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In addition to being packed with amazing action and thrills, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy succeeded in a big way last summer thanks to the simple fact that it also made a special effort to be really, really funny. Obviously we can expect the upcoming sci-fi sequel to strike the same tone - but if quotes from the writers of the new Spider-Man movie are any indication, the webhead may give the outerspace group a run for their money where jokes are concerned, and could wind up becoming Marvel's funniest comic book movie yet. While speaking with NPR, Vacation writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein were not only happy to finally confirm that they are indeed writing the script for the new Spider-Man movie, but also talked about their approach to the webslinger's famous sense of humor. Discussing Peter Parker's personality, Daley explained, He's a »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
- Gary Collinson
There's no doubt about it. Guardians of the Galaxy turned WWE Superstar Dave Bautista into a bonadfide movie star. And it even landed him the coveted role of villain in the next James Bond movie Spectre. He'll follow that with the highly-anticipated Kickboxer reboot. So, where does he want to go from here? Speaking with IMDb, the pro-werstler-turned-actor desperately wants to be in one of the upcoming Star Wars movies. It doesn't matter if it's a spinoff or part of the new trilogy. And he isn't above stepping inside a mask or latex suit. He explains his biggest dream.
"[I want to] be in a freakin Star Wars film!!! Im 0-2 as of right now... Eventually they'll stick me in a Stormtrooper suit just to stop me from bugging them!"
There aren't too many more franchises bigger than the WWE, the Marvel Universe, and James Bond, so it's understandable why the Superstar would »
Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket return in Disney Xd's Guardians Of The Galaxy series. We've got the first trailer here...
We've known about Disney Xd's animated Guardians Of The Galaxy series for a while now. Clearly inspired by James Gunn's hugely successful (and fun!) film, the show reunites Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon for a string of new adventures. We're told Thanos plays a role, too.
Today, the first proper teaser trailer has landed online. Here it is, all 15 seconds of it...
Add that to the test footage screened at Nycc last year (embedded below), and you've got a decent idea of the tone and visual style of the show...
More on the show as it comes in. It's expected on Disney Xd this September.
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Actor Benicio Del Toro is not at all far removed from his last performance in a big blockbuster space opera, as it was just last summer that the Oscar-winner found himself playing Taneleer Tivan a.k.a. The Collector in James Gunn's amazing Guardians of the Galaxy. Now it looks like he may get his next opportunity to head out into the cosmos, as a new report has linked him to the villain role in Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Sources have told The Wrap that Disney and Lucasfilm have extended an offer to Benicio Del Toro, and should the actor accept the part he will play the central antagonist in the first post-Force Awakens saga film. As you might imagine, there are currently no details available regarding the role he will be playing - but it's pretty easy to imagine the guy harnessing the dark »
Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – July 20, 2015) After a two year hiatus following the tragic death of cast member Dave Brockie, the popular sit-com Holliston will return for a third season in 2016 on the GeekNation digital network, it was announced today by ArieScope Pictures President and series creator/ show runner Adam Green in conjunction with GeekNation’s CEO Clare Kramer and COO Brian Keathley. The highly anticipated third season is set for a full 10-episode order to premiere on GeekNation’s digital streaming network next summer, making this the first time thatHolliston will be readily accessible for all, including audiences in many foreign countries that were unable to watch the series until now.
- Derek Anderson
Ant-Man has taken the lowest Us opening-weekend earnings of any Marvel movie since 2008's The Incredible Hulk.
Although occupying the top spot ahead of last week's number one movie Minions, Marvel's latest superhero film managed just $58m in the Us and $114.4m worldwide.
That puts it a little ahead of The Incredible Hulk's $55.4m, a little behind Thor's $65.7m, and quite a bit behind The Avengers' colossal $207.4m.
With the help of Pym's estranged daughter Hope van Dyne (Lilly), who teaches him to fight, Lang does battle with the egomaniacal villain known as Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll).
Among some positive feedback, »
Shooting an action/horror/thriller movie in the Colombian capital Bogota sounds like a potentially scary experience. Not at all, according to Wolf Creek creator Greg Mclean, who spent three months in the country working on The Belko Experiment. Funded by MGM and written and produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy.s James Gunn, the movie focuses on the Us Belko Corporation in South America, whose employees mysteriously are forced to either start killing each other or be killed. .We had no security for cast or crew - we didn't need it,. Mclean tells If from Los Angeles, where he is in post after a six week shoot.
.Most people.s impressions of Colombia are unfortunately from about a decade ago and mainly from 1980s action movies where there's gangsters in the streets shooting up the place.
.It's very, very different »
- Don Groves
“Ant-Man” demonstrates both the power of the Marvel brand and what can hold it back.
The film’s $58 million debut would have been a strong start for nearly any other company, but for Marvel, which has fielded a dizzying number of blockbusters, it is something of a disappointment. “Ant-Man’s” opening ranks below the numbers that films centering on Captain America, Thor and Iron Man put up during their launches. More importantly, it failed to top the $60 million domestically that most analysts predicted it would make this weekend.
There is a crucial difference, however, between “Ant-Man” and other superhero movies. In the Marvel universe, Ant-Man is more of a utility player than star attraction. Given the dubious pedigree, it’s doubtful that many other companies could have made a movie about a man with the powers of a household pest and enjoyed stronger results.
“The media expects a lot, maybe too much, »
- Brent Lang
Sean Gunn will be familiar to many for his role as village eccentric Kirk in television series The Gilmore Girls. What some might not realise is that he is indeed the brother of James Gunn, the director of the fantastic Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gunn has been appearing in his brother’s projects for years, is featured in Super, and even turned up for an episode or two of reality competition Scream Queens on which James was a judge. He also starred as not one but two characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, the first was Kraglin, one of Yondu’s henchmen, the second was Rocket Raccoon.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bradley Cooper played the part, but in actuality he only voiced the character and there were several other key members that bought »
- Kat Smith
When looking for a fair comparison between Peyton Reed.s Ant-Man and any other entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (to judge how audiences might respond to the movie), a lot of us point to Guardians of the Galaxy. Both are traditional origin stories, and neither have the ability to sell themselves on the presence of recognizable Avengers characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) or Captain America (Chris Evans). Guardians was a huge hit when it reached theaters last summer. How will Ant-Man do in a similar slot? THR reports that Ant-Man grabbed an estimated $6.4 million on Thursday night, which is roughly half what Guardians of the Galaxy pulled during its Thursday night run. James Gunn.s space adventure, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, netted $11.2 million in August 2014, setting the record for the largest pre-opening tally of the year (a record that had been held by Captain America »
The summer isn’t over yet, there’s still time for more Marvel action. As if the second Avengers movie wasn’t enough, we now have another entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) entitled Ant-Man. Don’t worry. You may not have ever heard of him. It’s understandable. Don’t feel bad about it.
The film was written, and re-written, by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd. The film was originally meant to be a writer/director venue, a la Joss Whedon or James Gunn, but Wright suffered from the dread disease called “creative differences” with the studio. The film was then handed over to Peyton Reed who has a varied television career up to this point and who was nearly selected for the slot of director for Thor 2: Dark World, if internet rumors can be believed.
- Steven Gahm
If you follow film news or write for a film website, it’s nearly impossible to watch Ant-man and not think of its tumultuous behind-the-scenes journey. Both Joss Whedon and James Gunn have praised the original script written by Edgar Wright’s and Joe Cornish. Marvel brought down the house at Comic-Con in 2012 when they showed Wright’s test footage from the just announced film. Combining Wright’s singular visual storytelling with the unique world of Ant-Man seemed like a perfect pairing. But then something happened. What exactly that something is and how it played out is still a subject of online forums and lengthy articles. All that we definitely know is that Wright was no longer the director of Ant-man. Being such a fan of his filmmaking style that perfectly balances sharp wit, exciting action, and kinetic camerawork, I can’t help but wonder what Wright’s version of Ant-man would have been like. »
- Michael Haffner
Ant-Man faces off with an Avenger in a funny new television spot for Marvel's next superhero epic.
Watch our interview with the cast »
1,2, Bughuul's coming for you. Last weekend Sinister 2 took over Comic-Con and will continue to spread terror nationwide in theaters on August 21st. Also: an excerpt from Freda Warrington's The Dark Arts of Blood and a trailer for Nerdist Presents: The Hive.
If you were at Comic-Con this weekend you weren’t far from gruesome #SinisterSightings lurking around any corner.
Terrifying twins took over San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter frightening unsuspecting Comic-Con attendees with a slew of sinister projections of homemade inspired kill films starting Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, July 11th from the time the sun went down until well after midnight.
Sinister 2 opens nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on August 21st, 2015.
Story: The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister, »
- Tamika Jones
The first trailer has arrived online for director David Yarovesky’s upcoming thriller The Hive, which is described by director James Gunn as “the most horrifying and disgusting love story ever.” Check it out below after the official synopsis…
At the height of summer, Adam and Katie find love for the first time. Fellow camp counselors Clark and Jess couldn’t care less about the kids they’re overseeing as long as they can hook up. But, when a plane crashes nearby, their investigation unleashes a mysterious plague, putting all campers in danger. As Camp Yellow Jacket slips into chaos, Adam wakes in a boarded-up cabin with no memory of who or where he is. His only clues are the notes he’s scrawled for himself and memories that aren’t his own. As his friends turn into monsters around him, the key to surviving the apocalypse is locked in one infected counselor’s mind. »
- Gary Collinson
Slither director James Gunn calls The Hive “the most horrifying and disgusting love story ever” in the stylish, intriguing first trailer for the upcoming Nerdist release. What is The Hive? Something of a subgenre hybrid it seems; a mystery, a summer camp horror, a possession tale with possibly apocalyptic implications. It’s directed by David Yarovesky, and after a…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Though much of the media spotlight on Marvel these days has been focused on next year’s Captain America: Civil War, there are currently far many more moving parts at the company than just that superhero blockbuster. Case in point: Captain Marvel, the studio’s first female-led tentpole.
Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are hard at work hashing out the details of the pivotal pic, which will simultaneously introduce a key Avenger and revolutionize superhero cinema by showing that a strong female character can power a blockbuster without overt sexualization or damsel-ification.
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Speaking recently with Wired, Perlman spoke to the pressures of the screenwriting process:
“We’ve been talking a lot about archetypes and what we want this movie to be about and just how to write a strong female superhero without making it Superman with boobs… Meg and I are doing a lot of »
- Isaac Feldberg
★★★★☆ Starring Paul Rudd as the diminutive hero, Ant-Man (2015) is a hilarious heist movie cum superhero flick that proves to be a hugely enjoyable and playful way to bring the studios 'Phase Two' to a close. It revels in oddity; then again, it is about a shrinking hero who can control armies of ants. Because of this it shares many of the comical qualities of James Gunn's smash-hit Guardians Of The Galaxy. Both titles had to overcome the obstacle of less established Marvel characters, but it would seem that in each case this freed them up to be more playful in their approach. Ant-Man also has the shadow of the departed director, Edgar Wright, standing over it.
- CineVue UK
Scott Lang is seen breaking into a safe using only water and liquid Nitrogen in the scene.
An international teaser for Ant-Man was recently unveiled, which included a very brief clip of an Avengers character's surprise appearance.
It is also known that Ant-Man will include at least a cameo from the Wasp, a founding member of the Avengers.
Ant-Man opens in cinemas on July 17 in the Us and the UK.
Watch a trailer for Ant-Man below: »
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