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A minute-long featurette aims to prove that Guardians of the Galaxy is both wildly different from – yet also totally in keeping with – the aesthetic that Marvel Studios has so successfully established.

"Would you be married to a hard drive?" Johnny Depp asked in earnest.

It was a line of questioning inspired by his latest film, the sci-fi thriller Transcendence.

In the film, hitting theaters nationwide this Friday, Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, the world's foremost expert on artificial intelligence.  When tragedy strikes, Will's wife and professional partner Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) makes the radical decision to upload his consciousness to the most advanced computing setup in the history of the world.

"Think about how technology is moving so rapidly. Things become obsolete very very quickly," Depp continued.  "So let’s say, Will Caster, in fifteen years time, is going to be in some weird room in Vegas, and people are plugging quarters into him.  Right? Who has a minidisc or laser disc player? It’s over."

One last theatrical trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn't coast on the novelty of two franchise timelines sharing a story.

Instead, it runs on that most reliable of novelties: time travel.

A highly virulent strain of Beefcake Fever is devastating the cities and towns of America, threatening to become a full-blown pandemic.

Luckily, there's a cure: Channing Tatum.

In accordance with the CDC's recommendation, Hollywood is administering a thorough dosage of Tatum.  22 Jump Street and Jupiter Ascending both arrive this summer, with Magic Mike XXL now scheduled for next July.  And, if Beekcake Fever proves persistent, Tatum may even end up starring in his very own X-Men spinoff someday.

With production on Fast & Furious 7 underway again, Paul Walker's brothers are officially part of the sequel.

Bust out the HGH and baby oil, because a new image from behind the scenes of The Expendables 3 is chock full of manly muscles.

Also hats. 

Everybody in this picture, from Sylvester Stallone to Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, and director Patrick Hughes are all modeling distinctive headgear.  Manly headgear, presumably.

Having run out of estranged family members with whom John McClane can bicker between increasingly improbable action sequences, the Die Hard series might swing back to a familiar sidekick for Die Hard 6.

Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus Carver could once again trade barbs with Bruce Willis's McClane in what we pray will be the final installment of this franchise which, like its hero, staggers on despite having been shot, stabbed, blown up, dragged, and generally embarassed.

One-man musical empire Hans Zimmer is poised to score his fourth Batman movie in a decade.

The prolific composer has previously played coy as to whether or not he'll provide the score for 2016's as-yet untitled Man of Steel sequel pitting Superman against Batman, with Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor along for the ride, too.

He sounds considerably less coy these days, clarifying that he's been offered the job and will venture to the Detroit production for a confab with Zack Snyder.

The first trailer for the adaptation of Gone Girl is dripping with David Fincher-isms.

Not coincidentally, it's fantastic, imbued with dread, darkness, moral ambivalence, secrecy, morbidity, and drama so juicy you could sell it at the farmers market.  Thanks to the use of saccharine sweet standby "She," it's also forebodingly and rewardingly ironic.

Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton is best known for his work as a screenwriter, director, and actor in both critically acclaimed and financially successful feature films. But now the actor will tackle the small screen with his new FX series Fargo, which premieres April 15th and is based on the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers movie. 

Thornton first gained attention as a screenwriter and supporting actor for One False Move, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay. He would go on to write and star in the short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, which was directed by the late George Hickenlooper (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse). He reprised his role as Karl Childers in the feature length adaption of the short film, simply entitled Sling Blade, which he also wrote and directed. The film earned him an Academy Award-nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as winning an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). He would later direct All the Pretty Horses, Daddy and Them, and Jayne Mansfield’s Car, as well as co-write Sam Raimi’s The Gift

However, Thornton is also a celebrated actor having appeared in such beloved films as Tombstone, Dead Man, The Apostle, U Turn, A Simple Plan (which earned him an Academy Award-nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Armageddon, Primary Colors, Monster’s Ball, Bandits, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Bad Santa, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, Bad News Bears, The Astronaut Farmer, Eagle Eye, Faster, Puss in Boots, and Parkland. He will be seen next on the big screen in the feature film version of the hit HBO series Entourage, and is rumored to reprise his role in a possible Bad Santa 2. 

In Fargo, Thornton plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo who arrives in a small Minnesota town and influences the population with his malice and violence, which including an insurance salesman named Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). In addition to Thornton and Freeman, the exceptional cast also includes Allison Tolman (TV’s Prison Break), Colin Hanks (High School), Bob Odenkirk (Nebraska), Kate Walsh (TV’s Full Circle), Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan), Jordan Peele (Wanderlust), Keegan-Michael Kay (Hell Baby), Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class). Academy Award-winning writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) return as executive producers, along with Noah Hawley (Bones), and also penned three of the show’s episodes. 

I recently had the absolute pleasure of briefly speaking to Billy Bob Thornton while on a conference call promoting Fargo. The Oscar-winning actor and I discussed how his previous work on a Coen Brothers film prepared him for his role on Fargo, and why his good friend - the late great musician Warren Zevon ("Werewolves of London," "Lawyers, Guns And Money"), should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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