Here’s another reason to be excited for ‘Harry Potter‘ spinoff film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘: the new project has just taken on a director quite familiar with the wizarding world of Harry Potter. David Yates, who helmed four of the films in the series, is returning to tame the mythical beasts.
Vincent D’Onofrio may be most widely recognized as the detective with some unorthodox techniques on ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent,’ but he’s ready to branch out into more sinister roles in playing the Kingpin in Marvel’s ‘Daredevil‘ Netflix series and, reportedly, a villain in ‘Jurassic Park 4.’ As the actor reminded me, he was known for his many bad-guy characters in his earlier career (for one, see ‘Men in Black’), though newer generations will become acclimated with his darker side.
Dismayed though we are that ‘Parks and Recreation‘ will come to a close with the impending seventh season, NBC looks to be giving the revered comedy the send-off it deserves. To wit, past series stars Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales have been confirmed to return for important final season arcs, while the full season 6 gag reel has made its way online as well.
Evangeline Lilly has only been confirmed so far as playing Hope van Dyne in ‘Ant-Man‘, daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne. In the comics, Janet is The Wasp, and many have speculated that, like how Hank Pym passes the mantle of Ant-Man to a younger version (Scott Lang, as played by Paul Rudd), Hope would take up the mantle of The Wasp. There’s no confirmation yet, but Lilly showed off her ‘Ant-Man’ look and it certainly looks Wasp-y.
‘Avengers 2‘ is coming! And, if you’re reading this, chances are strong that you are one of the many people who made ‘The Avengers‘ one of the biggest hits of all time and you’re as excited as we are for the sequel, ‘Age of Ultron.’ With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ behind us, there’s no more Marvel movies to tide us over until ‘Avengers 2′ hits theaters, and there’s nothing quite like seeing all of the Avengers together in one movie, kicking ass and saving the world as modern cinema’s biggest and craziest superhero team.
Just about a year ago, Pixar announced that their planned 2014 movie ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ would be moved to November 25, 2015 following the departure of director Bob Peterson. This is not necessarily unusual at Pixar with both ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Brave’ undergoing last-minute director changes, but none perhaps will wind up being as drastic as ‘Good Dinosaur.’ Lead voice actor John Lithgow was recently asked to provide an update and said that after Peterson’s departure the entire film was “dismantled” and “completely reimagined.”
Yesterday, Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ offered a cryptic season 2 tease in the form of a mysterious billboard looming over Los Angeles, but today’s big reveal flies far higher. One-time ‘Wonder Woman‘ star and all-around asskicker Adrianne Palicki is officially trading DC for Marvel, signing onto ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 2 as the show’s first ostensible costumed hero, Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse.
After a tumultuous few months that left many wondering whether it would even happen at all, Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ officially began filming yesterday in San Francisco. Not 24 hours later, we have our first look at star Paul Rudd, our newest superhero entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been teasing a superhero role for, oh, about forever and we’re finally getting closer to figuring out who he’d actually play. While on tour in Mexico promoting ‘Hercules,’ Johnson did confirm to the Associated Press that he’s starring in the Warner Bros. adaptation of ‘Shazam‘ but that he (or they) hadn’t yet decided if he would play the hero himself, or the film’s villain, Black Adam.
Regardless of what you thought of the first ‘Expendables‘ film, or how high or low you’ve set your expectation levels for its sequel, it really cannot be denied that ‘The Expendables 3‘ truly has assembled a cast of Earth’s mightiest heroes. In celebration of this bounty of testosterone, we felt now was the time to assemble a list of the greatest action movie stars of all-time.