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Superheroes are usually looming, muscular, young and big - their voices boom with gravitas. So, the idea of 40-something comedic actor Paul Rudd playing a superhero that is small seemed interesting with a side of dubious. However, after seeing the funny side of superherodom in Guardians of the Galaxy, we're now all in for Ant-Man! Filming started today in San Francisco; it will also film in Atlanta.
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.
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Jorge Dorado's brain-twisting horror-thriller Mindscape lands on UK DVD and Blu-ray this August 25 courtesy of Studiocanal, and to get you in the mood for some memory-scouring detective work, we have an exclusive clip for you to feast your eyes on.
Mark Strong, in his first leading role in a feature film, plays John, a mind detective paid to enter people’s memories and uncover the reality behind their alleged crimes. But what will he make of his new assignment, the brilliant but troubled teenager Anna (Taissa Farmiga)?
As John enters her mind and becomes more involved in her sometimes brutal memories, he must decide if she is indeed the victim of unspeakable trauma or a very clever and manipulative sociopath. Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop), Mindscape is a suspenseful horror with a fantastic twist...
- Gareth Jones
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
The geriatric legends return for a third raid on the box office, but Sly and his pals both old and new have a tough mission to beat the turtles to top spot this weekend. The moviegoing audience for this film will likely be older, but with a more lenient rating than the R-rated “Expendables” 1 and 2, it will be interesting to see how much the pre-release leak of the movie online has sated interest among younger audiences, who could potentially have represented a new market for the franchise. »
- Tobias Bauckhage
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
Some things are just different in the UK. Cigarettes are called fags, apartments are called flats, and apparently Anna, as it is known here in the States, is called by its original title of Mindscape. Check out the new trailer from across the pond.
The flick will be coming to UK DVD 25th August.
Mark Strong, in his first leading role in a feature film, plays John, a mind detective paid to enter people’s memories and uncover the reality behind their alleged crimes.
But what will he make of his new assignment, the brilliant but troubled teenager Anna, played with effortless panache by one of America's best upcoming talents - "American Horror Story's" Taissa Farmiga? As John enters her mind and becomes more involved in her sometimes brutal memories, he must decide if she is indeed the victim of unspeakable trauma or a very clever and manipulative sociopath. »
- Steve Barton
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Simon Pegg tries to find the secret to happiness in his latest film. He chats to us about its making, British cinema and more...
Simon Pegg is back in cinemas this week, in Peter Chelsom's Hector And The Search For Happiness. Ahead of that, the man himself sat down with us for a chat, that led to us - genuinely - being locked in a hotel room together for a minute or two.
It was not helped by us holding a packet of Love Hearts at the time. It's probably best you don't ask.
Anyway, we kept our professional composure, and this is what happened...
Given what a globetrotting movie this one is, how are your passport stamps looking?
It's ridiculously stamped now!
We were working out how long »
Sparks and bullets fly between a gun-shy sheep farmer and a beautiful sharpshooter in A Million Ways to Die in the West, an outrageously irreverent comedy coming exclusively to Digital HD on September 9, 2014 and DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 7, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Coinciding with the digital release date of the film will be a deluxe version of the soundtrack album, featuring additional score cues by composer Joel McNeely. This album will be available exclusively through iTunes.
Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and the blockbuster comedy feature film Ted, directs produces, co-writes and stars in this sweet and saucy film packed with laughs, lunacy and just the right amount of romance. A never-before-seen unrated version of the film, featuring 18 additional laugh-packed minutes is available exclusively on Blu-ray and Digital HD. A Million Ways to Die In the West DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack each offer hilarious bonus content, »
The first photo is out of Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in "99 Homes," the upcoming Ramin Bahrani film about a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted. He is forced to work for Michael Shannon's crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place. [Source: EW]
"Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein ha been hired to complete the late Nora Ephron's script for the American cinematic remake of the UK mini-series "Lost in Austen" at Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe.
The story follows a woman living and working in Brooklyn is transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Sam Mendes, Nathan Kahane and Pippa Harris will produce. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
When the Wachowskis’ space epic Jupiter Ascending was taken off the summer calendar and slotted for next February, we had a feeling that the shift might mess up Warner Bros.’ previously laid plans for early 2015. Now, the studio has officially announced what it’s changing – the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night has been moved from February 6th (when Jupiter will now open) to April 17th next year.
Even if effects work hadn’t caused Warner Bros. to delay Jupiter, it was possible Run All Night still would have ended up moving forward. After all, Fox is releasing Taken 3, also with Neeson, next January.
Run All Night will mark Neeson’s third collaboration with Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra. Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace) penned the script, which centers on an aging hitman (Neeson) who is forced to go up against his brutal, sadistic former employer (Ed Harris »
- Isaac Feldberg
Heaven Is For Real, the faith-based movie starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church, had a strong run in theaters earlier this spring behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now it’s making just as heavenly a debut on Rentrak’s weekly DVD and Blu-Ray sales and rental charts, topping one Top 10 and second only to Liam Neeson’s latest actioner, Non-Stop, on the other. The only other debut in the rentals this week was Tyler Perry‘s latest, The Single Moms Club, distributed by Lionsgate and coming home at No. 9. The rest of the rental chart is populated mostly by holdovers, including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes […] »
There was some confusion at the Marvel Hall H panel this weekend, when the studio presented their Ant-Man test footage. Studio president and producer Kevin Feige announced that Evangeline Lilly will be playing Hope Van Dyne, which was also stated in their press release. She is actually playing Hope Pym, who eventually turns into a character known as Red Queen in the MC2 Universe. She is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, and its unclear why or how Marvel mixed the name up.
Here is the re-issued press release:
Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. The two join stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), along with director Peyton Reed, for the size-changing super hero’s first cinematic adventure.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige said:
"We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big screen. We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015."
"Corey brings depth to every role he plays. As a major part of the Ant-Man ensemble, »
- Kellvin Chavez
The big show in Hall H for this year's Comic-Con is all done, and the day closed out with the signature Marvel panel. While no new projects were announced, we did get some tasty footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron (more on that in our Marvel video blog coming soon). But everyone is already on board with the superhero ensemble sequel, and Marvel really needed to make some waves to show the crowd that Ant-Man could stand on its own. In order to win over the crowd, they brought the charming Paul Rudd and veteran Michael Douglas, not to mention confirming two stars who weren't officially announced yet. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige brought out Evangeline Lilly and revealed that she will be playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas). And they also introduced Corey Stoll (Non-Stop), who is playing Darren Cross, a corporate figure who will »
- Ethan Anderton
Marvel just kicked off its massive Hall H panel at Comic-Con, and the first news to come out of the convention center is the confirmation of two Ant-Man characters played by Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly.
Corey Stoll will be playing bad guy Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket. While Evangeline Lilly is the leading lady of the movie, Hope Van Dyne, who is being set up as a love interest for Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, and is the daughter of Michael Douglas's Hanky Pym, both actors who were introduces on stage as The Ant-Men.
We'll have more from the convention center as it breaks.
Here is the official press release:
Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, »
Looks like we weren’t the only ones impressed by Edge of Tomorrow. Recently, it was revealed that Dante Harper, the first screenwriter to work on the Tom Cruise sci-fi action-adventure, has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen the script for a live-action Akira adaptation.
The troubled project currently has Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra set to helm, who previously said he’d backed away from the adaptation over concerns with the script. Evidently, Warner Bros. is still invested in moving Akira forward, and the studio has opted to stump up the cash to hire a red-hot writer to do just that. Edge of Tomorrow was a terrific, extremely well-written film, so I’m hopeful that Harper has what it takes to finally get this project off the ground.
- Isaac Feldberg
The live-action adaptation of Akira has just received a new writer. Deadline reports that Dante Harper has been brought on to work with director Jaume Collet-Serra on the latest draft of the script. Ironically, Harper's biggest credit as a writer is one he doesn't get...credit for. It was Harper's spec script, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's "All You Need Is Kill" that gave us the wonderfully under-appreciated gem Edge of Tomorrow. Despite his script being what created that film adaptation, he got passed over in the credits by the three writers that took later passes at the screenplay.
Regardless, Harper is now set to collaborate with Collet-Serra on a new take of the beloved title Akira. The property began it's pop culture life as a Japanese manga by Katsuhiro Otomo back in 1980. In the years to follow, it would get an anime adaptation, and video games based on it. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Taking on the role of U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks in Non-stop, it’s a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air during a transatlantic flight from New York City to London. During the journey that’s set to become unlike any other, Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into a numbered account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.
Struggling with personal demons, Marks is left drained of any passion for the heroic calling of his profession. He has come to view his important assignment as merely a desk job in the sky. »
- Dan Bullock
Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to the project, which is being produced by Joel Silver. “Nice Guys” re-teams the studio with Black and Silver, both who rose to prominence nearly three decades ago via the “Lethal Weapon” franchise — followed by Silver’s public split with Warners two years ago.
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career was on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
The script has been in development for several years. In 2011, the Austin Film Festival held a staged reading, with Black directing, and offered this logline:
“In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, »
- Dave McNary
There’s a hint of trepidation any time a new series lands on the small screen. Censorship limitations, fiscal restrictions and an abundance of writers and directors can easily serve as points of distraction for promising concepts.
Sometimes there are just too many chiefs and not enough Indians, and when you’ve got too many chiefs attempting to hold rule over a tribe with the barest of necessities, things can head south in an instant. That’s the law of the land.
Ultimately, the legitimately scintillating concepts tend to succeed, assuming the funds are there to capitalize on and the featuring network is lenient enough to truly push the envelope, if the idea in question calls for the courageous, that is.
FX’s new monster, “The Strain” (which premieres on July 13th), calls for the courageous, unquestionably. A brilliant interpretation of one of history’s most-beloved classics (more on that, »
- Matt Molgaard
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