Ant-Man Cast (Finally) Confirmed

ant-panelThe cast and their roles in the upcoming Marvel Studios production Ant-Man were confirmed at Comic-Con International: San Diego over the weekend, and the surprise to me was the character Evangeline Lilly will be playing: Hope Pym, the daughter of scientist Hank Pym.

We’ve known for a long time that Paul Rudd will be playing the titular hero, and his civilian identity will be Scott Lang, the petty criminal who steals a size-changing suit from the brilliant inventor Dr. Henry Pym, to be played by Michael Douglas. Corey Stoll – currently visible as the hero on FX in Guillermo Del Toro’s THE STRAIN – will play the villainous Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.
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Director Edgar Wright Departs ‘Ant-Man’ Film

Edgar-WrightIn what is by far the most disappointing news to come out of Marvel Studios probably ever, director Edgar Wright has walked off the Ant-Man film, citing the standard Hollywood cover story, “creative differences.”

Wright had been preparing to begin filming this summer (that is to say, within weeks) with Paul Rudd in the lead role as a thief who “acquires” equipment that allows him to shrink to insect size. Losing your director so close to the start of principle photography is a big problem, so Ant-Man is in BIG trouble!
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The Desolation of Smaug — the Sneak Peek

It’s trailer! It’s a sneak peek! It’s a sneak-peek trailer! But definitely is not a trailer for a trailer! This long trailer may help whet your appetite for the second chapter in the four-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit, dubbed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There’s less Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a bit more Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) than in the last clip, so I guess it balances out the newbies. I think the quick-cutting in this clip was overdone; I feel like I barely glimpsed anything over the course of the three minutes because it all went by so quickly.

What do you think? Are you excited for this movie, or do you think squeezing four films out of one (epic) novel is a bit too much?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13, which is actually much closer than you think! We’re already into November…

LOST 6.16: What took you so long?

“We’re very close to the end, Hugo.”
–Jacob

As LOST winds down to its final precious hours, the bodies are piling up almost as fast as the reveals. The question is: Are the corpses and the answers worth it?

This week we saw Jack (Matthew Fox) step up and accept guardianship of the Island, prompting my new $64,000 Question: What took so damn long? I can understand if Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) wanted Jack to accept the job of his own free will, but…why did he wait so damn long to ask? Jack surely would have taken stewardship of the Island in exchange for letting everyone else get off. And the way Jacob casually dismissed Kate’s (Evangeline Lilly) question about why she had been crossed off the list – it was just a line of chalk on a wall and so the job is hers if she wants it – had me ready to scream. He was willing to give it to any of the candidates? Why let everyone go through so much pain and torture? Why all the mystical mumbo-jumbo? Why?
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LOST 6.1, 6.2: Kate’s in a Tree!

Juliet hangs in there…

So, after spending some eight months chewing over the Big Questions left by the LOST finale last May — Did Juliet really detonate the nuclear device? Will the white flash reset the clock? Will Oceanic Flight 815 avoid crashing on the island? Will our friends end up forgetting each other and never meeting? Will absolutely nothing happen? — it turns out the answer is, Z: All of the Above and More.

Jack and Faraday’s plan was to detonate the nuke within the confines of the electromagnetic pocket and “reset” the island’s timeline. And it worked. Only it didn’t.

Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) insisted she set off the bomb (and “It worked”), but the Swan site remained intact. At least, in one version of the story. It would appear that instead of resetting time, the blast splintered reality. I think the show began by showing us Jack (Matthew Fox) on the plane in another universe, one in which Flight 815 avoids the original White Event and lands safely in Los Angeles. Perhaps the close encounter with the island left Jack 2.0 with some kind of vague imprint that made him notice the people he otherwise would have been trapped alongside — Desmond, Rose, Bernard, Sayid, etc. It was great fun to once again see such dearly departed characters as Boone (Ian Somerhalder, now Damon on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) and Charlie (Dominic Monaghan, now Simon on FLASHFORWARD). Mitchell will be seen again as Erica when V returns. Heck, even goofy science teacher Arzt was worth a laugh. Oh, and the island itself is now underwater.
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