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6/30/2015

Paul Rudd Tests Out His Powers in a New 'Ant-Man' Clip


Last night Marvel held the red carpet premiere of Ant-Man, another quirky film they hope can connect with audiences similar to Guardians of the Galaxy. Fortunately, they have Paul Rudd on their side. Marvel has released an extended clip that focuses completely on Rudd as Scott Lang, and it gives us a look at the film's offbeat sense of humor, the special effects, and more in greater context than we've previously seen.

We've seen plenty of brief scenes of Ant-Man in action, but this is the longest clip yet and provides a wider picture of Lang's first time testing out the suit. It looks like director Peyton Reed is going to have a lot of fun playing around with perspectives, and Rudd may be just the perfect guy for us to experience this crazy adventure through.

Also starring Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, and Bobby Cannavale, Ant-Man opens July 17th.

Here's a First Look at the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Costumes


One thing we've been able to suss out about Paul Feig's all-gal Ghostbusters is that it will honor the original in various little ways.There's a certain academic connection between the old guard and the new crew played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Plus what little we know of the plot seems to be at least marginally inspired by nostalgia. But now Feig has posted the first look at the ghostbusting costumes his cast will be wearing, and they also look a lot like what we saw in the 1984 film.

If there's a slight difference to be found in these costumes it's that they resemble the uniforms worn by emergency personnel, in particular firefighters. So while this is definitely a comedy it's cool that we can expect a little real world authenticity, too.

Ghostbusters is filming right now with a release set for July 22nd 2016, and with Channing Tatum's dude version going up in smoke it may be the only one we see for awhile.

Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Join 'Swiss Army Man'


As the one we'll forever remember as the magical Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe should be used to his films having a certain strangeness to them. But for all the magic spells and weird creatures, nothing he's done, with the exception of maybe Horns, is quite as odd as Radcliffe's next film, titled Swiss Army Man.

Radcliffe along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Paul Dano, have joined the surreal indie directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert who simply go by "The Daniels" apparently. The story, which sounds like an updated Weekend at Bernie's, follows a hopeless man lost in the woods who befriends a dead body, and they embark on some kind of journey home. Maybe Jonathan Silverman can make a cameo?

The Daniels recently won Best Director at the MTV Music Awards for the "Turn Down for What" music video, which was pretty unique as far as music videos go. We'll see if they can bring some of that creativity when Swiss Army Man begins filming next month. [Deadline]

6/29/2015

Guillermo Del Toro will No Longer Direct 'Justice League Dark'


One of the most promising projects brewing at Warner Bros. has been Justice League Dark aka Dark Universe, a film that would bring together a team of DC's supernatural and mystic heroes like Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and more. Promising idea, but what made it special was the enthusiastic presence of Guillermo Del Toro. There was just one big problem: it never seemed to be going anywhere, and when DC unveiled their full slate of upcoming projects it was nowhere to be found.

So today came the relatively dull news that most of Warner Bros.' Vertigo Comics movies like Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman would be shifting over to their New Line Cinema imprint. No biggie, but THR adds that Del Toro is no longer involved with Justice League Dark, which is remaining under the WB banner along with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the other heavy-hitting projects. With Del Toro releasing Crimson Peak this fall and prepping Pacific Rim 2, he likely couldn't fit anything else into his busy schedule.

This doesn't mean the project is dead. That they held on to it at WB means there are plans for it somewhere down the line, but when Justice League Dark eventually gets moving it will be with someone other than Del Toro.

Iceman Rescues Rogue in a Clip from the "Rogue Cut" of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'


X-Men fans have always been an extremely devoted bunch. Speaking as one I can fully attest to that. We've supported Marvel's merry mutants through some really terrible times (like now), but since 2000 we've largely been rewarded with solid big screen features. And to show just how much X-Men fans love these characters, there has been an incredible amount of buzz about the "Rogue Cut" of last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The extended Blu-Ray version of Bryan Singer's hit film will be screened in multiple venues at San Diego Comic-Con next month, and now today brings a new clip featuring the return of Anna Paquin's Rogue.

Essentially, this is the same movie only with about ten or fifteen additional minutes focusing on Rogue. The clip shows Rogue being rescued by Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and an older Magneto (Ian McKellen), a scene which we don't get in the theatrical cut. It also includes footage we have already seen involving a young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) jackin' his helmet back. Don't they know better than to steal from the Master of Magnetism™?

The X-Men: Days of Future Past "Rogue Cut" will be released on July 14th and you can pre-order it here.

James Gunn Confirms the Title of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel


Was there really this clamor to know what the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy would be titled? Apparently so, because Internet sites began posting with frenzy when Kevin Feige accidentally let slip what the title would be, and it caused enough of a stir that director James Gunn hit Facebook to confirm it. Sadly, the title is pretty weak, even if does draw inspiration from the film's heavy musical influences.

"Yes, the official title of the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Kevin Feige recently let the title slip while doing Ant-Man press, which I’m really happy about because God knows I’ve let more than one thing slip accidentally while chattering away on this FB page. Also, hats off to some intrepid fans who figured out the title a couple of days after I posted the cover page. More than one person guessed ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ – I wanted so badly to give you props at the time, but knew I had to wait.”

No need to say much else since we really don't know much about the film except that it will bring back Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, while likely going deeper into Star-Lord's origin. We still need to know who his father is, don't we? Look for the bunch of a-holes to reunite on May 5th 2017.

Free Advance Screening of the Amy Winehouse Documentary, 'Amy'


We are happy to offer our DC readers a chance to attend a free advance screening of Amy, the moving documentary on the life and career of multi-time Grammy Award winner, Amy Winehouse. Directed by Asif Kapadia (SENNA), Amy tells the incredible story of Amy Winehouse – in her own often tragic words.

The screening takes place on Tuesday, July 7th at 7:30pm at Regal Gallery Place. If you're interested in attending, simply enter by filling out the contest form below. Winners will be selected and notified on Friday, July 3rd.

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JC Chandor Eyes Long-Developing Border Zone Drama 'Triple Frontier'


When Kathryn Bigelow decided she would next direct her drama on POW Bowe Bergdahl, it meant she was pushing aside the long-developing Traffic-style film, Triple Frontier. The project was among the first she and screenwriter Mark Boal became attached to after The Hurt Locker, but progress on it has been slow as they've taken on other films. That hasn't stopped it from gaining interest, though, as Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and others have expressed a desire to star. And that may still happen, but it's becoming clear that Bigelow won't be involved and that another promising filmmaker may be.

According to Deadline, JC Chandor (A Most Violent Year) is in early talks to direct Triple Frontier, and both Hanks and Smith are still in contention to fill two of the five key roles. Chandor was recently attached to the Deepwater Horizon film starring Mark Wahlberg, but he left it over creative differences. Basically, he wanted to do something a bit meatier than the studio desired. Triple Frontier could fill Chandor's need to explore a serious hot-button topic, as it takes place in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, considered a haven for organized crime.

Given the long wait to get this film off the ground, Paramount Pictures may want to get moving on this quickly, and Chandor has shown an ability to work quickly and efficiently. Hopefully we'll be hearing more about Triple Frontier in the coming days.

Go Punk with the First Trailer for 'Ten Thousand Saints' with Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield


The Sundance Film Festival could probably have an entire category set aside for coming-of-age dramas, and this year saw a handful gain significant amounts of attention. One that has flown under the radar is Ten Thousand Saints, an '80s-set drama set during the punk rock era and directed by the American Splendor duo of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. With the film set to arrive at the tail end of summer, the first trailer arrives to show off an impressive cast that could make it a surprise indie hit.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Hailee Steinfeld, Julianne Nicholson, and Emile Hirsch, the film takes place during the cultural confusion of the late '80s and follows a trio of straight-edge teens trying to find themselves while dealing with their hippie parents. Here's the full synopsis:

Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City—Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld)—who break away from their messed-up parents (Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval—against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots—TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a nostalgia trip to a bygone era of New York City.

Ten Thousand Saints opens August 14th.

Pedro Almodovar and Asghar Farhadi Team on Spanish-Language Film; Claire Denis to Direct Sci-Fi Film


Three of our best international filmmakers have projects on the way, which would be exciting enough news own, but that they are all venturing into different territory makes this news even better. First up, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will team up with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past) on a new film. Almodovar, who recently produced the Oscar nominee Wild Tales, will be producing the film for Farhadi to direct. And while the plot details are still unclear, we know that it will be in both English and Spanish using a combination of American and Spanish actors. Filming will begin in October of next year, meaning it should come after Farhadi's next project shooting later this year, although we don't know anything about that one, either! [IranDaily]

And then there's another of my personal favorites, French director Claire Denis (White Material, 35 Shots of Rum), who is now developing her English-language debut. According to Screen Daily, Denis is planning to direct a sci-fi film co-written with authors Zadie Smith and Nick Laird. Again, plot details are scarce but it will take place in space and go "beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present."  Count me in for that voyage.