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Looks like Marvel can pat themselves on the back now. They put a female hero in the title of something!
After being a moderate success in Marvel terms this summer, it looks like Ant-Man will be returning in his own solo movie, which the studio announced on Thursday. The film will be called Ant-Man and the Wasp, which signals an expanded role for Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp after she was hinted at becoming the heroine during the post credits of the first movie.
The release date is set for July 6, 2018 with no word yet if director Peyton Reed or one of the stars, Michael Douglas, will return. Marvel has only gone back to a franchise’s original director four times — Jon Favreau with Iron Man, Joss Whedon with The Avengers, James Gunn with Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Russo Brothers with Captain America — so a changing of the guard is likely. »
- Zach Dennis
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, 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. Ant-Man features: Director: Peyton Reed Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man Michael Douglas as Hank Pym Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket Michael Peña as Luis Bobby Cannavale as Paxton Judy Greer as Maggie Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang Tip "Ti" Harris as Dave Dave Dastmalchian as Kurt Wood Harris as Gale Anthony Mackie »
After months of speculation about a sequel to Ant-Man moving forward, Marvel confirmed today that the follow-up is happening. The studio revealed the sequel's new title, Ant-Man and The Wasp, which will hit theaters on July 6, 2018. This date was previously slated for Black Panther's release, but Marvel has pushed that movie up five months, to February 16, 2018. Ant-Man and The Wasp don't face any direct competition on July 6, 2018, but it will hit theaters one week after How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 29, 2018 and a week before an untitled 20th Century Fox/Marvel production. The studio also shifted Captain Marvel from November 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019.
Aside from the new title and release date, no details were given for Ant-Man and The Wasp, but based on the title alone, we know that Paul Rudd will be back as Scott Lang, the Ant-Man, alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. »
Ant Man and The Wasp set for 2018. Ant-Man sequel will form part of Phase 3. Ant Man and the Wasp set for 2018
Marvel have set up an Ant-Man sequel for 2018, and it will be officially titled Ant Man and The Wasp.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne from this year’s Ant-Man, with the exact date for release set as being July 6th, 2018, three years after the release of the first movie.
Ant-Man made $178.5M domestically this year, and $231.5M internationally for a global total of $410M – putting it within the top ten movies of the year.
Because of the Ant Man and The Wasp announcement, it means that two other McU movies will have to be moved around a little. Black Panther is moving up to February 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel will now release on March 8, 2019.
In addition, three untitled Marvel Studios films have been announced, »
- Paul Heath
Marvel announced today that Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to Ant-Man that will reunite Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily), will be released on July 6, 2018. Director Peyton Reed (who helmed Ant-Man) also shared the news via Twitter, suggesting he will return for the second installment. In July, Reed spoke with Vulture about a potential Ant-Man sequel and what it might entail. In the first film, we were left with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) realizing that his wife, the original Wasp Janet Van Dyne, is not dead as he thought, but lost in the quantum realm. Reed said, "If we're fortunate enough to do another one, what's Hank going to do about that? Is he going to try to find her? It's deeply romantic." The announcement of Ant-Man and the Wasp will shift two other Marvel titles to make room. We'll be seeing Black Panther earlier »
- Ira Madison III
Despite some pretty ardent criticism from certain quarters (a lot of them coincidentally wearing Edgar Wright T-shirts), Ant-Man was an unexpectedly great addition to Marvel’s Phase 2. it was funny, unconventional and entertaining, and it made great use of three actors with wonderful charisma in Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.
And now, as indication of how well it did in Marvel’s eyes, a sequel has officially been greenlit, swelling Marvel’s Phase3 and shifting a couple of other films around.
The sequel, which will share top billing between Rudd’s Ant-Man and Lilly’s Wasp will be released on July 6, 2018, pushing Black Panther up to February 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel to March 8, 2019. And not only that, Marvel have also announced that three more movies are being tagged onto the end of Phase 3 in 2020. They will be released on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
Quite what they are remains to be seen, »
- Simon Gallagher
Marvel is getting back into the shrinking business, announcing a sequel to this summer's blockbuster Ant-Man.
The film has been given a release date of July 6, 2018, resulting in Black Panther moving forward to February 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel arriving on March 8, 2019.
Additionally, three untitled Marvel Studios releases have been dated for May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
Douglas told Digital Spy that he's keen to see his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones take on the role of original Wasp Hope Van Dyne.
7 big spoilers about Ant-Man's place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe »
“Ant-Man” will be back in theaters on July 6, 2018 with a companion by his side, Marvel announced on Thursday. The studio revealed Paul Rudd‘s next superhero adventure will be titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” referring to Evangeline Lilly‘s character from the 2015 film, which also starred Michael Douglas as her genius father, Hank Prim. Although audiences are familiar with Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow in “The Avengers,” the 2018 release will be the first time a female superhero gets a shoutout in a title of a Marvel movie — something the company has been criticized for in the past. Also Read: Taika Waititi. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
"Ant-Man" is getting a sequel, but the pint-sized superhero won't be its only star.
Marvel announced the sequel's surprising title, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," as well as the movie's release date - July 6, 2018. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" will arrive right in the middle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Phase 3."
This will be the first Marvel film with a female character in the title. Marvel has come under some criticism for a lack of female-centric movies; their first solo female superhero film, "Captain Marvel," which was slated for July 2018, is now hitting theaters in March 2019.
The addition of the Wasp to the "Ant-Man" sequel title indicates how popular Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly, was. It also hints at her increased importance in the future storyline. In a scene during the end credits, Hope was presented with the Wasp costume by her father, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
Ant-Man himself »
- Kelly Woo
Gina Carano starred in the original as a secret agent on a revenge spree after her agency betrays her. While she was an unknown outside of fighting circles, the film famously used a whole bunch of high profile male talent including Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.
Even so, reviews were just decent and the film made only $33 million at the U.S. box office - respectable but forgettable numbers. The confirmation comes from documents pertaining to Relativity's ongoing bankruptcy woes. Relativity TV is being broken off and will soon be an independent company.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Goleta, Calif. — Two-time Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda kept the focus on social concerns in accepting a career achievement honor presented by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Saturday night.
The 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film in hand, Fonda took a moment to recognize the programs that benefit from the annual fundraising dinner (which has honored luminaries such as Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford in recent years). She recalled formerly running a local performing arts camp herself for underprivileged children. It was there she said she discovered the impact art can have on youth, when one of the children there confessed she had never met people who think about the future. “When you’re poor or not loved, you see no future,” Fonda recalled understanding.
She also added with a twist that the camp was powered by alternative energies. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last week, illustrator Andy Park released some concept art for Marvel’s Ant-Man featuring Janet Van Dyne fully suited up as The Wasp [see here], and now he’s dropped another alternate design via his Twitter…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) 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, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness) as Cassie Lang, David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) as Kurt, »
- Gary Collinson
In an interview, the director of “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” said the film was a perfect candidate for an appreciation because Lubitsch, whose other credits include “Ninotchka” and “To Be or Not to Be,” was “a great artist,” one who taught him about film structure.
“Everything in a Lubitsch film counts: every gesture, every word, every design choice for every set, every angle, every second,” Scorsese wrote in an email. “He was absolutely remarkable. And like many of the directors that came out of the silent era, he understood form so perfectly.”
He went on to praise “Heaven Can Wait,” which marks the director’s first color effort, as “like an ancient cathedral: the beauty and the integrity of the form are one and there’s not a stone out of place. »
- Brent Lang
Over the past seven years, Marvel fans have become accustomed to sticking around as the entire credit sequence rolls, for a sneak peek at either an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe project, or sometimes just a fun bonus scene. Many might not even know what shawarma is had it not been for the memorable end credits scene in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but sitting through the credits also gives one a sense of just how many people need to come together on movies of this sort of magnitude. Many of these men and women aren't household names like the actors who play Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but they are just as vital to the success of the film as the actors or writer-director Joss Whedon. Before Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with one of these unsung crew members, stunt coordinator Greg Powell, »
Scream Queens, Season 1, Episode 3, “Chainsaw”
Directed by Ian Brennan
Airs on Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
The farther Scream Queens moves away from its obsession with the horrendous Chanel Oberlin, the more appealing it becomes to watch as an entertaining gambit rather than just a scare factory. While Emma Roberts settles into the role more fully in the third hour, the lines she is given are still over the top and fail to create a character to root for or appreciate on any level, besides being an avatar for selfish consumerism and popularity addiction. The good news with Chanel is that many of her one-on-one scenes here are far funnier than they were in the first two hours, but the flip side of that is that many are retreads of things the show has already done; a showdown in the freezer »
- Whitney McIntosh
The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), working alongside the original Wasp, his wife Janet Van Dyne, was one of the coolest moments in this year's cinematic debut of Marvel's pint-sized superhero. And while Ant-Man ended with Hope Van Dyne taking up her late mother's mantle as the Wasp, the Peyton Reed-directed movie also suggested that we could see her predecessor alive and taking flight again in a potential sequel. In the meantime, another initial costume design for the original winged superheroine has been revealed by Andy Park, so check it out below! This is another concept design pass I did of Wasp for Ant-Man before doing the final. Too much fun! #Wasp #AntMan pic.twitter.com/CVYUEgdDuo — Andy Park (@andyparkart) September 28, 2015 Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, »
Sex sells . that much we know. The 1992 murder mystery Basic Instinct . starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone . most certainly understood just how to sell its sexual content to audiences. Everyone who has heard of Paul Verhoeven.s Basic Instinct will instantly recall the iconic scene of Sharon Stone slowly opening and closing her legs in a police interrogation. The film.s content could most certainly be described steamy, but it required the inclusion of more dramatic elements to keep an R-rating. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Verehoeven opened up about how he got away with showing such raunchy sex scenes in Basic Instinct: Because it was a thriller, the idea that Sharon Stone could kill him during sex was always an element of protection. So we could show sex and nudity much longer than normal, because there was another element there . the element of threat. By contrast, »
Variety is reporting that director Steven Soderbergh is to his work with HBO to bring new project Mosiac to the small screen.
Described as a “choose your own adventure” show, the story will have multiple scenarios and plot points that will see the production shoot on a variety of different locations to film all of the different ways the story can continue.
In a statement, Soderbergh said: “I believe the good people at HBO are genuinely enthusiastic about Mosaic for two reasons: first, it represents a fresh way of experiencing a story and sharing that experience with others; second, it will require a new Emmy category, and we will be the only eligible nominee.”
Mosaic is one of a few projects that Soderbergh has been involved with on the small screen, »
- Scott J. Davis
28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters. The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic. Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd. • 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. • 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2. • 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast was Mandy Patinkin. • 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC. • 1980: Led Zeppelin »
- Emily Rome
It seems as though there's even more to celebrate than usual this year for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The longtime couple and parents of two both celebrate birthdays today, the Oscar winners having been born on the same calendar day, albeit 25 years apart, making him 71 and her 46. But not only do these two Libras balance each other out on the astrological scale, their life together has happily evened out after a rough patch. Two years after spending the built-in family holiday apart, Zeta-Jones and Douglas are thoroughly back together after a "temporary separation" and have spent 2015 crisscrossing the globe together as a unit. Which seemingly would make for a much nicer joint »
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