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Michael Douglas Would Love to Join the Avengers

Michael Douglas has been a part of movie history for most of his working life, but at age 70, he's still open to new chapters. When we chatted with him earlier this week at the Los Angeles world premiere of his new Marvel movie Ant-Man, Douglas raved about the craft that went into it. "I think it's incredible," he said, "when you have a break from working with the first unit, which is the actors, and you get to go watch the second unit with the stuntmen or the third unit with the special effects or the fourth unit which is the ant’s point of view, the macro photography — and you see how they put it all together." In fact, now that his character Hank Pym has been added to the Marvel cinematic universe, Douglas wouldn't mind popping up in an even bigger Avengers film. "Honey, I’ll go anywhere," he told us. "I’ll go anywhere they want me to. I like this Marvel family; it’s a lovely group. I’ll be honest, their track record’s impeccable — I mean, that’s 12 in a row, right? Who’s done that?"

Rory Gilmore and Izzie Stevens Are Getting Married in a Movie: Your Mid-2000s Slash Fiction Came True!

May we introduce you to Jenny's Wedding. It comes out in theaters on July 31 and VOD on August 1. The dream of the 2000s is alive in independent cinema. 

Your First Look at Deadpool and His Guns

Lots of superheroes explicitly don’t use guns, but not Deadpool. Deadpool uses guns. And with the first official photo from the movie, Ryan Reynolds and the people behind the hard-R Deadpool movie wanted to remind everyone of exactly that. What is he doing with the guns? By the looks of it, shooting one man and one old car. He's not called Alivepool for a reason.

Winehouse Documentary Amy Reveals the Lethal Effects of Celebrity

The Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is alternately thrilling and devastating, throwing you back and forth until the devastation takes over and you spend the last hour watching the most supernaturally gifted vocalist of her generation chase and find oblivion. Directed by Asif Kapadia, who had amazing access to Winehouse’s family and friends, Amy raises a question that’s common to downward-spiral docs: Is it a profile or an autopsy?

Kapadia doesn’t exactly point fingers — it’s more of a subtle nod. »

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London Has Fallen Teaser: Get Ready for Gerard Butler and Explosions

Remember Olympus Has Fallen? Okay, well, now bad things are happening in London. This is what it's going to look like: explosions, Gerard Butler, more explosions, more Gerard Butler, maybe a little Morgan Freeman, more explosions, and then a creepy, Avengers-ified version of "London Bridge." Good news: Everything looks sufficiently cool and badass. (Bad news: The timing of this teaser was neither cool nor badass.) You'll be able to catch all the Butler action early next year.

Paul Thomas Anderson Will Write — and Possibly Direct — Robert Downey Jr.’s Pinocchio

Paul Thomas Anderson just threw his fans a major curveball: The acclaimed director is set to write the live-action Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr., The Hollywood Reporter reports. Anderson, whose last project was 2014's Inherent Vice, is also in talks to direct. (For reference, Anderson has both written and directed all seven of his films.) Downey Jr. will reportedly play the woodcarver Gepetto. Now if he can just get Joaquin Phoenix to play Pinocchio, all will be right in Paul Thomas Anderson's world.

Joe Manganiello Suffered for Your Pleasure in Magic Mike XXL: ‘Strippin’ Ain’t Easy’

Several of the supporting actors from the first Magic Mike movie have opted not to return for the sequel, but the ones who did have really made the most of it — none more than Joe Manganiello. His character Big Dick Richie was just an overmuscled sight-gag in Steven Soderbergh's original flick, but in Magic Mike XXL (out today), Manganiello practically becomes the co-lead of the movie, flexing and strutting on a Florida road-trip with Mike (Channing Tatum) and his male-stripper pals. The True Blood alum also gets the movie's best scene, a riotous mini-mart sequence where Richie improvises a sensual, self-parodying routine to one of the most famous boy-band songs ever. Magnaniello hopped on the phone with Vulture recently to discuss how that sequence came about, his thoughts on onscreen nudity, and the freak injury that almost cut his stripping time short.

"It was excruciating." »

Hey, What Do Ya Know, Michael Fassbender Actually Seems Like an All Right Steve Jobs

We've poked plenty of fun at Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic over the years, but judging from this first trailer, it actually seems like it might be pretty good. Sorkin looks to be back in Good Sorkin mode; Seth Rogen is gunning for those Best Supporting noms; and, accent issues aside, Michael Fassbender — the third choice for the role, after Leo DiCaprio and Christian Bale dropped out — makes a fine Steve Jobs. Cast a Jobs you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.

Julia Roberts Has a Mother’s Day Movie Up Her Sleeve

Deadline reports that Julia Roberts is set to star in a self-explanatory movie called Mother's Day, about, yeah, a lot of different mom stories. Think of it as the Traffic of matriarch movies. Probable mamas Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, along with improbable mama Jason Sudeikis (who will hopefully play a meta curmudgeon upset he isn't in Father's Day), might be in on this, too. Garry Marshall will direct from Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander's script, à la holiday pics New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Always a treat.

Michael B. Jordan Is Truly a Beast in the Creed Trailer

The project of Ryan Coogler's dreams is on the way, and here are roughly three minutes of it to show you just how dreamy it is. As fate (or Hollywood) would have it, Apollo Creed gave birth to something fierce (Michael B. Jordan). That something wants to wreck people in the boxing ring — all while fighting for something bigger than victory. (As far as trailers go, this really is almost too good. It's almost like the old Rocky movies got the same badass update as the Mad Max series. The training montage will even be updated to feature motorcycles and quads ... neat!) You can begin your Jake Gyllenhaal–vs.–Michael B. Jordan debates now, and then catch Creed on November 25.

The Trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Edward Snowden Movie Is Basically Just Snowden’s LinkedIn Profile

Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic only finished shooting a few weeks ago, so it makes sense that there wouldn't be a whole lot of edited footage to cobble together for this first trailer. In its place, we've got a helpful rundown of Snowden's résumé because, hey, the dude's been out of a job for two years now.

How Well Do You Know Channing Tatum’s Abs?

Sure, people go see Channing Tatum in movies because he is funny and a solid actor, but that's never the first reason. No, Priority No. 1 is that at some point, for some reason, he'll take his shirt off. Which is why, with Magic Mike XXL, a movie all about the moment he takes his shirt off, coming out this week, Vulture wanted to test how well you know his work — and by work, we mean his abs. In the quiz below, you will be shown ten shots of Tatum's abs, and you'll have to guess which movie, TV show, or advertisement they appear in. Good luck and you're welcome!

Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor Get Their Murder-Mystery On in The Secret in Their Eyes Trailer

In 2010, Juan José Campanella's El Secreto de sus Ojos won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. But because Hollywood can't leave a good thing alone, it's now getting an English-language remake directed by Billy Ray. The thriller stars Julia Roberts, an FBI investigator whose teenage daughter turns up dead in a Dumpster. And when Nicole Kidman, the district attorney, can't build a strong enough case against the primary suspect, Roberts's co-worker and close friend, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, goes on a 13-year manhunt for the guy they let walk. Just when they think they've found him and can reopen the case, Roberts goes all The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to exact "justice" (read: revenge). The Secret in Their Eyes opens October 23.

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace

Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other. 

For someone who has long loved Wallace’s writing, as I have, one of the ironies of this shift is that, whether he intended to or not, Wallace started the process himself. First, he embarked on a series of publicity campaigns in which he performed his self-conscious disdain and fear of publicity campaigns, a martyr to the market culture and entertainment industry he was satirizing in his books. Then there was a treacly commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005 that became a viral sensation and later, a few months after his death, a cute, one-sentence-per-page inspirational pamphlet, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life. And now comes a bromantic biopic, The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, the novelist Rolling Stone sent to write a (later abandoned) profile of Wallace in 1996. The movie’s theme is the bullshit-ness of literary fame — which Wallace, the permanently unsatisfied overachiever, nonetheless craved (not to mention it might get him laid, which he also thought would be a phony achievement). The movie is based on Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the book of transcripts Lipsky published in 2010. And since much of its dialogue is transferred directly from the tapes, it does have a claim on the authentic Wallace.

None of this is entirely new; Wallace has always been an unstable commodity. »

Justin Lin Has a New Star Trek Title and Picture for You

Justin Lin's upcoming Star Trek movie, the third (and not the last) in the new run, will be called Star Trek Beyond. The director tweeted the title in hashtag form Monday, accompanied by a pic of a retro-looking Starfleet badge. "Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!" he wrote, before adding a "Live Long and Prosper" shout-out for the late Leonard Nimoy and his legendary Spock character. Although plot details for this installment are still under wraps, there's a strong possibility — given the title — it could be about a weird quest for coffee mugs. The film, which has begun production in Vancouver, is slated to hit theaters next July.

Tweet Long and Prosper! Here's the pic: »

Get Flipped the Bird by Tons of Famous Movies, Characters in This Glorious Supercut

Next time you're having a tough Monday, just whip out this crown jewel of a supercut and aim it at the world. It has angry birds — from 161 different films — for everyone and from everyone, including the ever-cherishable Mr. Bean and Mrs. Doubtfire. Flip away, dearhearts:

Yup, the Chris Farley Doc Looks Like It’ll Be Moving As Heck

Oh, (Tommy) Boy: I Am Chris Farley — i.e., a glimpse back at comedy genius is around the corner. So ready your tissues and your favorite Farley memories. Then join Bob Saget and a slew of others for this sure-to-be-poignant cry-fest on July 31. (It will also premiere on Spike on August 10, and then be available via VOD, digital download, and DVD on August 11.) For now, here's a taste.

Paul Feig Wants You to See the New Version of the Ghostbusters Uniforms

The social push for spreading on-set Ghostbusters treats has begun, and it's picking up steam: Director Paul Feig tweeted tweaked versions of the iconic jumpsuits early Monday evening. "What you gonna wear," he wrote in hashtag form, above a pic of the four protagonists' — to be played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — uniforms. They look similar to the originals, maybe just a touch darker. The biggest difference is the addition of the orange stripes, which will be great for when the 'Busters go running or walking at night, as they will now be very visible. Solid. Fashionable. Maybe a little too practical. Maybe not. The lapels are unfortunately covering the character name tags, but if you're curious about what those will likely be, head here.

Uniforms: »

Magic Mike XXL Is a Lot Less Naked Than You Were Expecting, But You Might Not Mind

In Jaws, you barely see the shark. In Jurassic Park, the fearsome T. rex is teased early on but not glimpsed in full until much later. And in Magic Mike XXL, you have to wait an entire hour before Channing Tatum even takes off his shirt.

That's right: Somehow, this sequel to 2012's surprise-hit male-stripper movie is one of the least shirtless movies its pulchritudinous star has ever made. "I'll say this … at least it's worth the wait," director Gregory Jacobs told Vulture last week. Where did he find the nerve to keep Channing's chiseled body covered up? Jacobs laughed: "It's in my nature to be withholding, I guess."

How naked is it? »

Channing Tatum Will Be Able to Throw Cards and Do Tricks Like a Pro in Gambit

In an interview published Sunday with Screen Rant, Channing Tatum's writing-producing partner Reid Carolin revealed that the star actor is consulting the help (well, at least this once) of a real-life magician to prep for his upcoming Gambit role. "Last night, we were with my friend who I went to college with — this guy David Kwong, who is an incredible magician — and he was teaching Chan how to throw cards and do sleight of hand," Carolin recalled. Although Tatum is revving up that aspect of his character, Carolin noted that he didn't think Tatum had Gambit's Cajun accent ready (booooo). Production for the Gambit movie is slated to begin in the fall in New Orleans, with Rupert Wyatt at the helm. "The script is really good," Carolin added. "To be honest, I don’t watch big movies for pleasure a lot, but this script convinced me that we should be making this movie." (Side note: Unfortunately, one movie they will probably not be making is the much-talked-about Ghostbusters movie. "I think it’s too complicated," Carolin said. "There’s a lot of things going on with that brand and I just feel like it’s over-saturated.") Anyway, Gambit would be proud. Hopefully this means Tatum will be able to throw cards and do tricks with them like a true pro come next October.