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Edgar Wright working on his next movie, which is not 'Ant-Man'

Alas, Edgar Wright will not be at Comic-Con this week showing off footage from his hotly anticipated Ant-Man. But Wright’s departure from the Marvel Studios project has apparently freed him to pursue more eccentric, personal, less collaborative projects. EW has confirmed the news, originally reported by Deadline, that the filmmaker is planning to direct his long-gestating film Baby Driver at Working Title Films, the same company behind his beloved “Cornetto Trilogy,” the genre-mashing trifecta of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. READ FULL STORY

'Ant-Man': Peyton Reed to direct, Adam McKay to rewrite after Edgar Wright departure

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Marvel fans were sure getting antsy.

Two weeks after director and co-writer Edgar Wright dropped out of Ant-Man over creative clashes with the studio, a new filmmaker has been hired to keep the July 2015 movie on track.

Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Bring It On) will take over the action-adventure about a hero who can shrink to tiny sizes while still packing a massive punch. Adam McKay, the director best known for the Anchorman movies, was among those rumored to be taking the helm of Ant-Man, but the studio revealed today he will instead rewrite the script by Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block.)

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Adam McKay addresses 'Ant-Man' reports: 'Not sure it can work'

Numerous reports over the weekend said Adam McKay was in early talks to helm Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man adaptation, or was close to signing a deal, or was already in the director’s chair. So the Anchorman director took to Twitter on Saturday to clear up the rumors:

The unconventional superhero tale starring Paul Rudd is in need of a director since Edgar Wright left the film last week. Wright — known for the Cornetto Trilogy and his adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — issued a joint statement with Marvel announcing his departure over creative differences. READ FULL STORY

Edgar Wright exits Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Edgar Wright will no longer be directing Ant-Man.

Marvel Studios and Wright issued a joint statement Friday announcing the news: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

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Paul Rudd will star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

The rumors that veteran comic actor and current Anchorman 2 star Paul Rudd was in talks for the lead in Marvel’s Ant-Man surfaced earlier this week, and Thursday the studio confirmed the casting news.

The Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015. It is directed by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but even with the casting announcement, Marvel emphasized in a release that the plot of the film is still “under wraps.”

“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” Marvel studio head Kevin Feige said in the release. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

Other Marvel films on the slate for the next two years include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out April 4, 2014; Guardians of the Galaxy set for Aug. 1, 2014; and Avengers: Age of Ultron with James Spader scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release.

REPORT: Paul Rudd in talks to star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals Pym’s discoveries and becomes Ant-Man.
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'The World's End': Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the martial art they call 'pub fu'

The World’s End, the third collaboration for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director/co-writer Edgar Wright, hits theaters today. Which means you should start seeing fans reenact a lengthy fight that breaks out during their characters’ nostalgic 12-pub crawl right… about… now.

Earlier this week, Pegg and Frost visited EW’s Sirius XM channel and talked about creating the martial art they call “pub fu” with stunt coordinator and choreographer Brad Allan. “It’s like a half-remembered martial art form. I used to watch wrestling, and I can swing my arms really quickly,” Pegg said. “But we also wanted it to look like the more drunk they got the more proficient they became fighting…. so that the brawls become more and more elaborate.”

Listen to more of the interview with EW’s Darren Franich, Clark Collis, and Keith Staskiewicz below. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: 'The Visionaries' discuss stunts, technology, and their complicated reservations about 3-D

“A visionary is not just someone who imagines amazing things, but really someone who can take the things in their head and make them real, who can let us see through their eyes,” said EW’s own Anthony Breznican, who moderated Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel at Comic-Con on Thursday.

Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), and Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) sat down with Breznican in front of a sea of fans in Hall H to discuss long takes, relationship movies in disguise, and the technological challenges of suspending Sandra Bullock in space. Take a look at some of the best moments after the jump.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost fight robots in 'The World's End' trailer -- VIDEO

Edgar Wright, the filmmaker behind zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and romantic gamer flick Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, has a new comedy out this summer called The World’s End. But since this is an Edgar Wright movie, it’s of course not your typical end-of-the-world apocalypse story.

When five friends reunite and attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, the name of the final pub on their list, The World’s End, starts to take on a literal meaning. Finishing the pub crawl becomes the least of their worries, as the real struggle becomes saving mankind.

Check out The World’s End‘s newest trailer, which features Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and more Brits fighting (or attempting to fight) robots, below: READ FULL STORY

'We lost a legend': Ray Harryhausen remembered by Depp, Abrams, del Toro, Gilliam, more

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As news spread Tuesday that Ray Harryhausen had died at age 92 there was an especially emotional reaction from sci-fi, horror and fantasy filmmakers — a community with a deep and formative affection for the old-school effects wizard and the work he did on films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans (1981). EW reached out to some signature names in those circles on Tuesday to frame the legacy of Harryhausen and by phone and email they responded with praise for a departed master.

J.J. Abrams, director, producer and screenwriter (Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost): “He was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination, and will be missed.”

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