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Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMThe Georgia-shot Marvel movie Ant-Man finally hits theaters today. Word on the street is that it’s fun as hell, approaching the surprise greatness of last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Judd Apatow’s new movie Trainwreck is also opening, along with Mr. Holmes, Irrational Man and The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Ant-Man

Paul Rudd has the ability to shrink in size and grow in strength. Rudd will play con artist Scott Lang and must become Ant-Man under the tutelage of Dr. Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas star in the next Marvel box office giant. 117 min. Rated PG-13.

Trainwreck

The hilarious duo of Bill Hader and Amy Schumer go head to head in this comedy. Written by Schumer, Trainwreck places an anti-commitment woman in the hands Mr. Perfect. 125 min. Rated R.

Mr. Holmes

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. 104 min. Rated PG.

Irrational Man

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. 96 min. Rated R.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. 122 min. Rated R.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have struck a deal many thought was impossible. Sony, who controls the film and tv rights to Spider-Man, will partner with Marvel to allow the famous webslinging superhero to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s right. The one already inhabited by Robert Downey, Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and scores of other superheroes who have leapt from the pages of Marvel’s comic books to the big screen.

With the new deal, Spider-Man will appear in a yet-to-be-named Marvel film as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures will then release its $4 billion Spider-Man on July 28, 2017. Rumors were floating around that Sony might sell Spidey back to Marvel and Disney, but it doesn’t appear like that will happen.

Amy Pascal, who just left the big offices at Sony, will join Kevin Feige as producers on this project. Feige has had his hand in countless superhero bits such as The Avengers, Iron Man and the recent phenomenon, Guardians of the Galaxy.

There has been ongoing speculation of Spidey making an appearance in the next installment of Captain America: Civil War. But until now, much of that talk could be chalked up to the hopes and dreams of fans, who know that Spidey is at the center of a Civil War storyline in the comics. It looks like that’s an actual possibility now.

And, frankly, it’s a pretty sweet move. Spidey needs to show some resurgence because he – and Sony – have lost some steam with the previous two films. On the other hand, Feige has commanded Marvel, creating and bringing the Cinematic Universe to new heights by mingling heroes and building epic franchises. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is the next hero to make the leap.

The most recent Spider-Man movie from Sony, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, grossed more than $700 million, but left most with no desire to see a sequel. Andrew Garfield has worn the blue and red spandex while the beautiful Emma Stone plays alongside as Gwen Stacy. The film was directed by Marc Webb, who couldn’t have a more fitting surname.

MJEfDzvLKEcDeadline talked with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” he said. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on the film of one of the world’s most beloved characters.”

Impressively, Peter Parker’s masked vigilante has taken in more than $4 billion worldwide. Spider-Man is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, so there’s no way they would give it up. Hopefully, this deal brings Sony’s Spider-Man franchise back to life, while providing fans with something they’ve long desired.

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TRAILER: Marvel’s Georgia-shot ‘Ant-Man’

by Jordan McGuire on January 8, 2015

Chris Pratt just nailed his part as Star-Lord in Marvel’s incredibly popular Guardians of the Galaxy, and he did it with a mix of humor and heroics. It’s a formula that Marvel is looking to repeat, especially because of the box office’s response to GuardiansAnt-Man will star Paul Rudd in a superhero movie that will hopefully make you laugh, and, given his comedy pedigree, I have high hopes that Paul Rudd will nail it too.

Ant-Man was filmed in Georgia and was written by Step Brothers, Anchorman and Talladega Nights penman Adam McKay and also the star himself, Paul Rudd. This unconventional Marvel film also stars Hobbit alum Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Boardwalk Empire alum Bobby Cannavale and the courageously funny Judy Greer.

With the release date only six months away, the Marvel marketing machine is gearing up, giving us this first teaser, along with a slew of photos and new information about the long-in-development project that swapped director Edgar Wright for direct Peyton Reed.

The film is set to be released July 17, 2015. Although the long, tumultuous development process may have some fans hesitating and Marvel’s newest offering, it should be a fantastic summer blockbuster that features the can’t-miss actor, Paul Rudd.

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This summer’s San Diego Comic-Con has been filled with film news, including Marvel’s announcement that Corey Stoll will play the villainous Yellowjacket (AKA Darren Cross) in the upcoming film Ant-Man.

Based on the Marvel comic characters, Scott Lang (AKA Ant-Man) is played by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas is Dr. Hank Pym. In addition, Marvel has confirmed at Comic-Con that Evangeline Lilly will play the doctor’s daughter, Hope Pym. Michael Pena and David Dastmalchian have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

The film revolves around Dr. Pym, inventor of the Ant-Man technology, who mentors Scott Lang so that he can take over Ant-Man. The technology allows its users to decrease size while increasing strength. Unfortunately, it gets into the wrong hands.

This superhero flick has been discussed since the late 80s. The current iteration has been in the works since 2006 with Edgar Wright set to direct. But Wright dropped out unexpectedly earlier this year. Peyton Reed is now set to direct with Walt Disney Studios distributing.

Ant-Man is slated to hit theaters July 17, 2015 and will film at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia.

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Patrick Wilson and More Exit Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

by Arthur Vandelay on July 28, 2014

patrick-wilson-official-webWhen direct Edgar Wright abruptly left Marvel’s Ant-Man, a film he’s been developing since the mid-2000s, we knew there was a good chance some of the film’s stellar cast might have to jump ship. Mostly because of the inevitable schedule shift that could conflict them out.

Well, Ant-Man‘s schedule did shift and the Marvel show has lost some of its busy cast, including The Conjuring star Patrick Wilson, Avatar actor Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman. They’ll miss out on working at Pinewood Studios Atlanta with Peyton Reed, who stepped in to sit in the director’s chair vacated by Wright.

Some might question Marvel’s decision-making during the development process of Ant-Man but it’s really hard to argue with Kevin Feige’s process when the end-products have been solid, especially considering the quality of sequels like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which could have just been a rote repetition of its predecessor.

The remaining cast and crew of Ant-Man were present at Comic Con in San Diego over the weekend for the Marvel Panel, along with the filmmakers of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens in theaters this Friday.

Patrick Wilson can next be seen in the Anthony Burns-directed dark comedy North of Hell, which shot in New Orleans last year. He also recently shot the drama Zipper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Source: Deadline

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COMIC CON: Marvel Debuts Ant-Man Poster

by Arthur Vandelay

A flurry of materials are emerging from Comic Con, including this post for Marvel’s Ant-Man, which is now in production in Georgia. The graphic poster includes depictions of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and…a giant ant with a man on his back. We’re guessing that’s Ant-Man.

TRAILER: ‘Big Hero 6’

by Christine Samarchi

Disney and Marvel Comics have come together to make Big Hero 6, an animated superhero film that follows a young boy Hiro Hamada and his self-created robot Baymax. The toon is Walt Disney’s 54th animated feature, but more importantly, it is the Mouse House’s first Marvel animated film since they bought the comic book brand in 2009. In 2012, Disney confirmed they […]

Simon Kinberg to script ‘Fantastic Four’

by Catie Ragusa

Simon Kinberg has been hired to write the script for a reboot of Fantastic Four, joining co-writer Matthew Vaughn. He has also written screenplays for X-Men: The Last Stand, and most recently, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which premieres in 2014. Shooting in Baton Rouge’s Celtic Media Centre in February, Fantastic Four will be directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank, and will be released […]