When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the amount of speculation and discussion was crazy. Eventually, Peyton Reed was hired as the director after a rewrite by none other than Adam McKay. McKay, a big comic book fan, is best known for crazy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, so him coming on to the film was a pretty big leap. How did that happen? Well, now we have a few more details.
Once Wright left, the film’s star – Paul Rudd – called McKay and asked him to do a rewrite. He agreed and Rudd himself helped him with the writing. Yes, for the first time (in a while) we have a Marvel Studios movie co-written by the star himself. Read more from McKay about the Ant Man script below. Read More »
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Have you ever heard of this character Batman? I hear he’s pretty popular. They’ve made a few movies about him, a few TV shows, and apparently a few comic books. 2014 is the 75th anniversary of this incredibly obscure, niche character, which apparently is why the team at Mondo is doing a full gallery show of original art and posters based on him and his gallery of characters.
75 Years of Batman opens Friday October 24 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and the first batch of art has been revealed. There are some heavy hitters here: Kevin Tong, Tom Whalen, Craig Drake, Phantom City Creative, Alex Pardee, Scott C., Jason Edmiston and this is just the first wave. Check out the Mondo Batman posters below. Read More »
It’s a shame only 600 people got to see Jason Reitman‘s Live Read of American Beauty on Thursday. If more people saw it, they’d be lining up to see Men, Women and Children this weekend. The cast proved they are wonderful together.
As the kickoff to the 4th season of Live Reads at LACMA, Reitman presented Alan Ball‘s Oscar-winning 1999 script. For all the roles, he chose actors from his latest film. (Which happens to open wide this weekend.) In the role of Lester Burnham, for which Kevin Spacey won an Oscar, Reitman cast Adam Sandler. The wife Carolyn, originally played by Annette Benning, was played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Their daughter Jane, originated by Thora Birch, was played by Kaitlyn Dever. Her best friend Angela, originated by Mena Suvari, was played by Olivia Crocicchia. Buddy the real estate king, first played by Peter Gallagher, was read by Phil LaMarr. Next door, the Colonel, played by Chris Cooper, was read by Dean Norris. DeWitt doubled as his wife (Allison Janney) and their son, the pot-dealer Ricky was Travis Tope. Wes Bentley originated the role.
With a script as good as Ball’s, an infant could read it and it would sound like poetry. What Reitman showcased with his latest cast is prove that good words are one thing, but chemistry and talent are something entirely different and wonderful. Below, read more about the American Beauty Live Read presented by Film Independent at LACMA. Read More »
November 7 brings two of the biggest movies of the year. First is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and the second is Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. Interstellar has only screened for a very small selection of people but Big Hero 6 is starting to roll out. Thursday night, the social media embargo on the film broke and the Twitter reactions began.
The early verdict based on about a dozen opinions? Disney Animation has another hit on their hands. Not all the opinions are warm and fuzzy though. Below, you can read a little early buzz about Disney’s Big Hero 6. Read More »
I’m a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones and always think Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, is one of the highlights. But it wasn’t until this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that I realized just how many other people share that sentiment. Williams was one of the top five most celebrated actors at Comic Con. I’m talking Robert Downey Jr. levels of excitement and screams when she took the stage. And though her role on Thrones will continue, she’s beginning to capitalize on that popularity with some potentially much bigger roles.
In a new interview, Williams talked about the possibility of her playing Ellie in a Last of Us movie produced by Sam Raimi, as well as a new, mystery, superhero project she likened to Kick-Ass. Read the Maisie Williams movie quotes below. Read More »
When you hear WWE Studios, you probably automatically think of No Holds Barred. It’s fine. The WWE is the premiere pro wrestling company in the world and probably the biggest pro wrestling movie of all time is that Hulk Hogan catastrophe. Funny thing is, the WWE had very little to do with it. (They did help release a Blu-ray recently.)
No, WWE Studios is in the business of making non-wrestling movies. Movies starring, or related to, their talent. Films like The Marine with John Cena, See No Evil with Kane or, once upon a time, The Scorpion King with The Rock. Their latest film was Leprechaun: Origins starring Hornswoggle. In fact, according to Wikipedia, since 2002 WWE Studios (in one form or another) has helped produce almost 30 movies and the only one with a wrestling connotation is Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. The wrestling movie studio had never made a live-action movie about wrestling.
That changed in 2012 when they helped produce a French film called Queens of the Ring. It features cameos by The Miz, CM Punk and others. Now, it’s finally getting released, and you can check out the trailer for WWE Studios Queens of the Ring below. Read More »
Want to see the first images of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Ant-Man? How much money is Guardians of the Galaxy up to now? Which character was going to die in Iron Man 3? What special features are on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray? Has Marvel Comics announced a few more major storylines for 2015? How did the Death of Wolverine storyline finish up? Why does an LA theater have a poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron up? Is Breast Cancer Awareness being represented on the set of Batman v Superman? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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The circle is now complete. In three weeks, J.J. Abrams will be done with principal photography on Star Wars Episode VII. In this edition of Star Wars Bits read about that milestone, and get info on the following items:
- The new London ILM president suggests we’ll only get six Star Wars movies over the next ten years.
- Could Darth Bane be the villain of Star Wars Episode VII?
- John Boyega tweets a very curious image of an R2 unit.
- Star Wars Rebels set a ratings record on Disney XD.
- Read the titles and credits for Star Wars Rebels episodes 7 and 10.
- Star Wars Rebels character Zare Leonis is NOT John Boyega’s Star Wars Episode VII character.
- Get $190 worth of Star Wars comics for whatever price you want to pay.
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