Yesterday, Marvel Studios released a short preview teaser of their Cinematic Universe "Phase Two" which starts next month with Iron Man 3 and will end with The Avengers 2 in 2015. The teaser included a little footage of Iron Man 3, but the full, nearly five minute "Phase Two" preview not only offers a longer look at Iron Man 3 (including interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and director Shane Black) but the rest of the "Phase Two" movies as well.
Behind-the-scenes footage is revealed from Thor: The Dark World, with director Alan Taylor (HBO's Game of Thrones) explaining that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) will join Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Asgard, while concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier is revealed and directors Anthony and Joe Russo discuss what's in store for Cap (Chris Evans) in the sequel. Even Guardians of the Galaxy gets a mention, with more concept art revealed and director James Gunn briefly talks about the "space epic" before the real treat of the "Phase Two" preview is revealed: a few seconds of director Edgar Wright's test footage for 2015's Ant-Man, all before Joss Whedon can end the preview with a brief update of what's happening with The Avengers 2. watch the preview >> Posted 04.03.13 by Ryan
It isn't often that a zombie movie rules the box office, but that's just what Warm Bodies did earlier this month, easily winning its opening weekend, joining the ranks of zombie movies like 2004's Dawn of the Dead, 2009's Zombieland and the four Resident Evil sequels, which all achieved the same distinction. With The Walking Dead returning to TV with record ratings and World War Z arriving this summer to show what Brad Pitt can do against the zombie apocalypse, it's clear that zombies are as relevant as ever in the pop culture zeitgeist, and are determined to only evolve further.
It might be easy to dismiss zombies as mindless, killing machines (and they are that, too), but over their long history, zombies have also figured out how to move, how to talk, and, in the case of Warm Bodies, how to love again. For a full history of the evolution of zombies in movies, we only ask that you have 8 hours to spare. find 8 hours and become a zombie scholar with our picks >> Posted 02.27.13 by Ryan
Rumors that the long-developing adaptation of Ant-Man could arrive in 2014 continue to grow for Marvel's miniature superhero. The rumors began in May when director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) vaguely discussed that he would shoot "some" Ant-Man and the upcoming comedy The World's End (with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) "this year," which was perhaps a bit of a red herring after it was revealed that Wright shot some Ant-Man test footage in June.
That footage was revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con, but instead of announcing a release date for Ant-Man, Marvel gave their second 2014 slot to Guardians of the Galaxy instead. Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito later revealed that 2014 "might be an opportunity where we do a third film" instead of their standard two. The latest Ant-Man rumor has production starting as early as spring or summer 2013. Ant-man to follow Thor 2? >> Posted 08.01.12 by Ryan
Marvel unveiled some of the test footage of director Edgar Wright's adaptation of Ant-Man at this year's Comic-Con, but, while Guardians of the Galaxy has been confirmed to be the movie that follows Captain America: The Winter Solider in 2014, the question remains where Ant-Man will fall in Marvel's upcoming slate. Wright already has his hands full with the upcoming comedy The World's End which he will shoot with Simon Pegg later this fall. With Guardians of the Galaxy taking Marvel's second release date in 2014, when is Marvel planning to release Ant-Man? According to Louis D'Esposito, Marvel Studios' co-president, it could arrive as early as 2014. At least, that's what he inferred during an interview with Collider. Ant-Man could be in 2014? >> Posted 07.17.12 by Ryan
After the success of The Avengers, Marvel is moving forward with several possible projects to fill their already-scheduled 2014 release date that will follow Captain America 2. While rumors suggest that a The Black Panther movie could be in Marvel's pipeline, however, director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has been working on an adaptation of finished shooting an Ant-Man test reel that will show the tone and look of the movie, as well as how the superhero's powers will look onscreen. Wright has been going back and forth with Marvel over the Ant-Man script for years, which Wright co-wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). For readers of Marvel's comic books, the character was an obvious omission from The Avengers, where Ant-Man was a founding member. what about Guardians of the Galaxy? >> Posted 06.29.12 by Ryan
Dark Shadows, director Tim Burton's adaptation of the late 1960s-early 70s soap opera, didn't exactly have the kind of opening weekend that Burton, Warner Bros. and star Johnny Depp were hoping for, but that hasn't slowed down the adaptation of The Night Stalker, an even more obscure property that began as a 1970s ABC TV movie starring Darren McGavin and eventually became the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker that originally aired from 1974-75. Depp and his Infinitum Nihil production company started developing the movie for Disney last summer, and hired director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) in February to "oversee and develop" The Night Stalker. The first step, obviously, was to hire a screenwriter and it looks like Wright and Depp have found him. who is writing The Night stalker? >> Posted 05.18.12 by Ryan
First off, we should point out that director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is shooting a new movie this year for sure: The World's End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The third in Pegg and Wright's Cornetto ice cream–inspired "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy (which started with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz), The World's End will see a group of childhood friends reunite for an epic pub crawl they attempted 20 years prior, only to find that their quest to drink their way to the World's End pub is interrupted by a possible end to humankind. Wright co-wrote the movie with Pegg.
Deadline reported last week that The World's End will start shooting this September, which leads to the question: How can Wright also shoot his long-developing Empire podcast.
more from wright on Ant-Man >> Posted 05.16.12 by Ryan
Things are happening, and other things are happening on other things as well. There’s some interesting plates spinning and I ideally hope I’ll be shooting this year.
All signs point to The Avengers having a highly profitable opening weekend, and some of that expectation can be attributed to the almost universally positive word-of-mouth. Reviews have yet to make their way online, but after last night's world premiere, plenty in attendance headed to Twitter to deliver their thoughts, including Captain America comic book writer Ed Brubaker, who had nothing but positive things to say about the movie.
more praise, plus more Avengers talk from Johansson and Ruffalo >> Posted 04.12.12 by Ryan
Avengers was awesome. Felt like [writer-director] Joss Whedon in all the right ways while still feeling like the best of Marvel. It's going to be really huge.
Kevin Feige has been producing Marvel's comic book movie franchises since 2000, when he was made the associate producer of X-Men. Feige was promoted to Marvel President of Production in 2007, just as the company became Marvel Studios and began launching what Feige has called "phase one" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with 2008's Iron Man and culminating with the upcoming The Avengers.
Juggling characters from 2008's The Incredible Hulk, 2010's Iron Man 2, and last year's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger was clearly a daunting task for writer-director Joss Whedon, but Feige told SlashFilm during a set visit that Whedon kept his sanity by thinking about The Avengers as a "Part 1" instead of a sequel to several other movies. Therefore, each member of The Avengers will be re-introduced, from the well-known characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to the lesser known, like Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). more about The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Ant-Man >> Posted 04.03.12 by Ryan
After helping make the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise one of the most successful in movie history, Johnny Depp could probably do just about any movie he wants. Thankfully, Depp isn't playing it safe (although returning for a fifth Pirates could be considered just that) and has lined up a string of interesting roles for himself, such as the 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins in May's Dark Shadows and Tonto in the currently-in-production The Lone Ranger.
Further out on the horizon for Depp is two remakes — one, a remake of the 1934 mystery/comedy The Thin Man and the other is a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s ABC TV movie The Night Stalker and subsequent TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
While the former already has director Rob Marshall attached (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) attached and David Keoepp (Jurassic Park) writing the screenplay, The Night Stalker, which Depp helped set up at Disney last summer, took another step forward with the addition of director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). more about The Night Stalker >> Posted 02.24.12 by Ryan