In the latest hype for Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” KC’s Paul Rudd, decked out in superhero finery, graces the cover of the new issue of British movie magazine Empire. And inside, co-star Evangeline Lilly describes how Rudd and buddy Adam McKay helped Americanize the script after British director Edgar Wright was replaced by Peyton Reed. “I met with Paul in a little restaurant in New York City, and he talked me through how the movie was changing,” Lilly says. “I think the most defining difference between the two scripts was that Edgar’s didn’t take itself as seriously. It was fun and silly and brilliant irreverent — a romp from beginning to end, in classic English fashion. Whereas where we’ve gotten to is so much more American. There’s tons of levity, but just as much emotion.” “Ant-Man” arrives July 17.
The Quest continues
For two decades, Hollywood has been trying to reboot the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Jonny Quest” into a live-action movie. First director Richard Donner (“Lethal Weapon”) gave it a go. A few years later it looked like Zac Efron would star as Jonny, with Dwayne Johnson as government agent Race Bannon. Now, says The Hollywood Reporter, director Robert Rodriguez (“Spy Kids”) is on board. In case you missed the show or its Cartoon Network revival, the other characters were Jonny’s dad, Dr. Benton Quest; his BFF Hadji from Calcutta; and his awesome bulldog, Bandit. And here’s a bit of trivia to impress your friends with: The original Jonny was voiced by Tim Matheson, who went on to “Animal House” and TV’s “The West Wing.”
Yes, they Cannes
Now that the Cannes Film Festival has concluded, The Associated Press offers its take on which films and actors will continue to create buzz on into Oscar season:
▪ Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is “grippingly contemporary despite the lushness of its period drama.” Based on the 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women — one married with a child, the other a mousy shop girl — who must cloak their budding romance.
▪ Marion Cotillard stands out as Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in “Macbeth.”
▪ Paolo Sorrentino’s bittersweet age drama, “Youth,” is getting acclaim for its veteran stars, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
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