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Paul Rudd Talks Ant-man Script at Comic-Con; Reveals He’s Been Working with Adam McKay ‘Every Day for Six Weeks’

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Over the past few months, Marvel's production of Ant-Man has been in the news constantly, and not in a good way.  Fans were over the moon Edgar Wright was going to helm a Marvel movie that he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.  When Wright left the project over "creative differences," most fans were angry with Marvel, and it's the first time the company had to publicly deal with serious venom from the online community.  While Marvel has done their best by hiring Peyton Reed (a fellow geek who is dealing with the situation the best he can) and bringing in Adam McKay to help tweak the script, even if the movie is a home-run, fans are always going to wonder what might have been. However, while I'll always be upset we won't see a Wright-helmed Ant-Man, I'm definitely curious what McKay is bringing to the script.  While many wondered if he »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Mark Ruffalo Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the Ambition of the Sequel, Columbo, His Thoughts on Planet Hulk, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after Mark Ruffalo and his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars left Hall H at Comic-Con (read our recap of the panel here), they participated in video interviews on a very crowded press line.   When Ruffalo finally got to the group I was paired with, he talked about what impressed him about Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron script,  the ambition of the sequel, meeting the expectations, his thoughts on a Planet Hulk movie, and the status of Columbo.  If you're not familiar with the online campaign to have Ruffalo play Columbo, read about it here before watching the interview. Hit the jump for what Ruffalo had to say and look for a lot more video interviews with the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast soon. Mark Ruffalo: When does he start filming Columbo? 1:00 - What impressed him about the Avengers: Age of Ultron script when he first read it? »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Teaser Trailer Hints at the Battle to Come

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Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the first half of the conclusion to the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence.  Since the teaser trailer is only a minute, Lionsgate has wisely chosen to let the visuals and minimal dialogue set the stage at the battle to come.  I especially enjoyed seeing Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing Katniss’ purpose in the rebellion.  Plutarch insists, “Listen to me.  No one else can do this, but her.”  Coin disagrees.  “She won’t be able to handle it.  The games destroyed her.”  Shortly after their scene we get a glimpse of Natalie Dormer as Cressida with her half shaved head as well as Liam Hemsworth looking serious as Gale.   Hit the jump to check it out. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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True Blood Recap: “Karma”

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In "Karma," True Blood has kept its final season ship afloat -- after it took on so much water to start things off -- by keeping a balance between the supernatural and the homespun.  Scores are settled by the Yakuza and the Hep V vamps, while back in Bon Temps, a family has to explain to their kids why they aren't allowed to have sex with each other, even if they aren't related by blood.  So, you know, the best of both worlds.  Hit the jump, after you go and buy some anti-glamour contacts from Walgreens, of course. The twist of twists this season: Sarah Newlin is the cure!  I failed to recognize her potential in this season besides being an irritant newly named Numi, but indeed, that cunning girl has found a way to, once again, survive.  (She is True Blood's Gaius Baltar, which I am loathe to say but, »

- Allison Keene

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The Leftovers Recap: “Gladys”

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In “Gladys,” The Leftovers shifted its focus to the Guilty Remnant (or “the Gr,” as Kevin refers to them).  And yet, there’s not much more known about them now than there was before.  They’re into wearing white, aggressively smoking, and buying up real estate, but there hasn’t been a reason given for their methodology or beliefs.  Still, aside from a lot of wheel spinning, “Gladys" also showed, because of where its brutal opening scene ultimately led, there’s a lot going on in that wide world beyond Mapleton that might play into the overall mystery.  Hit the jump for why “we want them to remember something they want to forget.” “Gladys” began with the brutal stoning of a member of the Gr, by perpetrators unknown.  When Kevin attempts to enforce a curfew after the killing, the town balks -- why should they be inconvenienced because someone is targeting the Gr? »

- Allison Keene

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The Strain Recap: “Gone Smooth”

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Despite its title, The Strain's "Gone Smooth" was sadly not a reference to Ephraim losing his hair (thereby releasing the beautiful baldness that is Corey Stoll's dome).  However, quite a few others began losing theirs, and thus begins the transformation (and, soon, infiltration) from human to zombie vampire worm-infested killing beast.  While The Strain's dialogue and character development haven't been particularly good (and in some cases, it's specifically bad), what the show excels in are monsters.  And if you keep the focus on that, then there's no strain in viewing it.  Hit the jump for "soon!" In my reviews for other series recently, I've talked about the turn towards novelistic storytelling, and how a show like The Leftovers has gotten it all wrong.  TV isn't made for a novel's exact formula.  A good TV show is one that gives you something to work with each week, episodically, »

- Allison Keene

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Masters Of Sex Recap: “Fight”

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Prior to "Fight," the most promising moment of this season of Masters of Sex -- the moment when many of us sat up, adjusted our glasses and thought, "here we go!" -- was when Ginny and Bill had the heart-breaking conversation in the hotel where they tried (and failed) to define the intricacies of their relationship.  In "Fight," the topic was brought up again, and explored with the depth it deserves, and with a strangeness and emotional honesty that made Masters of Sex feel, for the first time truly, like Mad Men.  Hit the jump for why "a hole is easier than a pole." At the beginning of "Fight," Ginny challenged her daughter's notion of princesses and fairy-tales by asking what would happen if the prince were to be disfigured before he was able to rescue the princess.  She replied that a kiss from the princess would, naturally, restore him »

- Allison Keene

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Ray Donovan Recap: “Gem & Loan”

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In "Gem & Loan," Ray Donovan explored partnerships and alliances.  It also created a partnership, for this hour at least, between two of its more disparate parts: the family drama and Ray as a fixer.  Ray Donovan is at its best when Ray's job intersects with his family or other storylines that viewers are already invested in.  It also was a rare episode where everyone, by the end of it, was more or less content.  Hit the jump for why "you're a real pisser." "Gem & Loan" may be one of the best-connected episodes of Ray Donovan yet.  It made Ray's world feel very small, despite the many twists and turns and characters which played a part in the first season.  "Gem & Loan" was also focused -- there was no Bunchy, almost no Terry, Daryll or Conor.  And while each of these characters are great, it was nice to give them pause »

- Allison Keene

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Comic-Con: Zachary Quinto Talks Hitman: Agent 47, Paul Walker’s Passing, Large-Scale and High-Stakes Action, and the International Production

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Based on the popular video game franchise, Hitman: Agent 47 tells the story of an elite, genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman, but the mission brings startling revelations about both of their pasts. While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Zachary Quinto spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about how tough it was to be so close to production when Paul Walker (who was originally cast to play the title role) tragically passed away, that this is a really large-scale, high-stakes action film that’s rooted in character relationships, how none of the characters are what they seem, shooting in both Berlin and Singapore, how he prepared for this role, the most challenging stunt sequence, and how this compares to the 2007 movie. »

- Christina Radish

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