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With the year halfway over, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War has set the bar high for every other blockbuster to come in 2016. The superhero adventure has already taken in $404 million at the domestic box office, and over $1.1 billion worldwide. This movie kicked off Phase Three in a huge way, featuring almost every Marvel superhero that has been established in the McU thus far, but today we have new artwork that shows how two heroes' costumes almost looked much differently.
Concept artist Andy Park shared early designs for both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on Twitter. There are two versions of the costumes for each character, which are both roughly the same, although for Scarlet Witch, one image features the character wearing a headband. In the alternate version for Hawkeye's costume, this archer is seen sporting a mask that covers almost his entire head, which would have been »
Things have been a little quiet on the James Bond front as of late after a flurry of rumors over the last month or so surrounding who may be taking over for Daniel Craig as 007. Things are still uncertain as to whether or not Craig is going to return, but if he doesn't, Thor star Tom Hiddleston is still regarded as the frontrunner. Unless you have been sleeping under a rock or simply don't care, you might know that Hiddleston just so happens to be dating Taylor Swift. What does that have to do with James Bond 25? We're glad you asked.
What is about to be said needs to be taken with a massive grain of salt, but it isn't completely inconceivable, so let's dig in. A new rumor that comes from an unnamed source by way of TMZ claims that Taylor Swift is dating Tom Hiddleston because she »
Last year we brought you some concept art for Avengers: Age of Ultron which revealed that Marvel considered giving Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch her customary headband [see here], and it seems the idea was back on the table for this year’s Captain America: Civil War, with illustrator Andy Park sharing some of his unused designs for Wanda with and without the headpiece…
See Also: Concept art from Captain America: Civil War
Would you like to see the headband incorporated into Scarlet Witch’s costume in Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. »
- Gary Collinson
Long before John Boyega found his name up in lights, tethered to the box office behemoth Disney calls Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the British actor had his breakout in Attack the Block, a low-key sci-fi flick brimming with personality.
Fending off an alien invasion within a South London council estate, the Joe Cornish-directed feature was as intelligent as it was entertaining, pushing and pulling at genre conventions in a manner not dissimilar to, say, Shaun of the Dead.
But even after landing roles in Legendary’s Pacific Rim sequel, not to mention his bright future in Disney’s rejuvenated Star Wars universe, Boyega is keen to tee up another collaboration with the Attack the Block helmer, revealing that the pair are currently brainstorming for a new project. Could it spell a direct sequel?
Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June »
- Michael Briers
The Lego Movie was a smash when it came out in 2014. It established a particular tone, look, and set a precedent when it came to its voice cast. That film featured Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, and more. With two more Lego movies already in the pipeline, one would have to wonder how- or if- they could top themselves.
Well, the cast for The Lego Ninjago Movie has been revealed, and it's pretty damn exciting:
Jackie Chan as Master Wu
Dave Franco as Lloyd
Michael Peña as Kai
Abbi Jacobson as Nya
Kumail Ninjiani as Jay
Zach Woods as Zane
Fred Armisen as Cole
This is something of a modern comedy dream team, when you consider that most of these performers hail from some of the most revered comedy properties of the current era. You've got stars from Silicon Valley, Broad City, Portlandia, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It's a question that's come up a lot in the last year or so:
Will Fox's X-men Ever Crossover And Interact With Marvel's Avengers?
And, while it was once just something a fanboy wet dream, these days it's actually a legitimate consideration. We can thank industry titans Sony and Disney for all of this, since they worked out the kind of deal that was once thought to be impossible: They reached an agreement that allowed for Spider-Man, whose film rights belong to Sony, to appear in Captain America: Civil War, which takes place right smack dab in the middle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If Sony was willing to play ball with Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, then it's no longer an impossibility that we could see Deadpool ask Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) what happened to Ed Norton and Eric Bana in a future Avengers flick.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
When John Boyega was first cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in April 2014, he only had a handful of credits to his name, but he was best known for his feature film debut role in Attack the Block, a 2011 indie sci-fi thiller that was beloved by critics, but didn't make a huge dent at the box office ($1 million domestic, $5.8 million worldwide). The actor is now currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and he also recently signed on to star in a new untitled project from Kathryn Bigelow, but it seems the young actor is looking to team up with his Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.
Over the weekend, John Boyega revealed on Twitter that he ran into Joe Cornish and that they have already started "brainstorming" for "something new." Naturally, the actor wouldn't divulge any more details about this project, and we don't know for sure if »
It’s been far too long since we’ve had a film from the excellent and dynamic Edgar Wright. The good news is that following his exit from “Ant-Man,” he dusted himself off and is now hard at work on his next film, “Baby Driver.” It marks a far-too-long four-year gap between movies for the filmmaker, but […]
The post Epic 25-Minute Look At Musical Sequences & Music Videos By Director Edgar Wright appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Gary Garrison
Image via IGN
Author's Note: This article contains spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.
While last year's Ant-man didn't necessarily set the world on fire, it was a nice palate cleanse following Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It took the Marvel films back to a much smaller scale (pun not intended), and managed to make a film surrounding one of the most potentially laughable characters into a fun ride in the theater. The character went on to appear in Captain America: Civil War, where there was an amazing Giant Man reveal.
In an interview with Modern Myth Media, Ant-man director Peyton Reed discussed the envy he had that the Russos were the ones who got to make the reveal to audiences, as well as how good this will be for the character going forward.
"Well I was super jealous about a year and change or whenever I knew that that was happening. »
- Joseph Medina
Ant-Man was a pleasant surprise for many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year. After a lot of uncertainty during the production phase, it ultimately wound up being very well received and for a property nobody outside of big-time comic book fans knew much about, it did very well at the box office. That being the case, Marvel has a sequel in the works and director Peyton Reed recently opened up about Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Reed was at the Saturn Awards recently, where Ant-Man picked up a big win for Best Comic-To-Film Motion Picture. Speaking with Modern Myth Media in an interview during the awards, Reed talked quite a bit about the sequel to Ant-Man, and specifically talked a lot about how Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangaline Lilly, will factor in as The Wasp in the new movie. Here is what Reed had to say.
"It's something we're excited about. »
After netting a massive $519 million at the box office, it came as no surprise when Marvel decided to greenlight an Ant-Man sequel. Specifics on Ant-Man And The Wasp remain under wraps right now though, as the script is currently being bashed out by returning scribe Adam McKay. The title itself offers up a pretty big hint, however. The Wasp’s inclusion is a major distinction between this movie and its predecessor, and that’s exactly what director Peyton Reed intended.
Talking to Modern Myth Media, he excitedly discussed plans for the sequel, making mention of The Wasp’s role in Ant-Man’s second venture:
“It’s something we’re excited about. For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. »
- Gem Seddon
Ant-Man, after the gargantuan Avengers: Age of Ultron, was a nice change of pace for Marvel Studios as they closed the chapter on Phase 2 and started looking ahead to Phase 3. The Peyton Reed-directed film managed to garner a solid amount of critical acclaim and earned over $519 million worldwide on a modest budget of $130 million, which is coincidentally the smallest budget for any Marvel Studios film ever. Because of its success, the studio quickly announced plans for a sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, and inserted it in their Phase 3 line-up with a tentative release date of July 2018. Since it's still a ways out, we understandably don't know much about the film's plot. What we do know, however, is that stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas will all be back reprising their roles from the first installment and that Reed is returning to direct with a script he's currently penning alongside Rudd, »
Attending the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards – where Ant-Man was honoured with the award for Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture – director Peyton Reed offered up a few words on the 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will be the first Marvel movie to feature a female character in its title.
“It’s something we’re excited about,” Reed tells Modern Myth Media. “For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not »
- Gary Collinson
The expansion of original productions by Netflix continues, with the Original Netflix film, The Fundamentals Of Caring – for which we now have a new trailer. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will shortly make its debut on the streaming platform. It is notable for being the highest profile film project yet undertaken by writer-director Rob Burnett, who was a producer and writer on The Late Show With David Letterman for over 1000 episodes.
The Fundamentals Of Caring is based on the 2012 novel by Jonathan Evison – The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving – and is essentially a road-trip movie, starring Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Craig Roberts (Bad Neighbors) and Selena Gomez (Bad Neighbors 2).
“The Fundamentals of Caring follows Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, »
- Sarah Myles
With just two feature length films to his name – The Guard and Calvary – John Michael McDonagh has established himself as a writer-director to be reckoned with. So much so, that his third movie has taken him across the pond from Ireland, to New Mexico, to wage War On Everyone with Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard. What’s more, we now have a trailer to preview the finished product.
War On Everyone has been moving through the festival circuit for some months, and was characterised by our own Matt Donato, at this year’s SXSW, as “a pitch-black, nihilistic riot.” Such praise indicates that this movie promises the full John Michael McDonagh experience – despite the relocated setting, and the absence of stalwart collaborator, Brendan Gleeson.
“Award-winning writer-director of The Guard & Calvary, John Michael McDonagh crosses the globe for his much-anticipated third film, a jet-black action comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña and Theo James. »
- Sarah Myles
People love to watch cops behaving badly. Be it for thrills in films like Bad Boys, chills in movies like Training Day, or the kind of laughs found in 21 Jump Street, there's definitely something appealing about watching law enforcement cut loose from its square-jawed reputation.
The latest film to explore cops gone wild is the bonkers-looking War On Everyone. It stars the stellar Michael Peña (Ant-man, End Of Watch) and Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend Of Tarzan), who's continuing his push for post-True Blood glory.
Here's the red-band teaser for War On Everyone:
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- Mario-Francisco Robles
This week the ridiculous Civil War rages on! But only kind of, and really just against Tony Stark. Black Widow goes back to basics, The Squadron Supreme continue to be not so supreme, and I have officially dropped Patsy Walker! Read on to get some reviews for the books my high and mighty self has decided to explore, oh and Vote Loki!
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Review: When Waid and Samnee last left us, Natasha was bleeding out after getting gutted by a little girl (tsk tsk, Nattie!). Now the Black Widow is recovering after being saved by a former Red Room mentor. While Natasha recovers, she learns that a former friend who is also the daughter of the head mistress of the Red Room has created a new version, named The Dark Room (very original! »
- Jeremy Scully
After melding action with comedy with his debut The Guard, writer-director John Michael McDonagh swayed more toward the dramatic side with his last film Calvary, but now he looks to be returning to the other direction with his third feature, War on Everyone. Starring Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård as two corrupt cops, it looks like a darkly hilarious comedy, thanks to the first U.K. trailer, which has now arrived this morning.
We said in our review, “Steering into the frame to the sound of ’70s rock music while giving chase in their muscle car to a fully-costumed, on-foot mime, the impeccably dressed, utterly corrupt police duo of Bob Bolaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) initially appear to be running full-speed towards an even wackier version of the Starsky & Hutch movie we got in 2004. Audiences familiar with the work of director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary), however, »
- Jordan Raup
The Fundamentals of Caring, 2016.
Directed by Rob Burnett.
A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
The Netflix juggernaut is soon going to devour us given the rate the subscription service is outwardly expanding into their “Originals” so much that in the near future we may all have our own original with them. All in jest of course, but given their recent successes with television and film originals, as well as snapping us such talents as Adam Sandler, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford to name a few. Now even Paul Rudd is an honorary Netflix-er, with his latest film The Fundamentals of Caring snapped up at this year’s Sundance and is soon to receive its debut on the service.
Rudd stars as Ben, »
- Scott J. Davis
Leena Yadav is finally making the film she wants to. The Hindi filmmaker’s “Parched” opens June 17 in select theaters in the Bay Area, L.A., and New York through Wolfe Releasing, which will also release it on home entertainment platforms later this summer after the theatrical run.
Starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, and Radhika Apte the film, with a screenplay by Yadav, revolves around three women in a remote village who break free from century-old traditions that have kept them locked in servitude.
“It started because I wanted to make ‘Sex in the Village.’ Tannishtha, who plays Rani in the film, and I had been planning on doing something together,” Yadav said. Chatterjee told Yadav about the women she met while on location shooting “Road Movie” and “Jal.” They were curious about her sex life. “I told her, ‘We think we are progressive, but we have so many layers when we talk about sex.’ ”
After writing her script she sent it out to filmmaker friends across the world who responded with their own stories rather than critiques. “That’s when we realized, ‘Let’s make a really good film that we can take across the world.’ ”
But finding funding was close to impossible, she said. “I have no heroes, Tannishtha is not well known, not in India. Right now Radhika is coming up.”
So her husband, cinematographer Aseem Bajaj, said he would be the producer and help get her film made. “And he made the most difficult promise,” she said.
Before “Parched,” Yadav had written and directed 2005’s “Shabd” and 2010’s “Teen Patti” and directed a telepic. But with Bollywood bold-faced name Ajay Devgn offering seed money to the project they were able to find two investors who helped put up some money, while the couple invested everything they had.
The next challenge was to find a village for the location shoot. This turned out to be pretty difficult as village leaders didn’t want the filmmakers there. Yadav said she was told, “Our women will get corrupt looking at you.” Finally they found a village in Rajasthan that was deserted for all but two months of the year. About 60% of the huts were dilapidated, but the production fixed them up so the shoots could proceed.
“Foreigners come and click much more interesting photos of India,” Yadav said. “I told Russell, ‘I want to celebrate the beauty of these women. I’m not making a dark, depressing film.’ ”
The shoot, which began in January 2014, took a while as they had to stop and start, depending on funding. But Yadav is pleased with the end result. “Parched” played at the Toronto festival last fall and has been on the film festival circuit since. It will open the London Indian Film Festival in October.
Seville Intl. has sold the film in several territories including France, where it sold more than 120,00 tickets, Benelux, Mexico, Russia, and Colombia. The film has not yet opened in India, but she is in talks with distributors and hopes something will work out so it can open in July or August.
“Once in a lifetime I had to do something like this, but it’s very difficult,” Yadav said. “I can only do this again after five or 10 years.”
- Shalini Dore
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