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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

Kanye West reportedly gave 20-minute toast at wedding. So, how many times did he quote his own lyrics?

To the beautiful, lucky soul who is not yet aware: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married over the weekend.

Details about the ceremony and reception are slowly emerging. One nugget that caught our eye: According to E! (of course), West reportedly gave a 20-minute toast where he, ugh, called the Kardashian family “the most remarkable people of our time… [who] make the world a better place.” “Drunk in Love” is probably the kindest response to that statement.

Besides that gem, details are scarce about what, exactly, West discussed with a microphone in his hand — Lord knows he gets unpredictable and long-winded when he’s at events (or recording).

“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means,” Kanye West once declared. “I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period…I understand culture. I am the nucleus.” Could this man really manage not to quote himself — via his lyrics — during an emotional speech? READ FULL STORY

An incomplete list of things these Kimye wedding photos remind us of

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Although he couldn’t know it at the time, Kanye West inadvertently gave voice to his own future wedding guests with this lyric from 2007’s “Stronger”: “You should be honored by my lateness/that I would even show up to this fake sh–/So go ahead go nuts/go apesh–.” (Important note: Beyoncé and Jay Z declined to show up to “this fake sh–.”)

As everyone is all too aware, Kim Kardashian made her third trip down the aisle this past weekend. (#ThirdTimesTheCharm?) And now E!  — because of course — has photos of the big event. Photo one is a shot of the couple in front of a wall of flowers; shot two shows Kardashian and West in leather jackets as Kanye (probably) explains the Grease-inspired concept for his next album. Sample lyric: “There are worse things I could do/ than marry a reality star or two/ Even though the neighborhood/ thinks she’s trashy and no good…” READ FULL STORY

Everything the new McDonald's mascot looks like

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Operating under the assumption that longtime mascot and nightmare harlequin Ronald McDonald isn’t demonic enough to frighten the hard-boiled tweeter-tumbling kids of today, McDonald’s has introduced a new Happy Meal character. Its name is Happy, and it will take all your happiness and devour it whole. It is the All-Consuming Entropy, the Mouth that will swallow us all, the tunnel at the end of the light. And here is everything it looks like: READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'The Music Man Live': Let's cast it!

Dammit, NBC — why’d you have to announce an upcoming live version of The Music Man that likely won’t premiere until 2015? How are we supposed to get excited for Peter Pan Live when we know that this is on the horizon?

No disrespect to the Lost Boys, but Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic is a much better show than the 1954 stage version of Pan. (So long as Mary Martin isn’t involved, anyway.) The songs are catchier, the book is wittier, the production numbers are more fun — and there’s much less chance of high-wire mishaps, which actually might make Pan the more exciting of the two. Also worth noting: Because many of Pan‘s lead roles are children, dream-casting that special is a lot less fun than dream-casting The Music Man.

So even though we’ll have to wait at least a year (and probably longer) for any confirmation on who’s going to play Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian, and the assorted other citizens of River City, Iowa, let’s take this opportunity to ignore Pan and go full-steam ahead on NBC’s next live musical. Here are a few folks that would shine in the Cast — with a capital C, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for POOL.

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'Friends': A definitive and completely objective ranking of Phoebe's original songs

Yes, I’m a day late to observe the 10th anniversary of Friends‘ series finale. However! It’s always the right time to celebrate the song stylings of one Phoebe Buffay, the best/worst singer/songwriter of the mid-late ’90s and early-mid ’00s. (Tough luck, Lisa Loeb.)

Looking at this list, you may be surprised to see that Phoebe sang as often as she did. (I certainly was after I agreed to write this post!) Given that, I had to set down some ground rules: I’m only counting original songs that Phoebe intended to perform, which means both her “Endless Love” duet with Chandler and the two impromptu ditties she improvised in the finale are out. Even so, Friends‘ 10-year span gave us nearly 40 Phoebe songs to contend with — which is why I’ll cut the introduction here and get right down to the ranking. Oh, and spoiler: “Smelly Cat” ain’t No. 1.

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Lindsay Lohan will appear on 'Watch What Happens Live'. Let's plan the games!

For a very specific demographic, the ultimate news was just announced: Lindsay Lohan will appear on Watch What Happens Live! The episode will air next Thursday, April 17, EW has confirmed.

“This one is a long time coming. We love Lindsay and plan to celebrate the s@%# out of her!” host/executive producer Andy Cohen told E!.

Fans of the show know this has the potential to be quite the memorable episode. Not only is the live program proudly booze-soaked (a tradition they will obviously (right?) forgo for the evening), but the program’s cheeky charm thrives on Cohen asking the guests just-this-side-of-inappropriate questions. Lohan, for all her faults, has always proven herself adept on the talk show circuit, reliably ready with a cigarette smoke-assisted throaty laugh and a charming story. (Just witness her on the Tonight Show.) If she shows up with gossip, the episode will be can’t-miss. Just think of the Ooooooooprah intel! READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: O-Town's reunion and the 7 dirtiest boy band songs -- VIDEO

Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)

This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair.)

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'Mean Girls' characters: Where are they now?

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This is worse than wearing sweatpants: Mean Girls isn’t getting a Tina Fey-penned sequel!

Despite some hopeful speculation from fans recently, Fey confirmed the news to Extra on Wednesday, saying, “We’re coming up next month on the 10-year anniversary of the original movie… We’re going to see if there’s any way to get everyone together, but not a movie, sadly. We’re all past high school age.” (Mean Girls 2, the 2011 TV movie sequel with a whole new group of girls, is best not mentioned.)

Like any good twenty-something, I love the movie, but the “no sequel” news is totally for the best. There’s no way people wouldn’t be disappointed by whatever they came up with, and now, fans can just continue to watch and love the original as the perfect high school satire that it is. For those that would like a little more, all hope isn’t lost: Fey is directing her energy towards a possible Mean Girls musical (which she told EW about last year in her EW Interview).

Since Fey has made it clear we aren’t going to get Regina and Gretchen’s High School Reunion, just for fun I went ahead and pictured where the whole fetch gang is now, 10 years post-high school. READ FULL STORY

'Cruel Intentions,' 15 years later: A definitive power list

The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip GirlPretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)

That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a serious eye for talent: One of five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams’ first roles was as the lead of a spin-off TV show that never made it past the pilot stage and was subsequently marketed as Cruel Intentions 2. NEVER FORGET.

But back to the original. Cruel Intentions‘ pretty young things — the interesting ones, anyway — spend the film’s 97-minute run time both screwing with each other and being screwed with. By the final frame, the status quo established at the beginning of the movie has been turned on its head: reformed bad boy Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is dead, while good girls Annette and Cecile (Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair) have triumphed over alpha bitch Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar, never better). In real life, though, basically everyone affiliated with the movie came out a winner: All went on to find some degree of stardom on screens big and small, and most are still fairly relevant today.

Of course, some are a little bit more relevant than others. Which is why I’m taking this opportunity to reevaluate the careers of the Cruel Intentions gang in a modern context. Who ended up being the cast’s real Queen Bee — and who basically got dumped by Hollywood over Fourth of July weekend? The answers may surprise you! READ FULL STORY

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