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'Ant-Man' Director Discusses Changes from Edgar Wright's Original Vision

7 July 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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10 Best Comedic Moments From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

7 July 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Marvel has more-or-less conquered the cinematic world with its comic book adaptations, summer action blockbusters that trump the competition at their own game. And who can blame audiences for opting for action spectacles like a man in a robot suit causing mayhem, Cap’s martial arts mastery, or the city-levelling destruction of Avengers?

What really sets the Marvel Cinematic Universe apart from any of its big budget fore-bearers, though? The films are charming as all get-out. The unique thing the likes of Thor, Iron Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy bring to the table are heart, characters you really care about – and a lot of high-quality wise-cracks.

As buddy cop movies of the eighties knew well (and as Hot Fuzz managed to replicate even as it parodied the genre), putting guys who made you laugh in peril makes you far more concerned about their fates. With known quip-maker »

- Tom Baker

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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It's Always Worth A Trip To "Broadchurch"

27 June 2015 2:47 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Broadchurch was a smash hit when it debuted on ITV in 2013. Created and written by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood) and starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and the ever-underrated Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz), the debut season chronicled the devastating effect that a murder investigation had on a small fictional town on England’s Jurassic Coast, all towering cliffs and crashing waves--gorgeous, but undeniably dangerous. Tennant’s Di Alec Hardy, an outsider sent to Broadchurch to start anew after a high-profile investigation went awry, and Colman’s DS Ellie Miller, an ambitious local cop resentful of Hardy for swooping in and stealing the promotion she wanted, had some of the best crime-solving chemistry since Special Agent Dale Cooper met Sheriff Harry S. Truman on Twin Peaks. The eventual reveal of who murdered local boy Danny Latimer was a real doozy, with a twist that could have came off as cheap in »

- Lee Jutton

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy invites 322 artists and executives to Membership

26 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into DarknessMartin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot FuzzHeather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “InceptionKevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Kevin Feige talks DC/Marvel comparisons, the pinnacle of Phase 2 and more

24 June 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

With Ant-man coming out a few weeks' time, Marvel uber-producer Kevin Feige opened up about the differences between DC and Marvel, why Ant-man is so important to the Marvel universe and how things are going to change in Phase 3. As most of us know, Hot Fuzz writer/director Edgar Wright was originally lined up to direct Ant-man, but then walked away from the project. Some pointed the finger at Marvel, and... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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German Distributor SquareOne Picks Up Marlon Wayans Comedy ‘50 Shades of Black’

16 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired German-speaking rights to eight films coming out of the Cannes Market, including Marlon Wayans’ comedy “50 Shades of Black.”

Other acquisitions include dance film “High Strung,” post-apocalyptic sci-fi film “She Who Brings Gifts,” and Erik Van Looy’s thriller “De Premier.”

“We are delighted to have acquired such a strong group of films from this year’s Cannes Market,” said CEO Al Munteanu. “A comedy, a thriller, a sci-fi and a dance movie — our selection could not be more diverse.”

“50 Shades of Black,” which is a spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was acquired from Im Global. The film, which is in pre-production, stars Wayans (“The Heat”), and is directed by Michael Tiddes (“A Haunted House”). Producers are Stuart Ford, Wayans and Rick Alvarez. It was penned by Alvarez and Wayans.

She Who Brings Gifts,” which stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Harry’s Disciples: ‘Magnum Force’ the Self-Critical Sequel

11 June 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Harry Callahan’s next adventure originated with John Milius, Hollywood’s favorite gun fanatic, surfer and “Zen anarchist.” Milius wrote B Movies for American International Pictures before breaking through with two Westerns, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Jeremiah Johnson. His knack for macho action and pulpy, colorful dialogue fit Dirty Harry perfectly; Milius wrote his draft in 21 days, receiving a Purdey shotgun as payment.

Though uncredited, Milius claims credit for Harry‘s dialogue, especially the “Do I feel lucky?” monologue. Others, including Richard Schickel, credit Harry Julian Fink with that speech. Clint Eastwood marginalizes Milius’s contributions to the film, admitting “we might have taken a few good items John had in there.” Milius resented this: “Look at the movie and you tell me who wrote that,” he challenged an interviewer.

Milius soon moved past any hurt feelings. After reading several articles on Brazil’s “death »

- Christopher Saunders

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Joe Carnahan in Talks to Write & Direct Bad Boys 3

10 June 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Joe Carnahan In Talks To Rewrite Script For And Direct Bad Boys 3. The director of films as as incredible as Narc (2002) and The Grey (2011) and films as mediocre and forgettable as Smokin’ Aces (2006) and The A-Team (2010) is in early talks to rewrite David Guggenheim‘s script for Bad Boys III and possibly direct.

Bad Boys (1995) was one of my favourite action films of the 1990s. All of Michael Bay‘s kineticism was on display, but restrained and measured. This was before he got all that ‘Fuck You Money’ and retreated to chugging out plastic rollercoaster rides in the form of Transformers movies. The attitude of that movie was fun and in your face, it was a rated R buddy-cop film that was filled with incredible action scenes.

The pinnacle of this great aforementioned combination of creative output is strangely found in Bad Boys 2, for most. I was always »

- Marco Margaritoff

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Contrast Dev Takes On A Dystopian Future With Kickstarter Hopeful We Happy Few

5 June 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wellington Wells is about to play host to a very unique dystopia, as Contrast dev Compulsion Games has unveiled its latest project and Kickstarter hopeful, We Happy Few. Set within the isolated English abode, the game takes place in a dark rendition of the 1960s, where the crazed bigwigs have invented a hallucinogenic drug, Joy, that ensures the Wellies are happy at all times. Complain about a comedown or show any sign of revolt, however, and it isn’t long before they corrupt police force beats you into submission.

Imagine Hot Fuzz – only much, much worse. With a goal of £201,353 set on the crowd-funding website, Compulsion Games outlined some of the gameplay elements that budding backers can expect in the final product. Per Kickstarter:

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful delusion. Set in a drug-fueled, »

- Michael Briers

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Justin Lin and Simon Pegg Talk 'Star Trek 3', Which Begins Shooting Soon

4 June 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Lost in the shuffle of all the Marvel, Star Wars, and DC-related franchises, people tend to forget about Star Trek. Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6) has signed on to direct the third film in the franchise, Star Trek 3 (which may or may not be titled Star Trek Beyond), and recently spoke with Deadline, giving some insight into why he chose this project and what he expects to bring to the franchise. Fresh off of directing two episodes of season 2 of "True Detective", Lin was called by the director behind the first two Star Trek films, Jj Abrams. Lin said, "He asked me, do you like Star Trekc If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.'" Intrigued by the prospect of taking over the franchise, Lin recalls how much Star Trek was a part of his youth, "My dad worked 364 days a year, »

- Charles Dean

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Simon Pegg interview: Man Up, Tintin 2, rom coms, directing

27 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Pegg chats to us about rom coms, Man Up, writing, Tintin 2, visiting Andy Serkis on The Jungle Book set, directing, and more...

Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...

It's an interesting sign of the times that BBC Films, which started out making movies that couldn't be made really, back with Truly Madly Deeply....

Another South Bank movie!

True. Back then, BBC Films was making niche films that were struggling to get made anywhere else. And here, with Man Up, a rom com seems to have become one of those niche films.

Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »

- simonbrew

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Simon Pegg: Comic Book, Sci-Fi Movies Are ‘Dumbing Down’ Industry

19 May 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It looks like Simon Pegg won’t be starring in a comic book movie any time soon.

The actor told the Radio Times that sci-fi, genre, comic book and superhero films are “dumbing down” the industry.

Pegg, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and currently co-writing “Star Trek 2,” said audiences are becoming “infantilised” by “consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes” instead of the gritty art movies.

“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues,” he said. “Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.”

Although he’ll »

- Reece Ristau

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Get to know ‘Time Lapse’ director Bradley King with 5 films that influenced him

15 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In indie filmmaker Bradley King’s Santa Monica, Calif. office, Legos cover the desks, and multi-colored index cards line the walls. They’re both tools for King and his writing partner, Bp Cooper, to map out their screenplays. The indie filmmaking duo has a new sci-fi movie in theaters this Friday called “Time Lapse.” The index cards – complete with yarn connecting each plot point – is a familiar writing tool, and King and Cooper are using it now for two in-the-works scripts. One wall of their office is also devoted to breaking down the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” for inspiration. The Legos – and their boxes with labels like “minifigs,” “lights” and “vehicles” – are less commonly seen in writers’ offices, so let King explain: “When you’re playing with toys or dolls you don’t have to be like, ‘What’s this character’s motivation?’ You just immediately are like, »

- Emily Rome

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Exclusive: Edgar Wright Interviews 'Ex Machina" Director Alex Garland

8 May 2015 4:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For film enthusiasts, there are few people working in the medium today more interesting than either Edgar Wright or Alex Garland.  So when the auteur of the Cornetto Trilogy told us he wanted a place to interview his friend, the director of the just-released "Ex Machina", we were thrilled to give him a home. You can hear the pair's conversation in the video above.  It's a fascinating, free-flowing discussion of filmmaking, the craft of the screenplay, technology, the themes in Garland's film as well as the surprising pick of the writer/director who has had an outsized influence on them both.  A stunning amount of the great film work of the past decade has emerged from the minds of the two participants in this conversation – "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" are among Wright's credits. In his writer's garb, prior to »

- Richard Rushfield

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‘Still’ is a grim but untidy crime drama

8 May 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Still

Written and Directed by Simon Blake

UK, 2014

The subject of adolescent criminality is a hot button issue in Britain, playing on the fears generated by rampant urbanization and the generation gap. Cinema has addressed these fears in different ways; Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riffed on the idea with Hot Fuzz and their friend Joe Cornish cast them as unlikely heroes in Attack the Block while Michael Caine‘s avenging war vet in Harry Brown takes it into the territory of elderly wish fulfilment. Writer/director Simon Blake uses the idea as the narrative and thematic force behind Still; a grim, well-acted yet slightly messy contemporary crime drama.

Set in and around North London, Still introduces Carver (Aidan Gillen) and his ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing) putting flowers on the grave of their deceased teenaged son on the anniversary of his death. Carver has deeply rooted feelings of guilt about »

- Liam Dunn

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Foot Chases

5 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »

- Shane Ramirez

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