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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.
The post Marvel’s Ant-Man officially begins production appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
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
Anchorman team Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are teaming up for a feature length animated movie called Henchmen. The film will be an adaptation of a short film created by Bron Studios called Henchmen: Ill Suited. I've included a trailer for the short below, and it looks awesome. Here's a description of the story from Deadline:
The story line starts with a variant of the Sorceror’s Apprentice story line. In this case, a dreamy janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City ends up inside a somewhat out-of-control super-powered space suit, and causes all kinds of mayhem.
The synopsis for the feature-length adaptation suggests there will still be a hapless young twerp in a super suit, but will also focus on a “fallen henchman” named Hank overseeing a “motley crew of blue-collar workers in the Union of Evil.” The “risk-nothing” sentiments of Hank are challenged when »
- Joey Paur
Back in 2010, writer-director-actor Justin Theroux was asked to write and direct a sequel to 2001′s cult comedy Zoolander, which was directed by and starred Ben Stiller, alongside the likes of Owen Wilson (Marley & Me), Christina Taylor (Dodgeball), Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) and Theroux himself in a small role (he was the “Relax” DJ). Since then, nothing has really moved on the sequel, until now.
Many had predicted that Paramount, renowned for their apprehension over some of their properties, were looking to see how their other big cult property, Anchorman, faired when it green lit the sequel. And while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was a success, it wasn’t the runaway box-office juggernaut that they had hoped.
In an interview with Vulture however, Theroux has said that the sequel may be closer to reality than we think. The actor said: “Yeah, we’ve got a script for the sequel, and »
- Scott Davis
Fans rejoiced when Ron Burgundy finally got his sequel with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues following a prolonged period of Paramount saying “no” to the prospect of a follow-up, and then everyone collectively agreed that it was Derek Zoolander’s turn. Ben Stiller has been trying to get Zoolander 2 off the ground for a few years, but he ran into the same problem that Anchorman did: the first film wasn’t a box office success, and despite invading the zeitgeist through home video, the studio can’t see a profit benefit in greenlighting a sequel. Last we heard, Stiller was working on the script with co-writer Justin Theroux, who planned on directing. That was a couple of years ago, but in a recent interview about his HBO series The Leftovers, Theroux provided a rather promising update regarding Zoolander 2. More after the jump. Speaking with Vulture, Theroux said things »
- Adam Chitwood
The X-Men/Anchorman actor has joined HBO’s sci-fi drama pilot (from exec producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy) as a series regular, TVLine has learned.
Marsden will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to the small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver. His pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.
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Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, »
Judd Apatow is perhaps best known in the public for his work as a director, but it's his prolific work as a producer that has given him opportunity to work with some of the funniest talents in the entertainment industry. From Anchorman to Bridesmaids to the television series Freaks and Geeks, he has been behind some of the best comedies of the last two decades and helped extend the reach of some very funny people. Next up on that list? The boys in the musical group The Lonely Island. Variety has gotten word that Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures have struck a deal with Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone that will see them all work together on an upcoming movie. The report says that the project began based on a pitch by the three writers/actors, and that the plan is for all three to star and produce. »
You’re up, Peyton.
Now that James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” surprised Hollywood when it opened to more than $94 million at the domestic box office and gave Marvel Studios the start of a new franchise, it’s Peyton Reed’s turn to do the same with next summer’s “Ant-Man,” which kicks off principal photography next week in Atlanta.
The film, which kicks off Phase 3 of Marvel’s cinematic universe (the second wraps up with “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” in May), will introduce Paul Rudd as a man who can changes sizes and communicate with insects when wearing a suit created by his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a founding member of the Avengers in the comicbooks.
- Marc Graser
Despite some well-known behind-the-scenes trouble, 2015's "Ant-Man" is shaping up to be one of Marvel's most anticipated films, boasting a stellar cast including Paul Rudd in the title role, "The Hobbit's" Evangeline Lilly and Oscar-winning legend Michael Douglas as the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. It also stars Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, Pym's former protege who uses the Ant-Man technology to create his own super-powered suit and emerge as the Yellowjacket. HitFix caught up with Stoll ("House of Cards") at Comic Con, where he sang the praises of Douglas, saying, "He's a living legend and to be able to work with him is really awesome." Stoll also acknowledges that, after the departure of director/co-writer Edgar Wright, the script is still being tweaked by new writer Adam McKay ("Anchorman") and replacement director Peyton Reed ("Yes Man"). . Last but not least, Stoll faces the age-old question, "What would you rather fight -- ants or bees? »
- Dave Lewis
Marvel’s upcoming Ant-man is an incredibly anticipated adaptation, that seems to have been subject to more negative publicity than the studio is used to these days. After the highly controversial exit of Edgar Wright earlier this year, the film struggled to find a new director that would be willing to step aboard another man’s passion project.
Luckily, after scouring the comedy talent pool, Marvel Studios hired Peyton Reed (The Break Up, New Girl) to take over the reigns and bring their pint-sized hero to the big screen. With the film gaining a new director in Peyton Reed, a script tweaking from Adam McKay (Anchorman) and a Middle Earth warrior in the form of Evangeline Lilly, things looked set for next months shoot. However, more bad news arrived recently, when it was revealed that Patrick Wilson had also abandoned ship due to a ‘scheduling conflict’.
Despite these (major) setbacks however, »
- Ben Read
Perhaps one of the most shocking tidbits of the troubled Ant-Man from last weekend’s Comic-Con (read the footage report here) was that the script still wasn’t ready. But its new director Peyton Reed (Yes Man) is still very optimisitc about the project since taking over from fan-favourite Edgar Wright (The World’s End).
In an interview with Collider Reed confirmed the script wasn’t ready but production was moving forward, “We’re obviously deep into preparation and still making some script changes, but the script is terrific”.
When asked about making an Ant-Man movie that will fit comfortably in the Marvel Universe, Reed said, “It just feels like that’s what they do as movies. It reflects what they did in the comics. I always loved as a kid reading Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four would show up … it was all about that larger universe”.
Although not finished, »
- Luke Owen
Paul Rudd is usually all smiles, but he was a little more solemn during the Comic-Con press junket this weekend, especially when the topic shifted to the departure of his Ant-Man director, Edgar Wright. Speaking to reporters from iGN after the Marvel Panel on Saturday night – one that did not live up to fans’ lofty expectations – Rudd revealed that he deeply misses his old collaborator.
“It was pretty bumpy, for sure. I’m really sad about it,” he said about Wright’s walking away from a project that had been in development for years. “Edgar’s brilliant and Edgar brought me on. Edgar’s my friend. I still talk to Edgar just about every day almost.”
However, despite the Shaun of the Dead director’s absence, Rudd remained optimistic about the road the film is currently on. It helped that his Anchorman director, Adam McKay, joined the project as a »
- Jordan Adler
Stoll will play Darren Cross, but in a major change to his rather forgettable comic book counterpart, he will be a villainous version of Ant-Man in this movie. That name was once taken by original Ant-Man Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas here), but Marvel have decided to use the persona for the movie’s main villain.
In another surprise twist, Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank and Janet Van Dyne. This is a major change to the comics as Jan is The Wasp in the present day Marvel Universe, »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel’s Hall H panel has announced that Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) will be playing Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym, in the upcoming Ant-Man, while Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will play the movie’s villain – Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket.
“We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big screen,” said Kevin Feige. “We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015.”
“Corey brings depth to every role he plays,” continued Feige. “As a major part of the Ant-Man ensemble, we all wanted an actor who could be both cunning and sympathetic, and help create a character as dynamic as Marvel’s best antagonists.”
In slightly more alarming news, it »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel’s Ant-Man will feature prominently during Marvel Studios’ big Hall H presentation later today, but to whet our appetites the Marvel Entertainment YouTube site has posted a video showing director Peyton Reed and cast members Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll together for the first time at Sdcc. See them talking about the film here..
Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015, with a cast that includes Paul Rudd (Anchorman, I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Wall Street, Basic Instinct) as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross, and Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) and Michael Pena (Cowboys & Aliens) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.
- Gary Collinson
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
Once a month, RollingStone.com will shine a spotlight on a forgotten, neglected, overshadowed, underappreciated and/or critically maligned film that we love in a new series we're calling "Be Kind, Rewind." Our inaugural movie: Step Brothers.
When you're a kid, adults are great at telling you what happens when you grow up. You get a job, you find a partner, you make a home — simple. What no one ever addresses is how much that all sounds like a bunch of bullshit. Compared to, say, doing karate in the garage, »
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in Ned Benson's Eleanor Rigby Us stars Will Ferrell and actress Jessica Chastain, along with filmmaker James Cameron, will pack their suitcases shortly for the 40th anniversary edition of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema from September 5-14.
Deauville Film Festival director Bruno Barde Bruno Barde, the event's director, described Ferrell of Anchorman and Stepbrothers fame as being akin to one of France’s favourite American comedians – Jerry Lewis, a choice that many find perplexing.
“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more – a pure delight for the audience ... he is a king of comedy,” said Barde.
The other tribute to two-time Oscar nominee Chastain represented “a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient”.
- Richard Mowe
Marvel’s Ant-Man could use all the good press it can get, and what better place to get it than at San Diego Comic-Con? Geeks everywhere are still feeling the pain of Edgar Wright’s departure from the film, but things appear to be moving as scheduled and the studio will likely have something to show fans when they take to the stage in Hall H on Saturday.
The only thing we’ve seen from the film is a VFX demo reel Edgar Wright brought to Sdcc a couple years ago, so it’s about time that we get something new. Courtesty of Entertainment Weekly, we have some cool Ant-Man concept art in the form of a Comic-Con poster, which features a great look at Ant-Man’s look, as well as shots of the Ant-Men themselves, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. There’s also a great image of Ant-Man riding an actual ant, »
- James Garcia
Fresh off the heels of his role as President Business in The Lego Movie, Will Ferrell is starting to get more involved in the business side of making movies. Gary Sanchez Productions, which Ferrell runs alongside Anchorman director Adam McKay, has signed on to produce a big-screen adaptation of 80s cult TV series Manimal. Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson are also tapped to produce, while Key & Peele scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are working on the script.
Manimal, which had a brief, eight-episode run on television in 1983, follows Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who fought crime by morphing into animals. While it is not surprising that a show with that premise was cancelled so abruptly, Ferrell and McKay are promising additions to a film that could be very funny. With Manimal, Sony Pictures Animation hopes to have a hybrid of live-action and animation, similar to their Smurfs franchise, »
- Jordan Adler
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