First Photo From the Set of Ant-Man

Ant-Man, Paul Rudd
Director Peyton Reed started filming Ant-Man yesterday and we already have our first picture from the set.  There’s nothing too dramatic as Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is looking beat-up and ratty, probably pre-ant.

The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, will be played by Michael Douglas and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (why did they change it from Janet?), will be played by Evangeline Lilly.  Also returning to the MCU will be Mad Men’s John Slattery who will be playing Howard Stark (I’m supposing in a flashback to Pym’s days).  Slattery last played Tony’s dad in Iron Man 2.  The official synopsis is below.  This one has a lot of skepticism to overcome.  Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Ant-Man

R.I.P. Don Pardo (1918 – 2014); SNL Will Never Sound the Same

300px-SNL1980s

It’s unsettling how true it is that deaths come in threes.  Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and now legendary TV voice Don Pardo have all left us in a week.  Pardo was the voice of Saturday Night Live for every season but one, continuing with the show long after he’d retired from NBC.  I can’t hear anyone else introducing the guest host.  It doesn’t seem right.  Full obituary from The Wrap below. Continue reading R.I.P. Don Pardo (1918 – 2014); SNL Will Never Sound the Same

My Favorite Scene: Good Morning Vietnam (1987) “Adrian’s First Broadcast”

Good Morning Vietnam was the film that launched Robin Williams into the stratosphere, proving that his lightning-in-a-bottle humor could be effectively mixed into an affecting and moving motion picture.  Director Barry Levinson got a signature performance out of Williams, who earned his first Oscar nomination for the role.  It’s no surprise what my favorite scene is.  It’s iconic: one of the signature scenes of Williams filmography: Adrian’s first broadcast to the troops (minus the musical intervals).
Robin Williams, Good Morning Vietnam

Star Wars Episode VII Rumors Abound, Villains Revealed, Darth Vader , and Han and Chewie are Flying a WHAT? *Extreme Spoiler Warning*

wpid-st-helmet

Ok, I wasn’t going to do a post on these, but there has been such a flood of information coming out about the villain, plot, costume designs, appearances by old characters, etc. that I feel like if you want to know you should.  So per our Episode VII spoiler policy, all Spoilers are after the break.  THESE – IF TRUE – ARE MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS.  They continue the plotline started by Latino Review several weeks back.  For what it’s worth, I think there are nuggets of truth in this that ring true and some things that just sound crazy or stupid that I don’t think would be the direction Abrams would go.  I could be wrong, so I’ll let you be the arbiter of how much you want to know.  So, one last time, SPOILER WARNING! Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII Rumors Abound, Villains Revealed, Darth Vader , and Han and Chewie are Flying a WHAT? *Extreme Spoiler Warning*