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Marvel's Latest 'Avengers' Trailer Is A Vision Of Things To Come - WATCH

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Marvel’s latest trailer for May’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has a very clear Vision in mind. Specifically, it has our very first look at Paul Bettany as the Vision, one of the three new Avengers to be introduced in the upcoming film. In addition to the cowled android, the trailer sets up the broader plot points driving the film and shows off some of more subtle super-dynamics created by the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson.)

The trailer gives us a hint of just how Ultron (James Spader) might intend on dismantling the world’s mightiest heroes: magic. As Marvel has incrementally built upon its cinematic universe with its series of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor films, it has kept the bulk of its super-heroes relatively grounded in the real-world. Thor, for example, is explained as being an alien whose technology is so advanced that it appears to be magically-based.

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The Scarlet Witch, and by extension her twin brother Quicksilver, are somewhat different. As her name implies the Scarlet Witch’s abilities have always been mystical in nature, and her introduction into the MCU could be the beginning of future magical Marvel characters like Dr. Strange, whose film is slated to be released next year. In a few key frames we get a good look at the Witch working her way into the Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) mind with abilities that up until now have been non-existent in the MCU.

Other highlights of the trailer are the Black Widow’s spiffy new combat gear, an extended clip of Iron Man’s iconic fight with the Hulk in his Hulkbuster armor, and a scene in which Captain America (Chris Evans) is unable to save a pair of innocent bystanders.

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Between Cap’s guilt and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) admission that Ultron was his ultimate mistake, it’s looking like “Age of Ultron” is already setting the stage perfectly for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.

Check out the latest trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Declines to Comment on His Sexuality After Co-Star Outs Him as Gay

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Empire actor Malik Yoba revealed in a recent interview with Black Film that lead co-star Jussie Smollett is gay. Smollett's character Jamal Lyon came out publicly via song in a recent episode of the show and Smollett himself is an advocate of gay rights such as the NOH8 Campaign. Yoba frankly confirmed Smollett’s orientation in the interview, citing that the two actors share a close relationship.

YobaSaid Yoba: 

"I think that our show represents a huge opportunity to stay in the culture beyond entertainment value and there’s an intrinsic nature of you have the gay factor, right? So, obviously, Lee is gay. That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the Black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way…like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community.He and I have a very close relationship."

However, in a recent appearance on Sway In The Morning, Smollett was asked on-air if he is gay and he neither denied nor confirmed it, saying he chooses not to talk regarding his personal life.

Said Smollett: 

"I am not willing to confirm or deny anything, I live my life…if anyone is looking to put me in a box, then that’s not going to happen. But if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life."

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 3.30.05 PMSmollett expressed irritation with magazines hailing the show as a "black gay" show. "This is not a gay black show, this is a show about human experiences," Smollett said, calling the single-category view of the show "silly," and "unfair."

The internet rumor mill believes that Smollett is currently seeing The Read guest co-host, actor and YouTube personality Dustin Ross after a post on Ross’ Instagram of the two together. The two actors played love interests in the movie The Skinny. You can watch Smollett address the gay rumors and how the smash hit Empire is more than just a "black gay show," with Sway In The Morning, AFTER THE JUMP

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HRC Awards ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Samira Wiley With Visibility Award: VIDEO

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The Human Rights Campaign awarded openly gay Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley with its Visibility Award last weekend during HRC’s 2015 North Carolina Gala. Known for her role as inmate Poussey Washington, Wiley reflected on her public image and coming out experience at the gala.

Said Wiley:

"I believe that our self worth and how we are taught to think about ourselves and the world around us almost always begins at home. I have two parents that not only tolerated who I am, but accepted me and embraced me. They embraced me before I came out, and they embraced me after. They told me everyday that I am enough. I am enough just of being who I am and that that alone makes me whole. 

"It’s interesting to me that tonight I am here receiving the visibility award…Over the past few years since my own public image has increased tenfold, I have been overwhelmed to witness the profound ways that I am able to make a difference simply by living my life openly and with love."

Wiley is a Juilliard School graduate and played the role of Maria in Love’s Labour’s Lost by The Public Theater in 2011. The actress is currently in a relationship with Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli. You can watch the rest of Wiley’s gala speech, AFTER THE JUMP

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Need More Magic Meryl Effin' Streep? Watch The Song Cut From 'Into The Woods' - VIDEO

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If box offices revenues are any indication, then statistically you saw Into The Woods. But maybe you felt that it was missing a little something...a little more Meryl, perhaps? That would be because one of her songs was a victim of the cutting room floor at the altar of pacing.

"She'll Be Back" takes place right after the witch's confrontation with Rapunzel, featuring a bitter witch lying to herself about the personality of her "daughter" and the fallout of her own selfish actions that drove her away. The song will be included in the Blu-Ray/digital versions of the film when it's released on March 24th, but you can watch the cut scene AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Trailer For Malcolm Ingram’s New LGBT Sports Documentary ‘Out To Win’

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The teaser trailer for acclaimed film Director Malcolm Ingram’s new LGBT documentary Out to Win, which provides insight into the lives of LGBT athletes, is now available on the web reports Out. The documentary examines the lives and careers of professional and aspiring LGBT athletes from around the world including interviews with Martina Navratilova, Charline Labonté, Conner Mertens, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Wade Davis, David Kopay, John Amaechi and Brittney Griner.

Ingram is known for several LGBT documentaries he directed including Continental and Small Town Gay Bar, which was a huge hit with critics at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

Out in Film debuts at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month. Watch the trailer, which features brief but enlightening clips from interviews with various LGBT athletes, AFTER THE JUMP

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What Makes Gay Love Last? New Romantic Comedy 'That's Not Us' Will Try to Find Out: VIDEO

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That's Not Us, a new film executive produced and co-starring Mark Berger (associate producer for Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and directed by a gay couple, William Sullivan and Derek Dodge (DP), is sprinting toward the finish line of its crowdfunding campaign and looks to be a thoughtful and funny exploration of long-term relationships, gay and straight.

The film was shot over 8 days and was completely improvised.

Berger and producer Sarah Wharton explain how it all went down in their appeal and trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

They're seeking the last 15% of funding to get the film finished - if you love LGBT romantic comedies you can help them out HERE.

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