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If You Want Joss Whedon to Direct More Avengers Movies, Better Start Begging Now

Late last year, a rumor went around that the Russo Brothers, the team behind the last and next Captain America movies, were being eyed to direct Avengers 3 and 4 (a.k.a. the Infinity War Part 1 and 2). Now that still hasn't been substantiated, but it did get at one lingering question about the franchise: Is Joss Whedon coming back? Well, now it appears that the answer is probably no. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," Whedon told Empire. He explained: "It's enormously hard, and it'd be, by [the time Avengers 3 and 4 were finished], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe — I love these guys — but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers." May we direct your begging to @JossWhedon.

Beauty and the Beast Should Be All Harry Potter People

Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as Hermione, and Hermione and Belle have a lot in common. But there's no need to stop there: We can populate the entire Beauty and the Beast cast with former Harry Potter folk.

No, Draco is not Gaston. »

Patton Oswalt on Selma’s Oscar Snub and the Racist Backlash to the New Star Wars Trailer

When the Oscar nominations were announced two weeks ago, Patton Oswalt mocked the Academy on Twitter for snubbing Selma. So, last week, Vulture spoke with Oswalt before he took the stage to host this year’s Artios Awards in Beverly Hills and had him expound upon his comments. Oswalt proceeded to go off. Here is what he had to say:

"It's just logic. It goes beyond race." »

Selma’s Ava DuVernay to Make a Katrina-Set Murder-Mystery Movie

Oooh: Ava DuVernay is set to write, produce, and direct a film centered around Hurricane Katrina that's described as "a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery." DuVernay's Selma star, David Oyelowo, is also in negotiations to co-produce and star. Will Sean Penn be involved? Knowing him, probably. Stay tuned. 

Michael Keaton Is Into Your Crush on His Hot Son

Ever since he got an emotional shout-out in his father's Golden Globes speech, mild-mannered songwriter Sean Douglas has transformed into the internet superhero Michael Keaton's Hot Son. Now Keaton tells E! he's proud of his son's new identity as an online crush object. "He's a good guy," the actor said on the SAGs red carpet. "He's a nice person and he's a handsome dude." Douglas — who, amazingly enough, is the man behind Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" — will be attending the Oscars with his father, where he will likely be rooting for Eddie Redmayne just to spare himself more embarrassment.

  • Posted 1/26/15 at 12:26 PM

The Story Behind Sundance Smash Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I love this movie. I love this movie so, so, so much. Mere minutes into Sunday afternoon’s Sundance screening of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I started involuntarily whispering those words to the fellow journalist sitting next to me. I laughed hard many, many times. I bawled for minutes on end. And like the rest of the audience, I rose to my feet to applaud in the dark while the credits were rolling, tears still streaming down my face. 

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Emma Watson Will Play Belle in Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

In what seems like a strange move for the former Hogwarts student, Emma Watson will join Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast as Belle. Does the story have some sort of sentimental meaning? Is it because writer Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in his The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will pen the script? Perhaps. She wrote on her Facebook today: "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.' My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons." Good luck. 

Emile Hirsch Might Have Assaulted a Film Executive

A woman who works as an executive at Paramount Pictures alleged that actor Emile Hirsch assaulted her early Sunday morning at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. "Page Six" reported that police responded to a call at Tao nightclub around 3:30 a.m., after the anonymous exec told security there was a problem between her and the 29-year-old actor. "Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police," a witness told "Page Six." "Emile didn’t leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made."

She didn't press charges at the scene. »

  • Posted 1/26/15 at 1:31 AM
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SAG Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

This year's SAG Awards went to the films you'd expect to win, but the TV side of things held a few pleasant surprises. Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis grabbed the trophy for Best Actress in a Drama. That's the first time in SAG Awards history that both statues for TV's top female performers went to women of color, and diversity in Hollywood was on Davis's mind during her acceptance speech. She thanked her HTGAWM collaborators for "thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me." On the film front, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore added more lead-actor kudos to their hardware collections, while J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette did the same in the supporting ranks. Check out the full list of winners below.

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Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman on Their Sundance Comedy The Overnight and Prosthetic Penises

Earlier this Sundance, Vulture Kyle brought you the news of Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman going full frontal side-by-side in their hilarious new Los Angeles swingers movie, The Overnight (which also features Taylor Schilling and Judith Godrèche as their respective wives). There is so much to love about this movie, in which two couples with kids try to spark a new friendship, from paintings of buttholes to spontaneous pit stops at happy-endings massage parlors. But the centerpiece of the movie comes [SPOILER] when Schwartzman’s character drops trou to go skinny dipping at a dinner party and reveals a giant horse penis, which sends Scott’s character into a spiral of insecurity about his own micropenis — until his new well-endowed friend gets him to love his body … and do a naked dance that gives new meaning to the phrase swinging dicks. As I waited around to talk to Scott and Schwartzman, there wasn’t an interview I overheard where they weren't talking about their members. And I wasn’t about to stop the trend. Here’s what they had to say.

"Aside from that thing there, you are totally nude. And it's pretty scary, but it's liberating, too." »

Sundance: HBO’s Scientology Exposé Going Clear Is Jaw-Dropping

The revelations in Alex Gibney’s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief won’t come as a huge surprise to folks who’ve read Lawrence Wright’s devastating, similarly titled book-length exposé. But any way you cut it, this is still spectacular stuff. The film, which will air on HBO in March, debuted at Sundance to a jam-packed overflow audience and a rousing standing ovation — not to mention the sight of fest volunteers forming a human chain around Gibney, Wright, and their subjects at the end of their post-screening Q&A, presumably as a safety precaution. (There were no evident Scientology protesters at the screening, though one interview subject did note that he and another interviewee were photographed by the same person at the Salt Lake City airport.)

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9 Things Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Your Other Female Faves Said at Sundance

Yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival, four of the funniest women in Hollywood — Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan — got together for a panel moderated by The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum. You may have already heard about the panel, since Dunham's jab at Woody Allen made the news once more, but focusing on that brief comment would do a disservice to all of the other interesting things said onstage (not to mention all of the good jokes). Here are nine other things we learned when these women had the spotlight.

Movie studios still don't know what to do with female writers. »

Sundance: You’ll Never Guess Who Jack Black Just Hooked Up With

The Sundance of Sex continued last night with Jack Black's new comedy The D Train, and before I go any further, be aware that the movie's central hookup could constitute a spoiler. It's the sort of surprising sex scene that the trailer might leave out (for several reasons), but then again, it's such a gotta-talk-about-it jolt that you'll likely hear about what goes down long before the movie makes its way to the multiplex. More important, it's a genuinely interesting twist that distinguishes The D Train from the movie you first think it's going to be.

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Sundance: (Very) Early Oscar Buzz for Jason Segel’s Portrayal of David Foster Wallace

Sundance is always good for some infuriatingly early — as in 12 months early — awards predictions (though the hive mind wasn’t wrong about Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons or Damien Chazelle last year). But no one was expecting Jason Segel to be the first actor at this year’s Sundance to be Twitter-nominated as a 2016 Oscar contender before we even know who the 2015 Oscar winners are.

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Kevin Costner’s New Moves: The Actor on Stepping Into Racial Politics With Black or White

Kevin Costner sidles into a West Hollywood hotel room at precisely noon. After making about 50 films and winning two Oscars (for Dances With Wolves, the movie he directed and produced a quarter-century ago), he knows when he’s on the clock. He gives every appearance of being the Joe Regular you expect, the Western-movie star of his era. Sun-bronzed, rugged face, camel-color Levi’s, cowboy boots. He supposes they’re Lucchese. “You’d have to ask my wife,” he says. “She bought them. The only thing I know about clothes is how to put them on.” 

“Broken people say awful things and do incredibly absurd things.” »

The Sundance Sexfest Continues With Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman’s Naked Dance Party

This year's Sundance Film Festival is barely 24 hours old, but hot on the heels of yesterday's eye-poppingly gymnastic sex scene in The Bronze, it seems we've got another R-rated romp to contend with. Earlier today, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman brought their new movie The Overnight to Sundance, and while I'm about to describe the plot to you using entire paragraphs, rest assured that it has already been reduced to a single, oft-repeated sentence: "Oh, is that the movie where Scott and Schwartzman go full frontal?"

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Julia Roberts Is Making a Batkid Movie????????????

Today in "Huh" news, Deadline reports that Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in a movie about Batkid, the 5-year-old cancer survivor who thrilled both Barack Obama and Ted Cruz, among others, in November 2013. Officially, Roberts's film will be an adaptation of the documentary Batkid Begins; her role in it is unknown. The movie will likely cost more than the $105,000 that San Francisco spent on Batkid, but no matter the price, it will undoubtedly provide innumerable opportunities to leverage the brand of Batman, a DC Comics property.

Ryan Guzman on The Boy Next Door and Why There Is So Much Talk of Cookies

There’s a chance you’re already familiar with Ryan Guzman. He played the one man who came close to breaking up Ezra and Aria on Pretty Little Liars and the only guy to lead more than one Step Up movie, but this weekend he’s introducing himself to the world in a whole new light. As the titular Boy in The Boy Next Door, Guzman answers whether looks can kill, terrorizing Jennifer Lopez after she regrets their romantic evening together. With the film coming out today, Vulture spoke with Guzman about his special skills, hurting Kristin Chenoweth, and Jennifer Lopez’s cookies.

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Netflix Gets Duplass Brothers to Create 4 Very Mumbly Feature Films

In one of the few things in common they have with Adam Sandler, the Duplass brothers today signed a contract with Netflix to provide the streaming service with four original feature films. The deal went down at Sundance, which is fitting symbolism all around. Just like in Amazon's own just-announced film plan, the Duplass movies will have a brief theatrical window before debuting on Netflix. To make all these movies and still have time for Togetherness, the brothers will farm some of the work out to their slightly more attractive doppelgängers.

It Follows Trailer: How to Make STDs Even Scarier

Like a really good, really terrifying after-school special, It Follows seems like it could scare you straight. (Or at least celibate.) From David Robert Mitchell, the guy who brought you 2010's The Myth of the American Sleepover, this seems like one of those horror movies worth seeking out. Or maybe it'll find you.