Want to direct a superhero blockbuster? Give Marvel a call. They're probably getting desperate.
Several weeks ago, Edgar Wright quit Marvel's Ant-Man "due to differences in their vision of the film" — and the studio is having a hard time finding a director whose vision does match what they're looking for. Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay was an early frontrunner to take over (and even met with the creative team behind Ant-Man), but he eventually turned the job down, citing "other projects."
That led Marvel to pursue We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber, another rumored frontunner, who has now reportedly passed on Ant-Man. That leaves just one name on Marvel's alleged list of Ant-Man directors: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Unfortunately, his dance card might also be too full; according to The Wrap, Fleischer is also under consideration to direct Sony Pictures' long-gestating Ghostbusters reboot.
If Fleischer passes, that brings Marvel back to square one, and they'd better put a new wish list together quickly; Ant-Man is still scheduled to come out in July 2015, and the clock is ticking. Scott Meslow
In Hollywood, even the animal actors shave a couple of years off their real ages, and new legislation will help keep the actual DOBs of stars under wraps.
On Saturday, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that requires online subscription entertainment database sites, like IMDb, to remove the age of an actor if asked; the site will have five days to follow through with the order. Opponents say removing accurate age information from the websites stifles free speech, Variety reports, but the bill's sponsor and actors, including SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, believe it's a necessary move to prevent age discrimination, rampant in Hollywood.
Before Brown signed the bill, Carteris urged SAG-AFTRA members to reach out to the governor to push him into backing the bill, writing that an actor's age being published on a site used for casting causes "career damage." After the legislation was signed, Carteris said in a statement the bill will help actors secure "a fair opportunity to prove what they can do." Age wasn't a factor when it came to Carteris' most famous role as intense newspaper editor turned unexpected young mother and wife Andrea Zuckerman on the 1990s hit Beverly Hills 90210; she was 29 years old when she first started playing a 16-year-old. Catherine Garcia
Monday night is the highly anticipated first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and on Sunday night, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer — a fan of neither candidate — gave his unsolicited advice to both on Megyn Kelly's Kelly File. He started with Trump, advising that "between now and tomorrow night, decaf only, don't talk about your hands, and in the end, think of yourself in the press conference with the president of Mexico." Kelly pointed out that Trump drinks neither alcohol nor caffeine, so no coffee, and Krauthammer said, "He's off on the right foot."
"Your job in this debate is to make people look at you and think you're a plausible president," Krauthammer said to Trump, and viewers "won't appreciate snarkiness or disrespect," as in the GOP primary debates. Trump's goal isn't to "win on points, not to win on substance," but "to show himself to be calm," he added, which means first and foremost "not shout."
With Clinton, on the other hand, "I think what she needs to do is jab," Krauthammer said, "not to go for the haymaker, not to go for the one thing that's going to knock him out. He's very good a rope-a-dope and slipping away — you see, all the metaphors are boxing, because this really is a spectacle of boxing." In that vein, what Clinton "needs to do is the flurries, in other words to attack him on many points, calmly but one after another. I'm sure at some point he's going to want to succumb and strike back, and that's her opportunity." What if the debate is boring? Kelly asked. "Boring, he wins." Krauthammer said. "If he can be up there for 90 minutes and be dull, he wins the debate." "I'm excited to see them be dull," Kelly said. "I don't care." Watch below. Peter Weber
Ohio's method of removing voters from the registration rolls after six years of not voting was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a federal appeals court.
A lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Ohio and Demos, a public policy organization, asked that the controversial "supplemental process" come to a halt and the thousands of people kicked off the rolls but still eligible to vote be reinstated. They argued that this November, it's likely people who don't vote as often will hit the polls, and the process violates the National Voter Registration Act, which says states are only able to remove voters from the rolls if they request it, move, or die. Secretary of State Jon Husted says Ohio removes voters from the rolls to prevent fraud and keep the rolls current.
In June, ABC News reported many of the voters taken off the rolls lived in low-income neighborhoods or areas that typically voted Democrat. On Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision in favor of Husted, who said in a statement he was "frustrated" by the ruling that "overturns 20 years of Ohio law and practice, which has been carried out by the last four secretaries of state, both Democrat and Republican." Mike Brickner, senior policy director of the ACLU of Ohio, said he is hopeful that a "plan will emerge soon to allow the tens of thousands of voters illegally purged from the rolls to vote in the upcoming presidential election." Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump campaign chief chides Obama for 'glib' response to Trump's dire assessment of black America
Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was on ABC's This Week Sunday morning, and host George Stephanopoulos asked her about Monday night's debate, the role of debate moderators, whether Trump would apologize for his "birther" crusade ("that's a very personal thing"), and President Obama's response to Trump's assertion that "our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever." On Friday, Obama told ABC News: "I think even most 8-year-olds will tell you that whole slavery thing wasn't very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn't very good for black people."
"So are African American communities really in the worst shape they've ever been?" Stephanopoulos asked. "Seems to me that everything that Donald Trump is saying — and it's too bad that the president is so glib about these issues," Conway said, and Stephanopoulos jumped in: "The president's glib about race issues?" "No, no, no," Conway said, "he was very — he — no, George, he was just very glib about what the — you know, calling — referring to an 8-year old." Trump wants to rebuild inner cities, "tackling full-on poverty and joblessness and homelessness in the inner cities and crime," especially in Chicago, she said. "And we're not going to have a serious conversation about crime in the inner cities?"
Obama, of course, has been having that conversation for years, even if Trump has not been a part of it, but Conway said she thinks "Donald Trump should also be applauded for actually trying to make a difference in these communities." On the debates, Conway said that she thinks all the moderators will be great, including NBC's Lester Holt, but "I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding." When Stephanopoulos asked about Trump's big lead over Clinton in documented lies, Conway said that polls show voters trust Trump more than Clinton.
"I can understand why the Clinton camp is very nervous, because Donald Trump's got great presence, stature, he's a brilliant debater," Conway said. "Newt Gingrich put it best. The former speaker recently said Donald Trump is the best debater he's ever seen, he's like the Babe Ruth of debating, he shows up and swings does a great job." When Stephanopolous asked about Trump's suggestion he would invite alleged former Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to the debate, since rescinded, Conway said that Trump "wants to remind people that he's a great counter-puncher. They started this one by saying they would give a front-row seat to Mark Cuban — who by the way, until very recently very favorable toward Donald Trump and his candidacy." Despite Trump's tweet, Flowers "has not been invited by the campaign," Conway said. "She has a right to be there if somebody else gives her a ticket." Peter Weber
Veteran journalist Jane Pauley is the new anchor of CBS Sunday Morning.
Charles Osgood retired Sunday after 22 years as the program's anchor and 45 years total with CBS News. Pauley, who will take over the show on Oct. 9, joined Sunday Morning in 2014 as a contributor, and is becoming just the third anchor in the program's history. Pauley said Osgood "set the standard" for the show, and she is looking forward to "bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long."
CBS News President David Rhodes had high praise for Pauley on Sunday, saying she is the "ideal host" for Sunday Morning and, like Osgood, is a "television news legend." Pauley spent 13 years as co-host of the Today show and a decade as anchor of Dateline NBC; has received several Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement, and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism; and has written two bestselling books. Catherine Garcia
Before you decide to streak your way through the Australian state of Victoria, ask yourself this: Is it worth spending two to six months in prison?
Under new legislation overhauling sexual offense laws, streaking and mooning are banned, with first-time offenders facing up to two months in jail and repeat offenders six months, the BBC reports. The acts were once punishable under other laws, but are now banned under the new legislation, which was designed to differentiate between pranks done in the nude and acts of sexual exposure.
Both mooning and streaking are considered under the Summary Offenses Act to be "behavior that is indecent, offensive, or insulting that involves a person exposing (to any extent) the person's anal or genital region." The act also puts the kibosh on singing "an obscene song or ballad" and behaving in a "riotous, indecent, offensive, or insulting manner." Catherine Garcia
In a town filled with recognizable faces, one voice stands out from all the rest.
Vin's grandchildren stop by to surprise him in the booth. pic.twitter.com/L8iribaXGO
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2016
Vin Scully, the famed Los Angeles Dodgers announcer whose dulcet tones are known throughout Southern California, called his last game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. The 88-year-old has spent 67 seasons with the Dodgers, following the team to L.A. from Brooklyn. The day was all about Scully, with players tipping their caps to him before their first at-bat, and his grandchildren surprising him in the booth.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 26, 2016
During the seventh inning, a recording of Scully singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" played, and his rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was heard at the end. Addressing the crowd, Scully said: "You have kept me young at heart. Believe me when I tell you, I've needed you far more than you needed me." The game ended on a high note, with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning by Charlie Culberson giving the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies and their fourth consecutive division title. "Would you believe that run?" Scully asked. "Leave it to the Dodgers." Catherine Garcia