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Mike Ryan is currently the senior editor at ScreenCrush. Mike most recently served as Senior Entertainment Writer for The Huffington Post. Previously, Mr. Ryan was a frequent contributor at Vanity Fair and Wired magazine and wrote for Time, GQ, ELLE-UK, and New York magazine.
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Does ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Make Any Sense Whatsoever? (And 25 Other Urgent Questions)

So, a fourth ‘Transformers’ movie is coming out this week. It will make a ton of money. This ‘Transformers’ movie, titled ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ stars Mark Wahlberg (‘The Big Hit’) as an inventor… You know what, it doesn’t matter! But we still answered every question that you could possibly have about ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’

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Remembering the Phenomena of 1989′s ‘Batman’ 25 Years Later

‘Batman’ was a big enough moment in popular culture that, at one time, a perfectly reasonable sophomore in high school wanted to permanently attach a logo from a movie onto his only mode of transportation. And no other seemingly reasonable classmates of his were going to publicly disagree with this idea.

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Who Ya Gonna Call? The Inside Story Of The ‘Ghostbusters’ Music Video

In early 1984, the team behind ‘Ghostbusters’ was fairly confident that they had a hit. Test screenings had gone well, but for director Ivan Reitman, something was missing. What Reitman wanted was a song, only 20 seconds or so in length, near the opening of the film as the then soon-to-be Ghostbusters -- Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) –- enter the New York Public Library.

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Is ’22 Jump Street’ As Good As ’21 Jump Street’? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

Jonah Hill (‘Evan Almighty’) and Channing Tatum (‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’) are back as Schmidt and Jenko in the sequel to '21 Jump Street,' titled '22 Jump Street.' Is '22 Jump Street' as funny as the first movie? As a service to you – yes, you – we answer every question that you could possibly have about '22 Jump Street.'

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‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ Review: The Most Important Movie Ever Made

It’s interesting that Universal is promoting ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ a film that is not funny, as a comedy. I suspect it has a lot to do with the human carnage we witness on screen being unbearable to watch, so the only way to desensitize an audience’s eyes to what they're about to witness is to somehow convince the viewer that what their about to see is a comedy – even though there is not one laugh to be had.

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Review: A Time Travel Movie That Somehow Makes Sense

Even though the story behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has been around for 33 years now, the idea of a superhero movie meshed with a movie about time travel seems, let’s say … daunting. Especially for a superhero franchise like X-Men, which is known for having a lot of superheroes.

It’s just that it’s hard enough to make a big-budget superhero movie make sense (as the so very recent ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ taught us) -- and adding the cinematic equivalent of pai gow (at least, nothing confuses me more than pai gow) to this whole equation seemed like kind of a bad idea. I mean, how many time travel movies make sense in the first place, beyond the ‘Back to the Futures’ and the ‘Loopers’ and the ‘Primers’ of the word? And none of those movies have dozens and dozens of mutants to keep track of their whereabouts.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg on Shared Universes and the Challenges of an Origin Story

Now that screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg's (a name you will be hearing a lot more of in the future) duties are complete with the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' his attention now drifts to yet another group of superheroes, and this time it's the 'Fantastic Four.'

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Clark Gregg Teases the ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finale and Clarifies That ‘Loser’ Remark

With 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' wrapping up its first season next week, Clark Gregg (who of course plays Agent Phil Coulson on the popular show) would like to clarify that "loser" remark he made about people who had given up on the show early -- a remark Gregg does't deny, but does regret.

I met Gregg on Tuesday afternoon at a restaurant in the West Village to discuss his new film that he both wrote and directed, 'Trust Me' (a story about a sleazy child star agent, played by Gregg, which you can watch On Demand right now and will be in theaters on June 2). The full interview will publish closer to the theatrical release of the film, but with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' ending its season next Tuesday -- with guest star Samuel L. Jackson -- Gregg teases what we might see in the finale and hints at the implications it will have for the Marvel cinematic universe. And we won't officially learn if the show is returning until next week's upfronts, but Gregg says he'd be surprised if Coulson's team isn't back for another season.

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The Most Bizarre ‘SNL’ Sketch of the Season Was Cut From Andrew Garfield’s Show

Cut from the Andrew Garfield-hosted ‘SNL’ this past weekend is one of the oddest creations from the Beck Bennett-Kyle Mooney team so far this season, a sketch titled ‘Wing.’

The only reason I’m giving this sketch special consideration is because I cannot remember the last time I felt this uncomfortable while watching a ‘SNL’ sketch while also laughing as many times as I did at details like the out-of-place, perfect '90s-style guitar riffs and non sequitur cutaways to people whitewater rafting or lions.

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Marc Webb on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ the ‘Sinister Six’ Movie and the Future Of J. Jonah Jameson

I met Webb at his SoHo hotel room -- or, if not his room, the room Sony had him sitting in at that particular moment -- to talk about the future of Spider-Man, what exactly Shailene Woodley's role would have been in the final movie had she not been cut, and Webb offers some, let's say, coy hints at the possible return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.

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