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‘Ant-Man’ Movie Wouldn’t Just Be For ‘Avengers’ Experts, Director Says

Edgar Wright says he’s just completed a third draft of the script for the Marvel movie. By Aubrey Sitterson, with reporting by Josh Horowitz “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images With “Captain America: The First Avenger” grossing over $65 million on its opening weekend and fans already buzzing about next year’s “Avengers,” Marvel’s quickly expanding cinematic universe is as popular as ever. Now, from San Diego Comic-Con 2011 comes news that Marvel Studios might finally be moving ahead on a long-awaited release: Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man.” The “Shaun of the Dead” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” director has been talking about taking on Marvel’s smallest superhero since at least 2007, promising a live-action film that would blend humor with action and would include two different Ant-Men: Henry Pym and Scott Lang. In the Marvel Comics source material, both characters make use of a special formula and suit that allows them to shrink, as well as a high-tech helmet that facilitates communication with ants and other insects. “Ant-Man” is said to feature flashbacks of the original hero, Pym, as well as scenes of his successor, Lang, in the present day. Now, after years of infrequent updates and stalled production, things are finally looking up for “Ant-Man.” “Since February, we’ve done two drafts of the script, and we just handed in a third draft on Monday,” Wright told MTV News. The director is co-writing the film with Joe Cornish, whose “Attack the Block” (a British alien-invasion movie starring frequent Wright collaborator Nick Frost and in theaters on July 29) was making waves of its own at Comic-Con. Apparently, some of the hold-up on “Ant-Man” was related to “Attack the Block,” as the duo did not complete a second draft until Cornish was finished with his directorial debut. “The way we wrote the script is for it to be a standalone genre film,” Wright said, perhaps indicating that “Ant-Man” would be less explicitly tied to the “Avengers” family of titles like “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Thor” and “Iron Man.” Wright continued by explaining his desire to “create an ‘in’ for people so you don’t have to know 50 years of ‘Avengers’ history to enjoy the movie.” While most recent superhero adaptations have focused on Marvel and DC’s “big guns,” characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Superman and others, the protagonist of “Ant-Man” will be entirely new to all but the most fervent comic book fans. For Wright and Cornish, however, the freedom that comes with a lesser-known character is a large part of the upcoming project’s appeal. Wright was close-lipped on who he wanted to play the part of the movie’s eponymous hero (or heroes), but he did hint that he had someone in mind. Who would you like to see play Ant-Man? Let us know in the comments below. Check out everything we’ve got on “Captain America: The First Avenger.” For breaking news and previews of the latest comic book movies — updated around the clock — visit SplashPage.MTV.com .

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MAM-erican Idol Jennifer Lopez Takes on Racy Nude Roles

Newly single superstar Jennifer Lopez , who divorced husband #3 Marc Anthony just last week, is announcing her availability to the world by taking on a duo of daring- and potentially nude- roles. J-lo has kept her jugs safely inside her top since her boob-baring turn in U-Turn (1997), but now, 14 years later, she’s set to play potential mother-to-be Holly in the movie adaptation of the popular pregnancy book What to Expect When You’re Expecting . In the script, Holly bares her boobs for her husband (played by Rodrigo Santoro ) to try to convince him to adopt a baby boy. She’s also signed on for a role in the crime movie Parker , and the script calls for Jennifer, as sexy real estate agent Leslie , to do a skintillating striptease for Jason Statham . Could this mean the long-anticipated movie debut of Jennifer’s juicy $27 million caboose? Skin Central just hopes Jenny from the Block doesn’t cock-block our nude hopes!

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Prom Actor Graduates to Gay Dude

Nicholas Braun, who starred in a movie you didn’t see called Prom , is toplining a new comedy called Gay Dude . The premise concerns a high schooler named “Michael (Braun), who makes a pact with friend Matty to lose their virginity before graduation — until Matty comes out of the closet.” The good news is that Parks and Recreation scribe (and Mouse Rat band member) Alan Yang handled the script. The bad news is the following analogy could be true: American Pie : Gay Dude :: Road Trip : Boat Trip . Frightening. [ Variety ]

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Diablo Cody Will Make Her Directorial Debut with Lady Sinner Comedy Lamb of God

Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody will make her directorial debut with Lamb of God , about a conservative woman who loses her faith and goes to Las Vegas to sin it up — which kind of sounds like Kristen Wiig’s character from Paul , only (let’s hope!) even naughtier. Cody also wrote the script and will re-team with producer Mason Novick, who produced Cody-penned films Juno , Jennifer’s Body , and the forthcoming Jason Reitman -directed comedy Young Adult . [ THR ]

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‘Bad Teacher’ Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

Before signing up for Cameron Diaz’s class, study up with our fun facts. By Eric Ditzian Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in “Bad Teacher” Photo: Sony It’s been more than a month since “Bridesmaids” slayed us at the cinema. We’re desperately in need of some hard-R laughs, a few gross-out moments that make us cringe, and the reminder that as crazy as we might be, we’re not nearly as loco as the folks we’re watching onscreen. Thus, we say thanks to “Bad Teacher” as it floats, on a comedic cloud of profanity and penis jokes, into theaters. Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, an educator less concerned with math lessons than she is in smoking pot and calculating her way into marriage with any filthy-rich doofus. She meets the perfect mark in Justin Timberlake’s Scott Delacorte, a substitute teacher and a guy so freaking nice there’s got be something wrong with him. And then we have Jason Segel’s sly gym teacher; even though he’s got the hots for Halsey, his paycheck doesn’t have nearly enough digits to entice the leggy blonde. But all this is just the setup. The punch comes in a series of outlandish events that, if we were to reveal them here, would just spoil the fun. What we can do is tell you everything you need to know about “Bad Teacher” before hitting the multiplex this weekend. That’s where our cheat sheet comes into play. Getting Ready for Class News of the film, penned by “Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, broke in December of 2009. Diaz had signed on , but the rest of the cast had yet to be filled out. That changed a few months later, when Timberlake and Segel hopped aboard . Though Diaz had formerly dated JT, the actress had no qualms about stepping in front of the camera with him. “He’s the best person for the job. He’s going to be hilarious,” she said. “He’s clearly a very talented comedian; look at his ‘Saturday Night Live’ [skits]. He’s fantastic. He’s going to be so great.” School’s in Session Filming kicked off in March. Nearly a year later, a truly filthy red-band trailer popped up online, giving us a very clear idea of how truly terrible a teacher Diaz would be: “Are you f—ing kidding me?” she writes on a student’s test. While the comedy’s raunchiness was no surprise, Timberlake’s weirdo of a sub certainly was. As Diaz later explained to us , “He gives us a character that you have not seen yet before — not just him, but pretty much anyone. It’s just a very interesting character and a lot of fun to watch. By the end of it, you’re like, ‘What is up with that dude?’ It’s hilarious.” The Final Exam As part of our Summer Movie Preview Week, we debuted an exclusive photo of Diaz getting ready for a fundraising car wash unlike any that you might recall from your school days and also sat down for a chat with the woman herself. “She’s miserable. She’s not happy with her world, and she doesn’t pretend that she is,” Diaz said of her character. “Her pain is real. She’s living a very painful existence, so there’s no humor to her in this.” Sure, she’s a woman in pain. But there’s also something liberating about the way she just doesn’t give a hoot about anything. “I think that’s why people love Elizabeth,” Diaz told us at the film’s premiere in New York City. “It’s because everyone wants to be her, even for an hour, maybe a day. If you get away with a week — oh my gosh! I got to play her for six weeks. So yeah, it was a lot of fun.” “The first 30 pages, I’m like, ‘I am not playing this. There is no way I can play this character. There [are] no redeeming qualities to this character,’ ” she recalled of the script in an earlier chat. “And by the end of it, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is genius! There’s no redeeming qualities to this character!’ We got to the end of the script, and we’re not apologizing for anything she said. It’s a very modest arc.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Bad Teacher.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Bad Teacher’ Related Photos ‘Bad Teacher’ Premieres In New York

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Cover: ‘American Chopper’ Star Weighs In

Paul Teutul Jr. tells MTV News he’s puzzled by Gaga’s motorcycle makeover. By James Montgomery Lady Gaga Photo: Noel Vasquez/ Getty Images When Lady Gaga unveiled the cover art for her much-anticipated Born This Way album over the weekend, even the most manic of Little Monsters seemed perplexed by her brand-new motorcycle makeover … with some even going so far as to speculate that the cover was fake . And if you think Gaga’s fans are confused by the BTW cover, well, then you should hear Paul Teutul Jr.’s take on it. After all, he designs motorcycles for a living, first under his dad’s tutelage at Orange County Choppers — made famous on Discovery Channel’s “American Choppers” — and now with his own shop, Paul Jr. Designs . Turns out Junior’s sort of at a loss when it comes to Gaga’s new look. “This chopper is very, kind of, uh, interesting. They kind of melted the motor around and stuff so it’s hard to even see what they have … they almost did a ribcage, kinda see-through in the tank. But none of it feels really smooth,” he told MTV News. “The bike that it emulates the most is that ‘Easy Rider’ bike … it has that king and queen seat, it’s got the old-school exhaust, but I can’t really tell what kind of bike it is.” Of course, aside from the assumed technical issues, Teutul Jr. said that he’s most puzzled that the Born This Way album cover didn’t go even further. Because, as he put it, what could be cooler than a full-fledged Gaga-cycle? “Looking at it, I would’ve made it more of an integration of her into the bike. It would be more seamless. In other words, it would be her and the bike morphed,” he said. “If you’re Born This Way, then it almost has to look kind of mermaid-ish, in the sense that there’s this fusion between the actual mechanical aspect and the human perspective. … It’s a little cut-and-paste looking. I would’ve done something even integrated throughout the bike that would’ve been more ‘Lady Gaga.’ “How awesome would it have been if her entire body, like, her feet actually became the axle rod for the rear tire, and her body actually formed the entire bike? I mean, it could’ve been a more flowing, freakier look,” he continued. “And that’s what we do at Paul Jr. Designs. Our full integration isn’t ‘put a sticker on it.’ Our full integration is we make that bike what the theme is intended to be. It’s about pulling off the theme front-to-back.” And to that end, Teutul Jr. said that he’d love to work with Gaga on an actual motorcycle — it’d probably make for an interesting episode of his show, “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior,” which returns April 25 — because it would give him and his team a chance to do what they do best. “I would get inside her head on the whole project, and really be able to pull off what it is, creatively, that she would want integrated into the bike,” he said. “And for this tour, she could come out onstage and it could be a whole theatrical thing that ties around the actual album cover. I think it would be a great fit and we’re both young and creative. It would be a great collaboration for sure.” What do you think of the Born This Way cover art? Tell us in the comments! Related Artists Lady Gaga

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‘Scream 4′ Stars Pick Their Favorite Death Scenes

‘What freaks me out the most with all the deaths is the sound effects,’ Emma Roberts tells MTV News. By Kara Warner Courteney Cox in “Scream 4″ Photo: Gemma La Mana/ Dimension Films For those of you who didn’t make it to the theater over the weekend to see “Scream 4,” stop reading now — we don’t want to spoil anything! For everyone else, MTV News thought it would be fun to find out the cast’s favorite death scenes in the new slasher pic, along with some technical insight from director Wes Craven. And because there are so many gruesome offings from which to choose, the results of our little poll are all over the map, despite some persuasive campaigning by Anthony Anderson. “I think the one that freaked me out the most, her name is Marielle in real life — Marielle’s death,” Emma Roberts said, choosing the bloody demise of Marielle Jaffe’s character, Olivia Morris. “It’s one of the first, and she’s the popular girl, but she gets massacred. Totally just done. “That, to me, was the freakiest, because she’s running around her room, and they keep stabbing her and stabbing her,” she added. “I guess what freaks me out the most with all the deaths is the sound effects. When you’re doing it, it’s like a retractable knife and there’s fake blood squirting out, but when you have that sound effect, it totally adds another level of horror to the scene.” Adam Brody’s favorite death involved the special cameos from Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin. “I thought that was one of the more surprising ones,” he said, before pointing to his co-star Anthony Anderson. “And then he’s got a fantastic, dragged-out [scene].” “Yeah, I’m going to say the black guy’s death in this movie is great,” Anderson joked. “I’m not going to say who it is, though, but the black guy’s death in this movie. NAACP Image Award contention. We’re going to go beyond Oscar and Emmy and Golden Globe; we’re going to go straight to the Image Awards.” When asked how many takes it took to get that one just right, Brody and Anderson joked that there was a lot of work to it. “I think they really worked that scene,” Anderson said. “They shot that from all kinds of angles.” “[There were] 30 cameras,” Brody added. “Yeah, 30 cameras,” Anderson agreed, continuing the joke. “And some of it was the super slo-mo stuff, so yeah, the black guy.” Interestingly enough, when we mentioned Anderson’s epic death scene to Craven, he revealed that the drawn-out aspect wasn’t originally in the script but inspired by a real-life medical emergency. “That wasn’t in the script,” Craven said. “I did it without announcing it to the studio. I was hoping that they didn’t fire me the next day,” he recalled with a chuckle. “It was written that the killer just comes in and pins him to the seat,” Craven explained. “I had seen this thing on television, this documentary about somebody being stabbed right through the head and they actually showed the X-ray … and the guy walked into the emergency room, so I thought it would be extraordinary if somebody was stabbed in the head and still be alive for a while.” The fact that Anderson was campaigning for his death scene to be named the best won over co-star David Arquette. “I do love a good Anthony Anderson death scene,” he laughed. “He was a little zombie-like. There was a moment of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ [in there].” Check out everything we’ve got on “Scream 4.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Scream 4′

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‘Scream 4′ Stars Were ‘Paranoid’ About Keeping Script Secret

‘I had to read it at [director] Wes Craven’s house,’ Emma Roberts recalls of her first look. By Kara Warner Courteney Cox in “Scream 4″ Photo: Gemma La Mana/ Dimension Films With all the secretiveness surrounding the plot details of the “Scream” movies, it’s natural to assume that the general public goes into the films with as little knowledge as the studio can prevent them from acquiring. (Even journalists are asked to refrain from reviewing or commenting on the film until it opens.) But what about the actors? How much are they privy to when they sign on? MTV News recently caught up with the “Scream 4″ cast to find out first, why we should believe their characters are not the killer and second, how much of the script they get to read before they sign on. “[I got] the middle bit, the middle section,” Hayden Panettiere told us. “I was in Germany and [the filmmakers] had somebody fly to Germany, meet me at home to watch me read the middle part of the script, so there was no beginning, no end, subject to change,” she explained. “There’s just something very funny about somebody sitting there watching you read it to make sure you don’t sneak pictures or go sending it anywhere. You feel like your life may be in jeopardy if, God forbid, anything got out.” “When I first read the script, I had to read it at [director] Wes Craven’s house,” Emma Roberts revealed. “So I couldn’t even have it sent to my house. When we got our scripts on set, they all had our names on them and I remember I was getting out of my car to go to work one day and I dropped my script and, literally, the pages were everywhere and I was in this parking lot chasing after all of my pages and, of course, the last few pages were floating away from me,” she recalled. “I grabbed them and brought them to my trailer, [thinking], ‘OK, I don’t know what to do with all this paper, I’m so nervous to be carrying this around.’ ” Franchise veteran David Arquette wasn’t able to pull rank for extra information either. “I didn’t receive a full script, no,” Arquette said. “It’s always been a whirlwind when these films get going. You never really know what’s happening, what’s going to happen, and also how it works in the films … when I go see these movies, there’s a lot of, ‘Oh, they kept that? Wow, that worked. Oooh, scary.’ ” Jokesters Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson, who play buddy cops Hoff and Perkins in the film, claimed that they still don’t know anything about the film. “I’m still getting pages now,” Anderson said. “I got the whole thing, and then they took it back and then gave me another one,” Brody bragged. “For as secret as it was — and I was really paranoid that I had it in my hotel room or backpack forever — it says your name on it and I thought, ‘I’m going to blow this whole thing,’ so surprisingly they gave it to me and let me keep it and I didn’t want it,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think they gave us the actual script,” Anderson continued. “I think they gave us some type of story with our name on it, to scare us,” he claimed. “Because every time I got to work, the lines that were in the script that I had studied the night before were not the lines we were doing that day at work.” Do you plan to see “Scream 4″? Let us know in the comments! Check out everything we’ve got on “Scream 4.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Scream 4′ Related Photos The New ‘Scream’ Queens Scream 4: Red Carpet Arrivals Scream 4

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‘I had to read it at [director] Wes Craven’s house,’ Emma Roberts recalls of her first look. By Kara Warner Courteney Cox in “Scream 4″ Photo: Gemma La Mana/ Dimension Films With all the secretiveness surrounding the plot details of the “Scream” movies, it’s natural to assume that the general public goes into the films with as little knowledge as the studio can prevent them from acquiring. (Even journalists are asked to refrain from reviewing or commenting on the film until it opens.) But what about the actors? How much are they privy to when they sign on? MTV News recently caught up with the “Scream 4″ cast to find out first, why we should believe their characters are not the killer and second, how much of the script they get to read before they sign on. “[I got] the middle bit, the middle section,” Hayden Panettiere told us. “I was in Germany and [the filmmakers] had somebody fly to Germany, meet me at home to watch me read the middle part of the script, so there was no beginning, no end, subject to change,” she explained. “There’s just something very funny about somebody sitting there watching you read it to make sure you don’t sneak pictures or go sending it anywhere. You feel like your life may be in jeopardy if, God forbid, anything got out.” “When I first read the script, I had to read it at [director] Wes Craven’s house,” Emma Roberts revealed. “So I couldn’t even have it sent to my house. When we got our scripts on set, they all had our names on them and I remember I was getting out of my car to go to work one day and I dropped my script and, literally, the pages were everywhere and I was in this parking lot chasing after all of my pages and, of course, the last few pages were floating away from me,” she recalled. “I grabbed them and brought them to my trailer, [thinking], ‘OK, I don’t know what to do with all this paper, I’m so nervous to be carrying this around.’ ” Franchise veteran David Arquette wasn’t able to pull rank for extra information either. “I didn’t receive a full script, no,” Arquette said. “It’s always been a whirlwind when these films get going. You never really know what’s happening, what’s going to happen, and also how it works in the films … when I go see these movies, there’s a lot of, ‘Oh, they kept that? Wow, that worked. Oooh, scary.’ ” Jokesters Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson, who play buddy cops Hoff and Perkins in the film, claimed that they still don’t know anything about the film. “I’m still getting pages now,” Anderson said. “I got the whole thing, and then they took it back and then gave me another one,” Brody bragged. “For as secret as it was — and I was really paranoid that I had it in my hotel room or backpack forever — it says your name on it and I thought, ‘I’m going to blow this whole thing,’ so surprisingly they gave it to me and let me keep it and I didn’t want it,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think they gave us the actual script,” Anderson continued. “I think they gave us some type of story with our name on it, to scare us,” he claimed. “Because every time I got to work, the lines that were in the script that I had studied the night before were not the lines we were doing that day at work.” Do you plan to see “Scream 4″? Let us know in the comments! Check out everything we’ve got on “Scream 4.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Scream 4′ Related Photos The New ‘Scream’ Queens Scream 4: Red Carpet Arrivals Scream 4

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Phil Collins Health Problems

“I don#39;t really belong to that world and I don#39;t think anyone#39;s going to miss me,” Phil Collins, 60, tells FHM, according to Time magazine. I#39;m much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.” Phil Collins, who lives in Switzerland, adds: “I#39;m sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn#39;t mean it to happen like that. It#39;s hardly surprising that people grew to hate me.” His back hurts from a dislocated vertebra. He#39;s lost some of his hearing. Nerve

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