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We've got a batch of new posters to share. Here we go ... Ant-Man [caption id="attachment_465179" align="aligncenter" width="412"] Image via ComicBook.com[/caption] Well, this is a big improvement after that Photoshop/floating head nonsense we got earlier this month. Not only is this image especially eye-catching and crisp, but it's also got a little bit of subtext. Ant-Man opens on July 17th and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Peña. Here's the official synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with 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, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Writer/director Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess”) is making his bones quickly. He's only made four independently financed feature films, and his fourth is his biggest and best yet. A dynamite cast helps, but Bujalski's tentative move towards the mainstream doesn't tamp down his funny and observational sensibilities. His latest, "Results," stars the criminally underused Kevin Corrigan ("Pineapple Express"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"), Cobie Smulders “(“The Avengers"), Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Michael Hall in the weirdest role you will ever see him in. “Results” is centered on the culture of self-improvement. The comedy focuses on two mismatched personal trainers, self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders), whose lives are upended by the actions of a wealthy client (Corrigan). As their three lives become inextricably knotted, the plot go from complicated to super messy, and as our »
- Chase Whale
It's crazy to think that someone is making the online RPG computer game Warcraft into a live-action movie, but Duncan Jones, Legendary and Universal are doing it. As you can imagine, a movie with orcs, mages, elves and all other manner of fantastical creatures running around requires masters of the visual effects craft. That's where Warcraft takes a nod from Hulk in the Avengers movies, with the help of Ilm. Industrial Light and Magic, a visual effects company that worked on making the Hulk the giant green rage monster that he is on screen, came aboard to engineer the look of the orcs. If you think these barbarian beasts look anything like Bruce Banner's alter ego, you'd be right. In an interview with Wired, Jones said that Jeff White, who worked on the creation of Hulk for The Avengers, was on set to supervise the motions of the actors. As »
There’s long been rumblings of Paramount Pictures trying to turn the mega-successful Transformers series into a vast shared universe similar to Marvel’s immensely successful McU and it’s now looking like they’re following the comic giant in more ways than just basic concept.
Last week news broke that the writers team brought together to plot out the future of the franchise included Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Zak Penn (The Avengers) and now Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who worked on rewrites for Ant-Man, are on board. It makes sense to pick writers with a strong past turning questionable ideas (remember that Iron Man was far from a sure thing at the time) into fresh, entertaining films who also have the ability to juggle foreshadowing later entries and sneaking in throwaway references. Going so close to Marvel, however, could also seem like »
- Alex Leadbeater
It's no average wedding when Hawkeye makes an appearance. Jeremy Renner joined the long list of celebrity wedding crashers over the weekend when he made an impromptu stop at one lucky couple's nuptials in Houston. The Avengers star was in town for the Comicpalooza, which took place at The Regency Hotel, where the newlyweds' reception also happened to be going down. Images captured by sneaky fans see Renner hanging by the bar, smiling politely as he chats with guests, although the actor's rep tells E! News that Renner tried to keep a low profile to ensure the spotlight was on the bride and groom. Video: Jeremy Renner teases "a few cool secrets that »
The post-credits scene used to be a novelty, now it seems to be the norm. But surely that wasn't the point...
Back in the 1980s, for some reason I didn't do my then-usual trick of switching off a video as soon as the credits started, and hitting the rewind button. Instead, I kept Airplane! going. I'm glad I did, because right at the end, up popped the first post-credits scene I ever saw, a continuation of the gag that started right at the start of the movie.
It felt a bit special. I hadn't expected it, nobody had tipped me off, and no site whose name rhymed with 'Gen Of Deek' had broken it down. It was as the filmmakers intended: a flat out treat, »
After taking a break for the Memorial Day weekend, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will pick up principal photography today somewhere in or around Atlanta, Georgia. And while filming on the African Market set had wrapped last week, some overlooked photos have surfaced from the shoot that reveal the return of another actor previously established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Damion Poitier is the original actor behind the short cinematic debut of Thanos in The Avengers. And while Josh Brolin has since been cast as the mad titan, it appears that Marvel Studios has given Poitier another role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; one where he may actually be recognizable. Thanks to a heads up via Cbm users Theace69 and TheAmbassador, the following photos from the Captain America: Civil War set feature Damion Poitier while he's getting a close-up during the sequence in which Cap and his new Avengers battle Crossbones and his goons. »
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The first live semi-final of the 2015 series was seen by 8.56m (37.8%) between 7.30pm and 9pm, while a further 373,000 (1.6%) tuned in on +1.
Later, 6.58m (28.7%) tuned in to see Cor Glanaethwy and Entity Allstars become the first acts to progress to the final at 9.30pm (325k/2.4% on +1).
On BBC Two, A Cook Abroad interested 980k (4.7%) at 7pm, before Springwatch averaged 2.13m (9.3%) at 8pm, and Churchill: When Britain Said No gathered 1.36m (5.9%) at 9pm. Episodes followed with 760k (4.2%) at 10pm.
Channel 4's Damned Designs was watched by 680k (3.0%) at 8pm (134k/0.6%), while Benefits Street continued strong with 1.21m (5.2%) at 9pm (311k/1.9%), and The Night Bus amused 660k (4.2%) at 10pm (86k/1.1%).
Gotham continued with 630k (2.7%) on Channel 5 at »
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
"...'Natasha' goes head to head with 'Chaos'. But will she be able to bring down the unassailable 'Prophet'...?"
Black Widow has also appeared in many other forms of media, including motion pictures "Iron Man 2", "The Avengers", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and currently shooting "Captain America: Civil War", portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Black Widow'. »
- Michael Stevens
For Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon was faced with several enormously difficult tasks; he had to make a riveting follow-up to his much beloved first Avengers team-up, give each of the film’s new and returning cast members their due, and spend some of that screentime laying the groundwork for several upcoming Marvel projects as well. While he managed, for the most part, to succeed in those three tasks, he also inadvertently stepped on one of the only things that makes Ant-Man – the Avenger up to bat – stand apart from his McU brethren.
The lead has been buried in the film’s marketing in favor of selling audiences on the rather goofy premise, but at Ant-Man‘s core is a story about fathers and daughters. »
- James Garcia
The actor and writer - who also plays Scottie in the series - said that the studio was "worried" that a previous version of the script wouldn't appeal to casual cinema-goers.
"But it means that, according to the studio, there's still one billion dollars worth of »
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Mark Ruffalo will be feted by Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival for children, the unique cinematic holiday camp of sorts where kids, teens and young adults from all over the world watch movies and judge them.
The U.S. actor best known to kids for his roles as Marvel Comics character Dr. Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the “The Avengers” franchise will hold an onstage conversation with young jurors from 52 countries including Australia, South Korea, France, Jordan, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, and the U.S.
The annual theme driving conversations, meetings and screenings at fest this year is Carpe Diem, the Latin aphorism that can be translated as “seize the day.”
Giffoni’s 45th edition will run July 17-26.
At a presser in Cannes fest topper Claudio Gubitosi also announced that construction work has begun on his long-gestating Giffoni Multimedia Valley project, which involves an expansion of »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paramount wants the new Star Trek film to have a broader appeal, as the studio eyes Avengers numbers...
Currently on the promotional trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy Man Up (which is in UK cinemas at the end of next week), Simon Pegg has been chatting a little more about the Star Trek film he's currently co-writing with Doug Jung. As he's said before, the pair have until June to finish the script off.
Pegg, chatting to the Radio Times, revealed that he'd been asked to make sure this particular Star Trek movie was "more inclusive".
He continued, saying that "they had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little too Star Trek-y". That, presumably, is referring to the draft put together in part by Roberto Orci, who was originally earmarked to direct »
British actor Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) recently opened up to the Radio Times about his thoughts on geek culture. While his somewhat controversial rant about the "dumbing down" of modern cinema may have seized headlines, it was his comments about the upcoming Star Trek sequel that made for a far more interesting read. Earlier this year, Pegg was revealed to be co-writing the sequel to Jj Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, following Roberto Orci's departure from the project. Rumored to be titled Star Trek Beyond, details about the film's plot have so-far been sketchy at best, but Pegg revealed that the higher-ups at Paramount have been pushing for a "more inclusive" tone this time around: "They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. »
Back in January it was revealed that Simon Pegg had signed on to rework the script for Star Trek 3, which had originally been penned by Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. No official reason was given, but now Pegg – who is co-writing with Doug Jung – has revealed to The Guardian that the studio felt the previous draft was “too Star Trek-y”.
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn dollars. Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why. »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Pegg won the hearts and minds of nerds long ago, but the Shaun of the Dead actor keeps racking up impressive achievements that keep him at the epicenter of everything geeky in Hollywood. Currently, the actor is co-writing the script for Star Trek 3 (believed to be titled Star Trek Beyond), in which he’ll also reprise the role of Scotty, and trying to strike a balance between the more commercial feel of J.J. Abrams’ big-screen predecessors (2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness) with the more adventurous tone of the original series.
Speaking with Radio Times, Pegg revealed that it hasn’t been easy getting the script right for the threequel. Before he came aboard, Paramount had some odd concerns with Roberto Orci’s treatment for the film (last year, the producer had convinced the studio to let him direct the pic on the condition that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rather than going the "Skyfall" route of re-introducing key elements of the franchise that the rebooted franchise had avoided so far, a new interview with the film's co-writer and actor Simon Pegg has revealed that the next film will move even further away from the "Star Trek" mold than the two previous J.J. Abrams films.
Speaking with Radio Times (via The Guardian), Pegg discussed how he and fellow scribe Doug Jung were brought onboard to work on the script after the departure of original co-scribe and potential director Roberto Orci:
Part of the problem is Marvel Studios. »
- Garth Franklin
During the heyday of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," I was an active advocate for studios to pick up on the wonder that was Joss Whedon. Watching "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," it feels like that is exactly what we were asking for when we asked for him to be in charge of our pop culture. And I mean that in both positive and negative ways. Joss Whedon has a great ear for clever dialogue, and that can be a wee bit of a curse. There is something about the way he writes that can make it feel like he's afraid to fully engage in some of the bigger emotion. When you're doing 22 episodes of a television series, you can take one episode to shift the tone to something darker, more somber, and it feels appropriate. In a 140 minute film, you can only find moments to downshift, and when it's surrounded by non-stop wisecracks, »
- Drew McWeeny
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