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As Marvel gears up to go into production on the superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, actor David Dastmalchian has confirmed that he’ll be reprising his role as Kurt from the original film in the 2018 follow-up.
“Peyton Reed is here and I just got a chance to speak with him the other day and it sounds like Kurt is going to be returning to Ant-Man’s world and will be appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Dastmalchian told Et Online. “And we are very very very excited.”
Dastmalchian joins fellow Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym) and Michael Pena (Luis) in the sequel, which is set for release on July 6th 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
In the past few years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become something of a who's who when in regard to casting high-profile actors for a varying roles in their bombastic comic book on-screen adventures. Looking back, actors the likes of Michael Douglas, Kurt Russell, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Samuel L. Jackson, Cate Blanchett and more have assumed the identities of some... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
In the past few years, it's become sort of a tradition for Marvel Studios to hand over big roles in its superhero movies to these Hollywood icons. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 alone we have both Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone, and recent Marvel films have featured everyone from Robert Redford and Michael Douglas to Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke. When Fandango spoke with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige ahead of the Guardians Vol. 2 release on May 5, we asked what...
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Hollywood seems hell-bent on de-aging its stars. We look at what this really says about the blockbuster ecosystem.
Oh, Ridley. Every time director Ridley Scott seems to be making headway with his audiences — where people start believing that maybe 2012’s Prometheus might not actually be the kiss of death for the Alien franchise we all feared — he has to go and say something that turns the dial back to zero. Earlier this week, an excerpt from Empire Magazine’s feature on Alien: Covenant included one particularly disheartening tidbit: Scott was not necessarily ruling out the decision to digitally de-age Sigourney Weaver in future films in the franchise. And while some might consider this simply wild speculation on the part of Scott, his colleague, or the magazine, there’s enough smoke here that we should probably address this head on: digital de-aging isn’t necessarily a bad technique, it’s just a terribly unimaginative one.
- Matthew Monagle
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here. Agnes Varda
At age 88, the indomitable and highly influential Varda shows zero sign of slowing down when it comes to churning out art told through continually experimental means (she’s also remained committed to supporting her work in person, recently popping up at both the French Institute Alliance Française for a career-spanning chat and this year’s Rendezvous With French Cinema series with a brand new exhibit; we should all be so lucky to be as vital and involved when we’re half Varda’s age). Varda’s contributions to cinema and feminism have been »
- Kate Erbland
It has already been widely reported that Ridley Scott is planning more Alien films after Alien: Covenant, but knowing Ridley Scott, this could take quite some time to complete. Rumor has it that Scott would like to connect the dots back to the original Alien film released in 1979, much like Rogue One did with A New Hope. While the idea sounds great, it does raise the question: how do you reintroduce Sigourney Weaver as Ridley? Sigourney Weaver is 67 years old right now and she was 30 years old during the original Alien film. Could digital de-aging Sigourney Weaver be the answer?
The latest issue of Empire Magazine (via AvPGalaxy) features new intel from the upcoming Alien: Covenant, set to be released on May 19th, 2017 in the United States. In addition to information about additional Alien films, the article also sheds some light on the idea of using de-aging technology. Ridley Scott »
Connecticut police may pursue criminal charges against former teachers at an elite boarding school who are accused of sexually abusing students in incidents dating back to the 1960s, People has learned.
Twelve teachers at Wallingford’s Choate Rosemary Hall are accused of sexual misconduct in a 48-page report prepared for the school’s board of trustees by an independent investigator hired by the institution. The report recounts the experiences of 24 alumni, alleging the former teachers sexually molested and, at least once, even raped students over a 50-year period.
Now, Wallingford police say they are considering criminal charges.
“It’s going »
- Char Adams
Officials at Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school, alleged that at least 12 former teachers sexually abused students at the prep school in cases dating back to the 1960s.
In a new report from the prestigious Wallingford institution, school investigators allege the former teachers sexually molested and, at least once, even raped students over a 50-year period.
It recounts the experiences of 24 alumin alleging sexual misconduct, asserting school officials did not report the allegations to authorities. Instead, it states, they quietly allowed teachers to resign or fired them.
- Char Adams
On 22 April, the incomparable Jack Nicholson will reach 80. In celebration of this milestone birthday, the BFI is bringing the magnificent 1975 tragicomedy in which he starred, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, back to big screens across the UK on 14 April 2017. We are giving three lucky winners a pair of tickets to a BFI Southbank screening of the film between 20 and 24 April 2017
Nicholson’s unforgettable performance as the ingenious, heroic free spirit Rp ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital run by callous Nurse Rached (Louise Fletcher), won him his first Best Actor Oscar®.
Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel, directed by Miloš Forman (Amadeus, Man on the Moon) and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was only the second film ever to »
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The American Cinematheque has announced that the 31st American Cinematheque Award Sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg, will be presented to Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Adams’ colleagues and friends. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming months.
“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Amy Adams as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “Amy Adams is one of the most beloved, admired and respected actresses in movies today. Her credits range from critical favorites like ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Arrival »
- Kate Erbland
“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Amy Adams as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “Amy Adams is one of the most beloved, admired, and respected actresses in movies today.”
“Her credits range from critical favorites like ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Arrival’ to blockbusters like ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Man of Steel,’ combining strong reviews and commercial success. Her appeal crosses all demographic groups and she continues to broaden her audience with performances that illuminate her movie-star qualities. She has been honored with many nominations and awards from critics, fans and industry organizations all over the world. In the words of one of her directors, »
- Dave McNary
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Michael Douglas was not afraid to share a few of his worst reviews Saturday at the TCM Classic Film Festival’s key annual Q&A at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.
His very first critical notice came from his father, Kirk, who drove up to see him play his first theatrical role, a small part as a messenger in a 1960s Uc Santa Barbara production of Much Ado About Nothing.
“Dad came back and said, ‘Michael, you were terrible,’ Douglas related. "He was so relieved. He said, ‘Thank God, I don’t have to worry about my son going into this business.’”
- Chris Willman
Oscar-winner Michael Douglas revealed the ups and downs in his film career during a live conversation with Ben Mankiewicz at the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Saturday. Held at Hollywood’s historic Montalban Theatre, the two-hour discussion covered everything from Douglas’s early television roles to his work on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Here are some of the surprising highlights.
In 1969, Douglas made his feature debut in “Hail, Hero!” an obscure anti-war drama about a college student who joins the army during the Vietnam war. “Arthur Kennedy played my father, and in the movie he takes my long hair and he chops it all off,” Douglas said. “So I’m showing it to my dad (Kirk Douglas) and he said “You should go to my barber. There’s a way to do that so it looks halfway decent, so you won’t look like a total dork. »
- Matthew Chernov
Though the theme of the TCM Classic Film Festival this year is comedy, that hasn't stopped political themes from emerging during discussions with special guests. Yesterday morning's screening of The China Syndrome with Michael Douglas in attendance was just such an example. Douglas and host Ben Mankiewicz started out talking about the aesthetic and casting choices of the nuclear meltdown film, produced by Douglas and starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda. However, as with the release of the movie - which happened to be released days before the Three Mile Island accident in early 1979 - the timing of the Q&A between the TCM host and the veteran actor/producer meant that conversation soon turned to themes of destruction, education, and protest.
- Anne Marie
Robert De Niro to receive double honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
With the Tribeca Film Festival gearing up for the April 19 Opening Night Gala World Premiere screening of Chris Perkel’s Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, produced by Ridley Scott, followed by a concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, and Earth, Wind & Fire at Radio City Music Hall, the festival's co-founder Robert De Niro will receive a double honour from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Levinson, Michael Douglas, Ben Stiller, Harvey Keitel and Sean Penn will be presenters on May 8 of the 44th Chaplin Award to Robert De Niro. And there will be a retrospective of his work from Scorsese's Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Casino, The King Of Comedy, and Raging Bull to Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter.
No Bulls**T: Starring Robert De Niro, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams
Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax season behind us. But it’s also film festival season, which for me specifically means the onset of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, the eighth iteration of what has become a perennial moviegoing event. More and more people flock to Hollywood Boulevard each year from all reaches of the country, and from other countries, to revel in the history of Hollywood and international filmmaking, celebrate their favorite stars (including, this year, beloved TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year and whose presence has been missed at the festival for the past two sessions) and enjoy a long-weekend-sized bout of nostalgia for the movie culture being referred to when »
- Dennis Cozzalio
TF1 Studio is about to turn one year old. France’s largest commercial network launched the vertically integrated film banner in May as a way to consolidate their disparate acquisition, development and multi-platform distribution channels.
By centralizing its organization, unifying aims and offering partners a single point of contact, TF1 Studio execs say a clear brand and a steady hand will give them a competitive advantage in the country’s ever-difficult film distribution marketplace.
Run by Nathalie Toulza-Madar and Tristan du Laz, and overseen by TF1 Entertainment director Olivier Jacobs — he is also responsible for TF1 Films, a co-financing and production subsidiary that is nonetheless wholly apart — TF1 Studio will partner with local distributors for 12 theatrical releases this year, and up to 15 in the years to come.
In keeping with TF1’s mainstream brand, the slate has a decided focus on crowd-pleasing, wide-appeal features. Upcoming films “Dr. Knock,” a period »
- Ben Croll
Going In Style is the hilarious new comedy directed by Zach Braff, arriving in UK cinemas on April 7. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin and to celebrate the release, you have the chance to win a terrific prize bundle inspired by the film.
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.”
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
This renowned »
- Paul Heath
Earlier this week, Disney took the stage at CinemaCon with a brief presentation, and while some fans were hoping for Star Wars or Marvel news to come out of this panel, that didn't happen, with the bulk of the event used for a screening of the studio's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Before the screening, though, the studio did discuss its massive slate, which included our first look at the official logo for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will hit theaters next summer. Of course, since Ant-Man 2 doesn't start filming until this coming June in Atlanta, there isn't any official photos or footage the studio could have shown, but now at least we know what the logo looks like.
The logo was captured during the presentation by Twitter user Caleb Williams, who snapped a photo of Disney's full slate, which shows Ant-Man and the Wasp »
Most parents dread raising their children through the teenage years, but Catherine Zeta-Jones couldn't be more excited.
"I love it, Matt. I love it," she told Matt Lauer. "And I'm still waiting for.. I kind of preempted the roll-your-eyes teenage years. I love it. I just love the kind of freshness of the... it's all so exciting to me."
"I was working when I was my son's age. I was in the theater, and I look at him, and I go, 'Wow, I was working when I was your age,'" she added. "So I'm just enjoying this time, learning a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't »
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