Concept Art Reveals Alternate Helmet Designs for ANT-MAN

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Concept Artist Andy Park has got Ant Man fans buzzing after he shared some new artwork from the movie on his Instagram account. Park is known for designing costumes on films like Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy, and his new work of Scott Lang is no tiny accomplishment.

His first post shows Scott wearing a few different helmets.

These are 1st pass concept design takes on Ant-Man on the1st film. They were looking for a retro non-Stark look. This was Hank Pym's design sensibilities. As usual we start with the source material & look at his comic book look. And then we take the needs of our movie & make sense of the two. I always enjoy doing these faster concept designs rather than more rendered illustrations especially in 1st passes. But a lot of times we need to do the more rendered version to help sell it. #antman #paulrudd #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #painting #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios

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He captioned:

“These are 1st pass concept design takes on Ant-Man on the 1st film. They were looking for a retro non-Stark look. This was Hank Pym's design sensibilities,” Park captioned.
“As usual we start with the source material & look at his comic book look. And then we take the needs of our movie & make sense of the two. I always enjoy doing these faster concept designs rather than more rendered illustrations especially in 1st passes. But a lot of times we need to do the more rendered version to help sell it.”

Clearly, these helmets are much different from the one Scott ended up wearing. Park and his team even experimented with leaving part of Scott’s face exposed in the mask, a choice which would have made the costume similar to Ant-Man’s comic book look:

“closeup of of an Ant-Man concept design I did for his 1st film. The helmet was the approved helmet minus it showing Scott's mouth. I know it's more like the comic to have his mouth showing but the cinematic conceit of the suit is that it's a containment suit,” Park explained.

Closeup of of an Ant-Man concept design I did for his 1st film. The helmet was the approved helmet minus it showing Scott's mouth. I know it's more like the comic to have his mouth showing but the cinematic conceit of the suit is that it's a containment suit. The Pym particles need to be contained inside the suit in order for him to shrink & to maintain his reduced size. I guess the same applies to growth as well. I loved designing all of Ant-Man's suits in all his film appearances. #honored #antman #captainamerica #civilwar #avengers #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios #paulrudd

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“The Pym particles need to be contained inside the suit in order for him to shrink & to maintain his reduced size. I guess the same applies to growth as well. I loved designing all of Ant-Man's suits in all his film appearances.”

What do you guys think of all these different looks?  Is there one you like better than the design they went with?

Scott Lang can be seen again in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie when opens in theaters on July 6, 2018.

Concept Art Reveals Alternate Helmet Designs for ANT-MAN

Six+Things+You+May+Have+Missed+in+the+ANT-MAN+Teaser.png

Concept Artist Andy Park has got Ant Man fans buzzing after he shared some new artwork from the movie on his Instagram account. Park is known for designing costumes on films like Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy, and his new work of Scott Lang is no tiny accomplishment.

His first post shows Scott wearing a few different helmets.

These are 1st pass concept design takes on Ant-Man on the1st film. They were looking for a retro non-Stark look. This was Hank Pym's design sensibilities. As usual we start with the source material & look at his comic book look. And then we take the needs of our movie & make sense of the two. I always enjoy doing these faster concept designs rather than more rendered illustrations especially in 1st passes. But a lot of times we need to do the more rendered version to help sell it. #antman #paulrudd #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #painting #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios

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He captioned:

“These are 1st pass concept design takes on Ant-Man on the 1st film. They were looking for a retro non-Stark look. This was Hank Pym's design sensibilities,” Park captioned.
“As usual we start with the source material & look at his comic book look. And then we take the needs of our movie & make sense of the two. I always enjoy doing these faster concept designs rather than more rendered illustrations especially in 1st passes. But a lot of times we need to do the more rendered version to help sell it.”

Clearly, these helmets are much different from the one Scott ended up wearing. Park and his team even experimented with leaving part of Scott’s face exposed in the mask, a choice which would have made the costume similar to Ant-Man’s comic book look:

“closeup of of an Ant-Man concept design I did for his 1st film. The helmet was the approved helmet minus it showing Scott's mouth. I know it's more like the comic to have his mouth showing but the cinematic conceit of the suit is that it's a containment suit,” Park explained.

Closeup of of an Ant-Man concept design I did for his 1st film. The helmet was the approved helmet minus it showing Scott's mouth. I know it's more like the comic to have his mouth showing but the cinematic conceit of the suit is that it's a containment suit. The Pym particles need to be contained inside the suit in order for him to shrink & to maintain his reduced size. I guess the same applies to growth as well. I loved designing all of Ant-Man's suits in all his film appearances. #honored #antman #captainamerica #civilwar #avengers #conceptart #costume #design #illustration #instaart #그림 #그림스타그램 #marvel #marvelstudios #paulrudd

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“The Pym particles need to be contained inside the suit in order for him to shrink & to maintain his reduced size. I guess the same applies to growth as well. I loved designing all of Ant-Man's suits in all his film appearances.”

What do you guys think of all these different looks?  Is there one you like better than the design they went with?

Scott Lang can be seen again in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie when opens in theaters on July 6, 2018.

THOR: RAGNAROK Director Taika Waititi In Talks to Helm AKIRA

It looks like the iconic manga Akira is revving back up, this time with Warner Bros. negotiating with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Deadline Hollywood reports that Waititi is at the top of the list for the live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing. The movie has been very high priority since Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures bought it for 7-figures from manga publisher Kodansha. Filmmakers intend to make 2 films, each covering 3 books in the series. Akira was first adapted as the classic anime in 1988.

The live-action movie has almost been made several times. Originally Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta wrote a script which originally had Ruairi Robinson attached to direct. It got closest to a start date several years ago, with Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt both competing for the lead role of Tetsuo, and were going to star alongside Garrett Hedlund, Kristin Stewart, and potentially Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter. It never happened.

The most recent director approached for the film was Jordan Peele, but he ultimately turned it down. Taika Waititi is a solid director and it might be cool to see what he would do with Akira if he ends up signing on for the gig. What do you think about Waititi possibly directing a live-action Akira film?

Damon Lindelof Begins Work on HBO’s WATCHMEN Series

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To this day fans are divided about 2009's Watchmen movie. Some think it's a good adaptation, some think it's better than nothing, and others think its trash. Zack Snyder's crack at the epic graphic novel was no simple task. Now that the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ comic book is being developed into an HBO series, I'm sure it seems to be a bit of a daunting task. 

It was announced that Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof was going to work on the new adaptation of the show, but today Lindelof confirmed that he has actually started work on the series on Instagram account.

The photo shows what appears to be the statue of Hollis Mason, the original 1940s era superhero Nite-Owl from Watchmen, sitting on a conference table. Dare we presume that is the writer's room? He posted the caption "Day One" which can only mean work has officially begun. 

Day One.

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Because the writing process is just beginning now, we are probably still a long way from casting and getting an official premiere date. Will the series just follow the book beat for beat and then expand upon it in future seasons? Or will they take a completely different direction with the beloved characters? 

I have to say with Watchmen calling HBO home, I am pretty excited about the series. The cable network has a nearly flawless track record, but Lindelof does not.  So time will tell. Let's hope this one is a good one.

Tommy Lee Jones Butts Heads With Morgan Freeman in JUST GETTING STARTED Trailer

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In the spirit of Grumpy Old Men, Broad Green Pictures has released a new trailer for the comedy Just Getting Started. From director Ron Shelton (Bull DurhamWhite Men Can't Jump) Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star as an ex-FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program who have to get over their petty old folks' home rivalry in order to save themselves from a mob hit.

Just Getting Started comes to theaters starting on December 8th.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

Richard Donner’s 3-Hour SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE Extended Cut is Coming to Blu-ray

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Good news for all you Superman fans. The Warner Archive will soon release the extended cut of Superman: The Movie in high definition on Blu-Ray. The three-hour version of the blockbuster that aired on ABC in 1982.

The Blu-ray for the Extended Cut will be packaged along with Superman: The Movie's Special Edition.

But we don't have an official release date and no retail price is listed for the package. But you can see a list of features below, along with the official description for the package:

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE - EXTENDED CUT & SPECIAL EDITION 2-FILM COLLECTION (1978,2000)
Run Time 188 Minutes-EXTENDED CUT (NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER)
151 Minutes-SPECIAL EDITION
Subtitles Spanish, French, English SDH
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English (EXTENDED CUT) 
DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1 - English, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 - French, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 - Spanish
ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 2.40:1, 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
COLOR
2-BD 50
Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc): Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape; Screen Tests; Restored Scenes; Additional Scenes; Additional Music Cues; Music-Only Track
Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.
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Frank Grillo Teases The Return of His MCU Character Crossbones

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Audiences were introduced to Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then got to see him in his full glory in Captain America: Civil War where by all accounts he was killed off, but Marvel fans know nothing is ever final unless there’s a body.

Actor Frank Grillo who played the menacing villain sat down for an interview with Forbes and dropped a hint about his character's future in the MCU. And, if the actor is correct, then the MCU isn't done with Crossbones just yet. While talking about The Purge Grillo brought up his Marvel gig.

“I'm also a small part of the Marvel world, but to be a part of something like this, if anyone tells you that's not a big deal, they're lying. It's great to be part of Marvel too."
“I have three boys who are fanatical about Marvel, and I was surprised not too long ago because there is some news that nobody knows yet, to do with my character, that's going to be really interesting and I'm excited about that.”

This is vastly different from what the actor told Collider a few months ago, he thought he was done with The Purge and his stint in the Marvel Universe.

“I think I’m done. Same thing with Captain America. There’s nowhere for it to go, unless you’re Captain America or Iron Man. They were talking about it, but I was like, ‘You know what? I’d just rather not do it.’ I’m so appreciative and grateful to have been a part of something that big.”

This can only mean that Grillo learned something important in the last eight months. Crossbones was presumed dead after he appeared to have perished in an explosion contained by the Scarlett Witch. Grillo’s character tried to take out Captain America by blowing himself up.

The next MCU flick to hit theaters will be Thor: Ragnarok on November 3.

Mark Hamill Warns that an Old STAR WARS Comic Book Spoils THE LAST JEDI

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When it comes to Star Wars spoilers, Mark Hamill has recently become a beacon of light, warning us about what to avoid so that our viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will not be ruined come December. Now Luke Skywalker himself has taken to twitter to warn fans to avoid a certain comic book before The Last Jedi premieres in theaters.

The book in question is Star Wars #49 by Mike Barr, Walt Simonson, Tom Palmer, Christie Scheele, Don Warfield, and Shelly Leferman. It was originally released WAY back in April 1981 and takes place after the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

This is clearly a case of Hamill giving a little misdirection because it's very unlikely that this book actually spoils anything, at least I hope not.

Comicbook.com shares a breif synopsis of the book:

The comic deals with a damaged alien named Jedidiah who had the potential to become a Jedi Knight. Jedidiah accompanied his friend, the prince of the planet Velmor and heir to the throne.
Luke and Leia must return Jedidiah and the prince to their home planet before another is coronated, one who sympathizes with the Empire. Jedidiah sacrifices himself to save Luke Skywalker.

Though a lot of plot details have been kept under wraps for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the movie better NOT be anything like that comic book or Jedidiah could very well be the next Jar Jar Binks. And if it does end up being similar or spoils the movie, don’t say Mark Hamill never warned you!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters December 15.

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New STAR WARS Book Tells the Story of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s After Death Adventures; Plus More New STAR WARS Story Details!

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Before the Star Wars prequels, it is probably safe to say that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared in Star Wars movies more as a ghost than he did a living Jedi. He took the infamous form after allowing Darth Vader to "strike him down" in Star Wars: A New Hope. Now a new story in the anthology book Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View aims to explore more of what Master Kenobi experienced as a ghost.

The new book contains 40 different stories from forty different authors, each of which tells all sorts of tales from the galaxy far, far away. The author Cavan Scott's story will focus on the first few moments after Kenobi was sliced by Vader. I've included information on the other stories as well that each of the authors have released. You can check those out below!

Now more than ever have fans been demanding to know more about Obi-Wan, especially since the news of an Obi-Wan spinoff movie being developed by Lucasfilm.

You can pick up Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View when it arrives in stores on October 3.

Ben Affleck Says Batman is looking for Hope in JUSTICE LEAGUE

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Ben Affleck is telling us more about his Batman character in Justice League, in a recent interview with US Weekly, Affleck and Gal Gadot addressed how their characters have changed since we last saw them. Gadot explains:

“She’s grown up — it’s been a century, after all! She’ll bring her specific qualities to a group dynamic, and she understands the enemy better than anyone else.”

Affleck adds that Batman is looking for hope:

"In Batman v Superman, he was at the end of his rope. But in Justice League he’s finding hope again. He has to open up and play well with others. He knows he needs them. But he’s really trying to make it work and develop a good relationship with all of them. He might be a mentor to The Flash.”

When talking about the dynamic between Batman and Wonder Woman, Gadot says:

"Since they’ve fought together, they know each other’s strengths. They also understand the hope Superman stood for, that was lost [when he died], so they feel that more than the others."

Justice League was directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon and stars also stars Henry CavillJason Momoa, Ezra MillerRay Fisher, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy IronsDiane LaneJ.K. Simmons, and Amy Adams.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is set to open in theaters on November 10, 2017.