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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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Edgar Wright and the 'Scott Pilgrim' crew rock EW's CapeTown Film Fest: Five things we learned

Cult filmmaker Edgar Wright did double-duty last night at Entertainment Weekly‘s CapeTown Film Fest, showing off his zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead and his romantic rock-gamer odyssey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Wright also sharedsome footage for his upcoming projects, including an eye-popping test reel for Ant-Man.) Before the Pilgrim screening, Wright brought some friends onstage: actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, and Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Below, the coolest tidbits from their chat: READ FULL STORY

Edgar Wright talks Cornetto Trilogy and 'Scott Pilgrim' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest -- VIDEO

At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, writer and director Edgar Wright discussed the origin of the ice cream jokes in his “blood and ice cream” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming The World’s End) — amongst other things at back-to-back screenings of his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, better known as her character Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim, said she will never tire of having people tell her they are “in lesbians” with her.

Below, check out some of the best moments from last night’s Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Q&A’s, moderated by EW writers Anthony Breznican and Geoff Boucher. Wright was more than eager to re-visit some of his past projects, as well as teasing the third film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, out later this summer.

Fair warning — some harsh language follows.
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'Scott Pilgrim' reunion and 'Iron Man 3' added to EW CapeTown Festival

If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.

Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, but with its 8-bit spirit and subversive wit (not to mention all of the superhero cameos) it’s a natural fit at the CapeTown Festival. The EW event with a quirky name — no, the home office is not in South Africa — has a truly stacked first-year schedule with on-stage guests such as Terry Gilliam, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, and Neil Gaiman. The festival, sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, kicks off April 30 with a free screening of Iron Man 3 for EW subscribers and wraps up May 6 with Star Trek (2009) and Leonard Nimoy’s return from retirement for a one-night visit to Federation space. All tickets are $11 or less but most screenings are sold out.

The EW festival is staged at the Egyptian Theatre in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the non-profit arts center that owns and operates the 91-year-old movie palace that was shuttered for years until a $12 million renovation returned to its Old Hollywood glory. The festival is also the site of a special May the Fourth be with You celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4) with four screenings of The Return of the Jedi (which made its world premiere at the Egyptian in May 1983) and a free fan-fest at the Egyptian Courtyard, with activities, cosplay photo ops, giveaways, and merchants.

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Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Neil Gaiman, 'Goonies' added to EW CapeTown Festival

Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.

Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with EW.com’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.

CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture’s most vivid sectors since January, but now it is making news with the appearance of Nimoy, the television and film icon who returns from retirement for one night and one night only on May 6, the finale night of the festival. Nimoy will be interviewed on stage by Geoff Boucher, the EW senior writer who programmed the festival, and the Q&A will have a tie-on screening of Star Trek, the 2009 J.J. Abrams hit that represents Nimoy’s farewell to the cinematic universe of Starfleet.

The festival, a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque, will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theater, the grand old movie palace that introduced a Tinseltown tradition in 1922 when it rolled out the carpet for Robin Hood and Douglas Fairbanks for the first Hollywood world premiere. All ticket and concession proceeds from the EW CapeTown Film Festival go to the non-profit Cinematheque.

The seven-day program of screenings and on-stage Q&As is sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, which will be given a special big-screen showcase on May 3 when the season 3 premiere is included as a bonus treat to fans attending the screening of Escape from New York. The full schedule is available here.

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