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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 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 between Ant-Man and the super-villain 'Yellowjacket'. »
- Michael Stevens
Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” star Michael Shannon is joining the cast of the upcoming “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on Broadway. Jessica Lange, John Gallagher Jr. and Gabriel Byrne have already been cast in the new revival of Eugene O’Neill’s domestic drama, which will be directed by Jonathan Kent. It is produced by the Roundabout Theater Company in association with Ryan Murphy. Shannon, an Oscar nominee for “Revolutionary Road” who previously appeared on Broadway in the 2012 dramedy “Grace” opposite Paul Rudd, will play the womanizing, alcoholic oldest son of the Tyrone family of actors. Also read: 'The King of. »
- Reid Nakamura
Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into." It's been 14 years, and Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks have blossomed into some of the biggest comedy stars around, while "Wet Hot" itself has become a beloved cult classic. Director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter have remained tight with the cast, and as the movie's reputation grew well beyond the paltry box office (it grossed less than $300,000 during its initial release), there were rumors of a sequel that would fulfill Ben's request, and perhaps allow Wain and Showalter to spoof the reunion movie genre next. Instead, all the original stars — and many, many, many more of the talented friends they've made as their »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ever since Captain America: Civil War was announced back in October, during Marvel's now-legendary press event, fans have wondered which superheroes will be siding with Captain America and which will align themselves with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Production is still happening in Atlanta, where Jeremy Renner was spotted wearing a hat which teases the side his character Hawkeye may be on. The hat features an embroidered logo that reads "Team Captain America," seemingly revealing where Hawkeye's allegiance truly lies.
Captain America: Civil War takes place after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo »
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 »
During a promotional interview with Screen Rant to promote this week’s release of his latest film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jeremy Renner has spoken briefly about Hawkeye’s role in the next Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, as well as sharing a few thoughts on how the studio might proceed after Avengers: Infinity War closes out Phase Three.
“[Captain America: Civil War] is more active, a lot of fun stuff happening in that one,” said Renner. “I can’t speak too much for it. They’re still filming that sucker right now. But yeah, there’s a lot of stuff happening in that one physically for me anyway. Then who knows in the future? I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The topic of conversation then shifted to Phase Four, and whether Marvel will stick with »
- Gary Collinson
Netflix used to be the home of films of varying quality, ranging from classic to cult to just plain awful, and the place to catch-up on all the shows you’re supposed to have seen but never got around to.
While it is still that, and you can lose yourself for hours binging on Breaking Bad, the streaming service has over the past couple of years made a big push to produce more original content.
The likes of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are the two biggest success stories, earning critical acclaim and challenging network and cable shows when it comes to awards season. The Netflix model, dumping all episodes onto its website at once for immediate mass consumption, has totally changed the way people watch TV.
2015 has seen that trend continue, with a string of hit new shows including Sense8, from creators »
- James Hunt
It started in 2005 with a double-sided DVD, found by a friend in the bargain bin of a local discount shop. On one side was The Independent, a Jerry Stiller comedy about a B-movie director (“excruciatingly unamusing” – The Miami Herald). The other side didn’t look terribly promising, either: the film’s title, Wet Hot American Summer, sounded like top-shelf smut. On its sleeve was what looked like a crudely drawn knock-off of a National Lampoon poster. It seemed at best like it would be a bawdy, brainless comedy in the manner of the 80s cult favourite Porky’s, and at worse its sequel, Porky’s Revenge.
Related: Wet Hot American Summer is »
- Gwilym Mumford
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp is dropping on Netflix on Friday the 31st of July (Aka this Friday). Today, a new promo for the series has landed online.
The difference between this one and the trailer we've already seen? It's a behind the scenes video, featuring - among other things - Bradley Cooper lamenting the fact that Paul Rudd hasn't aged a day in a decade.
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As was showcased in the trailers and promos for the film, there's a very special character cameo in Marvel's latest movie, Ant-Man. And that'd be Thomas The Tank Engine. For those who haven't seen the film, we won't reveal exactly where he fits into the movie, short of to say it's a memorable moment or two we get with one of the planet's most famous trains.
So how did it come about?
Chatting to Film School Rejects, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has revealed that "I believe in Edgar [Wright] and Joe Cornish's original drafts it was a train set ... at some point in the process that predated my involvement, it became Thomas".
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 »
For those who haven't seen Ant-Man in theaters quite yet, there will be Spoilers for one of the post-credits scenes below, so read on at your own risk. There are actually two post credit scenes, one which features Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and another that helps set up Captain America: Civil War, which is currently filming in Atlanta. This is your last chance to avoid any spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.
The second post-credit scene features Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they have finally caught up with The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The Winter Soldier's robotic arm is caught in some sort of device, as both Cap and Falcon try to figure out how to get him loose. Falcon says that he "knows a guy," as the scene ends, inferring that he will bring Scott Lang »
Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) superhero origin story might have been the focus of Marvel's Ant-Man, but the "Phase Two" movie certainly established another superhero, or rather a superheroine, in Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). In a scene before the closing credits, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shows Hope the prototype for a suit that allows her to follow in the footsteps of her late(?) mother Janet Van Dyne and take up the mantle of the Wasp. Though we probably won't see the winged hero in full glory until the Avengers: Infinity War movies in May of 2018 and 2019, Marvel has shared an official look at her prototype suit from the Ant-Man mid-credits tag. What do you think? Click Image To Enlarge Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret »
Now that Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man is out in theaters, much like any Marvel movie before it, moviegoers have been pouring over every square inch of celluloid available to discern any potential secrets of easter eggs. From the references to Wasp to news of a sequel, one needn’t look too far to find a forum filled with speculation.
Beyond that, the minuscule hero is due to return for Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America Civil War, and over the weekend the director hinted that Scott Lang’s second appearance will be much bigger – literally – than his debut.
“Listen, I think with Hank Pym and Scott Lang, and with that technology, I think it’s safe to say at some point somewhere you’re going to see some real growth…,” said Reed, pausing to look at the camera before continuing, “…for that character. I hedge my bet there, because »
- Michael Briers
"I believe in Edgar and Joe Cornish's original drafts it was a train set," he told Film School Rejects. "At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas.
"As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas.
"Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. »
Netflix's upcoming series, a prequel to the cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer," has a new featurette with cast members -- both from the original film and new -- chronicling the shooting of the show. Read More: Watch: 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Motion Poster is a Trick For Your Eyes and Ears "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" takes place, as you may have guessed, on the first day of Camp Firewood as a prequel to the 2001 movie, which took place on the last day. The premise is all the more comically ridiculous, given that the cast members are playing teenagers when most of them are now old enough to be parents of teenagers. The show gathered together a dizzying number of recognizable and much-adored faces -- many of whom were in the original film -- along with a handful of newcomers, »
- Meredith Mattlin
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