Got Him Again! Paul Rudd Can’t Stop Pranking Conan O’Brien

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Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Steals A Small For Marvel $6.4M In Thursday Previews.

In this week’s new releases, Amy Schumer shows off her comedic chops in the anticipated romantic-comedy “Trainwreck.” Marvel’s latest film features an impressive performance by Paul Rudd as “Ant-Man.” With performances by newcomers Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, the indie-film “Tangerine” is a “heartwarming meditation on friendship and human nature at its most resilient and optimistic,” writes critic Ann Hornaday. ★★★ “Trainwreck” (R) “Stand-up comedian and Comedy Central phenom Amy Schumer proves her cinematic bona fides in ‘Trainwreck,’ a strikingly assured feature film debut in which she proves herself as authentic an actress as she is deft as a writer. This week at the multiplex, we’ve got a tiny superhero (“Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas) and a commitment-phobe (“Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader).

Director Peyton Reed said of the film, ‘Because it’s a heist movie, it’s a very strong comedic tone that we were after.’ ‘Ant-Man’ is the newest Marvel film and centers on ex-con Scott Lang, who is recruited by scientist Hank Pym to save the world from villainous corporate tycoon Darren Cross (Corey Stoll).This weekend sees the release of Marvel’s latest celluloid adventure, “Ant-Man.” Despite initial misgivings, many predict the film to be both a financial and critical success, and so far, the prognosticators are proving correct: “Ant-Man” is expected to earn $65 million over the weekend, and it’s garnered a 77 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (with The Post’s Kyle Smith saying, “ ‘Ant-Man’ is the only superhero movie you need to see this summer”).So the prospect that Ant-Man, the minuscule Mighty Mouse of Marvel’s stable of powerhouse superheroes, might join the brawny big-screen ranks of the Hulk, Thor and the rest has long held some pleasing irony. After going intergalactic with “Guardians of the Galaxy” and hanging an entire city from the sky in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel is reversing its scale but still packing the punches with an insect-sized superhero. “Ant-Man,” now in movie theaters, sees a new addition to Disney-owned Marvel’s expanding universe as Paul Rudd steps into the Ant-Man suit, which allows the wearer to shrink and gives him super strength. That’s why lots of curiosity ensued when, just weeks before shooting on “Ant-Man” was to commence, Edgar Wright, the British blender of genre and comedy who had worked on the project for eight years, departed over “creative differences.” It was a sacrifice, seemingly, to the Marvel colossus.

Telling the story of Scott Lang, a man who inherits the mantle of Ant-Man from the costumed crusader’s originator, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the movie deploys its real secret weapon: wit.” – Michael O’Sullivan ★★★ “Tangerine” (R) “Bursting with unbridled humor and nervy, uncompromising brio, ‘Tangerine’ is a study in contradictions. Critics say “Ant-Man” continues the trend — it’s an energetic, tongue-in-cheek caper flick that builds to a thrilling climax, even if it doesn’t deviate much from Marvel’s established template. So when I tell you that Walt Disney’s Ant-Man opened last night at 7:00pm and earned $6.4 million in those preview showings, it’s time to whip out the calculator and go to work. The precise source of the dispute is unknown, but it’s clear enough from the final product, pushed forward with the quick insertion of director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On,” “The Break-Up”) and a rewrite by Adam McKay and others, that “Ant-Man” was bedeviled on one hand by staying true to its more modest size and idiosyncratic nature and on the other by meeting the larger, blander demands of being a Marvel movie complete with superhero cameos and sequel potential. Unlike Iron Man’s billionaire alter-ego Tony Stark or Captain America’s patriotic soldier Steve Rogers, Lang is decidedly less heroic – a deadbeat father and petty criminal who has spent time in jail.

Donning a suit that allows him to change size, Lang must infiltrate Pym’s old lab in order to ensure that a revolutionary technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. “Ant-Man” is Certified Fresh at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer; check out some of the reviews here: Fresh: “Rudd’s charm and an overall sense of silliness make for breezy summer fun. He has an ethnically diverse group of petty criminal friends: Tip (T.I.) Harris, David Dastmalchian and Michael Pena, the only actor in the movie who’s rightly convinced he’s in a comedy. It’s also Marvel’s most kid-friendly movie yet.” — Rafer Guzman, Newsday Fresh: “You can’t have a good ‘Ant-Man’ movie without a good Ant-Man, and in the genial and charming everyman Paul Rudd, the filmmakers have done it right.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Rotten: “A film that will surely be popular, given Marvel’s marketing might, but one that’s woefully short on coherence and originality.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Raucous, raunchy, and insightful, “Inside Amy Schumer” is TV sketch comedy that soars on its star’s irrepressible charisma. Lang is trying to right himself for the sake of his young daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Forston), and for the purpose of paying child support to his ex-wife (Judy Greer, an actress too good to be twice relegated to the domestic sidelines in this summer’s blockbusters). Critics say Schumer’s personality shines through in “Trainwreck,” a sharp romantic comedy that’s both laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally quite touching.

Schumer wrote and stars in the tale of a woman who sleeps around a lot, then isn’t quite sure how to handle a relationship with a nice guy (Bill Hader). With the comedic Rudd leading “Ant-Man,” the film ups the laughs with the actor delivering witty, self-deprecating one-liners, while supporting star Michael Pena often steals the spotlight as Lang’s dim, goofy sidekick Luis.

Holmes.’ But in their place we get something more memorable: a lonely old man bedeviled by regrets and preoccupied with his legacy.” – Stephanie Merry ★★½ “A Poem Is a Naked Person” (Unrated) “I like Russell’s music, but I learned absolutely nothing about him. While these numbers don’t mean much anymore (Thursday moviegoing got a lot more mainstream after around 2011), Iron Man 2 earned $7.5 million towards a $128m debut (5.6%), Thor earned $3.25m towards a $65m debut (5%), while Captain America earned $4m towards a $65m debut (6%). Along with his daughter (a bob-sporting Evangeline Lilly), he’s conspiring to prevent a former apprentice (Corey Stoll) from unlocking the atomic secrets that led to Ant-Man’s secret power: the ability to shrink down to bug size yet maintain strength. And she’s blessed with the perfect opposite number in Hader ” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Fresh: “If you’re looking for something radical, you’d be best to stick with Schumer’s television show. ‘Trainwreck’ is just good fun, and a lot of it at that.” — Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Rotten: “Romantic comedies can go in all sorts of directions, but they depend on the audience’s believing that a couple should get together and stay together.

Back in 2011, that 6% was on the high side for something that wasn’t a Twilight sequel or Harry Potter sequel, but today pretty much any heavily anticipated franchise installment would be thrilled with a 6% Thursday-to-weekend figure if said Thursday was anything over $4m. It introduces us to billionaire defense contractor and snarky genius Tony Stark, played by a pitch-perfect Robert Downey Jr., who, after being kidnapped by and escaping from a band of terrorists using his weapons, has a crisis of conscience. While most people would perhaps go into therapy, Stark takes another course of action: He builds a rocket-powered suit of armor that enables him to take on the bad guys. Yes, you’re about to say, that $6.4 million Thursday gross is the lowest Thursday gross for Marvel since Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.

During training, while Lang tries to perfect his communication with other underground ants, he sometimes pops out of the ground like a sprouted cabbage. Loki’s machinations to have Thor banished from their home world of Asgard and stripped of power are the sort of diabolical schemes found in the most popular Shakespearean tragedies. A 11% figure gives the film a $55m debut weekend, which will start a fire sale at the Marvel offices and lead to the cancelation of Captain America: Civil War and the wholesale return of Spider-Man to Sony . In all seriousness, it can (and should) be argued that the lack of hardcore anticipation that created a lower-than-normal Thursday will also somewhat negate the potential for hardcore frontloading. You may have been impressed by Alicia Vikander earlier this year as the devious robot in “Ex Machina.” She delivers another excellent performance as Vera Brittain in the sorrowful World War I-era movie “Testament of Youth.” It is based on Brittain’s memoir.

Joss Whedon’s masterpiece is full of hilarious one-liners and character development, but that’s all really just icing on the cake that is an alien invasion flick. Change, we are told, is afoot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Ant-Man” is the final movie in the studio’s Phase Two, and there are promises of bigger intergalactic battles looming in Phase Three.” Still, you have to squint pretty hard to spot the differences from Marvel movie to Marvel movie. Here is my review of “The Tribe.” Gael Garcia Bernal comes to the rescue in the adventure saga “Ardor” from Argentine writer-director Pablo Fendrik (at Cleveland’s Capitol Theatre).

Realistically speaking, Ant-Man is looking at an opening weekend of between $58 million and $80 million, with an educated guestimate of around $65m by Sunday. Of course, regardless of how fair this is, a lot will depend on whether or not Ant-Man tops the second weekend of Universal/Comcast Corps.’ Minions.

Cap’s return finds him questioning his allegiance to SHIELD, an agency that doesn’t quite seem to be living up to its promise of protecting the world. Co-star Robert Redford, of the ’70s paranoid conspiracy classic “Three Days of the Condor,” lends an air of gravitas to what turns out to be an effective and timely political thriller. Marvel delves into the far reaches of space with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a colorful, rollicking space opera with a liberal dose of slapstick comedy. Featuring a lineup that includes a living tree and a wisecracking raccoon with a gun fetish, the Guardians are Marvel’s weirdest big-screen team-up so far.

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