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Did the Wachowskis peak with 'The Matrix'?

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This summer’s Jupiter Ascending was supposed to mark the return of Andy and Lana Wachowski to blockbuster science-fiction, a genre they briefly defined in 1999 with The Matrix before a decade that saw the successful-yet-disappointing Matrix sequels and the somewhat calamitous Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. On Tuesday, everything changed. Below, two EW writers with profound opinions debate what this means for the siblings. Warning: Certain infamous megaflops will be flagrantly defended.

Jeff Labrecque: Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ science-fiction action movie with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, was bumped from July — the heart of summer blockbuster season — to February 2015, a.k.a. the box-office dumping grounds. Note that they didn’t push it to November or December, which would’ve given the Wachowskis several months to fine-tune and fix the bugs, while still soaking up holiday dollars. No, a February release sends signals that Warner Bros. has little confidence in the movie, which was only weeks from release. So… after several other high-priced underwhelming projects, is it fair now to say that the first Matrix was the exception for the Wachowskis and not the rule?

Darren Franich: That would be the case, Jeff, except for one simple fact: Speed Racer is awesome. Not “underrated” or “overlooked” or “worth a second look,” although it is all those things; it is awesome. Yes, the 2008 cartoon adaptation is generally credited with removing what little mojo the Wachowskis had left after the Matrix sequels, but it is a stunner: a movie that completely replaces even the fragile physics of The Matrix with a practically abstract array of high-speed colors. The problem, of course, is that it was also a $120 million movie, and there’s a reason people don’t make a lot of semi-abstract $120 million movies. READ FULL STORY

'Trust Me' star Clark Gregg admits he'd like to date Khaleesi (and all three dragons) from 'Game of Thrones' -- VIDEO

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For all of the Marvel fans who have been wondering whether Clark Gregg kept any of Agent Coulson’s vintage Captain America cards, we finally have your answer: Yes, he did. And yes, they’re also covered in (fake?) blood.

When Gregg stopped by our New York City office to promote his new film, Trust Me – in which he plays a struggling talent agent for child stars — we put him in the hot seat. Gregg discussed the movie (and beach memory) that he’ll never forget, his crush on Game of Thrones‘s Khaleesi, and more. Bonus scoop: His first celebrity crush was Kathy Garver, who played Cissy on Family Affair.

Watch Gregg’s Pop Culture Personality Test below:

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Disney needs a new 'Ant-Man' director: An imaginary pitch

Two weeks ago, news broke that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing Ant-Man. This was a surprise for many reasons. Wright had been developing the movie, in one form or another, for close to a decade. The film had already lined up an impressive cast, including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as various Ant-Men and Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. Reports circulated that Wright departed the project over creative differences with the studio, including an unsatisfying script rewrite. Marvel began searching for a new comedy-friendly director, but both Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber passed. With the release of Ant-Man just 13 months away, the whole project appears to be in jeopardy.

Disney is still trying to find a new director — supposedly Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame. If that fails, they’ll need to find another director. As it happens, EW managed to obtain an exclusive transcript of Disney executives pitching a potential director on the Ant-Man job. It begins: READ FULL STORY

RoboCop throws first pitch at Detroit Tigers game -- VIDEO

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RoboCop is programmed to follow certain Prime Directives, including “serve the public trust.” Is that where throwing the first pitch at an MLB game comes in?

The cyborg cop took time off from keeping the mean streets of Detroit safe Tuesday night, when he stopped by Comerica Park as the Tigers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays. The visit was part of a promotion in honor of the DVD release of this year’s RoboCop remake, aka #ROBOCOPDay.

It should come as no surprise that RoboCop threw a pretty decent pitch — one much better than 50 Cent tossed. After all, the new-generation officer has internal robotic zoom capabilities for better aim and tracking. Take a look at his arm in the clip below: READ FULL STORY

The Rock in 'Hercules' or Ben Stiller in 'Tropic Thunder': Who wears an animal head best? -- GIF

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When the latest Hercules trailer hit the Web on Tuesday, there was something very familiar about The Rock going head-to-head with a lion and then donning his conquest’s furry head atop his own. It took us right back to one of the best moments of the action comedy Tropic Thunder, when a manic Ben Stiller murders a wild beast in the dark jungle only to discover in the light of day that his furious foe was a sweet, cuddly panda bear. The actor-turned-survivalist then wears the panda’s head like some kind of ursine ushanka.

The Rock’s divine Greek hero is a little more intimidating than Ben Stiller’s Tugg Speedman, but there’s no doubt they can both rock a furry hat. In the spirit of a celebrity gossip mag, however, we have to ask: READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars': Who might Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie play?

After much harrumphing that the new Star Wars film was in danger of not being Title IX compliant, the Force was somewhat balanced yesterday with the announcement that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie had been cast in J.J. Abrams’ space epic. That’s hardly gender parity — with Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley the only other females currently announced — but it’s certainly a substantial and necessary improvement for a traditionally boys-heavy franchise entering the post Hunger Games universe. Thus far, the only significant female Star Wars characters in six episodes have been a princess and a queen — but Abrams has a solid reputation for strong, well-drawn female characters, from Felicity to Alias to Fringe. 

Speculation based on seating order at the recent Star Wars read-through and preconceptions about Han and Leia’s inevitable offspring hinted that Ridley will play their teenaged daughter and perhaps be the keystone to Episode VII‘s story. But what of Nyong’o and Christie? Who might they play? And does the fact that they were not part of the first round of casting announcements indicate that they’re background players and not essential personnel?

Based on the popular profile and pedigree of both actresses, it’s unlikely that either Nyong’o or Christie will be relegated to Lobot or Cantina-dancer status. And though Lucasfilm has announced that the Expanded Universe is no longer gospel — not that it ever technically was — the studio is not against plucking favorite characters and storylines from previous material. “While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded,” Lucasfilm said back in April. “Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.” With that in mind, here are three hopeful character possibilities for both actresses, based entirely on wishful thinking. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt on red carpet attacker: 'The nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch'

Last Wednesday, Brad Pitt was supporting his partner Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Maleficent when notorious celebrity harasser Vitalii Sediuk struck. And as it turns out, Sediuk got touchier with the movie star than we originally thought.

In an exclusive statement to PeoplePitt details the attack: “I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head — not too hard — but enough to get his attention, because he did let go.”

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Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson's bond is your new friendship crush

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Shailene Woodley once considered quitting the acting business. And then Brie Larson came along.

The two actresses worked together on The Spectacular Nowa coming-of-age high school-set film. The experience was transformative for Woodley: “That movie made me want to be creative again, and Brie was very much a part of that time,” the actress recently told New York magazineCue awws. 

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PopWatch Planner: 'The Fault in Our Stars' in theaters, 'Enlisted' returns, 'Tony Awards,' and more

The first full week of June has everything you could ask for from summer entertainment: Comedy, action, love, sex, awards, “reality” television, and Tom Cruise. From The Fault in Our Stars finally hitting theaters to the return of fan-favorite comedy Enlisted, here’s what your pop culture calendar looks like this week: READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' touring exhibit in the works, theme park still a possibility

It may be a while before anyone gets the chance to test their archery skills at a Hunger Games-inspired theme park, but by next summer, fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a touring exhibition dedicated to the popular franchise.

During a conference call discussing Lionsgate’s fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, studio CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the first step in extending the brand beyond the screen is to launch The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, set to trek across the U.S. in summer 2015. The traveling museum will feature costumes, props, and other elements from the Hunger Games universe.

Theme park creator Thinkwell Group has been tapped to spearhead the project and develop other extensions of the Jennifer Lawrence-led franchise — including additional theme park attractions and other location-based entertainment opportunities. READ FULL STORY

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