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In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s Swingers (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic (The Break-Up) to bromantic (Old School), pretty good (Wedding Crashers) to very bad (Fred Claus) to frankly unnecessary (Delivery Man). His new film, Unfinished Business, falls into that last sub-category — perhaps not coincidentally, as it, too, has been directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man was Scott’s remake of his own homegrown Quebecois hit, Starbuck). A guys-gone-
- Jon Frosch
A dirty secret around The Playlist parts: we love Vince Vaughn. Or rather, a few of us really like Vince Vaughn when he is in R-Rated comedies like “Wedding Crashers” or…. well, maybe mostly “Wedding Crashers.” The last few years have been more than unkind to almost all of his comedy choices and the comedy projects that he and his team develop, from "Fred Claus," "Four Christmases," "Couples Retreat," The Dilemma," "The Watch" to more recent fare like “Delivery Man.” In short, Vaughn hasn’t starred in a worthwhile comedy since “The Break-Up” in 2006 which itself is still uneven (but much more grown-up than you’d expect). And so he’s got another comedy in the works, “Unfinished Business,” which once again taps Ken Scott, the French Canadian director of “Delivery Man” (which is a remake of Scott’s own “Starbuck” -- Hollywood came knocking and he answered). The movie »
- Edward Davis
The Wedding Ringer, 2015.
Directed by Jeremy Garelick.
Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
In a week which saw long-running NBC show Saturday Night Live celebrate its 40th anniversary as the staple of American comedy, it seems apt that a comedy starring Kevin Hart, who auditioned for the show a few years back similarly to Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis, is released. Like Ride Along and Think Like A Man, The Wedding Ringer relies heavily of Hart’s usual charm and comedic talents to carry a somewhat mediocre concept through to box office glory, but with a less than stellar box office take in the Us thus far (the No. »
- Scott J. Davis
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
With set-photos appearing online on a regular basis over the last few weeks, anticipation is building for the return of True Detective for its second season, which features a brand-new cast and new directors taking over from Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and company.
The cast for season two surprised many, but on many levels on adds to the anticipation and desire to see where creator Nic Pizzolatto takes the series next. Colin Farrell (Phone Booth), Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man), Taylor Kitsch (Savages) and Kelly Reilly (Flight) are the major players for the new go-around, but the most left-field casting choice was that of Vince Vaughn as a California crime-lord in danger of losing his empire. Many were perplexed, others were intrigued, but what is true is that the material on offer here is so strong that the role could change Vaughn’s career from here on out.
Over the last couple of days, »
- Scott J. Davis
While the first trailer didn't do the best job of showing it, Ant-Man promises to be one of Marvel.s funnier projects. Helmed by Peyton Reed, who has directed movies like The Break-Up and Yes Man, written by Anchorman director Adam McKay and starring comedy veteran Paul Rudd, the shrinking superhero.s debut will include many lighthearted moments interspersed among the superhero and heist elements. One of these humorous scenes will be a sparring match between Scott Lang and Hank Pym.s daughter, Hope Van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly). Empire Magazine was on set to watch this scene being filmed. It starts off in Hank Pym.s basement gymnasium, or as Rudd calls it, "the Pymnasium." Rudd is warmed up and ready for the training session - presumably getting in fighting shape so that he can get ready for his job in the Ant-Man suit. Suddenly, he is punched »
The pieces are all there with The Wedding Ringer. It stars Kevin Hart, who is currently enjoying a wildly successful standup career, has a popular show on Bet (Real Husbands of Hollywood) and is on a bit of a hot streak at the box office (About Last Night, Think Like a Man, and Ride Along). You'd have to be pretty dense to deny that Kevin Hart is one of the biggest stars working today. The movie also stars Josh Gad, who had a bit of a star turning performance as the comedic snowman Olaf in last year's Frozen. Even the screenwriter (Jeremy Garelick, also directed) has The Break-Up under his belt. So while The Wedding Ringer has at least some of the necessary elements of a good comedy, it doesn't really come together cohesively in any kind of memorable way. The Wedding Ringer has to settle for being a comedy that's intermittently funny, »
- Matthew McKibben
Let's clear up a few things about The Wedding Ringer right off the bat. First, it's a Kevin Hart film. If you don't like Kevin Hart (I do) then don't go see the movie, you most likely won't enjoy it at all. Secondly, it's rather misogynistic. This is more a bromantic comedy than a romantic comedy as the men primarily speak as if the ladies aren't in the room. If such comedy offends you, perhaps you too might want to sit this one out. Otherwise, The Wedding Ringer is a mixed bag. I smiled and laughed frequently while I found myself saying, "Okay, get on with it," more than once. It's not a strong brom-com contender, but it should satisfy the right audience in a pinch. There is little out of the stereotypical norm as we meet Doug (Josh Gad), an overweight, nerdy, loner type, who's engage to be married to Gretchen, »
- Brad Brevet
It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.
My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »
- Timothy Monforton
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th , 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter and Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), Wood Harris (The Wire), Gregg Turkington (The Comedy) and »
- Gary Collinson
Happy 2015, everyone. It feels like we haven’t seen you all year. (We’re trying to get as much mileage from that joke as possible).
What a way to kick off the New Year, with one huge (but, actually, pretty small) Ant-Man trailer and two massive rumours – an old character potentially appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will we be getting the first Batman V Superman: Dawn of Juctice and Fantastic Four trailers as early as next month!?
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See below for more information on the films discussed…
- Oli Davis
We’ve been treated to a poster, trailer and official stills from Marvel’s Ant-Man this week, and now we’ve got another three images for the July release featuring Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang courtesy of EW…
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th , 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter and Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight »
- Gary Collinson
With the accompanying press release for the first Ant-Man trailer came the news that original director Edgar Wright and his writing partner Joe Cornish will not receive a screenwriting credit on the twelfth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite spending the best part of a decade working on the script. Instead, the duo will receive a “Story By” credit, with star Paul Rudd and Anchorman helmer Adam McKay contributing enough of a rewrite following Wright’s depature to gain sole credit.
We still don’t know the full details concerning Wright’s departure, but Marvel chief Kevin Feige has briefly spoken about the split during a chat with EW, stating that: “It is true that there were disagreements about the direction the script should take. Everything was above board. Everything was done with everybody else’s knowledge. There was a sense of ‘We’re going in this direction, you »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday Marvel released the first trailer for Ant-Man [watch it here], the studio’s second movie of 2015 after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now we have some new promotional images of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang both in and out of the Ant-Man suit, as well as some images and ‘Ant’s Eye’ concept art…
Meanwhile, Corey Stoll has revealed some details about his character, the villain Darren Cross, who will be suiting up as Yellowjacket: “[Darren Cross] was this child prodigy that Hank Pym nurtured. He started to become aware of this fabled technology that can shrink people to half an inch. Now he’s discovered his own version of that technology-which has a psychotic effect on people if they use it too much.”
- Gary Collinson
The Flickering Myth team react…
As with every new trailer for a superhero movie, there are those who like it, and those who don’t. In the case of Ant-Man, the feeling across the Internet has been more or less the same: it’s okay.
See Also – Watch the first trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man
But what about the writing and editorial staff of Flickering Myth? Did they join the consensus of, “it’s okay”, or did they have other thoughts?
Ozzy Armstrong: While I think the film may be decent, I was a little underwhelmed by this trailer. It had everything I expected – mild humour, sagely wisdom and insect related action, but it fell a little flat. Still, definitely not writing it off yet and will still happily toddle off to the cinema to watch it.
Kris Wall: It looks enjoyable, certainly not the showstopper I’ve come to »
- Luke Owen
The Flickering Myth Podcast gets small…
The Flickering Myth Podcast team sit down to give their thoughts on the trailer and how it compares to the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron or Guardians of the Galaxy – and whether or not there were two trailers cut…
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The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The »
- Luke Owen
Back in 2003, British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and writing partner Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) wrote a treatment for the miniature hero and original Avenger, and in 2006 the duo were hired by Marvel Studios to develop the project as part of the McU’s initial slate of films. After working on several drafts of the script, Wright finally started moving towards pre-production late in 2013, before the shock news came last May that the director had parted ways with Marvel due to creative differences.
Following the appointment of Peyton Reed (Down with Love) as Wright’s successor, Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) was brought in to contribute to the script with star Paul Rudd. Well, »
- Gary Collinson
“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” Ant-Man may feature a superhero who can shrink to microscopic sizes, but that unique ability could expand Marvel’s cinematic universe in a big way. Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man, featuring a lot of screen time for Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, while also teasing an impressive supporting cast.
Press Release – “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.
The film »
- Derek Anderson
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
And here’s a motion poster…
- Gary Collinson
Check out the poster below:
Heroes come in all sizes w/ the 1st #AntMan poster! Don’t miss the new teaser during #AgentCarter at 8/7c on ABC! pic.twitter.com/y44XfwmYS4
— Ant-Man (@AntMan) January 6, 2015
And via Reddit, the image and poster combined…
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. »
- Luke Owen
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