9 items from 2017
Ant-Man and the Wasp filming commences!
Marvel Studios announced late yesterday that production has begun on Ant-Man and The Wasp, starring Paul Rudd (Captain America: Civil War, The Fundamentals of Caring), Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lost), Michael Peña (The Martian, Fury) and Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street), who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit Ant-Man.
Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl, Chef), Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness, Transparent), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Sleepless, Get Hard) and David Dastmalchian (Twin Peaks, The Belko Experiment) also reprise their supporting roles.
- Paul Heath
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya | Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers | Directed by Jon Watts
Obviously, “Homecoming” has multiple meanings, not least of which is Spider-Man’s switch to the cool side of the Marvel fence, outside of Sony’s control. Makes sense. One could argue that the very DNA of the modern Marvel movie machine is based on what made Sam Raimi’s first two movies so successful: larger-than-life characters tackling real-world themes, with a lightness of touch that didn’t undermine the gravity of the drama. It’s a difficult balancing act; one which Marc Webb’s aborted reboot largely failed to replicate.
Today, Marvel is a blockbuster production line of Toyota-like efficiency, and part of its success lies in squeezing the authorship out of its directors. It was too much for Edgar Wright, »
- Rupert Harvey
It’s one of the drawbacks as life as a filmmaker: you can sink months or even years of your life into a screenplay that will never be sold or a movie project that will never go into production. Such was the fate of Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero; Wright departed the project in 2014, eight years after he began working on it with co-writer Joe Cornish. The film was finally brought to the screen by Yes Man director Peyton Reed; like David Cronenberg’s Total Recall or Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, Wright’s Ant-Man became one of cinema’s what-might-have-beens.
Still, if Wright’s brush with Marvel »
Jim Carrey Photo: Kevin1230
Yes Man star Jim Carrey has been ordered to attend court on the 26th of April next year in connection with the death of his former girlfriend Cathriona White, a judge ruled yesterday. The actor and comedian faces separate lawsuits filed by White's mother, Brigid Sweetman, and estranged husband, Mark Burton. Both allege that he supplied White with prescription drugs on which she subsequently overdosed, thereby contributing to her death.
White, a make-up artist and stylist who had a history of depression and had previously attempted suicide, died in September 2015. She and Carrey had ended their three year relationship shortly beforehand but were apparently still close, with Carrey insisting that he still loved her. Sweetman has made several additional allegations about Carrey's conduct toward White, accusing him of exploiting and manipulating her and maintaining that she has a letter written by her daughter which supports her side of. »
- Jennie Kermode
Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has gained an untitled comedy pitch for Aquaman star Jason Momoa and Saturday Night Live veteran Will Ferrell. The script has been written by Andrew Mogel and Jared Paul (Yes Man, The Grinder) and is described as “Galaxy Quest meets Ocean’s 11“.
Though an official logline hasn’t been revealed yet, the film will see Ferrell as a washed out actor who reunites with his TV son, played by Momoa, who has become a huge star since their show ended and presumably wants his help to get his career back on track. Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours), who also co-wrote Yes Man with Mogel and Paul, will produce the film with Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez banner.
- Ricky Church
Paramount Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch for Will Ferrell and Jason Momoa to star in, from writers Andy Mogel and Jarrad Paul (The Grinder). Nick Stoller and Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions will produce this comedy, that is said to be a cross between Galaxy Quest and Ocean's Eleven. The official logline is being kept under wraps, but the story will reportedly be set in the TV world.
Deadline reports that the movie will center on Will Ferrell's character, a washed up TV legend, who reunites with the actor who played his on-screen son (Jason Momoa), who himself is now a huge star. In real life, the 49-year-old Will Ferrell and 37-year-old Jason Momoa are just 12 years apart. While this story line hasn't been confirmed, sources claim that this was the story being pitched to the studio.
Ant-Man And The Wasp Director Peyton Reed Says Evangeline Lilly Will Have Major Role Yes Man director Peyton Reed explains that Evangeline Lilly will figure more prominently in Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the fact that Lilly’s Wasp was included in the film’s title indicated that more attention was going to be given to [...]
- Reggie Peralta
It had been a while since I saw the movie Yes Man and perhaps because I’m in somewhat of a transitional stage of life, it meant a great deal to me. To be honest I’m not a huge fan of anything Jim Carrey after the movie Liar Liar but I admit the man certainly has his moments. While the movie Yes Man isn’t vintage Jim Carrey it’s still an incredibly uplifting and fun movie to watch. Plus it’s a got a pre-superstar Bradley Cooper in it as well as Zooey Deschanel playing the female lead. If you haven’t seen it
The Movie “Yes Man” Is Perfect for People in a Rut »
- Nat Berman
Anyone who has spent countless hours stuck in a cubicle under fluorescent lighting, listening to their fellow employees prattle on about nonsense will find a lot to relate to in Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment, which takes the notion of office politics to explosive and viciously entertaining levels where no one is safe. The amount of carnage that McLean and writer James Gunn unleash in The Belko Experiment is jaw-dropping at times, and even if you’ve never been subjected to the horrors of corporate America, there’s still a lot of subversive fun to be had once the games begin and heads start popping.
In The Belko Experiment, John Gallagher Jr. (Hush, Short Term 12, 10 Cloverfield Lane) stars as Mike Milch, an employee of Belko Industries who has relocated to Bogotá, Columbia, and while he recognizes he’s just another cog in the wheel at his workplace, he »
- Heather Wixson
9 items from 2017
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