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The Longest Week Review
As is often the case with new directors, Peter Glanz’ The Longest Week is built from one of his earlier short films, A Relationship in Four Days. It’s a film that is going to divide critics, many of whom will dislike it for all the things that make it great, and is a tricky sell to most audiences. There’s a fine line between a derivative work (or one that is just patently stolen) and an honorific, and watching The Longest Week reminded me of nothing so much as Down with Love. While Down with Love was more directly putting forward the films it nodded to, and was more focused in its subject, it had a difficult time winning fans, and I suspect for similar reasons, even one has far easier entry points than the other.
- Marc Eastman
Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen
Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash
THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend
Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far
- NATHANIEL R
After a rocky couple of months which saw Edgar Wright exiting the project due to creative differences – followed by the departure of cast members Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman – Marvel Studios’ first Phase Three offering Ant-Man has finally kicked off production today in San Francisco, with director Peyton Reed (Down with Love) taking to Twitter to announce the news…
Alright, gang. Today is the day. Let’S. Get. small. #AntMan
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) August 18, 2014
Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015, with a cast that includes Paul Rudd (Anchorman) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Wall Street) as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne with David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) and Michael Pena (Cowboys & Aliens) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.
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- Gary Collinson
Ant-man has had a controversial switch of directors during it's lengthy pre-production process. Fan-favorite Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead) left the project citing creative differences, which led many to believe that Ant-man was over before it ever really got started. Marvel stuck to its guns, brought on director Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Down With Love) and haven't budged from their release date of July 17, 2015. It looks like things are finally ready to roll, as »
- Sean Wist
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
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Deadpool, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Big Hero 6, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League Dark, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Batman ’66, Batman: Assault on Arkham and more…
With the dust settling on last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con International [read a special Week in Spandex Sdcc round-up here], the big news this week should have been the release of Marvel’s penultimate Phase Two offering Guardians of the Galaxy… if it wasn’t for the small matter of the Merc with the Mouth. Yes, this past week we finally got to see the CG test footage / proof of concept for the Deadpool movie, which had been produced by Tim Miller and Blur Studio a couple of years back, with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role of Wade Wilson (via motion capture »
- Gary Collinson
Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project. It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I'm confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright's take). But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place. Steve caught up with Reed at Sdcc right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project. Topics include the state of the script, »
- Evan Dickson
Marvel may have found a new director for Ant-Man in Peyton Reed (Down with Love), but it seems the fallout from Edgar Wright’s exit has now led to the departure of three cast members, with Deadline revealing that Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Matt Gerald (Dexter) and Kevin Weisman (Hello Ladies) have all left the film.
According to the site, Marvel executives “adamantly dispute” that any of the departures are due to creative issues, with Wilson said to have encountered a scheduling conflict due to the delay in production, and Gerald and Weisman’s characters having been written out of the lastest draft of the script.
Ant-Man is set to feature as part of Marvel’s big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con tomorrow night, with Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) featuring on the panel and Evangeline Lilly also tipped to appear.
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- Gary Collinson
The film stars Rudd as a con man and petty thief named Scott Lang who ends up having to help scientist Hank Pym (Douglas) to keep his latest invention out of the hands of evil forces.
The invention? A substance that allows the user to decrease greatly in size, while increase massively in strength.
When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a lot of excitement for the film went out the door with him. His involvement is what made the project so appealing in the first place. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World showed the director isn’t interested in making a run-of-the-mill comic book movie, but doing something fresh, new, and its own thing. Of course, that’s not the kind of comic book movie we see often enough. Since Wright left Ant-Man over creative differences, was it a matter of Marvel balking over taking some risks? That’s what a lot of fans understandably suspect. After seeing James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s difficult to fathom Marvel getting cold feet over taking another risk. Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero movie with a talking raccoon, some good old-fashioned dick jokes, and, basically, more of what you’d expect from James Gunn (Slither). Guardians doesn’t feel like a »
- Jack Giroux
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. »
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
Much has been written about Marvel Studios’ recent struggles with Ant-Man, and while the intricacies regarding director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s departure may not be made entirely clear for some time, we do know this: fans were excited for an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, and we will not be getting an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie. As every minute detail of the subsequent replacement director search was reported on, the studio even appeared to be foundering in finding a new filmmaker to take the reins of a movie that's set for release next summer. Finally, Marvel settled on Bring It On and Down with Love director Peyton Reed to bring Ant-Man to fruition, and the studio has an uphill battle in winning back the fans that were so enthused to see Wright’s take. The studio itself has been very quiet with regards to Ant-Man recently, but Marvel Studios head »
- Adam Chitwood
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Powers, Hellboy 3 and more…
As you’d expect with less than three weeks to go until its release, Marvel Studios has really ramped up the promotion for Guardians of the Galaxy this week, dropping a rather impressive extended look trailer [see here], as well as a featurette focussing on Gamora (Zoe Saldana) [see here], seven TV spots [see here, here and here], some first look images of Michael Rooker’s (The Walking Dead) Yondu [see here], and a batch of images featuring Gamora, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Ronan (Lee Pace) [see here]. Meanwhile, director James Gunn has announced that he »
- Gary Collinson
As has become customary over the past few years, Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation looks set to be one of the highlights of the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month. Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron are sure to feature heavily, and now Michael Douglas has confirmed to Collider that he’ll be in attendance as part of the panel for Ant-Man. The Phase Three offering has had its share of troubles, and Douglas also went on to share his thoughts on the departure of director Edgar Wright (The World’s End)…
“[Edgar] is a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote. I’m not the producer on »
- Gary Collinson
Some might start to think that this movie is turning into some sort of trainwreck…
Latino-Review is reporting that Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer have been hired by Marvel to act as production writers as the crew moves out to Atlanta to start production, as well as work over the script last looked over by Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues).
As pointed out by Latino-Review, hiring production writers to re-write things while out on set is common practice in Hollywood productions, so it depends on how the Writer’s Guild see their level of input to whether they will have on-screen credits.
Ferrari and Barrer are unknowns in Hollywood at the moment, but they have written a script for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot for Sony, which is apparently how they got the gig with Marvel on Ant-Man.
- Luke Owen
No other details are given, though the site says that Marvel is keeping his role under wraps. Either he’s landed a big part, or some small supporting role. Either way, expect a flood of predictions from fans to hit the web soon.
Directed by Peyton Reed (Down with Love, Yes Man) from a story by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and rewrites from Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (Anchorman), Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Michael Pena (Cowboys & Aliens), Matt Gerald (Dexter), and Kevin Weisman (Hello Ladies).
The film begins production soon, and hits theaters on July 17th, 2015.
- James Garcia
This week on The Collision, we're talking about The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow. We talk about what the box office results mean for each one, why Fault won the weekend and Edge lost, the future of Ya romance novel adaptations, the staying power of Tom Cruise's career, supporting good sci-fi action movies, and more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Mad Men, Hannibal, Fargo, and More TV"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Matt's Recommendation: Down with Love
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- Matt Goldberg
Now that "Ant-Man" has a director in Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Down With Love"), with Adam McKay rewriting the script, the saga over Edgar Wright's sudden departure is over, right? Wrong. His exit still looms large over the movie, and likely will for a while, until he officially weighs in on what happened, or Marvel steps out from their string of press releases to talk about it. Until then, the rumor mill will continue to churn. And so, the word thus far is that Wright bailed on the movie when Marvel essentially took the script and tossed it to some in house writers to bring it closer to what they wanted (read the full story here). Wright hated the result and bailed on the movie, leaving Marvel to scramble to find a substitute. But what exactly were those requested changes? Well, we've heard Marvel wanted a less morally »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Daily Beast the sexual politics of Ghostbusters, 30 years later
BFI let's kill the buzzword "hybrid" when it comes to documentaries
/Film there might be a sequel to Neighbors... which wouldn't surprise anyone
Variety Kino-Lorber has picked up one of Sundance's buzziest titles A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, an Iranian vampire movie, for Us distribution (Glenn's review icymi)
In Contention on an new animated contender from GKids, Boy vs. World
Guardian The director and his muse will try for more Oscars in 2016 with a biopic called Joy about the creator of the Miracle Mop. She was 12 years out of college with 3 children when all this stuff happened. Eventually Jennifer Lawrence will be old enough for the parts David O. Russell keeps casting her in. »
- NATHANIEL R
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