and we'll have longer interviews with both Craig Robinson and Danny McBride this week that we did at WonderCon. That's the long way of saying, "We've got a lot to share with you."

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<p>Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.</p>

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga stand united against evil in James Wan's 'The Conjuring,' playing real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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A new full-length trailer for 'The Conjuring' lays on the scares

James Wan's new film gets a trailer that explains the premise without ruining the film

I hope this is the last trailer that Warner Bros. cuts for "The Conjuring," and I hope the TV spots don't reveal anything more than this.

James Wan made his name with the first "Saw," and in many ways, he's spent the rest of his career since then trying to establish that he is more than just that one movie. I am quite fond of "Insidious," his haunted house movie from a few years ago, and that film helped him finally shake the idea that "Saw" was all he had to offer. I think once "The Conjuring" hits theaters this summer, he will finally put that behind him completely, and this will be the film that everyone knows now.

One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was spending some time with Lorraine Warren, who appeared on the Warner Bros. panel that I moderated for "The Conjuring," along with James Wan and Andrea and Cindy Perron, two of the girls who lived through the events that inspired this film. Lorraine is definitely old now, and there's a fragility to her that is a little deceptive. When we spoke, I got the sense that she's still all there, still sharp, and that the events we see in this film remain fresh to her.

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<p>Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'</p>

Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'

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Danny McBride talks to us about life after happily ever after for 'Eastbound' season four

Is there anything more liberating than starting with a blank slate?

I am rarely happy to be dead wrong about something.

When the third season of "Eastbound and Down" was on the air, I would have sworn that it was the end of the series. That wasn't just empty guesswork, either. Everyone involved with the show saw that third season as an endgame of sorts, and at the end of the final episode, it certainly felt like it was over.

However, now that they are officially gearing up for a fourth season, I am delighted. When I was at WonderCon this weekend, I spoke to a number of the cast members, and Danny McBride was last up. I knew I wanted to talk to him about how crazy things get in "This Is The End," but more importantly, I wanted to see how he was feeling as they get ready to start working on this new season.

What I love about the idea they have is that it felt unnatural to let Kenny Powers have a happy ending. I don't dislike the character, but he doesn't really seem like the sort of character who would really be happy out of the limelight, away from the life he'd built for himself. Katy Mixon wasn't in nearly enough of season three, and I'm excited to see what happens with Kenny as both husband and father.

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<p>Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.</p>

Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.

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Guess which celebrities die horribly in the new red-band trailer for 'This Is The End'

I couldn't be happier to see a blisteringly dirty new trailer for this upcoming comedy

"This Is The End" looks crazy.

This is another of those moments where I sort of can't believe what studios are willing to greenlight, and I thank god someone's a big enough lunatic to make the films I want to see.

I know "Your Highness" didn't do big money at the box-office, and I couldn't care any less. I got to see it, and if no one else dug it, I still got to see it. I am delighted that Universal was willing to spend their money on a film that seems so ridiculous when you describe it that it sounds like an April Fool's Day joke that got out of hand, with no one willing to admit that they were kidding all the way through the day of release.

"This Is The End" has had a long strange path to get to the screen, starting life as a short film that was a student project. The film, for those who still don't have it on their radar, deals with the end of the world as experienced by a group of soft Hollywood actors who hole up in James Franco's house to try and survive. The cast is all playing themselves, but exaggerated versions of themselves, and you get a real sense of that in the opening half of the new trailer for the film that just came out today.

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<p>Craig Robinson may have kept his smile in place, but the emotion was obvious when we discussed the end of 'The Office'</p>

Craig Robinson may have kept his smile in place, but the emotion was obvious when we discussed the end of 'The Office'

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Craig Robinson talks about how it feels to bring 'The Office' to a close

We talk about how great Daryl's character arc has been overall

I've always enjoyed watching Craig Robinson's work, whether in features or on television or even live as a stand-up, and I think one of the great pleasures of "The Office" has been seeing the way his character changed and grew over the course of the show.

As they were in production on the final episode of the series, Brian Baumgartner (Kevin on the show) was basically live-tweeting from the set, and I thought it was pretty emotional, as it always must be when you're wrapping up something that's been your primary focus for a decade or so. When I got a few minutes to chat with Robinson at this weekend's WonderCon, our main point of conversation is the upcoming comedy "This Is The End," in which Robinson plays himself, trapped in a house with James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Jonah Hill as the world ends.

But we also got around to "The Office," and what I like most about Robinson is that while he's a very quick wit and he certainly knows how to goof on the whole publicity process, when it came time to talk about this milestone in his professional life, he was nothing but sincere, and it's pretty obvious how much the series has meant to him.

I love that most of the cast stayed intact over the long run of "The Office," and it still seems somewhat miraculous to me that NBC not only managed to successfully translate the series to America, but that it managed to take on a life and an identity all its own. If you'd asked me after the pilot whether on not "The Office" would work, I would have bet against it whole-heartedly. It just felt like the original Ricky Gervais version was such a singular thing that trying to make it happen again would be foolish. I am thrilled to have been dead wrong, and it was a pleasure to touch base with Robinson and hear how much it meant to him.

"This Is The End" opens June 14, 2013, and the final episode of "The Office" airs on May 16 on NBC.

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<p>Guillermo Del Toro was all smiles as he talked about the journey to bring 'Pacific Rim' to life</p>

Guillermo Del Toro was all smiles as he talked about the journey to bring 'Pacific Rim' to life

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Guillermo Del Toro talks about bringing the world of 'Pacific Rim' to life

An exclusive WonderCon interview with one of our favorite geeks on Earth

By far, the best part of my Saturday at WonderCon was standing on the stage and watching the faces of the crowd as they got their first look at the special presentation reel that Warner Bros. brought for "Pacific Rim."

By now, you've probably read accounts of it. I wasn't able to take my sons to WonderCon, mainly because I couldn't figure out how to let them see "Pacific Rim" without them also seeing the footage from "The Conjuring," which would pretty much freak both of them out permanently. Warner Bros. helped me make sure the kids saw the footage, though, and by the time they saw a robot dragging an oil tanker down the street then using it like a baseball bat, they were pretty much out of their minds with excitement. What made Saturday great was seeing grown adults responding with that exact same unfiltered glee.

After we walked off-stage, Guillermo and I stepped into one of the few quiet spots in the entire auditorium and we talked for a few more minutes about the movie and about where he is right now in the process.

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<p>Awwww... see how much they love each other?</p>

Awwww... see how much they love each other?

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Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg get 'properly incentivized' in first '2 Guns' trailer

This one looks like a two-fisted late-summer blast

The buddy cop movie will never die.

As long as people are pointing cameras at other people and creating fiction, someone will be working riffs on the notion of two dudes with guns who have to deal with one another to accomplish something. There have been thousands of these films so far, both from Hollywood and from indie filmmakers, and I feel like I've sat through every single one of them.

In most cases, it comes down to chemistry. If you get the right two guys, the formula works. When I was part of the Warner Archive Instant beta test, one of the first movies I watched was "Freebie and the Bean," because it's freakin' "Freebie and the Bean." Alan Arkin and James Caan appear ready to beat each other to death in almost every scene of that film, and it makes me cackle every single time I see it. Sometimes you'll see a variation on the equation like one of the people isn't a cop, but is instead a convict, a la "48 HRS." Or you'll get the suicidal crazy guy teamed up with the straight arrow, a la "Lethal Weapon."

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