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Edgar Wright and Marvel part ways on 'Ant-Man' over a different vision of the film
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Edgar Wright and Marvel part ways on 'Ant-Man' over a different vision of the film

The studio says they're still on track for a summer 2015 release

That is one short and succinct announcement.

"Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film."

Marvel, might I suggest that this was not your best move ever?

Honestly, if Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish had not stayed dedicated to the idea of making an "Ant-Man" movie in the first place, I doubt this would be a film that would have been tapped as a major cornerstone in Phase Three, which kicks in after Marvel's release of next year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." As far back as I can remember Edgar talking about the movie, it's always been something that he and Joe kicked around as a crazy sort of left-field idea. Marvel took some serious convincing, and they've been more than happy to leave the development on a time-table that had nothing to do with marketing. They even put it off so Edgar could finish the Cornetto trilogy with "The World's End" first because there were personal reasons for wanting to finish that film in a timely manner.

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Ariana Grande
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5 requirements for a great summer song

Whether it's School's Out,' 'Get Lucky' or 'Problem'


As we unofficially kick off summer with Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to think about what the unofficial song of the summer will be.

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Netflix interested in a 'Wet Hot American Summer' TV series — with the original cast

Netflix interested in a “Wet Hot American Summer” TV prequel — with the original cast
The 2001 cult comedy film about a summer camp had a slew of now-big names, from Amy Poehler to Paul Rudd to Bradley Cooper, plus Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Judah Friedlander, Ken Marino, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks and Christopher Meloni. The proposed series would follow the “Arrested Development” model of each cast member shooting their scenes separately over the course of a few days.


“The Shield’s” Catherine Dent joins AMC’s “Galyntine” pilot
Dent, who can currently be seen on “Gang Related” on Fox, will co-star in the drama about a technology-less post-apocalyptic future.

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"Buying Naked"

"Buying Naked"

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It's a hairy situation selling to nudists on 'Buying Naked'

One realtor doesn't know where to look - until she can't avoid it

So many jokes, so little clothing. TLC is launching a new show, "Buying Naked" (premieres Sat. June 28 at 10:00 p.m.) which follows realty Jackie Youngblood as she tries to get nude butts in homes. It turns out that catering to clothing-optional clients isn't as weird of a niche as you might think -- where Youngblood works, Pasco County, Fla., is known as the Nudist Capital of the World. And you thought it was cool to live near the World's Biggest Pecan or whatever. 

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Sharlto Copley says Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' will be 'massively unique'

Sharlto Copley says Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' will be 'massively unique'

How much of the 'Maleficent' star will be in his robot character?

Sharlto Copley is a quirky and flawed King Stefan in Disney's upcoming "Maleficent" and when I sat down with him this week, he was very excited to talk about his character-actor approach to that role. 

He was also quite pleased to tease his latest collaboration with "District 9" and "Elysium" helmer Neill Blomkamp on the very peculiar-sounding (and deceptively titled) new sci-fi film "Chappie."

In "Chappie," currently set for a March 2015 release, Copley plays the title character, who gets kidnapped and raised by a pair of criminals. The catch is that Chappie is a robot with artificial intelligence.

Copley is primarily a voice in "Chappie," which he says will be "massively unique," but he also explains how the animators worked with him to create his character.

Check out that chunk of the interview above.

And stay tuned for next week when I'll post my full interviews with Copley, Elle Fanning and other key "Maleficent" figures (no, not Angelina Jolie, alas).

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber to appear on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The pop icon will introduce a new competition element - dance crews

Is all that solo dancing on "So You Think You Can Dance" (premiering Wed. May 28 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX) making you feel a little lonely? Good news. This season, pop icon Justin Bieber and his choreographer Nick DeMoura will be introducing dance crews from across the country to give them a chance to battle for a spot in the season finale.

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BBC teases the Peter Capaldi's 'Doctor Who' — landing in August

BBC teases the Peter Capaldi's “Doctor Who” — landing in August
Here’s a 15-second glimpse of the newly regenerated Doctor.

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Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Kristen Stewart finally makes it to Cannes for 'Clouds of Sils Maria' premiere

Plus: A 'Pulp Fiction' reunion on the red carpet

CANNES - She missed the photo call. She missed the press conference. Nothing, however, could keep Kristen Stewart from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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Justin Bieber will appear on 'SYTYCD' this season

Justin Bieber will appear on “SYTYCD” this season
Starting next week, when "So You Think You Can Dance" returns, Bieber will appear in a new segment introducing two top dance crews with choreographer Nick DeMoura.

 

TBS cancels the Conan O’Brien-produced “The Pete Holmes Show”
The talk show that premiered after “Conan” on Oct. 28 starring comedian Pete Holmes is finished after just two seasons.

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Will Smith shopping a Miami-set New Year’s Eve TV special

Will Smith shopping a Miami-set New Year’s Eve TV special
The proposed countdown special could feature Smith performing, and an appearance by David Beckham.


“Supernatural” promotes Mark Sheppard
He’ll become a series regular next season.


Analyzing the “SNL” newbies: Which had the most and least impact?
Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, both from the Good Neighbor sketch comedy group, were clearly the breakout stars of the new bunch. They might be, respectively, the new Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis. PLUS: Breaking down each “SNL” cast member’s contribution to Season 39.


“Last Comic Standing” has a solid return, “Gang Related” disappoints
Meanwhile, a “Big Bang Theory” rerun was the highest-rated show on the first night after the end of the TV season.


Watch Howard Stern and Howie Mandel dancing on “America’s Got Talent”
Watch the two “AGT” judges take dance lessons on the new season.

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<p>Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.</p>

Quentin Tarantino at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Friday.

Is Quentin Tarantino planning a four-chapter version of 'Django Unchained' for TV?

Holding court at Cannes in honor of 'Pulp Fiction'

CANNES - Quentin Tarantino held court at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival today with a press conference that was supposed to reflect on the 20th anniversary of "Pulp Fiction" winning the Palme d'Or in 1994. Instead, he mostly discussed his opinions on everything from digital projection (which he considers the "death of cinema"), finding himself watching "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Showtime, that the Palme d'Or means more to him than his Oscars (ouch) and what his next picture may or may not be. The most intriguing bit of news, however, was when he waxed over revisiting his Academy Award winning blockbuster "Django Unchained."

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Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in "Clouds of Sils Maria."
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Review: Kristen Stewart is best in show in airy 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Juliette Binoche looks into the mirror in a playful life-versus-art drama

CANNES - In a festival that has been unusually generous to actresses -- permitted to carry any number of high-profile entries, from Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" to the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night" to Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" -- it seems fitting that the final Competition film screened to press should be an explicit examination of their craft. The graceful ghosts of "All About Eve" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" haunt Olivier Assayas' arch-but-airy "Clouds of Sils Maria" -- a melancholic comedy seemingly only fine degrees of fictional separation from taking the title "Being Juliette Binoche."

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