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Seasoned to Perfection: Veteran Stars Thrill with New Projects

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The old Hollywood cliché is that audiences love their stars young. But during a time in which 50 is the new 30, 70 has become the new 50 as evidenced by the growing number of veteran (make that extremely veteran) actors and actresses who are not only working, but thriving in exciting new projects. After all, what would Downton Abbey be without Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess? What would the X-Men be without the leadership of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X leading the team against Sir Ian McKellan’s Magneto? So if, like us, you believe that the legends of our greatest performers loom larger with age, you’ll be thrilled to see all the great works coming from these beloved stars:…

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Ant-Man: Do You Know the Huge Origins of this Tiny Hero?

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OK everybody—let’s get small. If you recognize that as an obscure reference to a Steve Martin comedy album recorded nearly 40 years ago—POINTS! But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about Friday’s release of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the comic-book behemoth’s latest offering and the 12th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Does Ant-Man arrive with the goofiest concept of any comic-book movie we’ve ever seen? Possibly. An ex-con is recruited to fight bad guys by stealing a suit that gives its wearer the power to shrink down to insect size and communicate with ants. Yeah, that’s pretty weird. But it’s only the latest in a long, long line of literary and cinematic tales with teeny-tiny protagonists. In…

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