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Earlier today, director Peyton Reed announced the official start of production on Marvel's Ant-Man. Marvel Studios and Disney have now issued the official press release, which includes several cast additions including Judy Greer, Mad Men favorite John Slattery, comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and rapper T.I. It also reveals that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here is the official PR:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.
After the resounding success of Marvel Studios Guardians Of The Galaxy two weeks ago, audiences have never been more enthusiastic about upcoming releases from the powerhouse studio. There had initially been some doubt that the Disney-owned studio could effectively translate obscure properties into box office hits, however that has all changed ever since Star-Lord and his crew blasted onto cinema screens.
Although next years Ant-man has hit more than a few speed bumps along the road of pre-production, it finally seems as if the film is back on track. However, we may now have a few more juicy details on one of the many factors that lead to the much-publicised departure of the projects original director, Edgar Wright. When the break-up between the studio and Wright first occurred, it was rumoured that Marvel’s insistence on including ‘franchise characters’ from the existing McU was partially to blame. Well now, it »
- Ben Read
When director Edgar Wright surprisingly left the Marvel Phase Three adventure Ant-Man, creative differences were cited as the reason for his departure. Apparently, one of those differences was Marvel wanted the writer-director to insert more characters from the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe into the story, which reportedly starts in the 1960s with a young Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) fighting Communism. There may be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Latino Review reports that some of the existing characters in an earlier script are Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Armin Zola (Toby Jones) and a young Alexander Pierce, the character played by Robert Redford in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The scene involves a meeting at S.H.I.E.L.D. which Hank attends with these characters, although it isn't known why exactly they are meeting.
The site speculates that the scene »
If reports are to be believed, one of the “creative differences” between Marvel and Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was said to be the studio’s desire to further integrate the film into the Marvel Cinematic Universe by incorporating a few familiar faces from the McU into his script, and according to Latino-Review, they have the inside track on which characters this concerned.
According to the site, an early draft of the script included a prologue that saw Hank Pym meeting with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Howard Stark, Peggy Carter and Arnim Zola, in addition to a young Alexander Pierce. Presumably this would allow Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell and Toby Jones to reprise their roles, with younger actors stepping in for Michael Douglas and Robert Redford.
As always, mark this one as a rumour, but if true how would you feel about those characters making an appearance in Ant-Man? »
- Gary Collinson
When Legendary Entertainment in 2006 announced plans to produce a movie based on Blizzard Entertainment’s “Warcraft,” the fantasy videogame franchise had completed a successful platform shift to the massively multiplayer online “World of Warcraft,” introduced in 2004, from its 1994 PC-based origins. “Warcraft” became one of the most popular and profitable role-playing games in history.
A decade later, Blizzard has been watching millions of players turn to other properties, many of them recently to free-to-play titles on mobile devices. At its peak in 2010, “World of Warcraft” had 12 million subscribers paying $15 a month. That’s been falling ever since, to 6.8 million at the end of June. And millions more could leave for so-called fremium mobile games before Legendary’s film — directed by Duncan Jones, and with a cast that includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton — is released by Universal Pictures on March 11, 2016.
Blizzard and its parent, Activision, expected to »
- Marc Graser
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history's most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula in a terrifying new Halloween Horror Nights maze, "Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood. " Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures' upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold. Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17. Take a look at the new Halloween Horror Nights artwork below, along with the previously-released trailer.
"Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood" will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as "Vlad the Impaler," who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who »
Aaron Paul has a Need for Speed, the street racing thriller based on the popular Electronic Arts gaming franchise of the same name. Need for Speed just made its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on August 5, and we have teamed up with Buena Vista Home Entertainment to offer one lucky reader a copy of the new combo pack in this Need for Speed giveaway.
Entering for a chance to win Need for Speed is easier than turning on a car. All you have to do is simply scroll down to the simple and clearly marked entry form below and submit the required information. That's it. However, if you wish to increase the odds of winning, return any or every day this contest is still open to enter again. The odds of winning will increase with each additional entry.
You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. »
Craig Ferguson announced he'd be leaving The Late Late Show back in April, but we hadn't heard much about who'll be replacing him - until now. British actor James Corden is rumored to be in talks to take over the late-night post. While you may be wondering who the heck this guy is, we're here to fill you in - and tell you that you may have just been introduced to him in these recent Into the Woods pictures! Here's what else you need to know about the star and where you may have seen him before. Source: Getty He's one of the stars of Into the Woods. Corden was recently spotted in the brand-new Into the Woods trailer as the Baker (with Emily Blunt as his wife). Though he's not so well-known to Us audiences yet, director Rob Marshall probably had good reason to cast him in the musical »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Divergent (Ya fantasy-adventure-romance; Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James; rated PG-13) God’s Not Dead (drama; Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo; rated PG) Need for Speed (car-porn action; Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Oculus (horror; Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff; rated R) Palo Alto (drama; Emma Roberts, James Franco; rated R) About Alex (drama; Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter, Max...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? This is a freaky '70s take on "Faust" and "Phantom of the Opera," by way of Brian De Palma. Sure, we know that music producers are evil, but Swan (Paul Williams) really takes the cake.
Why We're In: Shout! Factory's two-disc set has some pretty great goodies for fans of this cult flick.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"12 O'Clock Boys"
What's It About? Baltimore teens take to the streets on their dirt bikes, and young Pug wants to be one of them. A short but satisfying doc that's part extreme sports action and part personal drama.
In or Out: In.
What's It About? Christine Ricci stars as a cool American teacher in Australia who puts on a performance of "Hamlet" with her students. Unfortunately for the play's star, an Aboriginal teen named Liam, his »
- Jenni Miller
James Corden Taking Over 'Late Late Show'?
It has not yet been confirmed that Corden, 35, will assume hosting duties on The Late Late Show, but a purported insider shared the information with TheWrap. Neither Corden nor CBS have commented on the rumor.
Corden is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for his turn in The History Boys with Richard Griffiths and Dominic Cooper. He’s soon to be a more recognizable face stateside with a part in Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, as well as the role of The Baker in the highly-anticipated feature film adaptation of Into the Woods, which hits theaters Christmas Day. He also starred as Paul Potts in One Chance.
On the small screen, Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, »
In celebration of the August 5th home entertainment release for Need For Speed, an exclusive screening event was held for Petersen Automotive Museum Members on the evening of Thursday, July 31 and Wamg was there.
The event showcased an advanced screening of the bonus feature “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie,” hosted a filmmaker/talent Q&A with Director Scott Waugh & childhood family friend and industry stunt coordinator extraordinaire Lance Gilbert, and then screened the entire film. The hero car from the film will be on display at the museum through October.
In Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie, viewers are invited to go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it takes to capture high-octane car stunts on camera.
The filmmakers discuss the challenges and benefits of this “old school” in-camera approach, which requires the actors to learn how to handle a car at »
- Movie Geeks
While Comic Con has certainly been a battle between Marvel and DC properties, with Legendary Pictures scoring some sweet Godzilla hype as well, filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon) had an Ace up his sleeve for Con attendees who have chomping at the bit to see footage from his upcoming Warcraft movie. It’s been years since the project was announced, but this year’s San Diego Comic Con has finally shed some light on the heralded property, as Jones released the first action-packed teaser trailer – and people seemed to dig it.
While we don’t have the actual video of the teaser trailer, /Film has posted a description of the fantasy world Jones has created in detail:
We start with a room full of Alliance weapons. Swords, shields and more. “I’ve spent more time protecting my king than my own son,” a character says in voiceover. Lots of men in Armor and some banners. »
- Matt Donato
This afternoon, Legendary Pictures took the opportunity to showcase director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) showcased footage from his forthcoming fantasy epic Warcraft, and while that footage probably won’t see the light of day online, Legendary has released an incredibly brief title teaser video, which you can watch here…
And via Screen Rant, here’s a brief description of the footage that was shown today:
The Warcraft teaser that followed was narrated by both a human and an Orc from the film (each seemed to be reading from their war diaries), indicating that the movie will very much examine what leads to the conflict between the two races from both of their perspectives (think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Most of the footage was focused on depicting the various environments and landscapes of Azeroth, there was also some material teasing actual battle sequences involving the two clans. »
- Gary Collinson
At the Legendary Comic-Con panel today, director Duncan Jones revealed a bit of footage from his upcoming movie, Warcraft, an adaptation of the extremely popular online game of the same name. Though that footage is confined to the event at the moment, we do have a tiny teaser of the Warcraft title that has been unveiled online.
Running eleven seconds, the video is only the very tip of the iceberg of Duncan’s Warcraft, which is scheduled to come out in 2D and 3D on March 11th, 2016, and will be featured in IMAX theaters. Look for more footage to be revealed in the coming months. In the meantime, you can check out the teaser below, courtesy of Legendary:
Warcraft stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu, and Clancy Brown. Duncan Jones directs off a rewritten script by himself that’s based on »
- Derek Anderson
After a sweltering few days in San Diego, Legendary Pictures offered up some chills in the form of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, wedged in between the revelation of some Godzilla 2 monsters and footage teasing a new King Kong movie called Skull Island.
The 2015 gothic horror-romance Crimson Peak, which will star Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, got a special showcase on Saturday—showing off both its ghosts and a cast of somewhat sinister mortals. “It’s a gothic romance. It’s R-rated. It has incredible beauty, but it’s also very violent, »
- Anthony Breznican
Marvel's TV-related Comic Con panel is finishing up with some news regarding its two shows on ABC. First there's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which announced several new characters that are set to make an appearance in the second season.
The previously announced Lucy Lawless is confirmed to be playing veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley. Joining her this season will be Nick Blood as Lance Hunter who has been reimagined from the comics as a mercenary in this interpretation whom Coulson turns to for help.
Finally there's "Dollhouse" actor Reed Diamond who has been cast the big bad of the season - Daniel Whitehall (aka. The Kraken). In the comics, Whitehall is a legendary Hydra agent who spent decades training the group's best talent.
The biggest news though came through a video with Patton Oswalt in character as Agent Koenig. The »
- Garth Franklin
Is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing on a costumed hero?
At Marvel TV’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, a special video featuring not one but two Patton Oswalts (as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Billy and ??? Koenig) announced that Barbara Morse – aka costumed Marvel comics hero Mockingbird – was calling for Director Coulson. “She just wanted to say that if he needs her, she’s in,” declared one the Koenigs.
Related Lucy Lawless Recruited By Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — What Role Will She Play?
Marvel is currently holding down their TV panel at Comic-Con right this very second, and just dropped two big announcements about ABC's mid-season adventure series Marvel's Agent Carter. It seems the hour long drama will be getting three directorial alumni from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Maybe even more surprising is that the two directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, are returning to the Marvel Cinematic universe to direct not one, but two episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter. They will help set the tone for the series, taking on the second and third episode.
It was also asked if Dominic Cooper was returning to play Tony Stark's father Howard Stark, which »
It's Marvel TV time at Comic-Con, with an hour-long panel that promises to feature Jeph Loeb plus still-unnamed castmembers from both "Marvel's Agents of Shield" and "Marvel's Agent Carter." The question is, will Marvel stop with just the two ABC dramas, or will they start trying to build excitement for the four upcoming Netflix series by, say, bringing in "Daredevil" stars Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll for surprise appearances? (Woll has a long and impressive history of Comic-Con cosplay, including stints as Hit Girl and Axe Cop, so I wouldn't be shocked in the least if she came dressed as Elektra — or Daredevil, for that matter.) And will Loeb be as bombastic as in his usual interviews, or will he acknowledge how rough so much of "Agents of Shield" season 1 was before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finally gave the show direction? I'll be live-blogging all the action, updating »
- Alan Sepinwall
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