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Entries by Mike Ryan from 05/2012

Clark Gregg, 'Avengers' Star, On Agent Coulson And Why He Hates The Los Angeles Lakers

Posted 05.01.2012 | Entertainment

On Monday, Clark Gregg -- who is a busy man these days promoting "The Avengers" -- stopped by the Huffington Post offices to discuss, well, a lot of t...

'The Avengers': Stephen Morahan, The Man Who Worked On The 1998 Film And The 2012 Blockbuster

Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment

As you are aware, "Marvel's The Avengers," a superhero team-up movie involving Marvel comic book characters, hits theaters this weekend. What you migh...

Adam Yauch Films: 'Bellflower' Director Evan Glodell Remembers MCA's Passion For Movies

Posted 05.04.2012 | Entertainment

Adam Yauch, founding Beastie Boys member, has passed away after a battle with cancer. Yauch was obviously known for his work in music, but he was also...

'SNL' Scorecard: Eli Manning Still Has Younger Brother Issues

| Posted 05.06.2012 | TV

Eli Manning wasn't as good as Peyton, but he certainly wasn't terrible. Let's go with the word "serviceable" for Manning -- a word that's a bit too strong when describing the overall quality of this week's show.

'SNL' With Eli Manning: Relevancy Poll Week 20

| Posted 05.07.2012 | TV

There was no real clear winner this week when you factor in just how much airtime Eli Manning received. So, how about a bold winner in honor of a bold sketch?

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks 'Iron Man 3'

Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment

Marvel is notoriously secretive about its casting process. "I love that there's a 'Star Trek' movie in production right now and I have no idea who...

Marvel's The Avengers: An Interview With A Chitauri Warrior

| Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment

This morning, I was given orders to "write something about The Avengers." Here's the problem: I have nothing left to say about The Avengers because everything that could possibly be said about The Avengers has been said. Most people like The Avengers. Some people didn't like The Avengers. Alas, that's the way our planet works.

'Dark Shadows': Will Johnny Depp's Newest Put You To Sleep? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Entertainment

On Friday, a very boring movie called Dark Shadows gets released into theaters. The new film brings together Johnny Depp (The Astronaut's Wife) and director Tim Burton (Big Fish) for their first eighth collaboration. Ahead, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Dark Shadows.

Mother's Day: Best Movie Sons And Daughters

| Posted 05.11.2012 | Entertainment

To celebrate the holiday, I was told by my editor to "think of a way to incorporate Mother's Day into a post about movies." This is more difficult than it would seem, because there are already a lot of posts like that on the internet.

Marvel's 'The Avengers': Clark Gregg On The Scene Where Agent Coulson Brings The Avengers Together (Major Spoiler Alert)

Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment

Clark Gregg does not want to you to read this interview. Let me clarify: Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in "Marvel's The Avengers," does not ...

'SNL' Scorecard: Will Ferrell Is Not A Belieber

| Posted 05.13.2012 | TV

This offering did not have that same monumental feel to as Will Ferrell's last hosting stint -- even though there were guest appearances by Will Forte, Ana Gasteyer, Liam Neeson, Justin Bieber, Michael Bolton, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake.

'SNL': Hulk Doesn't Like Having His Shirt Off (Video)

Posted 05.14.2012 | Entertainment

Covering "SNL" on a week-to-week basis, I've never quite understood why a sketch doesn't make it past dress rehearsal. (And don't use the "time" excus...

'SNL' With Will Ferrell: Relevancy Poll Week 21

| Posted 05.14.2012 | TV

With only 10 sketches and too many guest stars to list, Will Ferrell hosted installment of "SNL" was not a great week to have the title of "cast member." Well, unless your name is Andy Samberg.

Ben Kingsley, 'The Dictator' Star, On The Moment That Could End His 'Serious' Career

Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment

It's rare, but every so often, I get that sudden moment of extreme self-consciousness while doing an interview: "I'm really just sitting here chatting...

Larry Charles, 'Dictator' Director, On Why You'll Never See 'Fridays' On DVD

Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment

Since "Saturday Night Live" began airing, only one show made a serious run at unseating its cultural significance as the go-to sketch comedy series: A...

'Battleship': A Love Letter

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Entertainment

I know we don't know each other very well, so please excuse me for being this forward. I don't want to come on to strong, but I can't hide my feelings any longer. The truth is, I think I've fallen in love with you.

'Saturday Night Live': Looking Back At The Digital Short Era

| Posted 05.17.2012 | TV

Digital Shorts have been crucial in keeping "SNL" in the cultural consciousness. Without them, would the show have been as vital? Absolutely not. A future without Digital Shorts seems like a risk at this point.

Brooklyn Decker, 'Battleship' Star, Loves Crazy, Machine Gun-Toting Peter Berg

Posted 05.17.2012 | Entertainment

Funny story: Brooklyn Decker is currently promoting two very, very different movies -- "Battleship" and "What To Expect When You're Expecting." On the...

'Anchorman 2': David Koechner Explains Just How Quickly That Teaser Trailer Came Together

Posted 05.18.2012 | Entertainment

On March 10, Will Ferrell told me that the chances of seeing "Step Brothers 2" was a very strong possibility. Without prompting, he added an almost de...

'SNL' Scorecard: Kristen Wiig Says Goodbye With Mick Jagger's Help

| Posted 05.20.2012 | TV

This was Kristen Wiig's night. Of the three cast members rumored to be leaving "Saturday Night Live," I think we can go ahead and remove the word "rumored" off of Wiig and Samberg, who said his goodbye with "Lazy Sunday 2."

'SNL,' Kristen Wiig's Finale Episode, Hosted By Mick Jagger: Relevancy Poll Week 22

| Posted 05.21.2012 | TV

The 37th season finale of "SNL" was a fairly sub-par show, but it included one of the greatest moments that the show has ever produced. Though, there are still those lingering questions about about Jason Sudeikis' future.

'SNL': The Complete 37th Season Relevancy Poll

| Posted 05.22.2012 | TV

"SNL" wrapped up its 37th season on Saturday. Throughout the season, we followed the cast members' progress, ranked weekly in the Relevancy Poll. Now, we've tallied the results to present to you the complete 2011-12 "SNL" Relevancy Poll.

Barry Sonnenfeld, 'Men In Black 3' Director, On The Failures Of 'Wild Wild West'

Posted 05.22.2012 | Entertainment

Barry Sonnenfeld was on quite a roll in the late '90s. The director -- who began his career as the cinematographer for Joel and Ethan Coen and made hi...

'Star Wars' 35th Anniversary: Jon Favreau, Eli Roth & 13 Other Filmmakers On How George Lucas' Classic Influenced Them

Posted 05.24.2012 | Entertainment

This Friday, the original "Star Wars" (or, "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope," if you must) turns 35. In honor of the landmark film's landmark birt...

'Men in Black 3': 25 Questions

| Posted 05.25.2012 | Entertainment

This Memorial Day weekend, Americans who need a break from quiet reflection have the option of paying to see a movie called Men in Black 3. Will Smi...