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Well, here it is: the brand new trailer for what might be our most anticipated movie for the rest of 2014 (at least if we're talking about movies that don't involve talking raccoons) -- David Fincher's "Gone Girl," the twisty new thriller starring Ben Affleck that is based on the equally twisty, best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay). And folks: it's going to be good.
This trailer is a bit more fleshed out than the original, laying down the basics for the four people out there who didn't read the book, with Affleck becoming suspect #1 after his wife (Rosamund Pike from "The World's End") goes missing. Anything else, especially given the tricky nature of the story, would drift uncomfortably into the forbidden territory of spoiler-world, so we'll try to keep things to a minimum, although Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit »
- Drew Taylor
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
Are you ready for some stop-motion magic this fine afternoon? The first trailer for "The Boxtrolls" has crept out of hiding, and it's freaking adorable.
Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is an oddly named boy who was raised by the Boxtrolls that live under the streets of Cheesebridge. You might ask yourself, what the heck is a boxtroll? Well, it is a troll that lives in a box, dummy, and they're actually pretty cool and helpful because they collect trash and make it into all sorts of neat stuff. Plus, they rescued a human baby and raised him! Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) doesn't really know that he's not a boxtroll, but his new pal Winnie (Elle Fanning is showing him the ropes. And just in time, too, because there's a nasty man named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) who wants to destroy them all.
The theme of outsiders finding their place in »
- Jenni Miller
Over a decade on from playing a Bond girl, British actress Rosamund Pike is about to enter a whole new act of her career. Hot off acclaimed recent roles in the likes of "An Education" and "The World's End," Pike landed one of the most hotly sought-after parts around: the female lead in David Fincher's adaptation of best-selling thriller "Gone Girl," opposite Ben Affleck. It's easily the most high profile gig she's ever had and stands a good chance of attracting awards attention and vaulting her to a new level of stardom. But before that, she's got some lighter fare to deal with, as Pike is starring with "Doctor Who" and "Broadchurch" star David Tennant, and the legendary Billy Connolly, in new comedy "What We Did On Our Holiday." Written and directed by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, it details a harassed couple and their three children on a »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Two weeks after the departure of Edgar Wright from the superhero movie Ant-Man, Marvel has finally settled on a new director for the project. The studio announced on its website Saturday that it has enlisted Peyton Reed to helm the project, with a script written in part by Anchorman director Adam McKay.
Superhero Worship: Top 40 Marvel Movie Ideas, Ranked
Since it got The Incredible Hulk out of its system, it's hard to think of a blockbuster movie studio that's ever had fandom so much on its side as Marvel Studios. Appreciating that it has a catalogue of beloved characters to work through, it's nonetheless embraced fandom, respected it beyond the simple boundaries of lip service, and taken risks. It also has a canny knack of delivering movies that, whilst of variable quality, continue to respect their source material. The substantial icing on this cake is the fact that Marvel's films - every one of them - have all been hits.
Yet in a matter of weeks, a seemingly bulletproof studio has come under the closest scrutiny it perhaps ever has. Regularly praised for avoiding the stock book of blockbuster directors, and giving »
When Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz") suddenly departed Marvel's Ant-Man, fans were stunned. Who could blame them? Wright had been working on the project for eight years, before the Marvel cinematic universe began with Iron Man. It finally looked like it would become a reality as Wright had shot and presented some fantastic test footage proving that the diminutive superhero could hold his own. We all knew Wright could pull off comedy but we were convinced he could handle action as well when Wright delivered a great choreographed action sequence (bathroom brawl) in 2013's The World's End. Wright's Ant-Man will now go down as one of the great "what ifs" of cinema. So, who will replace Edgar Wright? The Hollywood Reporter believes they know of three directors that are in the hunt: "Sources say Rawson Thurber, Adam McKay and Ruben Fleischer are among a group of directors that are meeting with »
This week on The Collision, we talk about last week's news that Edgar Wright had left Ant-Man followed by Drew Goddard leaving Daredevil. This brings us to a discussion about what this means for Marvel's future, a rejection of auteurs in favor of a more homogenized vision, studio influence, and more. We also give our thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Godzilla"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: The World's End Matt's Recommendation: The Usual Suspects
- Matt Goldberg
Digital Spy presents a timeline of Marvel's long-in-development project below...
"We wrote this treatment revolving around the Scott Lang character, who was a burglar, so he could have gone slightly in the Elmore Leonard route, and they came back saying, 'Oh, we wanted to do something that was like a family thing'," Wright explained. "I don't think it ever got sent to Marvel."
Nothing comes of the meeting and Wright goes on to direct Shaun of the Dead.
The World's End and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, who has been attached to Ant-Man for years, has left the project. In a surprise, pre-Memorial Day announcement, Marvel and Wright announced that he would no longer be directing "due to differences in their vision of the film," though the statement said that the split was "amicable." Marvel also said that the change would not affect Ant-Man's planned July 2015 release date, and that "a new director will be announced shortly." Surely there's someone else out there with good ideas about how to best shrink Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd down to insect size. »
- Caroline Bankoff
Yesterday, Marvel announced that Ant-Man director Edgar Wright was exiting the project. Even though Wright had been attached to the Marvel Phase Three movie since 2006, the two parties sighted creative differences and have now gone their separate ways. In a show of support, Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has posted a photo of himself holding the signature empty Corentto wrapper Edgar Wright made famous with his trilogy that includes 2004's Shaun of the Dead, 2007's Hot Fuzz and last year's The World's End. The pose he strikes pays homage to the 1968 Olympics civil rights protest. It seems that Joss Whedon is clearly on Edgar Wright's side...Is there more trouble brewing at Marvel?
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
Marvel announced yesterday (May 23) that Wright had stepped down as director of the upcoming film, citing creative differences.
A statement jointly released by Marvel and Wright read: "The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly."
Joss Whedon, who oversees the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has since shared a tweet seemingly in support of Wright.
The Avengers director posted a photo on his official Twitter account of himself holding a Cornetto ice cream cone.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
There is no word on what exactly the creative differences between Wright and Marvel were. »
That is one short and succinct announcement. "Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-man due to differences in their vision of the film." Marvel, might I suggest that this was not your best move ever? Honestly, if Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish had not stayed dedicated to the idea of making an "Ant-Man" movie in the first place, I doubt this would be a film that would have been tapped as a major cornerstone in Phase Three, which kicks in after Marvel's release of next year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." As far back as I can remember Edgar talking about the movie, it's always been something that he and Joe kicked around as a crazy sort of left-field idea. Marvel took some serious convincing, and they've been more than happy to leave the development on a time-table that »
- Drew McWeeny
Marvel and Wright announced in a joint statement that creative differences have led the filmmaker to depart the superhero film.
"The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly."
Wright began developing a movie based around the Ant-Man franchise back in 2006.
Director Edgar Wright has stepped away from the superhero movie Ant-Man, citing differences in the vision of the movie with Marvel, the studio producing the film. In addition to his role as director, Wright – known for bitingly funny films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — cowrote the movie's script with Joe Cornish, who worked on the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin and wrote and directed Attack the Block. Despite his large stake in the movie, the »
Well, this is not great news: Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man," easily one of the more anticipated upcoming comic book-related properties, has lost it's visionary director. Disney announced today that Edgar Wright, whose last film was the brilliant sci-fi comedy "The World's End," has exited the project "due to differences in their vision of the film." Sigh.
Keep in mind that Wright co-wrote the screenplay (with his "Adventures of Tintin" collaborator Joe Cornish) and hand picked the especially awesome cast, which includes Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as different versions of the titular character, a scientist who can shrink down to the size of an ant (and communicate with them), as well as Evangeline Lily, Corey Stoll, Patrick Wilson and Matt Gerald in unspecified roles.
- Drew Taylor
FantasyCon made a very big announcement that actor/writer/producer - Simon Pegg will be at their convention - his first con appearance not as a panelist promoting a movie, but to meet and interact with fans. You may have heard of Pegg from his serious art house movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. He's also been in some other movies that you're probably not familiar with like Star Trek and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
How cool is it that Pegg wants to come out to an unconventional convention? I'm very thrilled, not only for Mr. Spaced, but because of the emphasis FantasyCon is putting on the fan experience. FantasyCon wants to bring the celebrities out from behind the tables. I love the organic nature of the idea.
How cool would it be to happen upon Pegg in a crowd of people, he sees »
- Drew Lawrence
As Simon Pegg leads the pub crawl to end them all in doomsday comedy The World's End, we trace his career from nerdy hero of British TV to Hollywood stardom. After Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World's End also sees Pegg complete the so-called 'Cornetto Trilogy' with his old pals Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. But will it be their last 'one for the road'? »
Update: Rosamund Pike, aka the "Gone Girl" at the center of David Fincher's latest thriller set to hits theaters in October, graces the cover of May's W Magazine. The cover image and photo spread inside were taken by Fincher. Check it out, plus the film's recently released trailer, below. Though Pike ("The World's End," "Jack Reacher") isn't yet a household name, that will all change come this fall when she stars in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller. Fincher has a knack for sensational, breakout casting (Rooney Mara, for example, was hardly known before her Oscar-nominated turn in Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), and Pike could very well follow the same rise. Due to plot twists in the story, she's not featured very much in the first trailer -- it's mostly all about Ben Affleck -- but it's a role that will require some serious chops. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Nick Frost is probably one of the last actors you'd imagine leading a romantic comedy about salsa dancing, and the Shaun of the Dead and The World's End star is certainly aware of that fact. That's why it took so long for him to work up the courage to actually tell anyone he wanted to make a movie where his dancing was a huge plot point. What's great about Cuban Fury, though, is that it doesn't make fun of the fact that Nick Frost is a large man doing dances usually reserved for slim, sexy people. This is a well-meaning, heartfelt comedy about a man (Frost) coming to terms with the fact that he's excellent at something everyone would make fun of him for. It also doesn't hurt that his secret hobby happens to be the precise type of exotic dancing that his...
- Peter Hall
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