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Ant-Man Review

Excellent

The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure movie, which combines a steady stream of character-based comedy with action sequences that are integrated seamlessly into the plot. Like last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, the film departs from the usual tired structure to joyously tell a story that's more than pure escapism.

Released from prison after a stint for burglary, Scott (Paul Rudd) is struggling to restart his life when he has an unexpected encounter with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), an inventor who needs his help. Hank's technology company is being steered away from his original vision to help mankind by his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and his protege Darren (Corey Stoll), who see a chance to make a lot of money by selling Hank's ideas to the highest bidder. Hank's biggest breakthrough is a suit that shrinks the wearer down to ant-size, allowing for all kinds of unexpected possibilities. Pushed into a corner, Scott starts learning how to master the suit. But his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now engaged to a cop (Bobby Cannavale) who's keeping his eye on Scott.

One of director Peyton Reed's main challenges was to sell the whole idea of an insect-sized warrior, and he does that fairly effortlessly, revealing an increasingly cool series of possibilities in each action sequence. These set-pieces emerge organically from the story, combining comedy and exhilaratingly coherent action to push the narrative forward. One of the best moments is an encounter with one of the Avengers (Anthony Mackie's Falcon), which offers a strong hint about how Ant-Man can liven up the franchise as a whole. And the climactic sequence is an inspired collision of mind-bending effects and inventive humorous touches (Thomas the Tank Engine nearly steals the whole film). Plus two post-credit stings for the fanboys.

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Michael Douglas On His Late Mother, Describes Her As A “Lady” & “Class Act”


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Michael Douglas described his late mother, Diana Douglas, as a “class act” during a recent appearance at a press screening of his soon-to-be-released movie, Ant-Man, on Monday (13th July). Diana died earlier this month at the age of 92 after losing her battle with cancer.

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas at the press screening of Ant-Man in New York on Monday.

Read More: Michael Douglas Says Social Media Is To Blame For American Actors Missing Out On Biggest Roles.

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Evangeline Lilly Reveals Second Pregnancy On 'Ant-Man' Red Carpet


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Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly has chosen the perfect way to tell the world she's expecting her second child, by debuting her baby bump at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday. The 35 year old actress stars in the upcoming comic book adaptation as Hope van Dyne, alongside Paul Rudd as the microscopic superhero.

Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly has revealed she’s pregnant with her second child.

Lilly told reporters on the red carpet that she was seven month along in her pregnancy, with her baby expected in September. The actress already has a four year old son named Kahekili (which is Hawaiian for "the thunder”) with partner Norman Kali.

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Premiere of 'ANT-MAN' - Arrivals

Evangeline Lilly - Walt Disney presents the premiere of 'ANT-MAN' - Arrivals at Hollywood, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th June 2015

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Ant-Man Trailer


When you need someone to break into a place and steal something, a career cat burglar is your best bet. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in jail, which isn't the best start, but when Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) needs a thief, Lang is still his man. Pym was once a miniature superhero known as Ant-Man, yet when Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) takes over his company and tries to mass-market the powerful Ant-Man suits, Pym hires Lang to break in and steal the suit back. From there, he must become the Ant-Man - no matter how much he hates the name.

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Ant-Man Trailer


An awful lot has happened in the world - A Second World War super soldier has risen from the dead, a billionaire playboy has revealed himself as a costumed superhero, and the Norse God of thunder himself has come to earth on four occasions. So for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a petty criminal entrusted with the secret of his mentor's super-secret substance designed to shrink a person, it should be seen as just another day in the life for a person of planet Earth. Now, with the ability to shrink his down to a minuscule size while increasing his strength, Ant-Man is born.

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Marvel Premieres Tiny Trailer for "Ant-Man"


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Right, so I’m usually the first to hop on the bandwagon for anything Marvel and MCU-related, but their latest stunt is just plain annoying. There’s teasing and then there’s just being a pain and the teeny tiny trailer for Ant-Man, which debuted this Friday, falls into the latter category. See for yourself. Or try to see because I guarantee you this 17-second clip will have you squinting and full screen-ing the youtube player in frustration.

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Ant-Man. Let the weird begin.

Other than those teeny tiny (HA. HA.) complaints, there’s really nothing at all wrong with the clip. That we can see. Don’t worry though, a full-sized trailer (and hopefully they mean that in more ways than one) will debut on January 6 during the premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter. 2015 is looking very Marvelous right now. 

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Evangeline Lilly Is Not Interested In Marriage Because She Doesn't "Believe In Forever Promises"


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Although Evangeline Lilly is very much in love with her longtime partner Norman Kali, with whom she shares a 3-year-old son, Kahekili, the Canadian actress isn't looking to get married in the near future because she doesn't "believe in forever promises."

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Lilly isn't looking to get married in the future

Even though Lilly was previously married once before to Canadian hockey player Murray Hone from 2003 to 2004, she recently revealed to the January 2015 issue of Ocean Drive magazine that becoming a wife wasn't something she was ever interested in.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review


Good

Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.

The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.

All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.

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Evangeline Lilly Discusses The Difficulties Of Stunt Training While Breast-Feeding


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When Peter Jackson took on the adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', one of the glaring differences between that and its sequel trilogy, was that there were no female characters in the prequel book. Enter Tauriel, the brand new addition, created especially for 2013's 'The Desolation of Smaug' and this year's 'The Battle of the Five Armies'. However, when Evangeline Lilly took on the role, she had to begin stunt-training only a few months after the birth of her son Kahekili in 2011.

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Evangeline Lilly stars as Tauriel in 'The Hobbit' trilogy

"My son was three-months-old when I started working on the stunt-training for this film, and still had splayed hips" she explains, before confessing that she "still couldn't even walk normally, let alone fight orcs normally, whatever that looks like: normal orc fighting." Unfortunately for her, this was not the end of her movement problems.

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Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly & Orlando Bloom - The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Video Interview


Ahead of the release of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom discussed a bit about their characters: Thranduil, Tauriel and Legolas, respectively. In the interview, the three Mirkwood Elves discuss the process of filming the new trilogy, as well as some of their favourite moments from the production. They then answer questions about items and props that they either kept or wanted to keep, as well as what went into the rigorous stunt training for the fight scenes before the filming began. 

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"The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" Los Angeles Premiere

Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace - Photographs from the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014

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Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Los Angeles premiere

Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace - Shots of the stars of the third in the Hobbit trilogy 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'as they arrive at the Los Angeles premiere which was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

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Peter Jackson honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Lee Pace - Director Peter Jackson to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 8th December 2014

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PETER JACKSON and Andy Serkis
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Peter Jackson honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Lee Pace - Director Peter Jackson honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 8th December 2014

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Evangeline Lilly

Date of birth

3rd August, 1979

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.68