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"...the next evolution of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' brings a founding member of 'The Avengers'...
"Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength...
"...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..."
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- Michael Stevens
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
Get Ready For Marvel’S Next Smash Hit Film With This Official Prequel! Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel’s shrinking sensation, Dr. Hank Pym will pull on the helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that will take him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin!
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th, 2015, and also stars 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 and Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson »
- Gary Collinson
Catherine Zeta-Jones looked as glamorous as ever Thursday night in New York City for the Phoenix House Public Service Awards. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Pantsuit Look Zeta-Jones attended the event at the Cipriani restaurant with her husband, Michael Douglas. Zeta-Jones looked chic for the night out with Douglas in a black, asymmetrical, floor-length Bcbgmaxazria jumpsuit. She accented the […]
- Chelsea Regan
"Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel's shrinking sensation, Dr Hank Pym will pull on the helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that will take him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin," reads the solicitation for the issue.
A preview of the comic was released this week. Set in Pym's youth, it will be a two-issue miniseries.
Back in November, it was confirmed that Marvel's Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell will appear in Ant-Man. A rumor from August suggested that a younger Hank Pym will meet up with the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., which does include Peggy Carter. While that exact scene hasn't been confirmed, Newsarama has received a preview of Marvel's comic book prelude, set to debut next week, which shows an older Peggy Carter working with Hank Pym during the Cold War. Take a look at the comic book's description below.
"Before Scott Lang becomes Marvel's shrinking sensation, Dr. Hank Pym will pull on the helmet and leap into action on a death-defying mission that will take him into the icy heart of Cold War East Berlin!"
As you can see in the comic book panels below, Peggy is seen testing Pym's ability to improvise under pressure, which is similar »
True fact: there are more than 10,000 species of ants in the world, but to the best of natural history’s knowledge, only one of them uses the shower. And here he is: Ant-Man, Scott Lang’s soon-to-be superhero alter ego, suited up for the first time and preparing to go on a journey into smallness, in an exclusive image debuting in the new issue of Empire. Click on the image below to make him bigger again. Behind that mask, Dumas-style, is Paul Rudd. Alongside Michael Douglas’s scientist Hank Pym, he’s the heart of Peyton Reed’s film and Empire caught up with the director on set in Antlanta (yup, they’ve officially renamed it) to find out what happens once the shrinking starts. “The tone of the film is unique,” Reed tells us. “It has drama, it has comedy, it had a hero with a shitty van and a cut under his eye. »
Who says the erotic thriller is dead? Maybe it's just been lying in wait.
The heyday of the genre was the late '80s and early '90s, when erotic-thriller mainstays like actor Michael Douglas, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, and directors Brian De Palma and Adrian Lyne were enjoying their career peaks. Between 1987's "Fatal Attraction" and 1992's "Basic Instinct," there seemed to be no end of movies about detectives sleeping with murder suspects or soccer dads and moms having torrid affairs with dangerous strangers. Maybe it was subconscious anxiety about AIDS, or maybe it was a loosening of the ratings board's usual qualms about sex and violence, or maybe it's just when premium cable started to saturate America's households. (Indeed, the erotic thriller still persists as a late-night staple on Skinemax Cinemax.) Whatever the reason, the genre's moment was short-lived.
Maybe it'll come back with the release this week of "The Boy Next Door, »
- Gary Susman
Is Hollywood progressive? There seems to be a pervasive gap between what is preached and what is portrayed, and that's perhaps no more true than in the industry's historically shoddy treatment of mental illness on the silver screen. When it comes to humanizing sufferers of mental illness in films and on television, Tinseltown has for the most part come up woefully short; indeed, for every "Silver Linings Playbook" there are 10 "Single White Females." One of the most persistent offending traditions is the "stalker" film, a sub-genre jumpstarted by Clint Eastwood's hit 1971 thriller "Play Misty for Me" that continues to go strong more than 40 years later. The most recent example of this ongoing trend is Universal's "The Boy Next Door," an upcoming thriller that stars Jennifer Lopez as a high school teacher targeted by a dangerously obsessive student (Ryan Guzman). Important note: I haven't seen "The Boy Next Door" and »
- Chris Eggertsen
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
While promoting her FX animated comedy series Archer at the TCA Winter tour over the weekend, actress Judy Greer revealed new details about Marvel's Ant-Man. The first trailer was released earlier this month, but the actress says she hasn't seen it yet. She did talk about how much comedy was used on set, even though she doesn't know how much will be included in the finished film. Here's what she had to say below.
"I haven't seen it yet but there was a lot of comedy on set and we did a lot of comedic improv. I don't know what will end up in the movie, but yeah."
While she is no stranger to big-budget movies, with roles in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming Tomorrowland and Jurassic World, Ant-Man marks Judy Greer's first foray into the superhero world. She revealed that Ant-Man was the »
The trailer for Ant-Man was released a couple of weeks ago and many were surprised by the sombre tone. Given the movie is directed by Peyton Reed (I Love You, Man) and written by Adam McKay (Anchorman) with Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) having also previously worked on the project, many thought it would be more comedic compared to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In fact, several of our writers (and the Flickering Myth Podcast) theorised that a more serious trailer had been cut to stick with the “Marvel style”, while the actual movie would be tonally different.
“It was, in the beginning, »
- Luke Owen
By Dean Brierly
Japanese actor Ken Takakura, iconic leading man in countless yakuza and action films, died at 83 of lymphoma on November 10 in Tokyo. He had long since achieved legendary status in Japan with his portrayals of brooding samurai, gangsters and hit men. The characters he portrayed were usually on the wrong side of the law but adhered to a chivalric code of honor that, while not reflective of reality, nevertheless struck a deep chord among Japanese filmgoers of the 1960s. Takakura was most familiar to American audiences for his roles in The Yakuza (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack and co-starring Robert Mitchum; Black Rain (1989), with Michael Douglas; and Mr. Baseball (1992), with Tom Selleck. In each of these he more than held his own against his high-powered American co-stars.
Born Goichi Oda in Nakama, Fukuoka, Takakura was witness to real-life yakuza street clashes during his formative years, which may have informed »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The inspirational mentor is dead. On screen, that is. In recent years we've seen a drop-off in this once-beloved trope, with distinctly anti-heroic teachers, instructors and father figures coming to the forefront – see Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson, Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, Breaking Bad's Walter White, etc.
Below, Digital Spy picks out 11 more of the very best and very worst mentors in cinema history.
It was a close run thing in this spot between "Carpe diem" and "It's not your fault", and in truth about half of Robin Williams's characters could qualify for this list.
But avuncular therapist Sean is everything you could wish for in a mentor, gently chipping away at Will's (Matt Damon) self-destructive defence »
Over the last week we have got our first look at Marvel Studios’ ambitious project Ant-Man with the release of the first trailer and official images, as well as hearing from Marvel’s president Kevin Feige about the project. Not much is known about the project other than the synopsis, but having watched the trailer many times and knowing a few things about Marvel I am making a prediction. Hank Pym ,who is played by Michael Douglas, will be the movie’s main villain.
Whilst this argument will probably be seen as looking at coincidences and jumping to conclusions I still think this is worth talking about. This is not a rumour – this is simply my own speculation. If this does turn out to be true, I apologise for the spoiler.
First off I will »
- Thomas Roach
It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.
My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »
- Timothy Monforton
The films of Alfred Hitchcock still provide rich pickings for modern filmmakers, in spite of the fact that the last full-on remake was Gus Van Sant's ill-advised take on Psycho. Thus, Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder went back to the Dial M For Murder source material, whilst the Shia Labeouf-headlined Disturbia was inspired by the wonderful Rear Window.
Next up then? It might just be Strangers On A Train. Warner Bros is trying to get a remake of the 1951 original together, and it's recruiting the team behind Gone Girl to do it. Thus, the studio wants novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher to take the job on.
The new version will be modernised (taking place in the middle of an Oscar campaign, »
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, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter and Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), Wood Harris (The Wire), Gregg Turkington (The Comedy) and »
- Gary Collinson
Arriving hot on the small, microscopic heels of yesterday’s array of images is a fresh batch of stills for Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick, Ant-Man.
While those screenshots placed an emphasis on Corey Stoll’s supervillain Yellowjacket, this latest collection swings the moral pendulum back towards Paul Rudd’s not-so-moral protagonist. As fans of the comic are already well aware, this dynamic will act as the crux of Ant-Man‘s storyline, with Stoll’s Darren Cross becoming drunk with power over a technology that boasts similar physics-defying abilities.
As Cross grows ever stronger and veers more towards that Yellowjacket alter-ego, Rudd’s Scott Lang must channel his inner hero in order to protect the suit and his own mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (played here by Michael Douglas). Much like the artwork from yesterday, the images, which can be glimpsed in the gallery below, offer up a new look at »
- Michael Briers
Ant-Man is one of Marvel comic books’ most iconic and long-standing heroes and the Henry “Hank” Pym version of the character is the most famous by quite a long way.
In spite of this, the character is relatively unknown beyond comic book fans, but that is set to be rectified as 2015 will see the character get his own titular movie and become a part of the hugely popular and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
That said, the version that the title of the film refers to will not be Hank Pym, but Pym will be in the movie as an older man no longer capable of heroic activities and he will be played by the wonderful Michael Douglas – and it’s Pym that this article will be referring to.
Hank Pym was a biophysicist and Security Operations Centre expert prior to his discovery of “Pym Particles”, which enabled him to alter his size, »
- K.J. Stewart
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