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First photo of Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

- August 19th, 2014

Marvel has begun production on Ant-Man – the first film in its Phase Three slate of films.

The superhero film starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (AKA Ant-Man) will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta. Marvel tweeted out the first official image early Tuesday.

Ant-Man will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron when it opens July 17, 2015, taking over that date from DC’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Michael Douglas appears as Lang’s mentor Dr. Hank Pym, with Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, John Slattery and T.I. co-starring. Corey Stoll stars as the main villain, Yellowjacket.

The film has had a bit of a tumultuous history. Previous writer-director Edgar Wright exited over script changes and was replaced by Peyton Reed – the man who brought us Yes Man and The Break-Up. Not exactly a great sign for what is presumably Marvel’s next tentpole franchise, but considering two of the guys behind Community successfully helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I’m game for anything.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

ant-man test footage

‘Fast and Furious’ cast and crew pen ‘Thank You’ note to Paul Walker

- July 11th, 2014

Production has wrapped on Fast & Furious 7 and to commemorate the tragedy that marred the shooting of the film, the cast and crew have posted a message on Facebook noting the end of the shoot and the loss of one of the film’s principal stars, Paul Walker.

“Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul. All of us — those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 — wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.”

The post goes on to praise Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel as being the glue that held the film together, as well as Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody, who completed some of Walker’s remaining scenes.

“From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.”

fast 7

Fast 7 was originally slated to hit theatres this summer, but was moved following the tragic death of Walker on Nov. 30, 2013, outside of Los Angeles. At the time, the latest film, which integrates Lucas Black from Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift into the storyline, was supposed to be the first of possibly three new sequels. New additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham (as the villain), Djimon Hounsou and director James Wan were tapped to join returning stars Walker, Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

With Walker’s Brian O’Connor character being “retired” from the series, Fast VIII, IX and X are up in the air.

Walker reflected on the popularity of the franchise in one of his final interviews with Collider last November.

“Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee. The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, ‘No, I’ll come in for a cameo,’ because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life. It was supposed to be done already.”

Fast & Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

Match the Roger Ebert slam with the movie he was talking about

- July 8th, 2014

With the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself heading into theatres this week, we wanted to pay homage to one of North America’s best-known critics with a fun little quiz. Using blurbs from existing reviews at rogerebert.com we want you to guess the movie Roger was talking about.

Life Itself opens in select cities this Friday.

First look at Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

- July 3rd, 2014

After a teaser snap of Henry Cavill sporting his Clark Kent duds surfaced on Twitter earlier this week, Warner Bros. is giving Superman fans their first glimpse of the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In the upcoming sequel, Superman and Batman (Ben Affleck) will battle for comic book fans’ attention, but they won’t be antagonists for long. In an interview with USA Today, Snyder says that the “V” in the title instead of “Vs” was a way “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.”

The sequel – which also features Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – will be followed by a Justice League team-up, another Superman solo film and then a standalone Batman film. But all of the attention in Dawn of Justice will be on Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the very first time.

“You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest,” Snyder continued. “I don’t know how you get bigger than that.”

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016.

‘Batman V Superman’s’ Clark Kent Appears on Twitter

- June 30th, 2014

We’re still a little under two years away from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and after getting a look at Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight costume last month, fans got a fresh look at Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent in his Daily Planet duds via Twitter today.

Cavill was snapped holding up a shirt for the U.K.’s Royal Marine 1664 Challenge fundraising initiative that helps wounded and severely injured Royal Marines.

The upcoming sequel stars Cavill and Affleck, as well as Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman/Diana Prince), Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa (Aquaman/Arthur Curry), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred).

Batman V Superman is currently filming with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder behind the lens and is set for release May 6, 2016.