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It is Hollywood law that any actor will eventually succumb to the lure of a superhero movie. For some, the opportunity comes later in life such as Michael Douglas’s recent turn in Ant-Man or other thespians-turned-blockbuster stars like Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart or Jeremy Irons. For others, the chance to wield superpowers is a milestone reached early on in a career. Either way, it is usually an offer that is hard to refuse. »
★★☆☆☆ With a homicidal big game hunter as its chief antagonist, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's Beyond the Reach (2014) has a ripped from the headlines topicality, but unfortunately this plodding thriller consistently fails to engage. Michael Douglas plays John Madec, a high-flying finance mogul who likes to relax by taking trophies of wild, rare, if not actually endangered species. He doesn't particularly enjoy hunting, he assures his young tracker Ben (Jeremy Irvine), finding it tedious - he just likes to have heads on his walls. Madec turns up in the small town bordering the Mojave Desert in his $500,000 SUV with his specialist rifle and greases the palms of the local constabulary into letting him hunt a bighorn sheep.
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It starts off promisingly, suggesting a moody existential two-hander under blazing skies, then gets increasingly silly, hitting its nadir with the sight of Douglas taking aim at Irvine while sipping dry martinis among the mesas. Even more dastardly than his Gordon Gekko – and by now, considerably more lizard-like – Douglas’s embodiment of plutocrat amorality all but cackles “Mwaah-ha-ha!”, as the whole affair increasingly resembles a human Road Runner cartoon. Blankly candid, Irvine works hard, but the film is content to let his torso do most of the talking.
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- Jonathan Romney
Michael Stevens For 'The Good':
"The latest comic book adaptation in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' brings a founding member of 'The Avengers' to the big screen for the first time...
"...in a 'touchie-feeler' popcorn movie, that will get your mandibles clicking...
"...@ the sight of spectacular micro and macro cinematography...
"...the 'Its' About Damn Time' introduction of a strong female character in Evangeline Lilly...
"Great moments include Lang...
"... 'mounting the thorax' of a flying ant named 'Antony'...
"...a "Thomas The Tank Engine' unexpectedly involved in a fight »
- Michael Stevens
The popularity of foreign talent in Hollywood movies and TV series has sparked a shakeup at U.S. agencies, incentivizing them to team up with their counterparts across the globe. Most non-American stars now have two or three agents worldwide who work together on everything from reading scripts to negotiating contracts. And most important, they are willing to split commissions.
digital auditions. From UTA’s Beverly Hills base, Peters reps foreign talent such as Sweden’s Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”), Denmark’s Pilou Asbaek (“Ben-Hur”), France’s Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) and Charlotte Le Bon (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”), a Canadian who now lives in France.
Michael Douglas recently noted that Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Michael Douglas is suitably villainous in this modern Western about a wealthy hunter gone rogue in the California desert
Related: Michael Douglas: ‘It’s more fun to be bad!’
Michael Douglas serves up an enjoyably villainous performance for this survival thriller in the classic 70s style of Deliverance and Duel, based on the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White. It’s certainly tense, with some nice touches, though with plausibility issues and an odd, unnecessary coda. Douglas plays Madec, a rich and thoroughly obnoxious asshole who’s come to the Mojave desert basin for some hunting, driving a flashy Mercedes SUV and using a customised Austrian hunting rifle. For a guide, he hires Ben (played by Jeremy Irvine), a young local guy with excellent knowledge of the terrain. But while out there in the burning heat there is a terrible incident caused by Madec’s arrogant irresponsibility; Ben refuses to »
- Peter Bradshaw
It's not often these days that two Michael Douglas movies come along at the same time, however his character in Beyond The Reach couldn't be further from the inventor / superhero mentor he plays in Ant-Man. Set in the Mojave desert, this survival thriller offers up it's fair share of entertainment in it's cat-and-mouse style tale of murder and deception but sells itself short when it comes to a fully plausible plot. Young tracker Ben is going through something of a crisis in his personal life when a wealthy insurance broker, Madec arrives in town with an array of expensive weaponry and a set of flashy wheels. Madec is keen to be be shown around the harsh landscape that borders the town, wanting to hunt some big game while closing a deal. It isn't long before Madec lands the pair of them into some serious trouble and decides that Ben, rather than him, »
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While Marvel Studios have a habit of signing their actors up for multi-picture deals, it seems that Michael Douglas didn’t get the typical Marvel contract for Ant-Man, with the actor revealing that he hasn’t signed on for any future appearances as Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym, although he’s open to a return.
“I’m not signed up to anything more,” Douglas tells Yahoo Movies. “I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!”
See Also: Marvel releases official image of the prototype Wasp suit from Ant-Man
So, at this point we »
- Gary Collinson
Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler
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Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week our team of critics accept the spy games, insane stunts and insaner ab-flashing of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation; hitch a ride with Reese Witherspoon's pot-holed road comedy Hot Pursuit; scream through the desert with Michael Douglas in Beyond The Reach; and watch Adam Sandler search for soul in supernatural shoe drama The Cobbler Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
Ever the studio to hand out multi-picture deals, Michael Douglas has revealed that there is currently no arrangement for him to reprise his role as scientific visionary Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that it’s unlikely the veteran actor will be locked down for any Ant-Man sequels, prequels or potential spinoffs.
As the weathered mentor who slowly guides protagonist Scott Lang on the path to the movie’s unlikely hero, replacing him in the Ant-Man suit in the process, Douglas’ role was largely limited to delivering exposition about the finer details of the technology and the mysterious Quantum Realm. However, though nothing has been signed as of yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Douglas would turn down the chance to return to as the brilliant inventor.
“I’m not signed up to anything more. I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more »
- Michael Briers
Michael Douglas is uncertain about his future with Marvel - but he's keen to come back for more.
Why Marvel shouldn't consider Ant-Man a box office failure
On whether he will return in the potential sequel, or in other Marvel films, he told Yahoo Movies: "I'm not signed up to anything more. I've learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but, if not, I've enjoyed the experience.
"Now I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre... the Quantum Realm!"
He also praised Rudd and Adam McKay's »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015…
It was Joy at the UK box office for Disney this past weekend, as Pixar’s Inside Out topped the chart with an opening weekend of £7,376,513, while Marvel’s Ant-Man enjoyed a healthy second weekend of £2.52 million to leave its UK haul just short of £10 million after ten days on release.
Aside from Inside Out, only one other newcomer managed to make an impact in the top ten, with the Antoine Fuqua-helmed boxing drama Southpaw claiming fourth palce with £1,662,296 and giving star Jake Gyllenhaal his best opening on these shores since 2006’s Jarhead.
Number one this time last year: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. Inside Out, £7,376,513 weekend (New)
2. Ant-Man, £2,520,129 weekend; £9,616,486 total (2 weeks)
3. Minions, £2,268,007 weekend; £37,097,156 total (5 weeks)
4. Southpaw, £1,662,296 weekend (New)
5. Jurassic World, £1,004,125 weekend; £61,500,833 total (7 weeks)
6. Ted 2, £729,103 weekend; £8,754,916 total (3 weeks)
7. Terminator Genisys, »
- Gary Collinson
Though it’s not perfect, the recent release of Ant-Man from Marvel Studios is a refreshing comic book adventure with a different tone, style and a contained story, bringing us one of the more intimate movies from the comic book studio. One of the reasons it works so well, besides having solid lead Paul Rudd as Scott […]
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Douglas' Hank Pym is without question the oldest superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in his first movie, he hands his crime fighting responsibilities off to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. While it was assumed that Pym would stick around in a supporting role for Ant-Man 2, assisting Lang with his new found powers, it sounds like Marvel doesn't know whether or not it wants to include Hank in any more Marvel movies at all.
When any actor signs up for a Marvel movie, it is followed by news of a wide-stretching contract that includes appearances in both sequels and other standalone titles. But Michael Douglas is the rare actor to not have signed one of these contracts with the studio. He confirms with Yahoo! Movies UK that he only agreed to do the one movie. Though, he is certainly open to the possibility that Hank Pym may return in the future. »
Ant-Man proved that a solid mix of humor and action can yield yet a successful Marvel movie. In fact, much of the film’s often insane, idiosyncratic fun left co-star Michael Douglas feeling a bit left out in his role as the moody mentor, Hank Pym. It seems that for Ant-Man 2 he’d like to see Pym fly his freak flag a bit. In an interview with Yahoo! UK, Douglas reveals his ambitions for Hank Pym. The 70-year-old veteran actor joined Ant-Man back when it was under the directorial vision of Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the previous script with Joe Cornish. However, with directorial successor, Peyton Reed, working off a revamped script by Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd, Douglas thinks Pym was left out of the more mirthful tone injected and hopes to see that change in a potential sequel. According to Douglas: Paul »
Like any movie in the Marvel canon, Paul Rudd.s Ant-Man has a ton of Easter eggs, whether it.s the presence of Casey Lang, who grows up to be Giant-Woman, or a cameo by Garrett Morris, who donned the Ant-Man suit for an SNL skit in 1979. But of all the hidden gems Marvel could.ve placed within their latest superhero flick, this one seems like a missed opportunity. There.s a moment, even a slight moment at that, where Ant-Man can easily crossover with Zoolander. A hat tip to Reddit user westmontblvd for making this comparison, and also be wary of minor spoilers from the film. There.s a scene towards the beginning of Ant-Man in which Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is invited back for a special presentation at his company by his former protege, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross is now running Pym Industries, and he wanted the »
Is there a chance we won't see Hank Pym again in the McU? It would seem highly unlikely given the major role the character played in Ant-Man, but even though Michael Douglas sounds like he'd be more than happy to return, he has revealed to Yahoo! that he hasn't signed on for any more movies... not yet, anyway. “I’m not signed up to anything more,” he told the site. “I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience." It's probably only a formality of course, but if and when Pym does return, it seems Douglas would like to get in on the humor a bit more next time around. “Paul and Adam (McKay’s) re-write bought a lot more humour. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humour to his character! Michael Pena »
Marvel Studios is famous for signing on its actors for multi-picture deals. Most often it's six, though that number can go up and down depending upon the actor.
In a surprising admission though, actor Michael Douglas has revealed to Yahoo that he hasn't signed on for any more appearances as Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as yet:
"I'm not signed up to anything more. I've learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I've enjoyed the experience."
Douglas adds that if Pym does return, he would like to get a bit more humor elements to work with:
"Paul and Adam (McKay's) re-write bought a lot more humour. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humour to his character! Michael Pena can take care of himself. I on the other hand was left giving the exposition and the plot, »
- Garth Franklin
For those who have seen Ant-Man in theaters, there are two post-credit scenes, one which sets up the future of a certain Ant-Man character, Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne, and another that teases Captain America: Civil War. Earlier today, Marvel released a photo from the first end credits scene, but there will be spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie yet. This is your last chance to avoid any spoilers, so from here on out, read on at your own risk.
One of the running sub-plots throughout Ant-Man is that Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) resents her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for choosing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to become the Ant-Man. Towards the end of the movie, Hank reveals that his wife and Hope's mother Janet was killed during a mission, while she was wearing the first version of The Wasp suit. He didn't want to lose »
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