The ‘Ant’ goes marching
KC’s Paul Rudd is feeling the love after the second trailer for “Ant-Man” hit the Internet this week. “Marvel’s Full Ant-Man Trailer Is Thrilling, Hysterical and Chock Full of New Footage,” gushed CinemaBlend. “This is the first ‘Ant-Man’ trailer that’s actually exciting,” proclaimed The Verge. The thing is, everyone acknowledges that it’s pretty goofy to make a movie about a tiny superhero who can get run over by a toy Thomas the Tank Engine train (yup, that’s in the trailer). No matter: The movie “appears to have a sense of humor about itself,” notes Rolling Stone. It crawls into theaters July 17.
Speaking of Kansas Citians and flying things, “Angry Birds,” starring the voice of Jason Sudeikis as Red, is no cheap affair, reports Cineuropa. The movie, adapting the addictive video game, will have a production budget of around $80 million and $105 million more for marketing and distribution. It flies into theaters in May 2016.
“Pan,” the origin story of Peter Pan, came under plenty of fire when filmmakers announced they had cast Rooney Mara as Princess Tiger Lily. More like Princess Lily White. But Mara told Collider this week that unlike previous incarnations, the character isn’t necessarily Native American. She says director Joe Wright told her, “They are natives of Neverland, and it’s a completely made-up place. Then it just made sense to me.” Her look, she said, is “a little bit of a hippie and also punk. Those two things smashed together.” “Pan” swoops into theaters July 24.
Happy Father’s Day
St. Louis native James Gunn, walking the red carpet this week for the premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” stopped to chat about his own upcoming Marvel movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” “At its heart, ‘Guardians’ is a story about families,” he told Vulture, “and if the first film was about him and his mother, this is a story about fathers. So it’s exciting to go there. … Listen, I’m still excited about Star-Lord’s character and where he goes.” “Ultron” arrives May 1, “Guardians 2” in May 2017.