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The People Who Laughed At Paul Rudd As Ant-Man Have Some Explaining To Do

How dare you.

To anyone who laughed at Paul Rudd for his casting as Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we just wanna talk. 

We spoke about the MCU on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Paul Rudd is an ageless, Hollywood legend who has just recently dropped a bombshell on us. In a new interview, Paul Rudd opened up about being laughed at for playing Ant-Man. Now, do we have to remind all of you that Ant-Man is iconic?

Ant-Man initially appeared in Peyton Reed’s 2015 film, Ant-Man, but he has also appeared in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man & the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. As a result, Ant-Man is one of the core second-generation Marvel characters that’s sure to keep the legacy alive when older legends have their stories wrapped up. Plus, you don’t need us to tell you that these are some of the best films in the franchise. 

To anyone who thinks that Ant-Man’s powers are dull, you’re wrong. Ant-Man can shrink and eventually grow in size, in addition to commanding an army of ants. And while he doesn’t have any weapons like his Marvel peers, Ant-Man’s abilities are straight-up legendary, so that’s that on that. 

In an interview with Variety’s “Actors on Actors At Home” series, Paul Rudd was joined by Chris Evans to discuss all things Marvel. And sadly, in this interview, Paul Rudd not only talked about how people laughed the concept of Ant-Man, but they laughed at his casting in the role. 

Paul Rudd said, “I would say, ‘I got this part, I’m playing Ant-Man,’ and then they would say, ‘Well what does Ant-Man do?’ I would say, ‘He can shrink to the size of an ant but he retains strength and he can also control ants and talk to ants.’ And people would laugh as I’d explain what the character does.”

The Ant-Man continued: “I’m not the first guy that people would think of when it comes to playing a big superhero. I wanted to try and make a character, a superhero, who was kind of a regular person. The whole world of it, of superherodom, seemed overwhelming and it’s like, ‘What do you do with this?’ you know, to make it identifiable.”

“These characters are important to many people and you want to treat them with respect and want to do the character a service. And certainly, the character – when he was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and everyone at Marvel – has been around for a while.” You can watch the full chat here:

Ultimately, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is a match made in heaven. Not only does the role have an abundant history in the Marvel comics, but the way Marvel has leaned into the comedy of the super-power is incredible. Plus, you’d rather be Ant-Man than an 8-feet, green machine. 

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These Actors Need To Join Elizabeth Banks In The Live-Action ‘Magic School Bus’

She's set to play Ms. Frizzle.

In nostalgic news, The Magic School Bus is getting a live-action film and it’s starring the incredibly talented, Elizabeth Banks. Based on the Scholastic book series by author Joanna Cole, Universal has decided to reboot the iconic 1990s tv show, starring Elizabeth Banks in the lead role, Ms. Frizzle.

We spoke about Elizabeth Banks on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Chief Strategy Officer and President of Scholastic Entertainment, Iole Lucchese said, “We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way that inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners every day.”

Joining the intrepid teacher will be a cast of young and curious misfits, but given we don’t know anything about the rest of the casting, we thought we’d help Universal out with a list of actors that we think, deserve a part in this project.

Millicent Simmonds

Credit: Paramount Pictures, Nelvana Limited

After proving herself as an incredibly talented actor in A Quiet Place, we strongly believe that Millicent Simmonds should be in The Magic School Bus. For Millicent Simmonds, we’re vibing the role of Phoebe. Phoebe’s a little shy but also willing to stand up for what she believes in. Given her performance in A Quiet Place, we honestly can’t see this role being done by anyone else.

Jack Dylan Grazer

Credit: Amazon Studios, Nelvana Limited

Jack Dylan Grazer has only been in a handful of movies, but this star has captivated us all with each and every performance. Starring in It, It Chapter 2, Beautiful Boy and Shazam! this kid can honestly do it all. For Grazer, we’re vibing the role of Carlos in The Magic School Bus. The comic relief character that has no problem taking chances and getting messy? Sounds like Jack. 

Elsie Fisher

Credit: A24, Nelvana Limited

After lending her sweet voice to the Despicable Me franchise, Elsie Fisher finally got to show off her acting chops in Eighth Grade. As a result, we reckon she’ll go well as Dorothy Ann (or D.A.) in The Magic School Bus. D.A. is extremely intelligent and analytical and we reckon Elsie Fisher has this persona within her acting wheelhouse. 

Marsai Martin

Credit: Disney–ABC Domestic Television, Nelvana Limited

Marsai Martin is so young but already such an icon. After impressing audiences around the world with her performance in Black-ish and Black Lady Sketch Show, Marsai Martin has to be in The Magic School Bus. For Marsai Martin, we’re vibing the role of the level-headed and realistic student in the class, Keesha.

Julian Dennison

Credit: Disney, Nelvana Limited

Finally, we want a bit Aussie/ New Zealander representation in this reboot too, so how can we leave out Julian Dennison? This hilarious youngster cracked us up in Deadpool 2, and we want to see him make us laugh in The Magic School Bus as Ralphie.

Who would you like to see join Elizabeth Banks in the The Magic School Bus live-action film?

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Is Starting S8 From Scratch In Wake Of Black Lives Matter Protests

“We have to start over.”

As society questions whether shows on tv glorify police brutality in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is making a change. 

We spoke about the Black Lives Matter protests on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The recent pushes in the Black Lives Matter movement have caused drastic changes to the entertainment we consume, for the better. Not only has the movement seen the removal of problematic shows that feature blackface, but it’s also scrapped the reality-series Cops and got society questioning the positive depictions of law enforcement on tv. This includes the ultimate girl-boss Olivia Benson of Law and Order: SVU and now, the beloved sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Well, Brooklyn Nine-Nine vowing to make a change for the better, by scrapping their already-made scripts, and channelling a new, more socially aware direction. 

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews said, “We’ve had a lot of sombre talks about it and deep conversations and we hope through this we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible. Our show-runner Dan Goor, they had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in.”

Terry Crews didn’t elaborate on why these episodes were scrapped, but we have to assume that the team are wanting to reflect the current discourse sensitively, whilst also being extra precautions on episodes with racial profiling. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine ultimately serves as an optimistic tv show with its diverse cast and progressive morals and as a result, it feels so completely removed from reality. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and to an extent the character of Olivia Benson from Law and Order: SVU, both exhibit an ideal police workforce which isn’t reflective of what’s really happening in America. And while it’s good to have idealised shows on television, conversations around the latter reveal that they can do more damage than good.  

We sincerely wish Brooklyn Nine-Nine well in making their latest season. It’s going to be difficult, but given what Terry Crews has just said and the fact that Dan Goor and the cast made a $100,000 USD donation to the National Bail Fund Network to support “the many people who are protesting police brutality,” we believe they have what it takes.

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