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Lots of movies vying for your attention this week, so let's get right to it. The big release of course is Rob Zombie's "Halloween II," a follow-up to his 2007 remake which continues the story in the rebooted universe. I'll be straight with you readers: Zombie scares the crap out of me. I wore out my White Zombie CDs back in high school and I loved his contribution to the movie "Beavis & Butthead Do America," but Zombie's particular vision what is scary falls right in line line with the worst of my nightmares.

Also new in horror this week is the third "Final Destination" movie, titled "The Final Destination," which I presume means it will be the last in the series. Until the inevitable reboot, of course. The flick comes to two flavors: regular and 3-D. For those who have no experience with the series, it's sort of a prototypical "Saw": a small group of people escape certain death after one has a premonition. The survivors then die one by one, in a series of increasingly elaborate set pieces. Good times. Read More...

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James MarstersAre you a fan of both “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Battlestar Galactica”? How about "MADtv"? If so, then your TV-watching dreams have come true with a casting announcement that links all three series'. Let's start with the whopper: James Marsters, who played fan-favorite Spike on “Buffy” and its spin-off “Angel,” has joined the cast of “Caprica,” an upcoming Syfy show that’s a prequel to the recently finished “Battlestar.”

Marsters will play a villain named Barnabus Greeley, described as a dangerous and unpredictable terrorist torn by his conflicting moral and carnal desires. The character appears to exist outside of the show’s primary focus, which is on two rival families: the Graystones and the Adamas (headed by Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales, respectively). Considering the actor’s appeal and sizable fanbase, it’s sure to be a major role. Read More...

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Here's a trailer for "Big Fan," written and directed by Robert D. Siegel. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Siegel also wrote last year's Oscar-nominated "The Wrestler." Patton Oswalt stars in "Big Fan" as a New York Giants-obsessed superfan who gets a brutal wakeup call from one of the players he so worships. "Big Fan" has enjoyed some decent buzz on the festival circuit, enough that it's been picked up for a wide release on August 28.

I really enjoyed "Big Fan" when I caught it at Sundance, though I should warn you that this trailer is a bit more revealing than it could be. I guess I can respect the need to give a movie like this the hard sell lest it is missed by the masses, but there are a few moments which come perilously close to spoiling a deeply significant plot point.

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Patton OswaltSunday night at Park City's "Racquet Club" theater saw a different kind of game going down - a twisted, frequently hilarious, wholly original sports-fanatic flick called "Big Fan."

By the end of the screening, the reaction made it clear that much of the audience could apply the film's title to themselves.

In his pre-movie comments, red-hot "The Wrestler" writer Robert Siegel made a request of the audience that undoubtedly set a precedent for a debut director at Sundance: He asked the audience to monitor the Steelers score on their cell phones, and shout out when they won. Read More...

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