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Jake Johnson isn't quite a household name just yet, but given his scrappy everyman charm and inimitable comedic timing, it's only a matter of time.

He's probably best known as Nick Miller, a cantankerous scene-stealer on the Fox series New Girl.  On the cinematic side, Johnson has proved his value as a supporting player in movies as varied as 21 Jump Street, Ceremony, No Strings Attached, and even A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, in which he briefly played Jesus.

He proved he has more than mere comedic chops with this turn in the great Safety Not Guaranteed and his starring performance in Drinking Buddies last year.

With Let's Be Cops now playing in theaters, Johnson leads a summer studio comedy alongside his New Girl compatriot Damon Wayans Jr. (The Other Guys). The movie, which opened nationwide on Wednesday, follows Ryan and Justin, a pair of losers who really commit to impersonating LAPD officers after a successful costume party, buying a Crown Vic and responding to 911 calls.  Utterly unqualified and totally irresponsible, they're living a Quixotic fantasy in which they inadvertently get tangled up in a criminal conspiracy.

At the Los Angeles press day for Let's Be Cops, Jake Johnson discussed his merciless physical preparation for the role, improvisation, Natasha Leggero, the odd saga of Wayans on New Girl, and how he once spurned his co-star like an angry former lover.

Ben Affleck is a smart guy.

He's well aware of the pressures that come with playing the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Concerned fans can rest assured that Affleck takes the challenge very seriously, saying, "I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it."

Hard to believe it's been almost twenty years since narcotic cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett tore around Miami in Bad Boys.  Even harder to believe it's been eleven years since we last saw the buddy cops leveling a Cuban shantytown in Bad Boys II.

After all this time, can Lowrey and Burnett once again create collateral damage and spout one-liners in Bad Boys III?

Martin Lawrence thinks so, saying that a third Bad Boys script remains in the works and "they're getting close."

The star-spangled avenger returns next year in Avengers: Age of Ultron alongside the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.  And in 2016, Steve Rogers returns yet again for Captain America 3.

Screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are talking about Cap's third solo movie, hinting at how they're following the enormously successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, and Kelsey Grammer are now Expendables! The three iconic actors have joined Sylvester Stallone’s crew of action stars in The Expendables 3, which is the latest installment in the popular action franchise and opens in theaters on August 15th. 

Gibson has appeared in such popular movies as the Mad Max trilogy, the Lethal Weapon series, Maverick, Conspiracy Theory, Payback, The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, Signs, Edge of Darkness, and Machete Kills. He won two Oscars for producing and directing Braveheart, as well as writing and directing The Passion of the Christ, which is the highest grossing non-English-language film of all time. Snipes made his first onscreen appearance in Wildcats, and went on to appear in a string of successful films including Major League, New Jack City, Jungle Fever, White Man Can’t Jump, Passenger 57, Rising Sun, Demolition Man, The Fan, U.S. Marshalls, and the Blade trilogy. Grammer is probably best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and Frasier, but he also appears in two of the most successful films of the summer - X-Men: Days of Future Past (reprising his role as Dr. Henry McCoy/Beast from X-Men: The Last Stand), and Transformers: Age of Extinction

In The Expendables 3, Barney Ross (Stallone) augments his team with new blood to take down Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates. Snipes plays Doctor Death, a former medic and one of the original Expendables, while Grammer portrays Bonaparte, a retired mercenary that helps Ross recruit his new team. In addition to Gibson, Snipes, and Grammer, new additions to the franchise include Antonio Banderas (Haywire), and Harrison Ford (Paranoia), as well as younger actors Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules), and Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises), professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. Reprising their roles from the previous films are Stallone, Jason Statham (Homefront), Jet Li (Unleashed), Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning), Randy Couture (Red Belt), Terry Crews (The Single Moms Club), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Sabotage). The movie was directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill), and written by Stallone, who penned the previous films.

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles press conference for The Expendables 3 and hearing what Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, and Kelsey Grammer had to say about their new film. Gibson discussed his first reaction to the script, how he helped improve it, and when he will direct again, while Snipes talked about why he chose this film for his cinematic comeback, and Grammer discussed why he’s always wanted to work with Sylvester Stallone.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pits Batman against Superman, but what is the movie actually about?  Justice dawning, we guess, but how long can that take?  What's the actual story here?

A new rumor appears to give away some of Lex Luthor's game in the superhero slugfest, revealing the uber-threat that will ultimately unite DC's heaviest hitters in this Justice League appetizer.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot that's not a reboot doesn't have a director, a cast, or many other components essential to making a major motion picture.

As of today, however, it does have something: a release date.

Lionsgate has scheduled the merchandising bonanza to open at a multiplex near you on July 22, 2016.

There's no way around it: With the tragic and shocking death of Robin Williams, the world in general and cinema specifically have lost something irreplaceable.

Williams was something truly rare, something truly special.  He was a performer in the very best sense of the word, a joyous and exuberant comedian with an unstoppable drive to entertain, as well as an actor whose fearlessness could make a moviegoer's soul grow with his earnest vulnerability and hard-won wisdom.

He wasn't just a star.  Robin Williams was a force, a charismatic whirlwind and a singular embodiment of exuberant childishness.  He was capable not only of making us laugh uproariously, but of tapping into deep wellsprings of humanity within himself, sharing it with us, and reminding us that it's in us too.

Like so many of you out there, we here at IAR grew up on Williams.  He was a fixture.  He was simply always there, livening up otherwise dour movies and elevating good ones to greatness.  Now he's gone.  And he went in a fashion that will impact the feeling and meaning of every nuance of every performance he ever gave on film.

One of the wonderful things about movies, though, is that their power isn't diminished by the passage of time or the tumult of the now.  We lost Robin Williams, but his films remain.  We can still access and learn from his greatness and vitality.  We can still appreciate Williams through the legacy of his work.

So, for our latest ROGUE 10, we put together a list of ten movies that we feel stand as testaments to his unique power as a performer, movies we'll revisit for years.

The Interview is clearly meant to be audacious and maybe even a little incendiary.

Now Sony Pictures has to figure out how to preserve the action-comedy's audacity while also not pissing off North Korea – a famously unpredictable rogue nuclear-armed nation – so much that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's silly movie kicks off a war.

To that end, the studio is reportedly making some digital alterations, while the filmmakers are considering excising a bit of graphic violence involving North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

An Aquaman movie is rising from the depths.

The heir to the throne of Atlantis will star in his own live action film for the first time, and Warner Bros. is developing not one, but two separate scripts for Arthur Curry's solo big screen adventure.

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