The stars of this summer's Marvel team-up are pictured together in costume for the first time.
It was 2010, and Eric Pearson had spent the past eight years working menial gig after menial gig — from pizza delivery guy to messenger to ticket-taker at an arthouse theater in West Hollywood, the closest the aspiring screenwriter could get to the film industry. “It was close, man,” Pearson told Yahoo Entertainment last week at a coffee shop in Beverly Hills, on the day Thor: Ragnarok, the first movie for which he’s been the central writer, opened across the world. Pearson, who’d already given up his dream of becoming an actor (“I was just bad, I know it now, too, and I probably even knew it then,” he laughed) and studied screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, had one last shot to escape the unsustainable clutches of the minimum wage.
'Baby Driver' director Edgar Wright tells Uproxx in a new Q&A he'll never see Marvel's 'Ant-Man,' the movie from which he was fired after months of prep
To the delight of studios and fans alike, 2015 was the year that audiences decided to go back to the movies. Films like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens became full-blown cinematic events, attracting massive crowds and shattering box-office records. This week, industry analysts confidently declared that domestic box office would surpass $11 billion by the end of the year , an all-time high. While tentpole films made waves, it was also a good year for low-budget cult movies and limited-release Oscar contenders, as well as demographics that have often been underrepresented in Hollywood (like films starring African-American characters and/or female protagonists). Click through for a sampling of 2015’s biggest box-office winners. (Stay tuned for tomorrow for a roundup of the biggest losers.)
In a movie career that has spanned nearly fifty years, Michael Douglas has always had a great big-screen batting average, winning his first Oscar at the age of 31 for producing 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As an actor, he became part of the cultural zeitgeist in the ‘80s and '90s, starring in a string of hit movies, including Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and, of course, the 1987 drama Wall Street, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
‘Ant-Man’ Trailer Release date: July 17, 2015 Written by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd Director: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne
“I distinctly remember Paul’s face in my crotch — that’s what I remember the most” Evangeline Lilly told us when the Ant-Man cast dropped by Yahoo studios last week.
Like the Guardians, Ant-Man is considered a lesser character in the Marvel Comics canon. Marvel acted quickly and replaced Wright with hit comedy director Peyton Reed, who brought an undeniably sunshiney approach. Abby Ryder Forston, the young actress who plays Ant-Man’s daughter held a count-the-Goldfish-cracker contest, and stars Paul Rudd (as the titular shrinking superhero) and Corey Stoll (as the villain Yellowjacket) sang the ubiquitous Frozen song “Let It Go” in between takes.
Here’s the extended TV spot for Marvel's Ant-Man, which boils the story down to its goofy essence: Ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for one last heist, which Lang must accomplish by shrinking to the size of an ant.
When director Edgar Wright left his longtime passion project Ant-Man over “creative differences” with Marvel, no one was more shocked than Joss Whedon. In a lengthy new Buzzfeed profile of Whedon, the Avengers: Age of Ultron director says that he still has no idea what happened between Wright and Marvel — but that Wright’s Ant-Man screenplay was one of the best he’d ever seen. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read,” Whedon tells Buzzfeed.
Today in Hollywood, Marvel lifted the curtain on “Phase Three” of its cinematic universe to a packed house of oohing and ahhing costumed Thors and Captain Americas. Studio boss Kevin Feige filled in all the blanks on the studio’s slate through 2019, introduced several new characters — including many fan favorites — and confirmed speculation that classic comic book storylines would be adapted for the screen. After the fan presentation, Feige answered questions about the future of a studio whose previous two phases included 10 films and more than $7 billion in worldwide ticket sales.