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Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Hammers Home 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man'

The Marvel strut was in full force Saturday evening in Hall H.They rule the comic-book, superhero genre for movies and demonstrated once again why they also rule the Con. And Marvel didn't disappoint in touting the more ambitious "Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) along with the more fantastical and whimsical "Ant-Man" (July 31, 2015), which will star Paul 'Rudd as the incredible shrinking superhero. The contrast is further proof that Marvel will keep mixing it up between dark and light to escalate the danger while using gallows humor as an essential escape valve.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2014 2:59 PM
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With Paul Rudd On Board as 'Ant-Man,' Edgar Wright's Vision for the Marvel Film Comes Into Focus

Now that Paul Rudd has officially been cast as "Ant-Man" in Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel film, a few things are coming into focus. This casting suggests that Wright is going for a comedic tone -- not too surprising.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 20, 2013 2:02 PM
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For Your Streaming Consideration: Eight Unsung Male Performances from 2013

While 2013 was certainly a banner year for women in film, let's look back at eight career-best and breakthrough male performances that have been critically unsung at the tail-end of this year as awards roll in and showier performances chew the spotlight.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 16, 2013 3:22 PM
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WATCH: Highlights from Paul Rudd vs. One Direction SNL Showdown; Wiig Steals Show (VIDEO)

Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live this week for the third time, doing battle with musical guest One Direction, posing for Michelangelo, and playing a mid-life crisis Santa.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 8, 2013 2:17 PM
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Tina Fey Talks Her Post-'30 Rock' Career, 'Admission,' and Oscar Hosting

A few weeks ago I went to see Tina Fey's latest movie "Admission" (March 22) on the same night that I watched the last episode of her seven-year NBC sitcom "30 Rock." Fey is a fascinating example of a pioneering woman who has become hugely successful while playing inside the box of what men can handle without being threatened.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2013 4:28 PM
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Andy Samberg's Tasteful Indie Spirit Awards Monologue, 'Bad Lip Reading,' 'Beast It' and Skype Audition Sketches [Video]

Andy Samberg got it right. The SNL alum hosted Saturday night's Independent Spirit Awards, the penultimate show before Sunday's Oscars, and he led the evening with perfectly goofy candor. Everyone played along and the audience reaction shots were actually a pleasure to watch -- a contrast to Sunday night's Oscars.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 26, 2013 11:09 AM
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Magnolia Picks Up David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche,' Plus Review and Roundup

Magnolia Pictures is a good home for David Gordon Green's low-budget Sundance entry "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch shot in 16 days in Austin's fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park. The distrib has acquired North American rights and is aiming at a summer release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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Apatow, Mann & Rudd Tell NYT 'This Is 40': 'Couples Therapy Viewed By Millions of People in Theaters Across the World'

David Itzkoff of the NY Times paid a summer visit to Judd Apatow on the Brentwood-mansion set of "This Is 40," the director's holiday-slated mid-life-crisis comedy following the marriage of Pete and Debbie of "Knocked Up." Apatow, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd talk insecurity, "perfect" onscreen married couples and filmmaking as relationship therapy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 2:24 PM
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In the Works: Paul Rudd in Talks to Team with Tina Fey for Collegiate Comedy 'Admission'

Paul Rudd might join Tina Fey in upcoming collegiate comedy "Admission." The impish actor would add a light-hearted dash to Tina Fey's signature wry style. Owen Wilson was previously considered for the role, but the LA Times reports that it is more likely that Rudd will co-star.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 15, 2012 12:42 PM
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