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Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne In Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’
Amidst the hype for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios announced at its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and the original Wasp in next summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” In the first “Ant-Man,” Van Dyne was a Shield agent who fought alongside Pym using the Ant-Man and Wasp suits they developed together. The two worked extremely well together, but in 1987, their partnership…and marriage…came to a tragic end when they were tasked with stopping a Soviet missile from killing millions of innocent. »
- Jeremy Fuster and Umberto Gonzalez
‘Atomic Blonde’: Charlize Theron Addresses James Bond Rumors, ‘Mad Max’ Sequel, and Women Who Kick Ass
Charlize Theron is a woman who kicks ass, onscreen and off. Not only does the South-African-American actress portray awesome action stars like Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Lorraine in the upcoming “Atomic Blonde,” but she’s out there producing movies with female leads and advocating for more women in all aspects of the film industry.
“I always say to studios, ‘Make more female-driven movies — not just actors, but producers, directors, writers.’ And they always say, ‘We would if they go see them.’ So go see them. We need you guys to support us,” Theron said. “We need you guys to make it clear we’re just as good as the guys.”
“Plus, we have boobs. They don’t have boobs.”
Speaking during Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon, Theron discussed her new film, including a sex scene that subverts genre expectations, rumors »
- Ben Travers
Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’
During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”
Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.
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- Brent Lang
'Wonder Woman' Sequel Officially Confirmed at Comic-Con!
Wonder Woman 2 is a go!
Review: 'Wonder Woman': The Best Movie to Come Out of the DC Extended Universe Thus Far
Raking in approximately $767.7 million worldwide since its premiere in early June, Wonder Woman is the DC Extended Universe's most profitable adaptation yet, and broke records for director Patty Jenkins as the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.
A source revealed to Et back in June that Jenkins was at work on a sequel script, though she has not yet been confirmed to direct.
“The story will take place in the U.S., which »
‘The Flash’ Movie Getting Retooled as a ‘Flashpoint’ Adaptation; Could This Affect the DCEU?
Today at the Comic-Con panel for DC, Warner Bros. revealed that their The Flash movie would be based on the 2011 comic book series Flashpoint. For those unfamiliar with the comics, which were written by Geoff Johns (who now oversees the Dceu), Flashpoint is essentially a big reset button. Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) runs so fast that he travels back in time and prevents his mother from being killed. However, thanks to The Butterfly Effect, this has major repercussions across the DC universe. The Season 3 premiere of The Flash TV series also attempted their own version of Flashpoint … »
- Matt Goldberg
Pamela Adlon Joins Cast Of ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’
Exclusive: Pamela Adlon, fresh off a Best Comedy Series Actress Emmy nomination for her FX series Better Things, is in negotiations to join the cast of Bumblebee, Paramount’s first spinoff of its Transformers franchise. Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight is directing the pic, which is being toplined by Hailee Steinfeld. Adlon will play Steinfeld’s mother in the movie scripted by Christina Hodson. The story is mostly under wraps, but it originated from Michael… »
Ben Affleck Denies He's Exiting as Batman
Ben Affleck tried to set the record straight about his future as Batman, saying he plans to remain part of the DC Extended Universe.
The move came a day after The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio was exploring options to potentially set the stage for a Batman recasting.
"Let me be very clear," Affleck said Saturday during Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel, "I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I'm so thrilled to do it. It's fucking amazing."
He said that after two film appearances »
- Borys Kit
'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks
Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Dunkirk review – utterly immersive account of Allied retreat
Christopher Nolan is back to his best with this spectacular second world war action epic
“You can practically see it from here… ” Kenneth Branagh’s stoical naval commander is talking about “home”, the word that recurs throughout Christopher Nolan’s long-nurtured epic of wartime retreat. Yet he could equally have been referring to the Imax 70mm presentation in which I saw Dunkirk, and which was also probably visible from France – a jaw-dropping spectacle in which the picture for the most part stretched beyond my field of vision, both vertically and horizontally. “We have a big love for the big format,” says cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who works agile wonders with the bulky film cameras used to capture such stunning images. Available in a dizzying array of projection formats (digital, 35mm, 70mm etc), Dunkirk hits our screens with aspect ratios ranging from square to oblong and all points in between, depending »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Monster Island review – a beastly mess
Bad animation is only the first thing wrong with this children’s fantasy
There are few things more unpleasant to look at than bad animation. And Monster Island’s Technicolor yawn of regurgitated influences is monstrous in all the wrong ways. The eyeball-melting colour palette is just the tip of the tentacle – this is a cobbled-together, plotless mess from director Leopoldo Aguilar, completely lacking in the internal logic that is essential for the successful creation of a fantasy world. A 13-year-old boy discovers that his asthma inhaler actually delivers medicine that stops him returning to his natural state – as a gigantic orange ogre. He returns to Monster Island to seek the truth about his history and discovers, perhaps unsurprisingly, plenty of skeletons in his family closet.
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- Wendy Ide
Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours of Life review – flat take on a vibrant career
The cinematographer for Antonioni and Woody Allen deserves better than this reverential profile
Here’s a choice. Either you spend 90 minutes watching people trying to find different ways to say that cinematographer Carlo Di Palma “sculpted with light”. Or, better, you seek out the work that is so temptingly trailed in this documentary, films such as Antonioni’s Red Desert and Blow-Up or Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. This film by Fariborz Kamkari is well intentioned and reverential but it feels like a tombstone for the oeuvre of a man whose photography was vividly, mercurially alive.
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- Wendy Ide
Get Out; The Lost City of Z; Kong: Skull Island and more – review
Racial hatred adopts a happy face in Jordan Peele’s exhilarating horror, while an explorer’s search for a buried city is a glorious ode to failure
Some films are made in direct response to the politics of their era; others are indelibly claimed by the times in which they find themselves. A sly, savvy horror film that doubles as a particularly grisly comedy of manners, Jordan Peele’s Get Out (Universal, 15) is a bit of both. The fear and restless resistance driving the Black Lives Matter movement clearly informs Peele’s wicked what-if scenario, in which smiling white liberalism proves a ghastly contemporary cover for Confederate-era race hate, with the wonderful Daniel Kaluuya as its bewildered but redoubtable target.
The unhappy accident is that the film was released into Trump’s America of “alt-right” empowerment, an environment in which this satirical vision of ethnic cleansing no longer looks entirely surreal. »
- Guy Lodge
Scribe review – tense but overcomplicated thriller
Its murky world of surveillance casts a pall over this French drama
Shades of The Conversation and The Lives of Others colour this French thriller from Thomas Kruithof, about a man (François Cluzet) who is offered a job transcribing surveillance recordings. The ominous chill of the sound design and decent work from an impressive cast help to create an atmosphere that sucks the very oxygen from the cinema as the tension mounts. Unfortunately, too many layers of convoluted double-crossing, and motives as murky as the grim production design, rob the film of a satisfying sign-off.
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- Wendy Ide
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie review – more than just flatulence gags
This surprisingly nuanced animation intersperses lavatory humour with narrative invention
Although one of the foundations on which much children’s cinema was built, lavatory humour was always perceived as an inglorious last resort. Can’t think of a funny line? Have a character break wind instead. By this logic, Captain Underpants, a film almost entirely crafted out of lavatory humour, should be a soul-crushing, puerile slog. However, David Soren’s animation, which was adapted from the children’s books by Dav Pilkey, is a delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds. It’s a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references. It’s visually inventive, narratively agile. And yes, it has fart gags.
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- Wendy Ide
Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock review – picture-perfect profile
Photographer Mick Rock makes a terrific subject in this documentary about the doyen of rock music snappers
If you called up central casting and asked for the archetypal hedonistic drug-guzzling 1970s music photographer, the chances are you would get someone who looked a lot like Mick Rock. All attenuated, gangly limbs, anarchic hair and perma-grafted sunglasses, this is the man who, through his celebrated shots of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, Queen and Debbie Harry – the list seems endless – just about single-handedly shaped the visual history of the music of the 70s and 80s. But what’s astonishing is not so much the sheer volume of Rock’s work and his Zelig-like ability to pop up on the periphery of every happening scene in the 70s; it’s how much he remembers, despite a narcotics consumption that turned his body into a chemical disaster area to rival Bhopal. »
- Wendy Ide
City of Ghosts review – gruelling but essential
The citizen journalists of Syrian website Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently are the haunted heroes of this tough documentary
The 18 certificate awarded to Matthew Heineman’s documentary about the citizen journalists behind the website Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently gives some indication of the horrors that these brave men and women witness on a daily basis. Political activism was not even on the radar of the inhabitants of the isolated Syrian city of Raqqa until the Arab spring ousted the government forces and the resultant power vacuum was filled by Islamic State. Watching with mounting dread the atrocities meted out by the men who claimed to be the city’s liberators, a loose group of activists vowed to bring the truth about life under Isis to the rest of the world. This documentary doesn’t spare the audience from the obscenity of the violence – this is a gruelling but essential watch. »
- Wendy Ide
The Black Panther Comic-Con Footage Was Action-Packed And Totally Ferocious
The debut trailer for Black Panther was a stunning first look that made us insatiably hungry for more -- and tonight we got just that in the form of extended footage that was showcased during Marvel Studio's big Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. »
Comic-Con: Marvel Studios dazzles with 'Infinity War', 'Black Panther', 'Ragnarok' footage
Once again Marvel Studios ruled the film panels at Comic-Con, thrilling Hall H attendees with a star-studded, banter-filled finale on Saturday evening.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige wasted little time firing off a volley of casting news: Michelle Pfeiffer has joined Ant-Man And The Wasp as Janet Van Dyne – mother to Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp and wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. In another big piece of casting, Laurence Fishburne is on board as scientist Bill Foster.
Ant-Man himself Paul Rudd recorded a witty run-down of Marvel Studios’ first nine years with Ant-Man co-star Michael Pena. Early rough footage from Ant-Man And The Wasp showed Evangeline Lilly in action as The Wasp and drew the first of many wild responses from the crowd. The film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
7 Huge Questions We Have After DC Released Its Superhero Schedule
Today at San Diego Comic-Conm Warner Bros. released a huge list of planned DC superhero movies and while it was great to see so many titles on the way, it's possible this list is creating more questions than answers. »
Thor: Ragnarok Showed 3 Full Scenes At Comic-Con, Here's What We Saw
Saturday night always belongs to Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con. The company strategically always takes the last slot in Hall H during the most popular day of the convention, and in the last 10 years they have never failed to get fans incredibly excited for everything that's coming up on »
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