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 »

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Cuban Fury

Nick Frost has made a nice career of playing sidekicks and supporting characters, often alongside frequent collaborator Simon Pegg. But as his unexpected straight-man turn in The World’s End showed, the guy’s certainly got the chops to lead a movie of his own. In Cuban Fury, he gets the chance to do just that.

Directed by James Griffiths (NBC’s Up All Night) from an idea by Frost, the comedy follows a lonely sad-sack named Bruce (Frost) who’s crushing on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones). Because this is a movie, the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Good thing he used to be a child prodigy at salsa dancing — now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Want to see an image of Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright writing Ant-Man? What are the latest rumors regarding casting for that film as well as Fantastic Four? Did Ed Brubaker like the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Where can you find high-res images from that trailer? When might we see a feature length Wonder Woman film, and in which medium? Is Kevin Feige scared of Batman vs. Superman? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Parks and Recreation - Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger

This is literally the worst news we’ve heard about Parks & Recreation in quite some time. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, who play “beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby” Ann Perkins and “finely tuned microchip” Chris Traeger, respectively, are set to leave the NBC comedy during its upcoming sixth season. Hit the jump to find out when they’ll make their last appearances.

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Nick Frost dancing. Those three words alone can sell a movie to a certain audience. Throw in Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd and you’ve got Cuban Fury, an upcoming comedy directed by James Griffiths and written by Jon Brown. Frost plays a former dancing prodigy who is injured in his youth, only to be reinvigorated later in life but his beautiful new boss. The film will be released in the United Kingdom in March and the first images and plot synopsis have just have come online. Check them out below. Read More »

Anyone who thinks the disappointing box office of That’s My Boy marked the end of Andy Samberg‘s post Saturday Night Live film career hasn’t seen Celeste and Jesse Forever. The Sundance favorite finally hits theaters August 3 and features the actor in a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy alongside Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the film. They play long time soulmates who were married, happy, but then divorce and try to remain friends. Instead of handling the premise in a kitschy and stupid way, though, director Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) presents much more realistic, sweet, mature emotions.

Check out the trailer for the film, which co-stars Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Eric Christian Olsen, below. Read More »

If at first you don’t become a leading lady, write yourself a movie. It worked for Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids and it should work for Rashida Jones, the lovable and talented co-star of Parks and Recreations, I Love You Man, The Muppets and about a billion other things we all enjoy. Jones arrived at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with a film called Celeste & Jesse Forever, in which she both stars, with Andy Samberg, and takes co-writing credit with Will McCormack. But unlike Wiig and Bridesmaids, Celeste & Jesse isn’t a balls-out comedy. It is a mature, romantic dramedy that explores, through very funny observations and situations, the story of a separated couple who still spend all of their time together.

Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) and co-starring Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts and Eric Christian Olsen, Celeste and Jesse Forever has a bit of an identity crisis but it ends up being very pleasant, thanks in large part to Jones. Read More »

‘The Muppets’ Review: Reunited, and It Feels So Good

For those who came of age any time between the ’50s and the ’90s, the Crayola-colored felt faces of the Muppets hold a certain unshakeable allure. Kermit’s familiar green visage is a face I grew up with, and I still have a knee-jerk tendency to break out in a smile whenever I see him or his pals. While the Muppets have never entirely left the public consciousness, they’re hardly the ubiquitous powerhouse they once were. This year’s The Muppets marks the first real introduction for a whole generation of kids who were born too late to remember 1999′s Muppets in Space, let alone 1979′s The Muppet Movie.

So if The Muppets coasts just a tiny bit on the goodwill that people like me still reserve for them, I’m pleased to say it’s still a solid enough film to appeal to the uninitiated while also pleasing old(er) fogies who recall them fondly from past decades. Which, not coincidentally, is also the characters’ goal within the storyline itself.

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