Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by David Chen
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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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
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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Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Erase any doubt you might have had that last night’s “in talks” report about Paul Rudd playing the lead in Ant-Man for Edgar Wright could have meant that someone else might end up with the role. (The actor had passed off talks of him getting the gig as “all rumor, man” just a week ago.)
Marvel has just confirmed that Rudd will play the role, though the release shies away from naming the specific incarnation of the character, and definitely does not give out any plot info. Read More »
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Briefly: He’s been rumored for months, and denying the report for just as long. But now The Wrap announces the first details that Paul Rudd is now in talks to play the lead in Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright. Seems that with Joseph Gordon-Levitt moving towards WB and DC’s Sandman film, Rudd locked down the lead role in Wright’s film.
Wright scripted with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and Ant-Man is set for release on July 31, 2015.