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Marvel Finds Its “Ant-Man,” in “Anchorman 2” Star Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd, superhero.

There were rumors of him being in the mix since summer, but “Anchorman 2,” “This is 40,” and “40-Year Old Virgin” star Paul Rudd will be the lead in Marvel Studio’s “Ant-Man,” which will be directed by “Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) director Edgar Wright

Marvel has found the star on their next giant movie, Ant-Man.

Paul Rudd had been chosen to star in the movie, which is being directed by Edgar Wright and already has a release date of July 31, 2015.

Rudd was in contention for the role with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and although Rudd was the front-runner for some time, Marvel took its time pulling the trigger. Some speculate that when Gordon-Levitt became attached to Sandman, based on a character by Marvel’s rival, DC Entertainment, that only hastened the dealmaking.

Ant-Man could be Marvel’s more quirky offering since it’s in the hands of Wright, a director known for his fan-favorite films such as Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, which balance action, sci-fi and comedy.

Rudd’s front-runner status was an open secret. What is more of interest to fanboys and girls is which Ant-Man is Marvel adapting. The script calls for the original hero, a scientist named Dr. Hank Pym who invents the shrinking technology (called Pym Particles!) and was one of Marvel’s earliest heroes. But it also has Scott Lang, a reformed thief who became the hero in the late 1970s.

The assumption is Rudd will play Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, who also goes by the names “Giant Man,” “Goliath,” “Yellow Jacket,” and most recently, “Wasp” in the comics.  Pym is a founding member of the Avengers, but over the years his natural pacifist tendencies, mental health, and his commitment to scientific discovery have led him to hang up the superhero tights on more than one occasion. (Hence the mention of Scott Lang by the Hollywood Reporter.)

Word in the rumor mills is “Parks and Recreation” star, Rashida Jones, is the likely choice for long-time love interest of Pym, Janet Van Dyne, aka “The Wasp,” another founding member of the Avengers.

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How Come I Never Get This The Weeks I’m On Joy Cardin?

Oh come on now, this is hilarious.

Even liberals might laugh at it.

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits  over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his lies were a “crime of massive proportion” and “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

Beale’s lawyer, while acknowledging his guilt, has asked for leniency and offered a psychological explanation for the climate expert’s bizarre tales.

“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”

The two sentencing memos, along with documents obtained by NBC News, offer new details about what some officials describe as one of the most audacious, and creative, federal frauds they have ever encountered.

When he first began looking into Beale’s deceptions last February, “I thought, ‘Oh my God, How could this possibly have happened in this agency?” said EPA Assistant Inspector General Patrick Sullivan, who spearheaded the Beale probe, in an interview with NBC News. “I’ve worked for the government for 35 years. I’ve never seen a situation like this.”

This alone should be not only reason for questioning every report on climate change the EPA has issued in the time this man was employed there, but also shut down the entire agency.  In a perfect world, we’d blow the building up and replace it with a monument to drivers of Monster Trucks.

(Probably would get more visitors…)

Then again, given the religious nature that global warming / climate change has among the left, such a story as this to the listeners of NPR would be akin to hearing about priest pedophile; shaking the faith of the believers.

And the Left can’t have that, now can it?  Still, I pity that you NPR listeners likely didn’t get to hear about the EPA Climate Change Analyst who stiffed taxpayers $1 million, saying he was off playing James Bond in Pakistan.

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Follow-Up: DC Comics Secures Artwork for JFK Library

In late October, I did a post on the plight of Al Plastino, an iconic artist for DC Comics in the 1950s and 1960s who did mostly work on Superman, and his quest to get original artwork he donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library placed there as he intended it.

Plastino discovered to his horror, that the pages — long thought to be in Boston — were slated to be sold at auction in Dallas in November.  Starting asking price, $20,000 a page.

Sadly, Plastino passed away last month, succumbing to prostate cancer at the age of 91.  However today, his widow, children and grandchildren discovered that DC Comics, along with Heritage Auctions (which completed an investigation into the authenticity of the work and ownership) will be honoring his wishes and the artwork for “Superman #170” sent to the JFK Presidential Library as they were intended.

Al Plastino was one of the most influential and prolific Superman artists of the 1950s and 1960s. His passing last month saddened the entire DCE family.

One of Plastino’s most recognizable pieces was a Superman story he illustrated that featured President John F. Kennedy titled  “Superman’s Mission For President Kennedy.” Among Plastino’s final wishes was for the original art for the story to be displayed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.

As a tribute to honor him and preserve his artistic legacy, DC Entertainment is pleased to confirm that we have acquired the art and will be donating it to the JFK Library, fulfilling Plastino’s longtime hope for the story, which he often pointed to as one of his most important artistic contributions.

Mr. Plastino’s wife, Annmarie, and Mr. Plastino’s children, MaryAnn, Fred, Janice, and Arlene, said:  “We are extremely grateful to DC Entertainment for ensuring that the original art Al Plastino created for ‘Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy’ will be preserved as part of his artistic legacy and as a tribute to President Kennedy.  This art was always very, very special to Al and our whole family and it would have meant a great deal to Al to know that DC Entertainment stepped in to make this possible.”

It is unknown if DC Comics stepped up and repurchased the art from the current owner or not, though that likely seems to be what happened here.  Anything else would have likely been wrapped up in the courts for years.

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And the Depths of Democratic Trackers Get Even Lower

Remember when Wisconsin Republican Congressman was telling us about a DCCC tracker watching him buy cereal at the supermarket?

Or the 38 seconds outside his home?  Of nothing but his house…

Well we now have a new “low” in the world of political tracking: Following someone into a funeral, with a camera!

And the more hilarious part, while it was a public event, it was already being covered by the press of every shape and size.

Democratic opposition research organization American Bridge apologized on Monday for sending someone to follow New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a funeral this weekend, after a reporter and the New Hampshire Republican party attacked them for the move.

Ray Burton, New Hampshire’s longest serving executive councilor passed away in November,* and the crowd in attendance at his memorial service on Saturday included a number of politicians, including former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, and New Hampshire’s two Senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

Also in attendance was a Democratic “tracker,”someone who follows around candidates with a video camera capturing moments that can potentially be used to attack them later. The tracker was sent by the Super PAC American Bridge to follow around Ayotte.

WMUR’s James Pindell reported the presence of the tracker on Twitter, tweeting Saturday: “Hey @AmericanBridge tracker: Put away your damn camera taping @KellyAyotte and others at Ray Burton memorial service. #nhpolitics #getclass.”

After WMUR went public with the tracker news, the New Hampshire GOP picked up on the story and attacked American Bridge and has said they will forcibly remove all American Bridge staff from any and all events in the future.  Since then, American Bridge has publicly apologized and says “it will review its policies” and said “miscommunications” were the reason the tracker was at the funeral in the first place.

You know, the typical B.S. excuse one would accept from David Brock.

Another messed up part here — Ayotte’s not even on the ballot in 2014.  She’s up for re-election in 2016.

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Vikings to Make Stadium Destruction as Lame as Rest of Franchise

No implosions.

No craters.

No big-red-button that will be pushed to send the Humpty Dump to its grave.

Just a lame deflating of the hefty bag of a roof they operate there followed by lots and lots of bulldozers.

So again, lame.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press explained that the Metrodome won’t come to the an end via implosion, as most stadiums do. The first part of bringing down the Metrodome, to make way for a new $1 billion stadium on the same site, will be to deflate the dome. All that needs to be done is to cut off the power. The air that holds the dome up will be cut off, and the white roof will collapse.

The dismantling of the roof itself will take several weeks. The Pioneer Press said the steel support cables will be recycled and the roof fabric will be cut up into pieces and possibly reused. The Pioneer Press said three years ago when the Metrodome’s roof collapsed under heavy snow, a company made bags out of the roof material.

There won’t be a normal implosion for the Metrodome. It will be taken down in sections. That process will start after the Vikings play their last home game at the Metrodome. The Vikings will spend two years in the University of Minnesota’s home stadium before moving into a new stadium on the old Metrodome site for the 2016 season.

So there won’t be a big bang as the Metrodome comes down. The big event to mark the end of the stadium will be the slow deflation of the trademark roof. That seems oddly fitting.

“Oddly fitting” if you mean “LAME!”

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