Our hometown boys are all over this week’s movie news:
Our favorite ‘Ant’
First, we got to see Paul Rudd in the new trailer for his big superhero flick, “Ant-Man.” The blogosphere is falling all over itself Marveling over how serious and foreboding it seems — until the funny guy cracks a joke at the end: “One question,” he says to co-star Michael Douglas. “Is it too late to change the name?” Hee hee. Next: Rudd gets the cover of Entertainment Weekly, due on newsstands Friday. “Ant-Man” arrives in theaters July 17.
Meanwhile, Eric Stonestreet of KCK is setting aside the giggles of “Modern Family” for the gasps of “The Loft,” set to open Jan. 30. He’s co-starring with James Marsden and Karl Urban in this thriller about five cheating husbands who use a penthouse apartment for wild affairs. Well, wouldn’t you know it, one of the guys discovers the body of a very gorgeous, very dead blonde bloodying up the place. Whodunit?
The scariest part of this movie, a remake of a Belgian film, is that it was supposed to open awhile ago but got passed around from studio to studio until it’s finally arriving in the winter doldrums. Cue the ominous music …
On the lighter side of infidelity, Jason Sudeikis is getting ready for this month’s Sundance Film Festival, where his new comedy, “Sleeping With Other People,” is among 16 movies on the buzzy Premieres list. He and Alison Brie play old friends, both serial cheaters, who support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships. The festival runs Jan. 22-Feb. 1. No word on when the movie opens for real.
Mark your calendars
20th Century Fox announced a bunch of new release dates (alas, none appear to involve KC natives):
▪ Channing Tatum’s live-action “Gambit,” based on the “X-Men” comic book spinoff, arrives Oct. 7, 2016.
▪ Michael Fassbender’s “Assassin’s Creed,” the adaptation of the video series, got pushed back a year, to Dec. 21, 2016.
▪ Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum biopic, “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” arrives Christmas Day 2016.
▪ And Charlie Hunnam, who quit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will instead give us a Valentine’s drama in two years. The plane crash survivor romance “The Mountain Between Us,” with “Gone Girl” Rosamund Pike, arrives Feb. 10, 2017.
| Sharon Hoffmann, firstname.lastname@example.org