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Marvel held their world premiere for Ant-Man at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on Monday, where cast and crew attended along with several members of the Marvel family. One such guest was Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who revealed on his page earlier this week that Ant-Man was his favorite Marvel movie since 2008's Iron Man. Take a look at the director's full statement below.
"Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a second and it's hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn't get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It's a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. »
Ant-Man may be a little over a week away, but a lucky few have already seen Marvel's latest.
Gunn took to his Facebook page to gush about the McU's latest hero, writing: "Ant-Man may just be my favourite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial).
"Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a second and it's hilarious and warm throughout.
"It doesn't get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It's a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact."
Gunn said the "charming and funny" lead »
The early response to Ant-Man ahead of its release later this month has been positive. There have been one or two naysayers, but most of those who have been privy to the latest Marvel adventure insist that it.s a rollicking entertaining ride. And now it has secured arguably it.s most positive reaction to date from none other than Guardians Of The Galaxy writer/director James Gunn. Gunn, who is currently working hard on the sequel to the hugely enjoyable and successful 2014 original, took to his Facebook page to pay high compliments to Peyton Reed Ant-Man. In fact he even went as far as to insist that it.s his favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau.s Iron Man all the way back in 2008. But, for good taste, he did leave Guardians Of The Galaxy out of the running. Wrote the filmmaker, Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel »
Although Anderson has only been hired to pen a draft for the script, there’s a possibility that he could direct the movie as well. The director has written few movies without also helming the projects.
Downey is onboard to play Geppetto in the tale about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy. He’s been developing the project for some time, but recently revived interest, given Disney’s surge of live-action retellings of animated classics and fairy tales.
Disney has already struck box office gold with “Alice in Wonderland,” whose sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is slated for 2016; “Maleficent”; and “Cinderella. »
- Justin Kroll
James Gunn's a popular figure in the world of comic book movies, having turned a relatively unknown comic book property into a global smash hit for Marvel last year with his Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now, Peyton Reed is about to attempt to acheive a similar feat with Ant-Man. Ahead of the movie's release in a few weeks time, Reed has received a glowing endorsement from his fellow director, who posted his take on the movie on Facebook, after attending the premiere on Monday: "Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a second and it's hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn't get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, »
Early reactions to Marvel's Ant-Man were mostly positive, but James Gunn's reaction to the film was 100% glowing. He not only calls the movie his "favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man," but goes on to highlight the performance strengths of stars Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, and Michael Douglas. Gunn goes on to praise Peyton Reed's direction but is also quick to point out Edgar Wright's presence throughout the film. He also gets a plug in for his own upcoming film The Belko Experiment, which he wrote, and which is currently filming in Colombia. Here's Gunn's Facebook post: [caption id="attachment_466785" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel.com[/caption] Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a »
- Dave Trumbore
Though it isn’t currently on Marvel’s release calendar, a sequel to this year’s Ant-Man is certainly in the cards, assuming the first film does well. Marvel isn’t really in the business of making standalone movies (in fact, of the core Avengers, only the Hulk is waiting for his sequel greenlight), so as long as the bite-sized hero fares well at the box office and is met with enough praise (reactions from fans and even James Gunn have been extremely positive), more adventures for the tiniest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are inevitable.
One person hoping for another film is Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. In a new interview with Variety, Reed expressed his desire to return for future installments should they get the go-ahead from Marvel Studios:
“If we’re fortunate enough to do another Ant-Man movie, I would love to do it.”
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- James Garcia
This post originally ran in October 2014. We are rerunning it because, as things end, it's good to remember where they started. I remember the moment in April 2005 when I heard that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were getting married. I was in college at the time and I didn’t really follow gossip news, so I didn’t even know they had started dating. But still, there, burned in my brain, is the memory of me seeing the news and thinking, Of course. See, I had seen the episode of Dinner for Five (Jon Favreau's short-lived IFC show where he had actors and directors eat dinner together) that they appeared on together, along with their Daredevil cast members, and I had observed Jennifer Garner fall madly in love with Ben Affleck. The episode aired in January 2003, which means Ben was still dating Jennifer Lopez (Lopez and Affleck had gotten »
- Jesse David Fox
Marvel fans the world over are holding their breath in anticipation of the first reviews for next month’s Ant-Man hitting the web, and luckily for the fans and filmmakers alike, advance buzz is overwhelmingly positive. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is adding his two cents.
Readers may remember how Gunn elegantly responded to Edgar Wright’s controversial departure from the director’s chair at a time when accusations were flying back and forth like an angry Asgardian. Now, he’s had a chance to finally see what replacement helmer Peyton Reed and company have come up with – and it sounds like he’s a big fan.
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Posting on Facebook, Gunn said the following:
- Isaac Feldberg
The first reviews are out of the way, the details of the post-credits scenes are out there for those that want to be spoiled, and Marvel is going full throttle on "Ant-Man" before it opens in a few weeks. And James Gunn, who is probably the studio's best spokesman after Kevin Feige, has gushed enthusiastically after seeing the movie. Hitting Facebook as per usual, the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" director stated that "Ant-Man" is his favorite Marvel movie since Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" way back in 2008. He praises the cast, how the movie deals with explaining its slightly sci-fi concept, and adds: "So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay - it's great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it." Okay, so he's biased, but Gunn's word will still certainly sway some folks who remain on the fence. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Blake Griffin could be the next Michael Jordan -- 'cause the guy was throwin' down in Venice Beach with Marvin the Martian on what appeared to be a "Space Jam" themed commercial shoot. Word on the street ... seriously, the people on the street were telling us ... Blake was on-set with director Jon Favreau to film a new sneaker ad for his new Jordan shoes. He dunked, he shot around, he signed autographs for kids. Question »
- TMZ Staff
Director Paris Barclay has been re-elected to a second term as President of the Directors Guild of America, the DGA announced on Saturday. The election was made by acclamation at the guild’s National Biennial Convention at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. Other officers elected included Jon Favreau, Betty Thomas and Thomas Schlamme. Voting was done by 138 delegates representing the 16,000-plus members of the DGA, which includes directors, assistant directors, stage managers, unit production managers, associate directors, production associates and location managers. Barclay was first elected to a two-year term as DGA president in 2013, ending a decade in which the guild. »
- Sharon Waxman
Paris Barclay has been re-elected to a two-year term as the 25th president of the Directors Guild of America.
Barclay, 58, was selected Saturday at the DGA’s member convention at its Los Angeles headquarters.
The election was not a surprise. He had told Variety earlier this year that he would probably seek re-election, saying at the time, “I enjoy a lot of what the president does. I’m likely to continue.”
DGA presidents typically serve two terms, as was the case with Barclay’s predecessor, Taylor Hackford, and they tend to continue working in the industry on projects while in office. In Barclay’s case, he executive produced the last season of FX’s drama “Sons of Anarchy” and is working with FX on “The Bastard Executioner” from Kurt Sutter’s script.
In 2013, Barclay became the DGA’s first African-American president and its first openly gay president. He’s said »
- Dave McNary
MTV's bringing some scares to San Diego, offering two horror genre panels for fans to attend at this year's Comic-Con: a Scream: The TV Series panel on Friday, July 10th, and a Kevin Smith-moderated Teen Wolf panel on Thursday, July 9th.
Press Release: "Santa Monica, CA (June 25, 2015) – MTV will take San Diego Comic-Con by storm with the return of Comic-Con favorite and hit drama series “Teen Wolf” for the sixth time and convention debuts of highly-anticipated shows “Scream: The TV Series” and “The Shannara Chronicles.”
For the first time in network history, MTV will be on-the-ground with its own branded booth, giving fans an all-new interactive experience when they hit the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Fans will be treated to exclusive swag and the opportunity to meet and get autographs from a slew of MTV talent set to stop by.
In addition, MTV will once again sponsor the Sdcc wi-fi. »
- Derek Anderson
To this point, there has been a certain uniformity in the director choices that Marvel Studios has made for their feature films. From Jon Favreau to Joss Whedon to James Gunn to Peyton Reed, every single filmmaker behind one of the company's projects to this point has been a white man. In the near future that may change in a big way, however, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has gone on record saying that they are looking to have more diversity when it comes to making both their Black Panther and Captain Marvel projects. With Ant-Man now less than a month away, the executive/producer recently sat down for an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and it was during this conversation that the subject of diversification in director choices came up. Discussing whether or not there has been a concentrated effort to find a black filmmaker to make »
Marvel's dominance of the superhero movie game will face stiff competition next year when Warner Bros. kicks off their DC film slate with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner film chief Greg Silverman caused a stir when he said that WB, unlike Marvel, is letting their directors fulfill their visions, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige took exception to the idea that Marvel isn’t being fair to its filmmakers. Countering Silverman’s comment, Feige told THR that if you watch the McU movies, it’s obvious that each film has the mark of their respective directors, and the studio is not giving these filmmakers the shaft. As Feige put it: Iron Man and Iron Man 2 are as Jon Favreau films as you can see. Kenneth Branagh has his stamp all over Thor. Captain America: First Avenger is very much a Joe Johnston »
These Star Wars Bits are now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest you use them. Here’s what you can expect from this round of Star Wars updates: Simon Kinberg talks Darth Vader on Star Wars Rebels See the Star Wars Lego Dagobah Comic-Con exclusive set Mark Wahlberg probably won’t see Star Wars: The […]
- Ethan Anderton
Whenever interviewers have a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, they take the opportunity to ask him every question they can think of. So when I read the interview posted by The Hollywood Reporter, it didn't surprise me how many topics they cover in a short amount of time. Other than the obvious questions about Ant-Man and how important it is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (a lot, apparently), he goes on to cover everything including diversity in Hollywood, Spider-Man, and creative control. Marvel Studios doesn't allow creativity Earlier in the month, WB executive Greg Silverman discussed the differences between WB/DC's strategy and Marvel. He stated WB hires "master filmmakers" that are going to make their own movies with creative control, and suggested it is in some way different than what Marvel Studios does with their films. readmore postid="179084" In response to this, Feige says, »
- Charles Dean
Selma director will reportedly become the first black female director to take charge of a Marvel superhero film as the franchise continues diverse recruitment
The Selma director has long been rumoured to be a strong candidate, and would follow in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh, Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon as a high-profile, but counter-intuitive, director of a big-budget superhero film.
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- Guardian staff
With the director's chair on the second of the "Star Wars Anthology" films on the way still vacant in the wake of Josh Trank's exit, rumors have circulated regarding who might be in line to replace him.
One of the earliest possibilities that broke after the announcement of Trank's exit the other month was that of "Iron Man" and "Chef" helmer Jon Favreau who is currently at work on Disney's new "The Jungle Book" adaptation. This weekend though, Favreau ruled himself out of the running.
In fact, Favreau went one step further and tweeted that not only is he not directing any of the "Star Wars" films coming up, he doesn't seem to be keen to take on an future entries in this franchise:
Not directing any Sw eps. Just a fan. Rt @MrBazingaa: Hopefully something related to Star Wars is next. cough second anthology film cough
— Jon Favreau »
- Garth Franklin
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