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Certain filmmakers are just always going to do their own thing. Someone like Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino have no interest in making someone else’s vision. They make films to convey their own vision and if someone asks them to do anything else, that’s the end of the conversation.

It seems more and more likely Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios had that kind of dispute. For several years, Wright had been working on his vision of Ant-Man but once Marvel started to actually consider it, they realized it wasn’t what they wanted. That’s probably what created the “differences in their vision of the film” cited in the original departure statement.

Now, that’s a statement bolstered by Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly. The actress, who was cast by Wright, is in the film as Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. She said that while Wright’s vision for the film was incredibly exciting, she believes it wouldn’t have fit in with the other movies Marvel has created. “It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was,” she says. Read Evangeline Lilly’s Edgar Wright Ant Man quotes below. Read More »

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Hobbit 3 character posters

The third and final film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is busting at the seams with characters. So it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would release an avalanche of posters for each and every one. They’ve finally finished.

Over the past few days, several new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters have been revealed. They include Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil. And Tuesday, the final one was posted – a second one of Martin Freeman as Bilbo. See all of the Hobbit 3 character posters below. Read More »

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The first look at Paul Rudd in Ant-Man didn’t show us much, and this image of Evangeline Lilly suggests a lot more than it actually reveals.

Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne in the film — that’s the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (above). We know that Janet isn’t in the film much, if at all. (But she may not actually be dead, counter to many assumptions.) That has led to assumption that Evangeline Lilly will take the superhero role normally associated with Janet: the Wasp. Images posted by the actress show that she’s got part of the character’s look down pat, at the very least. Read More »

Ant-Man confirms Yellowjacket

Two years ago in Hall H, we got our first peek at some test footage from Ant-Man. This year, we finally got a taste of the real thing. Kevin Feige, Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly took the stage to promote their new film, dishing up new details and footage.

Among other things, we finally got confirmation that Stoll would be playing Darren Cross a.k.a. Yellowjacket, and that Lilly would be playing Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. Hit the jump to find out what else we learned, and to get the details.

UPDATE: Watch the full panel below.

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This year, Evangeline Lilly is the de facto queen of San Diego Comic-Con. Not only will the actress be on hand to promote the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, she may be there for Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, plus she’s finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. Lilly has always wanted to be a writer and she will debut her brand new book, The Squickerwonkers, at the Con with a panel and signing.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Lilly about all three of these things. You can read about the movie stuff: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Ant-Man, Edgar Wright and Real Steel in Part 1 of our interview here.

In part two, Lilly talks about her new book The Squickerwonkers. We discussed about the inspirations behind her dark children’s book (which has a foreword by Peter Jackson, Philipea Boyens and Fran Walsh), her collaborations with Weta illustrator Johnny Fraser-Allen, children’s perception of dark events, and more.

It’s all below. Check it out. Read More »

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This year, Evangeline Lilly is the defacto queen of San Diego Comic-Con. Not only will the actress be on hand to promote the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, she may be there for Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, plus she’s finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. Lilly has always wanted to be a writer and she will debut her brand new book, The Squickerwonkers, at the Con with a panel and signing.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Lilly about all three of these things but in this, part one of our interview, we’ll focus on the film work and Comic-Con in general. We talked about her connections to the Convention, having been there for Lost, Hobbit and more. She gave us an update on the latest Hobbit and described the arc of Tauriel, her brand new character. The actress then skillfully evaded questions about Ant-Man, but also discussed Edgar Wright‘s departure. Finally, Lilly discussed what went wrong with Real Steel and the potential for a sequel.

Read part one of our Evangeline Lilly Comic Con interview 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.

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.

Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.

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