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MoviePass‘s business strategy continues to confound all of us. The ticket-buying service’s sustainability has always been in question since it dropped its prices to the popular $10 a month, but MoviePass was not content to simply disrupt the moviegoing industry. It had to get behind the scenes as well. Cue the perplexing venture into distribution, of which MoviePass has seen some success and some failures. And the one big, public failure with the meager box office returns of Gotti, in particular, maybe even worse for MoviePass than we realized.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Paul Rudd interview

On a nice September day at Pinewood Studios outside of Atlanta, a handful of journalists and I spoke with one of Marvel’s smallest superheroes on the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp. The effervescent Paul Rudd, who often radiates boundless energy on screen, seemed, well, a little exhausted. It’s hard to blame him – at the time, he was in the middle of filming two major Marvel movies simultaneously, bouncing back and forth between the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Russo Brothers’ Avengers 4 (which was also filming at the same production facility).

Despite what must have been a monumentally busy day, the actor/writer was nice enough to make time to chat with us in between takes and still managed to crack a few jokes in the process. The man who plays reformed thief Scott Lang explained what Scott’s up to when we meet him in director Peyton Reed’s sequel, the character’s new suit, working closer with the Wasp this time, the challenges of co-writing the screenplay, and much more. Read on for our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Paul Rudd interview. Read More »

Steven Spielberg Bumblebee

The Transformers film franchise doesn’t have a great track record with its female characters. But Bumblebee, the upcoming live-action Transformers spin-off movie, might be the first step toward changing that – and fans have Steven Spielberg to thank for it. Learn about the significant Steven Spielberg Bumblebee contribution below.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed interview

Last fall, I visited the Atlanta set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp with a batch of other online reporters. During any set visit for a major film, having a chance to actually speak with the director is far from a guarantee: they’re often just a tiny bit busy as they carry the weight of a hundred-million-dollar-plus behemoth on their backs. But Peyton Reed, the director of Ant-Man and who’s behind the camera again for this sequel, devoted seventeen minutes of his time to talk to us in between takes. That may not seem like a long time, but for an on-set interview, it’s an eternity.

Considering the circumstances, I expected Reed to be at least slightly frazzled, but he was easy-going, thorough, and game to answer any question we threw his way. He told us about the ticking clock aspect of his sequel, the challenges of sharing star Paul Rudd with a neighboring production, giving Hope van Dyne’s character added importance this time around, and much more.

Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed interview below. Read More »

Future DCEU films

The DCEU has had a bumpy few years, with only Wonder Woman truly standing out as a genuinely enjoyable film. Now, with Aquaman poised to splash into theaters, Warner Bros. film chairman Toby Emmerich has an innovative new plan for the future of the DCEU: make good movies. What a crazy idea!

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After Yoda’s surprise appearance in writer/director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans might be seeing another legacy character pop up in writer/director J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming sequel Star Wars: Episode 9. A new rumor indicates that a familiar face will be brought into the fold for the final film in the new trilogy, and it’s reportedly someone fans have been hoping to see on screen again for years.
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justice league snyder cut

The Snyder Cut exists! Kind of. A storyboard artist who worked for the embattled Warner Bros. comic book movie recently confirmed a very rudimentary version of Zack Snyder‘s “vision” for Justice League exists. This is by no means the Justice League Snyder cut that fans of the director have been passionately demanding for months now, but it’s apparently enough for the DC Extended Universe fans to take up arms for the cause again. Their target this time: AT&T.

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ant-man and the wasp infinity war

Ant-Man and the Wasp is about as far from the emotional and physical devastation of Avengers: Infinity War as you could get. There’s no mention of Thanos, destruction, or doom in the film’s trailers — but there is an ant playing the drums.

So how does Ant-Man and the Wasp take the events of Infinity War into account? On the set visit for the Ant-Man sequel, director Peyton Reed addressed that giant elephant (Giant…Man?) in the room.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit

I’m standing inside Hank Pym’s new high tech laboratory. Pym’s secure room under his house in the first Ant-Man was pretty slick, but this two-story complex puts that place to shame. Banks of computers – some brand new, some decades old – flash as they work side by side. The place has a mixture of analog and modern technology: microphones attached to a tape player, an ancient reel-to-reel machine plopped next to a corrugated cardboard model with Pym Particle receptacles attached.

And there are some bizarre additions that make sense when you consider this lab was built by the original Ant-Man. You know those little plastic clips that keep loaves of bread from getting stale? A huge version of one of those corrals some cables hanging from the ceiling. Across the room, there’s a six foot paper clip on the side of a futuristic tunnel, and oversized Erector set pieces can be seen all throughout the cavernous lab. Occasionally, I find myself walking across a massive LEGO piece slotted into the floor, inserted as if to fill what would have otherwise been a gap in a second story catwalk. An oversized shock absorber with its round circular tubing sits in the corner, seemingly holding up the building itself. It feels as if someone designed this entire lab in miniature, utilizing whatever tools and scattered pieces were within arm’s reach on a workbench, and then blew the tiny version up to full size. That Hank Pym is a smart guy.

On September 14, 2017, I joined a small group of other reporters on the Pinewood set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We found ourselves walking around on the single largest set Marvel has constructed in the studio’s existence thus far. Speaking with the cast and crew, we learned what director Peyton Reed has planned for this super-sized sequel, and below, you can read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp set visit report. But beware – there are some plot details here that some of you may consider spoilers. Read More »

Optimus Prime Movie

Since plans for another sequel in the primary Transformers franchise appear to be more dead than Cybertron, it sounds like Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are rethinking how they might keep Transformers alive on the big screen.

This winter will bring us Bumblebee (watch the teaser trailer here), a spin-off focusing on a solo adventure for the yellow Autobot as he meets a teenage girl in the 1980s, not unlike how he became acquainted with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in the first live-action Transformers movie from 2007. If all goes well with Bumblebee, we might get to see Autobot leader Optimus Prime get his own spin-off too. Read More »