Paul Rudd will star as Ant-Man in the upcoming film version of the Marvel comic characters that answer to that name. Looks like Tom Rothman and the guys at Marvel finally got it together for the long awaited “Ant-Man”. Filming is underway, with the directorship of Peyton Reed, and the movie is slated to be released July 17th of 2015.

The original Marvel Ant-Man was Hank Pym who discovered a chemical substance (called “Pym Particles”) that allowed him to shrink to the size of tiny ants and invented a special armor helmet that helped him control the actions of ants. Scott Lang took over after Pym retired, and then Eric O’Grady became the third and final Ant-Man. Lang stole Pym’s special armored suit in the interests of saving his ailing daughter, but then rebounded from that life of crime and became a super hero in his own right. O’Grady happened upon the ant suit, and also stole it. He, however, simply was a creep and a crook who used the suit’s powers to further his plans to seduce women and torment innocents. The film will incorporate aspects of all the ant men, but some of the more objectionable portions of O’Grady’s activities will be left out.

This is certainly an interestingly themed movie. It is said that it will be light and humorous, and with a name like “Ant-Man,” that may have been a good approach. It is something of a turnaround compared to the old movie “Them” wherein the ants became gigantic- this time the people simply become small. A very unusual kind of super hero, but I must admit that the movie sounds worth watching. Many Marvel fans will be especially excited when it comes out.

St. Vincent is your typical Indie-type film with an atypical story-line and a cast of interesting characters. The names that this movie yields are certainly impressive such as, the beloved Bill Murray who is known for playing the quirky type. The hilarious Melissa McCarthy also plays a key role in this film, as she plays a single mother in need of a babysitter for her preteen son. Naomi Watts is also featured as the sexy co-star.

The mother hires her alcoholic, gambling, and otherwise not-so-nice neighbor to care for her child while she works long hours as a nurse. The child is exposed to a lot of worldly behaviors, but he ends up forming a bond with his neighbor. The young lad attends a Catholic school and the story-line seems to play on religion vs. the real world. There seems to be a meaningful message intertwined regarding true religion being defined by loving your neighbor, with a pun intended.

I saw the trailer on FreedomPop awhile back and I was sold. If you’re interested be sure to check out the rating information and the trailer is available on the the St. Vincent site.

Now You See Me was a sleeper hit that grossed more than its budget in the U.S. and made more than twice its budget overseas. The film followed a group of magicians as they worked with an unseen face to trick various government agencies and pull off an epic heist. Based on its gross, it wasn’t surprising that the studio decided to make a sequel, but some fans might find themselves surprised at the new and returning faces.

Five of the main actors from the first film will return for the sequel: Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine. The one name missing from that lineup is Isla Fisher. Despite playing the main female character in that film and having only two films set for release in the future, Fisher has no plans to come back for the sequel. Fisher claimed that family issues will keep her from working on the film when production begins in November, and some fans wonder if the actress may be pregnant.

The official release date for the sequel is June 10, 2016, but when the film lands in theaters, producer Tom Rothman says that fans might see some new and surprising faces. Daniel Radcliffe, known for playing the title role in the Harry Potter franchise, may appear in the movie. The rumor is that Radcliffe will play a new and younger magician. Also attached to the movie is actress Lizzy Caplan, who plans to film her role while on a break from the TV show Masters of Sex. If Fisher doesn’t return for the sequel, Caplan will bring a much needed feminine touch to the testosterone heavy film.

Check out the first trailer for Insidious Chapter 3, which has just been released. James Wan has another horror franchise hit on his hands here methinks. Guy just can’t stop whipping out brilliant horror franchises, ever since he made his debut with the original Saw.

From the look of some of these horrors, they could use a trip to North American Spine, eh? I’ll definitely be there at the theater first weekend to be horrified by this one. Hoping it proves to be as great an experience as the last two.

While Annabelle failed to impress…as most prequels do, the Conjuring 2 is shaping up to be an awesome film, as James Wan is coming back to run the project. The brilliant mind behind the original Saw and Insidious has more horror plans in store for us, when he brings back the demon possessed doll for another outing.

The original Conjuring is literally one of the spookiest movies almost ever, and I don’t think it’s something that even Tom Rothman could have produced better. I’m definitely on board for another adventure in that world.

There are a couple of amazing DVDs coming out tomorrow. And I’m here to break down the best of the bunch. That being Snowpiercer.

Now Snowpiercer is a film that I was thinking about, because it’s really, really amazing. The unique sci-fi setting, the great acting, and the beautiful social commentary make up for a world that’s sort of difficult to believe.

But this movie defines why science fiction is so much damn fun.

Next, we have The Purge: Anarchy. This movie fixed everything I didn’t like about the first, by giving us a better setting, characters, and learning more about the real Purge. The people who are on the street, or living in bad neighborhoods, that are always going to have a more difficult time surviving. This is a must buy in my opinion.

That’s about it for this week to be honest. Nothing else of note, or really all that amazing. But two absolutely spectacular films should be enough right?

Scarlett Johansson has been offered the opportunity to star in the big screen re-imagining of Ghost in the Shell. This would be amazing because Scarlett is a brilliant actress, is perfect for action roles, and Ghost in the Shell is one of the greatest anime of all time.

The movie, as well as the companion television series (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) were absolutely amazing. Something Andrew Heiberger and I are really big fans of. I watched the entire series in about a day when I bought the DVDs.

Originally Margot Robbie was rumored for the role, but Scarlett Johansson is the lone competitor now that Robbie has been targeted to star in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad film, as Harley Quinn.

Graphic novels and coveted comic book story plot lines often contain elements that challenge film makers. Technology had to catch up so that a villain the likes of Electro could make it from the Spiderman universe onto the silver screen. Other times, a critical juncture is reached in which a key plot line would have a domino effect for the entire industry. The release of Captain America 3 presents points of interest that once aired would prove nearly impossible to stuff the genie back into the bottle.

All Present and Accounted For

The theme of registration is a common one across the superhero genre. Tom Rothman and the folks at Tristar tend to feel more comfortable knowing who these superheroes are and what exactly they are capable of doing. Captain America 3 deals with this in the famous comic book plot line “Civil War.” In it, the good guys are split down the ranks as to whether to comply with the new edict of enrollment. Iron Man thinks they should while Captain America firmly defies this course of action.

Opinions morph into stances which results in active recruitment to either side. Some are espousing personal freedom while others are invoking that the protection of government comes first. Battle lines and alliances are firmly drawn in this defining plot series. The ramifications from this movie on the super hero genre will be greater than most others. Kudos to the Hollywood Executives that finally gives us something that defines the industry instead of just cloning it.

When the news first came through that Ben Affleck would play Batman in the upcoming superhero movie “Batman vs. Superman”, there was a lot of groaning and moaning. A lot of people were disappointed with the casting, with most pointing to Affleck’s miserable attempt at a superhero movie with “Daredevil”. If ever a movie could be used as a perfect example of how NOT to do a superhero adaptation, it would be “Daredevil”. Despite that poor attempt, Affleck believes that there is no reason “Batman vs. Superman” will be a failure.

The initial negative reaction to Affleck’s casting has died down. A lot of people are willing to give him a chance, points out Brian Torchin on his Tumblr. His recent movies have been marked improvements on his initial roles. For example, Affleck won an Oscar for his directing role in “Argo”. He was also a star in that movie. His most recent work, “Gone Girl”, has been receiving rave reviews from movie goers and critics.

“Gone Girl” depicts a story where a man is charged with the murder of his disappeared wife. The book is based on a movie, while Affleck and Rosamund Pike play the two leads. Affleck has been praised for his reserved yet powerful performance by many people.

In terms of “Batman vs. Superman”, it remains to be seen whether Affleck can bring the necessary muscle, anger and fear to an iconic role. Following Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy will be a massive task for the American actor.

Affleck offered these words of encouragement for fans: “If I thought we were doing another movie just like Daredevil, I would be one of the voices complaining as well. I am driven to succeed in this role, I have very high standards, and I have no doubt that I will meet them.”

Over one billion reasons can be enough to move even the staunchest opponents of projects. When the third installment of a very popular movie franchise was finished, the conjecture was that the series had run its course. Well when all the bean counters finished their tallying, the immense profit allowed the debate to be reopened. Several other parallel projects are in the works that could hinder it but fear not superhero fans. What popular protagonist will be back for a fourth installment?

Well by now, the cat has been let out of the bag as seen in this video. Robert Downey Jr. has all but confirmed that there will be an Iron Man 4. Negotiations are something that he is very open to as Robert is one of if not the highest paid actors in Hollywood. It is a role that he is very comfortable with. Most importantly is that with his immense body of previous work, the threat of him being typecast for the remainder of his career is non existent. It would be a win win situation for Tom Rothman’s Tristar Pictures and the actor.

It is gracious of Robert to confirm this to his rabid fans. He is very busy promoting his latest release which is called “The Judge.” Two sequels are also in the works for the mega hit the Avengers. Marvel has a full plate in part because of their excellent customer relations. If only more studios were forthcoming addressing rumors, the movie industry could make a stronger comeback.