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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:02 PM

Jul 23 ( - Robert Downey Jr., the MVP of the Marvel movie universe and highest-earning actor in Hollywood, is open to “Iron Man 4,” because, well, why not?

“It's that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” Downey said when Entertainment Weekly popped the big question on the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” 

After tense salary negotiations in 2013, Marvel announced Downey would return as Tony Stark for two “Avengers” sequels, but did not mention a deal for another “Iron Man” movie. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:53 AM

Jul 23 ( - Though none of the characters in “And So It Goes” wear fabulous clothes, vacation in scenic locales, or live in perfectly kept mansions with kitchens so catalog-ready they'd make Martha Stewart weep in envy, Rob Reiner‘s Nancy Meyers knock-off does peddle one irresistible fantasy: the idea that the right person could come along and magically rid you of all your faults, resentments, and unhappiness, painlessly transplanting another personality where yours used to be.

Michael Douglas thus takes a page out of Jack Nicholson‘s “As Good As It Gets” playbook and gives us a few guilty chuckles as he plays the mean old coot, then reassures us that we're not jerks for laughing with him after all because he's as soft as sponge cake on the inside. Fortunately, Reiner knows that Douglas is at his most charismatic as a cavalierly assaultive misanthrope, and the director allows him to peacock around for a pleasingly long while before inevitably restraining him in the cage of the redemption arc. 

Douglas plays Oren Little, a preppy but boorish real-estate agent struggling to sell the Connecticut estate where he raised his drug-addict son Kyle (Austin Lysy) with his now-deceased wife. He himself resides in a cramped apartment with a motley collection of neighbors he likes to antagonize for fun, including his next-door neighbor, frumpy lounge singer Leah (Diane Keaton, who contributes a couple of beautifully fragile renditions of jazz standards). 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:24 AM

Jul 23 ( - “The Best Man” series of films will definitely continue, and now its fans know exactly when to look forward to the next installment. Universal Pictures has announced “The Best Man Wedding” will be released on Friday, April 15, 2016. 

“Malcolm D. Lee again writes and directs the third film in his signature hit series, and Sean Daniel (“The Best Man Holiday”) returns to produce “The Best Man Wedding” alongside Lee.,” Universal said in a press release. The announcement also indicates that the cast will return as well. 

The third films comes much closer on the heels of its predecessor than “The Best Man Holiday” did. The original film in the series, “The Best Man,” was released in 1999. Its “Holiday” follow-up didn't arrive until 2013. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:08 PM

Jul 22 ( - It looks like Lucy Lawless will be featured in the sophomore season of “Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.”

The hot heroine who spent most of the '90s racking up fan cred as “Xena: Warrior Princess” will be featured in ABC's equally geeky Marvel spin-off, according to TV Guide, but the nature and extent of her role is still unknown.

“SHIELD,” a TV spin-off based around Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson character from several of the recent Marvel movies including “The Avengers” and “Iron Man,” debuted to impressive ratings at the start of last season. But as TheWrap previously reported, the numbers eventually dipped throughout the course of its freshman run.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:42 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have pushed the release of the untitled Cameron Crowe movie to May 29, 2015. The film had been slated to hit theaters in December. 

Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams star alongside Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Bill Murray.

"Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best," said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:37 AM

Jul 22 ( - Hollywood may pride itself on being an inclusive and progressive community, but major studios are markedly behind in reflecting that ethos on the big screen. 

In its second annual study of Hollywood studio content, GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual — and a majority of the characters were minor roles or cameos. That is up just slightly from 14 of 101 films released in 2012, but this is the first year that “Hunger Games” distributor Lionsgate is counted as a major studio, meaning that the other six made no sum improvement. 

Sony was the only studio to receive a “good” grade from GLAAD based on its 2013 slate. 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios were graded as adequate. Paramount and Warner Bros., on the other hand, received failing grades from GLAAD for “including only minor and offensive portrayals of LGBT people.” 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:29 AM

Jul 22 ( - Writer-director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer for “Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2.” 

Matthew Lillard starred in the 1998 cult classic, which co-starred Devon Sawa, Adam Pascal, James Duval and Michael Goorjian. Those four original cast members return to reprise their respective roles of Sean, Eddie, John the Mod and Heroin Bob, the latter of whom returns from the grave in the teaser. 

The sequel introduces Ben Schnetzer (“Warcraft”) as Heroin Bob's son, Ross, while Machine Gun Kelly co-stars as a character named Crash. The new female leads are played Hannah Marks (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Sarah Clarke (“Twilight”). 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 9:39 AM
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The filming of Star Wars: Episode VII is under way, and director J.J. Abrams is as notoriously secretive as ever about plot details. Thankfully, we have received some casting news (the return of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher!), and today we got the biggest reveal yet from the set - a look at the new Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter plane.

In support of the Force for Change UNICEF campaign, which has already seen help from the likes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert battling with light sabers, the film released a video with Abrams offering the chance to not only win a visit to the set in London but also a screening of the film in one lucky winner's hometown to contestants who donate to the UNICEF campaign. Perhaps even bigger than the cool prize announcements is the look at the X-Wing fighter plane, complete with a Rebel Alliance pilot entering the cockpit.

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