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May 28, 2014

‘Ant-Man’ Paul Rudd loses his director; Pixar reveals ‘Inside Out’ plot

Here’s why writer/director Edgar Wright quit “Ant-Man” after years of developing the superhero project.

He’s really bugged

Well at least KC’s Paul Rudd is still in it, and that’s all we locals care about, right? In case you missed it, writer/director Edgar Wright has quit “Ant-Man” after years of developing the superhero project. Now The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Wright bailed because Marvel Studios ordered someone else to rewrite his script. “They don’t want you to speak up too much or have too much vision,” a source said of the studio. Still, Marvel insists the movie will be ready in time for its July 2015 release date.

‘Inside’ story

Pixar has finally revealed the plot for “Inside Out,” the newest film from “Up” director Pete Docter. The animated adventure takes us inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley, who gets emotional when her family moves from the Midwest to San Francisco. And those emotions live in Headquarters (aka her mind): Joy (the most important one, voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The movie is due in June 2015.

Back to the altar

A dozen years after “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” became a surprise indie hit, writer/star Nia Vardalos is ready with her sequel about life after the honeymoon, says “Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story,” Vardalos said. “Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true.” Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson will again produce; no release date yet.

The magic of Johnny

Harry Houdini was not only a magician. He was a superhero of his time. Adding to his powers: Johnny Depp might play him. Depp is in negotiations to star in “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero,” says The Hollywood Reporter. It’s said to have the feel of “Indiana Jones,” as Houdini investigates the world of the occult. Depp is already onboard for a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a second “Alice in Wonderland,” so release dates are iffy.

| Sharon Hoffmann,

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