Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
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
Alright, gang. Today is the day. Let's. Get. small. #AntMan
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) August 18, 2014
That's right, filming on Ant-Man has officially begun!
There's been a lot of Ant-Man trashing since fanboy favorite Edgar Wright left the project and the script went through several revisions, but I'm still very hopeful for this film. Marvel know what they're doing and I have full faith in them, Reed and the cast to pull this off.
Here's the official press release from Marvel:
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. »
- Philip Sticco
One of the bisect surprises of Marvel's The Avengers was seeing Stellan Skarsgård reprise the role of Erik Selvig, his character from Thor. We now have word, from Skarsgård himself, that He will be back for Avengers: Age of Ultron; albeit in a smaller capacity.
Here's Skarsgård on his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, 'All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?' The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, it’s really run by four or five people, »
- Philip Sticco
Stellan Skarsgard confirmed in an interview with Total Film that he would be reprising his role as astrophysicist Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character has appeared in both Thor films, and The Avengers. Here's what he said,
"I'm going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It's something really nice."
Skarsgard went on to reveal that he will be naked again in his next appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe,
"Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, 'Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist!"
When asked what he could say about Age of Ultron, he provides an idea of why his character is coming back.
"First of all, I don't know what I'm allowed to say, but usually they call me in if they need something explained. »
- Joey Paur
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
In an interview with Total Film (via ComicBookMovie), Stellan Skarsgård has revealed that he will return as Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That marks Skarsgård’s fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the interview, the Swedish actor talked about first playing the character in Thor, and admitted to knowing very little about the Marvel universe before signing on…
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?’ The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, »
- James Garcia
Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is hard at work on developing the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, which will see the return of Tom Cruise as Imf agent Ethan Hunt and several of the last installment’s players, including Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. Now, thanks to McQuarrie himself, we have word on another actor returning to the long-running franchise: Ving Rhames.
Rhames was rumored to return, but today McQuarrie took to Twitter to officially announce the news to his followers.
Rhames was last seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in a small cameo near the tail-end of the film. His character Luther Stickell had a role in the first three films of the series, so it will be cool to see him return to the Imf team.
- James Garcia
In Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the origin story for Thor helped setup the villain and main plot of The Avengers. A key to the pseudo-science involved in making the otherworldly stuff in Thor and The Avengers work was the character of Dr. Erik Selvig played by Stellan Skarsgård, a mentor of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Selvig returned again in an even wackier, comedic exposition-focused role for Thor: The Dark World for even more questionable science-y plot necessities and we just learned that he’ll be back again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
From what we know about The Avengers sequel, it’s very Earth-based. The titular villain Ultron is a creation of hero Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and new potential hero Click to continue reading Stellan Skarsgard Returns For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
- Rob Keyes
Skarsgard appeared in both "Thor" films and the first "The Avengers". In "Thor: The Dark World," his character appears to have gone slightly mad and is seen in a news broadcast running around Stonehenge naked and raving. During an interview with Total Film magazine, the Swedish actor talked a bit about his contract with Marvel and why he likes working for them:
"You sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I'm going to do my fourth. I'm going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It's something really nice. Even if it's owned by Disney now, it's really run by four or five people, and they know exactly what they're doing. »
- Garth Franklin
Avengers: Age of Ultron is promising quite a line-up of characters, as it has been revealed that even Stellan Skarsgard will be back as Dr. Erik Selvig, and the actor promises that he'll once again be naked.
Dr. Erik Selvig is a character created for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an old colleague of Jane Foster's father who first debuted in 2011's Thor. He went onto play an important role in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but made the biggest impression when he was asked to run naked in Thor: The Dark World. It sounds like the actor will once again be stripping down to nothing, this time for director Joss Whedon.
"Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, 'Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity clause, which is fantastic. »
Film-goers and kids growing up today know Joss Whedon as the director behind one of the biggest comic book blockbuster franchises to date: The Avengers. Without question, Whedon has taken his extensive knowledge of the world of comic books (he has written a number of them, including Fray, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and also created The Astonishing X-Men for Marvel) and translated it to major success on the big screen.
Those three shows had an impact on pop culture like no other, and none more so than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an unlikely cult hit for the W.B. (Warner Brothers) network in the 90s/early 2000s (it would move to Upn in its final seasons). Originally something of a failed movie that »
- Jay Anderson
Concept Art by Ryan Meinerding Key Frame Art by Andy Park Key Frame Art by Rodney Fuentebella Key Frame Art by Jackson Sze From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and »
Lucy is a superhero movie that doesn’t know it’s a superhero movie, so it’s the most interesting superhero movie of the year. Lucy’s “origin story” is a kick to her stomach and a zero-gravity seizure, and in one scene Scarlett Johansson scarfs down a bunch of blue rocks like her life depends on it. (Lucy pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam—at the same time.) Without mythology to reference or fandom to service, Lucy is free to surprise you.
“Surprise” is something comic-book movies used to do. Think of The Dark Knight, »
- Darren Franich
"...'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is an upcoming superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the 'Avengers', produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2012's Marvel's 'The Avengers' and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU)..."
The new film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader.
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- Michael Stevens
Johansson first signed on to play Marvel Comics' Russian spy 'Natasha Romanoff' aka the 'Black Widow' in the feature "Iron Man 2" (2009) as an undercover spy for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' posing as an assistant to 'Tony Stark' (Robert Downey Jr.) aka 'Iron Man'.
She was cast only after a scheduling conflict forced actress Emily Blunt to drop out of the part.
- Michael Stevens
“I’m the guy who asked my parents to get back in line at the Indiana Jones stunt show in Disneyland immediately after seeing it” is the thing I said to Mike Ryan after seeing Marvel Universe Live! at the Barclay’s Center last night. That was the statement I should have lead with when I explained why I wanted to see what everyone seems to describe as “Marvel on Ice without the Ice.”
I am the completest geek for things I love, I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Our Shells Tour at the Denver Coliseum. I’m the guy that wants to see all the stage shows at Universal Studios instead of going on the Jurassic Park Ride again. I’m the guy that took theater classes and learned about suspending people for Peter Pan and thinking: “This would be more fun if it were Spider-Man. »
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Last week, I asked a simple question: Is the DC Cinematic Universe–the Warner Bros. back-of-the-napkin plan to launch an all-out assault on Marvel Studios by unleashing a double-digit boatload of superhero movies between now and 2020–actually a thing? Will the Man of Steel-verse actually transform into a cape-ier alternative to the Avengers-verse? Or is this a Valiant-Comics-in-1992 thing–a situation where all the elaborate and ambitious universe-building plans will ultimately dead-end »
- Darren Franich
There’s been talk of a solo Black Widow film from Marvel ever since she first appeared in Iron Man 2. Kevin Feige has repeatedly stated that he’s open to the idea, and Scarlet Johansson’s portrayal of the super spy has been well received by audiences. So, what’s the big holdup?
Feige recently suggested that the studio was “too busy” at the moment to greenlight a female-driven film, but that sentiment may change now that Sony has announced their own female-led spin-off of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise tentatively slated for 2017. Feige took quite a bit of heat from fans with his recent comments, so announcing a Black Widow film sooner rather than later would be a great way to save face while showing that Marvel is keen on keeping up with the competition.
Fan chatter about a Black Widow film started anew this week, when Disney Pictures »
- James Garcia
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