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Here's what the 'Suicide Squad' stars look like in real life

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Hitting the big screen shortly after "Batman vs. Superman,""Suicide Squad" is based on DC Comics' supervillain team of the same name. The first trailer was shown at San Diego Comic Con, and fans went nuts for how amazing everyone looks. The movie has some big named attached – including Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie. Here's what they look like compared to their characters.

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There’s a million little reasons to see Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ — but there’s one thing that’s holding it back

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"Trainwreck" follows the pattern of recent Judd Apatow directed films that are good but maybe just a little too long for their own good and less like a coherent film and more like a series of hit-or-miss sketches.

Some of those sketches are great. There is one moment involving throwing up that is a tremendous feat in comedic timing, thanks to both the acting and directing. Meanwhile, the repeated use of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" is so memorable and catchy that I actually witnessed a group of people singing the song outside the theater.

The loose structure of "Trainwreck" worked well for "This Is 40," which simply told the complex story of a marriage. "Trainwreck" sometimes veers too far from the romantic comedy formula that it wishes to follow, and that can be an issue.

Most romantic comedies revolve around at least one person trying to find true love. Meanwhile, in the opening moments of “Trainwreck,” a child, who turns out to be the younger version of the lead, is told that “monogamy is not realistic.” The opening flashback provides the film with its darker context. 

At first, “Trainwreck" isn’t about someone trying to find love, but rather someone who is trying to avoid it.

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If you watched the trailers for “Trainwreck,” you were probably expecting a much different film. In fact, much of the footage shown didn’t even make it into the final cut. But misleading advertising isn’t always a bad thing. Albeit, a romantic comedy put together by a lot of talented, funny people. But it has a surprisingly serious core that grounds it.

In “Trainwreck,” Amy Schumer plays Amy, a reporter for a men’s magazine, who is told by her boss (Tilda Swinton, once again showing that she can play literally any role) that she could be up for a big promotion. To prove her worth, Amy is assigned to write an article about sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), despite the fact that she knows nothing about sports. When asked what her favorite team is, she answers "The Orlando Blooms." 

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After a one night stand, the two of them, very quickly, find themselves falling in love. Once the two of them meet, the trouble for Amy is not falling in love, but rather staying in love.  

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Most romantic comedies end with the beginning of a relationship, the moment where the couple realizes that they truly were meant to be together. Typically, that relationship begins at the end, in an airport terminal, a New Year’s Eve party, or on a bridge. What is so interesting about “Trainwreck” is that it doesn’t wait that long to start the relationship. We get to see what Aaron and Amy actually look like as a couple. And thus, we must stick around for some fights.

Besides being one of the sharpest comedic minds working today, Schumer is also a tremendous dramatic actress. She helps to provide the movie with some of the pathos that truly sets it apart. In a very rare case, Schumer was able to write her first feature film starring role. She has earned this level of control. Given that she was just nominated for an Emmy for "Inside Amy Schumer," it seems like she is having a pretty good week.

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The supporting cast of "Trainwreck" is fantastic, and widely consists of the people who would normally perform with Schumer at 1:00 AM on a Thursday night at the Comedy Cellar. Colin Quinn, best known as an anchor on Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live," steals every scene he is in as Schumer's mean but lovable father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (this is based on Schumer's real dad). Meanwhile, comedian Mike Birbiglia spends most of the movie in the background, but he is hilarious even when he is just roller skating.

The movie's greatest blessing, and its greatest curse, is time. "Trainwreck" clocks in at 125 minutes, much longer than the average comedy.  This has become Judd Apatow's trademark following "Funny People" (153 minutes) and "This Is 40" (134 minutes). Just like those films, "Trainwreck" can be very hit-or-miss.

There is one long scene where Amy and her sister Kim (Brie Larson) clean out their father's house. Amy wants to keep whatever old stuff she can find, while Kim is ready to throw it all away. This scene is long, but it perfectly captures the dynamic between the two sisters. And while Lebron James is hilarious (just seeing him get worried about trying to split a lunch bill is delightful), some of his scenes could have been cut down and they still would have been funny.

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When "Trainwreck" does follow the rom-com formula, it feels like it is reinvigorating it.

Sometimes, you can make the movie everybody is expecting and still make it a little different. Whenever it feels like "Trainwreck" is achieving that, it is great. "Trainwreck" is sort of like the feature length version of watching a comedian work out material on stage at a comedy club. Sometimes it works, and sometimes they need to scribble something down in their notebook and fix it later.

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

AND: Amy Schumer and Bill Hader had to go on a date to prove they had chemistry for 'Trainwreck'

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

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A 'Minions' stuffed toy helped save a 5-year-old who fell from a 3rd-story window

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DENVER (Reuters) - A stuffed teddy bear from the hit animated movie "Minions" is credited with breaking the fall of a 5-year-old Colorado girl who suffered only minor injuries after tumbling from a third-story apartment window, police said on Friday.

The child was playing in a bedroom when she accidentally fell backwards out of an open window, Colorado Springs police said in a statement.

"Fortunately, when the child fell out of the window she continued holding on to a stuffed Minion teddy bear that is believed to have cushioned her fall," the statement said.

The girl was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for a broken arm and released, police said.

Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Catherine Buckley said it is the fifth incident since May of a child falling from an open window in the state's second-largest city.

"Thankfully none of the injuries have been serious, but people should make sure to have an adequate screen or some other way to block a child from open windows," she said.

"Minions" tells the adventures of Stuart, Kevin and Bob, three gibberish-speaking caveman characters. It is a prequel to the 2010 smash hit "Despicable Me."

The Universal Pictures film reaped $115.2 million at the box office last weekend, making it the second-largest opening ever for an animated movie in North America, according to the trade publication Variety. That record is held by "Shrek the Third's" $121.6 million kickoff in 2007.

The teddy bear incident is the second time toys from the movie have made headlines outside the theater.

Plastic versions of the quirky characters were introduced this month by McDonald's in its line of Happy Meals toys.

Some customers posted videos online to complain that the talking toys utter an obscenity when tapped on a hard surface to activate a voice recording.

The fast-food chain said in a statement that the allegations the toys say anything offensive or profane is untrue, and it has no plans to pull them from its restaurants.

(Editing by Daniel Wallis and Sandra Maler)

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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

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Here's how the 'Suicide Squad' cast looks compared to their comic book counterparts

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It's kind of crazy that "Suicide Squad" is going to be the first DC comic book to get a movie after Warner Bros.' aggressive new slate of superhero movies kicks off with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in March of next year. Given that the studio has yet to truly find its footing with the cinematic versions of its heroes, jumping right into things with a team of villains that the general populace probably doesn't know anything about is an incredibly ballsy move. 

That also makes it the perfect move. 

While the trailer for "Suicide Squad" doesn't tell us much, it does know that the movie's basic hook is a great one, and leans into it hard: This is a team of some of the worst supervillains in a world where Superman exists, sent on missions where success is not likely. 

And if that doesn't intrigue you, hey, here's the Joker and also a shot with Batman on top of a Lamborghini. 

There's a reason the trailer ends with the Joker: He's easily the most recognizable villain of the bunch. Want to know who the rest are? 

Read on. 

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VIola Davis will play Amanda Waller.

As the trailer says, Amanda "The Wall" Waller is the fierce will pulling the strings behind the Suicide Squad, because she really is that good at getting people to "act against their own self-interests."



Captain Boomerang will be played by Jai Courtney.

George "Digger" Harkness, aka Captain Boomerang, is an Australian master of boomerangs, which is kind of hard to take seriously. In the comics, he hasn't been the best team player in the Squad.



Jay Hernandez plays El Diablo.

 Though there are multiple versions of him in the comics, Hernandez is most likely playing Chato Santana an ex-criminal who becomes a member of the Squad in the New 52 series. He could have pyrokinetic abilities or be a host to a spirit of vengeance. Probably not the latter.



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

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One of the show-stoppers of 20th Century Fox's big San Diego Comic-Con panel was the trailer for the X-Men spinoff film "Deadpool." Fans reportedly loved it — so much so that the trailer was shown twice! 

But who is Deadpool, and why is this a big deal?

Created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Deadpool was originally an antihero in the Punisher mold, a scumbag antihero with big guns and two swords. But in 1997 writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuiness decided to reinvent the character completely, and it's thanks to those two that Deadpool is famous. 

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The Deadpool Kelly and McGuiness depicted was a parody machine, lambasting every trope of action heroes and superhero comics with an extra fourth-wall breaking twist: Deadpool knew he was a comic book character, and talked about it all the time. Since then, that's been a defining trait of the character, who has since become the hero of numerous violent action-comedy comics, each more ridiculous than the last (The recently concluded series by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and Tony Moore kicked off with Deadpool taking on zombie US Presidents).

That's what people love about Deadpool: Over-the-top action and crazy meta-comedy. 

And from the trailer screened at San Diego Comic-Con, it looks like this new movie is getting everything right. ryan reynolds deadpoolWhile it will take the studio three weeks to officially release the trailer (star Ryan Reynolds says that's because the visual effects aren't done yet), what was shown at Comic-Con is remarkably faithful to the source material. We're introduced to Ryan Reynolds character, Wade Wilson, a man with cancer in his "liver, lungs, prostate, and brain," promptly quipping that they are  "all things I can live without."

Humor? Check. 

Wilson then submits himself to a military experiment that promises to make him "a superhero" and heal him. In the comic books, this is the same Weapon X project that gave Wolverine his metal skeleton and claws.  Just before the procedure begins, Wilson requests that they "please don't make the super suit green. Or animated!"

Meta-humor? Double check.

Then, an action sequence that looks like a pretty close live-action approximation of the leaked CGI test footage that fans adored — only with a sudden, surprise cameo by Colossus

Not-very-subtle connection to the X-Men? Check.

Then Deadpool tells the camera to "cue the music."

Breaking down that fourth wall? Definitely.

Oh, and then they reveal the side-effect to the experiment that turned Wade into Deadpool — his skin is horribly scarred and disfigured, and there are several very descriptive and filthy jokes traded between Wade and his pal about how ugly he now looks. "Like an avocado had sex with an older avocado" is probably the tamest one, I swear. Then there's a bunch of stylish and gory violence, complete with headshots.

R-rated comedy and violence? Totally there. 

Deadpool is a character you sort of have to experience for yourself to understand why he has such ardent fans, but it's hard to miss the appeal of an exuberantly irreverent R-rated superhero comedy. It's something that we haven't really seen before outside of maybe the first "Kick-Ass," and as we become more and more accustomed to the spectacle of superheroes onscreen, "Deadpool" could prove to be an extremely fun palate cleanser. 

At the very least, it's a heartfelt apology for the first time Reynolds played Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Because that was horrendous.

 

SEE ALSO: Why can't Hollywood ever get Superman right?

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

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The second "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and it was absolutely jam-packed. 

Clocking in at nearly three and a half minutes, the trailer gives us our first look at the plot of the film alongside a plethora of Easter eggs and glimpses at what the wider DC Universe will look like in the movie. 

Let's dive right in.

They're addressing one of fans' biggest issues with "Man of Steel."

A big problem a lot of fans had was the widespread destruction in the big finale to "Man of Steel." The movie sort of acted like it was no big deal. "Batman v Superman" looks like it's going to take this head on, revealing that Bruce Wayne was at the scene, and he's very, very angry. 



We finally know Batman's big problem with Superman.

Now that we know Bruce was in Metropolis when it was nearly leveled, we learn the personal stake he has in it — one of his buildings was completely destroyed in the fight, and Wayne feels responsible for the people who died on his watch.



This Batman is kind of messed up.

Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman is the angry, ruthless sort with none of the deep sadness that seemed to haunt Christian Bale. He also seems to take things a bit too far — it looks like he even brands criminals he apprehends!



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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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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 are the 'Batman v Superman' toys you'll be able to buy next year

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Warner Bros. and DC Comics showed off a lot of merchandise for its upcoming "Batman v Superman" movie at Comic-Con this year. 

Not only could fans check out costumes and props from the movie up close, but they could also get a sneak peek at a lot of the toys from Mattel that will be out next year in conjunction with the film.

There will be a lot of versions of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel on shelves come next year.

If you missed out on the Con, here's a look at everything we saw:

This Superman toy makes Supes' cape look like he has wings. For some reason, it also has his Superman logo on both the left and right sides of his cape. The strangest bit; however, are the lines which rupture through his suit.

batman v superman toyThe lines are there because you'll be able to light Superman up to show off his laser vision. This looks a little terrifying.

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You'll be able to get your hands on a few different versions of the duo next year.superman batman multiverse toys comic-con

You'll also be able to play as Wonder Woman. She will also be available January 1.

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Lurking in the background you can see another smaller Batman in battle armor wielding a weapon:

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Here's another look at him:

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You’ll be able to get both 6” and 12” figures for the Man of Steel. The 6: figure comes with a shield.

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The 6" Wonder Woman figure also comes with a shield. Behind her is another variation of Batman in his battle armor.

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This larger version of Wonder Woman will also come with a shield.

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Yet another Battle Armor version of Batman.

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You'll also be able to get a few different versions of the Batmobile. Here's Mattel's Speed Strike Batmobile, also available January 2016.

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This version of the Batmobile looks like it may be able to shoot kryptonite.

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Let's not forget about the Batjet, which, if the trailers have been any indication, will be seen in the film.

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A Batman Deluxe Blaster also appears to shoot kryptonite bullets.

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Curiously, on either side of the Deluxe Blaster there were also two Batman and Superman figures which looked like Rock'em Sock'em Robots, but they weren't accompanied by any tag. Since we were at the Mattel booth, and Mattel releases Rock'em Sock'em robots, it appears that that's exactly what these are. Pretty cool.

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Want to be the Batman? Kids will be able to get a Bat mask helmet that will allow themselves to change their voice to sound more like the Caped Crusader.

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All of the above toys will be available from Mattel in January 2016. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is in theaters March 25, 2016.

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If you can get through the first half of ‘Ant-Man’ — you won’t regret sticking around for the wild ride

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Amongst all the Marvel movies released thus far, "Ant-Man" may be the first without an obvious fan base. There's no iconic emblem on his chest that we can emblazon onto T-shirts, the cartoons he has appeared in pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe aren't well-known or beloved, and his powers are pretty spectacularly unsexy. Shrinking and talking to ants? C'mon. 

Add to that a very complicated comic book history and some highly-publicized behind-the-scenes creative shuffling, and it's easy to assume that "Ant-Man" is far from a safe bet. 

Summer blockbusters trade in expectation, but it's hard to figure out what to expect from "Ant-Man" other than the prerequisite visual effects and Paul Rudd charm. Its trailers are too busy trying to explain Ant-Man's powers and convince you that they're cool to spend any time selling you on the fun heist story at the movie's center, or the charming comedic ensemble that glues everything together. 

In fact, the movie takes a while before the best things about it come together in any meaningful way. The first half of the film feels strangely off — it starts with a prologue set in the '80s that introduces Michael Douglass as Hank Pym, a scientist with a remarkable formula for shrinking matter who decides to hide it from the government agents that want it as a weapon (there are also quite a few Easter eggs for Marvel fans in those first few minutes).

michael douglas ant manThen it jumps to the present day and introduces Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a Robin Hood-esque thief with a code who's just out of lockup and is trying to go clean. 

Ant Man Paul RuddThese are the unlikely pair that "Ant-Man" throws together when Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), the power-hungry young man now in charge of Pym's company, announces he's figured out his former mentor's secret, and plans to sell it to the military. The premise is simple: Pym wants Lang to steal his techology back from Cross. 

It's hard to articulate what it is about the first half of the movie that feels so strange, but much of it comes down to pacing. While "Ant-Man" doesn't take very long getting Paul Rudd in the incredible suit, there's a very real lack of momentum that undermines the talents of the cast and the fun of the central conceit. 

However, midway through, the film just clicks, and it's wonderful. The action is exciting and imaginative, the cast really starts to gel together, and the jokes get really, really funny. 

Marvel films have a reputation for not entirely sticking the landing — they start strong, but generally end with big, dumb fights. Sure, there's a fight at the end of "Ant-Man" as well, but it's genuinely thrilling, the best action sequence in a movie where action sequences get better and better as the film goes on. In this sense, the film suffers from the inverse problem of most Marvel films — its first act is a bit weak, but the back half sings.

corey stoll ant manThere are other problems with "Ant-Man," as well — the villain, Darren Cross, is pretty cartoonishly evil, but actor Corey Stoll totally relishes the role. Evangeline Lilly has a few great moments as Hank Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne, but she's sidelined for much of the film. While "Ant-Man" goes out of its way to make this an important plot point, it doesn't make up for it with other female characters, because there really aren't any outside of Scott Lang's disapproving wife and adorable daughter. 

What's most refreshing about "Ant-Man," then, is probably its scope. Finally, here is a Marvel movie about something other than the destruction of worlds. Cities don't get leveled in "Ant-Man," just a building does. It's a story almost exclusively about a small, personal thing: Fathers who have looked at their lives and realized they have failed their children. 

Like those fathers, "Ant-Man" is a flawed, yet earnest attempt to win over those who might not believe in it. 

Give it a shot.

"Ant-Man" is in theaters Friday, July 17.

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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. 

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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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We finally have a good idea of what the next 'X-Men' movie will be about

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The next installment in the "X-Men" franchise isn't out until next May.

While we've seen some photos teased from the upcoming film, we haven't known much about the film until now.

Entertainment Weekly's latest issue has a first look at "X-Men: Apocalypse," and dives into what we can expect from the mutants next summer. 

According to EW, the film will take place 10 years after "Days of Future Past" in 1983. Since Wolverine changed the course of history in the last film, we're now dealing with an entirely alternate timeline for the X-Men. 

That may have unleashed something much worse. 

As teased at the end of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the film will revolve around a 5,000-year-old Egyptian mutant named Apocalypse who is believed to be the first mutant.

We've mentioned this before, but Apocalypse is known for leading a team called the Horsemen of the Apocalypse which has consisted of a rotating group of four mutants over the years. The big secret was that we didn't know which four mutants would be working with Apocalypse in the next X-Men film, and now we finally do. Apocalypse will have a young Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) at his side. 

In "Apocalypse," the ancient mutant is after Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to join his ranks and to help destroy the world. 

Unsurprisingly, Xavier isn't down to down to join the dark side.

Via EW:

As Apocalypse opens, 10 years have passed and Raven, Charles, and Erik are still estranged, but not for much longer. The Big A [Apocalypse] awakens from his Egyptian tomb, sizes up the global '80s vibe, and decides he's not down with the Reagan era ...

He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a "normal" life in Poland.

EW reports Jennifer Lawrence's character Raven (aka Mystique) will hear about Magneto working with Apocalypse and will team up with Charles to put a stop to the Horsemen in a big mutant fight before they can destroy the world. 

We'll see a bunch of other mutants including a young Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Jean Grey (played by "Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner), too.

You can check out a preview to the EW article here.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is in theaters May 27, 2016.

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Michael Peña gives details on the new ‘CHiPs’ movie — and it sounds amazing

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While promoting this latest movie, “Ant-Man,” Michael Peña was also excited to talk about the role he’s currently preparing for — legendary TV character Frank “Ponch” Poncherello from the late 1970s series, “CHiPs.

The show, which followed Ponch and his partner Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) on their daily lives as motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol, is the latest TV show to be rebooted into a feature film.

But according to Peña, don’t expect many similarities.

“Basically it’s based on the TV show, but is doesn’t really borrow too much from it,” Peña told BI.

The script, written by Dax Shepard (“Parenthood”), got the greenlight at Warner Bros. a month ago, according to Peña, and they are currently rehearsing.

Dax Shepard Jason Kempin“It’s more like a 'Lethal Weapon' kind of movie, said Peña. “It’s not going to be funny.”

Unlike the recent string of TV shows made into movies, like the "21 Jump Street" franchise, Peña said the intention with “CHiPs” is to be more serious in the hopes to make the audience care and be concerned about what the characters are going through.

“We want people to really be interested in the plot,” he explains. “Some movies can be so jokey that you don’t really care about the nemesis and the plot just thins out. We’re making the humor as real as possible.”

The “CHiPs” TV show made the actor who played Ponch, Erik Estrada, into an international sex symbol and Peña is well aware. He said that after he’s through promoting “Ant-Man” he’s going to “lose the paunch to play Ponch.”

chipsShepard, along with writing the screenplay, will also play Ponch’s partner Jon Baker and direct the film. Vincent D’Onofrio is also attached to the project, according to IMDb.

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Ian McKellen almost didn't star in the 'Lord of the Rings' or 'X-Men' movies because of 'Mission: Impossible'

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The 2000s were a great decade for British actor Sir Ian McKellen. He led two huge blockbuster franchises. In "X-Men," he played archnemesis Magneto. Meanwhile, in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he played ultimate good guy Gandalf.

It turns out he was very close to not getting either of those roles. 

During this time, McKellen was also offered a role opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible II."

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"I got offered a part in 'Mission: Impossible II' with Tom Cruise, but they wouldn’t let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans. I only got my scenes."McKellen told People Magazine.

However, McKellen didn't want to say yes to a project without knowing the whole story first.

"I couldn't judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. So I said no. And my agent said, 'You cant say no to working with Tom Cruise!' and I said, 'I think I will.'" McKellen said.

According to McKellen, "X-Men" director Bryan Singer asked him to play Magneto the next day, to which he said yes. Not long after, director Peter Jackson asked Mckellen to play the wizard Gandalf. 

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McKellen's chance to play Gandalf was almost put in jeopardy, as filming for "X-Men" ran way over schedule. He made it to New Zealand just on time to film "The Fellowship of the Ring."

However, he never made it to "Mission: Impossible II." And maybe that was for the better.

"Meanwhile, 'Mission: Impossible' was put off, put off, put off," said McKellen. "If I had decided to do that, I wouldn’t have been in 'X-Men' and I wouldn't have been in 'Lord of the Rings.' It's all about luck – being there at the right time and ready for it."

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Disney is trying really hard to relive the glory days of its animated classics

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Disney is working on a live-action version of 1963 classic "The Sword in the Stone."

The animated movie, about a young King Arthur and his mentor-wizard Merlin, will be produced by Brigham Taylor ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It's the latest in a long line of Disney classics the Mouse House is adapting to the big screen.

In total, Disney currently has 13 live-action adaptations in the works.

Here's a quick look at them all:

"Alice in Wonderland 2" (2016)
"Aladdin" prequel about the Genie
"Beauty & the Beast" (2017)
"Chip 'n Dale"
"Dumbo
"Fantasia" spinoff for villain Chernabog
"Jungle Book"
"Mulan
"Peter Pan" spinoff "Tink
"Pinocchio"
"The Sword in the Stone
"Winnie the Pooh"
Some "Prince Charming" project

Why is Disney announcing so many of these live-action versions of classics?

The easy answer is because Disney has had proven success with previous live-action films like "Maleficent" ($758.4 million) and "Cinderella" ($539.5 million).

However, just because "Maleficent" performed well at the box-office, which I'd argue was partially because the film followed a similar set up to its popular "Once Upon a Time" series on ABC — humanize a popular villain and tell the story from their point of view —and subsequently "Cinderella," which I would argue had a lot to do with an exclusive "Frozen" short playing ahead of the film, that doesn't mean that anything Disney turns into live action will be gold.

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Yes, there was also "Alice in Wonderland"— the surprise 2010 $1 billion film. But anytime Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up, you're likely to have a hit. Even "Dark Shadows" ended up with a satisfactory $245 million gross after accounting for international grosses.

That's not to say that a lot of these live action films won't perform well. 

However, it's a little crazy to have more than a dozen live-action films in the works before proving this is a formula which can actually succeed in the long run.

That's where the other reasoning behind Disney's live-action versions of their beloved animated tales kicks in — the Mouse House is having a difficult time putting out successful homemade live-action hits of its own.

While Disney Animation has a few hits on its hands of recent (most obviously "Frozen"), when you look at the studio's live action slate of late, there isn't a lot to gloat over other than "Maleficent,""Into the Woods," and "Cinderella," all films based off of fairytales.

Movie Release date Worldwide box office Estimated budget
"Oz the Great and Powerful" 3/8/2013 $493.3 million $215 million
"The Lone Ranger" 7/3/2013 $260.5 million $215 million+
"The Fifth Estate" (DreamWorks Pictures) 10/18/2013 $8.6 million $28 million
 "Delivery Man" (DreamWorks Pictures) 11/22/2013  $51 million $26 million 
"Saving Mr. Banks" 12/13/2013 $112.5 million $35 million
"Need for Speed" (DreamWorks Pictures) 3/14/2014 $203.3 million $66 million
"Muppets Most Wanted" 3/21/2014 $80.4 million $50 million
"Million Dollar Arm" 5/16/2014 $38.3 million $25 million
"Maleficent" 5/30/2014 $758.4 million $180 million
"The Hundred Foot Journey" (DreamWorks Pictures) 8/8/2014 $88.9 million $22 million
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" 10/10/2014  $100.7 million $28 million 
 "Into the Woods" 12/25/2014  $212.9 million $50 million 
"McFarland, USA" 2/20/2015   $44.5 million $17 million
"Cinderella" 3/13/2015 $539.5 million $95 million
"Tomorrowland" 5/22/2015 $203.7 million $190 million

Instead, the studio is becoming very reliant on the success of its purchased properties Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar to put out hit after hit. 

Looking ahead at 2016, Disney is set just from those three entities alone.

Marvel
"Captain America: Civil War": May 6, 2016
"Doctor Strange": November 4, 2016

Pixar
"Finding Dory": June 17, 2016

Lucasfilm
"Star Wars: Rogue One": December 16, 2016

 

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The push for live-action films comes from Disney's need to be able to put out some original hits on its own.

Disney's partnership with DreamWorks Pictures will come to a close in 2016 after releasing films including "The Fifth Estate,""Need for Speed" and "Delivery Man." The studio could be heading to Paramount or Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR notes that Disney currently receives 10 percent of revenues for releasing DreamWorks' films. 

With money rolling in from Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, this gives the Mouse House time to experiment with its own live-action theatrical releases. Why not do what worked for them in the past? A minor hiccup in performance at the box office probably won't hurt too badly if there's a $1 billion Marvel film to pick up the slack.

Time will tell if nostalgia pays off for Disney in the long run. It has so far.

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How WWE star John Cena created his memorable character in 'Trainwreck'

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John Cena is best known as a WWE superstar, but he also shows off some impressive acting chops in “Trainwreck.”

The Judd Apatow-directed, star-making vehicle for Amy Schumer (who wrote the screenplay), looks at the love life of a commitment-phobic New Yorker named Amy (Schumer), who finally meets her true love, Aaron (Bill Hader). But to get to that point Amy has to go through some losers and break a few hearts. A victim of the latter is Steven, an Adonis who thinks he’s found “the one” until a glance at Amy’s phone makes him realize the harsh reality.

Cena plays Steven as a sensitive, arthouse film-loving teddy bear looking for a soul mate (possibly of the same gender).

“I get the call that they want me to audition for this part, they really want a big guy,” Cena told Business Insider about going out for the role.

Cena admits that he was hoping to prove to the casting director that he could do more than play a hulk of a man. It turned out he didn’t have to do much convincing.

“There’s Amy and Judd sitting there,” said Cena of his shock when he got to the audition and saw the director and star waiting for him. “We did stuff in the script and then they were like, ‘Let’s mess around,’ and we did some improv. From there they called me back for another audition, and then they called me back for a table read, and the rest is history.”

Trainwreck Amy Schumer Judd Apatow Mary Cybulski.JPGIn a movie filled with R-flavored funny moments, Cena doesn’t waste time to get in on the fun. The first time we see Steven, he and Amy are having sex which leads to him hilariously trying to talk dirty to her, but instead only spouts weight-training lingo.

According to Cena, the script originally had Steven being more physical with Amy in the scene.

“We had dress rehearsals and I was throwing around this stunt coordinator in crazy sexual positions that I was going to do [with Amy] on camera the day we filmed,” Cena recalled. “But then it came down to [Steven] not knowing how to talk dirty and being sexually confused, and I’m actually very happy with that.”

Cena said what was kept for the scene comes mostly from what he and Schumer did while improvising on set.

Trainwreck John Cena Universal 2Cena shows his improv skills once more in a movie theater scene where a drunk Amy instigates a fight between Steven and another patron. Cena, who does his fair-share of banter on WWE, has a natural flow as he dishes out some great lines. One of the most memorable is after the guy says Steven looks like Mark Wahlberg — “I look like Mark Wahlberg ate Mark Wahlberg!” Steven exclaims.

But it’s when Amy and Steven leave the theater that Cena shows a surprisingly impressive dramatic side.

Having already seen her phone, which is filled with messages she has with other men, Steven opens up to her, voicing his hurt as he thought she was going to be his “CrossFit queen.”

Cena Wrestlemania“It got me to do a lot of stuff I’m not known for,” Cena said of the role. “I got my chance to throw my sense of humor out into the world, and at the same time play this hulky guy who’s a softy, which in real life I’m a very emotional guy.”

Cena is not new to movies, but his past roles have been tough-guy characters in films like “The Marine” and "12 Rounds.

However, Cena hopes this is just the start of showing audiences a different side. Along with developing projects, he knows he needs to work on films where he doesn’t stretch himself too thin.

Though Cena promises not to leave the WWE anytime soon, he’s not taking a break from movies either. We will see him again on the big screen this holiday season in a bit part he has in the Amy Poehler/Tina Fey comedy “Sisters.

“I play a tattooed-up drug dealer, so a different look than how you see me on Mondays being the goody two-shoes white knight,” he said.

Watch Cena in action in the “Trainwreck” red band trailer (warning: NSFW).

 

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Benicio del Toro might play the 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' villain

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We're still months away from the hotly-anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII," but the trickle of juicy rumors about its sequel is already underway. 

According to The Wrap, the planned sequel might have found its villain in Academy Award-winning Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. While just a rumor, it's an exciting one — Del Toro is a phenomenal actor, capable of portraying both Darth Vader-esque gravity and bizarre charisma at the drop of a hat.

If this rumor is true, though, it probably means Del Toro won't have much time to return to the role of The Collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy," and that would be kind of a shame. guardians of the galaxy benicio del toroEven if Del Toro doesn't take the role, it seems like Disney is working hard to secure top-tier talent for the next big "Star Wars" villain — Variety reports another award-winning actor, Joaquin Phoenix, has been pursued for the role. 

Since "Episode VIII" isn't scheduled to premiere until May 26, 2017 — and there are two other"Star Wars" movies coming our way between now and then ("Episode VII" on December 18, 2015 and "Rogue One" on December 16, 2016) — it'll probably be some time before we get any official news.

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Pixar's next movie shows what would have happened if dinosaurs never went extinct and it looks gorgeous

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Pixar will follow up its hugely successful "Inside Out" with "The Good Dinosaur," a long-delayed animated picture which explores what Earth would be like if dinosaurs never became extinct and shared the planet with humans. 

"The Good Dinosaur" will be in theaters on November 25.

Produced By Ian Phillips. Video courtesy of Pixar
 
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