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This week's cover: The big story behind Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

How long in the making was this week’s exclusive, first-look cover image of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man? Well, that depends how you look at it. While the shrinking, and insect-controlling, hero of Marvel’s Ant-Man (out. July 17) may not be as famous as The Hulk or Thor, he made his comics debut way back in 1962 and a year later co-founded The Avengers with those two aforementioned gents. Back in 2001, the movie’s original director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and fellow Brit Joe Cornish first wrote a treatment for an Ant-Man movie, which means the project long predates the hugely successful Marvel movie universe ushered in by 2008’s Iron Man. Wright remained enthusiastic about the project down the years, telling EW in 2013, “I’d rather do the film with 2015 effects rather than 2005 effects. So it’s all good.” Then, it wasn’t. In May of 2014, Wright unexpectedly exited the project, prompting a blood pressure-raising search by Marvel for a new director which ultimately led them to Bring It On filmmaker Peyton Reed, the man who ultimately welcomed EW to the Ant-Man set outside Atlanta last fall. READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner pimps out Paul Rudd for a dollar -- VIDEO

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Billy Eichner is one of New York’s finest reverse-pimps. In the next episode of Billy on the Street, he drags Paul Rudd through Manhattan and offers random strangers $1 to have sex with the adorable, ageless wonder. Don’t get too excited, pervs. This is hypothetical sex — you know, the worst kind.

Rudd is a good sport, but Eichner, who keeps stealing scenes on Parks and Recreation, is a riot. His boisterous behavior, his prohibition on hugs and haggling, and his unending commentary make this segment one of his show’s best ever.

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Paul Rudd goes against Jimmy Fallon in lip sync battle -- VIDEO

We’ve seen Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle before, but never with Paul Rudd. The comedy star appeared on The Tonight Show last night and duked it out with Fallon for the title of Best Lip Syncher, which included lip syncing to songs like Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Foreigner’s “Jukebox Hero.” Fallon full-out rocks out on stage; Rudd shows off some hip-focused dance moves. Check out the video below and see who wins: READ FULL STORY

The latest 'Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in 'Bosom Buddies' -- VIDEO

Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll  have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune — which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.

That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from the classic ’80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which starred Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks as a pair of 20-something dudes who disguise themselves as ladies in order to score a “dirt-cheap” apartment in an all-women’s building.

This time around, Scott takes the Scolari role, while Rudd makes an excellent Hanks stand-in. And as always, the clip is stacked with a host of familiar faces — including Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant, and Joel himself, who’s only a little miffed when Rudd and Scott ask him to try imitating the Joel soundalike who sang “My Life” for the show’s original opener. Then there’s the guy the shoot hires as a Rudd replacement at one point — let’s just say you’ll recognize him as well.

Fast forward to the 9:20 mark if you just want to see the recreation — but if you’ve got the time, you should absolutely watch the “making-of” material that precedes it. It’s a lot shorter and tighter than the preambles to past Greatest Events, even if this one doesn’t happen to feature Amy Poehler or Jon Hamm.

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Sundance 2014: Join us for a Google+ hangout with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd! -- VIDEO

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It’s a Wet Hot American Summer reunion! EW and YouTube are bringing together writer/director David Wain, writer Michael Showalter and the cast of They Came Together, a new romantic comedy from the team behind the 2001 cult hit. They Came Together  premieres Friday night at Sundance, but you can get a preview from stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, plus more of the hilarious cast along with Wain and Showalter as we chat with them live at YouTube on Main Street Friday at 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: How did Drake measure up? -- VOTE

Kicking off Saturday Night Live‘s 2014 season was Drake, the one-time Canadian teen soap star who now spends his days singing and rapping with the best in the business. And as longtime SNL fans know, musical hosts can be tricky. Luckily for the show, Drake seemed to have picked up some comedic talent in all his years in Hollywood. In her recap, Hillary Busis was even tempted to give Drake the award for Cast MVP by the end of the night, noting how “he played a main role in every single sketch tonight … and was so charming that I’m already counting down the days until he comes back for a second round.”

But the question remains: Was Drake funny enough to go up against the best hosts this season’s had to offer? Or perhaps the better question is: Was Drake funny enough to go up against Jimmy Fallon? The late-night host dominated our last poll with 60 percent of the vote, followed by Josh Hutcherson, who continues to garner support with 32 percent of the vote. The bottom three all earned less than 5 percent of the vote, with Kerry Washington in third, and Paul Rudd in fourth, thereby knocking John Goodman out of the competition (by only .31 percent).

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'Hudson Valley Ballers': Watch Paul Rudd do porn voiceover, because why not?

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If you haven’t yet checked out Hudson Valley Ballers, the six-part web series starring Saturday Night Live writers Paula Pell and James Anderson, it’s time. Paula and James play versions of themselves — former college roommates who’ve been friends for 30 years and are comedy writers — who left the city and moved to the Hudson Valley to start a bed and breakfast for creative types. Paul Rudd and SNL‘s Kate McKinnon make appearances as James’ and Paula’s love interests, respectively. Rudd’s character, Tampa, is a muralist for Olive Garden and does voiceovers for porn. Yes, you’re going to want to watch episode 6, embedded below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Can anyone beat Jimmy Fallon?

When Jimmy Fallon aced the Christmas 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live, yours truly suggested that his hosting become an annual holiday event. The former cast member and future Tonight Show host has all the skills to be one of show’s best guests, and he was in top form when he stepped back in to Studio 8H over the weekend to spread some more Christmas cheer. He sang, he did impressions, he broke character — it was the full-on Fallon treatment. Admittedly, he had some assistance from Justin Timberlake — Bing Crosby to Fallon’s Bob Hope — but you can’t penalize a guy for having funny, charismatic friends.

Safe to say that Fallon is about to make a huge impression on our Mr. Saturday Night poll. In fact, with none of the other four contenders with more than 26 percent of the vote, the field is wide open for Fallon to set a first-week record for support. Last week, John Goodman eked out a win, but it wasn’t a margin of victory that promises him a long life in our season-long contest. Paul Rudd was right behind, while Kerry Washington slipped to a close third, despite an encouraging six-point bump. Josh Hutcherson rallied support, eliminating Tina Fey, who’d been hanging precariously since hosting the season premiere. Blerg.
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Paul Rudd is the Ant-Man we need and deserve

UPDATE: Paul Rudd will star in Ant-Man.

ORIGINAL POST: Reports ran wild Wednesday that Marvel was about to cast Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, the first new superhero of the post-Avengers 2 era. To the layman, it probably sounded a bit funny. The last few Marvel heroes have trended young and buff: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America. Even Chris Pratt went all Brad-Pitt-in-Troy once he got the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd is one of those actors who doesn’t seem to age, but that’s partially because he seemed like an old soul — he’s always been a wry forty-something, even when he was in Clueless.
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'Anchorman 2' gang breaks Jon Stewart's will to live -- VIDEO

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We learned a lot of things when the Anchorman gang visited Jon Stewart. We learned that Paul Rudd’s non-aging magic — fueled by stored Nazi blood — enables one to become him if you kill him. We learned that Steve Carell craves Chilean hors d’oeuvres picked by abused migrant workers. And we learned that the Daily Show green room isn’t exactly the Taj Mahal.

When Carell returned to the Daily Show last night, flanked by his three tag-along co-stars, they presented Stewart with special gifts — drab gifts from the green-room walls and end-tables. Stewart clearly was expecting something grander in the holiday spirit — or at least something that he didn’t have to return to its rightful place, like the cup of straws.

Carell and Stewart bonded briefly over champagne and food, but things soon fell apart. One moment they were discussing David Koechner’s affinity for airline porn, the next, there were threats of cutting off Paul Rudd’s face.

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