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Back in February, Evangeline Lilly was rumored to be in talks to play the female lead in Ant-Man. It was believed that she was playing the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the love interest of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Some thought she was possibly portraying The Wasp. During a new interview, the actress denied being cast in Marvel's Phase Two adventure. She said this even though various trade publications have confirmed her for the role.
When asked if she could finally confirm that she is, in fact, playing the female role in Ant-Man, she bluntly stated:
"No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors."
The actress is already confirmed to appear at Comic-Con this week for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies and to introduce her new children's book entitled The Squickerwonkers. Its speculated that she is currently denying any involvement in Ant-Man because »
Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man. Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the »
- Christina Radish
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Forgotten Men: 1934 English antiwar propaganda film is a fascinating and, in retrospect, bittersweet document of the brief era between Wwi and WWII [my review] [iTunes UK] 20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [iTunes UK] After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video] 112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With Guardians of the Galaxy debuting in just a few short weeks, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been making the press rounds lately. In a new interview with Empire, he discussed the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright, the arrival of new director Peyton Reed, his thoughts on the new DC Comics/Warner Bros. movie universe, and more.
Following a separate interview earlier this week that shed new light on Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man the director offered new details about why the filmmaker and studio eventually went their separate ways.
"I don't know if we ever thought of ourselves as invincible, quite the opposite. If you start thinking you're invincible you start making bad decisions. We think we're very vincible, and worry all the time! No, it's much more personal than that.
We've been with Edgar for eight years, we saw the premiere of a number of his films in this very theatre. »
This week annoyed by a loudmouth blogger of some repute, who declared anime for paedophiles and insulted more or less the whole of Japanese culture, I decided to watch Netflix original anime Knights of Sidonia. His comments have widely been circulated and condemned by many people and he’s just made himself look a fool, and all this just because Gus Van Sant might be directing a Death Note movie. I recognise that anime is not for everyone but still, by dismissing all of it you are missing out on an awful lot of classic work and influential stuff.
Knights of Sidonia has been billed as a Netflix original but it’s quite hard to imagine that they would have been involved in the production of something like this, it’s pretty far out there even for anime and its more likely that Netflix have done what they did with »
- Chris Holt
Thanks to the greatness that is VOD, last night I was able to check out David Wain and Michael Showalter's rom-com parody, They Came Together. Starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, the film looks to deconstruct the romantic comedy much like Wain and Showalter's Wet Hot American Summer sought to satirize summer camp films. From the standpoint of ripping the often shallow and happenstance conceits of the modern rom-com to shreds, They Came Together is wildly successful. Poehler and Rudd are great and Wain and Showalter know the genre so well that the script often feels like a template for a Valentine's Day release waiting to happen. While its constant barrage of meta can be distracting at times (a scene where Rudd drowns his sorrows at a bar specifically comes to mind), more often than not I found myself laughing too hard at the absurdity of the genre's conventions to care. »
- Jason Barr
Back in May, Marvel Studios made the surprising announcement that Edgar Wright was leaving Ant-Man due to creative differences. The director raised some eyebrows just a few days later, posting a "selfie" featuring silent film star Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto. Many thought the director was comparing his experience with Marvel to Buster Keaton leaving independent filmmaking to join MGM, which he later called the worst decision of his life.
Today, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about Edgar Wright's exit, revealing that it was a "combination" of the filmmaker's personality issues and his vision falling out of sync with the studio. He also shot down claims that Marvel was scared that the filmmaker's vision was too far "out there."
"We sat round a table and we realized it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. »
Earlier in the week we heard some comments from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about Peyton Reed (Down with Love) being the right man to succeed Edgar Wright on the Phase Three-launching Ant-Man, and now the producer has spoken candidly to The Guardian about the reasons for Wright’s departure from the project:
“We sat round a table and we realised it was not working. A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production. We said let’s do this together and put out a statement. What do we say? ‘Creative differences’. I said: ‘That’s what they always say and no-one ever believes it.’ Edgar said: ‘But in this case it’s true … ‘”
“The Marvel movies are very collaborative, »
- Gary Collinson
The World's End director spent the best part of a decade developing the superhero project, but parted ways with the studio in May citing creative differences.
"We sat round a table and we realised it was not working," Feige told The Guardian. "A part of me wishes we could have figured that out in the eight years we were working on it. But better for us and for Edgar that we figure it out then, and not move it through production.
"We said, 'Let's do this together and put out a statement'. What do we say? 'Creative differences'. I said, 'That's what they always say and no-one ever believes it'. Edgar said, 'But in this case, it's true'."
Feige went on to reject the idea that Marvel were risk averse and »
The fine track record that Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton had established with “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” met a speed bump “Touchy Feely,” which attracted mixed reviews. (Here's Toh's interview with Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt.) Her latest title “Laggies" was scooped up by A24 at Sundance and marks a return to form. Significantly, "Laggies" is the first Shelton film based on someone else's writing, in this case Andrea Siegel. No question Sam Rockwell marks an improvement over originally cast Paul Rudd, while Keira Knightley eventually replaced Rebecca Hall. Check out the first trailer, which showcases another mix of fish-out-of-water tropes and angst-ridden adults. Megan, 28, (Keira Knightley) enjoys hanging out with Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who she meets outside her old high school at a class reunion gone wrong. After her boring boyfriend (Marc Webber) proposes, Megan escapes from her life by shacking »
- Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
A lot of fans were disappointed when the amazingly talented Edgar Wright was replaced by Peyton Reed as the director of Ant-Man. During a Q&A for Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, IGN asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige why he decided on hiring the Bring it On director to helm the movie. This was his response:
"Peyton is someone that I've been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie...'Peyton was always on our lists, and so when this happened and Edgar [Wright] said 'Not for me' we met with a handful of people, »
- Joey Paur
Earlier today, we told you about the first Avengers: Age of Ultron footage that was previewed by Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige at a Q&A session after a Guardians of the Galaxy sneak preview in London. At that same event, Feige explained his decision to hire Peyton Reed as director Edgar Wright's replacement on the Phase Three adventure Ant-Man.
"Peyton Reed is someone that I've been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together... And I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, »
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was in London today to present footage from Guardians of the Galaxy [read our first impressions here], as well as a special first look sneak peek at Avengers: Age of Ultron [read our thoughts on that footage here]. While he was here, IGN caught up with the producer to ask him about the issues surrounding Ant-Man, and the appointment of director Peyton Reed (Yes Men) as successor to Edgar Wright…
“Number one – thank you for asking the question in that way, which is doing what we’re doing which is thinking about the movie and the end result of the movie. Peyton is someone that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel ended up skating on thin ice with its upcoming Ant-Man adaptation recently when script changes led long-time director Edgar Wright to depart the project, leaving the studio scrambling to find a replacement. As the days turned into weeks, directors came and went, including Adam McKay and Rawson Marshall Thurber, both of whom turned down the gig. Other contenders included Ruben Fleischer and Michael Dowse, but Marvel ended up going with Peyton Reed, a comedy director known for Yes Man and The Break-Up.
More than a few fans responded to the choice with pessimism, bemoaning Wright’s departure and criticizing Marvel for implementing the script changes that forced out the well-respected helmer. Then, news broke that multiple screenwriters, including McKay, Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer, had been brought on board to further rework the script. Needless to say, that particular news nugget didn’t do much to pacify fans.
- Isaac Feldberg
From the director of Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models comes a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic-comedy genre: They Came Together, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 2 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is also currently available via Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. This laugh-out-loud comedy features an all-star cast including Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Role Models), Amy Poehler (TV's Parks and Recreation, TV's Saturday Night Live), Cobie Smulders (TV's How I Met Your Mother, Marvel's The Avengers), Christopher Meloni (TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wet Hot American Summer), Max Greenfield (TV's New Girl, Veronica Mars), Bill Hader (upcoming The Skeleton Twins, TV's Saturday Night Live), Ellie Kemper (TV's The Office, Bridesmaids), Jason Mantzoukas (TV's The League, Neighbors), Melanie Lynskey (TV's Two and a Half Men, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Ed Helms (TV's The Office, »
Here's an awesome character illustration featuring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man. The piece was created by DeviantArt artist CarlPearce, and it gives us a little glimpse of what could be. Douglas also recently showed up on David Letterman to talk about the movie and Comic-Con. When asked about the film he said:
"Yep, Ant-Man with Paul Rudd - wonderful actor- and I'm taking Dylan out to Comic-Con for the first time in my life. Which I hear is a scene and a half… I'm not a comic guy...a couple people in your staff know about it. I don't think it was one of your major [superhero] ones, but this is about an ant."
When talking about comic-Con he says:
"They just say it is insane; they say it is completely insane. It's a little bit like a Halloween party...everyone gets dressed up as their favorite character; I'm not quite sure. »
- Joey Paur
The full five-day schedule for this year's Comic-Con has now been announced, and over here at Digital Spy we're getting pretty damn excited to fly out to San Diego next week.
While there are a few surprising omissions from the movies programme - no Hunger Games, no Jurassic World, seemingly no Star Wars - there's still plenty here to get excited about. Below is the full schedule of movie panels.
Wednesday, July 23
Into the Storm screening (10pm, Gaslamp Theater)
The Hobbit's Richard Armitage and The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies star in Warner Bros' disaster thriller, which follows a group of high school students who document a devastating tornado strike.
Thursday, July 24
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
Benedict Cumberbatch will make his Comic-Con debut to promote upcoming Madagascar spinoff Penguins of Madagascar, in which he plays a debonair wolf named Classified. He'll be joined by co-stars John Malkovich and Tom McGrath, »
Earlier in the week, Michael Douglas confirmed that he is heading to San Diego with his son Dylan for Comic-Con 2014 to promote his upcoming Marvel adventure Ant-Man. He went on Late Show with David Letterman last night, and talked more about the event, claiming that Marvel has a whole 'evening and night' planned, though the studio has yet to confirm its schedule or day of arrival.
"I'm not a comic guy. A couple of people on your staff know about it. I don't think it was one of your major ones...One of your super ones and all that...But this is about an ant..."
Michael Douglas then explains to Letterman that he's not really allowed to talk about the upcoming Phase Three adventure. »
"Oh yeah, I'm gonna do a Marvel Comics thing called Ant-Man," said Michael Douglas when David Letterman brought up the 2015 adaptation, and suggested that the veteran actor still has the opportunity to take on new and challenging roles. "Yep, Ant-Man with Paul Rudd - wonderful actor- and I'm taking Dylan out to Comic-Con for the first time in my life. Which I hear is a scene and a half." Letterman then asked if Ant-Man was a popular comic, to which Douglas replied, "I'm not a comic guy...a couple people in your staff know about it. I don't think it was one of your major [superhero] ones, but this is about an ant." Back on San Diego Comic-Con, which is two weeks away, the Hank Pym actor says he doesn't know all of what to expect. "They just say it is insane; they say it is completely insane. It's a little »
Paramount's hit comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is currently available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, which comes with three versions of the movie including the Super-Sized R-Rated Version, with 763 new jokes that you couldn't see in theaters. Earlier this week, the Super-Sized R-Rated Version made its digital debut on iTunes, so fans who purchase Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will also get this Super-Sized R-Rated Version as a part of the iTunes Extras. To celebrate, we have a giveaway of epic proportions. Not only can you win iTunes codes to check out all of these extra jokes, but one lucky grand prize winner will also take home a talking Ron Burgundy figure, signed by Will Ferrell, along with a t-shirt, Sex Panther cologne and a pair of mustache sunglasses. These prizes will be gone in a New York Minute, so act fast for your chance to win. »
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