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Mark Ruffalo on the foe Hulk needs for a stand-alone movie

Ever since The Avengers debuted two years ago, fans have been demanding: When is Mark Ruffalo going to get a stand-alone movie as the Hulk?

With Marvel Studios recently announcing a slate of seven untitled movies that spans into 2019, it’s possible we may get an answer to the question at Comic-Con this week.

If a Hulk movie isn’t among them, the answer is probably: Never. At least, not with Ruffalo in the lead, since he has been open about the fact that his own age, 46, starts to become a problem for a superhero – especially if we’re looking more than five years down the line.

Ruffalo follows Eric Bana and Edward Norton as the third actor to take on the character in recent years, and in an interview with EW weighed in on the possibility of starring in a solo Hulk movie.

The actor said he has been giving it a lot of thought (and we’re guessing he wouldn’t be doing that if it weren’t at least a possibility.)

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man will grapple with Hulk in Tony Stark’s ginormous “Hulkbuster” armor. But Ruffalo’s view of Hulk’s greatest foe is not what you might expect …

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Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey in talks to play CIA agent turned American enemy

• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]

• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]

• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]

• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]

• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]

• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]

Steven Spielberg adds Amy Ryan, Alan Alda to Cold War thriller

Steven Spielberg is filling out the cast for this Tom Hanks-starring Cold War thriller about the lawyer trying to negotiate the release of a spy plane pilot captured by the Soviet Union.

Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.

Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing the untitled project with 20th Century Fox.

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Video: Jake Gyllenhaal seeks employment in 'Nightcrawler' promo

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Louis Bloom is an ambitious young man looking for a job in a tough market. The main character of director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, Bloom will eventually fall into the world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles and get entangled in the city’s seedy underbelly. But while audiences wait to see that in the film (out Oct. 17), Bloom is still pounding the pavement, as it were.

In an unconventional promo for the pic, Bloom has even gone as far as putting out a Craigslist ad and a video resume to bolster his opportunities. Check out Gyllenhaal’s slightly unhinged hero nearly begging for a job, using all the clichés he can muster in the spot below.

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Summer box-office analysis: Hollywood is losing America, taking over the world

For this summer’s box office, the hits keep on coming—and not the good kind, the ones with $100 million opening weekends. No, the summer of 2014 has been one body-blow after another at the U.S. box office, as the collective slate of big Hollywood films has failed to keep up with last summer’s record pace. The most recent weekend, which witnessed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes repeat as the top movie, was trailing the same weekend last year by almost 25 percent. July is down more than 30 percent year-to-year, and the summer as a whole is down almost 19 percent from last year.

To be fair, the summer of 2013 was monstrous, with Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 leading a parade of blockbusters that included 19 films that topped $100 million. This year, there have been only 10 films to hit that mark, though the season isn’t over yet, obviously. But as previously detailed, this summer might yield the worst box office in decades, with ticket sales down to disturbing levels. But why?

A simple and frequently cited explanation is that the current crop of movies stink. Give theatergoers something great, the conventional wisdom goes, and they’ll show up again and again. But what if the movies don’t stink? Or, more precisely, what if they stink the same amount as last year’s films? Then what? READ FULL STORY

Video: In 'Predestination,' Ethan Hawke is out of time to fight crime

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Blending elements of Memento and Minority ReportPredestination finds Ethan Hawke as a temporal agent, traversing through time to eliminate crime before it happens. His last assignment, however, requires him to recruit his younger self and stop the one criminal he’s never caught.

Hawke previously worked with directors Michael and Peter Spierig on Daybreakers, a post-apocalyptic take on vampire mythology, and this project is a return to similarly high-concept material. Based on science fiction legend Robert A. Heinlein’s short story, All You Zombies (a line Hawke spouts mid-trailer), Predestination deals with everything from time paradoxes to, well, fate and predestination.

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Video: Benedict Cumberbatch races against time in 'The Imitation Game' trailer

British mathematician Alan Turing had the tough job during World War II of deciphering Nazi codes, a task that ultimately helped lead to the Allied victory. But Turing’s life wasn’t smooth sailing even after his huge success: He was later prosecuted for being gay, then considered a crime.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Gamewhich documents Turing’s race against time during the war and his life before and after. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film also features Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.

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Video: Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler revisit the 1970s in 'Space Station 76'

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Ever wonder what it would be like if Ron Burgundy had gone to space in the 1970s?

That’s the general vibe of the trailer for Space Station 76, which stars Patrick Wilson as the mustachioed, hard-drinking captain of Omega 76, a groovy space station that is turned upside down when the new assistant captain turns out to be a… woman (Liv Tyler).

The film’s vision of the future cleverly samples from B-movies and sci-fi television of that era, and its melodrama, which includes crumbling marriages, affairs, and petty jealousies, may have been cribbed from your favorite classic soap.

Veteran TV actor Jack Plotnick co-wrote and directed, recruiting actor friends to improv and workshop the scenes until a developed film took shape. The film debuted at SXSW earlier this year, and though Sony hasn’t yet announced its release and VOD plans, EW has the exclusive trailer. READ FULL STORY

'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a “postapocalyptic alien invasion buddy comedy road trip animated movie.”

Animation technology has grown “leaps and bounds” since Johnson directed the cartoon hit Antz back in 1998, and he wanted to show that change. Home is only the second film to be made with the help of an advance animation system created by Dreamworks after How to Train Your Dragon 2. “I feel like I’m working with actors and not technically animation,” Johnson says. “I can talk about intention, motivation and emotion, and the amazing animators are able to do the rest.” An alien species called the Boov with the power to turn off the world’s gravity arrive on Earth and force all humans to evacuate. The story follows a human girl (Rihanna) teaming up with one of the purple aliens, named Oh (Parsons), to try and stop them. That’s right: The world is about to end, and Jim Parsons and Rihanna are our only hope. “Never  a stranger combo has the world depended on for survival,” Johnson jokes.

Besides the title, other changes had to be made to adapt the futuristic and colorful tale. For example: The alien protagonist’s adopted name is J. Lo in the book. But since Jennifer Lopez herself voices Rihanna’s character’s mother in the film, the filmmakers decided to switch things up. “We thought for marketing purposes it might get a little confusing,” Johnson says, adding that the new name Oh makes a little more sense for the character.

“The sci-fi genre can be very narrow and self-imitating and can get stuck in a rut,” Johnson continues. “I wanted to design an alien technology that was really unexpected.” His first rule: absolutely no lasers. So Home’s extraterrestrials not only have the ability to completely turn off the Earth’s gravity—but their weapon of choice also launches bubbles instead of beams. A true sci-fi fan and self-described geek, Johnson hopes that these modern, funny touches can get whole families to see the film together when it opens in March.

Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest paid actors once again

Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.

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