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Evangeline Lilly originally thought Ant-Man was a joke

Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly initially thought her role in the series was a joke, revealing her unfamiliarity with the characters.

With the mainstream success superhero and comic book movies have found in recent years, some might be a little sceptical when Hollywood stars claim great knowledge about their characters when signing on to their respective projects.

Evangeline Lilly didn’t try to fool anyone when she signed up for Ant-Man, however, telling Fan Expo Boston (via that she initially thought the whole thing was a joke:

“I was just finishing up on my press tour for The Hobbit when my manager called me and said, ‘I got a call from Marvel, and they’re wondering if you might want to meet and see if this new franchise, Ant-Man, might be appealing to you.’ And I laughed.

“I said, ‘Have they run out of superheroes and
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Fact-Check: Spike Lee’s Film Stays Close to the ‘Crazy, Outrageous, Incredible True Story’

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Fact-Check: Spike Lee’s Film Stays Close to the ‘Crazy, Outrageous, Incredible True Story’
(Spoiler warning: Go see Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” before you read this. It’s great.)

The notion of a black man joining the Ku Klux Klan seems so absurd that Dave Chappelle’s skit about a blind, African-American who dons Kkk robs is one of the absurdist highlights of “Chappelle’s Show.” But Colorado Springs Police Det. Ron Stallworth infiltrated the Klan in almost exactly the way portrayed in Spike Lee’s totally engrossing new film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

The film’s marketers want to make sure no one mistakes Lee’s drama for a satire. Posters for the film spell out explicitly that the movie, which premieres Friday, is based on a “crazy, outrageous, incredible true story.”

Also Read: 'BlacKkKlansman' and Angela Davis: the Story of the Patrice's Revolutionary Hero (Podcast)

That said, “BlacKkKlansman” is a movie, and it follows the Hollywood tradition of condensing time and events, ratcheting
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Paramount Pictures Releases First Photo Of Isabela Moner As Dora The Explorer

First Look at Isabela Moner as Dora in the film Dora The Explorer by Paramount Players

Dora The Explorer is coming to cinemas next summer on August 2, 2019.

Paramount Players announced today that the motion picture adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, began principal photography on location in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Monday, August 6, 2018. The production, being directed by 11-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA nominee James Bobin marks the lovable Latina character’s big screen debut (and first live-action adaptation on any platform) after fourteen seasons (2000-2014) and 172 episodes on Viacom’s enduring children’s cable network. The film is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association with Walden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.

Dora the Explorer stars Isabela Moner in the film’s title role. Having
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First Official Image of Dora The Explorer Revealed as Live-Action Movie Begins Filming

  • Cinelinx
Dora's biggest adventure yet starts now, as filming on the live-action movie begins today, we get our first image of the character and new details on the plot. Come inside to learn more!

Today's the start of production on the upcoming live-action Dora The Explorer movie. To mark the occasion, Paramount has released the first look at actress Isabela Moner suited up for the role, along with more details on the rest of cast and story...and I'm not sure what to think.

As a parent, I've watched a Lot of Dora the Explorer. I watched it 6-7 years ago with my son (when he was a toddler) and I'm watching it every day now with my daughter (currently a toddler). While the outfit is a very literal translation from the cartoon, it still feels off. Part of which has to do with the new High School setting, which is
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Nick Hamm’s DeLorean Biopic ‘Driven’ to Close Venice Film Festival

Nick Hamm’s DeLorean Biopic ‘Driven’ to Close Venice Film Festival
Irish director Nick Hamm’s John DeLorean biopic “Driven” is set to close the Venice Film Festival.

The film is inspired by the true story of the FBI sting operation to bring down maverick auto executive DeLorean. Set in the opulence of early 1980s California, it follows the meteoric rise of DeLorean and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company; his friendship with a charming ex-con-turned-informant, Jim Hoffman; and the drug scandal that brought DeLorean low.

“Driven” is scheduled to world-premiere out of competition on the Lido on Sept. 8. The festival described “Driven” as a wickedly comedic look at a bromance gone bad.

Lee Pace stars as automotive engineer and designer DeLorean. Jason Sudeikis (“Downsizing”) plays Hoffman. Judy Greer (“Ant-Man“) stars as Hoffman’s wife, Ellen, and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) plays an ambitious FBI agent named Benedict Tissa.

“Venice is an inspiring festival with an incredible audience. I am both
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John DeLorean Biopic 'Driven' to Close Venice Film Festival

Driven, charting the rise of John DeLorean and his iconic gull-winged car — made internationally famous by Back to the Future — has been named as the closing film of the Venice International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Nick Hamm (The Journey, Killing Bono) and starring Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit), Jason Sudeikis (Downsizing), Judy Greer (Ant-Man) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards), will get its world premiere out of competition at the festival on September 8.

“Venice is an inspiring festival with an incredible audience," said Hamm. "I am both honoured and delighted to ...
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Russo Bros Agbo Buys John Brancato Prehistoric Pitch ‘The Last Neanderthal’ For Terry Notary To Direct

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Joe and Anthony Russo’s Agbo has closed a deal for John Brancato’s original prehistoric pitch The Last Neanderthal. The film will be shot primarily with motion capture technology, and will mark the directorial debut of Terry Notary, a stunt coordinator and movement coach who is best known for his motion capture performances in Avatar, The Hobbit, and The Planet Of The Apes.

The Last Neanderthal is an epic adventure and a powerful drama, a tale of survival, revenge, and redemption that draws on recent discoveries to depict a prehistorical tale. Brancato and Notary wrote the story together.

Brancato’s produced credits include Terminator Salvation, Terminator 3, and the David Fincher-directed The Game. He also adapted the latter as a TV series for USA. He most recently sold to Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road the spec Trigger Warning, which he wrote with A History Of Violence‘s Josh Olson.
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The Stakes for Travis Scott Are Higher Than Ever With ‘Astroworld’ – and So Are the Potential Rewards

The Stakes for Travis Scott Are Higher Than Ever With ‘Astroworld’ – and So Are the Potential Rewards
Ask a casual fan what they like about Travis Scott, and you’re likely to hear one thing again and again: “He has the best live show in hip-hop.” It’s a cliché, a familiar refrain that hints at Scott’s talents without giving him his full due. Ultimately it’s a backhanded compliment that means little, considering how many rappers still perform over MP3s of their vocals and hire their weed carriers to crowd the stage.

Say what you mean: Travis Scott has one of the best shows in music,
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The Hobbit Trilogy Gets a 2-Hour Fan-Cut from Topher Grace

The Hobbit Trilogy Gets a 2-Hour Fan-Cut from Topher Grace
Topher Grace has taken Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy and edited it down to one single 2-hour movie. Jackson's three movies total 434 minutes, so Topher Grace trimmed a lot of fat from the films in order to put together his own cut. This is not the first time Grace has taken a beloved franchise and made his own fan-edit. The actor famously did it with the Star Wars prequel trilogy as well back in 2012, which he titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. However, that cut, and this new one, will not be made available publicly for obvious copyright reasons.

Topher Grace says that he decided to make the Hobbit trilogy edit after he came home from filming Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman as a way to decompress. He was so drained from his portrayal of former Kkk Grand Wizard David Duke in the film that he
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Topher Grace Took Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy and Re-Edited It Into a Two-Hour Movie

Topher Grace seems to have a hobby of taking disappointing trilogies and editing them down into watchable single films. He previously did this in 2012 with George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy and it was actually really good! The actor has now done the same thing with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. He re-edited into a two-hour film and apparently it's really good!

In an interview with IndieWire, Grace revealed he took on the task of editing down the epic eight-hour trilogy. He says the product is “a lot tighter” than its predecessor, and it’s even tighter than other fan edits, which have gone upwards of four hours long. Grace says:

"I think that maybe The Hobbit should’ve been one movie, and many people would agree. Money drives a lot of those franchises. It’s better when the art leads."

We'll probably never get a chance to
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Topher Grace recut Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy into a two hour movie

  • JoBlo
Splitting J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" into three separate films always seemed like a bad idea, especially as the novel itself is significantly shorter than all of the books in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but that's exactly what we ended up with. Topher Grace, who plays Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke in Spike Lee's Blackkklansman,... Read More...
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Topher Grace Created a 2-Hour Cut of ‘The Hobbit’ That Sounds Much More Tolerable

Topher Grace Created a 2-Hour Cut of ‘The Hobbit’ That Sounds Much More Tolerable
Peter Jackson delivered one of the best motion picture trilogies of all time with his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy book series The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, he followed it up with the overlong, over-indulgent prequel trilogy based on The Hobbit, a single book that was significantly shorter than any of the single […]

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Topher Grace Edited ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy to 2 Hours as Therapy After Playing David Duke

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Topher Grace Edited ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy to 2 Hours as Therapy After Playing David Duke
For Topher Grace, playing the head of the Ku Klux Klan in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was a mentally taxing role, but, he said, he had an interesting hobby to help him detox: film editing.

In an interview with IndieWire, Grace said that spending several months playing the Kkk’s David Duke left him feeling depressed — to the point that not even the birth of his daughter during production could lift his spirits. “I was probably a terrible husband at the time,” he lamented. “It was so disturbing to go home and turn on the news to see how his ideology was affecting us at the moment.”

Also Read: Spike Lee Denounces 'That Motherf-er' Trump, Explains Charlottesville Scenes in 'BlacKkKlansman'

Once filming wrapped, Grace took a break with an undertaking: turning Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy into a single, two-hour film. The decision by Warner Bros. and New Line
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All 9 Jk Rowling Movie Adaptations Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 9 Jk Rowling Movie Adaptations Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
The term “movie magic” applies to few endeavors as literally as it does to the Harry Potter movies, which to this muggle’s eyes do a fine job of bringing Jk Rowling’s transportive novels to screen. With the new spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set to expand the wizarding world’s mythos, take a moment to gaze into the Pensieve and remind yourself of the series so far.

9.) Sorcerer’s Stone: The franchise didn’t put its best foot forward, but Sorcerer’s Stone — which both detractors and admirers point to as being more faithful to its source material than any other Harry Potter movie, hence the protracted runtime — was only a momentary stumble. In hindsight, it’s also something of a relief: the series gets so dark that starting off on a syrupy-sweet note almost feels like a small gift.

8.) Deathly Hallows — Part 1: Almost
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Topher Grace Recut ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy as a 2-Hour Movie to Clear His Head After Playing David Duke

Topher Grace Recut ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy as a 2-Hour Movie to Clear His Head After Playing David Duke
In Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” John David Washington plays the real-life African-American Colorado detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan by impersonating a white man on the telephone, but Topher Grace is on the receiving end. As Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, the former “That ‘70s Show” star was saddled with portraying the most prominent white supremacist in history, and had to contend with the psychological duress of embodying the character for several weeks.

“I was so depressed,” Grace said in a recent interview with IndieWire, recalling that his wife gave birth to their daughter during the production. “I was probably a terrible husband at the time. It was so disturbing to go home and turn on the news to see how his ideology was affecting us at the moment.”

Some people might have sought catharsis in a long vacation. Grace found a more unconventional outlet: Reediting Peter Jackson
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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Adaptation Won’t Cover The Entire Book

Having journeyed across the multiverse to direct a motion picture in the realm of Blade Runner, Denis Villeneuve, the man behind another piece of sci-fi brilliance, Arrival, has now been awarded creative control over science fiction staple Dune.

Aside from the French-Canadian filmmaker providing us with an update in May, though, information regarding his adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel of the same name has been hard to come by and as such, has had the fandom a little bit worried. Thankfully, then, earlier this month, the project took a giant leap forward when Legendary Entertainment announced they were targeting Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet for the lead role. And now, Cinema Blend has brought news straight from the horse’s mouth.

Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert and New York Times bestselling author, took to Twitter recently and informed both followers and fans that he’d just received the
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Denis Villeneuve's Dune will only cover half of the first book

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Traditionally, there are three ways to translate a book series to the big screen. You can make one movie per book (Harry Potter), you can cram a bunch of books into one movie (The Dark Tower), or you can squeeze multiple movies out of one book (The Hobbit). The Harry Potter method is usually the most popular, but…
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20 Crazy Fan Art Designs Of Unexpected Lord Of The Rings Couples

J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is one of the oldest and most influential modern works of high fantasy. It’s influence on literature, pop culture, and fiction in general would be hard to quantify. However, it is definitely huge.

Since the first publication of The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the 1950s, the series has only grown in popularity. Various adaptations were made for film and radio.

Then The Lord of the Rings became a true pop culture phenomenon with the release of Peter Jackson’s bib budget live action movie adaptation of the trilogy from 2001 to 2003.

For fans who had already read the books, it was a spectacular visualization many had only dreamed of. For brand new viewers, it was an introduction to a stunningly realized world and characters. And one thing star struck fans make a lot of is fan art.
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‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s’ Latest Update ‘Completely’ Removes Microtransactions

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it’s releasing a free update for “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” which “completely” removes microtransactions from the game.

After the update, Orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customize your Orc army.

The improvement update will also feature “a host of new enhancements and content to provide existing players and newcomers with the best gameplay experience” and promises a richer campaign, streamlined post-game Epilogue, as well as new gear and skins. The follower level cap has been increased to 80, the enemy Captain level cap boosted to 85, and players can also expect greater Xp rewards.

Complete the Epilogue and you’ll secure the Masks of the Nazgul and unlock new summoning and cursing abilities. You’ll also be able to upgrade and defend your fortresses after completion,
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New Theory Explains Why Gandalf’s The True Villain Of The Hobbit

After Peter Jackson brought The Hobbit to the big screen with more than seven-and-a-half hours’ worth of painstaking detail, you wouldn’t think there’d be much more to unpack from J. R. R. Tolkien’s relatively short novel. But according to one Reddit user, we may have been fundamentally misunderstanding the book and the films this whole time.

Some of you may already know the popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theory which states that the more obnoxious children who visited Willy Wonka’s factory were deliberately led by their whimsical host to their various ugly and ironic fates. Now, Redditor Gweneverexoxo is suggesting that Gandalf, the seemingly kind old planner of the dwarves’ quest to the Lonely Mountain, is playing a similarly perverse game with his trusting companions for the sake of a little treasure.

“So a while back gandalf came into possession of the key to the
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