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If you’ve seen any of the marketing for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you’ve almost certainly seen the image of Tom Cruise gripping the side of a jet plane as it takes off. The outrageous stunt is real, and the laws of modern movie marketing would seem to dictate that this could well be the money shot for the whole movie. So there’s a certain refreshing pleasure in sitting down to watch the film and finding that the plane stunt happens right in the opening sequence. If the trailer’s big wowza moment is just table setting, what could the filmmakers have in store for the final showdown? The answer, as it turns out, is plenty, but also not quite enough. This Mission: Impossible is a remarkably fun and clever continuation of the franchise, but also occasionally frustrating in the way it fails to live up to its own standards. »
- Patrick Dunn
Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man scored the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend. The latest Marvel superhero to make the leap to movie screens beat out fellow newcomer Trainwreck, which scored a solid opening in third. The strong bows for Ant-Man and Trainwreck helped boost the top ten 38% over last year at this time when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led with $36.2 million.
It’s been a long journey to bring Ant-Man to the big screen. The project began its life with Marvel Studios back in 2006 when it was announced that Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright was set to direct and co-write the screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Script revisions and other roadblocks delayed Ant-Man from going before the cameras until mid 2014. By that time, Peyton Reed had replaced Wright as director, actor Patrick Wilson bowed out of a »
Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man scored the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend. The latest Marvel superhero to make the leap to movie screens beat out fellow newcomer Trainwreck, which scored a solid opening in third. The strong bows for Ant-Man and Trainwreck helped boost the top ten 38% over last year at this time when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes led with $36.2 million.
It’s been a long journey to bring Ant-Man to the big screen. The project began its life with Marvel Studios back in 2006 when it was announced that Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright was set to direct and co-write the screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Script revisions and other roadblocks delayed Ant-Man from going before the cameras until mid 2014. By that time, Peyton Reed had replaced Wright as director, actor Patrick Wilson bowed out of a supporting »
“Face front” all you Marvel-maniacs! The movie universe is expanding by actually getting…smaller. When we last visited the studio mega-franchise, just about ten weeks ago, metallic maniac Ultron ( a really major fail from Stark Industries) was out to destroy humanity until the Avengers (lead by the big heavy-hitters like Thor and the Hulk) pulled the plug on his plans. And story lines were in place for a new cosmic menace. But this new entry is not set way, way up there like last Summer’s surprise smash Guardians Of The Galaxy. Our new hero is more down to Earth (many times he’s a fraction of an inch from Earth). Non-comics fans may be surprised that he’s actually one of the earliest Marvel characters, almost pre-dating the age of heroes by his introduction in the Sf suspense story titled “The Man in the Ant Hill” from the anthology »
- Jim Batts
Stars: Edward Furlong, Corey Feldman, George McCluskey, David McClelland, Michael Gamarano, Seb Castang, Rebecca-Clare Evans, Jennifer Chippindale, Jon Campling, Timothy Owen, Anabel Barnston, Jane Foufas, Leo Horsfield, Sebastian Street, Tanya Katarina | Written by Rebecca-Clare Evans, Jennifer Chippindal, George McCluskey | Directed by Aidan Belizaire
With an ever growing horde of zombies completely wiping out a countryside town, the Government sets a perimeter around the town area and employs a shoot on sight policy. Trapped within the town, the locals and unlikely bunch of misfits fight for their lives, realising they must unite to survive. Can our heroes unravel the clues in time and survive or will The Zombie King and his horde of zombies rise on the night of the dark moon?
- Richard Axtell
It’s difficult to watch Marvel’s latest episodic blockbuster, “Ant-Man," and not spend much of your time trying to spot the post-Edgar Wright compromises and the sanding down of the quirky edges. The “Shaun Of The Dead” director infamously parted ways on the project shortly before production began last year having already spent half a decade developing it on and off. Now, it’s hard to say how Wright’s proposed version compares exactly, but given his previous work, it would likely be much more zany, comic book-y, and camera movement-heavy, with a more singular identity. As directed by Peyton Reed (“Set It Off”), and rewritten by Adam Mckay (“Anchorman”) and lead actor Paul Rudd (plus two other Marvel in-house writers who aren't credited), the retooled “Ant-Man” is a minor, diverting little effort, but it’s still one that feels a little overly massaged, conventional, and slightly anonymous. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ant-Man is probably the most uneven Marvel movie to date. The first hour, minus a few laughs at the expense of Baskin Robbins, is very pedantic. Nothing interesting happens and genuine concern starts creeping in. Could Ant-Man be a complete bust? Not remotely, like a switch turned on, the film kicks into high gear for the second half. What starts as a drizzle becomes a hurricane of action and special effects. Leading to an ending that is both spectacular and heartfelt. Marvel has another notch in its belt of brilliant comic adaptations.
Ant-Man begins in 1989 with a furious Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) resigning from S.H.I.E.L.D. He discovers their effort to duplicate his top secret formula, which collapses the space between atoms. Jumping to present day, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is released from San Quentin prison. A mechanical engineer turned cat burglar, he spends three years »
Let's get one thing straight: George A. Romero isn't particularly thrilled with the zombie renaissance in general. "I don't get it," he responded when asked during a Q&A at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. "I honestly don't. First of all, I'm a little pissed off because I used to be the only guy and now everybody's in my playground." Often called the "godfather (sometimes grandfather) of the zombies," the director ushered in not only the modern zombie film but the modern horror film with his 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead," which he followed up with five sequels (and counting?). So what does he think of all the movies (and TV show[s]) he influenced with his low-budget B&W masterpiece? With Romero's recent lambasting of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the Brad Pitt vehicle "World War Z" making making the rounds, we thought it was time to collect his opinions »
- Chris Eggertsen
2nd Forecast Update: Ant-Man pulled in $22.6M on Friday, with its Thursday take of $6.4M representing 28% of its gross. That figure is better than the Friday take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $21.5M. There's an asterix on that number, however, as the big green guy had a per-screen average of $6,125 on 3,505 screens. The latest Marvel entry from director Peyton Reed was on 3,856 screens for $5,872 per screen. Trainwreck is coming into the station faster than expected. Its three-day estimate stands at $28.9M, from a $10.7M Friday start on 3,178 screens and a $3,336 per screen average. This Friday tally too has a qualification. Director Judd Apatow's latest has a Friday total better than his biggest hit, Knocked Up, which made $9.8M, but Knocked was on 307 fewer screens (2,871) and had a better per-screen average of $3,415. Forecast Update: Ant-Man opened to $6.4M from Thursday shows, a respectable start but one that »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
'Ant-Man' movie: Paul Rudd. 'Ant-Man' movie review: Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry 'just okay' – but definitely not a 'certified turkey' For those wondering or possibly hoping that Ant-Man was going to be Marvel's first certified turkey, the Cars 2 of their ingeniously planned and, on the whole, exceedingly well executed Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's news from the front lines: Ant-Man is just okay. And that's not a bad thing. By the end of the last McU film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, it looked as if the House of Ideas was running out of ones and zeros to launch its latest elephantine, computer-generated blitzkrieg. There was getting to be too many characters and too much plot and too much cold, calculated responsibility to feed the other movies. Refreshingly, the obstacles overcome by Ant-Man, the movie and the character, are simpler. Cat burglar-gone-straight Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enlisted to wear a »
- Mark Keizer
The Walking Deceased, 2015.
Directed by Scott Dow.
A police officer wakes from a coma to discover that the zombie apocalypse has changed the world as he knew it. Sounds familiar…
You generally know that an idea has peaked when the spoofs and parodies start appearing; the problem with the zombie genre is that arguably the first comedic take appeared 30 years ago with Return of the Living Dead and has shown little sign of letting up, especially now anybody with a computer and a graphics programme can seemingly knock something vaguely passable together to keep Asda customers happy.
Primarily riffing on AMC’s The Walking Dead, The Walking Deceased also takes pot-shots at Zombieland, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead and the inescapable Dawn of the Dead as it follows Sheriff Lincoln (Dave Sheridan), Chicago (Joey Oglesby, »
- Gary Collinson
Pegg can be seen a couple of times in the recently released behind-the-scenes Star Wars: The Force Awakens video.
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He was spotted on the Star Wars set in Abu Dhabi last year, but may have just been visiting the shoot.
However, the second time we see him he's in costume (2:01), which suggests that the rumours of a role in Star Wars were true.
Pegg initially says that his "whole life has led to this moment" and that he's "in heaven".
Ah, scouting. Back in our younger days, it was all about Bob-a-Jobbing and trying not to curse the universe for sending all the rain every time we went camping. Now, however, it appears to be more about staying alive when zombies run amuck. Check out the first poster and a couple of clips from Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. The movie – which seems to want to bottle a similar blend of silly and terrifying brought to the screen so magnificently by Shaun Of The Dead – finds three scouts, lifelong friends, who must team up with a tough cocktail waitress to try and save their town from a zombie invasion. Can these unlikely heroes make it through the undead apocalypse? They’ll need all their scouting skills, but we’re sure success would lead to the best badge ever created. Aiming at a largely low-fi approach to the effects »
Warning: Slight Spoilers For Ant-man There's still plenty of mystery behind the sudden departure of director Edgar Wright from the production of Ant-Man. Over the years, Wright has earned incredible amounts of geek credibility with films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim. So it was a shock when it was announced Wright departed the production after being attached for over 8 years due to "creative differences." Fans freaked out, lashed out against Marvel, and doomed the film before it was even produced. Now, here we are, less than two weeks from the film's release and, despite all the doom and gloom, early word on the film is director Peyton Reed may have actually turned in something pretty good. So, how much of the upcoming film's success can be traced back to Edgar Wright and those early scriptsc Well... Reed spoke with Uproxx and discussed that very question at length. »
- Charles Dean
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Trailer Redo of the Day: In case you didn't already get the connection between Inside Out and Inception, this trailer for the former with the music from the latter will bring you up to speed (via Film School Rejects): Movie Mash-Ups of the Day: Speaking of Inside Out, what if we could see other movie characters' emotions, a la the new Pixar movie? Slate gives us examples for Kindergarten Cop, Network and Shaun of the Dead: Time-Travel Movie Franchise Clarity of the Day: Make more sense out of the Terminator movies before or after watching Terminator Genisys with this handy detailed diagram of the franchise's plot and timelines using straws...
- Christopher Campbell
Viet Nguyen’s Crush The Skull absolutely crushed us (see what I did there?) during its La Film Festival screening. The horror/comedy hybrid works so well on both levels, and is one of the most original films that genre fans can see (when it comes out). We thought it would be nice to have a chat with director/co-writer Viet Nguyen and Chris Dinh (co-writer/star of the film), so you fright fanatics can get excited for this truly exciting film.
Easily one of the most entertaining films in years, when this one hits, it’ll take off, I can feel it. Hold me to that statement.
So Crush The Skull was a short film first if I’m not mistaken, right?
Viet: It was a short film that we shot in 2009. We were trying to write a script together, and we were watching a lot of horror movies to do some research. »
- Jerry Smith
The Australian UFOcomedyindie Australiens (see that spelling cleverness) received its Us premiere at the 2nd annual FilmQuest Festival on Tuesday night. Borrowing the gooey extraterrestrial humor and overthetop wackiness of such films as Men in Black Mars Attacks and The Worlds End and taking a page from the comedy ensemble castingacting of the zombie classic Shaun of the Dead its a scifi comedy which while enjoyable doesnt quite make it. »
London — Andrew Scott, who is Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock” and is soon to be seen as Denbigh in James Bond movie “Spectre,” has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons.” Scott, whose other movie credits include “Pride,” will play a secret agent — by the name of Lazlow — in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), inspired by Ransome’s own life as a spy.
In the novel “Swallows and Amazons,” Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome’s secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy. The truth about Ransome’s role as a secret agent, whose code name was S.76, was revealed 10 years ago when the British government released »
- Leo Barraclough
Contains spoilers for Shaun Of The Dead
When someone says to you 'Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie', you do not imagine Maggie. You do not picture a slow, sombre and harrowing piece about knowing your loved one is going to die. You do not picture a largely gore-free piece of cinema or a distinctive take on zombie films. You will get to see Arnie killing zombies, but it's not kick-ass. It's brutal, distressing, and usually cuts away before skin and flesh rupture. Maggie isn’t actually an Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie though. It’s an Abigail Breslin one.
It’s also a movie that is difficult to enjoy, but you should still consider seeing it. It's a bit like the scene from Shaun Of The Dead when everyone realises Shaun's mum has been bitten, »
Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead) and Harry Enfield (Kevin and Perry Go Large) have joined Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald in Philippa Lowthorpe’s (Call the Midwife) feature debut, adapted by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).
The Walker and Blackett children will be played by Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobby McCulloch, Seren Hawkes and Hannah Jayne Thorp.
Principal photography got underway in the Lake District on June 21.
Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast »
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