WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER Miniseries Moving Forward at Netflix

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Netflix has two bona fide original series hits on its hands with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the streaming service is also very much in the business of “adapting” existing IP.  Netflix gave us the fourth season of Arrested Development, it premiered the fourth and final season of The Killing, and it’s also home to the sixth season of The Clone Wars.  While it continues to develop its own original programming in-house (including The Wachowski SiblingsSense8 and a slate of Marvel shows), it appears that Netflix is set to continue another existing property: Wet Hot American Summer.  We heard earlier this year that discussions were taking place to produce a TV series continuation of David Wain’s star-studded 2001 cult comedy, and now word comes that Netflix is indeed moving forward with a sequel miniseries.  More after the jump.

Official ANT-MAN Synopsis and Character Details Released; New Cast Additions Confirmed

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Now that Marvel’s Ant-Man has wrapped principal photography and is in the post-production part of its journey, the studio appears to be getting all of its ducks in order in regard to introducing the film to the general public.  While the Marvel Studios brand is strong, they still have to sell this movie (one of their weirder titles) to people who have no idea Edgar Wright was ever attached to or fell off of the project and who don’t care about what his take may have been like.

Hit the jump for the official Ant-Man synopsis and to learn about the smaller character additions that were made during production.  While I love Wright and think his take would have been great, I’ve got to come clean and say that director Peyton Reed is no slouch in his own right.  I’m very much still looking forward to July 17th, 2015.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN Wraps Filming

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Just yesterday, Warner Bros.’ massive DC Comics movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wrapped principal photography, but it appears that Marvel also had one of its own features complete filming the same day.  Director Peyton Reed announced on Twitter that principal photography on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie is now complete.  Considering the rocky road the film had towards production, it’s actually kind of impressive that it’s in the can.  The project lost its co-writer/director Edgar Wright back in March, but Marvel scrambled and reworked the film in time to start filming this past July.  More after the jump, including a full recap of the film’s somewhat bumpy road to fruition.

First Footage from ANT-MAN Revealed; Plus New Behind-the-Scenes Footage from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Last night, ABC aired the television special Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!, which aimed to inform viewers of the history of Marvel Comics.  In the spirit of synergy, the special was tied very closely to Marvel Studios’ output as it premiered the first clip from the upcoming TV series Agent Carter, and it also provide a look at the very first Ant-Man footage featuring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.  It’s a dialogue-free behind-the-scenes tease, but it does give us our first look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym together in the Peyton Reed-directed film, and also provides a brief snapshot of Rudd’s Lang approaching the Ant-Man costume.  Marvel also threw in a little behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron for good measure, and now both clips have made their way online.

Watch the Ant-Man footage after the jump, along with a new look at Avengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man opens in theaters on July 17, 2015, while Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1, 2015.

Agent Carter Will Be In ANT-MAN For At Least a Few Seconds

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I love several Marvel movies but am often baffled by the ravenous appetite for even the most minute of details, but if people want to know I guess they want to know.  One of the bigger stories sweeping the web this afternoon is the somewhat solid confirmation that Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter will be in Ant-Man.  At least for a little bit, since the information seems to indicate that she will be on the Atlanta set for just one day later this month.  What’s funny is that, even though I feel like I sort of don’t need to know info of this nature at this stage, it still makes me excited for the movie.  It also seems to confirm early reports that Michael Douglas‘ Hank Pym would have a run-in with S.H.I.E.L.D.  And if they’re no longer using that scene (it’s from an early draft), then it’s at least a little bit fun to speculate where they might go with it.

Hit the jump for more on Hayley Atwell in Ant-Man. The film also stars Paul RuddEvangeline LillyCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael PeñaAbby Ryder FortsonJudy GreerDavid DastmalchianWood HarrisGregg TurkingtonT.I., and John Slattery.  It opens July 17, 2015.

Adam McKay Talks Rewriting ANT-MAN with Paul Rudd; Reveals They Added “a Giant Action Sequence”, Made the Film Bigger and “a Little More Aggressive”

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While Ant-Man was one of the first feature film projects that Marvel Studios began developing, it went through some rather dramatic changes just months before finally starting production this summer.  Filmmaker Edgar Wright had been developing the movie for years, writing the screenplay with Joe Cornish and even casting the majority of the roles, but he left the project a few months before production over creative differences with Marvel.  The studio worked quickly to keep the project together and eventually signed Peyton Reed to direct, but before that Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay briefly flirted with the director’s chair.  While McKay subsequently opted not to take the helm, he did agree to come onboard as a screenwriter, fine tuning the script in the months leading up to the start of filming.

Steve recently spoke with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation McKay talked a bit about his involvement with Ant-ManPaul Rudd told us at Comic-Con that he had been working with McKay “every day for six weeks” on the Ant-Man script, and McKay confirmed as much in this new interview, elaborating on how he got involved in the project and his initial apprehension.  McKay also discussed the nature of the rewrite, saying they added some action beats and made the script “a little bigger, a little more aggressive, and funnier in places.”  Much more after the jump.

THEY CAME TOGETHER Blu-ray Review

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When Wet Hot American Summer came out in 2001, it was released by USA Films – a company that eventually morphed into Focus Features, but at the time had no real footing theatrically.  That may explain why the film was barely released, but eventually found a cult audience.  Considering it was written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (the latter of whom directed the film), and featured many members of The State there was almost a guarantee it would be funny, but the fledging USA Films didn’t know how to sell it.  Originally Showalter and Wain wanted to follow that film with They Came Together, which they were unable to make until recently, and it was also given a small theatrical release (but was also put on VOD).  But now that it’s on home video, it seems likely it too will become a cult favorite.  Starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni and many familiar faces, it is equally hilarious, and my They Came Together Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Evangeline Lilly Shows Off Her Hope Van Dyne Look for ANT-MAN

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You know all that Ant-Man news that flooded the web prior to filming courtesy of the director shuffle?  Even though the film is finally in production, based on these first few days, it doesn’t look as though the Ant-Man updates will slow down anytime soon.

Three days ago director Peyton Reed tweeted that filming had finally begun, two days ago we got our very first official still of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, yesterday it was those unofficial images and video, and now today, we’ve got even more Ant-Man material to share – some Instagram photos from Evangeline Lilly rocking her new Hope Van Dyne hairstyle.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Ant-Man also stars Michael DouglasCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael Peña, Judy Greer, T.I. and John Slattery, and is due to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

First ANT-MAN Set Images and Video Leak Online; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Chats It up with Paul Rudd

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Yesterday, we got the first official Ant-Man image, and it was a savvy move since filming has begun, and now plenty of unofficial official images and video have landed online.  I’m glad our first look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang wasn’t a grainy Instagram photos.  But if you’re into those, you now have plenty to enjoy as the movie is shooting on location in San Francisco.  There’s nothing particularly amazing about these photos—no crashes; no explosions; no Paul Rudd riding around on ants.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is on set, so that’s nice I suppose.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man set images and videos.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

First ANT-MAN Image Features Paul Rudd Brooding by the San Francisco Bay

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Yesterday, Marvel sent out a press release announcing the start of filming on Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man.  Today, the first Ant-Man image has gone online, and it features thief-turned-hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) standing out by the Golden Gate Bridge.  Specifically, he’s at Fort Point, which is where Scottie “rescued” Madeleine in Vertigo, so there’s some fun movie trivia for you.  I’d be surprised if Hitchcock’s classic had anything to do with Reed’s movie, but it’s certainly a lovely, scenic viewpoint.  I have no idea where in the movie this could take place, but probably not near the conclusion unless Marvel is going for their first bummer ending.

Hit the jump to check out the Ant-Man image.  The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Stepping Into Edgar Wright’s Shoes, the State of the Script and the Film’s Villains at Comic-Con

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Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project.  It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I’m confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright’s take).

But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place.  Steve caught up with Reed at SDCC right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project.  Topics include the state of the script, how it fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film’s villains and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015.

Paul Rudd Talks ANT-MAN Script at Comic-Con; Reveals He’s Been Working with Adam McKay ‘Every Day for Six Weeks’

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Over the past few months, Marvel’s production of Ant-Man has been in the news constantly, and not in a good way.  Fans were over the moon Edgar Wright was going to helm a Marvel movie that he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.  When Wright left the project over “creative differences,” most fans were angry with Marvel, and it’s the first time the company had to publicly deal with serious venom from the online community.  While Marvel has done their best by hiring Peyton Reed (a fellow geek who is dealing with the situation the best he can) and bringing in Adam McKay to help tweak the script, even if the movie is a home-run, fans are always going to wonder what might have been.

However, while I’ll always be upset we won’t see a Wright-helmed Ant-Man, I’m definitely curious what McKay is bringing to the script.  While many wondered if he just did a soft pass and tweaked some dialogue, Paul Rudd told me during a group interview at Comic-Con that he’s been working with McKay on the script “every day for six weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time on it.”  He went on to say “I love where we’re at.  It’s still the story that Edgar and Joe wrote and created and while we’re still polishing some things, I feel really good and excited about where we’re at.”  Hit the jump to watch the video interview with Rudd where he also talked about Michael Douglas, how they will shoot the Ant-Man sequences, what fans can expect with the dialogue, and more.

Over 35 Marvel Comic-Con Panel Images, Featuring the Casts of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN

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As you can tell by the absolutely massive amount of Comic-Con content on the site at the moment, it’s been a whirlwind last few days here in San Diego at Comic-Con 2014.  The festivities are winding down, and while we still have a fair amount of SDCC content yet to post, this Sunday we thought we’d bring the large majority of people that were unable to attend the convention a little closer to arguably the biggest panel of the convention: Marvel.  This year, Marvel Studios showcased Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man during its Saturday night Hall H panel, and while the lack of surprises made the proceedings a tad underwhelming, it was nevertheless an entertaining affair.  If you haven’t already, be sure to read our full Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap and Ant-Man panel recap.

After the jump, you’ll find __ Marvel Comic-Con images from both panels, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Douglas, Chris Hemsworth, Evangeline Lilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Stoll, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, James Spader, director Peyton Reed, and Thanos himself Josh Brolin

Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE, the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Plans for Thanos, and Much More

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Under Kevin Feige‘s guidance the Marvel Cinematic Universe has blossomed into the one of the most popular, well-loved, and financially successful set of films ever produced.  He’s an undeniable force in the industry who clearly understands what fans want to see.  Earlier today, before hitting the stage for Marvel’s Hall H panel, I had the opportunity to sit down for a group interview with Feige.  He talked about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the possibility of Netflix/MCU crossover, plans for Thanos, actor contracts, releasing more movies per year, and a lot more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive THEY CAME TOGETHER Clips: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Poke Fun at Rom-Coms

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Last weekend may have been consumed by Mark Wahlberg, Autobots, Dinobots and one too many Michael Bay low angle shots, but there was also a unique take on romantic comedies in the mix too, David Wain’s They Came Together.  It stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as Joel and Molly.  While on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper’s characters, Joel and Molly run through the history of their relationship, hitting an abundance of all-too-familiar rom-com troupes along the way.

They Came Together hit select theaters and On Demand on June 27th, so if you caught Matt’s review, you might have already checked it out, but if you’d like a taste of the type of comedy and tone Wain’s going for first, we got our hands on some exclusive material from the film that might help you out.  Hit the jump to check out seven They Came Together clips as well as some sound bites from Hader on the process of making the movie as well.

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