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Amy Schumer came up with the idea for 'Trainwreck' during a very personal conversation with Judd Apatow

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Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow both share a very personal, very dirty style of humor. So, it seemed like a match made in heaven when it was announced that the two of them would collaborate on "Trainwreck."

Apatow has been known as a comedy mentor, helping future stars like Seth Rogen ("Knocked Up"), James Franco ("Freaks and Geeks"), and Lena Dunham ("Girls") flourish under his watch. Now, he is hoping to help make Amy Schumer a movie star by directing "Trainwreck," which she wrote and stars in.

Schumer could certainly handle the fame, and she has already become a huge star on her own. Her Comedy Central series "Inside Amy Schumer" consistently makes headlines and has earned Emmy buzz. Meanwhile, her stand-up act (she is almost always on the road) is among the best in the game right now.

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However, Apatow was able to provide her with a little bit of a push to make "Trainwreck" even better. During a conversation with Ira Glass at 92nd Street Y in June, Apatow described the phone call in which the two of them came up with the idea.

"Well it was a long conversation with Amy Schumer. She wrote a script for me and it was very premise-y. And I said, 'I feel like your movie should be more personal...and, so, maybe we should just kick around what's happening in your life right now.'" Apatow told Ira Glass.

But if you're not a fan of oversharing, then you should probably never talk with him.

"And then I said, 'So why don't you have a boyfriend? Why do you think you pick the wrong guy every time?'" Apatow asked Schumer. "'How would you react when the right guy shows up? What are the issues?' And so we were talking about it and that became 'Trainwreck.' 'Trainwreck' was a fantasy of what would happen if [Schumer] got healthy and saner."

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Apatow has taken this approach to many other films that he has worked on, including the Kristen Wiig starring hit "Bridesmaids," which he produced.

"That's what 'Bridesmaids' also was...just imagining the perfect guy, and the fight you would have, and how you would resolve this." Apatow said.

Apatow's overall advice to writers and comedians stems from what Garry Shandling taught him while Apatow was a writer for "The Larry Sanders Show."

"Every story is people who love each other, but something is getting in the way." Apatow said.

"Trainwreck" will be in theaters July 17.

SEE ALSO: One of the funniest sketches on 'Inside Amy Schumer' took 3 years to finally get on TV

AND: Why Judd Apatow returned to stand-up after a two decade hiatus

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A 2-week Stanford psychology study was cut short after just 6 days — here's what went horribly wrong

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During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested.

They'd all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $15 a day to participate in a "psychological study of prison life" that summer.

At the fake prison built for the study, the volunteers were randomly divided into fake prisoners and fake guards.

Designed to last two weeks, the experiment was cut short after just six days.

In other words, it went horribly wrong.

The disturbing scenario that unfolded has been made into a new film, "The Stanford Prison Experiment," which comes out Friday, July 17.

The experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment is based on a study designed and led by Stanford psychology professor Philip G. Zimbardo. For years after it came out, psychology professors used the study as a reference to show how people are naturally inclined to abuse power — or in other words, how ordinary people can become monsters.

stanford prison experiment film 5Just 48 hours after the experiment began, the fake guards began abusing their power, screaming at the fake prisoners and even beating them.

real photo of posting signShortly afterwards, two "prisoners" appeared to have psychotic breakdowns and asked to be released.

As more information about the study came out, however, some of its claims were questioned. There's evidence, for example, that Zimbardo told the volunteers how to act and thus directly influenced the study outcomes — a big no-no as far as social science research is concerned.

Now, the experiment itself is pretty controversial; some psychology professors even refuse to include it in their textbooks.

Several things went wrong. Here's what happened:

The guards went rogue

stanford prison experiment guard talking to prisonerAfter seeing the film, I watched some footage of the real experiment. The two are shockingly similar.

There's one particularly disturbing instance where a guard commands a prisoner to walk "like Frankenstein" and profess his love for another prisoner. It happened almost exactly as it's portrayed in the film.

Another disturbing detail that the film gets right is the guard they begin calling "John Wayne."

In the experiment, one of the volunteers who gets designated as a guard, Dave Eshelman, develops an entire persona linked with his role: He puts on a southern accent, starts calling the prisoners "boy," and leads the rest of the guards in verbally abusing the prisoners.

Later on in interviews, Eshelman said he was trying to mimic the role of the sadistic prison warden portrayed by Strother Martin in the movie "Cool Hand Luke."

"What came over me was not an accident," Eshelman told Stanford Magazine. "It was planned. I set out with a definite plan in mind, to try to force the action, force something to happen, so that the researchers would have something to work with."

But Zimbardo and the experiment set-up played a big role

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Because the "John Wayne" guard takes such a front-and-center roll in the film, it seems like almost all of the guards (with one exception) took their role to the extreme that he did.

In reality, out of the 11 participants who became guards, only a few actually began verbally or physically abusing the prisoners. Still, since the sample size was so small, even this small number may have seemed significant.

The volunteers may have just been doing what the researchers wanted them to do

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Plus, as psychologist Peter Gray has argued, many of the participants — especially the guards — may have simply been doing what they thought the researchers wanted them to do. Since Zimbardo and the others basically told the guards to act cruelly, they did so.

Carlo Prescott, the ex-convict in the film who Zimbardo consults with on the experiment, says this himself in an article he wrote afterwards for an article for the Stanford Daily called, "The Lie of the Stanford Prison Experiment":

"To allege that all these carefully tested, psychologically solid, upper-middle-class Caucasian 'guards' dreamed this up on their own is absurd. How can Zimbardo … express horror at the behavior of the "guards" when they were merely doing what Zimbardo and others, myself included, encouraged them to do at the outset or frankly established as ground rules?"

As he's since admitted, Zimbardo clearly told the guards how he wanted them to act before the experiment even began. Here are some of his exact words (as he remembers them, at least) on what he told the guards, from his recent book, "The Lucifer Effect":

"'We cannot physically abuse or torture them,' I said. 'We can create boredom. We can create a sense of frustration. We can create fear in them, to some degree. We can create a notion of the arbitrariness that governs their lives ... They'll have no privacy at all ... They will have no freedom of action. They will be able to do nothing and say nothing that we don't permit. We're going to take away their individuality in various ways.

'In general, what all this should create in them is a sense of powerlessness. We have total power in the situation. They have none.'"

And the recruits may have already been predisposed to act the way they did

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To recruit volunteers for the experiment, Zimbardo and his team posted an ad in the newspaper calling for volunteers for a "study of prison life."

That alone may have jumpstarted what psychologists call "selection bias," or choosing only a certain subset of volunteers that's not accurately representative of the population as a whole. The wording of the ad, for example, could have drawn certain kinds of people, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Vice President of Programs for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Doron Weber told Business Insider. (The Sloan Foundation, a science research nonprofit, provided grants to help fund the film.)

"When they advertised for the experiment by calling for volunteers with the newspaper ad, they called it a ‘prison study,’ so who do you think is going to volunteer for that study? Likely people who have a predisposition to do so, people who could also have a predisposition to sadism or whatever, rather than just a bunch of neutral volunteers."

Plus, the "experiment" wasn't really a true experiment

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The film alludes to the controversy Zimbardo's experiment is met with, but doesn't go any further than that. In reality, the controversy Zimbardo's study drew fromother researchers in the field was pretty intense.

Beyond Zimbardo getting directly involved in the experiment and the ad calling for volunteers having the words "prison life" in it, the experiment lacked a control, the group in an experiment that gets subjected to all the parts of the experiment except the variable. In this case, the control could have been a group of students kept in the same conditions as the fake prisoners and guards, only without their titles and assigned roles, for example.

So, what can we take from the film?

Despite its exaggerations (it is a movie, after all!) the film is a fairly accurate portrayal of the simulation that Zimbardo and his co-researchers created. It also sheds some light on the incredibly fine line between hard research and the "tainting" effects of real life.

Plus, it provides some insight into how people change their behavior when trying to please someone in a position of power — be them the psychologists leading the study or the subjects asked to pose as fake prison guards.

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This new documentary about the Indonesian genocide is so crazy you won't believe it really happened

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Following a failed coup attempt on the Indonesian government by the Indonesian Communist Party in 1965, a horrific purge of Communists from the sovereign state was conducted that included the formation of death squads that conducted mass killings of men, women, and children.

Often that included squads killing their neighbors or those they knew. Estimates put the death toll at 1 million.

At the request of victims’ families, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer has been confronting the now elderly death-squad members since 2003. However, since the failed coup, a generation of Indonesians have been taught that the killings were warranted, and the death-squad members have been regarded as heroes.

This led to Oppenheimer making the Oscar-nominated 2012 film “The Act of Killing.” To expose the atrocities committed within a nation where those in power deemed it lawful, Oppenheimer gained the trust of some of the most high-ranking members of the death squads and persuaded them to reenact their killings in the style of Hollywood genres, like a black-and-white film noir or musical number.

The Act of Killing1“It was like wandering into Germany 40 years after the Holocaust if the Nazis had won,” Oppenheimer told Business Insider of the experience.

The result is powerfully effective. The film’s main character, death squad leader Anwar Congo, though seemingly proud to do the reenactments, even bringing his grandchildren to watch the footage Oppenheimer shot, by the end of the film is riddled with guilt.

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In the final scene, while Congo tries to describe to Oppenheimer on camera how he killed one of his victims, he begins to get sick. The film ends with Congo unable to talk and dry-heaving as he walks off camera.


Now Oppenheimer brings us the second and final film on the atrocities, “The Look Of Silence” (in theaters Friday).

This time, the filmmaker follows Adi, an Indonesian from a small village whose brother was killed by the death squads, as he confronts the members responsible for the killing.

To successfully film these “confrontations,” as Oppenheimer described them to Business Insider, he said the making of “The Act of Killing” was crucial. 

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"We could not shoot 'The Look of Silence' until I became kind of untouchable by the local authorities by having made 'The Act of Killing,'" Oppenheimer explained. 

In the early 2000s, Oppenheimer tried to make a film about Adi’s family and other victims of the killings. But soon he realized that he and the families were in danger, as the authorities were watching them. That led to Oppenheimer’s journey to film the perpetrators instead and gain their trust.

Though “The Act of Killing” had not been released in theaters yet when Oppenheimer began shooting “The Look of Silence,” the ability to go to the killers in Adi’s village and tell them he had just filmed a movie that featured the highest-raking members of the death squads was enough to keep him protected.

“They would not dare to physically attack me,” said Oppenheimer. “It was as if you went to a small town in American and you said you were with the president of vice president, they would hesitate to beat you up or call the police.”

“The Look of Silence” is even more chilling than “The Act of Killing” because of the inclusion of a victim’s family. Adi and his mother and father often see the killers of his brother, Ramli, as they live in the same village. But that doesn’t stop the killers from boasting to Oppenheimer what they did. Even taking him to where they killed Ramli and hundreds more.

Oppenheimer showed Adi the footage he shot of the killers and even filmed him watching it. 

The Look of SilenceTVThen it was time for Adi to confront the killers. To make it possible for this to happen, Oppenheimer told the killers he was bringing along Adi, who is an optometrist by trade, for his follow-up interviews with them and that in appreciation for cooperating he would test their eyes and give them as many pair of glasses they desired free of charge. But Oppenheimer also told the death squad members that Adi had a personal history with the killings.

This led to incredible exchanges between a calm and calculated Adi and the killers.

Oppenheimer called one particular meeting, between Adi and killer Inong “the most important thing I’ve learned doing these films” as it showed “the human capacity for evil depends entirely on our ability to lie to ourselves.”

Oppenheimer tracked down Inong and learned he was one of Ramli’s killers. Oppenheimer even filmed Inong describe in detail how Ramli was murdered, footage that Adi would later watch.

While getting his eyes tested by Adi, Inong begins to brag about the killings.

"It was almost like the stories were dangling in the air to both impress and frighten Adi,” said Oppenheimer. “He said ‘Everyone in my community is afraid of me,’ and you understand through these stories he’s telling that he wants to keep people afraid. He’s talking with these test lenses on and he kind of looks like a demon.

"When I saw this I moved the camera right on Inong’s face. Twitching as he waited for the response to his awful, unthinkable stories."

The Look of SilenceGlassesHowever, Inong was caught off guard by Adi’s counter, as he questions the killer’s actions and what right he had to kill innocent people.

In this exclusive clip given to Business Insider, you can see how tense the encounter got:

“All the perpetrators are human and they therefore know the difference between right and wrong,” said Oppenheimer. “So they need an excuse, and cling to it forever after they commit the crime. I think that’s why Inong gets so angry at Adi. He’s trying to protect the lie because without it he’s not sure how he’ll live with himself.”

Oppenheimer said when he wrapped filming this scene Inong was upset with him.

“He said to me, ‘How dare you bring a communist to my house!’” Oppenheimer said. “For tactical reasons I tried to calm things down as best I could so Adi and I didn’t leave and suddenly are pursued by the police.”

Watch the trailer for “The Look of Silence.”

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Here's the moment Harrison Ford surprised fans during the 'Star Wars' Comic-Con panel

It took Tom Cruise 8 takes to pull off this insane 'Mission Impossible' airplane stunt

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Ever since the first trailer for "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" premiered, the one thing people can't stop talking about is that insane airplane stunt that Tom Cruise pulls off

That stunt was not aided with CGI; Cruise was really hanging off the side of a plane. 

A new behind-the-scenes video gives a closer look at how exactly they pulled this wild stunt off. He even had to pull the stunt off eight times in order to get it just right.

It took a lot of preparation, including putting something in Cruise's eyes. A Paramount spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider Cruise had to wear special contact lenses so he could keep his eyes open despite the wind pressure.

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Here's Cruise getting strapped in and closed off:

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Cruise said he "couldn't sleep the night before," but he doesn't look too scared.

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The only thing keeping him attached to the plane was a rope and harness.

The stakes were high.

"If something went wrong, I can't get into the airplane until we land." Cruise said.

Here he is just as the plane is about to take off:

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And here he is, dangling in the air with very little support:

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"I'm feeling the force of the wind hit me and I'm actually scared s***less." Cruise said.

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opens in theaters on July 31.

You can watch the full behind-the-scenes video below:

SEE ALSO: Here's how Tom Cruise filmed the crazy plane-hanging stunt in the new 'Mission: Impossible'

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JJ Abrams invited over 6,000 fans to a secret 'Star Wars' concert — here's what it was like

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Music has been the core of the 'Star Wars' franchise since it's inception. To showcase this major component of the films, Disney held a free concert at this year's San Diego Comic Con to celebrate the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Produced by Corey Protin. Video Courtesy of Disney. 

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We just got a ton of hints about what exactly the 'Suicide Squad' movie will be about

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The first footage for "Suicide Squad" debuted at San Diego Comic-Con July 11.

Fans went nuts over it.

The more than three-minute trailer showed off footage of the Squad — the team of DC Comics' villains rounded up by the government to use in black ops missions.

It also previewed our first look at the new Joker, played by Jared Leto and the first onscreen adaptation of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker's henchwoman/love interest in the comics.

The group is expendable. If they stray from their mission, they are killed and are easily replaced with another member of DC Comics' large rogue's gallery.

When the trailer leaked online after its Comic-Con debut, Warner Bros.' released the footage Monday.

The film looks very promising as the first comic-book adaptation to directly focus around a group of villains.

Let's take a closer look at the footage to see what the film will be all about.

SEE ALSO: 12 things we learned from the new 'Batman v Superman' trailer

We're introduced to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), the character who will lead the charge bringing the Squad together, sitting with some government figures.



She tells them she's done it. She's found "the worst of the worst." Cue an image of a solitary confinement inside a prison facility.



The idea is to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet so they can "do some good." Why use bad guys to take on government black ops missions? Because 1. they're expendable and 2. If anything goes wrong, Waller can pin the blame on the violent criminals.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Meet some of the most obscure 'X-Men' characters ever in 7 new 'Deadpool' photos

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If you didn't go to San Diego Comic-Con, you might've missed why "Deadpool"— 20th Century Fox's upcoming "X-Men" spinoff starring Ryan Reynolds — is such a big deal. While it'll be a few more weeks before footage is shown to people outside of the convention's crowded auditoriums, Fox just released a few new photos giving our best look at one of Marvel's weirdest heroes — along with some of the equally strange people he'll meet.

But first, a shot of Deadpool performing a variation on The People's Elbow.

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Meet Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

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Played by Brianna Hildebrand, Ellie Phimister, aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is a pretty obscure character in X-Men comics who only appears briefly before dying in an attack on mutants. As such, she's pretty much a blank slate— although, given the uniform, she's definitely an X-Man and likely trying to hunt Deadpool down. 

Fun fact: Co-creator Grant Morrison named her after this 1995 Monster Magnet song:

 And Ajax, who will probably be on the hunt for Deadpool.

Deadpool_AjaxOtherwise known as simply Francis, the Ajax is an enforcer for the man responsible for creating Deadpool. Since Deadpool wants revenge on the guy who made him what he is, chances are they'll fight a bunch. Francis/Ajax will be played by Ed Skrein.

Here's a shot of Deadpool, just chillin'.

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Look closely at his stereo and it's labeled Wade.

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Here's a shot of him before his transformation, as Wade Wilson with love interest Vanessa.

Deadpool_reynolds_baccarinVanessa Carlysle (played by Morena Baccarin) is a huge part of the Deadpool comics as the mutant Copycat. We don't know much about the movie version of the character, other than that she's already involved with Wade before his transformation.

And one final mutant, Gina Carano's Angel Dust.

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A mutant with the ability to trigger adrenaline rushes on demand, we don't really know what role Angel Dust plays in the grand scheme of things, except that she doesn't seem to like Wade's best friend Weasel (played by T.J. Miller).

"Deadpool" is scheduled to premiere in theaters on February 12, 2016. 

SEE ALSO: The real-life hero that went to San Diego Comic-Con

AND: Ryan Reynolds' raunchy "Deadpool" crushed Comic-Con for one simple reason — it looks like they nailed it

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LeBron James is actually a really good actor in the new comedy 'Trainwreck'

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Warning: spoilers ahead

LeBron James is certainly not the first or last professional sports star to be cast in a movie. But he’s one of the few who can actually act.

In “Trainwreck,” the newest Judd Apatow comedy starring Amy Schumer (who also wrote the screenplay), James plays a version of himself who is good friends with a sports doctor named Aaron (Bill Hader) who falls in love with Schumer’s character, Amy.

It feels like a stretch that James would ever be buddy-buddy with a sports doctor in real life, but for a comedy it’s incredibly effective, and that’s thanks to the surprising acting chops of the four-time NBA MVP.

James knows how to deliver a joke and looks calm in front of the camera, which has always been what kills the appearances of sports stars in the past (think Brett Favre in “There’s Something About Mary” or all the NBA stars outside of Michael Jordan in “Space Jam").

brett farve something about mary And Apatow/Schumer gave James a great character trait — trying desperately to be relatable when you’re a huge superstar.

The first time we see James, he shows up to Aaron’s office to find the sunglasses he left behind. When Aaron says, “You drove back 40 minutes to get your glasses?” James answers back, “I’m not giving Sunglass Hut another $30!”

The fiscally conservative attitude shines through later when James and Aaron have lunch and multimillionaire James is adamant that they split the check. When Aaron finally gives in, James realizes he left his wallet in the car.

James holds his own opposite Hader, never looking overwhelmed and never trying to perform with an overplay of emotion.

The funny thing is how James was even considered for the role.

Schumer had James’ name originally in the script, but not because she's a huge basketball fan. In fact, Schumer, like her "Trainwreck" character, knows nothing about sports. 

“He's the only basketball player I’ve ever heard of,” Schumer told Entertainment Weekly for their July 3 issue. But she was in luck.

James has shown in the past that he can be a performer. He has cohosted the ESPY Awards and hosted "Saturday Night Live," but a movie is a different animal, especially when it's not just a cameo and the athlete is a crucial part of the story line.

Trainwreck LeBron James2James especially shines in "Trainwreck" when he is playing basketball one-on-one with Aaron and they are talking about Amy (while James blocks every shot Aaron puts up). At one point — again, poorly trying to relate to his buddy — James goes on a long tangent about the consequences of having sex without protection. Not with a condom, but a lawyer. He explains the horrible aftermath of having sex with a gold digger (a common peril for someone of his fame) and in mid-sentence starts spouting lines from the Kanye West “Gold Digger” song.

James definitely has a second career he can embrace once he hangs up the sneakers.

“Trainwreck” opens in theaters on Friday.

Here’s a bit more of James showing off his acting chops. Watch this Funny Or Die video he did with Schumer, Apatow, and Hader on his pitch for a “Trainwreck” sequel (that features a lot more of King James).

 

SEE ALSO: Amy Schumer came up with the idea of "Trainwreck" during a very personal conversation with Judd Apatow

MORE: Everything you missed from last night's athlete- and celebrity-filled ESPY Awards

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New movie 'Southpaw' was created for Eminem — but here's why the role ended up going to Jake Gyllenhaal

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Five years ago, father-son producing partners Alan and Peter Riche surveyed the movie landscape and decided it was time for a boxing movie to be made.

The sweet science depicted on screen has always interested the two. Alan still remembers taking a much younger Peter to a repertory theater to see the classic 1931 movie “The Champ,” starring Wallace Beery as a washed-up alcoholic boxer who tries to turn his life around for the sake of his young son, played by Jackie Cooper.

“It’s a favorite of ours,” Alan told Business Insider, “and we decided to do our version of ‘The Champ.’”

Alan has been producing movies since the early 1970s with credits over the years that include “Empire Records,” “The Family Man,” and the movie version of “Starsky & Hutch.” His son Peter has also had his own individual success, first as a talent and literary agent, followed by developing over 100 screenplays as VP of production for the company his father headed before the two teamed up to start their own.

Peter and Alan RicheThe Riches have been in the business long enough to know every project has its peeks and valleys, but getting a boxing movie they would call “Southpaw” off the ground turned out to be one of their most challenging yet.

Peter said the initial idea was “The Champ” meets “Raging Bull,” an authentic look at boxing but with a story that would be as gripping and raw as the action displayed in the ring.

Also, they needed to, as Peter put it, “flip it,” to make the story stand out from the classic boxing tales they were hoping to emulate.

He suggested to his father that instead of it being a father-son story, like “The Champ,” that it be about a father and his daughter.

EminemBut Peter also came up with an idea that would make Hollywood stand up and pay attention to the project.

Rapper Eminem should play the boxing father.

“We had both seen ‘8 Mile’ and loved it and thought he was really interesting and had a real presence on screen,” Alan recalled.

“I thought this guy hasn’t done a movie in a number of years, this might be interesting to him and, dare I say, a sequel to ‘8 Mile.’ Not literally in story, but a good fit for him,” Peter told BI. “We knew how important being a father to his daughter is. We didn’t fear going to Eminem and saying this is an amazing role for you and if you got yourself in shape it would be a tour-de-force.”

Perhaps the Riches could catch the reclusive rapper at the perfect moment. Though he came on for one episode to voice a character for the popular Comedy Central phone pranking show “Crank Yankers” in 2004, and had a memorable cameo in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” in 2009, Eminem hadn’t starred in a movie since 2002’s “8 Mile,” which was partially based on his life growing up on Detroit's impoverished 8 Mile Road in the mid-’90s. On the music side, he’d just released his seventh album, "Recovery" in June 2010, which debuted No.1 on the Billboard charts and was received well by critics.

8 mile eminemIn October 2010, the duo pitched the idea to Eminem’s manager David Schiff, and according to Alan, within 24 hours they heard back from Schiff saying the rapper’s team wanted to do it.

The film would follow boxer Billy Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, whose life is turned upside down following a horrific event that causes him to lose custody of his daughter and jeopardize his boxing career.

Once Eminem was on board, “Southpaw” was on the fast track. The Riches brought on “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter to write the script. And by December 2010, DreamWorks signed on to make the film. In June 2011, it was reported that Antoine Faqua ("Training Day") would direct. 

“We knew Antoine boxes at least five days a week,” said Peter. “So we knew this person would make the boxing look authentic. He went out to Detroit and had a meeting with Eminem and the feedback we got back from both camps couldn’t have been better,” Peter recalled. “Basically we were moving like a train to a green lit movie.”

Antoine FuquaBut according to the Riches, four weeks before Eminem was to begin training for the movie they got a phone call that the rapper no longer wanted to do it.

“We were told that he really loved it, but that he feels he’s a musician first and an actor second and he had a lot of inner energy going on for his next album and that’s where his muse was taking him,” said Alan.

Eminem would go on to make "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," which was released in 2013.

“That was the moment of pain,” Peter said after getting word Eminem was out. "That was the low moment.”

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, Eminem said he “wouldn't have been able to do” “Southpaw” due to scheduling issues related to making the album.

With Eminem out, DreamWorks lost interest in the project. Thankfully, Fuqua still wanted to direct.

Following some talks with MGM to take the project, which Alan said “never got into negotiations,” Harvey Weinstein came calling.

“He had read the original script and very much wanted the project originally,” said Alan of the legendary producer who has been behind Best Picture Oscar-winners “Shakespeare in Love,” “The English Patient,” “Chicago,""The King’s Speech,” and “The Artist.

The Weinstein Company bought the film rights in 2013 while the Riches continued looking for their Billy Hope.

Aaron paul coachella“We talked at length with Aaron Paul,” said Alan. “Travis Fimmel from ‘Vikings,’ Charlie Hunnam from ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ but Harvey Weinstein always had it in his head that it would be Jake Gyllenhaal.”

Gyllenhaal had been on a stretch of taking on challenging and physically demanding roles, including 2012’s “End of Watch,” 2013’s “Prisoners,” and 2014’s “Nightcrawler,” in which he dropped 30 pounds to play a freelancer shooting gruesome accidents and crimes to sell to the local news stations.

When the Riches, Fuqua, and Sutter had a meeting with Gyllenhaal about coming on the film, he was still frail from the role and as Alan recalls, “was still in the head of that ‘Nightcrawler’ character.”

gyllenhaal nightcrawler“To Antoine’s credit, he looked into Jake’s eyes and knew he could do the work with him,” said Peter.

Gyllenhaal trained twice a day for six hours, and gained the 30 pounds he lost for “Nightcrawler,” plus adding on 15 more for the role. Then during production, Peter said Fuqua and Gyllenhaal would work out every day before shooting.

gylenhaal southpaw trainingThe performance Gyllenhaal gives in “Southpaw” is as intense as the training he did, already leading to Oscar buzz for the actor. 

He's even received praise from the original actor for the role.

“Jake smashed it,” said Eminem in the interview with Lowe.

In fact, Eminem loves the movie so much he made two original songs for the film and is releasing the soundtrack on his label.

Looking back on the last five years, Alan and Peter don’t dwell on the struggle (“We're doing ‘Tarzan’ for Warner Bros. and that’s taken 13 years to get made," said Alan) and instead believe the experience has made the trust and love they have for one another even stronger.

“It had its challenges but it was worth every minute," said Peter about “Southpaw."“It was grueling but we would do it all over again tomorrow.”

“Southpaw” opens in theaters July 24.

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At this year's San Diego Comic Con, Walt Disney Pictures released a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The video reveals some new interesting details that were not know before. We break the video down and show you the most interesting nuggets. 

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'Ant-Man' might be Marvel's best superhero movie yet

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"Ant-Man" doesn't have the same superhero appeal as Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor.

He's not as big, or strong, or superpowered. But as the star of his first standalone film, people might soon look to Ant-Man as their favorite Avenger.

The movie is lighthearted in every sense of the word. There's no overwhelming or incoherent plot line, and your enjoyment of the movie doesn't rely on seeing or enjoying the other Marvel films. It's also not about saving the world or the universe; sure, Ant-Man needs to stop a super-powered villain to save his daughter and stop an evil corporation from gaining a powerful weaponized suit, but the stakes aren't nearly as lofty as other Marvel films.

The story is relatively straightforward: Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, is a scientist who has created something called the "Pym particle," which powers the Ant-Man suit, capable of shrinking and growing back to normal size with the click of a button. But after Pym refuses to give his invention to the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. — run by Tony Stark's father (played by John Slattery) and Captain America's love interest from the 1930s Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — he starts his own company, which is eventually led by his protégé, the brilliant but headstrong Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll).

corey stoll ant manYears later, Cross is ready to unveil his own Ant-Man suit and sell it to the highest bidder: In this case, the evil corporation H.Y.D.R.A. But Pym is too old to use the suit to steal Cross' creation, and he doesn't want his daughter Hope (played by Evangeline Lilly) to use it. (There are some negative effects to using the suit over time.)

 So Pym seeks out Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, an intelligent and even altruistic burglar — he robbed a millionaire who stole money from people and returned it to those folks. Lang is down on his luck after getting out of jail. But after Pym gets in touch with Lang and asks him to become Ant-Man, it's all a matter of training for the big heist.

flying ants ant manThe second half of "Ant-Man" feels like "Ocean's 11" or "Mission Impossible" mixed with superheroes and, uh, ants. A lot of different kinds of ants (four to be exact). But that's a good thing! While there are plenty of laughs in the first half of the film, the entertainment is certainly kicked up a notch in the latter half — complete with an enjoyable and somehow not cliché training montage, as well as some clever visual gags and some excellent Marvel fan service. It's a little predictable, but it's got some surprises everyone will enjoy.

"Ant-Man" achieves a rare balance that other Marvel movies have difficult achieving no matter how good they may be. Thanks in large part to Rudd, who is charismatic but also a total goofball, "Ant-Man" manages to be a hilarious movie, and an enticing visual marathon, but also emotional at the right times. Last year's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the only other Marvel film that has come so close to achieving this kind of balance. You actually care about the characters, and you want them to succeed — even the side characters, played by Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, and T.I. (yes, the rapper T.I.) add a strong dose of fun and variation.

You don't need to be a Marvel fan to root for "Ant-Man." The film's final act will have you wanting more of Rudd, Douglas, and co. — and luckily for fans, the final line of the film before the lights come back on promises "Ant-Man will return."

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There are two end-credits scenes in 'Ant-Man' — Here's what they mean for the future of Marvel movies

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Warning: If you haven't seen "Ant-Man," there are major spoilers ahead!

"Ant-Man" is finally here, and with it one of the new summer blockbuster traditions returns: The Marvel post-credits scenes. 

If you're heading out to see the new film this weekend, don't head out right before the movie ends. 

Unlike "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which only featured one scene after the stylish main credits, "Ant-Man" has two: One after the main credits (the "mid-credits" scene), and another after the long crawl.

If you headed out early or were left scratching your head, here's what you should know.

The Mid-Credits Scene

What happens:

In probably the most puzzling choice for a Marvel post-credits scene, the first rejoins Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) at home with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). Pym tells her there's something she should see. 

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Pym reveals the wall at the back of the vault where he kept the Ant-Man suit he gave to Scott Lang was in fact false, and behind it lies a newer, more advanced suit modeled after the one her mother, Janet Van Dyne, wore as The Wasp. (We never see Janet in the movie, but she briefly appears in costume during a flashback scene. Janet's Wasp costume, however, was identical to the one Hank wore — just with wings). 

The new suit is predominantly blue and silver, and the tech powering it looks far more advanced. Pym tells Hope that it was a "prototype" that he and Janet were working on together. He says he thought they were working on it for Janet, but he supposes that they were really working on it for Hope. 

Hope, meanwhile, tears up with validation, before saying the final line in the scene:

"It's about damn time."

What's so puzzling about this scene:

Frankly, it has no business taking place after the credits. It's such a clear conclusion to Hope's arc throughout the film — who spends most of it resenting Hank for not letting her wear his suit and take on Cross herself (while also demonstrating that she's far more capable a choice than Scott) that it deserves to be part of the film proper. It certainly is a better place to leave Hope than her actual last scene — which is making out with Scott. The WaspAs for the future of the Marvel Universe ...

It seems like it's clearly setting up Hope Van Dyne as another hero in the Marvel Universe. But which one? Smart money says she assumes her mother's code name and becomes the Wasp, much like Scott Lang took on Hank Pym's old Ant-Man alias. 

But.

"Ant-Man" is extremely careful to never show Janet Van Dyne's face. Even in photographs! That, taken in conjunction with an Easter egg director Peyton Reed hinted at that sharp-eyed viewers should be able to see during Scott's climactic trip into the Quantum Zone seems to suggest that Marvel has plans for Hank Pym's lost love, plans that might even result in someone being cast to play her in the future. 

If that's so, then it adds an interesting wrinkle: If Janet Van Dyne returns, will she be the Wasp? And if so, what will Hope be? 

It should be noted that Hope Van Dyne does not really exist in the comics. There is a Hope Pym that resides in an alternate universe where all the Marvel heroes have grown old and their children have now taken over, but there she's the villainous Red Queen.

She looks like this:

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Given that Marvel's plans for the next few years are pretty thoroughly laid out, it's doubtful we'll see this — but given the studios penchant for remixing the greatest hits of the comics, don't be surprised if it's referenced somehow. 

The Second Scene

Remember "The Winter Solider?" bucky barnes the winter soldier The next scene is brief, and a bit unclear as to what's happening.

We see Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon (who appears in one of  the very best scenes in "Ant-Man") meeting up with Steve Rogers in a garage somewhere. They're in a jam — they've found Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who went missing at the end of "The Winter Soldier." 

It looks like he's in bad shape, but we don't know why. Cap and the Falcon (in their civilian garb) need help, but they can't call Tony Stark — they say he'll be busy with something called "the accords." They have to go off-book for whatever it is they need to do. But it's no problem, because Falcon says "I know a guy," right before the message "ANT-MAN WILL RETURN" appears on-screen. 

What this means:

The next post-credits scene is a cryptic nod to the next Marvel movie, 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," but also picks up a plot thread from the previous Cap movie. 

There's not nearly as much to unpack here, other than the first notion of what may cause a rift between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark: Steve goes on a mission without any oversight, and Tony is working on some sort of policy. The center of it all then, will probably be Bucky Barnes. 

It's a hunch, but I feel pretty good about it. 

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Ant-man is such a complicated comic-book character, it’s a miracle they made a pretty good movie about him

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Ant-Man is the latest obscure comic book superhero to make the leap to the big screen this week, and his movie is pretty fun! You might even like it enough to want to read some Ant-Man comics.

But recommending where to dive into Ant-Man comics? That's a bit harder than you might think it is. 

Unlike more popular heroes like Spider-Man or Captain America, Ant-Man has never really starred in his own long-running comic book, despite the fact that he was created way back in 1962 by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber, and that he's also a founding member of the Avengers. 

Add to that the fact that the first guy to call himself Ant-Man would go on to take no less then half a dozen other alter-egos in addition to the roughly half-dozen other people who would assume the Ant-Man identity over the years, and well, yeah. Things get confusing. 

Lucky for you, there are really only two Ant-Men you need to concern yourself with, and they're both in the movie version: Hank Pym and Scott Lang. 

Unfortunately for you, they're also the most troublesome of the bunch. Don't worry, though. We're going to help.

The first Ant-Man

michael douglas ant manMuch like in the movie, Ant-Man's story begins when a scientist named Hank Pym creates what he calls Pym Particles — a miraculous substance that allows matter of all kinds to shrink. In conjunction with his special helmet that allows him to control ants, he becomes Ant-Man. 

As you might imagine, this didn't quite set the comics world on fire, and eventually Pym would discover his eponymous Particles could also be rigged to make himself grow as well. Thus, he renamed himself Giant Man (not a subtle one, that Hank Pym) and with his exciting new powers he finally measures up to heavy-hitters like Thor.

Hank Pym as Giant/Ant-Man in the graphic novel This is followed by a parade of personal tragedies, psychotic breaks, and identity crises so extreme they resulted in the creation of a small army of alter egos and a certain unstoppable killer robot named Ultron (in comic book land, it was Hank Pym, not Tony Stark, that created Ultron). Through it all, Hank Pym endures, although often wracked with guilt by the things he has done and the people he has hurt — most notably his wife, Janet Van Dyne, who often adopted similar powers to team up with Pym and the Avengers as The Wasp.

Comic book Hank Pym, you see, is a much more tragic figure, and despite being the original Ant-Man, that identity isn't nearly as important to his character as the creation of Ultron is, or his various struggles as Yellowjacket — this list of the best Hank Pym stories barely mentions Ant-Man.

Finding those stories will take some work, but isn't impossible if you subscribe to Marvel Unlimited or peruse digital comics retailer Comixology

Scott Lang, the good thief

From Like with Hank Pym, the movie is remarkably faithful to the most important beats of Scott Lang's character. Created by David Michelinie and John Byrne in 1979, Lang is an electrical engineer who wasn't able to make ends meet and turned to burglary, got caught, and did time. He gets out and reforms, but when his daughter Cassie Lang falls ill, Lang returns to a life of crime. 

There are a few differences between Lang of the comics and the one we see in the movie, but they're mostly minor: In the comics, Scott knows about Hank Pym and Ant-Man, and steals the suit so he can use it to get a cure for his daughter. In the movie, he's recruited by an older Pym and trained to replace him as Ant-Man. In the comics, Pym quickly becomes aware of why Lang stole his technology and tells him to keep it — as long as he uses it to be a hero. 

Ant Man Paul RuddLike Hank Pym, Scott Lang also has the unfortunate problem of never really having a comic series to call his own throughout his thirty-plus years of being in the Marvel Universe. However, unlike Hank Pym, it's much easier to go out and find a few good Scott Lang stories immediately without having to wade through decades of Marvel minutiae.

Diving into the comics

Ant-Man backstoryIf you just saw the movie and want more, all you really have to do is jump aboard Marvel's new  "Ant-Man" series by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas. The first volume, "Second Chance Man," is a really fun comic book and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers. Also, since Marvel is wont to capitalize on movie hype, new paperback collections of classic Scott Lang stories are also easy to come by these days. 

But there's a bit of a problem if you dive into those older Ant-Man comics: Scott Lang is a totally different guy. While his motivations are the same, he's portrayed as more of a rough-and-tumble guy in the hero biz for the thrill of it. The Paul Rudd-esque lovable screw-up isn't anywhere to be found in the comics outside of Spencer and Rosanas' new series — and even that's a new development.Scott Lang's first appearance as Ant-Man in Scott Lang never really had a defining story. Hank Pym has Ultron, but Lang has no comparable calling card. In fact, he doesn't become truly interesting until he dies in the cataclysmic "Avengers: Disassembled" story by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. 

In the fallout of his death and the dissolution of the Avengers, his daughter Cassie finally gets the chance to shine when she discovers she has absorbed her father's powers. In an attempt to live up to his legacy, she becomes the hero Stature and joins the ragtag Young Avengers.

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(This is where I pause to tell you "Young Avengers" is amazing. Read "YoungAvengers.") 

However, this is short-lived. In a bit of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey weirdness, the Young Avengers go back in time and save Scott Lang (among other things), but at great cost: Cassie dies. 

On the one hand, this was really lousy. Cassie was shaping up to be a fantastic addition to the Marvel Universe, a great new female hero in a lineup that really needed them. On the other, it paved the way for the actual best Scott Lang story thus far: Matt Fraction and Michael Allred's "FF."

Why a "Fantastic Four" spinoff is the best Scott Lang story

From Little-read but much-loved, "FF" was a story about a replacement team the Fantastic Four puts together to keep an eye on the motley crew of child geniuses they've assembled as a part of a program they call the Future Foundation, while they're away on a crazy inter-dimensional road trip. Of the four people they ask to step in, Lang is the one in charge — a job he doesn't want to take, as he's still grieving over Cassie's death and doesn't feel cut out for the responsibility of watching out for children when he couldn't keep his own daughter safe. Scott Lang mourning It's a touching exploration of grief and family rarely seen in comics, and Scott's grief and recovery is the beating heart of "FF" set against the backdrop of one of Marvel's most delightful series in recent memory — perhaps the closest they've come to doing Pixar-level storytelling that really has something for everyone. 

It's also relatively self-contained. Soon after "FF" concludes, much of Lang's circumstances are undone: His daughter is brought back to life (younger, and not as Stature) and Lang is recast from the somber-yet-responsible man we saw in that series to the down-on-his-luck guy who can't keep a job or make his ex-wife happy that appears in Spencer and Rosanas "Ant-Man" comic (and, consequently, the movie). 

There are more Ant-Man comics, and more Ant-Men (including one created by "The Walking Dead" mastermind Robert Kirkman),  but much like Hank Pym and Scott Lang, they're all tangled in the fabric of the Marvel Universe, rarely cast in a lead role but often very important. 

They're kind of like the insects they're named after in that way: Never really in the spotlight, but always there, doing their part to make sure the world spins on. 

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Here's how Jake Gyllenhaal got ripped for his new movie 'Southpaw'

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Jake Gyllenhaal's latest transformation turned him into an intense prizefighter trying to get his life back on track in the coming drama "Southpaw," in theaters July 24.

southpaw jake gyllenhaalTo convincingly play character Billy Hope, the actor had to commit to an intense workout and boxing regimen, especially because he was already in frail form having just finished playing the creepy lead in the 2014 thriller "Nightcrawler," for which he dropped 30 pounds

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler"I said, 'Jake, you have to train like a fighter,'" "Southpaw" director Antoine Fuqua said in a behind-the-scenes video on the training. "I can't have you faking it."

Six months before shooting began on "Southpaw," Gyllenhaal teamed with former pro boxer Terry Claybon to prepare for the role.

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His daily routine included

— Going to the gym twice a day for a total of six hours
— 2,000 situps
— Three hours of boxing
— Three hours of cardio and weight training

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gyllenhaal training4The intense training transformed Gyllenhaal from his slender look in "Nightcrawler" ...

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Southpaw Scott GarfieldBut training didn't end when filming began.

During principal photography, Fuqua trained with Gyllenhaal every morning before shooting started.

gyllenhaal training 3"Antoine decided to go with me on the physical journey," Gyllenhaal said in the video. "It was amazing to have your director there pushing you every day."

gyllenhaal train southpaw2See Gyllenhaal in action for yourself in the training video below.

 

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Michael Peña’s scene-stealing performance in ‘Ant-Man’ wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for this person

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Actor Michael Peña is best known for his dramatic work, which has recently included gripping performances alongside Brad Pitt in “Fury” and partnering with Jake Gyllenhaal as cops patrolling South Central L.A. in “End of Watch.

But starring as Luis in “Ant-Man,” Peña delivers a scene-stealing performance playing Ant-Man’s side kick who has a knack for telling drawn out stories and having a positive attitude on just about anything.

That last trait helped the Luis character evolve from just a character that would take up space for a few scenes to becoming one of its most memorable in the movie.

“I don’t think my part was even that big in the beginning,” Peña told Business Insider. “I just wanted to be in a Marvel movie. But then a couple of scenes happened and then suddenly I was put in a couple of more and the role expanded. I’m really grateful.”

In the movie, when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) gets out of prison Luis is there to pick him up and gives him a place to stay as he tries to leave his life of crime as a burglar. It doesn’t help that Luis is also a career-criminal and fills Lang’s mind with jobs they can do now that he’s out.

Ant Man Michael Pena2 finalBut what really makes his performance stand out is the happy-go-lucky personality Peña gave Luis, which was inspired by a friend he knew back in his hometown of Chicago named Pablo.

“He has this attitude which I always found funny,” said Peña. “He could be complaining about the worst things ever and he’s always got a smile on his face. He’s the guy that when you say, ‘Buddy, what did you do this week?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I went to jail,’ but with a smile.”

Peña believes it’s the personality he gave Luis inspired by his buddy that caused the role to evolve into being Ant-Man’s most trusted ally.

And the actor hopes to play him again.

Though Peña said he hasn’t been told of a sequel yet, he has signed a three-picture deal with Marvel. Stating that’s what the studio does so if there are sequels there’s no contract negotiations for future movies.

“It’s a crazy character and it’s fun to do so I would love to do a couple more movies with the guy,” Peña said.

Here’s a little taste of the Luis character:

 “Ant-Man” opens in theaters Friday.

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Paul Rudd is the most unlikely hero of the summer movie season in 'Ant-Man'

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The summer time is when we rush into dark theaters blasting ice cold air so we can watch the biggest and baddest actors on the planet duke it out —often against computer-generated foes — for a delightful two hours.

It’s a formula that has worked out well, particularly this summer where it seems no box office record is safe.

But with the release of “Ant-Man”on July 17, we are in store for something different.

Don’t worry, if you like large things blowing up and insane action sequences, there’s plenty of that. But this is unlike most Marvel movies in the way that there’s a playfulness about it that lowers the stakes of world destruction or preventing bad guys from obtaining Infinity Stones

A lot of that has to do with the actor playing Ant-Man — Paul Rudd.

We know Rudd for his comedy, ranging from the early days of his career with “Wet Hot American Summer” to being one of Judd Apatow’s go-to guys in movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.”

Wet Hot American Summer Elizabeth Banks Paul RuddRudd has always had an edge to him, but not in an intimidating or offensive way. Even at his most dickish (“Role Models” or “Dinner for Schmucks”), there’s always a redeeming quality that makes us still like him by the end credits.

This summer we've seen hunky guys like Chris Pratt dominate the box office in "Jurassic Park," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson take on "San Andreas," and Arnold Schwarzenegger return in "Terminator Genisys" all engulfing the screen with incredible feats of strength and tenacity. Could Rudd's persona work in the tough guy mold we expect our summer movie heroes to be?

It does because thanks to rewrites by Rudd and “Anchorman” writer-director Adam McKay, “Ant-Man” still has action and thrills but plays to Rudd’s strengths of witty one-liners and self-deprecating humor.

Ant Man Paul RuddSome of Rudd’s most memorable moments in his career are when the directors let him and fellow actors rift off one another. With Rudd involved in the writing process, he’s able to throw in a few lines of his own, giving the Ant-Man character something that his fans are familiar with.

This was crucial because if you aren’t familiar with the "Ant-Man" comics before seeing the movie you might not know what the heck you’ve gotten yourself into.

Ant-Man is a superhero who wears a suit that allows him to shrink to nearly microscopic size while still keeping strength of normal size. He can communicate with ants, which he uses as an army to complete missions.

Ant Man Disney finalRudd is perfect in the role because he gives his character Scott Lang — a burglar who tries to get on the straight-and-narrow for the sake of his daughter until he meets Dr. Hank Pam (Michael Douglas) who wants him to become the Ant-Man — the mix of sarcasm and charm the audience needs to ease into the story.

Once you’re in, the Marvel machine takes it from there with incredible references of the universe and a fun comedic tone (looking at you Michael Peña) that hasn’t been found in any of the films from the studio so far (yes, even “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

But all of that is because of what Rudd gives us.

In a season where the giants rule, it’s this regular guy who may be the most interesting.

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'Back To The Future' is coming back to theaters on a date fans will love

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It's 2015 and the flying cars, auto-adjusting clothing, and inexpensive hover boards we saw in "Back to the Future" are still naught but a distant dream.

But that's okay. Universal Studios is bringing the film trilogy back to the theaters (see what I did there) on October 21, 2015 — the exact date Marty McFly travels to in the second film.

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Since the only thing better about imagining the future is being nostalgic about it, Universal Home Entertainment also announced that they'll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic films by rereleasing them in several new collections— the most expensive ones will even come with a light-up flux capacitor package and the DVD debut of "Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series."

Remember that?

 Time, it flies. 

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Marvel will soon release an insane $250 movie box set — Here's what you get

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — the series of interlocking superhero films that began with "Iron Man" in 2008 — is an ambitious plan broken down into three phases. The first phase ended with "Marvel's The Avengers" in 2012, and this week's release of "Ant-Man" officially marks the end of "Phase Two." Phase Three of the MCU is expected to conclude in 2019 with a two-part "Avengers" film.

To celebrate the close of Phase Two, Marvel is putting together a limited edition Blu-ray box set with all of the Phase Two movies, plus a host of extra goodies, just as it did for all the Phase One films.

Here's everything you get in Marvel's next big box set, which is currently an Amazon exclusive:

  • "Iron Man 3"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • "Thor: The Dark World"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • "Guardians Of The Galaxy"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • "Avengers: Age of Ultron"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • "Ant-Man"— Available in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and a digital copy
  • A top-secret bonus disc!
  • More goodies, including "collectible, specially designed disc holders and exclusive Marvel memorabilia"

marvel box setThere's no information yet about the product's release date, or what the final box set will actually look like. However, the Amazon listing includes the above image, which might give us a hint: It shows an alien metal orb, the same ball that appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" that contained one of the six "Infinity Stones," which will be eventually be wielded by the evil mad titan Thanos in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Considering Marvel lists "specially designed disc holders," you can expect the final box set to appear something like the image above.

Though there's no official date for the box set, we imagine the launch will coincide with the DVD release of "Ant-Man" later this year. We've reached out to Marvel for more information and we'll update the post if we hear back.

In the meantime, you can still buy the box set for Phase One of Marvel's Cinematic Universe on Amazon, which includes "Iron Man,""The Incredible Hulk,""Iron Man 2,""Thor,""Captain America: The First Avenger," and "Marvel's The Avengers," plus a host of other Marvel memorabilia and a briefcase that contains another one of the six Infinity Stones. That box set also included a bonus disc, which offered Marvel featurettes, deleted and extended scenes from each film, and an exclusive look at Phase Two of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

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Disney is telling everyone it had nothing to do with the racy Amy Schumer 'Star Wars' cover for GQ

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Provocative comedian Amy Schumer got a bunch of attention for dressing like Pricess Leia from "Star Wars" in a racy cover shoot for GQ magazine.

Disney, which owns Star Wars, doesn't seem to be thrilled with that attention. 

After people on Twitter were crying out that Disney let this happen, the official Star Wars account scrambled to say it thought the cover was inappropriate. 

It doesn't look like it's going to amount to much, but the company is trying to distance itself from the GQ shoot. Starting Thursday night, the official "Star Wars" Twitter account sent a series of tweets stating it was not involved in the shoot.

 

 

 

 

 What did Schumer do to deserve being called inappropriate by Lucasfilm and Disney?

The "Inside Amy Schumer" star, whose movie "Trainwreck" opened on Friday, was adorned in a replica of Princess Leia's skin-showing slave costume and naked in bed with classic "Star Wars" robots/companions C-3PO and R2-D2.

A GQ representative didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on LucasFilm and Disney's disapproval.

See the cover and another photo below:

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You can see the full gallery here.

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