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Simon Pegg on Edgar Wright Leaving Marvel's 'Ant-Man': "It's Their Loss"

"I think it's a terrible shame. I think I get why perhaps it's happened — I think maybe they want a particular thing in line with a particular other thing, but if you hire a director who has a particular vision, you've got to expect him or her to make a 'such and such' film, an Edgar Wright film, and that's what that script was … I can't say too much about it, because obviously it's not my thing, but it's their loss."

- Simon Pegg tells Sky Movies his thoughts on the news of Edgar Wright's decision to leave Marvel's Ant-Man.

Marvel Looks to Adam McKay and Other Comedy Directors to Replace Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man'

In the wake of director Edgar Wright's departure from Marvel's Ant-Man movie, THR reports that the studio is now considering a new set of directors that includes a few known for helming comedy hits. Sources report that Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We're the Millers), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Paul Rudd's Anchorman director Adam McKay are all on the shortlist to replace Wright, though "no decision has been made yet." Rumored to also be up for consideration is Warm Bodies writer/director Jonathan Levine, but one of THR's sources denied he had been approached for the project. In any case, the news that Marvel is in [...]

Edgar Wright Is No Longer Directing Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World's End) is leaving Marvel's Ant-Man. Here's the statement from Marvel and Wright announcing his departure (via The Wrap):

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

Edgar Wright signed on to direct the film, which as of now will star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, for Marvel [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: Fall TV Preview 2013

This week starts off with some confusion about Fleet Week and Fashion Week along with some good suggestions about where to go out on interesting dates even if you're a moleman. Tim and Tom then compare their tastes in board shorts before Tim quizzes Tom about baby etiquette at restaurants.

All of this of course leads to this year's Fall TV Preview where we discuss the new shows Almost Human, The Crazy Ones, Dracula, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Masterchef Junior, Masters of Sex, and The Million Second Quiz. We also solve a listener email concerning a stuck-up roommate and offer some dire warnings in regards to snakepeople.

This week's [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Marvel Comics Historian Sean Howe

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show, Jeff is joined by Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.

They talk about how Sean Howe managed to research his book, the influence of Stan Lee vs. Jack Kirby, how Marvel Comics became so popular in the 60's and how they are now doing the same with their cinematic universe.

"Maybe the biggest controversy in the history of Marvel is the discussion of whether Stan Lee was the genius or Jack Kirby was the genius, or said in another way: did Stan Lee totally swipe all of Jack Kirby's ideas? I think that is an overstatement, [...]

Peyton Reed Will Direct 'Ant-Man' with Script Help from Adam McKay

Marvel has finally named its new Ant-Man director to fill the void left by original helmer Edgar Wright. Deadline reports that Peyton Reed has officially signed on to direct the Paul Rudd-starring superhero movie due out in July 2015. Adam McKay, who considered the job but ultimately turned down the offer, will reportedly help Reed with the script — the most current rewrite of which is the reason why Wright decided to part ways with the project.

Reed's biggest film directing projects include Bring It On, The Break-Up, and the Jim Carrey-starring Yes Man, and he's also directed a handful of small-screen comedies like New Girl, [...]

Edgar Wright Reportedly Left 'Ant-Man' Over Marvel's Script Rewrites

THR has some more details about why director Edgar Wright decided to leave Marvel's Ant-Man project, and they're not all that surprising considering the history Marvel has with more offbeat actors and directors. While Wright and the studio released a joint statement last week, sources close to the project have reported that the main reason Wright decided to part ways with the film was after the studio ordered rewrites of the script without his input. From THR:

Originally set to begin shooting June 2, the production had been put on hiatus while Feige ordered revisions of the script that was co-written by Wright and Joe Cornish. [...]

Paul Rudd to Star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man' for Director Edgar Wright

Paul Rudd is Marvel's next big-screen superhero. According to Variety, Rudd is now in early negotiations to star in the upcoming Ant-Man movie directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Joe Cornish. According to Wright, Ant-Man will be a little different than the average superhero origin tale, and the casting of Rudd definitely hints to a more comedic approach to a Marvel film. He told Box Office Magazine back in 2010:

What we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it's funny, but it's a genre film. It's about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make [...]

Mike Schur Says 'Parks and Rec' Won't Acknowledge Chris Pratt's New Superhero Body

Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt is preparing to star in the new Marvel superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and last week, he tweeted this photo of his absurdly muscular new superhero body after six months of working out and not drinking beer. TV Guide asked Parks and Rec showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur how they're going to explain why Pratt looks this way in the new season, and he said they might not even address it.

"I was as shocked as everybody," Schur says. "I obviously knew he was getting in crazy good shape for this movie. He had already started by the time we wrapped last year. [...]

Donald Glover Gets A Shout-Out From Creator Of New Biracial Spider-Man

Technically speaking, Donald Glover's Spider-Man campaign didn't directly inspire the character of Miles Morales, the new half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man debuting tomorrow in Marvel's Ultimate Fallout #4. However, seeing Glover in his Spider-Man jammies in Community's season premiere last year convinced creator Brian Michael Bendis he was on to something great. "He looked fantastic!" Bendis says. "I saw him in the costume and thought, 'I would like to read that book.' So I was glad I was writing that book." Apparently New Spidey is stepping into Peter Parker's shoes following his untimely comic book death in June, rather than following one brave studio's decision to skip directly to [...]

Adam McKay Is Definitely Not Replacing Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man'

It looks like Paul Rudd's Anchorman director Adam McKay is now out of the running to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel's Ant-Man. According to Variety, McKay met with Marvel on Friday but ended up passing on the project. "And yes, met w/Marvel," McKay confirmed on Twitter late Friday night. "Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work."

If the rumored directors up for consideration are accurate, this leaves We're the Millers' Rawson Thurber and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer as the last comedy directors in the running to replace Wright. According to [...]

Edgar Wright Compares Self to Buster Keaton in Deleted 'Ant-Man' Tweet

On Friday, Marvel and director Edgar Wright announced that they were parting ways on the upcoming superhero movie Ant-Man. No official reason, beyond creative differences, has yet been announced, but Wright broke his silence on the matter Saturday night by tweeting the edited photo to the left. According to ScreenRant, Wright quickly deleted the photo, which features silent film star/writer/director Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone (Wright's trilogy of movies are known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy).

With the photo, which Wright titled "Selfie," the director is referencing troubles Buster Keaton had with studio MGM when he signed a contract with them in 1928. Keaton said, [...]

Left Handed Radio: 'Tales from the Longbox'

On this special comic book episode: Infinite Crossover, Doctor Doom has the hiccups, the Joker consults with his decorator, the X-Men smell someone smoking weed at 9 AM, Spider-Man goes suburban, Captain Britain, a slumber party gets into some Thor Loko, The Invisible Woman has advice on browsing the internet safely, and the Reverse Punisher.

Left Handed Radio is written and performed by Adam BozarthMatt LittleAnna Rubanova, and Brett White with Halle Kiefer, Dom Manzolillo, and John Timothy.

'Parks and Rec's Chris Pratt Will Be a Marvel Superhero in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Marvel has made a surprising casting choice for its upcoming big superhero franchise Guardians of the Galaxy by hiring actor Chris Pratt, best known for his role as Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation, to play one of the lead characters. Deadline reports that Pratt will play Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill), a NASA astronaut who's the offspring of a human mother and an alien father and becomes the leader of the central team of superheroes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, which also includes Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Gamora. Those roles haven't been cast yet.

Pratt's casting ends a long search by Marvel and director James [...]