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Yesterday marked the first day of principal photography for Ant-Man. If I’m to be honest, I’m still a bit bummed that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have left the project. I think their take on the Marvel Universe could have been one akin to James Gunn’s approach to Guardians of the Galaxy. Alas, we are still getting an Ant-Man film and the casting is pretty great. We also have a look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang Aka Ant-Man.
From the Press Release
San Francisco, California (August, 18, 2014) – 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.
Set for release in »
- Andy Triefenbach
The Marvel universe continues its expansion today with filming commencing on Ant-Man. As cameras begin to roll in San Francisco, more cast details surfaced and we now know who’s joining Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and the rest of the film’s core cast.
Headlining the new cast additions to Ant-Man are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer. They join a cast led by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man). In Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) was announced to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll (The Strain) was revealed to portray antagonist Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, a former protégé of Pym’s who takes a dark path after getting his hands on his mentor’s shrinking suit technology.
Marvel hired director Peyton Reed to replace director »
- Derek Anderson
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.
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.
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
- Michelle McCue
Summer, summer, summertime! Fresh Prince fans in Las Vegas got a special treat this weekend when Will Smith reunited with DJ Jazzy Jeff for a special performance at the Palms Casino Resort pool party on Friday, Aug. 15. The 45-year-old Hancock actor took to his Facebook page this weekend to share a photo of their reunion, writing, "In Vegas at a pool party with Jazzy. This dude is Ridiculous on the tables!!!!! Still." As seen in video obtained by TMZ, Smith was at the event to support his [...] »
Enigmatically droll comedian Tim Key is in Edinburgh with his show Single White Slut, and hes answered your questions from what it was like being trussed in tinfoil for the Alan Partridge movie to considering wrestling with Shaun Murphy on a snooker table onstage in Sheffield
And with that, Tim heads off into the Fringe. His show Single White Slut is at the Grand until Monday 25 August thanks to him and to everyone who asked questions.
If I could only watch one show at the fringe this year with slut in the title, which show should it be?
One with that in the title would be Single White Slut. 9.40 at The Grand. One without would be Monsieur Butterfly, by Alex Horne. I watched it last night and it blew my mind. He's at 8.10, so we don't clash.
What is the best rhyme for wooden? »
- Guardian Stage
Jason Bateman seems to get quite a few hot ladies in his feature film career. Whether it be Charlize Theron in Hancock or Jennifer Aniston in The Switch, Bateman has gotten a chance to film romantic scenes with some of the hottest ladies in Hollywood. After appearing together in The Change-up, Bateman will get another change to bed Olivia Wilde in the upcoming The Longest Week. In this new trailer for the romantic comedy, Bateman plays a variation of his typical everyman/borderline douche »
- Alex Maidy
It's been over three years since the last update on a film adaptation of the 80s video game Space Invaders surfaced, and at the time, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (behind such toy adaptations as the Transformers franchise and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Entertainment had picked up the rights. But it sounds like they couldn't get the project together as The Wrap reports Akiva Goldsman, director of A Winter's Tale and producer of Lone Survivor and Hancock, is now behind a new initiative to adapt the game at Warner Bros. Pictures now. And if you know the premise of the game, the story could be anything. The original video game features a row of aliens shifting towards a hero trying to blast them away while hiding behind big blocks. The simplicity of the game opens up the film to be something much bigger like Battleship, »
- Ethan Anderton
Akiva Goldsman has signed on to develop and produce a Space Invaders movie based on the classic Taito video game. Goldsman, who is known for I Am Legend and Hancock, and who just directed Winter’s Tale, will produce with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. More details on the Space Invaders movie after the jump. Warners bought Midway […]
The post Akiva Goldsman Producing ‘Space Invaders’ Movie appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
After recently dropping out of Julius Onah's Brilliance, Will Smith's schedule is pretty open. Sure, he's got a few announced films, including a Hancock sequel and a third installment of Bad Boys, but his original film slate is pretty empty. Enter an untitled picture from writer-director Peter Landesman, who adapted the GQ article, "Game Brain." The Ridley Scott-produced picture set up at Sony is described as "a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen." Hit the jump for more on Smith's potential role. As Deadline reports, Smith is circling the role of "Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuro-pathologist who was a total outsider and made the first discovery of Cte, the concussion syndrome that has been fatal in contributing to the suicides of former superstars like Dave Duerson and Junior Seau. »
- Dave Trumbore
Ben Foster is no stranger to portraying real-life characters, taking on the literary icon William S. Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming untitled biopic. The multi-talented actor takes on one of the most challenging roles of his career in Lone Survivor, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD June 3. The action-thriller is adapted from the best-selling memoir written by former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell (portrayed by Mark Wahlberg), who was part of a four-man mission along with Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matt "Axe" Axelson (Ben Foster) to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in 2005. Their mission quickly turned into a nightmare, as they were ambushed and highly outnumbered as they try to make it out of enemy territory in one piece.
I recently had the chance to speak with Ben Foster over the phone about taking on this heroic character, the training he went through, »
This week, audiences will finally get the chance to see Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, the Family Guy funnyman’s cinematic follow-up to 2012′s smash hit Ted. At this point, it would be very surprising if the film didn’t do well at the box office. Whether the comedy Western succeeds with critics, however, is a different question entirely.
Ted definitely had its moments, but was noticeably scattershot, particularly in its second half. The clips we’ve seen from A Million Ways to Die in the West are mostly funny, to be sure, but they’re also pulled from most of the same scenes. Now, thanks to Collider, we have a compilation of new clips, which warranted a few chuckles on my end but nothing more. A new set of images, which you can also check out below, contain some funny visual gags, character shots and one behind-the-scenes pic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
(Cbr) After taking on superheroes through a godly lens in "Hancock," Will Smith is set to return to the world of powered individuals, albeit under more of a science fiction premise. Smith is the star of the upcoming film "Brilliance," based on Marcus Sakey’s novel about a world where a small portion of the population is born with extraordinary abilities; these people are called “brilliants.” Now, Deadline reports, he has some company in the "Brilliance" cast: Noomi Rapace. The "Prometheus" actress has joined the Julius Onah-directed and Legendary Entertainment-produced film, though the specifics of her role are unknown. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Trevor Hogg chats to production visual effects supervisor Jim Berney, visual effects producer Greg Baxter; and visual effects supervisors Matt Dessero, Marshall Krasser, and Berj Bannayan about bringing a dystopian Chicago to the big screen…
“I hadn’t work with Lionsgate or Summit before,” explains VFX Producer Greg Baxter (Jack the Giant Slayer) who was recruited to become a member of the Divergent production team led by filmmaker Neil Burger (The Illusionist). “There was a long stage of ‘Do you green light or do you not?’ By the time the button was hit they were racing to get it going. It all happened over the holidays with a bunch of phone calls where they were vetting me and I jumped right in. A lot of the crew had the same experience. I’m not the young adult target audience so I quickly read the books and script. I »
- Trevor Hogg
There’s before The Dark Knight, and there’s after The Dark Knight. Before The Dark Knight, superhero movies were big for Hollywood and Christopher Nolan was a culty stylist and everyone loved Batman. After The Dark Knight, superhero movies were the defining Hollywood product and Christopher Nolan was everyone’s favorite Hollywood director and everyone really loved Batman.
You can try to explain The Dark Knight’s success by looking at the underlying factors of where we were at at the time — “we” as a nation, “we” as a global moviegoing public, “we” as a geekifying popular culture. A brutal election year faced America. »
- Darren Franich
Before Vince Gilligan went off to tell a story about a high school chemistry teacher that gets cancer and turns to cooking and selling meth to pay for his treatment, he was working on the screenplay to Will Smith's Hancock. At that time, the script was known as Tonight He Comes and was about: "a superhero alcoholic who could not make love because if he climaxed, he would kill a woman with the power of his climax." That version was described as "dark" and "twisted." Clearly, we didn't get to see that version in Peter Berg's Hancock, but we can take a glimpse of it with storyboards that were created by storyboard artist Peter Rubin. "In the original version, Bateman's character tries to set Hancock up with a new, do-gooder, Superman-like image, and debuts it at a big fundraising event with giant corporate sponsors and name music acts. »
Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper it does) I urge you to give it a watch, the dialogue alone is better than most TV shows, “Got your balls on?” is a great line I will repeat ad nauseam henceforth.
In other news Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has criticised internet providers for not providing a good enough service to allow users to use Netflix to its full potential and the costs of maintaining such a connection, mainly what ISPs are expecting streaming companies to pay them. This has also kicked off a debate about net neutrality which I know little about. I believe »
- Chris Holt
Since making his acting debut at age 12 on Little House on the Prairie, Jason Bateman has been primarily known as a TV star. He followed that show with main roles on Silver Spoons, Valerie (aka Valerie's Family and The Hogan Family) and a number of less successful series before resurrecting his career with Arrested Development. But he's tried a few times to make the leap to the big screen. In the 1980s it was with the disappointing sequel Teen Wolf Too. In the 1990s there was the mediocre football comedy Necessary Roughness. And in the 2000s, he went for supporting roles in stuff as varied as Starsky & Hutch, Hancock, The Break-Up, The Kingdom and Juno. Now, with the new comedy Bad Words, Bateman is on track to finally become a true leading man at the...
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Former child actor Jason Bateman had a surge in his career ten years ago when he played the lead in the television comedy "Arrested Development" (and some serious scene stealing in comedies like Dodgeball ), but things have just steamrolled for him since then as his transition to movies led to a number of huge hits including Jason Reitman's Juno , Hancock , Couples Retreat and last year's Identity Thief . Now, Bateman is making his feature film directorial debut with Bad Words , in which he plays Guy Trilby, a surly 40-year-old who finds a loophole in spelling bee bylaws to make his way through the system to the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee where he encounters a young competitor named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who seems to be an annoying distraction from »
The final ever Dancing on Ice episode attracted over 6 million viewers in total on Sunday, according to overnight data.
The 2014 All-Star edition of the ITV series was seen by 5.94 million viewers (23.2%) at 7pm, with an added 232,000 (0.9%) on +1. It was the lowest-rated finale of the series, dropping from last year's 6.69m total.
Later, Mr Selfridge rose by 80k from last week to 4.58m (20.0%) at 9pm (335k/2.2% on +1).
BBC One's Call the Midwife remained on top once again for its finale episode, but dropped over 700k from last week to 8.20m (28.9%) at 8pm.
The Musketeers was up slightly from last week to 4.44m (19.7%) at 9pm, while Countryfile had earlier appealed to 5.78m (24.8%) at 7pm.
Channel 4's Crufts 2014 coverage attracted 1.25m »
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