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Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »

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Briefly: While her turn on Lost should have been an instant star-making situation, it has taken a couple extra years for Evangeline Lilly to be established as a movie presence. (Or for her to decide to take roles; she’s likely had all the opportunity you’d expect her to be offered.) Her role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may have done the trick, however, and now Lilly is in early talks to join the cast of Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man.

THR says she would be the female lead, but doesn’t specify the role. The trade only says it would not be a one-off gig. In other words, the headline could be “Evangeline Lilly joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” She must be playing a version of Wasp, which would put her in a prime spot for the third Avengers film.

Also cast are Michael Douglas, as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michael PenaAnt-Man is set for release on July 17, 2015.

Watch This: Edgar Wright Explores the Art of Close-Ups

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The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?

Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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Warner Bros.’ recent decision to push Batman vs. Superman from July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016 was bound to create some ripples, and the first significant change to follow in its wake comes from Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man.

The Edgar Wright-directed actioner is creeping forward to take Batman vs. Superman‘s old July 17 slot, which falls two weeks before its previously planned July 31 date. More details after the jump.

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Michael Pena May Join ‘Ant-Man’

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Now that a couple of the leads are announced and the shoot date is approaching, the rest of the cast for Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man will likely be revealed in short order. Will Michael Pena be among the chosen? The Wrap says he’s been offered a role and wants to take it, noting also that Marvel denies talks are going on. THR also reports that the actor is in talks. Read More »

Michael Douglas is Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’

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Word has just hit that Michael Douglas, fresh from his Golden Globe win for Behind the Candelabra, will be in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. He’ll be the first Ant-Man, Henry “Hank” Pym. That pegs Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man after stealing Pym’s tech.

Marvel confirms those details. (Variety, in a story that has since been changed, said Douglas is the villain in the film, without naming his character. That’s an interesting clash of info, but likely just an error on the trade’s part.)

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Last month, we finally learned after months of rumor and speculation that Ant-Man would be played by none other than Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright‘s movie. What we did not find out was whom Rudd would actually be playing. There are multiple Ant-Men in the Marvel Comics canon, and so far there’s been no official confirmation about which version of the character we’re getting.

But perhaps Marvel’s being coy because we’re not getting an Ant-Man, but multiple Ant-Men. In a cryptic blog post (is there any other kind, when it comes to directors entrusted with big geeky properties?) Wright revealed a tiny detail about the research he’s doing for the film, and it suggests that we might get to meet Scott Lang and Hank Pym in the new movie. Hit the jump to see why.

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World’s End/Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has in past years posted his favorite movies of the year online. Wright, being a real film geek, always has some great cinematic recommendations. This year Digital Spy cornered Wright at a late November junket to get his top 10 list on video. Of course, recording the list early means Edgar had yet to see many of the December Awards-bait films. But after the jump you can watch Edgar read off his early list of favorite 2013 movies. It will be interesting to see which films get added and get pushed off the list when Wright updates his list on his blog in January.

Updated: Wright has offered a revision to the list, factoring in that he’s now been able to see some of the stuff that wasn’t yet available when he was pressured to make a list in November.

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