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David Fincher’s most recent film, Gone Girl, has been the subject of intense criticism and analysis over the past few weeks. From claims of intense misogyny to stringent defenses on the other side, the film has evoked the most emotional critical response of any film in recent memory. However, my favourite part of the debate concerning Gone Girl has been the auteurist debate: which famous director is Fincher emulating in Gone Girl. Nick Pinkerton from Film Comment argues that Fincher is a derivative hack like Otto Preminger. Christy Lemire on the program What the Flick and Forrest Wickman from Slate make the obvious argument for Hitchcock. Richard Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko) draws the comparison to Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut. Matt Achity, also on What the Flick!, argues against the Hitchcock comparison to draw a link to Brian De Palma. Even here on the Sound on Sight podcast, »
- Mynt Marsellus
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have parted ways with their home in Bedford, New York. The couple have sold the idyllic estate for $7.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. See more Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Through the Years The couple purchased the home in 2010 for $5.075 million and had put it on the market earlier this year for $8.1 million, according to the Times. The pad includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms and sits on 5.7 acres. There is also a guesthouse, gardens, a greenhouse, a spa and a pool. Read more Universal Picks
- Ryan Gajewski
Evangeline Lilly is set to reprise the role of Tauriel next month for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, after which she’ll be joining another blockbuster franchise as she makes her Marvel Cinematic Debut as Hope Van Dyne in July’s Ant-Man. Speaking to InnerSpace (via Cbm), Lily has revealed that she held off on committing to the film following the departure of Edgar Wright, but was ultimately swayed by replacement director Peyton Reed’s take on the project…
“I was [bummed out] when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways. I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen. I met Peyton [Reed] and we spoke, and I was convinced that I was going to do the project. He has such impeccable taste, he’s so collaborative, so much fun, and »
- Gary Collinson
Many fans were shocked when Marvel announced in May that director Edgar Wright had left Ant-Man, after spending more than ten years on developing the script with co-writer Joe Cornish. Just a few weeks later, Peyton Reed signed on to replace him, two months before shooting began this August in Atlanta. During a new interview with InnerSpace, actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne, revealed that she actually held off from signing her contract with Marvel upon hearing that Edgar Wright was no longer directing, and nearly walked away from the project.
"I was [bummed out] when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways. I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen. I met Peyton (Reed) and we spoke, »
When Edgar Wright abandoned Ant-Man six months ago, reports had said that the few cast members linked to the movie would be contractually obliged to stay on board as Marvel Studios searched high and low for Wright's replacement. Well, that might have been the case for Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), who signed on pretty early, but as Ant-Man nears post-production with Peyton Reed in the director's chair, Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) has revealed that she had the option to leave. "I was [bummed out] when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways," the actress admitted to InnerSpace. "I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen. I met Peyton [Reed] and we spoke, and I was convinced that I was going to do the project." Now that she's already wrapped »
Sneak Peek new images of actor Paul Rudd wardrobed as 'Scott Lang' aka 'Ant-Man', while filming a scene on the Atlanta set in Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man' comic book adaptation, intended to be the twelfth film in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe':
"...armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength...
"... protect the secret behind his spectacular 'Ant-Man' suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ant-Man"...
Marvel Infinite Series "Ant Man" Action Figure »
- Michael Stevens
Welcome To Issue 72!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony claims things I say have “no validity whatsoever.”
This Week: Marvel casting abound! But what does it mean? That plus a probably not true breakdown of the whole plot of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
With the announcement that Daniel Bruhl was joining Captain America: Civil War as a villain, the internet was sent into detective-mode (not by Serial) to try and discover who this new villain is and why Variety claimed Bruhl’s character would be back as the antagonist in Doctor Strange.
That made no sense, as there’s not a Mystical Marvel character that would naturally fit into what we understand will be a Tony Stark Vs. Stever Rogers whilst pining for Bucky movie. »
Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard and well-known gay-rights advocates, are set to attend an Lgbt film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, this month. The Shepards, whose son, then a 21-year-old student at University of Wyoming, was murdered in October 1998 in one of the highest-profile Lgbt hate-crime cases, will attend the Nov. 24 screening of Michele Josue's documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine at the Bok o bok (Side by Side) festival. See more Straight Actors in Gay Roles: From River Phoenix to Michael Douglas Among the festival's other
- Vladimir Kozlov
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YouGov have released some research that claims to paint a broad picture of the average Newcastle United fan, claiming to pinpoint the key personality traits, behaviours and tastes that go into making the Toon Army tick.
Some things aren’t that surprising – the typical age demographic, the job types, the left-wing politics and the attraction to eating Greggs… But others seem to suggest that someone has been tampering with the data. Quite frankly the idea that the almost 1000 people polled were in fact real Newcastle United fans – or indeed actual real life people – is hard to take when you get an overall picture of a rice-pudding eating, jigsaw puzzle loving fan of Michael Douglas, Mr T and Taylor Swift.
So, let’s dig a little deeper into the “data” and look at the most surprising things that supposedly define us all as Newcastle fans…
12. You “Simply »
- Simon Gallagher
Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died in Tokyo, aged 83.
The veteran, who boasted a six-decade-spanning movie career, had suffered from lymphoma.
Since making his film debut in 1956, Takakura appeared in over 200 films.
Known as the 'Clint Eastwood of Japan', he garnered a reputation for playing resolute heroes and yakuza gangsters.
Takakura received the Order of Culture from the Japanese Emperor and also won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor on four occasions. »
Ken Takakura, who first rose to stardom in the 1960s playing yakuza outlaws, but later became Hollywood’s go-to actor for made-in-Japan films, died on Nov. 10 at age 83 of malignant lymphoma. A private funeral had already been held when the Japanese media broke the story today.
The legendary actor most recently starred in “Dearest” and Zhang Yimou’s “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.” Western audiences best know Takakura for his roles in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” and 1992′s “Mr. Baseball.”
Born on Feb. 16, 1931 in Fukuoka, Japan, Takakura entered the Toei studio in 1955 after graduating from Meiji University. His breakout role was as an escaped prisoner in Teruo Ishii’s 1965 hit “Abashiri Prison,” which was loosely based on Stanley Kramer’s 1958 “The Defiant Ones.” The film spawned a long-running series, while Takakura churned out hit after hit for Toei in the remainder of the decade and beyond. Usually playing »
- Mark Schilling
Word has just come over the news wires in Tokyo that legendary Japanese actor Takakura Ken has died. Probably most recognisable to Western audiences for his role as an Osaka cop assigned to babysit Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott's 1989 flick Black Rain, Takakura had a career spanning close to 50 years in Japan, creating numerous legendary screen characters and appearing nearly 150 films.Born Oda Goichi, Takakura became famous for his brooding, stoic portrayals of yakuza, samurai and detectives. Among his most famous films are Brutal Tales of Chivalry (Showa Zankyo-den, 1965), Abashiri Prison (Abashiri Bangaichi, 1965) and Too Late The Hero (1970). He worked with Yamada Yoji in 1977's brilliant road movie The Yellow Handkerchief, as well as in big budget action films such...
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A few minor supporting roles aside, we didn't see that much of Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly after Lost finished up until she landed the part of Elven warrior Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Now she's set to reprise the role for the third and final instalment ("The Battle Of The Five Armies"), and then we'll see her join Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in Marvel's Ant-Man as a character there's been a bit of confusion about since her casting was announced, Hope Van-Dyn. Lilly also has a book coming out this month called The Squickerwonkers, and while chatting to Comic Vine about that they also asked her about working on Ant-Man, and when we can expect to see some new promotional material for it. Lilly says that although she's wrapped now, the movie will continue shooting until the end of December, and we will have some news »
Marvel's big reveal at a special Hollywood event for media and fans a few weeks ago was the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 slate of movies, complete with logos and release dates. The reveal was made using a slide that populated with the movie names as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced them, and now that slide has finally been released as a clean image to replace the snapshots from a dark theater.
Here's how the Marvel phase 3 movie lineup shakes out. First up and not included on the slide is Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, arriving in theaters on July 17, 2015. Ant-Man wasn't included because the slide was designed to show films that had not yet been announced, and it was well into production during the event.
An intricately constructed tale of three interwoven stories spanning three cities, Third Person suffers from a script that fails to hook you in during its opening section and drags on without sufficient emotional connection for 137 minutes. There are sporadic moments when the movie sparks into life, particularly in two-hander scenes featuring blistering dialogue and stark revelations. Yet these standalone scenes aren't sufficient to salvage the movie as a whole.
Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde excel in their respective roles as an experienced writer and his lover (an aspiring writer) who can't form a secure bond due to psychological baggage. Their romantic intrigue is laced with sexual tension and played out particularly well, with the self-conscious dialogue managing the rare feat of working well because of these characters' literary background. »
Anthony Stokes with a response to Idris Elba and his recent Marvel comments…
Recently, Idris dropped a huge spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and later started bad mouthing his experience working on Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. He claimed that he felt silly during an VFX shot where he was in a harness with a helmet and hair piece, having just come from filming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Part of me understands where he’s coming from but another part is extremely frustrated.
I don’t like making personal attacks on people, especially such a nice guy, so I’m going to try to be as fair as possible to Idris Elba here. I understand that being an actor can be a lot harder then people give it credit for. Most actors are very charming and grateful people, so when they complain we tend to be a »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League and more….
We’ll kick off this edition of The Week in Spandex with Marvel Studios, and this week has brought us an extended trailer for the next instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can watch the extended trailer here, while the behind-the-scenes Age of Ultron featurette from the Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy has also arrived online, »
- Gary Collinson
Ant-Man is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and there have been several set photos revealed over the past few weeks. The latest gives us our first look at Corey Stoll, who plays Darren Cross, a.k.a. the villain Yellowjacket. The scene is being shot in a restaurant and also features Evangeline Lily’s Hope Van Dyne…
Also a few days ago a photo of the alleged Yellowjacket armour arrived online and now some concept art has surfaced which seemingly confirms that photo was the real deal…
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th , 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, »
- Thomas Roach
Stunt doubles are pretty much always used in movies -- unless you're dealing with someone insane like Tom Cruise, who wants to do all his stunts himself -- but they rarely get the attention they deserve.
Michael Douglas' stunt double has been playing him for 26 years, and now he is no longer a behind-the-scenes face.
Douglas, 70, revealed the identity of his stunt-double, and he shares not only a similar body, but the same first name too! Michael Runyard isn't just Douglas' loyal stunt double though -- they're also good friends.
News: After battle with cancer, Michael Douglas thanks his doctors
The Ant-Man actor finished filming the Marvel movie with Runyard this past weekend, and he shared this pic of the duo. And you guessed it, they really do look alike!
Photo: The First Pic of 'Ant Man'
There are other photos that show off their similarities -- and their adorable friendship. In 1997, they »
Filming on Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues in Georgia this week, but one cast member won't be involved - Michael Douglas. Douglas has posted on his Facebook page that he's wrapped his scenes as Hank Pym on the production, completing his final scene this past weekend. Marvel puts aside time for additional filming closer to release, so Douglas may be back as Pym for further filming down the line.
He also posted an image of himself standing alongside longtime stunt double Mike Runyard, whom he has worked with for the past twenty-six years including such films as Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys," Barry Levinson's "Disclosure," David Fincher's "The Game" and Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra".
Post by Michael Douglas. »
- Garth Franklin
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