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4.11 A Promise To The Dead
Since his return as a quipping, sarcastic guy who never met an ulterior motive he couldn't keep hidden somewhere beneath a too-tight v-neck shirt, Peter Hale has proven time and time again to be one of the most fun characters in the Teen Wolf universe. He's clearly becoming the bad guy, and probably has been for a while, but he's just so funny and charming that you can't help but appreciate him and be thankful that he's out there plotting to kill pretty much everyone not himself. He has a lot in common with Kate Argent in that way.
Kate brought a very interesting dynamic to Teen Wolf's first season that the show had trouble recapturing. She was both sexy and dangerous (remember Peter essentially seducing Lydia? »
Many fans have been wondering when Scarlett Johansson's The Black Widow will get her own stand-alone movie, after starring in Iron Man 2, Marvel's The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall even revealed last week that he's interested in directing the movie, but we have no clue how far along Marvel is in developing Black Widow.
The actress' co-star Robert Downey Jr. chimed in with his thoughts on the topic during a recent interview, where he says the actress deserves a break before starting a new movie, especially since she's about to have her first child.
"Doesn't Scarlett deserve a break? Look, I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians (of the Galaxy) with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really - to me the Iron Man »
"I gotta hustle," said Johansson about her acting career. "I’m a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business."
"Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers.
'Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work — theater, producing... this thing with 'Esquire'..."
March 2009, Johansson first signed on to play Marvel Comics' Russian spy 'Natasha Romanoff' aka the 'Black Widow' in the feature "Iron Man 2", 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
It's not clear how much Stan Lee knows about Marvel's movie strategy, but every time he's asked to comment on future films, he responds as if every secret is shared with him. On Friday, the comic book creator spoke at Fan Expo Canada, where he was asked if Marvel will ever make a "Black Widow" film. He said: "The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on 'Ant-Man,' 'Doctor Strange' and the 'Black Panther,' and there are others I am not allowed to talk about." Judging by that response, he's not sure about "Black Widow," but "Black Panther" is definitely happening. After all, he grouped it with "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange," two films we know are in development. There hasn't been a lot of news about "Black Panther, »
If you haven’t been living under a rock you may have noticed that comic book films are big business. With 2000′s X-Men kickstarting the modern superhero film revolution, what were once cheesy tales of men in tights have now become some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, and their overwhelming success has earned these new superheroes countless adoring fans around the globe.
But yet, no matter how much the internet splurges over the latest Marvel Studios release, the truth is that a lot of recent comic book adaptations have been pretty formulaic. Luckily, just as Marvel fatigue was starting to set in, James Gunn’s brilliantly written and directed sci-fi flick gave the genre the supercharge it badly needed, proving that comic based films could be self-aware, expertly paced and – most importantly - a shed load of fun.
So what can the film industry learn from Guardians Of The Galaxy? »
- Tom Regan
Starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly and Evan Jones, the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s transformation from immigrant into the world’s first superstar. Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes.
Houdini is based »
- Michelle McCue
It's been a banner year for Marvel so far, with Guardians of the Galaxy likely set to pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier sometime this week as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Many fans believe this Marvel Phase Two adventure, which expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, is the studio's best offering yet.
Add Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., to the list of fans, with the actor revealing at the Toronto International Film Festival, that he believes Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's best movie yet.
"Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever. And it's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"
Jeremy Renner has, without a doubt, not been given the screentime he deserves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s shown up as the bow-wielding Avenger Hawkeye in two films now, but has been repeatedly given the short shrift in favor of other members of the superhero team. He had a small but meaningless cameo in Thor, and spent most of The Avengers being mind-controlled by Loki; something that Renner himself has openly complained about several times.
That may be changing now, however, as Marvel moves from Phase Two to Phase Three, beginning with next year’s Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ve heard rumors that Hawkeye will have a bit more to do this time around, but he’s constantly named by fans as the Avenger least likely to make it out of the film alive.
That may not actually be the case if Renner’s new comments are to be believed, »
- James Garcia
In the latest instalment of Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest details on Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the latest set photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, who will be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie The Hateful Eight, and which former James Bond turned down the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film. For all that and more, check out this week’s Movie Newsgasm right here…
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Ant-Man is set for release on July 17, 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman Lives, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Powers and more….
Marvel Studios kicked off production on the Phase Three launching Ant-Man this week in San Francisco, with director Peyton Reed taking to Twitter to officially announce the start of filming, which was followed by the first official shot of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a couple of behind-the-scenes images of Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and a few FM exclusive set photos and a scene description of the first day’s shoot [see here]. And to coincide with the start of production, Marvel released an updated cast list – which also includes Michael Douglas »
- Gary Collinson
2014 has turned out to be a landmark year for Scarlett Johansson. The double whammy of Spike Jonze's Her and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin saw her doing the best work of her career, in both cases playing a non-human being who develops consciousness and a soul through her contact with the world.
Then there was her fourth and best outing yet as Marvel's Black Widow. Her role in The Winter Soldier was so significant that the film could justifiably have been called Captain America & Black Widow, if not for the fact that that's a rubbish title.
And to cap things off this summer, Johansson's solo sci-fi Lucy debuted at number one at the Us box office, far outstripping the week's other major release Hercules.
With Lucy reaching UK screens this week, Digital Spy looks back on Johansson's five best roles to date.
Ghost World (2001)
While the role of »
Disney and Lucasfilm seem committed to their new plans to make not just the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy and spin-offs part of canon, but all future tie-in material as well like TV shows, books, games and theme park attractions.
They are doing this thanks to a story group which will oversee the future of the Star Wars franchise across all media. Lucasfilm announced that back in April, and now an employee tells Bad Ass Digest that they are "going to redefine longform storytelling". In a lengthy piece on the site, author Devin Faraci says:
- Garth Franklin
In an industry characterised by strange, inexplicable career trajectories, Mickey Rourke’s stands as the single most strange and inexplicable. A promising young character actor who worked with Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Alan Parker, he threw it all away in favour of returning to his first love: boxing. His professional record wasn’t quite as impressive as the amatuer cards he booked as a teenager in the sixties and seventies, and during this ill-fated sojourn from acting in the early nineties lead to short term memory loss, a broken nose, toe, and ribs, a split tongue, and a compressed cheekbone.
When he finally retired from the ring for a second time, he was near-unrecognisable. Both because it had been a good decade or so since he’d appeared in any films worth watching, and everybody had kinda forgot about him, and because the amount of injuries »
- Tom Baker
Lr reader 'Josh' sent us some set pics that his brother 'James' took. Apparently 'James' is out in San Francisco and lives a block away from where they were setting up to shoot "Ant-Man." The photos show Pym Particles truck hanging around. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and director Peyton Reed (in the hat) are also on the set, and the house they are shooting at looks gorgeous.
Have a look at the images below.
The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and »
- Kellvin Chavez
With filming now underway on Marvel’s Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lost) has taken to Instagram to show off her Hope Van Dyne look for the Phase Three superhero movie, posting a couple of snaps of herself, along with co-star Paul Rudd (I Love You Man, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), who plays Ant-Man himself Scott Lang…
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Gary Collinson
Principal photography is currently underway in San Francisco, California, for Marvel Studios' newest super hero franchise Ant-man, which brings one of Marvel Comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s Ant-man continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help »
- Pietro Filipponi
Yesterday, Marvel Studios released the first photo of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. And, yes, the internet went crazy. Now, a few more unofficial set pictures and videos have hit the web, though they are all from onlookers who were lucky enough to be in San Francisco during filming. So yeah, thank heavens for Instagram. Check it out.
Set for release on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and also co-stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington and T.I.
The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk, »
- Laura Frances
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
Yesterday Marvel Studios announced that filming was underway on the first Phase Three offering of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, before the first official image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was released today. And now, thanks to Flickering Myth reader Jordan Steinmetz and his sister Riley Steinmetz, we’ve got a brief description of today’s filming, as well as a few set photos from San Francisco. They’re petty unrevealing, but we do have a glimpse of Peyton Reed directing the action. Here’s what was happening…
“The scene being filmed today was filmed at an intersection, and included fake rain and a woman walking a dog.They were filming under the name “Bigfoot”, and some old-school delivery trucks were spotted, so possibly a scene set in the past.”
Riley also mentioned that she didn’t notice any of the leads on set, »
- Gary Collinson
In this first image from the film, which began principal photography in — you guessed it — San Francisco yesterday, Marvel Studios is sending a very specific message: from his pseudo-Rocky attire, to the far-off expression of weary concern, and the bandages over his right eyebrow … the hero of Ant-Man is a fighter.
And he looks like he just got his ass kicked.
Rudd’s character, Scott Lang, isn’t the usual do-gooder. He’s a thief, a guy with a past, »
- Anthony Breznican
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